The Things You Can Do with Lemon Peels and Juice

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Lemons work wonders for deodorizing, cleaning, and laundry purposes

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Kehraj Can Help Regrow Hair

Did You Know…

… that kehraj, an Ayurvedic herb, can regrow hair even better than popular over-the-counter hair regrowth treatments?

The U.S. has appropriated many natural health remedies from Ayurvedic medicine, Continue reading

Fashion and Beauty Trends in Fall Take Toll on Health

While women are all set to bid adieu to their summer wear, and get ready to shop for the latest fashion gear for fall, experts have advised them to be aware of fashion and beauty trends that may be harmful to their health.

Shazia Khan, co-medical director, Loyola Primary Care Center at Oakbrook Terrace, Continue reading

Seaweed Benefits Can Prolong Life and Enhance Health and Beauty

Did You Know the Seaweed Benefits Can Prolong Life and Enhance Health and Beauty?

An extract from brown seaweed has been shown to cause cancerous tumors to self-destruct… detoxify the body of chemical build-up… and also burn body fat. Continue reading

Vitamins and Herbs for Strong, Healthy Hair

Men and women alike desire thick, healthy and shiny hair. Chances are people who possess all of these traits are supplementing with certain vitamins and herbs, or eat a diet that feeds their hair these nutrients on a daily basis. Hair is not just an extension of our bodies. It has become a symbol of beauty, health and status. In order to get the coveted body, bounce and sheen you desire there are certain nutrients you should be concentrating on putting in your body. Continue reading

Using Natural Foods for Creative Skin Care Health Products

Forget shopping at department stores for expensive skin care products. Instead, head to your kitchen for the best kept secrets for naturally beautiful skin. That`s right: food is your medicine and when it comes to skin care, these foods provide everything you need for clear, glowing skin:

Olive Oil

Extra virgin olive oil is an excellent moisturizer for dry skin. You can also use olive oil for oil cleansing: simply massage a half teaspoon into your skin for a few minutes and then gently wash your face off with warm water and a clean wash cloth.

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Cosmetic Surgery Increases in the US

Study Shows Americans Had Nearly 9.5 Million Cosmetic Surgeries and Procedures in 2010

Led by breast enlargement operations, plastic surgery procedures jumped 9% in 2010 compared to the previous year, according to a study from the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS).

ASAPS, which has collected statistics on plastic surgery procedures since 1997, says the total number of procedures done for cosmetic reasons has increased 155% since then.

In 2010, nearly 9.5 million cosmetic surgical and nonsurgical procedures were performed in the U.S. Breast augmentation was the most frequently performed operation. Continue reading

Great Tips to Make your Legs Look Beautiful

Most women spend time and money pampering their faces but blow off their body skin. And legs especially don’t take kindly to the dis. Over time they fall victim to damage thanks to “genetics, hormones, childbirth, sun damage, standing too much, and sitting too much,” says dermatologist Anne Chapas, M.D., of the Laser and Skin Surgery Center in New York City. Make your legs look instantly sexier this way:

Smooth Out Cellulite

Dimples on your cheeks are cute. But dimples on your butt cheeks? Maddening! “Fat is organized into chambers that are separated by strands of fibrous connective tissue. When fat pushes through the bands, you get puckering and bulging. Think of how a mattress looks—that’s cellulite,” says Heidi Waldorf, M.D., director of Laser and Cosmetic Dermatology at the Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City.

De-puff: Fluid buildup exacerbates the cottage-cheese look (it increases the fat bulge between the fibrous bands), so “stay away from anything that makes you retain water, like salty snacks,” advises Waldorf. Another tactic: Build muscle, which will improve blood flow and reduce fluid retention. Kim Garcia, a personal trainer in Spring Hill, Florida, recommends doing a fat-burning, muscle-building combo of single-leg bridges and jump squats. Continue reading


Caviar Face Cream

Clearly tired of eating the stuff, celebrities have turned to smothering expensive caviar all over their faces. La Prairies Skin Caviar Luxe Cream is a secret fad amongst celebrities including Angelina Jolie.


