Thursday, November 29, 2007

Self-Examination of the Breasts and the Testes for the Cancer Detection

Everyone can examine herself/himself for the early detection of two important common cancers, viz., cancer of the breast in females, and cancer of the testes in males. The steps in this regard are as follows:
Self-examination of the breasts

(i) See if there is any change in the shape of either of your breasts. You should stand in front of a long wall mirror for comparing the shape.

(ii) Feel your breast one by one with the help of your fingers for any thickening/lump in any of them.

(iii) Also squeeze the nipple of each of your breasts, and see if there is any bleeding or discharge

Self-Examination of the testes:

(i) Palpate each of your testes lightly with the help of your fingers and the thumb. The examination should not be done in a cold atmosphere as the skin of the testes constricts in the cold, and a proper examination may not be possible.

(ii) Look for any change in the size of the testes or a nodule/lump in any of them.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

How to Deal with Hair on Arms

Shaving: Not advisable. Though shaving may not encour­age a heavier hair re-growth, the hair grows back stubby, which is most unpleasant.

Creaming: Not advisable, though it is a safer bet than shaving.

Bleaching: Worth a try.

Waxing: By far the best way after electrolysis.

Tweezing: Not advisable because it is highly impractical.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

How to Deal with Thigh Hair

Waxing: Effective but more painful than on legs. It can also cause temporary redness.

Shaving: Not advisable because the soft skin can become blotchy.

Creaming: Always use depilatories of facial quality. Ordi­nary creams can cause soreness.

Bleaching: A good camouflage for fine thigh hair.

Tweezing: Not advisable.

Electrolysis: The only 100% cure.

Monday, November 26, 2007

Your Beauty Care and Importance of Sleep

Sleep is imperative for mental and physical health. It is oneof nature's greatest restoratives. Deprived of sleep, we can become mentally disordered till its restorative virtues are once more enjoyed.

What is sleep? It is a recurrent healthy state where our body and mind are in a state of inertia and unresponsiveness.

Sleep helps us to restore our energy, refresh our brain and make the most of our physical resources.

There is no exact formula for just how many hours of sleep you personally need in a day.
At an average, people sleep for about eight hours -a day, but some people can awake refreshed even after four to six hours. Others' need as much as ten hours. Most infants and babies sleep at an average of twelve to fourteen hours each day.

To ensure a relaxing and refreshing sleep, make sure that your bed is comfortable. A mattress that is either too soft or too hard is bad for your spine. Make sure that yours is of just medium softness.

Propping your head, on a pile of pillows will only give you a double chin and a snore.

Remember to use only one single flattish pillow.
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If you have trouble getting sleep, avoid the temptation of swallowing a sleeping pill. These pills do not induce a relaxed and natural sleep. After an unnatural and forced sleep, you get up feeling most unfresh and headachy. More than just that, it does terrible things to your looks.

However, if you do not get the adequate amount of sleep, your skin will show it. It becomes dry, blotchy and lifeless.

To induce sleep, have a warm bath before retiring to bed. Follow it up with a warm drink of milk. Calcium is a natural tranquillizer. If you suffer from sleeplessness, swallow three to four tablets of calcium lactate with milk.

However, keep in mind that sometimes the desire to sleep is absent simply because your body does not require sleep at that moment. Use this time, when your family is fast asleep, for yourself. Read, listen to soft music or simply meditate.

Gradually, as you relax, you will start feeling sleepy.

The importance of a medium soft mattress can never be stressed enough. Other than giving you a backache and other back trouble, a mattress that is too soft can be very uncomfortable as one tends to sleep on it in a slumped position.

If possible, raise the lower part of the mattress (the foot end) so that you sleep with your feet elevated to about six inches or a foot above head level.

This position is ideal because the blood flows back towards the heart and away from the feet.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

How to Deal with Leg Hair

It is a good idea to keep legs smooth the year round (not only in summer) for the sake of your own self-confidence.

