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The incredible properties of manuka honey are renowned. It was regarded as the most remarkable of all naturally available ingredients. Its antibacterial quality is entirely responsible for the non-hydrogen peroxide content of the nectar. With the advent of penicillin, amoxicillin and more such antibacterial medicines, the nectar started to lose its sheen. However, in recent years, it has regained the popularity as the most effective natural ingredient for healing body and skin ordeals.
In the ancient times, philosophers like Aristotle too believed in the excellent properties of the nectar. In fact, Manuka honey resembles ordinary nectar in appearance. The UMF or Unique Manuka Factor can estimate its strength. This is a scale of 0 to 30 where any scale below 10 is considered as inappropriate for medicinal usage. Any rating above that is the best for therapeutic purpose. So, what makes the nectar so unique?
Emergence of Manuka Honey
The nectar can be availed from the monofloral manuka flowers when bees accumulate it from the shrub. Found majorly in New Zealand and parts of Australia, the ingredient is an incredible constituent of most naturally available components. A combination of essential minerals from seaweeds, coconut oil, almond oil and vitamin E is an excellent regime for a replenished and supple skin surface.
Manuka Honey for Anti-Aging
Perhaps, the best usage of the nectar is when applied on the skin. It serves as a successful anti-aging constituent and provides the skin a healthy radiance. It penetrates the outer skin surface and reaches the fibroblast layer. This layer receives nourishment from the ingredients. This also accelerates the emergence of newer skin cells on the surface.
The nectar can be used as the best natural ingredient to cure several body ailments too. In fact, it is the most effective remedy for colds, coughs and even severe cases of eczema. Ancestors had realized the immense properties of the nectar and claimed that it works on absolutely any ailment of the body.
Benefits of the Nectar
The most efficient of this variety of nectars can be diluted for over 100 times without disrupting its constituency. Its properties remain the same and its performance on skin and body ailments does not decrease at all.
• The nectar is a great cure for inflammation of skin, blemishes and acne.
• It soothes skin irritations and also heals wounds.
• As an external application, it prevents skin aging.
• It is good for digestion and keeps the inner system healthy.
• It is a natural sweater hence controls excessive fat accumulation.
• Nourishes the external skin and prevents dryness.
Manuka honey is an excellent constituent for any skin and body regime. It is easily available at supermarkets and online stores. Presently many product manufacturers are providing the nectar-based formulations in the market. Ensure to purchase such products from a registered marketer only. Most of these nectars are obtained from New Zealand; hence, it should be displayed on the exterior.
Stretch marks can affect anyone. While its common amongst pregnant women, it can affect teenagers, men and even the elderly. The scars that cause so much self-esteem problems are nothing but scars that are formed when the skin gets stretch beyond its elastic abilities. While your skin is incredibly strong and flexible, it does have limits. In theory, your skin can stretch to "infinity" but when it is stretched too much too soon then little tears start forming. They are usually longitudinal and start as very dark red lines, which eventually turns into white scars that either are recessed into the skin or form a longitudinal ridge on the skin.
There have been many theories and home remedies for dealing with stretch marks. Some are more effective than others. The problem is that like any other scar it can be very hard to eliminate it. The skin does however have an incredible ability to repair itself and many people have the ability to reduce stretch mark scars to a point where it is invisible.
Therefore, whether you have them because of a pregnancy, weight gain or excessive muscle gain there is a solution for you. Here are three approaches that you can follow. They might not all work for you because there are so many variables but if you have a relatively healthy skin that tends to heal well then you can have good success with it.
1. Do nothing.
What? Yes! While it usually takes a bit longer, for many people these scars will heal in its own time. One thing you can do is to have a healthy diet that is rich in green vegetables and by keeping your skin as healthy as possible; the skin will heal much quicker.
2. Screams and oils.
There are a lot of creams and lotions available on the market. Some promise amazing results but very few of them actually deliver. Many of these creams do have active ingredients though that can be effective in repairing the tissue. Its important that you be patient with these creams though as none of them work overnight. It is usually still a slow process but it can be very effective.
