Beauty – Food Pyramid http://www.foodpyramid.com Tue, 02 May 2017 10:19:05 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.6 13 Beauty Products from your Kitchen http://www.foodpyramid.com/beauty/13-beauty-products-from-your-fridge-6088/ http://www.foodpyramid.com/beauty/13-beauty-products-from-your-fridge-6088/#respond Thu, 06 Mar 2014 12:00:32 +0000 http://devteam.sisworknew.com/foood-pyyramid/?p=6088 Food products from the food pyramid can also work as health- and beauty products. Your grandmother’s generation knew all the secrets you could do with food. For example, they often […]

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Food products from the food pyramid can also work as health- and beauty products. Your grandmother’s generation knew all the secrets you could do with food. For example, they often used lemon against rough elbows and cucumber slices to reduce eye puffiness.

If you want to save money but still take care of your skin and hair, you should know that the food you have in your kitchen can be a real gold mine. Grains, baking soda, honey, olive oil, banana and even coffee grounds can be transformed into beauty products. Here is a list on food products that you can use to improve your skin and hair.

13 Natural Beauty Products

1. Apple cider vinegar

beauty-products-from-kitchen-1Hair mask: Mix 2 tablespoons of cooking oil and 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar. Massage the mix into the scalp. Wrap your hair in aluminum foil and leave it on for at least 30 minutes before you wash your hair thoroughly with shampoo. This mix is good for dry hair and dry scalp.

Dry hands: Mix 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar with 1 tablespoon olive oil and bathe your fingers in the mix for about five minutes. Apple cider vinegar can also be exchanged for the same quantity of cucumber juice or lemon juice.

2. Avocado

beauty-products-from-kitchen-2Facial mask: The fruit contains a lot of the A, C and vitamin E as well as some B vitamins, which nourish and gives relief to the skin. Mash the avocado flesh with a little olive oil to get a smooth texture. Place the mask over your face and wait for about 15 minutes. Rinse with warm water and dry with a soft towel.

 

3. Banana

banana for skinFacial mask: A banana mask is both moisturizing and smoothing for the delicate skin of the face and neck. Mash a banana into a smooth texture. If you have vitamin A capsules at home, feel free to open one and pour over the banana. Place the mask over your face and neck and wait for about 30 minutes before you wash it away.

 

4. Bicarbonate – Baking Soda

beauty-products-from-kitchen-4Facial mask: A mask that contains ordinary baking soda and water brightens the skin and removes dead cells. Mix 3 table spoons bicarbonate with water (distilled water or still mineral water) until a smooth mass. Place the mask over your face, wait for 5 minutes, and then rinse well. You can add the mask a couple times a week.

 

5. Coffee grounds

beauty-products-from-kitchen5Facial mask: Rub coffee grounds gently on your face, and let it stay on for five minutes and then rinse. The caffeine works as a peeling and helps the circulation.

Dry hands: Rub coffee grounds on your hands and then rinse and your hands will feel softer.

 

6. Cucumber

beauty-products-from-kitchen-6Tired eyes: Cucumber reduces the redness and puffiness of eyes. Add cucumber slices on eyelids for about 10 minutes.

Face tonic: The cucumbers have a restraining effect, and are also good for blood circulation. Cut the cucumber into thin slices and rub them gently on the face, but avoid the eye area. You can also squeeze a little cucumber juice and use it on the face to tighten up, clean and cool your skin.

7. Egg yolk

beauty-products-from-kitchen-7Hair mask: If you want shiny hair with more moisture, rub an egg yolk in your hair. Wrap your hair in a towel to keep warm, or use a plastic bag or a shower cap over your head. Leave it on for 20 minutes. Rinse thoroughly.

 

8. Honey

beauty-products-from-kitchen-8Acne: Honey is antiseptic. It cleans the pores and gives the skin a nice glow. Rub your face with honey gently, in small circular movements. The massage improves the circulation. Rinse off. Honey “pulls out” impurities from the skin and may cause an occasional pimple before the skin comes back into balance. Therefore, it’s a good idea to skip this treatment the day before a big night out.

Dry hands: Put some honey on your dry hands for a while, and then rinse. Your hands will feel very smooth.

9. Lemon

beauty-products-from-kitchen-9Acne: Boil 0.26 US gallon (1 liter) of water. Allow the water to cool, to a temperature of 98.6 F (37 C). Then add the juice of 1 freshly squeezed lemon and 2 tablespoons of honey. Wash the affected area two times a day with this liquid.

Dry elbows and knees: A really old remedy against dry elbows is to use lemon. Place one elbow inside each lemon half and rest them on a table for 10 minutes, or rub your elbows with the lemon half. This also works on dry knees. Rub your knees with a lemon half.

Cracked heels and feet: Rub your feet with a lemon half. It is said to help combat the bacteria and the cracks between the toes, and the lemon softens the skin.

