Bedroom Decoration Tips You Must Implement

Are you quite tired of waking up to the same environment? The same old plain walls that offer nothing to your imagination other than a white sheet canvas to express itself; the same old step-weathered carpet; the same positions for everything that have been unchanged ever since you moved in. If yes, then you apparently need some bedroom refreshing to do. The ways to decorate the bedroom can only be limited by your creativity, so just find it within yourself to gather some ideas for decorating. Here are some tips that might help.

Repaint.

Always have a clean sheet to start with. And since this is your bedroom, feel free to personalize it all you like. Pick the color you like best, pick the color – or even colors, why have a limit at all? – that reflect your personality. Be it the white neutral colors of the people who like to fill in the blanks with their imagination, or the darker shades of the melancholic types, or even the vibrant colors of the social, hyperactive, and energetic people, just pick what suits you best and start painting.

Clean.

After the paint dries off, it is time for some cleaning. Take out the duster, wipes, and vacuum, and go wild. Do not forget to go from top to bottom so that you do not have to do carpet cleaning twice – once before you start, and once after you drop all the dust and cobwebs on the clean carpet. You might want to put a good medium-stiff bristled brush to work on the carpet to clean up all the hairs. You would be amazed at how many of them there will be.

Alternatively, you could go with a dependable and professional cleaning agency to take care of your bedroom cleaning, or why not even house cleaning while they are at it. The professional cleaners will get your house clean in no time, and in a much faster rate than you can.

Add.

Add new items to your bedroom, like a desk for a PC, or some shelves for your favorite or about-to-be-read books. Add a painting or two, or maybe a poster of your favorite actor or musician to add some life to those walls (yes, sometimes you can take advice from your kids for decorations).

Replace.

Improve on the old stuff. Replace some furniture with better, or wilder-looking ones. Replace the night lamp with something fresher or more interesting than the same old night lamp you have seen everywhere – like a lava lamp!

With this your bedroom will have a fresh new beginning, and you can feel free to add whatever you feel right. And do experiment all you like – it is your bedroom, after all.

Restyle.

After all the cleaning and repainting, start to think style. Find a new place for the bed – the enclosed corner of the room, or the center spot to have a room focus, your choice. Find a new place for the wardrobe and dresser, and while you are on it, why not organize it so that clothes-finding is not an issue during this season.

The latest trend in home styling are the themed bedrooms. You can choose among various themes like vintage theme, classy theme, funky theme, garden theme, Contemporary theme, open sky theme and what not. Select the one that goes with your mood, and choose furniture, curtains, wall color, flat sheets accordingly to make you feel new. Are you ready?

How Custom Rugs Can Finish the Perfect Interior

Any interior designer will tell you that in order to make a room stand out and look exceptional there has to be some form of statement, whether it be particularly bold colours, an intriguing focal point or unique works of art. To achieve a designer look the room needs to be well designed but also different, otherwise it can appear too clinical. People aspire to magazine worthy interiors, but they also want to feel like they are at home.

There are various ways to achieve a personalised touch on a home or office interior, the most obvious would be to use pictures of family or friends however this can often detract from the professional appearance that was sought in the first place. Art, whether it is fine art hung on the wall, sculptures or pottery can be used to add a sense of identity and self. The problem with art is that, for many it is less accessible, unless we have a vivid interest in the subject it is unlikely that we will identify with an individual piece, and if we do, budget requirements may very well get in the way. Antique or heirloom furniture is a great way of adding something personal to a room but is reliant on not only availability of said but it fitting with the interior. Something that has been made by yourself or family can be a great focal point, if the skill is there. One solution is to commission a bespoke or custom piece, a simple and effective way of doing so is the creation of a custom rug.

Most living areas and many work spaces already utilise rugs to add warmth, colour, texture and design, so in many ways a custom rug it is the perfect item to personalise. Involvement in the design process can also the design to be personalised without the skill needed to make something with your own hands. There are limits to what can be created, however the very fact that you have worked alongside a manufacturer to produce the design makes it unique, personal and, if done right, perfect for the interior.

