Beauty & Health Tips

Fake BOTOX? What you don’t know can hurt you.

The FDA has recently sent out a warning on April 16, 2015 regarding a fake, counterfeit version of Botox circling around that eager consumers should be aware of. The FDA has deemed these counterfeit versions as “unsafe and should not be used.”

The Cost of Cutting Corners

When these unscrupulous physicians choose to save money by purchasing from unverified third-party vendors, they’re also making vicarious decisions for every single patient that may someday walk in their clinic door. They are not only risking their license, they’re simultaneously putting their patients’ health and even life in the balance. Knockoff drugs may seem like a bargain, but the ultimate cost could be devastatingly expensive.

FACTS:

Not all practitioner purchase their injectables from official sources, putting their patients at risk as a result. The only way to purchase authentic Allergan products is through an Allergan representative or one of their authorized distributors.

Black market pharmaceuticals have questionable efficacy, may contain harmful ingredients that aren’t meant for human consumption or for intravenous use, and are often mishandled and improperly stored with potentially tragic results.

Allergan does not guarantee the authenticity of any product not purchased directly from one of their reps, regardless as to whether that product appears to be a branded Allergan product. Patients who pay for discounted counterfeit products often end up unhappy and seek our expertise in correcting the issues.

EXPERT ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED PRACTITIONER (LCP LICENSED HOLDER)

We value our patients and thrive on providing them with incredible experiences and procedural outcomes based on honesty and mutual respect. We welcome the opportunity to educate the consumer on every information they should know.

The best way you can protect yourself as you pursue aesthetic enhancements is to have thorough consultations prior to having any services rendered and ask extensively about the products offered and the injectors available. Most importantly, please remember to seek advice from professional expert (not beautician, not your friends/relatives/colleagues). In Malaysia, all aesthetic practitioner who perform any aesthetic procedure must be a qualified LCP licensed holder issued by Ministry of Health Malaysia (MOH).

You may find out more about LCP at the link provided below:

http://www.moh.gov.my/images/gallery/Garispanduan/GUIDELINES%20ON%20AESTHETIC%20MEDICAL%20PRACTICE%20FOR%20REGISTERED%20MEDICAL%20PRACTITIONERS.pdf

 

 

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THE TRUTH BEHIND SILICONES

We all love silky hair, and makeup that will stay put even when we work up a sweat. The synthetic ingredient that’s responsible for those results is usually silicone. First introduced to beauty products in the 1950s, silicones are derived from a natural product called silica, but undergo extensive chemical processing before being added to our beauty products such as shampoos, conditioners & cosmetic products etc.
Silicones go by different names where dimethicone is one of the best-known and are modified into numerous different formulas in order to perform the specific role expected of them—waterproofing, retaining moisture, adhering colour pigments, protecting our hair and imparting smoothness, and making the application of skincare products feel silky—no tugging on the skin as it is spread on, and no oily, sticky feeling. They give our deodorants that velvety feel, allowing them to dry quickly, and they keep water-resistant sunscreens on our skin, even when we sweat or get wet.

What is Dimethicone?

Dimethicone is what the chemists like to call a silicon-based polymer—”polymer” meaning it’s a large molecule made up of several smaller units bonded together. Simply put, it’s a silicon oil, man-made in the laboratory and used in personal care products as an anti-foaming agent, skin protectant, and skin and hair conditioner.

Manufacturers like it because it makes products easily spreadable, so you get that feeling of the lotion or cream gliding over your skin, another way to describe is, it helps the product to spread as smooth as butter.  Dimethicone also helps form a protective barrier on the skin, and can fill in the fine lines and wrinkles on the face, which is why it’s often used in makeup primers.

Is it safe?

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved its use as a skin protectant ingredient in over-the-counter drug products. Furthermore, the Cosmetic Ingredient review (CIR) Expert Panel reviewed the data surrounding dimethicone, and assessed it as safe to use in personal care products. They determined that because of the large molecular weight of silicone based polymers such as dimethicone, it would be very unlikely for it to penetrate past the surface of the skin.

How Dimethicone affect your skin?

