The Nails are skin growths composed of keratin. The nail plate covers the ends of the fingers under which there are many blood vessels and nerve endings. Unlike the skin the nails are only fed when they grow up. At the rear is located the back nail cushion, follows the nail plate, the lateral axilla of the nail, then the transverse furrow of the nail, on top is the coating of the nail, behind are located the cuticles, on the sides are located recesses, followed by the side cushions of the nail, at the front is the free end of the nail, which we shape as manicure, and at the back under the skin is the root of the nail.
The health and beauty of the nails always depends on the quality and reliability of the instruments that are used in the making of the manicure. For the making of manicure are used cuticle scissors, grips for the harder side formations, nail file, blade for pushing the skin and to peel the cuticles, chisel for cutting cuticles and others. The files are today made ??of different materials, paper with crystal, wood, ceramics, glass and metal. The scissors also have different forms depending on their purpose. To the instruments belongs and the ultraviolet lamp for drying of the manicure.
To create a nice manicure are used various materials and tools such as nail polish, resin, solvents, gels and other agents that nourish the manicure. The polishes are several types basis, matt, pearl, cream polish, hypoallergenic, transparent, nail polish for drawing, changing lacquer, polish with different effects, disco polish, quick drying and more.
Should I shave my facial hair?
If you find yourself asking this question, then don’t worry as you’re probably not alone. Female face shaving has increasingly drawn attention around the globe as women look for efficient ways to deal with excess facial hair. After all, a good number already shave their legs or pubes on a regular basis, plus a handful of celebrities such as Caroline Manzo, Marilyn Monroe and Kate Somerville have been known to shave their faces. But before you make any decision, it’s important to understand the procedure itself as well as its pros and cons. Read on.
The step by step process for female face shaving
Dampen a clean towel with some warm water and then press it on your face for two minutes or so. This is important for opening the pores as well as softening your hair to ensure a cleaner and less irritating shave. It can also help lower the risk of ingrown hairs. Alternatively, you can shave while in the shower (the hot water will help open those pores)
You should use quality shaving cream rather than soap. Most of the shaving creams available on the market come with anti-inflammatory, skin-protecting and soothing ingredients that not only allow for a clean shave but also minimize irritation and razor burn. If needed, you can look for a product with a feminine scent so the experience doesn’t look so inherently masculine. Simply dispense a small amount, (a quarter size may be enough) of your cream into your hands and gently rub together to obtain lather. Apply all over your face.
Be sure to use a sharp razor and first shave downwards. This will allow you to remove most of the hair as you will be shaving in the direction of hair growth. Moreover, it will help lessen skin irritation and lower the risk of ingrown hairs (which is one thing you need to be very careful about when it comes to face shaving). You can then try to shave upwards a few times to get a close shave.
What’s the best way to get your ideal brows?
Plucking (tweezing), threading and waxing are the methods used most to get the manicured look you’re going for. While you might want to go with what looks trendy and mainstream, there is a need to have a close look at what each one of these styles give you.
Threading allows for perfect definition
For those who choose to go with this method, it is highly detailed. It allows you to carve out a shape for the brow according to your own preferences, creating a sharp look that stays on for quite a bit and remains very noticeable.
Here, you are handling hairs at a very individual level. You do not deal with a clump of hairs, but working with every single piece until the end, which gives you the flexibility to carve out a sharp finish at the end.
It is fast
With threading, there is not much in the way of intricacies. All that the technician needs to do is move from a single piece of hair to the next. The entire process is much faster than tweezing.
Threading is a very fast process that focuses more on getting things done than actually providing quality. You will therefore find that the hair removal process is rather careless, providing substandard results.
You can choose to go for tweezing services from professionals, but it is not absolutely necessary, because it is a simple enough process to carry out in front of your mirror.
If you could knock 10 years off your face…
by getting a facial mask made from bird poop (guano), would you?
This guano facial beloved by Victoria Beckham and Angelina Jolie, was first used as a beauty treatment in 17th-century Japan. Geisha girls would use nightingale facials to repair skin damage caused by their heavy, lead-based make-up. So it comes as no surprised that this facial is also known as the Geisha facial.
Nightingale poop contains large concentrations of nitrogen-rich urea and guanine, an amino acid. Urea is used in cosmetic applications because it helps the skin hold in moisture. Mostly synthetic urea is used in today’s cosmetics.
