In today’s society, beauty and physical cal
attractiveness are constantly emphasised as
desirable and admirable characteristics. Images
of “idealised” human faces and bodies are widely
used to promote products and services, these
images being often openly sexual and associated
Tasnim Ahmed with hedonism and leisure, while stressing the
importance of appearance.
Consumers in particular, are continuously
These days, there’s a good chance your fingers or a wide-tooth exposed to imagery of highly attractive females
you could visit your salon and leave comb. who advertise cosmetic brands. And instilling
with more than just a new hairdo Even if you’re not getting product attribute beliefs through advertising
or manicure. You could walk away a keratin treatment, like the “real beauty” ads that sell the idea that
with a nasty infection, too. No be wary if your salon we need those products to become even more
matter how posh or pricey a salon offers them. You could beautiful, is a relevant factor of brand success.
is, if it isn’t keeping up with health easily inhale fumes Thus, we are constantly bombarded by the
and safety standards, it can easily from your neighbour media to use the latest shampoo if we want
become a breeding ground for in the next chair! to have voluminous and shiny hair, fragrant
harmful bacteria and germs. deodorant to attract people or creams that will
While it’s true that unskilled Hair Dye make our skin “healthy” and clear.
workers, mishandled products, Irritation But, do you really know what is your soap,
and unsanitary conditions can put shampoo, moisturiser, makeup, deodorant and
you at risk for burns, rashes, and Threat: A key
ingredient in lipstick made of? Do you know what you are
infections, most salon treatments applying to your body daily?
are pretty safe. But real-women permanent hair
colour is the harsh If not, it’s time you pay more attention to
anecdotes, scary headlines, and exactly what goes into the eye shadows, body
online rumours — from shampoo chemical ammonia,
which opens the washes and deodorants you love to use!
positions that trigger stroke to This compelling and timely issue of Bloom
manicures that raise skin cancer hair cuticle and lifts
out natural pigment, tells you about the key chemicals you should
risk — still manage to grab our avoid, reveals the natural ‘organic’ beauty recipes,
attention and nurture our fears. So leaving it open for
replacement with new highlights some bizarre treatments and wearable
which treatments, if any, should you make-up trends off the runway for the season!
really worry about? colour. The lighter your
colour choice, the more You would be happy to know that Bloom
Well, we did a research on treatments ammonia it takes. And in completes 50 issues today!
that can pose a high threat and how some people ammonia can It’s no mean feat for a publication to reach its
to protect yourself no matter what. irritate or — in extreme 50th issue. And this is a good time for retrospective
cases — burn the scalp. reflections and for sharing with our readers several
Brazilian Blowout Safety Tip: Get a patch test on of cotton gloves and slip them on Safety Tip: Choose a polish free of guidelines that have helped to define the character
Threat: The in-salon service your skin to ensure you’re not before nails are polished. Tightly the toxic trio. If your salon doesn’t of Bloom. The success of Bloom is, was and will be
infuses the hair’s cuticle with the sensitive to the colour formula. If woven knits and darker colours will carry them, bring a bottle of your due to the ongoing, dedicated efforts of a team:
protein keratin, to fill in any gaps your scalp feels on fire after colour is block the most rays. favourite shade. Avoid nail salons editors, writers, graphic designers, sales executives
along the strands that are dry or applied, have your stylist wash it out that reeks like a chemical factory. and obviously our reviewers.
damaged. The result is smooth, immediately. Ask your salon if they Funky Nail Salon We really appreciate your continued readership
shiny locks but the concern is the carry ammonia-free formulations. Fumes Mani-Pedi Problems and promise to keep you entertained & informed
chemical formaldehyde — a known For the gentlest option, try a glaze. Threat: You can catch nasty germs with a slew of new and exciting topics!
Threat: The abrasive fumes leached Drop us a word at firstname.lastname@example.org. Your
carcinogen — to modify the keratin like athlete’s foot or other fungal
proteins so hair stays straighter Skin Cancer at the from polishes, hardeners, and
acrylics contain three harmful infection, warts, or staph infections feedback is always welcome. So be it science,
longer. Formaldehyde interacts Nail Salon standard chemicals: formaldehyde,
such as MRSA if tools are not technology, lifestyle or fashion take your pick
right away. And Facebook users keep liking our
with proteins in your body’s cells, properly sterilised. The biggest
which can cause allergies or asthma. Threat: High-tech nail dryers toluene, and dibutyl phthalate. threats are callous razors (it shave page!
Nosebleeds, breathing problems, with UV light may speed-dry nails, Formaldehyde, a preservative and off dry, callused skin on heels) and
and eye irritation have been but emit UV radiation that’s 95% hardener, can irritate eyes, nose, emery boards (their porous surface
reported after its use. UVA, rays that can cause wrinkles, and skin. Toluene, a solvent that allows to hold onto and spread
sunspots, and even skin cancer. gives polish its smooth finish, can fungal infections).
