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Molluscs Or Molluscum Contagiosum is More Than Just a Little Itch

The skin is the largest organ of the human body, yet most people tend to take it for granted. Going about daily life, protection from the harmful rays of the sun are often forgotten. Similarly, individuals forget to take care of the epidermis when it comes to protecting against contagious disease. One kids sent to school with chicken pox and within two weeks the entire class breaks out, unless the students have been vaccinated. But, there is more pox than one, and for those infected with molluscs or Molluscum Contagiosum, it is much more than just a little itch.

What is Molluscum Contagiosum?

The virus is an extremely contagious type of pox disease. It manifests as little pink bumps, similar to pimples. Yet, it can have a depressed center. The molluscs have a white waxy core, and they tend to spread easily. Do not touch, or beware of the consequences!

How are Molluscs Contracted?

Unfortunately, individuals can be infected by the viral skin disease and not even know it is a concern. Among the possibilities are:

  1. Touching another person with the virus
  2. Touching any object that has made contact with the virus.
  3. Intimacy with someone who suffers from the virus

Because Molluscum Contagiosum is such a prolific virus, young children and people with compromised immune systems are more susceptible. Also, scratching the irritated skin only serves to expand the problem even further.

How can I Avoid the Disease?

Unfortunately, there are often times that it is impossible to tell whether contact has been made with an infected person until it is too late and the damage has been done. However, there are a few ways to reduce the chances of spreading the virus:

  • If unfamiliar skin bumps appear, especially with white, waxy centers do not touch.
  • Seek the counsel of a doctor as soon as possible
  • Do not send a child to school who may have a pox-like disease
  • Disinfect toys and other common areas that children touch
  • Do not touch door handles in public areas where the infection is possible without protection.
  • Treat other skin problems like eczema which can exacerbate the problem.
  • Avoid intimacy if molluscs are suspected

What if I already have Molluscum Contagiosum?

If the disease is suspected, avoid making external contact with the bumps as much as possible, and seek the help of a medical profession to determine the true source of the skin irritation and discomfort. In the event of a confirmed diagnosis, the patient has a few options to consider:

  1. Self-limited, treatment may not be necessary
  2. The doctor can scrape the dome shaped lesions
  3. Similar to treating warts, the disease can be treated by chemical freezing
  4. Topical medicines
  5. Essential oils

How do I Decide the Right Treatment?

Although the disease is self-limited, it can also last for months or even years. Thus, if the lesions are not going away on their own, it may be a good time to study the options.

Sure, the doctor can scrape or freeze the molluscs, but there is always the potential of leaving scars in the process. Besides, it is a more painful and invasive option. Personally, checking a less drastic approach seems wise.

So, maybe the patient can discuss the application of topical medicines with the doctor. However, for people with sensitive skin already, the chemicals may get rid of the lesions, but leave irritated skin in its wake, which means one more option to consider.

Before subjecting the skin to any harsh or invasive treatment, why not try essential oils? The extract comes from plants and other sources that are completely part of nature, no additives, preservatives or chemicals added. Thus, the healing can begin without putting the epidermis or patient under any stress or further discomfort.

So, if you suspect the presence of Molluscum Contagiosum, avoid contact as much as possible and seek the advice of a doctor. Then, if suspicions are correct, decide what options are best for controlling and eradicating the virus, like the all-natural approach of treating molluscs with essential oils.

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Quiz – What’s the Best Makeup Look For Your Quince?

Nothing’s worse than planning every single detail for the perfect Quinceañera, only to find that the look your makeup artist gave you isn’t exactly what you had in mind. A makeup job you don’t like can not only make you look weird, but it can make you feel totally uncomfortable for the rest of the day and potentially ruin your quince celebration. In order to avoid that, it is important to know exactly what look you want (preferably one you are comfortable with), and to communicate that to your makeup artist. Not sure what look is best for you? Take our quiz below to help you figure it out!

1. Your Quince dress most closely matches the following:

  • a. A simple, white gown… nothing too fancy.
  • b. A kitschy quince dress that is just as cute and unique as you are.
  • c. An elegant pink gown that accentuates your regal neck.

2. You personalize your style by:

  • a. Always looking put together.
  • b. Being daring and different with your look
  • c. Adding dazzling accessories.

