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  • A brief of history of Tango

     

    Like the AYRES beauty collections, tango too was born from a blend of exotic ingredients. Its origins can be traced back to African, European and South American steps and sounds fused together back in the late 19th century. Its birthplace, the docks of the River Plate.

     

    The history of tango is a magical rags-to-riches tale: a genre created in Buenos Aires’s poorest neighbourhoods which made its way to the world’s most elegant dancehalls. To this day, tango is one of Argentina’s most captivating cultural exports.

     

    Following Europe’s dramatic economic downfall of the 1880s, millions of male immigrants made their way to Argentina in search of a better life. By night, after a hard day’s work at the docks, they gathered to express yearning for their homelands through music – sounds of the violin, flamenco guitar, bandoneon, Argentine folk, Cuban habanera and African candombe of the freed slaves were combined to create the first tango. The accompanying dance was also an amalgamation of steps – primarily the waltz, mazurka and polka. It started off as a semi-combative dance between two men and gradually became a type of mating dance in the bordellos.

     

    At the beginning of the 20th century, Argentina became one of the world’s wealthiest countries. The elite took to holidaying in Europe, and news of this risqué, exotic dance called tango spread among Parisian nobility. The craze quickly took off. Only when the genre became the height of fashion in Europe did the Argentine elite embrace the tango as their own.

     

    Throughout the 1900s, tango became mainstream in Argentina. Singers such as Carlos Gardel and composers like Astor Piazzolla became household names and are still revered in Argentina to this day. In the 1940s, populist leaders Eva and Juan Perón were great lovers of the tango – under their government, its popularity soared, only to decline in the 50s and 60s during Argentina’s frequent coup d'états. The 80s saw a revival of the classic tango in Paris and Argentina; while the 90s experienced the rise of electro-tango – a sub-genre that gave the tango a new lease of life.

     

    Although the tango has evolved dramatically since its humble beginnings, it has always retained its key element: passion. It’s this Latin passion that inspired our bestselling Midnight Tango Collection; the nostalgic sounds of the bandoneon, the romance of an embrace and the sensual fishnet stockings of the dancers are all reflected in the AYRES products.

  • 10 Vital Tips to Body Care

     

    Experts believe that a healthy body and a healthy mind slow down the process of ageing, pave way for the overall well being & cater for a long and happy life.

     

    Unfortunately, we live in an era where the stress is overpowering and ends up playing a significant role in our choices for poor lifestyle & diet. This may have serious repercussions like - weight gain, chronic diseases and fatigue.

     

    Being conscious and working towards maintaining a good health, then, becomes imperative.

    Eating controlled quantities of well balanced & nutritious meals generally keeps our body healthy. Including less of processed food and more of natural food like whole grains, fruits, vegetables, as well as plenty of water, would always prove to be more beneficial to our digestive system, hair and glowing skin.

     

    An important aspect of a stress free life is to stay calm and distract our mind towards anything that gives us peace, like pursuing a hobby, meditating, reading, or even socializing.Also, ample hours of sleep and a little bit of exercise regularly, increases the agility of our body and keeps our heart, sugar level and the body weight in control.

    Giving up unhealthy cravings can be hard, but is a must or at least should be reduced to a minimum, as they all are harmful if taken for a prolonged period of time.

     

    The body care products that we use will add to the radiance and vitality of the body when we take care of all this.  Nothing better than all natural body care products, which use a blend of natural extracts and are free of harmful ingredients.

     

    Our skin needs complete skincare routine. Exfoliate often which keeps the skin radiant and healthy. Always keep day-to-day products such as shower cream, moisturizer and hand cream handy.  You always want to maintain the elasticity of the skin.

     

    The following infographic focuses on some vital tips on what all it takes for a perfect body care

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  • How Healthy Is Your Body Polish?

     

    Having a smooth and a radiant skin is tantalizing, however it needs constant care. Beauty is skin deep but needs extrinsic motivation. What’s really important is to ensure that you are treating your skin right.

     

    There are numerous factors that may influence body care; the weather, lifestyle, diet, hormones and of course how well you take care of it.

     

    A body polish exfoliates and repairs your skin for dead tissues and cells. It helps in cleansing and keeping it healthy by removing unresponsive spores.

