Archive for August, 2010

Natural Products for Your Skin

Many of the natural beauty products that we use are far from living up to their name. Companies can slap the word “natural” on their product because the word is not regulated in its advertising use. When we apply things to our skin we must take notice to the ingredients in those products. Our skin is our largest organ and it is permeable. Some things just evaporate or wash off the skin but other things can absorb into the skin and then others can even get into your bloodstream. The ingredients that are controversial and found in many beauty products are added in small amounts and will not cause immediate harm in most people, but the issue for us to be concerned about is what are these ingredients doing to us over time. You must beware and check out the ingredients even on the products that claim to be natural.

In our quest for beauty we exercise, we use makeup, soaps, oils, lotions, colorants, deodorants, polishes, sprays, fragrance, special cleansers and hair removers. We are fueling a multi billion dollar industry. We would probably all be a little richer and a little healthier if we started going by the ‘less is more’ trend.

Let’s talk about makeup. Have you ever seen someone who was attractive but had on entirely too much makeup? If we could all just embrace what we have naturally and just give it a tiny kick of makeup to enhance it, we would save in many ways and look better too. There are an array of cosmetic lines that are safer to use on your skin. One that I really like that is just becoming big right now is mineral makeup, but you still have to read the ingredients because some brands add more than needed.

Soap has taken many different forms. You have bar soap, body wash and liquid soap. Many people don’t like bar soaps because they contain animal fats and lard that have been said can clog the pores. The body washes are nice but they tend to be loaded with lots of extra ingredients (chemicals) that you might not want to be rubbing on your skin. The liquid soaps are nice because because they don’t contain animal fats or lard and most are made from healthy natural ingredients. Which ever soap you try, make sure it agrees with your skin type. If you have any kind of reaction to the soap, stop using it immediately and try something else. Shampoo and conditioners are soaps as well and if your think about it, when you are rinsing these out of your hair they are running down your skin. So if you are having any skin irritations don’t forget to consider it may be from your shampoo or conditioner.

Advantages of Regular Exercise

Exercise is often looked over as a piece of the puzzle in beauty. Exercise is so good for you in so many different ways. The most obvious reason exercise is good for you is to help you maintain a healthy weight and physique.

Some people get depressed at the thought of exercising but in reality, exercise actually reduces depression, anxiety and stress while improving your mood and the way you feel about yourself.

Doing weight-bearing exercise promotes bone formation and may prevent many forms of bone loss like osteoporosis. Daily physical activity can help prevent heart disease and stroke by strengthening your heart muscle, lowering blood pressure, raising high-density lipoprotein (HDL, good cholesterol) and lowering low-density lipoprotein (LDL, bad cholesterol) and improving blood flow. Exercise promotes better sleep too.

Exercise doesn’t have to suck up all your time either. Most people use the excuse that they just don’t have time to exercise and with the speed of todays society, I’m sure they have a valid point. But if you could find an exercise program that fit into your schedule because it was quick and very effective, there is no reason left not to exercise.