Shea butter is widely used in many moisturizing products and cosmetics. Do you know that even Cleopatra was known to have used Shea butter? What is Shea Butter? According to the dictionary, “a whitish or yellowish fat obtained from the seeds of the shea tree, found in Africa, which is used as food and for making soap and candles.”

The introduction of scrubs has become the method of choice to return the skin to its full radiance. Gone are the days when one used a pumice stone on elbows or feet. Gone is the overnight use of oily products to smooth those rough areas. Sugar Scrub, once applied, produces soft and smooth skin combined with a lovely scent.

Sugar Scrub has become one of the hottest products today. It is an ideal gift to give for any occasion, either to men or women. It comes in a variety of scents, and is affordable. I don’t know of anyone today who wouldn’t love to experience a Sugar Scrub, especially if you offered to give them one. Once tried, you will be hooked on it, and so will those who have received it as gifts.

When can one use Sugar Scrub? Anytime! During the winter months, especially when your skin tends to become dry and flaky, use it to return your skin to a silky smooth texture. During the summer months, after sun bathing, use the scrub to regenerate your skin. There is never a time not to use it.

Clean skin is healthy skin. Times have changed! The trend these days is to depart from the heavy use of cosmetics to a more natural, healthy look. Nothing can be more natural than to use a Sugar Scrub to obtain that desired appearance.

Getting Control Over Upper Lip Wrinkles.

Smokers accept that they’ll create lip wrinkles. However, if you’re one of the millions of women who’ve never smoked, then you’re right to be frustrated by the emergence of these fine lip wrinkles and lip lines. For awhile, ordinary cosmetics gave the cover-up necessities to make you look OK. However, time pecks away and now those lip lines have deepened and make-up only produces garish colored shadow-lines… creating an eye-catching draw to your wrinkles.

Plump Lip Strategy #1

Purified and safe FDA approved bovine collagen material is “harvested” from source beasties, placed in a refrigerated vial and delivered “fresh” each day to cosmetic surgeons performing collagen lip enhancement surgery. You’ll receive a local anesthetic in order to numb the treatment area. Based on your lip size and shape, along with the depth or volume of the lip lines, the ideal amount of collagen is carefully injected. Results? You get luscious lips once again.

Kissable Lip Strategy # 2

Who’d ever think that your fat butt might be the source of “material” to create full sensuously curved lips? Such a transfer happens all the time as women re-create their lip shape by undergoing lip enhancement surgery using their body’s own spare “stores” of fat as the source material. Using your own body fat keeps the matter “in-house”, removing any health risk of tissue rejection which can occur when you inject fat cells harvested from an animal or another human. Adding just 10% to 20% additional volume to your lips will make a world of difference. More firm sensuous plump lips create a beautiful smile, plus reduce lip wrinkles.

Luscious Lip Strategy # 3

A technology break-through enjoyed by millions of men and women since the 1990’s is the treatment of lip wrinkles and lip lines using completely synthetic injectable materials, such as proprietary Restylane or Hydrafill. Over lunch you can receive Restylane treatment to fill-in medium to deep creases, lines, folds along with “crows feet” lines.Synthetic fillers like Restylane are designed with three different “strengths” or viscosity, in order to achieve different semi-permanent results. Your dermatologist and you need to carefully determine how much change you’re seeking, and which grade of synthetic matches your needs.

Watch Out For The Overly Plump Lip Fiasco!

Getting the right look means choosing the right cosmetic surgeon. Only trust someone with a proven track record in lip augmentation surgery. You must act defensively, because leaving the out patient surgery center with a crooked smile or with unnaturally large and plump lips would be devastating. Everyone would instantly notice… especially when a major mistake occurs.

I had it done yesterday, and after arriving home, my fiancee had a tear in his eye and nothing but words of praise for me. I could not believe it. My hair looked and felt so healthy, like pure silk or a baby’s hair, and was completely transformed to silky, straight locks with no frizz. I looked like a totally different person. If I had a before and after picture, you would think it was two different women. I woke up today and only had to brush it and it was perfect! I can’t wet it for 72 hours, but after this getting ready will be so simple. I went to the gym today and three guys were flirting with me, which hardly ever happened to me before. I would suggest this for anyone that wants a beautiful change and a much simpler way of living – low maintenance, yet beautiful.

