Thursday, 28 May 2015

The Truth About Tanning

Your natural skin color is great the way it is! Every time you tan, you increase your risk of melanoma.
Myth: I have to get a tan to look good.
Truth: You should know your skin will pay a price! Fine lines and wrinkles, cataracts, sagging skin, and brown spots.
Myth: Only old people get cancer.
Truth: Young women are getting skin cancer more often. The risk is real! Melanoma—the deadliest kind—is the third most common cancer in people from 15 to 39. You can get melanoma in your eyes.
Myth: Having a good base tan will protect my skin from the sun.
Truth: A tan is a sign of damaged skin.
Myth: Tanning beds are a good way to get vitamin D.
Truth: Tanning beds are risky, and most people get enough vitamin D from food and sunlight during daily activities.
You can get more than a tan from a tanning bed! If the tanning bed isn’t clean, you could pick up a serious skin infection with symptoms like genital warts, skin rashes, skin warts, and flaky discolored patches on your skin.

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

TiZo ~ Mineral Sun Protection

Using a “broad spectrum” sunscreen daily throughout the year is extremely important, because it blocks out both UVB and UVA. UVB (the sunburn rays) is at its maximum during the summer months when the sun is high (10:00am – 2:00pm). UVA is present in the same amount throughout the year and to the same degree from sunrise to sunset. 

UVA has longer wavelengths and penetrates deeper into the skin where the collagen and elastic tissue is present.

There are now excellent broad spectrum sunscreens that are not greasy, do not sting, are cosmetically elegant, and give you the protection your skin needs

Monday, 25 May 2015

The Science of Facial Ageing

By:  , CEO Ailesbury Clinics Global

General changes that occur with facial ageing include:
For many years we thought that the human face aged uniformly. We now know from the work of Dr. Pessa that fat disappears from different fat compartments in the face at differing rate. Most cosmetic doctors now agree that the rate of fat disappearance is directly related to how the face ages.
20-30 years Fat begins to disappear from under the eyes. Dark shadows cause us to look older and tired. Correction: Hyaluronic acid to lower eye area
30-40 years Malar fat pad descent begins. Nasolabial lines appear. The result is wrinkles and jowls in the face. Those due to muscle motion are referred to as dynamic wrinkles while those that are merely due to aging of the skin are referred to as adynamic wrinkles. Correction: Hyaluronic acid to nasolabial line to hold malar fat pad in place. lower eye area
40-50 years Cheek begins to flatten. Malar fat pad descent becomes more obvious. Nasolabial lines deepen. Facial fat atrophy or wasting becomes evident with concavity of the surface contour in the temple area and cheeks appearing. In some individuals the eyes become sunken as a result of fat atrophy rather than forming eyelid bags. Correction: Hyaluronic acid such as Sub-Q, Evolence or Radiesse to central face to hold malar fat pad in place and achieve voluminisation. Fat grafting such as autologous fat transfer. Marionette lines and jowls now appear. Double chin appears. Correction Vaser LipoSelection, SmartLipo or Lipodissolve
50-60 years Menopausal effects. Fat hangs in saggy skin. Nasolabial and marionette lines substantially deepen if not corrected. Marionette lines and jowls become more obvious. Double chin and 'turkey neck' appears. Correction Short scar facelift. MACS facelift. Anterior neck lift. Excess fat appears under eyes Correction Blepharoplasty
Loss of collagen and elastin from the skin of the face. Skin elasticity decreases and the skin become thinner. Lifestyle choices such as diet and sun exposure have an impact on the rate these factors come into play. Areas with thin epidermis (eyes and lips) receive wrinkles first.
20-30 years Collagen levels start to fall resulting in crow's feet and frown lines. Correction: Botox to frown lines and around eye area. Retinol or Vit-C
30-40 years Collagen and elastin levels continue to fall resulting in edge of brow drooping. Extension of nasolabial folds. Lips begin to thin. Glabellar (between the eyebrows) and forehead wrinkles appear. With advanced filling techniques we tend to look at changes that are occurring in the mid face and lower face. Correction: Botox to most of upper face and to elevate eyebrows. Hyaluronic acid such as Restylane, Juvederm or Teosyl to enhance lips and nasolabial lines to hold malar fat pad in place. Sculptra and resurfacing lasers
40-50 years Collagen and elastin levels continue to fall resulting in eyelid bags and lines start to appear in upper and lower lips. Forehead wrinkles deepen. Gravity and the pull of muscles cause drooping or sagging of the skin and deeper structures from areas of deeper attachment. Correction: Hyaluronic acid fillers to upper lip. Botox to upper face. Radiofrequency skin tightening treatments such as Polaris, ReFirme and Thermage. Infrared skin tightening such as Titian and LuxIR. Resurfacing skin lasers such as ActiveFx.
50-60 years Menopausal effects. Fat hangs in saggy skin. Nasolabial and marionette lines substantially deepen if not corrected. Neck wrinkles. More of the eyebrow droops. The nasal tip droops. The lips thin so there is less dry vermilion (pink area where lipstick is applied) showing. Perioral wrinkles deepen. Platysmal banding appears in the neck. Correction: Hyaluronic acid fillers to upper lip. Botox of diminishing effect. Face lift, Brow lift, Blepharoplasty or Neck lift often required.
60-70 years Facial skin thins. Skin pigment cells increase in number and size in a blotchy pattern giving rise to brown spots of the back of hand and face (senile lentigo). Correction: IPL lasers. Skin cancer screening
Facial bones lose density and thickness. This causes some minor changes in facial shape. Loss of bone along the bony rim under the eye and in the region of the nose-cheek junction. The remaining upper and lower jaw bones do not change as long as teeth remain intact.
20-30 years Little effect of bone loss seen in this age group. No correction required.
30-40 years Base of nose gets bigger. Some changes seen in chin area. Correction: Enhance facial contours with hyaluronic acid to change nasolabial line to marionette ratio.
40-50 years Chin area continues to enlarge. Eye sockets begin to widen. Correction: Many cosmetic doctors feel the changes are to subtle to require correction.
50-60 years Menopausal effects. Bone density gets less as combination factors such as reduced growth hormone and oestrogen levels occur. Correction: Many cosmetic doctors feel the changes are too subtle to require correction.
Dr. Patrick Treacy is Chairman of the Irish Association of Cosmetic Doctors and Irish Regional Representative of the British Association of Cosmetic Medicine. He is European Medical Advisor to Network Lipolysis and the UK's largest cosmetic website Consulting Rooms. He practices cosmetic medicine in his clinics in Dublin, Cork, London and the Middle East. Dr. Treacy is on the Specialist Register in the UK and Ireland and holds higher qualifications in Dermatology and Laser technology and skin resurfacing. He pioneered techniques of facial endoprosthesises for HIV facial lipodystrophy patients and radiosurgery venous thermocoagulation. He won Awards for 'Best Innovative Techniques' for contributions to facial aesthetics and hair transplant in London both in 2012 and 2013. He is an advanced aesthetic trainer and has trained over 800 doctors and nurses from around the world.

