Mango Recipes for Health – NYTimes.com

Friday, April 29th, 2011

Now is the time to get acquainted with them: although they’re in season from January to August, mangoes peak in May and June.

I just love mangos, and we are moving into prime time for them. I’m also researching mango butter, a natural emollient from the kernel of the fruit. It feels wonderful on the skin. More to come on this.

Should Men Wear Makeup?

Friday, April 29th, 2011

How we have viewed the appearance of a man is beginning to change. Not only are men dabbling more with hair products and hair styles, more men are getting manicures and pedicures as well. In fact, they are even removing their body hair that used to be considered “manly.” Men have also started looking into cosmetics and beginning to wear makeup on a regular basis.

What do you think? Probably not lipstick or mascara. It’s definitely manly to moisturize, I’d say. But where is the metro-sexual thing going? Are you ready to share your cosmetics with your man?

How to Use Toner and Moisturizer

Friday, April 29th, 2011

Toners are meant to remove all remaining traces of oil, makeup and dirt. Always choose a mild and alcohol-free toner. Harsh toners dehydrate skin due to which skin may become oilier. Rosewater is the best natural toner. It helps to keep skin fresh and balances the pH levels. People with oily skin can use Witch Hazel as a toner.

If you use witch hazel, be sure it is free of alcohol. Most witch hazel extract contains 14% alcohol, and that is way too much for extra dry skin. I use alcohol-free witch hazel in my natural facial toner, along with organic rose and orange waters, and other botanicals that support healthy, smooth skin. The most immediate benefit of using a toner every day is the reduction in pore size. You should see it right away.

Major Moisture for Many Climates

Thursday, April 28th, 2011

Many of us treat our skin differently depending on the weather and although most of us are aware of the benefits of keeping skin moisturized, some of us still skip out on daily moisturizer once warmer weather moves in. Not okay.

I know it’s during the dry cold winter that extra dry skin is especially uncomfortable, but moisturizing is an every day, every season must!

Book Review: On the Wings of Self Esteem

Thursday, April 28th, 2011

When you feel good about yourself, you look good too.  It is a fact.  Confidence is the best kept beauty secret.

Yes! Got to agree with that. Check out the review of On the Wings of Self Esteem for the rest of the story.

Witch Hazel – An Ideal Facial Toner for Smooth, Healthy Skin

Thursday, April 28th, 2011

Nature has a way of providing some of the best medicines. Dry skin, puffy eyes, and open pores all respond to the natural compounds found in witch hazel. That’s why natural facial toners based on it have been so popular for so long.

Witch hazel keeps skin healthy and glowing. Healthy skin looks soft, radiant, and firm. When used as a facial toner, it tightens the skin cells and reduces pore size to create a smooth, flawless completion. The astringent properties wash away excess oils and dead skin cells to refresh and brighten your skin, while the natural stimulating and anti-inflammatory properties reduce swelling and stimulate circulation close to the skin’s surface. Putting this natural extract on your face and body helps keep skin healthy and glowing while healing any minor problem areas.

For skin that needs extra healing, a witch hazel facial toner is ideal. It was traditionally used to treat a whole host of skin problems and is still valued for its external healing properties. It has long been used on bedsores, insect bites, cuts, and cracked skin to clean the area and heal the wounds.  Anti-inflammatory properties help clear up poison ivy and poison oak, psoriasis, eczema, and other skin rashes. Blemishes and infections respond to the deep cleansing properties of witch hazel, along with the antimicrobial, anti-fungal, and antibacterial elements.  The stimulating elements of its extract can also help to revive tired muscles and heal bruises.

The tree grows in the forests of the North Eastern areas of North America where it has been a part of Native American medicine for hundreds of years. When early settlers came to the shores of the East Coast, the people learned some of their medicinal lore from the Native people. Witch hazel is one of the American Indian healing plants that has remained in common use in the health and beauty industry.

Splashing a little on your face or adding it to your favorite natural facial toner, brightens, tightens, and cleanses your skin. Look to witch hazel  to add nature’s healing compounds to your daily home skin care routine. And keep the bottle on hand to treat minor skin infections, blemishes, bruises, cracks, and swellings. It has been tested by time as a beauty and medicinal aid for a glowing complexion.

Just be sure the witch hazel you use is free of alcohol. Some extracts commonly contain 14% alcohol, and, especially if you have dry skin, you don’t want to be putting alcohol onto your face!

You can learn more about natural facial toners and other natural, easy ways to create luminous skin on my web site, <a target=”_new” href=”http://www.gaelleorganic.com/”>

Starting on the path to health, first believe in yourself and then take that step

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

Why do you think you can just start making a few changes to your food, skincare or lifestyle and then give up when it appears to “not be working.”

Perhaps it is due to there being no boundaries, you feel out of control and unsure if what you are doing is right, there is so much conflicting information?

Here’s a good article about how to make healthy changes in your lifestyle. The whole challenge of improving our wellness (and our appearance) can seem overwhelming. There’s so much to think about, we sometimes don’t know where to start. So we don’t do anything. This article has excellent tips on how to get started and make the changes you want.
It’s one of the reasons why I emphasize simple skin care – nothing elaborate by way of products – all you need are 4; and not time consuming – just a minute twice a day is all it takes to revitalize even extra dry skin.

Tropical blueberries are extreme super fruits

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

The first analysis of the healthful antioxidant content of blueberries that grow wild in Mexico, Central and South America concludes that some of these fruits have even more healthful antioxidants than the blueberries — already renowned as “super fruits” — sold throughout the United States. These extreme super fruits could provide even more protection against heart disease, cancer and other conditions, the report suggests. It appears in ACS’ Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.

This is really interesting – blueberries that grow wild are more potent that those that are farmed, even those that are farmed organically. I’ve always favored wild-harvested ingredients for my products, when they are available, such as the shea butter that I use in my organic moisturizer.

Health and Beauty Benefits of Orange

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

Though, I am very well aware of the importance of a balance diet or say vegetables yet, I have not accepted them completely. I still have to toil very hard to finish my quota of vegetables everyday. But, as far as fruits are concerned I eat them as if I’ll be dead next day.

Nice article about oranges in today’s Indian Makeup & Beauty Blog. The valley here is filled with the scent of orange blossoms. Intoxicating, actually. And oranges are so good for us. Check out the post for all the details, but know that an orange a day is a really good and delicious idea. It’s best to eat the whole fruit, rather than just the juice.

What Your Nail Polish Says About You

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

The colors we choose to wear can sometimes serve as more than just a trend. They say you are what you eat but, when it comes to style, what you wear can be an expression of who you are and how you feel. But going beyond the closet, your true colors can come through in other ways, such as your nail polish (really!). Have you ever wondered why your outgoing best friend is the queen of hot pink polish, or why your demure office mate stays away from all nail color? Find out in this fun nail color guide and see what your nail polish says about you!

Here’s a fun post. What’s your favorite nail polish color? Check out what it says about you by reading the rest of the article.
BTW: you can learn a whole lot more by checking out Chinese face reading and seeing what your face says about you, too.