Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Good Skin Care Begins with Nourishment From the Inside Out

by Len Simpson

We nourish our bodies and we even nourish our skin from the outside in, but we often forget that nourishing our skin from the inside out can help to prevent a host of skin and health conditions, such as dry skin, premature aging and so much more.

Good skin care begins with quality vitamins in our daily diet. It’s always better to get the vitamins from the source – natural whole foods, rather than supplements, but supplements can help fill in the gaps in today’s busy world. Nutritionists and dermatologists recommend the following supplements for healthier skin:

· Selenium – New research shows this mineral is necessary to the antioxidant known as glutathione peroxidase, which helps protect the body from cancers, including skin cancer caused by sun exposure. The best dietary sources of selenium include whole grain cereals, seafood, garlic and eggs. Oral doses are effective in daily supplements of 50 to 200 micrograms.

· Vitamin E – This most important antioxidant in the body protects cell membranes and prevents damage to membrane-associated enzymes. It can be found in vegetable oils, especially sunflower oil, grains such as wheat germ, brown rice and oats, nuts, dairy products, meats and margarine. As an antioxidant, vitamin E supplements of 400 milligrams per day help to inactivate free radicals.

· Vitamin C – This is the most abundant antioxidant found naturally in the skin. It is commonly found in vegetables and citrus fruits. Much like vitamin E, vitamin C in doses of 500 to 1000 milligrams per day is important in repairing free radicals and preventing them from turning into cancers and accelerating aging.

· Vitamin K – This vitamin has recently been found to be successful for the dermatological treatment for dark circles under the eyes and bruising on the face. Best way to get your daily dose is eat plenty of lettuce, cauliflower, green beans and spinach.

· Vitamin A (Retinoids): Helps to prevent dry, flaky skin; reduces lines and wrinkles; anti-aging properties, helps reduce stretchmarks; helps to treat acne. It can be used topically, as a supplement, or gotten from your diet. It can be found in your diet in such things as eggs, organ meats, whole milk dairy, carrots and broccoli. Unless you suffer from a deficiency, topical use is best when treating the skin, as megadoses are not wise.

· B-complex: The B vitamins as a whole, B1 (Thiamine), B2 (Riboflavin), B3 (Niacin), B5 (Pantothenic acid), B6 (Pyridoxine) and B12 (Cyancobalamine), help prevent dermatitis and hair loss, treat stress and depression, as well as helping with acne, eczema, and psoriasis. They are absolutely necessary for proper skin (and hair) nutrition, as they form the basis of skin, hair, and nail cells. They can be used topically, taken as supplements, or found in your diet. In the diet, they can be found in such things as bananas, eggs, oatmeal, and rice. Unless you suffer from a deficiency, supplements shouldn’t be necessary, but are not likely to be harmful.

· Vitamin D: This is a powerful antioxidant and anticarcinogen. However, because the main source of this vitamin naturally is exposure to sunlight, the anticarcinogen properties can get lost amid the other carcinogenic properties of being in the sunlight for long periods of time. You can supplement this topically, but avoid megadoses.

· Chromium: Helps to fight acne and reduce infections. Recommended dose when taken internally is around 150 mcg daily Whole grains, ready-to-eat bran cereals, seafood, green beans, broccoli, prunes, nuts, peanut butter, and potatoes are rich in chromium. Sugary foods are low in this mineral and may even promote chromium loss; vitamin C may increase its absorption.

· Zinc: Helps to promote healing, reduces scarring and acne, as well as treating eczema and psoriasis and is also an antioxidant. Recommended dose when taken as a supplement is around 25-30 mg daily. A serving of lean beef or plain yogurt will do it.

Good skin care is a matter of diligence and quality living. Knowing what vitamins and nutrients are most beneficial and researching the best food sources to obtain those vitamins can help to turn back the hands of time. Vitamins can help thwart dry skin, premature aging and other skin disorders. http://www.skincarenet.org
Len Simpson is a freelance writer based in Pasadena, CA. She has worked for award-winning newspapers for more than ten years and now writes about health issues, alternative and natural remedies.
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Saturday, November 26, 2005

The Search For the Perfect Mascara...

