Touch of Nature

Natural Products and their usefulness in our daily life to achieve a healthy mind and body.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Something about sunscreen

Premature skin aging like wrinkles and skin cancers are generally caused by exposure of Ultraviolet rays. Sunscreen has been found to be the most effective skin care product which can prevent wrinkles and skin cancer. 90% of the wrinkles have been formed due to the suns UV rays.

Why UVA is considered as so bad? Even at low level exposure has been found to be worst for skin. It erodes the skin’s support structure, breaking down collagen which leads to form wrinkles and sagging. Scientists have found that UVA penetrates deep into the underlying support structure of the skin.

An SPF of at least 15 which contains avobenzone, titanium dioxide or zinc oxide is considered as a good sunscreen.

Application of Sunscreen: You should apply sunscreen properly. It should be applied liberally enough to all sun-exposed areas. One should apply it half an hour before going outside.

Daily application of sunscreen has been shown to be more effective in preventing skin damage.


Friday, September 19, 2008

Psoriasis and it’s remedy in Ayurveda

Psoriasis is a common condition of skin which is considered as non contagious. It’s a chronic disorder of the skin characterized by scaly reddish patches. The inflammation commonly affects elbows, knees and scalp. It could be mild to severe. Any people of both sexes can get affected by psoriasis. People of any age can be affected by this disease.

Patients with more severe psoriasis may have social embarrassment, stress in job, emotional stress and also other personal issues because of the appearance of their skin.

Still the cause of psoriasis is unknown. Stress, excessive alcohol and smoking are considered as the factors which aggravate psoriasis. According to Dr. Heng, professor of medicine/dermatology at the University of California, Los Angeles, School of Medicine, Curcumin , the potent yellow spice found in turmeric and curry powders is effective in treating Psoriasis as well as many other skin conditions.

Results of a recent University of Texas study indicate that Curcumin effectively halts the growth of, and eventually kills, melanoma cells in culture. Clinical trials also are under way to test the spice's effects on colon cancer, pancreatic cancer, multiple myeloma and breast cancer.


Monday, September 15, 2008

Play games and laugh to stay away from Stress

Recent studies have revealed the fact that games are not just for kids anymore. Game is a thing which can help out any people to exercise as well as relax their mind. In today’s lifestyle a person who takes part in a game on regular basis can keep away stress and tension far away. A recent study by The National Alzheimer Association concluded "Mentally stimulating activities strengthen brain cells and the connections between them, and may even create new nerve cells." Studies have shown chronic stress in a person’s life can lead to major problems like heart disease, stroke, insomnia, obesity, premature ageing and much more. Apart from playing any game laughing is also considered to be same level of good for overcoming and preventing stress.

Playing and laughing are excellent because they help to lower down blood pressure level, reduce stress hormones and boost immune system. Regular playing and laughing can stimulate brain to prevent memory loss and help to ease disease like Alzheimer’s.


Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Making some homemade skin toner

Following are some homemade skin toners for quickly refreshing your skin-

1. Lemon Toner-

First of all combine the following ingredients-

½ cup lemon juice
1 cup distilled water
2/3 cup witch hazel

Pour the mixture into a bottle. Shake well before using it. Use cotton for applying the mixture onto skin.

2. Lemony Lavender Toner-

Use the following ingredients-

3 drops lemon oil
3 drops lavender oil
3 teaspoons of distilled water

Use a soft cotton ball to massage mixture onto the skin after cleansing. Follow with a moisturizer if required.

3. Cucumber Carrot toner-

Mix the below ingredients in a container and blend it well-

¼ cup cucumber juice
1/8 cup carrot juice
½ cup Spearmint infusion
½ cup lemon juice

Free the blended mixture in the ice cube trays. Store it in refrigerator.