Posts Tagged ‘skincare regimen’

Some Awesome Homemade Mask Recipes!

       
Monday, July 21st, 2014

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.

Dry Brushing for Health

       
Saturday, April 12th, 2014

As technology advances, there are a variety of options to choose from when investing in one’s health and beauty, but sometimes the simplest methods are the most efficient. If silky smooth skin is the goal, and it usually is, one of the best ways to achieve it is through dry brushing. This technique is used at spas throughout the world to brighten and tighten skin, leaving it with a healthy glow, but this practice is perfect for those who prefer to treat themselves at home. Investing just a few minutes a day can help improve circulation, toxin elimination and exfoliation.
Dry Brushing for Health
Exfoliation
The most obvious benefit of dry brushing is the sloughing away of dead skin cells. By eliminating the rough, dry patches, the skin’s overall appearance will show noticeable improvement. It also preps the epidermis for any further treatment, such as moisturizers or body masks, by removing a barrier and allowing skin care products to penetrate.

Lymphatic Drainage and Cell Renewal
While the body has systems in place that naturally filter and detoxify, dry brushing helps to speed up the process. The pressure of the brush, when moved in the proper direction, pushes the lymph through the body to aid in waste elimination.

Cellulite
Many spas use dry brushing as a part of cellulite treatment. Opinions are varied as to the usefulness of the procedure and whether or not eliminating toxins actually reduces the appearance of cellulite. Some critics claim that the results are only a temporary plumping, but for some clients, even that may be enough.

When dry brushing at home, always start at the feet and work up, using long upward motions towards the heart. A stiff brush with natural bristles is the best choice, but watch that the skin does not become irritated or inflamed and be sure to avoid areas with abrasions or cuts. While it is important that the brush is slightly rough, very little pressure is needed for positive results.

To clean the brush, simply use mild shampoo and warm water, then let it air dry completely to avoid a gathering of bacteria. Dry brushing can make a dramatic difference in any skincare routine and still remain simple and cost effective.

Benefits Of Beauty Oils

       
Saturday, March 15th, 2014

Benefits Of Beauty Oils
Take a look at any beauty shelf, and you’ll see an array of popular products dedicated to controlling your body’s oil production. If so much attention is warranted to this apparent problem, why would you ever want to add more oil to your skin care routine? As it happens, external oils can produce immense benefits in both those with shiny skin and those who can scratch words into their arms. Beauty oils have been used since the beginning of civilization to great effect. Let’s take a look at some of the most popular types and their individual benefits.

Marula Oil

Native to southern Africa and Madagascar, the marula tree plays a significant role in the local economy by providing food, disease treatments, and natural pain relievers. The oil derived from the marula’s seed kernel is also a widely-used component in skin care products such as Nuxe’s Creme Merveillance. With a high concentration of antioxidants, marula oil plays an important role in the fight against aging.

Olive Oil

Nutritionists have long sung the praises of olive oil for cooking, but did you know that this versatile product is equally beneficial in the beauty department? This affordable oil can help users soften their skin by locking the body’s natural moisture in, leaving the epidermis smooth and supple. Products such as Philosophy’s Amazing Grace incorporate olive oil to maximize their moisturizing properties.

Jojoba Oil

It’s the effective oil with the silly name. Jojoba oil is the perfect external beauty oil for women who want to steer clear of prematurely aging hands. Found in desert plants, jojoba oil is naturally designed to hold moisture in the skin. The benefits to plants in an arid climate are obvious, but these same properties can produce effective results for your skin. Products like Lippmann Collection’s Rich Girl Hand Cream utilize jojoba oil as part of a holistic approach to hydration.

Argan Oil

If you’re tired of having dry, irritated skin, argan oil may be the solution you’ve been looking for. Incorporated in products like Kneipp’s Jasmine & Argan Oil Body Lotion, argan oil gives your skin a healthy dose of vitamin E. It also contains a wallop of omega-6 fatty acid, which protects your skin from the dangers of free radicals. Best of all, most users find the non-greasy finish of the oil the perfect complement to a comprehensive skincare regimen.