3. Surgery and surgical procedures.
If you do not have the patience to wait for your scars to disappear then you can take some more drastic measures. There are a number of effective surgical procedures. There are also non surgical procedures like laser treatment hat is proven to work but it does come at a price and its definitely not cheap. The results are much quicker though and for some people its worker in a matter of weeks.
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There has been lots of hype lately about aging of skin and collagen and elastin creams. What is the truth behind these products? Do they really deliver on their promises? Let us have a look at the facts about these special ingredients:
What is Collagen and Elastin?
They are both types of proteins, found naturally in the cells of mammals, including us humans. Their purpose is to serve as the structure of our skin, bones, muscles and other types of connective tissue. Specifically, collagen provides the rigidity, and elastin, as if its name implies, the elasticity.
What is the relationship between aging of skin and collagen and elastin?
With time, starting in our twenties, our natural collagen and elastin levels, in our cells begin to decrease. With less "building material" our skin is not able to repair itself, This causes the many unwanted signs of aging to appear, such as lines and wrinkles and sagging. Aging of skin and collagen and elastin are directly related.
The actual rate of decrease is different for everybody. Certain outside factors can make our cells lose these valuable proteins faster, such as smoking and the sun's rays.
Can we counter and reverse the aging of skin with collagen and elastin?
The actual rate of decrease is different for everybody. If the skin cells contain more collagen and elastin, it is be able to fill out the lines and wrinkles, and become more firm and plum. Increased protein levels help defend the appearance against the signs of aging.
The trick in most cosmetic companies does not tell you about aging of skin and collagen and elastin.
Many creams advertise to containing collagen and elastin. What cosmetic companies do not tell you are that applying these proteins ON your face has no benefits.
The collagen and elastin levels INSIDE the skin must be increased. And the can not enter the cells from the outside. Cells must produce it themselves.
What really works for aging skin!
Creams that will really benefit our skin, and cause visible improvement in the look and health of our complexion are the ones that STIMULATE the production of these materials in our cells. Certain high quality ingredients can increase the production of these essential building blocks. Also essential, that what we use on our face and body is as close to being natural as possible, since synthetic materials will have trouble penetrating our skin. Our body can more effectively use ingredients derived from natural sources, and kept close to their natural state.
Now you know the facts about aging of skin and collagen and elastin. The regular use of an anti-aging cream that stimulates the protein production of your cells will have visible improvements on your skin. Combined with healthy lifestyle habits you will be able to delay and repair the signs of aging.
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Double chins are extremely unattractive to look at. Even though there could be other factors that may result in one having a double chin, but the most common ones is the amount of body fat that one has, aging as time passes as well as ones anatomy.
But if we were to be honest about it, the majority of people have double chins as a result of them not exercising enough. I am almost tempted to say that being overweight is the major contributor and possibly it is, however it is not only the people who are overweight who have double chins.
Lack of exercise can cause fats to deposit on the chin, and for many people it is a terrible thing to have to see every time they look at themselves. The good news is that there are things that you can do to get rid of your double chin:
It is common knowledge that men and women, who are born with natural hair curls, spend a lot of time, effort and money to straighten their natural curls. For men and women who do not have the resources to get rid of those hideous curls, short curly hairstyles are the answer to their insecurity issue brought about by your natural hair curls. Always looking into the bright side will definitely bring you places even if you have natural curls.
The main difference between the techniques is that one uses heat and one does not. It is important to remember that excessive or repeated use of heat can damage hair. Omit the second step if you are going to use a curling iron or hot rollers. Use a conditioning spray on your hair. Apply a "no-frizz" or heat-shielding conditioner if you use a curling iron or heated rollers.
You can use this shampoo in the shower as your curls of hair for you. Hard to believe, but it works. You can get it at any store selling shampoos. This is a good way to go when you do not want to spend the high price of beauty. So, go to your local store and try this before going to beauty salons and it could save you money in the end. Soon we will examine some of the trick hairdressing and write articles on these topics, which can help you.
