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  Claiming back a sweet life: Diabetes
Posted by: The Secret Cosmetic Chemist - 09-01-2015, 11:33 AM - Forum: Medical - No Replies

Aslm all

We all know someone who suffers from Diabetes, perhaps you do too.
Around 6% of the South African population suffer from Diabetes with the highest race group being Indian due to a strong genetic predisposition. Globally around 336 million people have the disease and the International diabetes Federation predicts this number to increase to around 552 million by 2030. The rise in urbanisation and obesity has greatly influenced the prevalence of the disease with a big change in diet which is higher in sugar, salt and fats and the lack of exercise. Most of the time, a person suffers with the symptoms of Diabetes but does not get him/herself checked; on average it takes 7 years for a person to be diagnosed.
Symptoms include excessive urination, constant thirst, constant hunger, fatigue, blurred vision and weight loss. Usually, each of these is passed off as a result of something other than Diabetes and it goes on until it becomes a serious concern, then only is the need to be tested important.
Being diagnosed with Diabetes does not mean one must surrender to the chronic disease and believe one’s life is over. Management is the key, mainly focusing on keeping blood sugar levels as normal as possible. Main areas of focus are the eating habits and the physical activity level. The different types of Diabetes have different levels of management, consultation with a medical practitioner is vital.
When it comes to eating habits, it does not just involve what is eaten, but how often meals are taken. Diagnosed with Diabetes means you are urged to eat more frequently; which is a sweet deal! Portion out your meals as opposed to gulping down a large meal or two a day. The main focus would be your choice of carbohydrates; choose slow-release carbohydrates. The good thing about this is that you will feel full for longer and it will send the right messages to your body on insulin release. The range of foods to choose from is vast; the list of non-starchy vegetables is long enough for anyone to have a few favourites. Processed foods are not that great anyway, we can never be sure of what shocking things go in there, so why not eat the way we were meant to eat and enjoy the full flavours and textures of nature. Crisp bright vegetables and fruit, unprocessed grain bread and cool clean water together with good meat, everything in moderation, use food as fuel.
Blood pressure issues and cardiovascular complications are also linked with Diabetes, so adopting a better lifestyle for management of Diabetes will help with the other two as well. The other main factor that contributes to the increase in these complications is being over-weight. Obesity, the apple-shape body and laziness contribute to the Disease getting worse. With the best fuel going into the body, the body is ready for activity. Activities such as walking, running, swimming, cycling are available, but a lot of the time it becomes monotonous and people stop. For half an hour do something that is fun for you and change as you wish; dance in the lounge with the kids, play with the dog, skip, whatever raises your heartbeat and makes you feel alive. Quit smoking, or in more appropriate terms, recover from the addiction to Nicotine; it does nothing but keep you in a crave-relief cycle all the while helping along its chosen disease to progress until it kills you.
Your body is the finest piece of machinery you will ever own, take care of it, listen to it, give it what it needs and you will enjoy a healthier sweeter life.

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  KNOW WHAT YOU PAY FOR
Posted by: The Secret Cosmetic Chemist - 09-01-2015, 11:27 AM - Forum: Skin Care - No Replies

Aslm dear friends

Here's the article that will give you a bit more help in choosing products, so you don't get ripped off.

