How to Make a Natural Body Lotion

If you have not tried doing one yet, I can tell you that it's really easy and fun to do. Plus, one great perk is if you get to make an extra amount, you can put them in cute little containers and give them as gifts to your family and friends. They'd love your creation and appreciate the fact that it's a healthy product as well.

So here are the things that you'll need:

  • Three fourths cup of pure oil. Almond oil is what most people recommend because it's good in absorbing and does not leave a greasy feel. You can easily buy it in food stores as well.
  • One cup of water or if available, rose water.
  • Two tablespoons of shaved beeswax. Make sure what you buy is labeled shaved as most food stores have the plain beeswax. Moreover, other kinds of wax are petroleum byproducts.
  • Thirty drops of essential oils. Do refrain from buying fragrance as it's synthetic. Lavender is especially good because not only is it aromatic, it also comes with healing properties for any skin type and can soothe sunburns as well.
  • A covered glass jar for storage.

The things you'll need are just your blender, a glass bowl that's small or medium in size, a spatula and a little jar to store the lotion. Note though that the beeswax can leave some residues on both the blender and spatula so it would be better if you'll use them only for making aromatherapy products.

Procedure:

Part 1

  • Pour the pure oil into a measuring cup. Preferably a Pyrex one. Add in the shaved beeswax.
  • Set this up in a saucepan containing water that comes halfway up the side of the Pyrex cup.
  • Heat until the beeswax dissolves then immediately remove from the stove.
  • Let it cool for one to two minutes but not a minute longer as the beeswax would harden.

Part 2

  • Pour the water or rose water into the blender and blend at high speed with the lid on. Make sure there's a hole on the lid's left side where you'll add in the oil and beeswax mixture so that it's combined with the water or rose water.
  • As you pour the oil, the mixture will emulsify.
  • You will see it start to thicken when three quarters of the oil has already been beloved.
  • Continue pouring the oil until it's completely incorporated into the water or rose water.

Part 3

  • Add in the 30 drops of your preferred essential oil.
  • Blend them to complete your lotion.
  • Pour the lotion into the glass jar for storage.
  • Wipe off any remaining lotion residue from the blender using a spatula.

This DIY lotion has a 6-month shelf life. Store it in a room with cool temperature or in your refrigerator so that it stays fresh all the time.

And that's about it. See, easy as pie huh? So go on and try making it for yourself and spread health and love by giving some to your family and friends. Have fun!

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Eight Things You Must Stop Doing to Your Skin

1. Not Removing Makeup Before Going to Bed

Actress Kate Bosworth said she can count the times she's gone to bed with makeup on with one hand. And this is evidently seen in her great looking skin. Creator of Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare, Dennis Gross MD says improper cleansing and non-removal of makeup before going to bed is one of the worst mistakes women can make.

This leads to clogged oil glands which makes your pores look larger. By the time your collagen level decreases due to age, your pores will not snap back anymore after it becomes enlarged. Moreover, non-removal of makeup can cause pollution, which develops into free radicals and result into breakouts.

2. Sleeping on Cotton Pillowcases

Getting eight hours of sleep is healthy but be careful not to pers press your face on your pillow because this can cause skin trauma. This includes permanent creases when your collagen supply breaks down.

Gross recommends replacing your cotton pillow for a silk or satin material of clothing because they do not cause much friction. Pillowcases can also cause accumulation of residual buildup so if you're prone to acne, it would really help if you wash your sheets once every week.

3. Skimping on Sleep

Not only can a good night's sleep do wonders in lifting one's energy, mood and metabolism, it also benefits skin veryly. Gross says if your skin is not getting adequate optimum fuel, it can become pale and dull. We would get so stressful when we lack sleep that this can actually make our bodies, which includes the skin, develop free radicals.

4. Using Cleansers that are Harsh

People with oily or acne-prone skin tend to lean towards use of cleaners or exfoliants that can dry things. While it's seemingly a good idea, they actually strip your skin off its good oils and reduce its natural barrier of protection. This spurs production of oil and in turn, increase chances of breakouts. Band President of Karin Herzog Skincare, Noelle Herzog, recommends employing a face wash that nourishes skin in a milky texture.

5. Talking Too Much on the Phone

Talking on speaker phone is the better method because talking on your phone directly causes pressure on your face which traps in oil and results to zits. Your cell phone accumulates bacteria on its surface too so it's essential to clean it as often as you can.

6. Popping Out Pimples

The right way to drain a pimple is to apply a downward pressure perpendicularly the surface of your skin. That's how dermatologists do it but when it comes to normal bees like us who panic at the sight sight of a zit, we tend to squeeze it from its side. This only causes the pimple to deepen into your skin and can leave a permanent scar.

