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How to look fabulous at your high school reunion

       
Friday, November 4th, 2011

You should look amazing for your high school reunion!High school reunions are a great way to get in touch with your former classmates and see what’s going on in everyone’s lives. You can get reacquainted with your old friends and maybe even make a few new ones that you never would’ve expected. If you’re nervous about what you should wear or what people will think of the older you, there’s no need to worry. There are plenty of ways to ensure that you’ll look fabulous and younger for the big event. Here are a few from Allure magazine.

Amp up your eyes
Eyes are usually the feature that people notice first, so it’s important to make sure yours are giving off the right first impression. You want bright, wide-awake eyes that look young and vibrant. The key to pulling this off is by de-puffing them and eliminating dark circles on the day of the event. Use a cold compress or even a frozen bag of peas to cool down your lids for ten minutes, then use a product like Sothys – Active-Contour Age-Defying Cream (Eyes). It will reduce the depth of wrinkles and fine lines, and if you keep it in the fridge, it’ll have extra de-puffing powers. Afterwards, use Jane Iredale – Active Light Under-eye Concealer to hide dark circles and signs of fatigue without any creasing.

Steer clear of acne
Even if your high school days are over, that doesn’t mean that your acne has completely gone away. If you’re still prone to the occasional breakout, it’s important to take preventative measures before the event. Wash your face twice daily with a cleanser meant for acne-prone skin, and consider using a product with benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid afterwards. If you already have a breakout close to the event, do some damage control by warming up your skin with a warm compress, like a damp washcloth, for several minutes. Once your pores have opened, use two clean Q-tips to press on either side of a pimple to get rid of it, then use a zit-sapping product on top before concealer.

Get a dewy glow
You don’t want to look drab and burned out or oily on the day of your reunion, so use a product like BABOR – Advanced Biogen Intensive Repair in the days leading up to the event. Your face will have a smoother texture immediately and the formula will help with any scarring, abrasions and excess oil. Make sure to use plenty of moisturizer, and a facial spritzer like GloMinerals – gloMoist Hydration Mist can give you a quick pick-me-up, even in the bathroom of the venue!

Whiten your smile
There’s nothing like yellowing teeth to make you look older, so turn up the brightness of your smile with a kit like Supersmile – Professional Whitening System (Large). You’ll have much more confidence without even having to step foot in the dentist’s office. To get rid of any stains, you may want to try using hydrogen peroxide. Just dip a washcloth in it, then use it to scrub stains from the surface of your teeth. GoSMILE – TOUCH UP Mini (pear-licious) can also help you get rid of stains from coffee or wine on the day of the reunion.

Shine up your hair
Dull, dry hair can make you look much older, so it’s important to pamper your locks before the big day so your tresses will be glowing along with your face. Use a luxurious masque like BORGHESE – Fango Active Mud for Hair and Scalp, which will give you plenty of body and moisture. When you’re styling, use a shine spray like Hamadi – Shea Spray to get soft, luscious hair that your girlfriends will be jealous of.

Avoid subjecting your feet to torture

       
Monday, October 17th, 2011

Are your shoes killing your feet?If you care more about how your shoes look than how they feel on your feet, you're probably doing yourself a huge disservice. Allure magazine recently pointed out how models' feet were badly beaten-up after the spring fashion shows, then offered a few tips to help you avoid the same ugly, painful fate.

1. Don't wear shoes that don't fit. This seems obvious, but many times women chose a size too small simply because their normal size wasn't available. Shop for shoes later in the day when your feet are a bit more swollen – you'll get a more realistic fit.
2. Prevent blisters by placing a blister guard or a piece of tape over areas that are being rubbed by your shoes.
3. Keep your heels low if you know you're going to be walking for long distances, or opt to bring a pair of sneakers. Leather shoes are breathable and provide just the right amount of support. If you do wear heels, wear chunky ones or shoes with platforms.

If you do end up with any calluses, blisters or other painful foot issues, treat them with plenty of TLC. Caswell-Massey – Dr. Hunter Foot Comfort Creme will help soothe your soles, while a product like Lippmann Collection – Get Off Callus Softener can help them look their best again.

Easy and effective body scrubs

       
Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

Sugar scrubs will leave your skin smoother than you thought possible!There’s nothing like a bit of exfoliation to brighten up a dull complexion. Not only does a body scrub work to get rid of dead, dry skin cells – it moisturizes too. If you use it a couple times a week, you’ll be on your way to having the smoothest body ever in no time.

Here’s an easy DIY recipe you can make at home with ingredients you probably already have, inspired by Glamour magazine.ap. Mix together regular or raw sugar with a bit of oil (vegetable, safflower or coconut will do) until it has a paste-like texture. Add a few drops of essential oil if you want to and use to scrub off in the shower.

For an even easier way to slough off dead cells, try something like Bioelements – Cactus Cloth, which is made of natural cactus fibers and is meant to smooth the skin and increase circulation.

If you’re worried about a scrub for aging skin, there are plenty of options with anti-aging ingredients, like PETER THOMAS ROTH – Anti-Aging Buffing Beads. It uses aloe vera, jojoba beads, lemon and other natural ingredients to rejuvenate your skin. Your skin will look radiant!

