I’m about to give you a beauty secret only known by the most experienced in the industry: cellulite looks less obvious on bronzed skin. So if you can’t beat it…hide it with a fake tan!
There’s no denying it, a golden body is a great confidence booster. You tend to look longer, leaner, more toned with a bit of color. Faking it is so much safer than baking in the sun. Many of us would agree that we would be less tempted to soak up the sun rays if we arrived on vacation with a bit of color already taken care of.
It’s also brilliant at helping disguise cellulite – a fake tan somehow seems to even out lumps and bumps. Plus the prep work you do before you apply it – exfoliating, moisturizing and so on – helps hydrate the area, remove dead skin cells and even out skin-texture. So cellulite ruined skin will look better before you even get around to the bronzing.
Applying a fake tan used to be a messy, smelly old business. And the shades were questionable. Thankfully, gone are the days of George Hamilton-style tans in a shade of tangerine that smelt of something you’d keep under the sink. These days fake tans are sophisticated, easy to use, quick-drying and incredibly effective. They’re a great way to prepare your body for your two weeks in the sun, or cover up pasty white bits when you’re wearing that sundress/mini-skirt/strappy outfit.
The magic ingredient here is the DHA (dihydroxyacetene) which turns the skin brown by oxidizing the amino acid in the skin. Manufacturers usually add lots of other lovely softening, toning, hydrating ingredients, too. Fake tans come in mousses, creams, gels, lotions. You can either apply them yourself – home tans tend to last up to four or five days – or you can go the professional route and visit a specialist, who might put you in a booth and spray you with the stuff. Salon tans tend to last longer – some claim theirs last between a week and a fortnight. A salon is the best route if you want an all-over tan without the hassle of doing it yourself. Best salon choices include St-Tropez, Guinot and Clarins.
Here’s what to expect if you’re a salon tan virgin. You disrobe (and usually pop on a pair of those charming paper pants), after which the therapist exfoliates you, and slaps on handfuls of goo, covering you thoroughly. She’ll then leave you there for up to an hour while the tanner works its magic, and she then removes the excess. When you shower the next day (if you can leave it that long) you look fantastic. Make sure you wear dark clothes to avoid staining on your clothes.
Many fake tans take a few days to look beautifully natural, so if you’re preparing for a special do, book your treatment a few days prior to the event. And always remember that a fake tan won’t protect your from the sun so you still need sunscreen. If you’re using a self-tanner at home, make sure you patch test the area beforehand to avoid an allergic reaction. Don’t be tempted to go too dark; always choose one that matches your natural skin tone. Best tried-and-tested self-tanners include those by Decleor, Ambre Solaire, St-Tropez and Lancaster.
Start by exfoliating the area with a body scrub, loofah or a flannel. Apply exfoliator with circular movements (it helps boost circulation). Make sure you pay particular attention to heels, knees and elbows where the skin is rougher. A cheaper option is Epsom salts – which will help to deep-cleanse your skin. Just fill a cup with salts and add enough water to make a paste. Massage over skin, then rinse off.
Always moisturize after exfoliating. Leave the moisturizer on for about 15 minutes before you apply your fake tan so it doesn’t interfere with the active ingredient in fake tanning products.
Remove excess moisturizer with a damp flannel before you apply the tanning product – especially on bony areas such as knees, elbows and ankles – it’ll prevent any uneven tanning.
Apply the fake tan, smothering it on as you would a moisturizer. Don’t forget backs of knees and hands, and your inner thighs.
Then build up gradually. You don’t need as much where your skin is thinner as the color will stay longer here. A tan usually appears about three or four hours later – if you find you have streaks, try exfoliating the area. Avoid swimming or having a shower for about twelve hours after a treatment. Moisturize your body well over the next few days; it’ll help prolong your fake tan and keep your cellulite at bay.
Olivia Winters is an established author and contributor in the health and beauty industry. After spending over 15 years as a professional make-up artist she now blogs and shares her secrets with the world. You can find more of her beauty secrets at Breathtaking Hairstyles.
