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Advantages & Disadvantages of Cotton Clothes

Saturday, May 30th, 2015

Your closets and drawers are filled with clothing made of cotton, the most commonly used fiber in the United States. Some of your favorite T-shirts, jeans, sweaters, blouses and undergarments originated from the humble cotton plant because of its many advantages. Nothing is perfect, though, and cotton clothing also comes with a few disadvantages.

Soft, Natural and Breathable

Cotton is soft and comfortable. It is hypoallergenic and won’t irritate sensitive skin or cause allergies. The fibers are spun tightly into yarn that won’t irritate skin or cause static electricity. For these reasons, items that you wear frequently and close to your body, like T-shirts and underwear, are usually made of cotton.

Cotton is all-natural and doesn’t contain chemicals. Natural fabrics like cotton fabric are highly breathable and allow air circulation that discourages fungi from growing in dark, moist environments. Synthetic fabrics don’t offer such ventilation, and constrictive garments in man-made materials can encourage yeast to flourish.

Cotton is perfect for wearing in the summer, as it can easily absorb body moisture and help keep you dry by drawing it away from the skin where it evaporates in the air around you. Cotton is also able to draw heat away from your skin, keeping you cool and comfortable in hot weather.

Strong, Inexpensive and Versatile

Cotton is strong, durable and resists abrasion. All-cotton garments are machine washable and can stand up to repeated washings in hot water. Cotton fibers also dye very well, offering vibrantly colored yarn.

Cotton is inexpensive and extremely versatile, used in a variety of common clothing fabric, like broadcloth, calico, chino, corduroy, denim, duck, gingham, and seersucker. This ensures that you’ll be able to buy economical cotton clothing in a range of distinct textures and looks for all seasons and any occasion.

Shrinkage and Wrinkling

Make sure your cotton clothes fit well before you buy them, as cotton has poor elasticity and won’t have much give. Your cotton clothes are prone to shrinking after laundering, even pre-shrunk cotton clothes. And because cotton also has poor resiliency, meaning the fabric won’t return to its original shape after being altered, you won’t have much luck stretching out the jeans you accidently shrunk in the dryer. Try air drying fitted cotton clothes that you don’t want any smaller.

Bring a travel iron or consider wearing other fibers when travelling. All-cotton items such as shirts and blouses wrinkle easily and require ironing or pressing after long wear or packing to keep them looking sharp.

Damage

Because cotton is a natural fiber, it risks damage from mildew. Cotton fabric may pill easily, as lint can form because of short fiber length.

Cotton fabric is not colorfast, so the dyes in these clothes can fade in the washer and dryer. Help keep colors looking bright by turning them inside out before laundering and using the shortest cycle possible for the soil level and fabric.

 

 

Fantastic Homemade Hair Conditioners

Wednesday, February 11th, 2015

1. MAYO, EGG WHITES & YOGURT

Ingredients:

1/2 cup plain yogurt
1/2 cup mayonnaise
egg whites from 1 egg

Directions:

Whip all that deep conditioning goodness around in a bowl, and you’re ready to rock. Lather it onto your hair, focusing on the ends where you’ll likely have the most damage, and make sure to really coat all the strands of hair.It needs to sit on your head for about 30 minutes.Rinse REALLY well using LUKEWARM water.

After you rinse you can opt to shampoo your hair, or wait and let the conditioner keep working its glorious magic.

2. HONEY

Ingredients:

1/2 cup honey (you may substitute any local or organic honey)

4 tablespoons light olive oil (depending on hair type, use lesser amount for oily hair)

Directions:

In a small bowl, mix together honey and olive oil until full integrated. Pour mixture through a funnel into a plastic bottle with a squeeze top lid.

When ready to use, gently shake mixture and massage into your hair until evenly covered. Cover your head with a shower cap and allow the conditioner to stay on your hair for at least 30 minutes and up to an hour. Shampoo and rinse your hair thoroughly.

3. COCONUT OIL

Coconut oil is one of the few oils that can make your hair not only smell awesome, but also that will make your hair shiny and so, so soft. This coconut oil conditioner is designed specifically for oily hair. It’ll get rid of the excess oil and truly leave your hair feeling so light and natural!

