10 November 2011

Being beautiful-1

"To all who radiate outer beauty because the treasure inner beauty"

Some say beauty is in the eye of the beholder, do not judge a book by its cover, or beauty is only skin deep, so stop linking outer beauty with inner kind. They are as separated as mashed potatoes and maple syrup. Is that what you think? Don't you find it cliché enough?

These popular beauty-based clichés argues that external beauty is unimportant and what matters is inner kind. Yes, inner kind is important but we can't deny the power of outer beauty. In fact, research shows that attractive people are judged more positively than unattractive people. The data show that attractive people are judged to be better liked, more competent, and more exciting. Research also indicates that external beauty is linked to personality and behavior. Either you are attractive or unattractive, in You: Being beautiful, everyone can treasures their most beautiful self by making choices and taking actions that will help you look the way you want, and most important, feel and be the way you want.

I read this valuable book and wish to share and simplify the information gained. It begins with looking beautiful, feeling beautiful, and being beautiful. The first part in looking beautiful chapter is the skin!


1. Acne

Pimples. One culprit is inadequate intake of omega-3-fatty acids. Get adequate amounts of these good fats by consuming walnuts, avocados, freshly ground flaxseed, canola oils, or DHA supplements from algae. Another culprit is stress! Please do not squeeze your pimples as you will damage the skin by increasing inflammation and risk spreading the infection. Instead, wash your face with a course washcloth and mild soap to break open any pimples. Salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, azelaic acid, and vitamin A cream or gels are all simple and effective methods for reducing acne.

2. Eczema

This is a type of allergy reaction, and it's easily treated with inexpensive skin moisturizers. After your daily shower, do not dry yourself first, keep it hydrated, immediately apply Vaseline or cream such as Eucerin, Keri, or Nivea, so the moisture is locked up, and the rash-irritating dryness is kept out. For stubborn eczema, you might use moisturizer with lactic acid or a steroid or a prescription drug called tacrolimus. If all else fails, go get an allergist!

"Feed your skin with nutrients at night, and protect it from UV and toxins during the day!"

1. Check labels. Vitamins and supplements in skin lotions, creams, and potions usually have to be in the 1 to 10 percent range to really do something to your skin.The formulations also need to be pH balanced, and the active ingredients must be able to penetrate the skin (vitamin A works at a much lower concentration)

2. Cream it on. These are lists of the big ingredients. These are eight examples of skin-care ingredients that you can cream on with solid scientific backing:

Vitamin A (retinoids)

Vitamin B3 (niacin or nicotinamide)

Vitamin B5(panthothenic acid, panthenol)

Vitamin C

Vitamin E

Ubiquinone or coenzyme Q10 (small-molecule antioxidant)

Ferrulic acid (small-molecule antioxidant)

3.Eat for skin.

-Eggs (yolks, unfortunately), legumes, avocados, soybeans, and nuts. They contain biotin, an essential chemical for fat and carbohydrate metabolism. A deficiency may cause hair and nails become brittle and frail, dry skin, or dermatitis on the face

-Salmon. Astaxanthin, the carotenoid that gives salmon its pink color, which improves skin elasticity, and the good fat DHA-Omega-3, which also makes your skin and hair look younger and healthier.

-Green tea contains polyphenol that have free oxygen radical scavengers. These protect against photo damage and thicken the epidermis, and may help sun burn

-Pomegranates thickening the epidermis and prolonging fibroblast life to produce more collagen and elastin, it contains phytonutrients that seem to accelerate wound healing.

-Tomatoes will reduce chance for sunburn, so bulk up tomatoes with little lipid such as walnuts beforehand so the active ingredients are absorbed. Enjoy tomatoes rather than just a lycopene supplement.

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