It was expensive – I paid $450 and left a generous tip, but it was well worth every penny. My technician had been trained to do this and has spent the last five years doing Japanese straightening and told me despite all the hard work, he loves to do it because it makes women so happy and transforms their lives. He did not sit down for four to five hours, working diligently on every aspect of this process to make my hair a success. His name is Jose, and I am forever grateful to him. Now I can feel self assured and not worried about my looks for my upcoming bridal shower and wedding, and every day as well. There is so much I can do with my hair now that I could never do before.

I will definitely be a repeat customer and I just want everyone to know that it is worth the money and is nothing short of a miracle. Make sure the hairdresser is certified and has plenty of experience and find out what product they use. Do your homework and you will be so happy you took my advice. I don’t need to get it redone for another 8-10 months!

Aging of the skin

There are several factors influencing how quickly our skin ages, ranging from genetic factors, your natural skin type, as well as external factors such as exposure to sunlight, environmental factors and whether you smoke or not. In general, pale skins wrinkle faster than darker skins, which are protected by increased amounts of pigment and lipids.

Another vital factor is, of course, our age. Our skin looks and functions very differently at 20 as opposed to when we are 60.

Below is a skin care plan of how to look after your skin as the decades go by and how to adapt your skin care regime accordingly.

Looking after your skin in your 20s

Your 20s is a great time for your skin. You’ve left behind the adolescence acne and your skin has a radiant, youthful glow and the epidermis is well toned.

However, this is not the time to be complacent. In your 20s skin cell renewal drops by up to 28 per cent, dead skin cells are not as easily shed and external factors are starting to have a greater impact, leaving your skin slightly duller.

According to dermatologists, 80 per cent of all aging can be directly related to exposure to sunlight. Therefore, it is a good idea to avoid the mid-day sun, or if you have to be out in the heat of the day (especially in countries like Australia), than cover up. Penetrating UVA rays will start to damage collagen fibres and elastin coils in your skin.

Smoking one factor you can control and now would be a good time to quite. Smoking inhibits oxygen getting to the outer layer of your skin and has a premature aging effect. In addition, smoking can cause fine lines around the mouth over the years and this is to be avoided – if you want to keep your good looks.

Looking after your skin in your 30s

By the time you get to your 30s skin cell turnover has slowed. Environmental damage from pollution, smoke and sunlight are starting to take their toll on the dermis, causing collagen fibres to loosen so that skin starts to loose its tone and develop fine lines and wrinkles. When you smile, subcutaneous fat forms ridges and refuse to bounce back as readily as it once did. Your first wrinkles may start to appear.

By now you should have established a daily skincare regime that involves exfoliating (two or three times a week), cleansing, moisturising and sun protection for your skin. In your 30s, it’s important to maintain a balanced diet consisting of fresh fruits, vegetables, grains and fish, which are high in antioxidants such as Vitamins A, B, C and E. These Vitamins counteract free radicals in your body that help the skin to repair itself, produce the enzymes that stabilise collagen production, and stay moist and healthy. For further protection, try using a day crème, such as one that contains vitamin E, for example: Wildcrafted’s Age Defying Essence.

Alcohol should only be consumed in moderation as it deprives your skin of vital nutrients and may cause your facial blood vessels to become dilated leading to permanent, red ‘spider veins’ on your cheeks and in men often across the nose.

Maintaining well hydrated tissues by drinking plenty of water each and every day (3 litres a day is not at all excessive) is vital to retain moisture in your skin. In addition, you should ensure that you get enough quality sleep.

Looking after your skin in your 40s

In your 40s, collagen fibres decrease in number, stiffen, break apart, and form into a shapeless, matted tangle. Elastic fibres lose some of their elasticity, thicken into clumps, and fray. The result is the skin forms crevices and furrows known as lines and wrinkles. In addition, loss of fat in the subcutaneous layer leaves your skin more fragile, whereas the dermis will continue to lose its elasticity. A rich nourishing night crème, such as Wildcrafted’s rejuvenating night crème, becomes a vital part of your skin care regime.

