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How to Get Soft Skin

How to Keep Your Skin Moisturized

With the summer months behind us, colder temps are starting to wreak havoc on our skin, especially in the beginning since we haven’t really adjusted to our winter routines. But, just like a car needs winter maintenance, so does our skin.

With the temperatures dropping more and more each day, our skin tends to become dryer and flakier. That’s why during the colder months, we need to change our routines and use more heavy-duty products. Here’s how to get super soft skin in the winter, and keep it that way all throughout!

Step 1

While in the shower, use a gentle exfoliator to slough off dead skin cells. There’s no point in putting on a ton of moisturizer if you have a ton of dead cells just laying around – it just won’t take. I usually exfoliate every other day, but you can also do it once or twice a week depending on how harsh or soft your exfoliating beads/granules are. Also, use a pumice stone for your heels. TIP: Although you might be tempted to, make sure your water isn’t too hot – that will only dry out your skin even more!

Step 2

Use a deep moisturizing body wash, like Dove’s Deep Moisture, to really seal in your body’s moisture. After you’ve finished showering, don’t wait more than 5 minutes to apply a good, thick body lotion. It’s better if your skin is still a little damp because that’s when the moisturizer will penetrate your skin best. Use a body butter rather than a lotion – it’s thicker and highly recommended for dry, cold months. Pay special attention to knees, elbows, and feet!

Step 3

Keep a travel sized lotion in your bag so that your hands can get some TLC throughout your day. Before bed, apply lotion to your arms (especially your elbows), as well as your feet. TIP: To really seal in the moisture, apply an extra amount of lotion to your feet and slip on a pair of thick socks before bed. When you wake up, your tootsies will look and feel incredible!

Oily Complexion

How to Control Shine

A face full of oil and shine is never a good thing, especially when it shows up in pictures. During the summer months, our complexions tend to be a little greasier than usual and so it’s important to know how to keep shine at bay and also how to get rid of it once it forms.

Controlling Shine

If you have oily/combination skin, it’s a good idea to stick to lighter/airier foundations such as mousses and mineral powders. Apply only where needed and stick to light moisturizers as well. In the summer, keep your makeup to a minimum, especially if it’s very humid out as the more makeup you put on, the more oil will accumulate on your skin.

Getting Rid of Shine


If by the end of the night your face feels a little oily, there are a few things you can do to keep the shine at bay. Keep blotting papers in your bag and use them throughout the night. Personally, I love Clean and Clear’s Oil Absorbing Sheets as they feel very silky to the touch and also absorb sweat as well.

If you find that the blotting sheets are too expensive, another really good alternative is to use toilet seat covers. I know it sounds kinda gross, but the paper is actually very absorbent and absolutely perfect for blotting oil.

 

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How to Get a Summer Glow in Under 2 Days

Booked a last minute vacay and now you’re strapped for time? With everything else you have on your plate, the last thing you wanna do is spend your time in a tanning bed which let’s face it, isn’t too good for your skin. I’ll show you how you can get a beautiful summer glow in less than 2 days…for whatever you have coming up!

In 2 Days:

If you have less than 2 days to get a nice tan, use L’Oreal Sublime Bronze which is a self tanning gel. This is a great self tanner because it absorbs quickly and gives you a nice, natural glow. Just make sure to exfoliate your skin before applying!

In 1 Day:

Use Guerlain’s Terracotta Serum to get a fast glow in just one day. Just put a few drops in your moisturizer and apply to your face and neck, or wherever you want a summer glow.

Today!

For a quick 2 minute summer glow mix gel and powder bronzers.  First, apply a matte gel all over your skin. Then, dust a shimmery bronzer everywhere the sun would naturally hit you like the bridge of your nose, collarbones, forehead, front of thighs, and cheekbones.

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5 Ways to Get Rid of a Pimple

Pimples…they come at the best of times, don’t you think so? Usually when you have a big event coming up, or you’re sleeping over at your man’s and you wake up with some rather unflattering red bumps. In either case, pimples are a nuisance and we need to put a stop to them NOW! Can you tell I’m enraged? I woke up this morning to a nice surprise on my face, but, thankfully I have my tools ready! Here are 5 ways to get rid of a pesky pimple…stat!

1. Benzyol Peroxide


…is my best friend! I carry this little tube of miracles in my bag all the time. Just apply to the pimple and it will greatly reduce the size and redness in no time.