Safety Tip: Consider skipping the lead to headaches, nausea, and
smoothing treatment entirely. To Safety Tip: If possible, turn off the Safety Tip: Refuse the cuticle
reduce frizz, deep-condition your light and use only the fan. If not, even nerve damage affecting sight. trimmer every time (cutting them
carry an SPF 30 zinc oxide sunscreen Dibutyl phthalate, which adds a Follow us on
locks with a natural oil or protein- makes you more vulnerable to an
rich heat-activated conditioner; use and ask your manicurist to apply it moisturising sheen to formulas, is infection). Don’t let razors near your
a diffuser attachment on your hair to the backs of your hands before linked to reproductive problems, feet. Use callous creams instead. www.facebook.com/BloomQatar
dryer; and detangle your hair with polishing. Else cut off the fingers including miscarriage. Make sure tools are sterilised.
miscarriage, reduced fertility in men It can increase your skin sensitivity
and women, irregular menstruation to UV rays resulting in sunburn.
and hormonal changes. It is to be Based on the ingredients used it can
noted that pregnant women are result in skin dryness and hormonal
also vulnerable as lead crosses the imbalance! Doctors recommend
placenta and may enter the foetal that using the regular soap and
brain. warm water is just as effective in
Mercury is linked to toxicity of the killing germs!
nervous, immune and respiratory
systems. Mercury is hazardous
during foetal development as it can
easily penetrate the skin. Mascaras Petroleum Jelly, aka Petrolatum,
are found to have the brain- is not as friendly as it sounds.
damaging mercury in the form of Prolonged used of petroleum jelly
thimerosol. clogs pores on the skin resulting in
acne, skin irritation, and dryness.
Little negligence in the use of this
Antibacterials topical jelly can result in diarrhoea,
Overuse of antibacterials can eye irritation, shortness in breath
prevent them from effectively and abdominal pain. It is listed as
fighting disease-inducing germs among the leading causes of breast
like salmonella enterica and E.coli. cancer.
How often do you read the lengthy short list and there are hundreds methylparaben and propylparaben.
list of ingredients before throwing of other chemicals to keep away As mentioned before these are
that moisturizing lotion to the from. Reminder 2: The below text present in skin products that
shopping cart? Every so often can bring back memories of those contain significant amounts of water
the buying decision is driven by chemistry lab experiments! – example: shampoos, lotions, face
the flashy packaging or the more wash and conditioners. Parabens are
tempting deals. Well, next time we
advise that you give a quick scan of
Formaldehyde known to disrupt hormone function,
which is linked to increased risk
the ingredients just to make sure This less-complicated-sounding
of breast cancer and reproductive
you are not applying toxic chemicals chemical can result in adverse health
effects including immune-system toxicity. A recent study points out
on your skin! that butyl paraben damaged sperm
toxicity, respiratory irritation and
An average person uses a minimum formation in the testes of mice.
even cancer. Formaldehyde is widely
of 5 cosmetics/beauty products a used in baby bath soap, nail polish
day, from bath gels to perfumes - and
the number of chemical ingredients
and hair dyes. Lead and Mercury
add up to around 50! In short, the Lead makes it presence in a
largest organ of the body (your skin) Parabens range of cosmetic products
ends up absorbing the maximum Look for these in toiletries. Parabens including sunscreens, nail colours,
number of toxins! are several distinct chemicals with foundations, and lipsticks! Lead
We have made a quick research and similar molecular structure and is a proven neurotoxin – linked to
came up with a list of chemicals to the most commonly found ones learning, language and behavioural
avoid. Reminder 1: this is a very are ethylparaben, butylparaben, problems. Studies refer to the link to
Enter the ‘Brotox’ Era
The public’s common image of a assistant professor of surgery at extreme as actual plastic surgery.
Botox patient is a middle-aged the Weill Cornell Medical College “I’d seen bad plastic surgery,”
woman hoping to look more in New York City. Gogas said. “You see people on TV,
youthful through the minimally “Most of the men, what bothers and they don’t look like who they
invasive procedure. them is the forehead wrinkles were. I didn’t want any drastic
But plastic surgeons say that and the wrinkles between changes.”
“brotox” -- the use of Botox by the eyebrows,” Sherman said. He had deep creases in his
men -- is gaining in popularity. However, the doctors agreed forehead smoothed out and also
Between 2000 and 2010, there that men tend to request spot had crow’s feet removed from
was a 258 percent increase in treatment for smoothing of around his eyes. He’s since gone
the number of men undergoing specific facial details whereas back every eight months or so for
treatment with botulinum toxin women tend to want a complete new treatment.
type A, according to the American makeover. “For me, I just like the way I feel,”
Society of Plastic Surgeons. “Men want a little more subtlety he said. “I don’t want plastic
In fact, more men in 2010 than women,” Sherman said. surgery. This is a great way for me
chose Botox treatment than any “They want movement of the face, to look good, feel good and feel
other form of cosmetic surgery but they don’t want deep furrows refreshed, and it’s affordable for
or enhancement, the society in their forehead.” me. Also, there’s no downtime.
reported, with 336,834 males Men also tend to prefer Botox You can go about your day, and as
receiving shots of the toxin to because the effects are temporary, the days go on you see the effects.”
relax muscles and deaden nerves lasting only three to four months, Treatment usually costs $200 to
to improve their appearance. Sherman added. “The nice thing $300 for men, the doctors said.
