28 September 2010

The Four-Fold Path to Silky Smooth Skin

1. SLEEP. There's a reason it's called "beauty rest." Allow your body to heal and replenish itself. There's no substitute for this.
2. HYDRATE. Drink lots of water and eats foods with a high water content, like fruits and vegetables. Limit your intake of caffeine, alcohol, and carbonated beverages, as these dehydrate you.
3. EXFOLIATE about every other day. Allow time for a new layer of skin to grow before you scuff off the old one. Use something rigid, with a rough surface, but that won't tear the skin. A sponge is too soft. A pumice stone, except for callouses, is too abrasive. I use a stiff loufah, like this one:
4. MOISTURIZE as often as needed, but especially right after bathing. I have sensitive skin, so I use unscented lotion. With unscented lotion, you also don't have to worry about a lotion fragrance clashing with a perfume fragrance. Eucerin is my favorite lotion. It's thick and creamy. It's a little on the expensive side, but worth it for healthier skin. Also, I find when I use a better quality lotion, I don't need to apply it as often. As a variant to moisturizing with lotion, you can smooth some unscented bath oil all over your skin and then pat dry with a towel. This will give you a nice glow.

Treasure your skin! It's one of your first lines of defense against infection. It's integral to comfortable handshakes as well as to intimacy. And unless you're a weather-beaten Captain Ahab, or good friends with a plastic surgeon, it's usually a reliable indicator of age, too. So don't take your skin for granted!

"I shall not easily forget Admiral Baldwin. I never saw quite so wretched an example of what a sea-faring life can do; but to a degree, I know it is the same with them all: they are all knocked about and exposed to every climate, and every weather, till they are not fit to be seen."
- Sir Walter Elliot on sailors, Jane Austen's Persuasion

04 September 2010

Moving Photos: Now Muggles Can Too!

The technology now exists for Muggles to make moving pictures, just like those in Harry Potter. Harry has a moving photograph of his deceased parents, James and Lily Potter, twirling around and waving at him. Imagine baby photos, wedding pictures, sports pictures, all moving: the giggling, the kissing, the home runs. It's different than video, because you can have these little perfect moments on your coffee table. I would love to have a moving picture of each of my dear ones laughing, for example. Can you imagine anything happier?

It's beyond the ken of this Muggle to tell you how to make these, but the kids at this website can! They've also posted a couple of their own moving pictures there! Moving Photos How-To