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  • Nobody is perfect – If the same occurs to skin, can you still think that ‘it’s okay’? All people, both manly man and feminine women, crave for flawless, shining skin. If secrets to having such skin have already been revealed, why still want to accept the imperfection of your skin? Hundreds of people today give their best efforts to obtain flawless skin that can radiate their beauty. And for some reasons, waxing is one of the most favorite ways to make the flawless skin come to real. Let’s know a bit more about this skin care.

    Definition

    Waxing is a method of removing hair from the root with a semi-permanent result. After 4-6 weeks from the previous removal, new hair will regrow. Different people have different growth cycles; so, for some people with a short growth cycle, the new hair will start appearing in a week. This hair removal is performed by a licensed esthetician by using some products such as kNutek, BiOn and Intaglio. The esthetician will help remove hair in some areas including face, arms, underarms, back, chest, shoulders, arms, toes and pubic area (Bikini Wax). The latter is the most popular waxing, and even consists of a wide variety of options such as Brazilian, Hollywood, French, etc.).

    Both men and women can have this skin care. Some spas offer waxing services for both males and females which are classified as face waxing or body waxing, full wax services or half wax services. Face Waxing includes Full Face, Nose, Eye brow, Lips, Cheeks, Ears, Neck, Chin, and Sideburns while Body Waxing includes Full Body, Arms, Back, Chest, Hands, Legs, Shoulders, Stomach, Toes and Underarms.

    Wax Classifications

    In the term of the thickness of wax applied, waxing is classified into two: Soft Wax and Hard Wax. Soft Wax, or also known as Strip Wax, is performed by applying a wax thinly over the skin. A paper strip or cloth is applied and pressed firmly before quickly ripped against the direction of hair growth. Hard Wax, or also known as strip-less wax, is performed by applying a wax thickly over the skin with no paper strip or cloth. The wax is let hardened, which later allows an easy removal by the esthetician. This waxing type is recommended for people with sensitive skin.

    Benefits and Drawbacks

    Waxing, as a method of hair removal, offers some benefits:

    • It removes a large amount of hair at a time.
    • It is a long-lasting method.
    • The hair will not regrow for 2-8 weeks, depending on the hair growth cycles.

    Besides its benefit, there are a few known drawbacks:

    • It can be painful.
    • The pain can be intense in sensitive areas.
    • It can cost a big amount of money, depending on the number of area waxed and sittings required.
    • It can cause red bumps, ingrown hairs and minor bleeding, which is likely to happen in the first few times.

    This is the information about waxing you should know before taking one. Despite the drawbacks, waxing is still a recommended, safe option as long as it is performed by a licensed esthetician.


    Written by Suzie Burnham of skincarebysuzie.com
    Suzie Burnham professional Esthetician 25 Years Certified member of Society Of Permanent Cosmetics . Providing in Spa treatments as well as online recommendations for skin care problems and needs.

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  • Have you ever purchased an outfit that you really like, but when you put it on at home for the first time you begin to wonder if you made a mistake? Do you think the item makes you look "fat" or tends to highlight "problem areas"? Does the way you look make you feel so uncomfortable that you scramble to select something else to wear? If so, you are having a fashion emergency!

    Once you learn how to determine your body type, you will be able to identify the clothing styles that are most flattering to your figure, and which ones to avoid. There is a lot of information readily available online on this topic to guide you in selecting the best styles once you have determined your shape.

    Ideal Body Shape

    An hourglass body type is considered the ideal body shape - it is perfectly proportioned, and the easiest to dress.  Here, the bust and hips are the same width, and the waist measures 9" - 13" smaller than the bust and hips. 

    When dressing any of the other body types, the goal is to select the proper styles of clothing to camouflage specific areas (sometimes referred to as "figure flaws"), giving the overall impression of an hourglass shape – basically, visually balancing the figure.