“I think the stigma of it to men about Botox is, it wears off,” he The most common complications
has dropped,” said Dr. Stephen said. “It’s reversible, so if you have are small red bumps or bruises
B. Baker, an associate professor a complication it’s not forever. It’s where the shots are given, but
and program director of the not like surgery.” those generally fade quickly.
department of plastic surgery at Marcus Gogas, 49, of Alexandria, The Botox shots take effect in
Georgetown University Hospital Va., had Botox treatment for the four or five days, and some men
in Washington, D.C. “These days, first time two years ago. A senior have to go back at that point for a
you can get it done everywhere but investigative analyst for the touch-up if one side of the face has
a gas station, and maybe in some Internal Revenue Service, Gogas responded better to the shot than
states even there.” is an actor on the side and said he the other. “This is a pretty easy
Men tend to use Botox to smooth wanted to freshen up his looks. thing,” Baker said. “There aren’t a
out a furrowed brow that otherwise He found Botox an attractive lot of complications to it. It’s like
makes them look angry, said Baker option because it’s an outpatient getting a cavity filled.”
and Dr. John Sherman, a clinical procedure and didn’t seem as HealthDay News
Things to Note
A beginner without any basic make up know how would probably be mind-boggled by the
insane number of cosmetic choices. But, after acquiring some makeup basics, it is that much
easier to seamlessly add more playful or trendy makeup products to your collection and
incorporate them into your beauty looks.
There are a lot of factors that go into choosing makeup shades whether it’s determining if
you have cool or warm undertones to figuring out which eye shadow hues “go” with your
So, here’s a mini handbook of make-up basics that will not only help you choose the right
cosmetics for your skin but also help you apply make-up like a pro. These basics should be the
foundation of your beauty arsenal.
Find the Right Foundation Pick the Right Blush for You
Powder blush is a s
makeup mainstay tay
since it works well
on all skin types pes
and is practicallyally
goof-proof to apply.
If your skin tends
toward the dry side,
a creamy blush can
create a dewier wier
complexion in an
instant. A fast- ast- Bring Out Your Eyes
drying gel blush, h
on the other hand, d,
is ideal for oily or
combination skin kin
types, but you’ll u’ll
have to blend end
One major reason to pay up for a department store foundation sn’t
quickly so it doesn’t
is that unlike drugstore formulations, you can try these look too obvious.
cosmetic essentials before you buy. Scope out a sunny spot --
natural lighting is more honest than fluorescent bulbs -- and
apply the foundation directly to your jawline or cheek. (The
skin on your hands and wrists is a different tone and texture, Apply
so it’ll be tougher to tell how well it blends.) Since shades often
change as they dry, don’t make a final decision until it sets. And
remember: As the seasons shift, so does your skin tone. You
may need to switch it up every six months or so. Correctly
Say cheese! When
Consider Using a Primer you smile, the part
of the cheek that
puffs up is called Before applying shadow, always apply a base. A base will help
“the apple”. That’s your makeup last through the day. Use a light shade on lid and
where you want to below the brow. In the crease use a darker colour and blend
apply colour to wake with finger tips or a sponge applicator.
up your face and Use eyeliner on outer rims of eyes only. If you line the inner
create a naturally rims your eyes will look smaller. Do not line all the way around
flushed effect. If your eyes. Line upper lids and when lining bottom, only line
you prefer powder half way from the outer part of your eye. Blend well. If using
formulations, use a liquid liner, only line the top lids.
fluffy brush instead
of what’s stowed Use an eye lash curler before putting on two to three coats of
inside your compact, mascara. Don’t use mascara on bottom lashes. (For dark circles,
which is usually too make sure you are using eye cream with a skin brightener.
small and will look When choosing a concealer to cover up circles, make sure it is
splotchy. For cream one shade lighter than your skin tone.)
or gel blushes, use
your fingers to paint
on a sheer layer, then Avoid “Cake Face”
blend by swirling Instead of relying on pressed powder and a big fluffy brush,
Once considered a makeup artist’s secret weapon, a primer around the contour of the apple.
lightly coats the skin, filling in divots and fine lines and laying a set your foundation with a small natural-bristle brush and
super smooth base for foundation. It’s the perfect partner when loose, translucent powder containing optical light diffusers.
you’re entertaining outdoors in harsh sunlight or prepping for For a lustrous finish, only powder high-shine zones like the
a family photo. Dry or mature skin types should opt for light-
diffusing formulas that soften the appearance of imperfections
Get Your Best Shade area between your eyebrows, the corners of the nose, and the
centre of the chin. Leave your cheeks and eyes untouched so
and won’t settle into wrinkles, whereas oily types can find a
friend in matte formulas that sop up excess shine.
of Lip Colour skin looks dewy, not dusty.
the right shade is
as easy as going
a couple shades
darker than Your
your natural lip
colour, one can Face
delve just a wee
Glow bit deeper in the After
science of shades
For skin that looks
glowy, not greasy, dab
and skin tone.