As a cosmetic chemist, I often give claims to marketing departments when designing a products packaging with regards to the special ingredients that the product contains and what they do. Marketing then splashes out words that catch you; little do you realise, what you are about to purchase is not all you think (or hope) it is.
You recently heard about a certain special ingredient, everyone is raving about it, so you gather information and decide you want to try a product that contains it. You go to the store and your eyes catch on the ingredient on the front of the bottle, immediately you pick it up, cash up and take it home… Fast forward, the bottle is finished and little to no change has occurred, but why?
More than half of women don’t read the ingredient listing on products. A product may contain the special ingredient and state that it does. But whether it is at a level that works or below, it can be stated. Yes, even one cap of bottled water from the Swiss Alps into a 100kg tank of product and they can claim. The trick is to know how to read the ingredient list and then decide whether the product is worth the money you pay or not.
On the other hand, considerations need to be made when it comes to what you do not want to pay for. As Muslims we keep away from haram substances to the best of our ability. The concept of the products we use and ingredients is much like buying some treat to eat. For example, you love marshmallow and you find it available in a new fantastic flavour, you see it and buy it. You consume it and later find out it contains pig gelatine. What a shame you did not check first!
A basic rule when it comes to ingredients on personal care products is that they are listed in descending order for the first part. Think of your special ingredient; consider where it is on the list and what appears before it. Take into account what the product use is; hair, skin or face. That will give you a better idea of where your special ingredient ought to be.
Take note of the word alcohol. There are many different forms of alcohol, so look carefully, especially on deodorants, toners, after-shaves, male lotions, bodywashs and hand sanitisers. Ingredients such as collagen, elastin and keratin in anti-age products are of concern as well, they are usually of (haram) animal origin. Carmine red, a pigment used in the industry is obtained from insects, therefore haram.
Things like Caviar, Truffles and other highly expensive ingredients are a marketing ploy and are usually just suspended jojoba oil or synthetic wax beads. Look closely!
It takes a minute to sweep through the product ingredient list, and that minute could help you make a better decision, be it choosing a product that contains a decent amount of what you are looking for or rejecting a product because you refuse to pay for haram substances smeared on you all day. If in doubt, research and clear your mind, be sure of what you purchase. Our holy Quran speaks of observation, understanding, research and seeking knowledge and in the words of our beloved Prophet Mohamed (saw), seek knowledge from the cradle to the grave.

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Thumbs Up Self Cleaning like a Moroccan
Posted by: The Secret Cosmetic Chemist - 09-01-2015, 11:25 AM - Forum: Skin Care - No Replies

Slm all

Below is some in sight into how our Moroccan friends cleanse. Pretty cool cause their black soap is amazing!
Just a heads up, Liya Ry stocks the Moroccan Collection!

Right now your skin cells are migrating from deep within the skin layers to the surface, they are dying and falling off. Skin erosion is slowly happening as you go through your day exposing your body’s shield to the elements. Uneven pigmentation, roughness, dryness, ageing and dullness begin. Dirt, dead cells, oil and whatever is in the air around you, is on your precious skin. Is regular bathing enough? Or perhaps you think you deserve better? Moroccans have a secret cleansing art that helps them maintain a glowing beautiful body, and as your secret chemist, I will reveal it to you! Let us take a look at their sacred art of self-cleaning.
All over the world, over thousands of years, we have learned one special thing when it comes to cleansing the skin, exfoliation. Across cultures, it has been the one common proven method that gives the skin the even tone, glowing, youthful and healthy appearance that is associated with cleanliness, wellness and beauty. Exfoliation is the removal of the outermost dead skin. It can be either chemical or mechanical. Chemical being the more invasive of the two, and mechanical being the more preferred and common.
In Morocco, men and women go to a bath house (a hammam). Here, they begin with deep cleaning, then polishing (in the more modern hammams), followed by drawing out of toxins and finally moisturising. Deep cleaning is done using Beldi Black Soap. Black soap is created from raw olives and extra virgin olive oil, with a touch of eucalyptus. This soap is extraordinary due to its olive properties; lifting off dead skin, its antioxidant effects and its delicate soft texture allows the soap itself to spread across the skin unlike ordinary bar soaps where just foam is spread, leaving the skin glowing and clean. Polishing involves an oil-infused sugar scrub; sugar mixes with the oil and becomes an exfoliant for a smooth, bright, soft feeling to the skin. Removal of toxins involves the use of the local Atlas Mountain Clay, known as Rhassoul Clay. The charge of this spa favourite silky clay allows it to draw toxins from the skin and give back minerals in return. No clay comes close. After all the dirt and dead skin is removed, the skin needs to be moisturised. For this, Argan oil is used. (Refer to the March issue for my article on this precious oil).
Allah loves those who turn to Him constantly and He loves those who keep themselves pure and clean as we learn from our Holy Quran. The mere fact that we use soap and a sponge/loofah is exfoliation. Our beloved Prophet Muhammed (SAW) greatly disliked bad odours from man, from bad breath to body odours, even mentioning that the angels as well as fellow men are repelled! Should we then not rethink how clean we really are? Do you feel confident that you are clean enough to stand next to an angel without inducing repulsion?
Take time for yourself, cleansing is a personal art and only you know what it is like to be in your skin. Clean yourself well; bacteria are ever present and that leads to release of bad odours degraded from body fluids such as sweat. Be aware of what products you choose, as this plays a big role in the appearance of your skin now and in the future. Remember, you are given one body by Allah, so take care of it. Enjoy pampering yourself; it is a rewarding art both physically and mentally.

