Wednesday, September 02, 2009
Honey As A Great Beauty Remedy
What I Did?
- Before gong to bed, put one teaspoon of pure honey into a cup of water. Stir well, then cleanse your face with it. Don't wipe, otherwise, let it dry by itself.
- My skin feel smooth and look more radiance the next morning.
How to achieve those great make up
How To Make Your Makeup Stay Longer
After cleansing your face, apply your toner, moisturizer and your foundation as usual. We usually put loose powder after foundation. Instead, go to your fridge, take out the fresh bottled water there, and splash/spray it onto your face. Dab your face with clean dry towel. Then after that you can put your loose powder onto your face. And put other makeup as usual.
Make Lipstick Color More 'Yummy'
It's easy! Put your fav lipstick into the fridge. Then apply as usual. The lipstick color look more sexy this way
Mudah sahaja! Simpan lipstik kesukaan anda ke dalam peti ais. Kemudian pakailah lipstik seperti biasa. Dengan cara ini, warna lipstik anda akan kelihatan lebih menarik
Tuesday, September 01, 2009
Coffee and Baby's Formula Milk Scrub
Eventhough the breastmilk is enaough to feed my almost 2 years old son, but we still provided the Formula Milk at the nursery, in case he consume more for certain day.But thanks God, the breastmilk is still enough (untill to date).
But another prob arise as the FM that I'd bought has never been touched. Such a waste! But thanks to my hobby. I like reading healthy and beauty magazine, or women magazine. Then it came to my attention when I read a tips from one of my fav mag. The baby's formula milk actually can be transformed into a great scrub. Apparently, coffee and milk can be mixed together to create a great face scrub.
And here is the tips:
- 1 teaspoon of milk powder
- 1 teaspoon of pure coffee powder (not an instant or a mix formula)
Mix both ingredient together with mineral water. Stir well. And make sure that it can be put well (sit well) onto the face. Apply the ingredient before taking your morning bath. Leave for 5 mins, then wash the scrub with your routine face cleanser.
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Natural Home Treatments For Stretch Marks
Stretch marks (striae) are relatively common, even in males. It is not completely understood how they form, but there are several theories. One is that stretch marks form simply when the skin is stretched to the point of breaking and a scar is formed. Another interesting theory is that stretch marks are caused by an increased level of glucocorticoids (cortisol). Glucocorticoids prevent connective tissues from forming the collagen and elastin fibers need to keep the skin tight, and dermal layer then tears. Some people may be more genetically prone to stretch marks than others. Skin type may be a factor; dryer skin has less elasticity than oily skin, and is more prone to stretch marks.
TREATING STRETCH MARKS
There are several extra steps you can take for the reduction of your stretch marks. Consider your skin care regimen, and fine-tune it to meet the needs of skin that is damaged, requires cellular repair and the stimulation of collagen and elastin production.
Nutrition: An adequate amount of water, vitamins E, C, selenium, and alpha lipoic acid, as well as enough monounsaturated fats (olive oil) and gamma lineolic acid (borage oil) are vital for keeping your skin strong and healthy and able to repair itself.
The basic treatment for the reduction of the appearance of scars is to regularly 1) remove the overgrown scar tissue with brisk exfoliation and then 2) encourage the regrowth of normal tissues with use of nutrients and conditioners.
If stretch marks have formed because of weight gain, reducing bodyfat stores (losing weight) can help reduce the appearance of stretch marks by releasing pressure from the skin.
Exfoliation: Stretch marks are similar to scars, there can be either a build up of scar tissue, which results in a raised stretch mark, or tearing and obvious depressions in the skin. Stretch marks respond well to vigorous exfoliation with both mechanical and chemical means. Your goal is to break down the malformed collagen and have it slough off, while new, properly constructed collagen and skin cells are formed below. You may wish to perform at least a light exfoliation on the stretch marks on a daily basis. You can use a massage tool to improve the breakdown of scar tissues. Applying alpha hydroxy peel products, such as retinol, glycolic or lactic acid, has shown to be effective for the improvement of stretch marks.
