The Road to Strong & Healthy Nails!

       
August 7th, 2014 | Contributed by:

The Road to Strong & Healthy Nails!
Seeing another piece of your nail chip off or watching your polish wipe away after just a little while is disappointing. While proper nail care has always been a priority for you to some extent, you just haven’t put the necessary time and effort into it. You can still get strong and healthy nails by changing some of your habits.

Don’t Pick at Your Nails

If you want your nails to grow strong and healthy, you can’t constantly be picking at them. When a tiny hangnail is there, get rid of it properly, but do not continue to pull your nails apart. In the same vein, do not chew on your nails. This habit is a bad one that you should get rid of right away. People who want their nails to grow and thrive cannot do things that intentionally weaken them and stunt their possibilities of glamour.

Use Top Products

Imagine that you constantly used the worst shampoo on the market to wash your hair. You’d probably be left with some pretty greasy strands. The same holds true for nail polish and products. While you don’t need to spend a ton of money to have beautiful nails, you should look into quality products such as KUR and Deborah Lippmann brands. If you feel that your nails are revitalized after a trip to the salon, take a look at the products the professionals are using.

Avoid Harsh Elements

Not only do you want to purchase the best products for your nails, but you also want to avoid certain factors that could cause your nails to break and splinter. For example, acetone-based polish removers are known to weaken your nails. Also, you should be aware of what cleaning products you are using because they could cause harm to your nails. Consider wearing plastic gloves when you’re doing your work around the house.

Talk to Your Doctor

While this step might seem extreme to you, it can actually be a very important one. Sometimes, when your nails just don’t seem right, it can be indicative of a more serious health issue. Schedule an appointment with your doctor to find out if anything is wrong, and then, you can work to treat the underlying cause.

Nails can get out of shape for a variety of reasons, but these tips will help to put you back on track.

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Waxing Do’s and Don’ts

       
August 3rd, 2014 | Contributed by:

Waxing Do's and Don'tsTired of the constant expense of disposable razors, the pain of knicks and cuts, and the constant acrobatic display of flexibility while shaving in a tiny shower? Then it’s time you venture into the smooth world of waxing. If you’re a waxing newbie, here are a few things you need to know to get the most out of your waxing appointment.

Don’t Apply Ice Before Waxing

Having a frozen and numb area sounds appealing, especially if you’re getting a bikini wax. But having ice applied to your skin is actually one of the worst things you can do because the ice is going to constrict your pores. Constriction=tightening, and you don’t want your skin clinging to those hairs any more than they already are. If you’re getting a bikini wax, the last thing you want to see is your technician pull out the tweezers to get out any “difficult” hairs. We’re crossing our legs just thinking about it.

Do Wear Loose Fitting Clothing

Trust us on this one: no matter where you’re being waxed, you don’t want tight clothes rubbing on angry skin. This is especially true if you are getting a bikini wax. Skip the cute undies and go for billowing granny panties. Even better is to go commando under a generously sized skirt. You’ll thank yourself when you’re waddling out of the office. Tight clothes chafe skin raw and can lead to ingrown hairs. If you find yourself getting ingrowns, try an ingrown hair product.

Don’t Shave Between Sessions

If you’re wanting to be a full time waxer, you’re going to have to ditch the razor for good. Your hair will probably come back in thicker after a wax, and if your hair is short and stubbly, the wax isn’t going to be able to remove as much of it, making for a messy and patchy wax job. Keep your waxing appointments consistently, and you won’t feel the need to get a quick shave in between sessions.

Do Take Some Pain Relief

Nobody likes a hero, and you’re not getting any medals by bearing an intense waxing without any medicinal relief. Pop some ibuprofen or acetaminophen 30 to 45 minutes before your appointment. This will help with swelling and discomfort afterwards. You can do this no matter where you’re getting waxed, but seasoned waxees agree this works best when you’re getting body waxed.

Don’t let your first waxing session turn into that “Kelly Clarkson!” moment (you know what we’re talking about). With some proper pre-care and careful care after waxing, you can have a smooth, hair free body without the tears.

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Neocutis- A Brand Unlike Any Other

       
July 31st, 2014 | Contributed by:

Neocutis- A Brand Unlike Any Other
Neocutis- A Brand Unlike Any Other

Neocutis is a line of skin care specifically formulated for its anti-aging effects on the skin. Neocutis products have been thoroughly researched and developed by credited Swiss scientists using the very latest in product development technologies.

