Makeup Tips and Tricks

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You will find below some useful tips on how to apply eye shadow.

1- Always start by applying a foundation over your face. Foundation gives you a good base to work with. Do not over do it however; keep it light and gentle.
2- Then, start applying an eye shadow primer over your eye from the lash to the eyebrow. A primer will help the shadow last longer and minimize the number of application daily.
3- Use an eye shadow to apply the MEDIUM shade from your eye lashes to your eyelid’s outer corner.
4- Use a pencil eyeliner to mark the eye just above your upper lash. Move from the inner cornet to the outer corner slowly
5- Use the brush and go over the area where you applied the eye liner to diffuse the color just a little bit
6- To make your eyes look deep, apply the dark eye shadow on the outer corner of the eye lids.
7- On the eyebrow bone use the light color to highlight your eyes and make them shiny and beautiful.
8- Also apply the light eye shadow from your eye lashes to the outer corner of the eye at the center of the eye lids.
9- Blend the color a little bit so that there are no hard lines
10- Apply Mascara to your upper and lower eye lashes to finish the great look

Quick Fixes for Puffy Eyes

Instructions:

  • Tea bags: With eyes closed, place a moist, warm (not hot) tea bag on each eyelid. You can use a regular (like Lipton) or chamomile tea bag. You can also take several chamomile tea bags, moisten them in cold water and refrigerate them. If you wake up with swollen or puffy eyes, just apply a chilled bag to your eyes.
  • A slice of cucumber on each eye is really refreshing.
  • Slices of potato work well on puffy eyes
  • Cotton pads or puffs soaked in milk will deflate puffy areas.
  • Cotton pads or puffs soaked in witch hazel and left on eyes for 10 minutes relieves puffiness, tears, eye fatigue, and eyestrain.
  • A stiffly beaten egg white patted on the face will reduce puffiness; you can also you can add a few drops of witch hazel — it’s an astringent and will also keep the egg white from drying to quickly. Witch hazel also reduces swelling.
By: WebMD, thanks for the great healthy tips

BENEFITS OF ROSEWATER

Did you get roses for Valentine’s? If the roses are still there, why not make your own rosewater with them instead of throwing them away?

How to make rosewater, get your rose petals and boil. The formula is 1 is to 2. 

Example:

½ cup of petals, use 1 cup of water. Boil for 15 minutes, then use a strainer to remove the pe­tals. Pwede kang mag-add ng drops of rose oil (Fragrance Factory) to make it more potent.

Rosewater is also available in Indian stores. Here are the bene­fits of rosewater:

FOR YOUR FACE:

1. Use it as a natural facial toner. Rosewater toner is perfect to combat acne.

2. Apply rosewater to your face to tighten pores and prevent wrinkles. Acting as an astringent with anti-inflammatory agents, the rosewater will help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

3. It can be used as a gentle facial cleanser. Make your own by mixing one cup of rose water, 2 teaspoons of glycerin and 10 drops of rose essential oil. The essential oil will add to the cleansing pro­perties of this rosewater cleanser as well as help preserve it.

4. Rosewater makes a GREAT makeup setting spray! Add it to a spray bottle and spritz lightly over your face. It will set your makeup and gave you a dewy finish for hours.

5. Dab on temples and eye area to ward off or soothe headaches.

6. Rosewater helps to balance the pH of the skin, helping to control both dry and oily skin and can soothe many types of dermatitis.
FOR YOUR SKIN:

1. For a light, refreshing perfume, add five drops of jasmine oil to a quarter cup of rosewater. Store your perfume in a dark glass bottle with a tight-fitting lid to keep away from light.

2. Soothe a sunburn with rosewater. Cool rose water spritzed on skin feels great, reduces puffiness and gently disinfects the skin, preventing infection and irritation.

3. Add rosewater to a hot bath to help relax as well as trap moisture in the skin, making skin smoother and firmer.
FOR YOUR HAIR:

1. Pour rosewater over your head while showering/bathing as it can reduce inflammation of the scalp, increasing the blood supply to the scalp and promotes hair growth.