Most of us teach ourselves how to apply make up to our face. The majority of us don’t get help from the professionals. We tend to improvise in our teens, experimenting with different colors and styles until we find a look that suits us. With no lessons to tell us what is right and wrong, it can be easy to accidentally pick up makeup habits which are unflattering. Below we have a few of the biggest makeup faux pas to avoid.
1 – Getting your foundation color wrong
You may have heard people speaking of women as looking like they’re wearing a mask. This refers to a woman who wears a foundation which is far darker than her natural color. This creates a line around the chin and neck area which reveals the difference in skin tone. Even if you have mastered the art of blending, it is important to opt for a foundation which suits your skin tone.
If you’re keen to create the illusion of lighter or darker skin, foundation is not the answer. To create the illusion of a darker skin tone, wear the correct foundation for your skin type with a bronzer. If you’d prefer to look paler, use the correct foundation for your skin along with a highlighter.
2 – Wearing makeup that is not appropriate for your age
As much as you want to keep up with the latest trends, there are certain styles which are intended for teenagers and very young women. Just like fashion, some styles suit a younger girl, just like some make up suits a younger girl. Glittery makeup is generally designed for teens. Throughout your twenties, you can still pull off glitter but by your 30s and 40s, it is not recommended.
On the other hand, young girls should not use makeup to create the illusion of age. Makeup should be used to accentuate what you already have, it should not be used to become something you’re not.
3 – Sleeping in makeup
Everyone knows that sleeping in your makeup is a big no-no, but sometimes it just feels like a little too much effort to take it off after a hard day. If you don’t take off your makeup at night time, your skin will suffer. If your usual makeup removal regime consists of eye makeup remover, cleanser, toner and moisturizer, buy some face wipes for the days that you’re too tired to go through the full process. It only takes a few minutes and your skin will benefit greatly.
4 – Putting on concealer without foundation
Many women try like to think they can go au natural and bypass the foundation. This is all well and good, but don’t wear concealer on its own. When used on its own, concealer does not mask your dark circles and blotches, it draws attention to them. Remember that foundation is there to even out your skin tone, so adding the unnatural tone of concealer to the natural tone of your face creates an overall uneven look. Most concealers are not designed to match your skin tone, they are designed to be used alongside a foundation.
Sarah Smith is a renowned author of all things health and beauty related. Sarah frequently visits worldsend.co.uk to get the latest information on natural beauty products.
Most women dread turning 30, because they know that this is the age where fine lines and wrinkles will start to develop on their face. Worse, for women who have been regular smokers or drinkers, these lines start to develop very rapidly, and can sometimes even start to appear on the face much sooner than the age of 30.
As most experts say, if you don’t want a bad skin later on, then the best way to solve the problem is to protect it and take care of it right since the beginning. If you are genuinely scared of looking older, then you must ensure that you do all that it takes to keep your skin looking healthy and young. Some skin care products come in handy during this process.
Here are some of the skin care essentials that you must definitely have with you at the age of 30:
If you have been ignoring this basic product all your life, then it is extremely important for you to start using it when you have turned 30. This will not only save the skin from tanning, but also saves it from other harmful effects of the sun that include fine lines and age spots. With regular use of sunscreen, you will be able to delay the signs of aging to a good extent and can make you look more radiant than ever.
Most women tend to invest a lot of money in cleansers and moisturizers, but what they don’t realize is that a toner is equally important. So it is very important for them to at least get a toner at the age of 30, which helps to give their skin a smooth texture, and also complements the work that a cleanser and a moisturizer does.
3. Natural Concealers
Women love make-up, and one of the reasons why they can’t avoid it is because concealers and foundations hide the imperfections on their skin, making their face look flawless and beautiful. As you turn 30, you must realize that chemical based beauty products can spoil your skin. And if you must use make-up, then you should opt for organic or natural elements based concealers, which don’t cause any damage and work just like the chemical ones.
