Get The Gunk Out

You’re taking care of your skin and drinking plenty of water, yet the pores on your nose are still clogged. Sometimes all of the exfoliating and washing of our faces doesn’t seem to be enough. It’s important to know why our pores get clogged in the first place. Our skin produces a Sebum, which is an oily mixture that’s actually good for the skin. It keeps it healthy and feeling soft. It can however become a problem when dead skin cells attach to the sebum and clog your pores. This usually happens to those of us with oilier skin, but it can also happen when you apply lotion to your face. Our faces our more sensitive than the rest of our bodies and can’t handle the thickness of lotions. Applying a light moisturizer or serum can prevent clogged pores. Touching our faces too much and sweating can also clog pores.

Don’t freak out there is something you can do at home to unclog those bad boys. I love using Biore’s Nose Strips. The strips are placed on your nose and dampened with water. After 10 to 15 minutes you remove it and will be amazed by the results. You can actually see the dirt and blackheads that have been removed from your nose on the strip. Continue this routine once or twice weekly and soon you’ll be seeing less and less gunk on the nose strips. Biore also makes the same type of strips for your forehead. If you think your clogged pores are more serious check out OnlineAcneRelief for more solutions.

If you’re having trouble figuring out how to use the nose strips or just want to check if you’re doing it right check out Biore’s website for a step by step video.

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Clean Those Dirty Brushes

How often do you clean your makeup brushes? Do you clean them at all? Did you even know you were supposed to clean them?Cleaning your make-up brushes in an essential part of keeping your skin clear. Bacteria builds up on the brushes if they aren’t cleaned once in a while. That bacteria ends up on your face every time you apply make-up. Think of the hair on the brushes like the hair on your head. You wouldn’t go your whole life without washing your hair, and neither should your brushes. Determining how often to clean your brushes depends on how frequently you use them. Cleaning them every two weeks will keep them bacteria free.Choosing what to clean your brushes with is simple, since you can use any brush cleaner. Baby shampoo is also an option. It’s sensitive enough to clean make-up brushes without damaging them. Using warm water rinse excess make-up from the brushes and then lay them flat to dry.

Sephora sells daily brush cleaners for those of you who don’t want to wait every two weeks to clean them. Just spritz the cleaner on the brush and let it dry for 3 to 5 minutes. If you don’t want to use a spritzer try their Make Up Brush Cleansing Wipes. It cleans the residue from the make-up and dries in up to three minutes.

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Choosing A Foundation Made Simple

When I was younger I swore I would never need foundation and had no desire for it. It always looked unnatural and caked on. Foundations however, have come a long way and when applied properly will give your face a flawless look Whether you have oily, dry, or combination skin choosing the right foundation for your skin type can sometimes be an overwhelming task. Some of you are looking for sheer coverage, while others want full coverage. Here’s how you can go about choosing the best foundation for your skin:

Oily Skin: Pay attention to the words placed on the label that describes the product. If you have oily skin look for words like, “oil free” and “mattifying”. Foundations that work great for your skin are cream to powders, mineral foundation, and powders. I’m addicted to Bare Mineral’s MATTE  SPF 15 Foundation in Medium Tan. It glides on, provides full coverage without looking heavy, and has an SPF 15.

Combination Skin: For those of you with combination your T-zone is you problem area. Stick foundations are great, because it gives control of where to add more or less coverage. Mineral and powder foundations are a great choice as well as long as they’re not as heavy.

Dry Skin: When it comes to dry skin you can get away with a lot more. Liquid foundations are great for you’re skin, but you can also try a cream or mousse foundation. They’re heavier and provide more moisture.Many times the most difficult part of this whole process can be finding the color closest to your skin tone. Some say to test it on the back of you’re hand, but your hand and face don’t match perfectly. Instead test a strip of the foundation on your jaw line. Check it out in natural lighting and the one that blends or disappears into your skin is the perfect match for you. Or you can just ask one of the consultants to help you out.

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Get Bronzed At Home

With all of the harmful side effects spoken about tanning beds, the obsession still continues to rise. Tanning salons are growing and finding one nearby is no problem. On my previous post, Beauty vs. Health, I spoke about the fascination with having the perfectly tanned body as well as the damage UV radiation does to your skin. While many are aware of the risks in tanning beds, they aren’t willing to compromise their bronzed complexions. However, you do have other options that can help you achieve the same look.

If you love your weekly trips to the tanning salon, try trading in the bed for a spray tan. The experts do an even job, and your skin won’t be prone to cancer cells. Or you can buy a can of spray tan and do it yourself at home. A more cost efficient option would be to use self tanning lotions. Jergen’s offers all types of self-tanners. They have lotions, 3 day tanners, and mousse. I’m sure you’ll be able to find one that suits your skin type best. I’ve used most of their self tanners and they work really well. They glide on evenly, so you don’t have streaks and they dry within minutes. The lotions and mousse take about a week to start showing darker color. If you’re inpatient like me you can try their three day self tanner. By the second day of using it you’ll see results.
Another great product for those of you who like instant gratification is Bare Escentual’s Faux Tan. This one will cost a little more, but it works instantly. You see the color while you’re applying it, moisturizes the skin and it’s great for sensitive skin as well.

So you’re giving on tanning beds and you don’t want to apply self tanner, but you still want glowing skin? That’s when make-up comes in. Before applying any make-up (if you use any) try a tinted moisturizer. It’ll give you an instant nice glow. When it comes to make-up bronzers do an amazing job. The right bronzer will make you look sun kissed and glowy. My favorite is Bare Escentual’s Warmth. It gives you the perfect, natural looking tanned face.

The next time you’re about to lay in a tanning bed, think of your skin and remember you have options.

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Beauty vs. Health

Beauty standards change year after year, decade after decade. Sometimes they even change over night. There was a time when the fairness of your skin meant you were in a higher class of people. A dark or tanned complexion appeared to others as someone who was a worker and did their labor outside. The beauty regime was much easier also. Stay under an umbrella to protect yourself from the sun or stay indoors. But, O, how drastically the times have changed. Today a tanned complexion is the preferred kind. Being tan gives people the illusion of beauty and that the person takes care of themselves. You look well rested, athletic, and like you’ve just arrived from vacationing by the beach. Tanning salons and services can be found easily.

Some gym facilities offer tanning services with their memberships, as if working out and tanning go hand in hand in being a healthy individual. The harmful affects of tanning beds have been reported numerous times, yet people don’t stop the unhealthy habit.Younger individuals who use tanning beds have a greater risk getting melanoma than those who don’t tan.  Skincancer.org posted an article on five reasons to give up tanning beds. The wrote that the deadliest form of skin cancer has been found in UV radiation. Will you risk your health in the name of beauty?

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