Dandruff Problems? March 1st, 2018

Seborrheic dermatitis is a condition that inflames the skin, possibly resulting in rashes and flaky scales forming on oily areas of the body such as the scalp, ears, eyebrows or chest. Approximately 50 million people suffer from dandruff in the US alone, and some cases of seborrheic dermatitis are far worse than others.

Seborrheic dermatitis that affects the scalp is commonly referred to as “dandruff”. Dandruff isn’t dangerous but it can be a huge burden. The skin’s over production of oil often causes the scalp to itch, and hair loss to occur. Typically, you’ll see small white flakes appearing in your hair or falling off of your hair onto your clothes.

Dandruff runs in families, but can also affect people who have acne, too much stress, or oily skin. The amount of scales depends on how severe the condition is, and the time of year also plays a big role in dandruff appearing. Summer is usually a time when dandruff goes into remission for most people.

Treatment Options

For serious cases, special shampoos can be prescribed by doctors. These potent products may contain chemicals such as ketoconazole or corticosteroids to treat dandruff forcefully with the hydration your skin needs. Other over-the-counter brands such as Selsun Blue or Head & Shoulders utilize chemicals like selenium sulfide and pyrithione zinc to treat dandruff effectively as well. Remember when using these shampoos to thoroughly rinse your hair afterward because shampoo and conditioner residue will further skin problems.

In addition to the long list of dandruff products out there, countless essential oils are also available if your hair is too dry. Almond and chamomile oil is great for moisturizing and soothing the scalp. Also, lavender oil deep conditions the hair, and helps specifically control dandruff by evening the oil content on the skin. A well crafted mix of oils can have wonderful benefits, so try some combinations out and see what works for you.

Cosmetic Injections March 1st, 2018

We are all familiar with Cosmetic Injections these days. Many people go through this procedure to remove unwanted lines on their faces. This is especially popular amongst people like celebrities where appearance is their bread and butter.

These injections work, and work very well. However, while there are great benefits you can instantly see from cosmetic injections, there are also consequences you must be aware of.

 

Here are some things to consider:

  1. Cosmetic Injections are known for removing wrinkles. But it will not help diminish other common skin problems caused by aging such as the age spots, sun damage and problems with pigmentation. It will also not soften your skin if your main concern is about its roughness.
  2. Cosmetic Injections are a costly procedure. And it’s not something you just do once and you’re done. You typically have to undergo the procedure every 3-4 months, depending on what your doctor says you to do according to your skin’s reaction to it.
  3. It is risky especially if you will not go to the right doctor. The procedure entails injecting toxins into your skin. Not everybody has the same reaction to those toxins. And if not done properly, instead of removing the unwanted lines, you may end up having more than what you had before going through it.
  4. You have to tell your doctor the vitamins and medicines that you are taking before undergoing this. They have to be informed about your health so that they would know better if you are ready for it or if you are not.
  5. There are many potential side effects.

Side effects of Cosmetic Injections include:

  • dry mouth
  • discomfort or pain at the injection site
  • tiredness
  • headache
  • neck pain
  • eye problems such as double vision, blurred vision, decreased eyesight, drooping eyelids, swelling of your eyelids, and dry eyes
  • allergic reactions; symptoms of an allergic reaction to Cosmetic Injections may include: itching, rash, red itchy welts, wheezing, asthma symptoms, or dizziness or feeling faint.

Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you are wheezing or have asthma symptoms, or if you become dizzy or faint. Cosmetic Injections should be thought about very carefully before committing to the procedure. Once you’ve done it, there is no turning back and you have to abide according to what your doctor tells you to do. If you are not sure whether or not to proceed with it, research it more, and after gaining more knowledge you will be sure to be able to decide for the best.

Our recommendation though is to try to avoid it. While Cosmetic Injections can be very effective, we feel the negatives outweigh the positives. We believe you are much better off finding a wrinkle cream that works very well for your skin as an alternative to injections, as well as adopting some of the other skin care tips we include in other articles here.

Avoiding Irritating Ingredients March 1st, 2018

Skin irritation and inflammation can occur from free radicals, sun exposure, smoking cigarettes, eating unhealthy foods, and pollution.

It can also occur from using hot water, cold water, harsh soaps, and over-scrubbing the skin.

And it can just as well occur from irritating ingredients in cosmetic products.

Why is irritation and inflammation so bad for you?

Because it can result, amongst other things, in:

  • Collagen and elastin breaking down
  • The skin’s immune system suffering
  • Increasing oil production
  • The outer protective barrier of the skin being stripped, which can open the door to more bacteria entering and causing you even more breakouts.

And you don’t have to feel any irritation for damage to be happening, because a lot of it can happen under the skin’s surface, without you noticing until years later.

Therefore, it’s important to be aware of whether the products you use contain irritating ingredients. Best if they don’t.

Here are some examples of common ones to watch out for:

  • Alcohols (though there are some exceptions)
  • Arnica
  • Bergamot
  • Camphor
  • Cinnamon
  • Citrus juices and oils
  • Clove
  • Eucalyptus
  • Eugenol
  • Excessive fragrance
  • Grapefruit
  • Lavender
  • Linalool
  • Menthol
  • Menthyl lactate
  • Mint
  • Peppermint
  • Sodium lauryl sulfate
  • Wintergreen
  • Witch Hazel
  • Ylang-ylang

Likewise, it’s good to use a product that contains good anti-irritants, which help your skin heal from external causes of irritation in the environment.