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  ARGAN OIL
Posted by: The Secret Cosmetic Chemist - 09-01-2015, 11:22 AM - Forum: Skin Care - No Replies

Aslm dear friends

Below is the article Secrets of a Cosmetic Chemist; Argan Oil posted in the magazine. The Argan trend is still around, so read on and find out more!

With winter around the corner, we anticipate the onset of dry skin. Along with dry skin comes uneven pigmentation, dullness, loss in elasticity and flakiness. Before it gets to that stage, allow me to share a secret that can help from Morocco that women as well as men, have used for thousands of years to keep their skin looking flawless and radiant. In the world of personal care, we call it liquid gold; to the rest of the world it’s called Argan Oil.
Argan fruit is collected, peeled and the kernels are taken out by hand using stones. These are then ground and the oil collected. It takes one tree a full season worth of fruit and around 48hours of labour to give a single litre of Argan Oil, hence it is so precious!
This precious oil is very light, absorbs quickly and can even be used under make up and best of all, it is suitable for every skin type, including oily. Not only does it moisturise, this oil helps restore the skin’s water-lipid layer and increases the amount of nutrients and oxygen in the skin cell, neutralizes free radicals, and protects connective tissue. Argan Oil contains Vitamin E (Tocopherol) (200-300% more than Olive oil) an antioxidant, Essential Fatty Acids for firmness/elasticity, Oleic & Linoleic Acids which act as anti-inflammatories and healing agents, Squalene and Polyphenols for skin repair, Ferulic Acid an antioxidant, Sterols for skin barrier optimization and D-7 Stigmasterol for wound healing. It has been used for stretchmark reduction, uneven pigmentation, strengthening of hair and nails, repairing of collagen and elastin, repairing sun damage, slowing down ageing skin, reducing fine lines and wrinkles, frizz control and optimum skin moisturisation.
Now that you know a little of what it contains, what about how and when to actually use it you wonder? Our sisters in Morocco use it as their final step in their bath and beauty ritual at a traditional hammam. For the body, I advise taking a bath then applying the oil onto wet skin and rubbing down then pat dry. For the face, just 2 drops and rub in for a minute or 2. For the hair, after it has been washed, rub a few drops between your hands and work in, or for dry hair apply in the same way for some fizz control. For nails, soak them in warm water, dry and apply a few drops. I do advise cleaning first, not only is it half of our imaan but also because it removes surface dirt so the oil can reach your skin properly.
There are some important points to note when it comes to this miracle oil, which me, as your secret cosmetic chemist, will now reveal to you.
Many have jumped on the band wagon with the increase in popularity of Argan Oil, so they put a little into products, claim it on the packaging and sell you the idea that you are getting the full benefits of Argan Oil. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work that way. Hidden amongst 15+ ingredients is a little Argan Oil which sadly gets degraded according to studies. Rather use it separately.
When searching for Argan Oil, choose that which is 100%; not a blend with silicones (you can spot this on words in the ingredient list usually ending with-cone like dimethicone). The scent should be mildly nutty to non-existent and the oil should be a beautiful yellow. Finally, it should be in a dark bottle so light does not degrade it and obtained by the cold pressed method.

