Why Use Moisturizer?
Moisturizer acts as a protective barrier for your skin, keeping it hydrated and healthy. While there tends to be confusion about the need for moisturizer in the first place, most experts recommend using it on a daily basis. In addition to maintaining good diet and managing stress, the Mayo Clinic advises using “a moisturizer that fits your skin type and makes your skin look and feel soft” for an effective skin care regimen.
Learn more about going from sallow to dewy, glowing skin.
What’s Your Skin Type?
A good skin-care regimen includes daily moisturizing and sun protection to fight free radicals and fend off ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends moisturizing after bathing so that your still-damp skin will seal in moisture.
Based on a variety of reasons, including genes and (more manageable) factors like diet, your skin type falls into one of five categories. The most common type in women is combination.
It’s important to know your skin type to make sure you’re putting the right stuff on your
Using Healthy Cosmetics
Everyone want cosmetics to be age-defying, glow-enhancing, acne-fighting,sun-protective, skin-nourishing, hydrating, weightless, kiss-proof, long-wearing and natural, too.
All this stuff matters for women and men, but it really affects women. Women use an average of 12 personal care products a day. Men use about half that many.
FDA, Labeling, and Beauty Product Safety
Many people seek out beauty products that are formulated from healthy, nontoxic ingredients. Unfortunately, it isn’t that easy for consumers to recognize which brands are actually healthy for their skin. This is because the labels that claim the products are “green,” “natural,” or “organic” have no defined meaning.
There really is no government regulatory agency responsible for regulating the manufacture of cosmetics.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has some legal authority over cosmetics. However, cosmetic products and ingredients are not subject to “premarket approval authority” (with the exception of color additives). In other words, the FDA isn’t checking to see whether that sunscreen is actually “100 percent organic.” In addition, the FDA cannot demand a recall
What Are Bumps on Lips?
From an allergic reaction to oral cancer, there are many possible causes of lip bumps. Lip bumps can visually range from red and irritated, to flesh-toned and hardly noticeable to anyone but you.
Recognizing potential causes of lip bumps can help you determine if a condition is cause for concern or simply a harmless skin variation.
What Causes Bumps on Lips?
Bumps on the lips can range in size, color, and texture. Causes may include acute and chronic conditions. Examples of causes of bumps on the lips include:
- allergic reaction
- bacterial infections
- canker sores (or cold sores)
- Fordyce granules, harmless white spots
- hand, foot, and mouth disease
- milia (a tiny benign cyst or “milk spot”)
- mucoceles, or bumps that form when the salivary glands are blocked
- oral cancer
- oral herpes
- oral thrush
- perioral dermatitis, a face rash due to skin irritation
While many lip bumps are harmless, conditions like oral cancer can have serious health risks.
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When to Seek Medical Help
Understanding Scalp Problems
Scalp scabs can be itchy, unsightly, and frustrating. Scratching generally makes them worse and increases your chances of infection. In many cases, scalp scabs clear up on their own or with over-the-counter treatments. Most of the time, they don’t indicate serious illness. If you can’t identify the cause of scalp scabs, or if they’re spreading or appear infected, see your doctor.
Read about some of the most common causes of scalp issues, including dandruff, lice, and more.
Contact dermatitis is an allergic reaction to something you’ve touched. Health and beauty products like shampoo, hair dye, or jewelry can cause an allergic reaction. Certain materials, like latex, can also lead to a reaction. So can outdoor foliage, such as poison ivy or poison oak. You may have a bad reaction if toxic substances like battery acid or bleach touch your scalp.
An allergic reaction can cause your scalp to develop dry patches that itch or burn. If you scratch, you can cause bleeding and scabbing. Your scalp should clear up on its own, but see your doctor if the area appears infected, is getting more painful, or is spreading.
You could easily spend hundreds — or even thousands — of dollars on eye serums and products for your face. But why would you when you can make products like eye makeup remover at home for a fraction of the cost?
Jill Nystul, founder of One Good Thing By Jillee, is a pro when it comes to DIY alternatives. “First and foremost, you’re usually saving a significant amount of money over the store-bought stuff,” she says. “Second, you control the ingredients that go into what you’re making. No more mystery ingredients! And there’s a sense of self-sufficiency and independence that comes along with making your own products at home that is really satisfying!”
Eye Makeup Remover Recipe
Nystul’s DIY eye makeup remover isn’t just safe, but it’s made with ingredients that offer all kinds of benefits. As well as removing makeup, it also acts as an eye cream. To make it, you’ll need:
- ½ cup of extra virgin coconut oil
- vitamin E capsules (or oil)
- lavender essential oil
- small containers for mixing and storage
- Start by melting the coconut oil in the microwave. (It should only take 15 seconds.)
- Pour the liquid into your container(s).
For some people, beauty means liking what you see in the mirror and having makeovers to accomplish it.
Plastic surgery can improve your appearance. It can also improve confidence. But it cannot restore your self-esteem if you have insecurities related to your body. Most plastic surgeons screen for this type of emotional disorder and will not perform surgery if they suspect that you have such difficulties. Instead, they will refer such patients for mental health counseling.
