Made Two New Discoveries about Salt and Skin

I got curious about what salt can do us externally and decided to do an experiment on it. Surprisingly, whenever I mentioned it to someone backlash followed. I still went ahead.

Salt on Skin Experiment

It is not like I knew nothing about the marriage between our skin and salt. Some things went bad though. These are the mistakes I came across:
  • Using salt containing iodine on skin is torture. It feels so itchy!
  • Salt is capable of leaving cuts if massaged onto skin. It is sharp like blade. Mixing water does not help.
  • Salt mixed with lime juice is capable of removing tan within 10 minutes. It becomes permanent unless you expose it to sun irresponsibly. But doing the application frequently gets that specific area of the skin wrinkled badly. Culprit here is the lime juice and not the salt.
  • Some people online talked about how they used salt water as toner. I have sensitive skin. The toner ended up giving me acne. On day 2, things went worse. It seemed the idea of keeping the salt water in bottle for later use was a bad idea. My skin felt weird.
Those things justify the backlash. Still my thirst for continuing the salt experiment failed to die. There was something I noticed. I made a few tweaks to what I was doing to understand that better. First of all, I went for iodine free salt. It was Morton. I started it all in summer. My skin was horribly dry and I wanted it that way so I could see the result of my experiment better.  I took some salt in my hand with few drops of water to make it moist. I softly and carefully dabbed it to my face and after 2 minutes washed off. This time things became clear. My face no more felt dry. In fact, whatever tiny age related wrinkles I got looked literally invisible. The skin, overall, felt plumped, soft and glossy. I stopped the application to see how long my facial skin would stay that way.

There was no break from shower and yet it took two days for the dryness and wrinkles to reappear. When my husband (11 months older than me) got interested in that I told him to repeat this experiment. He had the same result and we both became its fan. So far I have not seen any side effect. But then again, I find the process annoying. I have to always make sure that no residue stays on my skin. I choose to go with the salt only when I have something big coming up and I am the center of the universe.

Salt on Hair Experiment

People around me have always been panicking about hair loss. Men seem to have the most intense fear because going bald is common for their gender. In general, the ones in their 30s panic the most. But as explained to me by my gold medal holding biologist sister, unless the fall looks extremely abnormal, there is nothing to worry about. Like all other animals, humans’ shedding is part of nature. What we must still remember is that hair fall in general, is a response to imbalanced ph of the head skin. Salt is known to restore ph balance. So I asked: Could salt application prevent the fall?

I could not dare to pour the particles on hair. I had to take a detour to salt water. I made it by stirring 3 spoons of salt to water. I took the solution to shower in a bottle. Just some minutes before getting out, I poured it on my wet hair and then washed. That day after it, something strange I noticed. Not even that normal hair fall was visible anymore. The effect remained like this for two days. On third day, the falling went back to normal. I then tried regular washing of hair with salt water. This time another new effect showed up. I generally have silky hair. That remained visible. However, touching showed sharpness in them. I did not notice anything else. I disliked the sharpness for which I no more wanted to regularly use the salt water.

Easiest Solution to Get Rid of Dandruff in a Week

It seems that majority of the people including medical professionals believe that specialized shampoo is the ultimate weapon to be used against dandruff. Grandmothers recommend oil, yogurt, vinegar, lemon, baking soda, coal and the list goes on! But how many of them truly work?

Hold your breath, elimination of dandruff requires none of those things. Also if you look at them from technical point of view, you have to wonder whether they can do anything those nasty solid particles.

I have finally found the magic solution that no one is talking about, perhaps, because no one tried it. Only three little things are needed to make it work and they are normally right in front of our eyes at home. Once they are combined, within a week big difference can come forward.

Things required:
  • Pedestal or table fan/Hair blow dryer that has cold air option
  • Wide tooth comb
  • Towel
Step 1. Take shower like you normally do.
Step 2. After shower, use towel to blot your hair to remove excess water.
Step 3. Once out, comb your hair to untangle the knots
Step 4.Now dry the hair using either fan or hair dryer while combing through the strand gently. If you are doing it at night before sleep, you have to make sure that your hair has been completely dried.
Step 5. Repeat the process everyday. On fourth day, however, you will notice extremely less dandruff.

What the hell? These are steps of how to blow dry hair. That is true. But the point here is that drying while combing is what makes the dandruff disappear. Technically, the scalp area should be given more importance.

