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Skin Care - Face Masks ; How and Why ?

Wednesday, October 31st, 2007
by Sue

Our skin is a complex structure covering our whole body. It has an outer layer- the Epidermis and the inner layer-the Dermis. The epidermis is made of several layers of living cells covered with a layer of dead cells. These dead cells get shed and replaced continuously by new cells from lower layers. The dermis supports the epidermis and is formed of tough but flexible, connective tissue- the collagen and the elastin. The collagen and the elastin are protein fibers that give the skin elasticity and resilience. When these fibers degenerate, the skin begins to develop wrinkles, fine lines and various other imperfections. The dermis also contains the sweat and sebaceous glands. These glands produce sebum, an oily, acidic film which lubricates the skin. This film form a protective cover on the skin surface. When the pH level of the skin changes, problems occur.

Skin may be categorized on the following three primary types:

Normal skin is balanced skin. It is soft, with a smooth texture with a healthy glow. This is ideal skin.

Dry skin lacks oil and moisture. It is fragile and flakes easily with changes in external temperature and humidity. This kind of skin is prone to developing early wrinkles and fine lines. In this skin type, the sebaceous glands are less active than normal and the balance is disturbed.

Oily skin has a oily/greasy/slimy shine and feel. The skin texture is coarse and the sebaceous glands are hyperactive creating more oil than necessary, destroying the pH balance of the skin. This skin type will normally suffer from blackheads, pimples, acne and clogged pores.

The Combination Skin as the name suggests will have skin areas which will be oily and some skin areas which will be dry. Parts of skin covering the forehead, nose, chin will be greasy and the rest of the skin will be dry. Cheeks and the areas around the eyes will be dry. This combination skin is the most popular skin type. This skin type will have problems associated with both dry and oily skin types. There will be acne/blackheads and or clogged pores in the oily part, while the dry part of the skin may be flaky and fragile.

Face Masks are an ideal way to remove dead cells on the surface of the epidermis and let the younger cells how. A good face mask should rejuvenate the skin by restoring the pH values, removing excessive oil content, waste and providing a balancing effect to dry skin. Masks should also stimulate blood circulation in the facial area giving the facial skin a healthy glow and a younger looking skin. As the face masks remove dead skin, clean pores, they help in removal of blackheads, reduce acne formation, revitalize the skin and balance the pH value of the film covering the skin. Regular usage of these masks will normally help maintain vigor, reduce wrinkle formation and leave younger looking skin.

The Face Mask you choose will depend upon your Skin Type.

Cleansing mask are suited to oily skin type. They draw out excess oil in the skin and remove waste. These cleansing masks open up the blocked pores and remove dead skin. They also help in reducing blackhead formation and improve texture of skin.

Moisturizing Masks will benefit dry skin types. Dry skin types lack enough oil and these face masks will hydrate the skin and prevent wrinkle formation. Normally such masks would be reinforced with honey, wheat germ, balsam and other plant extracts which provide much needed nourishment top the skin.

Stimulating Masks are normally peel off masks. They help in improving blood circulation to the skin surface, and revitalize the skin. These kind of masks are suitable for all skin types as they deep cleanse the skin, tighten pores, help in treating scars , hyper pigmentation and help prevent sun damage.

Check out these handy Home Made Natural Face Masks:

Home made face mask for dry skin can be created by mixing 10 ml honey with the yolk of an egg and 5 grams of dried milk powder. The yolk of an egg will provide nourishment for the skin while the honey will help restore the pH balance. Mix the ingredients in a bowl and apply to the face using a flat wide brush. Avoid the eye and lip areas. Clean off with water after 15-20 minutes to find more supple skin which will be hydrated and look much younger.

Oily skins can be treated by mixing 10 ml honey with one egg white and 5 ml of lemon juice and 5 grams brewer’s yeast powder.. Mix the ingredients in a bowl and apply to the face as directed above. The honey will help in restoring the pH balance, the lemon juice will dry up the skin and tighten it and the egg white will help in soaking up the excess oil and provide deep cleansing action. Remove after 15-20 minutes with water.

Many people suffer from black heads because of oily skin and blocked pores. Given below are some Black Head control and removal tips.