No wonder why celebs are constantly spotted in retro hairstyles at various places. This hairstyle is among the most beloved hairstyles of all times. Retro Curls look great with sexy short dresses as well as long gowns. Getting retro curl hairstyle is very easy. Leave hair flatter at top and go into a fuller, more sculpted curl at end. This hairstyle is a wonderful choice for many facial shapes.
The short clipped curly hair, especially if your curls happen to be the tight variety, is yet another popular curly hairstyle you can consider - and the look of it can be fantastic, making men with curly hair lucky in that they can acquire a fantastic hairstyle simply by clipping their hair short. Of course, it is essential not to confuse clipping with cropping; meaning that in clipping your hair short to acquire this look, you have to ensure that you are still left with hair of 'combable' length.
The trend for sexy curly spirals are returning and the girls who love to change the style with the trend would be looking for the best hair curler that can help them acquire different types of voluminous curls to suit their personality. You can also get those sexy ringlets on your hair if you can spare a few minutes with your curling iron. You can create different tight and wavy curls on your hair so that you look different and attractive always.
To make your hair resist the heat of the device, it will be a better idea to wash your hair with conditioning shampoo and then coat your hair with heat protecting creams. This will also keep your hair hydrated until the end of styling. You should never perform mistake while choosing a curling iron, as different kinds of low quality curling irons are also available today to cheat you.
Beauty isn't skin deep. But, beauty still lies in the eyes of the beholder! If you are a woman and anywhere between the age of 13 to 70, you definitely want that beholder to find you beautiful all the time! There are many areas of the body that you can enhance to look beautiful, the most important being the face. There are probably several methods you have tried and tested to achieve that fresh and clear skin. But, not all of those methods work for all skin types.
There are different types of skin – dry, normal, sensitive, combination and oily skin. For people with dry skin, there is a constant peeling of the skin; for people with oily skin, there is always the pimples to tend to; for people with sensitive skin, any small change in environment can cause major skin damage and for people with normal and combination skin types, there is a chance of any of the above to happen. To read more about the face care tips, read the next section carefully.
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Beauty is skin deep so are the concerns. It is a safe bet that one could not find a person on this planet that would not like to look beautiful forever. Even some may encourage aging by emphasizing on looking graceful rather than beautiful or age elegantly though one cannot find a contender who is willing to do so.
In order to prevent skin aging and have a beautiful skin, most of us are willing to lay our hands on anything, which appears on the shelf. Be it the high end product of SkinMedica or a local made crème with absolutely no credentials, we tend to believe that it could have ‘that' miracle impact on our skin we have been impatiently waiting for! On the grim side, it could be utterly disastrous for our skin. To delay the onset of aging or clear the breakouts of skin, here are some words of advice straight from the experts, which are as follows.
Stick to your skin care regimen. A normal skin routine comprises cleansing, toning and moisturizing of the skin. Never go to sleep with your make-up on even if you are using top-notch mineral based make-up cosmetics. The make-up on skin prevents the epidermis (outer layer of the skin) from breathing which can result in breakouts, zits and acne. Always use products, which have enough back up of market credentials and testimonials from the users. The basic products such as toners or exfoliants should be branded. Companies like Dermalogica and Bioelements feature a wonderful result -driven range in the given category.
Exfoliate your facial skin twice a week. This will help it to remove dead skin and rejuvenate. Sun- block is mandatory even if it's raining outside or is winter. Make it a point to apply it before 30 minutes of stepping out. Sun can give you necessary vitamin D but is also accountable for more than 80 percent of pre-ageing wrinkles. If you are above the age of 30, use anti-ageing cream of reputed brands such as Skin Medica , Primrose and Yonka to name a few.
