Today one in five Americans have tattoos.  For some, tattoos are extremely personal, displaying portraits of lost family members, symbols of religion and community, or artwork. Others will often sport designs that they believe lend a certain aura to their personality. On the other hand, take the case of Carol Lustig. The Celtic knot tattoo on her shoulder would seem to be a reminder of her Celtic heritage. Instead, Lustig states: “I chose the design off the wall. A million people could have that same tattoo.”  Continue reading
1862 advertisement for Laird’s Bloom of Youth, claiming to preserve and beautify the complexion and skin. Source: Cosmetics and Skin.
Beautiful skin–we all want it. That luminously smooth complexion that reflects youth and vitality, whatever the age.
The quest for a youthful glow goes back thousands of years and was evident in many cultures. For example, some ancient empresses and concubines had very unusual regimes to maintain flawless complexions. Zhang Lihua, favored concubine of Chen Shubao (553- 604), last emperor of the Chinese Chen Dynasty, used a facial mask made from egg-white and vermillion that was mixed in an eggshell and replaced back into the hen’s womb to incubate. The resulting jelly was said to whiten skin.
While you may not want to attempt Lihua’s unique mask, many recipes from the ancient empresses and concubines can still be used today. Continue reading
Image courtesy Krzysztof Grzymski
It is resolution time! Popular culture and media are booming with ideas for weight loss– Dr. Oz’s green shakes, CNN’s stories of inspiration, The Biggest Loser’s dedication to stopping childhood obesity and countless advertisements for gym memberships. According to the website Statistic Brain, resolutions to lose weight ranked number one on a list of top resolutions in 2012 and it is safe to assume 2013 will be no different. Continue reading
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