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Microdermabrasion: The Jewel In The Crown

When using a natural skin treatment, one of the best quality products for uncovering new, fresh younger skin is Proto-col’s Microdermabrasion (say it slowly at first!).

Amazingly, this product actually uses powdered pearls and diamonds to remove dead skin cells. This natural skin treatment then boosts the skin’s renewal process with coral seaweed, plant collagen and even hydrolysed silk, which is rich in vitamins and amino acids and helps the skin retain its natural moisture.

There are no toxic chemicals or ingredients in this product and none of Proto-col’s natural skin treatment products are animal tested.

Microdermabrasion contains an astonishing number of beneficial natural ingredients to help your skin. These include jojoba oil to prevent dryness and help moisturize, beeswax to emulsify the product and help moisturize again, and glycolic acid, which is reputed to trigger the formation of collagen to plump up the skin and reduce wrinkles. This last ingredient can be especially of use to people prone to acne.

This product also includes grape extract, psidium guajava (Guava), actinidia sinensis (Kiwi) and ginko giloba, which are an astringent, a source of vitamin C and other vitamins and minerals and an antioxidant.

How To Apply

This natural skin treatment should be applied to a cleansed and dried face.

Using the fingers, a small amount should be spread over the face and then worked into the skin using a gentle rotary action. The best way to achieve this is to work from the nose to the ear and from the mouth to the lower ear. This natural skin treatment should then be used on the neck up to and including the jaw line and on the forehead from the centre to the hairline.

Generally it is best to spend a minute or two on each area of the face before rinsing it off and then using a toner to remove the last traces.

Proto-col’s microdermabrasion is designed for sensitive skin so should be fine for use on all skin types although especially sensitive skin might benefit from mixing this natural skin treatment with Proto-col’s skin cleanser.

This product uses natural ingredients, is effective and may help with the penetration of other products so is well worth trying to uncover fresher skin.

Proto-col’s microdermabrasion natural skin treatment is available from in 60ml and 20ml sizes and, from 1 October 2010 until Christmas, it is part of several special offer packs including the Luxury Pamper Pack (which has a huge reduction of £45.80 on the price).

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The Secrets of Royal Jelly

A queen bee is created rather than born. All bee larvae are fed royal jelly; a thick, milky white and creamy liquid secreted from the hypopharngeal glands on the heads of the nurse bees. After three days only the young selected to be queen bees continue to dine on royal jelly. Royal jelly is very nutritious and ensures the queen is forty two percent larger and weighs sixty percent larger than the other bees. Amazingly she also lives for around seven years, as compared with the seven weeks of the average worker bee.

Is this longevity due purely to royal jelly or does the queen bee have an easy life? Actually during an average day the queen will produce some two thousand eggs weighing two and a half times her body weight. So, no, she does not have an easy life!

Royal jelly is obviously a wonder food to bees but is it nutritious to humans too? Can it be any use as one of the natural dietary supplements?

Many believe royal jelly is of great benefit to us, which is just as well as it is quite expensive to harvest with hives only yielding a small amount each time.

The substance is a complex substance, containing proteins, carbohydrates, fats and sugars and also vitamins A, B, C, D and E, enzymes and folic acid. It also includes twenty amino acids as well as calcium, copper, iron, sulphur, silicon, potassium and phosphorous.

Its uses are many and varied but royal jelly is certainly one of the most useful natural dietary supplements if only because it is one of the most powerful antioxidants known. It also contains acetylcholine, which is used to transmit nerve impulses from cell to cell. Too little of this substance can lead to the onset of Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease. It also contains a high number of fatty acids, including hydroxy acids, essential to the immune system.

It is possible for royal jelly to heal wounds, reduce cholesterol, be anti-inflammatory and have antibiotic properties although some scientists have doubts about this.
Royal jelly is also claimed to help the liver and kidneys and deal with bone fractures, mental fatigue, depression, a lack of energy, bronchial asthma, pancreatic disorders, stomach ulcers, skin disorders and insomnia. Not much then.

In 1959 Nature magazine reported experiments made one 1000 mice by a group of Canadian researchers. Half of the mice were given cancerous cells and half the cancer but with royal jelly too. Incredibly those given the royal jelly survived.

Some caution is needed with people prone to allergies as a 1992 study showed this substance could result in (ironically) hives, asthma or even fatal anaphylaxis (a multi-sense reaction) in extreme cases.

In 1980 as an episode of the hit television series ‘Tales Of The Unexpected,’ Roald Dahl wrote of a beekeeper who lived off royal jelly and slowly turned into a bee. This of course would not in real life but this amazing substance seems to have so many other useful properties that it would seem to be one of the more valuable natural dietary supplements and should not be ignored.