If you can not resist the temptation, Gross says washing your face using a clean and soft wash cloth. If the pimple is up for popping, this is all the pressure it needs for drainage.

7. Using Too Many Products Simultaneously

Be careful not to use too many products on your skin at the same time as they may lead to irritation, harming it instead of helping. If you notice your skin becoming flaky or red, there's every chance that you're overdoing your product applications. In such case, it helps to use a soothing product every other day together with your usual serums, retinoids and peels.

8. Not Applying Products in Order

To maximize what good benefits you can get from your skincare routine is by following this order of product application: Start first with the product having thin consistency to one that's thick after cleansing.

That's because using heavier products first can prevent the lighter ones from effectively penetrating your skin and doing what they're supposed to do. An example of this is using toner first followed by your serum and finally, your cream.

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Ten Tips for a Great Leg Shave

With the sunny season just around the corner, the perfect time has come to show off those gorgeous legs. This means it's time to take out those shaving kits more often as well. Shaving can be annoying, what with the redness or irritation it sometimes brings, but this article is out to give you the buzz on how to best shave your legs so you can confidently flaunt them all summer.

1. Find the Right Razor. Yes, there's an ideal razor to use when shaving and it's one that's rounded with a pivoting head and soft grip handle. It likewise has more blades which means you need to shave over an area just once.

2. Use the Right Shaving Cream. Before buying a shaving cream, first check if it's appropriate to use for your skin type. This goes to say that you should know your skin type as well. If you have dry, avoid one that contains alcohol or if it's sensitive, avoid one that has fragrance.

3. Exfoliation comes First. Before shaving, you need to exfoliate so as to remove dead skin cells that can cause your razor to clog up. It can also help prevent you from getting cuts and burns bought about by the razor. Employ an everyday exfoliant or mild scrub.

4. Remember to Lather. For a shave that's good and clean, you need to lather; however, do not use soap as this has the tension to dry out your skin. Instead, go for a shave cream or a bit of conditioner as these help give moisture which gives off a smoother shave.

5. Longer Strokes Are not Always Better. Thinking that longer strokes are better is actually a wrong notification because for you to obtain best results, you need to shave in smaller strokes and not push too hard. If you find yourself having to shave an area over again, change your razor because it's already dull.

6. Include your Thighs. Most women do not include the thigh area but it's actually as important as your legs. So, do shave that area and have thighs that are smooth to touch as well.

7. Shave after your Shower. For easier shaving, it's best to wait until you finish your shower. That's because the steam and heat from the shower helps to soften hair and open up pores.

8. Do it Gently. After shaving, your skin is sure to be very sensitive so refrain from using loofahs or a washcloth as this could cause your skin to redden and could lead to having bumps.

9. Moisture is Essential. Make sure to pamper your legs with some tender loving moisturizing care as this less chances of having rashes and ingrown hair.

10. Protect with SPF. Your legs, after a shave, are definitely more vulnerable to the sun's UV rays so protect them with a lotion that's got SPF. Go for one that gives the right moisture amount minus the greasy feel.

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Skin Care Tips for Swimmers

Some common problems swimmers complain about are sunburns, dry skin, rashes and irritations. Thankfully though, there are ways to prevent these from happening to you. With these simple and easy tips, you can enjoy your swimming without any skin worries.

1. Drink Up – As exercise can make your body lose water, make sure to drink lots of water when you're going for a swim. This helps in the retention of your body's natural moisture; thereby maintaining your skin's hydration. Drinking water prior and after swimming can also help flush out toxins that pool toxins may have bought in to your body. It's actually recommended that 20 ounces of water need to be consumed prior to swimming and little amounts need to be consumed every 15-20 minutes once you're done swimming.

2. Always Shower – Showers prior to and after a swim are not just for hygienic purposes. It's also there to aid in reducing the chlorine amount that your hair and skin were able to absorb during your swim. The shower's water is also a good way to maintain your skin's moisture; so, when you're towing yourself dry after your shower, just pat yourself dry. Do not rub too hard as this can remove your skin's moisture covering. Make sure that you use a mild shower gel instead of soap so that your skin will not get all the more dehydrated.

3. Skin Protection – Always prioritize your skin protection from the sun's harmful rays. Wear sun block with an SPF of at least 15 even if the day is cloudy. Note also that sunscreen potency begins to wear off after 40 minutes so reapplication is necessary. Don a hat to protect your head, sunglasses to protect your eyes from the sun's glare and even a long sarong so that your legs will not get full exposure to the sun's UV rays. To be sure that your skin has indeed absorbed the sunscreen, give it about 20 minutes before jumping into the water.

