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The Paleo Diet- Newest Beauty Craze

       
Monday, July 28th, 2014

The Paleo Diet- Newest Beauty CrazeThe paleo diet is a new kind of diet that is gaining followers all over the world. It is based around consuming what followers believe their ancient ancestors consumed in the same proportions. So the paleo diet makes use of more red meat and less whole grains than modern diets, for example. The paleo diet has some specific beauty benefits.

One of the most important beauty benefits is that the additional red meat in the paleo diet is a great source of zinc. Zinc plays a key role in the health of nails and hair, two of the most important elements in the beauty arsenal. More zinc will make nail polish go a lot further and reduce the need for special hair care products.

The paleo diet also can improve the skin, by removing processed grains and sweetened products from the list of allowed foods and cutting down on industrial fatty oils from seeds. Both of those categories contribute to acne and other skin problems. That frees you up to stop buy less skin treatments and start investing in some nice face makeup to bring out your natural beauty.

In terms of overall health benefits, the results of the paleo diet speak for themselves. Cutting out new, industrialized foods and replacing them with protein-heavy and nutrient-rich meats is a good way to find a diet that will be both healthy and enjoyable to eat. The paleo diet has recently become the most popular diet on Instagram, due to the fact that happy dieters are sharing their results with the world. It’s a good diet both for the basic health benefits and for the beauty side effects as well. The benefits of the paleo diet mean you can stop using makeup to cover up flaws and start using it to emphasize your best features. Another benefit is that having beautiful and clear skin with no need to cover flaws will free up some money so you can purchase higher-end products.

Men and their Influence on the Beauty Industry

       
Thursday, July 24th, 2014

Men and their Influence on the Beauty IndustryYears ago, the American male skin cleanser might have been the equivalent of a fine grade of sandpaper mixed with a bit of Lava soap. In order to save face, men and boys have been sneaking into their wives’ or mother’s drawers to find what they need when their faces needed moisturizing or to find cream for razor burn. Why? Stigma, or the lack of signature skincare products for men and boys; after all, men and boys do suffer from dry skin and might need a foundation to cover-up complexion problems too, don’t they? Addressing the need, and understanding the desire, Tom Ford and Marc Jacobs are launching cosmetic lines for men. They are bringing a solution to the cosmetics counter and online store—to meet the needs of men—their own niche cosmetics and skincare products, from shaving systems to body scrubs, you can find it all.

Boy how, things have changed! Now, if men are interested in taking care of their skin and using herbal shaving creams and after-shave treatments there is a large selection for them. Men, you can get what you need and want for your skin and choose the kind of skincare and fragrance that works for your lifestyle. You don’t need to have your wife, friend or sister shop for you at the Clinique counter; you have your own brands. It is understood—men use and buy skincare, designer shaving products, and even specially formulated foundations that work for male skin. European men have long known about and used skincare products, undaunted by social stigma, they cleanse their skin daily and use moisturizer and are unashamed to buy and talk about skin-health and proper care.

If you are looking for skincare products from Jack Black and other prominent designers, cologne, unique shaving accessories’ and body scrubs, Beauty Bridge has an array of products to suit your taste. If you prefer an unscented natural and herbal moisturizer, Baxter of California features Oil Free Moisturizer, a lightweight, oil free and fragrance-free selection, filled with antioxidants, vitamins E, A, and D, Japanese green tea, aloe and soothing chamomile.

If Sothys is more to your liking, you can find HOMME Soothing After-Shave Balm that brings freshness to the skin, prevents spots and soothes razor burn.

Today, specially formulated cosmetics and skincare products are wrapped with packaging that appeals to the male sensibility. Skincare and cosmetics for women only? Not really.

Some Awesome Homemade Mask Recipes!

       
Monday, July 21st, 2014

Some Awesome Homemade Mask Recipes!If you’re as crazy about healthy skin as we are, then you probably know the benefit of a good mask treatment periodically. Hydrated, smoothed, and nourished skin is beautiful, and a regular facial mask can help you achieve just that. But, what’s a girl to do when she doesn’t have the time or money to get a professional facial? Try an awesome homemade mask of course! We’ve done the research for you and come up with a list of the best homemade mask recipes for every skin type.