3. Your favorite ice cream flavor is:

  • a. Vanilla
  • b. Wild & Reckless Sorbet
  • c. Strawberry swirl

4. When you have a crush on a guy, you usually:

  • a. Pray to God that he bumps into you in the hall.
  • b. Approach him directly and ask him out as soon as you notice him.
  • c. Send ‘hints’ that you are interested such as smiling at him shyly… and you wait for him to approach.

5. When hanging out with your girlfriends, your favorite clothing style is:

  • a. Your favorite comfy jeans, sneakers and t-shirt … whatever you feel most comfortable in.
  • b. The latest designer jeans, a fashionable halter or tank top, and a killer pair of heels.
  • c. Skinny jeans and a cute blouse paired with ballet flats.

6. When someone asks you to sing karaoke you:

  • a. Turn beet-red and shake your head “no” emphatically.
  • b. What do you mean asks?! I’m the first one at the mic showing off my nearly-perfected renditions of Amy Winehouse tunes.
  • c. Agree to sing only if your best friend does it before you.

7. Which of the following celebrities do you most identify with:

  • a. America Ferrera
  • b. Pink
  • c. Scarlett Johansson

What your answers mean:

If you chose mostly a’s: You are the girl-next-door type. You prefer to stay away from the spotlight, and stick with things you feel most comfortable with. Your Quinceañera makeup look should be on the natural side. Ask your makeup artist and/or stylist to stick with neutral, earthy tones that enhance your naturally beautiful features and won’t erase them, and with clear or light colored lip glosses.  

If you chose mostly b’s: You are a daring diva. You are usually the life of the party and you like to make sure you always look the part as well. Your Quinceañera makeup look should be on the dramatic side to match your dress and personality. Ask your makeup artist to feel free and experiment with the latest trends in makeup, such as shimmery eye shadow and bold lipstick colors.  

If you chose mostly c’s: You are a classic beauty. Although you prefer things on the simple/natural side, you don’t mind experimenting with current trends once in a while. Your makeup look should be classic. Ask your makeup artist/stylist to stick with neutral tones that enhance your features, but to pair that look with a “bold but classic” lipstick color such as deep reds, browns, and earthy pinks.

Whatever your style, the basic rules with makeup applications for your quince are:

  • A great makeup job begins with a great canvas. To ensure that your face and skin are in their best shape for a makeup application, be sure to eat well, wash your face daily, get plenty of rest and exercise, and follow the beauty tips found in other articles on www.quinceanera.com.
  • Don’t wear too much or too heavy makeup. Remember that the trick is for your best features to be enhanced, not reshaped or contoured.
  • Always have the makeup person perform a test application before your Quinceañera to make sure that you like his/her work.

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Homemade Face Masks: More Effective Than Store Bought Products

Homemade face masks have been used for hundreds of years to moisturize skin. Most of the top skincare ranges in our modern times contain active ingredients that are much the same or derived from the same ingredients – whether chemically derived or natural – as what the likes of Cleopatra or other famous beauties enjoyed.

When you hear the names DMAE, Papain, Coq10, Liposomes, Peptides, AHA’s, EFA’s, Copper, Alphalipoic Acids etc. you probably think of someone in a laboratory concocting a face cream with a special scientific mix of one or more of these ingredients.

This is the case for many commercially made products, but most of us – the average consumer – don’t realize that we are surrounded every day with plants, seeds, herbs, fruits and oils that are also rich in these nutrients. They may have different names or go unnoticed because when you go shopping at your supermarket you won’t see a melon labelled with a sticker that says “contains high concentrations of papain, AHA’s and Alphalipoic acid”.

They also won’t tell you that these melons have amazing exfoliating and cell stimulating properties for skin that can be readily utilized in homemade face masks and that when used with other ingredients like virgin coconut oil, can provide a powerful moisturizing and rejuvenating skin treatment that is far more potent than store bought products!

Nutritionists will tell you that eating a fresh orange is far better for you than drinking processed juice… why? Because fresh ingredients contain all the vitamins and enzymes that are damaged or destroyed under heat and processing. The same applies to using homemade face masks, treatments and lotions you make at home using fresh ingredients, you are taking the best of all of the nutrients including vitamins, enzymes, liposomes and more – and delivering them directly into your skin.

