Known scientifically as simmondsia chinensis, jojoba (pronounced as ho-ho-ba), is a type of perennial shrub that grows in Northwestern Mexico as well as in parts of California and Arizona. Its oil is a liquefied form of vegetable wax found in the seeds of the jojoba plant. It’s interesting to note that half of the jojoba seed’s weight comes from its oil content. Light golden in color and odorless, this naturally-occurring oil doesn’t have any toxic effects and rarely causes allergic reaction.
Because of its components that have striking similarities with the sebum, which is an oily substance secreted by the oil glands that gives soft and smooth texture to the human skin and hair, jojoba oil is widely used in the same said areas of the body. Here are some of its specific benefits:
1. As Face Moisturizer
Jojoba oil as a moisturizer supplies the skin with adequate moisture without blocking pores. The best part is it’s suitable for all skin types, which is made possible because it restores normal oil balance of the skin.
Oily/ Combination skin – It controls the excess production of oil by the oil glands.
Dry Skin – It meets the requirements of additional amount of moisture
Sensitive Skin – Even if you get breakouts easily, jojoba oil is still safe to use as this is hypoallergenic in nature.
Moreover, jojoba oil is rich in Vitamin E, a natural antioxidant that prevents the onset of wrinkles on the skin’s surface. Jojoba oil can be applied directly on the face or you can mix 2 drops of it with your regular face moisturizer before applying.
2. As Facial Cleanser
With its good cleansing properties, jojoba oil can be used regularly for removal of makeup such as foundation, lipstick and blush. To do so, rub a soaked cotton ball over your face and lips gent;y and the oil will dissolve out all the makeup instantly. After which, remove the oil residues, along with the makeup, from your face, using a moist tissue.
In connection with what’s discussed above, here’s a video from youtube that tells about how to mix essential oils with jojoba oil to make a moisturizer and a cleanser which you might find a good option for your skin.
3. As Eye Makeup Remover
Also helpful in removing eye makeup like liner, mascara and eyeshadow, what’s great about jojoba oil is it doesn’t cause any eye irritation. To use, dip a cotton pad into the oil and apply directly over your eyelashes. You’d be amazed that it has already removed all the makeup within just a few minutes. Regular application can also make your lashes more beautiful. A word of caution though is to make sure to apply the oil carefully and not to rub it harshly as the eye area is very sensitive.
4. As Body Oil
Apart from the face, jojoba oil can be used for the whole body before or after a shower. Quickly absorbed by the skin with a hydrating effect, it’s preferably used as a body oil because it doesn’t leave you feeling greasy after application. Its quick absorbent quality into the skin promotes blood flow which gives you a glowing skin in no time. It can also be used as a body massage but it’s suggested that you mix it with another massage oil because it doesn’t come with a slippery effect common after having a massage.
5. As Hair Conditioner
Say goodbye to dull and frizzy hair with jojoba’s quality hair care. Serving both the purpose of hair oil as well as hair conditioner, it moisturizes the scalp. providing protection against dandruff and adding strength to hair roots; hence also being able to control hair fall. To apply, after shampooing, pour a few drops into your conditioner, apply on hair then rinse thoroughly. Another way is to apply the oil straight into your damp hair to make it thick and soft with a healthy shine.
Furthermore, jojoba oil can kill certain skin bacteria with anti-inflammatory properties that can be used to treat skin conditions like acne, eczema and psoriasis where skin gets inflamed. With its healing effects, it can treat wounds and minor infections like sunburn, cold sores and warts. Likewise, it serves as lip balm for dry, chapped lips.
Stretch marks can be such an eyesore and there’s nothing women won’t do to get rid of it – fast. You can actually do so by consulting your dermatologist who would most likely prescribe topical creams or gels. Before going to buy these recommendations though, how about holding your horses for a second and check out these natural remedies listed below? They’re just as effective but the major plus factor is they’re guaranteed safe on skin with no harmful side effects.
