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Saturday, January 29, 2011

Shrinking Large Pores

Pores are essential to your skin's health by providing oil to keep skin soft & hydrated. However, you don't necessarily want to be reminded of their existence every time you look in the mirror.Pores are more prominent when they are dilated, infected, or clogged with oil, making them appear larger than they really are. While it isn't possible to permanently shrink large pores, there are a number of ways to make them less noticeable.

There are two main factors that contribute to large pores,  genetics & age. People who have skin that is naturally thick & oily tend to have larger pores. As people get older, too, sun damage & decreased skin elasticity can cause pores to dilate. The skin thickens, causing tiny cells to collect around the edge of the pores & make them look larger. Blackheads are also a big contributor to large pores. When the pore becomes clogged by dirt & bacteria, oil within the pore begins to accumulate, causing the pore's diameter to expand.

Unfortunately, there is no way to permanently shrink large pores. The good news is that the appearance of large pores can be greatly reduced in a number of ways. For example, cleansing the pores of debris, excess oil & bacteria will significantly reduce their prominence. This can be achieved by using a low- strength topical medication or face wash containing retinol or vitamin C. These antioxidants help the   skin increase collagen & Elset in production while simultaneously loosening dirt & oil from the pores.

Exfoliation is also key to minimizing the appearance of large pores. This can be accomplished using an  at-home facial scrub or by visiting a spa or dermatologist for a  microderma-brasion treatment special   type of facial that gently scrubs off the dead surface layer of the skin, revealing softer, healthier skin  beneath).

Never underestimate the power of cosmetics to minimize even the most prominent of facial flaws. Try reducing the appearance of large pores by using the following technique:

  • Start with a pre-foundation skin primer, which will help even out your skin tone & keep foundation from soaking into your pores.

  • Let the primer dry & then apply your foundation using a makeup sponge. Use a cream or cream-to-powder foundation, which is more likely to conceal large pores than liquid foundation.

  • Finally, dust your face with a loose translucent powder. Large pores will be less visible & your skin   tone will appear more even.

Although large pores may be bothersome early in life, they can actually present some benefits as the skin begins to age. People with large pores tend to have oily skin, which can help counteract the drying & wrinkling of the skin that occurs with age. Although conscientious skin care is important for people of all ages & skin types, those with large pores can embrace the fact that their skin will likely retain its natural moisture well into their later years.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Simple Makeup Tips

These simple makeup tips are sure to speed up your daily routine with striking results

  • Apply mascara to upper & lower lashes, in two thin coats to avoid clumsiness. Choose brown mascara if your coloring is fair; black or brown-black works well for darker coloring. Or try colored mascara such as navy or plum for fun, but don't go too bright if you want to be taken seriously.

  • Apply a concealer that is one shade lighter than your foundation. Dot it on over any blemishes or under-eye circles & blend with your fingertips or a makeup sponge. If your concealer tends to cake, apply eye cream first.

  • Choose foundation that matches your skin tone exactly. Apply it in dots over the central part of your face, and then blend it out with a makeup sponge or your fingertips until it covers your entire face.

  • Use a loose or pressed powder to keep foundation & concealer on longer. Use pressed powder to touch up when you’re away from home.

  • Do your eyebrows next. Use powdered eyebrow shadow on brows instead of pencil, which can often look unnatural. Apply it with a hard, slanted brush.

  • Choose three colors of eye shadow: light, medium & dark. Use the dark only to line your upper eyelid, in a fairly thin line along the upper lashes. Use the medium shade for the crease & the lightest shade for the area under the eyebrow. There are many variations on eye shadow application techniques.

  • Use cake eyeliner with a damp, thin liner brush, or an eyeliner pencil & line the lower lid below the lashes. Line only the outer two-thirds of the lower lid, or all the way across if you're trying to achieve a darker look. Line all the way across the upper lid (just above the lash line & as close to the lashes as possible), or start the line where your lashes begin.

  • Smile to find the apples of your cheeks & apply blush to the apples or below, whichever you prefer. If you have to blend in blush, it’s too bright.

