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Thursday, August 28, 2008

Care for your feet

Often we don't pay attention to this part of the body, just because they are located down there.
You must allocate your time even 5 minutes to take care of your feet and toes.
This part supports your body the whole day, in the shoes - cramping, even we walk around the house in bare feet.

There are options for you to care for your feet, you can do it by yourself or just go to your favorite salon/spa.

I remember one time I got foot spa service when I was in Seoul. Gosh, for 45 minutes service, it cost me USD 35!
While in Bali, it cost around USD 5-10, of course there's some different style in the treatment. In Jakarta, I have my favorite salon. There I get foot reflexology, or just pedicure treatment. It's separate treatments.

Here is a simple foot treatment, where you can do it at home, while watching your favorite TV program:
1. Prepare a bucket of warm water, put 1-2 tablespoon of bath salt, or use 2-3 drops Faithful Feet Aromatic FootSpa Concentrate. Soak in your feet for 15 minutes.
2. After that, brush you feet, this is to clean the skin and nails, and lift up dead cells. Wash up and dry with towel.
3. Give feet a massage, use Faithful Feet Massage Oil Natural massage oil that contains grapefruit and ginger essential oil to soothe your tired feet.
Place the bottle in a receptacle of hot (not boiling) water to warm. Pour approximately 5 ml onto hands and massage slowly and gently onto the feet for 5 - 10 minutes.

Then, you are ready to sleep with a fresh feeling in your feet and legs.

Friday, August 22, 2008

Natural Personal Care Products for Our Body

As you understand how to choose personal body care carefully and why we need to do that, it's time to decide which brand you will go with.

There are lots of manufacturers offer natural skin care and body care products. Remember, we don't want instant result (as usually the products contain dangerous chemical elements), we want to treat our skin and body for long term of period.

Here are my favorites natural skin care and body care products:
1. Moea, from Tahitian Noni International
This is a spa product line made from noni fruit. It consists of Sugar Scrub, Body Butter, and Body Soufle

2. TePoema, from Tahitian Noni International
Another product line made from noni fruit. It has regime for normal to oily skin and normal to dry skin.
It functions as micro swelling defense. Our skin expose to air, sun, and pollutions, making the skin swells, this process happens everyday, continuously. Our elastic skin becomes loosen.
There are three steps using TePoema:
Step 1 - detox and purify
Step 2 - equalize and prepare
Step 3 - improve and repair
Finish - nourish and protect

3. Sweet Sunnah natural herbal cosmetics
It is made of black seed. The function is not only for skin care but also treat some disorders. Black seed is phytotherapuetic (herbal medicine) and has been known to reduce your risk to illness and disease by strengthening your immune system and protecting your body’s most important organs.
Here are some of the products you can pick:
a. Black Seed Body Care
b. Acne Relief
c. Black Seed Organic Hair Care
d. Organic Soaps

4. Native Remedies
Native Remedies herbal remedies are formulated by experts in the field of natural health and are manufactured in an FDA-registered facility, using cGMP manufacturing practices.

Here are some of recommended beauty and personal care products:
a. ClearSkin regime
b. ReGrow Scalp massage oil
c. Faithful Feet Aromatic FootSpa Concentrate - Relaxing footbath using aromatherapy oils for foot massage

Of course, beside skin care, you can find more remedies in the website.
(They are having "buy 2 get 1 free" program now, hurry up!)

5. Yves Rocher
Yves Rocher is a brand of natural beauty products named after our founder, Mr. Yves Rocher himself. With more than 150 active plant ingredients and botanical complexes, they have harnessed the power of nature to work for your beauty needs.

So, what are you waiting for? Shop now. Your skin needs it!

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Indonesian Massage

Reference: Paul Cris

A complete body massage is necessary to improve the blood circulation in the body. By massaging the whole body each nerve, muscle and skin is rejuvenated. Massaging activates the nervous system and a sense of calmness pervades in the mind. Massage therapy is useful for people who have stress.

There are various types of massages and Indonesian massage is very old and is in practice for thousands of years. There are many benefits of this massage. Coconut oil is used for this massage and very little pressure is applied on the body. Even flower oils are used along with coconut oil for massage. Downward strokes are applied on the muscles to remove tension. Then upward strokes are applied towards the heart and circular thumb movements are applied for better blood flow. Pressure points are also pressed to enhance the blood flow.