Ingredients like the ones below have many benefits for your skin:

Avocado is high in fatty acids and oils. Very moisturizing for skin especially avocado oil

Almond is also high in fatty acids and great for moisturizing for skin

Cucumber is healing, refreshing and lightening for skin

Tropical fruits like pineapple, pawpaw and papaya contain papain and other enzymes and fruit acids to gently remove skin cells and stimulate new cell growth

All fruits are rich in vitamins like vitamin C and A which are great for skin both repairing, brightening and healing

Wheatgerm, Apricot, Macadamia or Hazelnut oils are very high in essential fatty acids helping moisture travel deeper into the skin.

Banana is rich in B vitamin and C vitamin making it an an excellent base for home made masks

Eggs are high in sulphur as are dried then soaked and rehydrated apricots (good for acne) and make a good base

Citrus fruit: rich in vitamin C and fruit acids making it great for lightening skin and for acne

Honey and Aloe Vera: are natural humectants meaning they attract water. Also good for acne and honey is antmicrobial, antibacterial and antioxidant

Essential oils: oils like melaleuca (tea tree) and lavender are antibacterial, antimicrobial so are great for acneic skin and for oily skin and blackheads. You only needs a few drops of these in masks and there are whole range of essential oils that contain powerful antiaging properties and can be used in bases for natural skin masks and oil serum blends

Parsley, neroli and geranium are great for red veins and rosacea

Yoghurt or whipped cream are very moisturizing and contain lactic or malic acid so slough off dead skin cells

Argan, Olive, Grape Seed, Flax Seed. Jojoba or Coconut Oil are super moisturizing, rich in vitamins and protect your skin as well (coconut and sesame oils have a low SPF protection)

Evening primrose and carrot seed oils are rich in EFA’s, liposomes vitamins and more. Using carrot in homemade face masks or carrot seed contain vitamin A and C and are very moisturizing especially when combined with EFA rich ingredients in homemade face masks because EFA’s help your skin absorb all of these elements deep into your skin.

Seeds and nut meal (ground nuts and seeds) and oatmeal are excellent for homemade exfoliating face masks and also contain beneficial EFA’s. Oatmeal is excellent for itchy skin when mixed with cool chamomile tea.

You can make a whole range of homemade face masks from these ingredients – you can add exfoliating ingredients to a base of banana, avocado, honey, yoghurt or cream. You can add mashed or pureed carrot with papaya and honey for a rich vitamin boost.

Don’t leave tropical fruit masks on your skin for any longer than ten minutes because the enzymes act very quickly and are very powerful.

From these ingredients you can experiment and have fun making your own unique blends.

You can follow these up with a serum made from the oils above which you can make by using the serum wizard here: http://www.naturalskincarerecipes.com/wiz2 which will allow you to select your skin type and condition and suggest a formula for you. You can make and apply this after your natural face mask under moisturizer to nourish and treat any skin condition or type. Your skin will feel soft young and amazing!

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The Wrinkle Cleanse – 4 Simple Steps to Softer, Younger Looking Skin

Oh that mythical fountain of youth! We’ve longed to find it since the sixteenth century when Juan Ponce de Leon sought the mysterious waters that would cure aging. Though we joke about that magical fountain, the truth is that the “waters of youth” can actually be viewed as the fluids within our own bodies that carry nutrients to our cells, feeding them and flushing away cellular waste. If those fluids contain even small amounts of toxins, cells cannot excrete waste or take in nutrients efficiently.

In 1912 French physician and biologist Dr. Alex Carrel of the Rockefeller Institute won a Nobel Prize in medicine for his work on the immortality of the cell. Dr. Carrel experimented with various tissues and organs, keeping them alive in laboratory experiments with pure nutrients and continuously cleansing away wastes. His research indicated that aging takes place because minute amounts of toxic substances build up in the blood and other fluids throughout the body. This led Dr. Carrel to conclude: “The cell is immortal. It is merely the fluids in which it floats that degenerates. Renew this fluid at proper intervals, and give the cells nourishment upon which to feed, and so far as we know, the pulsation of life may go on forever.”