  1. Use the home face mask or any commercial face mask for oily skin, once every week to help remove excess oil from the skin.
  2. Use a good quality astringent after cleaning your face. You may alternatively dab your face with rose water which will be a natural substitute.
  3. Avoid soaps on your face, that may irritate the skin or any oily creams.
  4. Use a gentle scrub to remove dead skins from your face daily.
  5. Always avoid harsh squeezing or scraping of the back heads.
  6. A warm compress of water applied to the area of the black head followed by a very gentle pressure will help clear the clog from the pore.
  7. Commercial ‘black head’ strips available in the market can also help remove black heads. One has to use caution before using these strips to avoid damage to the skin.

It is best to find a long term solution to the black head problem by keeping the oily skin properly balanced, using face masks and gentle scrubs regularly. As the say, prevention is better than cure. In this case, prevention will lead to better facial skin, which will glow and look much younger.

Footwear Tips

Wednesday, October 31st, 2007
by Ann

Remember, that people will mostly notice by their footwear.Therefore, it is very necessary to be careful while selecting any shoes or footwear.One should follow the footwear tips such as never buy footwear that are too small, do not wait unless the shoes are falling apart to get new ones and do not go crazy for buying a new footwear.

Women’s footwear tips

  • Pointy Toe Footwear is useful for making legs appear longer- if legs look thinner and longer, women should use pointy toes footwear.
  • Footwear with Heels make the legs appear thinner- The heels of footwear do not have to high, if one wants to appear slimmer, a high heel will make dramatically.
  • Opened-Toed Footwear- Footwear with high-heeled sandals or open toe will give calves and thighs a slimmer appearance as compared to a closed-toe shoe.
  • Wear backless or slingback footwear- if one wears slingback or backless shoes instead of pumps, legs look longer and thinner.
  • Match the footwear to tights or hose- when wearing a dress or a skirt helps the legs look thinner, matching the shoes to tights or hose.
  • Avoid Footwear with Ankle Straps- footwear with ankle straps gives the appearance of shorter legs, therefore skin the ankle straps if one wants the legs for looking slimmer.

Prevention for foot problems:

  • Never buy footwear that is not fit properly. They will not look better.
  • The feet are not identical therefore, try on both shoes as one feels fine, but another feels not comfortable.
  • Women should use athletic shoes for exercise.

Men’s footwear tips

  • If one wears a belt, wear shoes according to belt.
  • Men should try to select a shoe that matches the pants or darker than pants.

Men’s shoes for Casual Pants

  • There are wide range of men’s shoes such as oxford, loafers and other shoes that match with casual pants.
  • A buckle or a tassle is a more than dressy side during heavy stitching or a woven pattern on the casual side.

Men’s footwear for Jeans

  • Lug soles, loafers, boots, sandals and sneakers are all working well with jeans.
  • Do not wear shiny shoes with jeans.

Color Matching for Men’s Shoes

  • Brown shoes are the best suited to beige, tan, brown, greens and other darker tones.
  • Tan Shoes look amazing with blue, lighter tan, beige, white or lighter earth tones.
  • Black shoes are working well with gray, black or navy pants.
  • Burgundy shoes are also good with blue, khaki, gray and lighter browns.

Choosing a Bunk Bed

Wednesday, October 31st, 2007
by Sck

Like any furniture purchase, buying the right bunk bed requires a lot of thought and preparation. There are many factors to consider before making a final decision. Unlike other furniture purchases, however, buying a bunk bed will often involve a third party: the precious cargo that it carries — your children. While you might see a bunk bed as an economical and space-saving solution to your children’s slumber needs, your kids will undoubtedly view it as their own private abode. This Step-by-Step Buying Guide is here to help you choose the bunk bed that makes both you and your children happy

Step 1: Determine your space needs

If you are already thinking about buying a bunk bed, space is most likely an issue. Small rooms benefit greatly from a bunk or lofted bed, but there are plenty of benefits for large rooms, too. First take some measurements to figure out how much space is available. It is extremely important to measure the ceiling height. All bunk beds vary in height, but the average bunk is going to stand between 5½ to 6 feet tall. You want to make sure there is at least two feet of space between the bunk and your ceiling. This will cut down on unnecessary bumps and bruises.