Custom and bespoke rugs can be made to any size, shape, and colour. Tones from existing furniture or fabrics can be used to match and blend and the design can follow the flow of the room or stand out to be a talking point and central focal point to the room. In terms of budget, while a rug made to custom requirements may cost more than most standard rugs, the expense is in some ways reduced by the fact that there is not a need to purchase a standard rug and a separate focal point or personalised piece to finish the room.

Love-Rugs is a leading UK supplier of custom and bespoke rugs, supplying completely unique and made-to-measure rugs from £145 per square metre.

The 5 Minute Guide to AHA Anti Aging Skin Care Products

Effects of products containing AHAs
AHAs is an abbreviation for Alpha-hydroxy acids, also termed fruit acids in the beauty industry. This is one ingredient that definitely has effects – its has been proven to have an exfoliation effect on the top layer of skin (1).

The benefits for consumers are mostly touted as improvement in the skins texture, colour (sometimes paraphrased as ‘glow’), unclogged pores. Beauty writer Paula Begoiun also reckons using products containing AHAs may lead to better uptake of moisturisers (2).

How does it work?
The exfoliation effect on the outermost layer dead skin cells results in increased cellular activity. Dead cells at the ‘top’ of skin are exfoliated due to reaction with the AHA. This means new cells from deeper within the epidermis make it to the surface at a greater ‘turnover rate’ than normal. Et voila – you have both the effect and the advertising copy around ‘cellular renewal’.
There are 5 types of Alpha-hydroxy acids, probably the most common is glycolic acid. Anti aging products containing AHAs are likely to have a concentration of 5-10% (although check the label – if the percentage is listed!).

Use-at-home products aren’t the only application for AHAs – there are also professional treatments using high concentrations (say 70% or more). Dubbed the ‘chemical peel’ in the press, it should rejuvenate skin. It has potentially immediate effects, such as temporary skin reddening and really is something a trained professional should administer. It can also have a few odd side effects, such as making cold sores (Herpes Simplex 1) flare up in susceptible individuals. How good is it? The British Association of Cosmetic Doctors (3) are refreshingly down to earth on this one, stating clearly it won’t give you “25 year old skin” at 50, but it should help skin look, well, rejuvenated.

Controversy
You’ll note the mention of temporary redness under side effects for the professional version. Redness is generally found in medical textbooks as a cardinal sign of inflammation. The skin is undergoing an inflammatory reaction and may well be achieving its ‘plumped’ up look via the same mechanism providing the concentration is adequate in over-the-counter products.This isn’t a secret in the beauty industry, but the effects of long term use are not studied as yet (4).

Important Disclaimer: NONE of the above advice can be a substitute for medical or professional skin care advice – please only consult qualified general medical and/ or dermatology physicians for serious skin complaints.
References (where [online] these are linked from our site):
1. American Food and Drug Administration. (2009). Alpha Hydroxy Acids in Cosmetics. [online] Washington: Department of Health and Human Services.
2. Begoiun, P. (2004). The Complete Beauty Bible: The Ultimate Guide To Smart Beauty. Rodale. P.99.
3. British Association of Cosmetic Doctors (2009). Chemical peels (Glycolic peels). [online].
4. American Food and Drug Administration. (2009). The Office of Women’s Health Scientific Research Program: Abstracts. [online] Washington: Department of Health and Human Services

Beauty Secrets of the Bible Book Review

Beauty Secrets and the Bible – The Ancient Arts of Beauty and Fragrance by Ginger Garrett

In this book, author Ginger Garrett introduces women to the beauty and health secrets of our ancient sisters. While few people would think of the Bible as a book of diet or health, much less beauty, Garrett shows us otherwise. She claims that ancient women had a similar desire as modern women do to be as attractive as they can. She exposes facts about the health and beauty industry that have become increasingly concerned about: that the products we slather on our skin on a daily basis are not only unregulated, but are often toxic and unsafe.

