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SUKIN ROSE HIP OIL – A REVIEW

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Sukin Rose Hip Oil

Rose Hip Oil comes from the seeds of a specific variety of rose, Rosa aff. rubiginosa or Rosa moschate. These seeds come from the fruit left behind after a rose has flowered and dropped its petals. Harvested predominately in Chile, the seeds contain vitamins, antioxidants and essential fatty acids that can correct dark spots, hydrate dry and reducing scars and fine lines.

The Rose Hip Oil I’d like to recommend is from the Sukin range. Since applying Sukin Rose Hip Oil on my face, my complexion has improved. It is noticeably more radiant and smoother. Some sun spots have given way to brighter skin.  The oil glides smoothly on my skin and stays till my first face wash in the morning.

I would recommend applying a handful of drops throughout the face in the evening before sleep. Also apply on the sides of your eyes to smoothen fine lines. Gently massage the oil throughout the face till it is absorbed. Don’t disregard the neck area. Containing Vitamin A which has small molecules, the oil is able to penetrate into deeper layers of the skin and improve skin moisture.

Benefits

Rich in fatty acids, Sukin Rose Hip Oil is preservative free. When absorbed into the skin, the fatty acids convert to prostaglandins (PGE), which are involved in cellular membrane and tissue regeneration. It is also rich in anti-oxidants which help prevent dryness. The beta-carotene in the oil restores suppleness and evens skin tone. Since it is a certified organic product, the following is not present:

  • Sodium lauryl sulphate
  • Sodium laureth sulphate
  • Parabens
  • Synthetic fragrances

Sukin Rose Hip Oil (25 ml) is sold at all leading pharmacies at AU$19.99.

HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT SKIN CARE PRODUCT FOR YOUR SKIN TYPE

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The secret of glowing skin is to know what it really needs – we are unique, and each one of us is made differently from the rest. Our skin may have specific needs and problem areas that cannot be addressed by products made for normal skin. That is why it is our job to find out what category we fall under, and stick with skin care products that are made for especially for us. This article will show you how to max out your skin’s natural beauty – and how to keep it that way, starting right now.

Normal Skin Type

This skin type is the easiest to manage, basically because it falls under the ‘a-little-of-each’ category: not too dry, not too oily. If you have this kind of skin type, you’ll notice how smooth and radiant your skin is, because it reflects light evenly. The best part is, you don’t break out that often. It is not too sensitive, so imagine the multitude of products you can try on your skin if you have a normal skin type. To enhance your already natural glow, you can use your good ol’ moisturizer and serums with a light, non-greasy base. Use gentle and effective skin care products that can help maintain the radiance and texture your skin has.

Sensitive Skin Type

Sensitive skin types are the hardest ones to please because you can’t use just any skin care product out there – it has to be hypoallergenic and free of harsh chemicals. For this type of skin, it is better to consult a dermatologist first to help you select a product that can suit your needs. Your daily skin care regimen should be simplified and should exclude harsh scrubbing and exfoliation.

Dry/Very Dry Skin Type

When you feel that you’ve had a dry spell on your skin for ages, you’ve gotta do something. Our skin is made up of about 60-70% water and even just a slight deviation will render us uncomfortable. For this skin type, hydration is key, and will keep the discomfort and itch at bay. For starters, drinking at least 2-3 liters of water daily can make the difference, and this practice should be a priority regardless of skin type. Dry skin types must use skin care products which are gentle enough to cleanse skin and at the same time, maintain its moisture and suppleness. Moisturizers and cleansers with a heavy base may be a product of choice for women with this kind of skin. Some spray water might help too.

Oily/Very Oily Skin Type

If your face feels too dewy for comfort most of the time, you may have oily skin (or very oily skin, for that matter). Your pores may enlarge, you might have occasional or frequent breakouts, you may even have a dull complexion due to that film of grime-infused oil on your face. In managing this kind of skin type, you would need to adhere to a daily skin care regimen that actually works for you. You might be tempted to over-wash most of the time, but remember: it may make matters worse. Over-washing stimulates the skin’s sebaceous glands to produce even more natural oil, to counter the drying effects. Use a suitable toner that can help control oil production and still hydrate the skin. Also, you can still use a light moisturizing cream if you have mild oily skin. Otherwise, stay away from oil-based products.
Combination Skin Type

This skin type is sort of ambiguous, because different regions have a corresponding moisture level. Maybe some parts of your skin have hyperactive sebaceous glands than the rest (usually the T-zone for most people), or other parts are dry and too stripped of moisture. Choose products that can accommodate the different needs your skin has. If your T-zone oils up too much, you may use an astringent after washing your face. Use a hydrating face mask once or twice a week to boost your skin’s moisture and radiance. You can use a heavy moisturizer for those dry patches on your skin.

