Archive for February, 2011

Expert skincare tips: How to slow the effects of aging

       
Monday, February 28th, 2011

Expert skincare tips: How to slow the effects of agingEven if some of us don’t make it to a dermatologist on a regular basis, we can still benefit from expert advice geared to help us combat skincare woes that many of us invariably end up facing.

If you wish to be in-the-know when it comes to protecting yourself against the effects of aging, Skincare-News.com provided these helpful hints that everyone should keep in their arsenal of skincare know-how.

“Sunscreen is a must in the fight against aging,” the news source reports. “People should always be honest about their skin care regimen – including any history of smoking and sun exposure. This is vital information for a dermatologist to create an effective anti-aging skin care routine.”

Be sure you’ve got the best skincare technology on your side with a sunscreen product that contains at least SPF 15. Many foundations and moisturizers come with SPF already built in, which is a great way for women to get into the habit of never leaving the house without some sun protection on their faces.

How to get a red-carpet worthy pout

       
Monday, February 28th, 2011

How to get a red-carpet worthy poutLet's be honest – the Academy Awards on Sunday were good for more than just reflecting on the merits of various films. If that weren't the case, there wouldn't be a torrent of coverage devoted to picking apart the attire and makeup.

In the latter category, lips were especially highlighted at this year's awards show. Mandy Moore even surprised us a little with a sophisticated tangerine lipstick. Though all the usual suspects were there (including vibrant, scarlet red), it seems as though more starlets opted for sheer, neutral lip tones.

Champagnes and pinks were a favorite choice among actresses, as were bronzes and soft beiges. Of these, the barely-there lip was a big hit, which was featured prominently on the pouts of Jennifer Lawrence and Michelle Williams. Williams' makeup artist actually created a custom lip color by blending the hue with some foundation.

To create this look at home, ladies can opt for a champagne or beige-colored lipstick (if the color isn't light enough, applying concealer or foundation to your lips first will create the perfect base for a muted mouth). Top with balm or lipgloss to prevent lips from getting dried out.

Understated makeup was all the rage at last night’s Oscars

       
Monday, February 28th, 2011

Understated makeup was all the rage at last night's OscarsIf style hounds and makeup fanatics were all scouring the red carpet on Sunday for the latest trends in bold cosmetics, they may have come up empty-handed. As it so happens, demure, understated makeup was more de riguer at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards.

"By and large, the makeup was soft, safe and devoid of a 'statement' anything," according to FashionEtc.com. "Subtly defined eyes, rosy cheeks, and sheer, natural-looking lip color were the order of the night for Natalie Portman, Nicole Kidman, Cate Blanchett, Gwyneth Paltrow, Scarlett Johansson, Jennifer Lawrence, and especially, Michelle Williams."

The last-mentioned starlet showed up with a stunning look that her makeup artist characterized as "ethereal and sparkling," the news source reports.

Ladies can use a touch of Academy Award-worthy inspiration when it comes to their own day-to-day makeup routines. Opt for tinted moisturizer, translucent power and soft, cream-based blush. Eyes can still pop with a played-down approach – use a couple coats of mascara paired with soft pigments on the lids.

Go for a barely-there makeup look

       
Friday, February 25th, 2011

Go for a barely-there makeup lookIf you've been paying attention to all the Fashion Week commotion going on as of late, you may have noticed one super-sophisticated makeup trend sweeping the runways. Many models were sporting a barely-there makeup look, featuring a sheer face, minimal mascara and even nude lips.

Unlike some outlandish runway looks, this is one trend that can translate equally well to the streets.

To start, you'll want to try to get away with the least amount of face makeup as possible. Apply tinted moisturizer for a sheer, balmy finish and use minimal concealer to cover up flaws. Set with translucent powder to create a matte effect.

As for blush, many models had barely noticeable hues on their cheeks, so stick with a warm color that's just a shade or two darker than your natural skin tone.

Apply just a couple light swipes of brown or black mascara to your lashes to open up eyes in a way that's not too obvious. Finish with some sheer gloss on the lips – you may want to apply some concealer to your pout first to get that ultra muted look.

