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Shampoo For Itchy Scalp – Find Out What Types of Shampoo Can Help and Harm Your Scalp Condition

Research shows that around 1 in 5 people have a dry scalp condition, whether it be a dry, itchy scalp caused by eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis or dandruff. Unfortunately, this problem does not only result in extreme discomfort but it is also highly embarrassing in our over preened and image conscious world.

So, what shampoo for itchy scalp treatment is available that will help this scalp condition and what types may harm your scalp?

Most pharmacies will offer medicated shampoos to eliminate your scalp condition with varying versions on the market today such as T-Gel and Head and Shoulders. However, although there are some people who benefit from these shampoos, many others find that they add to the problem, which is more often than not, due to the ingredients used in the shampoo.

Although these shampoos come under the bracket of medicated shampoos, some of the ingredients are not something you would associate with medication. One of the worst offenders is sodium laureth sulphate, which is used to assist in lather production.

However, you don’t get that foamy lather without a downside. Sodium laureth sulphate is a very strong chemical which is also used in engine cleaning. That’s how powerful it is, so imagine what it is doing to a sensitive scalp!

Most dry, itchy scalps are the result of an overly sensitive scalp, so for that reason, gentle treatments must be used to soothe the scalp and clear up the flaky surface of the skin.

In some cases, it is just a matter of swapping a medicated or normal shampoo for an organic shampoo which uses only natural ingredients. In this case the elimination of harsh chemicals coming into contact with the skin is enough to let the skin heal and the itching reduce.

In other, more severe cases, a multi-faceted plan must be used, coming from a range of treatment angles. The organic shampoo will be used in conjunction with other natural treatments to the scalp.

Sometimes a dry and itchy scalp can be due to a poor diet, lacking in certain nutrients such as, B vitamins and vitamin C. Other causes can be environmental including central heating systems and air conditioners.

Many people underestimate the fragile nature of the scalp. It is not hardy skin that can weather anything that is thrown at it. The fragile and complex network of skin that makes up the scalp requires nourishment in the form of a well-balanced diet and gentle shampoo and conditioners that will moisturize and keep the skin balanced.

Source by E. Nelson


Quick And Easy Skin Whitening Tips

Many people nowadays use skin whitening creams. These skin whitening creams are not healthy for the skin, instead of using these skin whitening creams one should use natural things to make your skin healthy and glowing. There are many tips by which you can easily protect your skin from the ultraviolet sunrays. Following are some tips:

Skin Whitening Face Wash

Personally, I will recommend not to purchase the fancy and expensive face washes from the market. Why? Because, now you can easily prepare an extremely beneficial and good face wash at your home by yourself with the use of natural ingredients. These homemade face washes are highly beneficial for the skin and they add beauty to your skin as well as make it glowing and fresh.

Skin Whitening Facials

We all know this fact very well that the skin on our face is highly sensitive and delicate, it needs care, attention and time to make it healthy. It needs whitening inside and out. Thus, to make your skin, healthy and beautiful, you must use the following organic items collectively by mixing them and make a paste of it and apply it on the face to get the ever glowing results.


Raw Milk

Lemon juice



Mud mask

Rose water, etc.

Skin Whitening Drinks

There are many whitening creams which are not of good quality,so to avoid any damage from them to your skin, you must include these drinks in your daily diet. These drinks help in performing the functions of facial creams.

Drink a glass of cold milk before sleeping.

Drink a glass of water mixed with honey first when you get up in the morning.

Truth About The Skin Creams

Every girl wants to have a fair, clean and glowing skin. For this they try different products for skin brightening. Some of these products are very much beneficial and expensive as well. Because they are the branded products. While most of the products that are available in the market commonly are not that good as they claim to be.They just catch the attention of the customers through advertisements and when the customers purchase the products the results are not at all beneficial. These products can even harm the skin and leave marks and spots on it as well.

It is a well-known fact that the glowing skin is the result of proper care and treatment. And one of the best ways to take care of your skin is to know that how to make your skin tone better. These approved branded skin whitening creams do just like that; they make your skin tone better, fresh, glowing and white.

So even before you chose to consider the foundation or base for the skin or covering up the dark circles from the foundation, find out which of the best skin whitening creams customers can’t live without, and which ones they tossed in the trash.

