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Are Colon Cleansers and Detox Drinks Safe?

The Truth About Colonics, Colon Cleansers and Detoxifying Drinks

Recently, I have been amazed at how many of my friends, female friends in particular, are using colon cleansers, under advice from their friends or family that using a colon cleanser detoxifies the body and can help people lose weight. Something about the concept of colon cleansing just didn’t seem quite right to me, so I set out to do a little research to answer the question: Are Colon Cleansers and Detox Drinks Safe?

More than that, do colon cleanser actually DO anything or have any benefits? Read the rest of this entry »

How to Naturally Treat Oily Skin

Help Stop Oily Skin and Prevent it Too

Oily skin can cause several skin problems, including blackheads, shiny skin, makeup that won’t stay on the face, and of course, acne. While there are other causes, oily skin is the most likely causes of these conditions. Unfortunately, just washing the face regularly isn’t going to prevent oily skin much, and over-washing the face can actually cause more problems than it prevents.

There are over-the-counter products made to treat oily skin, but many of these contain harsh chemicals. Read the label carefully to determine what is in an oily skin care treatment, because sometimes oily skin care products end up leaving the face dry and rough, which really only causes another set of skin care problems. Some products upset the delicate Ph balance of the skin or skin tone, not to mention the chemicals in these products are harsh and just flat out may not be safe to use regularly. Read the rest of this entry »

Tips for Treating and Preventing Oily Hair

Oily Hair Doesn’t Have to Be Tough to Treat

A common misconception about oily hair is that it is caused by an oily scalp. The exact opposite is usually true. A dry scalp causes the oil glands in the scalp to produce more oil, and once on the scalp, this excess oil transfers to the hair itself. Therefore, to treat oily hair, one of the best things to do is focus on the dry scalp.

Below, you will find some hints and tips to help manage and care for oily hair:

Oily Hair Care Tip Do-s Read the rest of this entry »

Dress to Look Thinner Hints and Tips

Pick the Right Clothing to Make You Appear Leaner

Not everyone can wear the ‘perfect’ size 6. If you are a woman who seeks to slim her appearance when she dresses, this article is just for you. There are ways, even when you are not overweight, that you can dress to show off the best assets of your appearance, but when you do have a few extra pounds you’d like to hide, these simple tips below can help you show off your best features while hiding those that aren’t your favorite.

Let’s look at how to dress to look thinner: Read the rest of this entry »

How to Grow and Care for Long Hair

Long Hair is Sexy but it Takes Some Extra Care to Keep it that Way!

For some, growing long, thick, luxurious hair is natural and easy. Others have to work at it to get those locks to grow long and thick. Either way, easy or hard, growing and maintaining long hair takes a bit more patience and attention than shorter styles to keep the hair healthy. Let’s look at a few ideas for caring for and growing long, healthy hair.

Eat Properly for Healthy Long Hair

It might sound strange, but diet is very important in hair growth and long hair care. Good nutrition allows hair to grow faster, longer and stronger. Taking a good multivitamin supplement, along with eating healthy, nutrient rich foods, and gelatin supplements all help with the healthy growth and maintenance of long hair.

Clean and Conditioned Long Hair

With short to medium length hairstyle, washing every day might be an option. However, when hair becomes truly long, washing it every day might not be convenient or practical, and drying long hair every day with heat and air dryers is brutal to the health of the long hair. Chemicals and products to help style the hair can also damage long hair.

Provided you have not exerted yourself to the point of making your scalp sweat, long hair can stand only being washed a few times per week, and then a conditioner should be used to fully saturate the hair strands, helping to soften the hair, repair damage, and keep it soft and silky. Whenever possible, long hair should be left to dry on its own, or mostly on its own, since heat and air dryers can permanently damage hair, and the longer hair is, the easier it is to damage it.

Sleeping with Long Hair

Long hair is easier to damage than shorter hairstyles, and one way that damage occurs is during sleeping. Tossing and turning on dry, brittle or product-styled hair during the night is not good for long hair health. There are ways to minimize this damage though. Sleeping with satin or silk pillowcases helps prevent breakage and retain hairstyle better than rougher cotton or blended material pillowcases.

Putting long hair up in a loose bun with a special clip during the night can also help prevent some breakage or damage caused during sleep. It’s best to never sleep with wet hair.

Styling Long Hair

There are a variety of hair care products on the market designed specifically for caring for the special needs of long hair, from shampoos, conditioners and styling products. Look for products that do not contain alcohol or peroxide, since both of these ingredients will burn, dry or damage long hair.

When shampooing, conditioning or styling long hair, try to use the product on the hair from below the ears down and avoid using product on the scalp if at all possible. This keeps the weight of the long hair from pulling the hair down, and it also helps keep the scalp cleaner, so less frequent washing of the hair is required.

Brushing or Combing Long Hair

If you must brush through long hair while wet, it’s best to use a wide-toothed comb and brush through the long hair while in the shower with conditioner on the hair to minimize breakage. Outside of the shower, it’s best to use soft bristle brushes, and only brush through long hair when it is dry or mostly dry.

Do not over brush long hair. While this can stimulate hair growth, frequent brushing causes breakage, so the two tend to cancel each other out. Brush through hair frequently enough to prevent tangles or frizz, but not so much that breakage is an issue.

Cutting and Trimming Long Hair

Be sure to cut or trim long hair regularly. Once the ends of long hair become brittle or damaged, the rest of the hair is weakened, and will become damaged more easily. Keeping long hair trimmed regularly will actually stimulate growth and keep hair from splitting and breaking, particularly at the ends.

Caring for long hair may not be easy or convenient, but there is nothing more beautiful than a shiny, healthy, luxuriously soft head of gorgeous hair, so the pay off is worth the trouble.

Varicose and Spider Veins

Unsightly, but Are They Dangerous?

Varicose and spider veins are similar in nature, with the varicose veins being larger, more prominent in appearance, and often painful. Spider veins generally aren’t painful, but being closer to the surface of the skin, they may look less appealing, and can also show up on the face, arms and hands, not just the legs.

While more women than men are prone to varicose and spider veins, there are a number of other factors that put one at risk for varicose or spider veins besides gender. For example, heredity, jobs that require standing for long periods, obesity, hormones, certain birth control pill, some hormone replacement therapies, certain medical conditions, and believe it or not, constrictive clothing. Read the rest of this entry »

Ten Tips for Perfectly Polished Nails

How to Do Your Own Perfect Manicure

Manicures are nice, and for a nice treat for yourself once in a while, they can be fun and pampering, but they are expensive, especially if you’re going to get one every week. However, you don’t have to spend a fortune to have beautiful nails!

The following are some tips to help you achieve perfectly polished nails, do it yourself, inexpensively and easily. Read the rest of this entry »

Reduce Puffiness Around the Eye with Ordinary Household Items


The old saying is, “Any woman over 25 needs to keep cucumbers in the house!” Now, get your mind out of the gutter and onto your face: your eyes!

Cucumbers have long been used to help prevent puffiness around the eyes, particularly on the upper lids and the area right under your eyes. This is, in part, because cucumbers have a high water content that helps keep your eyes moisturized while drawing the puffiness out.

Using veggies to soothe your puffy eyes is not limited to cucumbers (which botanically are fruit). Zucchini is also good at helping remove puffiness. Additionally, fresh wet ginger root, particularly when mixed with the zucchini, can help with puffiness. Dice the vegetable into pieces and mix with the fresh ginger, lightly mash the two ingredients together with a fork and place the mashed mixture on your eyes for up to five minutes. Works wonders!

Using any veggies like cucumber and zucchini on your eyes will work better if the treatment is slightly cooled, but not ice cold. The coldness will help with the puffiness much the same way an ice pack helps with swelling. Placing the veggies in the fridge before slicing them and using them while still cold helps.

