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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.

What tomatoes can do for your skin

       
Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

Tomatoes are great for your skin!Tomatoes are great in salads and pasta sauces, but did you know they're also awesome for your skin? According to DailyGlow.com, tomatoes are a great treatment if you're concerned about large pores, acne, rashes and more. The best part is that they're easy to use at home.

To shrink pores, just mix up a tablespoon on fresh tomato juice with a couple drops of fresh lime juice. Use a cotton ball to wipe it all over your clean face, using circular motions to massage it in. Leave on for 15 minutes before rinsing off with warm water.

You can cure acne by mashing up a fresh tomato and applying it to your face. Leave it on for about an hour, then rinse. If you do this for several days you should notice your acne disappearing.

If you're not really into the whole "sit around with tomato on your face" thing, you could lather up with L`Occitane – Organic Olive & Tomato Organic Garden Shower Gel, then moisturize with L`Occitane – Organic Olive & Tomato Organic Garden Hand Cream. Your skin will look radiant and smell super fresh.

Your shower routine could be causing body acne

       
Thursday, August 18th, 2011

Wash hair before you wash your body!Take a second to think about your daily shower routine. Step in, get wet…then what? If you wash your body before you wash and condition your hair, that may be the reason why you have acne on your back or chest.

Your conditioner may be staying on your skin after you rinse it out of your hair, clogging pores and creating those pesky pimples. To avoid this, simply wash your body after your hair. If you're one of those ladies who keep conditioner in while you do the rest of your routine, clip it up and off of your skin before rinsing it out. Give your back and chest an extra rinse before you step out of the shower.

It may help to choose a body wash specially formulated to clear up skin. June Jacobs – Green Tea and Cucumber Purifying Shower Gel sweeps away impurities while moisturizing. June Jacobs – Citrus Clarifying Conditioner will nourish and detangle your hair without leaving any oil or extra weight – perfect for keeping your skin clear of blemishes. It may take a while to get used to your new shower routine, but the benefits will be noticeable.

Your pillowcase could be responsible for acne

       
Thursday, August 18th, 2011

Beware of dirty pillowcases!Believe it or not, your bed might not be as friendly as you think it is, especially if you don't regularly change your sheets. If you frequently wake up from a good night's sleep with a new zit or two, your pillowcase could be the cause.

With repeated use, your pillowcase builds up all kinds of dirt that can clog your pores and lead to acne. Conditioner residue after a shower, scalp oils and grease from your skin can all stick to your pillowcase. If you're allergic to dust mites, an unwashed pillowcase can even make your eyes red and puffy.

Experts recommend washing your sheets and pillowcases once a week – more if you're prone to acne. Use hot water to make sure you're killing any bacteria that may be present. It's a good idea to wash your face before bed (if you don't already). A product like Exuviance – Moisturizing Antibacterial Facial Cleanser will make sure your face is clean. Wash again in the morning.

If you do happen to wake up with a new pimple, use a treatment concealer like Jane Iredale – Disappear to cover it and get rid of it while you go about your day. Problem solved.

Why toner matters

       
Monday, July 11th, 2011

Toner can help clear up your skin.For many of us, achieving a clear complexion feels like a far-fetched dream. If you had acne in your teens and still get zits in your 20s, 30s or beyond, you might be wondering why washing your face and using over-the-counter products isn't banishing your blemishes. But whether you suffer from uneven skin tone, large pores or acne spots, there's one product that can take your cleaning routine to the next level and clear up your skin in no time – toner.

Toners are designed to cleanse your skin of the last dregs of oil, dirt and makeup that your face wash may have left behind. Many toners are made with glycolic or salicylic acid, natural ingredients that can help exfoliate skin and reveal a healthier, cleaner complexion. A good toner will also cause your pores to constrict, keeping out dirt and bacteria, and leave your face feeling refreshed and cool.

Toner should be applied before bed, after you've washed your face. The easiest way to apply a toner is to squeeze some onto a dry cotton ball and wipe it across your face until it comes away clean.

If you you want consistently clear skin, incorporate a toner into your beauty routine today.

Join the liberation movement against summertime beauty bummers

       
Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

Join the liberation movement against summertime beauty bummersThis July 4th, consider expanding your concept of what independence means. Civil liberties, democracy and the ever-resounding “no taxation without representation” are all wonderful freedoms to champion, but on a slightly less weighty note, where are you in your struggle for the freedom to live without unpleasant beauty issues?