Women with fair
an illuminating cream skin, look great If the mask starts to
like right on top of in lipstick shades crack when the clock
foundation. To catch and such as nudes in strikes five, spritz on
reflect light, draw a half- a slightly apricot a calming rosewater,
moon shape that starts shade, pinks and light corals. Browns should be avoided. cucumber, or aloe
at the outer corner of spray containing
your brow, then sweeps Those with a medium skin tone can go a bit darker. Roses,
downward to the highest mauves and berries will look great. Skip the bright reds and
part of your cheekbones. consider a deep burgundy instead.
refreshers impart extra moisture without mussing up your
If you’re wearing a low- Deep plum, chocolate or red is fabulous with dark or black skin. makeup. Simply use your fingertips to blend away any creases,
cut top, pat a bit on Women with dark skin can also go in one of two directions: paying close attention to animated areas like the eye contour
your collarbones to help toward brown or purple. Think caramel or walnut for day, and and forehead.
highlight your face plum or wine for evening.
7 Bizarre Beauty Treatments
If you are bored with the usual Moroccan bath, heat-
ed stones and aroma oil messages, we have some sug-
gestions for you. How about a cactus needle message?
Or perhaps a dip in wine, green tea and ramen noo-
dles? If you are in for a total twist, go for nightingale
poop facial! Oh wait, did we tell you about snail slime
All That Glitters…
facial? Sounds strange? We too were deceptive – not
anymore! These treatments have already made into the
good books of many including the celebrities. Looks
like this is just not a hype! Such offbeat beauty regi-
mens are widely accepted at high-end spas, as per the
A Slithery Deal Droppings, That Is!
If Cleopatra had been alive, this facial is what she would love
to try! Yes, a 24-karat Gold Facial! The therapy makes use of a
gold-flecked serum that reportedly lifts, lightens and tightens
skin. Not only that it supposedly slows down collagen depletion
(thereby controlling sagginess), and works to fade age spots. It
goes without saying that the facial comes with an expensive tag
– yet, anything to stay young forever!
Take a different bath!
Snakes, including California and Florida king snakes and milk No, you are not wrong! We are referring to drop-
snakes, do the job here. Introduced by an Israeli health and beau- pings only – that too nightingale droppings. The
ty spa, the treatment makes the best use of the slithering move- bird poop facial (aka geisha facial) is closely related
ment of snakes resulting in deep-tissue massage (and some occa- to the Japanese Geishas, renowned for their porce-
sional hiss)! These non-venomous snakes are believed to produce lain-like complexions, who have used uguisu no fun,
a relaxing kneading session and ease the tensed nerves. The mas- or nightingale droppings for centuries as a cleanser
termind behind this has publicly proclaimed that “once people to clean of their thick white makeup. Point to note
get over their initial misgivings about the snakes, they find physi- -- this wondrous excrement is collected from a spe-
cal contact with them to be soothing”. Hmm, sounds interesting! cific type of nightingale-the Japanese Bush Warble.
The modern-day introduction of this ‘wonder
droppings facial’ owes its credit to New York based
celebrity facialist Shizuka Bernstei. She got the
idea after hearing her mother talking about this
old Japanese treatment. Uguisu no fun is sanitised
The Wet Hay Magic through exposure to ultraviolet light before being
milled to a fine powder. Shizuka mixes the night-
ingale droppings with delicate Japanese rice bran.
And the Geisha Facial is completed with a hydrating
camelia oil facial massage and a refreshing antioxi-
dant green tea collagen mask. The facial is however
pricey, even when the prime ingredient used is bird
poop. A geisha facial session at Shizuka’s spa would
come around $180, which is approximately QR655.
There are over 10000 species of birds in the world,
and why only this tiny nightingale from Japan cho-
sen for the beauty session? We wonder
Snail Slime… Err!
A dip in yummy, delicious, juicy Ramen noodles! How does
that sound to you? The Yunessan spa in Japan doesn’t make
Here is a body wrap treatment with a touch of big difference! use of edible noodles, however, noodle-shaped spa treatments
Adopted in Italy’s Hotel Heubad, the regimen soaks you in a wa- are placed in bath water that contains animal broth. Spa offi-
ter bed heated to over 100 F while you are wrapped in wet hay. cials claim that a dip in the noodle bath brings in a boost in the
And this hay is special – it is harvested from the meadows of Alpe bather’s metabolism and cleanses the skin. If you are not a big
di Siusi from mid-July to early-August. The benefits? Your im- fan of noodles, the spa offers other options including green tea,
mune system and metabolism gets a total boost. Now, that is in- wine and coffee.