2. Rosewater bene­fits the hair by acting as an excellent moisturizer. Mix some rosewater in your shampoo and you’ll be left with conditioned and moisturized hair that smells great and is extremely soft to touch.
FOR YOU HEALTH:

1. Add rosewater to bath water to relieve fatigue, produce a relaxing effect, improve your mood and lessen stress and depression.

2. Rinse with rosewater to soothe a sore throat.

3. A cotton swab soaked in rosewater can be used for treating and relieving inflamed gums. Warm rosewater can also be taken in your mouth for treating gums. Regular use of rosewater helps in relieving and curing paining gums, strengthening of loose teeth and removes bad odor from the mouth.
FOR YOUR HOME:

1. Use rosewater spri­zer as an air-freshener. Use rosewater as spritzer when ironing pillows and bedsheets, they will smell so good.

2. Spray rosewater on counter tops to disinfectant bathrooms, on couches, carpets, etc.

3. When cooking, rose water can be used in many dessert and baking recipes in place of vanilla extract.

 

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Quick Fixes for Puffy Eyes

Instructions:

  • Tea bags: With eyes closed, place a moist, warm (not hot) tea bag on each eyelid. You can use a regular (like Lipton) or chamomile tea bag. You can also take several chamomile tea bags, moisten them in cold water and refrigerate them. If you wake up with swollen or puffy eyes, just apply a chilled bag to your eyes.
  • A slice of cucumber on each eye is really refreshing.
  • Slices of potato work well on puffy eyes
  • Cotton pads or puffs soaked in milk will deflate puffy areas.
  • Cotton pads or puffs soaked in witch hazel and left on eyes for 10 minutes relieves puffiness, tears, eye fatigue, and eyestrain.
  • A stiffly beaten egg white patted on the face will reduce puffiness; you can also you can add a few drops of witch hazel — it’s an astringent and will also keep the egg white from drying to quickly. Witch hazel also reduces swelling.
By: WebMD, thanks for the great healthy tips

Seaweed Cellulite Buster

Ingredients: 3 ounces clay 3 ounces dried seaweed powder (or crushed seaweed paper found at grocery store) 5 tablespoons lime juice 1 tablespoon sweet almond oil 1/2 tablespoon clear honey 2 drops rosemary essential oil 2 drops lavender essential oil (optional) Cooking Instructions: Mix the seaweed powder and clay with the lime juice to make … Continue reading

Top 10 Foods for Healthy Hair

When it comes to healthy hair, it’s not just what you put on your tresses that count — it’s what you put in your body, too.

By Hilary Parker
WebMD Feature
Reviewed by Louise Chang, MD

“Lather, rinse, repeat” may be standard advice, but shampoo and conditioner alone won’t give you the healthy hair you crave. For the most luxurious locks possible, you’ll need to step out of the shower, and into the kitchen.

“Your hair grows about 1/4 to 1/2 inch every month, and the foundation of all of our new hair, skin, and nail growth is the nutrients we eat,” says Dawn Jackson Blatner, RD, a Chicago-based dietitian. “If you eat a healthy diet, you will grow stronger and healthier cells throughout your entire body — inside and out.”

If you were born with fine, thin hair, you’ll never have rope-thick tresses — no matter what you eat — but a well-balanced diet that includes plenty of growth-promoting protein and iron can make a difference, say nutrition and hair experts.

And beware of dietary supplements often marketed to thicken hair or make it grow faster. They may backfire.

“Even though you can find beauty supplements on the shelves of most stores, try to get the nutrients you need from foods whenever possible,” Paradi Mirmirani, MD, a dermatologist in Vallejo, Calif., tells WebMD. “In rare instances, excess supplementation of certain nutrients, such as vitamin A, has been linked to hair loss.”

Healthy Hair Food No. 1: Salmon

When it comes to foods that pack a beauty punch, it’s hard to beat salmon. Loaded with omega-3 fatty acids, this high-quality protein source is also filled with vitamin B-12 and iron.

