I have often wondered why hair care products, like shampoos, conditioners and skin moisturiizers, are formulated with so many ingredients. Most bottles have enormous lists of ingredients, usually that I can hardly read without a magnifying glass. Why so many? Do more ingredients help my hair get healthier? Make my skin better? No.
There is no scientific reason for so many ingredients. Excessive ingredients diminish the therapeutic benefits of the few very effective ones. Also, there is a greater incidence of alergic reactions and potential toxicity with lots of different ingredients.
What I want are products that have few, but powerful, ingredients to make my hair and skin as healthy as possible. I have been formulating some one-of-a-kind hair conditioning cleansers for myself and family. These have less than ten ingredients, and have given me, my husband and kids better looking hair and a healthier scalp. Family and friends are always trying to hit me up for some too. I don’t mind. I am happy to share the science of beauty.
I confess, I use botox and dysport. And I love them. They help me look younger and, I think, prettier.
My frown lines have not been around for years thanks to botox. I love that they are gone because I usually feel happy and relaxed, so I want to look happy and relaxed. Frown lines look strained, angry and unhappy. That just isn’t me. I am not even saying I think they are unattractive. They just make me look stressed and angry even though I am usually happy and calm.
I also use dysport around at the outer corners of my eyes, and a little below to keep my eyes looking more open, and crow’s feet minimized. This looks terrific, but does not last as long as the botoxed areas.
I use botox above my outer eyebrows to lift the eyelid – diminishing the hooded look of them. And I loooove using botox just below my bottom outer lip corners to keep them from turning down (think of Sam-I-am from Dr. Seuss’s “Green Eggs and Ham.”) It is not a pretty picture. I find these down-turns at the end of my lips make me look unhappy, hard – old, like my Italian Grandmother used to look. I don’t like it! But I love the effect of botox injections there.
Botox and dysport are amazingly effective in helping me look happier, more relaxed, and younger. If you can afford it, go for it. You probably won’t be disappointed – but will rather be delighted and psyched.
Raw honey has been a favorite ingredient of mine for years. There is a great reason for this. It has an abundance of beauty benefits (as well as health benefits when eaten, in moderation).
First, it is an excellent natural cleanser. It cleans skin as well or better than many store-bought cleansers – without detergents or sulfates! Deteregents and sulfates are not just a no-no for your hair, they are brutal on your skin as well – breaking down your natural moistsure-barrier. It has natural antibacterial and antifungal to clean and disinfect skin as well, again, without the harsh effects of disinfectants like alcohol, chlorine or detergents.
Raw honey is also an excellent humectant – drawing moisture to your skin to keep it well-hydrated, so skin stays moist after cleansing. Raw honey is packed with antioxidents, phytonutrients, polyphenols ( a superfamily of naturally-occurring phytochemicals) which assist in the repair of skin damage, as well as prevention, protection from more skin damage.
The natural enzymes in raw honey help to keep your pores clean – so helps avoid break-outs and enlarged pores.
The stuff really is amazing for your skin (and hair, and overall health). Raw Honey is really packed with magical nutrients – above and beyond the ones we have identified as healthful. This is not a fad I am promoting here. It is a fact for healthy, beautiful and blemish-free skin, there really is no match, in nature, or made in the laboratory.
But be careful, only natural raw, unprocessed, unheated honey has these special properties. On top of it all, it tastes fantastic and is a far superior alternative to table sugar.