Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Skin care is Not just skin deep!

Food is often classified into:
• Carbohydrates
• Proteins
• Fat
• Vitamins and Minerals
It is important to eat food from every one of the groups every day.

The food types that positively affect the skin most are:
• Vitamin A: Green vegetables such as broccoli, spinach. Carrots and dairy products are also rich in vitamin A, which basically hastens the process of regeneration of the skin.
• Vitamin C: Delays wrinkles. Enough said! Foods with vitamin C are grapefruit, oranges, Brussel sprouts and peas.
• Vitamin B (group): This is essential for growth of new cells, thereby making it absolutely crucial to normal skin function. B group vitamins can be found in whole grains.
• H2O:Drinking enough water is essential for the overall functioning of the body, and it is also vital to healthy skin. Drink at least 8 glasses of water every day.
• Antioxidants: increased antioxidants in your body will allow free radicals such as those caused by overexposure to the sun – something that is impossible to avoid in the Tanzanian summer –to be absorbed better, thereby leading to more youthful looking skin. Foods rich in antioxidants are cantaloupe, tomatoes, berries – blueberries, strawberries, blackberries (not the phone), plums and sweet potatoes.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Bob Weave

This weave screams bold! Its suggests sexy! Its a look for the confident and classy, the independent and those that can go edgy yet still show professionalism and chic all in one.

Twist the lock on the face a little bit further and it’s a night look. Take it the other direction towards the ear and you can wear it almost any where. This look is completely tapered on the sides and back with the front sides having the heaviest part of hair.

Superstars like Monica wear this as their signature look and have reintroduced this with a strong following. Ladies who do not want to crop their hair can still achieve this look with the weave.

To maintain this weave

  • Use a wide toothed comb to put hair in place.
  • Spray the hair using braid sheen.
  • To keep the hair in place for a while, cover with silk scarf when going to bed.
  • To protect your hair when wearing a weave, opt for a sewn in weave as compared to using glue.
  • Finally, if somebody gives you a compliment, don’t explain that it’s a wig-having great hair builds on confidence.

Dark circles

CAUSE:Dark circles are the result of blood that pools in the vessels that lie close to the skin’s surface, which is why they can be almost impossible to hide. They can also arise when fat bulges out; light cannot be reflected properly, casting a shadow under the eye.

Additionally, sun exposure can aggravate under-eye darkness by boosting melanin production, as can allergies since they cause the veins to become congested and enlarged. A lack of sleep as well as dehydration can emphasize dark under-eye circles but nine times out of ten, sleep is not the culprit.

PREVENTION :Some under-eye darkness is genetic and related to inherently thin skin. The thinner the skin is under the eye, the more pigmentation shows through. Loading up on vitamin K, both internally and with topical products, is a good option since it strengthens and clots blood vessels to stop the pooling that causes darkness.

SOLUTION:Excessive sun exposure only intensifies dark circles, so always wear an SPF formulated for the eye and protect your eyes from the sun at all times with sunglasses.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Short Chic

There are times when you have to look pretty and other times that you look edgy. This style is all about being edgy. With reference to celebs like Eve, Ciara, Fantasia and Rihanna, they all rock with their edge looks. For such a look, tear a picture of your favorite style and take it along to the salon.

Tell your stylist you want an inverted edgy style with hair brushed longer towards the front. This look is great if you have a heart-shaped face allowing more flexibility when styling the look. Complete the look with oil sheen spray for a style that dazzles.