Source by Anum Sharf


Benefits of Natural Acne Treatment

While there are more and more people choosing over natural and organic cure for acne, you should now be aware of the benefits of natural acne treatment compared to the ever advance synthetic skin care products. Research have shown that there are more consumers having the preference over skin care or acne treatment products that are made of natural ingredients or at least contain natural ingredients.

People are aware of the risks and dangers of synthetic chemical acne treatment products to their skin. From the news and cases, so many products were discontinued due to the problems that arises to consumers who had use it. Not only it is not guaranteed to solve the problem, but because of the ingredients it contains that are not natural and are harmful, synthetic chemical acne treatments have brought many other new problems to the consumers. Natural acne treatment are less likely to give surprises to consumers as it is pretty transparent of what it contains. Sometimes, natural acne treatment is just made of just one single ingredient.

Chemical products that are expensive are not always the right ones for our skin. It depends a lot on the person’s skin type and if our skin is allergic to a certain ingredient in the product, we are risking ourselves to getting bad reactions on our skin, which can further damage our skin and also worsen our acne skin condition. It is hard to avoid especially when skin care labels are usually very long. Natural acne treatments use minimal natural ingredients and you are ensured to know what is in the products. Besides that, you can choose the ingredient which is suitable for your skin and also, you can make your own acne and skin care products at home. Don’t be dazzled by the glamorous counter and the price because it does not always guarantees a cure.

Another problem of synthetic chemicals products is that it rips off your skin strength to stand on its own. You will most likely be tied to the certain product of a certain brand and make it a staple to your everyday skin care regime. What you really want is independent healthy skin that do not require you to take a lot of time for a complicated process of applying skin care products on your face. Natural acne treatment is not all solely depending on natural ingredients from your refrigerator or garden or around your kitchen. It can teach you how to build up strong healthy skin from inside out to help your skin have a better immunity to skin problems and allergies.

While there are many benefits of natural acne treatment, you will learn and understand your health in aspect of your body, mind and soul. These 3 aspects are inter-dependent on each other and is how you can measure your own overall state of your health which includes the health of your skin.  

Source by Julia M.


Salt Scrub – Homemade Vs Commercial Product

Anyone can exfoliate and remove dry flaky skin naturally and affordably. It does not have to cost more or pollute your body and planet to have soft smooth skin. This article compares a salt scrub recipe you can make at home versus a commercial product providing the same benefit. The natural homemade product consist of 3 body and earth friendly ingredients, as opposed to the commercial product having 14 ingredients, and is tested on animals.

Salt Glow Exfoliating Salt Scrub, taken from the book Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health by Rosemary Gladstar (2008).

1) 2 cups fine sea salt
2) 4 cups grapeseed, apricot, or almond oil
3) 25 drops essential oil of choice

Beneficial Properties:
1) Sea salt – is a skin-conditioning agent and humectant. It is produced by the evaporation of seawater, it contains the following mineral salts: sodium chloride and trace elements such as sulfur, magnesium, zinc, potassium, calcium, and iron.

2) A. Grapeseed oil – is a natural oil pressed from grape seeds. It is used to soften, smooth, and tone skin
B. Apricot oil – is a skin moisturizer and emollient.
C. Almond Oil – is a skin moisturizer and lubricant.

3) Essential Oil – is taken from plants, and used for perfume and flavoring.

Potentially Unhealthy Ingredients:
· None

Environmental Hazards:
· None

Commercial Product – Philosophy® Pure Grace Salt Scrub
$ 25 for 23 oz.