Ouch! But we realised later that the
therapy is not as painful as it sounds.
Introduced by the Four Seasons Resort
Punta Mita in Mexico, this massage
therapy involves the application of a
warm concoction of cactus, tuna (the
blossom of cactus), and pulque (an
alcohol made from the agave plant). Snails… That is the latest buzz! No, we are not
And the interesting part is – this cac- referring to any ‘Fear Factor’ episode. This slithery
tus cocktail is applied to the body us- creature has made to the list of the ‘top-beauty-
ing the cactus paddles themselves product-ingredients’ with its ability to minimise
(well, with the spines removed). This wrinkles, and eliminate scars. Apparently we are
made us do a quick research on cactus referring to the gooey stuff that snails excrete dur-
and this is what we found – cactus is ing the course of their travels. Some spas follow the
known to have some healing prop- same procedure as in snake massage – let the snails
erties, also the ability rehydrate the crawl on your skin, while others are kind enough to
skins and remove the trapped toxins. use creams and serums made of snail slime.
‘Fish Pedicure’ a Recipe
for Bacterial Infection
“Fish pedicures” in health spas can expose re- mouth and abdomen, result-
cipients to a host of pathogens and bacterial ing in the death of nearly all
infections, a team of researchers warns. the specimens.
The practice of exposing your feet to live In turn, U.K. scientists
freshwater fish that eat away dead or dam- uncovered signs of
aged skin for mainly cosmetic reasons has bacterial infection
been banned in many (but not all) American (caused by a patho-
states, but it is apparently a hot trend in Brit- gen called “S agalac-
ain. tiae”) in the fishes’
So much so that the British researchers sent livers, kidneys and
their warning in a letter published in the spleen.
June issue of Emerging Infectious Diseases, a Following this dis-
publication from the U.S. Centres for Disease covery, Verner-
Control and Prevention. Jeffreys said, his
Officially known as “ichthyotherapy,” the team conducted five
procedure typically involves the importation raids on imported
of what are called “doctor fish,” a Eurasian fish batches coming
river basin species known as “Garra rufa.” through Heathrow Air-
The fish are placed in a spa tub, the foot (or port, which uncovered fur-
even whole body) joins it, and the nautical ther signs of infection with
feeding on dead or unwanted skin begins. a number of additional patho-
The problem: such fish may play host to a gens. Many of those were found to
wide array of organisms and disease, some of be resistant to such standard antimi- George A. O’Toole, a bad idea.”
which can provoke invasive soft-tissue infec- crobial drugs as tetracycline, fluoroquinolone professor in the department
and aminoglycoside. Dr. Philip Tierno, director of clinical microbi-
tion in exposed humans and many of which of microbiology and immunology at the ology and pathology at New York University
are antibiotic-resistant, according to the sci- “To date, there are only a limited number Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth in
of reports of patients who might have been Medical Center in New York City, agreed.
entists from the Center for Environment, Hanover, N.H., added his own concern.
Fisheries & Aquaculture Science (CEFAS) in infected by this exposure route,” Verner-Jef- “It’s a bad idea in several ways,” he said. “Be-
“I would stay away from this experience,” he cause these pathogens can give you a serious
Weymouth. freys said. “However, our study raises some said. “It’s probably not feasible to sterilise
CEFAS team leader David W. Verner-Jeffreys concerns over the extent that these fish, or wound infection. Or blood-borne infection.
these fish. And as for the water itself, even if
cited a 2011 survey that suggested the U.K. their transport water, might harbour poten- Or diarrhea. Or even pose a threat to a preg-
you dump it between patients, these organ-
is now home to 279-plus “fish spas,” with an tial zoonotic disease pathogens of clinical rel- isms will form rings of biofilm communities nant woman’s foetus or newborn.”
estimated 15,000 to 20,000 fish coming into evance.” attached to the surface of the tubs them- “Really, you have the potential for multiple
the country every week from a host of Asian At particularly high risk, the scientists said, selves. It’s like a contact lens case that you types of infection,” Tierno added. “Because
countries. were people already struggling with diabetes, never disinfect. Simply wiping them down is theoretically when you’re touching the area
Verner-Jeffreys noted that in April 2011, liver disease and immune disorders. not good enough. Unless you’re incredibly re- that has been nibbled on by these fish, you
6,000 fish imported from Indonesia for U.K. Verner-Jeffreys suggested that spas offering sponsible about sterilising those tubs you’re can still have the organisms there. And then
fish spas were affected by a disease outbreak fish pedicures use disease-free fish raised in not going to kill them, and they will reseed you can inadvertently touch your mouth and
that caused haemorrhaging of their gills, controlled environments. the next batch of water. The whole thing is a introduce them into your system.”
