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The Beauty of Natural Mineral Cosmetics

The trend in recent times is to find healthy options as we become more aware of the effects products have on us. This is equally true whether we are discussing what we put inside our bodies or what goes on the outside. It is hardly surprising therefore that natural alternatives to cosmetics are becoming more popular.

Some brands of cosmetics over the years have contained various chemicals, which have had various effects such as clogging pores (comodogenic) and have lead to many women not wearing cosmetics at all. Of course it is not long since women stopped using arsenic to whiten their faces so things are gradually getting better!

Natural mineral cosmetics have proved to work with the skin and have enabled women to look beautiful without harming their health.

It is always better to use a quality brand.

Such mineral cosmetics have actually been around for over thirty years but are only now being seen as a natural effective alternative to conventional makeup. As technology has improved natural mineral cosmetics have been able to remove such unnecessary additives as parabens, talcs, waxes, dyes, fragrances, oils, fillers and other chemicals.

Parabens are preservatives used in cosmetics (and in food) but have been connected to breast cancer and a reduction in testosterone and the male reproductive abilities. It affects both sexes. Talc has been shown to be related to asbestos and has been linked to cancer of the ovaries and lungs.

So natural mineral cosmetics are not only non-comodogenic but are also hypoallergenic. Many contain natural sunscreen too and some have added vitamins A, C and E to give the skin a healthy glow. Vitamin A helps the production of new cells in the skin and allows a temporary improvement in the production of collagen and vitamin E has several advantages, not least its use as an anti-oxidant. Vitamin E protects the skin from pollution, ultra-violet light and drugs. Curiously another advantage of Vitamin E is it controls the over-production of Vitamin A. Vitamin C has many of the benefits of the other two but also helps boost the immune system.

Natural mineral cosmetics are waterproof and long lasting and can be worn in bed: a change from previous cosmetics that had to be removed. The best advantage however is the skin can breathe and anti-inflammatory zinc oxide often found in the mineral makeup powder can reduce blemishes.

Perhaps one disadvantage of this kind of makeup is it can be more difficult to apply. However use of the right kind of brush and application in thin layers built up can alleviate this problem.

Ranges available provide a good variety of foundations, blushers, bronzers, concealers, eye shadows, lip-glosses and mascara, so there is no shortage of choice. The powders can even be mixed to vary the shades available even more or to match your skin tones exactly. If you have not tried natural mineral cosmetics yet then this might be the time to do so.

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Collagen – Essential To Health And Beauty

It Might Be Wise To Think About Collagen Now

James Greenwell was the captain of the British modern pentathlon team. Six years ago, at the peak of his abilities, he suffered a tendon injury to his ankle, which threatened to end his career. He was told it would take at least three months to restore fitness. James decided to research alternative therapies in an attempt to speed up the healing process.

His research took him to Professor Greg Whyte, Professor of Applied Sport and Exercise Science, at John Moore’s University, Liverpool. Professor Whyte recommended the use of collagen hydrolysate, so James was put on a course of fifteen tablets a day. He returned to training in an incredible 22 days. Other Olympic athletes now use collagen health supplements to treat injuries.

Collagen is the most common structural protein in the human body. It makes up some 76% of the muscles, skin and connective tissues. From the age of 25, we lose 1.5% of our collagen every year so by the age of 45 30% is lost.

This collagen loss accounts for the ageing of skin and the loss of peak physical performance, particularly if you undertake vigorous physical exercise. The reduction of collagen in tendons, ligaments, muscles, cartilage and connective tissues obviously reduces the support for the joints and leads to conditions such as arthritis and muscular skeletal injuries. The immune system can even be affected by a reduction. Collagen health is therefore of great benefit to the body.

Cape Western University undertook a study of four hundred patients suffering with arthritic knees from the USA, Germany and Britain. Some of the patients were given a placebo and the remainder were treated with collagen. 93% of the latter group showed positive results, some after only two weeks, and there was a general improvement in joint mobility and reduction in pain. A similar study at Harvard Medical School showed 90% of the respondents treated with collagen reported an improvement in movement.

More recently, a joint study at Stamford University and the University of Munich examined two thousand sufferers of osteoarthritis in the hip and knee. Both sexes were included and of those treated with collagen 75% reported a reduction in pain and increased mobility.

Collagen has been used as a supplement in several forms including injections and creams. However the most effective delivery of the protein is in the form of capsules taken orally.

After his retirement from athletics James Greenwell teamed up with Professor Greg Whyte to market a collagen health supplement tablet. The brand they created, Proto-col, now distributes these and other health and beauty products from a base in Bradford-Upon-Avon in Wiltshire. Not surprisingly, celebrities and beauty specialists are already beating a path to their door.

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A Bottle Of The Amazing Collagen Health Capsules

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