     

    The perfect body polish treatment involves comprehensive application of natural emollients and vitamins to every part of the body in the form of a creamy body polish, especially formulated with mild exfoliating and natural cleansing ingredients.

     

    Usually includes a scrub product (mostly sugar or salt base) combined with essential massage oils. They help in hydrating and improving the skin tone by making it soft and smooth. Also relieve skin aggravation due to sun and harsh UV rays.

     

    Having said that, how often have you checked if your body polish is healthy? Do you think you read the ingredient labels on a body polish pack?

     

    Since you apply it directly on your skin, it is important to know what exactly goes into the making of a body polish. This is much needed to avoid any kind of side effects, discomfort or skin issues.

     

    Ensure the constituents are natural and healthy. A lot of products include chemicals and fragrances that may be harmful and artificial.

     

    Stats have revealed that almost 20% of body care products have at least one unsafe component that may lead to serious health issues so watch out.

     

    Before you buy a body polish, check the ingredient list carefully. Don’t get carried away with an attractive packaging or a captivating fragrance.

     

    The following infographic will guide you further with this reasoning.

     

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  • 6 Body Care must haves in your closet

     

    Do you really love your Body? The question remains to be answered.

     

    Lifestyles have changed and so have we. Instead of managing the trend, we have accustomed ourselves to it.

     

    The nature of our day to day chores has become sedentary and dull. Long days at work and trying to meet constant commitments, essentially require us to spend some time for ourselves but are we mindful?

     

    Never, it was a hidden fact that a happy and a healthy body leads to a happy mind. Our personality is a reflection of how well we are perceived. Feeling and looking good is paramount. More so as it leads to that feel-good facet. The confidence improves and our personality develops.

     

    Nothing like a bit of passion towards your body, for it promotes, be in disguise, an all-round wellness. Not that people don’t identify the truth, the recent figures for body and skin care market are quite promising which signifies that. In fact, the market is expected to grow at a greater pace in the next few years.

     

    Natural products have understandably taken precedence and hold a widespread usage in the recent times. Younger population likes to be aware of the drift and want to define how well they can take care of their bodies.

     

    Fulfilling the needs of all age groups and skin types, body care products are available in various forms and cover a wide range but there are a few that you simply can’t afford to leave out.

     

    Time to understand that day to day grooming is now a part of keeping yourself healthy and not just beautiful.

    We take a look at an attractive infographic below to help figure out what is essential and should be there in your vanity at all times.Infographic-Ayres-5

     

  • Body Butter vs. Body Lotion For Your Skin Type

     

    Keeping your skin moisturized day-in, day-out, and year-round isn't exactly a big secret. But when it comes to what kind of moisturizer you should use, now that's a much harder decision. With so many different skin types, skin tones, and skin conditions out there, there's no wonder there are a plethora of products out there!

     

    So before we jump right into which is better for you: body butter vs. body lotion for your skin type, let's just take a quick crash course in what both of these remedies try to treat - dry skin. Dry skin is caused when skin cells are unable to retain essential and optimal moisture levels. Dry skin is typically caused by dry heat, or the repeated removal of the skin's lipid or oily layer, which is critical to protecting the skin from moisture loss. Excessive washing, scrubbing, and cleaning is usually the culprit of the latter.

     

    Now that we know the basics behind dry skin, let's take a look at how body lotions and body butters stack up when they go head-to-head!

     

    Benefits of lotion: Probably the more common item, body lotions can be found in pretty much every household. They rely on a combination of water and oil, bound together through the use of an emulsifier. Lotions also tend to go on smoothly, absorb quickly, and leave no greasy trail, regardless of whether it's a moisturizing lotion to relieve dry skin or medicated lotions like calamine.

     

    Benefits of butter: A little lesser known, body butters are normally comprised of three basic ingredients: coconut oil or butter, shea butter, and a vegetable oil. There are, of course, a variety of body butters, and normally come in three different forms: whipped, waxless, and even a bar-type. While the waxless and bar-types of body butters are more easily absorbed by the skin, the whipped butter usually includes beeswax, which makes the formula slightly harder to absorb but has longer-lasting effects. Regardless of the type, all body butters are thicker than lotions and tend to leave a film on the surface of the skin. But the trade-off? Longer moisturizing effects.