Make it a habit to consult your dermatologist once in a month. Along with the skin care regime it would be wonderful if you could include exercise and vegetables in your daily regimen. You can also visit the product websites and know more about it. Dermalogica and Yonka websites provide elaborated details about your skin and help you to plan skin care schedule in accordance with your skin type.
The skin is a delicate barrier between the inside and outside of your body. It is also the body's largest organ of elimination so keeping your facial skin clean has to be done sensibly and thoroughly with consideration given to the skin's own needs. Be very selective in what you use to clean and treat your skin. Read and research labels for certain chemical ingredients. These are harsh on skin that is already distressed, making the acne worse.
Most of the chemicals going into our toiletries are no different from the harsh, toxic chemicals used in industry. For example, propylene glycol (PC) is a wetting agent and solvent used in make-up, hair care products, deodorants and aftershave. It's also the main ingredient in antifreeze and brake fluid. Similarly, polyethylene glycol (PEG), a related agent found in most skin cleansers, is a caustic used to dissolve grease the same substance you find in oven cleaners. Isopropyl, an alcohol used in hair-color rinses, hand lotions and fragrances, is also a solvent found in shellac. Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), used in toothpastes, shampoos and just about every personal cleansing solution, is a harsh detergent commonly used as an engine degreaser.
Be very selective in what you use to clean and treat your skin. Too many of the toiletries and cosmetics we use these days are simply carcinogenic cocktails of hazardous waste.
There's not enough room in this article to go too deeply into this subject, but just remember to check the label. The best soaps available contain pure glycerin, such as Castile soap in either liquid or solid block form.
Do not wash your skin excessively. The skin forms a protective oil covering to form a surface barrier against airborne attacks or from being touched by dirt. Typically, your hands are laden with germs, which are easily transferred to the face by touch.
Research and research again until you find a suitable and highly recommended face cream. A good chemical-free cream will treat your skin with respect and understanding and, for a number of people, may be enough to end the acne. However, most acne sufferers will have to use additional strategies as well. Since acne is often more than just a skin problem, originating within your body and pushing toxic matter out through your skin, you need to deal with it at source as well as at surface level.
Depending on the severity of your condition select your course of action from the following:
If your acne is moderate, being active in episodes rather than constant, just a few steps of the program and a good acne skin cream should be adequate.
For a more severe case, you should follow the complete program, as acne is a holistic condition. It is connected not only with your body but also with your mind and emotions. It is an expression of what is happening inside your internal organs and deep inside your cells. It is the result of your body being unable to cope with quantities of this toxic matter so it is transferred to your skin, via the blood stream, for elimination. This is a survival mechanism to protect your vital organs from being poisoned.
Since what goes on your skin is absorbed and finds its way into your body's systems and organs, it is, in a way, as though you were eating it. And just like you read labels on food before buying it, you should read labels on all your skin application products. Some commonly used ingredients distress your skin and, by blocking your pores, this may be the cause of acne. Some of the worst offenders have been briefly discussed above.
Check if these chemicals are in your cosmetics and, if so, throw them out. Read all labels to do with skin care. You will find these ingredients in many commercial skin preparations including sunscreens and certain brands of soap. Since skin is permeable, whatever is applied to it will have to be dealt with by the liver and the liver's easiest route to get rid of unwanted matter is through the skin.
Every second or third day, use a face steamer for a few minutes, and then gently pat your skin with a heated clean face towel. This brings circulation to the face and helps to open pores. At a slightly deeper level it helps to move the toxic matter inside the pimple to the surface. If a pimple is not yet ripe, leave it for next time. A ripe pimple will open to a light scrub. Gentle encouragement rather than force works best. Picking at open skin can quickly cause infection that will leave a scar.
Avoid oil based make up as it is heavy and clogs up your pores. Rather use water based make-up, it is kinder to your face. Use it lightly.
Be aware of skin contact. Resting your chin or cheek on your hand may cause that fresh crop of spots: comfortable at the time, but really not worth it. Change pillow covers frequently. After laundering the pillow covers either dry them in the sun or press them with a very hot iron. Sleeping on your back is a good habit to get into, rather than have contact between your face and the pillow.
