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Winter is fast approaching and let’s face it – it doesn't agree with our skin. Cold temperatures, dry air and harsh winds sap our skin of its natural oils and leave it dry and stressed.
Though it's not only the weather that can harm our skin, there are various other factors too – changes in the daily routine, eating fat and sugar in large amounts, stress – can cause an occasional breakout, tightness and not to mention, dullness.
But fret not. You can reduce these effects by taking a few precautions in your daily skin care routine.
· CHANGE YOUR ROUTINE. It goes without saying that your routine for the summer days won't work for the winter days as well. In the winter, your skin is going to need more moisture than the usual, so it's better to use cream instead of the lotion that you use in the summers.
· CHOOSING YOUR CLEANSER. Cleansers are known to strip your skin of the natural oils and to dry it out and to lead to more visible lines and wrinkles. So, it's best to choose your cleanser correctly after doing a thorough research.
· EXFOLIATE. It is recommended to exfoliate your skin as exfoliating brings back that youthful glow to your skin that often gets lost during the winter months.
· PROTECTION. Though the winters appear to be less sunny than the summers, keep in mind that the harmful UV rays are still out there. It is recommended to use a sunscreen containing zinc oxide to protect your skin; and of course, not to forget wearing protective hats and clothing.
· SHORTENING THE SHOWERS. Even though hot water feels great in the winters, it saps the skin of its natural oils. It is best to limit your long and hot shower and baths to once or twice a week and to choose lukewarm the other times.
Also, it is advised to apply moisturizer on the skin immediately after patting it dry.
· EATING RIGHT. It is recommended to avoid simple sugars as well as carbohydrates that are known to stimulate reactions in the skin and which in turn can lead to breakouts. Avoid these during in daily routine, and you will see a substantial change in your skin.
· WEARING GLOVES. It is our hands which suffer the most during the winters as we wash them more than usual I order to avoid the germs that can cause infections. It is best to take moisturizer with you daily and apply it regularly along with wearing gloves to protect the skin on your hands so as to protect them from the harsh winter weather.
· USING A HUMIDIFIER. It goes without saying that air dries out as the winter comes. The dryer the air, the more it steals the skin's moisture.
If by any chance you live in a dry climate, then, it's better to use a humidifier, particularly in your bedroom at night.
· REJUVENATION. A superb time to provide your skin with more nutrients is during the winter months so that it can withstand the stress of the winters.
· TRYING A SUGAR SCRUB ON THE LIPS. Chapped lips are the bane of the winters. You want to get rid of dry and flaky skin? Then why not try a homemade sugar scrub?
To make a homemade sugar scrub, you only need to mix in some regular sugar with some jojoba, coconut oil and then rub it gently on the lips once a day. You can also add in honey for healing properties and then follow up with a nourishing lip balm.
1) Glowing Skin: Ingredients- 1-Egg White; 2-teaspoons of lemon juice; ½-tablespoon of honey
Mix the egg white & lemon juice by whisking it with a fork until the liquid becomes foamy. Add the honey and then mix again.
Prep: Wash your face with warm water to allow the pores to open. Place mask on your face and allow it to sit for 10-15 minutes. Then wash off and pat your face dry. Lastly, don't forget to MOISTURIZE!!!
2) Soothing Skin: Ingredients- 1 tablespoon ground oats; 1-teaspoon honey; 1-teaspoon yogurt
Finely grind your oats (powder like texture), grab a mixing bowl to place your oats in and add your honey + yogurt. MIX TOGETHER!
Prep: Start with a clean face and apply your mask. Leave the mask on for 10-15 minutes. Wash off with cool water and BAM!
3) Hydrated Skin: Ingredients- 10-strawberries, ¼-bee pollen, 3-tablespoons of raw honey, 1-tablespoon olive oil mayonnaise, 3-drops of lavender essential oil
Simply mix (whisk) all your ingredients and apply to a fresh face. Leave mask on for 20 minutes then rise off with warm water.
Happy Skin, Happy Life... Right?!
1. Vitamin E Oil: Has an anti-aging effect on the skin, helps prevent dryness by stopping water loss from the skin, can reduce scaring and help stop stretch marks from appearing. I mean the list goes on. This it definitely one of my faves!
2. Coconut Oil: Not only does this oil smell good but it also helps fight cancer. Coconut oil can be used for cooking your favorite foods as well as moisturizing your hair. Is there anything coconut oil can’t do?
3. Argon Oil: Can be used as both a toner and nighttime moisturizer. Acne? Razor bumps? Stretch Marks? No problem, just apply some argon oil to your problem area and let it work its magic.
