Sunday, 23 October 2011

My 2nd choice of pimple face wash is pHisoderm pH Anti-Blemish Gel Facial Wash

This pimple face wash from pHisoderm comes in a handy pump dispenser. It leaves kin feeling smooth and does not over dry it, or make it feel uncomfortably tight. It is easy to use, just wet your face, pump a little into your hands and massage the cleanser into your face as with the Oxy above. You will find that it does not lather up very much but this certainly does not affect how effective it is on your skin. After use, rinse well with cool water and pat your face dry. You can use this product twice a day.
When using this face wash on your skin, be careful to avoid contact with your eyes. If this does happen, it stings and you need to flush it out thoroughly with clear water. This product contains 2.0% Salicylic Acid and you may find that using any other topical acne medications at the same time as this product may cause dryness or irritation. In this case, it is best to stick to just the one product at a time, unless your doctor specifically advises you otherwise.
Be sure that you keep this product well out of reach of children as if it is swallowed, you need to contact medical help immediately.
Reviewers comments are good for this product, one reviewer who had tried many other products without good results said,
“I’ve been using this product for almost a month now and I can honestly say that I have seen a pretty good change in my skin.”
Another reviewer said
“pHisoderm has evened out my skin and definitely reduced the severity and amount of pimples i have. It HAS NOT entirely cleared up my skin, and i still get stubborn breakouts from time to time but I i have noticed a change for the better.”
So, while this pimple face wash is not a miracle cure, it definitely does bring positive benefits in improvement of the skin’s condition and appearance as many reviewers said that it helped to reduce the size and appearance of spots and helped them to heal up faster.

5 Ways In Which Moroccan Oil Can Improve Beauty

Argan essential oil could boost beauty in many ways. One is by making a healthy and youthful skin through its antioxidant properties. Moreover, it makes skin smooth and also elastic because of its saponin properties; it also helps prevent skin from drying and aging due to its fatty acid. In addition, it soothes and smoothen all the parts of the body through its sterol, and it makes hair healthy and also glossy with the blend of fatty acid and also sterol content.
The organic Moroccan argan oil has been utilized for numerous centuries by the females in Morocco due to its ability to enhance beauty. This is because; this specific oil is a very rich source of essential nutrients, ones which are hardly found anywhere else.
Creates a Healthy and also Younger Skin through Antioxidants
Argan oil has a rich amount of vitamin e, which is a good anti-oxidant. Antioxidants are responsible for avoiding skin cells from getting damaged, that is a reason for aging, among others. Hence, argan oil keeps the skin youthful and soft, at the same time, minimizes any swelling caused by aging.
Makes Skin Soft and Elastic due to Saponin Components
Argan oil also has saponin, that is a phytosterol element which stimulates a lot of health advantages, together with making the skin soft and also elastic. Furthermore, they have also been known to reduce the appearance of wrinkles by improving the water lipid level of the skin, as well as soothing and conditioning it.
Prevents Skin from Drying out and Getting older because of Fatty Acid Content
A potent level of essential fatty acid is also found in Argan oil. Fatty acids have a major role in keeping the integrity of the skin cells in the body intact. Younger people have gorgeous skin because the cells within their bodies are healthy and filled with liquid, making them plump. As the individual ages, the skin cells in his body weakens and also changes in such a manner that its integrity is decreased, resulting to many of the intracellular liquids to flee. With the aid of fatty acids, the skin cells are place back to condition and thus able to retain the right amount of fluids inside. Because of this, skin will be prevented from drying and aging further.
Calms and also Smoothens Every Part of the Body due to its Sterol Content
Sterols are very rarely found, but they’re portion of the Moroccan essential oil. This is regarded as an extremely rich form of food for our skin and bodies. And they soothe and also smooth a person’s overall body from the head to toes, which include the scalp, hair, the face area, hands and nails. Completely natural and free from chemicals, a person having skin conditions like rosacea, eczema, psoriasis, dandruff, acne, and also many several other illnesses, can greatly benefit from this specific oil. Those with scars, stretch marks and intensely damaged and dried out skin, because of burning exposure could also gain benefits from this oil because of its vitamin E property.
Makes Locks Healthy and also Shiny because of the Mixture of Fatty Acid and Sterols
Argan oil also has the capability to make the hair gorgeous simply because when massaged unto the hair scalp, it could keep moisture locked in. Thus, people with brittle and damaged hair would see improvement with the aid of this specific oil. Moreover, it also gives hair a protection from the harmful effects of sunlight, so ongoing utilization of the oil will also allow someone to have a continually lovely hair.
Argan oil is not only used for the hair and body. It is also used as a dressing, in preparing food, and in treating certain medical conditions.

