Tahukah anda bahan apa dalam produk kosmetik?

Tahukah anda bahan atau sumber yang digunakan untuk menghasilkan produk kosmetik oleh pengilang atau pengeluar?

Jangan terperanjat jika bahan-bahan yang digunakan itu tidak pernah terfikir oleh kita. Setelah tahu, mungkin ada di kalangan anda yang geli-geleman untuk menggunakan produk kosmetik selepas ini. Namun begitu, bahan-bahan ini dipercayai mempunyai khasiat tertentu untuk menjaga kecantikan, terutamanya bagi wanita.

Di antara bahan-bahan yang digunakan untuk menghasilkan beberapa produk kosmetik dipaparkan di bawah ini….

1. Sperm used in Facial

Sperm for Sperm Facial

Spermine is a powerful anti-oxidant in human sperm. It is considered great in diminishing and reducing wrinkles. It also makes the skin smooth. New York magazine featured an article on this controversially bizarre and weird beauty treatment. According to the article, Townhouse Spa offers spermine treatment in which the cream is applied over skin and then ultrasound and infrared light is used to help the product penetrate the lipid barrier. A Norwegian company called Bioforskning sells sperm based products in the market.

2. Baby’s Foreskin in Anti Aging Creams

SkinMedica Foreskin-Based Anti-Aging Cream

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Many companies including Skinmedica and Vavelta use Baby’s foreskin removed after circumcision in their anti aging and anti wrinkle creams. According to Skinmedica, their products have used one single foreskin, and that it hasn’t acquired any new foreskin in over 20 years as 1 piece of foreskin is capable of producing 4 acres of fresh and new skin. The cells on the inside of the foreskin are rich in human dermal fibroblasts (HDF), which create collagen. This makes foreskin an ideal ingredient for an anti-wrinkle cream or injectable serum. Vavelta declares it’s injections based on baby’s foreskin as an ideal replacement of botox. This sounds gross and unethical.

3. Placenta in Creams

Placenta Cream

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The placenta is an organ that connects the developing fetus to the uterine wall of the mother. It has a passage which provides nutrient to the baby, allows gas exchange via the mother’s blood supply and eliminates waste. Placenta comes out with the baby at the time of birth. It is rich in hormones and proteins and is used by various manufacturers in creams to stimulate tissue growth and reduces wrinkles.

4. Whale’s Vomit in Perfumes

Perfume with Whale Vomit

Whale Vomit

Many expensive perfumes like Oceans by Nautica include whale vomit also known as ambergris. The ocean like fragrance in the perfume comes from nothing else but carefully collected natural whale’s vomit. Huge chunks of whale’s vomit float in the ocean for years and absorb the scent of the sea. It is usually found on beaches in South America or Australia. Today many companies have replaced the natural puke with artificially produced fragrance. But imagine spraying whale’s puke on your body. It’s the same as a whale puking on you.

5. Cochineal Beetles used in Cosmetics

Beetle used in Dyes and Cosmetics

Cochineal Beetles

The crimson red color in many dyes and cosmetics comes from Cochineal Beetles. The beetles are soaked in hot water, dried and then crushed to give the deep red color. The color is then used in many cosmetics including hair dyes and whats more scary and gross, in lipsticks from many manufactures.

6. Snail Secretions in Moisturizers and Creams for Acne and Stretch Marks

Anti-Aging Tri-Complex

Snail Secretion

Carefully collected snail’s goo is an important and secret ingredient in many famous moisturizers. It is also used to remove scars, stretch marks and and to reduce acne. It is used in anti aging creams. Michael Todd Cosmetics KNU Anti-Aging Tri Complex moisturizer is rich in snail secretion. According to the Michael Todd website: Scientists have concluded that this same substance can aid many human skin disorders because of its regenerative properties.

