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The hot season is upon us, and one of the consequences to enjoying the sun and the beach is dry hair. Exposure to too much sun, especially with harmful UV rays, is one of the top reasons for dry, brittle, and dull hair. In addition, external factors such as excessive hair treatments and the use of harsh hair products also contribute to the dehydration of follicles.
There are numerous solutions for dry hair, but you cannot just jump in from one treatment to the next. Certain considerations still have to be made, like, has your hair undergone any recent treatments like re-bonding or straightening? Have you done any hair colour procedures? Did you get a perm; or do you wear hair extensions? All these actors have to be taken-in on order to find the most compatible solution for your condition.
Below are gathered tips from various hair salon experts:
THE SHAMPOO FOR YOU
Contrary to popular belief, washing your hair everyday can do extensive damage, especially if you are using harsh shampoos with strong chemical contents. Shampoos with a pH of 2.5 to 3.5 are the best choices for almost all types of hair. Professional hair salons share that this acidic level of shampoos is enough to clean the hair but not so strong as to strip away the follicle's natural keratin coat. Daily shampooing is unnecessary especially if you work indoors like an office. According to hair salon professionals, washing with shampoo with conditioner contents is recommended at least every other day or every two days. Some of the low pH shampoos to choose from are: Paul Mitchell Moisture and Shine, Matrix Biolage Hydrating Shampoo, and Redken Moisturizing Shampoo.
But if you are loyal to one product and you feel that it has been good to your hair, then stick with it. Just reduce your use to the abovementioned frequency.
HAIR TREATMENT: GOOD OR EVIL?
Hair treatments are not actually evil. There are times when you will actually need them to revive life to your mane. There are literally hundreds of hair treatments out there but it does not mean you should try them all. Like is most cases, sticking to the most researched procedures is the best option. Keratin Hair treatments is one of the more known recommendations for dry hair. Keratin is a natural component of our hair, and as the name suggests, this hair treatment will be giving back lost keratin to our crowning glories. A keratin hair treatment is applicable for any type of hair—curly, frizzy, damaged, straight, colored, and processed. This is currently the rave in terms of hair salon treatments.
If you have to wash your hair for two consecutive days, just wet hair and use conditioner only. Wash it off thoroughly to avoid dandruff. In addition, applying hair serum before stepping out of the house can help protect your hair from the harmful sun.
TREATING YOUR HAIR KINDLY
Dry hair is vulnerable to breakage and split ends. Adding more stress to it by too much brushing and callous hairstyling can hasten its already bad condition. When washing, avoid aggressive lathering. Simply use your fingertips and work your scalp in circles. These strokes will also de-stress and stimulate the scalp, allowing the scalp to breathe, and become rejuvenated. Hair salons recommend using medium to soft brushes to tame dry hair.
Our hands and nails take a lot of abuse every day. With our busy lives, we sometimes tend to take them for granted and forget that just like our feet and faces, they also need some TLC occasionally. We have to understand that a manicure is sometimes not enough to maintain the health of our hands and nails.
MOISTURIZING THE HANDS and NAILS
The skin or our hands can easily dry up without the proper protection and maintenance practices. Dermatologists recommend carrying a hand lotion in your bag. Moisturizing should be done at least 4 times a day especially in cold temperatures.
An inexpensive way of maintaining the moisture in our hands and nails is by soaking them in a bowl of warm milk for 5 minutes every other day. Milk has natural hydrating factors that both strengthen and rejuvenate cells on the hands and keratin on our nails.
Removing dead skin cells is a way for new and healthier ones to emerge. Using your face astringent on the back of your hands to exfoliate is actually an acceptable maintenance practice. Do this once or twice a week; depending on the level of abuse, your hands receive in a day. Do not forget to always slab on a layer of lotion after cleansing them with your choice of exfoliant.
One solution for removing dead skin cells from your hands and nails by using things at home is by preparing a solution of lemon extracts, a bit of salt and warm water. Some salons that provide manicures also use this simple formula for their customers. What you need to do is get a soft brush (or an old toothbrush) and use the solution to scrub off dull and dry skin around the nails and on the back of the hands.
