Archive for the ‘Cellulite’ Category

How to slough away cellulite

       
Monday, October 29th, 2012

How to slough away celluliteWhen it comes to celebrating the holiday season, there are more than a few tasty treats to go around. While this can make the late autumn and early weeks of winter some of the sweetest days of the year, it poses obstacles if you’re trying to trim down.

Worst of all, these treats can even lead to cellulite. Recognizable by the dimples it leaves across skin, cellulite is caused by fat deposits that exist just below the epidermis and is one of the toughest things to get rid of.

While some workout regimens are tailored to tackle this perennial problem, exercising can only do so much. BABOR – Stop Cellulite Set is a great way to give your fitness routine a boost and beat cellulite once and for all. This gel and cream set works to increase microcirculation in the areas where you have cellulite and strengthen collagen and detoxifying processes in the body.

To really get the most of this dynamic set, use Bliss – Fatgirlbrush Skin-Firming Body-Buffing Dry Brush to massage parts of your body riddled with cellulite. This popular spa treatment technique can help you slough away toxins on the surface of skin and get the smooth, touchable flesh you deserve!

10 beauty updates to get you ready for the summer season

       
Monday, May 7th, 2012

Do you have your summer beauty essentials yet?For many people, Memorial Day marks the beginning of the summer season, which means you might soon be gearing up for barbecues, beach outings, poolside gatherings or other warm-weather activities. Because you’ll likely be showing off more skin, it might be necessary to update your beauty regimen to ensure that you’re looking your best. Here are several ways you can take your look from spring to summer in no time at all!

1. Go for a brighter nail polish. Pretty pastels are perfect for spring, but summer calls for bold, vibrant shades that will get your digits some serious attention. Lippmann Collection – Nail Lacquers has a variety of eye-catching hues that will be sure to match your colorful summer fashions and accessories. Look for citrusy shades like orange, yellow and lime green, or branch into fuchsia, teal or magenta territory.

2. Choose a lighter fragrance. Perfumes tend to smell stronger in the heat, which means you’ll likely need a lighter scent to carry you through the summer months. Juicy Couture – Viva La Juicy For Women Eau de Parfum Spray might be the perfect choice, as it’s full of wildberry, honeysuckle, mandarin, gardenia and jasmine notes.

3. Switch to a tinted moisturizer. If your skin’s clear, you probably don’t need the heavy coverage that foundation provides. Instead of thick formulas that can melt off or cake up in the heat, use a tinted moisturizer like Dermalogica – Sheer Tint Moisture SPF 15. It’ll protect your face while offering light coverage to ensure an even complexion.

4. Stock up on blotting papers. When you’re outside in the sun, you’re likely to get a bit sweaty and oily, which means blotting papers are a must. Jane Iredale – Facial Blotting Papers will soak up that excess moisture without smudging your makeup, and they come in a chic gold case that’ll fit right into your beach bag!

5. Upgrade your hairstyle. Whether it’s chopping off a few inches, lightening up your color or experimenting with trendy neon highlights, your hair could definitely use a change for summertime. Whichever style you choose, be sure to pick up haircare products that meet your tresses’ needs.

6. Go bronze. To give your skin a healthy glow without putting it at risk for sun damage, get a bronzer to enhance your complexion. Too Faced – Caribbean in a Compact is a great choice that will have you looking a bit tanner in no time. Just dust it onto the areas of your face that would naturally darken in the sun – like your cheekbones, forehead and nose.

7. Banish cellulite. There’s nothing like cellulite to make you feel uncomfortable in your short shorts, miniskirts and bathing suits. Luckily, products like BABOR – Body Line Thermal STOP3 Cellulite Gel can help improve the appearance of your cellulite-prone areas. It might also help to dry brush the area before each shower and use an exfoliant with caffeine to improve blood flow to the area.

8. Pick up a vibrant lipstick. For balmy nights out, there’s nothing like a bright pout to amp up your look. Try BORGHESE – B Moisture Advanced Care Lipcolour in Pinkissima or Apricotta. Make it matte with translucent powder or shiny with a clear lip gloss.

9. Achieve touchable legs. Use MOOM – Express Pre Waxed Strips for Legs & Body to get smooth, soft legs that are free of razor burn. Moisturize afterward for extra hydration.

10. Sunblock. You know you’ll need it – so stock up on a great SPF product that’s long-lasting and provides full coverage.

Banish cellulite for good

       
Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011

You shouldn't be worried about cellulite when you're out on the town!Natural cellulite treatments work well when paired with cellulite reducing products to diminish the appearance of existing dimples and prevent the formation of more.

Exercise is a proven method to keep cellulite at bay because you’re reducing your body fat. Cardiovascular exercise and strength training are most effective when combined together in a routine. Target the areas which are prone to cellulite and do moves designed to improve the strength and circulation of those body parts.

A product with CoffeeBerry extract, like PRIORI – CoffeeBerry Body Shaping Complex, smooths and firms your skin to reduce the appearance of cellulite when massaged into the skin twice daily. You may want to try stimulating your blood flow to the affected area by brushing your skin in a circular motion with a natural bristle brush to improve drainage and circulation. A massage oil, like Kneipp – Grape Seed Anti-Cellulite Massage Oil, can also help.

The things you put into your body can also have an effect on cellulite, so make sure to drink plenty of water and avoid consuming lots of salt, which can make you retain water. Drinking too much coffee and smoking cigarettes can cause cellulite problems because they constrict your blood vessels, making cellulite appear more noticeable.

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.

