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I start with an extra-special bath experience by turning off the lights and using candles and incense to set the mood. While filling the tub with great smelling products, like chamomile and lavender for relaxation or rosemary and mint for rejuvenation, I set up the CD player with some groovy tunes and turn off the phone. High quality soaps and scrubs, along with a terry cloth face mitt, round out my routine. I always keep plenty of fresh-smelling, fluffy towels for the finish.

Now it’s time out for my face. I like to start with a scrub to remove dead skin and prevent blackheads. In a small bowl, mix equal parts olive oil and granular brown sugar, and add a few drops of essential oil. I often use lavender and orange oil, but in a pinch, I’ve used a few drops each of orange and vanilla extract – it’s not surprising that I was dreaming of Dreamsicles while I scrubbed! Gently scrub your face and neck in small circles for a few minutes, avoiding the

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One of the problems with nutrition and hair however is that we can’t programme nutrients to do what we want them to do. Because hair growth is not a priority for optimum health, the body may give priority use of nutrients to other functions before hair re-growth.

B vitamins (especially B6, biotin and inositol) have all been found to be important in hair growth, so a heavy-duty B complex is recommended. Avoid alcohol and caffeine as they destroy B1 and other B vitamins. Other important nutrients are manganese, magnesium, silica, kelp and vitamins C and E.

Stress worsens hair loss. It can reduce scalp blood flow, in addition to interfering with digestion and absorption. If stress is a consideration support the adrenals with vitamins B5 and C or glandulars.

Healthy hair needs good circulation and blood supply. Standing on your head – to raise body over head will boost circulation to your scalp, but ONLY attempt this if you are very healthy and fit! A more practical approach is an Indian head massage — it increases

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Regular hair extensions must be weaved, braided, sewed, or glued — that’s more of a commitment than some people are willing to make. What’s more, it can be quite expensive. If you want a little hair variety without the time or financial commitment, consider a clip-on hair extension.

Clip-on hair extensions are a temporary way to change your look, either for fun and style or as a test drive for “real” hair extensions. Some clip-on hair extensions are small sections of hair attached to metal clips, much like barrettes. This type of clip-on hair extension is not meant to be used alone and you will need at least three or four of them. You simply clip the extension wherever you need added volume or body. Then the hair can be styled as usual. These hair extensions can be either synthetic or natural.

Another type of clip-on hair extension is already pre-styled and used as created. A popular style for this type is the ponytail. These extensions are widely available at department

While applying make up you can make your Lips appear soft and light pink, by lining them with pink Lip Pencil and use the pink-toned lip-gloss. Depending on your complexion and the other facial make up you are wearing the other shades that will suit you are light mauve, plum with a bit of sheer shimmer Gold, pinkish red that may have the touch of sheer shimmer Gold, red and red brown.

For the dark-skinned Ladies soft pink, reddish brown and deep brown shades of Lip sticks can be used with a lighter or similar shade of Lip gloss for their Lips to look fuller and fresh. The use of Lipsticks can be made more effective by using Lip Gloss also in a very systematic and careful manner.

To have some extra Gloss effect on your Lips take the Gloss on the back of your hand until it collects in a tiny mound and spread it on your Lips and spread it evenly on your Lips. To apply the Lips Gloss on a Lip with lines apply it on the middle of the Lips so that the gloss and Lipstick do not smudge much over the

Name an ailment, and you will find hundreds of skin care creams, lotions and other products for it. As a result of ongoing research and due to ever increasing demand, the number of skin care products seems to be on the increase. Skin care lotions and skin care creams are the most popular forms in which these products are available, and there always seems to be a debate on which form is better?

Well, there is no definitive answer to this. It seems more like a matter of personal choice. However, greasy creams are surely less popular as compared to the non-greasy (or less greasy) ones. Since the application of skin care creams is easier, they seem to be preferred (over lotions) in cases where the skin care product is not to be removed immediately after application. So, skin care creams seem more popular as moisturisers than as cleansers or toners. For toners, lotions seem to be preferred over skin care creams. There are some skin care creams that acts as toners too, but generally the toners are available in liquid form only. For cleansing, lotions and skin care creams are equally popular; however, the tilt seems

Luxurious satiny smooth skin radiates good health because the greaseless formula of mineral foundation allows your skin to breath. Velvety rich color looks and feels authentic as revitalizing minerals sooth your skin. Mineral foundation enhances natural beauty without the overwhelming cover-up of heavy make-ups. Just a touch of a brush and your complexion is dewy, soft, and delicately enhanced with color.

Mineral foundation bestows quality non-irritating coverage to even the most sensitive skin. Lasting color, without the irritating chemicals and perfumes used in most cosmetics, means less cost for the consumer. Multi-purpose mineral foundation powder can be applied as an eye shadow, blush, cover-up, or foundation. Used every day, one container will last approximately one year, making mineral foundation exceedingly affordable.

Delicate translucent colors awaken naturally exquisite features. A nature girl’s delight, mineral foundation brings healthy color that lasts all day long. The dewy texture tones evenly across your skin hiding unattractive blemishes and blending discolorations for the perfect sun-kissed color models strive to achieve.

Heavy creams and oil-based foundations only weigh you down, increasing the pull of gravity, which results in saggy skin. Light as a feather, mineral foundation lifts you up, allows color

Rosehip seed oil is extracted from the seed within the fruit of the wild thorny rose bush. Native to Chile, the plant is now cultivated elsewhere in South America with many countries producing the oil. Also found under the name ‘Rosa Mosqueta’, the oil has been used by native people for hundreds of years, but only recently became known to the rest of the world.