To discover a top grade range of natural dietary supplements, some including royal jelly, please go to

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All About Proto-col Instant Manicure

The Proto-col Instant Manicure product is a remarkable example of a natural skin treatment.

It is truly instant with the effects felt within a minute of use. It is a scrub inspired by use in the spa industry and will smooth, nourish and rejuvenate hands using Dead Sea salts, pure essential oils and antioxidants. The inclusion of rosemary and peppermint oils has a reviving aromatherapy effect while the Dead Sea salts remove the dead skin cells. This has the result of clearing the way for the penetration of the essential oils, leaving the hands feeling incredibly smoother, brighter and revitalised.

All that is required is for the user to wash their hands and pat them dry. The oils and salts are separate in the pot so need to be stirred together before you scoop a small amount into the palm of your hand and massage it into the whole area of the hand from the wrists to the cuticles. Do this for 60 seconds before rinsing the hands again and patting them dry. One container should give you more than 80 applications.

While the hands are being rubbed, you will feel the roughness of the Dead Sea salts but, once you wash the salts off, you will be amazed by how soft the skin on your hands has become!

This natural skin treatment removes the need for a hand cream and could perhaps be left at the side of a sink as a reward after work has been completed.

Our hands get a lot of abuse, especially if you are in a job needing manual work or are handling cleaning materials. Even in normal conditions dust, pollution and climate can take a toll on our hands. Ageing is often seen early in the skin of the hands.

Proto-col Instant Manicure is the natural skin treatment that can combat these skin stresses on the hands and has the effect of refreshing your senses at the same time.

STOP PRESS: All the Proto-col luxury Exfoliator Scrubs have had a £2 price reduction from 1 October 2010. Please visit to find out more.

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Proto-col Lip Gloss Range

The Proto-col range of lip glosses come in five different colours: Coconut Ice, Copper Kiss, Pretty In Pink, Strawberry Crush and Crystal Clear.

All the range have an amazing lightweight effect on your lips thanks to a gel formulation. Each one is non-sticky and gives a long-lasting shine that will give you a new glamour. The mineral oil found in each one will also hydrate your lips nicely.

For a bit of fun – and also practicality – each shade includes a LED light and a mirror in the top as well as an application brush to give a better finish, of course. This means you can apply the gloss wherever and whenever you need it.

Crystal Clear can be used to give a wonderful shine to your lips or to give extra gloss to one of the other shades. If you are more imaginative you can even mix the Crystal Clear with one of the Proto-col mineral makeup powders to create your own lip colour.

How do you apply the Proto-col Lip Glosses?

Use the brush to apply the gloss to the centre of your lower lip then press your lips together and this will evenly distribute the gloss. On their own they will give a soft sheen but a gorgeous high gloss can be achieved by building up layers.

For a limited time, all five lip glosses in the range can be bought together for the price of four, packed in a silver clutch bag.

Please visit for more details on this offer and all the other natural mineral cosmetics in the wonderful Proto-col range.

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Applying Mineral Blusher And Bronzer

A useful video showing the best way to apply mineral blusher and bronzer.

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Mineral Eye Shadow Demonstration (Video)

A demonstration of the brown eye shadow collection from Proto-col’s range of natural mineral cosmetics.

To find out more about this exciting range of natural mineral cosmetics, see the other shades available and try them for yourself, please go to

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A Challenge

Here’s a challenge.

Why not try for a month only eating organic food from a local market or farm shop, together with a course of Proto-col’s Green Magic and Vita Balance natural dietary supplements and see how you feel at the end?

Proto-col’s natural dietary supplements can be found at

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The Risks Of A Suntan (Video)

The US Food and Drug Administration give their advice on getting a sun tan from sunbathing or sunbeds:


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What Are Amino Acids?

If you are the same as me, you will have looked into the idea of improving your health through perhaps natural dietary supplements. I have read quite a bit on what constitutes a healthy diet and indeed what natural dietary supplements it would be good to take. Fairly regularly I read articles or promotional literature that tells me ‘amino acids are important’ or ‘this product contains all the amino acids you need.’ I find myself thinking ‘jolly good, but what on earth are amino acids?’

The human body is made up of protein. In fact protein is the most abundant substance in the body after water. All of the body’s organs, muscles and functions depend on protein to function. Enzymes, tissues and antibodies all rely on protein. Without the correct amount of this important substance, you will feel run down, have more illnesses and you will experience muscle atrophy. Protein is constructed from a range of amino acids, each protein using a different combination.

