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5 natural beauty oils for skin, hair, and nails

essential oils_0Research the many beauty ingredients in your medicine cabinet, and you’ll find that few boast the same time- tested performance as natural plant-based oils from across the globe. Whether you use them for your hair, skin, or nails, these oils work best in their most basic and traditional forms, which are rich in restorative fatty acids and other beautifying nutrients. Choose products featuring few ingredients and a high concentration of oils. Here are five of the most effective oils you’ll find in the beauty aisle.

Argan

Origin: Extracted from the nut of a Moroccan tree referred to as the “tree of life,” argan was traditionally used to treat skin infections.

Benefits: Its top therapeutic ingredients include squalene, a compound that promotes production of collagen (a protein that keeps skin taut and youthful); linoleic acid, an anti-inflammatory omega-6 fatty acid; twice as much free radical–fighting vitamin E as olive oil; and triterpenoids, anti-inflammatory compounds that may help heal and protect from environmental damage such as UV rays. Excellent for moisturizing hair and skin thanks to its high fatty acid concentration, argan also can regulate skin’s sebum production to keep oily complexions in check, according to research.

Tips: On labels look for “argan oil” or “Moroccan argan oil.” Just “Moroccan oil” may indicate a lower argan concentration and additives. Argan trees are a threatened species, so be sure a company is dedicated to sustainable sourcing.

Coconut

Origin: Various parts of this tropical fruit, including its sweet flesh and water, are commonly used in food and drinks, but its ultranourishing oil is a nutritional and beauty standout.

Benefits: Coconut oil’s healthy medium-chain fatty acids—most notably its high concentration of antibacterial and antiviral lauric acid—and molecular structure allow it to moisturize and penetrate deep into skin. Research also shows it helps treat skin infections. Plus, it’s a simple fix for dry tresses.

Tips: Raw, cold-pressed oil may contain more beneficial nutrients than other forms. You can use the same coconut oil found in your pantry for your skin, hair, and nails.

Jojoba

Origin: This popular, multifunctional beauty oil derives from the seed of the jojoba plant, native to Arizona, California, and Mexico.

Benefits: With properties nearly identical to your skin’s natural sebum oil, jojoba is tailor-made for moisturizing and reducing the appearance of fine lines on sensitive parts of your skin, such as around the eyes. It also infuses moisture into dry hair and restores damaged cuticles.

Tips: Because its molecular profile is extremely stable, jojoba is one of the most common “carrier oils,” used to dilute essential oils. For a quick, DIY massage oil, mix a few drops of your favorite essential oil with pure jojoba.

Neem

Origin: In a nod to its abundant beauty and health benefits, neem is fondly referred to as the “village pharmacy” in its native India. The ancient Ayurvedic remedy now appears in various skin, hair, nail, and oral care products.

Benefits: Rich in nourishing fatty acids, neem oil moisturizes hair, skin, and scalp. Its antihistamine and antibacterial properties lend themselves to more potent skin and oral care benefits, too, including defense against dermatitis, skin infections, acne, and harmful mouth bacteria.

Tips: A compound called azadirachtin allows neem to act as a natural pesticide, which is why it’s also known to fend off lice and other insects. Be prepared for neem oil’s garlicky sulfur scent.

Tamanu

Origin: Derived from a tropical tree found in Southeast Asia and Polynesia, tamanu oil has been used in those regions for centuries to ease pain caused by conditions such as sciatica and shingles.

Benefits: Because of its antibacterical and anti-inflammatory properties (particularly from an uncommon ingredient called calophyllolide), tamanu may help soothe eczema, sunburns, and dry skin; reduce inflammation; and prevent skin infections. Its three types of lipids—neutral lipids, glycolipids, and phospholipids—make it a stellar moisturizer, too.

Tip: This exotic oil is sustainably sourced from the tamanu tree.

Top 8 most popular ingredients for beauty drinks

5488830767139522qjViilpPcBeauty drinks category is a quite new category in beverage sector. As it is always being said that for a healthy being one of the most important things is water, it seems that it is not enough in nowadays.