By doing this once a week, boosts the luster of fingernails and lessens skin discoloration.Excessive use of cuticle and nail polish removers is one of the most common factors that lead to dry and brittle nails. According to professional salons, manicures that entail the removal of old cuticles must use oil-based removers to gently clean and remove the top layer of the nails.
A SOLUTION FOR FRAGILE NAILS
Manicures, especially when done too often, can lead to brittle or extremely soft nails. Some salons recommend soaking them in olive oil for about 20 minutes every two days. Olive oil has natural properties that reinforce keratin content on the hair and fingernails.
By using gloves as protection when doing tasks that rely heavily on hands, is also an important way to keep it from damage. Gardening and other similar jobs put a lot of strain on our nails so one has to remember to use some form of cover for the hands.
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Fine wrinkles start to appear on the face, especially the chin, smile lines and forehead as well as a sign that you are no longer young but not if you've also indicated really old. For that you can prevent it in various ways, one of which you can use various techniques, starting with the various anti-wrinkle cream, until surgery (face lifting). In addition to these treatments, you can also keep up with the maintenance of internal (from within), one with consuming tomatoes.
Tomatoes contain lycopene, which is famous for its alleged prevention of wrinkles and dark spots due to sunlight. Eighty percent of wrinkles caused by sunlight, and lycopene is one of the potent antioxidant that can stop the process of premature aging caused by exposure to sunlight.
According to experts, adding tomatoes to the menu brings many benefits. Lycopene is also famous for its usefulness in the fight against heart disease and cancer. Therefore, in addition to skin health, you can also prevent other diseases.
Consume lycopene-rich tomato paste can dramatically reduce skin damage caused by sunlight. Eating tomato paste mixed with olive oil for 10 weeks in addition to your regular menu can also help. Lycopene is an antioxidant that is very potent and powerful weapon in preventing skin damage caused by free radicals.
Add some cooked tomato dishes into your menu such as spaghetti, pizza, tomato soup or other. If possible, choose the tomatoes that are cooked than raw. However, raw tomatoes contain lots of lycopene, but when cooked the absorption will increase four fold.
Add fresh tomato slices on sandwiches and hamburgers. Replace mayonnaise in sandwiches and hamburgers with tomato paste, then you will get a completely different taste.
It is a good idea to drink one glass of tomato juice every day instead of orange; because by drinking tomato juice, you will get the lycopene and vitamin C. If you do not like the tomatoes then you can take lycopene supplements but you should consult your doctor.
Routine maintenance will be different, results in each person depends on your diet and lifestyle.
People like to be groomed and appear clean all the time. That is why salons and spas exist because they help men and women look good and presentable when there are special occasions, a very important client meeting, or just a regular upkeep to maintain one's grooming.
Nevertheless, these services and treatments can cost a fortune these days especially with their in-house secret ingredient or formula that make people coming back for more. Home solutions as well as do it yourself projects are the answer to cut down cost. One can simply avail of the services at the comforts of their own home and without the extra charge.
A nail file is an amazing object that has been in use for a number of years to groom people's nails. These can be purchased by anyone who wishes to treat their nails at home and there are many kinds to choose from.
There are the more traditional emery board kinds of nail file; an electric nail file is also an option, and the newer kind that uses glass as its main component.
Depending on its use, a good nail file they should be of high quality to make sure it lasts multiple uses, made of durable materials to withstand wear and tear, and easy to use as in electrical files. A nail file should also be easy to clean and disinfect to avoid the bacteria from piling and multiplying.
Though any one can use a nail file, there is a certain way to treat the nails to get a great finish and keep them from breaking. Observe how the professionals do it with a manual nail file and adapt that style; however, a person can do it on his own without investing in a salon treatment first.
The first step is to make sure the person's hands are cleaned with soap and water. When using a nail file, there has to be an allowance of extra length in the nails to allow the file to work its way through. Clipping the nails is a great way to ensure the proper length before filing. Hold the nail file at an angle on one corner and stroke at this angle towards the center; repeat this several times with light pressure. Move on to the other corner at a slight angle, and work the nail file to the center again and repeat this step with all nails at the desired length and shape.
After using the nail file, it is always a good way to wash your hands to prevent any infections. In addition, moisturize to keep hands and nails smooth and shiny.