2. Ice, Ice, Baby


Ok, so I’ve been watching Glee too much, but ice is actually a great way to reduce those massive surprise pimples. Just put some ice in a baggy and hold it against the pimple for about 10 minutes. This is actually called freezing a pimple..take that!

3. Toothpaste


This trick is as old as they get, but just make sure you use white toothpaste and not the blue, swirly kind because it won’t work as well. Usually the toothpaste on the pimple trick works best when you apply it at night and sleep on it…it’ll dry it right out!

4. Drying Cream


One of my favorite products in the world is Mario Badescu’s Drying Cream because it works miracles. Not only is this cream a lifesaver when it comes to minimizing pimples in record time, but it also works amazingly as a pimple concealer. So you can wear it underneath your foundation, making it almost non-existant,  while it is doing its job of drying out the pimple…genius!

5. Tea Bag


Tea bags are another excellent way to reduce the size and redness of a pimple. Just boil some water, dip a tea bag in it (green tea works best), let it steep, and apply the tea bag to the pimple.

7 Ways to get a Beautiful Complexion

7 Ways to Get a Beautiful Complexion

Beautiful, flawless skin doesn’t just happen overnight. It takes work, perseverance, and most of all, patience. Here are 7 ways to get beautiful skin…keep these up and within a few weeks you’ll have amazing skin.

#1. Cleanse Morning and Night

One of the most important steps in skin care is to cleanse your skin every single morning and every single night before bed. If you fall asleep with your makeup on, you’re basically giving bacteria a perfect breeding ground and you’ll wake up with some unwanted pimples.

#2. Know Your Skin Type

Whether your skin is dry, oily, or combination, you need to get the right products for your skin type. So if you have oily skin for example, make sure that your cleansers, toners, and moisturizers are designed for oily skin. Also, make sure your foundation matches up with your skin tone. Again, if you have oily skin you should stay away from heavy, cakey foundations and instead go with minerals.

#3. Exfoliate

Exfoliating gets rid of dead skin cells that can accumulate on your skin. This is important not only for your complexion but the rest of your body as well. Your skin cannot absorb creams and lotions if it has a layer of dead skin cells hanging around. Get a good, gentle exfoliator that you can use 2-3 times a week. Wet your face, and exfoliate very gently. If you’re too rough on your skin, you’ll just end up breaking the soft tissue and that’s when bacteria starts harboring.

#4. Drink Plenty of Water

Keeping a healthy diet is one of the most important things when it comes to skin. So if you want a beautiful, glowing complexion it’s important that you consume at least 8 glasses of water a day. Oh and, no smoking! Smoking is not only horrible for your skin, but also for your hair, and well…pretty much everything else!

#5. Let Your Skin Breathe

If you must wear a concealer and foundation every day, make sure you remove it as soon as you get home. The longer you wear foundation, the more you clog your pores so if you don’t need to wear it, don’t! If you do, just make sure you give your skin a breather and go without any foundation or concealer whenever you’re at home.

#6. Take Vitamins

I’m not much for taking pills, but vitamins are very important and there’s just no way we can get all of required our vitamins and minerals in one day. To get beautiful skin make sure you take vitamins A, C, D, and E daily. An easier alternative would be to just take a daily multivitamin to help ensure you’re getting all of the nutrients your skin and body needs.

#7. Pamper Your Skin

Find time once a week to pamper your skin from head to toe. Exfoliate, moisturizer, and prepare an all-natural mask. This avocado and carrot cream mask is one of my favorites not only because it’s all natural but because it actually works. The avocado combined with the carrots leaves your skin feeling soft, fresh, and young again, so don’t forget to take some time out for yourself in indulge a little!

The Benefits of Aloe Vera

The Benefits of Aloe Vera

Having Aloe Vera in your home is about as important as having rubbing alcohol or band-aids. Aloe Vera has tons of beneficial uses, especially when it comes to beauty. Acting as not only an after-burn treatment, Aloe Vera can help you with numerous beauty conundrums that you never thought it could.


The Top Benefits of Aloe Vera

Of course you already know this, but Aloe Vera is essential to have for burns. Whether you’re applying it to an actual burn or sun-burnt skin, Aloe Vera is your #1 rescue for fast relief of pain.

It keeps your tan longer. Say you’re on vacation somewhere hot and you’re out on the beach tanning everyday, applying Aloe Vera at night can help your tan stay on longer. So make sure you slather on that Aloe Vera at the end of the night not only to soothe your skin but also to keep up that glowing tan.