Friday, 22 May 2015

Cherish Spring Bath Affirmations

Cherish eco-luxury with this spring bath affirmations set, designed to evoke the holistic aspect of the mind, body and spirit connection. Fresh and delightful, this set of five all natural bath salts is handmade to order with mineral rich Dead Sea salt, a myriad of organic spring herbs and flowers (pink rose petals, dill, cilantro, parsley, marjoram, tarragon and myrtle leaves) along with high end therapeutic grade essential oils (palmarosa, dill, cilantro, parsley, marjoram, tarragon). Each bath salt test tube is accompanied by a hand cut and hand rolled positive affirmation scroll, to set the mood and prepare your mind for a divine holistic bath experience.

Thursday, 21 May 2015

Cold-Process Soap Making

Try cold-process soap making and create all-natural soap bars to pamper your family and friends.

Avoid artificial chemicals and fragrances that irritate your skin by making your own soap. Follow these easy step-by-step instructions for cold-process soap making, and soon you’ll be using essential oils, natural clays and oatmeal to make truly unique and lovely soap bars. Suggestions about equipment, instructions and safety, as well as three soap making recipes can be found in this excerpt, taken from Homegrown and Handmade(New Society Publishers, 2011). This excerpt is taken from Chapter 13, “Producing from the Home Dairy.” 

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Beard Oil

This soothing, conditioning beard oil invigorates the senses with fresh and woody fragrances like rosemary, sweet almond and jojoba oils. The touch of aphrodisiac from natural cedarwood oil makes this a great gift for the handsome man in your life.

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Tuesday, 19 May 2015

10 killer beauty hacks you can pull off using salt

We all crave our salty favorites-nachos, French fries, potato chips, the list goes on. Yes, they're delicious, but they're not exactly great for the body, inside or out. Too much salt can lead to bloating, not to mention a whole host of health issues. However, just because something isn't such a great idea when put in the body doesn't mean it can't be awesome on it. Don't believe us? Just give these fabulous (and cheap!) salt-based beauty hacks a chance.

Fight Breakouts
"Everyday things we do, like using hair products too close to our forehead, can cause acne, but everyday things in our homes can help fix the problem, too. A little salt does wonders for a zit," says Bonnie Ndoci, esthetician and owner of Facials by Bonnie. Combine ¼ teaspoon salt with 1 cup of warm water, soak a cotton ball or gauze pad in the mixture, lightly press and hold for one minute. The salt will reduce swelling and redness.

Sexy Beach Waves
While traveling, beauty writer Amber Katz of likes to take ocean water, put it into a spray bottle, and spritz the resulting real-deal salt water on her hair for beach-like waves. "Bonus if sand gets in the water to add a little more texture!," she says. It sounds crazy, but it just might work.