Saturday, 22 October 2011

Makeup On Daily Basis

Applying cosmetics on a daily basis may make the women feel more confident but may not be a good idea for sensitive skin. Only quality products should be used for routine use and choosing cosmetics is an important step towards skin care and health. For daily purposes, powder cosmetics are preferable as they keep the shine under control and have lesser preservatives and skin irritants than liquid ones. If liquid foundation is an item you cannot possibly cross out, opt for one with a silicone base as it does not cause acne. The makeup remover to clean out waterproof cosmetics also wipes out the protective layer of sebum from the skin, so use waterproof cosmetics only occasionally.

Never use cosmetics that have crossed their expiry dates. Normally, life span of mascaras is about three to four months, foundations and lipsticks last for one year while powder and eye shadows last for about two years. It is also important to wash and clean brushes and sponges regularly. Black mascaras and eyeliners are dramatic and also the least allergenic of all colorants. Pencil eyeliner and eyebrow pencils that are wax based should work for daily use and they can be cleaned off using only water. Light earth tones not only give you a natural look but are less likely to cause skin irritation than the darker colors.

Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a Sun Protection Factor 15 or higher and ingredients such as zinc oxide or titanium dioxide to avoid harmful effects of UVA rays. Cosmetics with fewer ingredients are much safer, so for daily use, opt for cosmetics that have no more than 10 ingredients. Remember, nail polishes are not for daily use. For a quick pedicure, scrape the dead skin off the soles of your feet after shower using an emery board, rub them over with lotion or olive oil or petroleum jelly and push back the cuticles of your toenails. To maintain them, wear socks all the time. If socks make you feel hot, cut the toe section and ankle section of your socks. You can do a quick manicure in a similar fashion too and maintain them by wearing socks or gloves at night.


Thursday, 20 October 2011

Home Remedies for Stretch Marks

Stretch marks are very common among women, while men are also capable of developing stretch marks (a.k.a. striae). Stretch marks are widely associated with pregnancy, and are created when your body experiences hormonal changes due to puberty or menopause; you can also develop striae when you’re losing or gaining weight.
Going further, the reason these annoying lesions appear on your skin is due to the breakdown of collagen and damaged elastic fibers below the epidermis layer of your skin. Now that we’ve covered the basic causes of stretch marks, let’s move a little deeper into the subject and also talk about how you can treat them.

Causes of Stretch Marks

Common reasons why stretch marks form are due to:
  • pregnancy,
  • losing weight too quickly,
  • gaining weight rapidly,
  • hormonal imbalances/changes,
  • puberty,
  • growth spurts,
  • bodybuilding.
Stretch marks are visible linear scars that pop up on your body where the skin is too thin due to the aforementioned breakdown of collagen and elastic fibers damage. The skin cells are no longer able to bounce back from extreme stretching, thus causing the dermal layer of skin to develop tears that appear as scars on your skin.
The areas of the body that are most affected by stretch marks include the thighs, abdomen, arms, hips, breasts, back, buttocks and the area around belly button. When striae firsts begins to form, it usually appears red, and then turns white over time.