4. Moisturization is the Key – Whether you're in a water that's chlorinated or salty, it's essentially important that you moisturize your skin. Leading cosmetic dermatologist Dr, Jaishree Sharad says a thick moisturizer having zinc and squalene is ideal. Go for products that have vitamins A and E content as well as some natural extracts. They clean your skin while moisturizing it at the same time.

Following these steps above, coupled with a healthy diet, should prevent you from having skin problems even when you're exposed to the water all the time. That way, you can focus on your favorite hobby minus the worries.

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How To Choose and Apply the Best Eye Cream for Sensitive Eyes

I'm just 24 and I'm already getting lines under my eyes , moans Maria. And she is not alone.

Call it lifestyle pressures or the sun that you may be exposed to, fact is that many people including young girls find themselves looking for the best eye cream that can save them from losing confidence and shying away while meeting people in their daily lives.

So, you start looking for a cream that does not sting or burn your eyes. You try several and still you avoid applying the cream to your eyes because it burns too much – worse, it does not have the desired result!

Eyes, naturally, are the last thing you must be experimenting on. So, would it be a good idea to test and compare all the creams on the market that claim to be the best? You need a product that works and that suits your sensitive eyes.

Forget claims. Looks for results – real results that can be validated.

The same goes for the best anti aging cream or best anti wrinkle cream.

Once you find the right product, it is important to apply it correctly to truly benefit from it. People make the mistake of applying too much eye cream thinking that more the cream, better the result. Well, that may not be true unless the manufacturer particularly says so.

Choosing the best eye cream and the right application technique will help you to get the best results.

Here are a couple of tips you may put to use.

a) Use in limited quantities. Most good eye creams and anti wrinkle creams are needed only in very small quantities to produce excellent results. Consider the Ultimate Young from PM International, for example. All you need is a wee little bit and that does the trick. Apply more than needed and you will only find white sediments on your face. Why waste money when it'll only worsen the results?

b) Dab, Do not Smear. If the product you have varies is effective, then it does not require you to daub or rub your face, forehead or under-eyes with it. Just tap lightly a couple of times and move to the next spot.

c) Avoid Pressure. Well, one can not blame you for thinking that your finger's pressure should do the job instead of the cream's effectiveness. Remember, it's not an acupressure treatment you are aiming for when you apply the best eye cream. Try to be kind to your skin and avoid pressure. Let the cream do its work.

Finding the best eye cream for your sensitive cream is very important. Do not be transported away by products that claim to be the perfect anti aging cream.

Check to see if the eye cream you choose has more natural ingredients in it. Consider a product like Ultimate Young or other name brands that provide products that are really effective for sensitive skin and eyes.

Compare eye creams to find the best product for your needs. Look beyond the claims of what these anti aging creams claim and look, instead, at what they provide for your skin's benefit. Then, when it comes to using these eye creams to get rid of wrinkles, you'll actually have a delightful experience. Sensitive anti aging eye cream is the perfect solution for wrinkles when used properly. Choose the best eye cream and use it carefully.

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Being Healthy – One of My Favorite Tips for Overall Health (Part 3) – Honey

There are so many wonderful benefits of HONEY! It's not just a sweetener! Before we begin, there are different types of honey, so lets break it down a bit. Processed honey, that you typically buy at the grocery store is quite a bit cheaper than raw honey. Well there is a reason for that!

Processed honey has no traces of pollen. Raw honey does have traces of pollen, so in turn, it can help build an immunity to allergens so its wonderful for allergy sufferers. Also, when honey is pasteurized and processed, it loses its beneficial vitamins and enzymes. So when I refer to the benefits of honey I am speaking of raw honey. Processed honey does not have the same benefits! My personal favorites are Manuka honey and local raw honey.

So, what else does honey have about sweetening your tea ???

Honey is incredibly hydrating! Did you know that honey is natural humectant? That means it draws moisture into the skin. The humectant qualities of honey are incredible!

Honey also has antimicrobial and antioxidant properties!

The antimicrobial properties make it a super acne fighter! Most of the time, acne is caused by the build-up of oil and dirt on skin. Since honey absorbs impurities from the pores on the skin, it acts as a great cleanser. Honey is also a natural antiseptic, and soothes and heals your skin. Use it all over your face or troubled areas as a spot treatment and it will eat away at the bacteria! The result is clear skin !! Note: If your acne is caused by hormones or a reaction to something honey may not completely clear it.

The antioxidants neutralize the free radicals that are responsible for the signs of aging! So start now and use it on a regular basis (three times a week) for beautiful smooth skin for years!

To treat your face with honey .. Simply wash your face then slather a layer of honey on your skin and leave for 15 min or as long as you like … And rinse with warm water.