4. Castor Oil: Fighting hair loss or tired of having thin hair? Castor oil has been proven to help with both. Just apply some oil to where you feel you need the help and massage into your scalp and hair. The antifungal and antibacterial properties help the fight against dandruff, scalp infections, and improves circulation which will allow hair grow.
5. Fish Oil: Eww ! I know it sounds horrible right, but it’s actually very good for you. Fish oil capsules contain omega-3 fatty acids that have been proven to aid the body with weight loss, fertility, healthy pregnancy, healthy skin, bone health, boosted energy, and mood support.
As Makeup Artists, one of our challenges when working with clients through winter months is that most of the time they have chapped or dry lips. This makes applying a straight lip line, or having the lip color look smooth challenging. This is because we don't have a flat sure to work on leaving the lips looking flaky, dry and really not pretty. Below are 10 things you can do daily to prevent this from happening during the winter months.
- Turn on your humidifier at night- Let's face it, the heat and staying in orders more during the winter months take a toll on your skin- extra moisture in the air while you sleep will do good for keeping your lips as well as the rest of the skin on your body plump and hydrated. Think humid like the summer months and how moist your skin looks.
- Drink that water- refer to our last blog post on why and how much, this works just as good for your lips!
- Exfoliate- the easiest is while in the shower take your index finger and rub back and forth on your lips, the rubbing motion will get rid of that dead skin on your lips without adding anything extra except your finger and the water. Daily will keep your lips nice and smooth.
- Place a lip balm in your bag, desk and coat and apply several times a day. Having it withing hands reach will make it easy to make sure you are applying. Something that has a natural oil works best (shea butter, almond oil)
- Before you wash your face, apply a lip balm because your cleanser, if it has any type of salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide may disrupt the PH levels on your lips.
- Don't lick your lips, this tends to dry them out rather than hydrate them. Your saliva has acids that are great to break down your foods but can wreak havoc on the thin skin on your lips.
- If your lips are dry- stay away from the matte lip colors, liquid lipsticks and anything else that is drying. Use products that have lip conditioners are are labeled hydrating for now until your lips are back in shape.
- Don't drink OJ, Grapefruit juices, or anything else that is acidic/citrus until your dryness goes away.
- If you are out in the cold weather, wear a scarf over your mouth the extreme temperatures can dry you out as well.
- VASELINE! Yes it works, you can use this on your lips, feet, elbows and anywhere else you see dry flaky skin.
Truth: Water is essential for good health but the amount you need varies from person to person... Check out this article from MayoClinic Below on why.
How much water should you drink each day? It's a simple question with no easy answers. Studies have produced varying recommendations over the years, but in truth, your water needs depend on many factors, including your health, how active you are and where you live.
Although no single formula fits everyone, knowing more about your body's need for fluids will help you estimate how much water to drink each day.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF WATER
Water is your body's principal chemical component and makes up about 60 percent of your body weight. Every system in your body depends on water. For example, water flushes toxins out of vital organs, carries nutrients to your cells, and provides a moist environment for ear, nose and throat tissues.
Lack of water can lead to dehydration, a condition that occurs when you don't have enough water in your body to carry out normal functions. Even mild dehydration can drain your energy and make you tired
What about the advice to drink 8 glasses a day?
Everyone has heard the advice, "Drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day." That's about 1.9 liters, which isn't that different from the Institute of Medicine recommendations. Although the "8 by 8" rule isn't supported by hard evidence, it remains popular because it's easy to remember. Just keep in mind that the rule should be reframed as: "Drink eight 8-ounce glasses of fluid a day," because all fluids count toward the daily total.
Factors that influence water needs
You may need to modify your total fluid intake depending on how active you are, the climate you live in, your health status, and if you're pregnant or breast-feeding.
- Exercise. If you exercise or engage in any activity that makes you sweat, you need to drink extra water to compensate for the fluid loss. An extra 1.5 to 2.5 cups (400 to 600 milliliters) of water should suffice for short bouts of exercise, but intense exercise lasting more than an hour (for example, running a marathon) requires more fluid intake. How much additional fluid you need depends on how much you sweat during exercise, and the duration and type of exercise.
- Intense exercise. During long bouts of intense exercise, it's best to use a sports drink that contains sodium, as this will help replace sodium lost in sweat and reduce the chances of developing hyponatremia, which can be life-threatening. Also, continue to replace fluids after you're finished exercising.
