The Hair On Our Head

A Little Bit About the Hair On Our Head

Do you ever think of the hair that sits on our head? It is composed of two separate structures, the follicle and the shaft. The follicle is surrounded by an inner and an outer sheath. The outer sheath protects the growing hair shaft. The inner sheath ends at the sebaceous (oil) gland and the apocrine (scent) gland. The sebaceous gland produces sebum, our hair’s natural conditioner. Hair shaft is made up of keratin, dead and hard protein, in layers. The outermost layer is called the cuticle and the layer that makes up majority of the shaft is called the cortex. Our hair color is made up of the pigment cells present in the cortex! Below are some helpful tips to maximize the cleanliness and health of your hair.

Some Basic Tips for Your Healthy Hair

  1. Wash oily hair more often. If your scalp is oily, wash your hair once a day. If you have damaged or chemically-treated hair, wash your hair less frequently
  2. Concentrate shampoo on the scalp. Washing only your hair shaft can loosen and create flyaway hair.
  3. Concentrate conditioner on the tips of your hair. Conditioning products attempt to treat the cuticle layer and should be used on the tips of the hair.

An Herbal Argument For Your Teeth

Toothepaste Today

Many toothpaste on the market today are specifically designed to kill bacteria and leave mouths feeling fresh. There is no wonder why most toothpastes are considered drugs instead of cosmetics! Scientists formulate in harsh chemical ingredients for various purposes and end up adding more synthetic chemicals to balance out the previous. Certain ingredients in your toothpaste can cause more harm in the long run for oral health.

Chemicals

Let’s look at the heavily marketed, Fluoride. An active drug ingredient, Fluoride has been shown in many studies to be effective in reducing dental cavities in low doses. Although scientifically proven to prevent tooth decay, Fluoride ions, which come from various Fluoride salts are toxic at higher dosages. That’s not to say that these Fluoride containing toothpastes are dangerous, but they can be irritants to those who are sensitive to the ingredient causing inflammation of gums or even acne. You can be having external complications and not even know that they are caused orally when you use your toothpaste to brush your teeth!  Another popular ingredient that can cause more harm than good is Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, known simply as SLS for short. This chemical is a foaming agent found in many toothpaste and hair care products to create foam for a more lathering effect. Unfortunately, this ingredient is a known irritant and its effect can be different from one person to another. The list goes on with other common ingredients that come with their own vices.

Now What?

Don’t panic. First and foremost, it is important to know that the act of brushing your teeth is actually the most effective way of cleaning. Even by brushing with plain water, you are actively removing solid particles of food that can potentially be harmful if left on your teeth and inside your mouth for an extended amount of time. The next variable to the equation is incorporating something that can kill bacteria caused by the residuals left over from food. That’s where toothpaste comes in.

But You Just Said Toothpaste Can Cause More Harm! What Gives?

Toothpaste is important for eliminating bacteria. Bacteria that lives inside your mouth cause damage to your teeth and gums everyday. Certain bacteria  make your mouth is also responsible for your bad breath. A safe alternative to toothpaste on the market today is an herbal toothpaste. Usually made with ingredients such as mint and other herbs, these natural breath fresheners will leave your mouth feeling clean and refreshed just as effectively.

An Effective Alternative

An herbal toothpaste is a natural alternative to the popular chemical-filled toothpaste. Using these products that contain all natural antibacterial peppermint or spearmint oils to eliminate bacteria will keep you and your family’s oral hygiene healthy. You can be assured that the natural chemical found in these herbal toothpaste are the same ones found in your food. Remember, there are people who consume these herbs in their regular diet around the world!

Spending time and care in oral health can greatly influence your general health and well-being. It is crucial to know that the dental products you are using are made with organic and essential oils so that they can protect you from bad breath, canker sores, gum diseases, and tooth decay.

Collagen for Skin and Hair Longevity

What is Collagen?

A natural protein found in the human body, Collagen, is the main structural protein in connective tissues of animals that is located in fibrous tissues like tendon, ligament, and skin.

Why do I care?

Collagen is one of the body’s most important component of skin tissue that benefits all stages of wound healing. When introduced to wounds, the collagen forms a connective tissue matrix with the extracellular matrix (ECM) guiding fibroblasts (most common cells of animal connective tissue) in the right place as wound closure is stimulated and the healing process can occur. The protein is resistant against bacteria and infections keeping wounds sterile. For skin applications, collagen has the ability bind water maintaining the moisture level for hydrated skin. This feature improves the suppleness and texture of the skin immediately.