As an alternative, she offers recommendations and tips for beauty treatments that are straight out of the pages of the Bible. They are so simple that they seem almost too good to be true. For example, using one drop of honey on damp skin instead of expensive moisturizers. Interestingly, this one tip is recommended by a hot Hollywood makeup artist!

The book does a good job of using modern scientific evidence to prove the efficacy of these simple treatments. As an example, vinegar was a staple of ancient times. We now know that vinegar helps the body keep a stable blood sugar and slows the absorption of carbohydrates. Another example is flax, which featured heavily in the diets of ancient women. Flax acts as an anti-inflammatory, which has the effect of slowing aging.

The first chapter of the book helps the reader to reevaluate her current ideas around beauty by using scripture and meditation. This part of the book may not interest you if you are not religious, but it might just get you thinking about our modern cultural ideals around beauty.

Chapter Two gets to the heart of why so many women have weight issues, and what to do about it. Chapter Three points to the dangers of modern cosmetic ingredients and Chapters Four through Seven offers you safer, natural alternatives and recipes for totally safe yet spa worthy beauty regimens. To top if off, she offers instructions on how to host a Bible Secrets of the Bible spa party. If you love to make your own beauty treatments, you will love this book.

Kitchen Cabinet Suppliers Can Make Renovations Easier

Some cherish the old wooden cupboards of the past and quickly replaced by others. When considering a kitchen makeover, contact a kitchen cabinet supplier early in the process. Cabinets are the center of attraction so make a well-informed decision.

Cabinets

Standard off the shelf cabinets can still be high quality with the right materials and assembly. Whether a person prefers clean, contemporary lines, mission styles, or traditional there are plenty of cabinets to choose from. The finishes and colors available are numerous, including dark or light colors, wood tones, or painted surfaces, and all combinations thereof. Contact an experienced kitchen cabinet supplier to explore all your options.

The cabinet doors may be clear or frosted glass, solid wood, or open shelves. Glass fronts are pretty and make the kitchen feel more open, however, they show all the clutter so use them to display china, not canned goods. Open shelves are more accessible than ever, but if not well organized they can appear untidy.

Some customers know what they want and prefer custom made cabinets to add that extra flair to their kitchen. This is particularly the case if the kitchen area is an unusual shape and the plan is to use every inch possible. Some homeowners prefer custom made cabinets to inject their personal uniqueness and with the help of a kitchen cabinet supplier success is virtually guaranteed.
Corner cabinets can cost you cargo space unless a Lazy Susan or turntable is incorporated.

Turntables that come entirely out of the corner are relatively new on the market; these add ease of use and function to an otherwise uncomfortable or dead space.

Small spaces between cabinets or appliances are a perfect place to add pull out shelves for small items such as spices. Ask your kitchen cabinet supplier how to include them in the initial plans and how wide they can be.

Other accessories include surprises such as cookware organizer drawers for pots and pans or tilt out shelves on sink fronts for sponges. How convenient would it be to have a trash container pull out that holds two vessels? These are the little luxuries a makeover can provide for pennies on the dollar, ask a kitchen cabinet supplier for the details.

Hardware

The hardware will have a significant effect on the overall picture too. Using a rustic style knob may conflict with a modern theme. Transitional styled tools are mostly combined configurations either in color or form. Hardware finishes define the cabinet style by using zinc, steel, brushed aluminum, or pewter. Take time to compare them with the cabinets chosen.

Don’t forget to include the hood, and consider adding extra storage. Storage can be added too, an island that offers seating and multiple drawers or a large area with inside organizers is one way to fill that need.

Kitchen cabinet suppliers make selecting the most desirable cabinets easy and affordable. They will assist clients with design ideas to achieve the look they want and remain within the budget.

