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Skin care is a very delicate matter, and slight carelessness in this regard can lead to great problems later.

Everyone dreams of having beautiful, flawless skin and a glowing complexion, but slight carelessness can have devastating consequences. It is very important to be very careful with your skin and do not experiment with it a lot. Buy and use only trusted products and take regular care of your skin so that you can have a glowing complexion.

The basic first step is to first identify the type of skin that you have. If you have a certain kind of skin but you keep using products made for another kind of skin, then it can lead to troubled skin. So start out by identifying your skin type. If you have dry skin, then it would be more appropriate to use rich, cream-based products, whereas if you have oily or combination skin, then oil-free products would be more appropriate for you.

The second very important step is to slather on sunscreen every time you step out of the house. No matter what your skin tone is, it is very important to always put on a good sunscreen, which is SPF 30 or higher to avoid sun damage. The application of sunscreen also delays the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, as the skin is kept safe from UVA and UVB rays.

If your skin starts looking dull, then a quick fix is to apply exfoliator to it. Scrub your skin with a good exfoliator. This process will slough away dead skin cells that make your skin look dry and patchy. Be sure to use small circular hand motion and don't scrub away too harshly, as that may damage the skin.

If you see pimples on your face, then always try to curtail your urge to pop that pimple, as it may lead to very bad scarring. Keep your hands off of your face as much as possible.

You can also do a DIY facial at home. First cleanse your skin with a good cleanser and then splash it with lemon water, which can be made by adding a few drops of lemon to plain water. Finish off with a light application of grapeseed oil, which can be bought from a grocery store.

Be sure to keep yourself properly hydrated by drinking lots of water throughout the day, as the first thing to show signs of dehydration is your skin. Also try and eat a well-balanced diet and avoid unnecessary stress in your life.

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It has become widely known that many of our beauty care products are loaded with synthetic chemicals and toxins that are considered potentially harmful not only to our hair and skin but to our environment. Commonly used and well stocked in our homes are shampoos, conditioners, soaps, deodorant, toothpaste, lip-gloss, nail polish, shaving products, tanning creams and sunscreens, just to name a few. I have learned that many of us resist the process or even the thought of replacing our old products with new, healthier alternatives because we're used to our beauty routines and attached to our $75.00 eye creams. Chances are, you're not consciously thinking about eco-friendly hair and skin care solutions, or you may just be simply overwhelmed with where to begin. Here are some helpful suggestions to inspire you.


Step 1: Think one at a time. Make it a point to replace one old grooming product with a newer more natural plant- or mineral-based product. Check the labels and ingredients first; by chance you may have already scored a great product in which you are replacing existing product with the company's newer, better version. Remember to consider 2- or 4-in-one type products such as lip-cheek-eye stains and shimmers or shampoo-bath-body-shave products and save money, time, and exposure to multiple products.


Step 2: Scout around and get feedback online or from your family, friends, and community. Firsthand word-of-mouth recommendations can be golden not to mention time and financial savers. Inquire with the experts at your local healthy stops and neighborhood farmers markets as they're usually informed and passionate and can easily provide applicable recommendations. This is exactly how I found soy-based nail polish and remover.


Step 3: Do more heavy-duty research. Find 3-5 clean and positive things about your new healthier alternative product, information about the company that makes it, and the company's recycling and community-donation policies. Origins, M.A.C., and The Body Shop are just a few choices that are readily available in malls and online. Labels are often tricky to decipher, so take note. Many products state that they are "natural organic formulas." Some are, while others are not. Look for those with healthier preservatives such as vitamin E and essential oils (not parabens). And the packaging should at least be biodegradable or reusable. And check for a cruelty free logo or statement, too.


Step 4: Learn from your trial and error period. Perhaps right away either the scent, the general feel, or result is all wrong. Most of the time I give a product 2 weeks to the life of the product before I jump ship to another. Especially with facial cleansers and shampoos the lather is barely there, if at all. The results are great, but it's hard to believe that suds don't equal clean. I think it's an acquired feel, smell, and result with many products, so you may need to go through six to twelve applications (see instructions) before forming an opinion.


Step 5: Stop and switch. Use energy-efficient lighting and styling tools and start conserving water when it comes to your beautification routine. At least replace the bulbs in your bathroom, try air drying your hair 90% of the way, and then polishing off your style by round brushing the ends. This cuts the blow dry time down to a minimum, it's better for your hair, and it saves energy. Always unplug flat irons and tools--it's so easy to forget and leave them on all day! Turn off the water whenever possible or use your half-empty water bottles that are lying around to manage the small stuff like rinsing your mouth or toothbrush. Cut your shower time down by 2-3 minutes and be conscious of how much time you spend in the bathroom.


