Archive for August, 2011

Look dewy, not shiny

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

Look dewy - not drenched!A dewy, fresh complexion is always in, but it can be tough to figure out how to avoid the matte look and sidestep looking greasy. You want to be illuminated and glowing rather than shiny, and luckily there are plenty of products out there that can help you achieve just that.

The first step to a dewy face is to exfoliate. Gently rubbing off dead skin cells on your face reveals a new, fresh layer underneath, and it gets rid of the dullness too. Find a gentle daily exfoliating face scrub and use it in the shower before you put on your makeup. Next, moisturize. this will hydrate your skin and keep it looking healthy. Find a light version that's oil-free.

A powder like Too Faced – Absolutely Invisible Candlelight Softly Illuminating Translucent Pressed Powder will set your makeup and give your skin a soft glow. For a little extra oomph, rub a little Sothys – Summer Veil Healthy Glow Effect onto the tops of your cheekbones and onto your brow bones. You'll get a subtle lightening effect that's perfect for radiant-looking skin.

What you need with bare toenails

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

Your toes don't have to be painted to look good in sandals!Lately, tons of fashion runways, streets and celebrity-packed events have been teeming with ladies who are sporting bare toenails. It may sound pretty crazy not to polish your toes, especially when wearing fancy shoes, but obviously there's something going on.

Perhaps some people are realizing that pedicures just aren't in the budget anymore. Maybe girls are a little lazier in the summer and can't bring themselves to paint their toenails. Whatever it is, bare toenails seem to be a new trend, which is good news for anyone who'd like a break from polish.

To show off bare nails, it's imperative to keep them perfectly groomed. Your feet should look practically perfect before you even think about going without color. Get rid of unsightly calluses with a product like Lippmann Collection – Get Off Callus Softener, which will make it easier to rub them off with a pumice stone. Then use a moisturizer like Miss Oops – Pedicure In A Bottle, which smooths, exfoliates and hydrates while giving your tootsies a subtle scent. Slip on a pair of sandals and head out feeling like a minimalist.

The perfect cat-eyed look

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

Yes, cat's can pull it off - but so can you!Cat-eye eyeliner is a difficult look to pull off, especially if you tend to second guess your makeup application skills. Luckily, there's an easy way to wear the trend that's not too over-the-top and is wearable even in the office.

When you see the simple cat-eye from the front, it's barely noticeable – but from the side, there's a little tiny wing that flicks up rather than out, making it cute rather than super retro. And it won't make you look like a Cleopatra wanna-be.

To do it, cover your eyelid with a primer, then an eyeshadow. This will prevent any creasing that could detract attention from your eyeliner. Shade and blend the way you normally would. Then, with a black pencil like Jane Iredale – Eye Pencil in Basic Black, draw a line along your top lashes, flicking it up just a millimeter or so beyond the outer corner of your eye. Next, use a long-lasting formula, like BABOR – Liquid Eyeliner, to trace over the pencil and give the line more drama. Finish with mascara on your lashes, and you're ready to show off your mini cat-eye!

Turn back the time on age spots

Tuesday, August 16th, 2011

Concerned about age spots?Age spots, also known as sun spots, liver spots and solar lentigines, are widespread among adults over 40, but young people can also get them. If you notice you're getting age spots on your skin, don't worry because they're harmless and don't require treatment. If you're not a fan of how they look, there are products available that can lighten and fade the marks, but prevention is key. Wear sunscreen every day and avoid getting too much sun.

These marks typically occur on parts of your body that are frequently exposed to sunlight, including your shoulders, upper back, the back of your hands and the tops of your feet. They can be scattered or grouped together, making their appearance more obvious. If you notice an age spot that changes in size, color or border, see a doctor because it could be a sign of skin cancer.

A product like PCA Skin – Pigment Gel (pHaze 13) can exfoliate your skin to lighten and inhibit the hyperpigmentation that causes age spots. Just apply before sunscreen and moisturizer and allow it to penetrate. Cover up the spot with dual-action makeup like Jane Iredale – Enlighten Concealer, which works to lighten age spots as you mask them. Your age spots will be unnoticeable in no time.

Don’t lose your hair – find it!

Tuesday, August 16th, 2011

No more worrying about losing your hair!If you've noticed a few more hairs than usual getting stuck in your brush or clogging up the drain in the shower, you might be at the beginning stages of hair loss.

Losing your hair can be the result of genetics, medical conditions or a side-effect of medication. If you wear your hair in a certain style, like in braids or pigtails, you may even notice hair loss where your hair is pulled too tightly. Hair loss, medically known as alopecia, can be permanent or temporary depending on the cause. Sudden changes in your hair amounts should be checked out by a doctor because an underlying medical condition could be the cause.

Losing 50 to 100 hairs a day is normal for most people and it isn't usually noticeable. But if you find yourself losing more and wishing your hair was thicker, there are products that can help you. DS Laboratories Revita Hair Growth Stimulating Shampoo can maintain a healthy scalp and improve hair follicle dysfunctions to give you fast results, all just by lathering up in the shower. A serum, like Leonor Greyl Complexe Energisant, can fight alopecia by regenerating your scalp and hair. Just apply it after you shampoo and style as usual. You don't have to be embarrassed by your thinning hair anymore with effective products like these on the market.