  • Choose a lipstick color that’s suited to your skin tone & that's perfect for your day look. You can mix colors & textures to suit your moods & your outfits.

  • Line lips after applying lipstick, not before. That’s way you won't end up with a dark circle of lip liner after your lipstick has worn off. Avoid combining very dark lip liner & pale lipstick.

Your tools include: Foundation, Mascara. Face Powder.  Blush, Lipstick.  Lip Gloss, Eye Shadow & Brushes.

Learn Hair Caring Tips

Learn few tips to keep your hair in good condition and make them more healthy and strong by following the few tips in your daily life.

Always apply a thickening lotion after shampooing if you have thin hair & want to create a full-body style. Concentrate the product at the roots then lift as you dry. Once hair is half-dry; add another application, wherever you need more thickness, then finish drying. Wash your hair properly. If you don't, all the effort you put into your styling will be wasted, even if you've got a stylish cut & use quality products.

Think salon clean:
Two shampoos, with the right shampoo for your hair type & rinsed through thoroughly.

If you see someone with a fantastic haircut & a great color stop them & ask who looks after their hair.
Learn the technique salons use to blow-dry your hair. First, blast your hair forwards with your hairdryer,   then backwards, & then forwards, this time directing the hairdryer down. This will eliminate any kinks in your hair for a smoother finish. Plus, blow-drying your hair once it's 80 to 90 percent dry through rough drying will reduce the styling time & keep the amount of heat applied to the hair to a minimum, to protect its condition.

Get the marriage between cut & color right - it’s the best way to stay looking youthful.   The wrong color can be really ageing. Your skin tone changes as you get older, so your hair color needs to be adapted to complement your skin's coloring. Having the right cut is equally Important & getting the shape right is the key to looking younger. If hair is cut into any sharp style, it can take years off. The addition of a fringe or some layers can make a style instantly more modem. The use of the right products can also give a more youthful finish & texture to a style, rather than just wearing hair long & straight, which can be quite ageing.

Use holidays to your hair’s advantage. If you want to be lighter, which hair tends to go in the sun, color   your hair a few weeks before going away & then the sun will lighten the color even more, so you can see if it suits you. If you have a more intense color, with darker tones, these will lift & fade on holiday, so if you don't want to lose your expensive color, have it done two weeks after you've come back.

Cut your hair off when you want to, not because you feel you have to. There’s nothing worse than a woman going from long, flowing hair to a bad short cut because she thinks she must - she’ll age ten years in one hour.

When you have the perfect hair color, people should notice your eyes, never the hair color. Don’t go more than three shades lighter or darker than your natural color without going to a professional colorist.

Use a deep conditioning mask at least once a week.  Moisture revitalizes the hair, similar to how skincare works. Conditioning is not only good for your hair, but a bit of pampering is good for the soul.

Make sure you towel-dry hair after shampooing & before you applies conditioner: excess water in your hair means the conditioner won’t be able to penetrate the hair shaft & deliver the necessary moisture to keep hair looking healthy & shiny.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

How To Start Exercise For Healthy Life

If you can squeeze just thirty minutes out of your day, you  can fit  in a great  workout.

Don't wait for extra time to show up in your day because it won't. Mark off 30 minutes for exercise, just as you would schedule a doctor's appointment & then make it a priority. It matters little if it's morning, noon or night. Choosing a time that works within your schedule will help you establish a permanent routine & keep other obligations from undermining your plan.

For many people, an exercise partner is the glue that helps you stick to your commitment. Choose someone with compatible fitness level & goals so that you can each progress comfortably together & feel successful.

If you are not accustomed to exercise, don't try to do too much, too soon. Walking is a great way to begin an exercise program. It's simple you already know how to do it! It requires no special equipment other than a good pair of walking shoes & best of all, you can do it anywhere.