Know what to look for, and be sure to ask if top manufacturers handcraft them. Ask what materials they’re made of and what inside accessories can be added to capture the best use of space. Good looks and functionality are important especially in the heart of the house.

Toxic Beauty – Are the Chemicals in Your Cosmetics Taking a Toll on Your Health?

If you look at the ingredients of every skin-care product you currently own or almost all supposed “healthy” and expensive skin-care products sold in any store, you will find a combination of the following dangerous, chemical and synthetic ingredients. Please keep in mind that when you use ANYTHING on your skin or hair, ALL of the ingredients absorb into your body. Skin absorption is so potent that an increasing number of medicines are in patch form.

Your family’s trusted soap, shampoo & toothpaste; the bubble bath and lotion your baby uses every day; your favourite face cream, lipstick, perfume and cleanser; and for the men –
your shaving cream, aftershave lotion, hair gel and even face scrub may all be cancer causing or carcinogenic.

Greater exposure from skin absorption

Your skin is the largest living organ of your body and many cancer-causing chemicals can be absorbed through it into the bloodstream. Research at the University of Pittsburgh shows that twice as much toxic chemicals can enter our body through the skin as through the intestine. Cosmetic and personal care products are most certainly absorbed through the skin.

Dr. Mercola says “putting chemicals on your skin is actually far worse than ingesting them, because when you eat something the enzymes in your saliva and stomach help break down and flush it out of your body. When you put these chemicals on your skin, however, it is absorbed straight into your blood stream without filtering of any kind”.

The average woman absorbs over 5Lbs of ingredients from face and body-care products (excluding cosmetics) into her bloodstream over 60 years. Parabens have been shown to mimic oestrogen and may lead to an increased risk of developing cancer. British researchers have found traces of these chemicals in tissue taken from women with breast cancer. While there is no evidence that the parabens cause the cancers, tests suggest that chemicals do seep into the tissue after being applied to the skin.

According to a study quoted in The Safe Shopper’s Bible, 13% of the cosmetic preservative, butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT) & 49% of the carcinogenic pesticide DDT (which is found in some cosmetics containing lanolin, is absorbed through the skin. Some chemicals like saccharin and fluoride in toothpaste can be ingested during use.

Applying creams and oils is NO DIFFERENT from eating them, because they enter the blood-stream regardless if they are ingested in the mouth or absorbed through the skin! If you want to experience how quickly your skin absorbs everything just rub garlic on the sole of your foot and wait 20 minutes to taste it in your mouth. So why don’t you rub something good into your skin? There are hundreds of chemicals in skin and body care products, which are harmful. The 10 most common ones are listed below:

A list of the most common chemical ingredients found in beauty products

Parabens (Methyl-, Propyl-, Butyl-, Ethyl-): Some combination of these synthetic ingredients are in almost EVERY skin and hair product made today. Widely known to be highly toxic and cause allergic/skin reactions. Companies use this dangerous ingredient, because it is extremely cheap and extends the shelf life of the product by inhibiting microbial growth. It has shown to be teratogenic in mouse studies and may contain 1,4-dioxane, which is a carcinogen.

Propylene glycol (1,2-Propanediol): is used as avent, humectant and skin-conditioning agent found in most shampoos, conditioners and lotions. It is a petroleum
derivative, the major ingredient in industrial anti-freeze, brake & hydraulic fluids. A carcinogen, teratogen and suspected neuron-toxic hazard. Linked to skin irritation,
provokes acne, gastro-intestinal disturbances, nausea, headaches & vomiting. Over exposure can cause liver abnormalities and kidney damage.

DMDM Hydrantoin A Petro-chemical used as an anti-freeze in cars.

