Showing posts with label skin regiment. Show all posts
Showing posts with label skin regiment. Show all posts

Thursday, February 18, 2010

So long lather, rinse, repeat; hello emu

Lather, rinse, add toner, sunscreen, spot acne treatment and daily moisturizer, every day; forever!!!

It is a common misconception that all of these steps are needed to maintain beautiful skin. Actually, sometimes these routines cause more damage than repair. Think about it. Does acne really react well to harsh, strong scrubs and toners?

So what if we could eliminate at least half of the process? Well, something new is emerging in high end spas and beauty products that should help eliminate the need for that 6-step skin care routine.

Emu oil is one of nature's best kept secrets. It is a safe option for any type of skin, absorbs immediately into the skin and aids in the release of trapped oil, skin and makeup in our pores.

Not only is the oil an amazing natural acne fighter, it has been used to treat chronic arthritis, strains, sprains and other muscle related pains. In Australia, the natural habitat of the emu, it is actually used as a wound healing accelerate.

But, buyer beware! A lot of these new "emu oil" beauty products are not so bird friendly. Make sure to read the label carefully to make sure it actually contains emu oil.

Have you tried emu oil? In a spa treatment? In a cosmetic product? Let me know what you think?

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Primer Perfection

Foundation primer can smooth out your skin so foundation can be applied with ease to create a perfect complexion. As we attend all these wonderful holiday festivities, who wouldn't want a perfect complexion?

Well here are some pros and cons when it comes to primer, not all skin types and primers are created equal!

  • Oily skin usually fairs better with a primer. The primer creates a barrier between the oil and the skin, so your makeup doesn't absorb into your skin. It will stay fresh a lot longer.
  • Dry skin also benefits from primer. The primer can cover those dry patches that your foundation can settle into.
  • Not all primers and foundations mix well together.
  • If you already have smooth and healthy skin (lucky you!!!) you do not need a primer
  • Some sensitive skin may actually be slightly irritated by a primer
  • When other makeup doesn't mix well with the primer, it can ball up or peel. If that happens, chances are you'll have to wash everything off and start again.
The best thing to do is try out your primer a couple of days before any special event so you can anticipate any problems.

Got a great holiday beauty tip? Let us know...............

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Body butter in the pumpkin patch

We have covered the cleansing treatments utilizing pumpkins, now add some heavy moisture before the chilly season sets in.

Body butters are a great way to revamp dry skin because they have sinfully rich ingredients working overtime to soothe your skin.

Pumpkin Body Butter

1/2 c pumpkin puree (cooked)

1/2 c solids from a can of coconut milk (coconut crème at the top of the can)

1/2 t cinnamon

Mix ingredients. Apply to skin, massaging gently. After 15 minutes, rinse with warm water.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Beauty from the outside in

More and more studies are being published about the effects of what we ingest through food, beverages and air. Here are five simple steps to insure what your getting from the outside benefits your inside the most.

  1. Always include a skin healthy diet in your routine. Be sure to included foods that contain fatty acids, antioxidants and proteins. Fatty acids improve the skin layer where moisture is absorbed to keep irritations out.
  2. Always, always, always monitor your sun exposure. Do not underestimate the importance of sunscreen.
  3. Hydrate. Remember you do not have to drink 8 glasses of water a day to get you minimum requirements. Yes it is important to drink water but ingesting raw fruits and veges that are loaded with nutrients and structured water cut down on the number of glasses needed.
  4. Exercise. If you cannot make it to the gym, take a brisk walk around the block. A daily dose of any physical activity can oxygenate and rejuvenate the skin while providing good circulation and blood flow.
  5. Meditate or fine some personal time. Stress is one of the major causes of weight gain and skin irritations. Always remember to take some time for you.