As a beverage development company we help our clients to develop and launch their unique beauty drinks. Here is the list of top ingredients which are being used for beauty drink:

Vitamins and minerals – vitamins and minerals are perhaps most commonly used ingredients in beverage market.  As A, D, E and K vitamins were known as non soluble in water vitamins, it became a challenge to innovate new soluble forms as these vitamins are very important for eyes, skin and working as an antioxidants as it might create a strong impact for your appearance and health.

Goji Berry juices   – extremely antioxidant-rich, offers skin soothing and anti-inflammatory properties, helps with healthy skin circulation.

Pomegranate Juice – antioxidant powerhouse; contains ellagic acid, a polyphenol that reduces collagen breakdown and inflammation in skin cells; promotes brighter complexion and firmer skin.

Callogen – about one quarter of all of the protein in your body is collagen. Collagen is a major structural protein, forming molecular cables that strengthen the tendons and vast, resilient sheets that support the skin and internal organs. Bones and teeth are made by adding mineral crystals to collagen. Collagen provides structure to our bodies, protecting and supporting the softer tissues and connecting them with the skeleton. But, in spite of its critical function in the body, collagen is a relatively simple protein.

Hyaluronic acid (HA)-  is one of the skin’s most important components for hydration and moisture retention. The nature of HA’s molecular structure makes it ideal for attracting and holding water. Nearly 50% of the body’s HA is found in the dermis, in the spaces between cells (extracellular matrix). HA along with dermatan sulfate, serves to maintain the water balance in the dermis and adds support for other dermal elements like collagen and elastin.

Lutein –  provides nutritional support to our eyes and skin – the only organs of the body directly exposed to the outside environment.  Lutein has been linked to promoting healthy eyes through reducing the risk of macular degeneration.

Selenium – can help protect the skin against sun damage and skin cancer. And it may actually reverse some of the discoloration and wrinkles associated with aging. This antioxidant work by speeding up the skin’s natural repair systems and by directly inhibiting further damage.

Coenzyme Q10 is a natural antioxidant in the body that helps the cells grow and protects them from the ravages of cancer. A drop in natural levels of coenzyme Q10 that occurs in our later years is thought to contribute to aging skin. A study published in the journal Biofactors found that applying coenzyme Q10 to the skin helped minimize the appearance of wrinkles. Most studies conducted so far have used a 0.3% concentration of it.

10 Life-Changing Beauty Hacks

1. For better grip, flip the bobby pin over so the wavy side is against your head.
If you have a hard time keeping your bobby pins in place, try flipping the pin over. The straight side is slicker and won’t grip as well as the wavy, more textured side.

2. Insert bobby pins into your ponytail holder vertically to prop up your ponytail.
Once you’ve put your hair in a ponytail, insert two or three bobby pins halfway inside the elastic and facing downward toward the crown of your head. Then, fluff your ponytail and flip it over for a fuller look that won’t sag or droop.

3. Texturize milkmaid braids with a teasing brush or toothbrush.
French maid braids look best when they’re roughed up a little to achieve that lived-in look. To get that effect instantly, take a teasing brush or a toothbrush, and texturize the braids by brushing them against the way they’ve been braided.

4. Twist your hair, and slip your bobby pin underneath to discreetly pin back your strands.
If you’re looking for a way to pull back the sides of your hair but don’t want the pins to show, try this simple technique: Insert a bobby pin with the open end pointing toward your face and in the opposite direction of the section you’re pinning back. If one bobby pin isn’t strong enough, try using a larger one or reinforce it with a second pin right below.

4. Twist your hair, and slip your bobby pin underneath to discreetly pin back your strands.
If you’re looking for a way to pull back the sides of your hair but don’t want the pins to show, try this simple technique: Insert a bobby pin with the open end pointing toward your face and in the opposite direction of the section you’re pinning back. If one bobby pin isn’t strong enough, try using a larger one or reinforce it with a second pin right below.

5. Dust an eyeshadow (in the same color family as your hair) along your part to shade your scalp slightly, making your hair appear thicker.
Not only will this trick work IRL, but in pictures your hair will appear super-thick. You can also use this hack along your hairline if you wear it in a ponytail a lot or simply don’t like to part your hair to get the same results.