The red colored oil can be either solvent extracted or ‘cold-pressed’ – pressing is the really way to go, as there is no chance of any solvent residues remaining in the final product, and it is easier on the environment. The cold-pressed oil is the closest to nature; it has a high essential fatty acid content, and is considered more delicate than other seed oils. For this reasons, pure rosehip seed oil should be kept in a cool place, out of direct light, and should be used within 1 year of purchase. Otherwise the more fragile of the fatty acids could begin to turn bad, and your skin might not be so fond of them.

Rosehip seed oil is an excellent source of natural vitamin E and natural vitamin A, or

Nowhere more than the beauty industry have we seen the greatest shift with new products springing up all over to match the demands of an increasingly aware public. And with momentum being added by a long list of celebrity it seems things are set to continue. But why should we bother with organic skin care, and who says it’s any better that the usual list of suspects?

“The fact is that around 60% of the products we use on our skin are absorbed deep into the system so we’re being affected as much by what we rub on or rinse through as we are by what we eat or drink” says Pur Natural Skincare director Linda Jones. “Our skincare, like our food, is often imbued with a cocktail of ingredients that offer nothing but a cheaper alternative to the natural ingredients they replace”.

Studies have shown that these little nasties can build up and store themselves in parts of the body you’d really rather they didn’t! But how does organic skincare work?

Linda explains: “In simple terms, if we’re keeping the toxins out and introducing the right mix of naturally beneficial compounds we’re improving and

You know that unsightly scarring where the skin stretched during puberty, pregnancy, that time you ate too much over the holidays and gained weight. Even bodybuilders get stretch marks from when their muscles get too big too fast. If you’ve just developed your first stretch marks you’ll probably be unnerved at the reddish purple inflamed look to them, but don’t worry stretch marks will fade over time to a color a few shades lighter than the rest of your skin aiding in their removal.

After childbirth or losing weight your skin will contract to its original size and thus become much less apparent. It will still have a loose feel to it or you may notice that the stretch marks are set lower than the skin around it, giving the area an uneven feel when you run your fingers over it. That’s because the stretch marks are made on the dermis layer of the three layers of skin and as the dermis is continually stretched over time it begins to lose its elasticity and the small collagen fibers within break, creating stretch marks.

Despite their sometimes jagged and grisly appearance there is usually no health risk

While choosing the right one can be tricky, there are a few pointers that you can follow to help you pick the perfect hair accessories to complete your look. Here are just a few:

  • Work. In many work situations, you will likely have to wear your hair up. No matter if your type of employment requires it or you simply like to change your look now and then, wearing your hair up calls for the right hair accessory to do the job. The number one rule to finding the right hair accessory for work is to avoid banana clips at all costs. I mean, who still makes these things? Apparently they’re making money at it or they wouldn’t still be producing these torture devices of the 80s. Don’t further their cause: stop buying this hair accessory. The second rule is to choose hair accessories that closely match your hair color or that blend nicely with it. Matching a hair accessory to your clothes is only cute when you are 5-years-old. What you choose will depend largely on your length of hair and how you like to wear your hair up. For French twists, choose hair accessories that

Pay attention to application. To apply tanning products most efficiently, begin working on a small area. Then, softly and in an even manner, rub in the product – but not too generously.

If you work your way out to other areas in a swirling, but still gentle and even rub, rather than going in an up-and-down direction, you will stretch your product further and still have the same level of effectiveness.

Getting to those hard to reach areas like your back may require an extra hand.

Diluting is OK. When using these lotions on more sensitive areas like your knees, feet, hands and elbows, either dilute first with a moisturizing lotion or use very small amounts when gently rubbing in.

Rubbing with a make-up sponge applicator works well for these areas, too. Doing this will help prevent build up, irritation and waste.

Remember to use sunblock too! Many tanning lotions do not contain any level of SPF protection. Remember the basics, long and light clothes and high SPF sunblock to protect your skin at the same time.

If you make an effort and follow these tips, a little bit of lotion will

  1. Use a skin care system – Putting together a cleanser, toner and moisturizer from what’s on sale at the chain drugstore down the street is a recipe for disaster where your skin is concerned. Use a skin care system with products that are designed and formulated to work together, and you’ll get much better results. Even you die-hard soap and water users could benefit from use of a skin care system. No more guess work about which product is the best for your particular type of skin, or wondering what to do when you run out and your drugstore no longer carries your “favorite” product. Gentlemen, this means you as well!
  2. Eat a balanced diet – Yes, we all know that a balanced diet is the healthy thing to do, but did you also realize that a balanced diet helps with the moisture balance and the condition of your skin? Start with a minimum of 8 – 12 glasses of water each and every day, and follow up with lots of fruits and vegetables. Continue with a basic low-fat diet (but don’t starve yourself!) and good-quality protein, and you’ll have a recipe for not only good health,

The sun and you.

Know your skin type first. This will help you determine the perfect product for you. It will also let you determine the amount of time you can stay under the sun.

Some skin easily burns, peels, tans and some are really sensitive. This can depend also if you are Caucasian, African or Asian. It is better to do some testing and researching first.

Skin needs moisture.

Check the moisture that tanning oil can give your skin. Sun can really dry out your skin to the extent of dehydrating it. So do not forget to moisturize too. There are few tanners that act as tanning agent and moisturizer at the same time.

Also, look for products that are not sticky and feels light when applied on skin. There are some tanning oils with this kind of attribute that you can easily find in the market nowadays.

Strictly for indoor use.

There lots of indoor tanning oils especially designed for use in tanning beds. Although most oils are for outdoor use, some opt for oils because of the moisture that they provide.

Never forget to check the label