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The Difference Between Body Lotion and Body Butter

December 5, 2012

Lotion, moisturizer, body butter, firming cream, body cream, etc., are all commonly used beauty products. There are seemingly endless names for these, which is why buying them can be so confusing. If you’re wondering what the difference between what body lotion and butter is, you’re not the only one.


A lot of people have absolutely no idea how these are different and why one is better than the other. The good news is, once you understand what they are, you will be a moisturizer expert! Then you can choose which product is best for your skin and needs.

Body Butter

This name comes from the fact that the lotion looks a whole lot like butter! It also feels like butter because it’s silky and smooth to touch. The consistency of body butter is also a lot thicker and creamier than regular lotion is. The creaminess of this product means that it’s more suitable for individuals who have very dry skin. It’s higher in oil and will provide the skin with a thick coating that will protect it from losing moisture throughout the day.

If you are suffering from really dry skin, even if it’s just during a part of the year, this lotion can help. You can put it on your hands as well as the rest of your body. It’s especially great for the feet if you are suffering from dry heels or peeling skin along the balls of your feet. Daily application can mean having smooth skin within just a few days, which isn’t normally the case with regular lotion. A lot of brands make this and it comes in many different scents/colors.

Body Lotion

Lotion is the most commonly used type of moisturization available today. It’s lightweight, easy to apply and covers the skin without leaving a greasy residue. Lotion is best for individuals who want to moisturize their skin without providing it with heavy hydration. It can be used for dry skin, but it’s also great for combination skin as well. There are also some that are made without oil, which is best for sensitive skin that tends to break out with added oils.

The consistency of lotion is generally pretty lightweight, unless you get a formula that is specifically made for extra dry skin. You can easily find lotion from a lot of different brands and stores. Prices will vary based on the brand and where you buy. If you apply this on a daily basis you should find that your skin stays smooth and supple. Daily use can also help to prevent dry skin from occurring during the first place.

There are different types of lotions made for specific parts of the body. For example, there are lotions made for the feet only. These are thicker formulas that penetrate the skin to relieve it of dryness. The formulas that are made for the ace are normally light, oil free and sometimes fragrance free as well. There are also products made to help with stretch marks, firming and other common skin problems.

Popea Ionut is a freelance writer who loves to write about anything and everything. He usually writes at Squidoo where he compiled a list with the Best Body Butters available on the market.

How To Get Rid of Unwanted Hair

October 11, 2012

Hair every body has it somewhere on their body, some people have more hair than others, did you know more than 50% of males over 50 suffer from male pattern baldness?

Most people only want hair in one place and that is on their heads, the average person loses 100 hairs from their head every day. In today’s society hair in certain places carries a bit of a stigma. Embarrassing places to have hair include the toes, armpits, legs and face. Facial hair is obviously the hardest to hide unless you wear a balaclava or burka everywhere.

For women especially facial hair is a bit of an embarrassment and can be a bit of an issue to deal with, if you shave it, it will grow back more visible and creams can be irritating on the sensitive, facial skin. Hair is the second fastest growing bodily tissue, only bone marrow grows faster, so what’s the best way to get rid of it?

Below we will look at some popular hair removal methods, list their pro’s and cons to find the best option for you.

Waxing – You probably know the process, warm wax is applied to the skin then a strip of fabric covers the wax and is pulled off removing hair. Waxing is not ideal is good for legs and other parts of the body but probably not for the face because regrowth is fast, it can leave a rash, waxing can cause discolouration to darker skins and you have to wait for the hair to grow back long enough for re-waxing. Waxing is also very painful.

Shaving – You know what shaving entails, a cheap and effective way to remove hair but as we said above it’s not permanent and the hairs will be more visible as the grow back.

Cream – Applying a depilatory cream to dissolve hairs. These kind of chemical creams are not ideal for use on the face because the hair regrows quickly and is stubbly, effects can only last a few days, creams can also irritate sensitive skin and can cause a rash. Like waxing cream is good for the legs, but you probably don’t want to apply it to your face.

Threading – Very effective form of hair removal, originated in the middle-east, the process involves using cotton to remove excess hairs. The problem with threading is the results only last around 2 weeks, some women say it is painless but others disagree.

Laser – A laser light is used to actually destroy hair follicles that are located beneath the skin, hair removal using this method is permanent in most cases. Laser treatment will not remove the hair instantly after about 10 days it starts to fall out. Most patients need several treatments to permanently reduce and even stop hair growth. How many treatments will you need? It depends on many factors no-one can say for certain, most people find 4-6 treatments are enough for long lasting and in many cases permanent hair removal.

