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Vitamin E

There are a number of home remedies and natural products marketed to prevent the formation of scars and to minimise the appearance of old scars.
The kind of scars that people are often interested in preventing are stretch marks. They are red and sometimes raised and are caused by the skin stretching quickly to produce a baggy look to the skins surface. They are not damaging in any way, it is more down to a cosmetic look that does not bode well with most people. The most common affect of stretch marks is from pregnant woman or those who have put on excessive weight due to a medication regime.
Vitamin E, or tocopherol, is a fat-soluble antioxidant. It is found in capsule or liquid form at drugstores, grocery stores, health food stores, and online. The oil is typically applied to the affected area.

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Vitamin E has been shown to penetrate layers of the skin and reduce the formation of free radicals which can interfere with healing. Vitamin E also influences the production of collagen, a structural protein partially responsible for the strength and elasticity of skin.
Many people apply vitamin E oil to their skin to minimise scars and it is sometimes recommended by physicians after skin surgery.
Well, it works, however you will not see any signs of it working for about 6 to 9 weeks. After about a 6 month period this is were will see significantly signs of it working.
Do not rush out and go and buy those fancy Bio oils that claim to do the same job, they do not work as well and are so expensive, they only contain a very small amount of the actual active ingredient ‘Vitamin E’ then topped up with fancy smells. Buy a stand alone Vitamin E oil, I found that ‘Superdrug’s” own brand of Vitamin E oil did the job perfectly and for only £2.99, the 30ml bottle lasts well over a month.

Lush

On my last birthday back in November 2011 I was bought an array or Lush products by my good friend David and amongst the smells and bright colours were something I had not come across before, shampoo bars.

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The majority of liquid shampoos available on the market are mostly made up of water, surfactants and other chemicals, fragrance, preservatives and plastic bottle and a lid. The obvious reason why traditional shampoo needs to come bottled in plastic in because it is liquid!
Because Lush shampoo bars contain no water, they are highly concentrated. You can get between well over a hundred hair washes out of one bar, thus making it the equivalent of about three liquid shampoo bottles and at a fraction of the cost at approximately £5 a bar. So, when you buy a shampoo bar, you're preventing about 75 grams of plastic from being introduced into the environment. Since Lush sell nearly 1,800,000 bars all over the world, they are collectively save around 135 tonnes of plastic every year!
I hate to admit to my slight OCD but what I find refreshing with Lush shops are the neat and yet nakedness of the shop, its bars and blocks neatly stacked and all cosmetics and washes readily available to try, reminds me that if Apple were to sell cosmetics and soap then this would be the way they would do it.

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