Table of Contents
IS BEAUTY REALLY ONLY SKIN DEEP?
THE EYES HAVE IT!
HAND IT OFF
THESE FEET WERE MADE FOR WALKIN’
HOW TO AVOID BAD HAIR DAYS
HOW IS YOUR SMILE?
IT’S THE LITTLE THINGS
BEAUTY THROUGHOUT THE AGES
If you think today's obsession with beauty is something new,
think again! Men AND women have been in touch with their bodies
and beauty dating back as far as the ancient Egyptians. The Egyptian's
concern was based as much on pleasing the “gods” of
their time as it was for personal adornment.
In fact, it could be said that
they prepared their bodies more for the “afterlife” than
the current time. All one need do is read about the tombs and mummies
that have been excavated
and study what was found. Lavish pictorial examples reveal
how extravagantly the aristocracy lived their lives.
Just take a look at the detail
the next time you have an opportunity to view Egyptian archaeology
reports. Gold and silver bracelets,
lapis and jade pendants,
rings of gold studded with semi-precious stones. All are evidence of just
how deeply involved the human race is with beauty and adornments.
Many wore wigs and false braids
with jewels threaded through them. Women wore elaborate combs and
pins made of copper,
bronze and silver. Oddly enough,
was considered a more precious metal than gold and was widely used to decorate
boxes and pots where they stored their implements of beauty.
For all of their elaborate trappings,
much of it was not just an attempt at satisfying their vanity.
They held the belief
that certain metals and
tied to powers that were bestowed upon them by the “gods,” so
a great deal of the adornment was steeped in spiritual belief.
Women and men both used a paste
made from copper material to paint their eyes a vivid green. Ochre,
a red clay, was used
to tint their lips.
Ancient Grecians displayed their
vanity through elaborate hairdos. Each hairdo was a visual message
letting you know their age, if they
how far up the socio-economic scale their class. The same practices
up by the Romans.
The ancient Chinese women enjoyed
wearing jewelry as well, choosing gold and jade. Here is another
example of a gemstone that was revered
gold. Jade was available only to the very rich. In fact, in the
very days, common citizens caught with Imperial Jade were liable
to be executed! Only the imperial family were allowed to access
to the precious jade because they were thought to have mythical
power and any man with jade will have wisdom and woman great beauty.
The next time you hold a thought
in your mind that we are peopled with a society more focused on
beauty than any other in history,
we come by
it naturally. . .from our ancestors!
IS BEAUTY REALLY SKIN DEEP?
answer is yes and no. It’s a paradox, isn’t
it? True beauty begins from the inside out. Don’t you wish
there were some way to “wriggle your nose” and regain
that soft skin you had as a child? Well, until someone comes
up with the true “Fountain of Youth,” we
are stuck with what we have.
The best route to healthy skin
is to take care of what you have. Sounds simple, doesn’t
it? The truth is that your skin takes a beating from the environment
every single day.
Here are some of our favorite tips for keeping your skin
fresh and healthy:
1. Stay hydrated, and drink plenty
of water! That doesn’t
mean soda, caffeine or any other type of liquid even if
it is low cal. Soda (even diet soda) has
a high concentration of sodium. Sodium retains fluids.
You need fluid that will hydrate and flush your body free of toxins.
Make sure you are drinking at least
8 glasses a day!
2. Protect your skin from harmful
ultra violet (UV) rays. We all love the sun. We love being in it
and we love
beautiful tan. The
is you can
poison yourself with too much sunshine. UV rays cause
skin cancer, and if that isn’t bad enough, it causes
your skin to age faster than it should, contributing to unsightly
wrinkles. If you must play in the sun, make certain you are
an adequate sun screen. Don’t leave home without
3. Apply your sun screen even
if you only make a quick trip to the grocery store. Yes, you can
UV rays even
4. When you purchase sun screen,
make certain you are buying the right tool for the job. There are
UV rays and
they don’t all affect
our skin in the same ways. The time of year also
has a bearing on how much damage the sun can do to
your skin. Altitude is
another important factor. UV rays are
more intense at high altitudes. Sunshine alone is
not the culprit. You can do just as much damage to
your skin (or in some cases
even more) on a cloudy day!