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Rainbow OLIVE OIL
Posted by: The Secret Cosmetic Chemist - 09-01-2015, 11:19 AM - Forum: Skin Care - No Replies

Aslm my dear friends

This thread is about Olive Oil, my first article entitled Secrets of a Cosmetic Chemist; Olive Oil. Enjoy !

In a never ending quest to discover the most potent and effective beauty ingredients the world has to offer, my journey as a formulating cosmetic chemist has led me back in time to age old beauty tricks used by generations that have never failed to deliver results. It makes sense that since we are of this earth, Allah (SWT) would provide us with what we need to maintain ourselves from this earth, without the need to alter the integrity of these natural products.
Knowledge is to be shared and it is with that intention that I want to let you in on a few of my secrets…
It is well known that Olive Oil is beneficial when ingested; often we are told to substitute it for other oils when cooking, but what about our external self? People of the Mediterranean region and ancient Egyptians have used Olive oil as a beauty aid for centuries, reaping the rewards of youthful glowing skin and luscious locks. The holy Quran mentions it 6 times and even our beloved Prophet Mohamed (SAW) himself has advised us to not only eat the olive but massage our bodies with it as well. Taking what he says as beneficial beyond a doubt, let’s look at why.
Olive oil is actually very similar in chemical structure to sebum, which is the oil our skin produces naturally. This is great news for us in terms of moisturisation. If you suffer with dry skin or a dry itchy scalp, Olive oil can greatly assist. Even if you have acne, Olive oil can be used. Don’t be surprised at this. Acne is caused by the clogging of pores. By using Olive oil, you are using something similar to that substance that is causing the clogging, so you are actually ‘dissolving’ the blockage. It is known to contain squalene, a material that monitors the secretion of sebum and brings the amount of secreted sebum back to normal. By using the fact that it can act in this way, we can use it to safely clean out built up sebum and dirt on the skin and scalp. Your scalp is skin too as we often overlook. Oily hair and small hardened bumps found on the scalp can be effectively treated using Olive oil. Waxing, shaving and any treatment involving stripping of the skin causes an imbalance that could result in rashes, inflammation and dryness. Olive oil can be used to help to bring back balance in the skin. For treatment of the scalp, face and body, the method of use is the same. Massage Olive oil into desired area, leave for a few minutes and wash off.
Sun exposure, smoking and the normal ageing process are factors that contribute to the formation of free radicals. Free radicals are reactive and steal from cells in order to become stable molecules. Oxidation of cells by these free radicals can be slowed down by antioxidants which neutralise free radicals. Olive oil contains antioxidants. The antioxidant properties of Olive oil can be seen in studies as a big contributor to longevity and as a beauty secret of women in their youthful appearance.
In order to obtain maximum benefits of Olive oil, always use extra virgin Olive oil. It is the oil obtained from the first pressing of the Olives and contains the most amounts of beneficial substances compared to the lower grades of Olive oil. Remember, always look for cosmetic products such as lotions and scrubs that tell you more about the Olive oil in it, not just claim it contains it.

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  Cocoa Butter
Posted by: The Secret Cosmetic Chemist - 09-01-2015, 11:15 AM - Forum: Skin Care - No Replies

Slms all

Here's the article Secrets of a Cosmetic Chemist: Cocoa Butter by me.