Does laser treatment hurt? 

It depends on your clinic, a laser specifically tuned for hair removal does not hurt but not all clinics have this kind of laser, if your clinic uses a more general purpose laser the treatment will feel as though somebody is flicking an elastic band against your skin.

Laser hair removal is not cheap but if you are going to have it done, make sure you find a reputable clinic. Finding a reputable clinic is essential because laser hair removal if done wrong can cause burning, scaring and women with darker skin are susceptible to something called hyper-pigmentation.

This guest post was supplied by, state of the art London based laser hair removal clinic.

How To Start A Vertical Garden Book Free On Amazon

October 6, 2012

So excited! Just published my book on Vertical Gardening and it’s now free on Amazon until October 10th.

If you want to learn how to grow your own vertical gardens at home and grow your own organic food, you will love this book

I just published my new book on Vertical Gardening and it’s now free on Amazon!

If you want to learn how to grow your own organic food at home with limited space, this book is for you! Whether you only have a small yard, a balcony, rooftop or just a small space indoors, you can grow your own organic food with a simple vertical garden!

Grab your free copy here:

Even if you don’t have a kindle you can still read it for free on any computer or tablet using Amazon’s free software:

If you live in the UK, you can download it for free here:

Here’s an excerpt from the book:

Why Plant a Vertical Garden?

There are many reasons why people choose to grow a vertical garden. Whether they’re intrigued by the style or require additional space for growing, vertical gardens are definitely an answer.

One big reason why folks choose to plant a vertical garden is because they lack sufficient space. If you live in an urban or suburban area that has a very small yard or no yard at all, you can use vertical gardening to produce a massive amount of food and beautiful plants where conventional gardening may be impossible

Urban Living

If you live in a city, you can still enjoy vertical gardens! Here’s how:

Vertical Gardening on Your Balcony or Patio

Don’t fret if you have a small condo or apartment in the city that has no green space. The beauty about vertical gardening is that it can be built anywhere you have enough space. With a vertical garden, a foot of space is enough to start a garden!

Vertical Garden Patio picture

This vertical garden takes up 4ft by 1 ft but look at all that food!

Vertical gardens work great in small places and you will be surprised how much food you can grow in a tiny space when you grow vertically!

If you have a balcony or patio that has free space, you can transform the entire area into a vertical garden. A lot of people in urban areas have taken to this idea. Just take a look at many of the balconies that you find in major cities throughout the United States. You may see all types of plants growing on them.

In fact, I personally have a Tower Garden vertical aeroponics system (learn more in Chapter 11) growing on my balcony. It turns my otherwise “dead space” of a concrete balcony into a massive food-producing haven. In just a 2 foot by 2 foot area, my balcony vertical garden produces fresh, delicious, organic tomatoes, mint, purslane, lettuces (4 kinds!), strawberries, cucumbers, watermelons, parsley and snap peas!

That one vertical garden has saved me about $100 a month in grocery bills too!

Vertical Gardening on Your Rooftop

If you weren’t lucky enough to get an apartment that has a balcony or patio, then you may be able to use the rooftop. Make sure to speak with the management of your building to make sure that it’s alright. If so, you can begin planning out an area of the rooftop for your vertical garden.

In fact, rooftop gardens are cropping up in urban areas all over the world – both for fun and commercial use.

Video Extra: Check out this video of a chef in New York City who uses Vertical Gardening on the rooftop of his restaurant to produce several TONS of fresh produce every year! You can watch it on Youtube below.

Best Anti-Aging Tips for Better Health and Longer Life

September 22, 2012

Aging is a real problem and you must know the ways to fight aging. There are surely several ways you know and that is why you are free to take any of those. The problem is that, we all like to feel younger but age is something that can not be stopped and time can not be brought back.

There are many reasons for ageing beyond normal time that you can not really help, but in the busy times, according to the skin experts there are several points that really can make out the reasons for early signs of aging.

One of the major reasons that can be said is the food habit – one of the most dangerous things that we really do not care. The illogical food habit can really bring down the skin elasticity with improper digestion and nutrient absorption faults talking place in the body. The food habit if changed can bring back some glamour somehow, but that takes a real long time.

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Anti-Aging is possible with good nutrition!

The second thing we hardly care of is a proper sleep. Many run for their jobs and with the night shifts open all over, there is a lack of proper sleeping process. The hampered slumber can tell on skin and thereby degrade it.

