For Your Beauty Regimen
For Your Skin
- Instead of buying blush, use a dab of lipstick you already have.
- When you’re running low on lip gloss, place the closed gloss stick in a mug of warm water and let it sit for 10 minutes. The heat will melt any gloss on the sides of the container and you’ll have more to use.
- If your eyeliner pencil is too soft and crumbling, pop the pencil into the freezer for 15 minutes before applying.
- Tired of your lipsticks? Create a new shade by cutting off pieces of two old sticks (or scraping out the remnants of the tube) and melt them together in the microwave. Then apply with your finger or a brush.
- Use a thin layer of non-toxic white Elmer’s Glue as a makeshift pore strip. Just like when you peeled it off your hands as a kid, spread a thin layer on your face, let it dry, and peel off. Keep well clear of eyes. (You can watch one woman do it, here.)
- The next time you find yourself in a Starbucks, pick up a few extra napkins–they’re well-known as awesome blotting sheets.
- Use a credit card to get the most from your mascara: Hold the card against your lashes and swipe mascara over the other side. (Or follow these instructionsusing a business card.)
For Your Hair
- If you’re running low on tinted moisturizer, mix a little foundation into your daily facial moisturizer to make your own.
- Mix powdered bronzer with moisturizer for a temporary self-tan.
- Mix a drop of body oil or olive oil with moisturizer for an all-over shimmer.
- Use baby oil, conditioner or coconut oil instead of shaving cream.
- Out of acne cream? Crush a few Advil or aspirin and mix with water to create a paste (or open an Advil gel capsule), and leave the paste or gel on problem spots overnight. Add a Band-Aid to keep it in place.
- Use Vaseline (petroleum jelly) as hand, eye and foot cream. (Just be sure to put on socks if you use it as foot cream, so you don’t muck up your sheets.)
- Place chilled green tea bags on tired eyes to reduce puffiness.
- Use yogurt, honey, mashed avocado or sugar as an all-natural face mask (you can literally put those on your face by themselves–here are instructions for giving yourself a sugar facial.)
- Make a body scrub out of one part coconut oil and two parts sugar.
- Apply the liquid from capsules of vitamin E to skin and hair as a moisturizer.
For Your Teeth and Nails
- Soften coconut oil into a paste in the microwave, apply to hair and leave for 20 minutes (under a shower cap if you have one, minus the shower) as a deep conditioner. Then rinse and wash hair as usual with shampoo and conditioner.
- Mix 1/4 cup organic apple cider vinegar with 1 cup water to use as clarifying shampoo, then follow with your usual conditioner.
- Use baking soda as all-natural shampoo.
- Use organic apple cider vinegar and honey as conditioner.
- Smooth dryer sheets over your hair to de-frizz mid-day.
- To remove stains from yellowed nails, scrub with whitening toothpaste (add lemon juice for extra bleaching power).
- Soak nails in olive oil for five minutes fordeep moisturizing.
- Mix lemon juice and baking soda towhiten your teeth.
Women love hair extensions because of the high quality of these synthetic hairs. Indeed, hair extensions look like real hair, which is a huge advantage for women with a need for additional hair. Brazilian hair extensions come from Brazil but also from others countries such as India. They look so real that it is sometimes difficult for other people, when they see them, to know that they are both artificial and fake hair. Hair extensions are also known as shoelace tips or cold fusions. To apply these extensions, hair stylists usually use either a pulling tool or a hook. This allowed them to pull their clients’ hair through a small micro ring. Brazilian hair extensions are then inserted into the micro ring, which gives a natural result at the end of the process. Hair stylists also use special pliers to compress the micro ring. This compression will hold the Brazilian hair extensions in good place. After the positioning of the Brazilian hair extensions, the hairstylist will proceed to the arrangement of the hair itself. The main advantage with Brazilian hair extensions is that women can request any hairstyle, regardless of its type. Indeed, they can do both wavy and straight hairstyles. Women are usually impressed by the change of their facial look after the positioning of Brazilian hair
extensions on their hair as they look like queens of beauty and their faces are very pretty to watch.
