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June 29, 2007

Get Rid Of Ingrown Hairs In Pubic Area With These 3 Simple Tips

by Natalie Williams

Ingrown hairs in pubic region is caused by pubic hair that curls back or grows sideways into the skin. Usually, pubic hair grows out perfectly from pubic hair follicles but when ingrown hairs clog up the hair follicles, pimples may develop along with redness of the surrounding skin. Pubic pimples, like all other types of pimples, are painful, itchy and may leave permanent scars if you are not careful.

What Causes Ingrown Hairs in the Pubic Area?

The most common cause of ingrown hairs in the pubic region is shaving with a lousy pubic shaver. If you plan to use shaving as a long term method to remove your pubic hair, you need to invest in a excellent pubic shaver. Pubic hair removal methods like waxing and tweezing may also cause ingrown hairs as long as hair is cut off underneath the skin.

Other causes of ingrown pubic hair include:

- Tight undergarments or trousers
- Dry skin
- Course, curly or stiff hair
- Pubic hair follicles that are blocked with oil or dead skin cells

Getting Rid of Ingrown Hairs in the Pubic Area

There are a couple of ways you could treat ingrown pubic hair. The first method requires you to apply a hot cloth or hot compress on your ingrown pubic hair. This is a common method to deal with inflammation but it also helps to soften the pubic hair underneath your skin so that it may rise above the surface. If the ingrown hairs do not surface after a couple of of minutes, repeat a couple of more times. Should the problem persist%, try again in a couple of hours or another day as the pubic hair may not be long enough for you to extract. Whatever happens, you should never attempt to scratch or squeeze the hair out in any way as this may cause bleeding and permanent scarring.

Once you are able to see a tiny bit of the ingrown hair on the surface of your skin, use a pair of sterilized tweezers to get rid of the hair. Clean your pubic region, towel dry and apply some antiseptic cream to prevent infections.

Another method of removing ingrown pubic hair is the use of a hair removal lotion that is certified safe to use on your pubic region by your dermatologist or pharmacist. These creams help to dissolve the ingrown pubic hairs underneath your skin without causing further skin irritation.

What To Avoid During Your Recovery Period

You should try not to wear any tight undergarments or trousers before all your ingrown hairs have healed. If your pubic region develops ingrown pubic hairs as a result of wearing tight clothes pretty often, you might want to purchase clothes made of softer materials or ditch them all to prevent ingrown hairs.

Skin exfoliation with a shower sponge is big no no when you have ingrown pubic hair. Scrubbing your sensitive skin when you have pubic pimples will only make them worse. There are specialized waxing products for the removal of ingrown pubic hairs. However, you must not use them on your pubic region if you have pubic pimples.

Natalie Williams' uses the Body Bare pubic shaver to prevent ingrowns. Visit HairRemovalHaven.com to learn more tips on pubic hair removal.

June 26, 2007

Go Natural

10 Good Reasons to go "all natural" with Skin Care by Ananda

1. Truly natural products contain no synthetic ingredients such as artificial colours or fragrances. Artificial fragrances are amongst the most irritating ingredient in skin care with the ability to cause or significantly contribute to irritating skin conditions such as eczema, dermatitis, rashes and hives. You will notice the difference in your skin when you avoid such ingredients.

2. Natural products contain no potentially harmful ingredients such as petrochemicals, mineral oils, sodium lauryl sulphate, parabens and propolene glycol. According to Skin Deep, an Environmental Working Group in the US, many of the synthetic ingredients used (in the US and Australia) in everyday skin care are potentially toxic to humans.

3. Natural skin care is formulated to support the healthy functioning of our skin from within and without. Humans absorb up to 60% of any substance applied to our skin. It has been calculated that the average women can absorb up to 2kg of different chemicals through their skin each year. By using natural products you ensure that what you are absorbing is benefiting your skin and body, promoting radiance and health.

4. Our bodies have to break down, detoxify and excrete any substance we put on them. Synthetic ingredients put an extra burden of toxicity on the body and is of particular concern for young babies and children whose organs of elimination are not fully developed. Reduce your toxic burden by using whole, unrefined natural products.