During this time the stratum corneum (the outer layer of the epidermis) starts to grow even thicker, as dead skin cells hang around for longer. If you are not already using an exfoliant regularly, now is a good time to get into the habit of exfoliating your skin regularly using a facial scrub – 2-3 times a week is all that’s necessary. You could also use a cream containing Rose oil, Jojoba oil or similar, as these contain natural AHA’s (alpha hydroxy acids) and to help remove dead skin cells.

As deeper wrinkles start to form, you may wish to use a complete skin care system, which systematically helps you to nourish and moisturise your skin on all levels. Choose natural skin care products for your daily skin care regime, as you do not want to introduce unnecessary toxins into your system by using products full of unpronounceable chemicals. Quality natural skin care systems, such as Wildcrafted’s range of natural skin care systems should be matched to your specific skin type.

Looking after your skin in your 50s and above

As we reach our 50s and beyond, the hair and nails grow more slowly. Langerhans cells (involved in the immune response, dwindle in number, thus decreasing the immune responsiveness of older skin. Decreased size of sebaceous (oil) glands leads to dry and broken skin that is more susceptible to infection.

In women, after the menopause, decreased oestrogen levels mean that skin lose its plumpness and tone, and it may be left dry, itchy and more sensitive to allergens.

At this stage in your life it is important to take that extra care of your skin’s health. Mature skin is more fragile, prone to injury and infection and bruises easily. As if this was not bad enough, it also takes longer to heal. Taking care of your skin will reduce the aging effect; keep it healthier as well as more resistant to injury and infections. Remember, a face that has a lived in look is much more attractive than a Botox face and character is much more beauty.

This week at Hair Resources, we interviewed Richard Gizzi of Richard Gizzi & Associates, in Ft. Myers Florida. He discussed the details of his new hair extension method called FLhair Xtensions. The Xtensions are available in strand by strand and also in grafted form for hair loss clients. Both methods use Euro-Asian human hair that is processed for tangle control, color selections and chemical texturizing at a production facility in Asia. Textures and waves for both Caucasian and ethnic markets are available in all popular colors in 16″ hair lengths.

The FLhair Xtension method is easy and quick to put in and take out, making it a preferred method among hair stylists. Each hair stylist is trained and certified in the method before they can attach hair extensions on clients. Because of the quick installation, removal and streamlined production, FLhair Xtensions are available for a much lower cost than traditional strand by strand hair extensions. A typical full head of extension hair will run around $800.

Traditional methods require the hair stylist to invest from $2,000 to $5,000 for training, equipment and certification. Flhair Xtensions allows the stylist to add hair extension services to his or her salon for a fraction of the cost.

One thing to remember is to keep it simple. Prepare a toner that can be used for both a toner and a refresher. Before you make your toner, be sure to have the bottle available for storage. A good choice is a spray bottle, so you can use your toner as a refresher throughout the day. Be sure to store your toner in a cool place, the refrigerator is ideal. You may use a cotton ball to apply your toner after cleansing and also spritz throughout the day.

A couple of easy toners you can make to help nourish, protect, and moisturize your skin during the winter are the PH Toner, Herbal Refresher, and the Aloe Soother.

PH Toner

  • 1Cups distilled water
  • 4 TBS Bragg’s Apple Cider vinegar(or any other nature non-distilled apple vinegar)
  • 10 drops of rose oil
  • 8 drops of chamomile oil

Mix all ingredients in your bottle of choice and shake vigorously before each use. You may use a cotton ball to apply your toner after cleansing and spritz throughout the day.

Herbal Refresher

  • 1 cup witch hazel
  • 1/2 cup distilled water
  • 1 chamomile tea bag
  • 10 drops of Lavender Oil
  • 6 drops Sandlewood Oil

Heat water to boil and steep the tea bag in the water for 15 minutes. Add the chamomile water to the witch hazel and add essential oil. Shake before each use.

Aloe Soother

  • 1/2 cup aloe vera gel
  • 1 cup distilled water
  • 10 drops chamomile oil

Mix all ingredients and shake well before each use.

All three toner recipes are great to help you get through the cold and wintery harsh months that follow. Your skin will thank you by remaining soft, refreshed and healthy.

Aging makes persons worry about their appearance and health. This is because as people age, he is subject to hormonal and body changes. Aside from that his environment may also hasten the unwanted effects of aging.