    How to Determine Body Type:

    First, take and record measurements of the following:

    • around shoulders
    • around the largest area of the bust
    • around waist
    • around the largest area of hips

    With these measurements, review the descriptions of the basic body shapes below to determine your body type.

    There Are 5 Basic Body Shapes:

    • Hourglass: bust and hips are about the same width, with a defined waist
    • Round/Diamond/Apple: bust, waist and hips are close to the same width; usually smaller shoulders and no waist definition
    • Triangle/Pear: Hips are wider than shoulders and bust
    • Inverted Triangle/Athletic: Shoulders are wider than hips; may have full bust – the body area above the waist is larger than below
    • Rectangle/Square: bust, shoulders and hips are close to the same width with little waist definition

    Now that you know your body type, it will be easier to select styles to flatter your particular shape. In general, the idea is to play up your assets and camouflage any "figure flaws".  

    Over time, it will become "second nature" to select flattering styles when clothes shopping. Thanks to this new awareness of your basic body shape, you will begin to dress with confidence, avoiding the dreaded "Fashion Emergency" for good! 


    Written by Miriam Lack of www.iladaboutique.com
    Certified Fashion Consultant with over 20 years experience in image-enhancement, specifically wardrobe selection, fashion styling, personal grooming, cosmetics sales, boutique ownership, and salon ownership.

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  • Top 5 Benefits of Egg Whites

     

     

     

    Guest post by Kyle Ward

    I was just reading through some of the top myths on the weekend and I came across the good ole burn remedy of Egg whites. Apparently, it isn’t true, but then I remembered reading something about eggs being used in tissue regeneration a couple of years back and so I started searching for the research paper. A quick search in the NCBI website did indeed bring up the article, but I am afraid that they were using EGG Yolk Oil in their treatment and not egg white. Nevertheless, it does not take away from the countless other benefits of this delicious treat.

    Nutritious

    Okay, this one was obvious; they are very nutritious and contain the bulk of the protein found in eggs. Egg white from a single egg typically contains about 4 grams of protein and only 17 calories. Add to this, the different vitamins and trace salts found in it and you have a win win situation.

    Weight Management

    This may come as a surprise to some people, but eggs in general rank high on what we call the satiety index and can help you feeling full. Studies in this regard have shown, that people who have eggs for breakfast, feel fuller than those having the same amount of other breakfast favorites like bagels. It enables them to eat less for up to 36 hours. The main reason for this is the high protein content, present in egg white, which ranks very high on the satiety index.

    Eyesight

    This benefit can be considered as a sub factor of nutrition. This is primarily due to the presence of Vitamin A, Lutein, and Zeaxanthin. We have all heard that Vitamin A is essential for proper eye function, and I guess elaboration on the point is not required. But, researches have shown that lack of Lutein and Zeaxanthin are one of the major causes of eyesight degeneration as well. They are both found in eggs. But, we are afraid that the egg yolk wins over here. As more of these are found in egg yolk than egg whites, so if you are not counting calories, eat a whole egg.

    Muscle Mass

    If you have gone to the gym, then you are already aware of this correlation. There are countless diets and products out there which employ egg white in one form or another to support increase of muscle mass. The underlying reason is the high protein content once more. Protein is required to build muscle mass because simply said, muscles are made up of proteins. Guess what you do not have to drink those bland mixtures any more, as I was going through some and I found some egg white protein chips on groupon.

    Face Masks

    Now my favorite part, egg white can be used as a face mask to replenish and tighten your skin. It can be used alone or mixed with lemon, or honey, or both lemon and honey. Lemon would of course add a cleansing touch to your mask and honey is, well, a part of almost every beauty product that you use. This obviously will not compare to the specialized natural beauty products, but it will serve you well for using in-between orders. Skeptical? I will not even back it up with a link to a study. All you have to do to test it is to go the kitchen and separate an egg white and apply it. You will feel the difference. If you suffer from egg allergies, please proceed with proper medical advice.

    So, if eggs are one of your favorite foods like me, then have no fear, for most recent researches exonerate eggs and especially egg whites from the perceived negative health benefits like increasing cholesterol levels. Enjoy.