As a general rule for all skin types, let your skin breathe from all the harsh cosmetics. As much as possible, go out with a face devoid of make-up so that it can rest. Protect your skin from harsh UV rays by applying some sunscreen on your face every day. Also, your diet plays a role in caring for your skin. Skin cells need nutrients, proteins, lipids and carbohydrates for repair and restoration. A balanced diet is key, and a supplementation of Vitamins A, C, and E would really go a long way. Keep your skin happy, and it will do you wonders!

6 BENEFITS OF SLIMMING CREAM VERSUS SLIMMING CAPSULES

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Women are self-conscious beings as it seems, and it isn’t a wonder that most of us jump from one diet miracle/weight loss plan to another, hoping for outrageous results. Well, wishful thinking doesn’t get any better than that. Or does it?

Slimming capsules can get pretty messy – while they do deliver results, some slimming capsules on the market aren’t guaranteed safe to use (or even FDA approved…yikes!). There’s a lot of controversy surrounding the use of these products – and for women who would want instant results, the ‘miracle-in-a-pill’ might be quite tempting.

Slimming capsules and slimming creams are products that both share a captured market – women, who, in their quest for losing a few pounds and reducing the appearance of cellulite (or looking like they’ve lost ‘em), want to take on new ways to deliberately achieve results. In the end, who doesn’t want to look and feel good? Then again, what is the better option? Do slimming cream benefits wipe out those of slimming capsules? That being said, we’ve list 6 Benefits of Slimming Creams versus Slimming Capsules. Read on to know more!

 

  1. Slimming cream doesn’t require any professional advice upon application

Hear, hear ladies – slimming creams require topical application only, so there’s nothing to ingest and be worried about compared to slimming capsules. We don’t have to worry about harmful ingredients that could cost us our well-being.

 

  1. Slimming cream is relatively cheap

One of the most important slimming cream benefits is that it wouldn’t cost you much to use them regularly. Compared to slimming capsules which require you to adhere to a weight-loss plan of some sort and the bucks that come along with it, slimming creams are relatively cheap. You don’t need to splurge much on busting the cellulite.

 

  1. Slimming cream can be used for the entire body

Slimming creams make it easier for you to target your problem areas – whether it’s your flabby arms, legs or trunk, it doesn’t matter. Slimming capsules on the other hand are non-specific, so you wouldn’t know where it works first.

 

  1. Slimming cream is non-invasive

 Slimming cream benefits, you say? Well, we heard you right. Compared to liposuction and poppin’ some pills, slimming cream doesn’t require going under the knife. Hence, users are spared from harmful side effects that other slimming methods may pose. Now, that’s a comforting thought. 

 

  1. Slimming cream is generally safe to use

 Slimming cream is hypoallergenic and generally safe to use. It won’t cost you an allergy or a rash, which is an indicator that the product is great for regular use. Slimming capsules, on the other hand, can give you a whole lot of possible side effects which is enough for you to think before buying some.

 

  1. Slimming cream actually WORKS

A survey in 2004 carried out by a French consumer magazine reports that women who used a slimming cream showed a 2 cm reduction in their thighs in a span of 2 weeks. That, my friend, is not an easy feat. While there have been a lot of arguments about the effectiveness of slimming cream, it is good to note that the benefits of these slimming wonders are commendable. You can really see and feel it. Isn’t that great?

 

There you have it, ladies! We’ve reached the end of our list. There are multitudes of slimming cream benefits in comparison to slimming capsules, but we’ll make it easier for you – slimming cream is very much safe to use, and the risks are little to none. The verdict? Slimming creams all the way!

