skin http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/839/all en-US 6 Unexpected Uses for Avocados http://www.wisebread.com/6-unexpected-uses-for-avocados <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/6-unexpected-uses-for-avocados" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/000059059744.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Silky, buttery avocados. When you think of this nutrient-rich and tasty fruit, you probably think of guacamole. Surprise yourself by trying these unexpected uses for avocados.</p> <h2>1. Skin Moisturizing Mask</h2> <p>Want perfectly supple, smooth skin without having to buy expensive lotions full of weird stuff like parabens? Make your own, <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-diy-beauty-masks-made-from-food">using avocados</a> as the star ingredient. Here is a really <a href="http://www.freutcake.com/in-the-kitchen/winter-avocado-mask/">easy avocado mask recipe</a> that involves basic ingredients that are probably in your fridge right now. Simply leave the mask on for five to 10 minutes, then rinse when it starts to harden. Wash it away to reveal super soft skin.</p> <h2>2. Ice Cream</h2> <p>An excellent source of healthy fats and boasting such a smooth and buttery texture, avocados make a wonderful substitute for cream, coconut milk, or soy milk in frozen treats. Making these diet and vegan-friendly desserts is also insanely easy. Try making <a href="http://purelytwins.com/2013/09/04/raw-vegan-dairy-free-healthy-mint-chocolate-chip-avocado-ice-cream-recipe/">mint-chip avocado ice cream</a>, or this recipe for <a href="http://www.popsugar.com/food/Avocado-Popsicle-Recipe-3797490">avocado popsicles</a>!</p> <h2>3. Hair Deep Conditioner</h2> <p>Skin is one thing, but what about an all-natural deep conditioning treatment that will soothe a dry scalp and alleviate damaged hair? Avocado is rich in healthy oils that easily coat the hair shaft, but even more so when they are overripe. So, if you have some forgotten avocados that are no longer at peak deliciousness, this is a great use for them. Try this <a href="http://burtongirls.burton.com/fitness/diy-avocado-hair-treatments/">hair treatment recipe</a>, which uses oatmeal and vinegar for a great at-home spa day.</p> <h2>4. Cocktails</h2> <p>Avocado margaritas, anyone? Adding a creamy and somewhat savory taste to the classic drink makes for a refreshing update to a summer favorite. This <a href="http://cookingstoned.tv/recipe/frozen-avocado-margarita/">frozen margarita recipe</a> calls for avocado and tarragon. Just add tacos! Also delicious: try a <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/04/30/michelada-recipes_n_1470804.html">savory Michelada</a> with avocado slices or puree added in for an even dreamier meal-in-a-glass.</p> <h2>5. Breakfast</h2> <p>Avocados for breakfast is no alien concept &mdash; we have breakfast burritos and omelets to thank for that. And, lately, avocado toast has become a hot snack for any meal. But have you heard of the <a href="http://www.popsugar.com/fitness/Baked-Eggs-Avocado-Recipe-30787252">baked avocado</a> with an egg inside? It's two of the most delicious foods combined, plus it's stupidly easy to make, so why not try it tomorrow morning?</p> <h2>6. Baby Food</h2> <p>Did you know that avocados make for a great and tasty transitional food during the period your baby is teething? It is firm enough to help them learn to chew, but soft enough to mash with their gums with ease. To share with younger or smaller babies, simply mash or puree the ripe and unseasoned avocados before feeding. Avocado also works as a great secondary ingredient in these <a href="http://www.newkidscenter.com/Avocado-Baby-Food-Recipes.html">homemade baby foods</a>.</p> <p><em>How do you put avocados to good use outside a bowl of guac? Let us know in comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amanda-meadows">Amanda Meadows</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-unexpected-uses-for-avocados">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-easy-and-delicious-ice-cream-substitutes">15 Easy and Delicious Ice Cream Substitutes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/eat-less-sugar-with-these-10-simple-tricks">Eat Less Sugar With These 10 Simple Tricks</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-smoothie-bowls-you-want-right-now">11 Smoothie Bowls You Want Right Now</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/frugal-gluten-free-living-delicious-homemade-gluten-free-bread">Frugal Gluten-Free Living: Delicious Homemade Gluten-Free Bread</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/frugal-gluten-free-living-flour-tortillas-that-taste-great">Frugal Gluten-Free Living: Flour Tortillas that Taste Great!</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Health and Beauty avocados baby food cocktails hair healthy ice cream recipes skin Mon, 24 Aug 2015 17:00:23 +0000 Amanda Meadows 1531969 at http://www.wisebread.com 9 DIY Beauty Masks Made From Food http://www.wisebread.com/9-diy-beauty-masks-made-from-food <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/9-diy-beauty-masks-made-from-food" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/women_wearing_facemasks_000050640308.jpg" alt="Women wearing DIY masks made from kitchen ingredients" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Did you know that making DIY face masks at home will save you money, time, perfect your skin, and give you that spa experience at home? If you just don't feel like splurging on a facial, these masks can give you instant, noticeable results, without ever having to step foot outside of your home. And by using items you already have in your kitchen, you won't have to spend a dime either.</p> <p>Whenever possible, try using organic ingredients for the best results and to avoid the risk of negative side effects from pesticides or chemicals. Below are simple recipes for <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/a-diy-air-conditioner-and-14-other-cool-camping-hacks">DIY</a> masks that can perfect your skin and help you clean out your fridge and pantry at the same time. Best of all, you won't have to spend any of your hard-earned money at the spa.</p> <h2>1. Lemon</h2> <p>Lemon can rejuvenate and balance the skin, leaving you with a natural glow. It also has antibacterial and antifungal properties and can brighten the skin with regular use. To take your lemon mask one step further, check out the recipes below.</p> <h3>Lemon and Baking Soda Mask</h3> <p>Baking soda can serve as a powerful microdermabrasion and leave you with healthy, radiant, glowing skin. This mask is also ideal for acne-prone skin and can fight breakouts, blackheads, and enlarged pores all at once.</p> <ul> <li>&frac12; lemon</li> <li>2 T baking soda</li> </ul> <p>Cut a lemon in half. Sprinkle baking soda over the sliced lemon half. Gently rub the lemon half over your face, in circular motions, avoiding your eyes. After about 10 minutes, wash your face thoroughly and pat dry with a clean towel. If you prefer, you can also mix the lemon juice and baking soda separately to form a paste, which you can then apply directly to your skin.</p> <h3>Lemon and Honey Mask</h3> <p>This mask is also ideal for acne-prone skin and can fight breakouts, blackheads, enlarged pores, and acne scarring, all at once.</p> <ul> <li>&frac12; lemon</li> <li>1 T honey</li> </ul> <p>Cut a lemon in half. Pour honey over the sliced lemon half. Gently rub the lemon half over your face, avoiding your eyes, in circular motions. After about 10 minutes, wash your face thoroughly and pat dry with a clean towel. If you prefer, you can also mix the lemon juice and honey separately, which you can then apply directly to your skin.</p> <h2>2. Eggs</h2> <p>Using eggs in a facial mask can be off-putting for some people, but egg whites can help tighten the skin and reduce pore size, so most people agree that the results are worth it. Some DIY recipes call for eggs, while others call for only egg whites, so whatever you have will work. To get more from your extra eggs, check out these recipes.</p> <h3>Egg Whites and Berries Mask</h3> <p>Berries can fight free radicals, so your skin will appear brighter, smoother, and more radiant after using this mask. This mask is also loaded with antioxidants and will leave your skin looking brighter and tighter.</p> <ul> <li>&frac14; cup frozen berries</li> <li>1 T egg whites</li> </ul> <p>Mash berries and egg whites together. Apply to entire face, avoiding the eyes. Leave on for about five minutes. Wash your face thoroughly and pat dry with a clean towel.</p> <h3>Eggs and Coffee Grounds Mask</h3> <p>Don't throw out your old coffee grounds. Instead, mix them with a whole egg to preserve and renew your skin with protein and nutrients. If you don't like the idea of using eggs, simply substitute a tablespoon of raw honey for the egg.</p> <ul> <li>1 whole egg</li> <li>1 T fine coffee grounds</li> </ul> <p>Combine the egg with the coffee grounds. Gently massage the mask onto your face, in circular motions, avoiding your eyes. This will gently exfoliate your skin and remove dead cells off the surface. Leave on for about five minutes. Wash your face thoroughly and pat dry with a clean towel. If you still have coffee grounds left over, use them to scrub your body in the shower. Studies have shown that the caffeine in coffee grounds can fight the appearance of cellulite, while the grounds themselves are an effective exfoliator.</p> <h2>3. Honey</h2> <p>Honey is incredibly nourishing for the skin. Raw honey can moisturize the skin, as well as fight acne, the signs of aging, and oily complexion. You can slather honey directly on your face and after five to 10 minutes, rinse thoroughly with warm water and pat dry with a clean towel to produce noticeable results. To take your honey mask one step further, check out the recipes below.</p> <h3>Honey and Oatmeal Mask</h3> <p>By adding oatmeal to your mask, you can soothe dry or irritated skin. Oatmeal can gently exfoliate the skin and has also been effective at healing acne, dealing with excess oil, and unclogging the pores.</p> <ul> <li>1 T powdered oats</li> <li>1 T raw honey</li> </ul> <p>Combine the powdered oats and raw honey. Apply to entire face, avoiding the eyes. After five to 10 minutes, rinse thoroughly with warm water and pat dry with a clean towel.</p> <h3>Honey and Avocado Mask</h3> <p>Avocado is incredibly moisturizing, so it is ideal for dry or irritated skin. If you do not have any honey on hand, simply smash up a ripe avocado and apply it directly to your skin.</p> <ul> <li>1 ripe avocado</li> <li>1 T raw honey</li> </ul> <p>Stir together until well combined and apply a thick layer to the entire face or any area prone to breakouts, avoiding the eyes. Let sit for 20 minutes and rinse with warm water.