by cosmeticchoice.com.au on 03/10/2011 - 12:32 pm |
In the area of cosmetics and in particular, hair, Australia is no different than anywhere else. Looking good is imperative in today's age. It is a fact that our hair plays a major role in shaping our appearance.
Our hair is also an indicator to the health of our body. A well, healthy, bouncy head of hair makes us feel good about ourselves and is a huge confidence booster. There are however those times when we have bad hair days. In Australia, having a bad hair day leads to a bad day overall.
And we probably expect too much from our hair products, which are really only cosmetics. In Australia, as elsewhere, one size does not fit all and our hair differs widely in type and texture, so it is very important to know your own hair well before embarking on any beauty regimen. Let us unravel the many mysteries of the hair using cosmetics as our example.
Hair adds to one's beauty, enhances youthfulness and upgrades one's personality. We all wish for glossy, thick and healthy hair as cosmetics. Australia live a hectic lifestyle and over exposure of scalp to heat, pollution, irritant chemicals and so forth, give rise to multiple hair problems. The causes are impoverishment and exposure to harsh shampoo styling chemicals.
There are some natural remedies of cosmetics. Australia has native and non-native herbs which have proved to be effective against the problem. Saw Palmetto, stinging nettle, lavender, are some of the herbs that were used as hair tonics to stop the condition and to promote new growth.
Dry, frizzy hair is the fourth problem. The causes could be heredity, diet deficient in proteins and vitamins, sun exposure, styling products, blow drying, use of curling irons, poor usage of hydrating products, poor intake of water, hormonal imbalance etc. Another problem is limp and excessively oily hair. The causes of this are many, from hormonal imbalance, illness, medication, nutritional deficiencies etc. Itchy scalp is also a hair related problem caused by dandruff, sunburn, sebaceous cyst, scalp ring worm, head lice, flaking, psoriasis, seborrheic dermatitis, folliculitis, acne etc.
Taking care of hair is a challenge in these days what with harmful environmental factors, unhealthy lifestyle, chemicals affecting our hair on an everyday basis. Even if one is naturally endowed with healthy hair, adequate care needs to be taken to maintain it. This is one of the most important features of a person's personality. Treat your hair well and rest assured that it would return the favour.
Natural Home Remedies for Hair Loss
Boil one cup mustard oil with four tablespoon henna leaves. Filter and keep it in a bottle. Massage into the bald patches regularly.
Grind fenugreek seeds with water and apply to the hair. Leave for at least 40 minutes before washing off and continue it for a month.
Rub the scalp vigorously with fingers after rinsing your hair with cold water.
Rub the bald area with onions till the skin becomes red.   ...
by cosmeticchoice.com.au on 29/09/2011 - 03:35 pm |
Banana split, humus with lots of black olives and a side serving of salmon pâté, hot pita bread accompanied by an ice cold glass of freshly pressed, mint spiced, cucumber juice is a gourmet meal to drool for and which, surprisingly enough, is a milestone on the highway to health and beauty.
‘You are what you eat’ is a oft quoted phrase but it is a very appropriate expression when directly related to both looking and feeling good . A diet heavy in fried and starchy foods overloads the system and these toxins resulting in a lacklustre feeling, pimples and many other skin problems, dull hair, bad teeth and also overly brittle nails. And did I mention the excess fat stored on thighs, hips, face and body, in fact all over. Yet a diet full to bursting with fruit, vegetables, herbs, grilled steamed or baked fish, fresh hard cheese, natural yoghurt, fresh milk, a mix of nuts and whole grains will, and very quickly, bring a healthy glow to your skin and your hair. It will strengthen your bones, teeth and nail, and gently cleanse the entire body in the process. Now combine that with a little regular exercise, and you will melt away your excess fat and have radiating beauty from the inside out.
Naturally, eating your way to good health is not as easy as the current move to using products and medical procedures instead, with each claiming to work miracles as the never ending search for beauty scales new heights. However doing it naturally might very well prove to be the most effective method of all.
Almost all beauty aids claim that natural substances, extracted from some or all of these - flowers, herbs, fruit and vegetables and are the mainstay of their appeal to cut out any possible trace of apparent chemical interference and choosing to go with the natural thing itself makes lots and lots of sense when achieving a healthy body is the aim.
Achieving physical beauty as well as a healthy body through a diet heavily reliant on natural goodness is a completely painless process and an extremely pleasurable one. All you need to do is to tune your body in and it will adapt to dietary alterations.