Indonesian massage is different from other western massages. It helps is stimulating tissues and muscles. It is very effective for people suffering from constipation, heartburn, and stiff muscles. The massage is carried on the floor with mats, wooden bench or a chair. The massage session lasts for an hour at the most and the whole body is rejuvenated and refreshed. Why wait? Have an Indonesian massage NOW!

If you come to Indonesia, Indonesian massage is available at your home (by calling the masseur) or at some spas. Spas that I recommend is Sari Ayu Day Spa or Taman Sari Royal Heritage. I used to go there.

I also have regular masseur, she lives near my house. I usually use baby oil or special massage oil. As I exercise regularly and also spend long hours in front of computer, massage helps me to regain freshness. I sleep so well afterwards.

Monday, August 4, 2008

The Beauty Prescription

The Complete Formula for Feeling and Looking Beautiful By: Debra Luftman, M.D. & Eva Ritvo, M.D.

Want to be more beautiful instantaneously? Look in the mirror, and Just Think: Other people see you as 20 percent better looking than you see yourself. Have you been telling yourself you're less attractive than you actually are? Eva Ritvo, a South Beach psychiatrist, and Debra Luftman, a Beverly Hills dermatologist, reveal in The Beauty Prescription that beauty isn't just skin deep. In their individual practices they found that women who feel good on the inside, mirror that feeling on the outside. A positive self-image and emphasis on individual strengths is as important as a healthy environment, a sensible diet and an effective skin regimen.

Beverly Hills, CA (PRWEB) August 4, 2008 -- It's no secret that humans are obsessed by beauty. After all, research shows that beautiful people earn more money, get further ahead in their careers and are generally happier, but what is the source of lasting beauty? In The Beauty Prescription (McGraw-Hill; August, 2008; Hardcover, $24.95), Beverly Hills dermatologist, Dr. Debra Luftman, and South Beach Psychiatrist, Dr. Eva Ritvo, combine their expertise to take a unique look at the beauty of the body and mind to create an inspirational guide to feeling beautiful, inside and out.

Dr. Debra and Dr. Eva, "The Beauty and Brain Doctors", reveal that beauty isn't just skin deep - how you feel about yourself and act towards the world around you has as much to do with your beauty as your weight or the quality of your skin. They discovered in their individual practices that women who feel good on the inside, mirror that feeling on the outside. A positive self-image and emphasis on individual strengths is as important as a healthy environment, a sensible diet and an effective skin regimen. Inner and outer beauty perfectly complement each other in a "beauty-brain loop."

The Beauty Prescription proposes a new standard for self-worth that goes beyond physical allurement. Dr. Ritvo writes that psychological well-being is a vital part of beauty. Self-confidence is an intention, a state of mind. Want to be beautiful instantaneously? Look in the mirror and just think: Other people see you as 20 percent better looking than you see yourself! Have you been telling yourself that you're less attractive than you actually are? Focusing on your best qualities, allowing your best attributes and uniqueness to shine through, will only further the practical recommendations of Dr. Luftman, who prescribes top medical advice on keeping your skin, hair, and body in the best shape it can be.

When you make the most of what you've been given, you'll feel great -- and exude confidence. This is The Beauty Prescription: A new definition of beauty that transcends the airbrushed supermodels in glossy magazines.

The book includes:

  • Beauty Stories: Real life clinical examples, composites of some of the authors' patients whose problems and resolutions offer thoughtful lessons about becoming more beautiful inside and out;
  • Beauty Boosters: Practical, low-cost "quick fixes" you can use to make yourself look and feel better fast;
  • Beauty Busters: Myths about beauty, mental health and cosmetic medicine. The authors debunk them all in informative sidebars.
  • Beauty Pearls: Prominent women -- celebrities, beauty insiders, beauty editors -- share their wisdom on what makes a woman beautiful.
  • Beauty R/X: Specific steps you can take for a more beautiful you, inside and out.

The Beauty Prescription strings together the four elements of the Beauty-Brain Loop -- Inner Beauty, Health, Outer Beauty, and Environment -- that will help bring beauty into your environment, from your lifestyle and your skincare to your diet and your self-esteem.