</p> <h2>4. Yogurt and Whole Milk</h2> <p>Yogurt is a great base for a number of DIY masks. The cool, creamy texture feels good on the skin and won't slip off while you're wearing the mask. It is also incredibly moisturizing, antibacterial, and contains helpful lactic acid.</p> <h3>Honey, Yogurt, and Banana Mask</h3> <p>This mask can fight acne, unclog the pores, and add moisture to the skin. Bananas can also assist in the anti-aging process, but if you don't have a banana, you can omit it from the recipe. Honey and yogurt work very well on their own to fight acne and perfect the texture and appearance of the skin.</p> <ul> <li>&frac14; cup plain Greek yogurt</li> <li>&frac12; T honey</li> <li>1 overripe banana</li> </ul> <p>Stir together until well combined and apply to entire face, avoiding the eyes. After about five to 10 minutes, rinse thoroughly with warm water and pat dry with a clean towel.</p> <h3>Whole Milk and Green Tea Mask</h3> <p>This mask can fight redness and leave your skin glowing. It is also packed with antioxidants and can improve both the health and appearance of your skin.</p> <ul> <li>1 T green tea</li> <li>1 T cold whole milk</li> </ul> <p>Combine and refrigerate to create a cool compress that you can apply to any facial redness using a cotton ball. To get even more from your mask, place the used tea bags on your eyes to reduce any eye redness and puffiness. After five minutes, remove the tea bags from your eyes, wash your face, and pat dry with a clean towel.</p> <h2>5. Hot Oils</h2> <p>Many different oils can work for a hot oil mask, but most people find that they get the best results from using either extra virgin olive oil or pure coconut oil.</p> <ul> <li>&frac14; cup oil</li> </ul> <p>Microwave oil for about 20&ndash;30 seconds until it is hot, but not scalding and apply for five minutes. Rinse your face thoroughly and pat dry with a clean towel.</p> <p>Enjoy your bright, beautiful, glowing skin, and feel good knowing that none of those extra ingredients in your kitchen went to waste!</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-cannon">Andrea Cannon</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-diy-beauty-masks-made-from-food">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-homemade-beauty-treatments-that-actually-work">7 Homemade Beauty Treatments That Actually Work</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-unexpected-home-uses-for-mayonnaise">10 Unexpected Home Uses for Mayonnaise</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-awesomeness-of-sodium-bicarbonate-27-uses-for-baking-soda">The Awesomeness of Sodium Bicarbonate: 27 Uses for Baking Soda</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-amazing-easy-diy-bath-and-body-products">50 Amazing, Easy DIY Bath and Body Products</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/eight-natural-ways-to-make-water-more-flavorful">Eight Natural Ways to Make Water More Flavorful</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> DIY Health and Beauty cosmetic face masks Food skin spa Fri, 17 Jul 2015 11:00:09 +0000 Andrea Cannon 1486854 at http://www.wisebread.com 6 Beauty Aids Science Says Really Work http://www.wisebread.com/6-beauty-aids-science-says-really-work <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/6-beauty-aids-science-says-really-work" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_beauty_products_000020961702.jpg" alt="Woman using beauty aids that science says actually work" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The beauty world is constantly introducing new and trendy beauty treatments, from argan oil to bee venom, in hopes of capturing smooth, flawless, and ageless skin. In reality though, there are only a few <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-generic-beauty-buys-better-than-the-expensive-originals">beauty aids</a> that are scientifically proven to work. Although it can be fun to jump on the bandwagon of the latest trendy ingredient (and I&rsquo;m no stranger to them myself), the following beauty aids will give you the most dependably consistent, clinically proven results.</p> <h2>1. Niacinamide</h2> <p>Niacinamide is a form of vitamin B3. This powerhouse nutrient does it all, from acne treatment to anti-aging. There is strong evidence that niacinamide is effective as a treatment against acne, rosacea, and inflammation and that niacinamide is effective in reducing melasma, hyperpigmentation, <a href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18492135">fine lines and wrinkles</a>, redness, and sallowness. Use of niacinamide also <a href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10971324">boosts the level of ceramides</a> and lipids at the surface of your skin, helping to keep it moisturized and strengthening your natural skin barrier.</p> <p>The best part is that niacinamide is a relatively gentle skincare ingredient that is well-tolerated by most people without the drying and irritating effects of many other beauty treatments.</p> <p>Check out <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0012J30LY/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0012J30LY&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=YXOR246NNDWYUBBJ">Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream</a> ($19.15), <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BPDP7EK/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00BPDP7EK&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=GVEVZNOFOGIZQD3Q">Laneige Bright Renew Original Serum</a> ($45), <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00C8FVY3M/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00C8FVY3M&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=2QGK5HXMCH7K7NTM">EltaMD PM Therapy Moisturizer</a> ($23.38), and <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00365DABC/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00365DABC&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=F3YPLG4VLP5V5PQV">Cerave Facial Moisturizing Lotion PM</a> ($7.69), all of which contain niacinamide quite high in the ingredients list.</p> <h2>2. Vitamin C</h2> <p>Vitamin C is another proven skincare active that shows real results. This antioxidant protects skin from sun damage, lightens hyperpigmentation, <a href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16029672">improves collagen synthesis</a> in the skin, and reduces inflammation.</p> <p>Personally, since I incorporated a vitamin C serum into my routine about a year ago, I&rsquo;ve seen drastically improved skin tone and texture. My skin is more even, less blotchy, much smoother, and I haven&rsquo;t had a breakout in a year!</p> <p>The most effective form of vitamin C, but also potentially the most irritating, is L-ascorbic acid (L-AA). Look for serums with at least 10%-15% L-AA. The addition of ferulic acid and vitamin E boosts the effectiveness of vitamin C. Other derivatives of vitamin C exist (such as sodium ascorbyl phosphate, magnesium ascorbyl phosphate, ascorbyl tetraisopalmitate, and others) which are less irritating, but will not work as quickly as L-AA.</p> <p>The most well-known vitamin C serum out there is the pricey <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00095W7D4/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00095W7D4&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=5O45YCAH6ZBN3L5R">Skinceuticals CE Ferulic</a> ($104.98), but more affordable effective solutions include <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00163JVJQ/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00163JVJQ&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=BHJIGBGZVRS4XXFX">Cosmetic Skin Solutions C+E Ferulic</a> ($39.95) and <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00EYVSOKY/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00EYVSOKY&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=NACGWOKMRTBNFXSP">Paula&rsquo;s Choice C15 Booster</a> ($47.20), and on the even more affordable end, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0039LZW78/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0039LZW78&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=5MTVUMFRWM5MGINW">Nufountain C20 + Ferulic</a> ($21.99). Inexpensive serums containing vitamin C derivatives are also easily found, such as <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005IXQLDE/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B005IXQLDE&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=OTYP6QIP66LTVKJV">Mad Hippie</a> ($27.19), and <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00IDWP4IA/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00IDWP4IA&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=46U6L7PKAXKENCEU">Instanaturals</a> ($16.97).</p> <h2>3. Retinoids</h2> <p>Along with vitamin C and niacinamide, retinoids form part of the &quot;Holy Trinity&quot; of anti-aging. Retinoids, forms of vitamin A, are clinically proven to be pretty much the best beauty treatments for <a href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2699641/">stimulating collagen production</a> in the skin, erasing wrinkles, increasing cell turnover, reversing sun damage, and promoting younger-looking skin. They also treat acne and lighten hyperpigmentation.</p> <p>Retinoids should <em>not</em> be used if you are pregnant (please consult your doctor). Also, retinoids increase photosensitivity, so make sure you&rsquo;re using sunscreen daily and at least a week after stopping retinoid use.</p> <p>The most potent retinoids are available by prescription only. However, they also have the most potential for irritation and are best introduced slowly, following the advice of a dermatologist. Prescription retinoids may be covered by your health plan (especially if used to treat severe acne), or you may wish to check out <a href="https://pocketderm.com/">PocketDerm</a> for an affordable out-of-pocket alternative.</p> <p>Retinol is a gentler form of vitamin A and is available in over-the-counter products. Although you may not see as dramatic results, retinol products are less likely to irritate your skin. If you&rsquo;ve never used a retinoid before, it may be a good idea to start with an over-the-counter product such as: <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0067H6KW2/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0067H6KW2&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=MEQZEU5B366KC5KC">Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Serum</a> ($14.09), <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002VJSGO0/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B002VJSGO0&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=FVCSQGEWGTQWI2T4">Peter Thomas Roth Retinol Fusion PM</a> ($41.79), <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004D267JO/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B004D267JO&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=TEEJTICBXJUUKBEC">RoC Retinol Correxion Sensitive Night Cream</a> ($13.80), <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0002A65LQ/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0002A65LQ&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=POE4LCYL7BBWJZUY">Philosophy Help Me Retinol Night Treatment</a> ($39.22), and <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001JQLNNC/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B001JQLNNC&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=JNVYFL4EU4P2XS7V">Olay Pro-X Deep Wrinkle Treatment</a> ($22.98).