Protection: After exfoliating, apply antioxidant formulas with A, E, C, and alpha lipoic acids to protect the new skin cells from damage. If skin is to be exposed to the sun, apply a sunscreen to prevent further breakdown of newly formed skin cells.
Moisturizer: After exfoliating skin and applying antioxidants, moisturize the area thoroughly. If you are prone to stretch marks, remember to moisturize your body skin daily to avoid developing more stretch marks with weight changes. Aloe Vera should be used to improve skin microcirculation, followed by a layer of lipid-based cream or lotion.
· Sleep: Get plenty of sleep to help your skin regenerate.
· Milk Bath: You can soak your entire body with softening lactic acid by adding a cup or two of skin milk powder to your bath and soaking for 15 to 20 minutes several times a week. For extra enjoyment, add a few drops of your favorite scent to the bath. Rinse the milk bath off under the shower, but do not use soap. If you're sweaty or dirty, take a quick shower with a mild soap before your milk bath. Moisturize your body skin thoroughly afterwards.
· You can prepare your own tinctures and creams, or look for commercial products that contain ingredients known to improve the appearance of stretch marks.
The following nutrients may be helpful in the treatment of stretch marks:
Natural Internal Treatments for Stretch Marks
Alpha Lipoic Acid
Flax Seed Oil
Natural External Treatments for Stretch Marks
Natural Exfoliation Agents
Apricot kernal scrub
Dead Sea Salts
Dessicated Milk Powder (lactic acid)
Brown Sugar (glycolic acid)
White Willow Bark, ground (salicylic acid)
Vitamin A Oil
Natural External Rejuvenation Agents
Aloe Vera Gel
Alpha Lipoic Acid
Grape Seed Extract
Sunflower & Safflower Oil
Vitamin E & Vitamin A oil
Remember that the reduction of stretch marks is a two step process. First, the malformed collagen cells must be broken down by mechanical or chemical means. Secondly the new underlying skin layers must be encouraged to grow properly and with proper nutrition and hydration.
With a little diligent effort, the appearance of stretch marks can be reduced and improved.
Article Source: http://www.articlesbase.com/careers-articles/natural-home-treatments-for-stretch-marks-45695.html
About the Author:
Fawn Bales has studied and practiced alternative and herbal medicine for over 20 years. She has also studied aesthetic technology and cosmetology. She is the co-author of two natural beauty books and is a managing editor of Botanical Beauty Lab, a women's free resource for natural health and beauty information at http://www.botanicalbeautylab.com
Monday, June 18, 2007
Make Your Own Vegan Skin Care Products
Every winter many of us living in cold climates have to battle the snow, lots of tourists skiing, and dry skin. I have had to come up with a completely animal-free skin cream for my family that nourishes and soothes chapped dry skin.
In this article I will show you how to make a few simple, ordinarily costly products, including a rich allover body cream, under-eye wrinkle cream, a foot soothing cream, and a lotion. Such products frequently contain animal byproducts such as beeswax, urea, lanolin, and an assortment of animal proteins. Often, we are unaware of the animal products we put on our skin.
The products below are not only cruelty-free but affordable. These items make wonderful presents. Most supplies are readily available at health food stores, coops, and drug stores. Some may even find them at your local grocer or large whole foods market. I am able to find all of my ingredients at the local food co-op and I live in a town of 6,000 people. Most co-ops and health food stores will order what you need at no extra cost.
Make sure you buy the pure base ingredients. I also strongly suggest spending a little more on high quality and organic oils. These will assure that no unnecessary chemicals or pesticides are applied to your skin.
The first recipe is for a thick, modifiable body cream. As you grow more comfortable, you can add herbal infusions, extracts, and special blends of essential oils to make your cream the way you want. All of the products in this article use the base recipe.
Jars and storage containers. Wide mouthed containers are easier to fill. You can use jars like baby food jars or unique jars you can find at a craft or home decor shop. You want to be able to put your hand in the cream jar, or be able to scoop from it. For the lotion you can reuse squeezable plastic containers.
