Skin Lightening With Natural Beauty Products

Skin lightening entails the changing or reduction of skin pigmentation by preventing the production of Melanin which is responsible for skin pigmentation, this can be to correct anomalies such as spots, freckles and other discolorations from acne, burns and laser treatment. Skin lightening can also be for the purpose of beauty enhancement and this has been an issue surrounded with so much controversy. In as much as this article is not about the controversies involved, it is important to note here that just like tanning if done the right way skin lightening can contribute largely to ones self esteem and invariably beauty enhancement. Beauty after all runs deeper than the skin.

One method of skin lightening is by laser therapy, this practise however has been open to abuse and trained cosmetic doctors have complained about the increasing number of beauty salons who apply this treatment with little or no training and controls in place, thus endangering the lives of their customers or in the least creating more skin problems for them. Another setback of this method is the cost; the use of laser to correct skin blemishes and scars is very expensive. Skin lightening can also be achieved by the use of cosmetic products many of which contain hydroquinone and mercury based chemicals.

Hydroquinone though considered very effective and affordable is believed to be very unsafe. It has been linked to harmful side effects such as Leukaemia in animals. Although it has not yet been confirmed to cause cancer in human beings, application of hydroquinone can cause skin irritations such as rashes. The question thus arises is it worth the risk? Definitely not for me, especially when one considers that the use of hydroquinone has been banned in several countries. Mercury on the other hand is toxic and its application to the skin can result in poisoning with deadly consequences. Skin lightening does not have to be a costly or risky venture and nature has bestowed us with plenty of useful fruits, plants and herbs.

For instance, fruits like papaya (paw-paw), lemon, lime and orange which all contain Vitamin C have skin lightening effects in addition to other nutritional values when consumed or applied to the skin. So they help to enhance beauty and healthy living from inside out and there are no harmful side effects. Other examples include; the kojic acid ester extracted from Japanese mushrooms and extracts of Asafoetida a South Asian herbal plant. The list goes on to include arbutin which can be extracted from many types of berries and pears; extracts from milk and sugar crops like sugar cane and pine apples known as Alpha hydroxy acids. In nature we find safe, effective and affordable means of skin lightening and while this is not a product review it will only be apt to mention one or two tested and tried natural beauty products.

Makari for instance produce a wide range of skin lightening products which are 100% natural and do not contain hydroquinone, another effective range is upurea with absolutely no synthetic chemicals. Skin lighten can be achieve with out the risk of endangering ones well being and at a reasonable price too. That is the right way to go about it.

Some Of The Reasons Asian Themed Bathroom Accessories Are Becoming Even More Popular

A lot of people are discovering the benefits of ancient Asian practices like yoga and the various martial arts. As you experience the peace and calm that these activities bring you may desire to redecorate your home to mirror these peaceful emotions. The bathroom can be a great place to start. With the growing popularity of Asian themes, you will find many bathroom accessories that can attract Zen to your bathroom. Imagine preparing for each day with feelings of peace, harmony and relaxation. A Zen bathroom is just a shopping trip away with the many Asian themed bathroom accessories available today.

To begin your Asian bathroom remodel you will want to start with color. When shopping for your Asian themed bathroom accessories you will want to avoid gaudy, bright colors. Instead, focus on natural earthy tones. You will also want to coordinate the textures of nature with your Asian themed bathroom accessories. Consider the colors and textures of stone, wood and sand. Choose candles with a spicy or woodsy smell. Another popular choice for an Asian feel is a black and white bathroom with touches of red and gold added for a dramatic effect.

Once you have determined your color scheme you will want to purchase the appropriate shower curtain. Your shower curtain will set the tone and dictate the choices of all your Asian themed bathroom accessories. A popular choice is a shower curtain with Chinese writing on it. Asian themed bathroom accessories such as plaques or pictures imprinted or painted with the symbols for love, happiness, wisdom and tranquility which can easily be found and make a stunning impression. Surely these are the attributes you would want to be reminded of and surrounded by on a daily basis. You will also be able to locate matching soap dishes, toothbrush holders, trash baskets and tumblers. You may select this style of Asian themed bathroom accessory in black and white contrasting them by using a rug and bath towels either gold or red. This combination provides a very contemporary Asian bathroom theme.

Bamboo themed items are another great idea for incorporating an Asian theme into your bathroom. A beautiful bamboo printed shower curtain would really set the backdrop and could be dramatized from there. You would likely want to go with a bamboo color or a soft green for your walls. From there search out Asian themed bathroom accessories such as soap dishes, a waste basket or even a towel rack made from bamboo. The texture and color of bamboo can be blended with many different looks and may be an excellent choice even if you do not want an overly distinctive Asian theme.
You will be amazed at how many different choices you have when looking for Asian themed bathroom accessories. It is very rewarding to redecorate a bathroom to fit your personal tastes. With just a small investment in time and money it is possible to create your own Zen sanctuary with the right Asian themed bathroom accessories.

Fighting Asian Hair With Keratin Kung Fu

I don’t know why but for me Kung Fu just isn’t enough, Asian hair seems totally immune to straightening hair care products such or smoothing lotions and creams. Especially to all of us Japanese girls, you will know what i mean. We have courser strands of hair which never succumb to the Caucasian hair products designed style and straighten thinner and softer hair types. Lets face it Asian hair can be very unmanageable, even with regular hot irons, re bonding and trips to the salon, Asian hair has a mind of its own and can be quite a costly expense trying to manage it. I think it would also be fair to say that Asian hair has been left out of the hair care market and neglected for its specific needs.

However, some recent findings have been promising as there now seems to be stronger products to cure the unmanageable and course Asian hair. Out of all of the straightening products I’ve used there is now a solution which can be found in many salons across the globe.This new trend originates from Brazil and wasn’t initially designed with Asian hair in mind. However it certainly has done wonders on my hair and I’m sure others with course unmanageable hair of the ethnic variety.

The products which are winning this crowing glory are Keratin based products, there are at the time of writing this 3 leading brand name Keratin products currently available. I have personally only tried the Global Keratin treatment which is a non chemical straightener that smooths and reconditions the hair, plus it lasts up to 5 months. Best of all the process is not irreversible and the straightening can be reverted back to natural waves if need be.

For me this is fabulous news because it means no more damage to the hair cuticles from regular hot irons, chemicals and re bonding. Global Keratin actually nourishes and replenishes the hairs natural keratin and vitamins. Also the more applications the product is used the better the hair quality and shine will become. However i was pretty impressed by just the first application, i cant imagine it looking even better, so its all good news.

The product is applied on damp hair to allow the cuticles to absorb more of the nutrients and keratin, then a flat iron can be used to seal in these nutrients and glossing the hair from the inside out. After 2 days the hair can then be washed and you can enjoy amazingly soft, silky, smooth and even shiny straight hair.

The Global Keratin range has been designed to keep course thick hair lasting in this beautiful state for longer and without chemicals or damage. The only draw back to Global Keratin is that local salons may charge a hundred dollars or more for the 3 hour Keratin treatment session. However, considering these amazing keratin results can lasts for up to 5 months and cost less than typical re bonding or weekly trips to the salon, like many things in life quality is worth it in the long run and pays for itself many times over.

I have been studying hair and beauty for over 20 years and work at The Corner Hair Salon Bangkok.