Standard bunk beds usually won’t take up more space than a twin bed, but not all bunk beds can be considered standard. Bunks with pull-out beds, desks, or an L-shape design will surely require a greater sacrifice in living space.

Step 2: Which type of bunk bed will fulfill your needs?

Bunk beds have evolved over the years, and there are now many different types to choose from. From a basic, no frills design, to an elaborate combination of features, we offer bunks that cover this whole range of styles. The classic Twin-over-Twin design is still as functional as it always was, and can provide exactly what you need. If you are looking for something with a little more to offer, check out the different types of bunks that we carry:

Basic - The original bunk bed design. Available in Twin-over-Twin, Twin-over-Full, or Full-over-Full.

Loft - This style is becoming quite popular. The loft design consists of one bed suspended over either another perpendicular bed, or an open space occupied by a desk, drawers, or shelves. A versatile design with countless possibilities.

Futon - One lofted bed over a futon. The futon can be used as a couch during the day, and then converted to a full size bed at night. Creates a casual atmosphere for popular rooms known to attract guests.

Pull Out - Another space-saving design that stows a bed in the space beneath your bunk. Simply pull out the bed when extra sleeping space is needed. Also known as a trundle bed.

Step 3: Which features should you look for?

If you want to provide a room’s worth of furniture with just one purchase, that is entirely possible with the array of features available for today’s bunks. Many bunks have desks incorporated into their design. The desk is either placed under a lofted bunk, or attached at the end of the bed. As a supplement to a desk, storage drawers are often built-in under the bottom bunk or found in the form of a dresser on either side of a lofted bed. It is common for bunks with a desk to have bookshelves as well. With a desk and plenty of storage space, you can create a nice little “home office” for your child.

These features can greatly enhance your bunk bed’s functionality, and should be considered when deciding upon the perfect set up. Many of these features are available separately and can be added to your bed later on.

Step 4: Choose a style that fits

We offer bunk beds that fit any taste. Once you decide on the form of construction that you prefer (Wood, Metal, Wood/Metal), you should observe which style is a good match for you and your children. While it is ultimately your decision on which bed you purchase, it can’t hurt to ask your children’s opinion. Here are a few of the different styles we carry:

Casual - These beds are very traditional in their styling. Featuring darker wood grain finishes and overall simple designs, casual bunks create a comfortable atmosphere for your children.

Contemporary/Modern - These beds feature smooth lines and a clean-cut appearance. They don’t rely on fancy carvings or detail to get noticed. Solid colors and subtle designs often define these pieces.

Cottage - Inspired by the architectural styles of the French countryside, these beds feature soft finishes, distressed woods, and fence-like characteristics. They carry a light and authentic charm.

Step 5: Pick a bunk bed that makes you and your children happy!

If you’d like a little more advice from our bunk bed experts, or have a specific question that we haven’t answered here, feel free to give us a call at (888) 884-5605. Our large and friendly staff at Home Decorating.com is always happy to help!

Bedroom Decorating Ideas

Wednesday, October 31st, 2007
by Sue

Many people consider the bedroom to be one of the most important rooms in the home. A bedroom can be anything from a simple place to get some sleep to a sensual place to retreat and relax, away from the strains of the rest of the world.

Room decoration is not just about making a room look pretty. Decorating a room is a personal expression of someone’s tastes and attitudes, in fact, an extension of oneself. The room’s décor can make it functional, pleasing to the eye and an enjoyable place to be in. The most overwhelming aspect of room decoration is deciding where to begin.

I find that the best way is to decide which style of room that you want this bedroom to be, you can find a list of decorating styles at our styles page. Once you have decided which style you want to use the next step is choosing which furniture no longer belongs in this room and if the current colors fit your wanted style.

When decorating your bedroom try to decide how much space you will need in the room and remember not to overcrowd the room with soft fluffy toys and large drawers. Your bedroom is a place where you retreat to rest so it has to be a peaceful room, one of my favorite things to place in my bedroom is candles as well as special lighting arrangements.