Many women try to find ways to highlight natural beauty every day. They turn to chemical peel and other expensive skin care procedures to do this. The one thing that they do not always think to look at is using makeup to do this. Makeup products often times get a bad wrap as being a way to hide the skin and what it looks like. The reality is that it can be one of the best tools for those that want a natural look.
There are things you will want to keep in mind when selecting products to highlight natural beauty. Some simple makeup tricks will make it easy to look like you are not wearing any products at all.
Choose a foundation makeup that is a light coverage. Most of the top beauty companies will clearly mark on their products what type of coverage that they give. If you are unsure of what to choose when it comes to this important base, you can have one custom selected for you at a department store makeup counter.
The key with going with a sheer coverage is you want your foundation makeup to give a gentle wash of color to even out your natural skin tone. You do not want it to look like you are wearing a mask.
Sheer eye shadows and blushes are going to give you the hint of color without looking like you took a paintbrush to your face. It might be tempting to try to build up color when you are doing your eye makeup, but a little bit of pink or purple will do wonders for your natural beauty. By choosing the right colors, you can bring out the color of your eyes.
A tinted lip-gloss is all that you need to finish off a look that will highlight natural beauty. You can choose many different tints to keep in your makeup case so that you can easily change up your look. From peach tinted lip to a berry stain, you will give your lips a look that will help to bring out their natural color and keep them moist looking.
Natural essential oils are of many types. Therefore, the oil you choose depends on what you aim to achieve by using the oil. Some oils help elevate your mood while others may treat a burn. Unfortunately, there is no specific list, which points out the oil that is best for a specific condition. Research is the only way you are going to purchase high quality natural essential oils.
Natural essential oils may permeate the body in three ways:
* They may be applied on the skin
* They may be inhaled
* They may be ingested
Depending on the way the oils are taken in, their method of application also changes. For instance, natural essential oils may be applied topically using a compress or they may be rubbed in directly. They may be inhaled using a diffuser.
The application method depends on the nature of the oil. For instance, some oils are intense and may therefore irritate the skin if applied topically. These must then be diffused in the air and inhaled.
The desired effect also plays an important role. For example, topical application is best suited for treating wounds. Inhalation can help elevate moods. Adding the oil to bath water can induce relaxation. An experienced aromatherapist is the person to consult if you are not sure about the application process or have any doubts regarding the oil you need to purchase.
The best quality oils are of the first grade. Cheap quality essential oils may be adulterated with cheap fillers that compromise the quality and durability of the oil. Thus, it is important to pay close attention to the list of ingredients on the label of the product you buy. Look for 'Pure Jasmine Oil' or 'Pure Myrrh'.
One must never buy natural essential oils from street shops, fairs etc.
Some people like the idea of buying organically grown essential oils. These are of the purest quality. However, they are also highly expensive. The extraction process of essential oils also matters. Steam distilled oils are better for the skin as these do not contain any chemicals.
One of the best ways of ensuring high quality is to buy pure essential oils and mix them yourself. However, not everyone can do this. Therefore, the second alternative is to buy essential oils from reputed sellers.
High quality natural essential oils are expensive no doubt. However, if you intend to use these oils for some time, it makes sense to buy one or two oils of the best quality.
What are aromatherapy carrier oils?
Most people associate aromatherapy with essential oils. While essential oils form the backbone of aromatherapy, carrier oils also play a vital role in aromatherapy. Essentially, aromatherapy carrier oils are base oils that are mixed with pure essential oils before they are used for a particular purpose. Carrier oil is generally extracted from vegetables, seeds or kernels.
What is the importance of aromatherapy carrier oils?
In their undiluted form, essential oils are too potent to be used and they can cause irritation or burning. Carrier oils are added to pure essential oils to dilute them before their application. Since the base oil carries the essential oil to the human body, it is termed carrier oil. Carrier oils are used in massage creams; lotions, bath oils and other skin care products too.
Unlike essential oils that evaporate when exposed to air, carrier oils are more stable. They are almost odorless, which means they do not impart any fragrance of their own to the aromatherapy oil. Some carrier oils have a slightly sweet, nutty fragrance though. However, it must be remembered that carrier oils have a certain shelf life and turn rancid after a while. Essential oils, on the other hand, lose their potency but do not turn rancid.
