Archive for December, 2012
Good shoes are especially important to avoid problems in developing feet.
Because shoes serve only to protect children’s feet from injury, none are needed before a child walks.
High-topped infant shoes do not support ankles – oxfords and tennis shoes are equally good.
Check OFTEN to be sure shoes aren’t too small. Children’s feet are so flexible they can be crammmed into shoes two sizes too small – and the child may not complain.
Don’t have children wear hand-me-down shoes. They are permanently molded to the original owner’s foot.
Unfortunately, most shoes today are narrower in the front than the foot is. You can check this by standing on paper and tracing around your bare foot. Compare the outline of your foot with the sole of your shoe. If your shoe appears too narrow, you may be inviting foot problems.
Choose only shoes that feel comfortable – you are the best judge of that.
Our marvelous feet evolved for flexibility and strength – not to be stuffed into shoes. When people roamed the earth barefoot 4,000 years ago, foot problems were not the rule. Today, we need shoes to protect our feet from cold, injury, disease, and pounding on hard pavement.
But too often we choose shoes for style rather than comfort and function. Remember: good shoes are part of the good care your feet deserve.
Eat a diet composed of 50% fruit and raw vegetables in order to supply necessary vitamins, minerals and enzymes. Eat foods rich in sulfur and silicon, such as broccoli, fish and onions.
Include foods rich in biotin such as soy, brewer’s yeast and whole grains.
Drink plenty of water and other liquids.
You may supplement your diet with royal jelly, spirulina or kelp, which are rich in silica, zinc and B vitamins and help to strengthen your nails.
Drink fresh carrot juice daily, this is high in calcium and phosphorus and is excellent for strengthening nails.
Eau de Parfum: The most concentrated fragrance, usually more costly than eau de toilette because of its concentration.
Eau de Toilette: A less-concentrated fragrance.
Echinacea: An oral homeopathic substance thought to boost the immune system. Frequently taken for cold or flu symptoms. Has anti-itching and soothing properties when used in skin-care products.
Eczema: A skin condition that causes areas of the skin to become red, itchy and scaly. The cause is unknown and it can affect any part of the body. The condition may be short-lived (acute) or long term (chronic), and is usually treated with topical anti-inflammatory medications available OTC or by prescription.
Elastin: A surface protective agent used in cosmetics to alleviate the effects of dry skin.
Electrolysis: Use of electricity to dissolve hair roots
Emollient: A substance that softens and soothes the skin.
Emulsifier: A thickening agent added to products to change their physical composition. For example, it can turn a lotion into a cream.
Epidermabrasion: Skin peel in which the outermost layers of the skin are sloughed off
Epidermis: The outer layers of the skin.
Epilate: Remove hair from below the skin’s surface
Essence: Fragrant oil extracted from plant or herb.
Esthetician: A specialist in the area of beauty
Eucalyptus: A mild astringent with antiseptic properties.
Evening Primrose: Used as an astringent and helpful for reducing skin irritation. Also beneficial for dehydrated skin.
Exfoliate: To scale off layers of skin.
The only real treatment for thyroid disease, whether hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism or any other condition of thyroid gland, is cleansing of the system and adoption of a rational diet thereafter, combined with adequate rest and relaxation. To begin with, juices of fruits such as orange, apple, pineapple, and grapes may be taken every two or three hours from 8 am to 8 pm for five days. The bowels should be cleaned daily with lukewarm water.
Turns out, it’s not quite so simple. The butterfly-shaped thyroid gland sits at the base of the neck just below the larynx and cranks out the hormones responsible for the body’s metabolism. When the gland doesn’t produce enough and metabolism turns sluggish, you’ve got a case of hypothyroidism. It sounds straightforward enough, but my thyroid test came back as a question mark — on-the-border hypothyroid, to be checked again in six months.
The appetite of the thyroid patient is usually very large and the weight reduction cannot be prevented for some time. This is because until the heart beat slows down and the tremors stop, there will be incomplete assimilation of good.
But as soon as the balance is restored, weight will slowly increase. To help the absorption of food, a narrow waist compress and, later, a neck compress should be worn for five nights a week. As weight increases, the almost constant hunger will gradually disappear, on no account should any stimulants be administered to create an appetite.
Certain foods and fluids are extremely injurious for thyroid patients and should be avoided by them. These include white flour products, white sugar, flesh foods, fried or greasy foods, preserves, condiments, tea, coffee and alcohol.
If you or your doctor suspects hypothyroidism, the first step is a simple test to measure thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH). It’s counterintuitive, but a high TSH is actually a sign that the thyroid is underactive — that is, more and more TSH is needed to goose the thyroid to produce.
Smooth lips with lip balm. Avoid slick products, such as Vaseline or anything else petroleum-based which will make the lipstick slide off.
Instead, apply a waxy balm, such as Chapstick, and massage into lips with your figertips. Then let it sink in for a few minutes.
Pick Your Stick
Grab one that lets lips show through, such as a sheer lipstick or light gloss.
Apply LIPSTICK straight from the tube. Blend into lips and along your lip line with fingertip.
Apply LIP GLOSS with the wand or a lip brush. Smooth out with your fingertip.
When you are finished applying color, lightly kiss the back of your hand. This will get rid of excess product without cutting down on the sheen. Then, gently smack your lips together to even out the color one last time.
Four applications / products you need in minimum:
It’s a must, essential for preventing sun damage and lowering your risk of developing skin cancer. Many skin care lines have facial moisturizers with SPF already included; they offer a more luxurious, makeup-friendly texture than traditional sunscreens. If you use only one product, sunscreen should be it. A lotion like Neutrogena’s Healthy Skin Lotion with SPF 15 moisturizes, protects with SPF, and smoothes skin with alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) and vitamin C — practically the perfect all-purpose face lotion.