The cream pot alone is encrusted with Swarovski crystals and takes 2 days to make. The la prairie company claims that “The Caviar Collection combines state-of-the-art science with utter luxury”. The seas proteins within the product are supposed to smooth and pamper you skin giving it a luminous glow. However, the encrusted pot will set you back a whopping $2,900 and the refill costs $390. I think for me the stress of being able to pay for the cream would outweigh any positive ageing effect it may have on my skin!

Stem Cell Regeneration Ant Wrinkle Creams

Another cream with a huge celebrity following is produced by Tranquility Skincare. Their product Swiss Apple Stem Cell Rejuvenation Serum is used by the likes of Gwyneth Paltrow and Julianne Moore.

They say an apple a day will keep the doctor away but now it seems that an apple a day will keep the wrinkles at bay! The product has been taken up by the A-listers so much that it has appeared in Vogue magazine and won the 2008 Innovation Prize for the Best Active Ingredient in Europe. The serum contains a rare Swiss Apple called the Uttwiler Spatlauber which is being branded the ‘super apple’ as it is so rare that only 20 trees are in existence. The apples have a four month longer shelf life and boast self renewal powers that will apparently rejuvenate old, sagging skin. The best news of all is that it will only set you back £30 so if you think these apples are going to be your saviour then they are an affordable option to try!

The S Lift (Short Scar Face lift)

OK, so you didn’t really believe that celebs were secretly getting younger but staying away from the scalpel altogether did you! The stars are still getting cosmetic procedures they are just finding ones which can go under the radar and be less noticeable.

The S Lift is being described as the mini face lift. This new type of lift makes scarring a thing of the past as the incisions are smaller, hidden better and there is a shorter recovery time after the surgery. The evidence has been removed and celebs can go on pretending like they have had no work done at all! This procedure will set you back at around 3k for an instant result but doesn’t last as long as a traditional face lift.

Abdominal Etching

It seems the industry are realizing that traditional cosmetic procedures are long, painful and take a lot of recovery time to allow the bruising and scarring to settle hence, quick cosmetic procedures are on the up, especially among the celebs. Ever wanted an envious flat tummy with some six pack definition like Madonna? Forget Pilate’s and all the stress of working out because celebs are cutting corners and getting some abdominal etching for a fast fix.

The procedure removes any excess fat and skin to give a flatter, tighter stomach area, with stronger muscle definition. The surgeon quite literally etches in a six pack. This has to take laziness to new heights surely! Think I would rather just sweat it out at the gym!

Leech Therapy

Well I thought I had heard it all until I heard this! You would think that celebs have all their time taken up enough as it is what with all of the applying of creams everywhere and going off for cosmetic procedures every time a bit of skin dares to move but would you believe it – leeches are now being used in beauty therapy.

Yes, you read right. Demi Moore is among the celebrities admitting to having the bizarre new treatment. She swears by this as a way of staying healthy and looking great at 45 as it detoxifies the blood. So if jumping in to a bath of turpentine and allowing leeches to suck on your blood sounds brilliant to you then you can be glowing in no time! This has to be one of the most extreme alternative beauty therapies out there. Be prepared to get waxed though as the little biters do not like body hair!

The cream Preparation H has remained one of the most under the radar ways and perhaps best kept beauty a secret of celebrities to date. To be honest though, I don’t think I would be too pleased to tell the world that I regularly use hemorrhoid cream under my eyes to treat my eye bags especially if I was an A-list star.

So, supermodels and celebrities a like swear by this simple cream claiming it gives them an instant lift when they are bothered by eye bags. Jennifer Aniston and Demi Moore (apparently she spends her whole life trying to be young) are advocates of this cream. Hmm, I’m not sure I want to be rubbing hemorrhoid cream under my eyes though and be warned, there have been tales of bad skin reactions in people who have tried this trend. Also, the formula has been changed and Bio-Dyne (the bit that claimed to help) has been removed so apparently it’s now useless!

