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Beauty Guidance For Real Beauty

Audrey Hepburn the woman who has inner and outer beauty

Audrey Hepburn the woman who has inner and outer beauty

What is true beauty? It is difficult to define, but we all understand what it is. In a lot of societies, beauty that is physical has its "acceptable norms" where as these norms would differ with other cultures. It can be difficult to really define when asked what does beautiful mean to you. For example when a beautiful woman is pointed out in a group, women and men can do this easily and sponteniously. As the saying goes, when it comes to great beauty, we will know it when we see it and with beauty guidance you will get to know how to get true inner beauty.
 But you do need to be aware that there are people that would not admire beauty the same way. Beauty is a subjective experience. What it associates with is a persons feeling of attraction and emotions of well being. There is a saying often heard that "beauty is in the eye of the beholder". It has been a fact that society has an expectation of women's beauty, which becomes an expectation, and women have a tendency to compare themselves to this.
 So how is beauty truly defined? My best guess is, if we were to talk about women, it is the physical qualities that she possesses. It is the capability of a woman to be able to give gratification and enjoyment to a person's senses. The admirer's positive feeling of pleasure or goodness is usually derived from the woman's body shape, clothes that she wears or how attractive her facial features are, amongst others.
More important though is beauty can also be about a woman's personality. It is about her having compassion and able to assist others, a person that you can cry on their shoulder and has respect for others and self respect, able to show kindness to people and animals, shows love to others and able to love herself. This is described as inner beauty which comes about from having the right dose of self-confidence and a healthy self-esteem.
 While this is not usually the first thing that comes to our mind when we talk about beauty, inner beauty plays just as an important role in how beautiful a person appears to be. Maybe more so than outer beauty does.
 Inner beauty is not something that unattractive people say to our self to feel better. It is the inner beauty that can be more so captivating than the outer beauty of appearance.
True inner beauty may be described as something that is experienced through a person's character rather than by appearances. It is the real beauty of a person that goes far beyond just physical appearances.
 When a woman has her inner belief that they are attractive this will definately be more appealing to other people. There is a glow of aplomb and physical attractiveness that radiates from within her. There are people that are not what you would call physically attractive but it is their glowing confidence and their healthy self esteem that does make them appear attractive to the opposite sex.
 What you need to be aware of is that first impressions do not always depend on your facial features and physique. You do have to believe that it is from within ourselves. This is where true beauty resides. When a conversation occurs between people automatically we assess each other as a pleasant or not so pleasant person. While the conversation progresses between people each will pick up on the qualities and traits that will emanate and this is where people will see a persona as more beautiful or charming.
 If we are able to love, appreciate and have feel good feelings about ourselves, we would therefore feel more confident facing and mixing with other people. The outer beauty does attract many glances but it is the inner beauty that will always make someone stay. This is the true essence of healthy self esteem.
 Naturally, we will notice a person's physical appearance first. However, when a woman have bright eyes that flicker, a smile that warms the heart, a radiant glow that surrounds her when she walks into a room; she has obviously harnessed her inner beauty.
 The uniqueness of inner beauty is that unlike our outward appearance, it does not go grey, wrinkle or diminish with age. It will only radiates stronger as we cultivate it.
 It is only as this happens that you will see your self as a beautiful woman.

Benefits of Microdermabrasion – Before and After

Beauty treatments are good  for your skin

Beauty treatments are good for your skin

If you are considering a treatment for your skin with microdermabrasion then it is important that you do research and source information prior to getting a treatment. These days it is men and women that are getting microdermabrasion done to their skin and are reaping the amazing benefits of a treatment. As of 2005, microdermabrasion is a cosmetic procedure performed in the United States and was in the top 5. Microdermabrasion originated in Europe in the mid 1980's. It was first introduced into the United States in 1997.
 It is a procedure that is performed with a microdermabrasion machine. You can get the procedure done by a dermatologist or at a med spa although at-home machine sales have exploded in recent years. There are manual microdermabrasion kits on the market but this method is inferior to the machines.
 The microdermabrasion procedure literally sand blasts the skin. Over time, the pores of your skin become clogged with oil and dirt which prevents your skin from renewing itself. Microdermabrasion removes the outer layer of the skin or dermis, with little trauma and high effectiveness. The dermis holds all of the pore-clogging the oil and dirt. During the procedure, natural, mineral crystals are brushed onto the skin exfoliating it by removing the dead skin cell tissue and the oil and dirt goes with it. Unlike a chemical peel, the treatment allows more control over the exfoliation process by customizing specific areas and timeframes of treatment. Retinoid drugs and other exfoliation therapies can also be used in conjunction with microdermabrasion.

