Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Feeling Stressed? Relax For Your Skin's Sake!

Feeling Stressed? Relax for your skin’s sake!

For years, stress has been deemed the cause of several health issues and is connected to numerous conditions. But did you know that one of the first places that stress targets and shows up on is your skin?

Think about it – the skin is our largest organ. As much as people think that stress causing skin problems is a myth, they are not!

Try to relax, practice positive thinking and your complexion will be better because of it.

If you are caught up with stress, beware of the following skin issues to look out for and how to relax your skin:

1)    Acne – There is a link between acne and stress and several research studies have proven this link. When you feel stressed, the increase in hormones throw off your body’s natural balance and it increases the amount of oil your skin secretes, which clogs pores and causes breakouts.

Acne Stress Solution – Start exfoliating to remove dead skin cells, unclog the pores and help stimulate new, fresh skin to grow

2)    Rashes – When you are under stress, your top layer of skin which acts as your natural barrier becomes impaired because of your body’s imbalance of chemicals that keep your skin hydrated and strong. Stress can even produce a protein that creates a bacteria, leading to conditions such as eczema and psoriasis

Rash Stress Solution – Create a daily moisturizing routine, where you use hypoallergenic lotions and creams to hydrate the skin. If your rash goes beyond dry, itchy skin, please seek medical attention from your doctor for prescription topical ointments.

3)    Severe Dermatitis – During stressful times, the stress hormone Cortisol kicks in, shutting down one part of the immune system. This makes you more susceptible to allergens, which cause severe skin conditions. These conditions range from extreme itching, hives and allergy lesions.

Dermatitis Stress Solution – Use organic skin care products to manage your complexion and keep your allergies in check. It is also important to seek medical attention from a dermatologist if you consistently experience breakouts of severe rashes and hives. Allergy testing may be advised as well to figure out the best course of treatment.

4)    Frown Lines – Frowning happens a lot when you are stressed and you will do it even when you don’t realize it. The constant scowl upon your face will leave you eventually with permanent fine lines.

Frown Line Stress Solution – Begin practicing an anti-aging skin care regime and even when times are harder than others, try to channel positive emotions and just smile!

5)    Dryness and Dullness – Stress reduces the lipid barrier that naturally makes our skin moisturized and radiant, allowing any natural moisture to evaporate. This leaves your skin dry, flaky and tired-looking.

Dryness and Dullness Stress Solution – Use skin care products containing Retinol to help remove dead skin cells. If your skin is too sensitive, use a gentle exfoliator. Begin incorporate daily moisturizer into your skin care routine to hydrate and help bring a brighter radiance to the skin.

Interesting Facts on Stress…

STRESS stands for Systematic Testing of Robustness by Evaluation of Synthesized Scenarios

Stressed spelled backwards is Desserts!

Stress did not exist and was not clearly defined until the 1950s

Monday, March 19, 2012

Get a Natural Look… even with Makeup!

Bronzer vs Blush
I like bronzer over blush for a more natural look. Bronzer gives you a light, sun-kissed glow that you naturally get from being outdoors. It's easy to apply because you can gently brush it all over your face, while blush can be limited to your cheek bones. To make sure you get the most natural look from your bronzer, test out various bronzers to find the right shade for your skin tone. The trick is to find one that makes you appear sun-kissed, not orange! Once you find the right bronzer for you, make sure to apply lighting to the face and remember to blend. Nothing is worse than uneven brushes of bronzer on your face.

Natural vs Neon 
Instead of jumping for the bright shades of red or gothic tones of dark browns, go for a light pink or nude-coloured lip gloss. It will give your lips a polished, shimmering look without being extremely beauty forward. Light or clear glosses are a key makeup product for any natural or daytime look. For those who are not into glosses, go with a simple lip balm to keep your pout smooth and soft looking.

Hydration vs Foundation
Always use a moisturizer on your face before you even think of applying foundation or any makeup in general. Without moisturizing, your makeup becomes dry, flaky looking and will give your skin the unnatural, caked-on look. Moisturizing will keep your skin hydrated and create a smooth surface for your makeup to go on flawlessly.  Want the best of both worlds?  Try our Collagen Tinted Moisturizer. (Also available in a 15ml mini size!)

Browns vs Blacks
One simple way to get a natural look is to tone down what you use for your eye makeup. Instead of using black eyeliner, black mascara and dark eye shadows, go with lighter, earthy tones. Use light brown eyeliner to highlight your eyes. Embrace the light brown and taupe shades for eye shadow to brighten your eye areas. Change to brown mascara for daytime so it gives the lashes a lift without a dark and dramatic evening look. This will enhance your eyes without giving you a formal look.

Dab Your Concealer.  Don’t Smear!
Concealer works best when it is used as a spot treatment in your makeup routine. For dark circles under your eyes or blemishes, lightly dab to cover up or brighten the affected areas. If you smear it on, it will go on unevenly and create unnatural blotches on your skin. Also, dabbing over smearing will help the concealer last longer on your face. 

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Monday, March 05, 2012

Beautifying Your Brows:

Uncovering The Right Eyebrow Shape for Your Face

Many people look to the eyebrow as something minuscule when it comes to maintaining their appearance. However, eyebrows are the key complement to the eyes. When cleanly shaped, the brows draw attention to the eyes by framing and making them appear larger and more open.

To get beautiful brows, take 10 minutes, gather a good pair of tweezers, a pencil or thin handled makeup brush, a brow brush and brow finishing gel and follow these steps to pluck your way to perfection:

1)    To begin, brush your brows so they are all going in the correct direction and are ready for shaping.

2)    Take a pencil or a thin handled makeup brush and hold it vertically against the side of your nose, noticing where it meets the brow. This point is where your brow should begin. Once lined up, gently pluck away excess hairs that go beyond the pencil towards the middle of the top of your nose.

3)    Next, hold the pencil or makeup brush against your nostril and move it diagonally across the outer half of the iris (coloured part) of your eye. The area where it meets the brow is the best place for the peak of your arch. When tweezing, taper the ling slight thinner toward the peak. This will give you the ideal shape for you.

4)    Lastly, hold the pencil or makeup brush against your nostril and extend it diagonally to the outer corner of your eye. The area where it meets the brow is the best place for your brow end. Finish off the look by tapering the line even thinner from the arch to the end, polishing off the end of the brow.

In order to uncover your ideal brow shape further, find your face shape and see the brow shape examples:

Here are other helpful tweezing and post-tweezing tips:

  • Invest in quality tools – only use quality tweezers, scissors and a proper pencil or thin handled makeup brush to ensure your brows are plucked to perfection.

  • Tweeze after your shower or apply a warm compress to brows before – the warm water and steam opens the follicles and softens the hair, helping them slip out more easily without discomfort.

  • Use a regular mirror for brow shaping – Magnifying mirrors can trick you and make it look like there is more hair to remove than necessary, leading to overplucking. Use a regular mirror in a well-lit space and keep stepping back during the shaping to see the overall appearance of your brows.

  • Finish off your perfectly shaped brows with an eyebrow gel – eyebrow gels smoothes out the hair and keeps coarse hair from curling


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