To make things worse there are tensions which can be again connected to the bad food absorption process in the end. The skin really needs some rest and breathing like every other part. Improper care of skin, the lack of knowledge of the skin creams, anti aging products and the soaps can make the problem worse by blocking the skin and thereby making it more problematic. There are several solutions to fight out the problem although: thanks to technology and science.

HGH supplements and looking younger

There is nothing as beneficial as human growth hormone. Along with the different developmental properties it has, add the anti aging factor. It surely is a great anti aging products that is naturally built in the body. The pituitary can secrete the hormone in order to get the necessary growth but while it is more common in children, in case of adults, it is not the same. In adults it regulates the developmental process but mostly it is associated with several other activities. It can control aging as well.

With time, HGH level decreases causing aging problems to come to the fore. The HGH supplements are then supplied to control it. The purpose is to be understood. These supplements can do real good to aging problems but it is not the permanent solution. In fact the treatment may take time and also several visits to the doctor is needed. The main benefit is that you can gain the younger look in your skin and at the same time, other beneficial activities done by HGH is also enhanced. And there are reviews that the treatment really works if you have a little patient. Some side-effects are there like inflammation and the rashes may come out. So, make a test before you actually go.

Reduce aging with anti aging products

Surely, can there be anything like natural products which are basically made to create an anti aging feeling? The answer must be NO. With the passing time, there are several top beauty brands out with their products to stop aging. There are many creams out in the market and if you choose the wrong one you can actually invite worse problems for your skin.

So, think before you go for the anti aging products. There are certain points that you must always bear in mind before you go and buy those. Avoid chemicals like alcohol, paraffin, chemical fragrances and the mineral oils in excess. All these are extremely harmful to skin. Though many people buy those going by the advertisements, but it actually work negative.

There are specified creams and products for every problem. If you are going by the brand value, you get the best ones, but be sure of what you need. And with that: be sure of what your skin can take. Big brand does not mean that your skin will take it positively every time. Always use a good cream before you go out in the Sun.

The Sun rays are harmful for skin as those can really make a mess o the cells just below the superficial layer. Protect yourself with the help of U-V ray protection cream as well. Using the night cream before sleeping can help. With the whole night rest, the skin rejuvenates. And finally, never forget the moisturizing creams. Those are extremely beneficial as anti aging products.

Tips to fight aging

To fight aging there are some easy ways. With age, skin becomes weaker to protect itself from Sun light. Protect with proper creams. The dust are top be removed. Always wash your face with soaps after a whole day.

Try to cover face with handkerchief and piece of cloth to protect it from dust. The facial hair is to be removed regularly. It can create problems by snagging the proper way out of the skin sweat and also block the pres for breathing. The chances of acne and rashes increase as a result. And a good food habit with fruit and water is a must to fight aging effectively.

The way for looking younger

Feeling like a young at heart is one thing and looking younger is another. Ways to look younger are many and there are several things that you can try out. There is nothing like to have a look of 30 at the original age of 40. It is not always to attract others, but is an internal feeling that gives pleasure- and there can be no denial that everyone feels the same. So, try to follow the different rules and tips that can actually help your skin to be fit and fine for long.

Follow the proper tips and get the proper younger look you deserve.

Thanks to HGH supplements for providing this article.


Ovulation Symptoms – How to Recognize Them

September 17, 2012

When you are trying to have a baby, you should be able to identify your ovulation symptoms. Knowing the symptoms that you can experience during ovulation will help to determine the right time to get pregnant. Continue reading as the information below will help you to know these symptoms in order to improve your chances of having a baby.

First and foremost, you need to understand that ovulation is a must when any woman is trying to get pregnant. Essentially, two things must happen for you to conceive: a fertile egg has to be released and the sperm must connect with that egg.

Unfortunately, this will not happen easy for some women. However, you don’t have to play the guessing game to know when you are ovulating. There are certain symptoms and signs that women experience before or during ovulation. You could use these symptoms to get pregnant or do the exact opposite to prevent pregnancy.

How to Recognize Your Ovulation Symptoms

Chart your body temperature

One of the easiest ways to recognize ovulating symptoms is to make note of the changes in your daily body temperature. When ovulating, your body will release hormones and this cause your body temperature to increase. To recognize this symptom, you can chart your daily body temperature before getting out of bed each morning. A rise in temperature will mean that you are ovulating. Bear in mind that this increase can last up to the first day in your cycle, but the most fertile period would be when you first notice the increased temperature.

Abdominal pain

If you are feeling abdominal pain on one side, this could be an ovulation symptom. Most women experience what is called a middle pain for several hours when ovulating.
Breast Sensitivity:
This is one of the ovulation symptoms that many women will experience. During or before ovulation, you might feel an increased sensitivity within the nipple and breast area. This is triggered by the increased hormones. If you feel soreness in your breast, the symptom should go away after 2 or 3 days.