Another puffiness reducer for your eye area is tea. While you can take plain tea bags and soak them and then apply them to your eyes, people with very light or sensitive skin may notice light tea colored stains around their eyes. To prevent this, using chamomile tea bags works better since chamomile is not a dark tea and chamomile is a plant known for its soothing properties. Of course, Jasmine tea is also a light colored tea that will work for reducing puffiness around the eyes.

If you’re in a hurry and don’t have time to use the natural ingredients above to reduce puffiness around the eyes, in a pinch for a very quick puffy pick-me-up, Preparation H really does help remove bags and puffiness around the eyes, particularly when caused by allergy symptoms or from a night of crying (not that any of us want to stay up all night crying, but hey, it does happen sometimes.) The problem with using Preparation H is that you need to be very careful not get any product in your eye, but only on the skin that is puffy surrounding the eye and use as little as possible.

If your puffiness also comes with dark circles under your eyes, you can help reduce the look of the puffiness and cover the dark circles by apply your concealer makeup over your foundation makeup and then following up with a matte powder over both. Using the foundation first gives a good base for adding the concealer and prevents a liquid foundation from removing the concealer when it is applied. The powder over both will smooth and blend it as well as brighten the entire eye area. After this, you can apply your makeup as usual.

Of course, you can always purchase expensive products from the salon or beauty supply store, but these tried and proven natural products or inexpensive ways to reduce puffiness around the eye truly work just as well, and will save you a ton of money.

Lastly, the best way to deal with puffiness around the eyes is to prevent it completely if at all possible. Rest well, sleep regularly, avoid exposure to allergens, try not to cry (hard to do, I know!), and drink plenty of water to stay hydrated – all of these things will help prevent eye puffiness before it even starts.

Fix Frizzy Flyaway and Brittle Split Ends

Winter chill and static in the air can cause hair to flyaway and become frizzy or uncontrollable, while the warmer months can dry hair and the summer sun can bleach hair. Even when weather and the outdoors isn’t damaging hair, blow drying, coloring hair, styling products and machines can all take their toll on healthy hair.If dry, brittle, broken or split end hair is a problem, there are solutions to frizzy and flyaway hair besides cutting it. Even if an unforeseen accident happens to damage hair, certain hair treatments can repair some of the damage. Let’s look at some easy, over the counter hair treatments that might help tame frizzy flyaway hair problems.Frizz Control for Hair – Cut or Trim

First, one way to repair damaged split ends that cause frizzy hair is to cut the hair back to the point where the hair is not damaged. If cutting the hair is not an option, then a light trim to remove the very tips of the most damaged part of the hair can make a big difference in the appearance and healthy of the hair shaft.

Frizz Control for Hair Avoid – Heat and Styling Machines

Until the hair has grown out again, try not to use styling machines such as hot irons, flat irons, curlers or blow dryers, because these will increase the damage to the hair shaft and can also increase frizz. Letting hair dry naturally is the healthiest way to care for damaged hair. If blow dying is a must, use a low heat setting and the lowest blower setting possible and then follow the next step.

Frizz Control for Hair – Use Styling Creams

If styling with heat or blow drying hair is absolutely necessary, using a moisturizing styling cream on wet hair prior to styling can help tame some of the frizz while locking in the moisture from the water and conditioning the hair.

Frizz Control for Hair – Use Pomades or Pomatum

When dry, brittle hair is the problem, using a pomade instead of hair gel or styling gel can increase moisture to the hair and tame the flyaway and split ends to prevent frizz. Pomades can leave hair looking slick, smooth and add shine, but using too much can also weight hair down and make it look greasy.

When using a pomade, skip the more expensive brand pomades and opt for unscented mineral oil (the scented kind has alcohol that can dry hair more) to lighten the load on the pocketbook, and then apply it only to the tips of the hair, avoiding the scalp completely. Petroleum jelly can also work if mixed in the hands with a little warm water and then lightly applied to the tips of the hair shaft and scrunched into the hair prior to styling.

