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Spring Means Thinking About Your Tan

 

Beautiful Tanned Girl In Summer Dress Posing On Her Front

 
Spring is here! The northern hemisphere is at last finding the warmer weather.

Many people are now thinking about holidays or at least about wearing less clothing and so showing more skin. As a result, how the skin looks is more of a consideration – particularly the colour of the skin.

One option of course is to spend time lying on a sunbed and yet there are worries about the safety of this practice (see this previous article).

These days sunless tan lotions are much more effective so should at least be considered.

There are ways to apply the sunless tan lotions to get the best effect however. A great article giving tips for fake tanning is to be found on the Women In Spain website and is well worth a read.

Don’t forget to look after your skin as well as improve the colour!

 

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Homemade Exfoliator Recipes

Gorgeous Oriental Girl Looking Back

Apart from eating foods good for skin, an alternative to encourage healthy skin is to make use of homemade recipes for exfoliation. An exfoliant is something that brings down the amount of dead cell accumulation on the skin. Whatever may be your skin condition; regular exfoliation will brighten the complexion, soften and smooth the skin, thereby reducing breakout activity. Here are some useful homemade Exfoliator Recipes.

Oily Skin Homemade Exfoliator

Mix lime juice with two bengal gram flour tablespoons and two pinches of salt. Prepare a chunky paste for exfoliation.

Dry Skin Homemade Exfoliator

Mix full cream milk with two bengal gram flour tablespoons and one teaspoon of honey to form a paste.

Salt-based Homemade Exfoliator

While salt is not among the foods good for skin when taken internally, it can actually help in exfoliation. You can rub salt on your wet skin, while you are in the shower. Wait some time (few minutes), rub the skin and wash away the salt. But, you should use a moisturizer on the skin, as this exfoliator can have drying effects.

Baking-Soda Exfoliator

To do this, you need one tablespoon of baking soda and water. Take a basin and put the baking soda in. Add water and prepare a thin paste. Apply the paste on the face and softly rub to exfoliate the dead cells. Leave the mix there for ten minutes. Wash your face with warm water and use a good moisturizer.

Whitening Exfoliation

For natural skin care, you can use the whitening form of exfoliation. You will need three tablespoons granulated sugar, half of the white of an egg and three lemon drops. Mix up all the ingredients and softly massage the face and neck for around five minutes. Then clean nicely with water.

Soft Scrub

For this one you will require three tablespoons honey and three tablespoons cornmeal. Blend the ingredients; rub in for five minutes and wash it off with cool water.

Sugar and Baby Oil Exfoliator

Combining sugar along with baby oil also makes a wonderful homemade exfoliator for skin care. The baby oil goes deep into the skin and moisturizers it, whereas the sugar helps in removing dead skin cells.

After you exfoliate

After finishing the exfoliation, it is important to use a toner that will take away any residues and help seal the skin, so as to make it tougher. Enjoy your exfoliation.


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The Wartime Diet And Nutritional Health Supplements

Vegetable Display Including Carrots

The wartime generation from the nineteen forties in Britain are generally considered to be perhaps the most healthy generation of all. Why is that? Could their experiences help us understand why there is so much obesity in the western world today and why so many of us need to take nutritional health supplements.

For around fourteen years the supply of food was severely restricted mostly due to the attempted blockade of supplies by the German navy. It has to be remembered that around 70% of the country’s food was imported before the war.

So started a culture of minimal waste, innovative recipes and the famous ‘Dig For Victory’ campaign that created vegetable plots from most available areas of land. Equally of course everyone was motivated to be more active in his or her life and, in any case, life was more physical as the world of labour saving devices had not yet arrived.

Sugar was radically restricted too so unnecessary consumption of that potentially unhealthy substance was reduced.

The reality was everyone had to think carefully about what they ate. Perhaps we should do the same now.

Modern thinking tells us to eat a minimum amount of fruit and vegetables to gain the nutrition we require. In Britain at present the figure is said to be five portions of fruit and vegetables per day. Supermarkets have indeed latched on to this for marketing their own fresh produce.

However I have to sound a note of caution here. How do we know the nutritional content of each individual item of fruit or each portion of vegetables?

The truth is we do not know. Of course we read that carrots contain so much goodness and spinach too and all the other lines we eat. But did you know the content varies considerably depending on how or where the items were grown?

In 1940 a cupful of spinach contained around 150 milligrams of iron, now it is believed to be around two milligrams. Some nutritional experts are saying the daily allocation of fruit and vegetables should be increased from five to eight servings, even perhaps as high as twenty.