Release Toxins
Dry salt therapy, also known as halotherapy, uses pure sodium chloride that is ground up by a halogenerator and dispersed into the air of a tightly sealed room, bed, booth, or cabin. The salt particles are then absorbed by the user's skin to release toxin buildup from surface layers and replenish deep layers with needed moisture. Skin cell rejuvenation is accelerated and pore-clogging bacteria is eliminated.

You can also reap the benefits of salt's replenishing powers at home, too. "Throwing a cup of salt into a warm bath and soaking for a half hour is miraculous," promises Jeannine Morrisof "The salt helps you to detoxify and debloat."

Facial Exfoliator
Mix salt with a facial oil and gently massage in circular motions, then rinse and cleanse your skin as usual, says Katherine Dorn of Pierre Michel Salon.

Mix salt with lukewarm water and put the mixture into a spray bottle to gently mist your face, then pat dry, Dorn says.

Salt Scrub
Sea salt can help soften skin to make it more supple and reduce the appearance of wrinkles. It can also be helpful to reduce oily build-up that clogs pores, and it makes a great exfoliatorfor dry skin to remove dead surface cells without overdrying, says Wendy Lewis Better still, salt also has healing properties which can actually speed up the recovery of cuts and scrapes.

"You can make a body scrub from olive oil and salt with a couple of drops of essential oils that work amazingly well to refresh and soften skin for pennies. Use lavender, vanilla, cinnamon, whatever you like to scent it," says Maggie Cruz of Marinello Schools of Beauty.

Eye De-puffer
Mix salt and hot water, apply to cotton pads, and gently apply the soaked pads to the eye area to instantly smooth and reduce the puffiness of your undereyes.

Foot Soak
"It's not unheard of for crummy pedicures to leave me with minor infections by my toenail cuticles," says Bryce Gruber of The Luxury Spot. "I used to head straight to the doctor, but since I'm allergic to most antibiotics, I've just started filling a shallow basin with warm to hot water, adding a cup of salt, and soaking the foot in question for about half an hour. I do this twice a day until the infection is totally gone and starting to heal, which usually only takes one or two treatments!," Gruber says. Now there's a DIY cure if there ever was one.

Salt and baking soda make for the perfect mouthwash when mixed with water, says Dorn.

Chapped Lips
For most of us, the cooler weather in winter months translates to dry, chapped lips. Misti Schindele of recommends mixing two or three tablespoons of Epsom salts with one tablespoon of Vaseline, gently massaging the mixture into your lips to remove dead skin before removing with a damp washcloth. Slather on your favorite deep moisturizing lip balm-give it a few minutes, and your lips will be in perfect condition for a swipe of lipstick.

Thursday, 14 May 2015

Campaign for Safe Cosmetics

Cancer-causing chemicals have no place in anyone's beauty routine. 
Take action: 
Even low levels of cancer chemicals add up to real harm when they are 
found in products used every day, from shampoos and other hair products,
 creams, blushes, and nail polish.

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

AVEENO® Daily Moisturizing Lotion with ACTIVE NATURALS®

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Monday, 11 May 2015

Campaign for Safe Cosmetics

What's that smell? Unfortunately, there's no way to know. Fragrance is considered a trade secret, so companies don't have to tell us what's in it – often dozens or even hundreds of synthetic chemical compounds. 

Friday, 8 May 2015

Happy Bottom Baby Balm - Natural Relief for Your Baby's Sweet Bottom

Make no mistake about it: diaper rash and skin irritation make for an unhappy baby. At the same time, chemical laden diaper creams and ointments make for an unhappy mommy. All-natural Happy Bottom Baby Balm is the ideal solution, providing soothing relief for your baby and an ingredient list that will delight even the most discriminating mommies.

Happy Bottom Baby Balm is specially formulated with colloidal oatmeal, cocoa and shea butter, and organic oils to moisturize and soothe your baby's sore skin. Coconut oil, tea tree essential oil, and grapefruit seed extract are combined to combat infection (yeast and otherwise), while herbal extracts provide priceless healing relief for your baby's sore bottom.

Thursday, 7 May 2015

All Natural Pregnancy Deodorant

All Natural Pregnancy Deodorant--Cosmetics and hair products are often full of harsh additives that most pregnant women should avoid. Now conscientious mothers-to-be can receive all-day odor fighting protection with Pregnancy-Plus Natural Deodorant, the only product designed specifically for pregnant women. 

Unlike most deodorants found at local drugstores that contain harsh chemicals, Fairhaven Health’s PregnancyPlus Natural Deodorant is made with ingredients including Witch Hazel, Tea Tree Oil, Sage Leaf Extract – these ingredients have been used for centuries to fight bacteria and prevent odor naturally.

Free of harmful forms of aluminum, propylene glycol, and parabens, you can take comfort that you’re doing the right thing for you and your baby.

Monday, 4 May 2015

Castor oil is great for thickening and regrowing hair, eyelashes and eyebrows

Castor oil is often overlooked for its benefits for the skin and hair because of its extremely thick and sticky consistency.  However, if you’re looking for a cheap, natural remedy for several common skin and hair complaints, then castor oil is definitely worth your time. -

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