Microdermabrasion is an extremely beneficial treatment for acne sufferers because it helps keep outbreaks to a minimum. It enhances medicated acne treatment products by helping them penetrate the skin making them more effective. For this reason, teenagers benefit from it and also those adults over 30 who have acne as well. Sun damaged skin also benefits from the treatment by removing the damaged cells in the outer layer of the skin allowing new, fresh, healthy skin to grow. Crow's feet around the eyes and forehead creases are noticeable signs of aging that affect all skin types. Microdermabrasion improves the tone of skin and helps these conditions of aging gradually fade away.

Microdermabrasion is very beneficial for treating the following skin conditions:

  • Aging Skin
  •  Fine lines
  •  Wrinkles
  •  Brown spots / pigmentation
  •  Acne Skin
  •  Acne scars
  •  Congested skin
  •  Enlarged pores
  •  Blemished Skin
  •  Diminished Skin
  •  Dull Skin
  •  Thickened skin
  •  Brown spots / pigmentation

Side Effects of microdermabrasion

 Although microdermabrasion is an extremely popular non-surgical cosmetic treatment, it is not completely free from side effects. As mentioned, the microdermabrasion treatment sandblasts the skin which will slightly traumatize it and create a reaction. Typically, some redness, tightness and very light bruising will occur along with possible sensitivity. This is normal and will only last several hours. Other side effects can be tiny skin abrasions and small bleeding spots. It is extremely important to note that if you are performing the procedure using an at-home machine, follow the operation instructions very carefully. Usually these machines include a DVD the shows exactly how to perform the procedure.
 A rare side effect of microdermabrasion is called post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation or PIH. It usually occurs after a more aggressive microdermabrasion treatment. The skin has an inflammatory reaction to the treatment that show up as spots or patches of discoloration. This condition can be treated with products such as tretinoin cream, corticosteroids and glycolic acid.
 The effects of microdermabrasion depend on the type of skin you have. Before having any type of cosmetic treatment, you should first check with your doctor. Dermatologists can determine skin type by using the Fitzpatrick Classification Scale. Skin type score can be determined by answering questions about genetic disposition, reaction to sun exposure and tanning habits. The skin type score ranges from Type 1 to Type 6. Type one classifies skin as highly sensitive, always burns in the sun and never tans. Type 6 classifies skin as sun insensitive, never burns and deeply pigmented. Since microdermabrasion can have an effect on the skin's color balance after the treatment, the darker your skin, the more prone you are to minor pigment issues like light patches or blotches. Type 1 skin is less prone to color balance issues.
 A common side effect of microdermabrasion is getting light or dark patches on the skin. This is due to the effect on the skin's color balance after the treatment. The darker your skin (Type 4 to Type 6), the more prone you are to minor pigment issues like light patches or blotches. The risk is small however, because microdermabrasion is a very gentle procedure.

In conclusion

In closing, the anti-aging benefits of microdermabrasion far outweigh the side effects. Making this wonderful, safe and effective treatment part of your skin care regimen is good, common sense because this type of treatment is here to stay.

omega 3 fish oil capsules for the skin

Are Fish Oil Capsules Good For The Skin?

omega 3 fish oil capsules for the skinAbsolutely! Fish Oil Capsules Help Your Skin & Your Brain

Q: I've heard that fish oil capsules are good for the skin because they have omega-3 fatty acids. Is this true?

A: Sure is. There are two main types of omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil capsules. These are docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA).

DHA helps your brain to function properly and EPA helps the skin by regulating the oil production and boosting your hydration. It can also help to prevent acne in some instances. EPA will also delay the obvious signs of aging  by staving off wrinkles – increased hydration means fewer wrinkles.

How good is the EPA in fish oil capsules?

EPA can also help to block the enzymes that eat away at our collagen – those culprits that cause lines and sagging skin. EPA is an antioxidant, it can help protect against sun damage and can even help to repair existing sun damaged skin.

It's also an anti inflammatory, so all those sore joints and inflamed areas in the body will benefit from your consumption of fish oil too – especially the EPA.

Most people don't get enough omega-3 in our diet. You can find it predominantly in oily fish like herring, mackerel, anchovies and tuna. If you're not eating enough of these fish, you may find it beneficial to take a supplement. You want a supplement with at least 180 milligrams of EPA and 120 milligrams of DHA. You can take up to three capsules a day. Some athletes will take up to six per day for the anti inflammatory aspects of fish oil. If you take too many you'll know because you will most likely get the runs from consuming all that oil.
If you're pregnant or on medication, its always best to check with your professional health care provider before taking a supplement of any kind, including fish oil.

Have you had a good experience with fish oil capsules?