That artificial coating which caused by Dimethicone caused several issues:

  • It traps everything under it, including bacteria, sebum, and impurities which could lead to increased breakouts and blackheads.
  • The coating action actually prevents the skin from performing its normal activities for example sweating, temperature regulating, sloughing off dead skin cells, etc.
  • Prolonged exposure to dimethicone can actually increase skin irritation, due to the coating property and because dimethicone is listed as a possible skin and eye irritant.
  • Those with sensitive or reactive skin are at higher risk of an allergic reaction to dimethicone too.

These type of ingredients can actually exacerbate skin aging, here’s the reason:

  • You’re inhibiting skin’s natural processes.
  • You’re creating a dependency on the coating product, disrupting the skin’s own hydrating processes which in the end increases dryness, making fine lines and wrinkles more noticeable.
  • The coating properties may increase breakouts, particularly if you’re susceptible to acne, which will lead to scars and dull looking skin.
  • These ingredients have no benefit in boosting the health and vitality of the skin, thus letting aging take its toll.

What to do?

REMEMBER, double cleansing! This is very very important. Please do not expect any facial cleanser can do the job. Firstly you have to remove all make ups or sunscreen on your face using make up removal, preferably lotion which is liquid type. Then only wash your face with facial cleanser. This is why we called, double cleansing, put in mind too, do not overdo.

Let your skin rest, put on some calming & moisturizing mask. We find out a lot of our patients skip the step of applying toner before they apply the moisturizer on. If you want your skin to be healthy and radiant, never ever skip any step.

How our Skinartesse Laser can help you?

  • improve congested, oily and sensitive skin.
  • improve skin complexion
  • brighten up the skin, you can see instantly after one session of the laser
  • reduce the size of pores
  • lighten scars which caused by acnes
  • lighten dark circles, the darker shade around lips & even on lips

To enquire about Skinartesse Laser, you may contact the team here.

Home Remedies to Reduce Eye Pufiness

Puffiness in the eye area is a common manifestation of mild facial edema. Edema is a term for the excess fluid accumulation in soft tissue manifested by swelling. Edema stretches the skin and eventually leads to wrinkles and sagging. The eye area is particularly prone to edema due to the dense capillary network and lack of fat padding.

It is important to know that significant edema may be a sign of a health problem, such as kidney or liver disease, and needs to be investigated by a physician to rule out medical conditions. A variety of allergies may also cause facial puffiness. If you have persistent puffiness make sure to rule out allergic reactions to your environment, food or skin care products.

A more common situation, however, is morning puffiness (mild facial edema that occasionally occurs in the morning and goes away during the day) caused by lifestyle factors rather than a health condition.

You may try these home remedies:

Sleep on your back.

When you sleep face down or even in your side the blood pressure in your facial vessels is greater due to gravity and contact with the pillow. Sleeping on your back mitigates this problem.

Do not consume too much fluid late in the evening.

During sleep your blood vessels tend to relax. If at that time your body is overloaded with water, more fluid will flow from capillaries into extracellular space than is drained from it; the net effect is swelling. In general, it is healthy to drink a lot of fluids. However, try to consume most of your water in the morning and afternoon, and drink less in the evening.

Limit your sodium intake.

Sodium, especially if consumed as sodium chloride (table salt), increases retention of water and promotes edema. Keep in mind that even if you don’t overuse the saltshaker, you may still be consuming a lot of sodium because most processed foods are high in sodium. Notable examples include chips, candy, many processed meats and cheeses. Check food labels for sodium content per serving and serving size. Then you can calculate how much sodium you are consuming. Reducing sodium intake may have an added benefit of reducing the risk of developing high blood pressure.

If you drink alcohol, be moderate and avoid drinking late in the day.

Alcohol and certain drugs contribute to puffiness by favoring the accumulation of fluid in extracellular space. If you are taking any drugs, do not change your regimen without consulting with your doctor. If you feel that a particular drug may be causing puffiness, talk to your doctor about possible alternatives that provide the same benefits without this side effect.