6. Make your nail polish dry faster by soaking your nails in ice water after painting them.
Fill a bowl with ice and water, and soak your nails for a few minutes after painting them. The cold water will set the paint and help your nails dry faster.

7. The most flattering way to apply concealer is to draw a triangle with the base under your eye and the point toward your cheek. 
This shape not only conceals dark circles, but it also instantly creates the illusion that your face is lifted. Think of it as holding a flashlight against your cheek, shining the light right underneath your eye, and drawing the focus upward.

8 Products Used Backstage At Fashion Week

L’Oreal Elnett Hairspray, £2.25

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Love fashion week? Us too! But unless you’re in the industry, it’s near impossible to get a ticket to the best shows – let alone getting a sneaky peak behind the scenes.

But the good news is that you don’t need an invite to the FROW to steal the beauty tips from the experts. We’ve uncovered all the backstage makeup tips and tricks beauty insiders swear by. Get ready to give your beauty routine a glamorous upgrade.

From the moisturiser that will make your skin glow and the nail varnish that was seen all over the catwalk to the make-up fixer that costs less than £2 and the everyday item that will keep your brows and lips in tip-top shape, these are the backstage makeup tips you need. And the best part is that all of these beauty tips are actually affordable! Meaning that you can transform your look, without breaking the bank. Shame we can’t say the same about the gorgeous dresses on the catwalk…

Want to take your updo to the next level? A backstage favourite for over 60 years, L’Oréal Paris Elnett Hairspray Normal Strength brings expert hold and unbeatable shine to runways across the world.

Its main selling point is that the long-lasting, non-sticky formula brushes out easily without leaving hair frizzy or knotted. A godsend for models who can have up to three hairstyles a day during fashion week.

Last season even the make-up artists were getting in on the action. Whilst working backstage at the Hussein Chalayan show, Aaron de Mey misted it onto a brow brush, gliding it through brows to groom and set in one quick sweep. Will you try it at home?

MAC Strobe Cream, £24.50

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M·A·C Strobe cream will give your skin a light from within. It’s an illuminating cream that will brighten and revive tired looking skin.

 

Mac Face And Body Foundation

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is great on everyone for naturally perfected and healthy looking skin but also a must for airbrushed legs in the summer.

Mac Blotting Papers, £11.50

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is my go to for touch ups backstage. It instantly mattifies oily skin where needed without changing the makeup.

SteamCream 3 In 1 Moisturiser, £9

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Handmade in the UK, SteamCream 3 In 1 Moisturiser is packed with nourishing all natural ingredients. This buttery soft cream has been specially steamed to provide a light, air-whipped texture that sinks into skin in seconds. It can be applied to your face, body or hands making it a great last minute skin fixer and fashion week essential.

Much loved by make-up artists, this pot of moisturising wonder is in serious demand across the pond too. A regular on hollywood film-sets, it’s known to have hydrated the flawless complexions of Kate Blanchett, Scarlett Johansson and Reese Witherspoon.

St. Tropez Instant Tan Face & Body Lotion Light/Medium, £8.50

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More than 12 litres and 124 tubes of St. Tropez Instant Tan were used to bronze the envious limbs of 180 models at the Topshop, House of Holland and Mary Katrantzou fashion week shows.

The unique quick-drying formula applies evenly without transferring on to clothes, which is essential when you’re modelling expensive designer dresses. As for the rest of us mere mortals, it will save on stain remover.

Essie Nail Polish in Allure, £7.99

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More than 10,000 bottles and 150 litres of Essie Nail Polish were used at 24 shows last season’s shows – including Kate Middleton’s favourite designers Jenny Packham and Diane von Furstenberg.

Chosen for it’s fast-drying, chip resistant formula, the nude hue landed on the fingernails of over 5000 models including the new supers, Jourdan Dunn and Karlie Kloss.

Revlon® ColorBurst Matte Balm in Striking, £7.99

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Despite nude outselling red for the first time in three years, matte red lips were seen at a quarter of the shows last season.