If there’s a thing or two you’d love to change about your appearance, consider this Independence Day your official call to action against unsightly blemishes of all varieties. Here’s a comprehensive list of the top beauty bummers that plague women in the summer, as well as a few things you can do about them.

Spider veins: Varicose veins may be something you’re confronted with all year round, but at no other time do they become more oppressive than when you’re out on the beach in your skivvies. If you’re determined to restore your legs to their former glory in time to hit the waves, realize that the main cause of these uglies probably has something to do with your genes (sorry Mom). What you can do is exercise often and eat well, which generally helps to promote healthy circulation. Elevating your legs for extended periods of time may also help in the prevention category. If you’re already afflicted with spider veins, however, you can try products before resigning yourself to laser surgery. Phytomer Beautiful Legs Blemish Eraser Cream enlists the aid of pearly particles to minimize the appearance of red and blue veins.

Cellulite: Together with its cousin Varicose, Cellulite is an oft-unwanted guest at the party. Before you go reaching for your dreaded beach cover-up, keep in mind that you’re hardly alone. Cellulite often has little to do with how in shape you are, and it afflicts even the thinnest of women. Beyond this, there are very few proven ways to get rid of cellulite for good, although diet and exercise are known to help reduce the appearance of dimples. If you’re looking for a quick fix before you hit the pool, try a product such as DS Laboratories Oligo.DX Cellulite Reducing Gel. The active ingredient targets the subcutaneous layer to visibly reduce the appearance of cellulite.

Oily skin and acne. Yes, with the balmy weather comes a bit of extra shine you didn’t bargain for. Fortunately, this is pretty easy to control. A mattifying serum is great for use under your makeup if your skin is seriously oily. In all other cases, a bit of primer topped with translucent powder should do the trick. Just be careful that you’re not using any makeup products that may clog your pores, as oily skin often comes with an additional unwanted consequence. If you’re prone to acne in the summertime, wash your skin and body with a face or body wash containing salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide. If you keep up with your exercise routine and avoid processed sugar, flour and other fatty foods, you may also see a marked reduction in breakouts.

Lackluster skin and hair. Even if you have no time to keep up with your tanning routine (hopefully from the bottle, at that), there’s no reason why you shouldn’t be able to sport a healthy glow, especially in the summer. Check in with your health routine (diet and exercise – do we sound like a broken record yet?) and evaluate your skincare products. It’s generally a good idea to exfoliate once or twice a week (any more will likely lead to sensitivity), and make sure you’re moisturizing every day (even if it seems like you’re sweating bricks). Beyond this, a highlighting cream for your face can help add a bit of luminescence where you’re lacking it, and a high-moisture hair mask used weekly can help make your locks glisten.

What you really need to know about acne-prone skin

       
Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

 What you really need to know about acne-prone skinIf you've been living with acne-prone skin, chances are you've picked up a pointer or two on how to tame your flare-ups. Whether these tips and tricks have any grounding in valid practices is another matter altogether, we're afraid.

Avoiding cheese and chocolate may or may not be a good idea – when it comes to diet, there's no relationship between food and acne that's totally proven, but the general consensus is that processed white flour and sugar is far more likely to lead to some unwanted spots.

Toothpaste? If it's worked for you in the past, we won't stop you, but there's more evidence that salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide are destined to work.

As for skipping the moisturizer? By no means is this a good idea. According to StyleList.com, it's a myth that "applying moisturizer will add to the oil on acne prone/oily/sensitive skin. You want to keep your skin moisturized and balanced so skin doesn't keep accumulating excess oils."

Making the case for mineral makeup

       
Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

Making the case for mineral makeupThe turn of our cultural attention onto the amazing properties of mineral makeup hasn’t come without its price. Having been touted for some time now as the leader of the natural makeup revolution, mineral makeup is now drawing some criticism from health and beauty experts who say this organic stuff might have some dangerous pitfalls. Navigating this field of information may be tricky, but learning some basic facts and arguments will help you wrap your head around the current debate.

On one hand, mineral makeup appeals to the increasingly “green” sensibilities of our society. As we turn away from processed foods, non-biodegradable materials and energy-sapping materials and practices, we’re that much more likely to see the appeal in a new variety of cosmetics that promises to come directly from the Earth, sans dyes, preservatives and chemicals. Mineral makeup touts itself as being better for the skin, with the ability to actually improve one’s complexion over time. It blends more seamlessly into the skin than most standard liquid foundations, producing a healthier, more natural-looking glow unrivalled by the makeup of the past.