Weak capillaries contribute to facial edema because they leak too much fluid into extracellular space. There are a few studies indicating that escin, a substance found in horse chestnut, can strengthen veins and capillaries by blocking enzyme called hyaluronidase. Blocking hyaluronidase prevents the breakdown of proteoglycans, which are important structural component of venous and capillary walls. The studies showed that twice a day supplementation with 50 mg of escin (a from standardized horse chestnut extract) reduced edema of extremities. Facial edema has not been studied but is likely to respond as well. Standardized horse chestnut extract is available in capsules in health food stores and on the web. Some vendors also sell horse chestnut cream. It is unclear whether topical application of escin also strengthens capillaries but it is certainly possible and may be worth a try. Escin may provide additional skin benefits. By blocking the hyaluronidase, escin may increase the content of hyaluronic acid in the skin and thereby reduce dryness. Other plant-derived agents shown in clinical studies to improve venous insufficiency and associated edema of extremities include Butcher’s broom rhizome extract and grape seed extract. These extracts, used orally or topically, might improve facial edema as well.

Fatigue and lack of sleep may contribute to puffiness and other eye area skin problems. Make sure you are getting adequate restful sleep.

When morning puffiness cannot be prevented, it can be quickly reduced, which minimizes its damaging effects on the skin. The key to reducing puffiness is to reduce the inflow and increase outflow of fluid from the soft tissue of the face. To increase the outflow of fluid make sure that you are in a vertical position, by standing or sitting. To reduce the inflow, you need to produce a mild constriction of blood vessels. To constrict your blood vessels in the area under the eye you can try to use cool teabags on your eyes. Place the tea bags in warm water, steep for a few seconds, wrap in plastic wrap and place in refrigerator for half an hour. Then place the cool, moist tea bags on closed eyes. Recline and relax for ten to twenty minutes.

Blogger Nanabwincess Review – Skinartesse Cinderella Peel

Nana Beauty Tips

Blogger Nana from http://www.bwincessnana.com shared about her beauty care at Skin Art Clinic. To find out more about her review, click the link below:

http://www.bwincessnana.com/2014/07/hello-readers-its-been-long-since-last.html

To enquire, kindly contact the Skin Art Team at +60196211399 or +60328574455 to know more about Skinartesse Cinderella Peel.

HELIOCARE SPF – ESSENTIAL EVERYDAY PROTECTION FOR YOUR SKIN

Heliocare SPF

Nothing beats a sunny day on the beach, swimming and relaxing, but getting ready for that night out you feel like the sun was sitting on your shoulders the whole day. The first thing going through your mind is “but I did put sunscreen on” or “I was only in the sun for a few minutes”. In South Africa we all know that our sun is very damaging and extremely dangerous, but with our busy lifestyle do we really have the time to apply sunscreen over our make-up at work or the beach every 2-3 hours.

Now what is a sunscreen, what is an SPF and who should use a sunscreen? It is very easy and simple: Sunscreen is a product containing ingredients most of the time, Zinc oxide and Titanium oxide, to protect our skin from ultraviolet radiation (UV), there are 2 types of UV rays that we want to protect our skin against namely: UVA and UVB. A Sun Protection Factor (SPF) is a measure of a sunscreen’s ability to prevent UVB from damaging the skin and no sunscreen can block all UVA rays. Especially in South Africa we need extra protection as soon as possible and that’s why we need application of sunscreen as young as over 6 months old, children under 6 years old should be kept out of the sun in any case with protective clothing as well. Coming to a conclusion, EVERYONE should be using a sunscreen.

Heliocare made it super easy and convenient for any age or lifestyle.  It is very important to all to understand why we have to wear sunscreen, how often and what is the best suitable SPF to use every day and at the beach.

The sun gives off 3 ultraviolet rays namely UVA, UVB, UVC towards the earth, only UVA and UVB reach the earth as the UVC ray is too short to reach the earth. UVA radiation causes damage indirectly via the formation of aggressive free radicals and oxygen species, the “Reactive Oxygen Species”. These highly reactive species damage cell membrane, change the DNA of our skin cells and are linked to the development of skin cancer.

UVB rays are mainly responsible for burning of the skin, these 2 rays together can have a very dangerous impact on the skin. Most people only react after they got sunburned and then want to try and reverse the effects, it is already too late then, but UVA rays penetrate deeper into the skin and have more long term effects than UVB rays. These UVA rays cause photo-ageing, pre-mature ageing, loses flexibility of skin, loss in moisture of the skin, sagging, spots and wrinkles.

Looking at our daily lifestyle, UVB radiation is fairly low in our daily lifestyle, but increase when we spend more time in the sun like being on holiday. UVA radiation is fairly consistent throughout the year, so making it our first priority to protect our skin against UVA and then UVB radiation.