5. Don’t forget sun screen
for your lips. They want to be healthy too!
6. Apply your sunscreen BEFORE
going outdoors and allow plenty of time for it to adequately absorb
7. Read the labels on skin care
products. The truth is that some ingredients may do more harm than
are listed, the more
potential harm they can do to your skin. Here
is a list of some
of the common ingredients
found in skin care products that have the potential
to irritate your skin:
Citrus juices and oils
Melissa (lemon balm)
Sodium C14-16 olefin sulfate
Sodium lauryl sulfate
8. There are a few ingredients
that are totally banned by the Food and Drug Administration
and should be
Zirconium complexes in aerosol cosmetics
Methyl methacrylate monomer in nail products
9. Keep your skin clean. Use
a soft warm cloth. Skin does not require scrubbing. You will
do more harm
if you do.
10. Exfoliate dead skin cells
11. Create your own facial masks.
Here are a couple of excellent masks that you
can create with ingredients
right from your
with skim milk and apply. Eggs: A raw
egg yolk makes an excellent face mask. Try
to the egg
a change of pace.
Mayonnaise makes another terrific face
mask and will leave your skin feeling very
12. Try a milk of magnesia facial.
Apply directly from the bottle and leave
on for 5 to 10 minutes
13. Moisturize dry skin with
essential oils. A combination of juniper, cypress,
work as an astringent
will leave your skin
feeling tighter. If your skin is
extra dry, premix the essential oils with
a teaspoon of carrier
oil (mineral oil) and ad
cup of milk or a tablespoon of honey
to give you added moisturizing.
14. If you have particularly
sensitive skin, try a Pepto Bismol facial.
Apply with a soft
from the bottle;
just as it
stomach, it will sooth your skin.
Cover your face and
neck and allow it to dry before
15. Use an antioxidant cream.
You are bombarded every day with
environmental toxins that
attack the surface
In fact most damage
to the skin can be attributed
radicals. When you expose yourself
to toxins like
air pollution, free radical production
increases. Apply an antioxidant
skin before applying your sun
16. If you have oily skin, only
apply a toner in the T zone,
17. The best cure for wrinkles
is to never have them in
the first place!
If you are
of us, you
to your Mom when she tried
to tell you to stay in the
shade, stand up straight
and stop squinting!
18. Unlike Cleopatra, we
live in the nuclear age
a thing of
the past. Consider “laser
skin resurfacing.” It
is supposed to work for
those fine lines and wrinkles
of any depth. This technique
of the “light swords” in
the Star Wars movies. It
literally zaps and vaporizes
away the lines and wrinkles.
The procedure is conducted
doctor's office and it’s
said that you heal within
a week or so. Expensive?
Yes. Fast? Yes, much faster
chemical peels or dermabrasion.
19. If your budget won’t
handle laser skin resurfacing you might try a skin peel. There
are several types. There’s dermabrasion as we mentioned.
This procedure literally
sands the top few layers of your skin off, just like refinishing
furniture! It’s done with a wire brush that
rotates and is said to
remove even deep wrinkles.
20. Maybe you would prefer
something a bit less
abrasive, pardon the
pun. If so,
peel. This process
is accomplished using
and is for moderately
deep wrinkles. There
with the acid
procedure. It isn’t
as stable as the laser
there is less control
of the acid solution.
21. Have a glycolic
or beta peel. This
do much for your
wrinkles, but if
you are only looking
to improve general
skin tone, this is
the one for
22. Try Retin A.
If you want to
see a smoothing
glow that will
give your skin
then this is the
route to go.
23. You can avoid
all the nastiness
by choosing collagen
with this choice
is it is
just a few months,
so you have to
24. Stop shaving
your legs and
use hot wax.
25. Mix up
with a smashed
to your face
for a great