10. Mayonnaise

beauty-products-from-kitchen-10Conditioner: Your hair will look shiny and beautiful if you rub some mayonnaise on the scalp. Don’t forget to rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water. The texture from the mayonnaise acts as a conditioner and makes your hair shine.

 

11. Oats

beauty-products-from-kitchen-11Soap: Fill a small cloth bag with oatmeal or crushed oats and then tie the bag. Wet the bag thoroughly and massage into foam over face and body. Oats cleanses the pores and balances the skin’s oil production. Furthermore, the skin becomes soft and smooth.

 

12. Olive oil

beauty-products-from-kitchen-12Dry lips: Olive oil provides moisture and shine to lips.

Hair mask: Split ends feel good to be packed in olive oil. Don’t forget to rinse well.

Body Lotion: Apply olive oil on face and body after your shower or bath. Leave it on over night and your skin will be soft and smooth in the morning.

13. Salt

beauty-products-from-kitchen-13Foot bath: Common salt or baking soda, are excellent choices for a warm foot bath.

 

 

Things you should consider:

  • Remember to always clean your face thoroughly before applying facial mask.
  • The best time for applying facial mask is after steaming your face, because the pores are open and mask will be able to penetrate deeply into the skin.

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Stress affects your nails, so how do you keep healthy nails during stressful times? When your body is under a lot of stress due to illness, pregnancy or workload, your body makes sure that the most important organs get the necessary nutrients. This is why it’s so important to get enough vitamins and minerals if you want healthy and beautiful nails. Proteins, vitamin B, vitamin C, zinc, iron, and silicon are very important for healthy nails. For optimal utilization, a well balanced and healthy diet is always best, but you may also want to take supplements to give your nails a boost of nutrition. Below are 10 tips that will help you get strong and healthy nails.

10 Healthy Nails Tips

  1. Moisturize often – Use cuticle cream, hand cream, or pure olive oil and moisturize often.
  2. Wear rubber gloves – When cleaning, gardening, or doing the laundry, it’s important to protect your nails by wearing rubber gloves.
  3. Dry thoroughly – The risk of fungus increases if your hands and feet are wet.
  4. Use 100% cotton – Socks made of natural materials absorbs moisture.
  5. Get enough zinc – An egg or a slice of whole wheat bread for breakfast every day strengthens the nails.
  6. Be careful with the cuticle – Pushing back cuticles too hard weakens the nail.
  7. Cut straight – The risk of ingrown toenails increases if you don’t cut your toenails straight across. This is particularly important for people with diabetes.
  8. File your nails in one direction – Don’t saw back and forth with the nail file. Always file your nails in one direction, and only file your nails when they’re completely dry.
  9. Apply a base coat of clear nail polish – The base coat will protect your nails, but don’t paint all the way down to the cuticle. Leave a gap so that the nail can “breathe”.
  10. Say no to acetone – Nail polish remover with acetone dries out your nails, so avoid acetone.

If you have brittle nails, you might first want to find out the cause of peeling fingernails. It might not always be related to stress as there could be underlying medical factors causing the condition.

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6 Natural healthy hair tips

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After periods of stress, you may want to implement a few natural healthy hair tips so that the quality of your hair does not deteriorate. If you have been sick, pregnant, or working too much, you may even experience hair loss. The explanation for this is that your body prioritize the most important organs, and is therefore reducing nutrients to the “less important” parts of the body, including the formation of hair and nails.

The only part that is alive when it comes to your hair, and gets all the nutrients, is your hair root. So, to improve your hair quality, the nutrients must reach through the thin capillaries of the scalp. Below are natural home remedies that will nurture your scalp and improve your hair quality.

6 Natural tips for healthy hair growth

  1. Beer – Great quick fix for dull and dry hair. The protein in beer fills any space between the damaged areas and adds body to the hair. Add three tablespoons of beer in half a cup of warm water. Apply the mix after washing your hair. Leave it in for a few minutes and then rinse.
  2. Mayonnaise – Provides moisture, shine and hair repair. Use as deep-conditioner (masque). Apply warm water to make your hair damp. Coat with mayonnaise. Tips: Mix vanilla extract with the mayonnaise to improve the smell. Cover with a shower cap. Wait for 30 minutes and then rinse. Shampoo your hair a couple of times to make sure that the mayonnaise is washed off completely.
  3. Olive oil – Repairs and hydrates damaged and dry hair. Olive oil also invigorates and moisturizes your scalp, reducing the appearance of dandruff. Heat a half cup of olive oil (do not boil) and massage it into the hair. Cover with a plastic bag and wrap a towel around your head. Wait for 45 minutes. Shampoo and rinse thoroughly (a couple of times).
  4. Tea – Provides body, bounce and shine to dull hair. Green tea is said to stimulate hair growth, and black tea is said to reduce breakage. Tea can also be used as a natural hair dye. Pour the cooled tea on hair. Wait for 10 minutes. Shampoo and condition your hair. Remember, no sugar to your tea.
  5. Vinegar – Makes your hair shiny and silky, removes product buildup, rebalanced hair and scalp PH. It is also great for treating dandruff and hair loss. Mix 50/50 vinegar/warm water and apply the rinse after shampooing. Leave the vinegar mix for a minute and then rinse it all out.
  6. Eggs – Nourishes and strengthens the hair, making it smooth and shiny. Eggs are rich in proteins and it is said that eggs can help with hair growth. Mix 1 egg yolk, 1 cup yogurt, 1 tsp lemon juice and apply it on the hair. Leave it for 30 minutes. Then rinse with cold water (warm water curdles the egg and it sticks to the hair). Shampoo your hair and rinse it again.