Ingredients:

1 cup water
1 egg yolk
1 teaspoon of coconut oil (find it in the baking section of a grocery store, health food store, candle store)

Directions:

A whisk and a bowl

Start by whisking the egg yolk until it becomes frothy, add the coconut oil, and whisk it a little more.

Add the water and then stir it until it becomes smooth. Apply the mix to your hair and scalp, massage it thoroughly then let it rest for 2-5 minutes.

Rinse your hair with clean cool water.

4.AVOCADO

Avocados actually are rich in good fats, which means that you’ll have hair that is super shiny, super manageable and totally light and airy.

Here’s what you need:

one avocado
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons water
2 tablespoons heavy cream

Directions:

Mix all that up, comb it through your gorgeous hair and cover with a shower cap. Keep it for about 20 minutes and rinse well.

5. COCONUT MILK

All you need is avocados, coconut oil and coconut milk. Just mix all of the ingredients on up and leave on for about 10 – 15 minutes for really deep conditioning!

Ingredients:

1 avocado
1 cup of coconut milk
2 tablespoons of coconut oil

Directions

Peel, pit, and mash your avocado. Add the coconut milk and coconut oil and mix until smooth. Work this conditioner through your hair (you can let it hang out for 10-15 minutes for deeper conditioning). Rinse and then shampoo.

Best beauty tips for your skin

Monday, March 31st, 2014

Follicle: Part of the skin which the root of hair comes from

Fruit Acid: The same as glycolic acid (reduces build up of excess dead skin cells).

Geranium: A mild astringent with antiseptic properties; promotes healing.

Ginseng: Considered to be a tonic. Believed to be nourishing due to its vitamin and hormone content. It is taken orally and is also felt to have energy boosting capabilities.

Glycerin: Used in moisturizers due to its water binding capabilities.

Glycolic Acid: Reduces build up of excess dead skin cells.

Glycolic Peel: Used to help peel or exfoliate the skin, making it appear more youthful.

Golden Seal: Herb used as a mild antiseptic

Grape Seed Oil : It has moisturizing and nourishing properties due to its high linoleic acid content.

Home Remedies For Treating Acne

Saturday, October 5th, 2013

Cut a tomato up into pieces and rub the inside of the tomato against your scars for about 1 minute consecutively. Do this everyday to lighten up your scars.

Egg whites are probably the most effective method in diminishing your acne scars. Gently apply evenly on your scars using a cottonball. Rinse off after 5 minutes.

After washing your face apply wet ice onto your face. This helps prevent acne by tightening your pores, and also assists in fading your scars.

Oatmeal and Honey – Mix 1/4 cup of oats with 2tbsp of honey and apply gently onto scars. Rinse off after 15 minutes of applying.

Apply lemon juice on your scars and let it sit there for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes has elapsed rinse with soap and water.

Drink at least 1 gal. of water per day. This is a commonly kown method for reducing unwanted toxins in the facial region.

Just by including fresh vegetables and fruits with every meal can visibly reduce your acne scars overt time.
Turmeric paste is very well known for it’s medicinal purposes, and can also be gently applied daily for acne scar treatment.

Sunday, August 11th, 2013


Basic Tip For You Health And Fitness

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

Quit Smoking : Smoking is very harmful to your health.

Avoid the obvious such as fried foods, burgers and other fatty meats (i.e. pork, bacon, ham, salami, ribs and sausage). Dairy products such as cheese, cottage cheese, milk and cream should be eaten in low fat versions. Nuts and sandwich meats, mayonnaise, margarine, butter and sauces should be eaten in limited amounts.

Drinking 8 glasses of water a day is important to your health, your normal diet and to help lose weight. Water is necessary for the metabolism of your stored fat. Weight loss cannot occur without an active metabolism which requires large quantities of water. Another way to use water to lose weight is to drink a large glass of ice water just before meals. The cold causes your stomach to shrink slightly which will make you feel full faster.

Eat small meals slowly & often. Graze healthily.
Aerobic, swimming, cycling, walking and jumping are all considered aerobic activities. These should be performed daily atleast for 20 to 30 mintues.

You can walk almost anywhere at almost any time. It’s one of the easiest ways to be physically active. Find out how to start your walking program, what benefits you’ll get from walking and how to warm up correctly before you hit the road.