TURN AROUND, BRIGHT EYES: YOUR GUIDE TO CHOOSING THE RIGHT EYE CREAM

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Ladies, face it – in this day and age, skin care is one of our top priorities. With all the demands of our careers and lifestyles, it isn’t any wonder how much our skin would need some extra lovin’, considering all the abuse we’re putting it through (this is a great time to cut on the junk food, smoking and stress, by the way). Especially in this day and age, premature aging is an issue – somewhere in our early thirties (and before we even get to blow out our 35th candle), some signs of aging become imminent.

 

Especially our under-eye area – it might hold the greatest testament to all the stress, bad habits and lack of zzz’s we’ve been through. That being said, it’s about time we paid extra attention to this delicate part of our face – eye creams, for example, can provide all the nourishment and moisturization it needs. But how do we choose the right one, out of all the brands that are promising more or less the same benefits? Allow us to help you with that as we come up with a guide for you to help you choose the right eye cream for you! Read on, sister.

 

To keep fine lines and wrinkles at bay…

 

Since the skin surrounding the eye area is very delicate, it can be the target of a lot of damage due to constant activity we do with our eyes (blinking, twitching, smiling). Even bad habits, like rubbing our eyes vigorously, can cause fine lines and wrinkles to show. Yikes!

 

If this is your primary concern, consider choosing eye creams with active ingredients that help in collagen building. Retinol, a Vitamin A derivative, as well as 24k gold particles are potent ingredients known for their ability to smoothen out any fine lines and wrinkles you have. Expect to see a firm and taut eye area with continued use!

 

For tired, puffy eyes… 

Puffy eyes are attributed to fluid buildup in this area because of bad habits, most especially, lack of sleep, alcohol and eating salty food (ugh, talk about bloated!). To reduce swelling, look for products with active ingredients like cucumber extract or caffeine, which not only invigorates tired eyes, but also constricts the blood vessels in this area, diminishing the puffiness. Choosing eye creams that are specific to this problem can help a lot.

 

For dark circles… 

While a change in diet and getting enough sleep can help lighten up your dark circles, it is best to find a product that could actually diminish its appearance.  In choosing eye creams, consider products with brightening agents, like Vitamin C, licorice extract and kojic acid, that can help with the discoloration and uneven skin tone. Peptides and green tea extract can also help, since they plump up and reduce under eye shadows and improve circulation in that area. What an invigorating way to kiss those dark circles goodbye!

 

For deep moisturization and nourishment… 

Most eye creams usually contain an emollient/humectant base which is great if you need an adequate amount of moisturization and nourishment. If you have extremely dry skin, you might need to read the labels first – find a ‘moisturizing eye cream’, since it is packed with more active ingredients and a richer consistency that can combat dryness. 

There you have it folks! Choosing eye creams can be a tasking activity, but we hope that this guide has given you a jumpstart. Thank you for reading and happy shopping!

 

GOLD RUSH: 5 BENEFITS OF GOLD FOR THE SKIN

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Shining, shimmering splendid…and no, we don’t plan to take you on a magic carpet ride (oh, what luxury). Gold has been one of the well-known precious metals with astounding value, and it’s no wonder why Midas wouldn’t want it any other way. Aside from the hefty price tag and VIP status that gold denotes, they are really statement pieces that any woman would want to wear. It is timeless, and most of all, elegant enough to make heads turn. 

Well ladies, hear us out when we say that gold may be your skin’s new best friend. And before you get the chance to sport some questioning eyes, we’ve listed 5 24k gold skin benefits. Read on as you learn a thing or two about ‘the king of precious metals’, and what it can do for your skin. We bet you didn’t see that coming.

 

1. Reduces wrinkles, fine lines, and dark spots

As women, we all have that teeny pet peeve when it comes to our imperfections – and, most of the time, we tend to major on minors. Are signs of aging a minor blunder really? I bet most, if not all, of us would beg to disagree. Gold is pretty helpful especially when you’re suffering from premature aging – it works at a cellular level, stimulating collagen and elastin production for a taut, firm appearance. Sayonara, signs of skin aging.

 

2. Promotes skin health and removes toxins

One of the most important 24k gold skin benefits is the promotion of overall skin health by improving blood circulation to the skin, thus increasing skin cell metabolism and secretion of toxins which hasten the aging process of the skin. It also helps fight free-radicals and other harmful elements which could be detrimental to the whole skin rejuvenation process.