PSP

PSP stands for Processed Skin Cell Proteins and was discovered first for its wound healing properties. PSP can also be used as an active ingredient in cosmetics and skin care products such as Neocutis, making the Neocutis skin care line the newest generation of naturally balanced products available. PSP produces a balanced combination of polypeptides and skin nourishing proteins which utilizes the power of cytokines and human growth factors for advanced skin revitalization.

Melaplex

Melaplex is another active ingredient found in Neocutis skin care products. It is a proprietary blend of skin brightening ingredients which diminishes dark spots and uneven skin tone, restoring the complexion to a more youthful state of clarified brightness. Melaplex is a combination of four key ingredients that help target pigmentation spots in the skin:

• Phenylethyl Resorcinol

• Leucine

• Undecylenoyl Phenylalanine

• Sodium Glycerophosphate

Melaplex has been clinically tested and proven to improve skin tone by forty three percent in a twelve week, twice daily application.

Rosaplex

Rosaplex is a redness balancing formula that boosts skin’s natural ability to reverse and prevent redness in the skin. Redness can be caused by acne, rosacea or seborrheic dermatitis. The latest research confirms that the skin’s own innate immune system can cause redness and is linked to an over production of anti-microbial peptides. Neocutis products containing Rosaplex restores the skin’s balance and boosts the skin’s defense against redness by combining:

• Sodium Dextran Sulfate

• Zinc PCA

• Caffeine

• Sodium Glycerophosphate

• Glycerin

Rosaplex helps to manage and diminish redness in the skin, blemishes and blotchiness and delivers results in less than eight weeks with twice daily application.

Vita-Plex C

Vita-Plex C assists in managing oxidative stress which increases the activity of free radicals on the skin. These free radicals directly contribute to aging of the skin. Vita-Plex C neutralizes free radicals and supports regeneration with its anti-oxidant properties. Anti-oxidents in Vita-Plex C include hydrophilics and lipophilics blended with an amino acid metabolite which preserves cellular preservation.

Neocutis products are an extremely advanced line of anti-aging and restorative skin care products that target and treat many of the symptoms and signs of aging most often reported by dermatologic patients. Often Neocutis is recommended as a preferred alternative to more invasive treatments such as acid peels or laser skin resurfacing.

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The Paleo Diet- Newest Beauty Craze

       
July 28th, 2014 | Contributed by:

The Paleo Diet- Newest Beauty CrazeThe paleo diet is a new kind of diet that is gaining followers all over the world. It is based around consuming what followers believe their ancient ancestors consumed in the same proportions. So the paleo diet makes use of more red meat and less whole grains than modern diets, for example. The paleo diet has some specific beauty benefits.

One of the most important beauty benefits is that the additional red meat in the paleo diet is a great source of zinc. Zinc plays a key role in the health of nails and hair, two of the most important elements in the beauty arsenal. More zinc will make nail polish go a lot further and reduce the need for special hair care products.

The paleo diet also can improve the skin, by removing processed grains and sweetened products from the list of allowed foods and cutting down on industrial fatty oils from seeds. Both of those categories contribute to acne and other skin problems. That frees you up to stop buy less skin treatments and start investing in some nice face makeup to bring out your natural beauty.

In terms of overall health benefits, the results of the paleo diet speak for themselves. Cutting out new, industrialized foods and replacing them with protein-heavy and nutrient-rich meats is a good way to find a diet that will be both healthy and enjoyable to eat. The paleo diet has recently become the most popular diet on Instagram, due to the fact that happy dieters are sharing their results with the world. It’s a good diet both for the basic health benefits and for the beauty side effects as well. The benefits of the paleo diet mean you can stop using makeup to cover up flaws and start using it to emphasize your best features. Another benefit is that having beautiful and clear skin with no need to cover flaws will free up some money so you can purchase higher-end products.