1. Potato Juice
To get rid of ugly stretch marks, the best and easiest way is to use potato juice. Its rich vitamin and mineral content plays an essential role in the skin’s growth and restoration. Simply take a medium-sized potato and cut it into thick slices. Rub one of the potato pieces gently on the skin with stretch marks for a few minutes. Make sure that the liquid from the potato pieces get in touch with the skin. Let the potato juice dry on skin for some time and then clean skin with lukewarm water afterwards.
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2. Aloe Vera
The aloe vera leaf has essential nutrients and active compounds effective in treating minor burns but its healing and soothing properties are useful in getting rid of stretch marks. Rub aloe vera directly on the affected area of the skin and leave it for a few minutes before rinsing with lukewarm water. You can also make a mixture of 1/4 cup aloe vera, oil from 10 Vitamin E capsules and oil from 5 Vitamin A capsules. Rub this mixture daily onto affected area until fully absorbed. Repeat the process daily and see results sooner.
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3. Cocoa Butter
Also beneficial in eliminating stretch marks, apply cocoa butter over affected area at least two times a day and in a month or two, you’ll see results of less visible stretch marks. An alternative would be to mix 1/2 cup of cocoa butter. one tablespoon of wheat germ oil, two teaspoons of grated beeswax and one teaspoon each of apricot kernel oil and vitamin E oil. Heat this mixture until the beeswax melts down. Store this mixture in an airtight container in your refrigerator. Applying this to your marks two to three times daily not only fades it, it makes skin more hydrated and smooth too.
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4. Lemon Juice
Because it’s naturally acidic, lemon juice is very helpful in dealing with stretch marks, skin injuries, acne and other scars. Simply rub a fresh lemon juice gently onto the stretch marks in a circular motion. Let the lemon juice soak into your skin for at least 10 minutes before rinsing with warm water. Regular use will enable stretch marks to fade away. You can also mix the lemon juice with cucumber fruit juice and see results that’s just as effective.
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5. Olive Oil
Packed with nutrients and antioxidants, the olive oil is one of the most inexpensive ways to free skin from ugly stretch marks. With a slightly warm pure olive oil, massage it onto stretch marks. Such application improves blood circulation and reduce stretch marks to a great extent. Leave it for 30 minutes to enable Vitamins A, D and E present in the oil to be dissolved inside the skin properly. You can also mix the olive oil with water and vinegar to use it as a night cream that will keep your skin moisturized and exfoliated.
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6. Egg Whites
A rich source of protein and amino acids, egg whites can be used to treat stretch marks too. Whip the egg whites of 2 eggs gently with a fork. Apply the thick layer formed with a makeup brush to the cleaned affected skin area. Allow the egg whites to dry completely and then rise with cold water. finally, apply some olive oil onto skin to keep it moisturized. Do this daily for 2 weeks in order to get desired results.
These are just five of the many natural remedies there are which can help in eliminating the eye sore of stretch marks fast. The best part of these methods are they are completely safe to do on skin as there are no harmful chemicals involved in the whole process. So if you want to say goodbye to stretch marks fast without the risk of harming your skin, go for these alternative ways.
Biting fingernails is a habit that begins during childhood. Studies revealed that 60% of children and 45% of teenagers bite their nails. This becomes less common after age 18 but it can carry on until adulthood. Many adults and children are often unconscious of biting their nails because doing so has become a habit.
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Why do some people bite their nails? For most people, it’s due to stress and boredom. This habit is an easy way to ease anxiety or to keep themselves occupied when the mind lacks interest. While frustration and loneliness are considered emotional triggers, research suggests that genes may be a contributing factor.
Regular nail biting can lead to problems as it can leave your fingers red and sore while the skin around your nails could bleed and get infected. This can also affect you orally as it leads to poorly-aligned, weakened teeth. Moreover, bitten-down nails can look embarrassing, adding more to your stress and anxiety.
