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March 28, 2011

These are the only 100%natural organic products that I am aware of.
No stabilizers. No preservatives. The products we suggest contain exclusively edible ingredients, of vegetal origin.
Start with cleansing your skin with Aviv – evening floral cleanser & make-up remover, then toning it with Boker – morning floral water. Every 10 days use exfoliating and deep-cleansing Tishrei – regenerating peeling mask. Every evening nourish your skin with the wonderful Meshi – regenerating serum. Enjoy adding Tsukim to your daily skin care routine as a skin toning ointment on wrinkles and to protect skin around eyes.
Facial rinse for the evening, make up remover.  Soothes your facial skin after daily effects of make-up, pollution etc. Also helps skin which is mildly acne-prone. Aviv can be used on baby’s skin to calm rashes caused by diapers.
Active ingredients:  Fennel floral water, Geranium floral water, Tarragon floral water, Lavender oil, Ylang oil, Fennel oil.
Toning solution for the face, for daily use and enhancement of skin tonus. May be used during the day in case of fatigue, or after an afternoon sleep to restore the skin’s natural tonus.
Active Ingredients: Rosemary floral water, Geranium floral water, Oregano floral water, Etrog floral water, Lemongrass oil, Peppermint oil, Eucalyptus globules oil.
A mixture of crushed Jojoba seeds, along with crushed leaves of Myrtle and other leaves, for facial skin ex-foliation.
Enhances skin-cells regeneration, nourishes skin, and removes superficial, recent hyper-pigmentation spots.
Active Ingredients: Jojoba oil, Jojoba seeds, Myrtle leaves, Lavender oil, Helichrysum oil.
Meshi Oil is a mixture of oil extracts of various organic plants, along with aromatic oils, for nourishment, treatment and protection of delicate skin. Meshi Oil replaces various creams available in the cosmetics industry which contain preservatives. Meshi Oil inhibits proper functioning of the skin, skin regeneration and the regulation of secretions through the skin. Meshi leaves the skin firm and velvety smooth.
Enjoy adding Tsukim to your daily skin care routine. Apply a small amount, in the evening, directly onto under-eye bags, shadows or circles. Also possible to be used on wrinkled facial skin.

March 8, 2011

The Men’s “Skin Care” Product Boom
By Joel Stein
Makeup for men

Sitting pretty.

Men spent twice as much on grooming products last year as they did back in prerecession 1997, and in that time, skin-care products for guys—a category that includes not only aftershave but also eye gels and wrinkle erasers—went from a $40.9 million to a $217 million industry. In the first half of this year, sales of L’Oréal’s men’s line were up 30%.

line for men, Menaji, Michele Probst in Nashville, had just shipped 18 orders to soldiers overseas. Her products come in discreet packaging such as old cigar boxes. Her concealer—or rather “camo”—and foundation come in easy-to-apply Chap Stick—style containers. And she doesn’t call any of it makeup. “The M word is cancer to us,” she says. “We are skin care that looks good.”
Lisa Ashley, a makeup artist with her own product line and celebrity clients, including Charlie Sheen, Howie Long and Terry Bradshaw, who buys her eye cream to use at home. She started my makeover by putting this soothing cream around my eyes and then mixed a bunch of foundation colors that all looked like brown to me and put them on my face. This made me feel self-conscious and confident at the same time, which is how I imagine women feel when they’re looking their best. Man makeup was not only embarrassing; it was making me think about women’s feelings.
I had no idea how much makeup cost, but I didn’t think it was $55 for 0.33 oz. (9 g) of eye moisturizer. It seemed insane—until Ashley dropped some Toppik powder on my hairline. My balding disappeared. I bought the largest jar she could find, which was either $45 or $12,000. I can’t remember. All I know is that it’s not makeup. And I’m never leaving the house without it.

Makeup for men

Any makeup?

Come on guys!

Go to the gym, go hunting or something. Grow a beard. Ride a bicycle.
Wrinkles look good on men. It is macho.
Forget the makeup..sorry skin care. Beer is good for us.