     

    So which should you choose? Because most body butters include shea butter, an all-natural, vitamin A cream with healing properties, this makes them a great remedy for skin severely damaged by dryness, chapping, or windburn. Body butters, in general, will provide longer-lasting, superior emollients, making it a better choice when dry skin also needs intense moisture and healing. But if your skin isn't exactly severely damaged, burned, or dry, and all you're really looking for is a little added moisture, a lighter, more easily absorbed lotion is probably adequate. The truth is, both of these have great applications and benefits; pay attention to what your body tells you and when.

     

    Tips to avoid dry skin: During the wintertime, try using a humidifier and opt for lukewarm showers and baths instead of hot, and avoid using excessively-drying soaps and body products, including deodorant soaps. Try to avoid wearing irritating fabrics and choosing a fragrance-free detergent when doing your laundry.

  • The Benefits of Neroli Essential Oil

     

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    The benefits of Neroli Essential Oil are numerous and dynamic. And today, we'll be focusing on its properties as a disinfectant, deodorant, digestive and emollient which make this oil so special and beneficial to your health.

     

    Neroli essential oil is derived from a citrus fruit, and because of that, many of its medicinal properties are very similar to those of other citrus-based essential oils. Neroli oil is extracted through the steam distillation of Neroli flowers. Here are some of the chief compounds of Neroli essential oil: Alpha Pinene, Alpha Terpinene, Beta Pinene, Camphene, Farnesol, Geraniol, Indole Nerol, Linalool, Linalyl Acetate, Methyl Anthranilate, Nerolidol and Neryl Acetate.

     

    Let’s see the many benefits of neroli essential oil:

     

    Disinfectant: In addition to sanitizing and disinfecting your body, neroli oil can also have the same effect on your surroundings. It's able to ameliorate prostate, colon, kidney and urinary tract infections when ingested. Lastly, it can help cure skin infections and prevent new ones from forming.

     

    Deodorant: While not a deodorant in the colloquial sense, neroli essential oil has the ability to neutralize foul odors. For this reason, it's often used as a perfume when applied directly to the skin or as an air freshener for rooms and spaces. When used in this way, not only will this eliminate odors but it will also disinfect the room of toxins and germs.

     

    Digestive: Neroli essential oil can help increase your appetite and promote better digestion, which can in turn help you maintain a healthy metabolic rate.

     

    Emollient: This particular property may be what makes neroli essential oil so popular. Its ability to make skin feel smooth, infection-free, and shine make it an excellent topical solution for many daily skin care needs. It also helps to maintain optimal moisture and oil balance levels.

     

    This essential oil packs a serious punch, so go grab a bottle and experience the magic for yourself!

  • The Health Benefits of Bergamot Essential Oil

     

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    Bergamot essential oil is one of the most dynamic of the essential oils out there. The health benefits associated with bergamot essential oil are very diverse and can be attributed to its properties as a digestive, cicatrisant, antiseptic, febrifuge, antispasmodic, sedative, analgesic, antidepressant, just to name a few.

     

    Bergamot is a fruit from the citrus family and the essential oil is extracted from the fruit's rind. Though normally considered a tropical plant, Bergamot also thrives in Europe, as well. It has a powerful aroma, making it a common ingredient in many perfumes and fragrances. And while most essential oils are derived through steam distillation, Bergamot essential oil is actually extracted through cold compression. The most well known application is probably its inclusion in black tea - under the name Earl Grey Tea.

     

    Digestive: Bergamot essential oil facilitates the activation and helps to increase the secretion of digestive acids, bile and digestive enzymes. It also helps expedite and regulate the digestive process and decreases the strain on the intestinal tract. This can lead to better digestive flow, and prevent potential health complications or uncomfortable conditions in the future.

     

    Cicatrisant: This particular property is what makes bergamot essential oil a popular ingredient in beauty and skin care products like soaps, lotions, creams, etc. Bergamot essentially acts as an agent that helps to fade scars or marks on the skin. It also helps to even skin color and tone. For this reason, it is commonly used to eliminate undesirable skin conditions that can leave scars later on.