There are numerous varieties of Brazilian hair extensions. Indeed, women may find Brazilian hair extensions in several colors, from blond to black and from red to brown. It all depends on both their taste and what they need for their hairstyle. However, it is advised to ask for the advice of a certified hairstylist that can be found at any hair salon. One of the duties of the hairstylist is to perfectly know what is the best option for both the face and hair of customers. In addition, the hairstylist will take into consideration the health of the client’s hair, which is why most of the time they suggest that their clients do a hair treatment before the putting of Brazilian hair extensions. Some women keep their Brazilian hair extensions for a long time, which is not recommended unless they treat their hair on a frequent basis. Hairstylists recommend women to be very careful with the frequency at which they treat their hair.
However, even if all of the hairstylists like to present the different advantages of Brazilian hair extensions, women should sometimes be careful about real Brazilian hair extensions. Indeed, since the industry of Brazilian hair extensions is rising, there are many synthetic hair businesses that are also flourishing. As you might know, real Brazilian hair extensions are very expensive. This is partly due to the high quality of these extensions. Hairstylists recommend that women be aware of the existence of fake Brazilian hair extensions. Most of the time, fake Brazilian hair extensions are much cheaper than the real ones. The specialists such as hairstylists and frequent users of extensions can quickly identify fake Brazilian extensions due to their texture and look. Indeed, real Brazilian hair extensions have both a fine and light texture that are relatively easy to recognize.
Aside from your face, another part of the body that needs extra care is your hair. It needs nourishment in order for it to grow healthy and strong. Any hair types needs certain treatments and one of the most popular hair treatments that can benefit your hair is the keratin hair treatment. Keratin serves as the food of your hair. You need to feed your hair with nutrients it needs so it would look shiny and alive. There are a lot of environmental factors that can havoc your hair such as dust, heat, and moisture. To add luster and beauty to your hair make sure to feed your hair with daily doses of keratin treatment. The following contains information about the benefits of keratin to people’s hair.
A keratin hair treatment is the newest trend to make hair straighter without having any damages. More and more people want to try this revolutionary hair treatment that can transform you hair into very naturally looking healthy hair. If you are having a bad hair day every morning and it affects your life and everyday activity, maybe this is the right time to go to one of your favorite salons and have a keratin treatment for your hair.
• What is a keratin hair treatment? The human body can produce its own keratin but this process slows down as people age. Keratin is a natural substance that can be found in certain areas in the body such as hair, nails, teeth, and skin. Most often because of hair styling, keratin in the hair may be damaged because of harsh chemicals present in some of hair products that can be found on the market today. Applying products with the presence of keratin can quickly replenish the loss of keratin in your hair. This is an all natural product that comes from the wool of animals.
• How to maintain hair that is treated by keratin hair treatment? All people that have undergone the treatment need to wait for at least 72 hours before they can actually wash their hair. Remember that you have to free your hair from washing at least 3 days after. You need to keep your hair down always and that means that you do not have to use any ponytails, headbands, and bobby pins. After 72 hours you need to wash your hair with a special shampoo and conditioner. You can get these special products from the same salon where you had your treatment.
• What are the benefits of having keratin treatment? Most products that you can find over the counter contain harsh chemicals that can damage your hair. Keratin treatment, is made from natural substances that can turn your hair shinny and livelier. This treatment is also best for people who have undergone other hair treatments such as hair coloring.
Keratin treatment is considered as one of the best today, but the only downside of it is its cost. It is one of the most expensive hair treatments today. If you want to take advantage of this newest hair innovation it is better to start investing today.
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Hair by Naomi Burton @ TeamWedlock.com
Your plan of attack depends on the color of your circles. Look straight into a mirror in natural light, then lower your chin slightly to expose the shadows under your eyes. This way, you’ll see clearly whether your circles are more blue or more brown.
Blue Circles The cause: Blue circles result from oxygenated blood pooled beneath the under-eye skin. Skin here is very thin and almost transparent, so blood shows through. This is more noticeable in the morning: When we’ve been horizontal for a while, fluids accumulate and the veins expand to hold more blood. Blue circles may get worse with age. “As we get older, we lose subcutaneous fat, which can mask blueness below the surface of the skin,” says dermatologist Joshua Zeichner, the director of cosmetic and clinical research at Mount Sinai Medical Center, in New York City.