February 26, 2011

Herbs of Kedem

Judean Desert Herbs

The ancient Hebrew medicine was practiced in the Land of Israel at least until the second century B.C., as attested by contemporary historians who described the export of ointments from the Judean Desert region.  Its approach included: the maceration of plants in oil (installations for such a process were recently discovered in Ein-Bokek, near the Dead Sea);

Emphasis on total change of an existing condition, as exemplified by symbol of snake on bar (current symbol of pharmacies), which Moses received: stick converted to snake and back.  Immediately upon receiving this symbol, he
performed an act of healing on himself: converting healthy hand to hand with leprosy, and healing it again.  This total transformation was typically performed with hormones-rich plants.
The Hebrew term Kedem means “antiquity” but also “forward”- and the idea of the name is that ancient remedies will be the basis for the remedies of the future.
Herbs of Kedem’s researcher, Isabelle Haim, a biotechnologist,  has succeeded to combine Dead Sea minerals with antiseptic local plants to create powerful anti-aging creams without any synthetic stabilizers or preservatives.  These creams bear biblical names related to their purpose:
KARMEL– following the name of the place where this rich anti-aging cream is made, and which means in Hebrew “God’s
Vineyard”, referring to the goodness o local crops on the desert’s verge.
MESHI– a rich facial serum for dry skin, meaning Silk in Hebrew, and indeed a silky texture is created by it
TSUKIM– a rich anti-wrinkle balm, applies the astringent features of desert shrubs to create anamazung Botox-like
natural lifting of wrinkled skin.  It means “cliffs” in Hebrew.
TISHREI is a gentle scrub for aging skin, containing rapidly absorbed oils and shredded jojoba seeds, rich in nourishing
proteins.  A weekly scrub with it creates wonderful results.  (In Hebrew, Tishrei is the first month of the year- a symbol
of skin regeneration).
AVIV, “spring” in Hebrew, is a cleanser for the skin, and BOKER, “morning” in  Hebrew, helps tone aging skin right after
the skin becomes loose at night.
The skin & body therapy line includes:
MACCABIM oil, meaning the ancient heroes that saved the Holy Land from Syrian invasion. Treatment for scars, hematomas, bruises, keloids, sprains, pigmentation, burns, eczemas, atopic dermatitis.  7 times more powerful than Aloe-Vera, and a first-aid must for any home.
REGALIM, meaning “legs” and festivals of pilgrimage to Jerusalem, is a balm for feet, nails & cuticles, using the powerful ingredients of MACCABIM.
MAZOR, meaning relief and healing  for chapped feet, athlete foot, jock itch, and together with MEDBAR oil (meaning desert), it treats psoriasis.
TOVA, meaning the good salve, supplements MACCABIM for eczema-affected skin.
SEPHORRIS, stemming from Nail in Hebrew, applied powerful Hyssop species to treat nail fungus.
BARKAN, stemming from Knee in Hebrew, provides relief for arthritis of joints, and helps improve motion of joints and slow down deformation.
Nikuz Organic Herbal Detoxification Tea
Importance of liver and kidneys for detox: “liver” in Hebrew means also “heavy, respectful”; “kidneys” in Hebrew mean also “totality”.
In our family we use many of the Kedem products. We know it is safe for our kids and grandkids.

February 15, 2011

Citric acid in lemons


For brighter, softer skin use fresh lemon juice on any area of your body, including the knees, elbows, and face to brighten up and soften your skin. Lemon juice also fades freckles and age spots by applying lemon juice on the areas before going to bed. Over the course of a week or two, it will cleanse the skin and lighten its color. You can also add 1/2 cup of fresh juice to your bath water and soak for 20 minutes for an all over skin treatment.

If your skin is sensitive to the citric acid in lemons, you may dilute the lemon juice with a bit of water.  I apply lemon juice to my skin by putting the juice on an already moistened cotton ball. Do not apply lemon juice to your skin before sun exposure as it makes the skin more sensitive to the sun.
To exfoliate dead skin cells rub a cut lemon dipped into a half-teaspoon of sugar over your face for a few minutes, or create a mild mixture by using lemon juice, sugar and a small amount of water. Do this every night to help remove accumulated dead skin cells and refresh your skin.
Can Lemon Juice Help Pimples?
The short answer is yes…for some people. As with most acne treatments, whether prescription, a home remedy, or over the counter, many people find that it works wonders, while others see no improvement.
Lemon for your skin

Try it!

Lemon juice is, of course, a citric acid and very rich in vitamin C, which has benefits for all skin types. The citric acid acts to exfoliate the skin, an important step in treating acne. Lemon juice is also a natural skin whitener, so it can act to reduce a pimple’s redness.

A bit of lemon is also good for applying to fresh acne scars, both for the exfoliation that speeds up the healing and for temporary bleaching to improve the look of the skin.
Lemon is widely used in home beauty preparations. If you mix it with Aloe Vera, it can be used as a cleanser. Some people use them diluted with water as toners for oily skin.
Drink it too! Lemon water is good for your skin.
Lemon contains high levels of vitamin C. This citrus fruit rejuvenates your skin from the inside, enhancing your existing beauty and bringing a natural glow to your skin. Lemon water also flushes out toxins from the body, which also results in healthy skin and a glowing complexion, according to Iloveindia.com. Lukewarm water will bring out the best in your lemon water, according to Energiseforlife.com. Using water that is too cold or too hot will only cause the body to expand energy in order to process the liquid, while lukewarm water gives your body an easier time absorbing the nutrients.