1) Sea Salt
2) Glycerin
3) Polyglyceryl
4) 10 Dipalmitate
5) Fragrance / Parfum
6) Butylene Glycol
7) Propylene Glycol
8) Plankton Extract
9) Macrocystic Pyrifera Extract / Kelp
10) Algae Extract
11) Fucus Vesiculosus Extract / Bladderwack
12) Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate
13) Phenoxyethanol
14) Caprylyl Glycol

Beneficial Properties:

· Sea salt – is a skin-conditioning agent and humectant. It is produced by the evaporation of seawater, it contains the following mineral salts: sodium chloride and trace elements such as sulfur, magnesium, zinc, potassium, calcium, and iron.
· Glycerin – is derived from vegetable oil. It is used to cleanse, soften and moisturize the skin.
· Polyglyceryl – is a water-in-oil emulsifier used in skin care products. It is multifunctional, mild, and biodegradable.
· 10 Dipalmitate – is a conditioning agent – emollient; surfactant, and emulsifying agent.
· Plankton Extract – is used as a skin-conditioning agent. It is a sea enzyme used to help renew the skin.
Macrocystic Pyrifera Extract (Kelp) – all natural, used for viscosity.
· Algae Extract – is an emollient and skin-conditioning agent.
· Fucus Vesiculosus Extract (Bladderwack) – is a skin-conditioning agent, used for fragrance.
· Caprylyl Glycol – is a skin-conditioning agent, emollient and humectant.

Potentially Unhealthy Ingredients:

· Fragrance (Parfum) – is a known human immune system toxicant with "moderate evidence of human neurotoxicity."
· Butylene Glycol – a developmental / reproductive toxicity, irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs), neurotoxicity, endocrine disruption, organ system toxicity (non-reproductive).
· Propylene Glycol – According to RTECS – Journal of the American Toxicology, one or more animal studies show reproductive effects at high doses, endocrine system disruption at high doses, brain and nervous system effects at high doses. Also shows evidence of skin and immune system toxicity, limited evidence of respiratory toxicity, it is a skin irritant, and in vitro tests on mammalian cells show positive mutation results.
Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate – is a common active ingredient in sunscreens, which has reported estrogenic and reproductive effects.
· Phenoxyethanol – is an aromatic ether alcohol used as a preservative. One or more animal studies show endocrine system disruption at high doses, brain and nervous system effects at moderate doses, sense organ effects at very low doses, and in vitro tests non-mammalian cells show positive mutation results.

Environmental Hazards:

· Fragrance – According to Master Herbalist, Klaus Ferlow, wastewater treatment does not remove the constantly increasing quantity and types of fragrance chemicals, many of which are persistent and accumulate in the environment.
· Propylene glycol – is a petroleum derivative and therefore not environmentally friendly.
· Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate – is insoluble in water. The FDA has approved this as an active ingredient for use in sunscreen products with a concentration no greater than 7.5%.

The damaging side effects (on animals, people, and the environment) of these ingredients outweigh the benefit of it giving us soft, smooth skin. A warning on the commercial product also states, to keep out of reach of children and not for internal use.

There is no doubt the product is healthier than the commercial product. It is both body and environment friendly and relatively simple and inexpensive to make. There are no potentially harmful or unhealthy ingredients in it. This is a perfect example of less is more.

Source by Carmen D Cisneros


Great Montreal Cosmetics Companies

Montreal is a city that has long been known for its amazing sense of style, in all facets of life including fashion, architecture and interior decoration. Montreal is also known for something else though-its ridiculous amount of beautiful women of all shades, heights and sizes. It can be no surprise then that a city full of ladies armed with beauty secrets is home to several local cosmetics companies. Here is a list of homegrown makeup and cosmetics brands which products are worth trying.

Kode Cosmetics

Women with darker skin tones have long complained about the difficulty of finding affordable makeup at drugstores and big-box retailers. These women quickly learn to head straight to the higher end makeup counters and pay higher prices if they want to have the flawless look they are looking for.

Launched in 2015 in Montreal, Kode Cosmetics aims to provide high quality cosmetics to women of all skin tones. They promise to deliver bold, edgy, and rich colors at a price that will make any woman's budget happy. Kode Cosmetics can be purchased through their website.

Zorah biocosmétiques

Argan oil has known a huge popularity around the world in the last few years. Also known as Moroccan oil, it provides many benefits for the body and hair. Long before this cosmetic oil became trendy, however, Montreal company Zorah biocosmetiques chose to base its entire makeup and cosmetics line on golden liquid.

All of Zorah's creams, lotions, and makeup are developed ecologically, with fair trade and organic ingredients being their top concern. This Montreal-based cosmetics company has been winning awards since it started in 2003. Zorah cosmetics can be purchased through their website as well at local retailers across Canada.