Consistency is a key ingredient for any successful fitness regime, so seek out activities that you like doing. It doesn't matter what the latest craze is that's guaranteed to bum thousands of calories per workout. If you don't enjoy doing it, you will never keep it up. Choose activities that add joy, not dread, to your day.

You need cardio, strength training & flexibility-based activities for a well-rounded exercise program. Rather than walking the same route every day, mix things up by doing some strength training a couple of days per week.

On some busy days, 30 minutes straight is just not happening. On those days, three sessions of 10 minutes of exercise is better than writing it off completely. Do some body squats at your desk, run the stairs, or find a quiet place to stretch. You will feel better & be more productive when you get back to your daily tasks.

You cannot fail unless you quit. Redouble your efforts for the next day & keep your good habit going. Don't let a missed day turn into a missed week & a missed opportunity for success.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Breast Cancer Myths

Chances are you've heard at least a few myths about what causes breast cancer or increases your breast cancer risk A little myth-busting is in order so you can get your breast cancer facts straight.

Underwire Bras Cause Breast Cancer

That's absolutely untrue. This is based on an old theory that an underwire bra would reduce lymphatic drainage & increase breast cancer risk. It was not based on any data whatsoever. Constriction of the breast, whether from an underwire bra or any kind of compression garment, does not affect breast cancer risk.

Antiperspirants Cause Breast Cancer

There have been no studies to suggest a link between antiperspirants & breast cancer. There are two possible points of origin for this cancer myth.

i) Parabens: These chemical preservatives are used in some antiperspirants & some other products. They may increase estrogen levels, which is linked to breast cancer risk But there is no decisive link. Check ingredient labels if you are concerned. Look for the ingredients methylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben, or benzylparaben. However, most brands no longer include these ingredients.

ii) Mammogram preparation: Antiperspirants contain some aluminum, which may show up on mammograms as a false-positive result. One thing that is important for women to know is that when they go for their mammograms, they shouldn't wear antiperspirants. 

Radiation from Screening Tests Causes Cancer

Although mammograms do give off a small amount of radiation, the radiation dose in a mammogram is less than in a standard chest X- ray. It is such a low level that it wouldn't increase breast cancer risk Women should also know that MRIs (magnetic resonance imaging) & ultrasounds, which may also be used to screen for breast cancer in some women, contain no radiation at all.

Exposure to Air Causes Cancer to Spread

That is untrue. Patients are naturally worried because cancer does have the potential to spread (called metastasis), but it is not caused by your cancer surgeon cutting into a tumor for a biopsy or to remove it.

You Have to Have a Family History to Get Cancer

Women who don't have a family history of breast cancer are surprised when they get breast cancer. Family history is a well-established risk factor. So well- established that some women may believe it is the only risk factor, but it's not. Less than 10 percent of breast cancer patients get it because of a familial history.

There's Nothing You Can Do about an Inherited Risk

A strong family history is a cancer risk factor, but just because women in your family have had breast cancer does not mean you are destined to get it. Genetic testing will help you understand your inherited risk & allow you to make choices about your future care. Additionally, research shows that a low-fat diet combined with physical activity reduces breast cancer risk. If you have a family history, you should do everything that you can to decrease your risk.

Breast Cancer Occurs Only in Older Women

Increasing age is a risk factor for breast cancer, so the older you are the more likely you are to get breast cancer. However, that doesn't mean younger women aren't vulnerable. Breast cancer can be diagnosed at any age. It tends to be more aggressive in younger women.

Plastic Surgery Causes Breast Cancer

The good news for women who want to enhance or reduce their bust size is that there is no link between breast plastic surgery & increased breast cancer risk Implants can make mammograms more difficult, but they do not make cancer more likely. Women who have breast reduction surgery may actually see a decrease in breast cancer risk. Getting a breast reduction can reduce your risk of breast cancer by about 60 percent, depending on how much they take.

Double Mastectomy Prevents a Return of Breast Cancer

Removing a breast that has not had breast cancer does prevent breast cancer in that breast, but removing a breast that already has cancer still leaves you with a 3 to 4 percent risk of recurrence. Your survival is based on the first cancer, not on the removal of additional breast tissue.