About the Authors:

Eva C. Ritvo, M.D., is the vice chair of and associate professor in the department of psychiatry as well as in the department of dermatology and cutaneous surgery at the Miller School of Medicine, University of Miami and the chairperson of the department of psychiatry and behavioral medicine at Mt. Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach, FL.

Debra B Luftman, M.D., has a busy private cosmetic dermatology practice and teaches general dermatology and skin surgery at UCLA. Luftman lectures on topics including laser surgery, liposuction, skin aging, acne, cosmetic fillers, and sun damage.

Friday, August 1, 2008

A little about Yoga

A little about Yoga: "Introduction to Yoga: how yoga improve health, type of yoga exercise, what to wear in the class."

10 Foods that Improve Your Looks

By Brook Phelps
eDiets Contributor

As the saying goes, "You are what you eat." So, what effect does your diet really have on your appearance? We know that eating sensibly helps to maintain a healthy lifestyle, but it also helps to maintain a healthy appearance. When you feel good about the things you eat, and when the things you eat are good for you, chances are you'll look that way, too. Here are 10 foods that not only help you feel great, but help you look great, too.

Drinking plenty of water every day helps the skin look soft, supple and more youthful. By keeping the body hydrated, your overall appearance will benefit, from improved skin texture, hair and nails. If you're feeling bloated, it may be due to an increase of sodium in the body. Increase your intake of water to help flush it out. Also, water helps in the weight-loss process by reducing water weight and replenishes water loss during workout activity.

Vitamin C
Vitamin C helps the body fight infection and disease. It pumps up the immune system and also promotes healing. Did you also know that vitamin C is essential to collagen production? Collagen helps the skin remain elastic but firm, which keeps the skin wrinkle and line free. Citrus fruits, strawberries, tomatoes, broccoli and cabbage are all vitamin-C-rich foods. Keep in mind that their juices are also packed with this important vitamin.

Green Tea
Also rich in antioxidants, green tea has also been shown to lower cholesterol, improve immune function and reduce the risk of specific types of cancer. If you're a big coffee drinker, try replacing your morning cup of joe with a cup of green tea. Without cream, sugar or other artificial flavorings, you may notice a reduction in weight while satisfying your caffeine fix.

Soy proteins are rich in amino acids, vitamin E and many anti-oxidants. These components help the skin retain moisture, smooths out skin's appearance and improves elasticity.

Essential Fatty Acids
Essential fatty acids (EFAs) like omega-3 and omega-6 are known as "good fat," which helps cellular functioning. This helps skin, hair, nails, muscles and practically everything involved in your physical appearance. Like other "good" foods, EFAs help the cells to function properly, which helps to clear up skin and prevent blemishes, reduce wrinkles, improve hair condition and nail growth.

The phrase "milk does a body good" isn't only a catchy marketing phrase, it's also true. Milk is rich in calcium, vitamins B2, B-12 and D. Calcium, paired with the calcium-absorption booster vitamin D, helps to maintain strong bones and healthy teeth. Vitamins B2 and B-12 are essential for red blood cell growth, which helps to carry much needed oxygen to cells. What does this mean to your looks? Hair and skin will look livelier and healthier.

Green vegetables
Vegetables such as spinach, collard greens and kale are rich in Vitamin A, C, E, iron and fiber. We've already discussed the benefits of vitamin C, but equally important to looking great is your intake of vitamin A and E. Vitamin A has antioxidant properties and maintains moisture for eyes, skin and mucous membranes. Vitamin E is essential for healthy, smooth and younger looking skin.

Since yogurt is a dairy product, all the benefits of milk also hold true for yogurt. Yogurt also contains friendly bacteria, which aids in digestion, improves the immune system and (when used as a mask) can help hydrate and cleanse the skin.

The effects of garlic have been widely known for centuries, but only recently taken seriously by modern science. In studies, this mysterious and potent food has been shown to reduce blood pressure, lower cholesterol and even prevent cancer. Although your partner may not want to kiss you after eating it, keep in mind that garlic is also high in antioxidants, which will help you stay looking young. If you can't stand the smell or taste, take it in capsule form.

OK, OK, maybe chocolate isn't the most health-conscious food on the planet. However, chocolate does have positive effects on your mood by pumping up endorphins and serotonin, which help to give you an overall calm and pleasant feeling. And when you feel good, you look good. Who can argue with that?

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