The scarlet hue which took to the catwalk of Antonio Berardi, Sophie Webster and Marchesa was none other than highstreet hero Revlon Matte Balm. After four years in the making this non-drying crayon was snapped up by 86 make-up artists for its durable high pigment color and applied to 175 model perfect pouts. It even doubled up as a cheek stain at the Assembly show. We love a mulitpurpose buy!

The Beauty Tools You’re Not Cleaning—But Should Be

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Turns out, it’s not just your makeup brushes that are worthy of a regular cleanse—plenty of other beauty tools are also havens for troublesome bacteria. A potentially germ-filled tool may appear pristine after use, but without sanitizing it, you can’t ever be sure and you may be setting yourself up for a host of diseases. Here’s a few of those items you’ve probably been overlooking.

Tweezers. Admit it, you may use these for more than just brow plucking. Even if that’s the case, oils from your skin can coat the metal tips and redeposit into a freshly plucked follicle, potentially leading to a breakout. A quick dab into hydrogen peroxide or isopropyl alcohol is all it takes to spare you the agony of having to fight a brand new breakout.

Nail Clippers and Cuticle Clippers. Your nails are an incredibly fertile ground for infection, though considering your hands are the body part that interacts with the environment the most, this isn’t all that surprising. You may have noticed that when you go to a nail salon for a manicure, staffers sanitize their tools in little UV light boxes that kill bacteria. An easier option would be to clean them in a barbicide solution or boil them in water.

Hairbrushes. Sure, it’s just hair, but seeing as you drag your hairbrush across your scalp and through your hair multiple times a day, you can bet it’s covered in bacteria. It’s not going to kill you but it may take on a funky smell over time. There are special tools out there that look like mini rakes to get rid of the hair trapped between bristles, but you can also use an old comb. Filling your sink with about two inches of warm water and shampoo and swishing your hairbrush around, bristle-side down, will also help loosen any gunk that’s on the bristles.

The Inside of Your Makeup Bag. We all know how gross the insides of your makeup bag can get. Melted lip balm leakage, loose powder, bits of hair and other mystery stains somehow gather over time. All that debris carries bacteria with it, which is then transferred from your hands to your makeup and back to your face again. A simple swipe with a disinfectant wipe every once in a while can sweep most of that gunk away.

Eyelash Curler. Anything that touches your eyes should have its own regularly scheduled cleaning, since your eyes take to infections really easily. You can spray your lash curler down with alcohol in a spritz bottle or wipe it clean with a disinfectant wipe (ideally after every use).

Loofahs, Konjac Sponges and Exfoliating Mitts. We know these are used to get your skin clean and are generally coated in soap when in use, but those tools are taking on the dirt and dead skin in the process of removing them from your body. They might look fine but generally these tend to take on an odor once they’ve reached maximum bacteria build-up. Take that as a warning sign and replace it as soon as it starts to smell a bit off.

Amazing Beauty Trick With Coconut Oil

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Ready to learn more about coconut oil for skin that’s healthy and nourished? Coconut oil is one of my favorite skincare products, probably because my skin just seems to love it. My face in particular is incredibly picky about what I put on it, but it gets along just fine with coconut oil.

  • The unique medium chain fatty acids in coconut oil have anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal properties, and they also serve as antioxidants which protect your skin. So coconut oil is essentially food for your skin!

But I’m not the only one who loves using coconut oil for my skin. Below are some of my favorite coconut oilskin recipes from this blog and many others. Try one out today!

PS: A lot of these recipes use essential oils.

Whipped Coconut Oil Body Butter Recipe

I love that this coconut oil recipe only requires one (yes, one!) ingredient: coconut oil. Anything else is completely optional. It also only takes a few measly minutes, and you’ll have enough whipped body butter to last at least a month or two. In fact, if you get carried away, put some in an attractive jar and it makes a great gift! It feels sinfully luxurious as a moisturizer, and yet an entire jar of it costs less than $2 to make.

