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The 7 Blunders of the Makeup World

       
Monday, February 17th, 2014

The 7 Blunders of the Makeup World
Some women can make it look effortless, but don’t let them fool you – using makeup correctly is a skill acquired over years of practice and study. The stars can seem to set an impossible standard of beauty, for example, but what you’re really seeing is the handiwork of talented makeup artists who have gone to school for exactly what we’re going to talk about here. Fortunately, you don’t need to hire a personal makeup artist in order to look your best; in fact, sometimes its as easy as avoiding the 7 blunders of the makeup world:

1. Mismatched Foundation

All too often, the shade of a woman’s foundation is just a shade or two off – and it shows. Foundation isn’t intended to make you appear paler or more tan; instead, it is only meant to smooth out the minor imperfections that everyone’s face has. Try matching it on your jawline rather than on your wrist next time you’re buying foundation!

2. Overplumped Lips

While some believe that if you use lip liner just outside your lips’ natural lines, then fill it in with your lipstick, your lips will appear plumper. This effect is rarely achieved, however. Leave this one to the professionals.

3. Chunky Eyelashes

Dark, smoky eyes are supposed to entice and attract, but more often than not, you’re just applying too much mascara and eyeliner, which leads to chunks of eyelash and a haggard appearance.

4. Too Much Blush

People like to try and sculpt their faces with blush, or add vibrancy and youth, but that’s not the end result when you go overboard. Instead, you end up drawing attention to your makeup, rather than your natural beauty.

5. Overdone Eyebrows

We pluck them, pencil them, shape them, and shade them – eyebrows receive quite a bit of attention, but they’re better left alone (for the most part). A small amount of shaping is acceptable, but a natural brow is not just acceptable but attractive.

6. Light Pollution

Some products have luminous particles in them that are intended to give your face a fresh glow. It’s easy to use too many luminizing products, though, which can result in a powdery look to the makeup under certain lights.

7. Before Makeup Even Touches Your Skin…

Too many women make the mistake of applying makeup onto dry, unmoisturized and even flaky skin. The result is a dry, unfinished look to the makeup and even flakier skin. Smooth, moist skin means smooth makeup!

A Fungus Among Us

       
Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

It often starts off as a simple itch, down in between your little toes. Then it spreads, from a small itch to cracked and inflamed skin that doesn’t seem to stop. It’s athlete’s foot, and it happens to a surprising number of people. Despite the name, athlete’s foot isn’t limited to those who play sports. Athlete’s foot is much like any other fungal infections, such as ringworm for example. A group of microscopic organisms known as dermatophytes grow much in the same way that mold does and can quickly spread across your foot, leaving it cracked, tender and worst of all, itching.

What Causes Athlete’s Foot?

Your body is a host to a large number of microorganisms, which are normally kept in check by simply keeping your skin clean and dry. Unfortunately, dermatophytes are considerably more resilient than your typical microbial, which makes athlete’s foot a common irritation. Athlete’s foot absolutely loves to grow when you’re wearing thick, tight shoes that don’t allow your toes much wiggle room. Because your toes are squeezed together, it creates little moist and warm areas that are just perfect for the fungus to grow. Wet or damp socks coupled with warm shoes make for the perfect breeding place for the pesky dermatophytes, especially when you’re wearing shoes that are made from plastic or other synthetic materials that don’t allow for proper airflow.

picture of fungus

Microscopic View of the Fungus
Photo Taken By: Ecorahul

So we know what makes it grow, but what actually causes the fungal in the first place? Athlete’s foot is super contagious and can be spread from contact with contaminated surfaces, such as towels, dirty floors, shoes and even other people with athlete’s foot. While it’s good to share, this is another reason to reconsider swapping shoes.

Prevention is the Key

There are several ways to help prevent the growth and spread of athlete’s foot. First and foremost, shoes that fit! Wearing shoes that are made from a breathable material, such as canvas or leather that also fit properly can help alleviate the optimal growth conditions for the fungus. Dry socks are also a key component to stopping the growth and spread of the dermatophytes. Change socks when you can, especially after exercise or physical activity, and make sure you wear clean, dry socks. Finally, while it might seem like a no-brainer, some people tend to take their foot health into their own hands by not wearing shower shoes in a public shower. Avoiding the long gruesome list of gross things that are potentially growing on the floor of a public shower, wearing shower shoes is a super effective way to avoid contact with any of it. When in doubt, break the flip-flops out.