5. Natural skin & body care products contain nutrients, including naturally occurring antioxidants, amino acids, botanical extracts, pure essential oils and essential fatty acids in their holistic form which is more compatible with our skin and bodies. This includes nutrients such as grape seed (rich in phytochemicals that support the skin), rose hip oil (rich in vitamin C), Carrot oil (rich in vitamin A), pumpkin seed oil (rich in zinc), olive oil (rich in squalene) to name but a few. These ingredients promote healthy skin by nourishing from the outside in.

6. Natural cosmetics are more active. Excluding water, often contain up to 95% active ingredients rather than 5% active ingredients in a 95% inert (non-active) base as in many of everyday personal care products and cosmetics. You will notice a difference when you use natural products.
7. Wholly natural products are not tested on animals.

8. Many of the suppliers of natural skin care are local and cottage industries. Buying these products supports sustainable manufacturing processes, the ability to maintain quality control by hand making small quantities in order to provide fresh product, small business enterprise and local communities.

9. Natural products are environmentally friendly. Recent studies have shown that the chemicals and toxins found in most skin care products have a harmful effect on the environment as well as they take longer to break down than whole, unrefined ingredients.

10. Value for money. Natural products are often less expensive than synthetic products as they don’t have to compete in the hyped brand focused market. You are also paying for active rather than inert ingredients. When considering the benefits available form natural skin care the value of natural products outweighs anything else on the market.

For more information about natural and organic skin care products contact Ananda at http://www.vitalenatural.com.au or at info@vitalenatural.com.au

Ananda Mahony ND is a naturopath and nutrition lecturer. Ananda has been involved in the natural skin care industry for many years. She has a clinic and natural skin care shop in Brisbane called Vitale Natural. Ananda specialises in the holistic treatment of skin conditions such as acne. This article outlines the benefits of natural skin care over their synthetic counterparts.

June 24, 2007

Beautiful Eyes

Your Eyes Beauty Depends On Tea

by k_buchanan32
For women who suffer every morning from puffy eyes or have to cover the bags under their eyes, apart from purchasing expensive cosmetic creams to reduce the symptoms perhaps it is wise to try out one of the oldest natural remedies: a couple of tea bags. If you consider it, it is at least worth the try, as your eyes are, apart from the windows or your soul, also the focal point of your face. Thus, you should take good care of them and devote the necessary time to reveal their own special beauty. Having tired, baggy eyes can add years to your age, while sparkling ones can brighten your face and give you a more youthful appearance. Remember that it is vital to care for the delicate area around them and tea or tea bags can help you reveal the best set of eyes.

Just like when you are feeling tired you reach your kitchen's cabinet to grab some of your favorite tea brand and relax, the same should your reaction be in case you wake up in the morning and witness the symptom of puffy eyes in your bathroom's mirror. Chances are that if your body is tired your eyes will show it. Swollen, red or puffy eyes are indicators of fatigue and it is important to be aware of the fact that the black tea bags you place into your favorite mug can also offer your eyes immediate relief.

The restorative effect of black tea is so apparent that it will surprise you how quickly this simple process can reduce your problem and its occurrence. From the night before, you should boil water and put two tea bags in it like you would if you were going to make tea. After brewing for 5 minutes, take the tea bags out and ring out the liquid. Next, place both tea bags into your kitchen's freezer. You need to have them cool, but not frozen. Keep them in the freezer for 10-15 minutes and then take them out, lay down, relax and put the tea bags over the puffy ears over your eyes. Leave them there for approximately another 10-15 minutes, turning them over half way through. Afterwards, remove the tea bags and dispose of them. Then rinse your face with cool water to remove any tea stains. Make sure you rinse off any residue carefully with a cold damp tissue or face cloth.