</p> <h2>4. Hyaluronic Acid</h2> <p>Hyaluronic acid (HA) is a naturally occurring substance found in the interconnective matrix between our skin cells. Hyaluronic acid can attract and hold up to 1000 times its own weight in water, and is thus one of the most potent humectants we know of. Hyaluronic acid&rsquo;s tried-and-true qualities as a moisturizing agent will plump up your skin, making your skin healthier and younger-looking.</p> <p>Hyaluronic acid draws water both from the air and from deeper layers of skin to your outer layers of skin. I have found that it works best if applied on damp skin, in a moist bathroom after a shower. Some products containing hyaluronic acid include <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001V9SXXU/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B001V9SXXU&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=RW5AR5VORH4VEWRO">Cerave Moisturizing Cream</a> ($15.50), <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00I87TZ9E/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00I87TZ9E&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=4WGWD27O63KXJCLZ">Hada Labo Tokyo Replenishing Hydrator</a> ($12.45), <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00NR1YQK4/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00NR1YQK4&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=QPYWQ2QEYQUSH3OZ">Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel Cream</a> ($14.43), and <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00AU9L0V4/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00AU9L0V4&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=5K4JPWWL4SUZA27D">Peter Thomas Roth Hyaluronic Acid Complex</a> ($39.94).</p> <h2>5. Ceramides</h2> <p>Ceramides are waxy lipids that are naturally produced by your skin. They maintain the skin&rsquo;s barrier function and help retain moisture. People who suffer from eczema have been shown to have <a href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23083072">lower levels of ceramides</a> in their skin, and the ceramides in your skin decline as you age. Using a ceramide-containing cream can help to increase moisture levels and give you hydrated, healthy skin. For best results, use the cream immediately after a shower to seal in the moisture.</p> <p>Some products containing ceramides include: <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001V9SXXU/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B001V9SXXU&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=C37WJWBTWOJ3ASB3">Cerave Moisturizing Cream</a> ($15.50), <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00G35SDM8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00G35SDM8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=SQV3QARH4IUAE7ZT">Dr. Jart+ Ceramidin Liquid</a> ($28.86), <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00CBI16K2/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00CBI16K2&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=KUGGKQSLQKO2YRN3">SkinMedica TNS Ceramide Treatment Cream</a> ($34.90), <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000R8WDYG/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000R8WDYG&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=DJHZW746Y5BXDYSP">Elizabeth Arden Advanced/Extreme Time Complex Capsules</a> ($34.36), and <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00172NNDQ/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00172NNDQ&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=57GHMYEON73EAXG5">Mario Badescu Ceramide Herbal Eye Cream</a> ($18).</p> <h2>6. AHAs and BHAs</h2> <p>Alpha-hydroxy-acids (AHAs) and beta-hydroxy-acids (BHAs) are among the most useful over-the-counter actives you can use to improve the appearance of your skin. They are exfoliants, which help slough off dead skin, revealing brighter, smoother skin.</p> <p>AHAs include glycolic acid, mandelic acid, malic acid, and lactic acid. AHAs are commonly used to lighten hyperpigmentation, to smooth fine lines, and to treat acne. You can use a lower-concentration AHA liquid or cream quite regularly. Some people also like to do an AHA &quot;peel&quot; &mdash;- a higher-concentration AHA liquid that exfoliates the top layer of skin more quickly.</p> <p>BHAs usually refer to salicylic acid. Like AHAs, BHAs exfoliate the surface of skin, but they are also able to penetrate the skin&rsquo;s oils and exfoliate inside the pore, helping to treat whiteheads, blackheads, and acne. Salicylic acid also has anti-inflammatory properties, which can reduce redness and irritation. You shouldn&rsquo;t use salicylic acid if you are pregnant, or if you&rsquo;re allergic to aspirin.</p> <p>AHAs and BHAs can cause photosensitivity, so a good sunscreen is a must. Be very careful not to over-exfoliate. These acids can irritate your skin and break down your skin&rsquo;s natural barrier function, leaving you vulnerable to dryness, flaking, and infection. Start with a low concentration and use it every few days before increasing the frequency of use. A good moisturizing routine is also essential when using acids.</p> <p>Products to try include <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000B82TD2/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000B82TD2&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=4DYS3CL4FWFGC7I4">Neostrata Ultra Smoothing Cream AHA10</a> ($29.10), <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00949CO66/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00949CO66&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=VJNTLK5VJFA3E2XO">Paula&rsquo;s Choice 8% AHA Gel</a> ($26.00), <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003QTFAX4/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B003QTFAX4&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=OJNSQ3GOF4L25TDS">Silk Naturals 8% AHA Toner</a> ($9.96), <a href="http://www.gardenofwisdom.com/catalog/item/4013927/4420080.htm">Garden of Wisdom Mandelic Acid</a> 5% ($18.90), <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000NUN8BK/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000NUN8BK&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=QNTRG54VAZHLXJBD">Stridex BHA Daily Use Pads</a> ($7.77), <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003H8E7SS/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B003H8E7SS&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=X3665ZL3HZ4AUQJC">Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Peel</a> (10 treatments) ($21.83), and <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00027DDOQ/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00027DDOQ&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=HUKPYUD7QVWCUHTG">Clean &amp; Clear Advantage Acne Spot Treatment (2% BHA)</a> ($4.72).</p> <p>With any new skincare product, it&rsquo;s a good idea to test it on a small area for a few days before slathering it all over your face. Some of these beauty aids, or as I like to call them, actives, are quite gentle &mdash; niacinamide, ceramides, and hyaluronic acid &mdash; though be sure to introduce them slowly in case of a reaction.</p> <p>Vitamin C, retinoids, and AHA/BHA acids can be irritating to your skin &mdash; do not introduce them all at once, and when using them, start by using them every few days and gradually increasing the frequency. Dryness, tightness, or itching are a sign of irritation and a signal that you should back off and baby your skin a little with basic mild cleansers and moisturizers.</p> <p><em>Which of these ingredients do you incorporate into your daily skincare routine?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/camilla-cheung">Camilla Cheung</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-beauty-aids-science-says-really-work">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-cost-of-tanning">The Cost of Tanning</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cheapest-beauty-tricks-in-the-book">7 Beauty Secrets that Cost Almost Nothing</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-face-washes">The 5 Best Face Washes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-acne-treatments">The 5 Best Acne Treatments</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/getting-rid-of-acne-effectively">Getting Rid of Acne</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Health and Beauty acne complexion fine lines skin wrinkles Tue, 02 Jun 2015 17:00:06 +0000 Camilla Cheung 1437241 at http://www.wisebread.com 7 Homemade Beauty Treatments That Actually Work http://www.wisebread.com/7-homemade-beauty-treatments-that-actually-work <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-homemade-beauty-treatments-that-actually-work" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_healthy_hair_000035012750.jpg" alt="Woman doing at home beauty treatments that actually work" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you're a woman, it's very likely you've at some point put mayonnaise in your hair or egg white on your face in at-home beauty treatments. (If you're a man, you might be gasping in horror at the thought.) Mostly, we do it to save money, but it's also because we trust our friends and family who tell us all the homemade <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-old-school-beauty-products-we-want-back">beauty treatments</a> actually work.</p> <p>The following at-home treatments are widely reputed to be effective. But keep in mind that everyone's skin is different, so test the different ingredients below (such as honey, apple cider vinegar, and coconut oil) separately to see how your skin reacts.</p> <h2>1. Avocado and Oatmeal Face Mask</h2> <p>Avocados are one of the best ingredients for any beauty treatment recipe because they are rich in vitamin E, fiber, B vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. They make your skin glow, especially if you also make them a regular part of your diet. When you pair an avocado with oatmeal, you get a great mask that reduces redness and moisturizes dry skin at the same time. Combine &frac12; an avocado, &frac14; cup of uncooked oatmeal, and two tablespoons of raw, organic honey. Blend, and leave on your face for 10&ndash;15 minutes. If you want, add one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar as a toner.