February 11, 2011

Are all skin care products safe?

Is it safe?

Here is some valuable information about ingredients in skin care products.

Every white cream is in fact an emulsion of water with fatty materials.  Such an emulsion necessarily contains stabilizers and preserving ingredients.
Include Propylene Glycol.  Propylene Glycol is used in antifreeze, hydraulic fluids and as a solvent. The material safety data sheet on this ingredient warns to avoid skin contact. Propylene Glycol is implicated in contact dermatitis, kidney damage and liver abnormalities; it can inhibit skin cell growth in human tests and can damage cell membranes causing rashes, dry skin and surface damage. Is this in your moisturizer?

Antifreeze in skin creams

Skin scare

You can find it in cosmetics, toothpaste, shampoos and conditioner, lotions, deodorants, baby wipes, processed foods and many more personal care items. Studies have shown that it is retained in your system.  Find more about it and other risks of cosmetic ingredients in: www.ewg.org.

Preserving Ingredients
These appear in almost all cosmetic creams, and include triclosan, and methyl paraben (other forms are: propyl, ethyl, and butyl). Following is an excerpt from an article in the September 2002 issue of Happi (Household and Personal Products Industry) — a chemical industry trade journal “Cosmetic Product Preservation” by Jabbar Mufti:
“Typical preservatives used in the cosmetic industry include methyl paraben, ethyl paraben and propyl paraben and their derivatives. They disable activity in the bacterial wall to prevent fungal contamination. This action continues when the product is on the skin and may be absorbed into the skin tissue, taken up by the blood stream and ultimately reside in the major organs. The preservative action is so stable, it continues to work while inside the body, limiting the normal enzyme activity of the body. How do we know this? Autopsies performed on cancerous tumours have shown residues of methyl-, ethyl- and propyl parabens.”
Toxins in lipstick

Is it safe?

Scientists have found new evidence to show you why you should think carefully about using products that contain methyl paraben. “Their experiments show that xenoestrogens in a mixture can have a very significant effect in the presence of estrogen. The additive impact of a collection of xenoestrogens, each of them at concentrations beneath their individual “no effect” level, was to more than double the effect of natural estrogen by itself.”

Here`s the link to read the report on “weak” estrogens:

All organic skin care

Safe creams

The products offered on this site contain exclusively edible ingredients, of vegetal origin.  They contain no preserving ingredients, artificial fragrances or solvents.

February 9, 2011

Dry skin

Your face on ice

Winter is not good to our skin. The wind chaps. The dry air wicks. The combination blows us into the arms of the billion-dollar cosmeceutical industry, which awaits with pricey over-the-counter potions and serums promising to undo the season’s damage.

But these companies often promise much more than simple moisturizing. Their products can, according to their advertising, “help to boost oxygen microcirculation.” They can reset “the skin’s aging clock by converting resting stem cells.” They contain ingredients that can “turn on digestive enzymes that will only go after scars and wrinkles” or “help to promote collagen production.” In short, they can utterly transform your old, dry, thinning, wrinkled skin.
The FDA maintains a list of more than 80 companies _ including such beauty giants as L’Oreal, Avon and Revlon _ that the agency believes may be importing, manufacturing or shipping creams with drug claims.
“It is a good example of how people can use science-y-ness to try and sell a product,” said Dr. Ben Goldacre, who wrote about moisturizers in his book “Bad Science: Quacks, Hacks and Big Pharma Flacks.” “It is used decoratively as marketing in a way that is meaningless.”
The press materials for ReVive Peau Magnifique Youth Recruit, which costs $1,500 for four ampuls of serum at Neiman Marcus, say it “resets the skin’s aging clock by converting resting adult stem cells to newly minted skin cells.”
Telomerase, another ingredient in Peau Magnifique Youth Recruit, is “an enzyme that activates and differentiates dormant adult stem cells into brand new skin cells” and “repairs DNA fragmentation,” according to the product’s press materials.
But what effect does the telomerase in this product have on a customer’s skin? “We don’t know exactly,” Brown said. “We know stem cells line the hair follicle and sweat glands. They are on the surface. We don’t know if it has an effect on those cells.”
Brown added that ReVive tests the safety of each product it puts on the market.
Dermatologists interviewed for this story said most skin creams are harmless. If you like a product, enjoy it, they said, but realize your skin likely won’t be miraculously transformed.
“Go ahead, but it won’t do much more than a moisturizer that is a lot less expensive,” Yoo said. “It won’t be any better than Neutrogena or Cetaphil for less than a 10th of the price or a 100th of the price.”
Is DMAE safe for your skin?
From smartskincare.com
DMAE (dimethylaminoethanol) is a skin care ingredient enthusiastically touted by many skin care vendors. One of the reasons for its popularity is that it is one of the very few agents (perhaps even the only one) shown to produce some skin tightening and modestly reduce facial sag.
The researchers found that adding DMAE to the cultures of fibroblasts (key type of skin cells) produced the effect known as vacuolization. Vacuolization is often observed in cells after various types of damage as cells try to encapsulate and excrete foreign agents and/or their own damaged components. Hence the researches concluded that the vacuolization induced by DMAE was suggestive of cell damage. They also observed that DMAE impaired the ability of fibroblasts to divide. Notably, the above adverse effects reversed after DMAE had been washed out of the culture following a short-term exposure. (Long-term exposure has not been studied.)
What to do until such data is available? To be on the safe side, you could just wait and refrain from using topical DMAE. If you do not want to wait, it may be prudent not to exceed the strength of 1% of DMAE and watch out for any adverse effects, such as skin irritation.