Cervical mucus changes

For most women, the production of cervical mucus as well as changes in the mucus will be a symptom of ovulation. During the time when you are ovulating, the cervical mucus must be almost slippery and clear with the consistency of uncooked egg white. When the cervical fluid changes, this will allow the sperm to reach the egg easily.

These are just some of the ways that you can recognize your ovulation symptoms. If you want, you could also find many products that can help you to monitor your fertility accurately and identify the symptoms of ovulation. Just remember that knowing these symptoms and your most fertile days will help to improve your chances of having a baby.

About The Author: Ana Jasko is a blogger and a freelance writer who loves to write about pregnancy and ovulation topics. You can check out her blog at where you can read her ovulation predictor reviews.

The Starbucks Diet and Calorie Counting

September 15, 2012

A 66 year old woman claims she lost 85 pounds by eating three daily meals at “Starbucks”. No, not the bakery items you see when you walk up to the counter, but mostly the salads, fruit and sandwiches you can see in the display cooler.

Christine Hall from Alexandria, Virginia, said that she received her physicians approval before going on the diet and that she eats a balance of foods with protein, fruits and vegetables.

Starbucks Diet picture

Woman loses 85 lbs with her diet of mainly Starbucks.

Hall’s secret is calorie counting. The law librarian consumes as little as 876 calories a day. She mentions the “Roasted Vegetable Panini” that has 350 calories. And that it’s healthy with eggplant, red peppers, spinach and zucchini that come in the sandwich. For breakfast, Hall often eats oatmeal from the eatery.

Nutritionist, Amy Jamieson-Petonic, voiced her opinion on the “Starbuck’s Diet” suggesting that there are healthier alternatives for losing weight on a low calorie diet such as using legumes, brown rice, whole grains and frozen fruit and veggies to make one’s food budget go further and that Starbucks is more on the expensive side.

If you are considering a low calorie diet and can’t afford eating a Starbucks three times a day, we’ve put together a list of lower fat foods to show you alternatives that can make a difference in your dieting regimen. As a general rule, choose food that has the lowest fat content such as food that has “fat-free” on the label. Make sure you read the labels and compare the sodium and fat content and choose the lower for both. Meats that are less processed or pressed are lower in sodium and should be your first choice. We’re talking packaged deli meats versus deli meat cut for you at the deli counter while you wait.


Milk – Fat-free milk or low-fat milk
Ice Cream – Sorbet, sherbet, low-fat or fat-free frozen yogurt
Whipping Cream – Imitation whipped cream (made with fat-free milk)
Sour Cream – Plain low-fat yogurt
Cream Cheese – Light or fat free cream cheese
Cheese (cheddar, Swiss, jack)


Raman – Rice or noodles (spaghetti, macaroni, etc.)
Pasta with white sauce (alfredo) – Pasta with Red Sauce (marinara)
Pasta with cheese sauce – Pasta with vegetables (primavera)
Granola – Bran flakes, crispy rice, etc., cooked grits or oatmeal or reduced-fat granola


Low-fat coldcuts (95 to 97% fat-free lunch meats, low-fat pressed meats)
Poultry (white meat) or lean beef instead of high fat hamburger or pork (compare labels)
Use water packed tuna instead of oil packed tuna

Thanks to for providing this article.

Shapeshifter Body Redesign Weight Loss Program Review

September 4, 2012

So I was recently able to get access to the ShapeShifter Body Redesign program and review it.

Overall, it looks like a great weight loss program for those who are motivated to get rid of their extra weight once and for all.


  • Easy to implement tips for nutrition, exercise, stress and lifestyle
  • Strong community support group with thousands of active members in the forums and a responsive staff that answers any questions about weight loss
  • Thousands of Success Stories in the members forum that you can read to inspire you
  • 24/7 access to ask questions and get feedback on your personal weight loss journey
  • The big active forum allows you to meet new friends and have support buddies who help you keep going when you feel like giving up


  • Because it’s a web-based training program, it can be hard to maintain your activity and keep the weight off. If you don’t log in regularly to the website, you might just forget about it. Luckily, they provide great follow-up and customer service and email coaching to remind you what you should be doing each day to lose weight
  • The program is not free
  • It might not be a good fit for Vegans

More Detailed Weight Loss Review

In this video, I provide a “sneak peak” of the Shapeshifter weight loss program and let you see inside the members area so that you can decide if it’s going to be a good fit for you or not.