Also refer to the amazing honey scrub, in my post .. DIY Face and Body Scrub

Honey can contribute to weight loss

Add honey, lemon and cinnamon to warm water and drink everyday on an empty stomach. This is a great way to cleanse your liver, remove toxins and flush fat! Honeys “sugar” affects the body differently than table sugar. Researchers have found that, in most people, honey helps with weight loss and results weight gain. Lemons have compounds called polyphenols that have been found to suppress weight gain and improve blood sugar levels. Cinnamon has been shown to reduce infection in the body and improvements insulin's ability to metabolize blood sugar.

The combination makes for a great weight loss drink!

This drink is also great for boosting your immune system! Drink everyday on an empty stomach to keep away the flu and common cold. For kids with night time cough or upper respiratory tract infection, take one to two tablespoons of honey before bed.

Honey is antibacterial.

This makes it wonderful for cuts, scrapes and burns. Applied topically, honey promotes rapid tissue repair. And keeps wounds sterile, preventing further infection.

Honey soothes indigestion. The antiseptic properties of honey relieve acid in the stomach and improve digestion. Honey also neutralizes gas and soothes your stomach! Take one or two tablespoons before a heavy meal to prevent indigestion. Or, add honey and lemon to warm water and drink after a heavy meal to help move food through the digestive tract.

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Are You Familiar With Honey And Oatmeal Handcrafted Soap?

There was a time that bars of soap could be found in every household. Manufacturers advertised on TV and in magazines the benefits of using their particular brand, focusing on the nourishing of skin, resulting in softness. Others highlighted the scent of the soap.

In recent years, bars of soap somewhat fell from grace. Users found that regular soaps did not live up to their promises. Skin often felt dry and tight.

Regular bars of soap were replaced by liquid soap, coming in a variety of scents, making the same promises. Soft skin through nourishment. Yet again, users experienced that the liquid soap of their choice did not live up to expectations.

Honey & Oatmeal Handcrafted Soap contains 100 percent natural ingredients that can be trusted. Ingredients such as: distilled water, olive oil, coconut oil, palm oil, almond oil, butters of Shea, mango and cocoa, sodium hydroxide, fragrance oil, vitamin E oil, and ground oats.

Olive oil, coconut oil, palm oil, almond oil and Shea butter have been around for centuries. Everywhere in the world people relied on these oils to protect them from the sun, keep their skin soft, and to heal minor injuries.

Coconut oil and almond oil contain saturated fats, lauric acid, vitamin E and proteins. These ingredients not only make skin soft and supple, they eliminate moisture loss. With regular use skin acquires an even tone with less visible pores.

Vitamin E is excellent for skin. Vitamin E is rich in antioxidants and not only protects your skin but has repairing properties.

Antioxidants are important to fight damage to skin from everyday life, such as ultraviolet rays from the sun, dryness from the cold and wind, and various forms of pollution. The antioxidants in vitamin E fight all those damaging elements.

The shea butter in Honey & Oatmeal Handcrafted Soap is not to be under estimated either. Shea butter is packed with nutrients such as vitamin A, which is beneficial to wrinkles, blemishes, burns, stretch marks, dermatitis and eczema.

Finally, the ground oats contained in each bar are a beauty enhancer. They sooth and heal skin, fight inflammation and give skin that wonderful radiant glow.

If you're wondering who can use Honey & Oatmeal Handcraft Soap – everyone, men, women, children, even the occasion pet wash. There's no need to spring for expensive dog or cat shampoos, Honey & Oatmeal Handcraft Soap is perfectly safe on fur.

Each bar is hand crafted, using the cold process method. With an olive oil basis the soap is wonderfully moisturizing and while the soap cleans, it ever so gently exfoliates. Enhanced with a honey and oat scent, the soap smells nice too.

So forget about all the bad memories of regular bars of soap and even liquid soaps. With Honey & Oatmeal Handcraft Soap your skin will not feel dry and tight. On the contrast, your skin will feel clean, soft and supple and wonderfully refreshed.

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Honey And Your Skin – 6 Great Beauty Uses Of Honey

Honey is a magical ingredient that helps to keep your skin refreshed, young and tight. At the same time, it is also known to have several health supporting properties. Therefore, it is used in different beauty preparations showing the powerful effect on the skin. Not only does it have antibacterial and antioxidant properties, but honey is also very effective as a moisturizer and can reduce skin irritation as well. However, it is best used in its raw form since the process of pasteurization can reduce many of its properties. Following are some of the ways that you could use this wonderful natural product to increase your beauty:

1. Blend a tomato with a tablespoon of honey to make a thick gooey paste. Apply this on your skin and keep it on for 30 minutes or so in order to exfoliate it gently.

2. Moisturize your skin very easily simply by spreading honey all over it. Rinse it away with water after around 15 minutes.