Treating Stretch Marks

There are topical creams, ointments, and oils that claim to remove stretch marks or reduce their appearance; however, these products can cost quite a bit, and hardly deliver on the promises. There are also laser treatments available, but this too is very expensive.
Because stretch marks are scars, there is little chance of getting rid of them completely. So you should avoid wasting money on products that claim to eradicate stretch marks completely, and have realistic expectations when it comes to topical treatments. Using topical treatments requires discipline, and they may even need to be applied more than once a day. But they do have the potential to improve stretch marks’ appearance.
Treating only the symptoms associated with stretch marks or scars will not help lessen the appearance of striae. Furthermore, dry skin can sometimes appear around area of stretch marks; however, dry skin isn’t the cause of stretch marks. It’s also worth mentioning that moisture is good for your skin, but it won’t make a dent in the removal of stretch marks since the marks start deep within the skin’s layers.
Dermabrasion, or laser treatments for stretch marks, only affects the surface of the skin. This is not enough to penetrate deep into the dermis, where the tears have formed in elastic fibers. These treatments may be able to improve the appearance of stretch marks, but the side effects are redness (erythema) and/or scaling on the skin.
One stretch mark treatment that’s overlooked is eating better/keeping a healthy lifestyle. It’s never too late to begin a healthy lifestyle, and there are hundreds of benefits to eating better, including keeping stretch marks at a minimum.
Along with a healthy diet, you should be drinking plenty of water. Keeping your body hydrated will allow your body to function properly, meaning your skin cells are more likely rebuild areas that need repaired. The minimum amount of water needed to stay hydrated is five to eight 8 oz. glasses a day. An easy way to maintain a healthy diet is to eat one cup of fruit or vegetables with a glass of water before each meal. This helps reassure that you are getting healthy nutrients into your body while staying fully hydrated.
Be sure to supply your body with plenty of vitamin A, C and E, as well as zinc since these nutrients help your skin flourish. You’ll be able to find these vitamins and minerals in raw fruits and vegetables, in addition to fish liver oils, leafy greens, eggs, beans, nuts, seeds and fish. By adding more of these things to your diet, you’ll increase your skin’s ability to heal itself.
In some cases, if you’re taking medication such as oral contraceptives, you could be lacking essential nutrients needed to keep your body healthy; consult your doctor about any concerns here. Physicians will be able to prescribe or suggest dietary supplements to counterbalance the nutrients you may be losing to the medications.

Home Remedies to Remove & Treat Stretch Marks

Homemade stretch mark creams can be used to treat scars, and are also great for other areas of your body that need special attention. You can use these recipes to make extra hydrating lotions that can be applied to stretch marks, dry elbows, knees, hands and/or feet.

Cocoa Butter and Oil Cream / Stretch Marks, Home Remedy 

One of the most effective ingredients in improving the appearance of skin is cocoa butter. This is the main ingredient in the following skin cream for treating stretch marks. Using this homemade cocoa butter and oil skin cream will make your skin moist, soft and supple. Here is what you’ll need to make the cocoa butter and oil stretch mark cream:
  • 1/2 cup cocoa butter
  • 1 Tablespoon wheat germ oil
  • 1 Teaspoon apricot kernel oil
  • 1 Teaspoon Vitamin E oil
  • 2 Teaspoons grated beeswax
Combine all of the ingredients in a medium sauce pan, and use medium heat to melt the beeswax. Once the beeswax has melted, remove it from the heat, and pour it into an airtight container. Store the cream in the refrigerator, and use after showering, and throughout the day until you have the desired results.

Olive Oil and Aloe Vera / Stretch Marks, Home Remedy 

Olive oil shows up in almost every beauty remedy recipe because it’s loaded with moisturizing nutrients perfect for conditioning skin and hair. To use olive oil as a stretch mark treatment, simply pour the oil onto a cotton pad, and pat the oil onto your stretch marks. To make this treatment even more nourishing, follow these instructions:
  • 1/2 cup virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup aloe vera gel
  • 6 vitamin E capsules
  • 4 vitamin A capsules
Take the six capsules of vitamin E, and the four capsules of vitamin A, and remove the liquid from the capsules into a bowl; then combine the other ingredients with the liquid from the capsules.
Blend the mixture well with a whisk, or by using a blender. This treatment can be applied to any area on your body where you have stretch marks such as the stomach, legs, arms, thighs or breasts.
Use olive oil in combination with aloe vera gel to treat your stretch marks. Aloe vera has been used widely to treat burns, but also provides positive results when used to treat stretch marks. Combine a small amount of aloe vera gel with an equal amount of olive oil, and continue to massage the mixture onto stretch marks. To get even more use out of aloe vera gel, use this recipe to prevent more stretch marks from occurring, and treat the ones that have already formed.
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup aloe vera gel
  • 4 vitamin E capsules
  • 2 vitamin A capsules
In a mixing bowl, combine the liquid from the vitamin E capsules, and the liquid from the vitamin A capsules. Mix the remaining ingredients with the vitamin liquids. Massage into your skin to improve the appearance of stretch marks.

