Archive for the ‘Eye, Lip, and Facial Care’ Category

Have you added a facial mist to your beauty routine yet?

       
Thursday, January 10th, 2013

A facial mist might be the one product missing from your routine!You might think that your collection of beauty and skincare products is complete once you've stocked up on makeup, cleanser and moisturizer, but you may be missing one important product that's starting to gain popularity among beauty enthusiasts. What is this multi-benefit addition that could transform your entire routine? Facial mist!

According to Elle Canada magazine, spring-water mists like Evian – Mineral Water Spray were originally marketed as dermatological products meant for use in hospitals and burn clinics. In fact, thermal spring water is still used in these settings as a natural healing method for burned, irritated and sensitive skin. The source reports that clinical studies showed that mineral-rich water fortifies skin, restores pH balance and protects against environmental pollutants.

While these types of facial spritzers are nothing new, there have been many improvements and exciting breakthroughs surrounding the products. Now, you can find facial mists that come with a variety of ingredients and benefits, such as green tea for its antioxidant properties, glycerin for its hydration and lavender essential oil for its soothing characteristics. So how do you use these miracle workers?

Mineral or thermal water mists
BeautyEditor.ca reports that there's a certain way to apply mineral or thermal water facial mists in order to get the most benefits. According to the source, while these mists are usually very hydrating, it's important to follow the directions included on the bottles to ensure that you're not actually doing more harm than good to your skin.

Instead of spraying it on and letting it evaporate on your face (since there's nothing there to keep it on your skin), you should be allowing it to sit for about a minute before you use a tissue to blot it off. This way, you're still getting a refreshing boost that adds moisture without sapping any away after it's dry.

Hydrating mists
Mists with ingredients other than spring or mineral water don't need to be blotted off of your skin after they're applied. That's because these formulas are designed to add extra hydration, which won't evaporate along with the water. But there are ways to make them do their jobs better.

Beauty Editor recommends using it underneath your daily moisturizer, right after cleansing. Just spray it generously on your face and apply the lotion without patting it dry first. This will trap the water and the beneficial ingredients against the surface of the skin, forcing them to soak in and deliver your visage the nutrients it needs to stay hydrated and fresh all day long.

These mists are also wonderful to use as you put on makeup, as they provide a dewy finish. Try misting on a product like being TRUE – Transforming Mineral Mist after you apply each layer of your makeup, from primer, to foundation, to setting powder. The added bonus is that doing so will help your makeup stay put all throughout the day (and/or night), and you won't have any of the chalkiness that's typically associated with finishing powder.

Choosing the right one
Which mist you choose depends on how you plan to use it and what your skin type is like. If you're looking forward to using one as a refresher in the hot summer months, a mineral or thermal spray is your best bet, as it's a quick way to rehydrate your skin and cool off.

If you have specific skincare needs, like treatments for redness, dryness or acne, a mist with ingredients that are meant to help these conditions is a good choice. For example, Dermalogica – UltraCalming Mist is perfect for those with sensitive, red or aggravated skin, while something with green tea in it would help aging skin combat the effects of free-radical damage.

Three tips for giving your skin a red carpet-worthy glow

       
Monday, January 7th, 2013

Three tips for giving your skin a red carpet-worthy glowHow many times have you watched a red carpet show only to wish you had luminous skin like the stars? If your skincare routine isn't doing much for your face, you might not be using the right moisturizer and exfoliator to keep it looking its best. Here are some tips to achieve the glow you desire.

1. Avoid hot showers.
It's no secret that hot showers and baths can dry out your skin, as soothing and relaxing as they may be, according to Reader's Digest magazine. Try to limit your time in the shower to reduce the risk of sucking all of the moisture out of your beautiful skin.

2. Use a hydrating moisturizer.
The right moisturizer can do wonders for your skin, meaning it's best to take your time when choosing one for your face. Consider a product such as BABOR Basic Care Moisture Serum for smooth, supple skin.