OTC treatments: There are a few options that work in different ways, though their effects last only a day at most. Topical creams with stimulating ingredients, like caffeine, can constrict blood vessels and temporarily boost circulation; potent hydrators, such as hyaluronic acid, plump the area, pushing the skin up and away from the pooled blood. Retinoic acid creams thicken the outer layer of the skin to conceal shadows. Another quick fix: products with stainless-steel rollerball-tip applicators. “The cool metal causes vessels to constrict,” says New York City dermatologist Eric Schweiger. To try: Philosophy Miracle Worker Eye Repair, which contains a high-performance retinoid; $65, philosophy.com. Lancôme Génifique Eye Light-Pearl has a metallic applicator; $68, lancome-usa.com. La Roche-Posay Hydraphase Intense Eyes uses firming caffeine and moisturizinghyaluronic acid; $33 at drugstores.
Professional treatments: A few other treatments approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for use on the rest of the face can effectively treat under-eye circles. One noninvasive solution is a cream with a prescription-strength retinoid. Blue circles can also be significantly diminished by a treatment called Thermage, which involves a high-tech handheld radio-frequency device. It is nonsurgical, requires no downtime, and is thought to increase the production of collagen, which builds up and tightens the skin. One session costs about $1,000, and the results last three to five years. Zeichner treats dark circles by injecting a hyaluronic acid filler, such as Juvéderm or Restylane, to plump the skin and hide blueness; the injections can last a year or longer and cost $700 to $900 a pop.
Brown Circles The cause: Brown circles result from hyperpigmentation, triggered by chronic eye-rubbing, sun exposure, or genetics. They are most prevalent among Asian and African American skin tones.
OTC treatments: Your best bet is daily use of a cream or serum spiked with a skin brightener, like soy or citrus, which can lighten circles over a period of four to six weeks. Avoid hydroquinone, a go-to lightener for sun spots and scars, as most dermatologists agree that it’s too heavy-duty for the eye area. To try: Murad Renewing Eye Cream brightens with citrus-unshiu peel; $75, murad.com.
Professional treatments: As with blue circles, there are treatments dermatologists use elsewhere on the face that can also lessen the look of brown circles. They respond well to low-concentration TCA (trichloroacetic acid) peels, which exfoliate. Plan on spending about $100 a treatment, and you may need several over a couple of months. For enhanced results, there are lasers, like the Q-switched or Fraxel, which destroy pigment cells and even out skin tone with a beam of light energy. Most circles lighten after two or three $500 sessions.
Preventive Measures Reason No. 734 to wear sunscreen: It will keep circles from returning after treatment and can also stop them from developing in the first place. Sun protection prevents skin from both thinning prematurely (exposing blueness) and tanning (getting browner). realsimple.com
Do you ever go to sleep with makeup on? Or maybe you bite your lip? Many of us are guilty of at least one bad skin habit. While they may seem harmless, these skin care no-nos can keep us from looking our best.
Fixing a faux pas
Maybe it’s something we suspect we shouldn’t do, such as using old makeup brushes. Or maybe it’s something we’ve never considered before, such as not changing our sheets and pillowcases enough. Nevertheless, no matter what the bad habit is, there are natural ways to get our skin glowing again!
This one falls under the “we know we shouldn’t do it” designation. Not only will tanning accelerate our skin’s aging process, leading to prematurely older-looking skin, but it can also lead to skin cancer—definitely not worth it.
If you crave a golden glow, opt for a natural bronzer or sunless tanner, available at natural health retailers. And always make sure to be sun-smart by using a natural mineral-based sunscreen when spending time in the sun.
Although regular exfoliation can remove dead, dull skin cells, not going overboard is key. Generally, exfoliating once or twice a week with a natural product (such as one made from oatmeal or sugar) is sufficient. And exfoliation should be avoided altogether for those with sensitive skin prone to allergic reactions, or in the middle of an acne breakout.