</p> <h2>2. The Many Uses of Coconut Oil</h2> <p>Coconut oil can be used for virtually anything. Although it's not a common household item, I would recommend it become one. Coconut oil can be used for <a href="http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/features/oil-pulling">pulling out toxins</a> to create healthy teeth and gums. Oil pulling is done by swishing it around in your mouth for five minutes and then spitting it out. I have tried this before and haven't had a lot of luck, but my roommate does it on a regular basis and swears by it. You can also swallow a small amount of coconut oil and it will keep your skin healthy. Also use it topically on skin as an <a href="http://www.prevention.com/beauty/coconut-oil-cures-your-skin-and-hair">amazing moisturizer</a> or in your hair as a mask. It will also soften cuticles if you're giving yourself an at home mani or pedi. Just wipe on and let sit.</p> <h2>3. Facial Steam</h2> <p>Some facials include steam, which opens up the pores to help rid your skin of build-up from creams and makeup, as well as draws out any irritants that cause acne. To do this at home, use a basin, bucket, or other glass container &mdash; I use a large Pyrex dish. Fill it with boiling water and hold your face close with a towel over your head. Be careful not to spill or move it as it will burn. Add a drop of tea tree oil as a natural disinfectant and anti-inflammatory and some mint leaves to soothe and clean your skin. Hold for five to 10 minutes, but do not exceed 10 minutes.</p> <p>Afterward, use a mask of honey to draw out toxins. Do not scrub. Then, use toner (lemon juice or apple cider vinegar work great!), moisturize your face, and drink plenty of water.</p> <h2>4. Sunburn Remedies</h2> <p>Summer is coming up fast, which means it's time to always keep sunscreen on you. Even if you don't burn, sunscreen can prevent skin cancer. But if you do forget to continually reapply (as I always seem to), there are some homemade remedies that really work. Avoid soap as it could dry out your skin. Use a compress dipped in witch hazel or cold water to reduce inflammation. Take vitamin E and aspirin to reduce swelling. To treat your skin, use freshly brewed tea after it's been cooled, blended cucumbers, or cool (not cold) milk on a soft cloth. All of these will draw out the redness of the skin.</p> <h2>5. Tea Eye Treatments</h2> <p>Just like tea bags can be used for sunburns, they can also be used to reduce puffiness and redness. Caffeine can reduce swelling and herbal teas soothe inflammation. Steep two bags of tea in hot water for three to five minutes, then enjoy the tea while the bags cool down. Once warm, not hot, put the bags over each eye and cover with a soft cloth.</p> <h2>6. Olive Oil Hair Treatments</h2> <p>You've probably noticed a trend. Almost every homemade remedy has oil in it. That's because so many oils actually work! One of the most common household items is olive oil, and it can be used to create soft and shiny locks. You can use it as a <a href="http://www.livestrong.com/article/190335-a-homemade-olive-oil-hair-treatment/">deep conditioner</a>, serum or for your scalp, or you can add it to your shampoo for regular use. Keep in mind that taking a hot shower can actually strip your hair of essential nutrients, so if you don't see a change when you add the olive oil, this could be the reason. Olive oil can also be used for an <a href="http://howto.womenshealthmag.com/make-olive-oil-body-treatment">at-home body treatment</a>.</p> <h2>7. Coconut Lip Scrub</h2> <p>Have I mentioned how wonderful coconut oil is yet? If your lips are still dry from the winter, try mixing two tablespoons of coconut oil, two tablespoons of coconut sugar, and one teaspoon of honey for an invigorating lip scrub. Don't have coconut sugar? No problem. You can replace it with regular sugar. This scrub will strip away dead skin and keep your lips soft. Add your favorite essential oil to the mixture for added benefits!</p> <p><em>What are some homemade beauty treatments you can't live without?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/jennifer-holder">Jennifer Holder</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-homemade-beauty-treatments-that-actually-work">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-unexpected-uses-for-avocados">6 Unexpected Uses for Avocados</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-diy-beauty-masks-made-from-food">9 DIY Beauty Masks Made From Food</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-unexpected-home-uses-for-mayonnaise">10 Unexpected Home Uses for Mayonnaise</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-awesomeness-of-sodium-bicarbonate-27-uses-for-baking-soda">The Awesomeness of Sodium Bicarbonate: 27 Uses for Baking Soda</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-sell-your-hair-for-cash">How to Sell Your Hair for Cash</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> DIY Health and Beauty facials hair masks oils skin treatments Tue, 19 May 2015 13:00:10 +0000 Jennifer Holder 1423416 at http://www.wisebread.com DIY Plastic Surgery: This Is Not A Hoax. http://www.wisebread.com/diy-plastic-surgery-this-is-not-a-hoax <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/diy-plastic-surgery-this-is-not-a-hoax" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/134980839_416e05cbeb.jpg" alt="Nose Job" title="Nose Job" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="177" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I do a lot of research on the Internet for information about home-made solutions to everyday problems. In fact, I'll be posting one soon that covers recipes for home-made car wax, air freshener and even glue. But on my travels, I discovered a horrifying fact - in these tough economic times, people out there are taking medical matters into their own hands. DIY plastic surgery is on the rise. <o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoPlainText">Around two years ago, <a href="http://www.metro.co.uk/news/article.html?in_article_id=56839&amp;in_page_id=34">a reliable English paper called Metro </a>reported the outbreak of DIY plastic surgery. The obsession with celebrity culture, and media pressure that make everyone feel bad if they don't look amazing, was leading people to take matters into their own hands. It did not go well. <o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoPlainText"><em>&quot;In the worst case, a man gave himself a nose job with a chisel and replaced the cartilage he removed with a chicken bone,&quot; according to consultant psychiatrist Dr David Veale. &quot;Others have cut their stomachs in DIY tummy tucks, and used glue to try to pin back their ears.&quot;</em><o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoPlainText">Ouch! It seems more like a story that would appear in the National Enquirer, but unfortunately it's true. That was two years ago, and sadly, things have not improved. A lack of self-confidence and a rise in BDD (body dysmorphic disorder) continues to make people long for the plastic surgeon's knife. And with people suffering from a lack of money and no access to credit, they are becoming desperate. DIY plastic surgery, as horrific as it sounds, continues to gather momentum.<o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoPlainText">In late 2008, <a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/3439638/Cosmetic-surgery-addict-injected-cooking-oil-into-her-own-face.html">news broke of Hang Mioku</a>, a Korean woman who became so obsessed with plastic surgery that she injected COOKING OIL into her own face.</p> <p class="MsoPlainText"><img alt="" src="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/telegraph/multimedia/archive/01111/kor2_1111849c.jpg" /></p> <p class="MsoPlainText"><em>Her face became so grotesquely large that she was called &quot;standing fan&quot; by children in her neighbourhood - due to her large face and small body. And it would seem that even Hang can now see the damage she has done; she now says that she would simply like her original face back.</em></p> <p class="MsoPlainText"><img alt="" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_xgCuhK2njOg/SWYfWBsJaiI/AAAAAAAACRI/ZA9Q0E2uA9s/s320/16.jpg" /></p> <p class="MsoPlainText"><o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoPlainText">Last month, <a href="http://wcco.com/consumer/disfigured.silicone.injection.2.1049241.html">WCCO's Esme Murphy </a>told the story of a woman who injected herself with silicone to save money on plastic surgery. <o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoPlainText"><em>&quot;I really thought that I was getting a bargain and I really didn't do my homework like I should have,&quot; said the woman who did not want to be identified. Her lips and left cheek are disfigured from silicone she self-injected. She was trying to make her upper lip fuller and fill acne scars. A year and a half ago, another doctor had given her silicone injections. That treatment went well but it wasn't cheap. It was $2700 for a series of three treatment. So she turned to the Internet and found a site advertising silicone for $10.&quot;</em></p> <p class="MsoPlainText"><img alt="" src="http://llnw.image.cbslocal.com/30/2009/06/18/320x240/DIYSiliconeInjection.jpg" /></p> <p class="MsoPlainText"><o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoPlainText">As you can see, the results are awful. She will be disfigured for life unless she pays for a certified plastic surgeon to try and reverse the results. <o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoPlainText"><em>&quot;Initially I thought I did a good job,&quot; said the unfortunate mom from the Twin Cities. However, within a day her lips and cheek were disfigured. &quot;Its very frightening, its very embarrassing having to be in public,&quot; she said.</em><o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoPlainText">There is even a Technorati page devoted to DIY Plastic Surgery gone wrong, which you can <a href="http://technorati.com/posts/X5fTuW7nHDwC4vo2GKKkmIwqfaWu_8f29femJPGmAX0=">check out yourself here</a>.<o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoPlainText">And now, which may be even worse, more &quot;legitimate&quot; ways to do the treatment yourself are reaching the market. <o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoPlainText">For $129 and up, you can buy a hand-held personal laser to remove blotches and smooth out wrinkles. And the <a href="http://www.rejuvawand.com/ ">REJUVAWAND</a> costs $159 and uses two infra-red wavelengths of laser energy to promises to give similar results to the more expensive Botox and microdermabrasion treatments. Does it work? Doctors say it's too weak a laser to do any damage, but in effect you're wasting a lot of money on an almost useless product. <o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoPlainText">You can also buy a DIY chemical peel.