Benefits of Antioxidants

Antioxidants are substances that may protect cells in your body from free radicaldamage that can occur from exposure to certain chemicals, smoking, pollution, radiation, and as a byproduct of normal metabolism. Dietary antioxidants include selenium, vitamin A and related carotenoids, vitamins C and E, plus variousphytochemicals such as lycopene, lutein, and quercetin.

You can find these antioxidants in many different foods that you’re probably eating right now.

There are large amounts of antioxidants in fruits, vegetables, nuts, and whole grainsand smaller amounts of antioxidants in meats, poultry and fish. Junk foods, such as highly processed fast foods tend to be much lower in antioxidants. No surprise.

Health Benefits of Antioxidants

Consuming foods rich in antioxidants may be good for your heart health and may also help to lower your risk of infections and some forms of cancer.

Increase your antioxidant intake by eating more nuts, seeds, legumes, fruits and vegetables.

Antioxidants in Dietary Supplements

Antioxidants are available as dietary supplements, but research doesn’t indicate that these supplements are beneficial. While research supports increasing your intake of dietary sources, the results are not as impressive when the individual antioxidants are extracted and studied alone.

Antioxidant extracts often show remarkable results in laboratory studies (test tubes, lab dishes and sometimes in lab animals), but when they’re used in human clinical trials, the results for disease and death prevention have been disappointing. One exception was the National Eye Institute study of age-related eye disease, which suggested that acombination of antioxidants reduced the risk of developing advanced stages of age-related macular degeneration.

More Is Not Better!

Some antioxidant supplements may be detrimental to your health when taken in large doses and may interact with certain medications. Large amounts of vitamin A supplements may cause birth defects when taken by pregnant women, and may increase your risk of cardiovascular disease and cancer.

Taking large doses of vitamin E (over 400 International Units per day) has been associated with a possible increase in overall mortality. But, this risk doesn’t apply to a typical multivitamin supplement. The amounts of vitamins A and E included in multivitamin tablets are small in comparison.

If you’re thinking about taking larger amounts of any antioxidant supplements, you should speak with a healthcare provider first.

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Homemade Facial Mask Tips

Homemade moisturizing face mask recipe is a natural, easy to make and an inexpensive way to get rid of puffy and irritated skin. It will also give you a healthy glowing skin. Here is one of the best homemade moisturizing mask recipes for face.

Homemade Moisturizing Face Mask Recipe

Things you’ll need:

Plain yogurt – 1 cup

Aloe Vera gel – 4 tablespoons

Method:

– Pour 1 cup of plain yogurt in a small bowl.

– Add in 4 tablespoons of fresh aloe Vera gel and mix the ingredients together thoroughly.

– Apply this homemade moisturizing facial mask to your clean face using a gentle circular motion.

– Make sure to apply to the eyelids as well, but avoid directly getting it into the eyes.

– Leave it on for about 2 to 5 minutes and then rinse thoroughly.

– Use it on a regular basis.

Homemade egg white face mask Egg white is used in various homemade skin and hair care recipes. It is fully loaded with skin friendly properties. It helps improve skin texture and tone. It contains an ingredient, ovalbumin which is very helpful for treating skin related infections. Lysozyme, found in egg white is known for its skin clearing properties Note:- Do not use it over dry skin and it is better to not use is more than twice a week. Things you’ll need:-1 egg white1 teaspoon milk Few drops of honey Method:– Mix all ingredients together.- Apply this mask on your face using a brush or your fingers and avoid it around your mouth and eye areas.- Leave it on for about 30 minutes.- In order to remove this mask, try to splash some lukewarm water on the face then gently remove the mask by rubbing it with your hands. Now, wash your entire face and neck with lots of water. Benefits of egg white mask on skin:– It is good for shrinking the pores. Which intern, helpful in the prevention of many skin related problems like acne, pimples etc.- Egg white masks clean the skin very deeply, making it soft, supple and bright at the same time.- It is well known for skin tightening.- It is beneficial in the prevention of fine lines and wrinkles on the face and the neck.- It is good for oily skin as, it helps remove excess oil from the skin,- It is good for you, if you want to get a radiant glow on your face. Homemade olive oil face mask Olive oil is an excellent weapon to combat many skin related problems like dry skin, premature aging, wrinkles etc. It is loaded with skin softening and skin moisturizing properties. Here are some homemade olive oil face mask recipes: Homemade olive oil face mask recipes NORMAL SKIN Things you’ll need: Curd – 1 teaspoon Olive oil – ½ teaspoon olive oil Parsley juice- ½ teaspoon- Make a mixture by mixing all the ingredients give above.- Apply this resultant mixture on your face.- Leave it on for 15-20 minutes, and then wash with warm water. Cucumber – olive oil cleanser and softener Juice of ½ cucumber Olive oil – ½ teaspoon Sour milk – 1 teaspoon- Mix all the ingredients and apply this mixture on the face and neck.- Leave it on for 20 minutes, rinse with cold water. DRY SKIN Onion – olive Oil combo:1 onion Olive oil – 1 teaspoon Honey – 1 teaspoon- Bake a small onion with peel in the oven, clean the onion and pound.- Now, add other ingredients to form a fine paste.- Apply this mixture on your face for 15-20 minutes. Beans – olive oil for dry skin5 to 7 boiled white beans Olive oil – 1 teaspoon Lemon juice – 1 teaspoon- Knead 5-6 boiled white beans and add other ingredients.- Apply the resultant mixture on your face for 20 minutes before rinsing with warm water. OILY SKIN Tomato juice- olive oil mask Tomato juice Starch – 1 teaspoon Olive oil – ½ teaspoon- Mix all ingredients together.- Put the mask on the face. Wash with warm water in 20 minutes. Oat flour-olive oil combo Oat flour – 1 teaspoons our milk – 1 teaspoon Olive oil – 1 teaspoon Kitchen salt- ¼ teaspoon- Mix all ingredients.- Apply the resultant mixture on your face for 20 minutes.- Wash with warm water. SENSITIVE SKIN- Mix sauce from ¼ banana + 1 teaspoon of grated fresh cucumber +1 teaspoon olive oil. – Apply this mask on your face .- Leave it on for thirty minutes.- Wash with cool water. ALL SKIN TYPES- Mince dill and mix 2 tablespoons of it with 1 teaspoon olive oil.- Now, add pounded oat flakes to mixture.- Apply it on your face .- Wait for 15 minutes before washing with warm water. ANTI AGING MASK- Make a mixture by mixing ¼ lemon + 1 teaspoon olive oil +1 yolk + some pounded oat flakes.- Apply it on your face and neck. for 20 minutes.- Then wash with warm water.

7 Tips for Makeup Application Last All Day

 

Most women would prefer to have to apply their makeup once in the morning and have it last all day long.  Unfortunately, by midday, it is usually faded, smeared or smudged, and in need of a major refreshing.  However, there are some things you can do to help your makeup last longer.  Certain tricks and techniques will prevent you from having to do major repairs halfway through the day.

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What Are the Biggest  Problems With Getting Makeup to Last?

As the day wears on and we are exposed to sun and wind and fresh air, the  skin on our faces will produce more oil, which breaks down the makeup we so  carefully applied earlier.  Being able to  control oil and shine will help keep the foundation on and keep the skin tone  even.  Certain cosmetics products, like  mineral makeup, will often last longer because of the natural ingredients and  their ability to control the shine.
Also, eye makeup will often smudge or smear if we rub our  eyes.  Plus, if the right techniques are  not used to apply eyeliner and eye shadow, unsightly creases will appear,  making the makeup look less fresh and clumpy, and it may even start to flake  off.

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What Can You Do to  Help Makeup Last?

If you want your makeup to last all day long, then you need to use better  techniques to apply.  Using the right  beauty products in the right combination, perhaps with a quick midday touch-up,  will help you have a face that looks as fresh at the end of the day as it did  when you started.

Tips for How to Makeup Last All Day

  1. Start  with a perfectly clean face.  Never  apply fresh makeup over yesterday’s leftovers.   You should have washed your face the night before, so all you have to do  is use a toner to remove any oils that may have been created overnight.
  2. Use the  right moisturizer.  Choose a  moisturizer that is right for your skin type (e.g., normal, oily,  combination).  Don’t forget to always use  a moisturizer with an SPF of 15 or greater—protecting your face from sun  exposure is super important for maintaining your beauty and reducing the aging  and damaging effects of sun exposure.
  3. Use  makeup primers to help smooth skin.  Primers  help to fill in small lines and wrinkles and make the skin ready to have makeup  applied.  Primers can help to even out  skin tone, minimize redness and help to conceal under eye bags and puffiness.
  4. Apply foundation evenly.  Choose a good foundation product, again, one  that is appropriate for your skin type.   Apply evenly, using a sponge rather than your fingers.  Try mineral based products for best results.
  5. Use  powder.  After applying foundation,  use a translucent powder to “set” the foundation and help prevent it from  breaking down due to skin oils.  Apply  the powder to your eyelids as well, to control the oils that will be created in  the eyelid area which will prevent creasing of the eye makeup as the day wears  on.
  6. Avoid  touching your face.  Resist the urge  to rub your eyes or touch your face during the day.  Not only are you likely to smear or smudge  your makeup, but the oils and dirt from your hands will cause the makeup to not  last as long.
  7. Touch up  as needed.  A quick lunchtime touch  up with a powder compact and disposable blotting papers can help to absorb the  oils that your skin has created in the T-Zone (forehead, nose and chin), and  give you a fresh clean look that will last for the rest of the day.  Lightly apply another layer of translucent  powder by dabbing, not rubbing.  Also,  take a quick moment to reapply your lipstick, and you are ready to go!

You won’t have to worry about having that “end of the day”  look if you take the time to apply your makeup properly in the morning and just  take a few moments for a quick touch up in the middle of the day!  Help your makeup last by doing it right the  first time!

 

Home Remedies for Teenage Acne

Natural Acne Treatments for Teenagers

One of the most significant problems for adolescents is having to deal with acne, which inevitably appears at this age. The problem becomes more serious because at this stage, kids give great importance to their physical appearance and what others think of them. They see a small pimple on their face as the worst blemish in the world. Moreover, when the problem of acne is severe, it has a very negative impact on their self-esteem.

 

Often parents do not give importance to this issue because they think it is a natural stage of life. The teenager, who has no money nor the means to see a doctor or to buy an acne cream, feels in despair.

Fortunately, there are home remedies that young people can put into practice. These natural remedies are inexpensive and readily available. If you look in the refrigerator or pantry in your kitchen, it’s very likely that you will find the ingredients there.

Some natural remedies to combat acne in adolescents are:

  • Oats mask: Cook the oats and apply as a mask for 15 minutes. Repeat every two weeks.
  • Crush a handful of bay leaves and soak in a cup of water. Let stand for one day. Apply the water with a cotton swab.
  • In a bowl, add equal parts of rose water and lemon juice. Apply the mixture with a cotton swab, leave on for half an hour. Wash your face. Repeat every two weeks.
  • Strawberry mask: Strawberries are high in salicylic acid, the active ingredient in many commercial anti-acne creams. Mash some strawberries and apply as a mask. Leave on for 15 minutes and wash.
  • Apple cider vinegar: Wash your face with neutral soap and dry. Apply apple cider vinegar with a cotton swab.
  • Garlic and milk: Cut garlic into pieces and soak for half an hour in a cup with milk. Remove the pieces and rub the affected area with them.

For severe cases of acne consult a dermatologist.

How to Remove Age Spots

Age spots are the flat brown, black or yellow spots that appear on the neck, hands and face. They are primarily caused by sun-exposure, and usually start to appear once people hit 40. Age spots are not dangerous in any way, so there is no medical reason to get rid of them. However, they can reveal a person’s age, so many men and women want to remove them for aesthetic reasons. You can get rid of age spots using a number of different methods: using OTC and prescription products, using home remedies, or using professional skin treatments.

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Using OTC and Prescription Products

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Use hydroquinone. Hydroquinone is a very effective bleaching cream which can significantly reduce the appearance of age spots.

  • It is available in concentrations up to 2% over-the-counter, but higher concentrations will require a prescription from your doctor.
  • Be aware that hydroquinone has been banned in many European and Asian countries, due to its potential carcinogenic properties. However, it is still widely available in the US.
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Use Retin-A. Retin-A is an excellent anti-aging skin care product which is used to combat fine lines and wrinkles, improve the skin’s texture and elasticity and fade discoloration and sun damage, including age spots.

  • Retin-A is a vitamin A derivative which is available in cream or gel form, in a variety of different strengths. It is only available by prescription, so you will need to see your doctor before you start using it.
  • It helps to eliminate age spots by exfoliating the skin, removing the outer hyperpigmented layer and revealing the fresh, new skin underneath.
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Use products containing glycolic acid. Glycolic acid is type of alpha hydroxy acid which is commonly used in chemical peels. It works by exfoliating the skin, diminishing the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and age spots.

  • When sold OTC, glycolic acid is found in cream or lotion form, which is usually applied and left to sit on the skin for a few minutes, before being rinsed off.
  • Glycolic acid can be quite harsh on the skin, sometimes causing redness and discomfort. You should always moisturize your skin after using glycolic acid products.
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Use sunscreen. Sunscreen won’t actually help to reduce the appearance of your existing age spots, but it will prevent new ones from forming (as they are caused primarily by sun damage).

  • In addition, the sunscreen will prevent your existing sun spots from becoming any darker or more noticeable.
  • You should wear a sunscreen with a zinc oxide base and an SPF of at least 15 everyday, even if it’s not hot or sunny.

Using Home Remedies

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Use lemon juice. Lemon juice contains citric acid, which can help to bleach age spots. Simply dab a little fresh lemon juice directly onto the sun spot and leave to sit for 30 minutes before rinsing off. Do this twice a day and you should start to see results in a month or two.

  • Lemon juice makes your skin more sensitive to sunlight (and could make the age spot worse) so never leave lemon juice on your skin if you’re going outside.
  • If you have very sensitive skin, the lemon juice might be irritating on your skin, so try diluting it to half strength with water or rosewater before applying.
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    Use lemon juice. Lemon juice contains citric acid, which can help to bleach age spots. Simply dab a little fresh lemon juice directly onto the sun spot and leave to sit for 30 minutes before rinsing off. Do this twice a day and you should start to see results in a month or two.

    • Lemon juice makes your skin more sensitive to sunlight (and could make the age spot worse) so never leave lemon juice on your skin if you’re going outside.
    • If you have very sensitive skin, the lemon juice might be irritating on your skin, so try diluting it to half strength with water or rosewater before applying.
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Use buttermilk. Buttermilk contains lactic acid, which bleaches the skin in the same way as the citric acid in lemon juice. Apply a little buttermilk directly onto your age spots and leave for 15 minutes to half an hour before rinsing off. Do this twice a day.

  • If you tend to have very oily skin, it’s a good idea to mix the buttermilk with a little lemon juice before applying, as this will prevent your skin from becoming greasy.
  • For added benefit, mix a little tomato juice in with the buttermilk, as tomato also contains bleaching properties which can help to reduce age spots.
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Use honey and yogurt. A combination of honey and yogurt is believed to be beneficial when it comes to reducing age spots.

  • Simply mix equal parts of honey and plain yogurt together and apply directly onto the age spots.
  • Leave for 15 to 20 minutes before rinsing off. Do this twice a day.
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Use apple cider vinegar. Apple cider vinegar is an important ingredient in many home remedies, including one for age spots! Apply a little apple cider vinegar directly onto the age spots and leave for 30 minutes before rinsing off.

  • Only use this treatment once a day, as apple cider vinegar can be drying on the skin. You should start to see an improvement in the appearance of the age spots after about six weeks.
  • For added benefit, mix one part apple cider vinegar with one part onion juice (which you can extract by pushing chopped onion through a strainer) and apply this to the age spots instead.
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Use aloe vera. Aloe vera is commonly used to treat a number of skin ailments, including age spots. Simply rub a little fresh aloe vera gel (taken directly from the plant) onto the affected area and leave to soak in.

  • As aloe vera is very gentle, there is no need to rinse it off. However, you may want to rinse it off if it starts to feel sticky.
  • If you don’t have access to the gel from an aloe vera plant, you can bu fresh aloe vera juice at the market or health food store. This works just as well.
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Use castor oil. Castor oil is known for its skin healing properties and has proven effective in the treatment of age spots. Apply a little castor oil directly onto the age spots and massage into the skin for a minute or two until absorbed.

  • Do this once in the morning and once in the evening, and you should start to see an improvement in about a month.
  • If you suffer from dry skin, you can mix a little coconut oil, olive oil or almond oil in with the castor oil for added moisturization.
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Use sandalwood. Sandalwood is believed to contain effective anti-aging properties, and is often used to reduce the appearance of age spots.

  • Mix a pinch of sandalwood powder with a couple of drops each of rose water , glycerin and lemon juice. Apply this paste onto the age spots and leave to dry for 20 minutes before rinsing off with cold water.
  • Alternatively, you could massage a drop of pure sandalwood essential oil directly onto the age spots.

Using Professional Skin Treatments

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Use laser technology to remove age spots. During the treatment, an intense laser light penetrates the epidermis and causes the skin to rejuvenate. The intensity of the light scatters the skin pigments and destroys the discoloration.

  • The laser treatment is not painful, but may cause minimal discomfort. An anesthetic cream is applied 30 to 45 minutes before the procedure to ease the discomfort.
  • The number of sessions required will depend on the size of the area and number of spots to be treated. Generally, 2 to 3 sessions will be required. Each session can last from 30 to 45 minutes.
  • The treatment requires no downtime, but redness, puffiness and sensitivity to sunlight may occur.
  • Although laser treatment is extremely effective, its major downside is the cost. Depending on the type of laser used (Q-switched ruby, alexandrite or Fraxel dual laser) and the number of age spots requiring treatment, prices can range from $400 to $1500 per session.
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Try microdermabrasion treatments to remove age spots. Microdermabrasion is a noninvasive skin treatment that uses a wand with air pressure. The wand blasts crystals, zinc or other abrasive materials directly against the skin, exfoliating the top layers to remove the dark, hyperpigmented skin.

  • Microdermabrasion requires no down time and there are no side effects.
  • A session can be from 30 minutes to 1 hour, depending on the area being treated. Treatment sessions are given in 2- to 3-week intervals.
  • Typically, 2 to 3 sessions will be required. Prices range can be $75 or more per session.
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Get a chemical peel. A chemical peel works by dissolving dead skin so new radiant skin will surface. During a chemical peel, the area to be treated is thoroughly cleansed and a gel-like acidic substance is applied. The area is then neutralized to stop the chemical process.

  • Side effects include redness, peeling and sensitivity, which may require down time.
  • Generally, two treatment sessions are required, which are given in 3- to 4-week intervals. The prices can be $250 or more per session.

Castor Oil For Hair Loss

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The average adult has around a hundred thousand hairs, each strand with a lifespan of four or five years. Hair grows at the rate of about half an inch a month; and six months after the hair falls out, it’s replaced by a new one. As we age, though, not every hair gets replaced. It’s normal to shed 50 to 80 strands of hair a day; and interestingly, hair tends to fall out more in the morning though nobody knows why. The longer the hair, the less it falls out according to researchers. Castor oil has been shown to help with hair loss. To use castor oil for hair loss, part the hair into small sections and clip the sections up if you have long hair. Saturate a cotton ball with the castor oil and apply it to the scalp but don’t run it through your hair. Using your fingers, massage the oil into your scalp. Wrap the hair in a towel and leave it on overnight. You may want to use some old bed linen so that you don’t stain them. Wash the castor oil out completely the next morning. Try this once a week. You should start seeing results in about six weeks. Remember when using castor oil for hair loss, massage it into the scalp but try to avoid saturating your hair with it or it may be difficult to wash out.