Aromatherapy carrier oils come from different sources. Different oils have different therapeutic properties and conditions. The nature of the carrier oil affects many aspects of the aromatherapy oil and affects therapy, color, aroma and purpose of the treatment. Thus, the type of oil to be used depends on the therapeutic benefit of the aromatherapy oil.
The most commonly found aromatherapy carrier oils include sweet almond oil, avocado oil, macadamia oil, hazelnut oil, jojoba, sunflower oil, and sesame oil. However, it must be remembered that carrier oils used for aromatherapy are cold pressed. Therefore, most oils available in grocery stores cannot be used as carrier oils.
When shopping for carrier oils, the following must be kept in mind:
* Ensure that the oil is cold extracted or cold pressed. This means that the oil has not been influenced by heat. Oils that have been extracted using the 'cold expeller pressed' method are the best.
* Carrier oils that have been processed in the right manner are rich in antioxidants and are therefore beneficial for the skin. These also extend the shelf life of the blended product.
* High quality carrier oils also contain essential fatty acids. Since the body does not produce essential fatty acids, they are highly nutritious for the skin. Different oils have varying amounts of essential fatty acids. While higher percentage of essential fatty acids is beneficial, fatty acids also reduce the shelf life of the oil.
* The price of aromatherapy carrier oils varies. The source of the oil, its extraction process and whether the source is organic are some of the factors that decide the cost of the base oil.
* Mineral oils are not used as carrier oils.
Fragrance oils are also known as aroma oils. Essentially, these oils are blended from synthetic compounds or may be extracted naturally from herbs and plants. Pure essential oils are very potent and therefore have greater impact. Nevertheless, they cannot be used directly. Generally, blending essential oils with some amount of other oils, which is what differentiates them from pure essential oils, forms fragrance oils.
Typically, fragrance oils are used therapeutically, and are particularly useful in aromatherapy treatment. Thus, fragrance oils are readily available at aromatherapy stores. However, one must exercise caution while purchasing these oils. The quality of the fragrance oil you purchase depends on the quality of the brand, vendor or manufacturer. Adulterated oils may be harmful as they may irritate the skin. Contaminated oils may even have long lasting side effects.
Before using fragrance oils topically, it is necessary to ensure that the oil does not trigger any allergic reactions in the body. Since it is not mandatory to list ingredients on the labels of products, it pays to be cautious. It is necessary to buy fragrance oils from quality sellers. Some manufacturers use chemical additives to bring down the cost of the oils. Some people are allergic to air borne chemicals. Therefore, it is important to be concerned about the nature and quality of the fragrance oils you buy.
Fragrance oils may be used to alleviate stress and conditions that result from a busy lifestyle. Fragrance oils are used to make a variety of essential oils.
Fragrance oils may be used for different purposes:
Fragrance oils may be used to alleviate stress. By inhaling these oils or massaging them into the skin, one may induce relaxation in taut musculature. Oils like chamomile, basil, lemongrass and eucalyptus are best for reducing stress.
Fragrance oils may be used to treat a number of skin problems like acne, dryness and so on. They may also be used to treat other related problems like dandruff, skin problems and cellulite. Grape seed, rosemary and chamomile are best for beauty treatments. Fragrance oils may be used in conditioners, shampoos and so on.
The basic aim of aromatherapy is to convert essential oils into fragrances. Bath oils are an example. Unlike synthetic products, pure essential oils are free of additives and are safe when compared to other commercially available products.
Fragrance oils help relax the mind and thus aid meditation. Many practices like Yoga and Pilates are performed in an atmosphere suffused with fragrance. Epsom salts are made from essential oils and help ease aches and pains.
As you can see, fragrance oils have many uses. However, only high quality fragrance oils deliver the desired impact, and why it is important to be careful about the quality of the product you buy.
A temporary wrinkle remover could cost hundreds of dollars and last for only a few months. The over-the-counter products may be cheaper, but their effects may last for only a few minutes. With a good health and skincare routine, you can reduce wrinkles gradually and look more youthful for life. Here are some healthy suggestions.