Beauty Complexion Secrets Revealed

Water - the beauty secret to beautiful skin

Water – the beauty secret to beautiful skin

Growing up as a child, I would often spend hours in the mirror. I mean hours! I would cleanse, exfoliate and moisturise, any brand was great and good enough for me I would use them all whatever I could get my hands on was just fine.   When I was young my mother did work at a beauty shop, the store manager would at times babysit us kids as she had none of her own. While my sister would rock back in forth to the latest tunes, I would be face to face with the mirror once again, cleansing, exfoliating, moisturizing!
 I am grown up today, and many people have stopped and told me that I have beautiful skin, and ask me for my secrets.  I do believe I have been blessed to have beautiful skin, and I would add that a great beauty routine is a bonus and has helped me maintain my beautiful skin. There are many beauty regimen skin plans out there, but my suggestion would be to first start with a healthy diet, it is true you are what you eat!  Now for the outside you skin what are the best procedures that do really work towards a healthy looking supple glowy skin it has worked for me and I am now 44 years old.

Complexion beauty secrets revealed

  •  Open your pores a bit, (with a pot of steamy hot water, drape a towel over your entire head, while placing your face over the pot, but not to close allow the steam to open your pores a bit as this will help to cleanse your skin deeply.
  • Now you can cleanse your skin with a cleanser as this will remove debris from your open pores after opening them.
  • After cleansing you can exfoliate (exfoliating is a plus for removal of dead skin cells, for the purpose of exposing the new.) after exfoliating, I would splash my face with tepid water just to make sure I've gotten rid of all the debris from exfoliating.
  • Now you can apply moisturizer, as this is very important to do daily as it helps put moisture back into your skin and leaves it feeling hydrated.
  •  When you have finished moisturizing then you could get a bucket of ice cold water, or place a couple of ice cubes into the water, then splash it onto your face so it will close up those pores, and as an added benefit for a smooth look and feel moisturize again.
  • Now you can pat your face dry with a towel.
  • WATER - 6 to 8 glasses a day will give you the most beautiful complexion you will ever have experienced as our bodies are made up of 75% water. So the more water that you do drink the healthier your skin will be and you will shine.

The quicker you start this beauty regimen in life the better you will be and it is never too late. If you choose to make this skin care program a part of your daily routine except for the facial steaming which can be done once a week and also drink plenty of water, you will have beautiful skin like you never had before. So if a beauty routine is not for you, then do your best to start putting one in practice today. You will benefit in so many ways that you will thank yourself for incorporating a beauty routine into your life.


Beautiful Complexion Tips Using Essential Oils

Lavender is good for your complexion

Lavender is good for your complexion

Some of the world's best formulas for mature skin will have natural essential oils added to them. The essential oils must be of a therapeutic grade to be effective to benefit from the healing actions derived from the oils that are targeted for skin healing and healthy skin maintenance. The essential oils that are of great interest for their properties that support tissue regeneration and skin's metabolic functions. An effective personal blend using premium therapeutic grade oils is easily made by choosing a few oils corresponding to the needs of your skin type, and blending with easy-to-follow formulas which we provide you with beautiful complexion tips.
 What is it about essential oils that make them so suitable to the task of making mature skin glow? The aromatic oils are nature's liquid healing wonders. It is thought that plants produce them as their own healing potions, with variations that depend on the plant's habitat; a plant needs to generate new cells, defend itself from oxidative radicals, and promote its own fitness as much as humans do. Natures essential oils are very compatible with our health and well being. So many essential oils have been studied in time, and there are a select few that do stand out for their unique properties for healing the skin. You can create your own personal blend by using: a mix of essential oils with the appropriate carrier oil at the right concentrations, and voila! Result your own therapeutic skin care blend.

Carrier Oils

Let's have a look at the carrier oils, also aptly named 'base' oils. Carrier oils are cold pressed from seeds, nuts and fruit that are the foundation of a formula. The carrier oils that are all natural make up to 95-98% of the blend, the active ingredients that are added are the therapeutic essential oils. Avocado is first on the list, being included in many recipes for its hydrating and nutritive properties. Avocado is effective for dry skin, and for dry to normal skin, it should make up approx one fifth of the base. Apricot Kernel oil is also used for dry to normal skin or damaged and irritated skin. Apricot can make up the entire base if you so desire. Evening Primrose Oil is a nutritious carrier oil loaded with essential fatty acids, which are important for building healthy tissues. You can use evening primrose oil to make up a quarter of a base. Hazelnut oil is used in alot of skin care blends, as it is suitable for all skin types. It can be especially useful for those with a tendency toward oily skin, as it has mildly astringent properties. Despite the seeming contradiction to applying 'oil' to an already 'oily' complexion, Hazelnut is recommended in the most advanced medical aromatherapy texts for this use – it can make up to 100% of the base. For mature skin the most important carrier oil is Rosehip seed – this is pressed from seeds of a wild rose in South America, it contains vitamin A compounds that act like natural Retin-A which will enhance skin's natural regeneration, and it will lessen the appearance of fine lines, support healthy skin that could have been subjected to sun damage and unifies skin coloration. Rosehip seed should be added to your base recipe and make up one quarter.   On to the essential oils – the magic active ingredients.