Plastic surgery comes from the Greek word plastikós, which means “that which can be molded.” Cosmetic surgery is performed by doctors who are specially trained and certified to perform cosmetic and reconstructive procedures
Considerations Before Deciding to Have Cosmetic Surgery
- Be sure the surgery will be performed at a surgical facility—an outpatient office with a surgical suite or a hospital.
- Be sure the physician is approved to practice at a nearby hospital facility.
- Choose a physician who specializes in the procedure you are having.
- Look for a surgeon who is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery or another recognized professional organization.
Many body flaws can be corrected, from loose skin under the arms to a second
Tricks of the trade
by Syden Abrenica
What do real women do to look beautiful? To find out, we went online and asked our favorite bloggers for their best beauty secrets. Here are their top, go-to strategies for gorgeous hair, glowing skin and marvelous makeup. Thanks, ladies
Dunk nails to dry
“If you have no quick-dry products lying around, dip your painted nails in a bowl of ice-cold water to help them dry faster. It really works!”
Coat cuticles, avoid a mess
“I rub olive oil around my nails before I embark on a nail-art design. It makes removing excess polish way easier
Hide chips with textured polish
“Unlike regular lacquer, the glittery kind is supposed to look sort of uneven, so it’s great for fix-it situations. When a nail chips, instead of removing all my polish and starting over, I’ll just slap on a coat of sparkle over my current color. And when I (inevitably) get another chip, I paint on a little more. You can keep a manicure going indefinitely
Steam nails for a matte look
“If I’m making soup or
What Is Ear Candling?
Ear candles are hollow cones made of cloth (or other material) covered in paraffin wax, beeswax, or soy wax. One end is tapered or pointed. This end is placed in the ear. The other end is a little wider and is meant to be lit. Most ear candles are about a foot in length.
Proponents of ear candling claim that the warmth created by the flame causes a suction action that pulls earwax and other impurities out of the ear canal and into the hollow candle.
To perform this technique, you lie on your side with one ear facing down. Then the practitioner (esthetician, or a friend) actually inserts the pointed end into the ear hole, adjusting it to create a “seal.” You can perform the procedure yourself, but this is especially dangerous and not recommended.
In most cases, a circular guard of some sort is placed about two-thirds of the way down the candle to catch any dripping wax. These are often flimsy, made of aluminum foil or paper plates.
Cautious practitioners will cover your head and neck with a towel for more protection. Guidelines also suggest holding
What Is Exfoliative Dermatitis?
Exfoliative dermatitis is redness and peeling of the skin over large areas of the body. The term “exfoliative” refers to the exfoliation, or shedding, of the skin. Dermatitis means irritation or inflammation of the skin. The skin peeling may occur with pre-existing medical conditions or medications in some people. The cause is unknown in others.
Exfoliative dermatitis, sometimes called erythroderma, is serious but fairly uncommon. Complications can include infection, loss of nutrients, dehydration, and heart failure, rarely leading to death.
What Are the Causes of Exfoliative Dermatitis?
The root cause of exfoliative dermatitis is a disorder of the skin cells. The cells die and shed too quickly in a process called turning over. The rapid turnover of skin cells causes significant peeling and scaling of the skin. The peeling and scaling may also be known as sloughing.
Many people who already suffer from chronic skin conditions, including autoimmune diseases, psoriasis, seborrheic dermatitis, and eczema, can also develop exfoliative dermatitis.
Adverse reactions to a variety of drugs can also contribute to massive skin peeling. Drugs that may produce this condition include:
It’s a pattern as regular as the tides: in spring, we commit to getting bangs…and by Fall, we’re officially over them. But it’s way easier to cut a fringe than it is to grow it out, as anyone who’s ever done it knows all too well. But you don’t have to suffer through awkward hair stages anymore—we’ve put together the ultimate guide to how to grow out your bangs quickly, easily and gracefully.
1. Get a trim—and commit to getting them regularly.
We know—it seems a little counter-intuitive to advise you to get haircuts as you’re trying to grow your bangs out. But trust us: getting your bangs trimmed regularly is not only a good way to keep your hair healthy, it helps blend your fringe into the rest of your hair far more easily.
2. Sweep them sideways.
The easiest bangs to grow out are side-swept bangs—not only do they blend into your hair beautifully, they’re also far less annoying than trying to cope with hair slowly growing down straight into your eyes. Part your hair to either the left or the right (depending on your preference), comb your bangs straight forward from the crown, then swoop them to
We all know the classic definitions of a beautiful day. Some may say it’s spent at the beach. Others may say it’s spent in the sack. Some may say it must involve some sweat or a salmon dinner or a round of 18 at Pebble Beach. Others may say that the minimum requirements for a beautiful day should include the word pedicure. Any of those things may very well fit your criteria for a beautiful day. Now, however, we’re going to present you with a different kind of beautiful day—a day in which the things you do reflect on the core of improving your inner and outer beauty. A beautiful day doesn’t have to be a day in which you’re removed from reality; it can be a day in which you’re immersed in it.
So what you’ll find here is a sample day with some of our favorite tips and tricks. After all, routines are good because they’re automatic—ensuring that you’ll integrate good habits into your daily life, rather than struggling to do so
- Wake up before your alarm clock.
That’s after seven to eight hours of sleep.* This is the amount of time your body needs to recharge; plus,