Food processor or blender.
Funnel for lotion variation
I've categorized the ingredients into two separate groups, the oils and the waters. All lotions and creams are emulsifications of water and oil.
3/4 cup of one of the following:
Apricot (a good light oil for oily skin)
Almond (for a rich non-greasy or heavy oil)
Olive (great for a rich, thick, wintertime cream)
Soy (for a nice economical cream)
(You can use a blend of the oils as long as 3/4 of a cup
is the final measurement.)
1/3 cup Coconut Oil
2 Tablespoons Mango Butter or Kokum Butter
(These are nut butters from the seeds of these plants.)
1/2 ounce Shea Butter, Candelilla Wax, or Carnauba Wax
(Both waxes are plant source waxes. Shea butter comes from the
seeds of the Karite tree.)
2/3 cup Distilled Water
(You can also use floral water made from distilled water
1/2 cup Aloe Vera
(Buy this; when the Aloe comes from a fresh plant source, the
cream can become rancid.)
2 Vitamin E Caps or a (r) teaspoon Vitamin E Powder
(Some vegan sources of Vitamin E are from SolaRay, Higher
Nature Natural Vitamin E, and Pioneer vitamin companies.)
2-3 drops Essential Oil (optional)
(An essential oil is fluid that is generally distilled from
the leaves, stems, flowers, bark, roots, or other elements of
a plant. Please use with caution; as a little goes a long
The next part can be a little tricky:
Heat the oils over low heat until the solid oils melt into the liquid oils. Also, warm the water (but not the entire water group). When the water and the oil cool to about the same temperature, add the water and the rest of the water group to your blender. Blend. Next, slowly add a small amount of the oil mixture and blend, then add a little more and blend. Do this until the whole mixture is blended. Once both are mixed, continue to blend for a bit, maybe a minute or so, until the mixture looks like white frosting. The mixture, which is now cream, will continue to thicken as it sets.
WHAT IF I MESS UP?
If you mess up and the mixture doesn't emulsify properly, you can do the following:
Pour off the water (you may have to scoop out a teaspoon of oil base to reveal the water).
Put the water in a separate container from the oil.
Warm both up again. When they cool to close to the same temperature, place the water into the blender and slowly add the oil again as you blend.
Or to make it even easier for yourself, you can shake vigorously before using.
Variation 1: Under-Eye Cream
Add 1 teaspoon carrot seed and 1 teaspoon borage oil to the oil group (both can be found at a health food store). Add the following essential oils to the water group, a drop or two of each: neroli oil and cypress oil. Add no more than five drops for the mixture. Continue to follow the Basic Cream directions.
Variation 2: Foot Cream
Add an additional Tablespoon of mango butter or shea butter to the oil group. Add to the water group 2 drops each of these essential oils: peppermint and lavender. Make the Foot Cream as you would the Basic Cream.
Variation 3: Body Lotion
How thick you want your lotion is a personal choice; so I am going to give basic suggestions that you can modify as time goes by. The basic variation is as follows: add 2 extra Tablespoons water to the water group and 1 additional Tablespoon of Aloe Vera. As time goes on and as you become more experienced, you can make it with more liquid oils and less hard oils, and more floral waters, teas, and herbal oil infusions. Some great essential oils to add would be lavender, rose, ylang-ylang, sandalwood, or jasmine. Essential oils can be found in herb shops, health food stores, or food co-ops. You can use cleaned lotion bottles or smaller shampoo bottles. Have a lotion-making party and make the lotion with friends. Give the prepared lotions as gifts. Make nice labels and wrap with raffia and ribbon and you have a finished, very special, and personalized gift. Following these recipes will give you plenty of lotion.
Editors' Note: Be very careful when working with hot ingredients. Pay attention to any allergies you may have. VRG has not tested these products, so use your own judgement.