Waxing: This is the most effective method for removing leg hair.

Electrolysis, of course, is the only permanent method, but waxing is certainly more practical unless you have a lot of time and money to spare. Results last for about six weeks, depending on the rate of your hair growth.

Bleaching: Not really advisable for leg hair unless it is of an extremely fine and soft nature.

Shaving: This is considered by many as the most reason­able and fast way of removing leg hair. However, this has its disadvantage as the hair has to be shaved off every other day.

Creaming: Has longer lasting effects than shaving. But it is more expensive.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

How to Deal with Facial Hair

Waxing: Not advisable.

Shaving: Not advisable.

Creaming: Not advisable.

Bleaching: This is a good way of camouflaging facial hair on the upper lip and sides of the face. Remember, however, that bleaching is only effective for fine, downy hair.

Tweezing: If you plan to go in for electrolysis later, remember that plucking hair from your upper lip will make the electrolysist's job more difficult later on.

Plucking is about the best way for removing stray hair around the eyebrows. Remember, however that tweezing must be done every day or every second day to avoid an untidy overgrown look.

Electrolysis: The only permanent way. Go to the best e1ectrolysist your money can afford. Remember that elec­trolysis must only be undertaken by an expert.

Monday, November 19, 2007

How to Deal with Underarm Hair

Underarm hair is a breeding ground for bacteria, especially in the summer. It is important to keep underarms smooth and fresh for the sake of basic hygiene if not for cosmetic reasons.

Shaving: Remember to use a sharp razor. After soaping, shaving and patting dry, sprinkle on some talc. Remember not to deodorize for a couple of hours after shaving, as this will cause severe stinging.

Waxing: Painful, but paying. Avoid waxing underarms at home; you'll probably give up half-way.

Creaming: Gives a slightly smoother finish than shaving and results also last longer.

Bleaching: Not advisable.

Tweezing: Not advisable.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Beaching Recipes for Unwanted Body Hair

A chemical lighting that can only be done in soft, downy hair.

For bleaching, you need a mixture made of one tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide and six to eight drops of ammonia. If you find the smell too strong, add some of your pleasant smelling talc to camouflage it.

With a swab of cotton wool, apply the bleaching lotion wherever you want to bleach hair. Leave on for at least fifteen minutes before washing off with cool water.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Creaming, Electrolysis and Tweezing for Unwanted Body Hair

Using depilatory creams chemically dissolves the hair slightly below the skin. As a result of which hair grows back less briskly because its tips are rounded.

This is a highly complex, slow and expensive procedure. However, electrolysis is the only permanent cure for unwanted hair. Always remember, electrolysis must only be done by an expert. Electrolysis is a process where the hair root is cauterized with a tiny electric shock.

This is a slow procedure, as you have to pluck out each individual hair. Advisable only for facial hair.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Shaving for Unwanted Body Hair

Shaving is the easiest and quickest way of dealing with body hair. Despite what may have been said about shaving, it does not encourage a heavier regrowth. Shaving, however, has to be repeated every other day.

For best results, shave immediately after a shower or bath. Use a lot of moisturizer lotion all over legs and then follow by a good soap lather. Wait for a minute and then shave, using long, rather than short strokes.

Rinse the razor after each stroke to make the job easier, neater and smoother.
Repeat twice a week.

Shaving is not suggested for facial hair or for hair on arms, stomach and breasts.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Waxing for Unwanted Body Hair

Waxing is one of the best answers to the problems of underarm, arm and leg hair. Though the procedure is rather painful, it is worthwhile because hair takes about five weeks to grow again. The best thing to do if you decide on this method is to go to a waxing expert or a beautician.

However, if you decide to wax yourself at home by yourself, keep a number of things in mind.

1. Do not apply the wax when it is too hot.
2. Rip it off in one long sudden tug. Ripping off slowly will only cause greater pain.
3 Waxing of facial hair is not advisable.