3. Eat right.
Did you know that the foods you eat may be hindering your natural glow? Incorporating more antioxidant-packed foods and produce with vitamin A can be the key to radiant skin, according to the Daily Mail.

Achieving flawless-looking skin with these 3 tips

       
Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

Achieving flawless-looking skin with these 3 tipsFor many people, it's difficult to achieve flawless-looking skin. However, the way concealer, moisturizer and exfoliators are applied can make all the difference when it comes to the appearance of your face. Here are some skincare tips you can use to try to clear up your complexion.

1. Give your skin the TLC it deserves.
If you aren't moisturizing your skin on a regular basis, you're doing it injustice! Even if you have oily skin, make it a priority to hydrate your face at least once per day. A product such as BORGHESE Crema Ristorativo-24 Continuous Hydration Moisturize can give your skin the care it needs.

2. Limit your exposure to hot water.
The Mayo Clinic reports that hot water can be your sensitive skin's worst enemy. Try to limit how much time you spend in hot baths and showers to maintain your skin's moisture.

3. Reduce your stress levels.
There's nothing worse than a breakout, and you may be increasing your risk of getting one if you're constantly stressed out. It's in your best interest to relax and unwind daily – at least for the sake of your complexion. This can potentially reduce your chances of developing zits.

Three tips for maintaining your youthful look

       
Monday, December 17th, 2012

Three tips for maintaining your youthful lookHow many times have you looked in the mirror and wished you had access to the Fountain of Youth? It happens to the best of us – as time goes on, wrinkles begin to appear and we're no longer the spring chickens of the bunch. However, there are a few tips and tricks you can use when applying concealer, foundation and eye makeup to help you retain your youthful appearance.

1. Use a light primer.
Stylelist.com reports that it's crucial for women with fine lines to use a primer to fill in any obvious wrinkles. Consider a product such as BORGHESE Prima Viso Face Primer to conceal your age and moisturize your skin.

2. Choose a foundation with a yellow tint.
Allure magazine reports that foundation with a yellow tint can help skin of all shades seem more youthful. This hue can brighten and warm up the appearance of your face, creating a younger look.

3. Keep your skin moist.
Hydration is key when it comes to anti-aging. Ideally, you should be moisturizing your skin more than once a day – but specifically when you finish bathing or showering.

Can you combat signs of stress on your face?

       
Thursday, December 6th, 2012

Can you combat signs of stress on your face?If you've been struggling to establish a work-life balance as of late, chances are you haven't been getting much sleep due to stress. Luckily, there are a few ways you can give yourself an energetic appearance with the right shimmer powder, eyeliner and concealer. The following tips can help you look fabulous as you work on de-stressing.

1. Stay away from dark eye makeup.
Good Housekeeping magazine reports that dark hues around your eyes can enhance your tired look. Try a product such as Youngblood Crushed Mineral Eyeshadow in a color such as Golden Beryl to make your eyes pop rather than droop.

2. Try bronzer.
Glamour magazine states that bronzer can do wonders for your "I haven't slept in days" appearance. Bronzer can give you a slight glow while distracting from any discolorations and blemishes on your skin.

3. Give your pout some much-needed TLC.
To top off your look, consider putting on a little lip gloss to give your pout some moisture and shine. Lip gloss is perfect for everything from impromptu lunch dates to business meetings as long as you pick a subtle shade.

Do you struggle with zits along your jawline?

       
Friday, November 30th, 2012

Do you struggle with zits along your jawline?Have you noticed that acne seems to strike your face at exactly the same spot, without fail? For many women, zits, blemishes and other signs of the condition are most noticeable on the jawline, and can often be difficult to avoid.

If you struggle with jawline acne, a purifying skin cleanser can be a great way to soften your complexion and reduce imperfections in your tone. However, if you want to put an end to jawline acne once and for all, it's also important to know how it forms.