Egg and Yogurt Mask for Normal Skin

It is sometimes difficult even to meet the needs of normal skin, as you girls with normal skin don’t have a specific “concern” to treat. Nonetheless, nourishing and replenishing even normal skin is important, and this luxurious egg and yogurt mask does just that.

The Recipe

The mask is really as simple as it sounds. All you need is 2 simple ingredients – 2 eggs and 2 tablespoons of plain yogurt. To make the mask, separate the egg whites from the yolks and place them in separate bowls. Add the yogurt to the egg whites and mix until combined. Apply this mixture to your face and allow it to dry. Rinse off the mask with warm water and blot your skin with a warm cloth. Your face should feel soothed and moisturized when you’re finished!

Avocado and Oatmeal Mask for Dry Skin

If you have dry skin, you know how important it is to replenish your skin with added moisture, but you need to stick to the correct ingredients to properly hydrate your skin. This avocado and oatmeal combo is perfect for dry skin and will leave you feeling replenished.

The Recipe

To make this mask, you’ll need 1 tablespoon of powdered oats and 1 tablespoon of mashed avocado. Place the two ingredients in a bowl. Mix the avocado and oatmeal powder together with a fork until you achieve an even mixture. Apply the mixture to a clean face and allow it to set for 15 minutes. Wash the mask off using a circular motion to exfoliate dead skin cells. Pat your face dry with a clean towel.

Banana Mask for Oily Skin

Oily skin presents a complex problem as you need to be able to moisturize without added excess oil. This banana mask is the perfect combo of oil absorption but moisture delivery.

The Recipe

For this mask you need 1 ripe banana, 2 tablespoons of honey, and an orange or a lemon. Prepare the mask by mashing up the banana and adding the honey to it. Add a few drops of lemon or orange juice and apply the mixture to your face. Let it set for 15 minutes and rinse your face with a cool or steaming washcloth.

Peach Face Mask for Combination Skin

Combination skin needs specific attention as it possesses areas of dry as well as oily skin types. This peach face mask accounts for all of the aspects of this skin type and then some.

The Recipe

You will need 1 peeled ripe peach, 1 egg white, and 1 tablespoon of sour cream. Combine the peach, egg white, and sour cream in a bowl. Apply the mask to your face and leave it on for 15 minutes. Rinse your face with cool or warm water and pat dry.

Milk and Cocoa Antiaging Mask

Aging skin needs special attention, and this milk and cocoa mask delivers it. Plus, this option smells yummy too!

The Recipe

All you need for this mask is 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder and ½ tablespoon milk. Mix the ingredients together into a paste and apply it to your skin. Allow the mask to dry and rinse thoroughly.

Your skin deserves a little pampering once in a while. Treat your skin to one of these masks, and you’ll be glad you decided to go DIY.

The Beauty Benefits of Caffeine

       
Friday, July 18th, 2014

The Beauty Benefits of Caffeine
Caffeine is perhaps one of the most consumed substances in the world. It is found naturally in foods and drinks such as chocolate, coffee and tea and is a stimulant that can benefit the body in a variety of ways. One of these benefits is that it can help to enhance beauty. Consuming caffeine can be good for both your insides and your outside and you will be delighted to know that it can benefit you in the following ways.

Detoxifies the Liver

Your liver can be cleansed thanks to caffeine. This is because caffeine is what is known as a natural enema. As a result, your liver is cleared of toxins and your colon benefits as well. In fact, a study at Duke University has proven that caffeine may even be capable of reducing fatty liver in individuals who suffer from fatty liver disease that is unrelated to alcohol.

Lowers Risk for Diabetes

Caffeine can reduce your risk for developing diabetes when you consume five cups of coffee per day. The favorite beverage is high in antioxidants and has healing properties. However, to truly gain this benefit, only drink coffee that is free of sugar.