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Men and their Influence on the Beauty Industry

       
July 24th, 2014 | Contributed by:

Men and their Influence on the Beauty IndustryYears ago, the American male skin cleanser might have been the equivalent of a fine grade of sandpaper mixed with a bit of Lava soap. In order to save face, men and boys have been sneaking into their wives’ or mother’s drawers to find what they need when their faces needed moisturizing or to find cream for razor burn. Why? Stigma, or the lack of signature skincare products for men and boys; after all, men and boys do suffer from dry skin and might need a foundation to cover-up complexion problems too, don’t they? Addressing the need, and understanding the desire, Tom Ford and Marc Jacobs are launching cosmetic lines for men. They are bringing a solution to the cosmetics counter and online store—to meet the needs of men—their own niche cosmetics and skincare products, from shaving systems to body scrubs, you can find it all.

Boy how, things have changed! Now, if men are interested in taking care of their skin and using herbal shaving creams and after-shave treatments there is a large selection for them. Men, you can get what you need and want for your skin and choose the kind of skincare and fragrance that works for your lifestyle. You don’t need to have your wife, friend or sister shop for you at the Clinique counter; you have your own brands. It is understood—men use and buy skincare, designer shaving products, and even specially formulated foundations that work for male skin. European men have long known about and used skincare products, undaunted by social stigma, they cleanse their skin daily and use moisturizer and are unashamed to buy and talk about skin-health and proper care.

If you are looking for skincare products from Jack Black and other prominent designers, cologne, unique shaving accessories’ and body scrubs, Beauty Bridge has an array of products to suit your taste. If you prefer an unscented natural and herbal moisturizer, Baxter of California features Oil Free Moisturizer, a lightweight, oil free and fragrance-free selection, filled with antioxidants, vitamins E, A, and D, Japanese green tea, aloe and soothing chamomile.

If Sothys is more to your liking, you can find HOMME Soothing After-Shave Balm that brings freshness to the skin, prevents spots and soothes razor burn.

Today, specially formulated cosmetics and skincare products are wrapped with packaging that appeals to the male sensibility. Skincare and cosmetics for women only? Not really.

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Some Awesome Homemade Mask Recipes!

       
July 21st, 2014 | Contributed by:

Some Awesome Homemade Mask Recipes!If you’re as crazy about healthy skin as we are, then you probably know the benefit of a good mask treatment periodically. Hydrated, smoothed, and nourished skin is beautiful, and a regular facial mask can help you achieve just that. But, what’s a girl to do when she doesn’t have the time or money to get a professional facial? Try an awesome homemade mask of course! We’ve done the research for you and come up with a list of the best homemade mask recipes for every skin type.

Egg and Yogurt Mask for Normal Skin

It is sometimes difficult even to meet the needs of normal skin, as you girls with normal skin don’t have a specific “concern” to treat. Nonetheless, nourishing and replenishing even normal skin is important, and this luxurious egg and yogurt mask does just that.

The Recipe

The mask is really as simple as it sounds. All you need is 2 simple ingredients – 2 eggs and 2 tablespoons of plain yogurt. To make the mask, separate the egg whites from the yolks and place them in separate bowls. Add the yogurt to the egg whites and mix until combined. Apply this mixture to your face and allow it to dry. Rinse off the mask with warm water and blot your skin with a warm cloth. Your face should feel soothed and moisturized when you’re finished!

Avocado and Oatmeal Mask for Dry Skin

If you have dry skin, you know how important it is to replenish your skin with added moisture, but you need to stick to the correct ingredients to properly hydrate your skin. This avocado and oatmeal combo is perfect for dry skin and will leave you feeling replenished.

The Recipe

To make this mask, you’ll need 1 tablespoon of powdered oats and 1 tablespoon of mashed avocado. Place the two ingredients in a bowl. Mix the avocado and oatmeal powder together with a fork until you achieve an even mixture. Apply the mixture to a clean face and allow it to set for 15 minutes. Wash the mask off using a circular motion to exfoliate dead skin cells. Pat your face dry with a clean towel.

Banana Mask for Oily Skin

Oily skin presents a complex problem as you need to be able to moisturize without added excess oil. This banana mask is the perfect combo of oil absorption but moisture delivery.

The Recipe

For this mask you need 1 ripe banana, 2 tablespoons of honey, and an orange or a lemon. Prepare the mask by mashing up the banana and adding the honey to it. Add a few drops of lemon or orange juice and apply the mixture to your face. Let it set for 15 minutes and rinse your face with a cool or steaming washcloth.