Many amino acids are provided by the food we eat and are absorbed through the wall of the large intestine. Once inside they form peptides or polypeptides, which are large molecules. These gradually band together to form the required proteins. Amino acids are therefore the building blocks from which protein is constructed.

There are twenty different amino acids and they are separated into essential and non-essential. These terms are misleading as all the amino acids are required to ensure full health and the two different groups simply divide those which have to be gained from outside the body (essential) and those the body can produce itself from other chemicals (non-essential). Each one has different characteristics and benefits to the human body.

Essential amino acid Histidine, for example, is very useful. It is important in the production of blood cells, lowers blood pressure, helps remove heavy metals from the body, is necessary for the growth and repair of tissues, and the protection of the outer shell of nerve cells. Histidine is used to combat anaemia, ulcers, allergies and rheumatoid arthritis and is found in large quantities in haemoglobin.

The other essential amino acids are leucine, isoleucine, lysine, methoinine, phenylalanine, threonine, tryptophan, and valine with benefits such as the control of blood sugars, the repair of muscle and skin and bones, producing collagen, detoxifying the body and preventing certain mental problems. Leucine, isoleucine and valine are absolutely necessary as they represent one third of the skeletal muscle in the body.

Glutamine is perhaps the best known of the non-essential amino acids and the others are arginine, proline, tyrosine, serine, alanine, asparagine, aspartic acid, glycine, cysteine and glutamic acid. The benefits are many and varied including affecting our moods, helping the correct functioning of the heart, boosting the immune system, assisting in the DNA and cell formation, reducing the loss of collagen, repairing cartilage and strengthening of joints, tendons and heart tissue.

With their many uses within the human body, all amino acids are key to our health. It is very clear why so much is spoken about them and why the supply of amino acids needs to be constantly maintained through such sources as natural dietary supplements.

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The Dangers Of Sunbeds

Justine Sheils has used sunbeds since she was 15 years old to get a tan before a holiday then top it up when back at home. At the age of 32 she was diagnosed with malignant melanoma (skin cancer) and had to have two operations to remove tumours. “I get so angry when I hear young celebrities say having a tan makes you look sexy. It’s only when you get older you understand the risks.”

Every year in the United Kingdom alone 40 000 new cases of skin cancer are reported with around 2000 proving fatal. Most cases are as a result of over exposure to the sun but the use of sunbeds may well contribute to this.

At fault is the drive to develop a healthy tan. The fashion for brown skin developed throughout the twentieth century. Earlier a paler skin was considered a mark of high social status and still is in countries such as India. Perhaps we are beginning to understand why.

Ironically a tan is not healthy at all. Too much ultra violet radiation (UVR) creates a tan, which is a symptom of skin damage. It is in fact the beginning of photoaging or premature aging of the skin. We have all seen the effects of this in people who have spent too long in the sun and develop leathery, wrinkled and sagging skin. The dermis is the layer of skin beneath the outer layer (the epidermis) and contains collagen and elastic fibres, which provide the support and elasticity to the skin. In photoaging the collagen fibrils become disorganized and abnormal amounts of elastin material accumulates. This is known as solar elastosis. A tan fades but the damage to the skin does not.

The most common types of skin cancer are actually non-threatening, including basal cell cancer and squamous cell cancer, but the risk of the potentially fatal malignant melanoma cancer is always present. Cancer Research UK reports that the incidence of skin cancer has quadrupled since the 1970s.

The debate on sunbeds is part of the wider debate on over exposure to the sun or more specifically to the UVR. In response to the evidence, the Sunbed Association have pointed out that there are regulations available on the use of their products and there is no evidence to show the use of sunbeds alone is dangerous. In reality no one person uses a sunbed alone without lying in the sun as well. Nonetheless it is believed the extensive use of sunbeds has contributed to the levels of cancer. It is reported some sunbeds give out more UVR doses than the Mediterranean sun at noon.

Generally the risk of skin cancer increases with age but worryingly younger people are more at risk of malignant melanoma. In fact the condition is now the most common cancer in the 15-34 age range and is twice as common in women up to the age of 34 than in men of the same age. For this reason the British Medical Association is now calling for a ban on under eighteen year olds using sunbeds and the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health has called for all local authority leisure centres to ban their use on their premises.

So can we safely get a fashionable tan? Self-tanning lotions have improved markedly over the years and bronzers and tanning pills offer possible alternatives. As with many products the quality can vary so it is best to research the brands but natural tanning products are available and may be the better option.

The drive to have what is considered a ‘healthy’ tan encourages too many to take risks. Clearly it is wise to be sensible and find safe alternatives to using a sun bed or staying out in the sun.


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