What you need:

  • 1 cup coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon vitamin E oil (optional)
  • a few drops of your favorite essential oils for fragrance

1. Put all ingredients into a mixing bowl. Note: Do not melt the coconut oil first. It will only whip up if it’s solid.

2. Mix on high speed with a wire whisk for 6-7 minutes or until whipped into a light, airy consistency.

3. Spoon the whipped coconut oil body butter into a glass jar and cover tightly. Store at room temperature, or in the refrigerator if your house is so warm it melts the oil.

Tip: An electric hand mixer will work, but my KitchenAid stand mixer did an amazing job and I was able to get other work done while it was mixing away. A blender or food processor will not work with this coconut oil recipe, because they tend to warm the oil too much and prevent it from whipping up.

Note: Your whipped coconut oil should stay relatively soft, even at colder temperatures. If it’s really cold, it will become a little more solid, but not rock hard like it normally does. I noticed mine beaded into a froth of tiny coconut oil pearls that melt right into my skin. Love it!

 

 

How to Wash Your Hair — The Right Way

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You may do it practically every day, but do you really know how to wash your hair the right way? Using the correct techniques can make a world of difference in your hair’s health, bounce and shine — but if you’re making some common mistakes, you could be damaging your strands without even knowing it. We asked two of New York’s foremost hair pros, hair stylist Nunzio Saviano of Nunzio Saviano Salon in New York and Kyle White, lead colorist at Oscar Blandi Salon, to share their best tips for lathering up, the right way.

1. Start with a rinse.
Just like your laundry needs a rinse cycle before you add detergent, hair should be thoroughly wet before you add your shampoo. “Hot water will open the cuticle, which is good for removing any dirt or product trapped in the hair,” says White. Another bonus: “When your hair is rinsed in warm water, it loosens the oils through the scalp and opens the cuticle so it is able to absorb the oil” in your conditioner, says Saviano.

2. If you have long hair, condition first.
Yes, really! “If you have hair beneath the shoulders, protect fragile ends from drying out and further damage by running a small amount of conditioner through them and lightly rinsing, before any shampooing. This will not only keep ends healthy, it will fill any holes in the cuticle with moisture, making it smoother and boosting shine,” says White.

3. Lather up — but only at the scalp.
“You only need to shampoo the hair at the scalp, particularly at the nape,” Saviano says.
White agrees. “The best way to lather up is from roots to ends. The hair closest to the scalp is the youngest and will inevitably be the oiliest, while the end of the hair is the oldest and usually driest, most fragile part of the hair.”

Don’t use more shampoo than you need; both Saviano and White say that a quarter-sized amount of shampoo is enough. If your hair is particularly long or thick, go ahead and double that.

4. Be gentle!
Friction can permanently damage your hair’s cuticle, leading to breakage and frizz. Think about washing your hair like you hand wash your delicates — very carefully.

“Start your lather at the roots,” says White. “Increase blood flow to the scalp and stimulate hair growth by using vertical strokes with medium pressure.” Don’t use circular motions, which can tangle your hair.

Next, “Smooth the lather over the ends in a straight stroking motion,” White advises. “Do not scrub the fragile ends or use a back and forth motion like you’re washing a rag on a washboard.”

5. Don’t rinse and repeat.
Despite what the instructions on the back of your shampoo bottle may say, there’s no need to wash your hair twice. “Avoid stripping the hair by doing one shampoo only, which is usually sufficient,” says White. “Unless the hair is extremely dirty and the first shampoo didn’t produce a lather,” in which case, go ahead and lather up one more time.

6. Add conditioner from the mid-lengths to the tips.
After you’ve rinsed out your shampoo, “squeeze some of the water out of the hair before you put in the conditioner,” says Saviano. “Then clip your hair up and finish showering, leaving the conditioner rinse out for the final step of your shower.” The longer the conditioner stays on your hair, the better it absorbs. Don’t put conditioner at the roots of your hair; the natural oil from your scalp is more concentrated there.

7. Finish with a cold water rinse.
“Cold water will shut the cuticle tight, sealing the shingle-like outer layer, which will cause it to reflect the most light and give off the most shine,” says White.

More Hair Washing Tips

Use a shampoo and conditioner that’s made for your hair type. If your hair is dry, choose moisturizing products. If you color your hair, opt for color-safe formulas. “Volumizing” shampoos tend to leave hair drier, so they’re best for fine hair types that would be weighed down by more moisturizing products.

