A popular anti skin aging ingredient is Vitamin C. In anti skin aging treatment Vitamin C is the most effective ingredient. The skin receives many good benefits from Vitamin C. Not only does this vitamin help get rid of the free radicals that can damage your skin but it also helps your body increase the production of collagen.
The biggest challenge for the skin care industry is the stability of Vitamin C. When exposed to the air, Vitamin C oxidizes immediately. When Vitamin C is oxidized it not only becomes ineffective but it is also harmful to individuals since it will increase the production of free radicals.
Manufacturers have invested lots of money on researching a way to find alternative forms of solving the major oxidation problem. Increasing the concentration of Vitamin C so it doesn't loose its effectiveness is one solution they have found. Often time manufacturers will increase the concentration to ten percent. As the concentration of Vitamin C increases so does the price. So for this reason many consumers look for alternatives to skin products that contain Vitamin C.
Vitamin C derivatives have also been found by researchers that can be used as ingredients. Derivatives of Vitamin C that can easily penetrate the skin cells and release a proper amount of acid to help the production of collagen are ideal. The most common fat soluble Vitamin C derivative in skin care products is ascorbyl palmitate. This ingredient is more stable and less irritating than Vitamin C. Another derivative is the water soluble magnesium ascorbyl phosphate. This ingredient is also good for products that are made specifically for sensitive skin. Both these derivatives don't oxidize as easily as Vitamin C and don't cause as much irritation. Although they aren't as effective as pure Vitamin C.
It is best to check a product first before buying a skin care product based with Vitamin C. You can determine which products are effective to use since Vitamin C oxidizes easily. You can determine the effectiveness by the color of the product. A product is useless and harmful if it is yellowish-brown since this means it has been exposed to the air. With Vitamin C products you should read the label carefully to ensure you aren't wasting your money on a product that won't work.
Depending on the individual the effectiveness of a product will vary. While Vitamin C products will work well for some they can be useless for others. Some skin care product ingredients don't respond effectively for all skin types. To maintain and improve the efficiency of products you should make sure you store products properly.
What is acupuncture? What does it do for pain? Is it for you?
Do you enjoy having injections? Not, likely, you say. Well, how about voluntarily subjecting yourself to, not one, but multiple needle pricks, all in an attempt to relieve pain. If you think that only a masochist would allow such torture to his body, then you need to get up to scratch on acupuncture.
Acupuncture originated in China some 250 years before the birth of Christ. The Chinese found that the insertion of fine needles stimulated or calmed certain parts of the body. Specifically, acupuncture was discovered to have the following effects: (1) Sedation: Prior to a tooth extraction, childbirth by Caesarean section or any number of medical procedures, acupuncture can sedate the patient without causing the none too pleasant side effects of vomiting and dizziness. (2) Relaxation: After treatment the patient feels as if a weight has been taken off his shoulders. His muscles feel loose and relaxed, as if he has just had a fantastic deep tissue massage. (3) Functional Modification: Muscular pain can be eased, if not eliminated, and functionally unhealthy conditions can be corrected.
Sound pretty good, so far? Want to give it a try? Or, are you still not able to get over the needle thing? Well, calm down ? it's not that bad. Really. The acupuncture needles are, in fact, pleasantly unobtrusive. Although they vary in length from 5 to 7 centimetres, they are very fine. Made of silver or stainless steel, they have a thickness of just 0.1 millimetres. With a set of these tools and a metal guide tube the acupuncturist sets to work. Here's the routine he'll usually follow: (a) As an aid to diagnosis he will take the patient's pulse. He will also feel to determine the hardness of the muscles. He will then ascertain where the origin of a patient's pain is. (b) A needle will be inserted about an inch from the pain center. This will cause the nerves in that area to vibrate. Several smaller needles will be inserted around the same area. (c) The acupuncturist will now use reflexology techniques to insert a needle in the foot such that the area affecting the pained muscle is affected. (d) After treatment, the patient should rest for about 30 minutes before resuming with his day.