3: Wearing makeup to bed
Wearing makeup to bed can be tempting on late nights, but it’s a definite no-no. Sleeping with makeup on can clog our pores so our skin isn’t able to breathe, and not removing eye makeup may even lead to an allergic reaction or an eye infection.
Wash your face with a gentle cleanser for your skin type, and use a natural eye makeup remover—even on lazy evenings!
4: Biting lips
Licking or chewing on our lips can dehydrate them, leading to dried, cracked, and chapped lips, which can be even harder to leave alone. Although this problem can be exacerbated in the winter, it can happen all year long.
Stop the vicious cycle by investing in an exfoliating lip scrub to remove rough skin, and then keep lips moisturized with a natural lip balm. You’ll be less likely to chew on them if they’re soft and smooth.
5: Using old makeup brushes
Makeup brushes can be a breeding ground for bacteria if not properly cared for. Be sure to clean your makeup brushes at least once a month. Use a natural makeup brush cleaner or a gentle Castile soap, available at health food stores.
Other cosmetic TLC tips include always washing your hands before applying makeup and not sharing cosmetics or cosmetic applicators (be especially cautious when trying out colours at the beauty counter).
6: Not caring for neck and chest skin
Don’t let your skin care routine stop at your face. Our delicate décolletages (our necks and upper chests) are exposed to the elements just like our faces, so they can show signs of aging faster than areas we keep covered up.
Incorporate your neck and chest skin into your daily cleansing, toning, and moisturizing routine—and when you’re in the sun, make sure to wear your natural sunscreen on your décolletage as well.
7: Squeezing pimples
We may try to convince ourselves that popping or picking pimples helps, but in reality it only makes acne worse and can cause scarring. Plus, it can spread bacteria to other areas of the face, leading to more pimples.
Help clear up pimples naturally with a gel or wash made with tea tree oil. Another option is herbal preparations for the skin that contain thyme, which may have a greater antibacterial effect than prescription acne cremes, according to a new study.
8: Using too much product
When it comes to skin care, keep it simple. Although all skin types can benefit from a daily skin care routine that includes a gentle cleanser, toner, and lotion, piling on the products can irritate skin, especially when using products that all have differing formulas and purposes. See the sidebar below to learn which skin type you have and how to best care for it.
9: Taking very hot showers
Sure, hot showers can feel great (even this time of year, since—who are we kidding?—the cold weather isn’t over yet) but they can wreak havoc on our skin’s lipid barriers, leading to dry skin. Lukewarm water is also recommended for those suffering from eczema or dermatitis, as it is gentler on the skin. Keep your showers short and the temperature mild.
10: Not changing sheets and pillowcases often enough
Our pillowcases and sheets absorb oils from our skin, and they can reapply these oils and dirt onto our skin later on. Changing pillowcases and sheets frequently is especially important for those with oily, acne-prone skin.
Skin types 101
Our skin type helps us determine how to craft our daily skin care routine.
Skin with visible pores that looks shiny quickly can be classified as oily. Often, oily skin is also acne prone. Cleanse twice daily, but don’t be afraid of using moisturizer—a lightweight oil-free lotion can still benefit oily skin.
If your cheeks are dry, but your T-zone (forehead, nose, and cheeks) is oily, that’s combination skin. A gentle cleanser and midweight lotion works best with this skin type.
Dry skin can feel tight and is often flaky. A mild creme cleanser can help retain moisture, as can applying moisturizer while skin is still damp after washing.
Sensitive skin can often look red, inflamed, and dry, and can react to irritants with itchiness, burning, and blotchiness. Often, those with sensitive skin suffer from allergic or contact dermatitis, or rosacea.
Although each condition requires slightly different treatment, generally, sensitive skin benefits from products with minimal ingredients. Soothing ingredients such as camomile, aloe, and green tea polyphenols can help, but alcohol and fragrance should be avoided.
About the Author After writing this article, alive editor Leah Karpus vows to include her décolletage in her skin care routine and to clean her makeup brushes more often.