In addition, warm tea bags might be more relaxing on a cold winter day, and it has been found to reduce under eye puffiness just as well as the cold tea bags. If you do drink tea often you can begin saving the two wet tea bags from your tea pot while they are still warm -careful, not hot! Then you should again select a comfortable spot in your home, be it the bed, the couch or the floor. Place a towel where your head will be resting to prevent leaking and staining. Lie down, place one black tea bag over each eye after closing your eyes first and relax for just five minutes. Deep breathing will increase your oxygen intake while you rest and promote increased energy levels.

You'll be amazed at how much wider open your eyes will feel and how quickly soreness will be reduced. This simple, old-fashioned home remedy is a true gift. There is always the option of buying special eyes tea bags from your local pharmacy or beauty store, but any black tea bag works just as well and is certainly more economical.

About the Author

Kadence Buchanan writes articles on many topics including
Women's Health, Relationship, and
Nursing

June 04, 2007

5 Ways to Become Attractive


by yuushoji
While you're sitting there reading this you're going to learn that beauty is truly in the eye of the beholder. When it comes to being attractive it all starts with how you feel about yourself. If you don't think of yourself as attractive you won't be able to exude this image when in public. So to better help you begin feeling attractive. Here is a list of steps you can take.

Way to Become Attractive #1 Take Proper Care of Yourself

This means that your diet should be a healthy one. It should be the one which is low calorie and low fat, and devoid of fast food. The majority of your meals should be filled with brightly colored vegetables and fruits. In addition, you should also have a strenuous workout regimen, one in which you exercise at least five times per week. Lastly, don't forget to drink plenty of water. In fact, water should be mostly what you drink because it help cleanses impurities from the body.

Way to Become Attractive #2 Don't Subscribe to All the Latest Fads

Fads come and go, especially in the beauty and health industry. The sad fact is that most of these fads are scams and don't work. The only scientifically proven way to stay healthy and attractive long into old age is through a healthy diet and exercise.

Way to Become Attractive #3 Don't Compare Yourself to Others

An attractive person is one who stands out from the rest of the pack, so it's amazing that most people strive to look like certain celebrities. Look, the fact of the matter is that no matter how hard a person tries they will never be able to mold their body and feature to look like their favorite famous person. Instead of focusing on this, they should focus on becoming attractive in a unique way. This approach will get a person noticed much faster.

Way to Become Attractive #4: Don't Wear Yourself Out

Starving yourself and forcing yourself through rigorous exercise in the gym day in and day out is counterproductive to looking attractive and being healthy. Of course, you want to be thin. But you should not be so thin that you look sick. You can kill yourself in the gym everyday if you want, but you must make sure that you're eating a properly balanced diet so that your body can benefit from the exercise properly.

Way to Become Attractive #5 Be Committed

You should understand that being healthy and attractive is a lifetime commitment. Sure, occasionally you're going to slip and eat a big greasy hamburger. But understand that 99.9% of the time you won't be doing this. There's absolutely no way around this. If you're not committed to the lifestyle you won't be able to live it.

We live in a society where everyone has become obsessed with how other people see them. If you truly want to become attractive and start standing out then you have to follow the steps above, as well as build self-confidence in yourself that you're an attractive person. If you can do this, other people will pick up on this and you truly will be an attractive person.

About the Author

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June 03, 2007

Tooth Whitening Gel vs. Laser Whitening

by JimMcDonald
Have you heard about the latest thing in teeth whitening? Everybody today is looking for a quick and easy way to whiten their teeth. A brighter smile can help you look friendlier, healthier, younger and more attractive. And whiter teeth can do wonders for your self-esteem, especially if you've struggled in the past with stains and discolorations. More and more products are now available to help you achieve whiter teeth. In the latest innovation, dentists are now able to offer tooth whitening treatments using special lights and lasers. These cutting-edge methods can provide dramatic results that last up to a year or even longer. The question is, are these new treatments right for you?

Teeth whitening toothpaste has been around for a long time. Toothpaste is never been able to do more than polish surface stains. In order to actually remove stains and discolorations, it was necessary to create something that actually penetrated the enamel of your teeth. Truly effective teeth whitening became possible with the introduction of tooth whitening gel. These gels contained peroxide, which removes stains and whitens teeth through the process of oxidation.