<o:p></o:p> <a href="http://www.ivillage.co.uk/beauty/skincare/facial/articles/0,,547687_646241,00.html">Dr Denese's Triple AHA/BHA at-home fizzing facial peel</a> promises the same results as a beauty salon treatment at a fraction of the cost. But is it ever a good idea to put these kinds of chemicals on your skin with no medical supervision? <o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoPlainText">Perhaps the most harmless DIY solution I found was the <a href="http://texyt.com/plastic+clip+diy+nose+job+cheap+00078">CoCo &quot;nose job&quot; device</a>, which will give you Cleopatra's Nose! To be honest, it just looks like a strong clothes peg.</p> <p class="MsoPlainText"><img alt="" src="http://texyt.com/files/Image/cleopatra_nose_clip_pack.jpg" /></p> <p class="MsoPlainText"><o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoPlainText"><em>&quot;CoCo - Beautiful New Look of Nose is available at discerning stores in Japan, Korea and Taiwan from only $7.50. Why spend more on expensive plastic surgery and fancy doctors when you can just 'do it yourself'?&quot;</em></p> <p class="MsoPlainText">With the average rhinoplasty procedure costing roughly $5000, what do you think the chances are that a $7.50 product could do the same job? Exactly. <o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoPlainText">Look, I'm no doctor, but I would like to summarize by saying please, please don't take the frugal option on this and attempt to do it yourself. There is no substitute for medical training and your body is too important to mess with by yourself. There are very few shortcuts to a better body, but plastic surgery is one of them...and it comes with a hefty price. Be prepared to pay it, or you may end paying significantly more to reverse your own home-made medical mistakes.<span style="">&nbsp; Or worse, pay for it for the rest of your life with horrible disfigurements, bad health and chronic pain. </span><o:p></o:p></p> <!--EndFragment--><!--EndFragment--><p><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Arial;"><o:p></o:p></span> </p> <!--EndFragment--><!--EndFragment--></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/diy-plastic-surgery-this-is-not-a-hoax">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-refill-an-ink-cartridge-with-a-small-piece-of-tape">How to refill an ink cartridge with a small piece of tape</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-make-your-own-soda-tidy-a-room-in-three-minutes-cure-a-hangover-and-become-a-movie-extra-phew">How To Make Your Own Soda, Tidy A Room In Three Minutes, Cure A Hangover And Become A Movie Extra. Phew!</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/expert-tips-to-help-you-make-your-own-holiday-cards-and-save-a-small-fortune">Last minute tips for quick and easy homemade Holiday cards. .</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/times-are-tough-would-you-consider-a-diy-funeral">Times Are Tough; Would You Consider A DIY Funeral?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/search-online-for-a-fix-before-you-toss-that-broken-gadget">Search Online for a Fix before You Toss that Broken Gadget</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living Consumer Affairs DIY blemish doctor medicine nose job skin surgery Thu, 02 Jul 2009 17:58:55 +0000 Paul Michael 3346 at http://www.wisebread.com 7 Beauty Secrets that Cost Almost Nothing http://www.wisebread.com/cheapest-beauty-tricks-in-the-book <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/cheapest-beauty-tricks-in-the-book" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000004059467XSmall.jpg" alt="Beauty" title="Beauty" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="200" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Open the pages of almost any magazine, or turn on the TV, and you're bombarded with ads that claim (if indirectly) that their products will make your life fuller, more rewarding, and all-around better. The message is pretty simple: spend, and you'll be so much better.</p> <p>There are, however, a few beauty methods that are nearly guaranteed to make you look and feel like a million bucks, and you don't have to smash your piggy bank to get them. It's tired to talk about how beauty comes from within, so rather than worrying about the purity of your soul, here are a few ways to bring out an inner glow that don't involve liposuction or deep contemplation.</p> <h2>1. Get Laid</h2> <p>There's something about regular sex that makes people beautiful. I don't know if teenagers still talk about this stuff today, but back in my high school days, we believed that sex cleared up acne. It was probably an excuse to start having as much teenage sex as possible, but although there doesn't appear to be any direct correlation between sexual activity and zits, people who have regular, satisfying sex tend to have a glow about them.</p> <p>It's not just about love, although people who are in the throes of a new, passionate relationship frequently have that shining, happy face that everyone comments on. But even if you aren't falling head over heels in love, you can still get off, be it <a href="http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/5263250/">with a partner</a> or <a href="http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn3942-masturbating-may-protect-against-prostate-cancer.html">alone</a>. Not only are orgasms like little happy pills, but self-exploration is good practice for when you are no longer flying solo.</p> <p>Sex gets your blood flowing. Orgasms reduce stress and increase pain tolerance due to a natural boost in <a href="http://www.sensualism.com/sex/orgasmic.html">oxytocin</a> and endorphin levels. Sexual satisfaction also helps you sleep better at night, and who couldn't use a good night's sleep? In short, orgasms are <a href="http://www.latimes.com/features/health/la-he-orgasm11feb11,0,7227478.story">good for your brain</a>, and when your brain is happy, the rest of your body will respond in kind.</p> <h2>2. Get Some Exercise</h2> <p>Something about that bordering-on-Zen feeling that follows a vigorous workout is really lovely. Wrinkles get smoothed out, endorphins flow, skin is lightly flushed and smooth. Sweating clears out your pores and helps to avoid acne. Even though I personally regard the gym as a chamber of torture, I find that I look like a million bucks about an hour after huffing and puffing through a weight routine, or 30 minutes of tripping over the elliptical machine.</p> <p>But it's not like you have to push yourself to the limit to get benefits from exercise. A short routine of yoga will get your blood pumping, as will a long, meandering walk around a park or city street.</p> <p>Being healthy isn't necessarily about being thin. One of the prettiest women I know is plus size, but she practically leaps through the city of San Francisco with her boundless enthusiasm and energy. Men always look twice as she goes skipping past them with a big grin on her face.</p> <h2>3.Laugh Until You Cry</h2> <p>You'd never know it from the popular media, but smiling is such a simple way to immediately look better. We spend so much of our days grimacing at the computer screen, or glowering at the line in the post office, that it can be tough to bring ourselves to smile in a genuine, open manner.</p> <p>When was the last time you doubled over in laughter? Laughter, like orgasms and exercise, releases hormones that reduce stress and lower blood pressure. In fact, just <a href="http://www.physorg.com/news63293074.html">anticipating a good laugh</a> can help to reduce your overall stress levels. Both hot tempered anger and laughter cause blood to flow to the cheeks, which is probably where the whole "You're so beautiful when you're angry" saying came from.</p> <p>Some people avoid smiling because they don't like their teeth, but even a genuine close-lipped smile on a normal face is more attractive than a blank stare or a <a href="http://www.fashionista.com/images/entries/lily%20cole%20is%20not%20our%20favorite%20model,%20because%20our%20face%20is%20more%20oval.jpg">glaring model with perfect features</a>. Think about how wonderful a face that is <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/happykatie/2459763090/">shining with laughter</a> looks. It doesn't matter if you laugh like a hyena or snort like a pug (like me), laughter enhances your beauty. Rent your favorite movies or watch comedy clips online. Hang out with your goofy friends. Stick duct tape on the bottom of your cat's paws and giggle at his antics. Whatever it takes. Laughter is infectious, and it is gorgeous.</p> <h2>4. Get Some Sun</h2> <p>No, I'm not talking about baking on the beach, because I'm an advocate of avoiding skin cancer whenever possible. But a daily dose of sunlight helps regulate your vitamin D levels, <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/Health/DepressionRiskFactors/story?id=4356026">prevents depression</a>, <strong>and</strong> UV light can kill acne-causing bacteria. As we all know, too much sun can damage your skin and lead to loss of elasticity, but even a leathery old woman with a happy countenance is better than a grumpy one with perfectly dewy skin.</p> <h2>5. Have a Glass of Wine</h2> <p>Assuming you're not allergic to alcohol or prone to rosacea, having a glass of wine not only gives your cheeks a healthy glow, but can give you a good dose of <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Resveratrol">resveratol</a>, a polyphenol with <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antioxidant">antioxidant</a> properties. Sure, I might be looking for an excuse to have a glass of champagne with lunch, but as long as I'm not driving around or performing open-heart surgery after a lunchtime aperitif, what's the harm?</p> <p>If you're not much of a drinker, you can get the same health benefits by enjoying fresh fruits and veggies, but you won't be nearly as fun to be around.</p> <h2>6. Stay Hydrated</h2> <p>I don't believe in drinking great quantities of water if you don't want to, and it's probably not necessary to take in the 8 daily glasses that were randomly <a href="http://dms.dartmouth.edu/news/2002_h2/08aug2002_water.shtml">recommended to the general public for no reason</a>. But drinking a little extra filtered water helps keep your kidneys happy, your skin cleansed (again, the sweating helps here) and plumped, and the toxins flushed out of your system.</p> <h2>7. Go Easy on the Medication</h2> <p>It can be so easy these days to pop a pill for every little ache and pain, or to take meds when conditions start to trend in the wrong direction. As someone who has to deal with a multitude of incredibly boring conditions, I usually trust my doctors to do what's right for my health. Sometimes, though, doctors seem too busy to deal with the source of your problems and are more than happy to push a prescription across the counter at you. A couple of years ago, I counted the number of daily medications that I was taking, and they numbered eight, five of which were either unnecessary, redundant, or causing MORE problems that required other medications to combat. Overnight, I switched from a regimen of 8 medications to 3, and found myself feeling better, looking better, and experiencing none of the previous side effects that I had been plagued with.