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April 1, 2016

Are Antiperspirants Safe To Use?

There has been recent talk that antiperspirants (a spray which reduces sweat), and deodorants (a spray that masks bad odours) are harmful and should not be used for their links to breast cancer. Since the spray is absorbed through the skin, some scientists believe using these sprays on an area close to the breasts could cause long-term damage. So are antiperspirants safe to used on a daily basis?

Ingredients in antiperspirants

Antiperspirants or deodorants contain aluminium based compounds. Continual use of these sprays act as a plug which decreases bad odours or helps to stop sweating altogether. Since the breasts are in close vicinity to this area, research shows that the skin absorbs the solution and could cause hormonal changes, particularly that of producing oestrogen. Oestrogen is known for it’s ability to accelerate breast cancer cells, which could be caused by continual use of antiperspirants. Since we go hours wearing deodorants before washing them off, the solution accumulates and absorbs into the skin.

Alternatives to antiperspirants

If you’re looking for a natural antiperspirant, there are many options which work just as well without the toxins, (and without the side effects).

– Mineral Salts

These products are safe to use since they contain ammonium which helps break down bacteria, while decreasing the amount of protein in sweat.

– Powders

Natural powders such as corn starch help to absorb any moisture on the skin. These products are ready at hand, and are also friendly on your bank account.

– Witch Hazel

Astringents such as Witch Hazel work by evaporating moisture on the skin, and tightening pores as they would work on the face. Follow up by using an invigorating oil to keep the area clean and fresh.

Although there is no definite answer to the question, it is a fact that antiperspirants do contain harmful toxins. However there are many answers to this question, it is best to be smart about how often you use these sprays (if you plan to use them at all). There are many alternatives listed above which are natural and easy to get your hands on instead.

What do you think about antiperspirants?

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By Felicia Sapountzis

May 9, 2014

DIY Home Spa


It?s time to turn an idle hour at home into a beneficial experience. Relaxation is essential to maintaining youth and beauty.

Spend one day of your weekend once a month or at least every six months devising our own beauty schedule. Take the phone off the hook and create a home spa. This is fun, particularly if you?ve never done it before.

A home spa doesn?t need to cost the earth either. Most of the products are in the kitchen. Grab olive oil, coarse sea-salt, Glad-Wrap, Vinegar, avocado, Lemon and peppermint tea-bags.?

A little bit of exercise

Start your home spa with an hour of exercise. Go for a run or walk, whatever you like doing. Take big deep breaths and get rid of all that tension. Make sure you work up a sweat. Not only does it mean you are getting rid of toxins, but you feel like you?ve done something.

Water and fresh juice

Once back from your exercise ? grab a glass of lukewarm water with a slice of lemon. This little morning starter is a great way to detoxify. Get a bowl of fresh fruit or a raw vegetable juice ready as well. Consuming fruits and veggies early in the day will help the liver?s elimination process, which is at its most active between midnight and midday.

Hair

Next is the shower. Shampoo your hair and then treat it with a deep conditioning hair pack. If you don?t have one at home, just use extra conditioner and wrap your hair in Glad Wrap for at least 20 minutes so as to step up the activity of the conditioner. If your hair doesn?t need a deep condition then just boost your hair shine by using vinegar as a rinse after shampooing. Dilute one tablespoon of vinegar in 600ml tepid water and pour it over your hair. Comb it through and then rinse it out with warm water.

Get rid of toxins

While your hair is wrapped up get some coarse sea salt from the kitchen and moisten it with water to form a paste. Massage this all over your body, starting at your feet and working up your body. Use an up and down motion to try to create a good amount of fiction. Wash off with warm water. Don?t panic if you sweat profusely ? your body is just getting rid of any un-wanted toxins.

Face

Now to the face ? grab an avocado and scoop out the goodness and rub it all over your face. Avocado?s are rich in Vitamin D and are full of good oils that will leave your face soft and moisturised. Soak two peppermint tea-bags and place over your eyes. Peppermint helps soothe any puffiness around the eyelids. Slip into a warm bath with two cups of sea salt. Put on a soothing CD and relax for about 20 minutes.