Everyone on earth spends way too much time being exposed to UVA and UVB rays EVERYDAY. Now most people’s excuses for not applying a sunscreen are: “I work in an office the whole day” or “I wear a sunscreen when I go on holiday”.

  • Unfortunately – UVA and UVB radiation’s existence is not only from the sun, but from the computer/laptop screens as well, UVA also travels through glass and car/ office windows as well as fluorescent lights that is in most office blocks and offices.

How do we protect ourselves from UVA and UVB rays?

Heliocare uses an ingredient called Fernblock in all the products in the Heliocare range, Fernblock is a miracle ingredient a natural extract from Polypodium leucotomos( tropical fern from Central America) and that was developed by the IFC Group and experts in Dermatology and Photobiology from Harvard Medical School. The powerful combinations of natural anti-oxidants, ferulic,caffeic and chlorogenic acid, help combat free radicals secreted by the sun causing ageing, hyperpigmentation and DNA Damage. It has been so successful by the effectiveness of it, that it has numerous laboratory and clinical trials featured in leading international scientific and medical journals. The hype about it, is the fact that it is one of the only anti-oxidants that can combat “Reactive Oxygen Species” (ROS), causing the most damage to our health.

Heliocare invented different formulations to fit everyone’s needs in any weather conditions, as wearing sunscreen in cloudy and raining conditions is very important, as UVA rays are still present in those conditions.

The lovely products from Heliocare are:

For everyday protection

  • Heliocare SPF 30 silk gel – light, soft and silky texture for daily use and daily cosmetic and make-up application.
  • Heliocare Cream SPG 50- For dry/normal skin and daily cosmetic and make-up application.
  • Heliocare Gel SPF 50- For oily/combination skin and daily cosmetic and make-up application.

For maximum skin protection

Sun protection only works being re-applied every 2-3 hours and be worn every day.

Heliocare is the range not only to fit your budget, but will give you extra comforting protection other sun care factors won’t.

Why Diet Plan Always Goes Wrong?

What you heard from others:

The Truth behind

Why diet doesn’t work?

1) Skipping Breakfast

Myth:- Not having breakfast encourages your body to burn fat
Fact:- Thin people eat breakfast; fat people don’t

Missing breakfast is a “massive diet mistake” – it leads to overeating later in the day as blood sugar drops mid-morning, making you more compulsive around food and less likely to resist that double mocha and danish.

Plus, you are more likely to binge at night as your body plays catch-up on missed calories, making you more likely to store the calories as fat.

Researchers at Imperial College London recently used MRI brain scans to study the effects of skipping breakfast. They found the reward centres in the brains of breakfast-skippers lit up when they saw higher-calorie foods such as pizza, cake and chocolate, making them less likely to resist junk food than those who opted for an early morning meal.

What you should do?

  • Research at Pennington Biomedical Research Centre in the US found that those who started their day with two boiled eggs felt less hungry and ate less come lunchtime.
  • Any form of protein in the morning – plain yoghurt and berries, mackerel or smoked salmon, an omelette or raw muesli with nuts – makes for a breakfast of (thin) kings.
  • If you can’t face breakfast, eating a handful of walnuts or almonds an hour after waking will be enough to stop you binging later.

2) Weekend Blowout

Myth:- If you eat healthily all week, it’s fine to treat yourself at weekends
Fact:- Even after five days of restraint, two days of freestyle carbicide will make you gain weight.

Say you sensibly manage your carbohydrate intake during the week and then binge on burgers, ice cream and cakes at the weekend – over time, you can technically gain up to five kilos.

When All You Want Is To Be Slim. As carbohydrates are first stored as glucose and water, this won’t be fat – yet – but will turn into fat if it isn’t worked off, so you’ll need to do extra exercise during the week.

Insidiously, weekend blow-outs keep you feeling deprived psychologically. People liken the fun and relaxation of weekends to unhealthy eating.

They equate their working week with dieting and deprivation, which locks them in the mindset of “good” or “bad” eating. If you feel compelled to overeat every weekend, it suggests the way you’re eating most of the time isn’t satisfying you.

You’re waiting for the weekend when you can enjoy your diet. But the healthy eating should be making you feel better, not be your penance.