- Environment. Hot or humid weather can make you sweat and requires additional intake of fluid. Heated indoor air also can cause your skin to lose moisture during wintertime. Further, altitudes greater than 8,200 feet (2,500 meters) may trigger increased urination and more rapid breathing, which use up more of your fluid reserves.
- Illnesses or health conditions. When you have fever, vomiting or diarrhea, your body loses additional fluids. In these cases, you should drink more water. In some cases, your doctor may recommend oral rehydration solutions, such as Gatorade, Powerade or CeraLyte. You may also need increased fluid intake if you develop certain conditions, including bladder infections or urinary tract stones. On the other hand, some conditions, such as heart failure and some types of kidney, liver and adrenal diseases, may impair excretion of water and even require that you limit your fluid intake.
- Pregnancy or breast-feeding. Women who are pregnant or breast-feeding need additional fluids to stay hydrated. Large amounts of fluid are used especially when nursing. The Institute of Medicine recommends that pregnant women drink about 10 cups (2.3 liters) of fluids daily and women who breast-feed consume about 13 cups (3.1 liters ) of fluids a day.
Beyond the tap: Other sources of water
You don't need to rely only on what you drink to meet your fluid needs. What you eat also provides a significant portion of your fluid needs. On average, food provides about 20 percent of total water intake. For example, many fruits and vegetables, such as watermelon and spinach, are 90 percent or more water by weight.
In addition, beverages such as milk and juice are composed mostly of water. Even beer, wine and caffeinated beverages — such as coffee, tea or soda — can contribute, but these should not be a major portion of your daily total fluid intake. Water is still your best bet because it's calorie-free, inexpensive and readily available.
Staying safely hydrated
Generally, if you drink enough fluid so that you rarely feel thirsty and your urine is colorless or light yellow — and measures about 6.3 cups (1.5 liters) or more a day if you were to keep track — your fluid intake is probably adequate. If you're concerned about your fluid intake or have health issues, check with your doctor or a registered dietitian. He or she can help you determine the amount of water that's right for you.
To ward off dehydration and make sure your body has the fluids it needs, make water your beverage of choice. It's also a good idea to:
- Drink a glass of water or other calorie-free or low-calorie beverage with each meal and between each meal
- Drink water before, during and after exercise
Although uncommon, it is possible to drink too much water. When your kidneys are unable to excrete the excess water, the electrolyte (mineral) content of the blood is diluted, resulting in low sodium levels in the blood, a condition called hyponatremia. Endurance athletes, such as marathon runners who drink large amounts of water, are at higher risk of hyponatremia. In general, though, drinking too much water is rare in healthy adults who eat an average American diet.
Fall Makeup Trends off the Runway
Spice up your everyday makeup look this fall by applying the makeup trends listed below that were worn on the models during fashion week.
1. Deep Red Lips: Red lips are always a classic look however instead of a bright red lip opt for a deeper hue along the lines of red wine.
2. Straight Black Liner: Black eyeliner was featured in many unique and abstract ways on the runway. From deer eyes at the Rochas show to upside triangles at the Anthony Vaccarello show. These looks are not recommend off the runway but the straight eyeliner seen at Oscar de la Renta's show definitely is. Wing out your liner in a straight line from the end of your eye to achieve this look.
3. Blush Apples: Say bye to highlighting and contouring and say hello to rosy cheeks. Getting this look at home is quite easy, apply warm peach or rose shades of blush to the apples of your cheeks.
4. Soft Smokey Eye: Blend your eyeshadow and then blend some more to make any eyeshadow color look soft.
5. Metal Shadows: Stick to shades of bronze, gold or silver when it comes to eyeshadows this fall.
Clearly, the goal this fall is to enhance your already beautiful features in a very effortlessly manner to achieve a soft look.
#1 EAT PROTEIN: Protein is a must for healthy hair and one of the first tips to help stop your hair from falling out is to eat more protein, preferably from really good sources. Protein should be eaten in forms with all essential amino acids. They help produce collagen in the #body and hair is made of collagen fibers. Without sufficient protein, your #hair will be weak, dry and break off at the drop of a hat. Good sources include wild fish,organic chicken, pastured organic eggs, organic non-fat yogurt, organic grass-fed beef, hemp seeds, almonds, spirulina, #chia seeds and vegan protein powder.
#2 EAT ENOUGH FAT: You can’t skimp on fat and have healthy hair. Your hair will be lifeless without good sources of fat, and it will be lackluster in shine. It will also be more prone to breaking and #split ends. Eat good sources from hemp seeds, #chia seeds, flaxseeds, almonds, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, coconut, coconut oil, avocados, cashews, Brazil nuts, 100% cacao, and pecans. All these are excellent for you and your #hair! Don’t count your fat grams. Eat 2 tbsp. at every meal you eat.