In the beginning, teeth whitening gel treatments were only available from your dentist. However, recent years have seen the release of new tooth whitening gel products that can be purchased by the average consumer over-the-counter. Although these teeth whitening gels were less concentrated than the treatments provided by a dentist, they were effective and offered everyone the opportunity to obtain whiter teeth at a much lower cost.

Most kinds of tooth whitening gel are designed to be brushed on your teeth twice a day. The complete treatment usually takes about two weeks. Tooth whitening gel has proven very effective against yellow stains and is moderately effective in removing brown stains. The results you achieve from over-the-counter teeth whitening gel can last up to four months.

Tooth whitening strips are also available for purchase over the counter. The strips offer an alternate way to apply teeth whitening gel. Each strip is infused with tooth whitening gel. You place the strips on your teeth and allow them to remain for a short period of time, usually about 30 minutes. Again, the total treatment usually takes about two weeks and effectively whitens your teeth for about four months.

Some of the best teeth whitening gel treatments are available from your dentist. A visit with your dentist usually begins with a consultation about your particular situation and the probable cause of any stains or discoloration. Once your dentist determines that you're a good candidate for success with tooth whitening, he may suggest an in-home treatment that includes regular office visits. Your dentist will construct a custom tray based on an impression of your teeth. You will then fill each tray with a special teeth whitening gel (usually more concentrated than what you can buy in a store). You will wear the gel-filled trays a little each day for a few weeks. This treatment will provide gradual whitening at a relatively low cost. But it will require a few extra visits to the dentist's office to make sure everything is going as expected.

Another treatment your dentist may suggest involves the use of special lights or lasers. This technique of tooth whitening is performed in the dentist's office. After providing some protection for your gums and soft tissues of your mouth, the dentist will apply teeth whitening gel to your teeth. Then, a special light or laser light is used to activate crystals in the gel. This process can achieve a whiteness that's three to eight shades lighter than your original color. All of this can be accomplished in one visit. However, the procedure is quite expensive and the change in your teeth will be immediate and very noticeable.

Tooth whitening gel is not for everyone. You could experience sore gums and sensitive teeth, although these are usually temporary symptoms. You may not have known this, but even the best teeth whitening gel is not effective for about one out of every five people.

One final note: when you're searching for the best tooth whitening gel, you might be surprised to learn that no over-the-counter bleaching products are endorsed by the American Dental Association (ADA). But a lack of endorsement does not necessarily mean the products are unsafe. ADA acceptance is a voluntary program, so even if there's no seal, most teeth whitening gel products are generally considered safe if used as directed. But for the greatest safety and predictability of results, you might want to start with a visit to your dentist.

About the Author

For tips on using teeth whitening gel go to http://www.best-teeth-whiteners.com. Get great results with a fast and effective tooth whitening gel.

June 02, 2007

Acne and Make-up Brushes

by KrisAdams77
Acne can be an extremely irritating, frustrating and embarrassing problem. Often women tend to blame their cosmetics or their diets, but sometimes the real cause of the problem can be something a little unexpected - your make-up brushes.

How Cosmetic Brushes Affect Acne

Cosmetic brushes are used more and more these days with the increasing popularity of high-end cosmetic use and mineral make-up. Generally using a quality cosmetic brush is much better to use in terms of overall cosmetic application and end result than using your fingers or a piece of tissue. However, you need to remember that without regular and thorough cleaning, cosmetic brushes can and often do harbour bacteria and dirt.

Your cosmetic brushes can contain millions of little bacteria and can cause various infections and skin problems such as acne. If you have been breaking-out often lately then take a look at your cosmetic brushes and see if they are as clean as they could be.

Think about it. When you wake-up each and every single morning you are putting your make-up on with your cosmetic brushes. You place them back in your bottomless make-up bag or your drawer and leave them there until the next time you apply your make-up.