Anti Aging Skin Remedies March 1st, 2018

 

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A few things I learned while interning at various spas and cosmetic companies, was that some of the best things you can use to obtain youthful and radiant looking skin can be found in your kitchen. Big name skin care brands try their hardest to find a way to bottle these ingredients up and give them shelf-life but without compromising freshness and risking the use of carcinogenic parabens, they aren’t able to do it. The following are a few anti aging remedies that will help even the most stubborn of skins.

Anti Aging Mask with Butter milk, Oatmeal, Olive Oil, Almond oil

Ingredients:

1/2 cup Buttermilk
2 tablespoons Oatmeal
1 tablespoon extra virgin Olive oil
1 teaspoon Almond oil

Instructions:

Mix both the buttermilk and oatmeal and warm up until the oatmeal is sof. Then mix olive and almond oil and keep it to the side for 5 to 10 minutes to cool down. After that spread the oatmeal paste gently with your tips on your clean face and neck, avoid your eyes and lips.

Lay back and leave the mask on for 25-30 minutes.

Wash it with cool water. Pat your skin with clean towel. Apply your favorite moisturizer.

Banana and Honey Mask

Bananas contain quantities of vitamins A, B (folic acid), iron, zine and potassium. Combined with heavy cream and organic honey, you end up with a wrinkle fighting mask.

Ingredients:

1 small banana
2 tablespoons fresh heavy cream
1 tablespoon organic honey
1 tablespoon oat flour
Bottled Water.

Instructions:

Mash the banana and then add the heavy cream, flour and honey. Mix well. You might have to add a little more cream to achieve a yogurt-like consistency.

Apply the mask to your entire face and neck as well. Leave it on for half an hour and rinse off with the bottled water. Do this 3 times per week for best results.

Make Your Own Rose Water

If there’s one beauty product I can’t live without, it has to be rose water. Rose water is known for its anti aging properties that can be dated back to ancient egyptian times, as well as its blemish removing abilities. You can purchase high quality rose water at your local botanical shop, but you can also make it yourself. It’s super easy!

Ingredients:

2-3 quarts fresh roses or rose petals
Water
Ice cubes

Instructions:

1. Place a firebrick in the center of a large crockpot. On top of the brick place the bowl. Put the roses in the pot and add enough flowers to reach the top of the brick. Pour in just enough water to cover the roses. The water should be just above the top of the brick.

2. Put the lip upside down on the crockpot. Bring water to a rolling boil and then lower the heat to a slow steady simmer. As soon as the water begins to boil, toss two or three trays of ice cubes on top of the lid.

3. Now you have home still! . Lift the lid every 20 minutes and quickly take out a couple tablespoons of the rose water. Stop when you see you have around a pint or quart of water that smells just like your fresh roses.

Quick Tips :)….

To get a glowing and radiant look, you can grate raw coconut and squeeze the milk out of it. Gently wash your face with the milk and it’ll give you an instant glowing effect.

If you suffer from dark spots or uneven pigment, you can remove it by placing raw potato slices on the affected areas. This also works well on acne marks. Another ingredient you can use is lemon juice and rose water. Both are known to naturally lighten the skin and even out skin tone.

There are a few essential oils that are very helpful in reducing wrinkles such as sandalwood, geranium, rosewood, rose jasmine, neroli, and frankincense. Mix these oils with primrose oil or some other oils which you feel you can use as a base oil to make a natural anti wrinkle lotion.

7 Foods for Thought March 1st, 2018

Whether you’re trying to stay awake at the office, focus in school, or are concerned about maintaining a healthy lifestyle, there is much to gain from knowing which foods are nutritionally best for your brain. Here is a guide to navigate through to the core ingredients which will help your mind day to day and with long term health as well.

1) Fish

Fish offer a valuable source of protein and omega-3 fatty acids which stimulate brain growth and activity. It is also proven that people who incorperate omega-3 into their system have slower mental decline as they age, and have enhanced memory during later years in life.

2) Blueberries

Blueberries are full of antioxidants which protect the body and brain from harmful free radicals. Like fish, they also reduce the severity of dimentia as well as Alzheimer’s disease. Lastly, blueberries may improve learning and muscle function, and even help you see better in the dark!

3) Nuts & Dark Chocoloate

Nuts and dark chocolate contain powerful anti-oxidants such as vitamin E, which lessens cerebral decline as you age. Dark chocolate also has caffeine which will keep you awake, alert, and concentrated.

4) Avocado

Mixing avocado into your diet will produce blood flow, helping your mind function. Avocado will also reduce cardiovascular disease by lowering your blood pressure.

5) Eggs

Eggs play a vital role in improving memory function due to a nutrient called choline found in the yolk. In addition to the multitude of vitamins found in eggs, the protein content is more significant than that found in other protein sources such as meat.

6) Beets

Beets contain nitrates which increase blood flow in the brain which results in improved mental performance. Beets also contain zero cholesterol and have unique anti-oxidants along with many nutrients, vitamins, and minerals.

7) Breakfast

Yes, breakfast isn’t a particular food, but the point is no matter what you eat, breakfast has benefits which will help you throughout the day. Eating breakfast will result in improved short term memory and attention. One study has even shown that students who eat breakfast perform better than students who don’t.