Wrinkled sagging skin begins with the plasma membrane. This membrane is where most damage occurs. As this membrane ages, it stiffens and loses its fluidity. When it hardens, water can’t pass through the cell wall with nutrients or remove waste properly. Waste products build up and cause inflammation, which is one of the primary contributing factors in aging, along with sun damage, stress, and sleep disturbances. Cleanse the body and the cells have the best chance to remain supple and young.

Would you like to stay young and healthy for as long as possible? Many people believe that there is no way to halt the inevitable aging process-at least not without expensive drugs, surgery, or high-tech interventions. But what most people don’t realize is that they do have the power to look younger and feel healthier-beginning with their next meal. A diet rich in raw foods, vegetable juices, pure water, whole grains, and lean protein can begin to gently cleanse the body and protect it from inflammation and free radical damage that causes wrinkles and other symptoms of aging. Add to a healthy, whole foods diet periodic cleanses, and you could literally watch the years roll off your face.

The four-step plan of the Wrinkle Cleanse is designed to flush toxins from the body, carrying away toxins and poisons. It outlines a detailed, easy-to-follow program to help you rejuvenate your cells and transform your health:

STEP 1: The Quick Cleanses. These begin with an All-Day Vegetable Juice Fast or a Two Day Raw-Food Rejuvenator, both of which will enliven the body and help repair damaged cells virtually overnight. These are an excellent “kick-start” to the Wrinkle Cleanse program or a “quick-fix” to prepare for a special weekend or event.

STEP 2: The 14-Day Day Diet. This portion of the program introduces a diet that includes raw vegetables, fruit, sprouts, vegetable juices, pure water, whole grains, legumes, leans proteins and other nutrient-rich foods. It eliminates the substances that increase inflammation and contribute to wrinkles such as simple and refined carbs, caffeine, alcohol, and junk food, resulting in firmer skin and improved muscle tone.

STEP 3: The Cleansing Boost. These cleanses give the body an opportunity to experience deep cleansing in the organs of the body, such as the intestinal tract, liver, gallbladder, and kidneys. These unique cleansing programs help to flush away toxins that congest organs and promote aging. The Cleansing Boost can totally transform your face and overall health. You begin with a colon cleanse then go to the 7-Day Liver Cleanse, the 7-Day Gallbladder Cleanse and the Kidney Cleanse.

STEP 4: Energy-Boosting Supplement Program. This aspect of the cleanse program outlines the vitamins and minerals that help renew skin and increase vitality. Antioxidants such as alpha- and beta-carotene, vitamin E, glutathione, selenium, and alpha lipoic acid bind to free radicals and keep them from damaging your cells.

You may think this sounds too simple. How could such an inexpensive dietary program make a person look younger? I can tell you firsthand it works. Several years ago I was traveling more than I was home. My eyelids and skin began looking considerably older with creases, wrinkles, and folds. My husband even commented that maybe I should get an eyelift. I knew that if I was looking older at an accelerated pace, aging was also taking place internally-perhaps even setting me up for major disease. I took action! I started a cleansing program with a diet of raw foods and a three-day vegetable juice fast. After the first week, I continued to juice vegetables every day. I cut out most carbs, even though I’m a mashed potato lover. It paid off. In a few months, I noticed my skin tightened, the creases and droopy eyelids were gone. My eyes look larger again. Even my chin line toned up. Someone asked me if I’d had an eyelift. Best of all, I felt really good. Alive! And you can too. Give the Wrinkle Cleanse a try. After all-you have nothing to lose but wrinkles. (C) Cherie Calbom

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3 Tips To Clean Your Skagen Watch Bands

‘Skagen Watch’ is named after the fantastic peninsular place named Skagen in North Denmark. Just like the picturesque landscape of the town, Skagen watch bands too find un-parallel presence in the global market.

As already known, though one of the most exotic watch bands are produced by Skagen, yet it is quite difficult at times to keep them equally clean! Keeping your Skagen watch bands clean is extremely important from its maintenance point of view. Since made of quality materials, it demands better care than others. Here come some of the best followed tips to keep the dirt off from your exotic beauty.

The three tips

1. Perfect Cleaner Mixture Preparation: This is the most essential of all steps. Exact proportions of two mixtures are to be made and then gently mixed. First prepare a water based ammonia solution in one container. Then in another put some concentrated alcohol and add water till it loses its odour. Once done, mix equal amounts of these two mixtures and gently wash it, preferably wear gloves while doing this.