 

3. Helps balance skin tone and lighten complexion

If you’re talking about 24k gold skin benefits, a balanced skin tone and lighter complexion is one that should come to mind. Especially when you’re suffering from an uneven skin tone, you might consider using a product with a gold component. Gold masks helps lighten and enhance one’s complexion, making you appear blooming and glowing from the inside.

 

4. Soothes and helps repair sun-damaged skin

 Gold is known for its anti-inflammatory properties, and if you’re stressing because of sun-damaged skin, gold might be the answer to all your skin worries. It helps hydrate and lock-in moisture inside the deep layers of the skin, facilitating in the repair of tissues.

 

5. Stimulates production of new skin cells

If you’re all out when it comes to fighting all those signs of aging, gold can be of great help to you. As mentioned, since it works at a cellular level, it helps in the stimulation of the growth of new skin cells. This process helps replace worn-out cells with healthy ones, for a more youthful, glowing look.

 

We have reached the bottom of our list, ladies! We hope you enjoyed as you learned about 24k gold skin benefits. If gold is unchartered territory for you, today might be a great time to amp up your skincare routine a notch and try something that really works.

NON-BOTOX ANTI-AGING REMEDIES THAT WON’T HURT YOUR WALLET

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Botox and cosmetic fillers are immediate yet costly solutions to younger looking skin. Are such modern anti-aging remedies really worth all the pain, time and money you’re spending? Would you spend $300 for a shot that is guaranteed to make you come back for more? Sure, nothing beats instant results, but imagine all the money blown away and the pain you have to go through to keep smooth laugh lines and crow’s feet at bay.

 
That is why we’ve come up with a list of equally effective anti-aging remedies and tips that you can try in order to kiss those signs of aging goodbye. Take a look!

 

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1. Massage the years off your face

Face massages are great anti-aging remedies, minus the pain and hefty price tag. Acupressure is an effective way to tighten your skin, promote elasticity and relieve it of tension that stress can bring. For a DIY quick fix, use the index and middle fingers of both hands and massage in between brows in 15-20 rotations. Do the same and rotate the fingers on your temples and jawbone, tracing to your jawline and chin. Repeat in cycles of five.

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2. De-puff!
De-puff tired and strained eyes with cold water in the morning to refresh and invigorate as you jump start your day. If they still feel extra puffy, refrigerate your used tea bags (better if chamomile/green tea variety) overnight and in the morning, dab them on for about 5-10 minutes. These steps will improve the appearance of your eyes and decrease dark circles by enhancing blood circulation to these areas, resulting a in a glowing, radiant appearance.

 
3. Stay away from the sun
If you want your skin to look more youthful and fair, avoid sun exposure as much as possible. Sun exposure causes a multitude of skin changes that we usually attribute to the normal aging process. Ultraviolet (UV) rays cause a number of skin ailments, including skin cancer. Whatever the season, sunscreen is your best friend – another anti-aging secret every woman should use religiously.

 
4. Get moving!
Aside from maintaining that fab shape, exercise is also good for your skin. It reduces the effects of free-radicals and inflammatory agents on your skin, making it healthier. When you exercise, you would notice a more radiant, beautiful glow afterwards – that is the result  of good blood circulation to your skin. This in turn, promotes cell regeneration and production of natural oils and moisture. What a great way to keep ten years off your skin.

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5. Go au naturel
Of course, the world would never run out of commercial anti-aging creams, masks, serums…the list is endless. Then again, there are a lot of natural, inexpensive alternatives we can find in the comfort of our very own kitchen. We can make our very own facial masks by whisking in some oatmeal, honey and a little bit of brown sugar, which effectively exfoliates and softens our skin. There are tons of other recipes for us to try which are equally effective as those products sold in the market, and the best part is we don’t have to pay a cent.

 
6. Habits
A healthy diet consisting mostly of fruits and vegetables, adequate hours of sleep, and cutting on your nicotine fix are good habits that you should establish if you want to seek the fountain of youth.

 
7. Positivity!
A positive outlook in life decreases the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and other signs of aging. It is an effective anti-aging remedy that you can enforce in your everyday life. By improving your mindset and smiling a lot, your cortisol or stress hormone levels decrease, which also decrease the rate of collagen breakdown. So, laugh a lot. Smile a lot. Don’t add ten more years to your age.

 
We hope you’ve enjoyed scanning through our list of anti-aging remedies. Try these tips become the best version of yourself!

