Beauty

What the Heck is Oil Pulling?

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“Oil pulling” is the latest craze also known as “kavala” (swished) or “gundusha” (held) in – is an ancient Ayurvedic dental technique that involves swishing a tablespoon of oil in your mouth on an empty stomach for around 5-10 minutes. This action “supposedly” draws out toxins, primarily to improve oral and overall health. Oil pulling helps against gingivitis, plaque, and microorganisms that cause bad breath. This is how it works.  Most microorganisms inhabiting the mouth consist of a single cell. Cells are covered with a lipid, or fatty, membrane, which is the cell’s skin. When these cells come into contact with oil, a fat, they naturally adhere to each other. Read More

What does “Hypoallergenic” really mean?

imageFrom cats to candles, blankets to creams, it seems there’s a new, hypoallergenic alternative available everywhere you look these days.  These products may be appealing because they promise fewer health risks to allergy-sufferers and enable them to do things they might not be able to do otherwise. But why are some products said to be safer for people with allergies than others?  What makes something truly hypoallergenic? Read More

How to Prevent Oily Eyelids!

www.ilonashine.comEver wonder why your eye makeup won’t stay in place? You apply and reapply only to have it end up under your lids, creasing and melting throughout the day. You just might have oily eyelids and not even know it. But, if it’s any consolation, you are not alone. Oily eyelids has always been one of my beauty culprits but I am here to tell you what you can do to keep that eyeshadow in place! Read More

Nail Stains: Get the Yellow Out With These Easy Solutions

Stained nails are an embarrassment every manicure maven eventually faces. Badly mixed nail color, poorly cleaned claws, or simply painting too often can lead to yellowed nail beds. Instead of doubling the damage by covering up with more polish, try one of these at-home solutions next time you’re caught yellow-handed.

LEMON JUICE

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Just as lemon juice bleaches summer strands, the citrus fruit also lightens and brightens nail beds. Dab a few drops of fresh lemon juice onto stained nails and let set for several minutes. Then, buff the surface with a dry washcloth, and massage a few drops of olive oil for extra moisture. Read More

Stretch Marks Treatments That Work

www.ilonashine.comLet’s start this blog on the personal note. I have stretch marks. But I’m not alone, about 90% of women (and some men) have stretch marks on some part of their bodies whether it be their arms, thighs, butt, boobs or the stomach.

Stretch marks are visible off-color lines on your skin caused by pregnancy, quick change in weight, genetics, stress and some medications (corticosteroids). They form in the middle layer of your skin when your tissue is stretched beyond it’s ability to snapback. The collagen in your skin gets weak, collagen isn’t produced as usual, and scars called stretch marks are born. On fair-skin women, stretch marks are usually pink or red. If you’re darker, stretch marks are mostly lighter than your skin tone. Read More