2. Wiping the wetness off: It is always better to use a pure cotton cloth or a cotton puff itself to wipe off the solution mixture you used to clean the dirt before. This ensures scratch free cleaning of the bands.

3. Metal bands demand extra: The above is truly good for leather bands, but in case you are one of the elegant range users, it’s time to take extra care for the same. Do not forget to cover the watch dial (may be with a plastic) before applying the chemical mixture.

There has been a new Skagen watch band cleaner available in the global market, where the already prepared solution comes in forms of a conditioner which is gentle enough to be used in metal, leather or rubber bands equally.

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Facial Rash – Seborrhoeic Dermatitis

Question:

I have a rash on my face, which is red and swollen. It is quite itchy and comes up in different areas, including my nose and chin. It’s very embarrassing. Can you tell me what it is and what I can do about it?

Answer:

You have seborrhoeic dermatitis, which is an inflammatory condition of the skin. (‘Derma’ refers to skin, ‘itis’ to inflammation.) It is similar to dandruff (see column, right) and appears on the face wherever there are hair follicles.

Basically there are two types of glands which expel toxins through the skin: sebaceous glands and sweat glands. In general, sweat glands expel toxins that dissolve in water – this is what happens when you ‘detox’ in a sauna or steam bath. Sebaceous glands, however, excrete fatty, greasy toxins. Normally they would produce a certain amount of sebum, which appears in the hair or on the skin. But if there are a lot of these fat-soluble toxins in the body, the sebaceous glands become overactive and produce more sebum, which irritates the subcutaneous layer-the layer underneath the top layer of skin, which is in fact dead skin cells. This leads to the sort of rash you are experiencing, or to acne. The tip of the nose has a particularly large collection of sebaceous glands. In seborrhoeic dermatitis, the production of the toxins is so intense that the skin becomes ‘angry’ and this results in a red nose, as you describe.

Sometimes – I’m sure not in your case – this red nose is associated with excess alcohol intake. Seborrhoeic dermatitis is exacerbated by alcohol, particularly drinks that contain yeast, such as beer and stout. In some people, consuming an excess of citrus fruits, sugar or fried foods can cause a rash.

The most effective treatment is to avoid the following foods: products that contain yeast (bread, pizza, nan, pitta bread, yeast extract, artificial gravy sauces, brewer’s yeast, etc); sugar in excess (chocolate, cakes, sweets); citrus fruits; fried foods; excess alcohol (beer, lager and stout should not be drunk at all); cheese and butter; very spicy curries.

Additionally, you should make an infusion of Black Kadu, or hellebore: overnight, soak one or two twigs in a cup of hot water, then drink hot or cold on an empty stomach in the morning, for one month. This is a bitter drink and you may feel nauseous for the first couple of days. If that happens, drink a few sips at a time to get used to it. It may also make your stools soft in the first few days.

A preparation made with chickpea powder (known as besan in Indian grocers) will help suck the excess grease from the sebaceous glands. Mix one tablespoonful of chickpea powder with a little cold or warm skimmed milk. Rub this paste on the face, concentrating on the affected areas. Scrub for a while and then wash your face with warm water. This is best done at bedtime. The skin will feel quite dry. Leave it to work overnight. There is also a useful cream, called Aru Cream, which you should apply twice daily to the affected areas. Aru Cream is a blend of homoeopathic remedies and is useful in reducing inflammation, itching and any stinging sensation. In general, this advice is also useful for acne sufferers.

SCALP SOOTHERS

In the case of dandruff, the production of sebum causes the dry dead outer layers of the skin to flake off and these can be seen trapped in between the roots of the hair. They may appear on the face and ear lobes too. The treatment for dandruff is the same as for seborrhoeic dermatitis. In addition, sufferers can use an oil extracted from the red flowers of a plant known as flame of the forest which grows wild in the tropics. Apply one to two tablespoonfuls of oil on the scalp. Massage gently until it is fully absorbed and leave overnight. In the morning apply Margosa Shampoo all over the scalp, and rinse with lukewarm water.

STUBBLE TROUBLE.

Men tend to get sensitive skin in the beard area, usually with small lumps which become red and angry after shaving. The same treatment plan as for seborrhoeic dermatitis (above) will work for this ‘barber’s itch’.