Carrot Seed

We will start off with Carrot Seed, this is a warming smooth and earthy essential oil and in skin care does have a very long history. It is very suited for skin that has lost the glow due to stress, from external environmental factors or other stresses. Carrot seed is inexpensive, gentle and suitable for all skin types.


Rosemary (verbenone chemotype)is next which is distilled from common rosemary which grows in various regions of the world which do lead to a higher fraction of regenerative 'ketones' found in the oil The molecules do enhance metabolism and regeneration which improves the use of nutrients and removes toxins on a cellular level.
 Essential oils that simulate the effects of estrogen have been found supportive of mature skin health. Due to natural estrogen production which does lessen over time, it is these oils that will continue to provide the skin with a youthful hormonal environment. Two oils which can be considered are Clary Sage and Sweet Fennel. These oils have been noted by various authorities as being exceptionally important for aging skin.

Clary Sage and Sweet Fennel – anti aging essential oils

Clary Sage is soft, sweet and herbaceous, with an aroma considered mildly euphoric to some. Sweet Fennel aromatically is stronger, and is highly recommended for every age for its anti wrinkle properties. It is up to you to decide which is your personal aromatic preference if you would like to include these estrogen mimicking oils.
Cistus and Sea Buckthorn

A couple of lesser known yet highly effective skin care specialty oils are Cistus and Sea Buckthorn. Cistus comes from the Rock Rose flower, and has astringent qualities that are great for firming the skin. Some Cistus varieties tend to have a rather medicinal aroma, but truly fine ones are sweet and alluring. Sea Buckthorn has a sweet aroma, and is great to be added to a blend for all skin types. Found as a CO2 distillation (not to be confused with the cold-pressed Sea Buckthorn carrier oil) the essential oil is a deep red color, indicating the high concentration of carotenes, vitamin A precursors so important to skin health. The qualities of Sea Buckthorn have been noted by users with various skin conditions, types and at various ages – small amounts are required and you only need to add 1% to your recipe to reap its benefits.
 French Lavender

Lavendula angustifolia is the essential oil that evolved the modern aromatherapy revolution with its discovery of its healing power. Lavender is gentle regenerative and has a balancing effect. It may be added at any concentration to your blend. It has a sweet and floral aroma and is adored by many, if it is to sweet for you and you would like something that is more potent then Helichrysum is the alternative. Helichrysum contains regenerative molecules unique to this plant alone, with a warmer, slightly spicy and herbaceous aroma. Helichrysum need only be used in small amounts, and may otherwise overpower other oils aromatically ' otherwise, Helichrysum is very gentle, and is even called for being applied directly to the skin undiluted for acute healing needs.

Creating your own blend

 It is easy to create your own blend and it is an enjoyable process. You will only need to add the essential oils that you would like in your blend, and you can add them in equal amounts – 10 drops of each essential oil per ounce of base oil is a perfect start. Enjoyable as the essential oils smell so wonderful! One can't help to keep inhaling their aroma while preparing a formula. Remember that therapeutic essential oils ARE potent; it is very important that your total essential oil concentration is LESS THAN 5% OF THE OVERALL MIXTURE. This works out to 30 drops of essential oil per ounce of carrier. If using more than three essential oils (i.e. more than 10 drops each of three varieties) limit the amount of each essential oil so that the final volume per ounce is less than 30 drops.
 The essential oils that have been mentioned are found in blends for women, but they are also safe for men to use as well. For a man to appreciate an aroma it would be the deeper, earthier essential oils such as Sandalwood, frankincense, and myrrh are all noted for their benefits for mature skin. Also, for any gender, including essential oils for their fragrance and not just their therapeutic properties is certainly an option. The emotional health of a person is reflected in the condition of their skin, there are benefits other than smelling nice!! Just be aware that there are a few oils that should not be applied to the face; these are some of the spicier oils – Cinnamon, Oregano, Clove and Thyme varieties; cold-pressed citrus oils like lime, lemon, orange and bergamot should also be avoided for facial care, as these oils can cause the skin to be extra-sensitive to UV light.
 Creating your own personal therapeutic skin care blend is a wonderful aromatherapy project for beginning and advanced practitioners alike. You will have created a blend that is suited for your skin type, and you can always adjust according to your needs as required in the future. It is a lot of fun and is well priced on the budget rather than the high end commercial formulations. As always when starting out with these medicines from nature, be aware of you're body's responses to the oils, respect their potency, and most of all, have fun!