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS): and the alcohol form of SLS. Sodium laureth sulfate (SLES) Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate (ALS). A detergent and emulsifier which strips the skin of its natural
oils, interfering with the skin’s barrier function and making it easier for other chemicals to get through. Japanese studies have found SLS to be a mutagen. According to toxicologists,
any chemical capable of causing mutations (that is it can alter DNA) is likely to increase the risk of cancer. The real danger with this chemical is that it can react with other chemicals
used in cosmetics to form nitrates. Nitrates are known cancer-causing agents. According to experts, once nitrates have formed, they can enter the bloodstream in large numbers from
shampooing, and from using bubble bath, shower gels and facial cleansers. SLS & SLES are reportedly the only known cleansing agent to enter the blood system.

Sodium Laureth Sulfate is considered milder than Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate but contains 1,4 dioxane, a carcinogen. A foaming agent and one of the most commonly used chemicals
found in cosmetics. Also used in car washes, engine degreasers, garage floor cleaners and other products, which need foaming. It is absorbed by the skin and can cause damage
to skin, liver, brain, lung, heart and eyes. Can also damage the immune system and cause hair loss.

Health Hazards have been known about SLS & SLES for many years as stated in the journal of American College of Toxicology (1983), they include tissue damage that could result
in brain, liver, heart and lung damage in the long term, eye damage, degradation of the immune system, sever skin irritation, hair loss and eczema. When absorbed through the skin
SLS maintains residual body levels in the heart, liver, lungs and brain. Further reference see Dangerous Beauty Cosmetic & Personal care: Peter Dingi & Toni Brown 1999.

Fragrance: today’s perfumes are not made from flowers but from chemicals, 95% of which are synthetic compounds derived from petroleum. Just one perfume can contain more than
500 chemicals and can cause dizziness, skin irritation and hyper-pigmentation. The words fragrance free aren’t a safeguard either, as smell-masking chemicals may have been
added instead. Benzene, aldehyde, toluene, methylene chloride, limonene, benzyl acetate, aniline-D5, safrole, dimethyl sulfate all found by the US EPA, NTP & House of
Representatives Committee on Science & Technology to be carcinogenic. Butanol (group 1-, 2-, and Tert-), fragrances are highly neuron-toxic. Irritating to the eyes, nose
and throat. Can trigger an asthmatic reaction in previously healthy people.

Artificial Colours: Labeled as FD&C or D&C, followed by colour numbers such as FDC Red 4, FDC Red 1, or Food Red 1. These are band in all foods as they are known causes of
urinary bladder polyps and wasting of the adrenal glands. But they can still be used in cosmetics! FD&C Blue No.1 is a known carcinogen. FD&C Yellow No.5 (CI 19140) & 6
(CI 15985) & D&C No.33 (CI 17200, impurities found in commercial batches of these colours have been shown to cause cancer not only when ingested, but also when applied to
the skin. Some artificial coal tar colours also contain heavy metal impurities, including arsenic and lead, which are carcinogenic.

Petrolatum: petroleum based chemicals exude synthetic estrogen which are called Xeno Estrogens. These bad estrogens are absorbed through the skin and accumulate in our organs.
They also affect our respiratory system and can play havoc with the hormone balance. Petrochemicals are used in artificial colours, plastic, polyester, foam rubber, cosmetics,
perfumes, formaldehyde, toothpastes, mouthwashes, hair sprays, shampoos, lotions and preservatives (that go in cosmetics as well as food).

Triethanolamine (TEA)/Diethanolamine (DEA), Monoethanolamine (MEA): are the most commonly used chemicals in cosmetics. Used as a lathering agent and to adjust the pH in
cleansers, soaps, moisturising lotions and creams, shampoos and conditioners. Readily absorbed through the skin and accumulated in organs. One study found that the topical
application of DEA in rodents resulted in anemia, kidney degeneration, and nerve damage to the brain and spinal cord. (Melnick et al., 1994) Even more disturbing was that
several animals died before the study ended. High concentrations of DEA-based detergents are commonly used in a wide range of cosmetics and personal care products, including
shampoos, hair dyes & conditioners, lotions, creams and bubble baths. Lifelong use of these products clearly poses avoidable cancer risks to consumers, particularly babies
and young children. DEA related ingredients such as Stearamide DEA, Lauramide DEA, Cocamide DEA are widely used in a variety of cosmetic products. These ingredients function
as emulsifiers or foaming agents.