Peach Face Mask for Combination Skin

Combination skin needs specific attention as it possesses areas of dry as well as oily skin types. This peach face mask accounts for all of the aspects of this skin type and then some.

The Recipe

You will need 1 peeled ripe peach, 1 egg white, and 1 tablespoon of sour cream. Combine the peach, egg white, and sour cream in a bowl. Apply the mask to your face and leave it on for 15 minutes. Rinse your face with cool or warm water and pat dry.

Milk and Cocoa Antiaging Mask

Aging skin needs special attention, and this milk and cocoa mask delivers it. Plus, this option smells yummy too!

The Recipe

All you need for this mask is 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder and ½ tablespoon milk. Mix the ingredients together into a paste and apply it to your skin. Allow the mask to dry and rinse thoroughly.

Your skin deserves a little pampering once in a while. Treat your skin to one of these masks, and you’ll be glad you decided to go DIY.

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The Beauty Benefits of Caffeine

       
July 18th, 2014 | Contributed by:

The Beauty Benefits of Caffeine
Caffeine is perhaps one of the most consumed substances in the world. It is found naturally in foods and drinks such as chocolate, coffee and tea and is a stimulant that can benefit the body in a variety of ways. One of these benefits is that it can help to enhance beauty. Consuming caffeine can be good for both your insides and your outside and you will be delighted to know that it can benefit you in the following ways.

Detoxifies the Liver

Your liver can be cleansed thanks to caffeine. This is because caffeine is what is known as a natural enema. As a result, your liver is cleared of toxins and your colon benefits as well. In fact, a study at Duke University has proven that caffeine may even be capable of reducing fatty liver in individuals who suffer from fatty liver disease that is unrelated to alcohol.

Lowers Risk for Diabetes

Caffeine can reduce your risk for developing diabetes when you consume five cups of coffee per day. The favorite beverage is high in antioxidants and has healing properties. However, to truly gain this benefit, only drink coffee that is free of sugar.

Weight Loss Aid

Caffeine can also help you to lose weight. Drinking caffeinated coffee and eating dark chocolate – in moderation, of course – can assist you in losing weight when you decide that it is time to shed those extra pesky pounds. Caffeine tends to naturally curb your appetite, meaning you will eat less and can avoid overeating.

Improves Skin Condition

The use of caffeine in skincare products is growing increasingly popular. Such products can make the skin smoother and more toned. It can also fight the effects of aging by giving the skin better elasticity. It is also good at treating dark circles under the eyes that come as a result of lack of sleep and soothing redness and inflammation.

Reduces Cellulite

Caffeine can help to reduce cellulite due to its natural diuretic properties. Skin cream that includes caffeine can reduce fluid retention, which can eliminate this unsightly and embarrassing problem. It is even possible to reduce cellulite by using instant or ground coffee by rubbing it directly on the affected areas of the body.

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What Your Body Shape Says About Your Health

       
July 15th, 2014 | Contributed by:

What Your Body Shape Says About Your Health
Your body shape says a lot more about you than simply how good you look in your favorite pair of jeans. In fact, your body shape can be a great indicator of your overall health. Most nutrition and health experts can judge the well-being of their clients simply by taking a quick glance at the shape of their bodies. Here is a look at what your body shape can tell you about what the current state of your overall health is.

Hourglass

This is the most common body shape for women, and it is also the beauty standard that has been the most desirable for women since the early days of Hollywood. Women with hourglass figures and a healthy BMI tend to be in good health. An hourglass figure is also indicative of a woman who has a high level of fertility due to the increased estrogen levels that large breasts and hips represent.

Apple

This is the body shape in which a woman has narrow hips and shoulders and an ample middle. This is a very risky category for women to be in. Numerous studies have shown that people who have a larger waist than other areas of their body are at a higher risk of developing serious health conditions like heart disease and cancer. Women who are in the apple category need to take care to stay as fit as possible to keep their waist smaller than their hips.

Triangle

This is another body shape that is considered to be very feminine and attractive. Triangle shapes have a narrow waist and a shapely bottom, but they may not be as full in the bosom as the traditional hourglass shape. Women in this category are generally in good health, but they need to be sure to avoid their hips from carrying too much weight to avoid health problems. Like women with hourglass figures, women who have a triangle shape are generally more fertile due to their higher levels of estrogen.