“Essential omega-3 fatty acids are needed to support scalp health,” says Andrea Giancoli, MPH, RD, a dietitian in Los Angeles and a spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association. “A deficiency can result in a dry scalp and thus hair, giving it a dull look.”

Vegetarian? Include one or two tablespoons of ground flaxseed in your daily diet for some plant-based omega-3 fats.

Healthy Hair Food No. 2: Dark Green Vegetables

Popeye the Sailor Man didn’t eat all that spinach for healthy hair, but he could have. Spinach, like broccoli and Swiss chard, is an excellent source of vitamins A and C, which your body needs to produce sebum. The oily substance, secreted by your hair follicles, is the body’s natural hair conditioner.

Dark green vegetables also provide iron and calcium.

Healthy Hair Food No. 3: Beans

Beans, beans, they’re good for your … hair?

Yes, it’s true. Legumes like kidney beans and lentils should be an important part of your hair-care diet. Not only do they provide plentiful protein to promote hair growth, but ample iron, zinc, and biotin. While rare, biotin deficiencies can result in brittle hair.

Blatner, who is also a spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association, recommends three or more cups of lentils or beans each week.

Healthy Hair Food No. 4: Nuts

Do you go nuts for thick, shiny hair? You should.

Brazil nuts are one of nature’s best sources of selenium, an important mineral for the health of your scalp.

Walnuts contain alpha-linolenic acid, an omega-3 fatty acid that may help condition your hair. They are also a terrific source of zinc, as are cashews, pecans, and almonds. A zinc deficiency can lead to hair shedding, so make sure nuts are a regular on your healthy hair menu.

Healthy Hair Food No. 5: Poultry

Chickens and turkeys may have feathers, but the high-quality protein they provide will help give you the healthy hair you crave.

“Without adequate protein or with low-quality protein, one can experience weak brittle hair, while a profound protein deficiency can result in loss of hair color,” Giancoli tells WebMD.

Poultry also provides iron with a high degree of bioavailability, meaning your body can easily reap its benefits.

Healthy Hair Food No. 6: Eggs

When it comes to healthy hair, it doesn’t matter whether you like your eggs scrambled, fried, or over easy. However they’re served up, eggs are one of the best protein sources you can find.

They also contain biotin and vitamin B-12, which are important beauty nutrients.

Healthy Hair Food No. 7: Whole Grains

Sink your teeth into hearty whole grains, including whole-wheat bread and fortified whole-grain breakfast cereals, for a hair-healthy dose of zinc, iron, and B vitamins.

A whole-grain snack can also be a great go-to food when your energy is zapped halfway through the afternoon, and you’ve still got hours to go before dinner.

Healthy Hair Food No. 8: Oysters

Oysters may be better known for their reputation as an aphrodisiac, but they can also lead to healthy hair — and who doesn’t love that?

The key to their love and hair-boosting abilities is zinc — a powerful antioxidant.

If oysters don’t make a regular appearance on your dinner plate, don’t despair. In addition to getting it from whole grains and nuts, you can also get zinc from beef and lamb.

Healthy Hair Food No. 9: Low-Fat Dairy Products

Low-fat dairy products like skim milk and yogurt are great sources of calcium, an important mineral for hair growth. They also contain whey and casein, two high-quality protein sources.

For some healthy hair foods “to-go,” try throwing a yogurt or cottage cheese cup in your bag when you head out in the morning to snack on later in the day. You can even boost their hair benefits by stirring in a couple of tablespoons of ground flaxseeds or walnuts for omega-3 fatty acids and zinc.

Healthy Hair Food No. 10: Carrots

Carrots are an excellent source of vitamin A, which promotes a healthy scalp along with good vision.

Since a healthy scalp is essential for a shiny, well-conditioned head of hair, you’d be wise to include carrots in your diet as snacks or toppings on your salad.