Try some of the natural ways to get healthy hair and you will likely see improvement. These tips for healthy hair work for both men and women.

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Many of us are left scratching our heads in utter disappointment pondering over the question as to how to get rid of dandruff? Dandruff is a chronic scalp disorder that results in the occurrence of dry or oily flaky scalp usually characterized by redness and an itchy sensation. The scalp disorder is prevalent in up to 50% of the human population, making it a nightmare for individuals of any age group, ethnic background and gender.

People often question dermatologists on how to get rid of dandruff in an effective manner. Before moving ahead to finding home remedies for dandruff you need to understand what causes this scalp disorder.

Why do I have dandruff?

Skin regeneration is a natural process that sheds off old cells and replaces them with new ones. The problem occurs when skin cells shed off at a faster rate than normal and this causes the dead cells to fall out as white flakes. The scalp oil causes these dead cells to clump together and build up as greasy or dry flakes on the scalp.

Seborrheic dermatitis, psoriasis, eczema and overgrowth of the yeast (malassezia) are some of the major causes of dandruff.

How do I get rid of dandruff?

In an era of scientific advancements, researchers are making novel discoveries every day. Despite all the researches and studies, doctors and scientists are still unsure about how to treat bad dandruff effectively. The mystery question, “How to get rid of dandruff?” is exploited by various health-care companies that claim to have found the ultimate remedy for dandruff. The confusion of how to get rid of dandruff can be eliminated if you follow certain hygiene rules in your daily routine.

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General rules to keep dandruff away

If you are wondering how to get rid of dandruff completely, you should always take general measures in your daily routine which would help you in getting rid of dandruff:

  • You should rinse your hair with cold water rather than warm water.
  • Whenever you wash your hair make sure that you do so gently. There are always chances of skin irritation and damage if you scratch or rinse aggressively.
  • It is not advisable to keep your hair wet with water all the time to make a better hairstyle. Keeping your scalp wet would lead to more dirt and pollutants deposition which in turn would lead towards dandruff generation.
  • You should always try to cover your head while going out in polluted or dusty areas in order to prevent residue build-up on your scalp.
  • Dandruff might occur due to certain skin infections, therefore it is advisable that you should have a separate comb or a hair brush for yourself in order to prevent the spread of skin infection from one individual to another. In answering the question as to how to get rid of dandruff completely you need to understand that sharing of hair tools is a major factor of its occurrence.

Home Remedies for Dandruff

Our forefathers have been using dandruff home remedies since centuries. Most of the home remedies for dandruff can be prepared by utilizing everyday ingredients present at home.

Studies prove that usage of natural ingredients not only serve as an effective home remedy for dandruff but also have a positive impact on the health of your hair. Anti-dandruff shampoo and medicated shampoos for scalp infections contain the constituents of these natural ingredients only.

Listed below are some of the natural ways to get rid of dandruff:

1. Egg white – Among all the home remedies for dandruff, it has been found that applying egg white once a week is the most effective one. It is really helpful for eradicating dandruff and providing protein nourishment to your hair. If you are wondering how to get rid of dandruff fast, then go to your refrigerator and start this treatment right away. It should be noted that this treatment should not be done more than once or twice a week.

2. Radish juice – Applying radish juice over the scalp and leaving it there for some time is the best way to get rid of dandruff. It will also moisturize your hair follicles making it one of the vital home remedies for dandruff.

3. Yogurt – Yogurt is known for its cooling properties and thus serves as a an effective remedy for combating the dandruff itchiness. Take a bowl of yogurt and mix 2 tablespoons of black pepper powder. Apply this mixture to your scalp and leave it for an hour. Yogurt is the chief ingredient in various home remedies for dandruff.

4. Massage oils – If you are looking for severe dandruff treatments than oiling your hair regularly with warm coconut, almond or olive oil before going to bed every night will keep your scalp moist and nourished. These natural moisturizers prevents the premature shedding of the scalp thus eliminating dandruff.

5. Ginger – Ginger is also among the essential home remedies for dandruff. Take the juice of this herb and add sesame oil and lemon juice in equal proportions. Leave this concoction on your scalp for at least 30 minutes and rinse with a mild shampoo. This is among the most effective remedies answering the question as to how to get rid of dandruff.

6. Baking Soda – Applying a mixture of baking soda and water on wet scalp is an effective dandruff remedy. By substituting the use of shampoo with baking soda for a few weeks your scalp will be stimulated to produce natural oils that will eradicate the dry white flakes. Please make sure that you do not use shampoo after this treatment for it will cause your scalp to dry out severely.

7. Tea Tree Oil – Tea tree oil known for its anti-fungal and antibiotic properties has proven to be an effective cure for dandruff. To follow this treatment religiously, mix drops of tea tree oil in an organic sulfate-free shampoo.

8. Organic honey – Just like tea tree oil, honey also has anti-fungal properties which makes it an ideal companion in your pursuit of finding the answer to the question, how to get rid of dandruff? Make sure that you apply organic honey, to avoid any allergic reactions, on your scalp and rinse it with warm water after 30 minutes.

9. Apple – Mix two tablespoons of apple juice with two tablespoons of water and massage the mixture evenly on your scalp. The enzymes present in apple help to eradicate dead cells on your scalp leaving it moisturized and healthy. Even the use of apple cider vinegar for dandruff can help.

10. Salt – If you are among the masses that need a natural solution to the menace of dandruff then salt is the perfect scrub to get rid of dead cells. Sprinkle salt over your dry scalp and massage for a few minutes. This will help you to get rid of the itchy scalp and enhance the blood circulation to the hair follicles.

It should be thoroughly noted that out of all the home remedies for dandruff listed above, only one treatment should be followed at a given time for effective results.

Controlling Dandruff Using Anti-Dandruff Foods

Researchers have shed light on various food deficiencies that can trigger the dandruff formation process. A balanced diet rich with essential nutrients and minerals is at the top of the list of natural remedies for dandruff. Make sure your daily diet consists of the following vitamins and nutrients:

1. Omega-3 – This helps to keep your skin hydrated and moisturized thus eliminating the dryness on your scalp. Foods rich with Omega-3 are soybeans, walnuts, tuna and salmon. You can also take Omega-3 supplements that are easily available at any drugstore.

2. Vitamin B6 – Our scalp consists of sebaceous glands that produce skin oil to keep it moisturized. The overproduction of skin oil results triggers the process of flake formation which can easily be inhibited by Zinc. It is essential to keep your diet rich in vitamin B6 to enhance the consumption of Zinc in the intestine. Vitamin B6 is found in a variety of foods with the best sources being poultry and red meat.

3. Lean Proteins – Our skin and hair are made up of protein, making it an essential part of our balanced diet. Foods rich in leaner protein consist of fish and non-meat protein like nuts, eggs and beans.

Medicated Shampoos to Control Dandruff

In severe cases, natural dandruff remedies are not enough to alleviate your scalp from the discomfort. You will need to use one of the following shampoos:

1. Zinc pyrithione shampoos – Zinc pyrithione is an anti-fungal and anti-bacterial agent which stops the fungus production that is causing dandruff.

2. Salicylic acid containing shampoos – These shampoos are more commonly known as ‘scalp scrubs’ which eradicates the white flakes but it advisable to condition your hair after its application to avoid reoccurrence of the flakes.

3. Selenium sulfide shampoos – These shampoos slow down the process of cell regeneration on scalp which in turn stops the overgrowth of the yeast, malassezia. This shampoo has harsh chemicals which causes a bleaching effect on hair.

4. Tar containing shampoos – Tar is a by-product of the coal manufacturing process, which is known to combat dandruff by slowing down the cell replacement process on your scalp.

When to see a doctor?

Dandruff is a mild scalp disorder which is usually treatable from medicated shampoos and home remedies for dandruff. However, even after the faithful application of medicated shampoos you are still left wondering as to how do you get rid of dandruff then it is advisable to go consult a doctor or dermatologist immediately. The following cases call for immediate doctor visit:

  • If the redness and itchiness in scalp persists even after using medicated shampoos.
  • Severe inflammation of the scalp causing discomfort.
  • Heavy production of white or yellow flakes even after using medicated shampoo.


References:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3579488/
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2887514/
http://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/bhcv2/bhcarticles.nsf/pages/Dandruff_and_itching_scalp

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apple-cider-vinegar-for-acneIf you are suffereing from acne you are probably looking for different ways to get rid of acne. You can actually try using apple cider vinegar for acne as it is a 100% natural beauty product that is perfect if you want to avoid chemicals on your skin. This inexpensive “green” beauty product is also great if you want to save money and still look fabulous.

There are different ways of applying the vinegar. You can apply it directly to your skin or actually have an “apple cider vinegar acne drink”.

Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar for Acne

Apple cider vinegar is an effective anti-bacterial and anti-septic beauty product. It contains magnesium, calcium, potassium, iron, fluorine, vitamin A, and alpha-hydroxy acids that are all important for skin health. Vitamin A and alpha-hydroxy acids in apple cider vinegar increase blood circulation in skin and repair damaged tissues. Apple cider vinegar cleans pores, removes blackheads, peels outer layer away, and makes blemishes less noticeable. It has pH-balancing properties which are important to avoid acne breakouts, and is perfect for both oily and dry skin making it good skin care option.

Drinking Apple Cider Vinegar for Acne

Apple cider vinegar can be ingested or applied directly to the skin. If your acne is caused by toxins due to an unhealthy diet, drinking apple cider for acne on a regular basis may help detoxifying your body and skin. For a skin detox, mix apple cider vinegar and water. Add 2 table spoons of apple cider vinegar in to a glass of water or a cup of tea, and drink the mix. Add some honey if you prefer the taste. Rinse your mouth afterwards to remove excess acid and avoid damage to tooth enamel.

Apple Cider Vinegar Toner

If you use apple cider vinegar as a skin toner, your skin will become softer and more hydrated and you will have fewer acne breakouts. The alpha hydroxyl acids have exfoliate properties and remove dead skin cells that clog pores which can lead to acne. The anti-bacterial properties in apple cider vinegar are also beneficial when used as a skin toner, since acne is caused by bacteria. The astringent qualities will absorb excessive oil from skin and tighten pores, to avoid clogged pores and acne breakouts.

Make your own apple cider vinegar toner for acne as follows:

Dilute the apple cider vinegar with ¼ parts of vinegar and ¾ parts of water, before applying it to your face. Instead of water, use the antioxidant rich green tea to fight the aging process at the same time. Apply the mix to the skin with a cotton pad. The apple cider vinegar acne toner has a drying effect so make sure to moisturize your skin with an oil-free skin lotion afterwards. Apply the skin toner mix twice a day, once in the morning when you get up, and again just before bed time. The unused skin toner mix can be stored in a glass container with a lid.

Other benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

There are other reasons to invest in a bottle of apple cider vinegar. Apple cider vinegar can be used for dry scalp, dry hair, and dandruff. Apple cider has also many health benefits and can help with arthritis, stiff joints, headaches, digestive problems, and cholesterol levels. 

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Apple cider vinegar for dandruff is a completely natural “green” product that can do wonders for your hair health. By using this “green” beauty product you will avoid unnatural chemicals on your scalp, and save money at the same time!

Apple Cider Vinegar for dandruff is an inexpensive beauty product that you can use if you don’t want to spend much money but still want to look great. Let’s find out how to use apple cider vinegar for dandruff.

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Try using apple vinegar for dandruff to stop a flaky scalp.

Apple Cider Vinegar balances the pH of the scalp

Apple cider vinegar is a great natural dandruff treatment, since it stimulates blood circulation in the small capillaries under the skin. It also fights viruses, bacteria, and yeast that may cause dandruff. Apple cider vinegar is able to break down the oily deposits on the skin, where the yeast that causes dandruff feeds, due to its high content of alpha-hydroxyl acids. Apple cider vinegar balances the pH of the scalp, which is important since an improper pH balance on scalp is a major cause of dandruff.

How to Apply Apple Cider Vinegar for Dandruff

If you suffer from severe case of dandruff, use undiluted apple cider vinegar. Massage apple cider vinegar gently into the scalp in circular rubbing motion. Avoid getting getting vinegar in your eyes and ears. Leave it on for about 30-60 minutes before washing it off with a mild shampoo. If you don’t have bad dandruff, use diluted apple cider vinegar and mix one part vinegar with three parts warm water, in the same way as undiluted apple cider vinegar.

Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Mask

A great hair mask against dry scalp and hair can be made of apple cider vinegar and olive oil, preferably extra virgin olive oil. A hair mask containing olive oil is especially popular in India where they regularly wrap their hair in olive oil. Olive oil is beneficial for conditioning of hair as well as hair growth.

Massage your hair and scalp with the mix of one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and two table spoons of olive oil. Wrap a towel or foil around your head and wait for about 15-30 minutes. You will find your scalp and hair healthy and balanced. Try it for yourself. It’s easy, inexpensive and 100% natural.

 If you have used apple cider vinegar for dandruff please share your experience with us.

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Nails peeling

Some people are born with healthy and strong fingernails, while others are born with soft, thin, brittle and/or peeling nails. In fact, research suggests that genetics determines the condition of someone’s nails. Peeling fingernails are normally not associated with a serious medical condition. The best way to stop fingernails from peeling is to protect and strengthen them. With knowledge and care, peeling nails can be successfully treated. This article examines the symptoms, causes and treatments associated with peeling nails.

Symptoms of Peeling Nails

There are not really any symptoms indicating when your nail is about to peel.

According to the Mayo Clinic and Medline Plus, nails that are yellow, opaque or white, indented and/or pitted, thin, weak, soft, curled, detached, blue, clubbed, ridged, streaked and/or distorted may require immediate treatment from a medical professional. In other words, it is best to contact a physician if there is a significant change in the appearance of the nails.

Causes of Peeling Nails

Although the exact cause of peeling nails varies, genetics and environmental factors appear to trigger this condition. According to the American Osteopathic College of Dermatology, the medical term for peeling nails is onychoschizia. This condition occurs more frequently in women than in men. It typically arises when nails experience a continuous cycle of water saturation followed by dryness. Some of the activities that can cause peeling nails include: scrubbing the bath tub and/or sinks, washing dishes, taking long baths or showers and swimming for long periods of time. Peeling fingernails tend to worsen during periods of dry heat and low humidity.

In addition, frequently wet and dry nails along with exposure to harsh dishwashing detergents and cleaning agents can lead to soft, brittle, thin and peeling nails. Moreover, nail polish removers that contain acetone can weaken nails and cause them to split and/or peel. It is important to note that in some rare cases, nutritional deficiencies (low levels of iron, vitamin C, B vitamins, etc.) can cause peeling fingernails. A balanced diet can stop nails from peeling by providing the nutrients that they need to stay healthy and strong.

Likewise, chronic autoimmune diseases, skin conditions and infections not only affect overall health, they can also thin and weaken nails causing them to peel. It is important to note that some women may experience peeling fingernails as a result of a hormonal disorder. When a hormonal imbalance is the cause, peeling nails may be associated with adrenal fatigue, diabetes and/or a thyroid disorder. Furthermore, aging may cause peeling nails in some individuals. In fact, as the body ages, it produces less oil and moisture, which can lead to weak and brittle nails that are prone to breakage, splitting and peeling.

Treatments for Peeling Nails

The most effective ways to stop peeling nails are to limit water exposure or protect them from water saturation. The American Osteopathic College of Dermatology recommends that individuals wear rubber gloves when cleaning the house (washing dishes and/or scrubbing the sinks and bath tubs). If the fingernails are exposed to a lot of water or cleaning agents, they should be moisturized with alpha hydroxy acids and/or lanolin-based lotions. In addition, it is best to keep all nails short and neat.

Trim irregular edges with a nail file a couple of times a week. If the nails are already weak, soft, brittle and/or peeling, avoid manicures until they are healthier and stronger. Mayo Clinic asserts that fingernail painting should only occur once a week, if that much. It also recommends using an acetone-free remover when taking off nail polish.

Other ways to stop peeling fingernails include: consuming biotin-rich foods. Biotin is a type of vitamin B. According to Dr. Herbert Luscombe, physician and professor of dermatology at Jefferson Medical College, biotin consumption is associated stronger, healthier and thicker nails. Foods like lentils, nuts and cauliflower can improve the condition of fingernails. In addition, Dr. Luscombe recommends taking 2.5 milligrams of biotin daily to stop peeling nails.

A healthy diet can also improve nail health. A balanced diet consisting of fatty fish, lean meats, beans and nuts can stop peeling fingernails. In addition, foods rich in iron, iodine, calcium and vitamins: A, B & C can also repair peeling nails. Drinking at least 64 oz. of water a day can strengthen nails and prevent them from peeling, breaking and and/or splitting.

According to Dr. Kristie Leong, family practice physician, it is important for an individual to moisturize his/her hands and nails, at least two times a day, preferable three times a day. She also suggests that the individual put vitamin E oil and/or jojoba oil on the damaged nails and/or nail beds daily. An effective way to treat severely dry and/or damaged nails is by moisturizing them and putting them in cotton gloves at night.

 

 


References:
American Osteopathic College of Dermatology. (2013). Brittle splitting nails. Retrieved from http://www.aocd.org/skin/dermatologic_diseases/brittle_splitting.html
Leong, L. (2009). Peeling fingernails: What can you do about them? Health Mad. Retrieved from http://healthmad.com/conditions-and-diseases/peeling-fingernails-what-can-you-do- about-them/
Luscombe, H. (2013). The doctor’s book of home remedies: Brittle nails. MotherNature.com. Retrieved from http://www.drvita.com/t-mothernature.aspx
Mayo Clinic. (2013). Fingernails: Do’s and don’ts for healthy nails. Retrieved from http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/nails/WO00020/NSECTIONGROUP=2
Mayo Clinic. (2013). How to keep nails healthy and strong. Retrieved from http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/adult-health/MY00382/DSECTION=nail-care
Medline Plus. (2013). Nail abnormalities. Retrieved from http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/003247.htm

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5 Natural Herbs for Hair Growth http://www.foodpyramid.com/beauty/5-natural-herbs-for-hair-growth-10113/ http://www.foodpyramid.com/beauty/5-natural-herbs-for-hair-growth-10113/#respond Fri, 24 May 2013 10:03:04 +0000 http://www.foodpyramid.com/?p=10113 Hair thinning or lack-luster hair can be a very emotionally stressful for both men and women but did you know that there are many natural herbs for hair growth? If […]

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5 Natural Herbs for Hair GrowthHair thinning or lack-luster hair can be a very emotionally stressful for both men and women but did you know that there are many natural herbs for hair growth? If you wish that you had much more lush and thick locks, there are some herbs that actually work directly on the scalp to increase blood flow and therefore nutrients to the hair follicles, which potentially leads to healthier and thicker hair growth.

1. Dong Quai

One of the major reasons for thinning or lack-luster hair is hormonal imbalance leading to an excess level of DHT (a form of testosterone) that causes hair follicles on the scalp to become weak and break off. Dong Quai, an ancient Chinese herb used for thousands of years for fertility and menopause, has anti-DHT effects that can help rebalance hormone levels and potentially improve hair follicle health.

Dong Quai must be taken orally and at dosages that should be discussed with a trained and certified Herbalist. One must make sure that DHT imbalance is in fact an issue before proceeding with taking Dong Quai as a herb for hair growth.

2. Saw Palmetto

This herb has a similar method of action as Dong Quai in that it addresses the imbalance in male hormones in the body. Traditionally used to help Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH), this herb has the potential to combat excess DHT in the bloodstream and ameliorate hair follicle response to nutrients and blood flow.

3. Peppermint

Peppermint oil contains volatile oils that stimulate blood flow to an area by causing blood vessels to dilate. If rubbed directly onto the scalp, the vessels are dilated which encourages nutrient-rich blood to feed the hair roots and follicles.

Peppermint oil must be diluted in a carrier oil (jojoba oil or almond oil for example) before being rubbed into the scalp as at high concentrations it can cause skin irritation.

4. Rosemary

This delicious and peppery herb is also known for its vaso-dilating abilities, much in the same way that peppermint is. When diluted in a carrier oil and rubbed into the scalp, it encourages blood flow to the hair follicles. Try mixing it with peppermint for an added effect.

5. Horsetail

One of the main ingredients in the hair shaft is Silica, a mineral found in various foods. Horsetail is a plant that is extremely high in its silica content which, when consumed, will increase the body’s own silica content. This will potentially encourage healthier hair growth by providing the body with one of the major ingredients of hair development.

There are no panaceas for healthy hair growth, but if you nourish yourself properly with the essential nutrients needed for healthy hair and connective tissue (Silica, B-vitamins, Collagen) and address any imbalances internally (blood flow, hormones) that could be affecting the health of your hair, you are well on your way to healing yourself naturally.

Your hair is a sign of vitality and proper nourishment both internally and externally. A proper diet, hydration, exercise and addressing any imbalances with these herbs for hair growth can help provide you with a healthy mane of gorgeous hair.

 

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Find the Best Foundation for Dry Skin http://www.foodpyramid.com/beauty/find-the-best-foundation-for-dry-skin-10007/ http://www.foodpyramid.com/beauty/find-the-best-foundation-for-dry-skin-10007/#comments Fri, 22 Mar 2013 06:50:06 +0000 http://www.foodpyramid.com/?p=10007 The thought of being able to just run into your nearest department store to pick up a foundation that appears to match your skin tone may prove more difficult than […]

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The thought of being able to just run into your nearest department store to pick up a foundation that appears to match your skin tone may prove more difficult than it seems. Choosing a foundation that is a good color match as well as a good match for the type of skin can be even more complicated. Although looking good is certainly a consideration when wearing foundation and make up in general, ensuring the foundation chosen is equally as good for the skin is certainly something that should be considered especially if you need to use a foundation that is made specifically for dehydrated skin.

A foundation may look nice on the skin; however, there could be ingredients in the foundation that are not particularly suited for one’s skin type. If you are one of many people with normally dehydrated skin, it is necessary to either use a foundation that has a moisturizer included in the ingredients or you will need to find a separate moisturizer that will work well with the foundation you have chosen. There are a host of foundations available on the market. It may take some time, and a little research to find best foundation for dry skin to your skin suitability. However, it will be well worth it when you do.

Following are a few tips in selecting and applying your personal best foundation for dry skin:

  • Color matching is important as you don’t want to wear a foundation that compliments your natural skin tone without covering it up. The best ways to test for color matching is to either blend a small amount into the skin on your face or on your inner arm area.
  • Moisturize your skin prior to applying foundation even if your foundation has moisturizer included. People with dehydrated skin will find the added moisture helpful; especially when the foundation is removed.
  • Apply the best foundation for dry skin that is right for you with a make-up sponge or wedge for even coverage.
  • Set foundation with a light powder by gently brushing over the foundation.
  • Wash face thoroughly. After you remove your makeup, make sure to thoroughly wash the face; ensuring all make up is removed. Pat the skin dry to avoid irritation, and apply a moisturizer that can be safely worn overnight.

