True beauty comes from within. So search for it with your heart...instead of your eyes!
Sunday, May 19, 2013
Acne is an inflammatory condition often brought about by sensitivity to androgen hormones in the body. The result is blackheads and blemishes which are mild cases. However, in severe cases there may be inflamed pustules and cysts.
There is a definite link between acne and stress. The reason is that with acne there may be a bacterial content present on the skin. When stressed this bacteria react to the sebum levels in the skin.
Taking care of the problem
The first reaction to acne may be to start cleaning the skin. Over cleansing the skin is a common mistake and actually leads to over stimulating the production of oil and skin dryness.
Always choose natural plant-based products for optimal healing. A gentle milky cleanser or gel is recommended and remember, never use abrasive scrubs on the skin.
Allow you skin to breathe. Fresh air and a bit of sunlight have immune-stimulating properties.
Tea tree, lavender, myrrh, chamomile and calendula are healing oils and mixed with jojoba and rosehip carrier oils it will encourage healing and also have an antibacterial effect on the skin.
Remember, even an oily skin needs oil. Most people neglect this when they have an oily skin. Plant and essential oils are strongly anti-bacterial and also promote new cell growth. Do not worry, it will not interfere with the natural oil flow of the body, as they won’t congest or block pores.
Skin grows from the inside out - therefore, make sure you have a sufficient intake of nutrients to assist with the strengthening and healing. Always eat plenty of fruits and vegetables and remember the eight glasses of water per day! Try to avoid processed foods and excess sugars.
Lastly, deal with your stress. Physical and mental stress go hand in hand.
Saturday, May 18, 2013
Dry flaking, cracked skin can be painful and irritating, particularly if of the heels of the feet.
During summertime when women wear open shoes, this is particular common. Fortunately, there is an easy, homemade remedy for this:
Every morning and evening after your shower or bath, place 1 drop of Sandalwood into a couple of Rosehip oil or Calendula oil and massage thoroughly.
This is an excellent remedy for dry skin anywhere on the feet, especially if you play sport or are very active, when skin more readily dries and hardens.
Friday, May 17, 2013
The human skin grows from the inside out. We spend lots of time and money to nourish and care from the outside skin. But, all this will be in vain if we do not care, protect and nourish the skin from the inside.
Here is how:
Drink enough water
Water is most vital for a clear and healthy skin. Water hydrates and cleanses it from the inside. Drink at least 8 glasses of water per day, preferably purified water. Remember, hydrated skin looks plump, healthy and glowing.
Eat fresh vegetables and fruit
Vegetables and fruit are very good for your skin, providing essential phytonutrients.
Make sure you get sufficient essential fatty acids
The body needs fat. Without it the skin will look dull and lifeless. Good-quality fats like the omega fats are the building blocks for healthy cells. Therefore, make sure you include these good fats in your diet. Good sources are fish, nuts, seeds and cold-pressed oils.
Limit refined carbohydrates
Excess sugar and refined foods, such as cakes, biscuits, and confectionery are not good for your skin and can even slow the whole body’s healing system. Limit your intake and make sure you include good sources of protein to help balance blood-sugar levels that can lead to sweet cravings.
Get enough exercise
A good workout, even if it is just a brisk walk, will make you sweat to eliminate toxins from the skin. The increased blood flow will also bring nourishment out into the skin and encourages your skin to breathe. This will give your skin a healthy glow.
Take an antioxidant
The modern world we live in exposes our bodies to pollution, excessive radiation exposure, like computers, inadequate diets, overworking, etc. Therefore, it is imperative to supply your body with optimal nutrition by taking a good quality antioxidant that supplies natural vitamins and minerals at optimal levels.
Manage your stress levels
Stress is part of life - you cannot get away from it. However, when stress turns to anxiety and worry, it starts to affect your health and skin. When you are under excess stress this affects your hormonal system, which often triggers skin problems and sensitivities, as well as lowering your immune system. Strain and worry is also worn on your face, so, the best is to relax. Take time out, relax and nurture yourself.
Get enough sleep
Sleep in very important for good health. Sleep is nature’s way to repair damaged tissues and during the sleep cycle there is a surge of your growth hormone, which stimulates cell renewal. Therefore, make sure you get enough sleep; at least 7 to 8 hours per night.
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Simple everyday ingredients can be used to make safe and environmental friendly household cleaners.
For Washing Dishes
Place small slivers of hand soap in a heated glass jar. Cover with boiling water and let it dissolve. Add a tablespoon of vinegar and the juice of one lemon. It is suitable for the hardest dirt and grime!
For Washing Clothes
Use equal quantities of soap flakes and washing soda. Alternatively, a few tablespoons of washing soda added to biodegradable washing powders work a lot better.
For Use As a Bleach
Borax can serve as a good and effective bleach and disinfectant. Unfortunately, it is not as strong as commercial chlorine bleaches but can still do the job. Borax should be kept out of reach of children.
For Use As a Fabric Softener
Combine one part bicarbonate of soda, one part white vinegar and two parts water in a bottle. Use the same way a commercial softener would be used.
For Freshening the Air
Good and thorough ventilation of a room is still the best air freshener! However, a nice smelling bar of hand soap unwrapped and place where a draft is will do wonders.
Soap and water is still the most useful multi-purpose cleaner and can replace many commercial special-purpose cleaners.
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Protecting the Carpets
Fitting loose rubber mats can be a great help. They will prevent the worst dirt from soiling the carpets and they can simply be lifted out and brushed or washed of when cleaning the car.
Using Cleaning Material
A large range of interior cleaning products is available, including various types of upholstery cleaner, dashboard cleaner and carpet cleaner. Shop around to buy the products that will suit your needs and car. You do not need a cupboard full of products but the right products will be more than adequate - and remember something to keep your car smelling fresh.
Get a Vacuum Cleaner
A good vacuum cleaner will be a big help. Regular vacuuming will make interior cleaning a lot easier. And do not forget to vacuum under the seats and the boot. Car vacuum cleaners are inexpensive and usually come with a range of attachments to reach awkward nooks and crannies.
Looking after the Seats
Check the seats for dirt marks and use a fabric cleaner to deal with it. Allow any damped seats to dry before using the car. A wet-and-dry vacuum cleaner can speed up the drying process.
Caring for the Windows
Windows are best cleaned using chamois leather and stubborn stains can be removed with a household glass cleaner, buffing finally with a soft cloth.
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Our bodies are fragile master pieces that need constant care and pampering.
Give your skin time to absorb a sunblock's ingredients before you go outdoors - apply at least a half hour before and reapply after a swim. Take a long lunch break from outdoor exposure. Normally, the sun is highest and most intense between 10 am and 2 pm.
The best time to use dental floss is before you brush. That way you can brush away plaque and food fragments with your toothbrush and rinse. If you floss after brushing the loosened particles may remain in your mouth.
Carry mint tea bags for an after-dinner mouth freshener when you are not able to brush your teeth. Mint tea is a sweet-smelling alternative to coffee.
Insert your fingertips in a lemon cut in half and twist your fingers back and forth to clean your cuticles and nails before a manicure.
Give your feet a rest while you are relaxing around the house. If they are swollen, elevate them as much as possible. In warm weather, wear flat sandals; in cold weather, wear a heavy knit sock with leather sewn on the foot for a sole.