     

    Febrifuge: This property makes bergamot an excellent agent for reducing body temperature and fevers. Bergamot essential oil's ability to act as an antibiotic and ward off infections is the primary factor. It also stimulates the metabolic system and gland secretions, which in turn stimulate sweat and other normal secretions that help control body temperature. This can reduce toxicity of the body through perspiration and detoxify the glands and pores that can result in a variety of skin conditions.

     

    Helpful Note: You should keep bergamot essential oil away from sunlight because one of its components can become poisonous should it be exposed to prolonged sunlight. To avoid this, you can store it in a dark bottle in a dark place. And when applying it onto your skin, we suggest waiting until it has been completely absorbed before you expose yourself to sunlight.

     

  • The health benefits of Vanilla essential oil

     

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    This particular essential oil is derived from a very well known plant that has numerous uses: foods, fragrances, aromatherapy, just to name a few. Perhaps one of the most famous essential oils available, we'd like to introduce to you the health benefits of vanilla essential oil.

     

    Commonly known for its application in culinary contexts, Vanilla can actually do a lot more for your health than just tingle your flavor palette.

     

    The health benefits of vanilla essential oil are closely related to its properties as an antioxidant, antidepressant, tranquilizing and relaxing substance.

     

    Vanilla essential oil is extracted from fermented vanilla beans, which come from vanilla plants that typically grow in Mexico and neighboring countries.

     

    Antioxidant: Vanilla essential oil's antioxidant property is an extremely powerful one. Many of our health troubles and problems are a result of the oxidation of living cells and tissues. Free radicals or oxidizers alter the DNA structure of these cells to become structurally similar to that of cancerous cells. Consequently, this results in the body's immune system becoming weaker, potential loss of memory, organic and nervous system issues, gradual degradation of the senses, emotional and mental instability and an overall susceptibility to diseases and infections. The antioxidant property of vanilla oil neutralizes these free radicals and protects the body from these problems including infections and some forms of Cancer. It can also help repair existing damage done to the body by stimulating the recovery process.

     

    Antidepressant: Vanilla essential oil's powerful aroma and flavor can seriously uplift your mood. The pleasingly sweet and soothing taste and smell of vanilla can positively affect anyone's mood. The active ingredient responsible for this effect is Vanillin Hydroxybenzaldehyde. Don't believe us? Just try having a vanilla ice cream cone and see if you won't crack a smile!

     

    Tranquilizing: The sweet and soothing aroma of vanilla essential oil once again comes into play when talking about its property as an effective tranquilizing and relaxing substance. It can help lower blood pressure and relax your nerves and muscles so that getting a good night's sleep is no problem. It only takes a small amount to feel the effects of this powerful essential oil; it can provide relief from anxiety, anger and restlessness so that the only thing you're concerned with is beauty sleep!

  • The History of Aromatherapy

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    Because AYRES Beauty is such a strong believer in the power of aromatherapy, we decided to dedicate an entire blog post to its origins.

     

    Aromatherapy is believed to have evolved from the burning of fragrant woods, needles, leaves and tree gums centuries ago. This discovery and practice most likely came about when people realized that certain firewoods produced pleasant scents when burned, and can be likened to modern day incense burning.

     

    Between 7000 and 4000 B.C.E., Neolithic tribes discovered that heated animal fats had the ability to absorb the aromatic and healing properties that are inherent in certain plants. Though the exact specifics regarding this discovery are unclear, we speculate that it could've happened when fragrant flowers or leaves were accidentally dropped onto fat as meat was being cooked over an open fire. Either way, the impact of that discovery led to further developments such as plants being regularly added to food, used for wound healing, and helped soothe and moisturize dry skin, significantly better than unscented fat did. These "fragrant" fats - the predecessors of modern day body lotions - scented the wearer, protected hair and skin from the environment and insects, and even relaxed muscle aches. Lastly, people discovered that these scented fats even improved energy levels and emotional well-being.

     

    The development of aromatic water came next. "Water" is a slight misnomer, because it was actually a combination of essential oils, water, and alcohol. This mixture was used to enhance the complexion and scent the hair and skin. People also ingested these mixtures as medical tonics.

     

    As time went on, and civilizations evolved, incense, body oils, and aromatic waters were fused to form new blends that had properties that could help heal the mind, body, and spirit. This is how the use of aromas became an integral part of holistic and natural healing, and eventually lay the foundation for modern day aromatherapeutic practices.

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