While all of this may indeed be true, health experts are concerned that these so-called Earth-friendly products aren’t necessarily human-friendly. Not every natural compound necessarily agrees with our bodies, and the same goes for mineral makeup, which can contain trace amounts of harmful substances. The loose powder composition of most mineral makeup means that we musn’t merely be concerned with the effects these products may have on our skin when absorbed through topical application, but the trace amounts of minerals we can inhale when bringing this product so close to our faces.

“The little particles, fibers, get into the peripheral, the small parts of the lungs, and irritate cells,” pulmonary specialist Dr. Hugo Montenegro told ABC News.

According to the news source, the two substances of concern to the Environmental Working Group are bismuth oxycholoride and mica. The former is actually a by-product of lead and the latter is dangerous when inhaled in large quantities, hence why miners and construction workers wear masks when they work.

Some beauty experts suggest sticking to liquid mineral makeup formulas if these potential respiratory complications are of concern, but the debate continues to rage on where effectiveness is concerned.

“Those who love it rave about the light, natural, long-lasting glow that simply can’t be duplicated by other types of makeup,” Web MD observes. “Others, however, complain it’s drying, irritating, and accentuates wrinkles and adds years to your appearance. Some say the colors have an ashy undertone that is a particular problem for ethnic skin types.”

Even health experts are divided regarding the supposed “purity” of such formulas, with some maintaining that the absence of irritants makes it kinder to the skin, while others claim that mineral makeup is hardly different than the makeup women have been using for years, the news soruce reports. Experts maintain that mineral makeup is especially advantageous for those with sensitive skin conditions such as acne and rosacea, which encounter a calming effect thanks to the non-comedongenic properties of the natural ingredients. Plus, for those with skin conditions, mineral makeup is undeniably desirable for its ability to provide near-perfect-looking coverage.

So what’s the verdict?

According to Web MD, you should take care to read the label, as with any beauty or food product. Not all mineral makeup companies actually steer clear from using fillers and preservatives. If you can find a brand that stays true to its promise withoutthe use of mica or bismuth oxycholoride, what’s not to love?

Preventing breakouts

       
Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

Keep your face breakout free with the right makeup.Acne: The scourge of middle-schoolers everywhere! Many of us hope that as we exit our teens, we can say goodbye to our zits, pimples and blemishes, but that isn’t always the case. For many men and women, acne can persist well into their 20s and even 30s. Why can’t you get rid of your persistent breakouts? It might have something to do with the lotions and makeup products that you’re using.

When you’re stuck with a stubborn blemish, it’s only natural to search for the thickest concealer that will hide your embarrassing spot. However, you may be better off in the long run if you resist smothering your blemish in creamy makeup. If you must wear concealer, search for a product that is non-comedogenic, meaning it won’t clog your pores. Always apply it with a clean brush, not your fingers, to avoid spreading dirt and bacteria. The same rules apply with foundation – use a clean makeup sponge, and choose something light that won’t cause new breakouts.

To prevent pimples, be sure to wash your face thoroughly at the end of the day. Don’t sleep in your makeup – it’s sure to cause you new zits. Instead, use an acne-fighting cleanser, toner and a gentle makeup remover to be sure that you go to sleep with a fresh face that can heal while you rest.

Lastly, never pick a zit! You may think that popping those suckers will make them go away faster, but the opposite is true – and touching your face can lead to new breakouts.

Yet another reason why sunscreen is important

       
Thursday, April 7th, 2011

Yet another reason why sunscreen is importantBy now, it's probably ingrained in everyone that sunscreen is the name of the game. Since day one, we're lectured to never go to the beach without it, and some particularly health-conscious folks won't even get the mail without a touch of SPF.

The reasons all mostly pertain to the prevention of skin cancer – beyond that, no one really wants to deal with painful sunburns. But did you know that wearing sunscreen can also have some benefits when it comes to minimizing the appearance of blemishes?

Spending time in the sun can actually make pimples more obvious-looking, according to Allure.com. "Be vigilant about wearing sunscreen," the news source suggests. "Any kind of skin discoloration will get even darker if you go out in the sun unprotected."

To tame the redness and general unsightliness of blemishes, resist the urge to pick, dab on some medication, spot it with concealer and of course, follow your daily sunscreen requirements (a bad sunburn can trigger acne, too).