Posted in Beauty on August 9, 2014

back-to-school-beautyAugust marks the end of many of our summer vacations so it is time to start thinking about refreshing your look for back to school.

There are a few tricks you can use to help keep your sun kissed glow while ensuring your skin looks healthy and vibrant. Water washes away many of our skin’s natural oils which means that your dip in the pool, lake or ocean may actually be depriving your skin of much needed moisture. It is important to use a waterproof suntan lotion with SPF of at least 15 to prevent long term damage. After your swim be sure to apply a moisturizer to replenish the natural oils which you have lost. This will keep skin looking fresh and help to fend off peeling from overexposure to the sun. If you do have a touch of facial sunburn you can mix skin matching foundation with your lotion to help hide the redness. It is also helpful to use a gentle exfoliator on your face and body when you’re in the shower. This will help to wash away dead skin cell and keep you looking dewy and luminous.

beack-to-school-beauty-tipsA common post-vacation problem can be frizzy and damaged hair. The chlorine in pools can wreak havoc on your hair and cause split ends and color fading. Using a deep conditioning treatment once a month and a hair repair treatment before using a blow dryer or flat iron will help to reduce dryness and repair damaged ends. It will also help to lock color into your hair which means you won’t have to book a last minute trip to the beauty salon the day after vacation! Using products in your hair can result in build-up. By only applying conditioning treatments to the lower half of your tresses you can avoid them looking weighed down. Washing your hair with a clarifying shampoo once every seven to ten days will also keep your locks looking cleaner for longer.

There are things you can do on a daily basis to ensure you don’t fall victim to any of the above beauty problems. Many of us forget to clean our make-up brushes and rarely clear out our make-up cabinets to rid them of old products. Both of these oversights can lead to bacteria building up resulting in skin break-outs and rashes. To clean your tools, run make-up brushes under lukewarm water, gently massage the bristles with shampoo and then rinse. When the brush is thoroughly clean, the water running through your brush should run clear. Place the brushes on a towel and allow them to dry for a couple of hours.

Hopefully, the above tips will help you return to your school or work looking happy, healthy and beautiful. However, should you realize you’re getting a dreaded pimple the night before your post-vacation debut, dab a bit of toothpaste on it and let it sit overnight. It should be zapped by morning leaving you ready to face the world!

Posted in Beauty on March 14, 2014

Our grandparents had just a couple of choices as far as skin cleansers go; that’s what was available and the choice was made instantly. What happens now when we go to the supermarket to buy our toiletries? We are bamboozled out of our wits and can’t pick out one cleanser to dump in our shopping carts. With an avalanche of soaps, body washes and scrubs lining the shelves, it is hard for us to make our choices- some benefit us in one way and others benefit us in another. Read on to know what to keep in mind when next time you go out shopping.

When we talk about a soap bar, it is usually used for the purpose of cleansing only, without any focus on moisturizing, exfoliating, etc. Consumers do agree that a soap bar does contain ingredients that dry out the skin to make it flaky. But with manufacturers running the rat race, different ingredients are added to a soap bar to make it much more than just a cleanser. A bar of soap can now wash away germs, exfoliate and do multi-tasking.  Body washes are gentle cleansers that are fragranced and moisturizing. They are mostly non anti-bacterial and are used only when the purpose is to get clean and fresh and not to get rid of excess oil, etc. A scrub is an exfoliating cleanser, which scraps off old skin cells. It usually consists of ingredient that is coarse and can remove dead skin (apricot, sugar particles, etc.)

Now, how will you choose the ideal one for you? Firstly, read the ingredients of the cleanser before buying and strike out the ones that you are allergic to (aloe vera, lime juice, etc.). If your skin is oily and produces excess sebum then go for a soap bar, which will tackle the oily skin and deep cleanse. The soap must be anti-bacterial and fragranced to prevent oil and germ attack. For dry skins, go for body wash as it will moisturize and cleanse your skin. If you are allergic to artificial fragrance then go for fragrance-free body washes. If you think you are an outdoor person and tend to accumulate dead skin very soon then buy either a soap bar with scrub qualities or a simple scrub to make your skin smooth and shiny. Keep all the above in mind and go with a clear head when next time you are out shopping.

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