4. Anti-Aging System
There are various technologies available in the market these days to help people delay the signs of aging. However, when women turn 30, it becomes very important for them to choose or opt a technology that gives long-lasting and effective results. For that, the best choice is to go in for the 3DEEP technology, part of NEWA anti-aging system, which is a painless and harmless way of getting a younger looking skin.
So make all these products your new best friends when you turn 30. With these skin care essentials, you will be able to get a younger looking skin easily. Moreover, with a proper skin care regimen, your skin looks glowing and healthy always, thereby adding to your overall personality and charm.
The author, Dr Michael Schiel, is a renowned skin specialist. He shares his views about the world of beauty and medicine through his articles. He feels that the anti aging product can only slow down the aging process to a certain extent but regular exercise and healthy food habits can help you retain your youthful look.
A lot of today’s beauty products are filled with chemicals that can actually do a lot more harm than good. The good news is that you can make your own beauty products using herbs from your garden. Below are five products that you can make from herbs:
It is very simple to make bath oil. All you need is one essential oil, such as lavender or rosemary. You can also mix lavender and rose together. Additionally, orange and rosemary is another good mixture. If you do not have a garden, then you can find these products at just about any beauty shop or health store. The invigorating smell of the fragrance from these oils and herbs will help you relax while you are taking your bath.
Many of the soaps on the market today have ingredients that can actually dry out your skin. You can make your own soap with cucumber and mint. You will need four fluid ounces of spring water, ½ of a cucumber, four ounces of white vegetable fat, two teaspoons of caustic soda and six drops of essential mint oil. Once you have made the soap, you will need to let it set for two days before using it. It should last two weeks.
A facial mask can help remove dirt and oil from your skin. It can also help even out your skin tone. You can make a facial mask with apples, sage and honey. You will need to chop up the apple and place it in the blender with the sage and honey. You will need to blind all of the ingredients and then place them inside of a bowl. After you have finished making the mixture, you should allow it to set on your face for 15 minutes and then rinse.
Soapwort can be used to make shampoo. If you have light hair, then you will need to use chamomile along with the soapwort. Rosemary is a better choice if your hair is dark. The herbs should be placed in 500 ml of boiling water. You should let the shampoo stand for about 30 minutes before you pour it into a bottle. Store the shampoo until you are ready to wash your hair. You should use about 250 ml of this shampoo every time that you wash your hair.
You will need calendula flower, glycerin and water to make a moisturizer. You will need to place the calendula flower in boiling water. Let it stand for 20 minutes and then strain the mixture. After that, place two tablespoons of glycerin and rosewater into the mixture. Mix all of the ingredients together until they are blended thoroughly. Put the moisturizer in a bottle and store it until it is ready to be used. This moisturizer can be used on every skin type.
Kelly is a single mother living in South East Queensland who is a strong believer in the benefits of using natural remedies. Kelly loves nothing more than working in her garden and has become an expert in Brisbane landscaping techniques over the years. Kelly also enjoys growing her own organic produce.
It’s no secret that as the weather changes, your wardrobe changes. Your skin needs change too. Some people even find that they have a completely different skin type from season to season. The winter and colder months bring with them dry and flaky tendencies, while summer is the bearer of oiliness that can wreak havoc in the way of breakouts. Fear not because the changing weather does not need to be the end for great skin. By employing the proper care regimen at the right time, you can boast healthy, smooth and enviable skin all year round.
In the warmer months…
As was mentioned, the warm weather brings oily skin. Combat this and other summer problems by:
In the colder months…
As opposed to the oily skin of summer, the winter brings dry, cracking, flaky and itchy skin. Beat the winter skin blahs by:
Some skincare tips are timeless and need to be observed year round to ensure beautiful skin.