Weight Loss Aid

Caffeine can also help you to lose weight. Drinking caffeinated coffee and eating dark chocolate – in moderation, of course – can assist you in losing weight when you decide that it is time to shed those extra pesky pounds. Caffeine tends to naturally curb your appetite, meaning you will eat less and can avoid overeating.

Improves Skin Condition

The use of caffeine in skincare products is growing increasingly popular. Such products can make the skin smoother and more toned. It can also fight the effects of aging by giving the skin better elasticity. It is also good at treating dark circles under the eyes that come as a result of lack of sleep and soothing redness and inflammation.

Reduces Cellulite

Caffeine can help to reduce cellulite due to its natural diuretic properties. Skin cream that includes caffeine can reduce fluid retention, which can eliminate this unsightly and embarrassing problem. It is even possible to reduce cellulite by using instant or ground coffee by rubbing it directly on the affected areas of the body.

What Your Body Shape Says About Your Health

       
Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

What Your Body Shape Says About Your Health
Your body shape says a lot more about you than simply how good you look in your favorite pair of jeans. In fact, your body shape can be a great indicator of your overall health. Most nutrition and health experts can judge the well-being of their clients simply by taking a quick glance at the shape of their bodies. Here is a look at what your body shape can tell you about what the current state of your overall health is.

Hourglass

This is the most common body shape for women, and it is also the beauty standard that has been the most desirable for women since the early days of Hollywood. Women with hourglass figures and a healthy BMI tend to be in good health. An hourglass figure is also indicative of a woman who has a high level of fertility due to the increased estrogen levels that large breasts and hips represent.

Apple

This is the body shape in which a woman has narrow hips and shoulders and an ample middle. This is a very risky category for women to be in. Numerous studies have shown that people who have a larger waist than other areas of their body are at a higher risk of developing serious health conditions like heart disease and cancer. Women who are in the apple category need to take care to stay as fit as possible to keep their waist smaller than their hips.

Triangle

This is another body shape that is considered to be very feminine and attractive. Triangle shapes have a narrow waist and a shapely bottom, but they may not be as full in the bosom as the traditional hourglass shape. Women in this category are generally in good health, but they need to be sure to avoid their hips from carrying too much weight to avoid health problems. Like women with hourglass figures, women who have a triangle shape are generally more fertile due to their higher levels of estrogen.

Ruler

The name says it all. Women who have a ruler shape are narrow in the hips and bust. Although women who have this shape may not like their less feminine look, a ruler shape actually is indicative of a woman who is in good health. However, it is important for women who have a ruler shape to keep their waistlines from getting larger than the rest of their bodies in order to avoid health problems.

Inverted Triangle

Women with an inverted triangle shape have broader chests and torsos than other women. These areas are larger than the hips and waist. This is another body shape that is not considered to be traditionally feminine, but women with an inverted triangle shape are usually very athletic and in good health.

No matter what shape you are naturally blessed with, you can be healthy. The most important thing to remember is to keep your waist narrow in proportion to the rest of your body in order to avoid health risks.

Bath Oils for A Gorgeous Body

       
Sunday, July 13th, 2014

Bath Oils for A Gorgeous BodyUsing bath oils can be a calming haven by reviving the body as well as a divine method of cleansing your body. Adding oils to a bath will boost the oil’s capability of acting as a therapeutic agent and provide you with aromatherapy benefits..

Bathing with oils is comforting and a soothing way to relieve a stressful and taxing day. Bathing with oils is also a wonderful way to start a new day. Oils can quiet aching, tense muscles while also soothing and repairing the skin. Recently, users are giving high reviews for Kniepp herbal bath for aching, sore muscles and joints.

Many bath oils will assist in treating dull and dry skin, toxin / contaminant build-up, gout and even fluid retention. Furthermore, using oils in conjunction with supplements, can firm and tighten the skin, reducing cellulite as well as appearance of stretch marks.