Spirituality and health

Author: Yoselin
December 17, 2010

Meditation and health

Benefits of meditation

Meditation has incredible mental and physical benefits. While meditation can be a form of spiritual or enlightenment practice, many of us meditate for a more secular purpose. Whether it be to deal with daily stress, to manage pain, or to combat depression, meditation is greatly beneficial.

Meditation has been shown to slow the individual’s heart rate through what has been termed a “relaxation response” by Dr. Herbert Benson. Benson’s research into the physical effects of meditation found that body functions improve when stress is reduced and that, in turn, meditation has a dramatic effect on stress levels. As the modern world continuously presents stressful situations, more and more people are overcome, physically and psychologically, by these challenges. Taking the time to “de-stress” each day – via meditation – is one way to overcome this issue. The result of this de-stressing, or relaxation, is to improve all of the major bodily functions and can arguably lead to enhance immune, cardiovascular, digestive and reproductive health.
As meditation involves deep breathing we get ample amount of oxygen which we don’t get while normal breathing. We all know that our life is running because of oxygen so more we receive it better it is for our overall physical health. Another technique of meditation known as active meditation facilitates proper blood circulation through activities like dancing, stretching parts of body, laughing and jumping with joy. So no matter which technique you use you are sure to receive numerous health benefits through meditation.

stress relief

Benefits of meditation

Below are the top 7 physical benefits you can gain from meditating on a regular basis.
Decrease in cholesterol levels and heart rate (during quiet meditation)
Relaxation of the muscles and pain reduction chronic pains
Deeper and more effective breathing leading to a decrease in consumption of energy and oxygen
Synchronicity of the left and right brain hemispheres (making you more effective yet more creative)
Lower blood pressure
Increase in alpha rhythm brain waves (increase relaxation)
Faster recovery from tension inducing situations

Skin Deep

Author: Nathan
September 27, 2010

Some expected and surprising advise to stay healthy and beautiful.
Eat for great skin.
Omega-three fatty acids promote good skin health — and ground flaxseeds are an excellent source. Add them to your breakfast cereal for a skin-healthy start to your day.
Add a glow to your complexion by eating fish twice a week. The oil found in fish helps nourish your skin and keep it soft.
Healthy skin starts with vitamin A. Eat plenty of dark orange and dark green vegetables each day.
Snack on nuts such as hazelnuts or almonds to give your skin a boost of Vitamin E.
Drink at least 6-8 glasses of H2O (that’s right, water) to cleanse your skin from the inside out.
Use alcohol in moderation as it dryes your skin.
Stop smoking…yep, this zaps the water from your skin too — and causes fine lines around your mouth.
Exercise is great for body, mind and soul…not to mention your skin. All that blood pumping circulates oxygen through your body and does wonders for your complexion.
Surprising suggestions by  Dr. Dennis Gross
1. Outdated glasses/contact lens prescription: Anything that makes you squint — like reading or working in a poorly lit room, or not updating your contact lens prescription — leads to more fine lines and wrinkles around the eye area. Get thee to an eye doctor, stat!
2. Steam rooms: We all love a good detoxifying sesh in a steam room or sauna, but Dr. Gross says to limit your exposure to these extreme-heat bad boys because they decompose skin’s elastin and collagen. Eeeeek!
3. Running (or any high-impact exercise): “While such exercise may benefit our hearts, it can cause the fat pads to slide south, and collagen and elastin to break down. If you enjoy running, try walking,” explains Dr. Gross. OMG — remember on Ally McBeal when Jane Krakowski’s character invented the face bra for jogging? It was for this!
4. Not sleeping: Okay, it’s not news that pulling an all-nighter makes your skin look like crud the next day, but did you know that chronic sleep deprivation leads to long-term skin probs? “Lack of sleep can be so stressful that it actually causes our bodies, including our skin, to generate free radicals,” says Dr. Gross. More free radicals mean you look older, faster.
5. Tap water: Chlorine in tap water can strip the natural oils from skin and cause dryness and irritation, especially in the winter when there is less humidity in the air to balance it out.  I bought a new showerhead with a built-in water filter and have noticed fewer dry patches on my legs.
Obviously, if running is your passion then no one is suggesting you give it up. But maybe a trip to the eye doctor is in order, and get your sleep issues under control.