Good thing is that you may resort to anti-aging products to shield you from terrible aging aftermath. Anti-aging products can go as far as reducing wrinkles, uneven pigmentation, acne scars, age spots and more.

Nowadays, there is a wide range of anti-aging products to remedy skin problems brought about by aging. These products remove epidermis (topmost layers of the skin) to reveal the unblemished skin underneath.

Anti-aging products use skin resurfacing or exfoliation methods. These methods can penetrate the dermis (skin layers beneath) to help in collagen production. As a result, the skin will appear fresher, youthful, firm and plumper.

Anti-aging products give you a radiant look that will sashay you back with confidence. If you are a victim of dreadful effects of aging, worry no more for you can bank on anti-aging products. The latter is no longer hard to find. In fact, after consulting your doctor, you can just visit your trusted cosmetic store and purchase some anti-aging products to help you remedy your dilemma.

If you want the easiest way of having anti-aging products, you can access the Internet and order. Without extra effort from you, your anti-aging products will be delivered right at your doorsteps the shortest time possible.

Anti-aging products include anti-aging cream, anti-aging eye cream, anti-aging cleansing cream, anti-aging mask, anti-aging face cream, anti-aging lotion and others.

Anti-aging cream comes in two types – day cream and night cream. Anti-aging creams protect the skin from the ravages of free radicals such as sunrays and smoke. They also nourish, strengthen and support the skin to minimize wrinkles and fine lines.

Eye cream is also crucial to your anti-aging products beauty regimen. Since the skin around your eyes is the thinnest skin on the body, it needs more collagen and elastin. You scrunch, blink and squint, sans proper moisture and protection; your eyes may show signs of age early on. Hence, they need hydrating treatments to bring out their best look. Anti-aging eye cream softens the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines around the eye area.

Fran Wilson retinal eye gel, a vitamin enriched eye treatment is a good choice to reduce eye puffiness and dark circles. It also smoothens the delicate areas surrounding the eyes. Ahava time line age defying continual eye treat can also be used to dramatically diminish fine lines around the eyes.

Anti-aging mask penetrates the skin to ensure restructuring, hydration, elasticity and firmness.

Anti-aging face cream moisturizes, revitalizes and restructures skin. It increases firmness at the same time smoothes wrinkles and fine lines. Fade-out original treatment cream is a good choice of face cream that gradually fades out age spots, freckles uneven skin tone and skin pigmentation.

Anti aging facial serum and treatment can also be resorted to regain vitality and radiance of the skin. All-in-one renewal creams are also in demand. An example of this cream is Nutra-Lift one-step anti-wrinkle and skin therapy.

Anti-aging products give you the benefit of circumventing the unwanted effects of the hands of time. Revitalizing and treating your aging skin is easier nowadays.

Sticky

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 blood flow and circulation in the scalp, helps transport minerals to the scalp and is wonderfully relaxing. Organic cider vinegar massaged into the scalp opens up the pores. If you are actually losing hair from the root (as opposed to brittle hair) then the cider vinegar can help unclog sebum glands that sometime block causing the follicle to die off as hair cannot get through.

Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs) promote healthy hair, and water obviously is vital to avoid dehydration. Filtered or bottled water is best – glass bottles are preferable to plastic so that you avoid ingesting plasticisers.

Thinning, dry hair can be a sign of protein deficiency. Increasing protein (possibly as protein shakes) can restore vitality and sometimes improve hair colour. But if you know your protein intake is good, another possibility is low hydrochloric acid (HCl), which is needed to digest protein. If you’re low in HCl, proteins are not digested properly, so the minerals they contain are not released. Mineral deficiencies could also be due to absorption problems in the gut. A ‘leaky gut’ can result from food intolerances, so if you suspect poor digestion, consider a food intolerance test when other symptoms suggest this.

Zinc has, in some cases of alopecia, been found to restore bodily hair growth as well as on the scalp.

Iron is often suggested after a study attributed hair loss in non-menopausal women to lack of iron.

Keratin – the hair protein – is predominately sulphur – which is probably why biotin is so useful as this is also predominately sulphur. MSM may be helpful for the same reason.

High copper has been associated with hair loss especially in women on HRT or who have taken the Pill. Good liver health will help keep copper levels down. Mercury, lead and cadmium toxicity have also been associated with hair loss.