Look at all the fuss surrounding collagen for example. This natural anti-aging compound works to hold skin cells together thus preventing wrinkles and other outward signs of ageing, after all it is only a protein. However it cannot be successfully applied outwardly, despite some advertising of that, it and some products do claim otherwise,
Most beauty treatments include expensive injections of the collagen to ward off visible signs of deterioration when all that is actually needed is for you to have two servings citrus fruits anyway you want to eat or even drink them. Citrus fruits are high in vitamin C, are themselves a potent antioxidant, which boost the operative strength of vitamin E, they contain vitamin B1, pectin and fibre plus help the body to absorb iron from other food sources if ea ...
by cosmeticchoice.com.au on 14/09/2011 - 12:55 pm |
Tag: Healing & Nutrition
Space cakes or hash brownies are food products made from cannabis in a herbal or resin form as an ingredient. They are eaten as another way of experiencing the effects of cannabinoids without actually smoking marijuana. Users report that the high is different from smoking, usually more powerful and often lasting longer.
Well pretty soon here in Australia we could be seeing cannabis ice cream, cannabis cake and even cannabis beer, so I am told as they are to be cleared on health grounds by the nation's food watchdog, despite fears the "marijuana munchies" could trigger positive drug tests.
Deregistered Sydney doctor Andrew Katelaris has sought to lift Australia's ban on food derived from cannabis. Dr Katelaris, who is appealing against his deregistration for supplying medical marijuana to patients, claimed the seeds of industrial hemp contained more Omega 3 acids than seafood and claims that he is looking at making ice cream and health food bars.
The vision is that anything you can do with soy beans or dairy you can do better with hemp seed. A Food Standards investigation concluded that industrial hemp contained such low levels of the psychoactive substance (THC) that anyone consuming the food would not feel its effect.
Hemp seed is claimed as being a nutritious food containing sizeable amounts of protein, polyunsaturated fats and dietary fibre, omega-3 omega-6 as well as micronutrients such as thiamin, vitamin E, phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, calcium, zinc and iron. All these are required for vital body functions, including the immune response, lipid hydrolysis, blood clotting, vascular dilation and cardiac function. These and other polyunsaturated fatty acids also play a vital role in maintaining cell membrane structure.
An exemption is already in place in New Zealand for hempseed oil.
An application to permit food derived from hemp is currently being considered by FSANZ.
FSANZ is assessing that application and has released a paper for public comment. FSANZ has not identified any public health and safety concerns associated with consuming hemp foods.
FSANZ also acknowledges that food ingredients must be declared in the statement of ingredients by the common name of that ingredient, a name that describes the true nature of the ingredient. If hemp is considered to be a characterising ingredient in the food, then the percentage of hemp in the food would need to be declared. Labelling requirements will be considered as part of the FSANZ assessment of the current application for approval.
To date FSANZ has not identified any public health and safety concerns associated with consuming hemp foods.
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by cosmeticchoice.com.au on 06/09/2011 - 11:39 am |
Tag: Plastic Surgery
A cosmetic clinic in Ahmedabad, India has reported an increase in the number of people wanting dimple surgery. At the same time a cosmetic clinic in the United Kingdom is warning women against dimple designer surgery.
And yet another United States cosmetic clinic is calling the new craze cheek sculpting.
Adding dimples is certainly a new craze in plastic surgery, ask any cosmetic surgeon and I am sure they will agree. And some British cosmetic clinic surgery experts have warned women against designer dimple surgery following a surge in requests for the controversial procedure. A woman craving to have pouting lips might not seem unusual but how about men going to a cosmetic clinic wanting to have dimples like Hollywood or Bollywood stars.
An increasing number of men have been found approaching plastic surgeons asking them to carry out surgery on their cheeks and construct dimples like that of Bollywood actor Sharukh Khan, according to a noted plastic surgeon of the city of Ahmedabad.
Among the men and women who go for cosmetic surgery there are a large number of them fascinated by the dimples of actress Preity Zinta and Sharukh Khan and want dimples constructed on their cheeks according to a noted cosmetic plastic surgeon of the same city.
According to cosmetologists in Bangalore, the demand for cosmetic clinic procedures has gone up compared to reconstructive surgeries for accident patients.
Cosmetic clinic doctors are seeing more and more request at the cosmetic clinic for aesthetic changes, and these now amount to over 50% of all procedures. The latest in the list of cosmetic procedures is artificial dimples. And now cosmetic clinic doctors are reporting that dimples are being given as gifts. Cosmetic clinic gift vouchers for international patients is sure to be a big money spinner for cosmetic clinic establishments in South-East Asian countries. In some of these countries dimples are considered lucky even if they have been created in a cosmetic clinic.
The demand for dimples has increased even among Indians who get information about cosmetic dimples on the internet and go to a cosmetic clinic asking us whether it's possible. The reasons for wanting cosmetic dimples vary. Perhaps some just want to look more attractive because either they are models or are in a profession where they meet a lot of people and the think that dimples is going to increase their popularity. I heard of one girl, an aspiring model, wanted to get dimples because she though it would help her get more assignments.
It is not just the youngsters who go to a cosmetic clinic because they want to ape the cine stars and models even older people crave to look like them. I read of a 50-plus man, who was getting remarried, asking for a cosmetic facial surgery to be carried out on him, to give him the cosmetic dimples of much younger film star, whose photo he was carrying. And it is not just the rich and famous who want cosmetic dimples but ...