Protect Your Skin In Winter - 10 Suggesstions

>> Thursday, December 4, 2008

Largest organ of your body is your skin! We only start caring this precious organ when winter starts knocking the door. Here are few information gathered from different researches by different researchers, which will help you to know and care your skin better.

  1. Stress Can Harm: Your complexion get messed up if you are stressed physically or mentally. Free radical surge in stress damage almost all part of your body including the skin. You can see how quickly the person look older, when stressed in real life example.
    Though it is difficult to avoid stress in day to day life at home or, work but Yoga, deep breathing exercises, aerobic exercises, and optimum intake of antioxidants will help you combat the damage.
  2. Care Your Food: A research showed 23 people put on low glycemic and high protein diet for 12 weeks got their skin much better than their counterpart. This proves nutrition plays an important role on the texture of your skin. So for now onwards, beware when you are heading for those yummy pastries, chocolates or mithai.
  3. Rely On Fruits And Vegetables: A recent study in UK said regular consumption of tomato paste reduces the sun burn. Tomato contain lypopene, a powerful antioxidant, which shield your skin from the harmful effect of the sun rays. Several other researches proved fruits and vegetables protect and restore the skin. Green leafy vegetables, citrus fruits, rich in Vit A, and Vit C, both are powerful antioxidants, should be included in your daily diet.
  4. Milk Is Not Always Good: It has been found some teens get their acne worse with the consumption of milk. May be the cow hormones, those are naturally present in the milk is the reason. If you are susceptible to such condition avoid milk and substitute milk with any soya products.
  5. Shower Will Rejuvenate You: Every time you sweat, your body is covered with oily secretions. Don't ever feel lazy for a shower when you in such condition. Bacterias grow abundantly on the secretions very quickly and produces bad smell and cause harm to your precious skin. Frequently rinse your face with cool water and any good quality face wash.
  6. Choose Your Moisturizers Right: Don't believe blindly on the advertisements and the promises those are made on a product. If the product you are using does not match your skin, you are not only wasting money, but also actually damaging your skin. Hyaluronic acid and glycerin are the two ingredients you should look for in you moisturizer. They keep your skin soft and supple.
  7. Delicate Parts Of Your Skin Need Special Attention: Face is bare and continually exposed to the harmful UV rays of the sun. Lips, Skin around your eyes and upper part of the chest are thinnest and most delicate. They need special protection with sunscreen lotion and lip balms.
  8. Little Explanation Of The Sunscreen Products: You must have noticed the ingredient 'SPF' in the sunscreen products. SPF means sun protection factor. SPF 15 protect 94% of UV rays while SPF 30 up to 98%. Better choose SPF 30 when possible. Sunscreen with zinc oxide is even better.
  9. Complicated Cosmetics May Harm: While choosing your cosmetics look at the ingredients they have. Try to limit the number of ingredients up to 10, otherwise overload of cosmetic ingredients may actually harm your skin.
  10. Look At Yourself When You Get Up: Do you look shiny after a snooze? There were several hormonal reactions going on you body while you were sleeping and produced enormous amount of oily secretion on your face. You can prevent this by a proper overnight treatment of your face.

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Daily Makeup Tips

>> Sunday, September 14, 2008

1) Use toner on your face first and apply moisturizer, to enable better blending of foundation/conceal.

2) Work your foundation onto the face with fingers in circular motions, working one area at a time, say from forehead down one side of face, then down the other side with quick motion. Blend downwards and outwards with a dry sea or makeup sponge.

3) Concealer is best applied after foundation - apply small dots where needed and gently pat into the skin, then wipe with a sponge to remove excess. Concealer can be applied with a sponge flush or lip brush using the tips. If you feel a little more color is needed add to the spots, and blend again with sponge.

4) Use Translucent Loose Powder to set the makeup using a large soft brush and dusting over the face quickly in a downward motion. If the skin is more mature just use powder in the T-Zone of forehead, nose and chin.

5) To work out where to apply blusher, place finger along bottom of cheekbone and apply blusher in soft circular motions above that area. Never apply below the bottom of cheekbones, nor past a line from the center of your eyes.

6) For a lighter much more natural look, after loading blush onto brush, tap end of brush lightly against your hand to remove excess, then apply.

7) Foundation over the eye lids provides a smooth mat base and it helps stop creasing.

8) Go for a "no-color" eye shadow as a base, like a soft creamy shade "highlighter" and place this on lids up to brow bone. For most eye shapes the dark colors needs to be used on outer eye area and/or in crease. If you use too much, add a little "no color" or translucent powder.

9) Don’t use colors to match your clothes, go for colors that suit you. Using neutral, smudgy colors will flatter your face and try to avoid mauve, and real pink shades.

10) Eyeliner should be applied close to base of eyelashes to make them look thicker. A soft pencil is easier to manage.