What you should do?

To avoid the temptation to binge, pepper your working week with small amounts of what you fancy, such as a small glass of wine, some cheese or a few squares of good quality chocolate.

At the weekend, with children around and more social events, it can be harder to stick to a diet. If you have a croissant with jam and a fry-up on a Saturday morning, go back to your regular eating habits for the next meal.

The damage will only be done when you start mind games such as, “Oh, I have been bad now, so I might as well continue all weekend,”’ he says. ‘That’s how fat people think.’

3) Diet Drinks

Myth Diet drinks have no calories so they won’t impact on weight
Fact People who drink diet drinks are fatter than those who don’t

A study from the University of Texas Health Science Centre found that people who drank 21 diet drinks a week were twice as likely to be overweight.

Another study that followed diet drinkers over a ten-year period found their waists grew a staggering 70 per cent more than non-diet drinkers’ waistlines.

Diet drinks feed a sweet tooth as, gram for gram, artificial sweeteners can be 13,000 times sweeter than sugar. When the body receives a sweet taste without the calories it expects, it triggers sweet cravings that make you eat more.

Sweeteners have also been shown to have a similar effect to real sugar on blood glucose and insulin levels. These blood sugar fluctuations drive cravings for sweet substances when blood sugar is low.

One study also found that a high intake of diet drinks could increase the risk of developing type-2 diabetes by 67 per cent.

What you should do?

Drink sparkling or still water with fresh lime or lemon juice. If you want something sweet, coconut water with nothing added is a natural, healthy choice.

4) But – it’s Healthy

Myth:- I can eat as much healthy food as I like
Fact:- Healthy food can be moreish, leading to overeating

Hummus, pistachios and peanuts contain healthy fats but come with masses of calories and often epically fail the ‘eat just one’ test. Such foods can act as triggers for those with a tendency to overeat.

It’s possible to overeat a healthy diet and as a result not lose weight – or even gain it.

Being “healthy” doesn’t give people carte blanche to completely ignore calories.

Look out for cereals, snack bars and drinks that present themselves as healthy options that are anything. Most people know to look at the label and put the food back if the first few ingredients are sugar. The sugar content of a food might be high, but listed in various different ways on a label; a crafty trick used by manufacturers to hide the total amount of sugar contained in a so-called health food from consumers.

What you should do?

No matter how healthy they are, don’t keep foods around you that you find moreish.

Raw almonds and brazil nuts are pretty hard to binge on, so they’re a better choice than, say, a bag of wasabi nuts. Likewise, if you find you can’t have only one teaspoon of hummus with your raw veggies as a snack, choose something else.

When trying to spot faux-healthy foods, know sugar’s noms de plume: corn syrup, maltose, dextrose, sucrose, fructose or anything else ending in ‘ose’.

Some foods produced by weight-loss programmes can be high in sugar, artificial sweeteners and refined carbohydrates, which increase appetite.

5) Fat Phobia

Myth:- Avoid fat if you want to lose weight
Fact:- Successful dieters get 30 per cent of their daily calories from fat

Studies show that the tiny ten per cent of people who lose weight and keep it off eat moderate amounts of fat.

When dieters avoid fat, they are hungry all the time. Fat is highly satiating. People who avoid it are invariably never satisfied by meals.

Dieters’ obsession with low-fat products merely fuels a craving for fatty foods, and that’s why they end up binging on cakes, biscuits and ice cream – all sources of the fat their bodies need.

Low-fat food is pointless for people wanting to lose weight because when real fat is removed, something needs to be added to retain taste and texture – ‘usually sugar and flour, which provide calories but are nutritionally poor.

Fat also provides essential fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K, and the government’s National Food Survey shows that we are now deficient in many of these thanks to the low-fat message – especially vitamin D, the lack of which is one of the reasons behind the re-emergence of rickets.

What you should do?

Choose full-fat yoghurt (especially greek, which is higher in protein so keeps you satisfied for longer) and add a pat of butter to steamed vegetables.

Make sure you eat plenty of good fats, such as omega-3 fatty acids (there is some evidence that these help the body burn fat) found in oily fish, coconut oil, walnuts and flax seeds – try them crushed on your morning porridge.