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  • Health is Wealth with Organic Living

    Health is wealth. If you are able to eat and live healthily then you may consider yourself wealthy. However, it does not necessarily follow that you must be already wealthy to become healthy. There are a lot of ways to become healthy without having to spend too much. Organic living is one of them.

    Organic living is defined as being able to live without the use of products that are not organically grown. This includes eating produce that are devoid of chemical pesticides. This also includes eating protein from animals that are raised in a perfectly organic way. Another way to live organic is to only use products that are organically made.

    Organic Produce

    Organic foods are those grown by farmers using practices that are designed to conserve soil and water as well as lessen pollution. Examples of these organic practices are mulching or crop rotation to manage weeds and diseases.

    Although they were usually found only in health food stores, organic food are becoming more and more available in supermarkets in your areas. This is because people are also becoming more and more health-conscious as well as environmentally aware. The prices of organic food have also dropped considerably making them more affordable than before.

    Organic Clothing

    Because more and more people are clamouring for more environmentally-friendly products, a lot of companies have also joined in the organic bandwagon producing products that are free from chemical usage which include herbicides, pesticides and genetically modified seeds.

    Most organic clothing is made up of fibres coming from organically grown plants such as cotton and jute. Their fibres may also come from silk, wool or ramies that have been harvested in compliance with organic standards.

    Although organic clothing may be more expensive than regular clothing, they offer the following benefits:

    • They are environmentally friendly since no chemicals were used in their production, harvesting and post-harvesting. Since no chemicals were used, the chances of these chemicals seeping into the soil and affecting our water system are lessened. Also, the likelihood of these chemicals being ingested by other beneficial animals is also lessened. 
    • Since organic farming does not use genetically modified seeds, there is no risk for humans and other animals that would eat the produce to have mutations in the future. 
    • Cotton that has been organically grown emits lesser carbon dioxide emissions that could affect global warming. Organic farming also reduces the amount of water being used by up to 60%.
    • Humans who are working in an organic farm are not exposed to harmful chemicals.

    Although organic clothing does not necessarily mean a 100% organic fibre composition; purchasing organic clothing and products will make you feel better since you know that you are doing your part in ensuring that our world will stay healthy a little longer.

    If you want to do your part, there are a lot of stores and online websites that offer certified organic products.


    Written by Cynthia Y. Haltom, Ph.D. of perfectly-organic.myshopify.com
    Cynthia is an accomplished health educator and holds many degrees in health education, technology, psychology and life coaching. Her expertise has given her the ability to direct change in the behaviors of her students. She is always striving to improve

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  • Benefits of Greens in Smoothies

    One day I made a smoothie, but I didn't feel like putting greens in it. They're kind of bitter and can give my smoothie a funny consistency. My smoothie tasted great, but without the greens I felt tired after my initial sugar rush from the fruit. 

    The next morning I added my greens in, and believe or not, I felt WORLDS better. My energy was through the roof and I felt BALANCED. 

    Could adding greens have made that big of a difference? YESWhy is that?

    In one word: Oxygen.

    Greens are full of oxygen and actually help balance out acidity in the body - that acidity in the body as caused by meat, dairy, grains, sauces, coffee, tea, alcohol, SUGAR, and processed foods contributes to inflammation and that makes us puffy and tired.

    I don't know about you but I don't like feeling puffy and tired. I LIKE feeling energized and like I'm going to take on the WORLD. And including greens in my morning smoothie helps me feel this way, by BALANCING the body. 

    So what's so difficult about adding greens to smoothies?

    1. Fridge Space & Spoiling Rate: Stocking up veggies can take up quite a bit of space in the fridge, and if you don't breeze through these greens, they go bad FAST. 
    2. Leave the leaf bits: Who wants to be slurping on your silky smooth smoothie to be interupted by bits of leaves? pitooey. 
    3. Greens are bitter: Greens tend to be bitter and sometimes we just feel like having only the delicious ingredients in our smoothie. 

