Monthly Archives: June 2017

Cindy Crawford Meaningful Beauty

In recent times, the urge to look good has gained a lot of prominence in our society. So much so that young girls are starving themselves, while young boys are pumping iron in the gym. Beauty products are doing brisk business as well. As a matter of fact, the kind of business that these cosmetic giants are doing these days is absolutely tremendous. Every year a number of beauty creams are launched in the market. Some of them stay, while others fade into oblivion.

Meaningful Beauty is a recent addition to the long list of beauty products, which are available in the market. This anti-wrinkle cream has received rave reviews and most users say that it actually works. The face of the product – Cindy Crawford – needs no introduction. Being a fan of her, I decided to do a bit of research in this direction. The first step in this regard was to study the ingredients. Now, the key ingredient in this cream is a “rare” melon extract which is said to act as a magnificent antioxidant. Other ingredients include Avobenzone 3.0%, Octinoxate 5.0%, Glycerin, Water (Aqua), Ascorbyl Methylsilanol Pectinate, Glyceryl Stearate, Propylene Glycol, Acacia Senegal Extract, Arctostaphylos Ursi Uva Leaf Extract, Achillea Millefolium Extract, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Cholesterol, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Lecithin, Caprylic/ Capric Triglyceride, PEG-6 Stearate, Glycol Stearate, PEG-32 Stearate, Acrylate Crosspolymer, PEG-75 Stearate, Alcohol Denat., Disodium EDTA, Sodium Hydroxide, Fragrance (Parfum), Benzoic Acid, Methylparaben, Chlorphenesin, Phenoxyethanol and Propylparaben.

Now, although most of these ingredients have proven themselves in the field of beauty treatment, it is always better to have a second opinion. While most women who used the cream gave positive reviews, there were however a few negative reviews as well. One of the most common complaints was that the product range does not appear to be readily available in the stores. Another concern was that no user testimonial was offered on the official website. As it is, the product range is available with a two month money back guarantee; and apart from the unique active ingredient, the official website is offering a free gift with every purchase.

How to Have Beautiful Skin

Of course you want to know how to have beautiful skin…and you’re not alone in your quest. Some people go to extremes to maintain their youthful look throughout their lives with all types of surgeries and expensive and often dangerous procedures.

In this article I’ll show you how to avoid ever finding yourself in as desperate a position as that. By understanding a few simple principles about skin care and following some equally simple guidelines when deciding what skin care products to use, you can have a wonderful glowing, naturally beautiful skin well into your later years.

Yes, age will eventually catch you, but by that time you’ll have bigger things to worry about! So, let me show you how to have beautiful skin.

1. Protect yourself from the sun

Whether it’s wrinkles or blemishes, you can be sure the sun has a hand in it. It is public enemy #1 for your skin, and you need to protect yourself from it. Wear protective clothing, use a safe natural sunscreen and above all limit your time in the sun to what is absolutely necessary.

2. Take care of your health

Drink lots of water, maintain a healthy diet, don’t smoke, don’t drink excessively, don’t use drugs, sleep a lot, get plenty of exercise and try to de-stress whenever possible. If you don’t take care of your body and your general health, none of the skin care advice that follows it going to be nearly as effective as they could be.

3. Understand why your skin wrinkles

Nothing shows your age faster than wrinkles. Your skin is being supported by two proteins called collagen and elastin. As the natural production of collagen and elastin decreases with age, your skin loses is structure, which leads to sagging and wrinkling.

So all you need to do is supplement collagen, right? Wrong. Many skin creams these days claim to contain collagen, but they are in fact useless as collagen cannot penetrate your skin.

So how do you fight this prime cause of aging skin? By using specialist anti wrinkle skin care that helps your skin to naturally increase its production of collagen. Ingredients like CynergyTK, Nano-Lipobelle Q10 and Avocado Oil can all naturally stimulate the production and increase the amount of collagen in your skin.

4. Help your skin to naturally retain its moisture

The most important factor here is hyaluronic acid (HA). This naturally occurring substance is fantastic at absorbing and retaining moisture, giving the skin a healthy plump, hydrated, wrinkle-free look. Your skin care product should fight the degradation of HA by using an ingredient like Phytessence Wakame.

5. Use only natural products

Too many skin care products contain harmful chemicals, bad alcohols and synthetic oils that can damage not only your skin, but also your health in the long run. Parabens, mineral oils, isopropyl alcohol and synthetic fragrance (parfum) are just a few of the damaging ingredients found in most off-the-shelf skin care products. These have side effects that can range from simple irritation and pore clogging right through to being carcinogenic (promoting cancer).

How to Know What’s in Your Beauty Products

Aqua (water/eau), cetrimonium chloride, polyquaternium-11, amodimethicone, polyquaternum-37, panthenol, guar hydroxyporpyltrimonium chloride, hydroxyethylcellulose, dimethicone copolyol, propylene glycol, dmdm hydantoin, parfum (fragrance), limonene, polysorbate 20, methylparaben, tallowtrimonium chloride, nonxynol-10, citric acid, propylene glycol dicaprylate/dicaprate, ppg-1, trideceth-6, benzophenpne-4, hydrolyzed wheat protein, hydrolyzed wheat starch, simondsia chinesis (jojoba seed) oil, CI 19140 (yellow 5), CI 42090 (blue 1) CI 16035 (Red 40).