Hair loss can also be due to hormonal imbalance especially post-menopausally, or with polycystic ovary syndrome. (PCOS can lead to elevated testosterone and hair loss). Herbal medicine can help here — some PCOS clients have had good results from taking saw palmetto and agnus castus. Horsetail (a good source of silica) may also help, but a herbalist should be consulted if you wish to take herbs.

Hormone imbalances promote copper retention. A thyroid self-test may be useful as thyroid activity is reduced in the presence of high copper. Calcium and copper often rise together. The balance of copper and zinc together is a better guide to copper levels than copper alone. Smoking and high consumption of chocolate, white wine and coffee can tip it the wrong way. B3 and zinc are good antagonists to copper. Essential fatty acids also help hormonal balance.

Those whose Ethnic background are from South Asia i.e. Indian, Pakistan, Bangladesh, etc; have much darker skin than their northern caucasian counterpart because they have an increased amount of melanin in the skin. Melanin is specifically the pigment in the skin and it protects the skin from sunlight. This actually helps to keep Asian people looking younger than people with white skin. The melanin pigment also slows down the aging process. However as Asian peple age their skin can conceive unbalanced pigmented. This can be seen as darker patches. Unbalanced pigmentation can also be caused by swelling or irratation. If a part of the skin becomes inflamed or red due to being bit by an insect or from an acne pimple, once the redness or inflammation subsides a brown area can be left behind.

Asians although in general are no more oily than caucasian skin but according to dermatologists, Asian women tend to have more oilier skin than recent Asian immigrants. Some dermatologists contribute this on the grounds that there is higher fat content in the diet. There is a theory that diet does not directly affect skin condition, except when it is poor enough to affect one’s overall health.

However leading Skin Therapist refute this theory that the internal workings on the human body does contribute to what goes on externally and this will result in unexpected pimples signaling stress, hormonal imbalance, or internal health problems.

And that too much unhealthy food consumption can appear to affect acne breakouts by contributing to an overall physiological imbalance which in turn will cause an increase in the skin’s oil production which can cause acne breakouts.

Sedu comes from the term ‘seduction’ and refers to the silky straight hairstyles achieved with a straightening flat iron. There are many brands of hair straightening irons on the market; they range in price from $19.00 to $150.00 and are made and distributed by many companies.

Why Use a Flat Iron?

You’ll save lots of money by learning to straighten your own hair at home. You can achieve amazing results with a little practice and better yet…you’ll avoid the salon.
It’s worth the investment of buying a good hair straightening iron because you’ll save time as well as money.

So, research sedu hairstyle-tips and see easily how you can transform your curly, frizzy or wavy hair. Why make expensive trips to the salon when you can get a great sedu look at home?

Wouldn’t you rather buy a pair of hot looking $75.00 jeans with the money you saved by styling your hair at home?!

How to Choose a Hair Straightening Iron

Used properly, hair straightening done with a flat iron is the most popular way to achieve pin straight sedu styles. Here are some sedu hairstyle tips on how to choose the correct flat iron – consider these things:
Your hair type – do you have short fine hair, short normal hair, or short coarse hair? Determine what length and thickness( referred to as fine, normal or coarse usually.) Link to the online list of irons at at the bottom of this article.

Adjustable temperature – Best to buy a flat iron with adjustable temperature. You risk burning your if you use a setting too hot for your hair type.

Choose the right sized tool for your hair – If your hair is shoulder length or below the heating plates should be 1″ to 1-1/2″ wide. Longer hair may require wider plates.

Type of Plates – If you want the shiniest silkiest hair, choose a hair straightening iron with Ceramic/Tourmaline Ion plates as opposed to just ceramic plates.

Infra-Red Heat technology – The more expensive models use infra-red heat technology which seals the hair’s moisture and luster.

Quick heat up – Good hair straightening irons will heat up to the desired temperature in less than one minute. This will cut your styling time a lot!

Get a Professional Hair Straightening Iron

You’ll need to spend at least $70.00 to get a decent quality hair straightening iron. The cheaper ones are reported to take forever to heat up, burn hair, break easily, and just plain don’t do the job. So a very important sedu hairstyle tip would be to invest in a good quality hair straightener; it will make your life a lot easier, and you’ll look better and certainly get more compliments!