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Beauty’s Green & Recycling Efforts

Beauty’s Green & Recycling Efforts

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Do you ever feel that you have been bombarded by the demands to go “green”? Going “green” and recycling to save the planet is a big thing and getting bigger every day.  We all love and want to look beautiful. But look around us, we may be clean and beautiful, but have you been dirtying the environment at the same time? Can we go green with beauty? How can we do that? As an individual, everyone of us have a free choice whether we want to subject ourselves to any potential risk and further increase the burden on our planet. But if you want to make a difference, here are few things you can do:

The rule is quite simple, go for products that contain ingredients with substances that are found in nature, biodegradable and can be incorporated into the planets ever changing life cycle. Use beauty products sparingly. Soaps, bath gels, body washes, and shampoos rinse off from your body, goes down the drain and enters the water cycle.

Read labels carefully. Never flush unused cosmetics, medicines, soaps or shampoos down the toilet. This delivers chemicals directly into the water supply, where they may impact fish and other living creatures. Anything containing solvents, petroleum, or hydrocarbons should not be drained or flushed.

Return unused drugs and prescription beauty products directly to your pharmacist, who can dispose of them properly. Discarded contraceptive patches have shared their effects with the water supply, reducing the potency of male fish. This has been proven, although the jury is still out on whether they may affect humans as well.

Reuse containers, whenever you can. Be creative. How might you use a pretty perfume bottle or a prescription cup? Could you refill those soap pumps instead of replacing them? Look out for hazardous waste collections in your area. Save solvents, flammables, and other chemically-based items for this occasion. Skip aerosols, when you have the choice. Fluorocarbons are a particular environmental hazard. (Remember the vanishing ozone layer?) Plus, aerosol cans cannot be reused or recycled. Use pumps or roll-ons, if you can.

plantIn a recent survey, statistics shown that women gave a variety of reasons why they ditched their newly-bought beauty treats. Here are the top reasons why:

1. They didn’t like the way the products made their skin feel

2. The products didn’t deliver an improvement in their appearance.

3. They tend to discard a product once they had bought a more exciting newer version, whether the original was finished or not.

4. Being absent-minded, they misplaced the new products or putting in a drawer and forgetting that they’d ever bought them

The majority of women admitted to wasting up to RM500 a year like this but some make-up-mad women totted up a loss of more than RM1, 000! With that amount of cash, you could have bought a really nice dress or handbag to cart around all the unwanted lippy and eyeliner, etc. You can change your beauty binning ways – here are some quick tips to get you started.

(1) Try before you buy

Avoid buying on impulse. Ask politely for product testers before you buy. Some companies even have small product samples to hand out to likely customers.

(2) Don’t get carried away by special deals

Buy 1 Free 1 or even 3 for 2; these kinds of special offers always seem like a good idea at the time. What’s worse than being stuck with a bottle of moisturiser that you don’t need or can’t use? You’re stuck with two of them! Try not to get carried away, as cheaper may not always be better. Pick a product you know and like, so that you don’t end up wasting money. So think carefully before you splash your cash on an armful of goodies.

(3) Don’t give up so fast

On average, most women give up on new purchases after approximately five uses. And experts find that this is far too early. As your skin cells regenerate only every four weeks, it will take that long to see if the new product is working. However obviously, if it brings you out in a rash then don’t hesitate to give it up. But if you’re just disappointed that it doesn’t seem to be producing the improvement you’d hoped for, persevere a bit longer before chucking it away.

Find out why your skincare stopped working (or never started) – Top Reasons Why You Don’t See Result

(4) Organise a girl’s party and swap products

Invite your friends over and ask them to bring their unwanted products with them. That bottle of leave-in conditioner might make your fine, flyaway locks greasy but it could be perfect for your best mate’s dry, curly mane. Exchange it for her unwanted body lotion and everyone’s a winner. Throw some juice cocktails and party food into the mix and you’ve got yourself a fab girls’ night in. However, do bear in mind, to avoid infection, don’t swap eyeliners, eye shadows, mascaras or lipsticks.

(5) Be Creative

Your new moisturiser is too heavy for your face doesn’t mean it won’t work wonders on your dry, cracked elbows. Or that an overly harsh facial scrub could leave tired feet feeling lovely and soft. Get creative and think of other ways to use unwanted products. For instance, shampoo and conditioner are great for hand washing wool or cashmere jumpers.