Friday, November 09, 2007

Bathing and Your Beauty

There was a pries in Bavaria who once said "Water contains healing powers." Whether or not you believe this to be true, you've got to admit that water does have a marvelous capacity for stimulating lazy circulation. Better circulation means a better blood supply, a better blood stream rich in all the nourishment that your body needs.

Water is, moreover, the only thing that can soften your skin. Dried calloused skin will remain so if it is soaked in oil; soaked in water, however, it will soften.

Every woman owes it to herself to spend a little time on her body every day. Make bathing your daily ritual.

Whenever you bathe, make sure that bath water is either tepid or a little warm. Ideally, bath water should be at a temperature just a little above body temperature. A hot bath is weakening; it is also hard on your heart and skin, while a cold water bath constricts blood vessels.

We need soap and water to cleanse our bodies while bathing. Unfortunately, however, while removing dust and dirt from our bodies, we also remove natural body oils with it.

Like the skin on your face, the skin on your body also needs nourishing. Just as you need to nourish and moisturize your facial skin each time you wash it, always remember to give your body a moisturizing massage when you come out of the bath. In winter (and especially if your skin tends to be even a little dry) always add a few drops of bath oil to your bath water.

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Weekly Home Pedicure Guide

First get everything you need together

What you need:

Basin for soaking feet.
Pumice stone.
Moisturizing lotion.
Nail clippers.
Emery board.
Cuticle remover.
Orange stick.
Nail polish remover.
Nail polish.
Talcum powder.

Soak your feet in warm soapy water for about five to ten minutes. Relax. Wriggle your toes - that feels good.

Remove feet from the water and dry well with an old soft towel. Use the pumice stone gently on the heels and sides of the foot to remove any thick, dry and dead skin. Remove any dirt that might have accumulated under your toenails through the week.

Soak feet again in warm water for about a minute. Remove and pat dry. With a generous amount of moisturizer or a body lotion, massage your feet, paying special attention to the heels.

Clips your toenails straight across and file with the emery board. Remove all traces of old nail color.

Using your cuticle remover, massage your toenails well, paying special attention to the sides and corners. Gently push back the cuticle with a cotton-wrapped orange stick.

Now apply your nail color. Hold the toe gently between thumb and forefinger while applying nail color. This ensures that your toes will remain steady during this delicate operation!

Make sure that your toenails are absolutely dry and grease-free before applying nail color.

Use small swabs of cotton wool or sponge between toes to prevent smudging.

Apply nail color carefully with three distinct strokes on nail arch. While applying nail color, your hands should always move in the direction away from you. The first stroke should cover the centre panel of the nail. The second and third strokes should cover the side panels.

Before applying a second or third coat, let the nail color dry completely for at least five to seven minutes.

Use your body lotion once more after the final coat is absolutely dry.

Next morning, re-apply more lotion and then dust with talcum powder.

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Simple Home Cures for Foot Freshness

Home Remedies for Foot Freshness:

For foot freshness in the summer, soak them for a few minutes in cold salted water.

Cider vinegar can be added to the water instead of salt. Cider vinegar is said to cure itchiness of feet.

Whenever you bathe, remember to use some of your baby oil or lotion on your feet as well. Freshen your feet by sprinkling them with talcum powder.

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Simple Treatments for Tired Aching Feet

To give immediate relief to tired aching feet, soak them in warm water to which one ounce of sodium sulphate, three ounces bicarbonate and four ounces regular salt has been added.

A bonus relaxer for both tired feet and legs is to lie down for about ten minutes with your feet at a level of about one foot above the level of your head.

Sunday, November 04, 2007

Foot Care – Simple Treatments for Corns

Discard any shoe that is uncomfortable and may cause corns.

Garlic cloves used as compresses on the corns relieve pain.

Try soaking your feet in a pan of warm water to which some salts have been added. Then massage your feet with castor oil.

A piece of lint soaked in turpentine oil and then bandaged over the corn will cure it.
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