7. Nightingale Dropping in Facial

Nightingale Dropping Facial

One of the most expensive facials in the world is based on nightingale’s droppings. Initially this treatment was used by Kabuki actors and geishas in Japan for lightening of skin. It is also considered an excellent cleanser to remove thick white make up. Now this weirdest facial treatment is available world wide. Guanine is a naturally occurring enzyme in nightingale droppings. Like other animal waste, nightingale droppings have high nitrogen content which can scrap off the dead skin. It is also effective in killing the bacteria. It heals the skin and bleaches it at the same time. Today the droppings are sterilized unlike the old days when they were applied as is but still they are nothing but bird’s poop.

8. Dead Algae in Cleansers and Face Masks

Lavera Faces Organic Mint Exfoliant Facial Mask Having Algae

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Diatomaceous earth or commonly known as dead algae is the fossilized remains of single-celled algae called diatoms. This slimy and disgusting algae is used as exfoliating body scrub and skin cleaner. It is used in facials and for acne treatment too.

9. Mother Milk Soap

Mother Milk Soap

There are many people who use mother’s breast milk to produce soaps on a local or small scale. According to them a soap made from mother’s milk is excellent for skin.

10. Tequila Body Scrub

Mexico’s Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita offers a unique Punta Mita massage, which uses indigenous sage oil and tequila. Also known as the margarita body scrub, it is made from tequila, salt, oil and fresh lime juice. It is considered an excellent purifier, conditioner and natural astringent.

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Hadis – 40 ~ Sebaik-baik teman dan tetangga

Rasulullah SAW bersabda: “Sebaik-baik teman ialah teman yang berlaku paling baik terhadap temannya, dan sebaik-baik tetangga ialah tetangga yang berlaku paling baik terhadap tetangganya.” (HR Imam Ahmad, at-Tarmizi dan Hakim).

Rawatan alternatif bagi sakit tulang belakang bawah

Sakit tulang belakang memang menyakitkan dan menyebabkan pergerakan menjadi agak terbatas. Terdapat berbagai jenis rawatan sakit tulang belakang seperti rawatan perubatan, senaman, fisioterapi, pembedahan dan rawatan alternatif, telah direka cipta untuk mengurangkan rasa kesakitan tulang belakang, terutamanya di bahagian bawah tulang belakang.

Berikut adalah artikel yang menerangkan penggunaan pelbagai jenis rawatan alternatif atau rawatan semulajadi yang telah diakui oleh pakar bagi meringankan sakit tulang belakang bahagian bawah, untuk dikongsi bersama….

Alternative Treatments for Low Back Pain

From acupuncture to biofeedback, natural ways to relieve lower back pain.

By David Freeman
Reviewed By Brunilda Nazario, MD

From acupuncture to yoga, many different alternative treatments purport to relieve chronic back pain. Which are worth trying?

“As long as you’ve had your back pain problem checked out by a doctor to rule out a serious disease, it would be reasonable to try any of a number of alternative treatments,” says Daniel C. Cherkin, PhD, a senior investigator at Group Health Research Institute in Seattle who has conducted research on alternative medical techniques for back pain.

Of course, experts say it’s best to stick with the alternative treatments that are proven to be safe and potentially effective. Here are seven:

1. Acupuncture. Can inserting needles in your body really relieve lower back pain? Recent studies, including a randomized trial of acupuncture published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, suggest that it may. The only question seems to be why this ancient healing tradition works.

Practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine maintain that the needles affect the flow of a “vital energy” known as qi (pronounced chee) within the body. Some scientists suggest that it works by triggering the release of natural painkillers known as endorphins.

Donald B. Levy, MD, medical director of Brigham and Women’s Hospital’s Osher Clinical Center for Complementary and Integrative Medical Therapies in Chestnut Hill, Mass., says that how acupuncture works may not matter, at least from the patient’s perspective. “I can’t explain how my car works,” says Levy, who is also an assistant clinical professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School in Boston. “I just know that if I turn the key properly in the ignition, it starts.”

