Natural Skin Care Products

Organic and natural skin care products are in vogue as a gentle and effective alternative to chemical concoctions. The growing industry taps into two important trends. The first one has to do with demographics and the infamous baby boomer generation. These individuals, born between 1946 and 1964, have been a driving force behind various trends for decades. Now middle-age and young senior citizens, many of these baby boomers are fighting old age every step of the way. They are concerned about health issues, exercise, and staying mentally sharp. It's not surprising, then, that many members of this dynamic generation also care about maintaining a youthful appearance for as long as possible. The second important trend is the green revolution. People of all ages are more concerned than ever with such issues as recycling, protecting the environment, and stewardship of creation. One aspect of the green revolution concerns the use of chemicals. For example, even major manufacturers of household products are now selling cleaning solutions that are environmentally friendly. Similarly, many consumers are interested in natural skin care products in lieu of chemical-based toiletries and cosmetics.

Taken together, the baby boomers and the green revolution have created a market for both established companies and entrepreneurial enterprises. The number of online skin care and cosmetic companies is amazing. These website stores allow customers the opportunity to shop twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. The companies often provide important information about the ingredients used in their toiletry and cosmetic lines. For example, organic solutions are often created from raw plant ingredients, such as plant stem cells. Such items are designed to meet consumer demand for natural skin care products. These include hair care items, such as shampoos and conditioners, and face and body products. Some toiletries address specific skin care issues. For example, a product line may help consumers suffering from acne or eczema. Those with especially sensitive skin or allergies may benefit from natural cleansers and moisturizers. Anti-aging solutions especially appeal to age-fighting baby boomers. Typically, women are primary purchasers of skin care, but more and more men are taking an interest in their appearance, too. Skin care lines are tapping into this new consumer market by formulating cleansers and moisturizers with masculine scents and masculine packaging.

Most women know that soap has a drying effect on their faces. Proper facial care includes three basic steps: cleansing, exfoliating, and moisturizing. There are natural skin care products that address each of these steps. Additional items protect the face from exposure to the sun, a prime cause of midlife wrinkles. (Smoking and alcohol are additional factors that can prematurely age a person.) Cosmetics include items like foundation and oil-absorbing powder, blush, eye shadows and eye liners, mascara, and lipsticks. Product lines usually include solutions that help set eye and lip colors for longer-lasting use. The solutions formulated for the face are different than the solutions that are formulated for the body because the face is different than the body. But cleansing and moisturizing are important for the body, too. Additionally, exfoliating removes dry skin cells from one's legs, elbows, and feet. Bathing in organic bath salts can be a relaxing and body-soothing experience. Aromatherapy adds to the relaxation as research reveals that certain fragrances and essential oils provide a sense of well-being and tranquility. A company's line of natural skin care products often includes fragrant body sprays and aromatic candles.

Christians believe that God has called them to be good stewards of His creation. These verses from the book of Genesis give support to that belief: "And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it. . . . And out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof" (Genesis 2:15, 19). Supporting companies that manufacture and sell natural skin care products is one way to be a good steward of God's natural blessing and also participate in the green revolution. As already indicated, consumers may choose from several different companies for their toiletry and cosmetic needs. Some offer free samples to new customers. This gives individuals an opportunity to try out a product before making a purchase. Additionally, signing up for free samples allows consumers to test out a company's speed in making deliveries and perhaps even customer service policies. As with all online purchases, consumers should research a company's shipping costs, delivery options, customer service access, and return/refund policies before placing an order.

In addition to free samples, online retailers of natural skin care products sometimes offer other services to consumers. For example, website visitors may be invited to sign up for a periodic newsletter or ezine. This emailed message may include relevant information on skin care, advanced notice of a new product, and perhaps even coupons for discounts on future orders. A company owner or manager may develop and maintain a blog so that they can interact and communicate with customers and visitors. These kinds of extra benefits enhance the shopping experience and help build customer loyalty. A consumer may be motivated by a wrinkled face or a conscientious desire to avoid chemicals and "be green." Either way, using natural skin care products may be a viable option. Diligent research, trying out free samples, and careful shopping should help a consumer find the product line that works best for his or her skin.