You may also occasionally set your cosmetic brushes on your sink which may not be pristine. Perhaps they momentarily fall on the floor. You might not be able to bring yourself to throw away that discontinued blush (now expired as well) that you have had for 3 years now.

Your counter, drawer, cosmetic bag, floor and potentially expired cosmetics can all deposit bacteria into your cosmetic brush which you, in turn, brush on your face. Day after day you are potentially buffing bacteria picked up from dirty surfaces bags and floors onto your face, infecting your skin and clogging up your pores at the same time.

What Should You Do to Protect The Skin?

So now that you know your brushes could be a problem, what should you do to help your skin? There are many cosmetic brush cleaners on the market. Some are washes that resemble a shampoo and others are alcohol based sprays. If you use one of these products keep in mind that any chemical based residue from the cleaner could end up on your face. If your skin is sensitive this could further irritate you.

Want to really clean your cosmetic bushes? A good wash will really help.

1. First rinse each cosmetic brush under warm water to remove the superficial cosmetics from the brush.
2. Place a dot of natural, gentle shampoo on the bristle of each cosmetic brush and massage between your fingers.
3. Fill the bathroom sink with warm water and place the cosmetic brushes in there to soak for a few minutes.
4. Once the cosmetic brushes have had a chance to soak, rinse each brush under warm running water.
5. Dry each brush by first gently squeezing out any excess water.
6. Allow the brushes to air dry on a clean towel.

If your brushes are really dirty then it is possible that they may have contaminated your make-up, regardless how well your make-up is preserved. If you suspect this, throw away your cosmetics and replace them with new products. Always use a clean brush with a new product to ensure that you aren't contaminating the new product.

Also, remember that the majority of cosmetics don't have an indefinite shelf life so be sure to mark the date with a pen when you first open your cosmetics and throw them away when you have reached the standard expiration date.

Overall cosmetic brushes really do come in handy but their usefulness is entirely counterproductive to creating that flawless look if they are causing acne or skin issues. Acne is just one of the many skin conditions you can develop through dirty brushes and so it really is important to keep them as clean as possible. Rinse all your cosmetic brushes under the tap at least once a week and wash them properly at least once a month to prevent possible infections.

About the Author

Kristin Adams is Founder and President of Afterglow Cosmetics, an all natural line of color cosmetics including certified organic ingredients. Discover your natural beauty at http://www.afterglowcosmetics.com

June 01, 2007

Seven Ingredients That Identify The Best Skin Care Products

by keblack

As we age, our skin (epidermis) loses elasticity and becomes less supple. We develop wrinkles, age spots, our skin becomes drier and in need of additional hydration. Finding the best skin care products becomes increasingly important as we age, particularly the anti-aging skin care variety.

As we get older, our body produces less collagen which is necessary to maintain skin elasticity. This deficit is what causes our skin to wrinkle and sag. The skin discoloration that often accompanies aging skin is due to decreased oil production and increased drying of the skin as a result of sebaceous glands that no longer work well.

The purpose of an anti aging skin care regime is to re-hydrate the skin and keep it as youthful as possible for as long as possible.

The commercial skin care industry abounds with anti-aging skin care products and special formulations to revitalize aging skin. However, there are so many anti-wrinkle skin care creams and lotions for mature skin that it can be difficult to sort through them all to find the best preparations.

An effective way to compare brands is to consider their ingredients. If you know what specific ingredients can do for your skin you can read the labels and get a good idea of the likely effectiveness of particular formulations.

Here are seven of the most effective anti-aging skin care ingredients that can be included in facial skin creams:

1. Idebenone - Coenzyme Q10 or CoQ10 (also known as ubiquinone) is a powerful antioxidant which has been chemically synthesized into Idebenone which also has strong antioxidant properties. CoQ10 was synthesized because it was found to reduce the risk of heart disease and free radical damage as well as impeding the development of some nervous system and neurological disorders.

This natural enzyme was synthesized in an attempt to increase its effectiveness. Initially, it was taken internally and was found to increase brain function, energy levels, nerve growth factor and serotonin as well as protecting cells and reducing inflammation. There are no known adverse side effects of using this drug.