Grow Your Own Vegetables Wartime Poster

Why are we getting less from our food?

The problem arises from the production, transportation and storage of the food. To grow fresh produce in sufficient amounts, faster and so in a more cost effective manner, producers are growing the appropriate plants in an artificial environment. As the environment can be controlled, factors can be altered; for example, through the use of artificial light, days can be shortened so the plants grow faster and mature in less time. The downside of this is the nutrients have less time to form. No wonder the natural diet supplement industry is booming.

Another problem is the extensive use of fertilizers, which can leach nutrients from the ground, and incorrect rotation of land ensuring the goodness cannot be returned to the soil.

Now we have another clue as to why the wartime generation was more healthy. Remember their fruit and vegetables were often home grown and certainly without the ‘advantages’ of modern production. Also their cattle grazed on grass and not on artificial feedstuffs. The nutritional content of the food was better.

Another aspect of life in the 1940s that differs greatly from today is the concept of so-called ‘fast food’ had hardly taken off. Of course there were fish and chips available but even then the fish was likely to be fairly fresh and nobody could afford to overeat in any case.

Now we have a great variety of foods available and there is little restriction on what we eat. Sweets and chocolates are very common (remember the American troops arriving in Britain during the Second World War could bribe people with otherwise scarce chocolate) and fats food outlets are very common. Processed foods containing a wide range of additives and preservatives are sold in high volumes.

It is not entirely clear exactly what illnesses are caused by the modern diet but it seems likely poor nutrition is the cause of quite a few. So many people need nutrition health supplements.

We should take heed of the lessons provided by the austere wartime diet and the difference in health between then and now. A change to a healthier balanced diet (perhaps with more home grown or at least locally bought produce), more exercise and nutritional health supplements will probably make a huge difference to our health.

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Health And Beauty Tip Number 1

 

Makeup Brushes and Wine Glass

 

A tip from makeup professional Tally Bookbinder as given at the Proto-col National Conference In February 2011:

Always wash new brushes before using them to apply your all natural makeup. This ensures there are no loose bristles to spoil the look.

 

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Hyaluronic Acid And How It Can Help Us

Stunning Oriental Girl With Lovely Eyes

You may be the same as me and have never heard of hyaluronic acid, which is a pity as it is quite a useful substance in terms of skincare.

This substance is key in moisturizing the skin as it can hold a thousand times its own weight in water. This is significant as it carries the water around the body to where it is needed. It works with elastin and most particularly collagen to provide benefits in many parts of the body, particularly in hydrating the skin and repairing cartilage. It also helps in repairing scar tissue so has benefits to new mothers and sufferers of acne. Other benefits include faster repairing wounds and relief from arthritis (as it helps lubricate joints.)

Collagen molecules provide the structure into which hyaluronic acid locks moisture.

Hyaluronic acid is one of the substances that deteriorate with age; we lose significant amounts from the age of eighteen and, combined with the loss of collagen, leads to lines and wrinkles later in life.

It hardly seems surprising that this substance is affected by ultra violet light when you consider excess sunlight leads to premature aging and wrinkles. This process has been linked to skin cancer too.

The body is unable to produce sufficient hyaluronic acid in later years so one of the more useful healthy skin tips you could receive would be to find a way to reintroduce this acid into the body. Previously the only method was to inject affected areas with doses (and this is presently the only way yet approved by the US Food and Drug Administration) but of course this involves potential problems such as skin bruising and indeed the fear of injections.

In February the Proto-col company in the United Kingdom introduced it’s Skin Plus capsules, which combine collagen and hyaluronic acid in one easy to take dose. Just for good measure, each natural diet supplement capsule includes a range of useful vitamins too. Proto-col believe this new product represents a significant step forward in skincare.

To find out more about Proto-col’s new Skin Plus natural diet supplement, please come over to LookRavishing.com .


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The February 2011 Proto-col National Conference

Product Display At Protocol Business Conference

On Sunday 6 February 2011, the Proto-col health and beauty company held it’s twice a year national conference and everyone from the company and a good representation of the consultants attended. Also there were some fascinating guest speakers.

The even was held at the Stareton Hall on the Royal Showground near Stoneleigh, Warwickshire, in the UK.

Snacks and beverages were available as were a range of product displays, staffed by knowledgeable staff and distributors ready to answer any questions asked. Proto-col staff ran an efficient product purchase system with a discount available for items bought at the event.

The introduction to the day was by National Trainer Dave Butler, followed by a quick welcome from Managing Director James Greenwell.