Start the Spring with a Detox

       
Friday, March 7th, 2014

Start the Spring with a Detox
High-quality skincare and makeup products can make a world of difference when it comes to maintaining and enhancing your natural beauty. However, they barely scratch the surface of the skin. Every now and then, it pays to make some improvements from within, and a beauty detox is just what the doctor ordered.

What is a Beauty Detox?

Technically, a beauty detox could just be a break from using makeup and skincare products. It gives your skin a chance to breathe and rejuvenate. However, when most people refer to beauty detoxes, they’re talking about The Beauty Detox Solution by Kimberly Snyder. In this case, the beauty detox consists of a set of simple dietary rules that can trigger exciting changes and improvements in your skin, appearance and overall health.

Top Elements of a Beauty Detox

Whether or not you choose to take a break from using makeup and skincare products, there are certain things you can do to cleanse your body and make your skin more radiant. A few top examples include:

  • Avoid Dairy – Most dairy products contain drugs and hormones that can negatively impact your health and appearance. Dairy also contains a protein called casein that’s very difficult to digest. Try eliminating dairy from your diet for a few weeks; you’re sure to be pleasantly surprised by the results!
  • Don’t Mix Animal Proteins – Stick with one animal protein per meal. Animal proteins are difficult to digest in general and even more difficult when they’re mixed.
  • Order Your Meals from Lightest to Heaviest – While you shouldn’t eat immediately before bed, you should try to eat the lightest meals first and the heaviest ones last. Doing the opposite can cause backups in your digestive system. Start your day with fresh fruits and veggies, and save the heavier, more calorie-laden foods for dinner.
  • Eliminate or Reduce Gluten – Even if you don’t have a gluten intolerance, reducing or eliminating it from your diet can bring about many exciting changes. This protein, which is found in rye, wheat and barley, triggers toxic reactions in the body. After reducing or eliminating it, it won’t take long to start seeing noticeable results.
  • Choose Almonds over Peanuts – If you’re going to consume nuts, almonds are vastly superior to peanuts. Swap out peanut butter for almond butter to avoid the molds, fungi and pesticides that are often present in peanuts.

These tips are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to doing a beauty detox. Try out a few and then go from there. You’re sure to be happy you did!

Pointers for a perfect complexion

       
Thursday, November 7th, 2013

Pointers for a perfect complexion

No matter who you are, blemish-free skin is always a top beauty priority. Still, certain lifestyle factors or habits can get in the way of a clear complexion.

Whether your type is oily, dry or combination, there are certain strategies and solutions that can be invaluable in your efforts to achieve a flawless face. Here are some helpful hints:

Detox your diet
Cleansing doesn't have to involve an all-liquid diet, but it does mean you'll need to get rid of certain unhealthy fare and replace it with more nutritional foods. The fact is, what you eat can have a major impact on your skin, so it's important to feed your body the right nutrients to make sure your skin cells can regenerate properly for a rejuvenated and radiant appearance. 

Meagen McCusker, associate professor of dermatology at the University of Connecticut Health Center, explained to The Washington Post that it's best to avoid refined sugars and high fructose corn syrup, which can promote inflammation. Not only that, but she noted that sugar also damages cell membranes and destroys collagen, which is the protein that keeps skin looking supple and taut.

Los Angeles-based dermatologist Jessica Wu told Women's Health magazine that dairy products actually fuel your oil glands, thus exacerbating breakouts.

So what should you be noshing on? Alan Dattner, a New York dermatologist, told the news outlet that nuts and wild salmon offer the essential omega-3 fatty acids that promote healthy skin. He also recommended incorporating fish oil and flaxseed into your diet for the same benefits.

It goes without saying that hydration is important for overall health, but it's also crucial for your complexion. Aim to drink eight glasses a day to flush out impurities that can make your skin look dull.

Be a clean freak
If you want to keep blemishes at bay, you have to wash your face regularly – no excuses. That means using a cleanser that can regulate oil when you wake up and before you go to bed, as well as after a sweaty gym session. Don't wash your face more frequently than that, though, or you could actually dry out your skin and cause oil glands to go into overdrive. You'll also need to reach for a makeup remover at the end of the day to avoid acne. Breakout-prone skin needs moisturizer, too, so reach for an oil-free formula, which will boost hydration levels without clogging pores or leaving a greasy residue.