It Gets Worse

As if the cracking, peeling, sometimes bleeding and always itchy feeling you get from athlete’s foot wasn’t bad enough, there can be some complications that make it worse. Because of its very nature, athlete’s foot can create an environment that’s perfect for other nasty bacteria to grow, creating a secondary infection. This secondary infection of bacteria can release a substance that breaks down the skin tissue in the foot, causing soggy eroded areas between the toes that are incredibly painful.

Some people are unfortunate enough to suffer from an allergic reaction after a particularly bad case of athlete’s foot. Here the proteins from the fungus can enter into the bloodstream and actually spread to other parts of the body, leaving an eruption of unsightly and painful blisters.

Treatment

If prevention measures aren’t successful and you find yourself with a bad case of athlete’s foot, then it’s time to treat it. While there’s a never-ending line of products that are foisted upon you from the TV, some are better than other, as is the case with all things. Babor has a product that is particularly useful when combatting foot fungus. Babor Feetness Refreshing Foot Bath is a product that’s not only a great way to relax at the end of a long day, but goes a long way in helping prevent some of the conditions that cause athlete’s foot to grow to begin with. The skin of your feet is moisturized and nourished, promoting healthy skin growth and regeneration, while the mixture of aloe vera and eucalyptus come together to inhibit bacteria growth and even combat foot odor.

ways to treat athletes foot

The Winter Itch

       
Monday, December 9th, 2013

With fall come and gone, winter is slowing starting to rear its cold and frosty head. While there’s something majestic about the way your breath hangs in the air and the snow blankets everything with a, albeit temporary, pristine white blanket, one thing is for certain – winter can wreak havoc on your skin. Everything from the cold air and biting winds from being outside, to the almost arid conditions that come from cranking up the heat, all can have a toll on your skin. When the wind blows, your skin is dry, and your lips chapped, you feel like you look less than your best. Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be like that. Here are a few skin care tips to help make winter at least a little more bearable.

Winter Skin Care

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Assess Your Everyday Products

Some of your tried and true products that are fantastic for the rest of the year can end up causing more damage in the wintertime. Heavy face cleansers that help cleanse you of the oily buildup you get from the summer heat might actually strip away your skin’s natural moisture during the winter. This can lead to dry and itchy skin that contributes to winter discomfort. If you need to make a switch, try a heavier cream based moisturizer instead of a lotion. Creams with glycerin and lanolin are a great way to rehydrate your skin, especially in the wintertime. Also, steer clear of soap based cleansers and alcohol based toners; these products can also worsen the winter dryness issue.

Ice, Snow, and the Sun

Yes, even in the winter it’s still crucial to have some measure of sunscreen. Many people overlook the fact that they’re still being bombarded by sunlight even when it’s cold. Couple that with the sun reflecting off the ice and freshly fallen snow, and it can really do some damage to your skin. A moisturizer with SPF 30 is enough to keep you safe without the greasy heavy feel of sunscreen.

Treat Yourself Right

It seems that no matter where you go, one of the highest rated beauty tips is a good diet, which makes perfect sense. By eating good, wholesome foods, not only do you feel better, but it can work some wonders for your skin as well. In the winter months, foods that are rich in antioxidants can help keep you feeling great and looking radiant.

Scrub Up

Spa treatments and wraps can also go a long way into relieving the tight and uncomfortable feeling that winter leaves on your skin, as they are great for moisturizing. If you haven’t already, consider using a face scrub or an exfoliant product. This will remove the dead and dull skin cells, leaving your skin bright and beautiful. If you’re having a problem with chronic dryness, pace the scrubs and peels and focus more on hydration to keep from irritating your skin even more.

Fight the Temptation of Super Hot Baths

It’s winter and it’s cold, which makes the idea of super long and super hot baths all the more appealing. If you’re having trouble with the dry skin from winter, it might be time to cut the hot baths down. Hot water, while it feels amazing and works wonders on sore and aching muscles after a day of shoveling snow, can begin to break down the lipids in your skin, which actually deprives you of moisture. Cool the baths down a little and spend less time in the water to help combat this process. Also, try applying your moisturizers while your skin is still slightly damp, as it will help to absorb it better.

It doesn’t matter what your skin type is, Winter can be rough on everyone.

people enjoying snow

Photo Taken By: Ian Aberle

Winter skin care doesn’t have to be a difficult or arduous task. Combatting dry and itchy skin can just be a simple matter of adjusting your daily skincare regimen and the products you’re using. Even the little things that seem inconsequential, such as how you layer your clothing, can have a huge impact on the health of your skin. Fortunately, armed with a little know how and the right moisturizer, you can ditch the itchy, dry skin this winter and stay just as beautiful as you are in the summer.