Cucumber Skin Care – A Simple Way to Get Beautiful Skin

A cucumber is a trendy salad of all ages, belonging to the some family as pumpkin, mask melon and other types of squashes. It is native to Southeast Asia where it grows wild, particularly India where it grows in a number of genetic varieties.

There are records of cucumber cultivation in different parts of world for centuries. Earlier tourists spread this veggie to rest of Asia, Europe and Africa consequently and later on to New world of Americas. man became aware with the health benefits of cucumber at very early ages. It was particularly popular among ancient Greek, Roman and Egyptian civilization for it’s soothing and refreshing properties.

Cucumber has a dark green skin although it may vary in color from pale yellow to white with a light greenish flesh that containing scores of edible fleshy seeds vary according to their variety.

The flash of cucumber is mainly water, almost 95% yet it contains traces of some useful nutrient, including vitamin C, potassium silicon and sulfur. It is this unique consistency of cucumber that gives a cool refreshing feeling when applied externally on the skin.

  • Puffy eyes: The high water content in cucumber makes it colder our skin. This helps of reduce swelling and puffiness in the same way as cold compresses.
  • Sun burns: In case of sun burns. Topical application of cucumber gives a cool and calm effect. It’s repeated use helps to heal the lesion for this purpose. Usually chilled cucumber slices are more effective.
  • Hair Loss: Silicon and sulphur present in cucumber are known to stop hair loss. These also promote new hair growth when taken orally for a long time.

For this purpose cucumber juice is usually recommended.

Cosmetic use:

  • Cucumber is a great way to naturally hydrate your skin both internally and externally. Besides, hydration cucumber also promote glowing skin through silica and ascorbic acid-important constituents of cucumber.
  • Silica helps to maintain skin tone by strengthening connective tissue. It also gives you a radiant complexion with youthful skin.
  • Further more, it promotes hair elasticity, luster and elasticity.
  • Ascorbic acid or vitamin C another of important element, is well known for anti aging and skin whitening properties. Thus regular use of cucumbers give you more healthy, younger looking skin with a radiant complexion and beautiful lustrous hair.
  • For promoting beautiful skin and hair, cucumber is not only taken orally but also applied topically to enhance it’s beneficial effects. This can be done either by placing grated cucumber or cucumber slices over face or by make useful homemade face masks.

History of Skincare Part 9: Ancient Rome: The Empire, 31 BC-400

Continuing Traditions in the Empire

Today, the Roman Empire is known as one of the largest, most prosperous empires the world has ever seen. Over the course of four centuries, what started as a small city slowly expanded into neighboring countries, spreading across Europe and the Middle East. At its height, the Roman Empire reached as far north as what is now the United Kingdom and as far East as what is now Turkey. As it expanded, Rome brought along its culture, carrying its skin care and hygiene traditions with it. While they may have been bent on world domination, however, the Romans were not afraid to learn from the societies they conquered. In fact, they picked up as many skin care treatments as they shared, and made them their own.

Under the influence of the all-powerful Roman emperors and their elaborate courts, Roman society became more extravagant than ever before. Nevertheless, the Romans retained many of the cosmetic traditions that they had first developed during their time as a republic. The public baths continued to be an important place for both socialization and cleanliness. In fact, many powerful men discussed war strategies as they bathed. Roman women had their own baths in the same building, and they continued to lighten their complexions with lead and chalk and even crocodile dung, if they could afford it. Bathing was a daily occurrence and all Roman citizens were expected to uphold a standard of cleanliness. While the poorest citizens could not afford the luxurious cosmetics and skin care products enjoyed by those in the Roman court, people of all social classes attended the public baths daily.

Expanding the Empire

As the Roman Empire expanded, it brought with it years of skin care expertise. When Roman soldiers conquered a new area, they would introduce their own culture and their own traditions to the people who already lived there. One thing that the soldiers made sure to establish in each new colony was a public bathing house. While the construction of these was often complicated and involved the construction of vast aqueducts and plumbing systems, bathing was so important to Roman culture that they found it to be worth the effort. The remains of Roman baths have been found in all parts of the former Roman Empire, from Germany to Turkey to England. Today, many of these bath houses are still in use in the form of public pools or spas. Bath, England is home to one of the most well-known examples of a working Roman bath. It was first rediscovered during the 12th century, when it was opened for use by medieval royalty. While the current upper section is a reconstruction, the lower structures and columns and the pools themselves are original Roman work and are thousands of years old. (You can read more about the baths in Bath, England here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roman_Baths_(Bath ) )