Most children eventually outgrow nail biting but for those teens and adults who are still struggling with this difficult to stop habit, here are some techniques you could do to really quit:
1. Visualize yourself with strong, healthy nails.Getting a manicure serves as a good motivation to start off your resolution so that you’ll actually have great nails to look at. You might also want to get a manicure with clear polish so you can see your smooth nails and appreciate them.
2. Choose your favorite color for a manicure.Paint your nails a bright color so they are easy to notice when you’re biting them. On the other hand, if you like light colors, you can go for a pastel shade or clear nail polish so you would feel bad about biting them when your favorite color is on it. Getting your nails professionally manicured is a good alternative as this entails gluing acrylics to your nails. They last a long time and when you take them off, your real natural nails stay underneath.
3. Eat calcium and magnesium rich foods.Such minerals enable the nails to repair and grow well. Moreover, most of the reason why the human body wants to bite nails is a lack of calcium and magnesium in the body so get those minerals back.
4. Push your cuticles back. Common among nail-biters is they don’t have “moons” on the base of their fingernails because their cuticles haven’t been pushed back. To do this, gently push your cuticles towards your finger to reveal more of your nail. This makes the nail appear longer, giving it a more attractive shape, which could serve as another motivation to stop biting. Pushing cuticles back is ideal to do after you shower as your hands and nails are still wet.
5. Take up a hobby.Distract your hands with a hobby to keep it busy. You might be go for cleaning the house, knitting or crochet, writing, playing an instrument and even nail care and decoration. Anything just so you would distract our hands at times when your would usually bite your nails.
6. Cover your nails. For women, artificial nails would help a lot. For men, keep them polished and apply shine and growth promoter or petroleum jelly. It’s hard to bite nails when they look great.
If you’ve tried all these techniques and it still doesn’t work for you, put self-adhesive bandages on your fingertips so your nails won’t be accessible to bite or you can always wear gloves. It would also help if you would talk to your doctor if fingernail biting persists especially when you get anxious or stressed out. This could be a sign of a more serious psychological problem like Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) which is treatable with medications and counseling.
Indoor tanning is a way to get a tan without outdoor sun exposure. According to the Indoor Tanning Association, approximately 10 percent of Americans visit an indoor tanning facility each year, all in a quest to get that exotic bronze look. This procedure involves tanning booths and beds which emit ultraviolet rays that are regulated to ensure that your skin is safe; however, too much exposure to this can still cause harm to your skin. Here are some indoor tanning tips to help you get a good indoor tan and protect your skin at the same time:
1. Understand the sun rays and how they work on tanning beds.
The sun’s three types of UV rays are UV-C, UV-B and UV-A. Their differences lie in the sun rays wavelengths. The UV-C rays are the shortest while the UV-A are the longest. The UV-C rays are the most harmful to your skin but most of them are absorbed through the ozone layer or air pollution.
Tanning laps in tanning beds use only the UV-A and UV-B rays. The UV-B starts your tanning while the UV-A rays complete it. This prevents overexposure and is ideal for tanning. Avoid too much tanning in a tanning bed though as this can still be harmful. To be safe, always follow instructions from a professional in that area.
2. Determine your skin type.
If you don’t know your skin type, most professionals at indoor tanning facilities can help you. Your skin type is important because it will help determine how long and how frequently you could tan indoors. Skin types range from Type 1, which is very light skin that burns immediately to Type 5, which is dark skin that tans easily.
3. Determine what to wear when tanning.
What you wear during tannin is a matter of personal preference however, the usual attires are bathing suits or underwear. Others prefer to go completely nude for a natural all-even tan. Just remember though to do the following basics:
If you wear a watch or jewelry, be sure to remove it; otherwise, you will have white spots where it rested against your skin. For an even tan, make sure your skin is free of anything at all.
Remove eyeglasses and contact lenses prior to tanning as the heat generated from the tanning bad can damage it.
4. Protect your eyes from the UV rays.
All indoor facilities require that customers wear eye protection while tanning and most are equipped with eye protection free of charge. Avoid looking at the UV rays from the tanning equipment. Note that repeated exposure to indoor tanning UV rays can cause night blindness, retinal ulcers and yes, blindness too.