(6) Return The Product

If everything else fails, return the product to the shop. After all, you’d expect a refund on a dress that had fallen apart at the seams. Obviously, you can’t demand your money back on an eye shadow or lipstick that simply doesn’t suit you. But if the product has caused an allergic reaction, tell the supplier.

earthgreenSome companies offers refund any customer who tells them that a product from their company has not made any discernible difference to their skin. Check the website of the makers of your product for more info or contact them directly.

Let us all do our part to save the earth, feel good on the inside and yet look great and beautiful on the outside. Let’s make earth a better place for you and me.

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<img class=”alignnone size-full wp-image-2651″ title=”Fashion-&amp;-Lifestyle-header” src=”http://gfrendz.com/main/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/Fashion-Lifestyle-header.jpg” alt=”Fashion-&amp;-Lifestyle-header” width=”578″ height=”120″ />
<p style=”text-align: justify;”><strong><img class=”size-full wp-image-2654 alignleft” title=”img-thing” src=”http://gfrendz.com/main/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/img-thing.jpg” alt=”img-thing” width=”300″ height=”250″ />Myth 1: Sleeping on your back or with a satin pillow will help your face stay wrinkle-free.</strong></p>
<p style=”text-align: justify;”>That’s a big exaggeration with a little truth behind it. As you age, the collagen and elastin fibers in your skin break down, so when you burrow your face into a pillow, putting pressure on these fibers for several hours at a time, the skin is increasingly less likely to snap back. If you have a pattern of sleeping on one side, that side of your face will typically show more wrinkling than the other (the difference is very subtle). Learning to sleep on your back can help your skin a bit, but you’d fare much better wearing a good sunscreen every day than sleeping on a satin pillow.</p>
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<p style=”text-align: justify;”><strong>Myth 2: Does Chocolate Cause Acne?</strong><img class=”alignright size-full wp-image-2655″ title=”choco” src=”http://gfrendz.com/main/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/choco.jpg” alt=”choco” width=”144″ height=”146″ /></p>
<p style=”text-align: justify;”>One of the biggest beauty myths is that chocolate (and fried foods) can cause acne. Extensive research shows this is simply not true. A poor diet, however, can exacerbate acne. So if you already have a pimple problem, try to maintain a healthy diet. Hormones, overactive oil glands, heredity and dead skin cells that lodge in skin pores are what cause acne.</p>
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<p style=”text-align: justify;”><strong>Myth 3: Should Concealer Be Lighter Than Your Skin Tone?</strong></p>
<p style=”text-align: justify;”>Don’t buy concealer that’s a shade or two lighter than your skin tone or you may end up resembling a raccoon. To properly conceal dark circles, pick a concealer that’s yellow-based, and better yet, try out concealers at a department store counter where you can test drive a product on your dark circles before you buy. (Skip the wrist tests, too).<strong><img class=”size-full wp-image-2656 alignright” title=”concealer” src=”http://gfrendz.com/main/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/concealer.jpg” alt=”concealer” width=”147″ height=”147″ /></strong></p>
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<p style=”text-align: justify;”><img class=”size-full wp-image-2657 alignleft” title=”Young woman  applies body lotion to shin” src=”http://gfrendz.com/main/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/lotion.jpg” alt=”Young woman applies body lotion to shin” width=”119″ height=”162″ /><strong>Myth 4: Can You Use a Body Lotion on Your Face?</strong></p>
<p style=”text-align: justify;”>While you can use a face lotion on your body, you shouldn’t use a body lotion on your face, unless you need it in a pinch and all you have to soothe dry skin is body lotion. Lotion formulated for the body can be drying or can irritate the more sensitive skin on your face. Your body’s skin is thicker and tougher than the skin on your face so companies can get away with putting fragrances and cheaper ingredients in a body lotion.</p>
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<p style=”text-align: justify;”><strong><img class=”size-full wp-image-2658 alignright” title=”leg shave” src=”http://gfrendz.com/main/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/leg-shave.jpg” alt=”leg shave” width=”160″ height=”171″ />Myth 5: Is It Unsanitary to Use His Razor?</strong></p>
<p style=”text-align: justify;”>You’re out of deodorant, can you use his? Go ahead and raid his bathroom cabinet if you’re in a pinch. Anti-perspirants and deodorants contain the same ingredients for both men and women, the difference is in the fragrance. If you don’t mind smelling like a pine tree, then swipe away. As for his used razor, it’s generally better to use your own because a dull razor can cause nicks, but in a pinch, go ahead and borrow his razor; it’s not going to give you a disease.</p>
<p style=”text-align: justify;”>Other things to consider about his products: Women’s shaving creams tend to be heavier, but there’s no reason not to use a guy’s cheaper shaving cream to shave your legs. As for cleansers formulated for him? These are OK for you in a pinch, but many are created to prepare skin for shaving and these ingredients could dry out your skin.</p>
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<p style=”text-align: justify;”><strong><img class=”size-full wp-image-2659 alignright” title=”perfume” src=”http://gfrendz.com/main/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/perfume.jpg” alt=”perfume” width=”257″ height=”168″ />Myth 6: Best Way to Spritz Perfume: Spray First, Then Walk Into the Mist</strong></p>
<p style=”text-align: justify;”>Some of you may be doing this; sprayed perfume into the air, then walked through it, thinking this was the very best way to smell great without smelling like the perfume department at Metrojaya during Christmas seasons.</p>
<p style=”text-align: justify;”>This is actually NOT the best way to apply perfume. Walking into the mist means you’re coating your clothes with fragrance and not you, and perfume can stain fabric. Since fragrance is formulated to work with the heat of your body, it’s best to apply perfume to pulse points — wrists, back of the knees, the base of the throat and just behind the earlobes.</p>