3. You can also moisturize your skin using a face pack made of honey mixed with natural yogurt (not the sweetened or flavored ones).

4. You can remove makeup and accumulated dirt from your skin by applying a cleanser made of honey mixed with coconut oil or olive oil. Use extra virgin oil for its powerful antioxidant properties.

5. Mix almond meal with honey to form a thick paste which you can then apply over your body and leave to dry. Use a damp washcloth or loofah to scrub the paste away in order to leave the skin underneath fresh and glowing.

6. Draw a luxurious bath for yourself by pouring half a cup of honey into it along with two cups of raw milk. Add a few drops of lavender oil to the bath to help you relax. This milk and honey bath was Cleopatra's favorite and it definitely will work wonders for you. Make sure that you rinse yourself off with plain water (no soap) afterwards.

While any kind of honey is good for your skin, it is believed that Manuka Honey from New Zealand can offer you the maximum benefits. You should also follow a few precautions when using this natural beauty product. Avoid applying it to the delicate skin around your eyes because you might damage it further by pulling it. You should also tie your hair up when applying any of the face masks mentioned above or else your hair will stick to your face.

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How to Get Rid of Sunspots Fast

There are a whole number of methods you can use to get rid of sunspots. Sunspots can appear almost anywhere, but there are a few places where they are most common. The face, back, shoulders and chest are some of these. There are also many different treatments for sunspots. These treatments can be either natural / organic or synthetic / commercial. Generally both methods work equally as well in terms of end result, however the natural / organic alternatives usually take longer to work. In other words, the commercial products act faster.

Sunspots are not the same as freckles. Although they look similar, they are different. Freckles are generally predisposed and there is no direct causation between sun and freckles.

Mild acids work best for removing sunspots.

There are a number of natural options. The first being lime juice. It's a natural bleacher meaning it will clear the skin. Rub it into the skin about two times a day until they are gone. Along with the lime juice, red onion can also be beneficial. Rubbing a slice of onion onto it also ingrains the mild acid which helps lighten the skin.

Apple cider vinegar has been known for a long time to be good at getting rid of sunspots.

Aloe Vera gel can be used twice a day to lighten the skin.

Sunspots caused by Tinea Versicolor have a special commercial treatment available. Ketoconazole is the best option.

RetinA is also very effective but must be used moderately as it is very drying and harsh.

There are also a number of medical procedures that can be used to even out the skin tone and therefore remove sunspots. Microdermabrasion, laser treatment and chemical acid peels can be effective however very expensive.

Keratin helps in the regeneration of collagen and elastin and as a result makes you skin fight against the UVA and UVB rays emitted by the sun. CynergyTK is a highly effective product that contains Keratin.

When using any sunspot remedy, it is usually to be applied once in the morning and once at night. (unless otherwise indicated on any label or as directed by a doctor)

Are sunspots dangerous?

According to New York Dermatologist Dennis Gross, sunspots do not mean you will contract skin cancer. However, it may show that you have a greater risk of it due to extreme exposure to sunlight. They are a good indicator for more use of sunscreen, clothing and shade on high UV days.

How can they be invented?

As discussed above, protection from UV sun rays is critical. High SPF sunblock, staying out of direct sunlight between 11am and 3pm on high sun days and clothing all helps in preventing sun spots.

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Combat The Effects Of Aging With An Advanced Solution

Being young has a lot of advantages. When you are young, you've gotten fewer responsibilities, that's if you are still single and unattached. You are also not limited to checking out things that will be beneficial to you come your adulthood. Aside from these, you have more liberty to experience things that will add to your knowledge and help you have the wisdom you will need when you grow old.

When it comes to the physical part of being young, well, you got a lot more advantage in that aspect. Being young will give you a glowing youthful skin, free of wrinkles and other signs of old age. You have that rosy cheeks old people would love to have and a body that is fit and a beautiful physique that aged people miss a lot. Young people have more energy and vigor not to mention they do not have to worry about tautness of skin, dull and dry skin, dark spots and lines, patchy discoloration, open pores that often occur in the upper arms, back and on the face . Also, being young for some equates beauty.

With a lot of people wanting to maintain what beauty they have and those that agreed but wanted to somehow look young and beautiful, the rise of beauty and wellness centers have increased. These centers offer various programs to help individuals to get into shape and redensify their skins, which often leads to erasing the signs of aging. You would be surprise though how successful these centers are as there are a lot of individuals who are willing to pay the price of being beautiful.

Physical attractiveness is maintained through different programs. For a fit and shapely body, there are exercises that one can undergo through to achieve their desire results. For skin care, there are anti-aging programs to help people combat factors that they consider as contributors to making them look aged and wrinkled. These programs aid in slowing down the process and made this is made possible with the assistance of an advanced solution, a treatment designed to firm up the skin, clarify and replenish its youthful glow. Together with the advances greeted by technology, these approaches to skin care have been carried out successfully.

