Posts Tagged ‘skincare tips’

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!

New Years Beauty Resolutions

       
Friday, January 17th, 2014

New Years Beauty Resolutions

At this point, 2014 is in full swing, and your ready to keep your resolutions this time around. Radiating beauty is something that you want to make a priority this year, but you’re not quite sure where to start. What are some ideas to get the momentum going on that goal?

Don’t Skimp on Your Routine
During the winter, many ladies tend to get lazy about shaving their legs, applying lotion and getting their nails done. While a full-fledged pedicure is not really necessary when it’s cold outside, you should still have a routine that makes you feel feminine and beautiful. Now is the time to use those gift cards from Christmas and buy scented body lotions and pretty polishes.

Treat Your Hair Right
Sometimes, we damage our hair a little bit too much in an effort to obtain more beauty. You don’t have to throw away all of your styling tools and give up dying your hair, but you should take it a little bit easy. On days when you’re going out to enjoy a casual lunch with friends or kicking it at home in a pair of sweatpants, just let your hair dry naturally. Speak with a stylist about ways to avoid damage when coloring your locks.

Freshen Up Your Makeup
When women think about their beauty routines, a lot of that thought is dedicated to makeup. Now is the time to go through all of the products that you own and get rid of the ones that you don’t use anymore. You should work on finding colors and shades that actually make sense for you. Heading to the local department store for a consultation can help you to find a foundation that covers all of your flaws without making you look orange or muddy.

Address Your Dressing Style
Wearing the right clothes is a part of beauty. Stop hanging onto items that you haven’t worn in years and make space for new flattering clothing. Instead of trying to squeeze into clothes that are too small, accept the size that you are and buy clothes that make sense for your shape and size. Feeling good in your clothes is a major part of looking beautiful.

As you can see, keeping beauty resolutions is going to require a little bit of work on your part, but you’re likely to feel like a glamour queen all year round if you put in the effort.

Makeup hacks every girl should know

       
Thursday, December 5th, 2013

Makeup hacks every girl should know

Let's face it – while you'd love to spend a ton of time in front of the mirror perfecting your look, you don't always have the time. Especially around the holidays or other particularly busy times of year, it can be tough to find a few minutes to do your makeup at all, let alone be highly meticulous with it. However, your beauty routine doesn't have to be stressful at all. Once you know the right shortcuts, you can easily achieve a flawless face.

Here are the must-know tips and tricks:

Eyes

  • One of the most common beauty goals is to look more awake – and it's actually an easy feat to achieve. Simply dab a pearlescent eyeshadow in a pale hue right in the corners of your eyes and you'll draw light to your eyes, causing you to appear alert and refreshed.
  • If you're using a bright eyeshadow and you really want the color to pop, up the intensity of the pigment by covering your lids with matte white eyeliner first.
  • Or, you might be more concerned with making sure your eyeshadow lasts. In that case, reach for a creamy gel liner and draw a series of horizontal and intersecting vertical lines in a crosshatch pattern across your lids, then blend in with a smudge brush for a budge-proof look.
  • You can apply mascara farther down at the base of your lashes by using a business card to gently pull the skin on your eyelid up.
  • Going for high intensity eyes? Before brushing on that second coat of mascara, dust some baby powder onto a Q-tip and brush it across your eyelashes to make the pigment adhere more effectively.
  • Bold brows are definitely in, but even the smallest strays can ruin the whole effect.​ PopSugar Beauty editor Maria Del Russo told The Huffington Post that spraying hairspray in a spoolie brush can help you to groom your brows a lot better by taming each and every hair. Not only that, but she noted that the pigment from a brow pencil will stick a lot better, too.

Lips

  • You don't need to go through a million steps to get a plumper pout – simply add a drop of peppermint oil to your go-to lipgloss.
  • Trying to get the perfect Cupid's bow is a challenge, so when you're applying lip liner, draw an "X" at the top of your pout with lip liner as a guideline to get an even shape.
  • The secret to making lipstick long-lasting is pressing a tissue to your mouth after applying it and then lightly brushing translucent powder over it.
  • When your favorite lipstick goes to pieces, don't panic. Del Russo recommended heating the fragments with a hairdryer, shaping them back together in the tube and placing the item in your fridge overnight.

Face

  • Is your complexion looking a little drab? Just reach for some baking soda. TheGloss noted that all you have to do is buff a tablespoon of powder on wet skin and you'll instantly get your glow back.
  • One of the hardest things about bronzer is figuring out where to apply it. For a natural look, contour by sweeping bronzer across your cheekbones, forehead and lightly down the bridge of your nose. 
  • Placement is also tricky with blush – but don't fret too much about expertly applying it. Simply bend over for half a minute and when you stand up, your cheeks will be naturally flushed, giving you a cue as to where to brush pigment on. Always tap the brush to eliminate excess pigment and as you apply it, blend the blush out toward the hairline.

Makeup tips that will take years off your face

       
Thursday, November 14th, 2013

Makeup tips that will take years off your face

With each passing year, your skin goes through some significant changes that can make it look less than supple. While wrinkles, fine lines and dark circles are inevitable, there are ways to camouflage them using the right cosmetics. However, dealing with signs of aging and achieving a more youthful complexion requires that you update your makeup tactics and techniques.

