Recipes for natural beauty of skin, hair and nails
Since ancient times, women worried about the beauty of her body, the secrets of youth. Beautiful face, a fresh glowing skin is a precious treasure for women. And the recipes remain the same, we use all the same plants that retain the beauty of women, many thousands of years later. Fruit extracts, essential oils, colors, concentrates of medicinal roots, ground spices – all this culinary and cosmetic alchemy came to us from times long gone.
Beautiful hair. Beautiful hair from ancient times were considered the most important wealth of women. In this age of high technology, where we and our hair is constantly experiencing the harmful effects of stress, bad ecology, chlorinated water, many women suffer from hair loss. And now those same recipes, of which, by selecting the most suitable you can return your hair shine, splendor and power. Rinsing: – Greasy hair after washing, rinse with warm strong tea extract (2 tablespoons of tea boiled for 5 min in 1 liter of water). – rinse regular. – camomile tea (2 tbsp flowers boil for 5 minutes in a liter of water) is useful for oily hair and strengthens hair roots. – 30 g of leaves, buds and fruits of nasturtium, taken in equal amounts, pour 1 liter of boiled water, 30 min. Infusion rinse hair after shampooing to stimulate hair growth and protect them from falling out.
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There is no denying the fact that sparing out time for salon visits is not possible for many women out there. With such Beauty services at home a blessing for working women
Long working hours and packed schedule leaves you with very little time for personal care and grooming. Salon visits, which were once regular, become restricted to weekends for fortnightly. In fact, sparing out time to visit neighbourhood salon seems a challenging task. Spending time at salon for working women took away family as well as leisure time. This is one situation with which most of the working women can relate to. Well, there is no need for you to fret at anymore as beauty services at home lets you indulge in a treatment which you have ben longing for quite some time now.
Many women complain that things become all the more worse after marriage. Moving to a new place and finding out salon for immediate as well as urgent needs becomes difficult. This is when the idea of hiring beauty services at home can come to your rescue. Given the fact that starting from food, cabs, groceries and even furniture delivered at home, why not avail the benefits which come along with salon treatments at home. Trained, experienced, hygienic and professional therapists providing beauty treatment at home is an experience which will leave you feel fresh, rejuvenated and relaxed.
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Lead in your lipstick? Mercury in your mascara? Recent headlines about harmful ingredients hiding in beauty products are enough to make even the vainest among us want to go back to the good old days of rubbing strawberries on our lips to make them red.
But women (and men) have plastered a lot more than berry juice onto their skin in the never-ending quest to look hot (or extremely pallid, as was usually the case back in the day). Some beauty products of yesteryear contained high concentrations of lead, mercury, arsenic, even radiation, thanks to ignorance, indifference and narcissism.
For as long as humans have admired themselves in magazines, mirrors and murky pools of water, they’ve also had to contend with the ugly side of beauty.
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Only the cosmetics companies know for sure, as all ingredients are not even required to be on the label. Most personal care products are therefore nothing more than a product of marketing success, formulated to smell good, look good and feel good when your rub them on your skin, with little regard to their impact on your health.
The list of dangerous ingredients used in cosmetics is quite long — the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health has stated that nearly 900 of the chemicals used in cosmetics are toxic — but here are some of the major ones that are very common, but that you will definitely want to avoid:
- Paraben, a chemical found in underarm deodorants and other cosmetics that has been shown to mimic the action of the female hormone estrogen, which can drive the growth of human breast tumors.
- Sodium lauryl sulfate, a surfactant, detergent and emulsifier used in thousands of cosmetic products, as well as in industrial cleaners. It is present in nearly all shampoos, scalp treatments, hair color and bleaching agents, toothpastes, body washes and cleansers, make-up foundations, liquid hand soaps, laundry detergents and bath oils/bath salts. The real problem with SLES/SLS is that the manufacturing process (ethoxylation) results in SLES/SLS being contaminated with 1,4 dioxane, a carcinogenic by-product.
- Phthalates, plasticizing ingredients (present in nearly three-quarters of 72 products tested by the Environmental Working Group), which have been linked to birth defects in the reproductive system of boys and lower sperm-motility in adult men, among other problems.
- Musks, used as fragrances, can accumulate in your body, and have been linked to skin irritation, hormone disruption, and cancer in laboratory studies.
- Artificial fragrances, which are among the top five known allergens, and can cause asthma and trigger asthma attacks.
- Methylisothiazolinone (MIT), a chemical used in shampoo to prevent bacteria from developing, which may have detrimental effects on your nervous system.
- Toluene, made from petroleum or coal tar, and found in most synthetic fragrances. Chronic exposure linked to anemia, lowered blood cell count, liver or kidney damage, and may affect a developing fetus.
- Mineral Oil, Paraffin, and Petrolatum, these products coat your skin like plastic, clogging pores and creating a build-up of toxins. They also slow cellular development, which can cause you to show earlier signs of aging, and are a suspected cause of cancer and disruption to hormonal activity.
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The skin is the largest organ of the human body and a barrier that protects the body from microbial pathogens and other damaging elements. The health of the skin is a reflection of one’s overall health, and the skin’s resilience to sun exposure and outward appearance can be enhanced with high-nutrient foods.
Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the U.S., affecting one out of every five Americans.1 Ultraviolet radiation from the sun promotes aging and carcinogenesis via oxidative stress, inflammation, and damage to DNA. Ultraviolet (UV) exposure also leads to alteration of the skin’s structural proteins, causing sagging and wrinkling. Taking proactive measures such as using a safe mineral sunscreen and limiting mid-day sun exposure are crucial to protecting your skin from the sun’s UV rays. Phytochemicals from natural foods can provide an extra source of protection, by enhancing the body’s natural defenses to help prevent sunburn, and its associated dangers, and by slowing the aging of the skin.
Carotenoids are one class of phytochemicals that offer photoprotection. After we consume carotenoid-rich foods, carotenoids accumulate in the skin, where they oppose UV-induced oxidative stress. Individual carotenoids, mixed carotenoids, and carotenoid-rich whole foods have been shown to have photo-protective qualities that prevent or repair DNA damage to the skin caused by the sun.2,3 Lycopene-rich tomato paste, for example, was given to healthy women daily for twelve weeks, and their skin’s sunburn response to UV light was measured at the beginning and end of the study. After twelve weeks of tomato supplementation, the skin’s resistance to UV-induced reddening was enhanced. The tomato paste supplementation also reduced the DNA damage caused by the UV exposure.4 Tomatoes are the most familiar source of lycopene, but lycopene is also found in pink fruits such as watermelon, grapefruit, and papaya. Supplementation with lutein and zeaxanthin, found primarily in leafy green vegetables, was also found to provide photoprotection and improve several measures of skin quality, such as elasticity.2 Beta-carotene has been shown to interfere with UVA-induced oxidative damage in skin cells, and—similar to lycopene, lutein, and zeaxanthin—reduced UV-induced redness compared to placebo.2,5 Because of the potential dangers of isolated carotenoid supplements, we should supply our skin with carotenoids by eating leafy greens, yellow and orange vegetables, tomatoes, and pink fruits.
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