Mammograms Aren't Accurate Anyway, So Why Bother?
 Recent controversy about the right time for women to begin having mammograms - whether they should begin at age 40 or age 50 - has left some women feeling the screening test may not be worth while. Younger women often have denser breast tissue than older women, who have more fat tissue in the breast. The denser your breasts are, the less accurate your mammogram is going to be. Having a bad mammogram is better than having none.

Self-Exams Aren't Necessary

The research is inconclusive on this question. Most of the women are not doing self-exams. But there's no downside - it's cheap & easy to do. Only good things can come from being familiar with the shape of your own breasts.

Abortion & Miscarriage Increase Breast Cancer Risk

While there is some evidence that having children before the age of 30 can reduce the risk of breast cancer, there is no research to support the idea that the early end of a pregnancy through miscarriage or abortion could increase breast cancer risk.



Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Dieting & Slow-Metabolism

Many dieters point the finger of blame at their slow metabolism when dieting, but there are steps you can take to speed it up.

If you've ever had trouble losing weight, you've probably placed at least some of the blame on a slow metabolism. It's true that the rate at which your body uses energy can affect your ability to shed kilos. But there are also a few external, controllable factors that can slow down that rate. Here are eight triggers that can slow metabolism (some of which you can control) to make sure you aren't sabotaging your weight-loss efforts:

 Older Peopele has slow Metabolism

As you get older, your ability to quickly use up energy dirninishes & your metabolism can slow. As cells age, they do metabolize less rapidly. Older people also tend to have less muscle mass than younger people, which translates to a reduced metabolic rate. While you can't make yourself younger to speed up your metabolism, being diligent about getting enough exercise many people tend to manage as they age. Adults 65 & older should get two & a half hours of moderate-intensity aerobic activity every week & do strengthening exercises on all the body's major muscle groups at least twice a week. 

Avoid Stress

When your nerves are frazzled, your body releases cortisol, a hormone produced by the adrenal system that is linked to weight gain. There are definitely established links between psychological stress & the adrenal system. To make sure that stress isn't making it harder to take off kgs, try to calm yourselfby reducing the controllable stressors in your life. For example, if heavy traffic makes you nervous, avoid the roadways during rush hour. Regular physical activity, deep breathing & even professional assistance from a psychologist or counselor may also be helpful.

Lack of Sleep

Getting too little shut-eye can significantly alter your body's processes enough to predispose you to gain weight. There was a recent study where healthy volunteers were subjected to poor sleep. Even over one night, the lack of sleep was significant enough to disrupt their metabolic pattems & give them more insulin resistance, which is a risk factor for diabetes. Insulin resistance has also been associated with obesity. To increase the chances of boosting metabolism, adults should get seven to nine hours of sleep each night.

Exercise for Boosting Metabolism

Exercise not only helps you expend more calories while you're physically active, but there's also some evidence that it may increase your resting metabolic rate. To make sure you get enough exercise for boosting metabolism, set aside a dedicated period of time, rather than trying to accomplish it during the course of your everyday activities. Adults ages 18 to 64 need about two & a half hours of moderate-intensity aerobic activity each week, as well as strengthening exercises for all muscle groups twice a week.

Not Eating Enough

It may be tempting to severely restrict your calories or skip meals to lose weight, but that may be a self-defeating practice. Not eating enough can actually cause your metabolism to slow down in an attempt to conserve calories. There's something to be said for eating a small meal around breakfast time to get your metabolism moving for the day, eating small meals throughout the day can also be helpful. What's more, under-eating or meal-skipping can make you more likely to overeat at your next meal.

Caffeine-Containing Drinks

A few studies have also shown that caffeine-containing drinks like green tea & foods containing capsaicin (a chemical that gives spicy foods their heat) may cause temporary increases in metabolic rates. However, they only increase energy expenditure & fat-burning by a very small amount.