11) Keep the thicker look to outer edge and with elbow on table for stability, draw the line towards inner corner of eye, thinning as you go. On lower lids, after application, smudge slightly with sponge tip of shadow applicator for a softer more natural look.

12) To determine the correct length of eyebrows hold a pencil at the base of the nose, align it to inside corner of eye, then angle it from the base or your nose to outer corner of eye.
This shows where brows should start and finish. To keep tidy, brush with eyebrow brush. Define with light strokes of a pencil OR add a little eyeshadow power on the brush.

13) For hygiene it is best not to keep product beyond certain dates....
Foundation 1 year, Lipstick 1 to 2 years, Powder 2 years,
Mascara 3 to 4 months, Shadow/blush 2 years.

14) ALWAYS keep brushes clean - wash very regularly in mild natural shampoo and let dry naturally. Sponges should be washed weekly and thrown out every 4 to 5 weeks.

15) For ladies over 40 to 50 years of age, simplify your style - in clothes and makeup. Blend more carefully, and make sure foundation is a good match for your skin.

16) Make sure your lips have been moisturized, and foundation/powder applied. Outline your shape with a lip pencil in natural or a toning shade to the chosen lip color. Apply lipstick with a lip brush. Then blot by "kissing" a tissue held between the lips, then reapply more color. Choose color tones in either warm or cool tones to suit your complexion.

17) If you have dark circles under your eyes, don't apply eyeliner until dark circles are covered with concealer. or else your eyes will become too dark.

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Coloring Your Hair

>> Monday, August 11, 2008

Hair Colors

Coloring your hair is perhaps the quickest and most dramatic way to change your look. It is also an excuse to go out and buy a new wardrobe of clothes, because you'll find that what suited you as a brunette looks rather drab on a new blonde.

There are two types of hair dyes: permanent and semi-permanent, with variations of each.
A) Permanent Tints:
Must be mixed with hydrogen peroxide to lift hair color. The peroxide opens the hair cuticle so that the tint can penetrate the cortex and form the color. The higher the level of peroxide, the quicker and lighter the result.
B) Semi-Permanent Colors:
They don't actually lift the color - you can either vary the tone within your natural highlights or go darker. Quasi-color contains ethanolamine and 3% peroxide which slightly opens the cuticle. This means that the color can last up to 20 washes and will softly fade as you shampoo, causing no regrowth problem.
C) Semi-Permanent Vegetable Colors:
Contain only vegetable extracts and natural ingredients, so no color is stripped from your hair. It is similar to henna but it doesn't coat the hair (adds shine though). This color sits on the hair's surface and will wash out after about 8 shampoos.

Different coloring methods suit different hair styles, so get some expert advice when deciding which one to go for...
Skin Tone: Your new hair color should complement your skin tone. Light-skinned people don't look good with very dark hair because it draws color out of their skin. Dark, tanned skin doesn't look great when mixed with a one-tone blonde, but four or five blonde, chestnut or honey tones look fabulous.

If you would love to be blonde, talk the process through with your colorist (or stylist) before you go for it. It should be relatively painless on virgin dark brown hair, but if your hair has been permanently tinted then the process will become a long saga.
Never attempt this kind of dye job on your own for the first time.

Red is the ultimate sexy shade, for color that cries out for attention. Hair holds on to red-toned pigments well, so going copper-top can be easy for most people.
But be warned - if you are blonde you will usually have to go two or three shades darker than your natural color to achieve a rich red (brunette), and it's not easy to reverse it.

Brunette is always a safe choice as it suits nearly every girl in town. Varying the shade with highlights can achieve a huge range of looks. From chocolate brown and bronze shades to honey or dark blonde, combinations of natural tones gives incredible shine as darker-pigmented tints add condition to your hair.

This is by far the easiest color to accomplish because the molecules in black tints are larger and will cover all hair types very effectively. Caution is needed when using black as it only tends to look good on people with darker and olive skin tones. it's great for getting the goth look, but definitely not for your granny.

Some popular coloring questions:

* Will coloring my hair damage it?
Only if the wrong level of peroxide is used or you are over-processing (too many permanent colors are applied) your hair. If you constantly change your hair color , especially if you go from blonde to brown and back to blonde, you must regularly use deep conditioning treatments.

* Why can colored hair look dull?
Over-processing is the biggest reason. If your hair is starting to look dull, use semi-permanent colors where the pigments sit on top of the hair adding plenty of tone and shine.

* What's better for my hair, semi-permanent or permanent color?
Semi-permanent color give your hair a higher shine and enhance condition, but they won't lift natural hair color. Also, a semi-permanent tint will not cover large amount of grey hair (more than 50%).
If a permanent tint is used correctly, you will always achieve a beautiful effect and semi-permanent tints can be used to maintain these permanent treatments, adding condition.

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