</p> <p>Obviously, you should consult your doctor before changing your diet or medications, but don't be afraid to push your doctor to help you find ways around taking more medicine; on the flip side, be sure to listen to what your doctor tells you. If s/he tells you to lose weight or change your diet to avoid taking cholesterol medication, you had better take the advice seriously rather than to simply continue on as always.</p> <p>So, you might be asking, I'll be better looking if I stop taking so much Ibuprofen, drink more water, and laugh uproariously while drinking champagne and having sex in the sunshine?</p> <p>Well...yes. But don't quote me on the outdoor sex part.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-karim">Andrea Karim</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cheapest-beauty-tricks-in-the-book">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/these-7-exercises-are-scientifically-proven-to-increase-happiness">These 7 Exercises Are Scientifically Proven to Increase Happiness</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-cost-of-tanning">The Cost of Tanning</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-beauty-aids-science-says-really-work">6 Beauty Aids Science Says Really Work</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-surprising-non-physical-benefits-of-exercise">10 Surprising, Non-Physical Benefits of Exercise</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-habits-that-are-quietly-making-you-fat-and-have-nothing-to-do-with-eating">7 Habits That Are Quietly Making You Fat (and Have Nothing to Do With Eating)</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Health and Beauty Personal Development acne beauty regimen exercise sex skin skincare Tue, 22 Jul 2008 20:33:00 +0000 Andrea Karim 2254 at http://www.wisebread.com Love Your Skin With Free Health Screenings! http://www.wisebread.com/love-your-skin-with-free-health-screenings <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/love-your-skin-with-free-health-screenings" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/skin 2.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="188" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p class="MsoNormal">May is skin cancer awareness month, and as a close friend to many skin cancer survivors, I know how important it is to get regular check-ups.<span> </span>If the cost of seeing a dermatologist has you headed for the hills, check out these free ways to get to-notch preventative care!</p> <p class="MsoNormal">According to the January issue of Archives of Dermatology, Melanoma (a fancy term for &ldquo;skin cancer&rdquo;) <span class="arttext">is the only cancer for which incidence and death rates continue to increase in the United States, while screening continues to be underused, according to background information in the article. Treating melanoma costs more than $740 million each year in the United States.<span> </span><a href="http://www.emaxhealth.com/101/8996.html">The article states that</a> screening for melanoma in older adults is just as cost-effective as other cancer screenings. <br /> </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal">May is skin cancer awareness month, and as a close friend to many skin cancer survivors, I know how important it is to get regular check-ups.<span> </span>If the cost of seeing a dermatologist has you headed for the hills, check out these free ways to get to-notch preventative care!</p> <p class="MsoNormal">According to the January issue of Archives of Dermatology, Melanoma (a fancy term for &ldquo;skin cancer&rdquo;) <span class="arttext">is the only cancer for which incidence and death rates continue to increase in the United States, while screening continues to be underused, according to background information in the article. Treating melanoma costs more than $740 million each year in the United States.<span> </span><a href="http://www.emaxhealth.com/101/8996.html">The article states that</a> screening for melanoma in older adults is just as cost-effective as other cancer screenings. <br /> </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span class="arttext">If cost is a factor in the reluctance of the country to fully support preventative skin screenings, maybe these FREE events could help:</span></p> <ul> <li>Olay is sponsoring the &ldquo;<a href="http://skincancertakesfriends.org/sctf08/">Skin Cancer Takes Friends</a>&rdquo; event by offering free health screenings with licensed dermatologists all over the country.<span> </span>Use the handy online locator to find a participating doctor, and call to arrange your visit.<span> </span>(Be sure to mention that you found them through the Olay website.)</li> </ul> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.aveeno.com/">Aveeno</a> will be sponsoring the &ldquo;Road to Healthy Skin Tour&rdquo; in 50 cities across the country.<span> </span>Free skin cancers screenings will take place in a customized RV and will be staffed by local board-certified dermatologists.<span> </span><a href="http://www.skincancer.org/content/view/294/">Check for a participating</a> Rite-Aid location in your area!</li> </ul> <p class="MsoNormal">In addition to using sunscreens and participating in safe summer outdoor activities, a preventative screening is vital to ensuring optimal health.<span> </span>Start your summer right by making a skin check part of your vacation plans.<span> </span>With a $0 price tag, you have no excuse not to!</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/linsey-knerl">Linsey Knerl</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/love-your-skin-with-free-health-screenings">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/lots-of-free-eats-for-leap-year-babies">Lots of FREE Eats for Leap Year Babies</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/free-12-month-supply-of-contact-lens-cases-coupons">Free 12-month supply of contact lens cases &amp; coupons</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-cost-of-meat-the-personal-health-argument">The Cost of Meat—The Personal Health Argument</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/i-scream-you-scream-i-m-lovin-free-ice-cream">I Scream, You Scream… I’m Lovin’ FREE Ice Cream!</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/get-your-free-chicken-and-caffeine-on-may-15th">Get Your Free Chicken and Caffeine on May 15th</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Freebies cancer freebies Health skin Fri, 02 May 2008 14:30:24 +0000 Linsey Knerl 2058 at http://www.wisebread.com Is Green Tea All It's Cracked Up to Be? It's close. http://www.wisebread.com/is-green-tea-all-its-cracked-up-to-be-its-close <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/green_tea.jpg" alt="http://www.flickr.com/photos/kankan/" title="Green tea by Kanko" width="250" height="188" /></p> <p>I&#39;ve been enjoying the snarky articles at Slate.com recently focusing on the commoditization of Eastern traditions, such as <a href="http://www.slate.com/id/2162283/">yoga</a>. As someone who purchases but never uses yoga clothing, mats, and accessories, I can truly appreciate the hypocrisy in the American tendency to turn something that is supposed to be purifying and healthy into something that is really a money-making scheme.</p> <p>However, I have to take issue with Jacob Weisberg&#39;s recent article that more or less tries to <a href="http://www.slate.com/id/2163503/nav/tap1/">dismiss the trend that is green tea</a>, mostly by linking to the myriad of products that use green tea as an ingredient. I&#39;m bothered by a few issues that he raises, mostly because, well, I really freaking love green tea.</p> <p>Now, I long ago discarded the notion that the East has much to teach us about metaphysical stuff. Don&#39;t get me wrong - I&#39;m an Asiaphile. But it&#39;s not because I find any deep and inherent wisdom in the cultures that make up &quot;the Orient&quot;. I like Asia because the land is stunning, the languages are fascinating, the history is long, and the men are handsome.</p> <p>That said, Easterners are as messed-up as as Westerners. Sure, there are some lovely traditions to be had all across Asia, both found in extinct rituals and current practices. But there are lovely traditions to be found in Portugal, too. Only we don&#39;t categorize the Portugese as particularly deep, whereas I think that Asians get put on a spiritual pedestal that isn&#39;t fair to anyone.</p> <p>Commercialism and greed are rampant everywhere in the world, and I don&#39;t think that someone who grew up in, say, Vietnam, has any more to teach the world than someone who grew up in Alabama. So my defense of tea-drinking isn&#39;t stemming from any illusion that the West is merely a commercial shell of a place with no soul, and Asia is the land of enlightenment or anything.</p> <p>There&#39;s no Ganesh on my bookshelf at home, get it?</p> <p>OK? Good. Now that that is out of the way. Green tea.</p> <p class="sub-heading"><strong>It&#39;s an acquired taste...</strong></p> <p>Like coffee, beer, and avocados, your first impression of green tea might have been something like, &quot;Oh. That&#39;s, uh. Hm. Ick.&quot; When I first tasted green tea at the age of 12, I can&#39;t say that I was delighted with it, either. Our exchange student, who hailed from Tokyo, had brought packets of <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matcha">matcha</a> with her for us to sample. To me, it was like drinking a ground-up version of the hay that we fed the horses in 4-H. Only bitter.</p> <p>It wasn&#39;t until I traveled to Japan for the first time that I started to really appreciate green tea, if not the long ceremonies surrounding it that caused me to experience some severe Charlie horses (I do appreciate the meditation and skill and patience involved in tea ceremonies, I simply can&#39;t sit on my knees for the length of one). After that trip, I developed a real love for green tea, of which there are many kinds. Also, I decided that green tea flavoring was the best. thing. ever.</p> <p>So, my feathers get ruffled when I read someone who wants to disparage green tea for no good reason, other than the fact that they are sick of hearing about it, and kind of want to make fun of a few products and their respective marketing campaigns. </p> <p>If Slate.com&#39;s Jacob Weisberg had written an article saying &quot;I&#39;m really sick of hearing about green tea&quot;, I&#39;d be fine, because that&#39;s honest. But alas, that was not his tactic. I understand the need to snark about some things, but the green tea attack feels forced and pointless. Also, there are some criticisms of the green tea fad that I just don&#39;t find legitimate.