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Cryotherapy For Skin Tags – Freeze Off Your Bad Skin!

Cryo, coming from the Greek “crystallos” meaning “icy cold” is a prefix that means just what it sounds. The term “cryotherapy” is when icy cold substances are used to destroy abnormal growths on the body’s dermal layers. It’s a little wordy, but that just means that it’s a way to get rid of ugly tags, moles, warts etc. using the power of cold to kill them, just like you’d kill mites or ants with ice or cold products. Basically cryotherapy is one of the ways you can get rid of skin lesions and tags without having to worry about high price surgeries or cutting them off yourself.

The basic procedure is simple. After you are looked over by a qualified dermatologist and he agrees to perform the procedure, you will probably be fit into the schedule the same week. Sound too good to be true? Well it isn’t, and you can find some really great doctors out there to perform the procedure in almost every area around the United States and world.

Cryotherapy for skin tags requires that the doctor uses a very cold substance- like liquid nitrogen, argon, or sometimes dry ice- to destroy the cells of the skin tag and make it incapable of growing. There are two main ways that the doctor will do this. Either he will inject the cryogen (the cold substance) directly into the skin tag(s) using a needle like one would expect for a flu shot, or the doctor will coat the skin tags with cryogen using a different instrument. Either way it’s painless and thus no anesthesia is required.

After your bad skin has been injected/coated with the cryogen, all that is left to do is wait for it to die off! It’s just that simple! If you’ve thought of using cryotherapy for skin tags, then you’re probably excited to know that it’s painless, fast, and can be performed safely. However, keep in mind that a trained physician will need to apply the cryotherapy or cryosurgery. This isn’t as expensive as getting a dermatologist to surgically remove the tissues of a tag, but it is still fairly costly. Another downside is that the procedure can only cover skin lesions in certain areas without risking harming normal skin.

Methods to remove skin tags, moles, and warts are few and far between. Using cryotherapy for skin tags, moles, warts and other skin abnormalities is definitely one of the better ways if you’re squeamish and don’t like the idea of slicing them off yourself. However you should weigh up the pros and cons of the procedure before making a decision to use cryotherapy for skin tags, moles, and warts removal.

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Brighten Up A Gloomy Day With A Beauty Umbrella

Umbrellas can be a turn off for individuals who are extremely conscious about their style. If you always want to look your best, then you pay attention to your attention and accessorize appropriately and the last thing you would want is to have a dull looking umbrella ruining your fashion sense. Luckily, umbrella manufacturers now design chic and stylish umbrellas that will keep your beauty preferences on point.

The beauty umbrellas are designed to add a stylish touch to your outfit with trendy patterns and colors that you will simply love. From transparent umbrellas with colorful prints to those in unique shapes, you will find a beauty umbrella that you will simply love carrying around on a sunny day or a rainy day. The beauty of all this is that you can have your umbrella customized to your specific individual preferences so you have the most attractive and functional umbrella to carry around.

When it comes to the beauty umbrellas, you can choose from floral designed umbrellas, plaid check patterns of vintage umbrellas depending on what you find most appropriate for your personal style. There are so many other design options and you can find the umbrellas in numerous shapes too, so you are able to select what you feel works best for you.

These umbrellas usually come in bright vivid colors that make them stand out. If you love attention, they are definitely the umbrellas you should go for. Their bright colors and unique designs will attract attention to you. You can select colors and patterns that are easy to work with all kinds of outfits so one umbrella can work for your stylish look any given day.

Beauty umbrella buying tips

In as much these umbrellas concentrate more on being fashionable you definitely want to get yourself an umbrella that will come in handy in protecting you from harsh UV rays and the rain of course. For this reason, think about the quality of your umbrella alongside the beautiful patterns and designs. Check out the frame and the construction of the umbrella so you are able to choose a durable one to serve your style and protection needs for a long period of time.

The size is also a huge consideration to remember. If you are conscious about how you look, you will not only be looking for a stylish umbrella that is beautiful and functional but also one that you can easily store away. Think therefore about the size of the umbrella and how easy it will be for you to carry it along with you. Compact umbrellas are sometimes best as fashion umbrellas because they give you the flexibility of storing them inside your handbag or purse when not in use. Choose a size that will not be a nuisance to carry around when looking for an umbrella that adds style to your look.