Notes and Warnings 

  • Pedestal and table fans work best.
  • Hands feel achy after a few minutes? Work on your laptop or do something else in front of the fan, but don't skip combing in the beginning.
  • No matter how tempting it is, avoid hot air of blow dryer to make sure hair is not damaged.
  • Shampoo can be added to the method. It is best to go with the one that has both shampoo and conditioner (2 in 1). Don't apply it everyday. Make it every other day to avoid giving damage to hair.
  • Two shampoos that help the hair dry quicker are Head & Shoulders and VO5.
  • Combing and blow drying hair can make the dandruff flakes land on the face, triggering acne. Thus, it is best to wash the face after using the method.
  • It is not necessary to repeat the method forever as long as you are not taking shower before going to bed.
  • To keep the result permanent, comb hair after every shower.
  • Kill the habit of staying with towel wrap, for this can also summon the demonic flakes.
  • When scratching scalp itch avoid the nails. Instead use the tips of the fingers.
  • One of the side effects of using this method is hair growth. Now that is a good news for those who want long hair and bad news for those who just shortened their hair. 
  • It is not known whether the method would work on dandruff coming from severe medical conditions such as  Parkinson's disease.
  • It is not known whether it is damaging to thinning hair. Test driving can help you find the answer. In case of failure, avoid it completely. 

How to Use Hair Removal Cream Without Getting Rashes

Hair removal creams and lotions are better alternative to razors. They somehow slow down the growth of the hair, letting us take a break of three or four days from the worries of shaving.  Also they prevent the hair from growing thicker like bush! It is not hard to achieve these benefits.

But sometimes the creams can be harsh. Much of it depends on how they are used. Actually, certain precautions and tactics have to be utilized while dealing with such creams.  We will have a discussion of all this here today. In between, we will have many tips too.

Hair Removing should be done Under Good light: Always pick a bathroom that has enough light. It will help you see the unwanted hair better.

Remove Hair 8 to 24 hours before Going in the Sun: Skin which has gone through the hair removal process tends to be infused with oil. Thus, it easily darkens under the sun. In some cases, only dark spots form. So it is important that the hair removal cream is used 8 to 24 hours before going out.

Choose a Good Applicator: Most of the time, the hair removal cream comes with a spatula and sponge. According to the makers, they are supposed to ease the application and removal jobs.  Only when using them we come to know that there is not much truth in those claims. In reality, cotton pads make better applicators. So give them a try. For the face, cotton bud is best. The tool does slow down the work. But it is compensated by the final result.

Choose a Good Cream or Lotion: Not all hair removal creams and lotions are same. You definitely need to pick what is effective. Sadly, this calls for many trials. Save the creams’ receipts so you can get refunds just in case they fail to work on your skin. But is there anything best out there? I used Nair, Sally Hansen, Veet and some other unknown brands. Among them, only Veet turned out to be the best for me. I must still say that its previous formula used to make the hair thick. The newest one does not seem to produce that problem.  If you wish to pick something different go for the one that has loosened smooth texture.

Teens and People with Sensitive Skin, be Aware of These Products: Hair removal cream ingredients can be toxic for the young vulnerable skin. On legs, the effect is less. But you really do not want to try it on your face.  I am warning you from my own experience. As a teen, I used the cream on the cheeks. The result of this was rash. The marks from this rash took years to leave my skin. Even in my early 20s I was carrying them. But when the skin matured at age 25, I tested the cream again on the face. This time there was no rash. That is why, I would tell you to wait. It seems that on mature skin, the cream does not react badly.

How to remove the hair effectively?
This is the most important section. Let’s learn how to use the cream. To make the job possible, make sure you have the following:
Small towel
Warm water
Hair removal cream
Applicator (Cotton pads)

The steps:
1. Before you begin, find out from the package of the cream as to what the maker says about how long you can keep the cream on your skin. This is a very important. After a certain time, the cream tends to burn the skin. You don’t want this to happen.

2. With the cotton pad, cover the hair with the cream.

3. Within 2 minutes, the hairs will start to curl up. They almost look zigzag. This is the sign of their loss of strength. If it has not started happening keep the cream a little longer, but never more than the minutes mentioned by the maker. If you feel a burning sensations then ignore the maker’s direction. Remove the cream immediately because it is a sign that it is giving you rash. If possible do not use it again.

4. Make the towel wet. Use warm water.

5. With it now, remove the cream and hair. Be gentle here to avoid scratching or cutting yourself.                

Signs that hair removal cream will not work
Hair shaved before several times is immune to Removal Cream:
Ever wonder why creams don’t work on certain body parts? There is simple reason behind it. Regularly shaved hair tends to become thick. That is the main reason why in some parts of the world, kids go bald many times. Their parents just want them to have strong thick hair in their adult years. Similar fate is embedded in our other body parts. The more we shave our body hair the stronger we make them. They do not lose the strength. As a result, they fail to react to the cream. In this case, waxing is the only answer.

The cream has expired:
How do you know that your hair removal cream has expired? Take a look at its texture. If it looks and feels thick then it means that the cream is not usable. It will not work on hair like before. Usually, it takes 7 to 9 months for the cream to become useless.

Use Shaving Cream Instead of Shampoo

There was a time when shaving cream was made only for men. But now more and more brands are and designing and releasing it for women. The ingredients in it are less harsh, making them more soothing for women’s skin. Traditionally, we use this cream on legs and armpits. But the truth is that we can benefit from it in a different way also.

Often when shampoo runs out some of us feel that in emergency case, it can be replaced by soap. Sure this sounds like a good idea, but in reality, it is toxic. Soap does not just dry out hair, but also leaves them in knots. The ultimate result is rather embarrassing. So next time when shampoo runs out try shaving cream.

As mentioned before, it is less harsh. But the best thing is that it tends do the hair cleaning job quite smoothly. Dryness might still occur, but will not be too overpowering. That said we cannot totally replace shampoo with shaving cream. What is made for hair should go to hair and what is made for skin should go to skin. So try to get your shampoo as soon as you can.
Here is another interesting fact, men’ shaving cream especially Old Spice can keep bathroom mirrors defogged. To make it happen, all we need to do is apply a bit of it on them before shower.

Lazy Lady’s Guide to Cleaning Combs Without The Muscle Work

Once in a while, we all get lazy. We don’t want to touch anything. So things we have get dusty and dirty. This is true especially in winter. During this specific season, the thought of touching water turns us into cats.

Think about how some of our accessories can suffer because of this. The combs would get dirtier for hair. They do not require going through this. Just use the steps given below. They will show you how it is so easy to clean them without the hassle of scrubbing.

1. Get a bucket.

2. Now pour a little bit of shampoo in it.

3. Then pour hot tap water.

4. Stir to create foam.

5. Now make your combs stand in this bucket upside down in such a way so that only their teeth are right in the water.

6. Wait an hour.

7. Then run tap water over the teeth. by now, you should see the combs completely dirt less.

8. Last, air dry.

Fun Fact
Pantene 2 in 1 shampoos work best in this task.

Severe Side Effect and Death From Hair Color

At the end of last year, various reports on the danger of using hair dye surfaced in UK. Majority of us in America are completely unaware of this. But now it is about time that we learn about it because the brand involved is sold even here in the US.According to British media, right after 20 minutes of applying hair dye, a 17 year old girl fainted and died. Another lady named Julie McCabe collapsed, but was left with severe brain damage.  She experienced breathing problem while washing the dye off of her hair.  Doctors basically reported that her brain did not get enough oxygen at the last minute for which it went through the damage. What brand of hair dye was she using? It was none other than L’Oreal Preference.

It is predicted that p-Phenylenediamine (PPD), a chemical compound which usually goes in the hair dye is behind these cases.  Experts, however, have been saying that it couldn’t be so. Studies show that death from p-Phenylenediamine cannot occur that easily. Really? But they do conclude that it can give severe allergic reaction! If we use medical terminology we will see that another name of severe allergic reaction is anaphylaxis. One of its symptoms is breathing difficulty. Later death is possible. Julie McCabe did trouble breathing for which she suffered the brain damage. L’Oreal is aware of all the cases, but has not shown any interest in recalling their hair colors. The toxic chemical PPD is also found in majority of the Revlon, Garnier and Clairol hair colors.
The only way to avoid it is to go organic. However, caution must still be applied. PPD does sometimes make it to organic hair colors. A good example is Naturtint. Therefore, it is best to investigate the label of whatever hair color grabs your attention. You should also try practicing caution while buying commercially processed henna tattoo paste or powder because makers often add PPD to it.