The actual insertion of the needles is a matter of precision. The needle is placed in a guide tube held in the acupuncturist's left hand. The guide tube is slightly shorter than the needle itself. The acupuncturist will now give a light tap with his right index finger and the needle is painlessly inserted into the skin at exactly the right spot. So, just how does acupuncture work? Well, that is a secret that its Oriental practitioners are not ready to divulge. The closest to an explanation came from a life-long acupuncturist who said, "Acupuncture is simply our way of treating illness. The patient likes the personal touch that is sometimes regrettably missing in Western medical treatment. Through acupuncture we can ease pain and correct an unhealthy condition ? in other words, help one who is sick to regain reasonable health." If you want to do just that, perhaps it's time you went under the needle.
Surfing tips: what to look for in a beginners surfboard
Learning to surf can be a daunting task. It?s important that you begin with the right board for a beginner.
There are two primary, equally important, components in surfing -- you and the board. If you are over the age of four, then you are probably familiar with some of the basic aspects of the former component (yourself). You understand that you have arms and legs, and hopefully you?ve mastered the art of standing. The latter component, the surfboard, may not be as familiar to you. It too, has a few varying aspects important to riding waves: nose, stringer, rails, deck, fins, and tail.
The nose is the most forward part of the surfboard. Like the hood of a car, wherever the nose points, there shall you go.
The stringer is the line conjoining the two sides of a surfboard, and flows down the board in the exact center, from nose to tail.
The rails are the rounded sides of your surfboard. These are for cutting, gripping and carrying your board. Cutting is the motion of tipping the rail of a surfboard into the wave, to control direction.
The deck is that part of the surfboard with the most surface area. This will be the part that you stand upon, once you?ve successfully caught a wave.
The fins of a surfboard are located underneath its tail. They provide stability and help you in steering the nose.
The tail is the trailing end of your surfboard.
Just as the human body comes in varying shapes and sizes, so too, does the surfboard. A surfboard will fall under four basic categories, based on its dimensions.
For the beginner, the board to start out with is called the Longboard, or the Malibu. The Longboard is the direct descendant of those wooden planks first used, by the Hawaiians, to ride the waves. . These boards are long and wide with a round nose and railing. The Malibu is the Cadillac of surfboards and, as such, what it lacks in maneuverability it makes up for in stability. A Longboard will typically be between nine and twelve feet in length.
The most common style of surfboard found today is the Shortboard, or Thruster. At around six to seven feet in length, these boards are smaller and lighter, and allow for a much greater maneuverability than the Longboard.
Another type of surfboard is the Fish. These boards are shorter in length, than the Shortboard, but wider through the deck area. This design allows for greater cutting ability in the tube, more room to work the feet, and greater stability.
The Gun is the big-wave version of the Shortboard. It?s similar in dimension to the Shortboard but will tend to be a couple feet longer. The greater length of this board allows big-wave surfers to more easily paddle into their wave.
As a beginner, once you?ve picked out a suitable Longboard, there are a few preparations left to undertake before you actually hit the water. First you have to wax your surfboard. Surfboard wax is inexpensive and can be found at most surf and sporting goods shops. Waxing your board keeps you from slipping off and allows for a firmer grip on the rails. After waxing your board, you want to check to make sure that your leash is properly attached; this is especially important for beginners. The leash, or leg rope, attaches to your board through a little hole in the tail. The other end of the leash wraps around your leg and will typically use a velcro fastener. Depending on what country, or what season, you?re in, you may want to invest in a wetsuit. A wetsuit acts as insulation against cold water and air, allowing you to surf waves in some of the less hospitable of weather conditions. It can also help protect your skin against abrasion if your goal is to become an avid, every day surfer.
Learning to surf, like anything else, simply takes practice. In the world of surfing, everyone is welcome. So grab your Mali, your wax, and your wetsuit - - and start paddling.
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