</p> <p class="sub-heading"><strong>The Snark: Eastern Tradition Hijacked by the West</strong></p> <p class="blockquote">In the United States, &quot;Eastern&quot; tends to blur together Hinduism, Buddhism, and hucksterism. It inevitably involves something to buy and usually something to eat as well. Only this harmonic-entrepreneurial convergence can explain the invention of <a href="http://www.serendipitychocolates.com/detail_pages/greentea_truffle.htm" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">New Zen Green Tea Truffles</font></a> and <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Bissingers-Green-Gummy-Pandas-Three/dp/B000BNLF3W" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">Green Tea Gummy Pandas</font></a>, snacks that transform a foggy idea of virtue into morsels of vice. </p> <p>Now, I agree that the whole <em>East=Wisdom &amp; Peace</em> thing can be tedious. I throw up a little when I see Chinese character stepping stones in gardens. But I don&#39;t think we can apply this to green tea. </p> <p class="sub-heading"><strong>The Truth: They Started It!</strong></p> <p>It&#39;s a fallacy, and kind of cocky, to assume that just because a trend is popular, it must have started in the West. Green tea is a very popular flavor throughout Asia, and has been for a long time. You can get green tea EVERYTHING in China, Japan, and Korea. Yogurt, Pocky, ice cream (the only ice cream I like, actually), mochi, chocolates, cookies, gum - the list goes on forever. (Also, there&#39;s lots of melon-flavored stuff, and I sincerely believe that honeydew-flavored yogurt is the closest thing to heaven that most people can ever hope to experience).</p> <p>The traditional Asian palette hasn&#39;t (yet) been tuned to super-sweet tastes, and green tea is a nice flavor in that it tones down the hyper-sugary taste of many desserts and treats. Desserts in East Asia tend to favor sweetened red beans, lightly sweet gelatin, and sometimes sweetened milk. But usually, dessert in Asia is fruit. </p> <p>Recap: the green-tea-in-everything trend didn&#39;t start in the US, but I&#39;m glad it being adopted here, because it&#39;s freaking delicious.</p> <p>Also, sure, &quot;Zen&quot; food might sound pretensious, unless you happen to understand the &quot;Zen&quot; that is a good piece of chocolate. &quot;Zen&quot; truffles are logical to anyone who finds <a href="http://faculty.washington.edu/chudler/choco.html">bliss</a> (scroll down to &quot;Chocolate and The Nervous System&quot;) in cocoa.</p> <p class="sub-heading"><strong>The Snark: Who Knows if It&#39;s Good for You? </strong></p> <p>Next, Weisberg attacks claims that green tea is really, really good for you.</p> <p class="blockquote">Under the Food and Drug Administration&#39;s policy of permitting &quot;qualified health claims&quot; for which there is <em>some </em>evidence—often based on industry-funded research—marketers can make all sorts of improbable boasts (see under <a href="http://www.pomwonderful.com/" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">pomegranate juice</font></a>). Even when it rejects such assertions, <a href="http://www.cfsan.fda.gov/~dms/qhc-gtea.html" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">as it has for green tea and all cancers</font></a> as well as <a href="http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/12718769/" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">heart disease</font></a>, the FDA seldom does anything to stop them. </p> <p>He has a point here, and the long-term benefits of green tea may not be well-established. In fact, I&#39;m sick and tired of studies that show <em>this</em> and studies that show <em>that</em>. Bran, beta carotene, vitamin C, chromium, soy - we&#39;re told to consume them like crazy to prevent cancer, and then told a few months later that they CAUSE cancer. </p> <p>Until we really buckle down and have some less biased studies, I wouldn&#39;t recommend that anyone drink lots of green tea, especially in the stead of actually exercising and eating well. I don&#39;t know if green tea can really prevent health problems or cancer or anything else.</p> <p class="sub-heading"><strong>The Truth: It&#39;s Good for ME </strong></p> <p>But I do know this: I am a diabetic (Type 2, for those who need to know), and drinking green tea<strong><em> lowers my blood sugar</em></strong>. </p> <p>I know this because I have tested my blood sugar before and after drinking green tea, and it will drop my sugar by as much as 30 points. I&#39;m not saying that it works for everyone (it has the opposite affect on my sister, who has a bad blood sugar spike with any caffeine), but it works for some people, and shouldn&#39;t be discounted. Not that my experience alone is enough to validate the health benefits - but I think it should be studied, in the same way that cinnamon was.</p> <p class="sub-heading"><strong>The Snark: Coprorations Blah Blah Blah Fat Americans</strong></p> <p>Weisberg follows up with the familiar &quot;Well, BIG BAD COMPANIES put green tea in stuff that isn&#39;t healthy, but you <em>think</em> it&#39;s healthy because it has green tea in it, but it&#39;s <em>not</em> healthy because it&#39;s Starbucks&quot; spiel. He even goes so far as to diss my local favorite green-tea joint <a href="http://www.kootsgreentea.com/">Koots</a> (Holla!), as a seller or less-than-healthy green-tea-infused items (green tea cheesecake - try it when you&#39;re in town).</p> <p class="blockquote">This follows on the success of Starbucks&#39; <a href="http://www.starbucks.com/retail/nutrition_beverage_detail.asp?selProducts=185&amp;strAction=GETDEFAULT&amp;x=21&amp;y=7" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">Tazo Green Tea Frappuccino</font></a>, which also uses matcha, green tea in pulverized form. A &quot;venti&quot; has 560 calories if you hold the whipped cream. (The unappreciated business genius of Starbucks is not charging $4 for a latte but rather giving adults permission to drink milkshakes, on the pretext that they are merely tea or coffee.) This is exceeded by the 640 calories in the &quot;power&quot; version of the <a href="http://jambajuice.com/menuguide/matchagreenteablast.html" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">Matcha Green Tea Blast</font></a> from Jamba Juice, a <a href="http://www.jambajuice.com/talk/franchiseinformation.html" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">franchise chain</font></a> chasing Howard Schultz&#39;s caffeinated footsteps. </p> <p class="sub-heading"><strong>The Truth: It&#39;s Tasty, and No One is Lying About the Calories </strong></p> <p>You know, I don&#39;t think there&#39;s a single item at Starbucks that I enjoy that comes in at under 400 calories. And it is possible that people in line at Starbucks are saying to themselves &quot;Hm. The white chocolate mocha with raspberry... that sounds good. Oh, wait, green tea frappucino! That&#39;s GOT to be good for me!&quot;. But those people are dumb, and they&#39;d choose something terrible whether the green tea was there or not. </p> <p>[Also, I know a lot of women who have Starbucks for breakfast. Just a drink. 500 calories for breakfast isn&#39;t that bad. 3 meals a day x 500 calories + 200 calorie snack = 1700 calories a day. Now, if a 500 calorie drink is being consumed as a snack, then you&#39;ve got a problem, but I don&#39;t know many women who &quot;snack&quot; at Starbucks, and their frappucinos are a meal.]</p> <p>A trend is a trend, Weisberg! The next big push from Starbucks is going to be South American-influenced flavors. You got something against mangos and pretty Brazilian women in skimpy bikinis? Eh? Everyone loves a Brazilian!</p> <p class="sub-heading"><strong>The Snark: Down with White-tea! (Get it? White-tea? Whitey? Har!)</strong></p> <p>Next, in what I can only assume is an attempt at humor, Weisberg goes after the beauty industry for putting green tea in its products, and says this [emphasis mine]:</p> <p class="blockquote"><a href="http://www.origins.com/templates/products/mp.tmpl?CATEGORY_ID=CATEGORY5756" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">Origins &quot;Perfect World&quot; products</font></a> are made with increasingly fashionable white tea, which is sort of baby green tea (think baby arugula). According to the company, white tea is &quot;among the most potent antioxidants, anti-agers, anti-stress, anti-smoke, anti-pollution antidotes.&quot; <em><strong>How is it that tea becomes more medically potent as it loses color and flavor?</strong></em> Next in this progression will be an invisible <em><strong>ghost tea with the regenerative properties of fetal stem cells</strong></em>. </p> <p>Ha! Stem cells! What a riot! It&#39;s funny AND it&#39;s topical! </p> <p>Well, it was topical a few months back, anyway.</p> <p class="sub-heading"><strong>The Truth: A Lesson in Oxidation</strong></p> <p>First let&#39;s look at the beauty argument; beauty-wise, green tea is mostly good for tightening your skin. </p> <p>Bonus beauty tip: Steep a bag of green tea, and use the cooled water to water your houseplants. Take the tea bag (if you are using bagged tea) and swipe it around your face. It&#39;s like a tiny facelift. It doesn&#39;t last all day, but it&#39;s nice for a couple of hours. All caffeine is great for reducing puffiness, so you can dab a little aloe and green tea around your eyes to reduce puffy skin during allergy season. </p> <p>Next, there&#39;s Weisberg&#39;s unfortunate belief that white tea can&#39;t possibly be as good, medicinally, as green tea.</p> <p>Here&#39;s a <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tea">brief explanation</a> for those who, like Weisberg, think that young tea has LOST flavor, as opposed to NOT DEVELOPING THE FULL FLAVOR OF GREEN TEA:</p> <p class="blockquote">...[T]ypes of tea are distinguished by the processing they undergo. Leaves of <em>Camellia sinensis</em> soon begin to wilt and <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oxidation" title="Oxidation">oxidize</a> if not dried quickly after picking. The leaves turn progressively darker because <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chlorophyll" title="Chlorophyll">chlorophyll</a> breaks down and <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tannin" title="Tannin">tannins</a> are released.... The next step in processing is to stop the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oxidation" title="Oxidation">oxidation</a> process at a predetermined stage by heating, which deactivates the enzymes responsible. In black tea this is done simultaneously with drying.... Young leaves (new growth buds) that have undergone no oxidation; the buds may be shielded from sunlight to prevent formation of chlorophyll. White tea is produced in lesser quantities than most other styles, and can be correspondingly more expensive than tea from the same plant processed by other methods. It is less well known in countries outside of China, though this is changing with increased western interest in organic or premium teas. </p> <p>Basically, the message is this: it&#39;s a leaf that grows until it is picked. After it is picked, it begins to oxidize unless it is dried. As it oxidizes, it gets darker. The darker it gets, the less beneficial stuff it has in it. It&#39;s still good for you, but not as good for you as it was when it was lighter and less oxidized. How difficult is that?