More recently, skin care manufacturers tested topical versions of Idebenone on damaged skin and found that it was very effective in preventing and even reversing free radical damage caused by sun exposure, diet and lifestyle. As we age, our body has less ability to fight free radicals so the use of this element and other topical antioxidants in skin care preparations can help the skin cells to regenerate and prevent further deterioration.

2. Edelweiss Extract is another powerful antioxidant which neutralizes free radicals caused by exposure to UV sun rays over time, pollution, and the modern western diet which is high in fats and sugars. Furthermore, it prevents the increase of super oxides which actively promote the aging of skin. It also provides a natural protection against harmful ultraviolet rays also making them excellent additives to sun screens.

Edelweiss extract contains bioflavonoids which help to strengthen blood vessel walls. It is therefore an excellent ingredient for wrinkle reduction creams and lotions.

3. Evening Primrose Oil has been used throughout history to treat a variety of ailments. In particular, it reduces inflammation and heals eczema, psoriasis and dermatitis. Where anti-aging skin care products are concerned, Evening Primrose's ability to reduce skin inflammation is particularly important. The oil of the evening primrose contains seventy eight percent essential fatty acids and is linoleic and gamma linolenic acids. These components maintain the skin's water barrier and nurture the membranes of skin cells.

Deficiency in Essential Fatty Acids can hasten the aging process of the epidermis by reducing the activity of the sebaceous glands, increase the likelihood of acne, eczema and psoriasis, cause the skin to become dehydrated and weaken the skin's surface capillaries. The addition of essential fatty acids in topical preparation and internal medications helps to replace those acids that the body loses and cannot produce on its own.

Consequently, the inclusion of Evening Primrose Oil in antiaging formulas is extremely beneficial as it helps to prevent wrinkles, helps the skin to maintain its shape and texture and slows the effects of time process. The best skin care products are likely to contain it.

4. Shea Butter butter naturally moisturizes and tightens the skin. Like edelweiss extract, it also protects the skin from ultra violet light. It is one of the most effective ingredients found in many age defying skin care products. It is not only a moisturizer that makes wrinkles less noticeable and helps skin to appear smoother, it also improves skin elasticity and suppleness, improves skin tone and removes dry, scaly or rough skin.

This interesting additive contains fatty acids which prevent drying, cracking, wrinkling and burning of the skin in addition to assisting in the regeneration and healing of damaged skin. To be a truly effective ingredient in an anti-wrinkle skin care product, it is recommended that the product contains at least twenty percent of Shea Butter.

5. Vitamin A (Retinol) is another extremely important antioxidant which is particularly beneficial. The small molecular structure of this vitamin allows it to penetrate the skin's epidermis so that it can act to repair damage in the lower layers of skin as well as stimulate them to produce collagen and elastin. It acts to eliminate age spots and improve the pigmentation of the skin.

Vitamin A also helps to regulate the growth of skin cells. Using it topically helps to improve skin elasticity, and smooth skin that is rough, dry or thicker than normal. Retinol is also important for healthy immune function, digestive health and eyesight. Not only should it be included in anti wrinkle creams, it should be taken internally as a nutritional supplement to ensure that aging skin is fully supported.

6. Vitamin E is an antioxidant enhancer and increases the effects of the other antioxidants in an age fighting formulation. It also promotes healing of damaged skin and has been shown to prevent skin cell damage and inhibits the ability of free radicals to damage skin cells.

7. Vitamin C helps to increase collagen production which smooths the skin out and reduces wrinkles. It also improves blood flow which improves the complexion and can enliven dull skin.

If you read the labels on anti-aging formulations carefully and ensure that these ingredients are included, you will be able to distinguish between products and give yourself the best chance of finding the best skin care products to suit your needs.

About the Author

Ken Black is the owner of www.Skin-Care-Reviews.com, a website all about skin care. Visit us today for more information on Anti Aging Skin Care Products.

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