Looking young is not just about how you turn to skin advanced solutions that will make you look one. It also has to do with how you carry yourself and how you piously lead a healthy lifestyle and what is on your daily health menu. Being beauty is not just a product of one factor but of a lot of factors combined.

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How To Shave Without Shaving Cream

Do you know how to shave without shaving cream? This is something that most people do not know and it is very important that you do. The reason why you need to know how to shave without shaving cream is because there will come a time in your life when you just do not have any with you.

Before I show you the right way to shave without any shaving cream, I first want to make sure that you know how important a sharp shaver is. Without a sharp shaver you will find it very difficult shave because all you will be doing is pulling the hair as opposed to cutting it as close to the skin as possible. Do not think that a good shaving cream is a remedy for a dull shaver because it really is not.

There are three things that you will need in order to give yourself a decent shave without any shaving cream. The things that you will need are; hot water, soap and a warm towel or cloth. The reason you need all of these things is because you will want to soak the towel in hot water and then place it on your face or wherever you plan on shaving.

After you have placed the hot towel on your face you will need to apply the soap. Although, you do not have shaving cream , soap will make your skin slick enough to prevent irritation. My only recommendation is that you avoid shaving places that do not have any soap. If the soap already came off, then it is time to reapply it or else you will risk getting skin irritation.

When you shave it is imperative that you use the hot water to rinse the shaver. The reason you need to do this is to help clean the razor while keeping the blades hot enough to quickly and easily cut your hair. It does not matter if you have a lot of hair or a little bit, you still should use the effectiveness of hot blades. Most people do not realize how much better hot blades cut compared to cold ones but once you try this you will never shave without hot water again.

Shaving is not always easy but as long as you know what to do, then it should be no problem. Just remember what you learned here today because you never know when somebody will ask you if you know how to shave without shaving cream.

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Why Sunscreen Is Terrible for Health

Does sunscreen cause breast cancer ? In a capitalistic society, the purpose of medicines (drugs) is to make money. Usually it requires people to have a health problem so that they need to buy a drug. But now they have 2 groups of drugs that are for healthy people. This means more profits. One of these groups of drugs are vaccines. The other group is sunscreen.

According to Wikipedia, sunscreens contain many untested chemicals like padimate O, cinoxate, dioxybenzone, oxybenzone, homosalate, methylyl anthranilate, octyl salicylate, trolamine salicylate, avobenzone and titanium dioxide. Some sunscreen ingredients that include oxybenzone, benzophenone, octocrylene, octyl methoxycinnamate, diisopropyl adipate, retinoic acid and retinyl palmitate may be potentially carcinogenic (cancer causing) according to Wikipedia.

So you are paying these drug companies to test out these chemicals for them. Wikipedia also says that some sunscreen ingredients generate reactive oxygen species when they are exposed to UV-A. This can increase carbonyl formation in aluminum and damage DNA. Damage to your DNA not only hurts you but also hurts your descendants. Sunscreen also blocks out the UV-B light that creates vitamin D in your body.

The highest paid model in the world is Gisele Bündchen . She does not use sunscreen and she calls it poison. Vitamin D is not a vitamin since the body can not create a vitamin by definition. But the body can create vitamin D when the skin gets UV-B light. According to PubMed, vitamin D is a neurosteroid hormone. Psychology Today has an article saying that the increasing rates of depression among people is due to sunscreen. This is due to the reduction of vitamin D.

Have you ever heard of a vitamin curing a disease? Scurvy is a disease that killed over a million people. It was cured with vitamin C. Rickets is a terrible bone disease that was affecting 90% of the children in North America and Europe. But the children in South America and Africa were not having a problem with it. While researching a cure for rickets, they discovered vitamin D and that was the cure for rickets.

So dermatologists want us to believe that sunlight is healthy for all these animals on the planet but God or nature decided to punish humans by making sunlight bad for them. There is a video on YouTube called ” Would God Get It Wrong ? The truth about the sun.” On it a dermatologist is before God and trying to get into heaven. God says to him; “You're saying that sunlight, which I created to keep you alive, give you vitamin D and make you feel good, is deadly? And the millions of dollars that you receive from chemical sunscreen companies have nothing to do with your blasphemy.”