Eat the Right Foods
Salmon, broccoli, tomatoes, soy and wakame are some foods that have proven to be beneficial in clinical studies for reversing free radical damage, one of the primary causes of visible and invisible aging. White bread, white sugar, white rice, potatoes and baked goods are some of the foods that can lead to the production of Advanced Glycation End-products or AGEs, a cause of wrinkled skin and a variety of health problems. So, choose your diet carefully.
Take Some Good Dietary Supplements
The best dietary supplements contain many of the antioxidants and other nutrients found in the foods mentioned above. In one study, a fish oil supplement was shown to improve the skin's firmness by 30%. Firmer skin is less wrinkled. Other supplements that may be beneficial include lycopene, an antioxidant in tomato shown to help protect against UV damage, another cause of skin aging.
Use Some Good Skincare Products
A temporary wrinkle remover will rarely fall under that category. Some ingredients provide an immediate improvement by slightly bending the light rays. It is kind of like smoke and mirrors. Nevertheless, the effect can last from one face wash to the next. The ingredient to look for is keratin. You will find it in some of the better anti-aging creams, because it also stimulates the production of new skin cells. Decreased production of skin cells is yet another cause of wrinkling.
Although it is not a temporary wrinkle remover, another good ingredient is coenzyme Q10. After three months of daily use, creams containing coenzyme Q10 have been shown to reverse wrinkles by 30%. They also work to correct sun damage.
Not only is wakame a great food to eat for anti-aging benefits, it also works from the outside in when it is applied directly to the skin. Wakame is a kind of kelp. It works to increase the skin's hyaluronic acid content. Hyaluronic acid helps to keep the skin smooth and firm. It also plays a role in the production of new skin cells. Low levels of hyaluronic acid are known to accompany aging.
You might still want to invest in a temporary wrinkle remover for some special occasion. But at least now you know there are ways to easily and inexpensively improve your appearance for life.
When buying false eyelashes you should be sure that the style of lash would be appropriate for your eye shape, eye colour and skin tone. The wrong choice of this can result in a clash of colours, eyelashes looking cheap and very unnatural. This is the last thing that you want to happen when dressing up and attending an important occasion. Another important factor is to get your style of eyelashes to suit the occasion you are attending. For example on a daytime occasion natural look lashes are the best choice, keeping your look understated but glamorous. At a wedding or formal function, you will prefer a fancy style of lashes but not too elaborate such as feather lashes.
For a great everyday look, your top style will be natural look false eyelashes. With this style, it will suit many different skin tones and all eye colours. If you are of fairer skin then a dark brown/black thinner, set of lashes will be complimenting to your eyes. The thicker and darker the lashes, the harsher it will look on your face. This however is a great look for darker features, brown eyes and black hair; it will give the illusion of bigger eyes.
Party / Night Out
When attending a party or a glam night out you always want to look your best, from the shoes, to the dress, to the makeup and eyelashes, everything has to be perfect. When choosing what style of lash to wear, think about the rest of your outfit and overall look. For example if you have a blue dress, team it with a set of black/blue glitter lashes, with a natural eye shadow colour. You do not want to use too much bold colour of eye shadow, as the blue in your eyelashes will shine through, less is more.
Fancy Dress / Costume
The best false eyelashes for a fancy dress occasion or costume accessory are feather eyelashes. Here at Just Eyelashes we stock a great range of feather lashes, in all different colours and textures. They exaggerate the shape and size of your eye, for an extra dramatic look. The great thing about feather eyelashes is that they are so lightweight that they will not strain your eyes or feel any heavier than any normal false lashes.
When attending a formal occasion your main aim is to look presentable, clean and elegant. Make sure that your outfit is put together well and work your make up around it. Avoid using bold colour eye shadow. You can spice it up with a pair of false lashes, match your lashes with your outfit, or go for a smart natural look with a diamante finish.
Whatever your occasion, skin colour / eye colour always remember stick to what you know. If you know a certain shade of clothing will not suit you, then the chances are your false eyelashes will not either. False eyelashes are fantastic accessories to complement any look and enhance the natural beauty of your eyes.
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