Crash dieting, over exercising and fasting will slow down your metabolism.
Avoid eye strain by looking away from the screen and focus on something in the distance, then focus on something close to you, do this now and whilst at work. Good excuse if you get caught looking at somebody, just tell him or her you’re preventing eyestrain.

To lose weight quickly, never skip a meal. Your first meal after waking starts your metabolism. Your metabolism then speeds up for about eight hours and then starts slowing down until you go to sleep when it goes to low until you wake and eat and start the cycle again. Skip breakfast and your metabolism doesn’t get started until lunch time. You’ve just missed three or four hours of fat burning time. When you skip meals during the day, your metabolism also slows down. Weight loss through the burning of stored fat is all about eating enough of the right kinds of foods so you stay full and your metabolism stays as high as possible.

Get Rid Of Pimples in A Week

Saturday, July 20th, 2013

Pimple is a disease that affects the teenagers most and though not critical, it sure makes the social life of a teenager miserable due to its appearance. It is a disease that has pestered the youth from time immortal and has popular home remedies practiced in all parts of the world. The pimples generally occur at face, though neck, back and shoulders are the other most popular body areas to host it. The scientific name for pimple is Acne Vulgaris. Sebum that is produced by the sebaceous glad keeps the skin and the hair on it moist. Excessive sebum secretion by the sebaceous glands during the adolescence is the main reason for pimple eruptions.

When hairs, sebum, and skin cells group together, they may form a plug, which serves as a breeding ground for bacteria. Soon, swelling sets in and as the plug starts to “break down,” the result is an unattractive pimple. There are no age limitations when it comes to pimples. While teenagers and young adults suffer a greater chance of reoccurrence, there are some individuals who never lose their susceptibility.

Some Remedies :

* Make a mixture of cinnamon powder and honey and apply on your pimples before you go to bed in the night. Wash it with warm water when you wake up in the morning. Do this for a fortnight and watch your pimples disappear.

* Mix a tablespoon each of fresh lime juice and groundnut oil and apply it on your face to avoid blackheads.

* Not only are oranges good for overall health, you can use orange peels as a remedy for pimples too. Grind the peels, mix them with a few drops of water and apply it on your face.

Are You Trying To Loose Weight

Sunday, March 31st, 2013

When trying to lose weight, the order of importance is as follows:

1. Healthy Recipes (The absolute most important “recipe” for weight loss)

2. Aerobic exercise

3. Weight Training

4. Proper Supplementation

This is where most people simply miss the mark. Many will neglect healthy recipes and will go straight to weight training or straight to an aerobic exercise. While you may lose weight without using healthy recipes in your weight loss formula, you will not transform your body.

Beauty Treatment For Young Ladies

Sunday, March 31st, 2013

Jasmine: Essential oil extracted from plants and used in perfumes.

Jojoba: A tonic, emollient and moisturizer. Treats dry skin, wrinkles and stretch marks.

Juniper: A fragrance considered a mild skin stimulant.

Karite: A natural emollient, protects and nourishes skin.

Keloid: A thick scar.

Keratin: A surface protective agent with film-forming and moisturizing action.

Kojic Acid: Skin-lightening agent.

Lactic Acid: A component of the skin’s natural moisturizing factor.

Lanolin: An emollient with moisturizing properties and an emulsifier with high water absorbing capabilities.

Licorice: Treats acne, also calms allergic skin.

Cosmetics Tips for Enhancing Your Natural Beauty and Personality

Saturday, February 23rd, 2013

Spring
Warm, light, clear, pastel, gold. Use silky white in colour mixtures to make them more pastel-like. Add a little warm yellow to make them warmer.
Best colours for Spring types: coral, salmon pink, light turquoise, royal blue, ivory, gold and bronze.
Worst colours: dark green, dark brown, grey and black.

Summer
Grey colours, often ruddy, purple and blue. Grey colours can be created by starting with the ‘Winter’ colours and then adding a touch of light grey (light grey = white + a touch of black).
Best colours for Summer types: Silver is good for summer types.
Worst colours: Strong colours and earthy colours make summer types ‘disappear’.