5. Avoid cosmetics and perfumes while tanning.
Wash off all cosmetics and perfumes before tanning. They may make you look and smell good but in indoor tanning, these should be avoided as they contain ingredients that make you sensitive to light. These photosensitizing ingredients could result in uneven tanning, rashes, blotching and burning sensations.
Another thing to note for when going for indoor tanning is to never purchase indoor tanning supplies and products in non-tanning outlets, flea markets or other businesses unrelated to the tanning industry. There is every risk that products could be out-of-date or damaged if they are not sold by an indoor tanning bed business or retailer.
Now, the only thing left to discuss is the aftercare. Once you have the shade that you want, you also have to take measures on how to maintain it. Watch this video about tips on caring for your tan to help you get a deep, dark, healthy and long-lasting tan.
These are but a few of the things to remember and do when going for indoor tanning. They are certainly more serious sounding compared to sunless tanning tips which just involve bottled sun combined with skillful application but if you follow these guidelines and the instructions of the personnel handling your indoor tanning, you’ll certainly come out happier and looking like summer than ever with the perfect “bronze” tan you so desire.
Before reaching out to buy that body lotion on the shelf, take a moment to read the ingredients on the back label. What do you see? No doubt, names of chemicals that are not only hard to read and remember, but also harsh on your skin that could cause it to dry out.
Why keep buying these products when they’re actually having the opposite effect to your skin? Why not try making a homemade body lotion? Apart from being easy to make, they’re sure to be safe because its ingredients are 100% pure natural. Plus there’s always the perk of getting to choose the herbs, essential oils, fragrance and texture you want to suit your taste.
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So comes the next question: how to make this body lotion? Well, we’ve got you covered with these body lotion recipes we have gathered from the internet.
a. Homemade Body Lotion – Soft Skin Lotion
1 cup dried Chamomile
4 tablespoons Honey
1 cup Milk
8 teaspoons Wheat Germ Oil
Steep the chamomile in milk for 2 hours.
Pour the mixture through a fine sieve or a coffee filter and discard the chamomile but keep the liquid in a small bowl.
Stir through the honey and wheat germ and pour the entire mixture into a sealable bottle.
Shake the mixture well to continue mixing.
Smooth onto your skin before you shower.
Leave the lotion on your skin for 5 minutes.
Rinse it off with warm water under the shower.
The Result: Silky-smooth skin
b. Homemade Body Lotion – Deep Moisturizing Lotion
1 tablespoon Olive Oil
1 tablespoon Coconut Oil
1 tablespoon Sunflower Oil
2 tablespoons Pureed Strawberries
2 drops Vitamin E Oil
Puree the strawberries on a food processor or blender and leave aside.
Combine olive oil, coconut oil, vegetable oil and vitamin E by stirring together in a small bowl.
Stir in the pureed strawberries.
Pour your lotion into a sealable bottle or container.
Massage the moisturizing lotion into your skin in slow, circular motions and leave on for 5 minutes.
Rinse off by showering under warm water.
Result: Refreshed and rejuvenated skin.
These are just two of the many recipes there are for homemade body lotions. As you can see, it’s so quick and easy to do and it doesn’t cost you a lot. More importantly, the recipes consist of 100% pure natural ingredients so you can be sure it’s healthy and safe for daily use. Why don’t you try it and see the wonderful effects it will have on your skin?
Self tanners give your skin a tanned look without exposing it to the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays. These products are commonly sold as creams, gels, lotions and sprays that you can apply to your skin.
The active ingredient common in most self tanners is dihydroxyacetone (DHA). When applied to your skin, this DHA reacts with dead cells in the outermost layer of the skin to temporarily darken its appearance. The coloring doesn’t wash off; it just gradually fades as dead skin cells slough off within a few days.
There are many brands of self tanners in the market today so we understand that choosing the right one for you might be a little confusing. This is why we took the liberty of doing a little research on the internet to provide you the answer to your question of “What is the Best Self Tanner?”
