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Healthy Makeup For Skin: Mineral Makeup And Rosacea

A surprisingly large number of people are particularly keen to find a healthy makeup for skin as they suffer from a potentially embarrassing condition called rosacea.

The causes of rosacea are not yet known and as a result no cure is available. The condition is not dangerous or even physically debilitating but does cause awkwardness in social situations. The American national Rosacea Association reports that 88 percent of patients with severe symptoms tell the condition affects their professional activities. More than half even say they have missed work as a result. Three quarters of patients admit rosacea led to a reduced self-confidence.

Rosacea has a variety of symptoms such as redness on the face, watery or irritated eyes, pimples and bumps on the face and even visible blood vessels on the face.

There are various treatments available from medical professionals such as dermatologists and these may include avoiding foods or conditions that may make the condition worse. Circumstances that exacerbate the condition include hot baths, overly warm environments, sunshine and cold winds. Alcohol and hot drinks dilate the blood vessels and so make rosacea worse but certain foods (such as vinegar, spinach, spicy foods, citrus fruit and chocolate) and medicines also trigger increased symptoms. Interestingly exercise, stress and the menopause have an effect too.

Skin care and cosmetics have to chosen with care of course. Anything containing alcohol is to be avoided at all costs. A healthy makeup for skin, mineral cosmetics, is also useful for rosacea sufferers. Makeup of course is a friend to those who have the condition as it can camouflage the redness but it is best to try mineral all natural makeup as more traditional and cheaper types may irritate the skin still further.

Obviously the skin is already red so any healthy makeup for skin you use should be chosen to reduce this and it is a good idea to use a neutral lip colour, as an extreme red will only emphasis the rosacea. Equally rosacea can result in over sensitive eyes and again an all natural makeup would be more sympathetic around the eyes. Easy application with a brush is also an advantage.

As with all makeup, it is better to minimize the amount of cosmetics used. The best look is always the natural look but careful use of healthy makeup for skin can help to reduce the effects of rosacea and yet give the wearer a healthy natural-looking glow.

To find out more about rosacea, go to the useful Rosacea.org website and to find out more about the all natural makeup available from Proto-col, you will find the LookRavishing.com site useful.

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Sunless Tan Lotions: California Bans Sun Beds For Under 18s

The use of sunless tan lotions to get a fashionable tanned look has received a boost recently. Last month the state of California in the USA banned anyone under the age of 18 from using sun beds.

The state of Texas had already stopped those aged less than 16 from using the method to get brown but California went a stage further. Other states such as New York, Ohio, Illinois and Rhode Island are examining the idea.

Inevitably tanning salon owners are saying the new legislation will drive them out of business but one guesses they simply need to minors offer good quality sunless tan lotions instead. It is thought between 5 and 10 percent of salons’ clients are under 18 years of age.

Californians are particularly keen on having a good suntan of course with tanning salons outnumbering Starbucks and MacDonald’s outlets in Los Angeles County. Skin cancer is a particular problem among the affluent in the state.

Similar legislation in the state of Illinois was rejected but Representative Robyn Gabel hopes to reintroduce the Bill before too long. Sadly there is opposition to a ban in other areas both as a result of a potential loss on income by a multi-dollar industry and the continuing fashion to get a deep suntan among teenagers.

Let’s hope we can persuade more young people to use sunless tan lotions to get the look they want.

Read more about the debate on the Medill Reports website and in a previous article here on BeRavishing.com.

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Collagen Benefits: The Wide Benefits Of Supplementation

 

 

It seems to be generally accepted that collagen benefits the youthful look of our skin and it is the loss of collagen that promotes the production of winkles and sagging. This is of course accelerated by such lifestyle choices as smoking or over exposure to the suns rays.

However it must be remembered that collagen is the most common protein found in the human body and therefore has significant effects on other parts.

Most notably one of the other collagen benefits is on the connective tissues such as ligaments and cartilage. The gradual level of collagen loss with age contributes to a loss of quality and strength in the hair and nails as well as the increase in such difficult conditions as arthritis and osteoporosis.

Arthritis is the result of deterioration of the cartilage usually coating the ends of bones to prevent them grating against one another and wearing the ends. Remember a major component of cartilage is collagen and it is the reduction of collagen that contributes to this breakdown.

Traditional treatment for arthritis tends to concentrate on anti-inflammatory products but these really attack the symptoms of the condition (the swelling resulting from the joint problem) rather than repairing the deterioration and indeed there may be some negative side effects not properly understood yet.

Osteoporosis is the reduction in bone density most often following menopause. There is a reduction in levels of calcium and collagen leading to brittle bones that sadly break too easily. The intake of calcium in younger life can help reduce the impact this condition can have.

There is some research and anecdotal evidence that indicates a supplement containing collagen benefits sufferers of the above conditions. In any case there is no evidence that the use of such a natural diet supplement has any side effects or that you can overdose (after all, it is a substance already important to the body).

Interestingly, there has also been some recent research from the University of Texas that shows collagen injections have a beneficial effect on men suffering from unitary incontinence. Is this another way a natural diet supplement containing collagen benefits the body? Who knows?

Take a look at the collagen capsules from Proto-col at LookRavishing.com and buy three bottles for the price of two.

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Natural Diet Supplement: Osteo+ From Proto-col

 

 

More and more people are suffering problems with their joints and so there is a demand for a natural diet supplement that can alleviate their suffering.

Proto-col have recently launched such a product.

Osteo+ contains Chrondroitin, Glucosamine, Hyaluronic Acid and Hydrolysed Collagen and is intended to reduce the pain in arthritic joints. The inclusion of MSM (Methyl Sulfonyl Methane) and vitamin C ensures the key ingredients find their way to the joints that need them.

Chrondrotin as used in this natural diet supplement occurs naturally in the body and is a key component of the cartilage found in our joints. Chrondrotin has two main roles: it helps keep the cartilage healthy by absorbing water into the tissue and some evidence shows it also combats enzymes attacking the cartilage which would otherwise break the tissue down.

Bearing in mind that arthritis is the wearing away and deterioration of the cartilage cushioning the end of the bone and you can see how a supplement containing both collagen and Chrondrotin can help combat the condition.

Glucosamine, a derivative of glucose, is also found naturally in cartilage and is transformed into glycosaminoglycan, a molecule that repairs damage to the cartilage and other tissues. Interestingly, the production of Glucosamine slows with age.

The new Osteo+ natural diet supplement can be found at LookRavishing.com.

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