How often you wash your hair depends on your hair type, too. If you have oily or fine hair, you may need to shampoo daily. Normal or dry hair can lather up closer to three times a week.

Filter your water. White recommends using a shower filter, such as the T3 Source Showerhead, since it “removes rust and minerals from water that can dull color, and deposit on blondes making them dark and muddy.” (We’ve tried it, and it also made our hair super soft.)

Tanning Foods

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Have you ever wondered if what you’re eating can affect your tan or your skin tone? Well it certainly can! In this post I will give you all the advice you need to bring you up to speed on what foods can warm up your skin tone, enhance, and maximise the tanning process so that you can get a better, faster, and healthier tan!

Step 1: Warm up your skin tone

What you put into your body is just as important as what you put onto your body. Who would have thought it, but the more you eat plenty of fruits and vegetables that are yellow or orange in color this can warm up your skin tone. Eating things such as carrots, peppers, tomatoes, sweet potatoes, or cantaloupe daily can, over time, lead to a lightly golden tone.

How does this work?

Beta carotene, which is present in large amounts in brightly coloured yellow, red, and orange foods, and dark leafy greens (spinach or kale), is responsible for affecting skin pigmentation, or the colour of your skin (for a full list of beta-carotene-rich foods please see below).

How much should you eat?

Make these foods your 5-a-day! You don’t need to over-eat them, just eat what you feel is enough and always listen to your body. It is best to get these foods fresh in their natural form rather than in supplement or tablet form. Beta carotene supplements found in health food stores is something we cannot recommend for several reasons. First, you can’t be sure whether the dosage is right for you personally and you may end up turning orange if you’ve taken too much. And second, things such as beta carotene are absorbed and utilised more efficiently in your body when ingested in their natural state because there are other nutrients in these food items that all work together to maximise their absorption and their benefits within you.

So if you can, try to eat these foods fresh, blend them into a smoothie, throw them in a salad, make a lovely warm soup, or even put them in a cake (carrot cake!) and start warming up your skin tone!

Step 2: Feed your tan

Time to get a little more technical, even tanning has its technicalities!

Tyrosine is a very important amino acid for developing a tan, and this is because it is a building block of melanin and aids in its production. Let’s face it, were never going to get that golden tan if our body is not producing enough melanin. Things we can eat that are rich in this amino acid are meat (beef, chicken, turkey etc), fish (especially salmon), seaweed (bring on the sushi!), soy foods, dairy foods (cheese, milk, etc), egg whites, and nuts.

Another important element we need to get into our bodies is riboflavin, also known as vitamin B2. This helps to activate the melanin production process. Support the activation of melanin production by eating foods rich in riboflavin. Coincidentally (or thanks to Mother Nature!) these foods are the same as those high in Tyrosine (see above).

Step 3: Activate you tan

Now that you are eating foods rich in beta carotene, tyrosine, and riboflavin your body should have all the important building blocks it needs to create a tan, so it’s time to activate the tanning process!

There are several ways you can activate your body’s tanning process: lie in the sun or have a sunbed session. The UV light triggers the melanin production process, and your skin will begin to tan. One little secret : use Carrot Cream that actually contains carotene antioxidants, vitamin A, and omega-3 fatty acids, which have moisturizing and cell-regenerative properties, perfect to add along with these new eating habits!

Keep up your tanning sessions, eat right, and you’ll always have a glowing tan. And just to top it off, all the healthy foods listed here are rich in vitamins and minerals completely beneficial to you, leading to what we all want: being healthier, with stronger hair, nails and skin. Carrot Sun knows you’ll be feeling and looking fantastic!

Tanning Superfoods:

Carrots, Tomatoes, Spinach, Spirulina (Seaweed), Bell Peppers, Kale, Turnips, Pumpkins, Winter Squash, Sweet Potatoes, Cantaloupe, Red Lettuce, Romaine Lettuce, Mustard Greens, Cabbage, Apricots, Olive Oil, Meats, Fish, Almonds, Cheese, Milk, Soy foods.