Top reasons for men to exfoliate

       
Friday, February 25th, 2011

Top reasons for men to exfoliateMen are typically accustomed to a skincare routine of their own, but that doesn’t mean they can’t borrow a few pointers from their female friends every now and then. Though guys usually stick to a simple face cleanser and aftershave, there are many added benefits to using an exfoliator.

Exfoliating can help remove dead cells to create a healthier, brighter complexion as well as even out the skin’s surface. Not only are they great for cleaning the pores, but they can make the skin much more supple in the process.

For men, these products have the added benefit of promoting cell renewal and buffing the epidermis, which is subject to irritation and uneven texture after shaving.

Many exfoliating products, such as Baxter of California Facial Scrub, contain moisturizing ingredients such as aloe and honey to give guys some much-needed hydration.

Jack Black Face Buff Energizing Scrub is designed to prep skin for shaving by smoothing its surface. Regular usage also helps combat in-grown hairs and follicles.

Quell your aging concerns with quality products

       
Friday, February 25th, 2011

Quell your aging concerns with quality productsLet’s face it – aging is a concern for virtually every woman, beginning with oh, say, age 26. Not that most younger ladies have anything to worry about – it’s just that staying fresh-faced has been so deeply ingrained in our culture, it’s hard to imagine going a day without obsessing about it.

According to an Allure beauty survey, 93 percent of females think that there’s more pressure today than ever before to keep oneself looking young. That’s a whole lot of women.

Since this is such a pressing concern, it’s important for women everywhere to be in touch with their confidence and own inner beauty, but it’s also equally crucial for them to have healthy, effective anti-aging methods to turn to once they do become older.

Skin loses its natural elasticity and moisture as you age, so look for face creams that contain retinol or collagen-boosting ingredients. A serum, such as one that contains vitamin C, can be a potent addition to any skincare regimen.

Skin through the ages: An everywoman guide

       
Thursday, February 24th, 2011

Skin through the ages: An everywoman guideYou know your skin is sort of a big deal – it is the biggest organ on your body, after all, and having an out-of-this-world glow can make the difference between feeling beautiful or just so-so.

We wash, we exfoliate, we moisturize, we tone – we drink our eight glasses per day in hopes of achieving that ever-elusive perfect, dewy sheen.

The older we get, the more we have to adapt our habits to our skin’s ever-changing needs. That’s why it’s so important for women of all ages to be equipped with the proper knowledge to respond to the changes taking place in their bodies – the skin of a 20-year-old has different needs than the skin of a 47-year-old, but with the proper techniques, every woman can feel like a queen.

According to StyleList.com, “thanks to technology and all that we know about aging today, firm and glowing skin isn’t something you have to leave behind in your youth.”

That doesn’t mean having youthful skin comes without its own bag of issues, however. Many 20-year-olds are still plagued with occasional blemishes.

New York dermatologist Dr. David Bank told StyeList that young women might look for gentle cleansers that contain alpha hydroxy acid, glycolic acid or benzoyl peroxide, such as Neova‘s Acne Cream.

As you get into your 30s, it’s a safe bet you’ll see less and less of the angry red stuff, but your skin might be less capable of restoring itself. This is about the time when blotchiness, dryness and tiny fine lines begin to appear.

To combat these dulling effects, Dr. Tina Alster recommends focusing on exfoliation and moisturizing, while Dr. Bank mentions that most of the stuff you used in your 20s to fight acne can also still be beneficial for anti-aging purposes. Retinol creams and glycolic acid are especially suited for fine lines and blotchiness, the news source reports.

Those who begin to notice signs of rosacea at this age are advised to avoid a self-diagnosis and to visit a dermatologist. Skin-care professionals usually have the most effective treatments for this inflammatory condition. If you do decide to self-medicate, you can use products such as Phytomer‘s Rosee Visage Toning Cleansing Lotion and Accept Neutralizing Cream.

Women progressing into their 40s may see a marked progression of the aging effects they experienced in their 30s “due to weakening of collagen and elastin fibers, loss of fat and muscles, and coupled with gravitational pull,” Dr. Banks told the news source. “It’s not surprising that you will begin to see signs of sagging eyelids, drooping brows and hollowness under the eyes.”

