How Vitamin C Serum and Hair Like to Play

What’s Vitamin C Serum Got to Do With It?

Having a healthy body and mind is extremely important, and for many people, if you feel good, you look good, and if you look good, you feel good. Whether it’s proper diet and exercise or remedy beauty and health treatments, the desire to have a healthy appearance is more popular than ever. With negative influences such as the weather, humidity, blow-drying, color-treatments, perms, and the use of hair appliances, it’s more and more difficult to maintain a naturally healthy mane. Dyes, straighteners, curlers, heated blow-dryers and chemicals are all terrible for hair, yet many people still use them daily. If you are one of these people and are interested in retaining a bit of vitality and shine back to your hair, or if you are just interested in a beauty remedy for revitalized looking hair, here are some quick and easy at-home hair treatments made with commonplace ingredients found in the average house.

Mask No. 1 – Banana Hair Mask

For those with thinner and weaker hair, whether naturally or cause by over-dye or overheating, this mask is a great option. Because bananas contain potassium, the hair is strengthened from previous damage without being weighed down exponentially. It is a rather simple mixture to make, without two ingredients. This mask can be made with 1 ripened banana, and one tablespoon of honey. Adding more of either ingredient to make a larger mask is also recommended. Blend the ingredients together until a smooth liquid form is created, then apply to hair and wait 15-30 minutes before rinsing and conditioning.

Mask No. 2 –Egg Hair Mask

Egg seems like a rather interesting ingredient to use on hair, however eggs contain protein, fatty acids, potassium and vitamin A, which nourish the hair roots, provide natural shine, aid in hair growth, heal dry, damaged hair, and prevent hair loss. To make this egg mask, combine ingredients as so: whisk one egg and one cup of milk, half of a lemon, and two table-spoons of olive oil in a bowl. Apply to hair and keep on until dry (30 minutes to 60 minutes), then rinse and condition as normal.

Mask No. 3 – Coconut Oil Hair Mask

Coconut is a popular hair moisturizer among many people. It’s sweet scent and lightweight texture make it an enjoyable mask to use. This mask is simple to make and use, with only two ingredients to mix as follows.  Mix two-parts Coconut oil and one-part Olive Oil in a small bowl and mix well until creamy smooth consistency. Apply mixture to hair, starting at ends. Wrap hair in a bun under a shower cap and leave on hair for 30 minutes or more, dependent upon the hair’s level of damage. Rinse out thoroughly and condition as usual.  Whether you use hyaluronic acid, phytoceramides, or vitamin c serum, taking care of your hair “tops” them all, and gives a glow to your whole appearance.


Beautiful Shiny Hair – Seven Essential Tips

Beautiful Shiny HairIt can seem difficult and often expensive to have beautiful shiny hair. Does it involve lots of visits to the salon and lots of money spent on expensive products and treatments? This needn’t be the case, read on for my tips below to help you have gorgeous shiny celebrity hair throughout the winter without the hefty price tag. Use an inexpensive finishing rinse in your hair. For blondes or redheads try a strong infusion of camomile tea. Flat cola works well for darker hair and yes for brunettes beer really does work and give extra shine. A mint tea infusion is another good shine booster.

Use a deep conditioning treatment once a week. It doesn’t have to be an expensive salon treatment one of the best available is olive oil. Simply warm an egg cupful of olive oil and massage through your hair and scalp, cover with a plastic cap and a hot towel and leave to work for at least 30 minutes. Shampoo out with warm water and your hair will feel beautifully soft and silky. Keep hydrated (and this one works for your skin too!) Place tiny bowls of water on radiators in rooms in your home and workplace if possible. You can also add a few drops of essential oils to these to make them smell nice. The addition of extra moisture in the air will help to keep your hair (and skin) hydrated.

3 Key Steps to Radiant Beauty

Beauty is so subjective, yet both men and women are constantly striving to achieve that ‘Body Beautiful’. This is promoted through the media, where we are constantly bombarded with images of beautiful men and women who, by implication, are successful because of their good looks.

Radiant BeautyBeauty however, is much more than just skin deep and true beauty comes from within. There are simple steps, which anyone can follow to look and feel more beautiful. Beauty is much more about how you feel and project yourself, than it is about the size of your waist, number of lines on your face or darkness of your tan. It is about the projection of health, vigor and confidence.