God then gives him SPF 1,000 and says “You will need that where you are going.” Then the guy drops down into hell. Then God says “Vitamin D deficiency can be hell. Get some sunlight. God did not get it wrong.” Here is the article mentioned above by Psychology Today, Vitamin D Deficiency and Depression. http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/reading-between-the-headlines/201307/vitamin-d-defiency-and-depression

As far as sunscreen preventing sunburn, that is why you were given common sense. You do not stay out in the sunlight too long if you are pale. If you want to stay out in the sunshine a long time like I do, then get enough sunlight to get a nice tan so you will not get sunburn. Also these same companies that get billions of dollars for sunscreen or sunblock also got billions of dollars for suntan lotion that they claimed would make it so you got suntan instead of sunburn.

Vitamin D has been tested extensively and it has been found to help increase bone density, cure rickets, prevent colds and the flu, help cardiovascular health, prevent autism, prevent type 1 and type 2 diabetes, help multiple sclerosis and much more. Moores Cancer Center suggests that cancer is caused by a lack of vitamin D. Doctor of Public Health, Cedric Garland says that enough vitamin D (life levels) will essentially eradicate breast cancer.

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Conditions Causing Stretch Marks

The following are some common causes.

  1. Pregnancy: During pregnancy there will be stretching of the anterior abdominal wall to accommodate the enlarging uterus. During the second half of pregnancy pinkish stretch marks start appearing on either side of the lower abdomen and later on become silvery white.
  1. Obesity: Sudden weight gain due to excess fat deposition can stretch the skin to develop stretch marks.
  1. Puberty: During puberty both sexes will have an increase in fat deposition and body surface area that are due to hormonal activity, which results in stretch marks. Compared to boys, fat deposition is more in girls and hence they are more more girls during puberty.
  1. Cushing's syndrome: This is an endocrine disease due to the hypo-secretion of adrenal hormones. Here there will be obesity with marked body marks
  2. Bodybuilding: Stretching of the skin due to excess of physical activity is the main cause here. Bodybuilding causes sudden enlargement of muscle size resulting in more skin marks. The common sites are shoulders, thighs, deltoid region, gluteal region etc.
  1. Medicines: Frequent use of steroid medicines and topical steroid creams can result in skin marks. Topical drugs can cause insufficiency production of collagen and elastin resulting in the weakness of skin.
  1. Edema: Edema is the collection of fluid in the intercellular space. This can occur anywhere in the body. Prolonged edema due to kidney and liver diseases can stretch the abdomen and cause.skin marks
  1. Weight loss: Both rapid gain gain and rapid weight loss can cause the development stretch marks.
  1. Miscellaneous: All conditions that hamper collagen synthesis result in stretch marks.

WHERE STRECH MARKS ARE FOUND

Marks in women body are found in conditions like pregnancy, puberty, obesity etc. and are usually seen in areas like abdomen, thighs, breasts, buttocks, shoulders etc.

  1. Abdomen: Abdomen is mainly affected during pregnancy. In obese individuals excess fat deposition in the abdominal wall can also result in stretch marks. Ascites is a condition wherein excess of fluid is collected in the peritoneal cavity due to different causes, which stretch the abdominal wall. Similarly, any large lump or tumor in the abdomen can also cause stretching of skin.
  1. Thighs: Seen mainly in weight lifters and body builders. Obesity and puberty also cause stretch marks in this region.
  1. Breasts: Enlargement of breasts is one of the secondary sexual characters in females. During puberty marks in the body may appear on breasts that will be doubled by obesity. However marks in women body are more common during pregnancy due to enlargement and engorgement of the breasts. Stretch marks become more prominent when the breasts become pendulous or sagged with the advancement of age.
  1. Buttocks: Ma appear here mainly during puberty. Girls are more affected than boys due to the development of typical feminine structure. Fat deposition is more in this area. Exercise and obesity affect both sexes equally.
  1. Shoulders: Here marks in the body are primarily due to exercise and hypertrophy of shoulder muscles. Deltoid region is mainly affected.
  1. Other sites: Swellings due to conditions like fat deposition, tumors or edema can result in marks in any part of the body. Lymph edema is due to the obstruction of flow of lymph, which causes stretch marks mainly in the extremities.

Once these marks appear, certain time is required for them to be less prominent.

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How To Prevent Stretch Marks Appearing On Your Body

The idea of ​​prevention of stretch marks is still a topic of debt. Since there is a limit for the elasticity of skin, severe stretching for a long time results in stretch marks. In case of pregnancy the abdominal wall has to keep stretching for a prolonged period to accommodate the enlarging uterus, and since stretch marks during pregnancy are the most common all types. However some preventive measures help to reduce the severity. But one thing is clear; prevention of stretch marks is much easier than its treatment.

However in the market, there are wide ranges of products available which are provided to prevent stretch marks when applied on the skin through pregnancy. But most of the products have not been scientifically proved so far; yet people spend a lot of money.

There are some general guidelines to be followed by every person to prevent stretch marks.