Early Study Hints at Link Between
Certain Sunscreens, Endometriosis
A preliminary study links chemicals
found in certain sunscreens to a
higher risk of endometriosis, but it’s
too soon to say whether there’s any
reason for women to change their
“This is way too early for prime time,”
said Warren Foster, a professor in
the department of obstetrics and gy-
naecology at McMaster University,
in Hamilton, Ontario, who studies
how chemicals affect people.
In endometriosis, tissue that lines
the uterus grows outside the womb,
leading to pain and infertility in
some cases. Foster said the causes
of this common condition are fuzzy,
and “nothing is proven as far as
chemicals are concerned.”
Even if the chemicals do boost the
risk of endometriosis, the findings
don’t specify how many more wom-
en might get the disease. Dermatolo-
gists consider sunscreen crucial in
the prevention of skin cancer.
Still, the study authors write that
their findings should inspire more re-
search into a possible link. Research
is especially important because the
chemicals in question are found in
other products such as moisturis-
ers and lotions, said study co-author
Kurunthachalam Kannan, a research
scientist with the New York State
Department of Health.
“This is something everybody should
be concerned about,” Kannan said.
“We are going to do more studies and
look at many of the cosmetics and
personal-care products containing
these compounds to see what level
people are exposed to every day.”
The chemicals, known as benzophe- nosed with endometriosis were Kannan said. “But at what level of chemical exposure, said endome- He said researchers have explored
none-type UV filters, protect the more likely to have the highest lev- usage we should be worried? We triosis occurs when there’s too whether chemicals may play a role
skin from the ultraviolet rays of the els of the chemical filters in their don’t know.” much growth in the cells that line in endometriosis by causing it or
sun and also mimic the effects of the urine. It’s also not clear if the chemicals the uterus. Many women have no
female hormone estrogen. Previous The study doesn’t confirm that symptoms, but others develop se- making it get worse, but “nothing
could have any negative effects on that convincing has really come
research has shown that benzophe- the chemicals have anything to do vere pelvic pain and other prob-
none-3, or BP-3, is absorbed into the with endometriosis, and its design lems. out.”
bloodstream faster than other sun- didn’t allow the researchers to de- If the chemicals do have a link to The condition may affect 7 per-
endometriosis, it may relate to If you’re concerned about the
screen agents, the authors noted. termine how much exposure might cent to 15 percent of women of
In the new study, researchers exam- boost a women’s overall risk of de- their ability to alter estrogen, Kan- reproductive age, Foster said. The chemicals, look for sunscreens and
ined urine from 625 women from veloping endometriosis. nan said. cause is unclear, although it may other products that don’t include
California and Utah. Those diag- “There is a concern, definitely,” Foster, the professor who studies have something to do with genes. BP-3, he concluded.
When it was time to gather the gadgets for this
week’s Technology page, we decided not to go for
the wackiest ones alone! So we brought in some
‘sane’ ones together with some that are designed
by those witty (yet smart!) brains. Here is the
list… Stay beautiful!
Sanity level – Average Dermaroller
Leave it to the magic of light! Sanity level – Average
Ansr: Beam is a multi-tasker! It No, this is not a modified version of an
throws the blue LED onto your ancient torture device! Featuring a long
skin for five minutes to slay the stick attached to a small wheel, this
blemish inducing P. acnes bacteria, micro-needling device claims to offer an
and aims the red LED to boost all-natural cosmetic procedure. Wonder
collagen production so as to how it works? The wheel serves a purpose
reduce those dreaded wrinkles – it comes with numerous spiky needles
and lines. This ‘hand held fountain that supposedly stimulates the skin to
of youth’ also plays a part in repair itself! Experts behind the technique
reducing redness and pore size. claim that the gadget works by producing
thousands of microscopic needle holes in
the dermis. These holes prompt the skin to
produce new collagen and elastin, thereby
resulting in new cell generation
Anti-aging mouthpiece Slimmer
Sanity level – Low Sanity level – Low
Are you game for this? Here is the simplest anti-aging solution
ever! This funny mouthpiece keeps you away from all those
expensive surgeries. All that you have to do is gently place
Pupeko (that is the name by the way!) into your mouth, clench
your jaw and breathe in and out. This supposedly tightens your
cheek and jaw muscles, thus keeping a No-Entry board to those
wrinkles! We know not about the age-defence success rates of
HairMax this funny gadget, yet we think this can add a whole new twist
to your beauty care regimen.
Sanity level – Average
Here is a magic wand that
promises hair growth by Sanity level - High
delivering heat energy to hair Though the gadget looks straight This looks like an irresistible
follicles! Heat energy is created from James Bond’s secret box, it does gadget, because everyone knows
by emitting red light onto your a good job in giving you that run-way it is no easy job getting rid of
scalp and this increases blood look. This airbrush makeup kit comes that extra flesh to the neck!
circulation, thereby resulting with a fool-proof system that allows Same as the funny mouthpiece,
in thicker hair shafts. The you to easily snap on and off Temptu the neckline slimmer claims
brand recommends this for makeup AIRpods (these are miniature to reverse the effects of aging
men who are experiencing bullets that carry the respective without those highly technical
thinning hair and development beauty product). This way you can cosmetic procedures. And the
of bald spot. apply foundation, blushes and more gadget does not call for a technical
within a few minutes and with very background. All that you have to
less fuss. Please keep in mind that do is to merely hold the gadget
it may take some time to master the to your chin and move your head
gadget. However, it is worth the effort up and down. This ‘yes-no-action’
with the slimmer supposedly
eliminates any loose skin, neck
folds and double-chins!