<p style=”text-align: justify;”>Extra tip: Don’t rub wrists together; this can break down the molecular structure of perfume.</p>
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<p style=”text-align: justify;”><strong><img class=”size-full wp-image-2660 alignleft” title=”toner” src=”http://gfrendz.com/main/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/toner.jpg” alt=”toner” width=”164″ height=”245″ />Myth 7: Toner is a Must for Any Skincare Regimen</strong></p>
<p style=”text-align: justify;”>While many people feel toners truly cleanse their faces, removing any excess makeup residue, the fact is; toner is not a “must-have” part of most people’s skincare regimen. Why? These days, cleansers do a good enough job removing excess oils and dirt from skin, so you don’t actually need a toner or an added astringent .  Not unless  with the exception that you are suffering from extremely oily skin.</p>
<p style=”text-align: justify;”>This doesn’t mean you should stop using toners if you dont have oily skin.  If you love, love, love your toner and the way it makes your skin feel, keep it. Enjoy it!</p>
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<p style=”text-align: justify;”><strong>Myth 8: Never, Ever Tweeze Above the Brow</strong></p>
<p style=”text-align: justify;”>Don’t you be surprised; many women are walking around with messy brows because of this beauty myth. Please, pluck below and above the brow as necessary. Clean up the unrulies between the brows as well. Better yet, pay a professional to tweeze, wax or thread your brows.</p>
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<p style=”text-align: center;”><strong><img class=”size-full wp-image-2661 aligncenter” title=”teye” src=”http://gfrendz.com/main/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/teye.jpg” alt=”teye” width=”250″ height=”238″ /></strong></p>
<p style=”text-align: justify;”><strong>Myth 8: Can You Prevent Stretch Marks With Lotion?</strong></p>
<p style=”text-align: justify;”>Not really. Stretch marks are caused by weight gain or weight loss. Some women don’t get stretch marks because their skin reacts well to expansion. Others get stretch marks because genetically, their skin does not. If you have stretch marks from your growth period in your youth, then it’s likely you’ll get them from pregnancy no matter how much oil or lotion you rub every day on your belly.</p>
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<p style=”text-align: justify;”><strong><img class=”size-full wp-image-2662 aligncenter” title=”smark” src=”http://gfrendz.com/main/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/smark.jpg” alt=”smark” width=”332″ height=”220″ /></strong></p>
<p style=”text-align: justify;”><strong>Myth 9: Crossing your legs will give you varicose veins.</strong></p>
<p style=”text-align: justify;”>Sitting down and crossing your legs won’t cause varicose or spider veins, but standing may. Pronounced veins often crop up on people who either have a genetic predisposition to them or have jobs that require them to stand a lot. Standing makes the vascular network work extra hard to pump blood from the legs up to the heart. If the valves, which keep blood flowing in one direction within your vessels, aren’t functioning properly, a pooling of blood can occur and result in unsightly veins. Pregnancy, which puts added pressure on the circulatory system, or a trauma―getting hit by a softball or a car door, for example―can also lead to varicose or spider veins.</p>
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<p style=”text-align: justify;”><img class=”alignright size-full wp-image-2663″ title=”cell3″ src=”http://gfrendz.com/main/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/cell3.jpg” alt=”cell3″ width=”211″ height=”210″ /><strong>Myth 10: You can get rid of cellulite.</strong></p>
<p style=”text-align: justify;”>Aaah…this remains one of the holy grails of cosmetic dermatology. Nothing can be done to permanently eliminate it―not even liposuction. Cellulite consists of fat deposits that get trapped between the fibrous bands that connect the skin’s tissues. The bands squeeze the fat under the skin, resulting in a lumpy texture. Luck of the gene pool mostly determines who will and won’t get cellulite. It doesn’t matter whether you’re fat or thin.</p>
<p style=”text-align: justify;”>You can, however, temporarily reduce its orange peel-like appearance. Firming creams often contain caffeine to tighten and smooth the skin. A basic moisturizer will also work to hydrate and swell the skin, making cellulite a little less obvious. Or try using a self-tanner; a fake tan will help camouflage it.</p>
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<p style=”text-align: justify;”><strong>Myth 11: Shaving will make your hair grow back darker and thicker.</strong></p>
<p style=”text-align: justify;”>Hair that hasn’t been cut grows to a point; it’s widest at the base and narrowest at the tip. When you shave a hair, you cut it at the base. The widest part then grows out, and the hair appears thicker. But shaving doesn’t change the width, density, or color of hair.</p>
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<p style=”text-align: justify;”><img class=”alignleft size-full wp-image-2664″ title=”jelly” src=”http://gfrendz.com/main/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/jelly.jpg” alt=”jelly” width=”230″ height=”173″ /><strong>Myth 12: Putting Petroleum Jelly on your face nightly will prevent wrinkles.</strong></p>
<p style=”text-align: justify;”>Petroleum jelly is the strongest moisturizer there is because it forces oils into the skin and prevents them from evaporating. As the skin ages, it loses its ability to retain moisture, and skin that’s dry looks older. Petroleum jelly can make wrinkles less apparent because it’s adding moisture to the skin, which softens lines, but it can’t actually prevent aging. Only a cream with a proven active ingredient, such as retinol, can stave off wrinkles. Plus, petroleum jelly is so greasy that it can create other problems, including breakouts.</p>
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<p style=”text-align: justify;”><strong>Myth 13: Wearing nail polish all the time will make your nails turn yellow.</strong></p>