Cleanliness is key for other aspects of your life as well – like your makeup brushes. If you don't wash them, the bacteria and dirt that builds up in the bristles could end up back in your pores. So remember to massage a bit of facial cleanser and warm water into them once a week, then lay them flat to dry.

Women's Health noted that smartphones are filled with germs, which can land on your face every time you put one to your ear. Keep antibacterial wipes on hand to prevent your chatting from compromising your complexion.

TLC
Most importantly, be kind to your skin to avoid the angry red bumps.

Exfoliate once a week to facilitate cell turnover and slough off dead skin and debris that can clog pores. Be gentle with your application, though – an ideal product that contains natural exfoliants, like alpha-hydroxy or glycolic acids, will do the work for you.

When it comes to your nighttime skin routine, reach for a treatment that contains calming ingredients, like aloe vera or chamomile.

Whatever you do, don't stress. Cortisol, one of the primary stress hormones, is directly related to oil production – so it's important to relax to minimize acne. Whether it's taking a morning yoga class or a warm bath at night, simple soothing acts will also keep your skin from freaking out.

Your ultimate nighttime skin routine

       
Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

Your ultimate nighttime skin routine

There’s a reason it’s called beauty rest: The hours between your head hitting the pillow and your alarm going off are crucial for your skin to repair itself. Skin cells regenerate, toxins are released through your pores and, by morning, your complexion is rejuvenated.

While it’s inarguably important to get enough sleep, you also need to consider your nighttime skin regimen. Products that you apply before you catch some Z’s have the ability to seep even deeper into your skin while you snooze. So follow these steps before you hit the hay and you’ll wake up with that sought-after natural glow:

Clean surface
First thing’s first: You need to wipe away your cosmetics with a proper makeup remover. If you wear waterproof eyeliner or mascara, you’ll need an especially potent solution.

It sounds like a no-brainer, but it’s critical to wash the dirt and oils off your face before bedtime to avoid clogged pores and breakouts. Not only that, but clearing your face of any impurities enables your moisturizer to absorb more effectively. If your skin is especially dry, look for an oil-based or creamy cleanser that can help to maintain moisture. The being TRUE Restoring Deep Cleanser is formulated with gamma linolenic fatty acids, which restore lipid balance and lock in hydration for supple, smooth skin.

Remember to rinse with cool to lukewarm water instead of hot, which could promote dryness as well as a feelings of tightness. Oily skin types should look for a gel cleanser with ingredients that can help to control oil production overnight. Then follow with a clarifying toner to ensure that any traces of oil or dirt are removed.

Twice a week, all skin types should use an exfoliator after washing, unless the cleanser has one built in. Scrubbing away dead cells promotes turnover, meaning a renewed, radiant complexion.

Wage war on wrinkles
If you’re fighting the effects of aging, your nighttime skin routine will play a major role in your efforts. Dr. Melvin Elson, a clinical professor of dermatology at Vanderbilt School of Nursing, told Prevention magazine that because your body temperature rises while you sleep, anti-aging solutions have a better chance of working more effectively as they can sink deeper into the skin. Choose a powerful product that’s formulated with retinol, which has been proven to make fine lines, wrinkles and age spots fade away. Dr. Patricia Farris, an assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Tulane University School of Medicine, advised in Prevention applying retinoid treatments before bedtime as UV rays can compromise their effectiveness during the day.

Diminish dark circles
Shadows under your peepers make you look tired, even if you aren’t. So before bed, dab on an eye cream infused with vitamin K. According to Prevention, a study by Elson found that women who used one every night for three months saw their undereye circles recede by 33 percent. Exuviance Brightening Bionic Eye Creme not only has vitamin K, but also vitamin A, polyhydroxy acids and cooling cucumber extract to target puffiness and shadows as well as brighten the overall eye area.

Pump up the hydration
Moisturizer is a must in any skincare routine, but especially before you hit the hay. While you’re sleeping, your body temperature rises and you sweat out a significant amount of your skin’s water content. In winter, this is even more of an issue as the air is naturally dry. Dermatologist Dr. Murad told Beautylish that it’s crucial to use a rich cream that has ultra-nourishing ingredients, like glycerin or shea butter, which act like a moisture magnet.