So how can you achieve this radiant beauty?

Simple. There are 3 key steps you need to incorporate into your daily life to bring to the outside the beauty within.

Step 1 – Diet

Yes, it is an old cliche, but you are what you eat. Your skin, eyes, weight, looks and even your emotional state are influenced by what you eat. Eat rubbish, and you’ll feel like rubbish, and that is what you’ll project to the people around you. This sounds hard, and many of you will not believe this to be true, but the fact is that if your diet does not consist of a well rounded, nutritionally balanced intake of good quality food, sooner or later your body will reflect this.

So what is a well rounded, nutritionally balanced diet?

Diets come in all shapes and sizes. Everyday we read or hear about another miracle diet that will loose us those extra kilos, make us look a million dollars and so on… Unfortunately, most of these diets do not work, at least not for the majority of people who try them. This is not always the fault of the diet, but often this is due to the fact that the celebrity who is promoting this diet has a completely different lifestyle to the one we have. They can afford to spend hours in the gym, have personal trainers and have the cash to buy the high quality foods, vitamins, herbs, etc.

Another aspect is time pressure. Often it is a lack of time that prevents us from doing what we know we should be doing, but simply do not have the time to do. Or do we?

According to the AC Nielsen Co., the average American watches more than 4 hours of TV each day! Now that is a lot of time that could be invested into more productive activities.

So let’s look at what you should be eating.

The first thing is, do not go on a diet. Yes, that’s right, do not go on a diet. Rather look at what you are eating and make better choices. First, stop purchasing highly processed foods like TV dinners and the like, stop buying junk food during the day to have a quick lunch or even to substitute a sound breakfast. It does not take any longer to cut up a banana and add it to some natural yogurt together with some oats, nuts and grains, than it does to get into the queue at your local fast food outlet. The quality of food however is as different as day and night. The natural breakfast will provide you with much higher nutritional value than anything you can get from a fast food outlet.

Secondly, when doing your shopping, focus on buying fresh fruits and vegetables, organic if you like, but that’s not necessary. Focus on making meals rather than buying them already made. Ready made meals have preservatives and other additives you do not need and that may not be good for you. Stick to making the meals yourself. Take some of the TV time and invest it in your health.

Thirdly, it is better for your body to eat small meals frequently rather than one large meal at night, as so many of us do. Remember that you do not need a lot of energy to sleep, but you do need energy to tackle your day-to-day activities. It is therefore best to eat the largest meal of the day in the morning and decreasingly large portions subsequently during the day. Use fresh fruits and nuts to provide you with healthy, quick little snakes that will sustain you during the day. Come dinner-time, make meals that are light and easy to digest. There are hundreds of books out there that will provide you with recipes that are easy to make, healthy and of high nutritional value.

Finally, keep this in mind when preparing meals. Use small quantities of many foods. For example, try to exceed 15 different fruits and vegetables every day. This does not mean you need to eat 15 pieces of fruit/vegetables, but rather small portions of more than 15 wholesome foods. In a muesli for instance, use rolled oats, dried or fresh banana, apple, pears, berries, add different nuts such as almonds, pecans, hazel nuts, walnuts, add a handful of pine seeds, raw oats, raisins and sultanas. Then, when making your salad use lots of different vegetables, don’t be afraid to experiment. You see how easy it is to achieve variety of over 15 different foods in anyone day. In addition, don’t forget to have fish 2 or 3 times a week.

Yes, it’s a change in the way you are used to doing things, but these sorts of changes are exactly what is needed if you want to achieve that ‘body beautiful’. Are you prepared to pay the price? If not, don’t bother reading on. If yes, then there are some additional steps you can take to bring you closer to where you want to be.

Step 2 – Exercise

Err, I hear you say. Not that again. I don’t have time to go to the gym… I hate going to the gym… Well, so do I, but exercise is the one thing that will keep your body fit and help you to achieve the physical well being. Don’t go to the gym unless you feel comfortable in that environment and you like being there. There are equally good ways you can get exercise all the way through your day, without necessarily taking time out to go and do exercise.

How? Easy. Park your car a block or two away from the office, shops, or where ever you’re going and walk the extra distance. You’ll probably find it easier to find a parking spot and that is reducing your stress levels already. (more…)