One of the biggest skin issues women, as well as men face today is how to get rid of blemishes and stretchmarks. I am often asked the question of what works best, my answer is usually long, but a pretty good short answer is, definitely Cocoa Butter in its pure form.
Cocoa Butter is obtained from Cacao Seeds and has been called the ultimate moisturizer. It has been used to keep skin soft and supple for centuries. It is one of the most stable, highly concentrated natural fats known, and melts at body temperature so that it is readily absorbed into the skin.
Among the components of Cocoa Butter are antioxidants which help fight free radicals; these cause ageing of the skin. The reason we incorporate antioxidants into our skincare regime is to try to fix or slow down the damage caused from everyday life by neutralising free radicals. The major antioxidants found in Cocoa Butter are known as flavonols which are very strong antioxidants as well as the strongest vitamin antioxidant vitamin E. Cocoa Butter contains a much higher antioxidant concentration then even blueberries and other so-called superfoods!
Cocoa butter contains a large proportion of minerals including calcium, potassium, magnesium, zinc, manganese, copper and iron, all of which are in a highly bioavailable form that render them more effective than commercial vitamin supplements. It also contains tryptophan, involved in the formation of serotonin, the 'feel good' neurotransmitter, dopamine and phenylethylamine, all good substances. It is brain food as well as food for your skin.
Our skin is composed of different layers; it is not well known to the consumer that many actives you read or hear about and you purchase, for example a facial serum that contains active X, will actually work, and then you wonder why… Simply because our skin is a barrier and a very selective barrier too, the active X may be too large a molecule to penetrate the first layer and do any good. This is one very important point when it comes to Cocoa Butter, it has a fancy array of components that actually pass that barrier and do a great deal of good.
So what exactly is all this science talk about? What can Cocoa Butter be used for?
Well, soon-to-be mums, ladies and men losing or gaining weight, muscle building, all types of phases we go through in life that the skin is stretched, we can use Cocoa Butter. This silky butter gets into the skin, moisturises deeply and allows the skin to be more elastic and stretch and contract without leaving behind stretchmarks. It can be used at all points, whether the stretchmarks are there or you want to prevent them.
Scars left behind from a wound, from acne, blemishes that occur from a healed rash, eczema, psoriasis, dark joints caused by lack of moisture and constant rubbing; Cocoa Butter can be applied to get the skin looking normal again.
Dry itchy skin on legs and arms, scaling on the heels, harsh detergent soaps that dry the skin, Cocoa Butter can bring relief and restore the moisture due to its emollient properties.
The best Cocoa Butter for skin is that which is not refined as the refining process takes away a lot of the stuff that we actually want such as vitamins and antioxidants. It is a solid at room temperature and melts at body temperature. Pure Cocoa Butter is better than a mixture of things with a small percentage added in; it just is not as effective as the real thing alone.

P.S. The company Liya Ry stocks good Cocoa Butter if you can't find it in the pharmacies!

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  HONEY
Posted by: The Secret Cosmetic Chemist - 09-01-2015, 11:13 AM - Forum: Skin Care - No Replies

Aslm dear friends

Heres the article Secrets of a Cosmetic Chemist;Honey by me in the magazine if you missed it.