Smiling is a good thing, but smile lines are another thing. So, what causes these lines to appear around the eyes and mouth? Is there a way of preventing them from appearing? Well, there are ingredients that you can use for your skin to avoid such unsightly facial issue.
Wrinkles form due to the loss of fat of the skin; decline in the production of hyaluronic acid, which is known to retain moisture; repetitive motion and loss of elasticity.
To avoid these contributors to the appearance of smile lines, here are some effective tricks that you can follow.
Fortunately, there are natural ingredients that can do all these things to eliminate smile lines and other skin problems.
One is called Phytessence Wakame, an extract from Japanese sea kelp. This natural extract is capable of inhibiting a harmful enzyme called hyalurodinase, which breaks down hyaluronic acid.
Another is a bio-active keratin that can increase the levels of collagen and elastin in the skin. Also, it can deeply penetrate the skin to be effective in its moisturizing effect. This is even called a miracle ingredient in skin care.
Combine these special ingredients with other naturally derived ingredients to assure yourself about their safety and effectiveness.
Use a skin care product that contains ingredients with moisturizing properties, which include Grapeseed oil, which is also discovered to address fine lines around the eyes; D-Panthenol or vitamin B5, which helps in the repair of the skin tissue and act as a natural moisturizer; and Jojoba Oil, which deeply moisturizes the skin to make it feel soft and velvet like and at the same time reduce wrinkles and smile lines.
The face is the first thing that people see when you come into contact with them. Our face and skin are our biggest assets that produce our first impression. As we age, signs of deterioration show on our face and skin. Wrinkles, dryness, fine lines, sagging skin, and age spots are all signs that you are getting older.
Facial exercise is the non-invasive approach to lifting and toning your face. Exercising the muscles under your skin increases the amount of oxygen to the facial muscles and helps rejuvenate the cells, giving your face a younger and healthier appearance.
Just as people are realizing that exercise and toning the body as they age keeps them healthier, more people are recognizing that facial exercises can tone the muscles in the face.
We tend to get a lot of benefits of facial exercises and the most prominent feature of facial exercise is that they are free and can be done anywhere and at any time at your own convenience. It is literally possible to reduce or delay wrinkles without having to opt for the various expensive methods like surgery, beauty injections, and anti wrinkle creams.
Regular face exercise removes the extra flab from certain areas. With aging process fat tend to accumulate in our chin area. Even in case of certain young people chubby cheeks and double chin take away their original facial beauty by spoiling the facial contour. Regular face exercises target these areas and help in giving you a sculpted face.
When it comes to making your face look younger and lovely facial exercises are what you should be going for. By doing simple and easy face exercises, one will greatly improve their self-esteem and confidence.
Facial exercises designed to suit one's need may deprive one of the frustrations and disappointments from results of expensive and complicated facial treatments.
Doctors in the treatment of certain medical conditions like TMJ also advise facial exercises. This disease causes faulty movement of the temporomandibular joint and it results in pain, headaches amongst other symptoms. The area around the jaw including the cheekbone is massaged to help manage this condition.
The present day pressure, strain and eating pattern that we encounter in our day to day life, cause wrinkles too early, bloated eyes and drooping of skin that can be lessened with exercise.Other factors like age-related wrinkles and drooping can also be avoided with the help of facial exercise.
Apart from the above benefits that these exercises provide you they also relax your mind and make you calm. While you exercise make sure that you exercise the whole part of your face and include the following: eyes, forehead, lower and upper jaw, ears, neck and head.
Regular exercise, eating healthy and drinking lots of water will go a long way in reducing those puffy cheeks and double chins.
One additional cause for doing face exercise on regular basis is that it is very easy to do and can be done any where.It is as simple as applying make up. All you need to do is learn how to move your fingers to smooth and tone the face.
Isn't it great that you can tone your face naturally and look better than those who had cosmetic surgery?
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