Are you looking to turn back the clock? Try these simple makeup tricks and you'll regain that youthful glow in no time:

Fast face lift
As you age, collagen and elastin production begins to slow down, so your complexion loses its firmness. To fight this process, you'll need to focus on moisturizing makeup that enhances your skin's luster and keeps it from looking dry or droopy.

First, reach for primer if you want a flawless finish. Makeup artist Maria Verel, whose has worked with Diane Sawyer, told Redbook magazine that primer has a blurring effect on lines and provides a more even, smooth complexion.

While it may be tempting to cake on the makeup to cover up your flaws, it's best to go light on your makeup for a more radiant look. Ditch the powder, which tends to settle into wrinkles and fine lines and accentuate them, and instead, consider a sheer liquid foundation or tinted moisturizer. An optimal formula will provide adequate coverage and also contain light-reflecting particles to illuminate your entire face. 

For that youthful flush, opt for a cream blush over a powder formula, which will absorb more effectively into the skin. While you're applying, smile so you can focus on emphasizing the upper apples of your cheeks. This technique gives you the instant illusion of a face lift.

Perked up peepers
The skin around your eyes is naturally thinner, and with time, it continues to lose elasticity. As it becomes more transparent looking, blood vessels and dark circles become far more obvious, making you look older and tired. Make that discoloration diminish with an undereye concealer with yellow undertones, which can neutralize any blue or red pigment. It's best to opt for a concealer that's one shade lighter than your natural skin color to get a brightening effect. 

Sweep neutral shimmery eyeshadows in pale colors like champagne across your lids, and dab some at the inner corners to look even more alert. Stay away from shadows that are blue-based, as they may draw attention to undereye shadows, and reach for warmer hues instead. Want to open up your peepers even more? One helpful trick is to glide nude eyeliner along your lower lashline.

Sandy Linter, a makeup artist who works with former supermodel Christie Brinkley, explained to Redbook that eyelids can begin to sag with age, so she likes to use a pointed Q-tip to gently smudge liner out at the corners to visually lift them up.

Don't forget to apply a layer or two of lengthening mascara – it's a must for opening up and enlarging your eyes so you seem years younger.

Lips
Does your pout look like it's shrinking? Over time, you also lose some collagen in your lips, which is the protein responsible for keeping them plump. Celebrity makeup artist Sue Devitt told Oprah magazine that the the upper lip is especially prone to getting thinner. She recommends dabbing some gloss on the inside of the bottom lip to look to create the illusion of fuller pout.

You might be tempted to go for nude lips, but this is one trend that will just make your complexion look washed out. Liven things up with a moisturizing sheer lipstick in a soft rosy hue, which flatters any skin tone. If you have medium to dark skin, you can even pucker up with a bolder berry shade.

Makeup artist Chrisanne Davis told Allure magazine that lipstick is more likely to bleed as you age, so it can be helpful to outline your pout with a neutral liner to keep pigment in place.

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.

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.

Prepping your skin for the colder season

       
Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

Prepping your skin for the colder season

Winter is fast approaching, which means snowfall, hot cocoa, holiday parties and a lot of other excitement. However, the colder, dryer weather doesn’t bode as well for your beauty. Harsh conditions can be tough on your complexion, meaning you’ll need to take certain precautionary measures to prevent flakes, cracks and other skin problems.

Follow these tips and your face won’t be looking as bleak as the weather:

Use kinder cleansers
While you may have been using an aggressive cleanser in the summer months to manage sweat, humidity and excess oil, it might be time to ease up on these solutions as the climate changes. Erica Glaub, Los Angeles-based makeup artist, explained to Shape magazine that gentler oil-based or milk cleansers and soaps are best for washing away impurities without completely stripping your skin of moisture.

Upgrade your moisturizer
Just as you transition your wardrobe to more substantial fabrics, you’ll also need to switch out your moisturizer for a heavy-duty cream. Dr. Deborah Sarnoff, a dermatologist at the North Shore-LIJ Health System in Greenvale, N.Y., told LiveScience that a richer product will have more natural oils. She also advised applying a night treatment for some deep hydration while you sleep. Glaub noted that optimal contents for your go-to winter cream are shea butter, almond oil, olive oil and grapeseed oil. Jojoba oil, which helps to balance your skin and accelerate cell repair, is also a key rejuvenating ingredient.

Did you know that honey is also a natural source of hydration? Try rubbing some into your elbows, knee caps or other parched areas, then rinsing.

Adjust your shower
While it’s tempting to take a hot shower in the winter months, doing so can seriously dry out your skin. That doesn’t mean you have to shiver your way through a cold shower - Glaub stressed that even lukewarm water is better. If you can’t bear to turn down the temperature, bathe for a shorter amount of time. When you get out, pat your skin dry instead of rubbing it with a towel and immediately apply moisturizer all over.

Exfoliate every week
It’s imperative to exfoliate in the winter, as sloughing off dead skin cells will allow your skin to absorb moisturizers and creams more effectively. Avoid products with abrasive chemicals or beads, which can irritate your skin, especially if it’s on the sensitive side.

Remember sunscreen
Just because the sun’s presence isn’t as strong in the winter doesn’t give you permission to neglect protection from UV rays completely. Sarnoff suggested looking for a moisturizer with at least SPF 15, or 30 if you’re outside more often.