 

 

FACE IT: THE BASICS IN SKIN CARE ROUTINE

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Ladies, admit it – sometimes, we take our skin care routines for granted. The stressful demands that life constantly shoves into our faces leaves us with no choice but to forego taking care of ourselves and putting other things first (paying the bills, going to work, catching on some Zzzz’s). Then again, we must not take our skin for granted, even if we’re tempted to merely slap on some face cream (or was it serum?) and hit the sheets most of the time.

 
That is why we’ve come up with the basics and essentials in skin care. Here, we present a step-by-step guide on how to make skin care routines as leisurely as a walk in the park. Trust us on this.

 
Step 1. Splash!

Wash your face first before anything else. Use a gentle cleanser which is tough enough to remove all the dirt and grime attributed to your daily grind. Remember, water is not enough to clean all of the impurities in your face.

 

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Step 2. Exfoliate

Following facial steaming, use an exfoliating formula which removes dead skin cells to give you that vibrant glow. If you opt for a facial scrub, do it 2-3 times a week.

 

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Step 3. Steam it

If you want to have clearer skin, you ought to try face steaming. Face steaming is great for your skin since it increases skin moisture and increases blood circulation. You can even do it at home (minus the expensive equipment)! Just pour some water that has been pre-boiled in a basin and drape a towel over your head and let the steam caress your skin. Do this no more than once a week, to prevent drying due to excess oil production.

 

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Step 4. Masks

Depending on preference, you can nix this step. Although, you must know that face masks also have their respective benefits as well (especially when you want your skin to feel a tad bit more special). If you are the ultimate penny-pincher and you would want to save on expensive spa treatments, a homemade face mask could do the trick. There are a lot of recipes out there which allows you to work with ingredients that are readily available inside your fridge or cupboard. If time is of the essence and you would want something instant, there are a lot of commercial face masks available on the market. Do this at least once or twice a week for optimal results.

 
Step 5. Tone it.

Tone it down. After gently patting your face with a clean, soft towel, use a toner to replenish and hydrate your skin. It also helps prevent redness and decreases pore size.

 
Step 6. Treat it

This step works well, especially if you have special needs other than the usual benefits your skin care regimen can give you. For example, if you have acne, you might need a topical application of benzoyl peroxide, which decreases pimple size and helps you achieve fairer, clearer skin. Consult your dermatologist first to help you select the right product for you.

 
Step 7. Indulge your skin

Depending on preference, you can use a moisturizer or serum for this step, as both of these products have a job description. Moisturizers are great for improving your skin’s functioning, paving the way for more beautiful, healthier skin. You can opt to use a serum for extra measure as it also does the trick, but is less greasy and penetrates deeply into the skin layers. Then again, serums aren’t for everyone – for people with rosacea and other chronic skin diseases, it may not suffice.

 
There you have it ladies! We’ve set it out in stone and brought you the basics in skin care regimens. We hope you come up with your own routines as well (or at least, give your present routine an overhaul). Good luck!

DIY FACIAL MASKS FOR RADIANT SKIN

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Trying to cut down your budget this month? One way to do so is to look at what you need and what you want in your shopping list. Look at the items carefully in each category such as groceries, pharmacy, fitness, hobby and grooming. Since the focus for today centers on grooming, let’s talk about products in this department.  Are there are products in the grooming department that you want? Can you do away with it? If not, can you find a substitute? If facial products are on the list, substitute them with homemade products. You can cut down a little in this department to have a bit more cash right till the next pay check comes.

 

Below are some wonderful DIY facial masks ideas to keep your skin supple, smooth and radiant, using natural products you can find in your kitchen.  

 

Banana
Who needs Botox when you have bananas? That’s right: You can use a banana as an all-natural face mask that moisturizes your skin and leaves it looking and feeling softer. Mash up a medium-sized ripe banana into a smooth paste, then gently apply it to your face and neck. Let it set for 10-20 minutes, then rinse it off with cold water. Another popular mask recipe calls for 1/4 cup plain yogurt, 2 tablespoons honey, and 1 medium banana.

Vinegar

Using vinegar as a skin toner dates back to the time of Helen of Troy. And it’s just as effective today. After you wash your face, mix 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar with 2 cups water as a finishing rinse to cleanse and tighten your skin. You can also make your own facial treatment by mixing 1/4 cup cider vinegar with 1/4 cup water. Gently apply the solution to your face and let it dry.