August 11, 2010

Accutane is a medication used for the treatment of severe cases of acne, especially those linked to permanent and disfiguring scarring such as acne vulgaris, acne conglobata and acne fulminans.

This drug is related to vitamin A, which makes it classified as a retinoid. Most dermatologists and physicians prescribe Accutane for management of acne. Since there are high risks for developing side effects, it is often not used as the first course of treatment. Deep facial cleansers, herbal skin care creams and topical ointments are usually the first round of treatments patients will receive. These alternative methods have become more popular due to the side effects one can develop from using drugs such as Accutane.

Physicians have also utilized the drug to treat Harlequin-type-ichthyosis, a rare condition that causes the skin to present plating as thick as armor after birth. Accutane has also been used sparsely to treat certain types of cancers including pancreatic and brain cancer. However, the drug may work throughout the body in killing cells not related to cancers.

Accutane is linked to the development of severe side effects, including inflammatory bowel disease, which has prompted many patients to file an Accutane lawsuit to seek compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering. In a 2006 study conducted by The American Journal of Gastroenterology, treatment with Accutane was noted as a possible “trigger” for inflammatory bowel disease. Frequently referred to as IBD, inflammatory bowel disease is a gastrointestinal disorder that refers to two chronic conditions that cause inflammation of the digestive tract, known as ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease.

According to a 2010 study published in The American Journal of Gastroenterology, Accutane may nearly quadruple a patient’s risk of developing ulcerative colitis, a chronic inflammatory bowel disease that requires the surgical removal of the colon in 25 to 40 percent of all cases. The study also reported that the risk of developing ulcerative colitis was highest in patients who used Accutane for more than two months.

Despite the fact that a possible association between Accutane and IBD was first discovered in the early 1980s, Accutane contained no warning of an increased risk of IBD for the majority of the time it was available on the market. A number of patients who have suffered these side effects argue that Roche Pharmaceuticals did not adequately warn them about Accutane’s risks. Please be sure to speak or receive a checkup with a dermatologist prior to making a decision.

By providing FDA alerts, drug information and drug side effects about prescription and over the counter medications, we can ensure an environment where patients have the best knowledge on their medical treatment and health. Additional information may be found on DrugWatch.com.

July 24, 2010

Time Magazine issue July 19 2010

By Bryan Walsh


Organic Shampoos


It began, as few great scientific discoveries do, with a $400 hair treatment in West Hollywood. Siobhan O’Connor and Alexandra Spunt had decided to get Brazilian Blowouts — only to find out later that the secret straightening ingredient was formaldehyde, a known carcinogen.
Many shampoos and conditioners contain sulfates and preservatives like parabens, both of which are potential hormone disrupters
Seek out organic shampoos and conditioners — the authors recommend the John Masters line — or make your own with baking soda and mayo
Safe organic maskara

Stay beautiful and healthy


Mascara contents may include mercury, a neurotoxin, and coal tar, a carcinogen; eye shadow can be contaminated with 1,4-dioxane, linked to cancer
Activated charcoal can sub for conventional eye makeup

Healthy Skin


Skin moisturizers

Lots of big-name moisturizers have parabens and other preservatives, while many sunscreens contain oxybenzone, a hormone disrupter
Extra-virgin olive oil is a natural moisturizer, and Soléo Organics makes a good all-natural sunscreen
Beautiful Lips

Organic lipstick


Your favorite lipstick may be contaminated with lead, a neurotoxin, as well as BHA, a potential carcinogen
Use an organic alternative like RMS Beauty Lip2Cheek, which is also a blush
Read more: http://www.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,2002338_2002332_2002330,00.html#ixzz0ucZDUk00

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