As you can plainly see, anyone can have beautiful skin that is not seasonal. If you plan a regimen, it is more likely that you will stick to it. Pencil in to your schedule days to exfoliate or hydrate so that you are sure that your skin receives the regular attention it deserves.
This is a Guest Post by Victoria Abrams an occasional guest poster on women’s health and full time fashionista. Vic currently represents superfooddiet.com, the best place to find diet tips and tricks online. Besides blogging, Vic likes to do extreme sports, her favorite one is wakeboarding.
What does it really mean to have sensitive skin? A lot of us might assume that we have it when we really don’t. For example, just because your face is always dry after washing it doesn’t mean that it’s actually sensitive. All it might take is using a new product and applying a moisturizer afterwards to solve the problem. There are actually a lot of simple fixes to the everyday beauty issues that when we do things the right way, we’ll see that we don’t have sensitive skin after all.
It’s Not What You Think
Sensitive skin seems to be a term that is often overused by many of those who don’t even have it. Other than simply tweaking your skin care route, the next best way to find out if you really have sensitive skin is by making an appointment to see a dermatologist. The different causes of sensitive skin can include things like skin disorders, allergic reactions, extremely dry skin, and damaged skin.
Ways You Can Care for Sensitive Skin?
Even though a good fragrance is hard to resist, skip soaps and cleansers that have a scent. Look for products designed to work with sensitive skin such as soap-free cleansers and liquid cleansers that will be softer on your skin. Moisturizing is also important when it comes to helping keep your skin from drying out and becoming abrasive and irritated. Look for skin care products that don’t not have a long list of ingredients that you can’t pronounce. With all of those ingredients going onto your skin, and you have no idea what they are and what they are doing, it makes it impossible to control the sensitive skin issue. Avoid using products with alcohol, retinoids, alpha-hydroxy acids and antibacterial properties.
Better Makeup For Better Skin
Sensitive skin is affected by more than just cleansing products. You have to worry about makeup being irritating, too. Use a face powder or a foundation that has silicone in it. Waterproof makeup is extremely convenient and you can go all day without having to touch it up. But that means that at the end of the day, you need to use some pretty strong chemicals to take it off. For eye makeup, purchase products that are allergenic. Some liquid liners can have latex in them and that will spark an allergic reaction. Remember to keep an eye on how long you’ve had your makeup for, too. Items like eyeshadow can take a really long time to go through, but the longer that they are hanging around in your makeup bag, the more bacteria they are collecting.
Test Your Products First
If you have any doubt in the first place of whether or not you might suffer a reaction from your makeup or cleansing products, do a test run first. Apply a small amount of the product in question behind your ear every day for about a week. If everything looks okay, try again, but this time pick a spot around your eyes, which is a sensitive area. If you’re still reaction-free, it’s likely that it’s safe to use.
Protect Sensitive Skin
Sensitive skin needs a lot of special care. Always make sure you use a good sunscreen no matter what the season. To avoid dry skin, make sure you’re not blasting the heat too high in your home, watch the water temperature during a shower or bath, and use the right shower gels and cleansers. By using temperatures that are too hot and products that are drying out your skin, you’re robbing your skin of that natural moisture it needs.
Once you are able to diagnose the severity of your sensitive skin issue and even pinpoint what products cause those irritating flare-ups, it will be that much easier to exert more control and use preventative measures towards building a skin care regime that will encourage better skin.
Written by DorMauri, the skin care experts. DorMauri is a facial skin care company who has all natural products.
Skin care is supposed to be associated with femininity, or at least, that’s how it’s portrayed. Men are expected to exfoliate with axel grease and WD-40, even if those aren’t the best cleansing products in the world. It doesn’t matter what you have between your legs – you could benefit from some of the “girly” skin care tricks in the world. You just have to know what to try. Here are some simple and effective techniques that could make you look better in the long run.
A guy wearing a mint mask would inevitably be a funny sight to see. There is no way around that. In wearing something like this though, you could really make an impact on the tightness of your pores. Men inherently have large pores anyway, and those pores invite toxins in that you probably don’t want on your skin. Try a mint mask treatment at home, and you’ll soon see a difference in your complexion.