Weekly App Review
Love the sun!
We know the mercury UV Safe Timer
is soaring to the Wonder how it helps? Apply your normal sunscreen lotion and
set the timer to alert you when it is time to reapply the defence
highest levels possible. lotion! The smart application comes with location-specific
UV index for anywhere in the world, also adjusts for current
Don’t you worry; the weather like clouds to give you an accurate real-time UV index.
Made for the outdoor lovers, this application allows users
masterminds behind to create custom profiles with skin type, activities and sun
iPhone application protection to assess safe protection intervals. Also there is
an optional timer that reminds users when it is time to apply
have come up with more sunscreen so as to avoid a sunburn. Looks like an
interesting application, especially for those in this part of the
something interesting world!
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.
to block the sun! Requires iOS 4.0 or later.
and other products can
be just as luxurious and
fragrant as their commercial
While there are some good natural
alternatives that you can buy,
the cheapest, easiest and most
natural way is to just make your
own, and you might have all
of the ingredients in your
Bloom shares the DIY secrets of balms,
washes, toners and other natural
beauty elixirs for happy, healthy skin.
FOR LIPS Revitalising Face Mask End-of-Day Foot Spa Herbal Spa Wrap
Honey-Cocoa Butter Lip Balm Ingredients: Ingredients: Ingredients:
1/2 cup chopped cucumber 1/2 cup Epsom salts 1 cup corn oil
1/2 cup chopped avocado Essential oils of your choice 1/2 cup grapefruit juice
1 egg white Instructions: 1 teaspoon dried thyme
2 tsp. powdered milk Fill either a foot bath or your bath tub to Instructions:
Instructions: ankle height with warm water. Combine ingredients and massage into skin.
Combine all of the ingredients in a blender Dissolve 1/2 cup Epsom salts in the warm Wrap targeted areas of the body (arms, legs,
until they form a smooth paste. water and add the essential oil of your back) with a towel to lock in body heat.
Apply the mask to your face and neck using choice (lavender, rosewood, patchouli Lay a heating pad over each treatment area
circular upward movements. and sandalwood are relaxing oils, while for 5 mins at a time.
Leave the mask on for 30 mins, or until dry. lemongrass and eucalyptus are uplifting)
Rinse your face and neck with warm water Soak for 10-15 mins. Pat dry and moisturise.
and finish with a cold water rinse. Ingredients:
FOR BODY AND BATH 1 tablespoon witch hazel
Ingredients: Peach and Egg White Firming Spa A total of 10 drops of essential oil: lemon
2 tbls. olive oil and cucumber
1/2 tsp. honey
Ingredients: 8 oz. of distilled water
3/4 tsp. beeswax — grated Instructions:
1/2 tsp. pure cocoa butter 1 ripe peach — peeled and stoned
1 egg white Combine all the ingredients and store it in
Flavored oil of your choice (like peppermint a bottle, for that great after shower body
or vanilla) Instructions: spray.
1 vitamin E capsule Whip peach and egg white together in a If it irritates your skin, then you could avoid
Instructions: blender till smooth. using lemon oil in the mixture.
In a small saucepan, heat oil, honey, wax and Gently pat mixture over face.
butter over a low heat until just melted. Leave on for 30 minutes. HAIR CARE
Remove from heat and allow to cool for 2-3 Rinse off with cool water.
Revitalising Hair Treatment
Acne Tonic with Basil Ingredients:
Stir in flavoring and contents of vitamin E
capsule. Ingredients: 1 medium avocado — peeled and stoned
Pour into containers of your choice. 2 to 3 teaspoons dried basil leaves 2 tablespoons honey
1 cup boiling water Instructions:
Beet Red Lip Gloss Instructions: Mash together the ingredients in a small
Ingredients: Steep basil leaves in water for 10 to 20
minutes. Massage into hair. Leave for 20-30 mins.
¼ cup beeswax
Cool, then apply to face with a white cotton Softening Body Oil Wash hair as usual.
¼ cup castor oil
2 tablespoons sesame oil ball. Ingredients:
beet juice 1 cup (237 ml) sweet almond oil Hair Gel
Instructions: FOR EYES 1/2 cup (118 ml) jojoba or hazelnut oil (or
Melt beeswax, remove from heat and add combination of the two)
Cucumber Eye Gel 2 tablespoons (30 ml) apricot kernel oil
Add as much beet juice as desired for color. Essential oil (optional)
1/4 large cucumber
Store in jar. Instructions:
1 ounce aloe vera gel
Combine the oils in a sealed bottle and
FOR FACE Puree the cucumber in a blender, then strain
gently turn it several times to mix.
