Secret to beautiful hair & scalp

When your scalp is too dry, too oily or plagued with dandruff, healthy looking hair won’t happen unless you incorporate scalp care into your hair regime. Over the years, Paul Penders has developed a great hair and scalp treatment which delivers beautiful, healthy hair. The important first step is to cleanse the scalp thoroughly. Powerful rainforest herbs from Malaysia slowly saturate and purify the scalp while loosening dandruff. For the healthiest hair, the process is as follow:

  1. Apply Pegaga Scalp Cleansing Treatment.
    Gently massage until scalp feels warm. Leave in for 10 minutes (60 max) and cover hair with a plastic shower cap or wrap in a towel or cloth for best results.
  2. Shampoo clean with our Time Release Jasmine Shampoo
    After scalp cleansing, wash thoroughly with our scented Jasmine Shampoo to ensure a healthy foundation for beautiful hair.

  3. Deep condition with our Herbal Lemon Conditioner
    After shampooing, while hair is still wet, apply Herbal Lemon Conditioner, especially designed to correct dry and brittle ends without weighing down hair. Adds moisture as well to hair.
  4. Apply Intensive Hair Repair Therapy
    Restore balance and life to dry, damaged and chemically treated hair with regular Intensive Hair Repair Therapy treatments. Leaves hair full of vitality and shine, without weighing it down. Also targets split ends. For beautiful shiny hair.
  5. Finish with Holy Basil Conditioning Scalp Toner
    Beautiful hair starts with a healthy scalp. A scalp and hair solution designed to ensure circulation and balance sebum production. Calms scalp. Restores luster and shine. To use Holy Basil Conditioning Scalp Toner, apply sparingly directly onto the scalp.
  6. To tame frizzy hair, use Leave-In Defrizzing Balm
    Protect, moisturize and tame frizzy, dry hair with our Defrizzing Balm made from herbal essential oils providing vitamins and minerals. Leave in for the healthiest, most manageable hair.

                                                                                                      Information by: Katja




Beauty Tip: Use Lemons To Lighten And Brighten Skin And Hair!

The Beauty of Lemons…
We all know that eating fruit brings lots of benefits for the body. But — how often have you thought about their benefits for the skin and hair? One such beneficial fruit is the lemon — rich in vitamins C and B6, iron and calcium. Lemons are among the best natural substances to help control skin problems like acne scars, dark spots and sunburn.
Lemon juice is a rich source of citric acid, containing about 1.44 grams of the acid per ounce.  Biochemists consider it a weak organic acid – one of the alpha hydroxys (AHA) so popular in commercial skin products today.

Mix lemon juice with water or into your favourite cleanser or scrub to remove dead skin cells and reduce blemishes. Be aware that it has a drying effect, so it’s best to dilute lemon juice or you may feel it sting and burn.
Lemon juice is also used as a skin lightener.
To brighten up your skin, rub half a lemon on any dark areas like elbows, backs of hands, and knees. Repeat every day until you notice an improvement in pigmentation.

Be careful on your face because lemon is both astringent and known to increase photosensitivity – you could end up darker than before! Just remember to follow up with a moisturizer and sunscreen for increased protection. Because it is so drying, lemon treatments should be limited, maybe 2-3 times per week at the most.
Lemons lighten and clean…
Wise women have known for centuries that you can highlight your hair with a lemon juice or vinegar rinse after shampooing. Rinse with 1 part lemon to 3 parts water, then go out in the sun. Soon you’ll see a difference!
For those with oily skin, clogged pores or blackheads, lemon juice can be a treat for your skin. Squeeze a lemon, then soak a cotton ball or gauze pad in the juice and apply by lightly rubbing in circles. Leave it on for 3-5 minutes, then rinse off. You can even make up a batch of these and store them in the freezer to use once a day.
Because of its exfoliating and astringent properties, an overnight lemon juice treatment on problem areas can help you achieve beautiful, smooth skin by morning. Lemon juice or ‘zest’ you make from the peel can be mixed into most commercial skin lotions and cleansers.
Make your own lemon mask: whip up an egg white and squeeze lemon juice into it – or just mix some lemon into a commercial mayonnaise — for an instant facial or hair treatment. Mix lemon and honey for their antibacterial and moisturizing effects and a lovely lingering perfume.
To exfoliate really fast, simply apply lemon juice on clean skin for 5-10 minutes, then rinse with lukewarm water.
And of course, you can drink lemonade or a mojito, squeeze lemon juice on almost anything for flavor – and use lemons to clean clothes, countertops, windows… Lemons have almost endless uses.
Try a lemon at home today!
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People we admire…DR. ARVIND RAJLOO, a truly gentle man

Nothing is so strong as gentleness, nothing so gentle as real strength.

There is nothing stronger in the world than gentleness.

Paul writes: “When in Ipoh (Malaysia), I went to Dr. Arvind Rajloo.
The doctor is around 40 years old; a chiropractor by training but he has adjusted this to his own way of practicing. He still does the same treatments as a chiropractor but very gently — only very, very soft; so soft I believed it was not going to work!
He used a small rubber hammer, small enough almost to repair watches! And again softly, hits a certain points on your arm or neck and at places that seemingly were unconnected to what I was treated for before by other doctors. He asked me to curl my toes and fingers and then put a little wooden spoon in my mouth. He had me look a certain way and do that a few times for 5 seconds each time.
Rather than massaging tissues, his hands almost glide over your body and gently hit certain spots, again different than I expected from earlier visits to chiropractors or doctors.
His treatment room is almost totally empty except for a treatment bed and 5 different size balls. He could be a designer or architect or painter. He is so gentle and talks only little bit, yet he has great sense of humor.
On the walls, there are framed licenses for 5 different studies in medicine, bachelors and doctorate degrees, as well as sports science, rehabilitation and more. The tagline on his business card is: “Structure and Functional Integration.”
He did not ask me much before starting to treat me. When he was finished, I was worried about standing up. I have been in such pain for more than a year since I broke my leg. But my pain had disappeared! I now can walk normally!

Now I need to buy a ball and do some simple exercises myself. I just can’t believe it. Last week, another specialist was ready to put a metal rod into my leg from knee to foot, and keep me for 3 weeks in the hospital. Are we crazy these days?
Dr. Rajloo says within 3 treatments, things will be fine. My bone will grow healthier over time. My wife noted that the swelling was gone and also some “infection” had disappeared. I can walk up a staircase again without needing to push myself on the rails. Same thing going downstairs. I can walk normally and easily for the first time in more than a year.
He is a pain specialist and also uses “stress memory access” to reprogram the mind and body. For the rest, I am not sophisticated enough to explain it all — but it was a wonderful experience.
And the strange part is that I felt the guy did almost nothing!! He is not a kind of ‘new-ager’ at all. Just a very down-to-earth person – a truly gentle man, a true gentleman.”
By Paul Penders
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Pegaga: The Best Kept Herbal Beauty Secret

Although more and more cosmetics companies are offering natural beauty products made from herbs and other organic ingredients, few have yet incorporated one of the most powerful beauty boosting herbs: pegaga.

Miracle Hero of the Rainforest

Known throughout Asia as “Miracle Hero of the Rainforest”, pegaga is a member of the parsley family and grows wild alongside ordinary grass.

Pegaga traditional asian miracle herb, also used in Paul Penders products

About the size of a thumbnail, its clover-like leaves are inconspicuous; but this belies their true capabilities. When used topically or orally, pegaga leaves possess several qualities that cause a chain of beneficial effects in the body.

For example, Paul Penders’ Pegaga Scalp Cleansing Treatment offers both antiseptic and antibacterial action that deeply cleanses the scalp in a way that is not possible from shampoo alone.

This is important, since even small buildups of dirt and bacteria on the head can affect the health and appearance of the hair, causing it to loose luster and vitality. In the worst cases, excessive buildups of debris on the scalp can result in itching and flaking. Pegaga also increases blood circulation to the scalp, thereby stimulating hair growth.

This ability to boost blood circulation has earned pegaga a place in LevensESSENTIE Gold, the proprietary blend of 22 herbs that is contained in all Paul Penders skin care and make up products.

When applied to the skin in the form of cleanser, toner, moisturizer or other topical products, pegaga increases blood flow to the area, promoting cellular renewal and healing. This, in turn, results in fresher, healthier looking skin. Pegaga is also believed to help promote collagen production, leading to firmer, more toned skin.

Dr. Abdul Ghani, a Langkawi-based medical practitioner and researcher in Malay and Arab medical manuscripts, notes that many people in Asia also drink pegaga juice as a means to boost their mental and physical well-being. Although clinical studies have not been conducted to verify its effects, people taking pegaga, he says, claim to experience improved memory and better health.


Langkawi, a group of 99 islands located off the coast of Malaysia which recently achieved Geopark status in 2007 due to its unique flora and fauna, is a major source of the world pegaga along with India and China.