According to TotalBeauty.com, jawline acne is linked to hormonal changes in the body and can also sprout up right before you have your period. If you have facial hair along your chin, another cause could be tweezing.

"People really go to town," Ranella Hirsch, a clinical assistant professor of dermatology at Boston University School of Medicine, told Allure magazine's beauty blog. "Often, the hair is not just sticking out, so it's a picking and tweezing combination – they go digging for a hair." 

Instead of subjecting your sensitive complexion to the rigors of tweezing, you should consider investing in an at-home waxing kit that will help you remove unsightly hairs without doing damage to your skin!

Are you exfoliating too much?

       
Thursday, November 29th, 2012

Are you exfoliating too much?If you're diligent about cleansing and taking care of your skin but are still experiencing complexion issues like breakouts or discoloration, maybe it's because you're over-exfoliating. It might seem like exfoliating your face and getting rid of those dead skin cells would always be a good idea, but the fact of the matter is that doing it too often can do damage.

"The person who is exfoliating too much is also putting on actives [such as Retin-A and salicylic and glycolic acid], is doing facials, is doing microdermabrasion," dermatologist Ranella Hirsch told Allure Magazine.

Hirsch also pointed out that using exfoliating products like these on their own is beneficial, but when you mix them all together, it's doing your skin more harm than good.

The bottom line is that you should be using a gentle cleanser to clean your face twice a day, then exfoliating a couple times a week if your complexon is normal and once a week if your skin is more sensitive. Use a salicylic acid cleanser if your skin is prone to breakouts, and try retinol every other day if fine lines and wrinkles are a problem. Any more than that is likely going overboard.

How many times a day should you be washing your face?

       
Thursday, November 29th, 2012

How many times a day do you wash your face?There's nothing quite as refreshing as the feeling of a freshly washed face, but are you taking advantage of this fact too much by cleansing more than necessary? Or, do you think you're good to go in the morning as long as you washed your face the night before and it still looks okay? How many times should you really be scrubbing away that dirt and oil?

Thomas E. Rohrer, M.D., FAAD, a board-certified dermatologist in Massachusetts, told Glamour magazine's beauty blog that your goal should be to cleanse with a gentle face wash three times a day at most.

The first time should be in the morning, after you get up. This could be in the shower if you're a morning-wash type of person or at the sink if you shower at night. This will ensure that no oil or dirt that accumulated while you slept mixes with your daily makeup, which could clog pores.

The next time might be after you sweat, whether it's at the gym or because it's hot outside. If you don't have a face wash or water supply around, a facial wipe will do the trick.

Lastly, wash before you hit the hay. This is crucial to make sure that you're not giving environmental toxins, dirt, oil and makeup the chance to wreak havoc overnight!

Reality television star Kendall Jenner stuns on magazine cover

       
Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

Reality television star Kendall Jenner stuns on magazine coverWhile she may have grown up in the shadow of her glamorous older sisters Kim, Kourtney and Khloe Kardashian, model and reality television show personality Kendall Jenner has set out to prove she's a star in her own right.

The brown-haired beauty appears on the cover of Miss Vogue Australia in a sophisticated backless, long-sleeved dress and dashing black hat – the latest in a string of magazine covers for the rising young starlet.

With her blemish-free complexion, the fair-skinned Jenner is a great source of inspiration for women eager to recapture the natural lustrousness of their complexions.

A soap-free, anti-aging face wash that helps stimulate cell renewal can be a stellar way to reduce the visible signs of aging, from wrinkles to fine lines to age spots. Best of all, with a face wash packed with powerful botanical extracts, you can be confident that your skin will look more radiant than ever!

But before you call it a day, it's also important to take care of your hands. A moisturizing cream that offers UV protection can keep your palms looking pretty even if you spend all day in the sun.

Warming Up Winter Wears

       
Monday, November 26th, 2012

Warming Up Winter Wears

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Warming up with Winter Wear