Great Advice To Help Your Skin Care

My advice is nothing new, but I hope it will reinforce that what you’re already reading on this really does work.

  1. Wear a high quality, high SPF sunscreen every single day, no exceptions. Slather it on extra thick on your neck  décolletage, which frequently get ignored. Don’t forget your lips. Yes, even wear SPF in winter! Reapply frequently.
  2. In addition to wearing SPF, wear broad-brimmed hats & big sunglasses. Keep your skin out of the bright mid-day sun.sun glass
  3. Don’t do anything to your face that will damage your capillaries. Suffering a few un-squeezed blackheads in your 20s is so worth it to end up with porcelain skin in your 40s.
  4. Do not smoke  expect that your skin won’t eventually suffer the consequences. 🙂
  5. Get a great dermatologist early. Go often. Get everything checked out. If you don’t like your dermatologist, keep searching until you find one you like. I see mine twice a year.skin cream
  6. If your dermatologist recommends it, start a prescription retinoid as young as possible. I started using Retin-A in my early 20s, highly buffered. It’s like magic for me.
  7. Use the gentlest option available to you in every skincare category. The gentlest cleanser, toner, masque, lotion, natural oil (Argan Oil, coconut oil, etc ) etc. The idea is to avoid inflammation. Be gentle!arganoil
  8. Don’t hesitate to use Botox, IPL, professional peels, or anything else you need. Only under the supervision of a highly regarded, appropriately credentialed dermatologist, of course! Do it as soon as you see the need for it. Don’t wait for the situation to become dramatic  then expect your doc to work miracles.
  9. Eat mindfully. Take your omega-3s, and anything else recommended by your MD.
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DIY Beauty Tips

An essential oil is a concentrated oil containing volatile aroma compounds from a given plant. An oil is “essential” in the sense that it carries a distinctive scent, or essence, of the plant. Essential oils do not as a group need to have any specific chemical properties in common, beyond conveying characteristic fragrances.

Certain essential oils (such as lavender) are antiseptic in nature. Some of them have lipids that the skin can use efficiently for hydration (avocado, for instance). Oil itself doesn’t clog your pores. Dried skin can become trapped in oil if the oil in question is dry-ish and becomes gummy, which can lead to pore-blocking, but a fairly pure oil won’t clog pores in and of itself.

Things to do to keep pores from blocking:

1. Wash your face fairly often (twice or so a day, unless you have super sensitive skin, in which case do so once a day or once every other day).Beauty Tips

2. Exfoliate at least once a week if you have pores that block easily or super dry, flaky skin, at least twice a month otherwise.argan oil for face

3. Don’t use super heavy, oily, or sticky concealers or foundations.skin care cream2

4. Moisturize every day, making sure your moisturizer is not too heavy for your skin type and has a sunscreen in it. (Exfoliating makes skin even more sun sensitive, as it has removed the outer, tougher layer of your skin.)

 

 

25 DIY Beauty Hacks Every Girl Should Know

1. For the love of god (and clean white pillowcases everywhere) never, ever, ever sleep in your makeup on.

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Sleeping in your makeup can result in unnecessary exposure to the free radicals in th e environment, which the makeup holds on to,” says Dr. Schweiger. Read more

2. Use petroleum jelly/eye cream to remove eye makeup or correct a cat-eye gone wild instead of stinky chemical removers.

Coat your lids, then gently swab with a tissue.

3.  Exfoliate before shaving! Get a sugar scrub and do work on those scaly limbs.

Stay away from more sensitive skin, but for your legs, choose a sugar scrub: it’s strong enough to get the job done, leaving skin and body hair ready for a smooth shave.

4. Do not wash your hair everyday! Find a hairstyle you can wear “dirty” and learn to love dry shampoo!

Washing your hair everyday will strip it of natural oils that it needs to keep it healthy. My favorite go to unwashed hairstyle is a top knot bun. 🙂

5. Use your favorite bronzer as your eyeshadow too for a beautiful natural look in the summer or spring

In fact, lip liner and eye liner are made of the same ingredients and the only reason they tell you not to mix them is if you have already used it. If you put some eye liner on your eye and then use it on your lips too that is not safe. But you can use eye shadow, blush, shimmers and powders wherever you want. I actually bought a shimmer powder suppose to be for your face but I use it as eye shadow almost everyday I love it!

6. Don’t buy brush cleanser. Buy a spray bottle and some cheap toner and spray it on makeup brushes for a very effective makeup brush cleanser/sanitizer.

7. Small drop of eye makeup remover (very small drop!!) in mascara that is drying up. Makes it last like a week longer.

8. Exfoliating Lip scrub made of olive oil and sugar. Rub it all over and wash off. Lick off whatever remains. Tastes amazing, does the job, and is about 1/100 the cost of Lush’s lip scrub.

9. Hair serums are bullshit – Use coconut oil. It’s natural, healthier, makes your hair shiny, bouncy and more manageable if your hair is naturally coarse.

if your hair is naturally curly and you’re wearing a straight style – ONLY STRAIGHTEN AND WASH YOUR HAIR ONCE OR TWICE A WEEK. It’s less drying and you are doing less damage. Wear a shower cap.

