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That time I tried to write a script about skin color

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In 2006, I tried writing a script for the first time and the following is what I came up with:

SKIN
An original script
by Dangerous Lee

July 2006 Draft

1. BLACK SCREEN: Sound of baby crying.
2. INT: Hospital Delivery Room
A beautiful black baby is born and crying. The doctor and nurses are all in shock. We then see the mother and father who are white.

MOTHER
“What is it? What’s wrong?”

The child is then turned towards the mother and father. The father looks at his wife accusingly and begins to walk away. The mother looks at child and screams.

3. Int. Hospital Room in same hospital.
Black woman has given birth to a white child and she and her husband are trying to calmly discuss the situation.

MOTHER
“It may be albino!”

FATHER
“Albino babies do not have brown hair.”

MOTHER
“Baby, I did not cheat on you, so there is no need for a DNA test but if that is what you want then go ahead and pull a Maury Povich on me!”

FATHER
(raising voice)
“I am most definitely getting a DNA test! I really don’t need one! Two black people cannot create a white baby!”

The mother starts to cry. At the same time a nurse brings in the baby for a feeding.
4. Int. Zoom to television in room

Special News Report

REPORTER
“All across the country there are reports of families giving birth to children who do not share the same skin color, but after having numerous DNA tests it shows that these children do indeed belong to them…”


 

I wrote this before I knew anything about Sandra Laing, a woman who comes from at least three generations of White ancestors but appears Black (of African descent). She is an example of atavism. Her family was unaware of their African roots.

I have never seen it, but a movie about her life, also titled Skin, was released in 2008.

I find her true life story along with my fictional tale to be quite amazing. At the time I wrote it I had no idea that this could and had really happened. Nothing ever came of this script but a three-part essay series I wrote and published in 2010 called The Half Series – When Black People Look White also tackles the subject and my experiences with skin color and race.

It’s Time To Embrace Your Cellulite!

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Curves are something to celebrate. And having cellulite (as 85% of women do) doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t feel good about yourself and the way you look. Try some bottom pampering today.

The word cellulite was first coined back in the seventies, but it’s no modern affliction. Just think of those Rubensesque beauties going about their everyday lives. They’d never make the cover of today’s Vogue, yet in their era they were considered the epitome of voluptuous sexiness.

Fashion has changed since then, and back in the days of yore, fatness (for that’s essentially what cellulite is – body fat) would have been synonymous with wealth. Nowadays the smaller your thighs, the bigger your wallet. Women dread surplus pounds, aspiring instead to a neat peachy behind and racehorse legs. And cellulite, which becomes worse as you get older, is viewed as a sort of degenerative disease.

Face it! You know the horror you feel when you cross your legs and the orange peel bulges out. It’s like viewing your first wrinkle or stretch mark. Somehow it’s the beginning of the end.
The truth is cellulite is just part of being a woman – nearly nine out of ten of us fall prey to it, including supermodels and Hollywood’s A listers.

There’s nothing disease-like about it, either – it’s not the result of modern toxins, say experts; rather it’s surplus fat held together by skin cells that have lost their elasticity. And it lurks about the areas of a woman’s body that are designed to lay down fat – backs of thighs, bottoms, tummies, even your upper arms. The result? Fat cells squishing upwards against your skin and causing a cottage cheese effect – like stuffing bursting out of an old cushion.

That’s not to say you have to embrace cellulite as part of your female-ness (that’s why we’ve written this book, after all). But before you get stressed, depressed and obsessed about the cellulite bits, take a moment here to get a perspective, and to celebrate your curves.

A friend’s husband once took a mold of her behind, which was, refreshingly, generously proportioned. He gave it to her as an anniversary present – a wonderful pumpkin of a bottom cast in bronze.

So first lesson is ‘remember, men love curves’. In fact men particularly love fleshy bottoms when they’re paired with a small waist; studies show a waist hip ratio of 0.7 is the magic formula most likely to get a man’s pulse racing.

Don’t forget too, that your curves are there for a reason; making babies, having babies, feeding babies, filling out bikinis/ridiculously expensive lingerie, that sort of thing.

They also give you pleasure – legs, bottoms, thighs, tummies – they’re all part of your healthy, functioning, living, breathing body. So think of a slightly dimply bottom as a sign of a rich, happy and fulfilling life.

Oh, and a spongy bottom is also handy at weddings and on bikes; pews and saddles can be so uncomfortable.

So let’s start by nipping that self-criticism in the bud. Time, instead, to celebrate that ass. Try some of these today:

Savor the good things about your bum and thighs – the excitement of slipping into new silky pants, that satisfying pain/exhilaration when you cycle up a hill, the sensation of rubbing lovely cream into your legs, someone else fondling your behind…. You get the idea.

Every day, promise yourself you’ll something that makes you feel good about your body – have something really delicious to eat, treat yourself a day spa, go for a swim, book a fantastic holiday. Doing something pleasurable can make you feel happy.

Stop buying clothes that don’t fit which you’re aiming to ‘diet into’. They make you feel worse about your body. Instead, buy yourself something big but gorgeous that you can wear now.

Make a mental list of your best bits – hair, feet, long, beautifully shaped fingernails, trim calves, firm boobs – stop focusing on your short-comings and acknowledge your glories.

Splash out on body treats: indulging really does boost your self-confidence – book a facial/manicure, buy new perfume, wallow in a luxurious, gorgeous smelling bath. Take pleasure in looking your best.

Start taking some exercise. It can boost your mood, improve your complexion, help you focus and give you confidence in your body.

Olivia Winters is an accomplished author and self proclaimed food addict. She loves writing about womens hairstyles and other beauty topics whenever she has the spare time.

 

10 Top Winter Beauty Tips

Except for Christmas, reindeers and presents, cold weather also brings sullen skin, itchy scalp and other non-attractive things. Before panicking about your appearance, read a list of beauty tips that will make you shine this winter.

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1) In winter we tend to feel less thirsty and often neglect drinking plenty of water. It is very important though to drink 8 glasses per day even if doesn’t come naturally. Herbal teas and clear soups can also replenish your skin’s moisture.

2) Avoid long, hot showers. According to dermatologist Barbara R. Reed, “Just as you use hot water to get grease out of dishes, you can wind up removing natural oils from your skin”. Lukewarm showers might not be that comforting but at least they will not contribute to your skin dryness.

3) If you feel like snacking prefer seeds and nuts. You will get a zinc boost, essential for preventing rashes and skin irritations. On the contrary, sugary snacks will make your skin look even more sullen.

4) To protect your lips from dryness use a moisturizing, natural lip balm which does not contain ingredients like camphor and menthol (they only worsen a cracked mouth). You can also try an exfoliant on your lips to get rid of flaky patches.

5) To soothe lackluster hair use conditioner. Scan the labels for quaternary ammonium compounds, also known as “quats”. Quats such as cetrimonium chloride and behentrimonium chloride “neutralize the static electricity that causes flyaways leaving your hair soft and silky” says cosmetics chemist Jim Hammer.

6) Bolster your beauty from the inside by consuming enough Omega-3s, the essential fatty acids found in foods such as salmon and walnuts. Omega 3s are so vital for skin health, that we should take supplements to ensure we get enough, said Doris Day, M.D., at Womens Health magazine.

7) The lack of humidity in winter can cause our scalp to peel. If the peeling is accompanied with symptoms such as limp locks, super dry face and rashes on the body, then it is probably dandruff. To get rid of the annoying white flakes use a shampoo with zinc or sulfur. Their antibacterial action free follicles of buildup and eliminate flakes in a few weeks.

8) Some body parts, like arms and legs, have fewer oil glands than other parts and tend to be drier, especially in winter. It is essential to moisturize these parts with a lotion to keep them hydrated and soft. You can try a soothing lotion with milk as the main ingredient. The natural fats and lactic acid in milk can soften our skin, lightly exfoliate, and abate irritation, says Regina Viotto, skin-care specialist.

9) Heat styling your hair in winter could dry it out more. Warren Holmes, International Creative Director at Nicky Clarke, who has styled the locks of Kate Moss, recommends using a low-heat setting on a dryer with ceramic technology, to achieve silky styles without damaging it.

10) You can try adding some moisture to your home with a humidifier in the bedroom, which can help clear sinuses in cold weather and keep skin from over-drying. To prevent your humidifier from becoming a germ haven though, change the water daily and clean it every three days.

Katerina is an avid blogger with a real appreciation of beauty. She is currently blogging about fashion trends, hairstyles and beauty tips for Vixen and Blush vixenandblush.com/contact/hair-extensions-salon-hoxton-shoreditch/ a hair extensions salon in Shoreditch, London.

Say What! Bronzing Can Remove Cellulite?

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Kate Moss has been bronzed and Photo Shopped to hell and back!

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.

Why does it work?

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.

What to expect

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.

Just follow the three golden rules – exfoliate, moisturize and layer

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.

Fun Summer Makeup

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Now that summer is here, you may be tired of wearing the same smoky eye makeup each and every day. It is time for you to switch it up and try something new. It is also time to break out a new color pallet and try wearing some new colors. Summer is the perfect season for trying something new and bright colors are all the rage. Here are some colorful makeup tips that you can use when doing your makeup this summer to be perfectly in season!

Try Shades of Blue

Since summer is all about laying by the pool or on the beach, you can use shades of blue on your eyes instead of basic, natural colors. There are many shades of blue eye shadow out there that you can use on your eyes. You can even blend them together like you would with a smoky eye for a look that is all your own. When you add some greens and a hint of gold to the look, you can really change it up. Blue eye makeup paired with a coral lip is a great look for a day in the office or a night out on the town.

Keep it Basic

Another thing that you will want to try this summer is to keep your makeup looking pretty basic and minimal. You will want to wear only the bare necessities sometimes when it comes to makeup. This means that you can use some bronzer, but try to skip the foundation. You can also use mascara to lengthen and add volume to your eye lashes, but you will want to either go light on or skip the eyeliner all together. If you do feel the need to wear eyeliner, use it only on your bottom water line so that it looks natural and not overdone.  If you want to, try using mineral makeup for the most natural and minimal look.

Keeping Your Skin Healthy

No matter what kind of makeup you wear this summer, remember to always keep your skin healthy, as well. Be sure to wash your makeup off at the end of the day so that it is not clogging your pores or causing a break out. You will want to use an oil free makeup remover if you need to on the mascara, especially if it is water proof. Additionally, stay hydrated and drink lots of water so that your skin can look its best.

Microdermabrasion

Microdermabrasion is a process that helps your skin stay healthy and vibrant with a wonderful glow and vitality. The first thing you should know about microdermabrasion is that there really are no risks that come with it, so don’t worry. What happens with microdermabrasion is that the top layer of your skin is removed, unveiling healthy skin underneath. You don’t have to do it everyday, but at least once or twice a month will keep your skin looking healthy and alive.

The summer is a great time for you to try something new and that goes for makeup and skin care as well. if you are someone that always wears natural colors, try switching it up this year and wearing something bold and bright for fun. Trying mineral makeup may also be a great idea because it has no harmful effects on your skin and can give your skin a natural glow without looking fake. Just remember to take care of your skin and stay hydrated on hot days. By following these makeup and skincare tips, you will be looking hot this summer!

About the Author: Lynn Garner is a licensed cosmetologist and beautician who loves to write about makeup, beauty, fashion and style. She uses the Riiviva Microdermabrasion System for an at home treatment that gives spa-like results.

5 Body Parts We All Neglect – But Really Shouldn’t

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Sore feet. Cracked elbows. Painful underarm rashes.

These are some of the areas you could be neglecting because, let’s face it, it’s just so much easier to carry on with life than take a minute to attend to them.

That’s where I come in with some easy tips for sprucing, preening and improving the five body parts we all neglect but really shouldn’t!

Underarms:

Yes, oh yes. Your underarms are important. Why, you ask? