Dry skin can be quite unflattering. Not only does it look dull, it’s also more prone to irritation, sun spots, and premature wrinkles. Get healthy, smooth skin with these five tips!
1. Drink more water.
You are what you eat—and drink. Healthy skin starts from the inside, so hydrate by drinking no less than eight glasses of water a day. Drink more water if you’re exercising, or supplement with a beverage that’s rich in electrolytes. Don’t rely on “thirst,” as being thirsty already means your body is already on its way to being dehydrated! Avoid diuretics like caffeine and alcohol.
2. Cut down on hot showers.
It may feel divine, but hot showers actually strip your skin of natural oil barriers that help trap in moisture. If you really must indulge in a hot shower, keep it short and sweet (five minutes is more than enough). Pat—never rub!—your body with a dry towel after. Then apply lotion all over the body to seal in moisture from your shower.
3. Don’t use harsh soaps.
Soaps that have heavy fragrances, or claim to be antibacterial, are loaded with chemicals that can strip your skin of its natural moisture. Stick to a white, fragrance-free soap with moisturizers. Go easy on toners, as well. Try to use an alcohol-free one to avoid skin irritation.
4. Wear sunscreen.
The sun’s UV rays contain free radicals that break down healthy skin cells. The result? Premature wrinkles, sun spots, and dry, flaky skin. Always put on sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 30, and use make-up that’s infused with SPF as well.
5. Shave with care.
Shaving not only removes unwanted hair: it also removes your skin’s natural oils. The best time to shave is after a shower. Never “dry shave”—always use a shaving cream or gel, and shave in the direction of hair growth. And change your razor often!
http://l.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/ox....70_2633406.jpgA cure for some cancers may be found right on your breakfast table. Huang-Ge Zhang, a professor of microbiology and immunology at the University of Louisville, has recently discovered how to safely treat patients with cancer-fighting antibodies using cells found in grapefruits.
A grapefruit's nanoparticles, which has been penned grapefruit derived nanovector's (GNV's) in the study, are developed by the extraction of its lipids, and Zhang and his team found that they serve as a less harmful vehicle for delivering anti-cancer antibodies for treatment.
Zhang, his partner Qilong Wang, and their team of researchers published their findings in Nature Communications on May 21, and outlined their findings during a study of a trial treatment for colon cancer. The trial showed that there were no toxicity effects, such as nausea or fatigue, on the patients during the treatment and that using the grapefruit's nanoparticles was a less harmful, all-natural way to treat cancer.
Zhang strongly believes that treatment delivery methods for curing patients should be risk-free and delivered through natural lipids as opposed to synthetic ones, which is currently the most common variation of nanoparticles. When asked why he believed that grapefruit could help cure cancer, Zhang told the school's newspaper, University of Louisville today, "The fruits and vegetables we buy from the grocery today were passed down from generation to generation as favorable and nutritious for the human body. On the flip side, outcomes were not favorable for our ancestors who ate poisonous mushrooms..."
Grapefruit is a citrus fruit. People use the fruit, oil from the peel, and extracts from the seed as medicine. Grapefruit seed extract is processed from grapefruit seeds and pulp obtained as a byproduct from grapefruit juice production. Vegetable glycerin is added to the final product to reduce acidity and bitterness.
Grapefruit juice is used for high cholesterol, “hardening of the arteries” (atherosclerosis), cancer, a skin disease called psoriasis, and for weight loss and obesity.
Grapefruit seed extract is taken by mouth for bacterial, viral, and fungal infections including yeast infections.
Grapefruit oil is applied to the skin for muscle fatigue, hair growth, toning the skin, and for acne and oily skin. It is also used for the common cold and flu (influenza).
Grapefruit seed extract is applied to the skin as a facial cleanser, first-aid treatment, remedy for mild skin irritations, and as a vaginal douche for vaginal yeast infections (candidiasis). It is also used as an ear or nasal rinse for preventing and treating infections; as a gargle for sore throats; and a dental rinse for preventing gingivitis and promoting healthy gums; and as a breath freshener.
Some people inhale grapefruit vapors to help the body retain water, for headache, stress, and depression. Grapefruit seed extract vapor has also been inhaled for the treatment of lung infections.
In food and beverages, grapefruit is consumed as a fruit, juice, and is used as a flavoring component.
In manufacturing, grapefruit oil and seed extract are used as a fragrance component in soaps and cosmetics; and as a household cleaner for fruits, vegetables, meats, kitchen surfaces, dishes, etc.
In agriculture, grapefruit seed extract is used to kill bacteria and fungus, fight mold growth, kill parasites in animal feeds, preserve food and disinfect water.
It’s important to remember that drug interactions with grapefruit juice are well documented. The chemistry of the grapefruit varies by the species, the growing conditions, and the process used to extract the juice. Before adding grapefruit to your diet or your list of natural medicines, check with your healthcare provider if you take medications.
How does it work?
Grapefruit is a source of vitamin C, fiber, potassium, pectin, and other nutrients. Some components might have antioxidant effects that might help protect cells from damage or reduce cholesterol.
It is not clear how the oil might work for medicinal uses.
08-22-2013, 06:10 PM
Vitamin D reduces the incidence of Type I diabetes over 80% in Finnish children.Wow, I was shocked when I found that out. This is a study published in Lancet (Nov 3, 2001, Vol 358, p. 1500-1503.) The title of the study is called "Intake of vitamin D and risk of type 1 diabetes: a birth-cohort study" by Elina Hypponen et al.
This is a 30 year study that followed 10,366 children. The researchers looked at the effect of vitamin D supplementation in the first year of life on the development of type I diabetes.
The recommended dose is defined as 2000 IU; a low dose is less than 2000 IU and a high dose is defined as greater than 2000 IU.
Those kids taking a high dose of vitamin D (>2000 IU) were 13.6 times less likely to develop Type I diabetes. Startling numbers.Why are the numbers taking no vitamin D so low? Only 32? Yep, Finland has the highest incidence of diabetes in the world and I think it's national policy to give babies vitamin D supplements.
08-24-2013, 12:52 AM
Nice to have this thread, found lot of informative stuff. Thanks for this thread admin.
Think you’re past that awkward, acne-ridden stage you had as a teen? Think again. The fact is, zits happen when our body produces excess sebum, the natural oils of the skin, which can clog our pores. Add dead skin cells in the mix, and you get a whitehead, which could turn into a blackhead, which then becomes a pimple (thanks, Mother Nature!)
Adult acne is very much a fact of life, and you can thank the fluctuation of hormones (which cause the body to produce more sebum) for that! This excess sebum in turn clogs your pores, which can then turn into a pimple. Because of this, everyday occurrences can cause acne…from your daily commute to work (pollution, dirt, and oil can clog your pores), to your sleeping habits (turning in before taking off your makeup? You’re clogging your pores, thus asking for a massive breakout!).
Armed with these little nuggets of info, let’s go on to debunk the top five acne myths you most probably still believe in.
1. Peanuts can cause acne.
Unless you have a peanut allergy that causes you to break out, peanuts (or other fried foods) won’t cause pimples. Some doctors believe that a high fat, high sugar diet can cause an increase in sebum production—coupled with the fact that eating too much greasy, fatty foods can displace other nutrients that are critical for healthy skin (read: eating a serving of crispy pata might mean you’d say “no” to a platter of fruits and vegetables.)
2. Chocolate will make you break out.
Quite the opposite, really. When taken in small amounts (read: not the entire box), dark chocolate may be good for the skin. That’s because it contains flavonoids called catechin and procyanidin, which act as antioxidants. These antioxidants prevent free radicals from breaking down healthy skin cells. So why does chocolate get such a bad rap? Women usually crave for milk or white chocolate when it’s “that time of the month,” when their estrogen levels drop and androgen levels spike up. And unlike dark chocolate, milk and white chocolates contain too much dairy, sugar, and additives, making it less beneficial than dark chocolate.
Also read: 4 Ways To Brighten Up Your Skin Instantly
3. The sun can get rid of acne.
Unfortunately, it can’t. It can, however, give you a tan, which can camouflage a pimple. Said tan can also speed up your skin’s aging process, giving your premature wrinkles, and ups the chances for you to get skin cancer. People believe that the sun’s drying, burning effect on the skin can “burn” a pimple out. But why expose yourself to harmful UVA and UVB rays to get a partially “burnt” pimple?
4. Prevent pimples by washing your face often.
Wash your face twice a day. Any more and you can irritate and dry out your skin. What’s more, excessive washing strips your skin of oil—prompting your sebum glands to work overtime to compensate for the lack of moisture. Excess sebum = higher chances of acne.
5. You can’t wear makeup over a zit.
You totally can, as long as you don’t plan on going full-on drag. Pick makeup that’s non-comedogenic and oil-free, so it’s gentle on your skin and won’t clog pores. Still iffy about putting on your “face”? Loose, mineral powder foundation applied with a light hand should do the trick. And always, always make sure you remove all traces of makeup before you hit the sack!Also read: Nip Zits In The Bud
There's so much misinformation out there regarding skin care, not to mention plenty of old-wives' tales (some of which are actually right) and lots of well-intentioned bad advice. That's because skin care is tricky, and depends on your skin type. However, there are some tried and true rules - most of which violate at least a rule or two you may have heard elsewhere - that really do work for all skin types.
How have I learned the information below? From speaking with skin experts, makeup artists (natural and conventional) and testing out literally thousands of products over the last 10 years that I've been reviewing natural beauty products.
1. You don't need to wash your face with hot water to get it clean: In fact, hot water can cause redness and irritation in people with sensitive skin, and for those with normal skin, it can still dry out delicate facial skin, leaving it more susceptible to all kinds of issues, from red, flaky dermis to acne. Wash your face with mildly warm to air-temperature water. It will get the job done without irritating your skin. The same goes for the rest of your body; it may feel good to burn it up in the shower, but especially as cool weather draws closer, this is guaranteed to irritate your skin.
2. Oil is good for your skin, not bad: Many vegetable oils are old-school ways of moisturizing the skin that we have long ignored. (I can't be the only one who has heard stories of her great-grandmother lathering her hands up with olive oil and then wearing cotton gloves to bed). You can wash your face with coconut oil or slather it on after you've showered; same with sesame oil and olive oil (go with the smell you prefer). After using an oil a couple of times, you will notice that your skin - whether oily or dry - evens out and is either less oily or more naturally moisturized. Most new formulations of high-end beauty products contain skin-protecting oils because they work (use argan or sea buckthorn oils on your face if you want to start with a lighter lipid first).
3. You don't need to scrub to exfoliate: Scrubbing with most drug-store brand cleansing scrubs is much too harsh for most skin types (more frequent and harder face-washing can actually exacerbate acne, so lighten up). Instead of using toxin- and chemical-packed scrubs in a tube, exfoliate naturally using fruit. As long as you are not allergic (obviously), rubbing the inside skin of a fresh mango, mashed strawberries, or fresh pineapple chunks directly on your face, leaving the natural, fruit acid AHAs on there for a few minutes, then rinsing off, is the best exfoliator you can get. This method may be a little too much for extra-sensitive skin, but works well for all other skin types.
4. What matters most for healthy skin is not what you put on it, but what you eat: A healthy diet with lots of fresh fruits and veggies, lots of water (and maybe a skin-benefiting tea), minimal alcohol and plenty of sweat-drenching exercise will make skin glow more than any expensive cleanser or moisturizer. You'll feel great too.
5. Chocolate doesn't cause acne, but bread and pasta might: There have never been any conclusive studies linking chocolate-eating to acne, though there have been some that connect high-glycemic foods to breakouts.
When the damage is visible, you tend to be more careful about your bad habits. If cigarette could cause a visible bump on your face, you would definitely quit smoking today. Here are 10 reasons why smoking is the biggest enemy of your looks.
Forever tired: You look forever tired because of the ‘bags’ under your eyes, thanks to smoking. People who smoke are four times more sleep deprived and hence tend to develop eye ‘bags’ at an early age.
Yellow teeth: Nicotine is responsible for the ugly yellow teeth smokers have. If you want your pearly whites to remain white you need to quit smoking. The yellow colour cannot be reversed and so you will have to live them unless you go in for teeth cleaning and whitening procedure.
Wrinkly you: If you smoke all the time, the blood supply that keeps your skin tissue looking healthy and supple gets hampered. Smokers tend to look 1.4 times older than non-smokers.
Yellow fingers and hands: Nicotine not just turns your teeth yellow but it also makes your fingers yellow. Though there are some home remedies to remove the yellow stain, wouldn’t it be great if you just quit?
More bad hair days: Smoking releases certain chemicals which cause damage to the DNA of your hair and this can result in weak and brittle hair. Men who smoke regularly tend lose more hair than those who don’t.
Scarring: The nicotine in the cigarette causes a condition called vasoconstriction, leading to narrowing of the blood vessels. The narrowed blood vessels limit the supply of oxygen-rich blood to your face, slowing down healing process. So, in case you hurt your face and end up having scars, it may take forever to heal.
Smoker’s face: While carbon monoxide in the cigarette smoke replaces the oxygen in your skin, nicotine hinders blood flow and this leads to dry, pale and lifeless face, also known as the smoker’s face.
Stretch marks: Nicotine is known to damage fibres and tissues of the skin. It also reduces the elasticity of the skin. Rapid weight gain or loss can cause stretch marks which generally fade into a line. Nicotine stops the skin from self-healing and hence the marks may never go.
More goodies from tooth-fairy: Severe smoking damages your teeth completely. Yellowing teeth are just a beginning; later on your teeth become extremely sensitive and may end up falling off.
The eye factor: Who doesn’t want an amazing vision? The time period of smoking is less important here, the amount of cigarette smoked can increase the possibility of cataracts at an early age.
So now that you all know that smoking causes wrinkles, make scars lasts, leads to loss of hair and teeth, is it not time you kicked the butt?