#3 WATCH YOUR SUGAR: Sugar actually breaks down collagen in the #body - in your hair, skin and nails. This is bad news for wrinkles, strong nails, and strong #hair. Avoid it like the plague and choose naturally sweet foods or sugar-free alternatives like stevia.
#4 WASH YOUR HAIR EVERY OTHER DAY: Washing your hair everyday can cause it to fall out quickly. It aggravates the scalp and increases how much you pull, tug and have to dry and comb through your wet hair. Wet hair is most susceptible to breakage above all other methods. Washing every other day still keeps you pretty clean and will increase the life and strength of your #hair.
#5 USE A DETANGLING COMB: I love the Goody brand detangling combs. They are wonderful for preventing tearing to your hair, but they also help brush through the hair without causing damage of any kind, not just tearing. They won’t cause knots, tangles, or even cause #split ends like some combs can. Comb through your #hair wet or dry with these. They’re not expensive and worth every penny!
#6 GET ENOUGH ZINC: If you’re doing #everything right but still not having success, try taking a zinc supplement of at least 15 mg. or more. Zinc is a mineral that is wonderful for your hair and increases the length and strength of your #hair. Sometimes, zinc from our food isn’t absorbed as efficiently as a supplement is for a variety of reasons.
#7 TAKE BIOTIN: Biotin is B vitamin found in egg yolks and other animal sources of protein. If you’re vegan, I suggest taking a supplement. Biotin is in the hair, skin and nails vitamin that many #people know about. It is very important to increase the rate and strength at which your #hair grows. You can buy a supplement of at least 1000mcg to see good results in a month if taken daily.
#8 AVOID STRESS: Of course this sounds impossible, but sometimes it's what is best for your health and your hair. Stress is a known factor in #hair loss, so try avoiding stressful situations or find little ways to relax like meditating, working out, reading, or whatever it is that helps to calm you down. By avoiding stress your hair should stop falling out as much, because there is a good #chance that's why it's falling out in the first place.
#9 MINIMIZE HEAT EXPOSURE: It's normal these days for women to blow dry, curl, flat iron, and do a lot of other #things to their hair that involves heat, but it's really not good for your hair. All of the heat exposure starts to weaken the hair follicles and causes your #hair to become damaged and fall out. It's frustrating to not be able to style your hair the way you want to, but sometimes you need to put your hair's health over how cute you #look.
#10 NATURAL JUICES: There are a few juices such as garlic juice, orange juice, and onion juice that will help to keep your hair from falling out. Just take one of these juices and rub it into your scalp before your go to #bed and then wash it out in the morning. It might sound kind of gross, but if you do this a couple of times a month you should start to notice less of your #hair falling out.
#11 GREEN TEA: No this doesn't mean drink green tea, even though it does have a lot of other health #benefits that you should consider. For this you'll just need to make green tea (two tea bags in one cup of water) and then apply it to your scalp for about an hour. The antioxidants in the green tea will help to prevent your #hair from falling out and boost your hair's growth.
#12 MASSAGE YOUR SCAPL: Did you know that #hair loss can be due to impaired circulation to your scalp? A good thing to do is to massage your scalp! It's a simple and #effective way to boost your scalp circulation and in turn, reduce falling hair. Just use your fingertips and gently move in small, circular motions around your scalp. For an even bigger effect, dab some #coconut oil on your scalp or hands before massaging!
#13 MAINTAIN YOUR HAIR:
An easy tip to help stop your hair from falling out is, well, try your best to take care of it! Get regular trims to prevent #split ends and breakage, deep condition your hair once a week, and follow the rest of these tips!
Don’t just ignore that your hair is falling out. While the hair does progress into shedding and growing stages, it shouldn’t be consistently shedding for over a month at a #time. If you have ever had your #hair fall out, what’s your best tip? Did you get your back to a strong healthy state again?
Wedding Day Planning
To ensure an absolutely gorgeous you, adhere to the following beauty tips:
- Contract a professional makeup artist that is experienced in applying light reflective makeup that enhances your natural beauty. Your photos and video will display a radiant and innate you.
- Request a trial before your main event(s). You deserve the look of your dreams! Your makeup artist’s goal is to serve you to get that accomplished and properly planned out.
- With makeup, more is NOT better…brighter is NOT lighter. A professional will know which of your native features to enhance as well as those that you may want to conceal for a flawless appearance.