The experience involves having a mixture of rose water and finely ground nightingale droppings spread across the skin and then massaged for a few minutes before being rinsed off. Users describe it as having the same effect as a light chemical peel, but without the redness and burning. According to the women who have had a nightingale facial, their skin feels clean, soft, moist and not at all irritated.
The droppings in question don’t come from any old nightingale. They are collected from a particular type, native to the Japanese island of Kyushu. The birds are fed on a special diet of seeds and berries (no juicy worms for them), therefore the droppings are organic and vegan.
The poop collected from the birdcages is sanitized, often by using an ultraviolet light. After the poop has been dried out (usually with a dehydrator), it’s ground into a very fine white powder. Sometimes the powder is mixed with another product, such as rice bran, for exfoliation.
So rare are the ingredients used that very few places offer the treatment and, when they do, it comes with a hefty price tag attached.
Armpit tattoos, bravery or just plain crazy?
Your armpits are sensitive areas, so getting an intricate tat in that area is not an easy decision to make. Yet photos of these tattoos have been popping up all over Instagram. But are they safe to get?
Pauline J. Jose, MD, a clinical instructor in UCLA’s Department of Family Medicine has shed some light on this subject. It turns out there is one real risk associated with prettied-up pits, and it has to do with your lymph nodes: “Tattoo pigments travel through the lymphatic system,” Dr. Jose explains. “Since lymph nodes are abundant in the armpit area can pigment those lymph nodes, and mimic—or confuse—a cancer diagnosis.”
Armpit tattoos can be especially problematic for people who develop melanoma, says Dr. Jose, because pigmented lymph nodes can look like metastasis. “All those pigmented lymph nodes, and the skin supplied by them, may need to be biopsied when looking suspicious.”
Getting a tat in the armpit area isn’t the only body part to avoid. Moles should never be inked over, because doing so can make it harder to detect any changes that could be a sign of skin cancer. And getting a tattoo near your eyes is also a bad idea, since the ink can pigment the eyes, says Dr. Jose.
Which should I get, Dip Powder, Gel, or Acrylic?
If you are someone who gets their nails done professionally on a regular basis, or maybe just on special occasions, I am sure you have heard of gel and acrylic nail manicures. But there is a relatively new procedure that you may not have heard about called dip powder.
Dip powder, gel, and acrylic are all based on ingredients from the acrylic family. Of course, just because these products are based on the acrylic family doesn’t mean they are all the same. Each category has advantages and disadvantages as discussed below:
Dip Powders started as a safe, healthy alternative to traditional acrylics and gel polish. Instead of using UV rays to seal in your polish, the color comes from a pigmented powder. Between a sealant and base coats, you dip the nails into a jar containing powder of your desired color for a manicure that lasts 3 to 4 weeks.
This is a great alternative for those who are allergic to various ingredients in Gel and Acrylic Nails. Dip powder does not use ingredients found in Gel and Acrylic that are known to result in allergic reactions.
The dip powder method involves painting nails with a special primer coat, then another coat of base coat, before the fingers are dipped in a jar of colored powder. The dip powder nails dry naturally.
Not a miracle, but it can work… sort of.
Body wraps can either be homemade, purchased, or enjoyed in a spa. Many of the ingredients used in body wrap spa treatments can be found in your kitchen or herb garden. Ingredients such as olive oil, butter, honey, salt, rosemary, chamomile, chocolate, and Aloe Vera are, but a few ingredients used to make various types of body wraps. Many of these body wraps are promoted by spas as stress reducing, relaxing, or moisturizing treatments. While some body wraps are marketed as; detoxifying, body slimming or a way to control cellulite… these marketing claims may be a stretch.
Decades ago when body wraps were first offered, they were called herbal wraps, and linen sheets were used to wrap your body according to Susie Ellis, president of SpaFinder, Inc., an industry group based in New York. “‘Body wraps’ is a term that came to mean more than herbal wraps,”‘ says Ellis, adding that body wraps became popular in the 1980s and 90s. Now, plastic or thermal blankets have replaced the linen sheets.
Of course, not all spas are the same, but body wraps are often done in a dimly lit room with plenty of candles for ambiance, soothing music with the client on a massage table layered with thermal blankets on the bottom to keep warm.
It’s amazing how many people have tattoos. At one time only bikers, sailors and loose women were thought to have tattoos, that stereotype has definitely changed. The number of people getting tattoos seems to be on the rise these days. More and more young people are getting them, but that doesn’t mean that some companies and businesses are receptive to them. While many companies are relaxing their polices on visible tats, some companies have doubled-down.