10. Scarves are okay for spring and summer. Cute way to add pop and sophistication to any outfit.

11. Brush the hair gently in the morning, if there a tangles deal with them first then brush through, to avoid hurting her if there are tangles, hold the strand above the knot to avoid pulling the scalp.

12. Curl your lashes – really opens your eyes up and looks dainty. You can set the curl with a clear mascara.
13. Take care of your hands. Keep your nails nice, even if they aren’t long, and use a cuticle pusher to keep your cuticles at bay. Use hand cream so your skin is soft and smooth.
14. Ditto with your feet. Keep your toenails well-shaped and not too long, and keep your cuticles pushed down. You can do super easy pedicures yourself at home, for cheap.
if your feet are dry and not soft, right before bed rub Vaseline on them and put on some old socks and sleep with them on. Do it for a few nights and your feet will be magically super soft.

15 I love using facial masks and some of them can be a bit drying. Before applying most masks, I massage my face with coconut oil.

It allows the mask to do its job without drying my skin out. Don’t forget to put coconut oil on your lips as well. I find it moisturizes my lips without drying them out. Most lip balms dry my lips out, even the “natural” ones.

16. I sometimes use a face mask made from turmeric mixed with enough yogurt to form a paste.

This mask always leaves my skin rosy and glowing and smooth but be warned– it will stain anything that isn’t skin or tile.

 17.  Always wash your face at night, no matter how tired you are.

Basically throughout the day, even if you don’t wear makeup (or especially if you do), your face still gets “dirty”. Then sleeping on a dirty face = dirty pillow = clogged pores/acne. Maybe not to that extent for everyone, because I know plenty of people who don’t wash their face at night and their skin doesn’t look bad. For me though, this cleared any and all acne problems I was having. Hope that makes sense!

18.Let you’re skin breathe, try and take some time each week with just clean moisturized skin with no products.

I know it’s not feasible for everyone but a good pair of sunglasses if going in public helps

19.  Get the proper lighting set up in your makeup area, if you can.

You want light evenly around you and sunlight is best. I see so many women wearing either too much or the wrong shade of foundation.

 

20. Use Coconut oil as moisturizer.

I stopped using my expensive moisturizers and switched to coconut oil. Since then I’ve had no drying issues and no breakouts. And my skin looks great. Coconut oil is a natural antiviral, so it really is good for any skin type.

Read more: Coconut Oil for hair

 21 Make up is not at all a way to show you care about yourself.

Make sure you are taking good care of yourself. Eat lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, avoid processed foods. Stay hydrated, avoid sugary beverages. Get enough sleep at night, figure out what the right amount of sleep is for you. Exercise on a regular basis, it doesn’t have to be super intense it can be things like gardening or going for a walk, just move.

22. Go with Natural Oils for Hair

I don’t put anything in my hair…ever. I wash it with literally just water, every other day maybe. The natural oils (read my previous post about natural oils I used ) make it look amazing. I can do cool stuff like twirl it around my finger to get some curls, and I can braid it into a giant bohemianesque braid that stays all by itself (no conditioner either).

I used to wash and condition every day, and would straighten it til it was perfect but due to a guy I’ve been dating the past year and a half, I’ve learned to love how it looks naturally. And other people love it too 🙂

23. Do not compare yourself

I wasted years trying and amending myself and the best version of myself was always here all along! Easier said than done though. I now compare in a healthy way by learning and seeing what a girl did with her hair and seeing if it’d suit me instead of getting down about it all.

24.Go with Green Energy Drinks

Learn to love raw veggies before you’re 25. Eat meat and veggies and please, Rora6, if you even think of being a vegetarian, imagine what you will look like 30 lbs heavier for the duration! Learn more green food recipes here.

25. Never start smoking! 

Smoking one cigarette interferes with your body’s healing ability for two weeks.

Argan Oil as a Serum Before Moisturizer.

Lots of anecdotal tradition in my family for using vitamin E for scars and skin repair. Oils have some occlusive properties, but primarily act as emollients. Therefore, I started using argan oil as a Serum before moisturizer and it helped my skin texture immensely. Since it’s a dry oil AFAIK, it doesn’t linger on the skin. It’s moisturizing and doesn’t cause pimples. I put them around my eyes. The only oil that doesn’t break me out.

argan oil for face

Also I found that pure Argan oil can help people with mild acne as the oleic acid found in the oil helps promote healthy levels of sebum production.

Wouldn’t just pure argan oil from like Amazon be better? The 100ml bottles go a loooong way! And without colour and fragrance (those would be enough to break me out anyway).

So If you want to give argan oil a try, but you feel overwhelmed by sheer number of products out there. How can you make sure the oil you’re buying is good quality?

My sister and I did our research and painstakingly negotiated with dozens of Moroccan exporters to be able to supply our pure argan oil (aka Argania Spinosa) at an affordable price without gouging our customers (think Josie Maran prices! $96.00 for the exact same product!). Ultimately end up with Sheer Argan’s pure argan oil as our regular argan oil importer.

 

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