For more examples of bedroom layouts and designs you can visit our friends at http://www.homestore.com

Choosing the Color

When you are choosing the color of your room take into consideration the types and colors of furniture will be in the room as well as what are the typical colors for that style of room.

Kitchen Decor

Wednesday, October 31st, 2007
by Sck

Whether the kitchen in your rental is large or small, it can always be enhanced by selecting complimentary kitchen accessories such as accents.

The key to making your kitchen accessory work for you instead of against you will be in deciding the quantity and overall theme of your space. Knowing your decorating style will help you in selecting the specific type of accessories to be placed on counters and walls. Refer to your folder of magazine clippings to help you decide. Don’t limit yourself to the ordinary take the time to be creative. Some of the most pleasing kitchen designs are sometimes the most unusual!

Start with a clean palette
To begin, clear off the counters, walls and refrigerator, leaving yourself a clean visual palette. Living a couple of days in a stark kitchen can help you to notice your living habits and which spaces you use most often. Have NOTHING on your counter smaller than a microwave and NOTHING on your floors. This will help you to see things clearly when it’s time to re-place your accessories.

The selection table
You probably have a good idea of the types of features your style incorporates. Put all your accessories together and group them on a table (if they are larger than the table just have them in the same general area). Be sure you categorize them by color, size or style. This will give you a birds-eye view of your choices to see how they work together. You may find that objects you thought worked great - really don’t ! This can also give you an idea of what you may still need to purchase.

Putting it all together
Since you have lived in your space without kitchen accessories for a few days, you will notice every addition you make to your walls, floors and counters. Start with the largest pieces first. After placing an accessory, step back and look. You may want to walk out of the room and re-enter to get your initial reaction. How does it feel ? Is it at the right eye level ? Will it be in the way when I cook ? How does the color match ? If you are not satisfied, try moving the piece to another place. Keep doing this until you have found the right place for it or if you have decided not to include it in your kitchen. Do this process with each item working from largest to smallest.

Don’t Over Do!
One of the biggest mistakes people make is over accessorizing. More is not always better, sometimes it’s just more. Start sparingly and work up, being prepared to stop at anytime. Don’t feel that all the accessory choices you have on your selection table must be used in your kitchen ( or any other room for that matter).

When you have finished placing your accessories you will be amazed at how much you enjoy working in your kitchen. It will become a special place of warmth and enjoyment because you took the time to create it !

Quick Kitchen Fixes

  1. In the shade. For a colorful window treatment, paint a plain basswood shade a bright hue. For an aged look, use a semidry brush, and apply the paint haphazardly.
  2. Aging gracefully. If you admire the character that comes with age, you can create an old-world illusion with paint. In the kitchen shown at right, the walls got a coat of sunny yellow, then a deeper yellow, a peach tone, and terra-cotta applied to the edges. Each color is mixed with glazing liquid and wiped down with a cloth between coats for an antiqued effect.
  3. Cabinet makers. Give old cabinets the once-over with several layers of paint, applied with a dry brush. Press self-adhesive car pinstriping tape just under the molding for a snappy accent. For only a few dollars a roll at car-repair shops, the tape is a style steal.

Decorating a Kitchen
Whether the kitchen in your rental is large or small, it can always be enhanced by selecting complimentary accessories such as accents.

The key to making your accessories work for you instead of against you will be in deciding the quantity and overall theme of your space. Knowing your decorating style will help you in selecting the specific type of accessories to be placed on counters and walls. Refer to your folder of magazine clippings to help you decide. Don’t limit yourself to the ordinary take the time to be creative. Some of the most pleasing kitchens are sometimes the most unusual!

Choosing a Color Scheme
Whether the kitchen in your rental is large or small, it can always be enhanced by selecting complimentary accessories such as accents.

The key to making your accessories work for you instead of against you will be in deciding the quantity and overall theme of your space. Knowing your decorating style will help you in selecting the specific type of accessories to be placed on counters and walls. Refer to your folder of magazine clippings to help you decide. Don’t limit yourself to the ordinary take the time to be creative. Some of the most pleasing kitchens are sometimes the most unusual!

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