Feet

Don?t forget your feet. Smooth olive oil onto the soles of your feet and knead them firmly with your thumbs, working from the outer edges to the centre of the soles in small, circular motions. Then massage the rest of your feet. Put some socks on and leave them like this until the morning. The result? Feet as soft as a newborn babies skin. Remember, you can judge a woman by how well she cares for her feet!

October 2, 2002

Detoxing for Spring

What are the benefits of detoxification?

Cleansing your body can be a positive experience that enhances your health, depending on how and why it is done.

Over time, the body accumulates various types of toxins that prevent us from performing at our peak. The toxins can be due to outside influences such as environmental pollutants, radiation from computers or derived from chemicals and additives in our food or simply from overloading our bodies with prescriptive drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, sugar and fatty foods.In Ayurvedic Medicine these toxins are called ‘ama’ and are seen to be the foundation for all disease.

An Ayurvedic detox program gently encourages your body to rid itself of these toxins thereby allowing your system to function more efficiently.

The benefits of purifying the body include:

    1. Improved digestive function & absorption

 

    1. Increased energy and stamina

 

    1. Greater mental clarity and concentration

 

    1. Clear skin, healthier hair and nails

 

    1. Weight reduction

 

    1. Balanced metabolism

 

  1. Relief from many symptoms such as hay fever, headaches, sinus congestion, low immunity, constipation and PMS

What does a detox program involve?

For a detox program to be effective and safe, it needs to be tailored to the individuals needs.

This means taking into consideration that person’s current health status, constitutional type, their digestive capacity, the time of the year and factors such as time, commitment and enthusiasm.

It is a misunderstanding to think that you have to fast or starve yourself in order to see results. It can in fact be dangerous to undergo such extreme cleansing practices, especially without the guidance of a trained professional.

The best approach is an individually designed gentle cleansing program incorporating a light diet, supplements, herbs and lots of pure water/ herbal teas and body treatments.

In Ayurvedic philosophy, each person is seen as unique and therefore treatment needs to be tailor-made to support those people’s specific needs.

To avoid any adverse reactions, it is extremely important the purification program be matched to the individual.

Will I feel sick or tired while detoxing?

If conducted properly, with the guidance of a trained professional, there should be minimal symptoms on a detox.However, whilst purifying the body of built up toxins it is inevitable that you may experience mild headaches, nausea, and a change of bowel habit, skin breakouts or low energy. Everyone reacts differently of course and it depends largely on the length and intensity of the regime.

When is the best time to undergo a detox?

Again, this does depend largely on the individual but there are a few general guidelines to consider.

It is ideal to cleanse the body during the change of seasons. For example: autumn and spring. This helps the body to move more easily into the change of climate and diet and to rid the body of the heavier foods of winter and cooling foods of summer.

One should also try to pick a time when you have fewer commitments, social engagements, or pressures at work or home.

You should not consider a detox if you are pregnant or lactating or undergoing intense physical training or labor.

Cellulite Q&A compiled by The Harem, Beauty & Wellbeing for Women – Level 6, 99 York St, near cnr Market St, Sydney CBD.

Phone 9262 3466 or feelgood@theharem.com.au for full menu of treatments and current specials.

September 17, 2002

Detoxing for Spring continued

Will I feel sick or tired while detoxing?

If conducted properly, with the guidance of a trained professional, there should be minimal symptoms on a detox.However, whilst purifying the body of built up toxins it is inevitable that you may experience mild headaches, nausea, and a change of bowel habit, skin breakouts or low energy. Everyone reacts differently of course and it depends largely on the length and intensity of the regime.

When is the best time to undergo a detox?

Again, this does depend largely on the individual but there are a few general guidelines to consider.

It is ideal to cleanse the body during the change of seasons. For example: autumn and spring. This helps the body to move more easily into the change of climate and diet and to rid the body of the heavier foods of winter and cooling foods of summer.

One should also try to pick a time when you have fewer commitments, social engagements, or pressures at work or home.

You should not consider a detox if you are pregnant or lactating or undergoing intense physical training or labor.

Cellulite Q&A compiled by The Harem, Beauty & Wellbeing for Women – Level 6, 99 York St, near cnr Market St, Sydney CBD.

Phone 9262 3466 or feelgood@theharem.com.au for full menu of treatments and current specials.

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September 17, 2002