Moisturize your head with a gentle shampoo to get rid of dandruff

Monday, August 15th, 2011

Shampoo your flakes away!It's bad enough when your arm or leg is itchy, but when your scalp is dry and irritated, it can feel like there's no such thing as relief. Plus, the embarrassing flakes on your head and shoulders can be a real issue. Instead of putting your hair up in a ponytail and hoping no one will notice, try switching to a moisturizing shampoo.

Dandruff can get worse in the fall and winter when indoor heating gets turned up, drying out your skin. You may notice that your scalp isn't the only part of your body that is red and flaky. Dandruff occurs if your scalp is dry, you don't shampoo enough, you have a skin condition or if you're sensitive to a hair product that you're using. A shampoo like Leonor Greyl Bain Traitant a La Propolis will soothe itchy skin and eliminate flakes. Use it twice in the shower, first to remove impurities and then to moisturize.

Sensitive hair can benefit from Leonor Greyl Creme Aux Fleurs, which replaces shampoo to treat and calm your scalp, even after a perm or hair coloring. Leave it on for several minutes to maximize the benefits and end up with a healthy, moisturized scalp.

Stop scratching and start soothing itchy skin

Monday, August 15th, 2011

Don't scratch your itch - you could make it worse!Many people automatically associate itching with scratching. It seems like a natural solution to an everyday problem, but it’s not always an easy fix. Some conditions get worse when you scratch them and become more red and inflamed. Instead of going at your itchy skin with your nails, consider a more soothing approach that will eliminate the uncomfortable irritation.

Itchy skin that doesn’t have a clear cause is likely caused by dryness, unlike irritation from bug bites or rashes. Environmental factors are often responsible because of changing humidity levels. If you wash your skin too frequently, you could experience itching. A rich product like Phytomer HydraContinue Instant Moisture Cream can re-balance your skin’s moisture levels and sooth the itching sensation.

You can’t always prevent irritated skin, especially if you have unexpected exposure to something you’re allergic to. If you do find yourself scratching because of poison ivy or heat rash, sprays like Peter Thomas Roth – Oxygen Mist can heal your skin while making it more comfortable. You won’t have to keep wishing for longer nails to scratch with when you have more effective treatments on hand.

To keep your skin healthy and good-looking stick to top brands like Exuviance Skin Care and Babor.

Nix body odor at the source for freshness that lasts

Monday, August 15th, 2011

Keep your underarms fresh, even at the gym!There's nothing worse than realizing that weird smell in the air is coming from your armpits. If you're hot, exercising, nervous or under stress, sweat and body odor are your body's natural responses. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to combat the stink and end up smelling clean and fresh.

Sweat is mostly odorless, but when it comes into contact with bacteria on your skin, it can change when the bacteria metabolizes the proteins and fatty acids secreted with the sweat. The way it smells is influenced by many factors, such as your diet, mood, medical conditions and any drugs that you're taking. Deodorants work to kill the bacteria on your skin while antiperspirants use ingredients like aluminum to block the pores so they can't sweat.

A product like L`Occitane – Aromachologie Purifying Deodorant works to eliminate toxins and impurities along with odor. It keeps your skin dry and fresh while providing a subtle, uplifting scent that lasts all day. Powders, like Caswell-Massey – Lily of the Valley Talc, keep your skin soft and fresh as they absorb any moisture your body produces. With so many ways to combat sweat and odor, there's no reason why you can't be confident about your aroma.

What to do when your baby gets diaper rash

Friday, August 12th, 2011

Keep your baby's bottom rash free with soothing products.Babies have delicate skin, so diaper rash is a common form of irritation for infants whose bottoms are wrapped up all day and night in diapers.

Diaper rash can develop if your baby has continually wet diapers, diarrhea or isn't changed quickly enough. The rash can also appear when your baby starts eating solid foods or begins an antibiotic regimen. If you're breastfeeding, certain foods (like those with tomatoes) that you eat can spur the condition. Diaper rash usually improves with treatment methods you can use at home, but if you notice that it worsens or if your baby has a fever as well, medical treatment may be necessary.

If your infant has diaper rash, wash with water after each diaper change and stay away from soaps or wipes that have alcohol or fragrance. Give him some time without a diaper so the rash can begin healing. Cellex-C Mother & Child Skin Care – Diaper Rash Ointment can act as a comfortable barrier between the rash and the diaper while it soothes irritation. A powder, which you can get in a kit like MD MOMS Baby Silk – To Go Travel Set will soak up moisture. Your baby's bottom should be smooth and symptom-free in no time.

Don’t let psoriasis symptoms stick around

Friday, August 12th, 2011

Psoriasis itch giving you the blues?If you’re one of the roughly 8 million people in the U.S. who has psoriasis, the good news is that the skin condition is controllable with medication, and future research for a cure looks promising.

Psoriasis is a common skin ailment that’s not contagious. It causes fast skin cell reproduction, which results in dry, red patches of thick skin from the excess build-up. The affection often affects elbows, knees and the scalp. Psoriasis is chronic and incurable, but it improves and worsens periodically. Sometimes, the condition can clear up for years. It tends to become worse in the winter months and gets better in warmer months with exposure to increased sunlight.

For mild cases, psoriasis can often be treated by topical sprays, lotions, gels and creams. A product like NeoStrata PSORENT Psoriasis Topical Solution can relieve the itching, redness and irritation caused by the malady. When you use these products regularly, they can prevent recurrence. A cream like Rilastil – Deliskin can reduce redness and soothes on contact, as well as improve the appearance of the problem on a long-term basis. Smooth it on for visibly improved skin.