Acupuncture needles typically stay in place for 20 to 30 minutes, and several sessions may be required.

2. Alexander technique. This type of physical therapy uses hands-on training to teach people to avoid specific postures and ways of moving that cause pain by placing undue strain on the musculoskeletal system. It pays particular attention to releasing tension in the neck, back, and spine. Its name comes from an Australian actor named F. M. Alexander, who developed the technique.

There isn’t a lot of research on the Alexander technique, but one study published in the journal BMJ showed that people given one-on-one training in the technique reduced their back pain. “This is an effective technique to improve pain and function in the long term,” one of the study’s authors, Paul Little, PhD, professor of primary care research at the University of Southampton in England, told WebMD in an email. But “it’s not a magic bullet. It requires time and application.”

3. Biofeedback. This high-tech treatment can help you learn to loosen tight muscles by using your mind to control your body. To learn biofeedback, sensors are applied to your body that give continuous feedback about body functions such as heart rate, breathing, blood pressure, muscle tension, and brain wave activity. A biofeedback therapist teaches you relaxation techniques so you can see how to control a specific body function. As you become aware of the connection between the mind and the body, you may be able to reduce muscle tension and relieve pain.

Although there’s no compelling evidence to show that biofeedback works specifically for chronic back pain, there is evidence that it can ease chronic pain generally. It’s worth a try, Cherkin says.

4. Chiropractic. Chiropractic’s signature treatment, spinal manipulation, may help relieve back pain. The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine reports that spinal manipulation “appears to be as effective as conventional treatments.”

“We don’t know what’s going on in the body [during spinal manipulation],” says William C. Meeker, DC, president of Palmer College of Chiropractic in San Jose, Calif. “But we know that it alleviates sensations of pain and soreness and increases joint mobility.”

During your first visit, the chiropractor will usually take a medical history and do a physical exam that focuses closely on the spine. In subsequent visits, the chiropractor will use twisting, pulling, or pushing movements to adjust the bones and joints in your spine. The chiropractor may also use heat, electrical stimulation, or ultrasound to relax your muscles.

Physical therapists, osteopaths, and even some conventional medical doctors use spinal manipulation, too. Health insurance plans often cover the cost of chiropractic care.

5. Massage. It feels good to get a massage, and massage does ease the muscle tension that often accompanies back pain. Though few studies have looked at massage as a remedy for chronic back pain, Cherkin says all showed positive results. Cherkin’s own study, the largest of its kind, showed that back pain sufferers treated with 10 weekly massage visits got long-lasting pain relief.

6. Meditation. A kind of meditation known as mindfulness may help ease chronic back pain, possibly by changing emotions that tend to make pain worse. “The emotional component of pain cannot be overestimated,” says Natalia E. Morone, MD, assistant professor of medicine at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

“Mindfulness helps people become aware of thoughts, emotions, and sensations without judging them,” Morone says. She says that the overall pain-relieving effect of mindfulness appears small, though some people who participated in her studies experienced dramatic pain relief. Others said that, although they continued to have back pain, it didn’t bother them as much.

7. Yoga. For anyone with a bad back, learning yoga might sound like the ultimate bad dream. Why would anyone wracked with pain want to try poses (asanas) with names like “Cobra Posture” and “Supine Butterfly?” But research suggests that this ancient movement-and-meditation technique can ease chronic back pain. In one study, people with back pain who took 12 classes learning a gentle, easy-to-do form of yoga known as viniyoga had pain relief that lasted at least several months.

“Yoga was clearly better than self-care,” says one of the study’s authors, Karen J. Sherman, PhD, senior investigator at Group Health Research Institute. “It’s certainly worth trying, but only if you’re willing to practice.” She recommends finding a yoga instructor who has experience working with people who have back pain, and cautions that physically demanding forms of yoga could actually make back pain worse.

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Today’s Quote – 81

All disagreements are results of misunderstanding someone else’s level of consciousness ~ Deepak Chopra

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