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May 31, 2010

Tips to help Stop biting your Nails

Fingernail biting is a nasty habit, and you may find yourself a victim, but if you want to stop biting your nails, you can follow some simple tricks. It may not be easy to quit in the beginning but if you are a little motivated and are tired of the nail stubs and bleeding, then try these tips to help you stop nail biting. These tips are simple remedies which will help promote normal nail growth, and your nails will be long, healthy and shiny before you even know and you will be tempted to take care of them.

Tips to Stop Nail Biting

Confront your problem – This is the first step towards stopping fingernail biting. You have to be determined to quit, and you can do this by taking a picture of your bitten fingernails and examining it for its ugliness!

Use visual cues – Keep pictures of beautiful hands and nails with you, or paste them in your room, washroom, car, work place and just any where. Visual cues act as strong motivators and help you in achieving your goal.

Visualize yourself with beautiful nails – Once you know the problem, you need to affirm it and you can do this by visualizing how beautiful your hands will look with healthy nails.

Become jealous of your friends with long nails – Next, you need to further motivate yourself to stop nail biting and you can do this by becoming jealous of your friends with fabulous long nails!

Devise an alternative habit – Analyze why and when you bite your nails and devise an alternative occupation. For example, if you bite your nails when you are nervous, you can drum your fingers instead or just stare at your hands. These habits are not as bad as fingernail biting.

You can start by protecting one nail at a time – If you think you won’t be able to resist the urge to bite your nails, then start by protecting one nail at a time. Once you have grown your non-bitten nail, move on to the second one.

Have false nails fitted for a while – You cannot bite false nails and getting them fixed for a while will help you in stop biting.

Get yourself a good manicure – Get your stubbly nails manicured or buy a manicure set to get a good start.

Use nail polish or nail shiner – Coat your nails with a shiner or nail polish or cover them up with gloves if you want!

Distract your mouth – Keep chewing gum or any other eatable with you all the time so you can distract yourself when you feel the urge to bite your nails.

Learn to use a clipper and nail file – Keep a clipper and nail file with you all the time and learn to use them. When ever you feel you have surplus nail growth, cut them, so there is nothing there for you to bite on!

Focus on your goal – Ask your friends and family to help you in your goal. Show them your improved nails and they will praise and encourage you.

Admire your improving nails – Be proud of your healthy nails as they grow and shine with beauty.

Take calcium and magnesium supplements – Calcium and magnesium help in nail growth and repair. It is also known that the human body urges you to bite nails when it lacks calcium and magnesium as a way to get it back.

Use a moisturizing lotion or cream with you at all times – Use the cream several times during the day, especially around the cuticle area to keep your hands and skin soft. A bitter tasting cream will help you stop biting.

Watch someone else nail bite – You will realize that it is a real turn-off!

Try your toe nails! – If this is the only bad habit you have, then keep biting and give your toe nails a try!

· Filed under Nails

May 30, 2010

Do your hair and scalp need exfoliation?

Did you know that your hair and scalp need exfoliation to get luscious locks. By exfoliating your scalp, you can get rid of dead skin, prevent conditioner build up, get rid of dandruff and relieve itchiness. Just like your skin needs regular exfoliation to improve its condition, the scalp also needs special exfoliation treatment at least once a week to make it healthy. This helps to get rid of build-up of any styling products, sebum and other pollutants in the air which stick to the scalp, and make the hair look limp and dry.

Scalp Exfoliate

An unhealthy scalp also slows down hair growth and may even cause premature hair loss. The scalp also tends to thicken with age, which leads to hair thinning. Hair products containing DHT also create a build up on the scalp, which clog the hair follicles and interfere with hair growth. So make sure you use a scalp exfoliate at least once a week or use a shampoo designed specifically to remove product build up on the scalp. This will help energize the skin of the scalp, giving a healthier environment to the hair to grow. You can easily make exfoliating scrubs at home by buying simple ingredients from any health or food stores. Here are some recipes for scalp exfoliators to get you started.

Brown sugar and conditioner exfoliating scrub

1 tablespoon brown sugar
3 tablespoons conditioner

Mix the two together to make a thick consistent paste. Wet your hair in the shower and rub the exfoliating scrub onto the scalp with fingertips, moving in gentle circular motion, section by section. You can start at the nape of your neck, moving upwards. Leave on for a few minutes and then rinse thoroughly.

Yogurt and Sesame oil exfoliating scrub

2 tablespoons sesame oil
4 tablespoons home-made yogurt

Mix the two ingredients together to make a paste. Apply generously to the scalp, starting from the nape of the neck. For better results, bend your head forward and start combing from the neck to the forehead using a wide toothed comb. Leave it in for an hour before shampooing.

Scalp Exfoliation

Natural fruit acids are also a good choice for scalp exfoliation, including glycolic and lactic acids, malic acid, citric acid and tartaric acid. Most scalp tonics available over-the-counter these days use these fruit acids for best exfoliating effects. One of the best advantages of fruit acids is that they effectively remove any stuck-on dead skin cells, allowing new cells to come to the surface. They also help to remove dry skin from the scalp.

You can also add Jojoba oil, Tea Tree oil, Chamomile or Lavender oil to the exfoliator to help get rid of dry scalp. Adding your favourite scented oil like vanilla or jasmine gives an aromatherapy effect.
Before applying the scrub, you may want to shampoo your hair first, especially if you have applied any hair styling products. You can apply the exfoliate to wet hair, or wait for your hair to dry before applying. Remember to rinse your scalp thoroughly to remove the exfoliator, and you can shampoo and condition as usual.

· Filed under Health and Care

May 29, 2010

Give your feet a treat – Benefits of Foot Massage

Blood circulation to the feet is extremely important, and what better way to circulate the blood flow to your feet than a foot massage! A foot massage stimulates blood circulation and the rolling and kneading actions used by foot massage therapists provide relief to the tired muscles of the feet and also relax the whole body.

Why you may need a foot massage?

Everyday, we spend a lot of time standing, running, walking and lifting things, and our feet support us in all our activities. They can become stifled by being trapped in socks and shoes all day long, which not only causes restricted air contact but can also restrict blood circulation to the feet. So be kind to your feet and give them a foot rub or an occasional massage and pamper yourself.

Should you use a foot massage machine?

Foot massage machines have started becoming a lot popular recently, but nothing can be as good as the human touch from a massage therapist. Even if you do not decide to go to a therapist, you can massage your own feet or ask your partner to give you one. There are a lot of foot massage videos available online which you can view to try and foot massage yourself.

Feet Massage

Exercise your toes

Curling your toes and moving them around, simulating the action of picking up something with your feet helps a lot in strengthening the muscles and also provides relief to aching feet. Doing this exercise for ten minutes daily or every other day is a good idea. Rotating your feet from the ankles while massaging also gives an overall sense of relaxation and well-being.

Prepare for your foot massage

If your partner is willing to give you a foot massage, then you can relax by reclining against the sofa or bed, while your partner prepares for the massage. This way your whole body will be at ease, and you will feel really great. You can also get comfortable in a chair with your feet propped up on a stool or another chair.

Protect the clothing or furniture item you are sitting on with a towel or two and use a massage oil or lotion to rub on your feet. The lotion or massage oil should be creamed together in the hands vigorously to warm them before beginning the foot massage. Here are the 6 basic steps which are an important part of any foot massage:

Stroking – A foot massage should start with long, slow but firm strokes, starting at the tips of the toes and sliding back away, all the way to the ankle. This step should be repeated several times to give a relaxing start.

Ankle Rotations – After stroking, ankle rotations help loosen the joins and help relax the feet. The foot should be grasped firmly and the foot should be rotated slowly at the ankle a couple of times in each direction, without causing any pain. These rotations are particularly useful for patients suffering from arthritis as they reduce any stiffness in the feet and legs.

Toe pulls and squeezes – Toes are very sensitive to the touch and massaging them can be very relaxing. Starting with the base of every toe, gently squeeze and roll every toe using your thumb and index finger, working all the way up to the tip of the toe and then back to the base. This step should be repeated two to three times on every toe.

Toe slides – Similar to the toe pulls, toe slides should be repeated four to five times by inserting the index finger gently between the toes. The foot should be grasped firmly behind the ankle.

Arch Press – The Arch Press releases tension in the inner and outer longitudinal arches of the feet. The foot should be help firmly at the heel with one hand and the other hand should be used to slide along the arch. The press should start from the ball of the foot, moving towards the heel and then back again.

Stroking – Once you are done with all the above steps, you can go back to repeat the stroking step as it is a good way to finish off a foot massage.

After the massage, dry your feet thoroughly and apply baby power if you want. Many people find foot massages to be more soothing than a full body massage, so give it a try and the next time you’ll be looking for a foot spa near you!

· Filed under Feet

May 29, 2010

Tips on how to apply mascara

It is hard to believe that most of us do not know how to apply makeup mascara properly. However, these simple tips can teach you the secrets of applying eyes mascara properly. Whether you have short or long lashes, by following these easy steps, you can get full and thick lashes just the way professional artists do.

Choose your Mascara Brand

Cosmetic malls and drugstores display an array of make up mascara varieties, including long and thick mascara and even waterproof formulas. However, the only important thing to keep in mind when choosing your eye mascara is that you pick one which is black which adds definition to your lashes. However, if you are a blonde, you should opt for brown mascara for day time and use black at night.

Apply eye makeup first

If you plan to use eye makeup like an eye liner, eye pencil or eye shadow, apply that first. Mascara is the last thing you should apply to your eyes.

Use a curler

Always use a curler before applying mascara. Place the curler as close to the lashline as possible without pinching your eye lid. Make sure to walk the curler down your lashes as you work so your lashes do not get a harsh bend.

Eyelashes Mascara

Using your Wand

Start by applying the wand to the base of your outer lashes. First apply it on the top lashes and then start coating the lower end. Move the wand gently up to the tip of the lashes. Repeat the process moving towards the middle and inner lashes.

Make sure you move quickly and apply at least two coats before letting the mascara dry out. This will prevent any clumps from forming and will give you super thick lashes. For those of you who have thick and long lashes, one coat will be enough, but for those of you with thin and short lashes, you will need to go for a second coat.

Volumizing mascaras are best suited for thin and short lashes as they contain microfibers to add thickness to the lashes. Lengthening formulas are also popular among women with short lashes as they contain polymers which help to extend the lashes past the natural tips. Applying one thin layer is enough and works great.
The trick of mixing mascaras is also used by makeup artists to make the lashes look really heavy. They use one coat of lengthening mascara, followed by one coat of thickening mascara to give beautiful and sexy eyes.

Add the finishing touches

Finish applying mascara with one coat on your bottom lashes, but if you have very short lashes, then you can skip the bottom lash. Applying mascara to the bottom lashes really opens your eyes, giving them a big rounded look.

If you feel that the mascara has caused clumps on your lashes, gently use a mascara comb or a mascara brush to remove the clumps. If you don’t have a mascara comb, you can use your fingernails to remove any bags of mascara that may have collected on the tips of your lashes.

Use these mascara application instructions to get beautiful and lively eyes. Try them out a couple of times and you will be an expert at applying mascara soon.

· Filed under Eyes, Fashion, Makeup

May 26, 2010

Easy eye care tips for dry eyes

Dry eyes are not only uncomfortable, but they also promote eye damage as well. Various factors may take away the protective tear film that coats the eyes and ensures comfortable and clear vision. This film also acts as a lubricant and natural eyewash, taking away the layer of dust and debris that gathers in the eyes between blinks.

Dry eyes can cause burning, redness and itchiness of the eyes. They can also blur the vision and can lead to permanent damage if left untreated. The condition is more common in postmenopausal women as with age, the tear glands naturally stop producing fluid. Hormonal changes and diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and lupus can also cause dry eyes by inflaming the glands of the eyes.

Dry Eyes

Causes of dry eyes

Dry eyes may be caused by exposure to the sun, dry wind or smoke, aging or injury. Certain medications such as diuretics, anti-histamines and sleep medications can also cause dryness of the eyes. The use of contact lens is another contributing factor to dry and irritating eyes. The depletion of fluid results in a feeling of itching, burning or irritation, blurred vision, eye fatigue after short periods of reading, and increased sensitivity to light. It can also lead to eye disease and sore eyes in some cases.

If left untreated for a long period of time, dry eyes may lead to infection or scarring of the cornea. Fortunately, some easy steps can help people with this condition.