This is true, but you can wear enamel all you like and still avoid discoloration. Nails are porous, and they absorb the pigment in polishes. Darker colors, especially reds, have more pigment, so they often stain your nails. Solution: Before applying polish, paint on a clear base coat, to prevent nails from absorbing pigment.<img class=”size-full wp-image-2665 alignleft” title=”polish” src=”http://gfrendz.com/main/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/polish.jpg” alt=”polish” width=”248″ height=”248″ />
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<p style=”text-align: justify;”><strong>Myth 14: You can shrink your pores.</strong></p>
<p style=”text-align: justify;”>It’s actually impossible to change the size of pores, but you can make them look smaller―and using egg whites, a beauty trick Grandma may have tried, does work. “Egg whites tighten the skin, giving the illusion of smaller pores, but it’s a temporary effect.</p>
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<p style=”text-align: justify;”><strong>Myth 15: If you use wax to remove hair, fewer hairs will grow back.</strong></p>
<p style=”text-align: justify;”>Wax rips the hair out at the follicles. And any repeated injury to the follicles over time―we’re talking 20 years―could damage some follicles to the point that they don’t grow back. So employ waxing for its ability to keep your legs smoother longer than shaving can, not for diminishing hair growth.</p>
<p style=”text-align: center;”><img class=”size-full wp-image-2666 aligncenter” title=”wax” src=”http://gfrendz.com/main/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/wax.jpg” alt=”wax” width=”150″ height=”159″ /></p>
<p style=”text-align: justify;”><strong>Myth 16: Rubbing your eyes creates wrinkles.</strong></p>
<p style=”text-align: justify;”>You won’t get crow’s-feet just from kneading your eyes when you’re tired. But the tug of gravity and the repetitive movement of facial muscles, as in smiling or frowning, can break down the collagen in your skin and create wrinkles over time.</p>
<p style=”text-align: justify;”><img class=”size-full wp-image-2667 aligncenter” title=”wsmile” src=”http://gfrendz.com/main/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/wsmile.jpg” alt=”wsmile” width=”171″ height=”241″ /></p>
<p style=”text-align: justify;”><strong>Myth 17: Dotting on toothpaste can help get rid of pimples.</strong></p>
<p style=”text-align: justify;”>True, but don’t apply a toothpaste face mask. Toothpaste often contains menthol, which can help dry out a pimple. But other common toothpaste ingredients can irritate the skin. Unless, if you’re on a reality-TV survival show and all you have is a tube of toothpaste, a couple of million viewers, and a blemish, a dab on your dot will work.</p>
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