Hair Styling Products

Manufacturers of hair styling products design specific formulas to tame different manes. Shampoos, conditioners, rinses and styling gels are formulated to cleanse, treat, revitalize, add volume, or control the appearance of hair for men, women and children of all ethnicities. As a multi-billion dollar industry, cosmetology capitalizes on human beings' desire to change their appearance. Curly-headed people are seldom content with spiraled strands; while those with born with bone straight locks long for waves and crinkles. And although gentlemen prefer blonds, natural blonds prefer being redheads and brunettes. The ethnicity of hair also creates a styling dilemma. African American and Caucasian pates can run the gamut from straight to kinky; while European coifs tend to be a mixture. But most Asians are born with sleek and straight strands which defy curling irons but may occasionally yield to chemical processing to achieve bends and spirals. Long tresses are luxurious, while others prefer short-cropped styles. "But if a woman have long hair, it is a glory to her: for her hair is given to her for a covering" (I Corinthians 11:15).

Fortunately, twenty-first century hair styling products are capable of leaping ethnic and cultural bounds to make the impossible possible through chemical and non-chemical processing of natural strands. While everyone knows that shampooing is the first step towards a healthy mane, most are unaware of the number of different types of cleansers. Shampoos are developed to work with the pH or chemical makeup of strands, which determines the amount of alkaline in strands. Some will make curls and waves more or less alkaline, while others are meant to simply remove dirt, oils and product buildup. After shampooing, conditioners are applied to soften or make strands more susceptible to coloring and styling. Conditioners applied to wet strands penetrate the cuticle, or outer layer, and change the chemical structure.

Hair styling products that add volume make cuticles swell to create the appearance of more fullness; while some gels, creams and waxes afford more flexibility and manageability of specific designs or protect strands from potentially damaging heated appliances or chemical processes. Teens love adding gels and waxes to achieve styles that make curls stand on end, like Mohawks usually worn by heavy metal performers. Creams also soften and hydrate brittle or damaged hair, which tends to break easily; while waxes and pomades can add definition to frizzy or kinky curls. Popular natural styles like dreadlocks, twists, and braids rely on pomades and creams to tame curls and coax unruly strands into shape.

When it comes to color, the possibilities are almost unlimited. Hair styling products that add varying hues to lackluster locks or completely change an individual's nature-made mane are an industry all their own. From permanent dyes to temporary tints, glazes, cellophanes, and metallic sprays, men and women can turn back the hands of time or create a whole new persona just with a little bit of color. Mahogany highlights, purple streaks, or a hint of henna goes a long way in enhancing a naturally beautiful mane or creating drama for a special occasion. But coloring is not something that should be attempted at home. Cosmetologists are expert at applying the right formula to create a desired look. Instead of winding up with ghastly green locks, individuals should rely on the professionals to use exacting coloring applications for the best results.

The process of turning straight strands to curly and curly to straight requires hair styling products, such as chemical relaxers or permanent wave creams. Improving on nature is an art in itself. Regardless of ethnic background, everyone has one or more of three distinct wave patterns: curly, wavy, or straight; and different patterns can actually exist on the same head. Curly strands create spirals in varying degrees of tightness -- from loose to extremely curly, or what some term as kinky. Asians, Europeans, and Caucasians generally have straight or wavy strands, while an African American pattern is typically curly to kinky. However, exceptions to the rule are individuals of African American descent that have bone straight strands and Caucasians with nappy or kinky locks. There are literally hundreds of products on the market which can either release the wave pattern to make curly and kinky strands straighter or tighten the pattern to make sleek manes cascade in voluminous spirals.

Other than using relaxers, cold waves, shampoos, and conditioners to tame an unruly mane, cosmetologists also rely on heated appliances. Curling irons, flat irons, crimping irons, pressing combs, blow dryers, hot curlers, and clippers are all part of a hair styling products arsenal to coax resistant strands into submission. Because the cuticle is primarily composed of protein, when heat is applied wave patterns are temporarily altered. However, chemicals permanently change wave patterns or textures and altered strands must grow out from the scalp in order for original textures to be restored. A skilled beautician or barber will know the right amount of heat and the right chemical to use to lessen damage, prevent breakage, and maintain styles.

Without the availability of hair styling products that provide versatility and the ability to change the texture of one's mane, men and women would be bound to wave patterns and features they find unbecoming. Thanks to professional stylists and innovative beauty techniques and products, anyone from any ethnic background can attain a more self-satisfying appearance. For those who prefer their natural, God-given beauty, certain hair styling products can enhance and strengthen naturally kinky or straight locks. Today almost any look: from bald, to cropped, curly, kinky, dreadlocked, sleek and straight are totally acceptable. The key to attaining healthy, vibrant strands -- no matter what the length, texture, or color -- is using the right products specifically made for uniquely individual types.

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