Natural oils are just that -Natural so they can provide healing to skin conditions such as acne and rosacea. In fact, there are essential oils available- such as Tea-tree and lavender oils that are wonderful in treating acne. Tea tree soothes and repairs irritated skin conditions and promotes healing.

Bath oils serve as treatment for many aliments while leaving you relaxed. Anxiety sufferers benefit from the calming agents within many bath oils. Lavender bath oils as well as others provide natural calming agents to assist not only the body but the mind in relaxing. Not only is the bath itself proven to reduce anxiety issues, the oil producing aromas have been scientifically proven to calm the mind and promote sleep. Mothers for centuries have used bath oils to calm their infants and prepare them for bed-time.

How YouTube Has Changed the Beauty World

       
Friday, July 11th, 2014

How YouTube Has Changed the Beauty World
Beauty is more accessible than ever before. The mystique of glamor is banished with step-by-step video tutorials produced and posted on YouTube by people just like you but with more time on their hands, apparently.

Are you looking for a specific hair style for a special occasion? Always wondered how to get that make-up look that is in all the magazines and on TV but have no idea where to start? Want that hot nail polish trick? Don’t worry you can probably find an instructional video on YouTube. Everyday people do the work for you of figuring out how to get a specific look and then show you how to duplicate the look.

Heard about a beauty product, but want to make sure if it works before shelling out the cash? No problem, there is more than likely a review on YouTube complete with demo.
Pretty much any look you want to achieve or any problem you need to know how to deal with, there is someone who has made a video about it. And some have become virtually famous from their videos and some have even been invited to appear on daily talk shows as correspondents or in reality shows. Five year old Madison Hohrine’s video tutorials made her an online star and led to her appearing on America’s Next Top Model. Make-up artist Lisa Eldridge’s first impromptu tutorial videos that instructed viewers on how to perk up skin using make-up went viral.

YouTube’s accessibility and reach has so influenced the beauty industry that it has also become a portal for beauty companies to reach their customers. Sites like Beauty Bridge use videos created by their professionals and by users to educate and review products with their own channel on YouTube.

While the ability of anyone to learn the tips and tricks of make-up artists and other beauty professionals is appealing, it’s the amateur tutorials that allow everyday people to share their knowledge and own tricks for getting ‘the look’ that make YouTube tutorials so popular. The beauty product reviews by real people who are often really trying the products in the video or really showing the effects, good or bad, allow consumers to get impartial and real information on a product before they buy. Celebrities may endorse a product, but the YouTube videos let you know if it really works.

The beauty world is forever changed by the influence of YouTube users and viewers.

The Beauty Benefits of Meditation

       
Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

The Beauty Benefits of MeditationMeditation is a great way to clear your mind and get in touch with your inner self. However, you may not know that meditating can make you look more beautiful. Meditation has many benefits, but most people don’t realize that it can directly affect the way you look, and for the better.

Weight loss

Did you know that meditation can actually lead to weight loss? You won’t literally be burning a bunch of pounds while meditating, but the practice can lead to you losing weight in other ways. Think about the reasons that many people over eat. Things like bad time management and stress are common reasons that people make poor food choices and overindulge.

When you meditate, you do some serious thinking and figure out what is important to you. If losing weight happens to be one of those things, you can use mediation to figure out why you are overweight. Meditation is also a great stress reliever, and stress can lead people to overeat.

Meditation is considered a type of exercise, as it allows you to work out your brain. By being motivated enough to find the time to meditate, you are now familiar with the practice of being committed to something that is good for you. You have accidentally acquired skills in time management and staying dedicated to a task. These new found skills will allow you to be better at sticking to a diet or an exercise schedule.

Confidence is beautiful

Have you ever heard the expression that people are attracted to confidence? Or, have you ever seen a really beautiful person who lacks confidence? They still look great, but their uncertainty is a true physical flaw. You may have even seen someone who you didn’t really find physically attractive, but they were so confident that everyone wanted to be around them. This is because confidence is beautiful.