Certain drugs can make it easy to put on kilos & hard to lose them. Some antipsychotic drugs used for bipolar disorder & depression can make patients put on significant amounts of weight. One such medication, olanzapine (Zyprexa) has been shown to promote weight gain. Scientists aren't sure why it happens. If you feel your medications may be causing your body to hang on to extra weight, talk to your physician, who may be able to switch you to another drug that's less likely to have those unwanted side effects.

Exposure to Colder Temperatures

There is some evidence that exposure to colder temperatures causes an increase in metabolism, as the body attempts to stay warm. However, research in this area is scarce. People living in cold climates may be more likely to gain weight because the low temps have a negative effect on their moods. When you have long winters, you can have depression that can cause people to gain weight. If you live in a cold place, be extra vigilant for symptoms of depression & talk to your doctor if the blues don't go away.

Medical Conditions

There are some medical conditions that can make losing weight more difficult. For example, thyroid problems like hypothyroidism, a condition in which the thyroid gland does not produce enough thyroid hormone, can cause body functions to slow down & weight gain to result. Medications are available to relieve most of these conditions or eliminate their symptoms. If you've been trying to lose weight for some time & have been unsuccessful, ask your doctor about screening tests for these conditions.

Increase the amount of exercise you do, get enough sleep & talk to your doctor about medical conditions that can be affeaing your metabolism.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Natural Skin Glow

Exercise is great for your health & can also help improve the look of your skin. Regular physical activity & sweating out the toxins can boost skin health & add a natural glow.

Skin Health

You know how great you feel after a tough workout - a long run, bike, exercise machines, or a good game of tennis. Though you're sweaty & exhausted, you notice the exhilaration shows in your glowing skin. Your skin is flushed from more than that healthy sweat you just worked up - exercise can really improve your overall skin health & quality. Exercise offers a number of benefits for your skin & should be considered an important part of any skin care regimen. So add a vibrant complexion to good health & a toned body when reviewing your reasons for getting in a daily workout.
Beyond heart health & bone building, exercise has a positive effect on your skin's appearance, too. Here's why:

Sweat Purges Body Toxins

Sweat purges your body of toxins that can clog pores & plague your skin with pimples & blemishes. The body only has so many mechanisms to rid itself of toxins - the kidneys, the liver & the skin. Exercise increases blood flow to the skin, increases neuronal stimulation & allows the sweat glands to increase their functions & rid the toxins. Once you sweat out those toxins, it's important to wash them off - you don't want to leave them sitting on your skin. Always shower after a workout to prevent bacterial or fungal infections that may occur from dirt clogging up your pores.
The more toned you are beneath your skin, the healthier your skin will look & feel. The stronger/firmer your muscles are the more support your skin will have & the more firm & elastic it will appear. Toning your muscles may also help to minimize the appearance of cellulite, the dimply fat that often strikes thighs & buttocks. You can't exercise cellulite away, but you can help it look better.
Exercise Boosts Blood Flow
Studies have shown that regular exercise boosts blood flow enough in type 2 diabetics to help reduce the risk of skin problems that lead to amputation. Exercise gets the blood flowing & that increased blood flow carries more oxygen to the skin. The boost in blood flow & oxygen to the skin cells also carries nutrients that improve skin health, supporting all the effort you make with moisturizers other skin care products on the skin surface.
Exercise Relieve Stress
Exercise has long been known as a great way to relieve stress. Those mind-body benefits may extend to your complexion. Though studies are small, some show that stress may worsen, if not actually trigger, acne. Stress may also trigger flare-ups of psoriasis. It's known to boost hormone production & suppress the body's ability to heal, but regular workouts can keep stress & possibly hard-to-manage skin conditions under control. When you're feeling tense, let exercise keep any frown lines at bay, too.
Exercise Gives Your Skin Natural Glow
Exercise gives your complexion a beautiful, natural glow. When you exercise, your skin begins to produce more of its natural oils that help skin look supple & healthy. While that can naturally moisturize skin, remember to cleanse your face gently as part of your skin care routine when you shower to prevent any breakouts.