Other Benefits of Pegaga

A rich source of vitamin K, magnesium and calcium, pegaga has been used in traditional Malay medicine for thousands of years to address a variety of ills.

Pegaga helps alleviate fatigue and reduces the effects of depression and insomnia. Because it increases brain function, the herb improves memory and concentration.

Pegaga also improves circulation, strengthening veins and capillaries, reducing vascular inflammation, improving wound healing, and supporting the heart, liver and kidneys. It is also used to relieve the symptoms of colds and respiratory problems, strengthen the immune system, and treat leprosy.

Indian ayurvedic medicine, a centuries-old practice that is based upon traditional methods of healing, also makes use of pegaga. In tablet form, the herb is used to address eye problems.

These and another applications give pegaga one of the broadest spectrum of use of all herbal remedies and the World Health Organization has therefore classified pegaga as one of the most important plant species in the world.

Like coenzyme Q10 and various proprietary vitamin blends, pegaga tablets may be taken to achieve both health and beauty benefits.

Like other nutritional supplements, however, pegaga has not been subject to rigorous clinical testing so vendors are limited in the claims they can make about the benefits of pegaga products.

While it may initially appear that the solution to this problem would be for pegaga sellers to simply conduct such studies, in practice this is prohibitively expensive for all but the largest manufacturers, since clinical trials typically cost many millions of dollars and take several years to complete.

Therefore, pegaga is likely to remain one of the best kept beauty secrets, at least through the foreseeable future.


“Beauty,” they say, “is not just skin deep.”
To be beautiful, we can’t just rely on beauty products — our diet is very important too. Did you know that eating salads can help to moisturize your skin, boost your energy and improve your overall appearance? And that salads don’t have to be boring?
Low calorie, high fiber content – eating raw foods in salads gives you beneficial vitamins, minerals, and enzymes that can be destroyed in the cooking process. A vegetarian friend recently said something that really got me thinking, “Name an animal that cooks their food.” Of course, there aren’t any others – only humans insist on cooking their meals. Why is that?
The best way to hydrate your skin is by eating salads, suggest many health and beauty experts. According to studies, iceberg lettuce and cucumbers are both about 96% water while a red tomato contains about 94% of that wonderful H2O!

The basics of a typical ‘American salad’ (like the one in the photo) are lettuce, cucumbers, and tomatoes. Or you can make salads as exotic as the one that visitors from France made for me with cold rice topped with vegetables, fruit, and nuts, all sitting on a bed of lettuce. Note that in many countries, “salad” is the word used as a name for lettuce.
Sprinkle flax seeds on top for intestinal health; add walnuts, hazelnuts, macadamia or other nuts for both flavour and texture. Or make a fabulous salad like the one I had at the “Red Tomato” restaurant on Langkawi, Malaysia. Their chef starts with rocket lettuce, then tops that with tomatoes and cucumbers, then adds slices of mango and avocado and spills handfuls of cranberries over it all. To finish it off, he offers a choice of proteins from the menu of chicken, salmon, or tuna. The ‘secret’ dressing melds the flavors.
Speaking of dressings…One of the healthiest dressings is a simple mix of Spanish or Italian olive oil with apple cider or balsamic vinegar. Another ‘secret’ of a chef I know is to add a spoonful of honey and/or a squeeze of fresh lemon or lime. Spice it up with seasonings: salt, pepper, and herbs like thyme, rosemary, and basil make it “Italian;” soy sauce and mirin rice vinegar turn it into an Asian dressing.
The famed Mayo Clinic offers a number of salad recipes online to encourage people to eat healthy foods. According to research posted on their site, “Americans are making salads for less than 10 percent of meals — a decline of 20 percent in the past 15 years.” No wonder there’s an ‘obesity epidemic!’
Best foods for your skin…
Mayo Clinic dermatologist Dr. Lawrence Gibson lists the following “best foods for healthy skin:”

  • Carrots, apricots, and other yellow and orange fruits and vegetables
  • Spinach and other green leafy vegetables
  • Tomatoes
  • Blueberries
  • Beans, peas and lentils
  • Salmon, mackerel and other fatty fish
  • Nuts
Throw all those things together in a bowl and just think of all the healthy anti-oxidants, vitamins, minerals, fiber, and oils you’ll be eating! The olive oil alone will do wonders for your skin and hair – inside and out!
Salads don’t have to be boring!
Let yourself be inspired by the cuisines of many countries and create your own. Of course, if you’re not in the mood for the ‘crunch,’ you can throw your salad in a blender, add some yogurt, and make a great smoothie! You can have salads at almost every meal!
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