Honey, a gift so noble it gets special mention in our Holy Qur’an and by our beloved Prophet Muhammed (SAW) for its miraculous healing abilities. We have found so many ways to enjoy it in our meals and drinks thereby getting it into our bodies and yet not everyone uses it on their bodies. But why would anyone put honey on their skin or hair anyway? With the winter chills in the air and fasting, our skin tends to lose its supple hydrated appearance. If this is you, honey just might be your sweet solution.
Humectants are materials that draw moisture to itself; they are used extensively in cosmetic products from toothpaste to lotions for this property alone. A natural humectant is honey. When applied to skin, it pulls moisture to the skin to provide longer lasting hydration. To use, apply honey to dry areas, leave on for 15-20min and rinse off with tepid water. Remember not to use very hot water as this actually dries skin. For a natural effective pore cleanser, mix honey with your favourite oil and massage on face in circular motions, then rinse off with tepid water. Honey contains natural enzymes that work to clear up impurities that build up on the skin. It is also contains antioxidants and other nutrients to help the skin replenish itself.
There has been a trend in the market with skin lightening products for a long time and it has shifted from what works (regardless of side effects) to safer and now natural options. On the natural front, honey has been used to this effect with a fairly good success story. There exists a reaction when honey is diluted that enables a tiny amount of whitening agent to be released thereby giving the skin a brighter look over time. A good combination would be milk and honey. Make a mixture of these and dab on the skin, allow it to stay on for 15-20min and rinse off.
Not just for skin, but for hair as well, honey has the ability to lock moisture in the hair. Often the hair is neglected in winter with wind and thicker head coverings. The shine is lost and the hair begins to split and become coarse. You can create a hair mask with honey. Apply to roots and comb through. Wrap hair in a plastic shower cap and leave for 30min before rinsing, again never with very hot water. Many have used honey to regulate the balance of microorganisms on the scalp. The imbalance of these microorganisms leads to dandruff and other scalp imperfections. Honey has antiseptic and antibacterial qualities and been used for the natural treatment of itchy scalp and even psoriasis.
Not all honey is the same, this is important to note as their properties differ. Naturally, bees pollenate different flowers in different areas, also, the honey can either be altered by man for different purposes or left as is. There exists varying grades of honey based on moisture content, clarity, flavor and aroma. For the purpose of cosmetic application, raw honey is the best way to go. The filtered clear honey is not what I would recommend for home skincare as many beneficial agents are lost in the filtration and refining processes. Look for organic raw honey as this will not contain pesticides and other harsh matter and experiment with honeys from around the world. If sugar scrub work for your skin, use them and add honey to it, add it to your shampoo routine, its benefits are truly legendary.

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  How To Treat Your Feet
Posted by: The Secret Cosmetic Chemist - 09-01-2015, 11:11 AM - Forum: Skin Care - No Replies

Slms sisters and brothers

Heres the advice i gave on feet in my article Secrets of a Cosmetic Chemist: How to Treat Your feet. Enjoy

The race of life, always busy, always on our feet, so concerned with the tasks at hand that we tend to forget what’s taking us around and carrying our weight all day. For a minute, ponder what we put our feet through; weight and strain, pressure and impact with running, shoes to fit every occasion. We owe them a little pampering and maintenance for them to serve us well for a long time Inshallah! So put your feet up and read on!
The basics is a good place to start and that would be to keep your feet clean. Cleanliness is half of our imaan and of utmost importance with the feet is keeping them clean. Our feet have many sweat glands and with sweating and a warm environment like in a closed shoe, bacteria and fungi grow. Making wudhu often helps keep the feet clean, what a great plan Subhanallah. After a shower or bath, spend time on your feet separately as water and dirt run down the body to the feet. Use a cleanser, be it soap or shower gel as well as an exfoliating material such as a loofah and wash the feet, rinse with cool water. Always ensure to dry them well. More on what to do afterwards later.
The next important aspect of good feet, is good nails. Nails of the feet grow slower than that of the hands, we tend to pay less attention to them in comparison. My biggest piece of advice for the nails of the feet is on how to cut them. Do not cut your nails at an angle towards the corners thereby making a curve, this in the long run may lead to ingrown toenails and makes filing thicker nails down difficult. Always cut your toenails straight across. If you desire a curve, then cut straight and file the corners slightly. A good time to clip your nails would be after a bath when the nails are a bit softer and won’t crack in the wrong places.
Once the nails are clipped and the feet is cleaned, you can take caring for their appearance ‘a step’ further. One of my personal favourite treats for my feet, is a sugar scrub. This removes dead skin and gives the skin a fresh soft look and feel. Another problem area to tackle is the heels and the large toe pad. Dead skin builds up in these areas and then forms a tough unsightly layer which cracks. Two ways are employed to get heels and toes looking good again, first is dry exfoliation; use a heel buffer to slough away the skin and then wash feet as normal and second is wet exfoliation. This way is not common but found to work very well. A foot bath is made and an acid is used, for you at home, you can use Apple Cider Vinegar and a soapy substance. Soak feet in this bath for 10-15 min and reach in with an exfoliation aid and scrub the heels.
Finally, when all the above is complete, moisturize! Butters like shea and cocoa butter are great for winter and light oils are great for spring and summer.
Always wear your correct shoe size, shop for shoes in the afternoon since your feet swell a little then and correct your posture as walking/standing incorrectly affects your weight distribution and will lead to sore feet. Stretch the muscles in the feet often and wear supportive/appropriate shoes for your daily activities.