 

Milk
Here’s another way to give yourself a fancy spa facial at home. Make a mask by mixing 1/4 cup powdered milk with enough water to form a thick paste. Thoroughly coat your face with the mixture, let dry completely, then rinse with warm water. Your face will feel fresh and rejuvenated.

 

Oatmeal
If you’re looking for a quick pick-me-up that will leave you feeling and looking better, give yourself an oatmeal facial. Combine 1/2 cup hot — not boiling — water and 1/3 cup oatmeal. After the water and oatmeal have settled for two or three minutes, mix in 2 tablespoons plain yogurt, 2 table-spoons honey, and 1 small egg white. Apply a thin layer of the mixture to your face, and let it sit for 10-15 minutes. Then rinse with warm water. (Be sure to place a metal or plastic strainer in your sink to avoid clogging the drain with the granules.)

 

Mayonnaise
Why waste money on expensive creams when you can treat yourself to a soothing facial with whole-egg mayonnaise from your own refrigerator? Gently spread the mayonnaise over your face and leave it on for about 20 minutes. Then wipe it off and rinse with cool water. Your face will feel clean and smooth.

 

Yogurt
You don’t have to go to a spa to give your face a quick assist:

• To cleanse your skin and tighten the pores, slather some plain yogurt on your face and let it sit for about 20 minutes.

• For a revitalizing facial mask, mix 1 teaspoon plain yogurt with the juice from 1/4 slice of orange, some of the orange pulp, and 1 teaspoon aloe. Leave the mixture on your face for at least five minutes before rinsing it off.

 

Mustard
Pat your face with mild yellow mustard for a bracing facial that will soothe and stimulate your skin. Try it on a small test area first to make sure it will not be irritating.

 

Lemon

Create a facial that both exfoliates and moisturizes by mixing the juice from 1 lemon with ¼ cup olive oil or sweet almond oil.

 

Egg
Who has time or money to spend at the local day spa, paying someone to tell you how awful your skin looks? For a little pampering, head to the refrigerator and grab an egg. If you have dry skin that needs moisturizing, separate the egg and beat the yolk. Oily skin takes the egg white, to which a bit of lemon or honey can be added. For normal skin, use the entire egg. Apply the beaten egg, relax and wait 30 minutes, then rinse. You’ll love your new fresh face. 

 

Try one or more of the above and you may not want to buy those commercial products again. I have tried using lemon and yoghurt facial masks and the result is amazing. For best results, maintain the regime on a weekly basis for healthier, glowing skin. You not only achieve wonderful results for the skin but also save some money and thus achieve your monthly financial goal.  

JAPANESE HAIR STRAIGHTENING – IS THIS TREATMENT RIGHT FOR YOUR HAIR?

Japanese Hair Straightening, also known as Thermal Reconditioning, is one very popular hair straightening technique you just might want to think twice about before having done.

Originating in Japan in the late 90’s the chemical products used in the process go by the names Liscio, Yuko and U.S. made Bio Ionics.

The treatment can take anywhere from 3 to 6 hours and involves numerous steps with costs ranging from $300 to $1,500, depending on the salon.

What to bear in mind?

 

Price

A cheaper price should raise some red flags as to the quality of the chemicals used or the expertise of the stylist according to the experts.

 

Effects

The result is permanently straight hair but after 4 to 6 months any new hair growth will need to be treated as well. This usually costs close to the same amount as the original treatment because it is a more time-consuming process involving straightening hair closer to the roots.

 

Limitations

Because of the chemicals and techniques used, you will not be able to curl the treated hair so you definitely want to take that into consideration beforehand.

 

There is also a growing concern from some stylists that thermal reconditioning may not be the perfect hair straightening solution after all.

 

Experts estimate that at least 80 percent of people that are having the treatment are not really good reconditioning candidates for several reasons:

 

1.   Any recent chemical processes done to your hair such as hair colouring, bleaching or hair relaxing can cause serious problems including hair loss and breakage if you elect to have the treatment done. A hair strand test must be done first to determine whether your hair can accept the chemicals. If the salon does not offer a strand test you might want to reconsider who you trust your hair with.