Apply as needed.
Tightening/Toning Lemon Egg the mixture into a glass bowl.
White Mask Spoon in just a tad of the pulp from the
Ingredients: strainer. Add the aloe vera to the cucumber Sea Salt Body Scrub
puree in the bowl and mix lightly. Pour into Ingredients:
Juice from 1/2 a lemon (strained)
a clean, sterilised container. 1 cup course sea salt
1 egg white
After cleansing face, stir mixture gently and 1/2 cup baby oil
Instructions: apply with a cotton ball to under eye area. Instructions:
Beat together the egg white and lemon juice
for 3 minutes. Stir the ingredients together in a bowl and
Apply directly to your face, avoiding the
FOR NAILS put into a screw top jar.
eyes. Vegetable Oil Nail Strengthener Leave for 24 hrs.
Leave on for 30 minutes. Ingredients: Stir the mixture and apply to any areas of
2 tsp castor oil the body you wish to exfoliate.
Rinse off with warm water. Ingredients:
2 tsp salt Massage into the skin for a few mins then
1 tsp wheat germ oil shower off. 1 teaspoon unflavored gelatin
Instructions: 1 cup warm water
Pour all ingredients into a sealable bottle. Chocolate Bubble Bath Instructions:
Rub a small amount of the mixture onto Ingredients: Dissolve 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of unflavored
your nails. 1 cup of unscented bubble bath gelatin in 1 cup warm water.
Leave on for 3-5 mins 1/3 cup of unsweetened soy milk Keep refrigerated and use as you would a
Wipe off with a cotton pad. purchased gel.
3 oz. of grated or powdered dark chocolate
FOR HANDS AND FEET Heat the soy milk and add the grated or Hair Spray
Brown Sugar Hand Softener powdered chocolate. Ingredients:
Ingredients: Stir well until melted and blended, but do 1 or 2 citrus fruits (lemon or orange)
1/4 cup course brown sugar not boil. 2 cups water
Baby oil to make into a paste Allow to cool. Mix well again just before Instructions:
Instructions: adding to your bath. Chop 1 lemon (or orange for dry hair).
Mix together. Place in a pot and cover with 2 cups of hot
Using a hand washing motion apply the water. Boil until only half remains. Cool and
mixture to the hands. strain.
Continue the washing motion for a min Add more water if needed. Refrigerate in a
then rinse off with warm water and pat dry. spray bottle.
Go Runway: For Spring/Summer 2012
For the beauty-obsessed, one of the most exciting features to come out of the Fashion Week are the hottest makeup trends of the season. From runway to runway, we get to see
the artistry of the craft come alive. Some of these looks are theatrical and unwearable while others are a graduation from the prior season and readily wearable. But every runway
gives us a glimpse into that season’s must-have trends.
The spring/summer 2012 runway shows saw an avalanche of looks inspired from various eras, historic muses and street style looks. Makeup artists played with a mix of old and
new trends. The overall mantra was to pair vintage with contemporary to make a statement that’s inimitable and all yours!
Messy Gold Glitter
Here are the top makeup trends that ruled the S/S 2012 runways: Tin foil and fairy-dust went from
the art supply aisle into the kits of
make-up artists. Smudged eyeliner
was combined with messy and
creased eyeshadow for that naughty
Probably the most
natural makeup of
the bunch! Makeup
the effects of the
being out in the
sun by contouring
the high parts of
the face with lush
Despite the heavy
liner and intense gold
eyeshadow, this makeup
looks surprisingly fresh
and youthful. On the
other hand, reflective
Dolly Lashes washes of white silver
sparked up the eyes and
Designers went into the brow bones.
dollhouse this season.
Whether curled or feathery,
the precise lashes imitated the
fixed fringe seen on painted,
there are end-
less ways to
wear a dramatic
red. With in-
pop art expres-
sionisms to art
a great time to
go for rouge!
Bare Face Rosebud Lips
The soft rose colour blends in
It seems that this season, beautifully on all skin tones, especially
baby skin is in. Fresh faces when paired with a similarly toned
are frequent pegs on the blush, as makeup artists were fond of
runways. So ditch that doing at the shows.
heavy foundation and go
with a tinted moisturiser or
a BB cream instead.
Both striking and feminine at the same
time, the look of bold brows dominated
the runways. The thick and straight
“power brows”, black eyeshadow
winged to a sultry cat-eye simply looked
Extreme Smoky Eyes stunning!
The seriously smudged-out eyes spotted on the runways
Cat Eyeliner made allusions to film noir beauty, troubled painters,
and punk rockers. Beautiful and daring, the style
The familiar flick of liner returned to the outer doesn’t require a steady hand to pull off — just plenty of
corners of eyes but this time fashioned with unwavering confidence!
inventive, even playful, variations.