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How does Pollution Affect your Hair and Skin?

Hair and skin

The skin is a vital organ of the human body. Its primary purpose is to hold the vital organs into place. Skin also protects people from the elements and it gives people their unique characteristics and qualities. Even though a person’s skin is a durable covering for their torso; this organ can easily be damaged and worn down.

Pollution is one substance that tears up a person’s skin. Pollution substances and particles have the ability to break down the outer layer of the skin. They can easily cause it to become chaffed, cracked, ashy and sore. The following information describes how pollution affects your hair and skin.

Hair and skin

Common forms of Pollution:

Air pollution is a fact of life. As longs as their cars, planes and other vehicles; there will be air pollution. Pollution contains deadly chemicals which are able to cause deadly medical conditions. These substances are able to kill people if they contain deadly agents.

Here is a list of common pollutants:

* Soot

* Dust

* Grime

* Smoke

* Gas

These are normal pollutive substances. However, deadly pollutant agents such as radioactive material, sulfur dioxide, carbon dioxide and nitrogen dioxide are extremely dangerous to a person’s body. Once again, they can not only damage a person’s skin and hair, they can literally kill them. Do not forget that that pollution comes in three various forms. They include land, air and water. All three of these natural elements are able to harm a person if they are polluted.

How does pollution impact a person’s hair?

When it comes to a person’s hair, pollution typically causes it to break off or a person’s head to become irritated. Rashes, itching and in extreme cases; even swelling can occur. Gaseous pollutants typically cause irritation to a person’s skin when people come into contact with them. There has to be a considerable amount of gaseous substances in the air for this to occur.

Material pollutants that come from the land or water can also have the same effect. If a person’s hair comes into direct contact with pollution from these two sources, it can cause their hair considerable problems. There have been plenty of reported and recorded cases where people have lost their hair due to pollution.

How does a person’s skin become damage from pollution?

Pollution impacts a person’s skin by attacking the cells. This process also happens to a person’s hair. The cells on the top layer of a person’s skin are torn apart or degraded by pollution. Again, the pollution content with a substance must be high for this type of effect to take place.

Keep in mind that pollution breaks down organic material at the molecular level. So, when a contaminate comes into contact with a person’s skin; it will cause an erosion type of effect. The only way that a chemical substance will quickly damage the outer layer of the body if it has the ability to quickly break down the molecular chain of a person’s skin or hair.

Most pollutants are not that strong to damage a person’s skin and hair all at once. It normally takes some years for this type of damage to show up. However, people that live in areas where there is a high concentration of pollution; then this process can happen a lot quicker. Ultimatley, all polution plays a role with the aging process over time.

Honey, Liquid Gold for your Hair, Skin, and Nails!


Honey is one of Nature’s purest, and most beneficial gifts! Not only is honey a natural, sweet treat, but it is also important in regards to beauty and nutrition, but how? I’m going to share with you five ways that you can take advantage of nature’s liquid gold to help improve your hair, skin, and nails! The effectiveness of honey as a moisturizer may come as no surprise as we see Milk and Honey products all over the place, but what other secrets does honey hold? Honey can also be used in wound care and as an antibacterial agent. It can also improve the appearance of scars, restore dried cuticle beds, and act as an anti-aging agent. So, let’s get right to it!


 Antibacterial and Disinfecting Uses:

Since honey contains an enzyme that naturally produces hydrogen peroxide, it is useful as an antibacterial agent. This would come in handy if one didn’t have access to modern or store bought hydrogen peroxide and found themselves wounded. Avoiding infection is imperative to wound healing as well as the reduction of scarring afterward, which is yet another benefit, scar reduction!

 Help Heal/Improve appearance of Scars:

Although my mother always tried to explain how scars can give you character; she was also adamant that it is extremely rude and impolite to point scars of others or inquire as to their origins. Of course there are OTC aids like Mederma, but what about natural, holistic remedies? One answer, Honey! By capitalizing on both the antibacterial effects as well as the stimulation of the growth of new cells that honey offers, you can reduce or even eliminate the appearance of scars.


Keeping your hair, skin, and nails moisturized is important to maintain the look and appearance as well as the strength and health. Honey is rich in vitamins, minerals, and enzymes that help attract and maintain moisture. You can reap the benefits of honey by coating your skin in honey and allowing it to soak in for 20 minutes before rinsing with warm water and pat drying!

Restore Cuticles:

If you’ve experienced the discomfort of dry, cracked cuticles then you know how much of a nuisance they can be. Fret no more, the bees have found a solution! Honey alleviates that dry, cracked feeling surrounding your nail beds by bringing back the moisture and health of your cuticles. Simply massage a generous amount of honey into the cuticles and allow to set for about 15 minutes before rinsing with warm water and pat drying.

Anti Aging:

Honey works great as an anti-aging agent due to its natural high content of antioxidants. For anti aging benefits, apply honey liberally to the face and neck area, massage well in circular motions, allow to sit for 20 minutes, rinse with warm water, and, you guessed it, pat dry!

In order to see the best results, it is imperative that these beauty treatments are accomplished on a regular basis.




6 must know Beauty Tips for Oily Skin

Oily Skin

If you have an oily skin, you know how hard maintaining it can be. People who have oily skins tend to have a host of skin problems such as clogged pores, blackheads and acne. Exposure of oily skin to dirt and pollution results in skin bumps. On the brighter side, there are simple home remedies that can help manage oily skin. Before discussing the cures, it is important to note that oily skin is also advantageous in that it is less susceptible to aging and wrinkling.

oily Skin

1. Scrub your skin once every week:

Exfoliate your skin using a suitable scrub once a week. Skin scrubs help in removing dead skin and dirt from the skin surface. Usually, oily skin attracts lots of dust which cause blackheads, whiteheads, and acne. Therefore, it is essential to remove the dirt from your face. However, you should not use scrub very frequently as it might result in the development of wrinkles on the skin. Also, do not be too hard on the face while scrubbing.

2. Drink lots of water:

Water is essential in reducing oil production. Water will hydrate the skin thus keep it glowing. When you do not take enough water, the sebaceous glands are prompted to produce more oil, to compensate for the hydration levels. When you take enough water, the brain signals the skin to stop the production of excess oil.

3. Apply face mask regularly:

After scrubbing your face, do not forget to apply a mask. Use a mask that is known to be effective against removing excess oil. Both commercial and homemade masks are useful for this. Whichever the mask, ensure that it contains kaolin, sandalwood powder, bentonite clay and fullers earth; which are suitable for removing excess grease from the skin. An appropriate face mask will improve the appearance of pores, remove excess oil and hydrate skin. Face masks also function as deep skin cleansers.

4. Moisturize and apply sunscreen:

Even oily skin requires moisturizing and hydration, just like dry skin. If you do not use a moisturizing product, the face will look greasy. Sunscreen is also essential but should be gel-based. When people with oily skins do not use sunscreen, they develop pigmentation problems when exposed to the sun.

5. Cleanse your skin twice a day:

Most people who have oily skin choose to wash their skin about three times a day. However, it is advisable to cleanse it only twice. Frequent washing of the face might remove all the moisture from the skin thus resulting in more production of oil. When cleansing the skin, ensure that you use a face wash that is only appropriate for oily skin. Gel-based cleansers are also proper. The most important point to note is that the product contains mild ingredients such as turmeric, lemon, neem and tea tree oil. Salicylic acid based cleaners are useful but should not be used severally on the skin.

6. Apply appropriate makeup:

Remember to use a primer when applying makeup, especially on the oiliest parts of your face. Use gel, powder or liquid based foundations. For liquid foundations, they should be water based and not oil based. Use a blotting paper to remove the excess grease when your makeup is on.

How to Make your Hair Grow Faster


There are many things that you can do to make your hair grow faster. Many people use herbs to help their hair to grow faster. There are many leaves, cactus plants and flowers which can be used to grow your hair faster. Local people in the Caribbean have been practicing these processes for many years. There are also products on the market that have proven results.


The Hibiscus Leaf and Flower:

The leaves and the flowers of the Hibiscus can be added to water and used as a rinse after washing your hair. Leave in the mixture for at least forty-five minutes. The leaves and water can be used or the flower and the water can be used. Hibiscus can be found in many Caribbean countries and there are seeds in your supermarket that you can plant. It is a fast-growing plant that can be used as a fence as it grows very thick.

Aloe Vera:

The cactus Aloe Vera can be used as a hair product as well and it softens the hair in order for it to grow faster. Peel a leaf of the Aloe Vera, take the gel and blend it with water. Apply the mixture to your hair and rub into your scalp once a day and you will see the difference in no time at all.

Cactus with prickles:

The cactus found in the deserts with prickles in them can also be used. It is flat, has a large upper top and a narrow bottom like an electric bulb. First, you need to remove the prickles from the cactus. Cut it into as many small pieces as you can and then blend it with water. Apply the mixture to your hair and rub into your scalp. This has been proven to work in Central American countries. It is called Cochineal by some locals.

Cocoa Butter:

Lately, I have experimented with Nice ‘N Fresh Cocoa Butter hand & body lotion made by Pearl Collection. I had to cut my hair because of thinning caused by too much medication. My aunt suggested the use of this lotion as it had grown unwanted hair on her arm. This idea sent me to the stores to buy a bottle. That was four months ago and now I have a full head of curls. I can now wear a bandeau in front and leave the curls at the back for church or to go shopping.

Pink Moisturizer:

Pink moisturizer is another product on the market to help your hair grow faster. Both males and females have been known to use this product for fast hair growth. Using Pink moisturizer daily along with brushing your does contribute to faster growth. Many women with permed hair use it as a styling agent. So it is a product with more than one use.

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