When you meditate you learn about your true self. By doing so, you begin to feel more comfortable with who you are. Meditation will literally make you more confident in yourself as a person. You will be proud of yourself and all of your flaws. You will walk with a certain swagger and present yourself in a way that makes you look better, and in turn be more beautiful.

Summer Trend – Hair Fragrance

       
Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

Summer Trend - Hair Fragrance
When somebody passes by you, it’s possible that you’ll get a whiff of what they’re wearing – usually, that’s perfume or body spray, coupled with their lotion, hair products and other beauty products. However, there are few scents that cling so tightly as those in the hair, which is why hair perfume is the perfect addition to your morning routine. Hair perfume, like Fekkai Hair Fragrance, is one of the latest beauty products on the market. One-part hairspray, one-part perfume, hair perfumes are the next big thing for women of all ages.

Perfume and Hair: A Match Made in Fragrance Heaven
Hair is an excellent diffuser for fragrances. It holds the fragrance in while wafting it around as the hair is tossed and tousled. If you’re looking to make an impression with your sweet scent, spritz your mane with hair perfume. Some people assume that regular perfume can simply be used on the hair, but that’s not true. Hair perfume is specially made for you locks – it contains a tiny bit of oil to help keep a healthy shine, it’s low on alcohol so that it won’t dry out your ‘do and it’s lighter than normal perfumes.
Alcohol and Hair Perfumes
You’ll notice that alcohol is an ingredient in most hair perfumes, but not to worry – there’s such a small amount of alcohol in hair fragrances that it evaporates in the air before it even reaches your lovely hair. Plus, since there’s a bit of oil in hair fragrances, drying out your locks is even less of a consideration.
A Word of Wisdom 
You may have to break the habit of spritzing on your regular perfume as you get dressed for the day. Hair fragrances are strong enough to use on their own – two fragrances may be overwhelming for others. Plus, you could find that your perfume and hair fragrance are clashing, which won’t exactly give you the intended effect. During warm weather, you’ll be happy that you don’t have to add something else to your skin – slather on the SPF, spritz your hair with fragrance and be on your way!

Dead Sea Minerals to Glowing Skin

       
Saturday, June 21st, 2014

Dead Sea Minerals to Glowing SkinWhen many of us think about taking care of our bodies, we think about diet, exercise, and moderation on activities such as drinking alcohol or staying up too late. One thing that many people neglect is the amount of time and effort that should go into a proper skin care regimen. The skin is the biggest organ on your body, and trying to take care of it can be a daunting task in today’s world, with the wide plethora of skin care options and application techniques.

The first step to keeping your skin healthy and happy is making sure that you’re keeping it clean. While showering once a day is the basic hygienic thing to do, the exposed parts of your skin can encounter far more dirt and contaminants throughout the day than that covered with clothing. To help keep your skin clean, it’s recommended that you wash your face and neck both morning and evening.

When you do wash your face, make sure you simplify the ingredients you’re using. Getting a good face wash or scrub is vital to keeping skin healthy and happy. So many of the items on the market today have excessive amounts of chemicals that can be harmful to your skin. Simplifying with more natural products such as Ahava, which utilize natural exfoliants like Dead Sea Minerals, will help keep your skin free from unnecessary dryness which other products’ chemical composition can cause. Leading natural brands (like Ahava) tend to have a wide variety of types of cleansers for you to choose from, giving you plenty of choices to choose from so you can get the scrub or cleaner that’s right for your skin type.

The final element to making sure your skin stays fresh and clean is one that many don’t think about. That element is making sure you’ve got a fresh, clean, soft towel to pat your face dry with once you’ve finished washing. Using a dirty towel to dry your face after you’ve cleaned it tends to defeat the purpose of cleaning in the first place. It’s recommended that you replace the hand-towel you’re using to dry your face every two days. The towel you use for your face should be used only for your face, as well, with a separate one designated for hand drying and other such tasks.

Getting fresh, clean skin isn’t as hard as some make it out to be. By taking a few minutes every morning and evening to think about your skin, you’ll ultimately lead yourself into a healthier life with healthier skin.