Demetria Clark is a Certified Herbalist and owner of a vegan body care and herbal product line called Goddess Garden. Visit her website
Bibliography for "Make Your Own Vegan Skin Care Products"
Demetria Clark "Make Your Own Vegan Skin Care Products". Vegetarian Journal. Jan 2001. FindArticles.com. 18 Jun. 2007. http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0FDE/is_1_20/ai_68913297
Friday, May 25, 2007
Olive 101: Making Homemade Natural Beauty – And it’s working!
1) Removing mascara – it’s very easy to remove mascara using olive oil then any petroleum jelly you had. Olive oil has been said to give great moisture needed by skin around eye area
2) Do-it-at-home manicure and pedicure – Soften the rough area of your hands and toe nails by dampened your nails into olive + warm water recipe. Just add a few drop of olive oil to the warm water and you’ll set to go!
3) Lip balm – Melt a few drops of olive oil and beeswax and keep the recipe into a cute plastic container. Use this every day as your lip balm before applying any lipstick onto your lips. These two ingredients not only make your lips soft and smooth, but also make it the sexiest “Angelina Jolie” ever
4) Dry feet – want a quick relieve to your crack and dry feet? Then, remember to rub olive oil onto your cracked and dry feet before going to bed. Do this each night until your problem cured. And you may be amazed on how wonderful your new feet can be!
5) Skin moisturizer – Feeling tired? Feel your skin drying? Add a few drops of olive oil and your favorite essential oil into your bathtub before slip into the mix water for about 15 mins. You’re not only lock moisture back to your skin, but you also get those extra relaxing feeling at your own home spa…
You don’t have to be rich jerk to stay beautiful. These made from kitchen beauty products can be very helpful yet save from any chemical effects. So, why not have a try?
Monday, April 16, 2007
Herbal Products For Combating Hair Loss
Herbal remedies are probably the best for curing hair loss and all other ailments, because these natural products do not have the harsh side effects that the synthetic drugs often produce. A number of herbal products for hair loss are available that effective counter hair loss symptoms.
Saw palmetto or Serenoa repens: tinctures or extracts from this herb obstruct the receptors on cell membranes for dihydrotestosterone, the primary cause of androgenic alopecia in most patients. The formation of DHT is also prevented, by an action that is much similar to that of the FDA approved hair loss treatment medicine finasteride. Thus this product effectively promotes hair growth.
Nettle root: this herbal remedy inhibits the enzymes 5-alpha reductase, the enzyme responsible for the production of DHT, and also aromatase, the enzyme that synthesizes estrogens.
Gotu kola: herbal products formulated from this herb promote hair growth, and strengthens collagen and the blood vessels. This herbal extract purifies the blood and improves the health of the skin and hair. It stimulates blood circulation throughout the brain and the scalp, and rejuvenates the hair follicles.
Pumpkin or Cucurbita maxima: the oil extracted from the seeds of pumpkins contains the active ingredient delta-7-sterine that effectively competes with DHT and protects the prostate as well, apart from lowering levels of hair loss. However the clinical efficacy of this herbal product is still under medical investigation.
Eleutherococcus senticosus or Siberian Ginseng: is a mineral rich herb that helps lower stress and is beneficial for the kidneys and the adrenal glands. It is also helpful in restoring hair growth, especially in women.
Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis): essential oil extracted from this herb is rich in antitoxiants, a time-tested herbal remedy that encourages hair growth. The oil also effectively combats dandruff – another vital cause of hair loss.
Black cohosh (Acteae racemosa): this is a phytoestrogen herb that alleviates menopausal disorders in women, including the thinning of hair that result from a drop in the level of estrogens from the ovaries.
Dong quai (Angelica sinensis): the remedial action of this herbal product is similar to that of black cohosh.
Licorice extract: this herbal product helps prevent hair loss, but it is not advisable for use by pregnant women.
Horsetail or Equisetum arvense: this herb is an excellent good source of silica, a mineral that keeps hair strong and gives it a shiny and sleek appearance. Herbal products formulated from horsetail are beneficial for the hair and scalp.
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