Imidazolidinyl Urea and Diazolidinyl Urea: Used as a preservative, but a primary cause of contact dermatitis. You might see these toxic chemicals under the names
Germall II and Germall 115, which release formaldehyde at just over 10°.

Formaldehyde: A preservative used in many cosmetics especially nail hardeners and nail polish, which causes negative skin reactions. If it isn’t listed as formaldehyde
then look for formaldehyde derived imidazolidinyl urea, diazolidinyl urea, 2-bromo-2-nitropane-1, 3-diol, DMDM hydantoin, and quarternium 15.

A carcinogen and irritant to the respiratory system and skin, causes dizziness, headaches, chest pain and weakens the immune system. The chemical name is Formalin (usually
the name used on nail polish labels in preference to formaldehyde. Used as a preservative in shampoos, baby washes, mascara, creams, bubble baths, anti-dandruff shampoos and
some deodorants.

Behentrimonium Chloride: Toxic ammonia compound. Ingestion can be fatal. Concentrations as low as 0.1% can be irritating to the eyes and cause necrosis (tissue death)
of mucus membranes.

Titanium, Zirconium, Benzalkonium, Bismuth, Antimony (*1), Barium (*2), Aluminum, Tin, Chromium, Benzene & PCBs: According to Dr. Hulda Reghi Clark, all of these
ingredients are extremely dangerous. *1 – Breast cancer cases show Titanium, Zirconium, Benzalkonium, Bismuth, Antimony, and Aluminum accumulation in the breast. *2 -Barium
is described in the Merck Index as a “caution”. ALL water or acid soluble Barium is POISONOUS! 10ed. P.139, 1983. Aluminium, found in the majority of deodorants and
anti-perspirants. Results of WHO studies link regular use of aluminum based deodorants to an increased risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.

Mineral oil: This is a mixture of refined liquid hydrocarbons derived from petroleum. It coats the skin like plastic wrap, which interferes with the skin’s natural immune
barrier and limits the skin’s ability to breathe and release toxins. It also slows down skin function and cell development, resulting in premature ageing. Also known as
paraffin, paraffin oil, paraffinum liquidum. Found in baby lotions, face creams, eyeshadows, eye brow pencils, sorbolene products and hair products.

Saccharin: used as a flavouring agent-this is a synthetic compound derived from coal tar. It has been shown to cause bladder cancer in animal studies. Research has shown
that this chemical promotes the cancer-causing effects of other carcinogens.

Talc: Cosmetic talc is reportedly carcinogenic as it can be contaminated with asbestos fibres, which can be inhaled when applying makeup. (There is no safe level of
asbestos exposure). Clear evidence exists that inhaling talc and using it in the genital area causes ovarian cancer and urinary tract disorders as well as respiratory
distress in infants.

Coal tar: Often shows on labels as FD&C, or D&C colours, it is derived from petroleum and linked to asthma attacks, headaches, nausea, fatigue, nervousness and lack of
concentration. Coal Tar contains petrochemicals such as benzene, xylene, toluene, and also heavy metal salts. Coal Tar is a known carcinogen increasing risks of skin lung,
scrotum and skin cancer. Often found in Lipsticks, eyeshadows, face creams and perfumes.

BNPD: also known as 2-bromo-2-nitropropane-1, 3-diol or Bronopol, Onyxide 500. An anti-microbial agent that releases formaldehyde and nitrates. Probably carcinogenic
and mutagenic and can cause contact dermatitis. This chemical poses similar hazards for nitrosamine formation when combined with TEA or DEA, according to the SAFE Shopper’s Bible.