Quick tips for glowing skin

       
Thursday, October 17th, 2013

Quick tips for glowing skin

Glowing skin is essentially the holy grail of beauty. Though every woman is on the quest for a radiant complexion, it’s not an easy feat.

However, there are some simple strategies and powerful products that can help you get a luminous effect. Follow these tips and you’ll be glowing in no time:

Hydration = happy skin
Moisturizer is key for that dewy effect you’re aiming for. However, everyone’s skin type requires a different formula for optimal hydration. Thick creams can be difficult for the skin to absorb, meaning you don’t reap as many of the benefits and you’re left with a greasy finish. The BABOR Skinovage PX Intensifier Moisture Plus Serum is an ideal alternative because it can instantly penetrate your pores for a smoother appearance.

Go nuts
Superfoods will play a major role in your get-glowing skin regimen. Molly Morgan, a sports specialist dietician, told Women’s Health magazine that walnuts, which are particularly high in omega-3s, can prevent acne and reduce inflammation. Meanwhile, integrative practitioner Isaac Eliaz explained that macadamia nuts are also high in those essential fatty acids, and can help with cell turnover and repair.

Get your beauty rest
There’s a reason your skin looks tired when you didn’t get enough shut-eye. Dermatologist Amy Wechsler explained in Women’s Health that when you get too few hour of sleep, your blood circulation slows and you end up looking pale. Aim to get a solid eight hours for optimal cell repair and an overall rejuvenated appearance. If you had a late night, try sipping on some soy milk, which has proteins that can calm and hydrate your skin.

Product in all the right places
While using the right illuminating makeup is no doubt crucial for glowing skin, you’ll also need to be mindful of where you apply it. Makeup artist Angela Levin, who is behind the flawless complexions of Jennifer Aniston and Michelle Williams, told Harper’s Bazaar that one of her top tricks is only to dab on four dots of foundation: one in the middle of the forehead, one on each cheek and one at the chin. Blend them in with a foundation brush or with your fingers to even it out. This technique, she says, can actually give a more natural dewy look than too much caked on coverage.

She also noted that pinching your cheeks can help you to determine where you would naturally flush – and thus, where your blush should be applied.

Post-exercise skincare tips

       
Thursday, October 10th, 2013

Post-exercise skincare tips

There’s nothing like a little exercise to give you a natural glow. As your heart rate rises, you sweat out impurities in your system and your blood circulation accelerates, making your skin radiant. However, a grueling session can lead to redness, blemishes and full-on breakouts if you don’t take proper care of your skin – especially if you’re wearing makeup.

Here are some post-workout tips to make sure your cardio doesn’t compromise your complexion:

Hands first
Before you even touch your face, you must clean your hands. In an interview with Teen Vogue magazine, Jessica Clark, lead aesthetician at Equinox in New York City, advised using an anti-bacterial soap and vigorously lathering your palms for a minimum of 20 seconds.

Banish bacteria
Removing bacteria and grime from your face is a key step for avoiding clogged pores. Beautylish explained that cleansing pads are helpful for preventing breakouts. If you’re in a rush, some products don’t even require water to swipe away dirt and oil. The ultra-convenient B. Kamins Chemist Anti-Blemish Pads are powerful enough to get rid of germs and bust both blemishes and blackheads, but gentle enough on irritable skin since they’re oil- and fragrance-free.

If you’re prone to breakouts on your back or chest, Clark recommended spraying witch hazel on those areas right after stepping out of the shower.

Get steamy
Steam rooms and saunas do more than just soothe sore muscles. Self magazine’s assistant beauty editor Runa Bhattacharya explained that steam naturally removes impurities from your skin and unclogs your pores while giving you a healthy flush. Steam rooms are better than saunas if you have especially dry skin, as they have far more humidity in the air than saunas. Additionally, steam can help to regulate the oil glands, which is helpful if you suffer from acne. Bhattacharya recommended drinking plenty of water afterward to rehydrate your body, which will translate to a dewy complexion. You should also use a proper moisturizer to keep your skin looking supple and feeling soft.