The first speaker was celebrity makeup expert Tally Bookbinder who did a demonstration of the Proto-col all natural makeup using as a model Louise Helyer. Apart from helping at the event and being a very professional model, Louise is also representing Great Britain in the Modern Pentathlon: just one of the athletes supporting the conference.

Tally shared her opinions of the all natural makeup produced by Proto-col as well as hints and tips on application and the features of the products. Having recently worked on the television show ‘Snog, Marry, Avoid,’ Tally was particularly interesting on the abuse teenagers and young women generally give their skin and how the all natural makeup from Proto-col is a better choice.

James Greenwell Talking At Protocol Business Conference

Next James Greenwell introduced nutrition expert Professor Greg Whyte who produced his usual blend of entertainment and fascinating insights into the world of sports nutrition. Of course Professor Whyte’s information was related to the nutritional health supplements supplied by Proto-col and this and other knowledge from the day will appear in future posts on BeRavishing.com.

Particularly of interest was Professor Whyte’s explanation of the problems experienced by athletes: this was particularly well illustrated by a video of triathletes losing the use of their limbs as a result of poor nutritional preparation. Equally interesting was the understanding that sports nutrition can be relevant in everyday situations, including the struggle some people have simply to get up stairs.

James Greenwell returned to introduce three new products, Skin Plus, Calcium Complex and L-Carnitine, which will also appear on the pages of this website shortly. During his launch of these nutritional health supplements, James provided the audience with further fascinating insights into the working of the human body.

Following a short break, James returned to explain some administrative changes, including improvements to the sales websites (such as LookRavishing.com) and monthly meetings. He also announced Proto-col nutritional health supplements are now available in a Harley Street health centre.

At the event those attending had brought along children’s books in response to an appeal from James to provide them for the children of St Lucia following damage to the island’s schools in a recent hurricane. James explained how the idea had come about and the success of the programme so far (if you would like to find out more about the Proto-col St Lucia appeal, you can visit the company’s Facebook page).

James then introduced motivational speaker Andy T. Hansen. Andy gave an entertaining but hard-hitting talk explaining how the present financial problems within the economy represented a great opportunity for the company and how we could set goals to achieve what we want.

Dave Butler returned to the stage to introduce a group of exciting incentives for consultants during 2011: these range from vouchers to a theatre break and a holiday to Barcelona. Dave then went on to give tips to the audience as the best ways to expand their individual businesses.

Everyone left the event better informed as to the immediate future of the company and a useful goody-bag laden with CDs, DVDs, new product information, details of the new incentives and other useful items. Many of us also left with a bag of products purchased at the event and a new confidence in both the products and the Proto-col company.

The next such conference is on Sunday 25 September, although there are also monthly meetings held around the country. If you would like to attend any of these events, please use the contact form on this page. Further details can be found on the ‘Events’ tab on LookRavishing.com .

Andy T Hansen Talking At Protocol Business Conference


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James Greenwell Talks About Proto-col (Video)

Protocol Naturally Advanced Skincare Range

This interesting video is an interview with James Greenwell founder and owner of the Proto-col company producing natural beauty products and nutritional health products.

To find out more about Proto-col and it’s products and opportunities for consultants, please visit LookRavishing.com.


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Dealing With Dry Skin

Bikini Girl in the Desert

Extremes of skin types are equally problematic. Those with oily skin wish their skin was drier and those with dry skin wish it had more oils. The truth is we all want healthy skin.

So how do you turn dry skin into healthy skin?

The first thing to realize is healthy skin comes from inside. To deal with dry skin the first step is to ensure you hydrate sufficiently.

Make sure you drink plenty of water or fruit juice. The problem in using liquids to hydrate and create healthy skin is the water arrives at the skin last.

As the moisture is drawn from the liquids you drink, it hydrates all the other organs before it reaches the skin. This is good in many ways as it ensures the essential organs receive healthy hydration on the way. The order of priority tends to be the heart and brain first, then the main muscle groups and then major systems such as the digestive and respiratory functions. The skin then receives its share. Once you have nicely hydrated healthy skin you know the rest of your body has also benefitted.

Get in the habit of carrying and drinking water or juice.

Oh, and by the way, alcohol is no help as it actually draws moisture from the skin, as does caffeine.

The other way to turn dry skin into healthy skin is to use a good natural beauty product to moisturize.

Use a good natural skincare product in the morning and at night. The nighttime application is especially important as it is less likely to be rubbed off and of course it is when we are at rest that the skin is renewed and regenerated.