Original post:  http://www.webmd.com/skin-beauty/features/top-10-foods-for-healthy-hair

Hyperthyroidism

Introduction:

Hyperthyroidism is when your thyroid gland, located at the front of your neck, produces too much thyroid hormone, causing your metabolism to speed up. Hyperthyroidism has three forms that share several symptoms. The most common form is Graves disease. Hyperthyroidism can also be caused by taking too much thyroid hormone when you are being treated for hypothyroidism. Hyperthyroidism is more common in women than men and usually occurs between the ages of 20 – 40. It often starts after times of extreme stress or during pregnancy.

Signs and Symptoms:

  • Rapid heart rate and palpitations
  • Shortness of breath
  • Goiter (swelling of the thyroid gland)
  • Moist skin and increased perspiration
  • Shakiness and tremor
  • Anxiety
  • Increased appetite accompanied by weight loss
  • Insomnia
  • Swollen, reddened, and bulging eyes (in Graves disease)
  • Occasionally, raised, thickened skin over the shins, back of feet, back, hands, or even face
  • In crisis: fever, very rapid pulse, agitation, and possibly delirium
  • Changes in menstrual periods

What Causes It?:

Researchers suspect that Graves disease (the most common form of hyperthyroidism) is caused by an antibody that mistakenly stimulates the thyroid to produce too much hormone. Toxic nodular goiter is caused by a noncancerous tumor in nodules that make up the thyroid gland. Secondary hyperthyroidism results when a gland called the pituitary overrides the thyroid’s normal instructions, and orders it to make too much thyroid hormone.

What to Expect at Your Provider’s Office:

Your health care provider will ask you to extend your fingers to see if you have a telltale tremor. Your health care provider will also examine your thyroid gland while you swallow. A blood test can confirm that you have elevated levels of thyroid hormone. Your doctor may also order a radioactive iodine uptake test to determine why your thyroid is producing too much hormone.

Treatment Options:

Drug Therapies

Your health care provider will most likely prescribe a single dose of liquid radioactive iodine, which calms down your thyroid gland. Often the thyroid then becomes underactive. Up to half of patients who receive radioactive iodine treatments for an overactive thyroid develop permanent hypothyroidism within a year of therapy. Such patients may have to take replacement thyroid hormone. Alternatively, your health care provider may give you thyroid depressive medication. You may also be prescribed beta-blockers to help slow a rapid heartbeat. If drug treatment fails, you may need surgery to remove part of your thyroid. If so, you will need to take replacement thyroid hormone.

Complementary and Alternative Therapies

Alternative therapies may be effective at minimizing symptoms of mild thyroid dysfunction. Keep all of your physicians informed regarding all complementary treatments you are taking. Some complementary and alternative therapies can interfere with conventional medical therapies. Work with a provider who is knowledgeable in complementary medicine to find the right mix of treatments for you.

Nutrition and Supplements

Following these nutritional tips may help reduce symptoms:

  • Eliminate suspected food allergens, such as dairy (milk, cheese, and ice cream), wheat (gluten), soy, corn, preservatives, and chemical food additives. Your health care provider may want to test you for food allergies.
  • Eat foods high in B-vitamins and iron, such as whole grains (if no allergy), fresh vegetables, and sea vegetables.
  • If you take thyroid hormone medications, talk to your doctor before consuming soy products. There is some evidence that soy may interfere with absorption of thyroid hormone.
  • Iron may also interfere with the absorption of thyroid hormone medication.
  • Eat antioxidant foods, including fruits (such as blueberries, cherries, and tomatoes) and vegetables (such as squash and bell pepper).
  • Avoid refined foods, such as white breads, pastas, and sugar.
  • Eat fewer red meats and more lean meats, cold water fish, or beans for protein. Limit your intake of processed meats, such as fast foods and lunch meats.
  • Use healthy cooking oils, such as olive oil or vegetable oil.
  • Reduce or eliminate trans fatty acids, found in commercially baked goods such as cookies, crackers, cakes, French fries, onion rings, donuts, processed foods, and margarine.
  • Avoid alcohol and tobacco. Talk to your doctor before using caffeine containing products, such as teas and soft drinks. Caffeine impacts several conditions and medications.
  • Exercise, if possible, 30 minutes daily, 5 days a week.