“PEG”: ingredients, “-eth” ingredients, “-oxynol-” ingredients, Polyethylene, polyethylene glycol, polyoxyethylene, Polysorbate 60 & 80: According to the FDA
cosmetics containing detergents, foaming agents, emulsifiers and certain solvents with all these names may be contaminated with 1,4 dioxane, which has been shown
to produce cancer of the liver and nasal tumors in animal tests, as well as systemic cancer in skin painting tests. According to the US Environmental Protection
Agency (EPA), 1,4-dioxane can be absorbed through the skin.

Butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA): one of the 10 most commonly used preservatives in cosmetics. Is listed as a carcinogen in U.S.A. and interferes with estrogen levels
(a xenoestrogen) by blocking the estrogen receptors. It is also absorbed through the skin and stored in the body.

Butylated Hydroxytoluene (BHT): a preservative derived from Coal tar dye and petroleum. Banned in Sweden. Much more toxic than BHA. Is carcinogenic and teratogenic.
Can cause dermatitis or rashes, asthma attacks and breathing problems, fatigue, liver stress and much more. It is absorbed through the skin.

Fluoride: Sodium monofluorophosphate, sodium fluoride. an ingredient commonly found in toothpaste, it is a poison to humans when ingested over a long period, as it accumulates
in body tissues. “Fluoride a known carcinogen & teratogen, decreases fertility in women and is not approved by the FDA in the US. Fluoride has been removed from various animal
feeds because it was causing birth defects in the offspring. The growing scientific consensus is that fluoride provides no benefit to the teeth but does cause damage to the
bones and organs of the body.” P. Dingle. Cosmetic & Personal Care, Dangerous Beauty. 1999. pp17.

Triclosan: Widely used in toothpaste and mouthwash-is linked to the increase in antibiotic-resistant ‘superbugs’. Drinking mouthwash containing alcohol and fluoride is a major
source of poisoning among children.

Carageenan: is considered a possible human carcinogen by the WHO. Most toothpastes contain this chemical and it is better to err on the side of caution and avoid using it.

What you DO want in your beauty products……

Vitamin E: An antioxidant that helps the skin fight sun and pollution damage. May be labeled as d-alpha tocopherol (the natural form of vitamin E). A natural preservative.

Vitamin C: (ascorbic acid). A natural preservative and antioxidant that stimulates collagen and promotes elastin tissue growth.

Oatmeal: Soothes skin; relieves itching and inflammation.

Lecithin: An extract from soya beans (organic suppliers reject the GM variety) used to moisturize the skin; a natural humectant (attracts moisture to the skin).

Calendula: Assists skin regeneration and healing. Anti-inflammatory; eases skin irritations.

Chamomile: A calming, gentle herb that is good for healing sensitive skin.

Witch Hazel: A herb with good astringent and toning properties.

Cucumber: The extract has a cooling and softening effect on hard, roughened skin.

Ginseng: Skin rejuvenator.

Aloe Vera: A gentle healing and anti-inflammatory herb.

Rosehip: A natural emollient that restores the skin’s acid balance.

Horsetail: This herb is used for acne and eczema. It is also a good hair strengthener.

Lavender: A good healing agent for psoriasis and eczema.

Panthenol (pro-vitamin B5): A natural emollient which keeps skin moist.

Peppermint: Anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, and good for regulating oily skin.

Lemongrass: Good for mild forms of acne and minor skin infections.

Vitamin A: Palmitate A natural preservative.

Xanthan Gum: A natural emulsifier.

Rosewater: A natural perfume.

Things You Should Consider When Remodeling The Kitchen

The kitchen reflects lifestyle and should also be good enough to accommodate all cooking needs. Today the kitchen is much more than just a cooking space, it can be where you dine with your family too. Open plan kitchens have become very popular and when you have everything sorted out, you will love the beautiful addition that is your kitchen to your living space. If you do not like the way your kitchen looks now, you can always have it remodeled to suit your preferences.