As hair gel. Ok, so it may not be salon quality hair gel, but if you ever need some Aloe Vera is also there to help you with your hair. I’ve actually used it as hair gel a few times and I really liked it. It didn’t leave my strands feeling sticky or hard so why not?

It helps diminish pimples. There is no cheaper way to diminish pimples than with Aloe Vera. And while I’ve never actually tried it myself, I know a few friends who have and they actually use it all the time now. The properties in Aloe Vera help to minimize redness and pimples so make sure you give it a try!

It reduces redness and inflammation. Got a bug bite? Aloe Vera can take care of that too!

Last but not least, it’s cheap! Just make sure to get one that is 100% Aloe Vera to get the full benefits. Aloe Vera should not cost more than $5 and with all the things you do can with it, I say it pretty much pays for itself!

Applying self-tanner

How to Apply Self-Tanner

Self-tanner can be a little tricky to use, but it sure beats the risks of tanning beds. So instead of frying your skin or take the risk of getting melanoma, it’s best to just use self-tanner and get a beautiful, healthy glow. Unfortunately, self-tanner isn’t so easy to apply since it can leave streaks, look too orange, or just flake after a few days. But follow these tips step-by-step and I’ll guarantee you’ll have a beautiful glowing tan in less than a week!

Step 1: Choose the Right Self-Tanner

There are many self-tanners on the market today, so you need to choose which one is right for you. If you have fair skin, you might want to start with a subtle self-tanner and one that is specifically designed for fair skin. If you’re already tanned, it’s much easier because you can just use a darker self-tanner and there are less chances that you’ll get orange or streaky. Also, if you’re strapped for time, go for a self-tanner is spray form…it’s much easier and faster to apply.

Step 2: Shave and Exfoliate

This is extremely important as you should never ever apply self-tanner without exfoliating. Exfoliating your skin removes dead skin cells which otherwise if not removed could leave you with flaky skin, orange streaks, and eventually your fake tan will just flake away within 2-3 days. So make sure you use a gentle exfoliator or exfoliating gloves everywhere where you want to apply the self tanner. Pay special attention to rough areas such as knees, elbows, and ankles. After exfoliating, you should also shave if you haven’t already waxed. It’s much easier for the self-tanner to go on without a hitch if your skin is smooth and free of any hair.

Step 3: Pat Dry and Apply

It’s best to apply your self-tanner right after getting out of the shower…your skin will absorb it much faster. First, pat your skin dry with a clean towel. If you have very fair skin, I suggest mixing in a little bit of moisturizer with your self-tanner, at least just for the first few days so you avoid going orange. If you’re using a cream self-tanner, make sure to rub it into your skin just like you would with a moisturizer until it is well absorbed. Make sure you cover every inch and that you apply it evenly so you can avoid streaks. If you’re using a spray self-tanner it’s much easier, because you can do your back all by yourself. Just mist a few times and step backwards. Do this 2-3 times to ensure good coverage. Most importantly, make sure you wash your hands with warm water and soap after applying it.

Step 4: Wait to Dry

After you’ve applied your self-tanner, make sure you have at least 10 minutes for it to dry. Do not put on any clothes, robes, towel, or whatever you have. Make sure you air dry thoroughly before dressing because it can stain fabrics. Most self-tanners suggest less than 5 minutes but I like to be sure and wait out the full 10 minutes. And there you have it! Repeat this step every day (I like to do this before going to bed…there’s more time available) and you should have a beautiful glow in less than a week!

Eyebrow Threading

Eyebrow Threading: Yay or Nay?

So a few weeks ago I went to get my eyebrows threaded and I must say I was pleasantly surprised! I usually just pluck my own eyebrows because I hate waiting in between..the strays just drive me crazy, but I thought I’d give it a shot anyways.

All I can say is…wow! My brows have never looked better. I’ve had them waxed at professional salons before, but nothing compared to the threading! I must admit it hurt a little bit…ok, A LOT, at one point I thought I was going to cry then pass out. But, that went away in just a few seconds, so don’t let that scare you..it’s totally worth it!

It is a little bit more expensive than waxing though, I paid $12…well $15 with the tip, whereas a wax is only $5, so it’s actually triple. But, if you have eyebrow threading available in your area, I suggest you go out and do it. They do such an amazing job and the shape is just amazing. So I say yaaay! to eyebrow threading. What are your thoughts on it?