Enjoy the freedom of contact lenses

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When cared for properly, contact lenses can provide a healthy, comfortable and convenient vision correction option. Contact lenses are safe, comfortable, simple and easy to use and right for almost everyone. They offer you the freedom to see clearly and enjoy life the way you want, free from glasses.

I personally wear contact lenses, and buying contact lenses online is very convenient: it takes just a few clicks of your mouse or taps on the screen of your tablet or phone.

I usually purchase them from Lensoffers, because is the largest site with contact lenses offers and it has the best world’s brands like Bausch & Lomb, Ciba Vision, Cooper Vision, Johnson & Johnson and Alcon. And if you check their blog, they often have lots of coupons and you can save a lot on contact lenses and sunglasses, which is great 🙂

If you’re not decided yet, just know that contact lenses allow you to:

Look the way you want
Enjoy an active lifestyle
Wear glasses only when you choose
Feel good about yourself
You may feel that you want to try contact lenses because you want to try a more convenient solution to seeing clearly. You may feel that you don’t always want to wear your glasses and that they can get in the way in some everyday situations. Contact lenses provide a simple way to change both the way you look at the world and the way you look to the world. And they offer you a lot of freedom:

Freedom to have the look you want… to say it with your eyes
Freedom to see better: Crisp, clear all round vision
Freedom of movement: Contact lenses don’t fall off or get knocked during sports
Freedom to wear what you want: Wear fashion sunglasses and change your look easily
Freedom to get on with life: Contact lenses are simple to use and can make your life easier

Here is what new contact lens wearers say about their experience:

“Wearing contact lenses was a little strange at first, but now I can see everything without wearing my glasses and I feel I can just be myself. I feel I can express myself better with my eyes”
Olivia, aged 18

“I just want to put my contact lenses in, in the morning and not worry about it. I now feel more confident going up to girls.”
Chris, aged 17

“Wearing contact lenses fits into my routine easily – it takes me just a couple of minutes in the morning and evening.”
Edward, aged 17

After you start wearing your contact lenses, be sure to keep up with your eye doctor’s advice regarding them!

How to Keep Pubic Area From Itching After Shaving

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If you’ve shaved your pubic area before, you know that it’s very different from shaving your legs and armpits. The hair in the pubic area is thicker and the skin is much more sensitive than the skin on your legs. To avoid ingrown hairs, cuts and razor burn, all of which are responsible for irritation and itching, you need to take certain precautions that include where you should shave, what products to use, and how to treat your skin during and after you shave.

Step 1

Trim the hair you intend to shave with scissors or clippers, suggests Go Ask Alice, a health advice website from Columbia University. This will prevent the razor from clogging.

Step 2

Take a warm shower. Warm water will soften your skin and the hairs. It will also open the hair follicles and pores. Wait until the end of your shower to shave.

Step 3

Massage the areas you are going to shave with a soft-bristled body brush. The Beauty Brains website explains that prepping the area with a body brush helps loosen ingrown hairs.

Step 4

Apply a thick shaving cream. Use a fragrance-free cream or lotion since added perfumes can cause irritation. Leave the lotion on for several minutes prior to shaving. Allowing shaving gel to sit for a few moments will further soften the hair.

Step 5

Use a men’s razor or a woman’s razor specially designed for the pubic area. The Beauty Brains website explains that men’s razors are intended to be used for shaving thick hairs and sensitive skin. You still need to exercise extreme caution, however, as some men’s razors have three to five blades, and the skin you’ll be shaving is much more sensitive than a man’s face.

Step 6

Stretch your skin out flat as you shave. This will reduce cuts and help you get a closer shave.

Step 7

Pat your skin dry after getting out of the shower. Do not rub your pubic skin dry with a towel. Apply aloe vera gel to the area. The Palo Alto Medical Foundation explains that aloe vera soothes sensitive skin and helps ease pain.

Step 8

Apply 1 percent over-the-counter hydrocortisone cream to the area two or three times a day. Hydrocortisone helps ease itching and irritation. According to the National Institutes of Health, it also provides temporary relief for redness, inflammation and swelling caused by detergents and soaps.