1. Balanced diet: Balanced diet is most essential for the skin to maintain its quality. The diet should contain adequate amounts of carbohydrates, proteins, vitamins, lipids, minerals etc. Most important among them are proteins, vitamins like A, C, E, K and Zinc.

Proteins: Main sources are meat, fish, egg, soybeans nuts etc.

Vitamins: Among vitamins the most important are Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E and vitamin K.

Vitamin A: Sources are Carrots, Vegetables, Rice, Pumpkin, Sweet Potato, Apricot, Spinach, Mango etc.

Vitamin C: Sources are Citrus fruits, Guava, Papaya, Strawberries etc.

Vitamin E: Sources are Almonds, Vegetable oils, Seeds, Sunflower, Oats, Peaches, Avocado etc.

Vitamin K: Green leafy vegetables, Cabbage, Liver, Milk products etc.

Zinc: Zinc is very essential for the formation of collagen. Mostly found in nuts, bananas, raisins, legumes and fish.

2. Water intake: Adequate amount of water should be taken every day to maintain the water balance of the body. When the skin becomes dry it is to stretch marks.

3. Controlled weight gain: Sudden increase in the body size is the main cause for stretch marks. Here a controlled weight gain can reduce the chance greatly.

4. Exercise & relaxation techniques: Regular exercise and relaxation techniques can increase the blood supply to the skin and keep it intact. Exercise also helps to maintain the tone of muscles to prevent a big belly. It also helps to prevent excess of fat deposition. Exercise should be done regularly in a gentle manner. Rigorous exercise can be harmful and because aerobic exercises are much useful for ordinary people. Similarly, walking, swimming, meditation, yoga, etc also help.

5. Habits: Avoid junk foods, over eating, tobacco, alcohol and excess use of steroids.

6. Life style: A healthy life style should be maintained.

7. Sleep: Sound sleep is very essential for the maintenance of good health. However, sleeping with snoring should be avoided.

8. External applications: These are not 100% effective. External application of cocoa butter, olive oil, almond oil, fish oil, lavender oil, aloe vera extract etc. During pregnancy and controlled weight gain are useful. Similar ointments containing Vitamin A & E are also widely used with some benefits.

9. Milk bath: Milk is a major ingredient in a few cosmetic creams due to its skin softening properties. In this method the entire body is soaked in a bathtub containing a cup of skimmed milk powder and sufficient quantity of water. By repeating this procedure the skin becomes soft and elastic. This method may be utilized as a preventive and curative method for stretch marks. Use of soap is contraindicated while having a milk bath.

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5 Skin Care Tips to Help You Manage Your Oily Skin

If you are reading this article, chances are that you have oily skin. If your skin is oily, you may be looking for skin care tips. Oily skins are annoying and irritating. Unlike dry skin, oily skin is more difficult to manage. Although we can not promise that these tips will make your skin free of oil but they will definitely give you positive results. So, without further ado, let's go through the 5 tips.

1. Wash Your Face at Least Twice Per Day

Although it looks obvious, make sure you clean your face with lukewarm water at least twice per day. It's recommended that you opt for a good quality face wash. As soon as you wake up in the morning, wash your face. In the same way, before you go to bed, wash your face once again.

While it may seem tempting to wash your face over and over again, do not do it. Frequent washing will remove the natural oils making you too sensitive and prone to oil.

2. Eat the Right Diet

If possible, your diet should include lean proteins, fruits, and vegetables. Also, you may want to reduce your intake of processed and fried foods. In the same way, you should stay away from sugary beverages. Instead, you should stick to kiwis and lemons in order to treat your acne and balance the tone of your skin.

3. Use a good Moisturizer

There are many causes of oily skin. For instance, when you do not drink enough water or lose too much water from your body, your skin tend to produce a lot more oil, which may result in acne.

So, how can you treat this type of acne? You can opt for a special moisturizer to hydrate your skin. It will tighten the pores and moisturize your skin.

4. Exfoliate your Skin

You can benefit greatly from exfoliation, which involves the process of getting rid of dead skin cells. They are found on the top layer. This layer bids to block the pores. So, all you need to do is scrub your face with a good quality scrubber. It will leave your skin clean and smooth in a few days. Moreover, it will serve as a good cleaner that can help you get rid of whiteheads and blackheads. Make sure you do not cross the line or you may end up with dry skin.

5. Workout

With regular exercise, you can maintain better blood flow in your body. And better circulation will help nourish your skin. Moreover, exercising will open up blocked pores that can remove toxins from your body. We suggest that you drink at least 6 glasses of fresh water on a regular basis to get rid of the toxins.

In short, if you are sick of your oily skin and are looking for the best solutions in the form of tips and tricks, we suggest that you give a go to the 5 tips given in this article. Hope this article will help you.

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