Step 6: Go full gonzo! Do you have the reduce-reuse-recycle bug? If so, then you're completely getting rid of all your old beauty products, being mindful to swap, drop, or dispose of them with purpose. Replacing your whole regime and grooming arsenal with a newfound passion and consciousness for healthy, natural, and eco-friendly products will probably encourage you and others to think on every level of new ways to be sustainable. Who knows? Perhaps your kitchen, closet, and garage are next in line.


Step 7: Pass it on. Enjoy your new products and continue to grow by making more mindful conscious decisions to incorporate sustainable eco-friendly hair and body care products into your grooming practice. Maybe you might even throw an eco-sexy hair and nail potluck party with your girlfriends or try a weekend away at an eco-friendly sustainable resort with your favorite friend.


Nicole Cothrun Venables is a Hollywood stylist with two dozen films and television shows to her credit. Her interviews and beauty articles have appeared in Elle, InStyle, Women's World and Los Angeles. For more tricks of the trade, read her blog on Red Room.


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Macadamia oil obtained from the fruit of the tree native of Australia is recommended for daily use in skin care, and the treatment of dry hair.


Macadamia is a native tree of Australia. Macadamia nuts are sweet, very nice and are increasingly valued as delicacies in the cuisine.


The oil is obtained by cold pressing the nuts, is non greasy and penetrates quickly into the skin. The popularity of macadamia oil comes from the fact that it has the highest amount of mono-unsaturated fatty acids of all cold-pressed oils used in cosmetics.


Macadamia oil is one of the rare plant oils, which contains large amounts of palmitoleic acid, which resembles sebum (the grease produced naturally in human skin for protection). It is an excellent emollient and especially good for dry and mature skin, and as moisturizer for all skin types.


The high concentration (21%) of palmitoleic acid and the oleic acid (58%) helps prevent premature skin aging – reduces the fine wrinkles when used in facial massage.


Moreover, macadamia oil has an invigorating effect on the skin and helps prevent skin diseases.


Due to its regenerating effect on the skin, it can be successfully used to treat scars, minor wounds, soothe sunburns, and it provides protection against the harmful action of the sun and other skin problems.


Macadamia oil is suitable for treating dry hair, dyed hair or used as a mask.



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Terax Combines Botanicals With Modern Ingredients to Create Healthy Hair From the Inside Out


GOLD RIVER, CA--(Marketwire - Jul 11, 2011) - SkinStore.com, the nation's leading e-commerce specialty retailer providing scientifically sound solutions for healing and maintaining healthy skin, has added the hair care brand Terax to its assortment of premium products.


Terax shampoos feature the trademarked gentlewash system, free of sulfates, harsh chemicals and artificial colors that can cause irritation or color fading. The conditioners have intense moisturizing properties that heal and restore split ends, breakage and dryness associated with chemical treatments and environmental damage. Cult favorites such as Terax Hair Care Original Crema Conditioner combine modern ingredients and carefully selected botanicals, anchoring a new line of old favorites designed to create healthy hair from the inside out.


Heather Drouillard, Buying Manager at SkinStore.com, said, "As we continue to expand our hair care department, a luxurious brand like Terax gives us a competitive edge."


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Most city dwellers say that the only good thing about the Indian monsoon is the first shower after May's long summer.

Beyond that, it's time to get worried about how to take care of skin and hair, and how to simply look good in the monsoon. Skin becomes rough, oily, scratchy and pimply. Hair falls limp, lifeless and develops that notorious monsoon frizz. So if you're tired of that tied up bun or pony tail look, read our tips about how to save your skin and hair from the approaching humiditiy.


Monsoon skincare
Now that the sun's barely streaming down on us, it's easy to ignore the humble sunscreen, right? Wrong. It is a must to apply sunscreen lotion every day, even in the monsoon. Choose SPF30 and above.


- Skin's become greasey? Use face scrubs at least once a day. Go for orange, raw milk or fruit based scrubs, which are great for anti-humidity skincare.


- Avoid heavy make up as it will clog your pores and cause pimples and rashes in this weather.


- Go for a cleanser which is not detergent-based as this will help wash away the humid grime without drying your skin and causing any roughness.


- Go for a face wash which contains good cleansing properties rather than simply going for a 'brand' which might have lured you.


- Use ice packs on your face before sleeping at night as this will help in giving you the much needed chilling effect.


Monsoon hair care
Many of us complain that even after using high end products on our hair, we don't get the shiny, bouncy, 'advertisement' like hair. Well.... here's why. The right way of applying shampoo is to take a little bit of it (size of single popcorn) and then rub it evenly all over your hair. Aim at rubbing into your hair from roots and then massaging it down to the roots. As far as the use of conditioners is concerned, go for something that suits your hair type.


- Wrap a hot towel around your hair with the conditioner still in, to get the best results.


- When it comes to brushing your hair, brush them step wise. This helps in encouraging blood flow to your hair which also helps in kicking out dandruff.


- In the end, make sure you are using the right kind of comb which helps in distributing oil all over your hair. This also helps in keeping them nourished and fresh all day long. View the original article here