- A matte look is always appropriate for events with a lot of photography and ensures a durable cosmetic application.
- The make-up brand chosen must be designed for longevity and performance. You want to remain radiant throughout your affair.
- Ask someone in your wedding party to assist you in carrying a pressed powder and lip color for touch-ups. You will be luminous from beginning to “happily ever after”.
- A balanced diet and plenty of water (8 glasses/day) consumption will aide in maintaining healthy and hydrated skin.
- Daily cleansing, toning and moisturizing routine is a must. Wash your face in the morning and night to eliminate makeup, extra oils, pollution and harsh particles from the environment. The toner gives your skin what it needs to reveal a fresh, matte finish prepping and controlling oil; boosting your skin’s ability to stay perfectly balanced throughout the day. Utilize a moisturizer with at least SPF 15. Remember that oil and moisture and two different things so even if you have oily skin, you still need to moisturize. If you use a product that can moisturize and block sunrays you are succeeding!
- Do not sleep with makeup on! Makeup can clog your pores. Remove your makeup daily thoroughly to prevent breakouts.
- Rest! The average person needs approximately 8 hours of sleep every day. This process’ purpose is to rejuvenate your body and your skin – the largest organ in your body! Your skin can look pale, dull and be prone to more breakouts when you do not sleep sufficiently.
- Drink Water- Never go to bed without drinking a full 8 ounces of water. During sleep (your recovery time) water flushes out the toxins, helps to reduce puffiness under the eyes and keeps your skin hydrated.
- Take OFF Your Makeup- NEVER EVER, sleep with your makeup on. It increases chances for clogged pores and break outs which down the road may lead to scarring. As you go through your day, your skin collects bacteria on the face, if you sleep with your makeup, that now is on your pillow creating a cycle. Your skin also ages more quickly if you sleep with makeup on. So point being? WASH your face! I like using a creamy foaming cleanser that helps remove makeup as well. One of my favorites is the ARTISTRY Youth Xtend foaming Cleanser.
- Use a Toner- You go to the great lengths to cleanse but toner is so important and left over oil, dirt or residue left on your skin. It also close the pores and help to prep the skin to recieve skin care.
- Boost Collagen With Vitamin A- As you get older, your skin makes less collagen, which helps keep your skin firm. "If you never stopped making collagen and never damaged collagen, you would never get a wrinkle, your pores would stay small, you'd never get a scar, and your skin would stay nice and tight," Ginn says. "Collagen is key." To stimulate collagen production, which will help smooth fine lines and reduce the appearance of pores, Ginn recommends applying vitamin A in the form of either a prescription or over-the-counter retinoid every night. As a bonus, retinoids can help lighten brown spots. Cite: WebMD Nightime Beauty tips
- Use a good Eye Cream- The skin under your eyes is very thin. There is also no blood flow or circulation which leads to the darkness under the eye area. You should be applying an eye cream that contains Vitamins A, C, E, or K which help repair the skin and slow down the aging process. The cream will also increase blood flow and reduce bags under your eyes. Also with wedding planning, increase of stress and lack of sleep boosting up your skin regimen is going to be super important.
- Moisturize- Whether or not you have oily skin, everyone should select and use the right nightime moisturizer. This is your chance to boost your skin with essential anti-aging vitamins. The body repairs itself while you sleep, and so does the skin so make sure you make it a point to put the right stuff on. Remember, it's the long term habits that will create the long term results for you.
- Brush Your Teeth- Waking up with yesterdays meal is not only disgusting but it also takes a toll on your teeth. These are the only ones ou are going to have for the rest of your life, treat them well. Use a good electronic toothbrush that has a built in timer or set one for yourself and give that grin a chance to become "pearly white" your photographer will thank you!
- Treat Your Hair- Go ahead, take a few minutes and apply your hair oils, serums or leave in treatment conditioners. As we age, we tend to lose more and more hair. Why not slow down that process by treating your scalp with some added nutrients and vitamins to help fight off that hair loss? My favorite? Satinique Scalp Serum, which helps to save over 1800 strands of hair per month.
- Treat Your Feet- Slather on a lotion that has at least 12% lactic acid which helps to slough off dead skin. Then apply something heavier on top that contains shea butter or glycerin in it. Put on some socks and wake up to softer smoother toes and feet.
- Give Thanks- Happy people are the prettiest. Take a few minutes before you fall asleep to reflect on your day and think about all that you are so grateful for. Happy thoughts lead to a good mood and spirit in the morning.
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