If flyaway strands are a problem after styling, rubbing a light dab of pomade on the hands with a bit of warm water and then lightly running the hands through the trouble section of hair can tame the flyaway without weighing hair down or having to apply harsh hair spray.

If removing pomades from the hair is a problem, a few drops of dishwashing detergent mixed with a conditioning shampoo will clean the oil right from the hair.

Frizz Control for Hair Coloring

While it seems counter-productive to color hair, since we’ve long been taught that coloring hair can cause damage, if darkening the hair and using a conditioning coloring without alcohol or peroxide, the coloring can coat the hair shaft and actually reduce frizz.

Of course, the best way to prevent flyaway hair and control frizz is to take care of the hair before it becomes damaged. Have hair trimmed regularly, style with products and heat only when absolutely necessary, use regular oil treatments, and condition hair each time it is washed.

Following these tips can give luxurious, shiny and manageable hair, without frizz and flyaway hair strands, and without having to cut hair to tame the frizz.

Homemade Lip Gloss and Lip Color

In this article, we’ll explore some favorite beauty tips for making homemade lip gloss or lip color, without spending a small fortune. Most of these tips came from a group of teenage girls who all asked their friends to report back their favorite homemade beauty tips for homemade lip gloss and homemade lip color.Let’s see what they had to say:HOMEMADE LIP GLOSS – LIGHT COLOR, FLAVOREDMost beauty stores sell small round tins or plastic containers with lids that screw on, and you can usually buy them in bulk for just a few dollars.

Using sugar-free, pre-sweetened Kool-Aid – or other pre-sweetened powdered drink mix, combine a small amount of the powder to inexpensive petroleum jelly (like Vaseline), and you have a nice flavored lip gloss. (Strawberry-Kiwi makes a nice light color, while Cherry makes a darker red)

TIP: Mix the powder thoroughly to avoid lumps and clumps and make an even shade for your homemade lip gloss. These make great gifts for teenagers and young girls, and even have a great flavor!

HOMEMADE LIP COLOR – RICH COLOR, NON-FLAVORED

Beets are a nice, deep, rich, dark reddish color to a dark purple, and the juice from a beet will stain for quite some time, and beets are cheap! If you want a long lasting color on your lips, mash the juice from either fresh or canned beets (the canned variety are easier to mash), and then using a cotton swab, carefully outline the shape of your lips with the beat juice and then color in the rest of your lips. This will provide long lasting color that will stay on through eating, swimming, sweating – you name it!

Using beets this way will provide a matte finish with no shine. If you want a lighter color and to add some shine, mix the beet juice with a little petroleum jelly, or you can buy beeswax, melt it and stir in the beet juice to add the color for less shine, but lighter coloring for your homemade lip gloss and color.

TIP: The beet juice stains very easily, so be careful not to get any outside the line of the lip, or it will be very difficult to remove this quickly.

HOMEMADE LIP THERAPY WITH OR WITHOUT COLOR

Vitamin E capsules can provide many skin care benefits, one of which is a great lip gloss that moisturizes and protects your lips while providing a light glossy finish. Simply cut or poke the end of a vitamin E capsule and squeeze for the oil to come out, and apply directly with your finger or a cotton swab. You can also purchase vitamin E gel for the same purpose.

If you want some color or flavor for your homemade lip therapy, use the vitamin E and add the drink powder or beet juice to that, or even a small amount of artificial sweetener powder.

PETROLEUM JELLY FOR LIP PROTECTION AND SHINE

A cheap jar of petroleum jelly can cost less than a buck and it provides protection for the lips against damaging cold and wind while also adding gloss and shine to the lips. This is great used alone or used in combination with lip color to add gloss and shine to the color.

There you have several options for cheap and easy to make homemade lip gloss and color that is sure to please without breaking your budget.

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