Take a look at this list of ingredients. How much do you understand? Most people will fall off the wagon after “water”. This is an actual list of ingredients from conditioner that I used some years back. It was around the time when I was just getting interested in knowing what really was in the products I used daily, and after having looked at the ingredient list, I threw the bottle out.
This list contains many weird-sounding names that would be almost impossible to learn by heart. Luckily, there are a few ways that help the understanding of the ingredient declaration, or the INCI (International Nomenclature of Cosmetic Ingredients) a bit better.

  • Less is more. The first thing to do is take a look at the amount of ingredients and the difficulty of the words. Simply put, the more difficult the ingredients are to pronounce, the more likely they are to be bad. This is of course not always the case – Butyrospermum Parkii might not sound like the first thing you would rub on your skin, but it’s actually shea butter, which is of course all-natural and great for skin and hair. Still, the difficulty of the words might give you a hint of what kind of product you have in your hands and to what extent it is chemically produced.
  • Focus on the first ones. To keep others from making exact copies of their products, the cosmetic companies don’t have to write out how much of each ingredient a product contains. Still they have to arrange the INCI in order of quantity. So the first ingredients are the ones that you should be most careful about, since the product mainly is composed by them. Normally the first 4-8 ingredients are the big ones, while the rest are just included in very small quantities.
  • -cones and -ols. Even though an ingredient as such might tell you nothing, sometimes part of the word might give you a hint as to what it is. For example, something ending with -cone, is a silicone, that is mostly used in hair products and generally considered something to avoid. If it ends with -ol, it is an alcohol, if something is hydrolized, it is a protein and so on.
  • American vs. European style. When a product includes natural extracts, in America they have to write out the common english name as well, as you can see above [simonensia chinese (jojoba seed) oil]. This makes it a bit easier, and one will understand that Butyrospermum Parkii (shea butter) not necessarily is bad. In Europe, however, this is not necessary.
  • FGI. When you have a list of ingredients (most can be found by googling), you can look them up to see what is said about them. Some sources I use are: “The truth about cosmetics” by Rita Stiens, the Good Guide and the Skin deep database.
  • Loopholes for the cosmetic companies. There are some things that make the reading of INCI lists more difficult. For one thing, ingredients included with less than 1% can be added in any order preferred. This means that if a product contains 0,0001% of a natural ingredient, say olive oil, and 0,99% of a bad ingredient, say parabens, the olive oil can be noted before and the parabens after, giving you the impression that the product includes more olive oil than parabens. Also, the cosmetic companies are still allowed to keep some ingredients secret. They will instead be substituted by a seven number code, or simply “and other ingredients”. This makes it more difficult, or downright impossible, to know what the product actually consists of.

Natural Skin Care by Using Organic Beauty Products

Taking care of our skin and body has to receive highest priority in our life. After all, physical beauty is short lived but if maintained in a proper manner you can make it last slightly longer. We do need to take care of our skin and body in the right manner using the right products.

Varied Beauty products are available in the market. You can easily choose to use artificial beauty products, herbal beauty products or even organic beauty and skin care products. Artificial beauty products contain chemicals which prove effective in the short run and make you look beautiful but their after use effects have known to be quite disastrous. This makes you look out for organic skincare and beauty products which contain natural substances as their primary ingredients. Also since the source of these organic products is our earth, they are known to maintain your beauty even after a long term use.

Natural Skin care is essential to make your skin look young and supple at all times. Regular exposure to atmosphere means you skin is getting exposed to the harsh sunlight, toxins and lot of pollutants present in the atmosphere. You could opt for natural skin car products such as moisturizers and creams, face toners, facial cleansers, massage bars, body butters, face packs, massage oils, essential oils to name a few of them.

Each of these products could be made of organic products which contain antioxidants, minerals, vitamins and omega 6 fatty acids in right proportion.
Also ensure that they are manufactured using cold press fats and oils which go a long way in retaining antioxidants, vitamins, minerals which provide effective and long lasting solutions to your skin.

Make sure you opt for organic products which do not contain artificial colours, parfums, glycols, preservatives, additives etc. they should not contain heated oils and fats because they have proved to be the main source of transfatty acids which harm the skin to a great extent.

Apart from using organic beauty products, you could switch over to a better and healthy diet which comprises of intake of raw food to a great extent. By consuming fruits and vegetables in their raw form, you are at an advantage as they contain higher levels of nutrients and minerals which otherwise get destroyed when they are cooked.

Fashion and Beauty Counters

In this article, I will discuss some of the trendiest and most popular products that you can think of buying at your next shopping spree. These fashion and beauty products include shoes, cosmetics and many other necessities that you will love to use. All these items are available at various online and onsite stores at highly reasonable rates. They are all practical and suitable for women, who love to stay beautiful and fashionable.

Specialized MTB Shoes

Available in different colors, sizes and designs, these shoes can be found in a wide range of variety which includes snickers, sandals, platform heeled shoes and alike. These are can be worn for casual, formal and informal purposes. The shoes are not only trendy and stylish in look but also very comfortable and easy to wear.

Perfume

Seven Earth has launched into the fragrance market with eau de parfums based on essential oils. The line includes six fragrances and is aptly called sixth sense.

Lipsticks

Luxury lipsticks from bonjour have good staying power and each comes in an elegant click-lock tube. The line is called bojo-rouge and 16 different shades are available. Darker shades for these winters would be ideal to pick.

Beauty masks

The new Ultimate II range includes three beautiful masks: 30-second refining scrub mask; 5-minute rehydrating moisture mask; and 3-minute purifying clay mask. They are suitable for all skin types and priced very low.