Shmink Cosmetics

Headquartered on Decarie Blvd in Montreal, Shmink Cosmetics was started by an experienced makeup artist who knew he had the knowledge to create a makeup line that really suited the needs of his clientele.

There are over 30 different product lines offered by this local company. Of special interest, women can benefit from professional training through Shmink Academy, where they learn to apply their own makeup like pros. Students receive many advantages such as free makeup applications and eyebrow shapings. Shmink makeup can be purchased on their website and at their counter on Decarie Blvd.

Dot and Lil

People are more and more mindful about what they choose to eat, and there's an equally large movement concern what they put on their bodies. Montreal cosmetics company Dot and Lil caters to a clientele that craves natural goodness to keep their skin nourished and soft.

Their handmade skin care products include bar soaps, body butters, bath milks, lip gloss and perfume oils. In addition to cosmetics, Dot and Lil also offer a range of handcrafted soy candles, 100% cotton towels, and vintage porcelain dishware. Their products can be purchased on their website and at local retailers throughout Canada and the USA.

I hope this article helped you discover local Montreal beauty brands you've never heard of before, and that you were inspired to go out and give them a try. You'll be happy you did!

Source by Christine Dee


The History of Soap Making

The first evidence of soap making dates from the ancient world, around 2800 BC Archaeologists found clay cylinders left by the Mesopotamian civilization that had been covered with a soap-like substance inside. Once the archeologists deciphered the inscriptions on the cylinders, they were surprised to find a description of fats being boiled with ashes – the basic method of making soap. Intriguingly, these early cylinders did not describe what this soap-like substance was used for, and so archeologists are left to guess.

As in Mesopotamia, so too did archaeologists find Pharaonic artifacts that attest to ways to make soap. A medical text written on papyrus, the Ebers Papyrus dating to 1500, outlines a method to combine animal and vegetable fats with alkaline salts. The resulting soap-like material could have been used for bathing, or as a topical treatment for skin diseases. Biblical evidences suggest that a third ancient civilization, the Israelites, knew how to mix ashes and vegetable oils to produce something a great deal like hair gel. By the second century AD, Alexandria's famous physician, Galens, recommended that his patients use soap as a topical ointment, as well as to keep clean.

The Mediterranean civilizations – Greece and Rome – preferred to wash without soap, but they learned about soap form the people they colonized. Pompeii's ruins included a soap factory, complete with a batch of soap. Both Greeks and Romans cleaned their bodies by rubbing them with oil, and then scrapping the oil off with metal instruments or pumice stones. Ancient Germans and the Gauls made their own soap out from ashes mixed with animal fat, and they used it to decorate their hair.

Europeans started to use soap to clean their bodies in the Renaissance, and once soap came to be widely used for personal cleanliness, its chemical formula did not change much. The soap made by the American colonists (that you can watch made at any open-air museum) is much the same soap that has been made since the Renaissance. The person making soap would collect lye by dripping water through wood ashes, and then mix the resulting lye with animal or vegetable fat to make soap.

Source by Sarah Freeland


Natural Hair Care Products For Healthy Living

Natural hair care products that are free from SLS, Pegs and sulphates are in big demand. Hair care is going au natural, featuring of herbal ingredients and natural oils. Herbal shampoos and conditioners promise to keep hair healthy and do not strip away natural oils that protect them. Organic hair care is the new wave of hair product to enter the hair market.

Although many would swear by the more commercial brands as being more effective, there are those who are happy to sacrifice foam for ferns! Natural hair care made with herbs and butters, essential oils and aromatic waters will not foam as more mainstream product would do. The natural detergents are much gentler on the hair and may not lather as well but rest assured they cleanse just as thoroughly and do not strip the hair of its natural oils which are the best part.

Cold pressed and unrefined oils wherever nut oils, seed oils, flower oils and more, seem also to be a huge demand for both hair and skin care. This is massed three to four times a week into the scalp and left overnight or even for a few days to nourish and replenish the hair and scalp. Jojoba oil is wonderful oil for hair too, and is particularly popular for Afro hair, as is Shea butter.

The Really Good Hair oil has been formulated with an effective blend of five nourishing oils. It contains the well-known Argan and Virgin Coconut oils known for their hair strengthening properties. This has been blended with the vitamin E rich Avocado oil and Sweet Almond oil to replenish and restore its shine and moisture.