If you are a business getting custom beauty umbrellas as promotional items, consider your target audience and make umbrella choices that will meet with their age preferences.

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The Use of Benzoyl Peroxide for Acne Treatment

What is Benzoyl Peroxide?

Benzoyl Peroxide is a white powder with a chemical formula of (C6H5CO)O2. The chemical is known by many other names, with the more common ones including:

Benzoic acid

Benzol Peroxide

Benzaknen

Desanden

Benzoyl Superoxide

Benzoyl Peroxide has been used for treating acne for over 50 years. A very large percentage of both over the counter and prescription based topical acne treatments contain the active ingredient benzoyl peroxide. The concentrations vary, but are usually found to be in the range of between two and a half and ten percent. This is a clear indication that Benzoyl Peroxide is widely accepted as an effective treatment for acne vulgaris.

This acceptance is backed up by scientific research which has been used to demonstrate that topical treatments with concentrations of up to 10 percent benzoyl peroxide are effective in the reduction or removal of acne lesions. The normal timescale for this topical acne treatment to work is between three to twelve weeks.

A topical acne treatment is a treatment that is applied directly to the affected area, using a cream, gel or wash, rather than being taken internally or injected.

Increased concentrations of benzoyl peroxide, whilst reducing or curing acne do also however; appear to raise the likelihood of some adverse reactions, such as skin dryness or redness and occasional peeling or flaking of the skin.

There is a some evidence that the frequent use of Benzoyl Peroxide at concentrations of two and a half percent are effective at treating acne but reduce the likelihood of an adverse skin reaction to the chemical. In addition, a number of studies have shown that just using benzoyl peroxide to treat acne may not be the most effective use. Use of a combination treatment containing benzoyl peroxide and other active ingredients may actually increase its effectiveness in reducing or curing acne lesions.

How does Benzoyl Peroxide help to cure acne?

Benzoyl peroxide helps to cure acne by breaking down dead cells on the surface of the skin. This helps to unblock the sebaceous glands. This in turn, allows the sebum that the sebaceous glands secrete, to escape, rather than become trapped in the pores. Benzoyl peroxide also helps to kill the bacteria that feed on the sebum and cause the blockages in the first place, thus it helps with all the areas that can cause or exacerbate acne.

In conclusion, Benzoyl Peroxide is a widely used and effective topical treatment for acne vulgaris. It works as the single active ingredient, but is frequently combined with other active ingredients to provide more effective acne treatments, both over the counter and via prescription.

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Bio Oil For Uneven Skin Tone & Scars – Does Bio Oil Work to Improve Skin Tone?

Bio oil for uneven skin tone and scars can be a healthy alternative to various other invasive methods. It is the newest product in the market that claims to treat dermatological problems such as visible dark patches, hyper pigmentation, freckles, birthmarks etc. with ease. Usually due to hormonal fluctuations, excess exposure to sunlight and pregnancy, our skin experiences unevenness that can be easily prevented as well as cured.

The formation of uneven skin tone is mainly determined by the quantity and type of melanin in the epidermis. An uneven production of melanin consequently causes this problem. This complication is mainly triggered by both internal and external factors.

Does Bio Oil Work To Improve Skin tone?

Dieter Beier formulated Bio Oil for enhancing your overall appearance. Some of the main ingredients of this product are Vitamin A, Vitamin E, Calendula , Lavender, Rosemary, Chamomile and Purcellin Oil. This product underwent various clinical trials before it was launched. Bio Oil contains no hydroquinone, mercury or steroids. You can easily apply this oil twice daily for obtaining maximum results.

Meladerm is also an effective ointment that claims to balance out uneven skin tone within 2 weeks. This ointment contains highly efficient constituents such as kojic acid, Alpha-Arbutin, licorice extract, lemon juice extract and emblica powder. Meladerm also promises to treat various other complications such as hyper pigmentation, freckles, scars, birthmarks, freckles etc. It also acts as a sunscreen lotion for protecting your skin from harmful UV rays.

Meladerm contains no hydroquinone, mercury or steroids. It claims to inhibit excess production of melanin in your body. You can easily procure this product from its official website. It is always advisable to order its trial version for understanding the product and its benefits.

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