There may come a time when you need to temporarily cover up a tattoo and you don’t want to wear long sleeves or use a bandage. Going on a date with a new guy but you have your exes name on your arm, or a job interview and you’re not quite sure of their policy on tats, you may want to cover the tat up. No need to explain to your date the significant of a tattoo on the first date or have your resume eighty-sixed as you walk out of the interview.
You practice all the standard sanitary steps, such as washing your hands after using the bathroom or before handling food. If you don’t have a tissue, you sneeze in the vee of your arm, or you avoid touching surfaces in public bathrooms. Whenever possible, you do your best to reduce your chances of coming into contact with germs. You keep sanitizer in your bag and never, ever follow the five-second rule (which happens to be mostly a myth).
However, with your beauty routine, there’s a fairly good chance that you’re unwittingly exposing yourself to infectious bacteria, potentially harmful mold, and even more. Find out which of your beauty routines are just disgusting—or downright dangerous—and how to clean up your act.
1. You store your swabs and cotton pads on the counter.
Risk: Gross, but harmless
You flush your toilet, but little bits of bacteria in the water will spray into the air, landing on exposed surfaces in your bathroom. Keri Peterson, MD, an internal medicine specialist in NYC, says you don’t want anything that makes direct contact with your face just sitting on your counter-top. Even though it’s unlikely that you’ll get an infection this way, it’s still fairly unsanitary. (You’d run a bigger risk of, for instance, sticking the cotton swab up your nose or mouth.)
Fix: Store the swabs in a drawer, cabinet, or closed container. And, of course, close the lid prior to flushing your toilet!
2. You let the hair accumulate on your brush
Risk: Gross, but harmless
Healthy hair sheds up to 150 single strands a day, more if you use medicated shampoo. Many of those strands will gather in your brush, along with styling product residue, dead skin, and scalp oils.
So while it won’t necessarily affect your health, it will affect how hair appears. “That buildup can make your freshly-washed hair greasy,” says Francesca Fusco, MD, assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City.
Pimples, zits, acne, these are the facial nightmares that every female has had to face at one time. Not everyone can afford acne medication or tolerate the harsh chemicals in facial cleaners. Natural remedies for acne have few side effects and are an affordable alternative that many people have used to successfully treat breakouts.
Sweat, humidity, oily cosmetic products, hormonal changes in the body, even some prescription drugs can trigger an outbreak. So at the first sign of a pimple, try using these natural at-home methods to zap your zits.
Before going to bed, apply lemon juice from a fresh-squeezed lemon on the zits and leave it on overnight. The next day morning you will be surprised to see the zit almost vanishing.
Warning: Don’t apply lemon juice to any open lesions because it will sting. Lemon juice will make your skin more susceptible to sunburn that is why we say apply the lemon juice at night.
What happens to your face after washing it with Apple Cider Vinegar, you might be surprised by what you find.
If you have skin problems, you’ve probably tried every facial cleanser on the market, but you might not have thought to try apple cider vinegar. Apple cider vinegar contains many ingredients that benefit your skin, and it is much cheaper than many of the expensive face washes that claim to provide your skin with the same benefits. The substance has been known to help fight acne and reduce the appearance of age spots.
All in the name of beauty, women flock to local hair and nail salons for the promise of a more beautiful, glamorous look. From lash extensions to hair coloring, beauty is one thing that many women will not forgo even when times are tough financially. While those new acrylic nails or that straightened, glossy hair may render desirable results, what harm is it doing to the paying customer and the licensed professional performing the service?
A recent New York Times article about nail technicians highlighted how chemicals in products used during nail services has severe health repercussions for nail technicians. Heartbreaking stories of miscarriages and babies born with severe birth and learning defects run rampant among nail technicians who perform nail services day in and day out. They breathe in a harmful slew of toxins including formaldehyde during an average day’s work. It may start with a sensation of burning lungs, a cough that never goes away, and skin irritations. The chemicals found in toxic nail products can lead to more serious problems such as cancer and serious respiratory issues, even resulting in coughing up blood.
These problems can change a person’s life forever – and sadly, some nail technicians continue working on the job even throughout these health problems because they are not qualified for anything else, as a large number of nail technicians are foreigners from another country with little job training.