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  Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by: The Secret Cosmetic Chemist - 09-01-2015, 11:07 AM - Forum: Skin Care - No Replies

Slms dear brothers and sisters

If you missed the article (Secrets of a Cosmetic Chemist; Apple Cider Vinegar) by me in the magazine, no worries, read below.

“A household which has vinegar will never suffer from poverty”
A truly versatile ingredient in the home, vinegar has found its beloved place in the life our Prophet Mohammed (SAW) and ours as well. Of all the types of vinegar available today, Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) is my vinegar of choice for both health and skin care. Let us explore this ingredient for its benefits.
Apple Cider Vinegar is highly acidic, which is actually a good thing. Our skin has an acidic barrier called the Acid Mantle. The Acid Mantle is a type of protective film that serves as a front line defence against bacteria with an acidic pH of around 4.5 – 6.2. For us to keep that protective film in the right range, we should be using something that can quickly restore it to normal. Recall adverts that talk of pH balanced lotions, creams and washes; just to let you in on a secret, ALL good cosmetic products are tested for pH before they are even filled into their respective packaging not just the ones who bank on saying the product is pH balanced. Whenever you subject your skin to anything other than water, there is a change in the pH and it has to regulate itself to return to normal. Enter ACV, the quick way to bring the skin back to a healthy pH. Mix 1 part ACV to 2 parts water, apply on a cotton ball and swab the desired area.
ACV can replace your toner as a perfect purifier and astringent. Ratio again 1:2. After removing make up (my suggestion would be an organic oil), use a few drops of dilute ACV to wipe clear the residue and unclog blocked pores. When it comes to masks that are dry and require mixing of water to make a paste such as Rhassoul Clay or Kaolin, ACV can fill that role with excellent results. The only down side to it would be the weird smell, but that soon evaporates.
The hair is also influenced by pH; higher pH being more alkaline and a low pH being acidic. The outer layer of the hair is very much like tiles on a roof and is called the cuticle. When exposed to an alkaline substance the hair cuticle opens, conversely, the hair cuticle will close when exposed to an acidic substance. Ever wondered why the hair feels softer while using conditioner? The pH of a good conditioner is low. In short; closed cuticles equals smooth shiny hair. After a shampoo, try ACV, diluted 1:4 with water poured onto hair and then rinsed, followed by conditioner for shiner hair.
Many men and women struggle with pimples and clogged pores on the T-zone of the face due to excess oil and dirt, but good news is that ACV in its dilute form can help rid you of those nasty bumps. Some people may experience a breakout, but this is usually the skin purging i.e. getting rid of the clogged impurities, it will soon be gone. It is a safer option to dilute your ACV as it is very acidic, so just remember to mix it with water first.
Above and beyond the glowing clear skin we can achieve using ACV, even brightening and light scar removal, there are numerous internal benefits that can be derived from ingesting it such as weight loss and relieving arthritis.
A rule of thumb when it comes to choosing the best ACV is the uglier the better. Choose organic unfiltered cloudy ACV over the clear type.

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  MUHAMMAD | INNOCENCE OF MUSLIMS | RESPONSE HD
Posted by: iSLAM WEB - 05-18-2015, 06:49 AM - Forum: Islamic Lifestyle - No Replies

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