  • Avoid direct exposure to wind and air conditioning. While blow drying hair, keep your eyes closed or away from the hot, dry air stream. Similarly, when sitting in your car, make sure the car’s air-conditioning vent is not facing directly towards your face or eyes, as it can suck the moisture from your eyes.
  • Wear glasses on windy days and blink often when your eyes start to feel dry.
  • Avoid rubbing your eyes. This not only irritates the eyes further but may introduce dirt and bacteria into them.
  • Avoid irritants such as pollen, pollution, smoke and other airborne particles which can dry out your eyes. Choosing a non-smoking restaurant for example can help you.
  • Avoid smoking and exposure to second hand smoke.
  • Avoid sitting in front of the PC or television for long hours, and make sure you blink regularly throughout your time in front of the computer.
  • If you are a reader, make sure you take reading breaks in between as you can forget to blink while reading. A short break every 10 to 20 minutes naturally resorts to your natural blink rate.
  • Wear sun-glasses when ever you go out in the sun. Wearing a hat or using an umbrella can also help to some extent. Sunglasses keep the bright light from the sun from irritating dry and sensitive eyes and can also protect wind and dust from entering your eyes.
  • Use artificial tears or moisture drops if needed. They are easily available over-the-counter and can help in lubricating your eyes. Your ophthalmologist may even suggest a gel which you can use during the day or at night to cure dry eyes.
  • Drink at least 8 glasses of water each day, as it can help you in your quest to keep your eyes moist.
  • Taking omega-6 fatty acids and omega-3 fatty acids helps to restore the lipid layer of the eyes, which prevents the natural tears from evaporating quickly.
  • Taking Vitamin A and Vitamin B6 helps improve the mucin layer of the eyes, and helps to improve the utilization of omega fatty acids in the body.
  • If you are suffering from dryness related to cornea damage, consider taking supplemental glucosamine sulphate which helps build up the cornea.

By taking proper care and lubricating your eyes regularly, you can prevent dryness of the eyes or treat dry eyes effectively.

· Filed under Eyes

May 26, 2010

What men want in women

When it comes to attraction between men and women, there are a lot of factors that come under consideration. There are, of course, the obvious things that attract men to women, not to forget the natural attraction which mother nature has placed between the two. Other than this natural attraction, there are other things and we all know what those things are. They get glamorized in popular culture and projected in media and society. Untold millions and countless hours are spent attending to these attributes, transforming cosmetics and figure-shaping into enormous global industries.

These factors don’t just stop with make-up, diet and exercise. The limits of looking good are being ruthlessly pushed farther and farther, where people, especially women are ready to go to lengths for the sake of vanity. Today, botox for wrinkles, nip-and-tuck for sagging skin, liposuction for unseemly fat, and surgical implants for the desired curves, can provide incredible makeovers for the right price.

In modern days, the beauty industry has come a long way. Women in particular are quite willing to be bizarre to be beautiful. Treatments like ‘goldfish pedicures’, ’24-carat gold facials’ are becoming popular in the Far East and Japan, and they are not easy on the pocket either. In this grand, sprawling shrine to the modern pursuit of beauty, the essence of what makes women attractive is being lost. After all, as any man knows, what makes women attractive can often be something very subtle. Here are some of the things men look for in women when they look for beauty and style.

Hair – Apparently, hair is a key variable in the attraction calculus. What matters is not so much the particular cut or length, nor even embellishments such as bangs, streaks, or curls, but how the hair complements the persona. A style that looks good on one can often produce a startling effect on another. Even colour and shine can be unnecessary.

HairSome women carry off dull gray hair with such grace that you know right away how dark and lustrous hair on the same person would be jarring. A woman who successfully matches her hair to her appearance and personality makes an important statement about her own confidence and intelligence.

Style is also another important variable which acts as a clear make-or-break component. A particular hair style can make you stand out, while another one may not. With hair, the style has to match the persona.

Contemplation, confidence, calmness, and spirituality are also some of the other qualities admired by men. For some men, haughtiness may even carry weight, while for others arrogance can be a turn-on too.

Some of the other and predictable features which some men look for include smile, dress, shoes etc, and some men even look at nails, wrists, feet, nose and chin for attractiveness in women! However, despite this, there is no one female feature that can be considered universally appealing. A lot of it has to do with how the various items – manner, apparel, personality and physical features – come together to craft an attractive whole.

Men also share their dislikes as well, top of the list being moodiness, over-processed hair, mumbling speech, and the uncanny ability to ignore everything around you (a.k.a ‘the silent treatment’).

The true answer to what men want, can never be given clearly, as it is a question which women have been trying to answer for ages. Some men may be looking for a fun and exciting female companion, while others may be looking for great sex. Hot and passionate sex is a big turn-on for some men, who want frequent and consistent sex from their women. This helps in building emotional intimacy and bonding between the two. Others prefer a female companion who cooks for him and shares her meals with him.

The great paradox of gender relations is that you’re damned if you do, and damned if you don’t. The dilemma is that women hate being the object of male attention, and they also hate not being the object of male attention. You would think this traps women in a predicament, but in fact the joke is on the men because no matter what we do, we just can’t win.

Beauty however, lies in the eye of the beholder, and so every mans taste differs from the other. For some men, a fair complexion vs. a dark one may be non-negotiable, but for others blond hair and blue eyes may be negotiable.

· Filed under Relationships