You may address nutritional deficiencies with the following supplements:

  • A multivitamin daily, containing the antioxidant vitamins A, C, E, the B-complex vitamins, and trace minerals such as magnesium, calcium, zinc, and selenium.
  • Omega-3 fatty acids, such as fish oil, 1 – 2 capsules or 1 – 2 tbs. of oil daily, to help decrease inflammation and help with immunity. Omega-3 fatty acids can have a blood thinning effect. If you are taking blood thinning medications, speak to your doctor before taking Omega-3 fatty acids.
  • Vitamin C, 500 – 1,000 mg daily, as an antioxidant and for immune support.
  • Alpha-lipoic acid, 25 – 50 mg twice daily, for antioxidant support.
  • L-carnitine, 500 – 2,000 mg daily, for decreasing thyroid activity.
  • Probiotic supplement (containing Lactobacillus acidophilus), 5 – 10 billion CFUs (colony forming units) a day, when needed for maintenance of gastrointestinal and immune health. Some acidophilus products may need refrigeration — read labels carefully.
  • Do not take an iodine supplement unless directed by your doctor. Iodine is only effective in cases of iodine deficiency, which is uncommon in the developed world. And excessive iodine can cause hypothyroidism.

Herbs

Herbs are generally a safe way to strengthen and tone the body’s systems. As with any therapy, you should work with your health care provider to diagnose your problem before starting any treatment. You may use herbs as dried extracts (capsules, powders, teas), glycerites (glycerine extracts), or tinctures (alcohol extracts). People with a history of alcoholism should not take tinctures. Unless otherwise indicated, make teas with 1 tsp. herb per cup of hot water. Steep covered 5 – 10 minutes for leaf or flowers, and 10 – 20 minutes for roots. Drink 2 – 4 cups per day. You may use tinctures singly or in combination as noted. If you are pregnant or nursing, speak to your doctor before using any herbal products.

  • Green tea (Camellia sinensis) standardized extract, 250 – 500 mg daily, for antioxidant effects. Use caffeine free products.
  • Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis), 300 – 500 mg 3 times daily, for thyroid support, helps to normalize an overactive thyroid. Steep lemon balm, 2 tbs. in one cup of boiling water. Strain and cool.
  • Avoid the following herb as it may stimulate hyperthyroidism: bladderwrack (Fucus vesiculosus). There has been some debate about whether ashwaganda (Withania somnifera) also stimulates hyperthyroidism. Some herbalists may still recommend ashwaganda in hyperthyroid patients. It is best to consult a trained herbal practitioner for advice. Also avoid stimulating herbs, such as caffeinated green tea products and Chinese or Korean ginseng (Panax ginseng).

Homeopathy

Few studies have examined the effectiveness of specific homeopathic therapies, professional homeopaths may consider remedies for the treatment of symptoms based on their knowledge and experience. Before prescribing a remedy, homeopaths take into account your constitutional type — your physical, emotional, and psychological makeup. An experienced homeopath assesses all of these factors when determining the most appropriate treatment for you.

Physical Medicine

Castor oil packs to the throat will also reduce inflammation. Apply oil to a clean, soft cloth, place on the throat and cover in plastic wrap. Place a heat source over the pack and let it sit for 30 – 60 minutes. For best results, use for 3 consecutive days.

Acupuncture

Acupuncture may help correct hormonal imbalances.

Massage

Therapeutic massage may help relieve stress.

Special Considerations:

Thyroid problems during pregnancy can cause serious complications. Some patients with hyperthyroid disease experience a decline in bone mineral density. This can be reversed after treatment with hyperthyroidism.

Alternative Names:

Thyroid – overactive

  • Reviewed last on: 2/4/2010
  • Steven D. Ehrlich, NMD, Solutions Acupuncture, a private practice specializing in complementary and alternative medicine, Phoenix, AZ. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network.

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