24 Carat Gold Face masks

Claimed to be the ultimate skin rejuvenating treatment, celebrities are also receiving 24 carat gold face masks. That’s right, if it’s precious in some way or extremely expensive (or preferably both) the stars will find some way to smother it on their faces!

A Japanese company call EMO first introduced this concept but it is now becoming more widely spread in Spa’s across the world for a fee of $250. The gold is applied in a sort of collagen mask that is supposed to moisturize and firm the skin. The gold helps the skin regenerate quicker and fuller and leaves your face more firmer in just one hour. What’s next diamond body scrubs?

Bull Semen Hair Treatment

Call me crazy after all the treatments mentioned above but I think this treatment is a step too far for me! I think I would be much more up for putting caviar on my face. London salons have started using a new hair treatment which is mixed with bull semen.

Bull Semen Conditioner

The hair product is called Hari’s and is a mixture of bull semen and a rare plant from Iran which is supposed to repair the hair especially that which has been damaged from excessive heat styling. The protein is believed to be miraculous at strengthening and repairing hair. This 45-minute treatment ranges from £55 to £85 and uses semen from Aberdeen Angus bulls.

Snake Venom Facial

You wouldn’t dream of getting anywhere close to a venomous snake for fear of getting seriously hurt or dying yet, we would probably consider put a snake’s venom on our face voluntarily. Celebrities such as Gwyneth Paltrow and Debra Mesingk argue that it does wonders for their face.

Actually, the beauty of this treatment is that no actual snakes are involved..phew!! The serum simply mimics the effects of venom i.e. relaxes the face the same way venom will relax its prey. The skins elasticity is improved which then allows a reduction in the appearance of fine lines and helps bond skin cells. A bit like Botox but without a needle or snake bite in site. The treatment will set you back around $185 though..ouch!

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Dimensions of the Most Attractive Face

TORONTO – Scientists believe they have worked out the dimensions of the most attractive female face.

They say the key to the ideal arrangement of female facial features is the measurements between the eyes, mouth and ears.

Applying their results, the Canadian pop singer Shania Twain was rated as having the perfect visage.

The study, led by the University of Toronto, appears in the journal Vision Research.

The researchers asked students to rate the attractiveness of colour photographs of the same woman’s face, laid out side by side.

Using photoshop, the researchers altered the vertical distance between the eyes and mouth, and the horizontal distance between the eyes in each image.

The features themselves never changed, just the distance between them, and the woman’s face was only compared to her own.

Following a series of experiments, the researchers came up with the most attractive length and width ratios between features.

On length, the distance between a woman’s eyes and mouth should be just over a third or 36%, of the overall length of her face, from hairline to chin.

For width, they calculated that the space between a woman’s pupils should be just under half, or 46%, of the width of her face from ear to ear.

Fortunately, the researchers calculated that these ratios correspond to an average face.

The researchers said women who did not fit the “perfect dimensions” had no need to resort to extreme measures, such as plastic surgery.

They said hairstyles could be used in effect to create an optical illusion.

Lead researcher Professor Kang Lee said the face of actress and renowned beauty Angelina Jolie did not fit the golden ratio either for length or width.

British actress Elizabeth Hurley scored on the golden ratio for length, and just missed out the width measurement.

Both were eclipsed by Shania Twain, 44, whose hits include Man! I Feel Like a Woman!

The results suggest her face has a perfect set of geometric measurements.

However, the study looked only at white women, and the researchers admit their findings could not be applied to other groups.

Professor David Perrett, of the perception lab at St Andrew’s University, said the physical dimensions of a face provided a lot of clues about the health and fertility of the owner.

He said men tended to be attracted to female faces that were young and feminine – probably because they suggested heightened fertility.

But he said the distance between features was probably less important than the appearance of the features themselves.

For instance, a man was likely to be attracted by big eyes, rather than by the fact that they were a certain distance apart.