Autumn
Warm, deep, intense, earthy, golden colours. Use a touch of silky black or dark brown to tone down colours. Mix with gold or orange-yellow to make colours warmer.
Best colours for Autumn types: bright yellow, warm orange, dark turquoise green, olive, copper, gold, bronze, orange-brown.
Worst colours: icy blue, blue-red, grey and silver.

Winter
Strong, clean, intense colours, silver, black, white, bright red tinged with blue, bright blue tinged with red.
Best colours for Winter types: Black, deep red, bright blue and silver, clear, icy pastel colours (mix with mother of pearl white).
Worst colours: earthy colours, olive green.

Oil-based foundations are Good or Bad

Saturday, February 23rd, 2013

Oil-based foundations have oil as their first ingredient and water usually as their second or third ingredient. Oil-based foundations feel greasy and thick, look and go on greasy, yet can blend out quite sheer.

Pros: Oil-based foundations can be very good for women with extremely dry or wrinkled skin. The emollient ingredients help the skin look very dewy and moist, which can minimize the appearance of wrinkles.

Cons: Oil-based foundations tend to be very greasy and/or thick and can look that way on the skin unless you are very adept at blending. They typically provide medium to full coverage and also have a tendency to turn orange on the skin after wearing them for awhile. This is because the extra oil in them affects the pigments in the foundation, causing them to oxidize. Additionally, if you wear face powder over this type of foundation, the oil grabs the talc and the face can appear coated and heavily made up. The same is true for blushes and eyeshadows—they will go on more heavily and will also become darker once applied. Traditional cream blushes tend to work best over this type of foundation.

Simple Diet Strategies for Everyone

Saturday, February 16th, 2013

Portion Control:
• Guilt-Free Eating
• It’s the Portions, Stupid
• Portion Sizes
• A Guide to Portions
• How to Outwit a Food Craving

Calorie Counting:
• Cutting Calories Painlessly
• Cut 100 Calories a Day
• Lose 5 Pounds Fast

Eat Smart:
• 14 Ingredients for a Skinnier Salad
• 12 Breakfasts for Diet Success
• 11 Superfoods for Weight Loss
• 3 Spa Shakes
• 5 Spa Soups to Chill You Out
• More Healthy Spa Eats
• 6 Spa Tips for Spring Fitness
• 9 Snacks Under 150 Calories
• The New Crop of Low-Carb Foods
• Diet Tips When Dining Out
• Slim Down Your Salad
• Eat What You Want — and Still Lose Weight
• Healthy Snacks Shopping List

Physical exercise strengthens your body and makes it more fit and resilient

Friday, February 15th, 2013

Exercise and physical activity will improve your health and fitness.

Physical exercise is an imperative for the older adult.

Use it or lose it!

Rule of Aging: The physical and mental functions that we keep using thrive, while those we fail to use regularly diminish.

The biggest impact on your health and fitness will come from aerobic exercise.

The benefits of anaerobic exercise will be very important in your eighties, nineties, and beyond.
prevention of sarcopenia (the loss of lean body mass)

Physical exercise is a biological factor of the mind – body connection.

Biological factors affect both your body and mind.

Best Exercise for the eyes

Thursday, February 14th, 2013

1. Sit down and relax. Breathe normally, and look at a spot between your eyes, above the bridge of your nose. Keep looking at this spot for a count of five, and then relax the eyes. Next look at the tip of your nose, also to the count of five and relax. This exercise will ease the stress and tension and will relax your eyes.

2. Sit down and relax and look straight in front of you. Inhale and look right as far as possible, without turning your head. Slowly come to the original position and exhale. Repeat the same method for the left side. Do this exercise three times.

3. Sit up straight and look down. Slowly inhale and start rolling your eyes to the right and then to the top, in a circular movement. When your eyes have reached the top, looking towards your eyebrows, start exhaling while moving your eyes left and downwards in a circular movement. Repeat three times.

How

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

Best Beauty tips For Ladies

Thursday, February 7th, 2013

Calendula: An emollient believed to have healing, soothing and antiseptic properties. Used to treat dry skin.

Callus: An excessive build up of the hard tough layers of skin. Can be removed at-home or by an esthetician.

Candela Wax: Binds oils and waxes to give body to a formulation. Often used in lipsticks.