    Thankfully, you can make your life easier and address all of these yuck-factors by picking the right brand of green smoothie.

    The best smoothies have all your greens in one bottle, juiced to perfection with lemon which naturally balances the bitterness of greens. Simply combine a bottle with your favorite fruits in your blender and BOOM, you've got yourself a DELICIOUS smoothie, greens included.

    This is the BEST way to get your daily dose of greens, and start your day off right.

    You'll give your body a surge of nutrients, and start your day with balanced blood sugar, which means that you'll be supporting your body in being in the fat-burning zone all day long! So to recap, the benefits of greens in your morning smoothie:

    • Increased energy
    • Balanced blood sugar
    • Encourages fat-burning
    • Supports weigh management

    Written by Jessica Rosen of www.rawgeneration.com
    Institute for Integrative Nutiriton certified health coach, Founder and President of Raw Generation. Use CODE: BSA50 for 50% off any of our products.

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  • Get Clear Skin with Flaxseed Oil

    While there are several known for their beauty benefits - olive oil, lavender oil, jojoba oil, etc., flaxseed oil - which is popularly known to cleanse the body from within - is also used topically to get a smooth and clear complexion.

    It not only detoxifies your body from within, but it also helps clear blemishes, reduce acne scars and pigmentation marks. Here are a few advantages of applying flaxseed oil.

    Flaxseed oil heals your skin

    This is the season when you experience dry and itchy skin. Due to its high inflammatory index, flaxseed oil helps minimize skin irritation, redness and inflammation of any sort. Skin rashes diminish with topical application. If you are suffering from any sort of chronic skin conditions like persistent acne, rosacea or dermatitis, you can always take a drop of flaxseed oil on your finger and apply it with the tip of your finger on the affected area and blend it in.

    Flaxseed oil moisturizes your skin

    Another benefit of flaxseed oil is that it moisturizes your skin and hydrates it from within.  The essential fatty acids in flaxseed oil smoothens your skin's appearance and makes it super soft. You can either apply flaxseed oil on its own or maybe mix it with a bit of a light-weight moisturizer and apply it evenly on your face before you retire for the night.

    Flaxseed oil gives you an even skin tone

    Constant exposure to sunlight and everyday stress takes a toll on your skin. To ensure that you have smooth, clear skin, take a few drops of flaxseed oil on your palm and rub it for a few minutes to warm it. Then, massage your face with your palm for a few minutes. You can either wash it off with lukewarm water or keep it on for the entire night to give you a radiant, glowing skin when you wake up in the morning.

    Flaxseed oil reduces dark circles

    Another advantage of applying flaxseed oil is that it helps reduce dark circles considerably. Just a week of applying flaxseed oil under your eyes, will give you a clear skin around the eyes and make the area look brighter.

    Other benefits of flaxseed oil

    Apart from clearing your skin, flaxseed oil also works as a cleanser for your body. If consumed on a daily basis, it clears your system, leaving you with a radiant, hydrated and a clean complexion.

    Flaxseed oil prevents skin cancer

    While flaxseed oil is great to apply on an everyday basis, one of the reasons why beauty professionals around the world prefer this oil is because of its reputation of fighting free radicals. These free radicals prevent `oxidative damage'. By including flaxseed in your diet, you can fight the free radicals which develop because of the constant exposure to sunlight and the harmful UV rays of the sun.

    Flaxseed oil clears bowel movements

    One of the greatest advantages of flaxseed oil is that it helps your digestive system to function properly and smoothly. A spoonful of flaxseed early in the morning along with a glass or two of lukewarm water will keep your system clean and will help your food to digest better through the day.


    Written by Michael R Minarsich of bionaturesblog.com
    Michael R Minarsich has been involved in the integrative supplement industry for close to 30 years and is responsible for bringing the first cold pressed, organic flax products to the US in 1987. He also was a partner in publishing the first english tran

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