 

2.   It does not work on African hair because it is too fragile and can’t take the heat required during the straightening process. It is not the same as a hair relaxer which is made especially for African hair.

 

3.   In fact, a growing number of women are claiming serious hair breakage problems and it has been reported in the press that one of the top Hollywood celebrity hair stylists refuses to perform the treatment because she thinks it is too much of a risk to her client’s hair.

 

Many women are led to believe that the process is actually good for your hair but there have been no clinical studies to prove this and by definition anything that physically alters the hair structure at the molecular level is damaging.

 

Even though many women have had the Japanese Hair Straightening process done to their hair with great success, you should know that there can be some risks involved and if you decide to have it done to your hair, be sure you use a reputable salon with properly trained stylists that offers have your hair tested using the procedure.

MOROCCAN ARGAN OIL HAIR CARE: THE MIRACLE INGREDIENT

My hair has been limp and brittle with split ends due to many years of re-bonding (permanent straightening) and colouring. I’ve tried many hair care products including various leave-in conditioner but my hair condition remains the same until I stumbled on the Organix shampoo and conditioner range. The ones I’ve tried (Coconut Milk and Brazalian Keratin Therapy) work well for me so far. My hair texture has gradually improved and has a noticeable sheen. Now, my split ends are less noticebale ever since I’ve applied this special ingredient to my hair- the Moroccan Argan oil.

What’s argan oil? Produced from the nut of the argan tree, Argan oil is one of the rarest oils in the world. Suitable for hair prone to frizz or coarseness, it is packed with Omega 3, fatty acids and Vitamin E which improves limp and dull hair.

Traditionally the local Berber women (indigenous women of North Africa) collected the seeds and pressed them to obtain the Argan oil for domestic use. This was a laborious process taking about 12 – 20 hours of hand processing to produce one litre of Argan oil. Oil produced by this method will keep for 3 – 6 months because it has extremely high vitamin E levels and is considered oxidatively stable.

Interestingly, Moroccan Argan oil is in the top ten list of beauty essentials. It is no wonder then that Moroccan Argan oil is a sought-after product in the beauty industry these days.

Let’s take a look at the top ten essential beauty ingredients:

1.Morocco: Argan oil -This antioxidant-packed oil is great for hair and skin, and it absorbs much more easily than common skin oils like apricot and avocado. Argan oil is exclusively found in Morocco.

2.China: Camellia oil – Camellia oil is one of the most common cooking oils in southern China, but it’s also renowned for its ability to prevent stretch marks and discoloration.

3.Mexico: Tepezcohuite – The bark of this tree has tons of astringent tannins in it, making it great for preventing infections and keeping scars from forming.

4.The Dominican Republic: Garlic – It has antifungal and antimicrobial properties.

5.India: Neem – It is great for healthy hair.

6.Japan: Sake – Try a sake bath. Sake is high in kojic acid and enzymes that soften skin and help reduce hyper-pigmentation.

7.New Zealand: Manuka honey – People have been using honey for its antimicrobial properties (and its deliciousness) since prehistoric times. The Kiwi type of honey, however, is even better as an antibacterial and antimicrobial than the regular kind.

8.Ghana: Black soap – This great Ghanian soap is legendary for its gentle cleansing properties and skin-softening abilities. It’s made with plantain skins, which have loads of vitamins A and E, and moisturizing shea butter.

9.France: Milk – It is full of gentle lactic acid, which exfoliates and softens without the harshness of stronger acid types. Pour some fresh whole milk or cream into your bath along with honey or lavender to get a gorgeous glow.

10.The Amazon: Passion flower oil – Passion flower oil, aka maracuja, has been used in the Amazon for thousands of years because of its anti-inflammatory abilities, but it’s also high in fatty acids and vitamin C.

Now Argan oil is gaining popularity as a “miracle ingredient” in the Western beauty product industry. Because it is rare and expensive, it is often referred to as fluid gold. If you’d like a nice, inexpensive alternative to a pure argan oil or another Moroccan oil salon product, Organix renewing Moroccan Argan Oil penetrating serum is the product to try. This product contains dimethicone, cyclomethicone, linseed extract, among other ingredients, which does not qualify for its association with the pure Moroccan Argan Oil product range. If you’re looking for shiny, manageable results, Organix renewing Moroccan Argan Oil penetrating serum will work for a fraction of the price of pure Moroccan oil products.