Showing posts from February 15, 2009

Bumps under armpit

An underarm lump can be most probably due to an infective condition. You could have it due to shaving or waxing or using a deodarant. Underarm lump can be caused by viral infection, allergic reaction, a swollen lymph node or a benign tumor like lipoma. It can also be folliculitis due to shaving or waxing.

Underarm lumps are axillary lymph nodes which could be enlarged secondary to infection or even trauma and in rare cases due to malignancy. They are usually enlarged when a new deodorant is used, after shaving or waxing the underarm area.

Perfectly Clean Face

Cleansing is arguably the most important part of your basic skincare routine. Proper cleansing gets rid of old surface skin cells, dirt and dust, grime, make-up and bacteria, and keeps skin pores free of clogs and able to breathe freely.

Cleansing also aids circulation and prepares the skin to receive topically applied nutrients and lipids.

Here are some tips for proper facial cleansing :

1. Cleanse twice a day, no more. Unless you have exposed your skin to excessive dust, grime or pollution, twice-a-day cleansing is more than adequate for any skin type. Cleansing too often strips your skin of precious natural oils. Not cleansing regularly, particularly before you retire for the night, may lead to build-up and eruptions.

2. Choose a cleanser that is appropriate for your skin type. Do not use soap on facial skin: it can be too harsh and drying and damage skin over time. A too-rich cleanser can clog pores, while a too-dry cleanser can irritate the skin. A cleanser for dry skin should contai…

Use lemon juice to lighten your hair ?

There is an old wives tale that putting lemon juice in your hair and spending a few hours out in the sun will cause your hair to lighten.

Sun exposure will lighten your hair, although very slowly. The acid in lemon juice can help it happen faster. It won't turn dark hair blonde, but it will lighten your hair slightly.

Put some lemon juice on your hair where you want it lighter and go out in the sun. If you have dark brown hair, it probably won't turn blonde but will give you red/auburn highlights. It seems to work best on people who have dirty blonde or light brown hair.

Use it on dirty hair, rather than freshly washed hair. That way the oils in your hair will protect it from the drying effects of lemon juice.

Squeeze the juice out of a few lemons, mix it with a third amount of water and put it in one of those cheap plastic spray bottles. Spray it all over your hair before going outside for all over lightening

Just like real bleach, once the hair has been bleached with sunlight and…

Spring Fashion Tips

1. Spring dresses are definitely the item to have this season. Very much inspired by the 50's and early 60's, you can find vintage or new fashions right on the rack in every major clothing store. Look for little ruffles, flowing fabrics, big buttons and belts.

2. White is everywhere. Be careful with this one as some complexions are not cut out for stark white. If you are nearing middle age, try using white in your accessories instead of brilliant white jackets or skirts. Everyone should be cautious about what we call Minnie Mouse shoes and please don't break out the white pants, skirts and shoes until after Memorial Day. I don't care what anyone says. Some rules are not meant to be broken.
3. Chunky shoes and platform sandals are still the rage this season. Be careful when pairing with your 50's inspired dress or you will look like you came straight from a rummage sale and not the fashionable trendy shops. Of course some might say that is the trend too.
4. Chunky ne…

Special K


Lose up to six pounds in two weeks by eating Special K with skim milk and fruit for two meals each day.

To follow the Special K Diet, eat one cup of one of the Kellogg's Special K cereals with 2/3 cup of skim milk and fruit for breakfast, and again for either lunch or dinner for a total of two weeks. Snack on fruit or vegetables. Special K has also added snack bars, meal replacement bars, and beverages to their diet plans.

Purdue University conducted a study with 28 participants who followed this program and lost up to six pounds over a two-week period. Study participants ate an average of 1,590 calories per day, or 27 percent fewer calories than their usual intake, primarily by cutting their fat intake in half .

Upside of the Special K Diet

Eating Special K cereal with skim milk is a great way to add calcium to your diet, and studies have shown that adequate calcium intake (from food, not necessarily from supplements) helps people lose weight.

Eating breakfast regularly also ai…

Basic step Skincare

Step 1: Cleansing Simple is key here. You need to find a good cleanser that your skin responds well to, and stick with it. (I list the best cleansers for skin types in this article ).