I don't know why, but I always get excited when I buy new mascara. Mascara would have to be my #1 makeup item I could not do without. (Maybe because my lashes are pretty much non-existent). I just recently bought Cover Girl's Fantastic Lash and I love how it makes my lashes look twice as long and three times as thick. I also like how it easily washes off with just soap and water. No dealing with the eye make-up remover - bonus!

I would rate it a 9 out of 10... only because it does tend to clump a little.

Friday, November 18, 2005

Designer Handbags and Wallets for Less :)

I admit that I have a big purse fetish, so when I come across big bargains, I have to share the treasures... I came across a website called LuxModa.com that offers a huge selection of authentic designer handbags and accessories. Shop for Gucci, Fendi, Prada & Tod's at a discount. They also offer free 2nd-day air shipping!

Tip : A fashionable purse always make your whole outfit look classy and fabulous! :)

Thursday, November 10, 2005

Celebrate the Beauty Within

Celebrate the beauty that is within you. The beauty that is inside of you radiates on the outside of you. When you love yourself and feel confident about the person that you are, it shows. When I say “love yourself”, I am not prescribing narcissistic behavior. I am only suggesting that you honor and respect yourself as the beautiful person that you are. I think that if we loved ourselves, there would be less unhappy people in the world.

Insecure people are not accepting of themselves. When you feel insecure about yourself, those feelings breed feelings of unhappiness and contempt. It’s a terrible feeling to always be worried about what others are thinking about you. When you celebrate your beauty and uniqueness, there’s no time to think about other’s opinions of you. You’re too busy wondering how you can help others. You goal is to touch the lives of people and help them discover their own beauty.

Since when did we become obsessed with other people’s thoughts about us? Is it because we want to be liked by all and aim to please everyone? Love and respect yourself first and you will attract people who will love and respect you as well. Forget about everyone else.

When we are kind and caring, we are celebrating our beauty. When we share our wisdom and experiences, we are celebrating our beauty. Celebrating your beauty is spreading joy and peace and peace to others. When you celebrate your beauty, you are more loving towards others and want beauty in their lives as well. The love will be reciprocated ten-fold!

Thursday, November 3, 2005

Bring Beauty Into Your Life With Aromatherapy

Ahhh…Enter the relaxation realm with aromatherapy. For centuries people have relied on the healing and therapeutic powers of plants. Aromatherapy can help enhance your physical health and make you feel better psychologically. It has become very popular and widely used by modern physicians, psychotherapists, and massage therapists worldwide.

Bringing aromatherapy into your life can promote peace and happiness. There are many methods of using it:

Aromatherapy Baths - Add seven to ten drops of essential oils to a tub of water. Submerge yourself and surrender your body and mind to the relaxing ambiance. For even more relaxation, light a candle and put on soothing music. Soak for 20-30 minutes.

Skin Care - Many essential oils help stimulate cell renewal, improve circulation, and calm emotions. There are many commercially made products or you can make your own by adding essential oils to unscented commercial products. Aromatherapy facial oils can also be made by adding five to ten drops of essential oils to one ounce of jojoba, canola, or sunflower oil.

Fragrance Your Environment - Fill your environment with the soothing smells of oils using diffusers or lamps. Diffusers are air pumps and lamps have small bowls that hold water and oils. Usually there is a candle beneath the bowl that generates heat and releases the fragrance.
Perfumes - To relax all day every day, add a few drops to pulse points, temples, and the back of your neck. Generally just add 10-20 drops of oil to 18 ounces of jojoba oil.

Massage - Using essential oils in massage is one of the best ways to subdue stress, relax your muscles, and slow your breathing. Massage oils can be made by adding ten drops of essential oil to one once of jojoba, canola, or sunflower oil. Blend well. Apply to the body and knead the muscles in a circular motion.

Here is a list of some widely used essential oils. These are only a few of the many that are out there:
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