</p> <p>Weisberg ends up by snarking some more about green tea-infused booze, which I think we can all agree simply isn&#39;t an argument worth making. It&#39;s alcohol. Ergo, it&#39;s good. </p> <p><strong>MY</strong> point is the green tea is da bomb, whether on your mug or in your mug. </p> <p class="sub-heading"><strong>Yeah, but it tastes... meh.</strong></p> <p>I know some of you are thinking this. I&#39;ve known a lot of people who claim that <em>they just can&#39;t get into green tea</em>. This is almost always because:</p> <ol> <li>They are buying crappy tea and</li> <li>They are burning the tea when they brew it</li> </ol> <p class="sub-heading"><strong>Buying</strong></p> <p>If you want to enjoy a cup of green tea, you have a couple decisions to make. First, decide if you want to pay more for good tea. Yes, you can buy bagged tea, and yes, there are good bagged teas. But you might as well buy loose leaf tea. It&#39;s just better quality, and you have more choice over what you are getting. With ground-up, bagged tea, who knows what kind of leaf is in there?</p> <p>Tea bags are filled with ground up tea, either because ground up tea brews faster and the industry is worried that you won&#39;t wait more than 30 seconds for your tea, or because what you are drinking is the dust that is swept off of the floors in tea factories and farms around the world. Either way, you can guarantee higher quality tea if you buy it loose leaf.</p> <p>Don&#39;t go nuts. Go somewhere that sells the tea, like a Whole Foods or an Asian market, and buy a little bit. Not much. No more than $10 worth. Oh, and do your darndest to buy organic. </p> <p class="sub-heading"><strong>Brewing</strong></p> <p>White and green tea have more anti-oxidants, and for some reason, scald really easily. Scalded tea is really bitter, and one bad cup can be enough to put someone off of tea for a while.</p> <p>Although you can brew a tasty cup of Earl Grey with boiling water, you have to use cooler water to make a cup of white or green tea. In fact, in many tea houses in Asia, the water you use is close to tepid, just under steaming. Me, I just pour a cup of boiling water and then add about 1/5 cup of cold water, and that does the trick. I steep my tea for about three minutes the first time and about seven minutes on the second round (you can reuse the leaves).</p> <p>Enjoying green tea doesn&#39;t have to be a transcendental experience or a guilt-trip. It&#39;s just a tasty thing that might be good for you.</p> <p>Photo by <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/kankan/">Kanko</a>.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-karim">Andrea Karim</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/is-green-tea-all-its-cracked-up-to-be-its-close">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-6"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-reasons-to-drink-tea">10 Reasons to Drink Tea</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-these-5-diet-moves-now-or-youll-regret-it-in-20-years">Make These 5 Diet Moves Now or You&#039;ll Regret It in 20 Years</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-you-can-do-to-reduce-your-risk-of-diabetes">10 Things You Can Do to Reduce Your Risk of Diabetes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/small-steps-to-weight-loss">Small, Cheap Steps to Weight Loss</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/stop-being-a-slave-to-starbucks-how-to-quit-caffeine">Stop Being a Slave to Starbucks - How to Quit Caffeine</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Health and Beauty antioxidants beauty diabetes green tea heart disease Oprah skin tea weight loss white tea Thu, 05 Apr 2007 18:22:35 +0000 Andrea Karim 460 at http://www.wisebread.com The Cost of Tanning http://www.wisebread.com/the-cost-of-tanning <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-cost-of-tanning" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000014026945_Large.jpg" alt="tanning salon" title="tanning salon" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>It's right around this time of year, as friends and family gear up for Mexican vacations while I stay put under Seattle's gloomy skies, that my thoughts turn to sunbathing. God, I love sunbathing. It's so fun. It's downright addictive. Whether outside or under a tanning lamp, working on a tan is one of the most relaxing ways to pass the time. Of course, it's also the reason that I have to go to the doctor and get layers of skin chemically peeled off of my face in an attempt to regain the clarity and balanced skin tone that I enjoyed before I started tanning.</p> <p>Tanning has a lot of hidden costs. You think that your high-pressure bed is worth $40 for 20 minutes of basking in its purpley glow?</p> <p>According to Business Wire, in 2003:</p> <blockquote><p class="blockquote">10% of Americans spend on average&nbsp;$300 per year to tan indoors. This equates to a total U.S. market for tanning of over $9 billion per year, and does not include the $3 billion tanning products market. Enhancements in technology and consumer acceptance are fueling the industry's growth.</p> </blockquote> <p>What&rsquo;s the real cost of time in a tanning bed? Well, it ranges from place to place, but when I started tanning for three months a couple of years ago, you could say that the breakdown went something like this:</p> <p>3-month high-pressure tanning package: $600<br /> Tanning goggles: $4<br /> Years of painful treatments in a possibly futile attempt to regain skin&rsquo;s natural color and elasticity: Priceless</p> <p>I tanned a couple of times a week in a high-pressure tanning bed that was touted as &ldquo;safe&rdquo; and &ldquo;effective&rdquo; by the owner of the salon I joined. Because the intense UVA rays provide a deep, dark, and fast tan without much burning, even for someone with extremely fair skin like myself, tanning beds are offered up as a great way to tan without unsightly third degree burns.</p> <p>It sounded alright to me. I mean, if you don&rsquo;t burn, then it&rsquo;s all good, right? Burning must be what causes cancer, right?</p> <p>(You know that annoying buzzer sound that goes off when a game show contestant guesses wrong? I&rsquo;m making that sound right now, but you can&rsquo;t hear me.)</p> <p>UVB rays do cause burns, but UVA rays have a longer wavelength, so they penetrate deeper. While exposure to UVA rays in a tanning bed will provide a tan without the burn, the UVA rays are still causing untold damage to your skin and your skin cells&rsquo; DNA.&nbsp;Here's something to keep in mind: a tan is a sign of damage. I know we associate it with glowing health, because you tan if you are outside, and people who spend time outside are healthy, right?</p> <p>From CNN.com:</p> <blockquote><p class="blockquote">A suntan is the result of injury to the epidermis, the top layer of your skin. A tan develops when UV light accelerates the production of melanin. Melanin is the dark pigment in the epidermis that gives your skin its normal color. The extra melanin &mdash; produced to protect the deeper layers of your skin &mdash; creates the darker color of a &quot;tan.&quot; A suntan is your body's way of blocking out the ultraviolet rays to prevent further injury to the skin, but the protection only goes so far.</p> </blockquote> <p>My dermatologist, who treated me before and after I did the stint in the tanning booth, thinks that I did roughly five to seven years of skin damage in those few months. Although I don&rsquo;t look drastically different from a normal distance, if you get a good look at my skin, it really is damaged. Problems include premature wrinkling, hyperpigmentation, and broken capillaries. Freckles change shape whenever they feel like it, sending me scrambling to the doctor for tests.</p> <p>I haven't ever had a cancerous growth, but my doctor seems to think that my chances are pretty good. I never wore sunscreen growing up, although now I slather it on like it's water from the fountain of youth.</p> <p>Think that the risk of skin cancer is overblown? Well, not according to the&nbsp;National Cancer Institute:</p> <blockquote><p class="blockquote">Women who use tanning beds more than once a month are 55% more likely to develop malignant melanoma, the most deadly form of skin cancer. According to the National Cancer Institute, more than one million people are diagnosed with non-melanoma skin cancer in the United States every year. In fact, non-melanoma skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the country. 40% to 50% of Americans who live to age 65 will have this form of skin cancer at least once. These are startling statistics for a cancer that can, for the most part, be prevented.</p> </blockquote> <p>I&rsquo;m not just being a mean old lady when I try to convince younger women that tanning is a bad idea. I don&rsquo;t object to tan skin &mdash; I just think that we&rsquo;ll all be a lot happier, in the long run, if we get it out of a bottle than in a booth. So if you are considering some time burning your hide for the sake of fashion, I beg of you, consider some of the new and excellent tans-in-a-bottle out there. They're cheap, they moisturize your skin, and you'll be thanking yourself when you arrive at your 35th high school reunion looking younger than everyone else (except, perhaps, the members of the Science Olympiad).</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-karim">Andrea Karim</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-cost-of-tanning">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-beauty-aids-science-says-really-work">6 Beauty Aids Science Says Really Work</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cheapest-beauty-tricks-in-the-book">7 Beauty Secrets that Cost Almost Nothing</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-body-butters">The 5 Best Body Butters</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-highlighters">The 5 Best Highlighters</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-body-scrubs">The 5 Best Body Scrubs</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Health and Beauty freckles hyperpigmentation melanoma mole self-tanner skin skin cancer skincare sun bathing sunbed tan tanning tumor wrinkles Mon, 05 Feb 2007 21:30:17 +0000 Andrea Karim 251 at http://www.wisebread.com