Capillary: The smallest type of blood vessel in the body. Spider veins, for instance, are actually small capillaries commonly found on the face or legs.

Cellulite: Deposits of fat and other material trapped in pockets beneath the skin.

Ceramides: A natural substance within the skin that reduces natural water loss of the skin by forming a protective barrier. Can also be produced synthetically and added to skin care products

Chakras: Energy centers throughout the body responsible for the condition of your mind, body and spirit.

Chamomile: A clinically proven plant-derived anti-inflammatory. Offers benefits such as soothing skin. Also calms eczema and allergic reactions.

Citric Acid: The same as vitamin C. Used commonly in hair and skincare products. Has astringent and antioxidant properties and also can be used as a preservative.

Citronella Oil: Antiseptic widely used in soaps and deodorizers. Also has insect-repelling properties.

Clarifying: Usually associated with a toner or other solution used after cleansing to maintain proper skin pH.

Collagen: A natural substance within body tissues. It can be injected into the skin to plump up particular areas.

Cortex: The middle layer of the hair shaft.

Creatine: A protein derivative in muscle tissue. Sometimes found in body-building supplements.

Cucumber Juice: It has moisture-binding, soothing and tightening properties

Want Beauty Tips, Here We Go

Monday, February 4th, 2013

Depilate: To remove hair on the skin’s surface.

Dermabrasion: A procedure in which the skin is sanded to improve its texture. Microdermabrasion uses a type of sand to abrade the skin, usually done by an esthetician or a cosmetic doctor. Cosmetic physicians can perform a deeper type of dermabrasion using small burrs or wires to remove the outer layers of the skin.

Dermal: Related to skin.

Dermatitis: Inflamation of the skin.

Dermis: The underlayers of the skin.

Dihydroxyacetone (DHA): A self-tanning agent used in cosmetics.

Dong Quai: Traditional Chinese herb used to treat menopausal symptoms and menstrual irregularity.

Do You Have Dry, Frizzy Hair

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

Dry hair is dehydrated hair – between 4 and 13 % of healthy hair is water. Where a normal strand of hair will stretch to a third of its length when pulled, dry hair is more likely to break, stretching only half as far. Most dry hair is a result of colouring, perming, straightening, or bleaching. Dry hair also tends to be fine and thin.

Tip:
Use a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner, shampoo only once each wash, and follow up at least once a month with an intensive moisturizing treatment. When you shampoo, don’t scrub the ends too much – it makes them brittle, massage your scalp thoroughly and keep any brushing and combing to a minimum when your hair is wet. If you use a hair dryer, stop drying while the hair is still slightly damp.

Best Dental Care Tips

Monday, January 28th, 2013

Use a soft bristled brush, preferably one with rounded, synthetic bristles. Look for the American Dental Association seal of approval. Replace your toothbrush approximately every two to three months or as soon as the bristles are worn or bent. A worn-out toothbrush does not clean your teeth properly, and may actually injure your gums. You should also replace your toothbrush after you’ve had a cold.

Be sure your brush is the right size (in general, smaller is better than larger).
Place the bristles at a 45 degree angle to the gum line, and slide the tips of the brush under the gums.

Gently jiggle the bristles or move it in small circles over the tooth and gums.

Brush the outside, the inside, and the chewing surfaces of your teeth. For chewing surfaces, use a light back and forth motion.

For the front teeth, brush the inside surfaces of the upper and lower jaws: Tilt your brush vertically and make several strokes up and down with the front part of the brush over the teeth and gum tissues.

Brushing your tongue will help freshen your breath. Debris and bacteria can collect on your tongue and cause bad breath.

Since your toothbrush will only clean one or two teeth at a time, change its position to clean each tooth properly.

Brush at least once every day, preferably at bedtime. Adding a brush time after breakfast increases your chances of thorough daily plaque removal.

Take your time: A thorough brushing should take at least 3 minutes.

Don’t brush your teeth too vigorously, and don’t use a hard bristled toothbrush, since it causes the gums to recede and exposes root surfaces. It also wears down the tooth structure. Both of these conditions can lead to tooth sensitivity.

A pea-sized amount of fluoridated toothpaste is sufficient.

Replace your brush when the bristles begin to spread, as a worn out toothbrush will not properly clean your teeth.