Kitchen remodeling contractors offer very good services to help you create a beautiful cooking space complete with enough storage and space. Modern kitchens are colorful and designed in such a way that they match with the décor of your home. Here are some of the most important elements you should consider when remodeling the kitchen.

Space available – A spacious kitchen is easier to design and it will also give you a pleasant time getting everything organized. The size of the space you have in the kitchen should be used to decide what layout is most suitable. Your designer can help you come up with a solid plan for the remodeling so you are able to make choices that suit the square footage that you have available.

Existing layout – Sometimes all you need is to make a few changes to the existing layout to have your dream kitchen, but in others, you might not like anything about the layout hence may need to even have the doors and windows replaced. Modifications to the existing layout are much easier and cheaper than having to replace almost everything. Call in an expert contractor and sell your idea to them so they can decide whether it is possible to work with existing layout or not to achieve your expected results. Think about what works and what doesn’t work with the current layout to make right decisions.

Kitchen layout options – Kitchen remodels can be transforming to your layout and you must think about the layout options that you have. Of course the amount of space available will determine what kitchen layouts are possible. The most common layout options that you have include one wall which is an ultimate space saver, gallery or walk through layout that works for small spaces, L-shaped layout that maximizes corner spaces and eliminated traffic, U-shaped that flows traffic around your kitchen island, island and peninsula layouts. Your contractor should be able to get yourself familiar with the options and help you decide the best for your home and space.

Infrastructure – The age of the building or the kitchen can expose you to other concerns during the remodeling process. Think about how possible it is for the structure to accommodate everything you want to install as you remodel and additional works that might be needed in the space to achieve your desired results. For instance, will the remodeling project have an effect on the walls, ceilings and floors? If yes, can you accommodate the additional needs?

Vancouver kitchen remodeling services can transform your cooking space into an inviting relaxing space. You only need to make the right decisions and work with the professionals.

Beauty Beyond Physical Appearance

Discount deals on beauty products and body sculpting procedures are all over the internet and on TV attracting millions of men and women who crave for youthful look and skin. High-tech methods are now evolving like laser technology to meet the rising needs of people from head to toe make over.

Most of these advertisements are tempting but can also be considered as luxury if you don’t know how to control it. And people that are attached to it became more and more conscious about how they look and how others will compliment their clothes and how it matches their shoes and bags and the likes that may deposit insecurity and covetousness in the mind and heart which they may not be aware of.

These anti-aging methods and beauty products are only means of enhancing and caring for our face and body to boost up self esteem and self confidence but wanting it more than anything else is dangerous. But is it really bad to desire beauty? No. However, locking your attention to it and criticizing others thinking that you are better, is undeniably bad.

These anti-aging products can hide or lessen wrinkles and skin blemishes but it cannot remove the trace of anger in the face of a person living in resentment and rage. And how do you obtain true beauty? The answer is simple. Go back to the Maker of the beauty of creation. Take a look on what The Scripture says about true beauty:

In 1 Peter 3:3-4, “Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewelry and fine clothes. Instead, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.”

The Bible teaches us that true beauty is not based on outward appearance but from within. And that beauty is unfading and values more in the eyes of God. A hilarious story talks about a man meeting a beautiful woman one fine night. Captured by her beauty, the man decided to marry her after a short period of time of dating. On the night of their honeymoon, the man was shocked because the woman removes something from her body one after another. First, her eyelashes, next her contact lens, then her long hair, and finally, her teeth!

Funny it is but true. Physical appearance is deceiving as we can also read in Proverbs 31:30 but the inward beauty of gentleness and meekness which gives a special glow in the face of a person having this is unfading. This beauty cannot be replaced by beauty products but can only be obtained through staying close to God and keeping his Word because there are scars that can only be healed by coming to God who heals the broken-hearted and binds up wounds which cannot be restored by cosmetics and surgery.