Cool down
Just as you need to bring your body temperature down after a workout, you may need to cool down your skin. Frugivore suggested making your own solution by putting cold green tea in a spray bottle. A quick spritz post-exercise will not only alleviate any redness, but will also infuse your skin with antioxidants for cell protection. GloMoist Hydration Mist by GloMinerals is formulated with calming chamomile extract, and can instantly boost your skin’s hydration.

Embrace anti-aging with the right skincare routine

       
Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

Embrace anti-aging with the right skincare routine

There’s no surefire way to fight signs of aging, but you can certainly embrace a few best practices that  could help you look and feel your best. A number of anti-aging and wrinkle care products can provide support for all kinds of skin, but even the best products can’t work magic without help. You have to take some on your own to ensure you’re caring for your skin, and incorporating them into your daily routine can boost their effectiveness.

Here are a few things you should doing every day to keep your skin healthy and youthful:

Start fresh each day
It’s important to start the day off on the right foot. Before you do anything to your skin in the morning, cleanse and wash your face. Cleansers get rid of any oils or buildup that accrued during the night, but most are not harsh enough to irritate your skin. Follow that up by wiping your whole face with a cotton ball soaked in toner to remove any excess residue.

Wear sunscreen
If there’s one thing you should never leave home without, it’s facial sunscreen. Apply a layer of the lotion about 15 minutes before you go outdoors, regardless of your planned activities or weather. In the long term, wearing sunscreen can be a significant factor in preventing wrinkles and sun spots, as well as dry or leathery skin, and it is never too late to start protecting yourself from harsh UV light.

Moisturize 
No matter what your skin is naturally like – dry, oily or any odd combination – you are going to need to use a moisturizer to replenish your skin and lock in nutrients. The right face moisturizer keeps the epidermis hydrated and better reflects light, giving you a glowing look that hides the appearance of lines or wrinkles. Look for a moisturizer with vitamin C, as the ingredient provides a boost to your skin and can help you look and feel youthful.

It’s a good idea to avoid putting everyday moisturizer around your eyes. The skin around this area is thinner and more fragile – making it more prone to wrinkles – so special eye gels are better equipped to keep crows’ feet at bay. You’ll be able to maintain smooth skin around the eyes while also preventing puffiness and other negative side effects of aging.

Mineral makeup
Much like moisturizers can help to retain the natural chemicals that are good for your skin, mineral makeup brings many of these elements to your face. Mineral makeup can kill bacteria while rejuvenating your skin, so choosing a mineral makeup kit is a wise choice for people who want to freshen up their face while also sticking close to their normal makeup routine.

As a bonus, these minerals often reflect sunlight, acting as a natural SPF. The ingredients are also usually easier to wear regardless of the type of skin you have, which decreases the risk of bad reactions or acne coming about as a result of the product.

End the day right 
A long day of wearing makeup, being exposed to the sun and subjecting your skin to a variety of outside factors is less than ideal for your face. Luckily, there are a number of products that can cleanse your skin and replenish it with the nutrients it needs. Cleansing gels from G.M. COLLIN can go a long way toward keeping your face fresh. Not only can it remove leftover makeup and sebum, but it also tightens pores and purifies your skin, letting you look younger and preventing wrinkles.

3 tips for wearing makeup with oily skin

       
Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013

3 tips for wearing makeup with oily skin

How many times have you found difficulty keeping your makeup on due to oily skin? If this has happened to you, you’re not alone! Furthermore, the situation can become more dire when the warm weather rolls in and you start to sweat. Here are some tips for how to maintain your fabulous look and keep makeup where it belongs.

1. Give your face the TLC it deserves
You’d be surprised at how much a good skincare routine can do for your face, according to Elle magazine. Look for a face wash that caters to your skin type and use it properly to gain more control over the natural oils.

2. Use blotting papers
If you aren’t already using them, blotting papers can be a lifesaver! Think about carrying them around in your purse throughout the day and using them as needed to eliminate excess oil. As an added bonus, doing so can help you prevent blemishes.

3. Stay away from oil-based makeup
No matter how much you love your cream foundation or concealer, you’ll need to pay extra attention to cosmetics that are oil-based. These items could potentially be making your situation worse!