Friday, August 29, 2008

Could Your Perfume Be Ageing You?

potions, lotions, make-up and clothes all help us look younger
but did you know that perfume can take years off you?
here's the science to prove it ~
Are you the type who automatically categorises a scent by age bracket, like "granny","mumsy","girly", or "baby" ? You are not alone !!
according to a recent study on the effects aroma has on our perception on age, certain smells can have a radical influence on a person's judgement.
how we decide a person's age is more of a general feeling based on a combination of things.
some things are obvious, such as how a person speaks, walks and dresses, but there're also the "subliminal indicators", which take into account how people smell.
its a bit like how we sniff leftovers i the fridge to determine whether or not they're still safe to eat .
"the people smelling pink grapfruit reduced the one's real ages by an average of six years "
so pink grapefruit is a kind of olfactory cosmetic surgery.
the reason for the change in perception isnt clear.
some experts think the smell of pink grapefruit is so stimulating that it triggers a positive mindest.
another possibility is that the smell of grapefruit affects the parietal lobe----
a part of the brain that helps us gauge things such as size,spatial awareness and the aesthetics of age.
but the bottom line is, if you want to appear younger to others, wear a perfume with pink grapefruit in it !!
"Think about the effect of someone peeling an orange in a stuffy train carriage... it instantly RECHARGE THE AIR !! "

Friday, August 22, 2008

The Truth About Chocolate and Your Skin~

Here's a formula for sensational skin: cleanser, moisturizer, sunscreen, and . . . chocolate?
You heard right. When eaten, flavanol-rich cocoa, the main ingredient in dark chocolate, improves skin's texture, thickness, hydration, and blood flow.
It may even boost your skin's defense against the sun by up to 25 percent! How?
It packs serious antioxidant power. Just don't overdo it -- chocolate is high in fat and calories, too. And you still need to wear sunscreen every day.
Chocolate's good for your skin? It's true! Antioxidant compounds in cocoa, called flavanols, improve artery health by boosting blood flow, and that boost may be good for your skin, too. Researchers discovered this chocolate benefit in a study of women who consumed half a cup of cocoa (containing 329 milligrams of flavanols per serving, the amount in a 3-½ ounce serving of dark chocolate) daily for 12 weeks. At the end of the study, the women experienced less skin dryness, scaling, and roughness compared to the beginning of the study. Also, their skin was thicker, exhibited improved blood flow, and was even more resistant to sun damage.
Pretty amazing. Still, don't toss your sunscreen and indulge in mass quantities of chocolate. Consume the sweet in moderation and apply sunscreen every day when you'll be outdoors for 20 minutes or more. For more skin tips, take the RealAge Skin Care Assessment for personalized advice and recommendations.
Tips for Chocolate Lovers
To get the most bang for your bite:

■ Choose dark chocolate with a cocoa content of at least 70%.

■ Enjoy chocolate in small portions a few times a week. An ounce or two is a sensible serving.

■ Check the label. Avoid chocolate made with palm or coconut oils or any oil that has been hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated.

■ Don't drink milk with your chocolate. Studies show that milk may inhibit the body's ability to absorb the antioxidants.

Monday, August 18, 2008

A Gift To My Children ( By Jim Rogers )

I just finished reading this book " A gift to my children " by Jim Rogers
its a nice book and really inspire me much...
the book is talking about the father writes 12 letters to his two kinds ,
and each title of the 12 letters is sooo meaningful and useful for everyone...
those are the concept of life ~
... Here It Is ....
a. dont be affected by others - if everyone all make fun of your thought which might be the index of leading you being sucessful
b. focus on what you love - working very hard with the job which you got big enthusiasm about , then you will find your dream
c. the common sense isnt that common- what everyone believes in, usually is wrong, dont just believe in those saying of most people and without doing any research
d. keeping your eyes open to the whole world- keeping yourself being open-minded and being a citizen of the world
e. to study philosophy and to learn cerebration- to train yourself to exam every concept ,
every truth
f. to study the history- because something happened before ,
it also might happen in the future
g. its a Chinese century, so to learn chinese !!- to be participate in a great country occur ,to buy the future of this country
h. knowing yourself indeed- knowing your weakness point and noticing your fault, so that you will find the right way
i. to recognize changes and to embrace them- the function of changing is like activator, to keep awake is a important lesson
j. facing the future- those people who knows what the future like , who can pile up the fortune
k. to do something different from everybody does- to find the truths and the opportunities , and dont just follow others
l. the luck is just happening to whom keeping working very hard- studying hard and you will know that you have so many things
which you still dont know