The morning application is also useful as it not only moisturizes the skin but provides a protective layer against such enemies of healthy skin such as pollutants.

A thin layer of a moisturizing natural skincare product will be sufficient.

Don’t forget that natural skincare products are better for dry skin as they will not irritate the skin as some chemical versions might.


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The Benefits Of Zinc Oxide To Natural Skincare

Girl with beautiful blonde hair

Zinc oxide has many applications in several fields, including in the production of rubber and concrete and as a food additive. However this adaptable substance, probably used in India around 500BC and by the Romans too, is particularly useful in medicine and as a constituent of mineral cosmetics.

This additive to natural beauty products is a key ingredient of the traditional skin treatment calamine lotion. It is anti-inflammatory and is used in sunscreens as a result of its natural skincare property of adhering to the skin and reducing the amount of potentially dangerous ultra violet rays absorbed.

This feature of non-absorption means zinc oxide is nonirritating and nonallergenic. There is some evidence it may well be an anti-oxidant too.

Some cheaper sunscreens use a nano zinc oxide but this is absorbed by the skin and is less effective and may even cause health problems (although studies are yet to establish this).

This natural skincare ingredient also features in cream designed to prevent nappy (or diaper) rash due to its abilities to combat skin irritations through its adherence to the skins surface. Zinc oxide also has antibacterial properties, which help its abilities in natural skincare.

Acne can also be controlled as a result of zinc oxides anti-inflammatory properties and it ability to also control excessive skin oil. Through its promotion of healthy skin, this substance also helps scars heal more quickly.

As a result of these advantages, this useful substance can also be found in rectal suppositories and in treatments (such as calamine lotion) for chapped, dry or itching skin and minor burns.

Zinc oxide is also used in nutritional supplements as a source of zinc, which is useful for DNA and immune system maintenance.

With all its benefits to healthy skin, it is clear that zinc oxide is a useful ingredient in natural beauty products, especially natural skin products.


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Give Your Body Bliss

Beautiful tanned girl in bikini below waterfall

Proto-col’s Instant Body Bliss product is an indulgent natural skincare product: a luxurious scrub which buffs up the skin to leave it feeling glowing smooth and fabulous.

It is one of those delightful natural beauty products, which is luxurious and yet affordable and leaves a beautifully healthy skin.

The feel of this natural skincare product is decidedly tropical with pampering essential oils such as neroli and sandalwood to deal with any stretch marks and cellulite. Such oils are also reputed to be natural aphrodisiacs so your partner will be appreciative too, especially as the Instant Body Bliss will leave you with a beautiful light and delicate tropical fragrance.

This natural skincare product contains only natural, plant-based ingredients so is ideal for sensitive skin. It can be used as often as you like but once or twice a week should be sufficient. However, as it is one of those natural beauty products, which will be considered a treat, you may want to use it more often!

As with all Proto-col products, Instant Body Bliss is not tested on animals.

The product is ideal for massaging treatments, a body exfoliating treatment the day before spray tanning, to work on any tide marks left from tanning or to improve the skin after holiday sunbathing.

Studies have shown that the regular massaging of this natural skincare product into areas where fatty tissues are stored helps break down the fat and so helps reduce lymphathic damage. Such regular massage will thus reduce cellulite.

The product is contained in an attractive jar and first appears with intriguing levels of various pinks, which are the oils and salts separated. The first action therefore is to get a small spoon and mix these together.

The natural skincare product should then be massaged gently into the body for a least a minute. Work particularly on areas where fat may be a problem, such as the thighs and tummy.

Once you have experienced enough bliss, rinse your body slowly in warm water and pat dry. Then enjoy the smoothness of your skin!

So what are the ingredients of Instant Body Bliss?

There are many effective natural products in this natural skincare product.

Grape Seed oil is used as it is an astringent and is rich in vitamins, as is lemongrass, which is a great skin tonic working on oily skin, open pores and acne.

Melon is a wonderful skin conditioner so it is included, as is apricot for it’s humectant qualities and the fact it is rich in proteins, vitamins and minerals.

As you massage this natural skincare product into your increasingly healthy skin you will feel the Dead Sea Salts as they heal and sooth the skin.

The Proto-col Instant Body Bliss is one of those natural beauty products that is a treat you really should allow yourself once in a while. During the Christmas period this natural skincare product is even more affordable with £2 off the normal price, reducing it from the usual £19.95 to £17.95. To find out more, please go to LookRavishing.com.
Proto-col Instant Body Bliss


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