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.

When is the right time to apply lotion?

       
Friday, July 15th, 2011

When is the right time to moisturize?Whether you moisturize after every shower or don't even own a bottle of lotion, you might be noticing that your skin needs a little extra care in the summertime. With the sun shining and the temperature rising, a bit of sunburn is pretty much inevitable – and when that happens, the benefits of quenched skin are undeniable. Dry skin can look dull, wrinkled and flaky, but moisturized skin is dewy, glowing and healthy – and if you want to look beautiful every day, it's time to start lotioning up. But when's the best time to moisturize for maximum benefit?

Officially, there is no time of day that's better for moisturizing, but it is a good idea to apply lotion after getting out of the shower to look in that freshly-washed feel. If you don't want to put your clothes on over greasy skin, however, you can wait until evening to moisturize, which will give your skin time to rest and absorb all of the thirst-quenching benefits of the cream. For sunburns, skip traditional lotions and use aloe vera gel to calm irritated spots. And don't forget those lips! A nice balm will help keep them from getting chapped all summer long.

As for your face, it's best to apply moisturizer after your pores have been prepped. Make sure you select a lotion that's non-comedogenic, meaning it won't clog your pores and cause acne blemishes. With a moisturized face and body, you can have that summertime glow well past August.

Dill good for much more than just salads

       
Thursday, June 30th, 2011

Dill good for much more than just saladsNext time you sprinkle that herb in your salad, take a closer look at its green, natural glory. A little known fact about dill is that it actually contains the power to put elasticity back into aging skin.

"Here's why you should get acquainted with elastin: the often-neglected cohort of collagen is responsible for making young skin snap back when you press it (a key quality of firmness)," Allure.com explains. "Unfortunately, we stop making elastin around the time we hit puberty. But…scientists have figured out how to make more of it: dill extract."

When shopping for anti-aging products, it's generally a good idea to look for such time-tested ingredients as retinol, Retin-A, antioxidants, alpha hydroxy or other ingredients that boost collagen production. Add a product with dill extract, and you've got an added secret weapon against the onset of aging.

Kinerase Restructure Firming Cream contains dill extract as well as LOXL Stimulator and a multi-action peptide complex of SNAP-8, Argireline®, and Leuphasyl® to reduce the look of wrinkles.

Debating DIY versus professional body scrubs

       
Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

Debating DIY versus professional body scrubsExfoliating is good for you – no contest there. But how we do it is another matter altogether. There are so many products you can buy to help slough away dead skin cells, and they're all good for a number of reasons. But that doesn't mean you can't get some of the same results by merely mixing a few kitchen ingredients together.

According to StyleList.com, you can prepare your own home-made body scrub by mixing sugar into your regular bodywash or by blending it into a vegetable oil, depending on how dry or oily your skin is. You would use it just like you would a regular store-bought product – by massaging it into your skin until the formula virtually dissolves.

This is a great solution if you need a quick fix around the house or you're on the go somewhere, but there's an undeniable advantage in using professional formulas as well. Many products contain skin-enriching vitamins and are carefully designed over time to provide the best balance of ingredients to soothe, beauty and enhance the glow of your skin.

Oils versus lotions (or both?)

       
Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

Oils versus lotions (or both?) When most of us think of oils, there’s no real desirable aesthetic that comes to mind – at least when it comes to our skin. Traditionally, skin is supposed to be dewy yet matte, and for those of us with over-active oil glands, there’s a whole gamut of products designed to help keep the shine at bay.

However, oils can actually be quite beneficial for the beauty of your skin, especially if you’re striving to get a heavenly, silky glow. According to Glamour.com, body oils help hydrate and create an alluring luster that most standard lotions can’t produce.

“Use them alone on dry skin or mix some with body cream,” aesthetician Antonina Dutu told the news source. “Neroli oil is great for acne-prone skin.”

For an all-over shine that’s unparalleled to most, use a body oil during your normal daily moisturizing routine or pour an essential oil into your bath. Not only does this create a heady atmosphere for your body to sink into, but it’ll leave you with soft, moisturized skin.

Relaxing gifts for mom

       
Friday, May 6th, 2011

Get mom some products she can use to relax in the tub.Mother’s Day is this weekend, and plenty of you probably still have to find something to give to the woman who gave you life. Shopping for mom can be tough, especially when it feels like she already has everything. But instead of flowers, why not get mom something that she can really use this year?

She might not want to admit it, but your mom is stressed. Between worrying about you and your siblings, taking care of your dad and finding time to walk the dog or feed the cat, she might feel like she almost never gets a moment to herself. This mother’s day, give her a gift that’s all hers – bath products that will help her de-stress and achieve peace of mind, even if only for a short while.

Start off with a nice scrub that will help mom get rid of the remnants of the day – literally. Look for scrubs made with natural ingredients – especially sugar scrubs, which are extra-moisturizing and smell oh-so-sweet in the shower or the tub.

After exfoliating, Mom will certainly appreciate a calming moisturizer this Mother’s Day. Made with natural oils and floral scents, nothing captures the feel of spring better than soft skin that smells of roses and jasmine. Look for a lotion with lavender for something that’s sure to give mom a relaxing break from her daily routine.

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.