The skin under your eyes is more delicate and dry than the skin on the rest of your face. It’s wise to invest in an eye cream, which treats the eye area with more emollient moisturizers. Some eye creams even claim to minimize dark circles and temporarily tighten fine lines.
If you’re concerned with wrinkles and pigmentation spots, a face cream with retinol (a derivative of vitamin A) can help. Use it in place of your daytime, SPF moisturizer after you wash your face at night.
Body lotion with alpha-hydroxy acids:
A lotion with skin-sloughing AHAs smoothes your whole body, including hands, feet, arms, and legs. For tough dry spots, apply extra lotion before bed and let it soak in while you sleep.
Mix and Match is in. Rotate your wardrobe and mix garments from different sets.
What’s hot and what’s not may be set in New York, Paris and Rome but back here at home, we can be a little more eclectic. In fact eclectic is what is HOT!
We all hate to wear old stuff, but it is still very fashionable, especially if it is very old…lucky us! This trend won’t last forever so use it while you can.
On Colors: If we predict what colors are hot, this will be outdated before you may even read it. Click below to find out what is hot today, then look again tomorrow it may change.
BLACK is back and it never left..probably never will. When in doubt, you can always wear black and know you are in style.
Although scalp hair is hardy, and can withstand a lot of abuse, it can be damaged by too much or inexpertly applied perming, dyeing, bleaching and massage. The amount of beautying the hair can take varies from person to person. Occasionally the scalp is allergic to the dye and becomes inflamed and swollen. To prevent this occuring, the dye should be tested by applying it to a small area on the arm. If a patch of inflammation has developed, the dye must not be used on the hair.
Most people who bleach their hair do so with hydrogen peroxide. If the peroxide is repeatedly applied, it may make the hair brittle. If this happens the hair may turn rough, develop split ends, or become thinned or shortened.
As the skin ages, the collagen and elastin fibres, which give it its elasticity and tone, become fused into an inflexible mix called elastone. The skin becomes thinner too, more rapidly in women than in men (who start with thicker skins in the first place), and the subcutaneous layer of fat is reduced. With the approach of menopause, the sebaceous glands begin to shrink and produce less oil, resulting in dry skin that is prone to flaking.
If that weren’t enough, the rate of cell division and replacement falls off by 50% between the ages of 35 and 80, increasing the tendency for the old cells on the surface of the skin to cling there for a bit longer. All this leads to sagging, wrinkling, loss of skin tone and uneven pigmentation. The degree of wrinkling depends on your genetic makeup, but smoking, dry skin and sun exposure (especially sunburns) make it worse. Dynamic motion – making facial expressions – also causes permanent creases over time.
You should compensate for the slowdown in cell renewal by using an exfoliant on a weekly basis. And give your skin a moisture boost every time you cleanse it – especially around your eye area. There are many products that help increase cell renewal and elasticity. Alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), derived from fruit, milk and sugar cane, have anti-inflammatory properties; when applied to the skin, they help remove dead skin cells, giving you a younger appearance. Choose products with AHAs more often as your skin ages.
In the simplest terms, scars form at the site of an injury to tissue. They are the visible reminders of injury and tissue repair. In the case of acne, the injury is caused by the body’s inflammatory response to sebum, bacteria and dead cells in the plugged sebaceous follicle. Two types of true scars exist, as discussed later: (1) depressed areas such as ice-pick scars, and (2) raised thickened tissue such as keloids.
When tissue suffers an injury, the body rushes its repair kit to the injury site. Among the elements of the repair kit are white blood cells and an array of inflammatory molecules that have the task of repairing tissue and fighting infection. However, when their job is done they may leave a somewhat messy repair site in the form of fibrous scar tissue, or eroded tissue.
White blood cells and inflammatory molecules may remain at the site of an active acne lesion for days or even weeks. In people who are susceptible to scarring, the result may be an acne scar. The occurrence and incidence of scarring is still not well understood, however. There is considerable variation in scarring between one person and another, indicating that some people are more prone to scarring than others. Scarring frequently results from severe inflammatory nodulocystic acne that occurs deep in the skin. But, scarring also may arise from more superficial inflamed lesions.
The life history of scars also is not well understood. Some people bear their acne scars for a lifetime with little change in the scars, but in other people the skin undergoes some degree of remodeling and acne scars diminish in size.
People also have differing feelings about acne scars. Scars of more or less the same size that may be psychologically distressing to one person may be accepted by another person as “not too bad.” The person who is distressed by scars is more likely to seek treatment to moderate or remove the scars.
There are two types of skin that fall into the sensitive skin category. One is susceptible to break outs, and the other is easily irritated. The irritations come from overusing products or using products that are too harsh – especially cleansers. If you’ve found that your skin is reacting to some skin products and showing signs of irritation or redness, you probably have sensitive skin. We all have skin that is somewhat sensitive, however hypersensitive skin, which usually goes with blonde or red-haired people, reacts to irritants by turning blotchy or developing spots and rashes. This type of skin rarely tans but only burns or freckles.
Cleanse with gentle, water-soluble lotions and tepid water. Avoid hot water and washcloths. Moisturizer is essential to protect sensitive skin – and it should be hypoallergenic and fragrance free. Avoid products that contain a lot of stabilizers – chemicals that add to the shelf life of a product wreak havoc with hypersensitive skin.