The most important herb in this blend is the Ayurvedic triple infused herb Brahmi and Neem. Brahmi is very rich in antioxidants and helps boost hair growth and hair discolouration. Brahmi is able to nourish the hair roots and promote healthy growth and Neem will promote a healthyier scalp and is extremely beneficial for thinning hair. Fragrances like the gorgeous Indian Jasmine essential oil, the Really Good Hair oil is a superb combination of the very best oils are used to ensure your hair is left beautifully conditioned, healthy and stronger.

The process of massaging the oil into the hair is also most important as this is where you can help stimulate hair growth and rejuvenate the hair follicles. Indian head massage is a treatment where the masseuse applications oils for you and is part of many spa menus these days. Whilst massaging hair oil, be sure to part your hair and distribute the oil equally to all parts of the scalp, from the back to the crown and to the temples. Another great tip is to wrap a steaming hot towel around the head; this opens the follicles and the oil seeps in deeply. Warm oil is also preferred to cold oil as this sinks into the skin much more easily and provides a very therapeutic sensation too.

Source by Jason Stacey


Green Tea Soap Recipe – For Your Healthful Skin Nourishment

Following a green tea soap recipe allows you to understand the many benefits that this natural product offers. This type of soap is available in different cosmetic stores. The main components of this product are all natural including other essential plant oils. You can be assured that you will get the best benefit from using it as part of your daily beauty routine. If you are interested in preparing your own product, here is a green tea soap recipe to follow.

Homemade soap can be a great way to improve the cleansing ability and health quotient of your beauty care. Here are the things that you will need. Prepare large microwaveable container like 1 to 2 quart Pyrex measuring cup, wooden spoon, soap molds, soap base, strong and warm tea, kitchen scale, essential oil of your choice for example olive oil and soap coloring.

Basically, there are different types of these tea that you can choose from. Dragon Well green tea is named after the popular well in China and has bright green color and strong flavor. Jasmine green tea is a combination of green tea and Jasmine flowers. Herbal green tea such as echinecea or ginseng provides more health benefits than the others.

After you have gathered all the ingredients and equipment, you are now ready to prepare the soap base. The soap base is made from natural glycerin which is good for the skin. Chop this into about inch chunk. Fill the microwaveable cup and weigh to know how much soap you have according to weight. Put it in a microwave with medium heat for two minutes. Stir and heat it again for a minute until it becomes completely liquid. Then, pour the these tea while both solutions are warm. Stir the mixture to blend. After this, add essential oil and a drop of green coloring. You can now pour this in the soap molder and wait until it solidifies.

By following the green tea recipe provided above will lead you to create your personalized soap that is healthy to your skin. You can experiment on coming out with other variation like if you want to add extra texture, you may want to put ground tea leaves. If you want to add scent, you can make use of lavender oil. Learning about these tea soap recipes help you understand better how this organic and healthy soap benefits your skin.

Source by Amy Wells


Tattoo Care – 5 Tips For Proper Aftercare of a New Tattoo

The best advice I can offer on how to properly care for a new tattoo is NOT TO USE LOTION ON A FRESH TATTOO! Most tattoo artists advise their clients to use a rich ointment for the first few days of healing, followed by unscented, colorless lotions to keep the skin moisturized, protected, and prevent color fading. These lotions are reliably cheap and available at your local drugstore. However, almost all of these lotions contain ingredients that are recently proven to be more harmful than beneficial for tattoo health. Here are 5 tips for tattoo aftercare:

1. Gently Cleanse, Stay out of the sun, and away from heat- During the healing and aftercare process, which may take several weeks, gently cleanse the tattoo daily with fragrance-free, anti-bacterial body soap and luke warm water. For the first few days, no sun, swimming, sweating, or dirt. Keep your tattoo dry and clean. For the first 24 hours, try to ice the tattoo as often as you can, this will help reduce inflammation and also help with the pain.

2. Only oil or oil-based ointment for first 3 days- It is advised by some not to use lotion at all for the first few days because of the high risk of infection. However, there are safe, natural products that are very effective and actually speed up the healing process. For immediate tattoo aftercare, look for a light, oil-based product containing hemp seed oil, tea tree oil, aloe vera, and jojoba oil.