Microdermabrasion is a unique process that involves the removal of dead skin cells. You can use a special tool to scrape away the outermost layer of your skin, sort of like you would with a power sander and a piece of wood. As you sand away all the nasty elements of your skin, you will leave an opening for new skin to form. That new skin is going to come out soft and smooth.
Alright, hear me out now people. I’m not suggesting that men start wearing makeup on a day to day basis. I just think it’s smart to try for concealing pimples. It is guaranteed to blend into the skin a lot better than liquid makeup, and it can heal the problem while it conceals. You may feel a little funky with cover-up on your face, but it could be just what you need to get through a bad breakout.
If anything, men need moisturizer throughout the day more than women. Their skin is naturally dryer and rougher than their female counterparts’, so they need something that is going to hydrate and nourish the skin. That is where moisturizer comes into play. If you can find a product with built-in SPF, that would be ideal. Otherwise, just use moisturizer once in the morning to keep your skin feeling its best.
Suck up your pride for a day and give one of these options a try. You might be pleasantly surprised by what you see. As long as you grunt a couple times while you apply exfoliates to your face, you should be able to maintain your manliness ;)
About the Author: Paula Arden is a beauty consultant who has helped countless men come to grips with their skin care needs. She recommends the products from Riiviva for general improvement right at home.
Not all beauty routines are created to suit everyone. There are so many beauty mistakes from buying the wrong cosmetic brush bags to applying the wrong makeup. In fact, many of them do more harm than good because most beauty tips were made to suit certain body, hair or skin types. Women would only have to apply what would best suit them.
Here are some big beauty mistakes women commit. Take note of them and avoid committing them as much as possible.
Many women buy perfumes or cologne that they have smelled from someone else. The problem is, it may or may not smell good on everybody. When investing in a new fragrance, consider this: some fragrances have essential oils in them. This implies that women should remember some factors when buying scents such as body chemistry, diet, and age. These factors affect how a person wears a scent, so it is always important to try them before buying.
Also, don’t apply perfume after putting on clothes because it causes stains.
Labels on beauty products say to consult a doctor if inflammation occurs. It’s there for a reason, seriously. If the skin starts to turn red, be cautious. Observe for a while and when it gets worse, consult a doctor immediately. Don’t play doctor by applying ointments that could aggravate the inflammation. Skin inflammation is usually caused by waxing, shaving, applying ointments and other creams, insect bites, and many more.
Women commit the mistake of wearing foundation every day because there are afraid to go out without makeup. The skin on the face needs a breather from time to time. To replace foundation, use a tinted moisturizer or use a tinted SPF cream. Blend it with a concealer if needed.
When applying foundation, moisturizer should be applied first. However, some women don’t allow enough time for the moisturizer to dry and be absorbed by the skin resulting to blotching. Wait for the moisturizer to dry at least for 60 seconds before applying foundation.
The number one symptom of skin cancer is spots appearing on the skin. If the skin suddenly produces unexplainable spots, don’t wait, go to the doctor immediately and have it checked. Recurring spots or blemishes from acne and other skin problems should also be checked.
Split-ends are commonly caused by brushing the hair when it is still wet. The habit of brushing wet hair should be stopped as soon as possible to avoid stretching it and eventually breaking strands. However, it is recommended to brush wet hair while still in the shower as conditioner is applied on it.
Applying conditioner from roots to tips causes dandruff. That is why labels on conditioners say that it should only be applied at the tips. Apply conditioner starting from the ear only, downwards to the tips.
Now stop wondering which brushes to put in those cosmetic brush bags, or what conditioner to buy, and think about these beauty mistakes that could be easily avoided. Follow them and be more beautiful without thinking about where things could have gone wrong.
About The Author: Sally Law is opening her online beauty site very soon.