Learning from the Conquered

As the Romans spread their culture and their knowledge of bathing and skin care, they also began to incorporate knowledge from the societies they conquered. Rome had long had relationships with countries such as Greece and Egypt and many of their skin care products were borrowed from these two cultures. As they spread throughout Europe and, especially, through the Middle East, however, they learned of new plants, herbs and oils that could be used to moisturize and protect the skin. The mineral alum, for example, had long been used in Middle Eastern countries as an astringent and to treat scabs and abrasions of the skin. Frankincense and myrrh, two plants that had long been used in Egyptian and Middle Eastern cosmetics and lotions, also became much more readily available as the Roman Empire spread. (You can read more about traditional Middle Eastern herbs, spices and remedies here: http://www.saudiaramcoworld.com/issue/200605/natural.remedies.of.arabia.htm )

It is hard to underestimate the effect that Roman culture has had on modern society and its ideas about skin care. Along with the historical baths that are still in use across Europe, it is easy to see the echo of Roman bathing tradition in contemporary spas and public pools. Even modern razors and depilatory creams may have had their origins in Roman hair-removal devices. As the world becomes more globalized, the cultural sharing of cosmetic traditions echos the Roman Empire’s willingness to learn from others, even as they spread their own culture and traditions.

Cynergy TK – Liquid Skin For Optimum Skin Care

Ever heard of keratin? If you’re interested in serious skin care you should know about keratin, and what a new form of keratin called Cynergy TK can do for your skin. Cynergy TK is the modern way of adding keratin to anti aging and skin care products so that it actually does something useful for your skin.

But isn’t there keratin in my regular skincare products I hear you say? Keratin is in lots of anti aging products, so what does Cynergy TK do that they don’t?

Yes there is keratin in many skin care and anti-aging products, but Cynergy TK is a form of keratin that is far more useful to your skin than the keratin you’re getting in your skin care products now.

Keratin is an extremely strong protein found right throughout the body, but in particular in your skin, as well as your nails, hair and some other parts of your body. It helps make your skin more elastic and pliable, and to combat wrinkles and sagging in your skin.

As you age your skin loses some keratin, and this contributes to the aging of the skin and the aging signs like wrinkles and fine lines around your face and eyes. Loss of keratin is not the only cause, but certainly one of the biggies.

Traditional big brand name anti aging skin care products have keratin in them, so they have to be good right? Wrong.

As keratin is found in parts of your body like hair and skin and nails, and as it is also found in the hooves and horns of animals, the big brand companies source their keratin from the hooves and horns of animals. The keratin is extracted by using heat and acid, and this changes the form of the keratin. It has, in effect, been de-naturalized by a process called “hydrolyzation”, and as the form of the keratin is changed it’s usefulness to the skin is also changed.

Cynergy TK is also a source of keratin, but the manufacturer of Cynergy TK extracts the keratin in an entirely different way. The keratin is taken from the wool of sheep, and is extracted by a process that doesn’t involve heat or acid. In fact the process of extracting the keratin is so advanced that it has been patented. Keratin extracted this way if fully biologically available to your skin.

The result is what’s called “functional keratin” and the effects on skin are amazing. It is extremely similar to the protein found in human skin.

Functional keratin in Cynergy TK is like a “liquid skin”. It is so effective that it actually gets collagen and elastin to start regrowing. Collagen and elastin are very important components of your skin, and your skin starts to lose collagen and elastin as you age. So if Cyntergy TK starts the collagen and elastin growing again your skin is winning!

And Cynergy Tk also contains a number of other components, all very useful to your skin. These include zinc and copper proteins which assist in increasing the thickness of the skin, and reducing lines and wrinkles. The regrowth of collagen and elastin also assist with reducing wrinkling.

So if you haven’t heard about keratin before, you have now. It’s extremely important to skin health, and skin regeneration. Traditionally extracted keratin isn’t available to your skin due to it’s extraction with heat and acid, but functional keratin found in Cynergy TK is, because of the revolutionary patented process of extracting it.

Will you find Cynergy TK in your big brand name skin care and anti aging products? No. It’s too expensive.

Which company uses Cynergy TK in their skin care products? I’ll bet you’ve never even heard of them, but they make the worlds best skin care products.