Vitamin C and Sugar / Home Remedy for Stretch Marks 

Use natural white sugar to exfoliate the problem areas of your skin for 3-5 minutes daily. This will remove the dead skin cells, and encourage more skin cells to develop.
This works best if you exfoliate while in the shower. When you’ve finished your shower, take two vitamin C tablets and crush them as finely as you can. Use a small mixing bowl to combine your daily moisturizing lotion and the vitamin C tablets together. Apply the lotion and vitamin C mixture as usual, focusing mostly on your stretch marks. Now saturate a cotton pad or ball with olive oil, and dab onto your stretch marks.
By using this treatment and the previously mentioned ones, you’ll go a long way towards reducing the appearance of stretch marks

Read more: Stretch Marks: Home Remedies to Remove & Reduce Stretch Marks 

Beauty Experts

The long awaited Diwali holiday season is finally here. Its time now, to kick back and soak in some much needed R&R, and we have the pick of the best for you. Choose from dessert - inspired facials to blissful massages and relaxing pedicures that are sure to cure you of the stress that a work week brings.


Kerastase Chronologiste Hair Ritual:
With ingredients like Pacific sea water that is rich in minerals, ceremides that help strengthen hair, chamomile that heals the scalp and fatty acids that reconstruct and protect hair, this is a luxurious escape for damaged hair.
Find it at Saks Hair & Beauty India, Mumbai
Price on request, 90 minutes


Pumpkin Body Wrap:
Pumpkins are not just for holiday pies. A concentrated source of Vitamin A and C, pumpkin promotes cell turnover and the skin's ability to absorb and retain moisture. This is just the wrap for soothing weather beaten skin.
Find it at Aura Spa, The Park, Hyderabad
Rs. 2150, 60 minutes

Hawaiian Massage:
Inspired by the techniques of traditional Hawaiian kahuna healers, this is a massage that uses the palms of the hand, fingers, forearms and elbows to knead deep and release any stiffness from your muscles.
Find it at Sohum Spa, Mumbai

Rs. 3850, 90 minutes
Offer: Choose from any of the 18 body works and get a 30% discount.

Soundarya Ritual:
An absolute indulgence for the entire body, the Soundarya Ritual combines a nourishing scrub, body wrap, an invigorating massage for the body with a Anana Lepa facial, a pedicure and a manicure. Its the one stop retreat for all your relaxation needs.
Find it at
Jiva Spa, The Taj (select locations)
Rs. 10,000 + taxes, 5 hours 30 minutes

Spa Pedicure:
A round of special exfoliating enzyme scrub, followed by a softening souffle and a masque with some thermal booties thrown in for good measure, this is the ultimate in pedicures treatments. With feet so soft, you'll be left wishing it were the flip-flop season all over again.
Find it at Saks Hair & Beauty India, Mumbai
Price on request, 90 minutes


The Kesar Kulfi Facial:
Natural therapy fans will love this treatment that uses saffron, almonds, milk and a mix of jaggery and semolina powder for sweet smelling, nourished skin.
Find it at Aura Spa, The Park, Hyderabad

Rs.2250, 60 minutes.

Gentle Conditioning Facial:
Beginning of winter brings with it the tightening of skin. This facial helps tackle the dryness with hydrating marine extracts that replenish skin and return it to its supple state.
Find it at Sohum Spa, Mumbai

Rs 3100, 60 minutes

Offer: Choose from any of the facial therapies and get a 20% discount.

Grandiose Facial:
Available to suit your skin type's needs, the oily/sensitive/mature grandiose facials treat your skin by addressing its specific needs.
Find it at Svastii Spa, Mumbai

Rs.2500, 60 minutes
Offer: Choose two or more treatments from the spa menu to get a customized discount on your experience.

Signature Facial for anti-aging:
Among the best hydrating treatments, the signature facial for anti-aging begins with a back massage using aromatic oils and follows through with an elaborate set of rituals that help improve the texture of skin and promote reduction of fine lines
Find it at Svastii Spa, Mumbai

Rs. 3310, 60 minutes

Offer: Choose two or more treatments from the spa menu to get a customized discount on your experience.

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