Getting around cellulite

       
Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

Getting around celluliteThere's not always an easy cure for cellulite – most of the treatments that claim to effectively knock out these unsightly dimples are too costly and time-consuming for the average woman who just wants a slightly firmer derriere. For this reason and more, it's wise to note that there are ways to skirt around the issue of cellulite without necessarily committing to a complex strategy.

According to RealBeauty.com, you can easily diminish the appearance of cellulite by using a skin-firming product on the affected skin. This doesn't necessarily require you to purchase an anti-cellulite product, but creams and lotions with ingredients like caffeine and seaweed can tighten up your skin and effectively help reduce the appearance of cellulite.

You can also opt to get a bit of a glow. According to the website, cellulite is generally less visible on tanned skin, meaning there's more than one benefit to using that self-tanning lotion.

Of course, not all anti-cellulite products are necessarily too expensive or ineffectual. Trying a top-shelf lotion or gel such as Murad Body Firming Cream or DS Laboratories – Oligo.DX Cellulite Reducing Gel will likely bring you satisfactory results without burning a hole in your wallet.

Smooth cellulite with Karin Herzog Silhouette

       
Friday, July 30th, 2010

Smooth cellulite with Karin Herzog SilhouetteThere are some problem areas that are exceptionally hard to hide. For many women, cellulite is an aspect of their appearance that they dislike and find difficult to camouflage. Unlike blemishes that can be masked by concealer and treated with healing gel, there is no simple way to get rid of cellulite.

“It’s not about being skinny or fat,” dermatologist Ranella Hirsch told Allure magazine, adding that diet and exercise is not likely to affect this dimply hindrance. While most cellulite is easy enough to cover up in the winter, the short dresses and bathing suits of summertime may make some ladies feel self-conscious.

Instead of hiding at home until the cooler weather comes, try an anti-cellulite cream to diminish the lumpy look. According to StyleList.com, the cause of cellulite is still unclear, but its appearance may be enhanced by a surrounding accumulation of fluids, caused by hormones, poor circulation, stress and even tight clothing.

However, Laura Kenney, a writer for StyleList, recommends Karin Herzog Silhouette cellulite-reducing cream. The formula contains 4 percent oxygen, which helps improve circulation by targeting clogged capillaries that retain water.

Kenney reported an improvement after using the product. “After about a weeks use my cellulite looked less apparent – the orange peel texture was noticeably lessened,” she wrote on the website. “But after a month of diligently applying [it] I saw a definite difference.”ADNFCR-3538-ID-19914111-ADNFCR

Insiders reveal to Allure magazine how to achieve the best skin for summer

       
Friday, July 9th, 2010

Best skin for summer
While you may always desire soft, glowing skin, now that beach season is here, you’ll certainly want your body to be at its best. Though some of us may be in the dark as to how to keep our skin looking great, experts recently shared a few tips with Allure magazine that will have you ready to step into the summertime sunlight.

While exfoliating is a great way to rid your body of small bumps and dead skin, you shouldn’t use the same products on delicate areas (like your chest) as you do on tougher skin (like your elbows). Beauty expert Charlotte Tilbury recommends using a facial scrub to exfoliate areas where the skin is thinner. Dermalogica Gentle Cream Exfoliant will remove dulling surface debris as it conditions, and is great for even the most sensitive complexions, as it is fragrance-free.

Hair removal is one of the most pressing issues when preparing your body for the warm summer weather. But with all the methods of removal out there, which approach should you take before a day – or night – out?

“I always tell my clients not to wax before a big event because it causes ingrown hairs and little red bumps,” Los Angeles makeup artist Joanna Schlip told Allure. “You get a much smoother look by shaving. And you’re getting a really good exfoliation, too.” Using a moisture-rich formula, like Lippmann Collection’s Did I Shave My Legs For This? Ayurvedic Shave Cream, will help to keep your legs conditioned as you ready yourself to rock your short shorts.

If you do come across the occasional ingrown hair, Whish Flawless Bump Fighter can help to eliminate the unsightly, and sometimes painful, irregularities.

After skin is showered, exfoliated and shaved, experts urge you not to forget the importance of a good moisturizer. “Jennifer Aniston doesn’t use makeup or self-tanner on her legs – just moisturizer,” makeup artist Angela Levin, who works with the actress, told the publication. But a good moisturizer can be hard to find, especially given the endless amounts of products out there.

In addition to softening your skin, many formulas boast multiple benefits. There are lotions that help minimize hair growth, firm cellulite and even improve blood circulation. Pick a product that suits your needs, and apply it when you get out of the shower.

You will also want to pay attention to your nose when selecting your moisturizer. Since it’s summertime, a heavily scented cream may come across as cloying, and can interfere with your perfume of choice. Instead, opt for a product with a light scent or, to play it safe, select a body moisturizer that is fragrance free. Dermalogica UltraRich Body Cream is a long-lasting moisture treatment that contains no artificial colors or scents, but if you want a lighter formula, opt for COOLA Total Body SPF 30 Unscent, a body lotion which also provides sun protection.

No summertime look is complete without a beautiful tan, but spending hours baking in the sun can wreak havoc on your skin. Luckily, you can avoid these dangers and fake a great glow with a sunless tanner like June Jacobs Radiant Glow Self Tanning Lotion.

Industry insiders stress that how you apply the product can dramatically alter how realistic your tan appears. “I don’t like to squirt self-tanner right on the skin. If you have a dry spot, it will attach to that,” makeup artist Jillian Dempsey told the magazine. Instead, Dempsey suggests pumping the tanner onto a round velour puff, similar to the ones used to apply face powder, and swirling it over the skin in circular motions, moving quickly over dry areas like elbows and knees.