Following are some ingredients to look for when choosing the best foundation for dry skin. Natural oils such as the ones listed below absorb into the skin easily and are a great healer for dry skin.

  • Almond Oil
  • Rice Bran Oil
  • Aloe Vera Juice
  • Safflower Oil
  • Jojoba Oil
  • Coconut Oil

Here are some ingredients to avoid if you have moderate to severe dehydrated skin as they generally clog the pores and can lead to breakouts.

  • Lanolin
  • Mineral Oil
  • Isopropyl myristate
  • Isopropyl palmitate
  • Isopropyl isostearate
  • Butyl stearate
  • Isostearyl neopentanoate
  • Myristyl myristate
  • Decyl oleate
  • Octyl stearate
  • Octyl palmitate
  • Isocetyl stearate
  • PPG2 myristyl propionate

Choosing the best foundation for dry skin that is right for you and accommodates not only your complexion but also your skin type is important and possible. It may take a little more work than expected, but once again, when you find what works best for your dehydrated skin, the effort would have been well worth it.

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How To Get Rid Of Dandruff Fast – The Basics http://www.foodpyramid.com/beauty/how-to-get-rid-of-dandruff-fast-the-basics-9988/ http://www.foodpyramid.com/beauty/how-to-get-rid-of-dandruff-fast-the-basics-9988/#respond Mon, 25 Feb 2013 08:14:00 +0000 http://www.foodpyramid.com/?p=9988 Many are interested in how to get rid of dandfruff fast, especially if there is an important meeting or a public appearance just around the corner.  For many, dark colored […]

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Many are interested in how to get rid of dandfruff fast, especially if there is an important meeting or a public appearance just around the corner.  For many, dark colored shirts or sweaters are not a part of his or her wardrobe because of persistent dandruff. For dandruff sufferers, there can be the feeling that people are staring which can be a very uncomfortable situation. No matter how often you wash your hair, dandruff still seems to make its way back into the hair and scalp. All they want to know is how to get rid of dandruff fast. There are a number of products on the market that claim to be the best solution to address issues on how to remove dandruff. Before spending great sums of monies on products that may prove ineffective, it is important to take the time to determine how to get rid of dandruff fast and what may be the best solution for you.

Ways to get rid of dandruff fast

  • Medicated Shampoo – How to get rid of dandruff fast depends on how serious your dandruff issue is. It may be necessary for you to use a medicated shampoo. There are several on the market to choose from. Your dermatologist or physician may help to answer how to remove dandruff and be helpful in selecting the right shampoo to meet your needs.
  • Shampoo often – Shampoo as often as you need to in an effort to remove the dandruff out of your scalp. For those who wash their hair on a daily basis, it is important to use a good conditioner that will help to maintain the ph balance in the hair. Healthy hair is the best answer to question of how to remove dandruff.
  • Agitate while you shampoo – After you apply your shampoo to the hair, work up a lather and let it sit for approximately 10 minutes, gently agitate the scalp. Scratch your entire scalp and rinse. You should repeat this step 2 to 3 times. Scratching the scalp while you wash is a good way to lift the dandruff and wash it out.
  • Yogurt – Household products can be an answer to how to remove dandruff. Yogurt and mayonnaise are both excellent conditioners. Apply a generous amount of either to your scalp after you wash. Let it sit for 10 minutes and rinse. Your scalp should be well hydrated and you should have little to no dandruff.
  • Vinegar – Vinegar used as a final rinse is believed to remove dead cells from the scalp. Mixing vinegar and warm water half and half and massaging it into the scalp for approximately 10 minutes before rinsing is an ideal way to get rid of dandruff fast. This easily available and inexpensive product can help with how to get rid of dandruff fast. The only disadvantage to the use of vinegar is that your hair will smell like vinegar until your next shampoo.
  • Eliminate Products – Get rid of all gels, mousses and hairsprays as most of them have alcohol which is not the healthiest option for your scalp and hair if you already have an issue with dandruff. Eliminating these products and washing and conditioning frequently should help with the removal of dandruff.
  • Massage – Massaging the scalp will stimulate the blood vessels and help eliminate some of the dryness you may be experiencing.
  • Drink Water – Drink at least eight 8 ounce glasses of water per day and you will notice that your scalp is not so dry. Water is the main source of hydration to the body and aids in getting rid of dandruff fast.

Taking advantage of these kinds of readily accessible tools may not be the fastest way to get rid of dandruff for you, but for some individuals it does the work of eliminating dandruff.

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