Image by: Deborah Austin
Few people are blessed with the kind of perfect airbrushed skin that is found on the glossy pages of magazines like Glamour and Cosmopolitan.
Consequently, I think most of us will admit that we’ve tried various kinds of skin products before, whether it be facial wash, facial wipes or moisturizer.
Step into Boots and you’ll find a crazy range of products available, so much so it can be overwhelming.
If you suffer from irritating skin conditions like atopic eczema or just generally find yourself interested in natural skin care, maybe some of these unpredictable treatments will catch your eye.
I don’t know about you but I think personally I’d prefer to stick with something a little more conventional!
1. Soap…from breast milk?
Image by: Debbie Chialtas
Usually, I’m completely supportive of the ‘DIY’ approach to living. Make your own soup…brew your own beer…that kind of thing.
If somebody just said to me, ‘hey, I can make my own soap’ – then I would think, ‘Great! Efficiency, self-sufficiency, I automatically like it’.
But, breast milk? Really?? Apparently it’s supposed to be good for you. I also know that eating your own placenta after birth is meant to be good for you.
Still, I don’t think I’m that concerned about my health, to be honest. Whatever happened to a good old fashioned mud mask?
2. Ooze that Snail Slime On!
Image by: Daniel R. Blume
Most people have heard of applying leeches in the name of medicine.
Well, I think I’d struggle doing this, and snails somehow seem so much worse!
Apparently, snails have been used since ancient times as a natural method of skin care, and carry an active ingredient that is great for moisturizing and exfoliating.
Well, there are plenty of snails in the UK, especially after all this rain.
Why hasn’t this caught on yet?
3. A gold standard face-lift
Image by: Alex Schwab
I must say, I love the idea of this.
I’m not one for jewellery and I don’t tend to carry that much gold bling. But imagine the power trip you’d experience asking for this at a spa: “Darling, I want a facial, and I want it in gold!” Nothing but the best madam….
This gold facial is bonafide, containing a mixture of pure gold, Aloe Vera, wheat and sandalwood oil. It’s not exactly mainstream yet though, but watch this face.
4. Good Enough to Eat
Image by: Kirti Poddar
Who says chocolate is bad for you?
In fact, its natural component, cocoa butter, is supposed to rejuvenate skin cells and moisturize.
I knew there was a reason why I used to cover my face in chocolate whilst eating it as a child.
I must have sensed its health merits, obviously.
5. A bird pooped on me! No, I mean that’s good!
You don’t need to feel embarrassed when a bird poos on you ever again!
Bird poop facials have reportedly become popular in Japan through the use of a powder made from nightingale faeces. The trick has been passed down from the Geishas who, in my mind, had lovely skin. Maybe we are missing a trick here.
See you in Trafalgar square with you buckets and spades, ladies!
Which of these do YOU think is the wackiest skin care idea?
About the Author: Louise Blake blogs for Salcura, eczema treatment provider and supplier of various natural skin care products.
There’s no questioning the fact that moms are busy. Along with taking care of the children, most women have household chores or errands to run. Those who also work are faced with an even bigger challenge of finding time for themselves. Remember though that being constantly busy doesn’t mean that you can’t look good while you’re at it. Even the busiest Bettys can look primped and made up without having to spend an hour in front of the vanity.
Looking good can take as little as 10 minutes of easy makeup application. The truth is that the best way to quickly do your makeup is to use multi-purpose makeup products. Here’s a bonus: not only does this speed up the process, but using multi-purpose products also makes buying makeup lighter on your pocket and easier on your budget.
So how exactly can you look prim and proper in as short as 10 minutes?
Those steps should allow you to finish an entire beauty routine in less than 10 minutes. Some women may even whittle it down to 5, with a little practice of course. Just remember that even just a swipe of lipstick can already help, and you are on your way.
Chriselle is the content editor for Smart Poppy. In Australia, Smart Poppy is the premier source of high end cosmetics with discounted rates.