6) Diets Full Stop

Myth:- Diets work for long-term weight loss

Fact:- Ninety per cent of yo-yo dieters don’t keep the weight off

People go on a rigid diet and manage to lose weight. But most people can’t tolerate rigid dieting for long so once it’s inevitably stopped, weight goes on a little more than before. ‘Then you go on another diet, lose again, stop and go a little higher still. That is how crash dieters gain more and more weight over time.

The body thinks it’s starving so, to compensate, will switch on all the mechanisms it has to store food.

One of these is hormones. Last October, a University of Melbourne study of 50 overweight women and men showed that after dieting, our hormone levels start to work overtime and react as though our bodies are starving. The study found that participants’ levels of ghrelin, a hormone that stimulates appetite, was 20 per cent higher than before they went on the diet, and their levels of leptin, a hormone that suppresses appetite and registers satisfaction after eating, were lower.

The bottom line: dieting was making them hungrier.

What you should do?

The only diets that have been proven effective for long-term weight loss in randomised controlled studies are those that focus on higher amounts of protein and vegetables, and limit carbohydrates to those with a low glycaemic index [GI].

GI is a number rating out of 100 that refers to how quickly a particular food causes spikes in blood sugar. Low GI is considered 55 or under.

Here’s some motivation:

Anti-Aging Tips

Wondering what you can do to look younger or slow down the aging process without plastic surgery?

Tips on Preventing Wrinkles and Promoting Longevity

Avoid the sun.

Sun exposure is the number one cause of premature wrinkles. If you must be out in the sun, wear sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 30. Tanning beds have also been proven to cause cancer and wrinkle your skin.

Don’t smoke.

Smoking is the second leading cause of premature wrinkles. It upsets the body’s mechanism for breaking down old skin and renewing it.

Minimize alcohol consumption.

Alcohol dehydrates the skin, depleting it of moisture. It can also cause broken or distended capillaries on the nose and face.

Exercise.

Exercise is the number one anti-aging medicine, and the benefits are immense. For starters, it is a great anti-stressor. It also improves circulation, which in turn improves skin complexion. It can help maintain healthy body weight, increase bone density, and build muscle. Exercise also strengthens the heart, and can reduce risk of certain cancers. We lose 4 percent of muscle mass for every 10 years after the age of 20. Running is good for the heart and weight training increases metabolism and bone strength. Stretching and yoga are also extremely beneficial.

Get plenty of rest.

The body needs time to repair itself. Lack of sleep can upset the body’s metabolism and possibly hasten the onset of age-related conditions.

Drink at least eight glasses (64 ounces total) of water daily

Water flushes waste out of our system and keeps the skin hydrated, acting as an internal moisturizer.

Over-the-counter products.

Dr Rachel recommends Glycolic Acid and Alpha Hydroxy Acid. Use at night and use it regularly. You can also ask your doctor about Retin A, a vitamin-based product that works really well.

Anti-Aging Grocery List

Buy green and red vegetables.

These foods contain natural nutrients and anti-oxidants that prevent the formation of free radicals, which damage cells and can contribute to disease and premature aging. The high water content found in vegetables is also good for skin.

Buy fish.

Fish contains Omega-3 fatty acids, which have been shown to lower heart-disease risk and stimulate the immune system. These oils are also good for skin and act as a natural anti-inflammatory agent. Supplement your diet with 12 ounces of fish a week. Some fish have high levels of mercury and should be avoided: Shark, Swordfish, King Mackerel and Tilefish.

Incorporate oils into your diet.

Extra virgin olive oil and fish oils in a healthy diet are really good for the skin.

Limit your sugar intake.

Sugar acts as an oxidant, having the opposite effect of an anti-oxidant. It does not promote healthy body weight or healthy skin. Sugar also causes the body to release more insulin, increasing the risk of diabetes.

5 Ways To Add Shine To Your Hair

Everyone’s secret desire is to look like one of those gorgeous models in the shampoo commercials. They have perfectly flowing shiny hair and make it seem like they just get up and go. In reality, not everyone wakes up with naturally shiny hair.

There are many different ways to achieve shiny hair at home. Whether it comes from a product you can buy in your local drug store, or a product you can find in your own refrigerator, we have the tips to help you out.

1) Cold Water

The first way to improve the shine in your hair is probably the simplest remedy. It is completely free, so you have no excuses not to try it. All you need to use is cold water.

Girl with shiny hair and flowers This doesn’t mean you have to freeze yourself in a cold shower though. You can still enjoy a warm shower, just remember at the end to turn the nozzle to cold and do a short blast on your hair. What this does is smoothes and closes the hair’s cuticle, which allows it to reflect light rather than absorbing it, making it look shiny.

 

2) The Right Shampoo
The second way to perk up your hair’s shine is to pick the right shampoo. Lots of factors can contribute to dryness, such as chemically treating your hair and even something as simple as using a blow dryer. You need to know exactly what to purchase to counteract these problems.

All lines of shampoos and conditioners have an option for color treated hair. By using these, you protect the color from fading and lock in the moisture that the chemicals can remove. The heat that attacks your hair when using a hair dryer removes all the moisture that adds shine.

Again, choosing the right shampoo – in this case, one that is heat activated – can keep your locks polished.

3) Proper Diet

Another way to achieve shiny strands is to have a proper diet. You always hear about the benefits of eating right, but you never hear about the positive effects it can have on your hair. Maintaining a diet rich in oils (most importantly Vitamin E) is essential in getting shiny results.

Some examples of foods that contain Vitamin E are nuts and seeds, asparagus, olives, spinach, and other green leafy vegetables, as well as avocado. Some good choices of oils to include in your diet would be canola, corn, sunflower and soybean oils.

Water is also a key part of your diet for healthy hair. Just like your body needs to be hydrated to stay healthy, your hair does as well.

4) Brush Your Hair

Another really easy way to add shine that we may overlook is just to simply brush your hair. When you wake up in the morning with tousled hair, all you need to do is slide a brush through and instantly you’ve added shine without doing anything. It brings out your natural oils.

Girl with shiny hair and flowersOne of the top choices would be a brush with boar bristles. The hard bristles will evenly distribute oils from root to tip, and will easily remove unwanted dead hair.

5) Vinegar
For our last tip for adding shine, you’ll need to raid your kitchen cabinets. Vinegar is a great solution to amp up your dull hair. Vinegar helps close the hair cuticles, which as we already learned, helps reflect light.

Any type of vinegar will work, but the most recommended kind would have to be apple cider vinegar. Fill a spray bottle with the vinegar, spray onto wet hair, leave in for a few minutes, and then rinse out thoroughly. If you repeat this a few times a week, you’ll see shimmering results.

How to Prevent Blisters On Your Feet

6 Tricks For Not Getting Blisters On Your Feet

We can probably all agree that the only downside to buying new shoes is needing to break them in. Whether they’re stilettos or ballet flats, every new pair of shoes that joins our closets needs to be worn for a few weeks before they’re completely comfortable. The worst part of breaking new shoes in is the inevitable blisters that come along with that, but we’re determined to prevent blisters — and to help you prevent them, too. Read the tips below to have the least pain possible when you’re wearing new shoes!

BREAK IN YOUR SHOES: New shoes are the biggest cause of blisters, and especially if they’re shoes that aren’t meant to be worn with socks. If your new shoes are a little bit too tight, try this trick: Blow dry a pair of socks for about two minutes before you put them on. Once they’re hot, put on the socks, then put on your shoes and walk around your house for a bit. The heat will help to warm up the shoes and break them in a bit, and walking around with the socks will prevent your feet from getting blisters. This usually works best for flats or pumps.

USE CLEAR DEODORANT OR VASELINE: If you have a pair of shoes that you know always gives you blisters in a particular spot (the back of your ankles or your toes), apply clear deodorant or Vaseline to that spot before slipping into the shoes. You’ll create a barrier and reduce friction, that way you won’t rub your skin with the shoes, which is what causes the blisters.

CHECK WHERE THE SOCK SEAM IS: Some socks have a seam along the toes, while others have a seam along the heels. Depending on how they’re made, the seam may be what’s rubbing against your foot in a certain shoe, not the shoe itself. If you consistently get blisters in a certain spot where that seam is, try wearing socks that are manufactured differently.

DRY YOUR FEET: Wet skin rubbing against shoes or socks can cause major friction and therefore, blisters. Sprinkle corn starch on your feet and in your shoes to absorb any excess moisture, keeping your feet dry and blister-free.