Avoid bar soaps as they tend to dry out the skin. According to Rona Berg, in her book, "Beauty" a French cosmetics executive once told her "soap should only ever touch your skin from the neck down." We agree. According to Berg, most cleansers contain oil, water and "surfactants." The oil dissolves oil on your face, surfactants dissolve dirt and makeup and the water washes it all away. The secret is finding the right mix of oil. (Makes sense to us). Too much on your skin will clog pores, while too little will dry it out. This is why you need to know your skin type.

Be careful not to cleanse too often. Washing at night should do you. While some skincare experts swear you should cleanse skin with creamy cleansers that you wipe off with a tissue, never letting water touch your ski…

Dry skin makeup

Makeup can worsen dry skin conditions therefore dry skin should be prepared for makeup before applying it. It is essential to understand and follow the right methodology to apply makeup for dry skin.

, Exfoliating the skin will remove the dead cells. Therefore exfoliate face, neck and lips before applying makeup.

Moisturize, Moisturize your face after cleansing. Use a rich moisturizer that is non-greasy as oily formulations can clog the pores of the skin.

Primer, Apply a speck of makeup primer specially formulated for dry skin. Start applying from the center of your face outward.

Foundation, Use a liquid foundation, apply small dots and blend it into your skin using a makeup sponge. A base with very fine light-reflective particles will give a natural-look and dewy finish. Foundations with a reasonable degree of oil will retain moisture in the skin.

Concealer, Concealers that are liquid or creamy suit dry skin. Concealers can be used to hide birthmarks, dark spots, pimples and scar…

Darker eyebrows

Dark complexioned women may wonder what they can do to draw more attention to the eye area and enhance their facial features.

Well Groomed Eyebrows

Well groomed eyebrows can draw lots of positive attention to the eyes. Some dark complexioned women may think that they do not have to worry about grooming their eyebrows, but if they take just a few minutes each day, they can achieve a stunning look. A good pair of tweezers and a mirror is all that is required to help shape thick, bushy eyebrows. Or if you do not feel confident plucking your own eyebrows, have your eyebrows shaped by a professional who can either wax, pluck or use the eastern threading procedure to help you achieve the look that you want. Once you have worked on grooming your eyebrows, you can proceed to eyebrow make up that can help bring out your natural beauty.

Old Mascara wand

When your mascara is no longer any use to you, do not throw it away. Keep it for a little while longer. The dried up mascara is just the right cons…

Propecia & Rogaine

Propecia, or finasteride, is the oral drug treatment that works to stop hair loss. The way it works is that it limits the conversion of testosterone to dihydrotestoterone, or DHT. It is DHT that is often to blame for causing hair loss; therefore by limiting the amount of DHT in the body, it works to stop hair loss. Rogaine, or minoxidil, is the topical drug that works to promote new hair growth, as opposed to stopping hair loss. Some people like the convenience of taking Propecia because it is an oral drug, while others have difficulty with its side effects. Some prefer to take Rogaine, however others do not see the desired results from the topical medication

Some ask if the outcome would be better if they combined the use of both drugs. The combination of Propecia and Rogaine is safe for use. There has not been a lot of research done on the use of both medications together, therefore if you are planning on trying this combined therapy to treat hair loss, it is suggested that you consu…

Coconut care for hair

Hair is our crowning glory and to keep it healthy and beautiful just include coconut in your daily life. Have you ever observed women from south India, they have long, thick, dark black hair and flawless complexion. The secret behind this is the liberal use of coconut and its oil in their food and beauty regime. Oiling hair with coconut oil is an age old tradition in India. Coconut oil nourishes the hair from the roots to ensure healthy growth. It has cooling effect on the scalp and is an excellent conditioner, rather a pre-conditioner before shampooing your hair.

Regular use of coconut oil arrests hair fall and strengthens the hair. It also adds gloss and shine to the hair, coconut oil makes the hair softer thereby making it manageable. Coconut oil has the property to penetrate the hair shaft, unlike other oils that remain on the surface of the hair, this oil penetrates three times more than any other oil.

It reaches the hair fibre right upto the cortex, which is like the heart of the …