Tea tree oil has anti-inflammatory anti-bacterial, anti-bacterial, and anti-viral properties. It is a very effective remedy against countless skin ailments, infections, cuts, scrapes, burns, insect bites and skin spots etc. Using tea tree oil combined with hemp seed oil will provide rich omega 3, 6, and 9 fatty acids. Using these oils will lightly moisturize, protect, and heal the skin without causing irritation or color loss.

3. Avoid plasma crusting on tattoo- For the first day, your tattoo will see a clear liquid called plasma. Try not to let this crust on your skin, but if it does, gently wash it off with warm water.

4. After first 3 days, keep skin moisturized with all natural lotion- Keeping the skin hydrated during the peeling process and long after will help with itchiness, flakiness, and preserving the richness of your tattoo color. Like I said before, beware of lotions that contain harmful ingredients such as ethanol or petroleum. Instead use a lotion that is rich in fatty acids for free radical protection and non-greasy hydration. Hemp seed lotions are the best for this.

Hemp seed oil is rich in omega 3, 6, and 9 and it is easily absorbed into the skin. Hemp contains anti-inflammatory and anti-aging properties that are healthy and non-irritating to the skin. Continue to use a hemp seed oil lotion long after your tattoo is cured and enjoy longer, truer tattoo color and skin health.

5. Watch the ingredients- Lanolin is an ingredient some will use, and lanolin causes allergic reactions in a lot of people. Lanolin is the natural oil that comes from sheep's wool. Some tattoo aftercare also contain products such as bee's wax or petroleum, which can clog pores and contain contaminants. These ingredients are widely popular in over-the-counter creams and lotions because they are cheap and easy to manufacture. The lanolin and mineral oil found in these lotions cause excess seeping, clogging, scabbing, scarring and color loss. Stay away from products that contain mineral oil, dyes, propylene glycol, or parabens.

Earthly Body's Tattoo Tonic preserves tattoo color, is non-fading, vegan, and free of petroleum, lanolin, and paraben. Works wonders on healing piercings as well.

Source by Maximilian Buddenbrock


Natural Face Masks: Your Path to Glowing Skin

The trend nowdays is pointing to an increased use of natural face masks. You do not need to buy expensive masks from department or discount stores to have beautiful, glowing skin. The secret is inside your house with ingredients everyone has lying around. Natural masks consist of ingredients easily found in the kitchen cupboard or refrigerator. These masks exfoliate or remove dead skin cells and renew your skin to its younger state. Many people rave about how their skin glows after using a homemade facial treatment. Just what substances natural face masks and how can they benefit your skin?

What are Natural Face Masks?

A natural face mask is free from artificial ingredients . If your preference is to buy a ready made one, be sure to read the label and check for natural ingredients you can identify. If it contains man-made chemicals, avoid the product strictly. A great way to be in control of doing this is to make your own face mask. It does not have to be difficult and can be a very fun, fast process. It was always fun to play with your food as a child, right? Well, now you have a great excuse to do it as an adult. Some face masks are complicated and contain many ingredients but it does not have to be this way. The simplest homeland face masks consist of one ingredient. One ingredient wonders can literally transform your face from dull to glowing and youthful in 15 minutes flat.

Facial Mask Benefits

How can a simple "one ingredient wonder" mask made from food help your skin? Here are just some of the benefits:

  • Foods contain vitamins and nutrients your skin craves
  • Many foods have anti-aging properties which reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles.
  • Natural masks can be tailor for all types of skin from dry to oily
  • Masks can even out skin skin tone and remove discolorations
  • Making masks from fruits or veggies is a great option for those who are sensitive to commercial mask ingredients
  • Homemade facials soothe and moisturize the skin gently

What's the best reason of all to create your own natural face mask? It's just really fun to smash and mush your food! Here are some foods you can do this with:

  • avocado
  • banana
  • strawberries
  • honey
  • blueberries

This is just a sampling of foods you can transform into revitalizing facial treatments. Once you start playing with your food and seeing the results on your skin, you'll never want to stop!

Source by Robin D Adler