STAY CONSISTENT WITH PEDICURES: From eliminating calluses to trimming your nails, keep consistent with your pedicures. Longer nails can rub against your shoe or against other toes, creating unwanted friction. Regular pedicures will help your feet to feel — and look — their best!

REACT TO HOW YOU FEEL: The moment you start to feel any friction or a blister coming on, take a minute to stop and put on a bandage. Getting to the source of the friction before it becomes a problem is prevention that can save your feet down the road.

If you do get a blister… Do not rub or pick at your skin. Let it heal on its own, wearing comfortable shoes that won’t rub that area until it’s healing. Keep the area clean and dry to prevent any infection from happening.

What To Eat For Healthy Skin

“You are what you eat” — we’ve been hearing that for years. While what you put into your body is super important for your overall health and well-being, it’s also vital for your skin. The right or wrong foods can make a world of difference in the health, brightness, and clarity of your skin.

Hydration
There are many reasons drinking lots of water is good for your body, but brighter skin is one of them. Drinking more water increases the blood flow to your skin, creating pinker cheeks and an overall healthy glow. Get a vitamin boost by adding a touch of lemon to your water. It’ll help keep your skin clear and is also great for digestion.

Tips: Starting your day with warm water with lemon flushes out your system and increases your vitamin C, which is a great way to build the collagen in your skin.

Dehydration
Just as hydration is great for skin, dehydration is obviously rather bad. Alcohol dehydrates the skin, which is why your skin often feels drawn and dull the morning after a night out. Add a dose of bloat and redness (depending on what you drink and how much) and it can be a losing equation. When you do drink, make sure to hydrate before and after.

Seek More Magnesium
Because magnesium has been leeched from our soils and processed out of foods, most of us are pretty deficient in this mineral. A diet rich in magnesium can go a long way in creating healthier, brighter skin. Magnesium rich foods include green vegetables, especially dark green leafy vegetables such as spinach, nuts and seeds such as almonds, sesame seeds, Brazil nuts, etc., but they must be organic or they will be depleted of mineral content.

Avoid Sugar
Sorry, but sugar is the root of all evil when to comes to skin issues. Science has proven that sugar metabolization has a massive inflammatory effect. This inflammatory effect causes the breakdown of all living tissue, including skin. Expect advanced signs of aging sooner than later, such as wrinkles and dull skin tone.

Starch is also a no-no (starch converts to sugar in the body). Sugar increases cortisol (the stress hormone) in the blood, which in turn causes all manners of inflammation — think inflamed artery walls which restrict blood flow, leading to everything from losing skin’s glow to high blood pressure and heart disease.

Eat More Protein
High quality protein like wild salmon and grass-fed beef offer optimal amounts of collagen-building amino acids like lysine and proline. Animal protein also contains zinc. A study in the International Journal of Dermatology found this mineral provides excellent antioxidant protection for healthy skin.

Avoid Salt
Salt retains water, making it hard on your lymphatic system to flush toxins efficiently. Toxic buildup can show up as acne, Rosacea, eczema, dry and oily patches, dark under eye circles and more.

Consider Saying No To Gluten and Dairy
You don’t have to be celiac or have lactose intolerance to have sensitivities to gluten and dairy. All skin, but especially acneic and/or sensitive will benefit from cutting back on these tasty but congestive ingredients.

Cut Back On Caffeine
Here, we have a bit of a conundrum. Caffeine raises blood pressure and sensitizes skin. However, it’s also known to have anti-inflammatory benefits, which is great for anyone who has issues with rosacea or redness. Tread carefully. Caffeine is dehydrating, so if you do enjoy your daily cup (or two or three), try to follow up your coffee or tea with lots of water.

Eat More Plant Pigments
Antioxidants in the form of plant pigments not only fight aging on the inside but also have great potential to slow the aging of the skin. As an example, the orange-red pigment called lycopene, found in tomatoes and tomato paste, actually slows burning by blocking the free radical damage to your skin that occurs with sun exposure. In contrast, people who smoke and inhale thousands of oxidants rapidly deplete their antioxidant system and thus have skin that is far more wrinkled.

You can apply antioxidants directly to your skin as well. Vitamins C and E, alpha lipoic acid, the supplement coenzyme Q10, and green tea are great.