The best advice is to up the strength of the exfoliation and moisturizing process, opting for subtle dermabrasion formulas with microcrystals and moisturizers with lots of glycerin. Bank recommends looking for formulas with anti-oxidants such as grape-seed extract or vitamins A, C and E, the news source reports.

Women aged 50 and over may begin to see more pronounced wrinkles as the moisture and fat content in their skin begins to wane. At this point, lathering on oil-rich moisturizers is a safe bet for the skin, which isn’t as prone to break-outs as it was years ago. Alster recommends products with collagen-building ingredients, such as retinoic acid, and hydrators like hyaluronic acid.

Bank says there’s something to look forward to in your 60s, which may bring skin less prone to hormonal fluctuations and a more defined bone structure. To prevent the dryness and itchiness associated with this age, look for creams with shea butter or serums with phytoestrogens, the news source reports.

Once you’re in your 70s, you can leave the soap behind. Look for soap-free cleansers that will help you retain as much moisture as you can – adding a vitamin C serum can help you with sunspots. Cellex-C Advanced-C Serum will do wonders for blotchiness and uneven skin tone.

And if there is one thing that you do take away from all of this, remember to always put on sunscreen. Applying SPF 20 or greater can be your number one defense against aging, no matter what birthday you’ll be celebrating this year.

How (not) to achieve precision with your makeup

       
Thursday, February 24th, 2011

How (not) to achieve precision with your makeupSome ladies may strive to achieve precision with their makeup, but while perfectly arched brows and expertly winged eyeliner can look undeniably stunning, it's also been said that a more carefree look is better than perfect.

No one knows this better than Heidi Klum, who recently posed with makeup that was literally drawn on by a 7-year-old boy. If you can imagine, the results were impressive – the normally flawless Klum threw a fierce pout at the camera with mismatched streaks of neon-pink blush, lipstick smeared across her mouth, a penciled-in unibrow and a liberal application of glitter across her face.

Of course, Klum was doing it for her new show, dubbed Seriously Funny Kids, the Daily Mail reports. But we can all take a page out of her (coloring) book by emulating such a style.

You obviously don't want to mess around where red lipstick is concerned, but being a little carefree with smudgy shadows and eyeliners never hurt anyone. Use the smudging tip on the end of the pencil for a sultry look.

A pocket guide to amazing skin

       
Thursday, February 24th, 2011

A pocket guide to amazing skinGood skin is a powerful force to be reckoned with, as it often has a greater overall impact than good physique or good hair do on their own. And since so many ladies are concerned with maintaining their complexions in some way or another, here are some basic expert tips to get your skin into the best possible shape.

Skin expert Lori MacGregor told ABC News that it's a good idea for ladies to have an initial consultation with an esthetician, who can perform a professional facial and recommend products. A formula that contains glycolic or salicylic acid, such as Peter Thomas Roth Glycolic Acid 3% Facial Wash, is best for exfoliating and cleaning your pores.

Once you've got a good head start, you should begin a consistent skincare routine. MacGregor recommends using an exfoliating cleanser, a hydrating toner, corrective serum and SPF moisturizer, but you can tailor these basic guidelines to meet your specific needs. Search for products that are especially suited for your skin type.

Finally, look into eye treatments for puffiness and circles, and make sure to drink plenty of water during the day. A moisturizing mask can be a helpful boost.

The importance (and how-to) of cleaning your makeup brushes

       
Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

The importance (and how-to) of cleaning your makeup brushesIf you're using makeup brushes, chances are you're well aware that these handy tools are every girl's secret to cosmetic perfection. However, equally important to having the right technique is taking proper care of your brushes.

According to LipstickAndLuxury.com, clean brushes lend themselves to healthier skin and a better makeup application, as bacteria and dirt can often accumulate in your brushes and lead to infection.

If you're really keen on employing best practices, you should generally be cleaning your brushes after each use. The procedure doesn't have to be complicated – a simple swipe with a baby wipe is usually sufficient, the website reports.

For a more thorough weekly routine, you can rinse and gently shampoo your brushes under warm water, lay flat and re-shape. However, a more specialized product may address certain needs than a rull-of-the-mill shampoo may not. Try Colorescience Brush Cleaner Spray for a cheap and effective alternative.