Ruler

The name says it all. Women who have a ruler shape are narrow in the hips and bust. Although women who have this shape may not like their less feminine look, a ruler shape actually is indicative of a woman who is in good health. However, it is important for women who have a ruler shape to keep their waistlines from getting larger than the rest of their bodies in order to avoid health problems.

Inverted Triangle

Women with an inverted triangle shape have broader chests and torsos than other women. These areas are larger than the hips and waist. This is another body shape that is not considered to be traditionally feminine, but women with an inverted triangle shape are usually very athletic and in good health.

No matter what shape you are naturally blessed with, you can be healthy. The most important thing to remember is to keep your waist narrow in proportion to the rest of your body in order to avoid health risks.

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Bath Oils for A Gorgeous Body

       
July 13th, 2014 | Contributed by:

Bath Oils for A Gorgeous BodyUsing bath oils can be a calming haven by reviving the body as well as a divine method of cleansing your body. Adding oils to a bath will boost the oil’s capability of acting as a therapeutic agent and provide you with aromatherapy benefits..

Bathing with oils is comforting and a soothing way to relieve a stressful and taxing day. Bathing with oils is also a wonderful way to start a new day. Oils can quiet aching, tense muscles while also soothing and repairing the skin. Recently, users are giving high reviews for Kniepp herbal bath for aching, sore muscles and joints.

Many bath oils will assist in treating dull and dry skin, toxin / contaminant build-up, gout and even fluid retention. Furthermore, using oils in conjunction with supplements, can firm and tighten the skin, reducing cellulite as well as appearance of stretch marks.

Natural oils are just that -Natural so they can provide healing to skin conditions such as acne and rosacea. In fact, there are essential oils available- such as Tea-tree and lavender oils that are wonderful in treating acne. Tea tree soothes and repairs irritated skin conditions and promotes healing.

Bath oils serve as treatment for many aliments while leaving you relaxed. Anxiety sufferers benefit from the calming agents within many bath oils. Lavender bath oils as well as others provide natural calming agents to assist not only the body but the mind in relaxing. Not only is the bath itself proven to reduce anxiety issues, the oil producing aromas have been scientifically proven to calm the mind and promote sleep. Mothers for centuries have used bath oils to calm their infants and prepare them for bed-time.

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How YouTube Has Changed the Beauty World

       
July 11th, 2014 | Contributed by:

How YouTube Has Changed the Beauty World
Beauty is more accessible than ever before. The mystique of glamor is banished with step-by-step video tutorials produced and posted on YouTube by people just like you but with more time on their hands, apparently.

Are you looking for a specific hair style for a special occasion? Always wondered how to get that make-up look that is in all the magazines and on TV but have no idea where to start? Want that hot nail polish trick? Don’t worry you can probably find an instructional video on YouTube. Everyday people do the work for you of figuring out how to get a specific look and then show you how to duplicate the look.

Heard about a beauty product, but want to make sure if it works before shelling out the cash? No problem, there is more than likely a review on YouTube complete with demo.
Pretty much any look you want to achieve or any problem you need to know how to deal with, there is someone who has made a video about it. And some have become virtually famous from their videos and some have even been invited to appear on daily talk shows as correspondents or in reality shows. Five year old Madison Hohrine’s video tutorials made her an online star and led to her appearing on America’s Next Top Model. Make-up artist Lisa Eldridge’s first impromptu tutorial videos that instructed viewers on how to perk up skin using make-up went viral.

YouTube’s accessibility and reach has so influenced the beauty industry that it has also become a portal for beauty companies to reach their customers. Sites like Beauty Bridge use videos created by their professionals and by users to educate and review products with their own channel on YouTube.

While the ability of anyone to learn the tips and tricks of make-up artists and other beauty professionals is appealing, it’s the amateur tutorials that allow everyday people to share their knowledge and own tricks for getting ‘the look’ that make YouTube tutorials so popular. The beauty product reviews by real people who are often really trying the products in the video or really showing the effects, good or bad, allow consumers to get impartial and real information on a product before they buy. Celebrities may endorse a product, but the YouTube videos let you know if it really works.

The beauty world is forever changed by the influence of YouTube users and viewers.

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