1. Jergens Natural Glow and Protect SPF 20 – A sunless tanner meets sunscreen hybrid, it gives you a gradual glow while protecting you from the harsh UV rays at the same time. If you’re outdoors for more than 2 hours, remember to re-apply with your regular SPF throughout the day.
2. Victoria’s Secret Flawless Airbrush Beach Sexy Instant Bronze Body Spray – If you have no time to apply a gradual self-tanner, you can easily spritz it on for a temporary faux-glow formula over exposed arms and legs before slipping on clothing. As it’s non-transferrable, your collar is safe from marks and it comes off easily with a mere washing of soap and water.
3. Dior Bronze Self-Tanning Creme Natural Glow for Body – If you’re new to self-tanning, this self-tanner is ideal for you because it lightly tints your skin. Plus, unique to other brands, it gives off a subtle floral fragrance so you not only come out looking bronzed and beautiful, you leave off a flowery scent with whoever you come across with too.
4. Lorac Self Tantalizer Body Bronzing Gradual Self Tanner – Thanks to the mitt it comes with, your body is free from streaks upon using this faux-glow formula. Its smooth surface enables for even application – and your hands stay clean the whole time.
5. Nature’s Gate Glow Lotion – If you are into natural skin care products and have avoided other tanners because of their chemical components, then this product is perfect for you. It gives you a glow with the use of a natural ingredient derived from sugarcane.
Another alternative that was once only available to celebrities but now widely available and made affordable to the market is air brush tanning. It has the same purpose as the self tanners but as far as their difference to self tanners goes, the logic of the explanation goes and I quote from the arubatan website, “Imagine the difference between finger painting your car and using an airbrush to paint it. Even with the greatest of care, and help from a friend to get all the places you cannot reach, you can’t duplicate the even consistency and natural look of an airbrushed tan with contouring.”
Here is a video that shows you how airbrush tanning treatment works. See if this could work for you.
So there you have it. A list of the top self tanners in the market today. All these products can provide an even, natural-looking tan if they’re applied correctly and carefully. Now as far as the safety of self tanners is concerned, they are generally considered safe alternatives to sunbathing, as long as they’re used as directed. Just remember though that most self tanners don’t contain sunscreen so if you spend time outdoors, sunscreen remains to be essential.
When we speak of anti-aging skin care, many products are involved. These anti-aging skin products, although expensive, are selling like hotcakes these days because face it, we all want their promise of having skin that glows with youthfulness and freshness fulfilled.
However, for the many creams, lotions and vitamin supplements that claim to reduce wrinkles or slow down premature aging, there isn’t enough evidence to show that they really work. At the most, what they do is just cover up the damage done and not make your skin look younger at all.
But it’s good to note that there are certain active ingredients used in these anti-aging products that have been proven to be safe and effective. The trick therefore is to find the right ingredients that work well with you. Here are four of these common ingredients with an explanation of their role in decreasing signs of skin aging:
The body produces collagen and elastin, substances that enable skin to maintain its smooth, plump and youthful appearance. Peptides are the small proteins that help stimulate new cells to grow and help skin cells to heal. Although found in a number of products, experts aren’t exactly sure which formulation may work but their theory is peptides work by stimulating the replacement of collagen, elastin and other components that suffer during aging. They are also good moisturizers for hydrating skin.
Retinol is a natural form of Vitamin A and works by reducing the appearance of wrinkles and boosts skin’s thickness and elasticity. A proven effective ingredient for decreasing signs of aging, it’s accessible in a number of over-the-counter skin creams. Its more potent form is called Tretinoin, which is available by prescription. The potent form though may cause side effects such as burning, warmth, stinging and tingling.
3. Alpha-Hydroxy Acids (AHAs)
These are natural ingredients coming from fruits and milk sugars that work like your basic exfoliant, eliminating dead skin and allowing the deeper, newer skin to come to surface faster. Examples of these are lactic, glycolic and citric acids. Each acid has different effects. Lactic acid, from sour milk, helps remove dead skin cells which has a brightening effect on the skin while Glycolic acid, which comes from sugarcane, helps reduce fine lines making skin smoother and tighter.
Antioxidants are commonly claimed to help fight cell damage from free radicals, which are molecules that could injure cells, increase inflammation and increase the risk of cancer. As per the National Institute of Health, substances having antioxidant properties include beta-carotene, lycopene, selenium and Vitamins A, C and E. In foods, they are found in fruits, vegetables, nuts and some meats. Antioxidant supplements are also available.
Of course, should you want immediate effects to looking younger, there are always skin care treatments you can undergo. A consultation with your dermatologist would help you determine which method would suit you best. If you find it a bit heavy on your budget though, you can always go back to buying the anti-aging products available in the market today. Be it a popular anti-wrinkle cream or a known good anti-aging serum, just make sure to apply what we have shared in this article by checking if any of these components are present in the said product you want to buy.
There are many body butters available in stores everywhere, looking and smelling great, but when you turn its container to check its list of ingredients, you’d see that it contains chemicals, silicons and other difficult-sounding names that come with acronyms to make it easier for readers to pronounce and remember.
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If you’re planning to have a body butter recipe to pamper your skin with all the healthy and healing properties it has to nourish it, we suggest that you tick off the idea of buying one from the store and go for making homemade body butter instead. After all, the natural way always works best.
Here are some recipes on making body butter which we are sure you and most of all, your skin, would love.
a. Whipped Body Butter Recipe
This recipe combines shea and cocoa butter with 2 nourishing oils which results into a highly moisturizing blend but whipping it allows for it to go on smoothly without being oily. Add a scent of peppermint or a mix of citrus and lavender to all the more relax your senses. Excellent for any skin type.
1/2 cup Shea Butter
1/2 cup Cocoa Butter or Mango Butter
1/2 cup Coconut Oil
1/2 cup light oil such as almond, olive or jajoba
Essential oils for scent (optional)
Combine all ingredients, except for essential oils, in a double boiler or glass bowl.
Set to medium heat and stir constantly until all ingredients are melted.
Remove from heat and allow to cook slightly.
Transfer mixture to the fridge and allow to cool for another 1 hours. See that it starts to harden but still somewhat soft.
Whip with a hand mixer for 10 minutes until it becomes fluffy.
Put it back to the fridge for 10-15 minutes to set.
Store in a glass jar with a lid. If your home temperature stays above 75′C, there’s a possibility that it would soften and needs to be kept at the fridge but it will stay whipped at a temperature lower than that.
Source: Wellness Mama
b. Whipped Coconut Oil Body Butter Recipe
This coconut oil recipe requires only one ingredient and yes, that is obviously the coconut. All the rest is optional. It only takes a few minutes to make and you’ll have enough whipped body butter to last for 1-2 months. This also makes a great gift for family and friends when placed in an attractive jar.
1 cup coconut oil
1 teaspoon Vitamin E oil (optional)
a few drops of essential oils for fragrance
Place all ingredients into a mixing bowl. Do not melt the coconut oil as it can only be whipped up if it’s solid.
Mix on high speed with a wire whisk for 6-7 minutes until whipped into a light, airy consistency.
Spoon the whipped coconut oil body butter into a glass jar and cover tightly. Store at room temperature. If your house is so warm, store it in the refrigerator so it won’t melt the oil.
Source: Living the Nourished Life
3. Homemade Body Butter Recipe
This recipe makes use of coconut oil that’s known to have amazing effects on skin. You can play around with it by adding essential oils of your choice and if you want your body butter to be scented with vanilla, make sure to strain out the vanilla seeds while the mixture is still in its liquid form.
1 cup shea butter
1/2 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup olive oil
1 vanilla bean
Melt shea butter and coconut oil in the top of a double boiler.
Add vanilla bean.
Remove from heat and let cool for 30 minutes.
Stir in olive oil and other flavorings.
Wait until oils start to partially solidify and remove the vanilla bean.
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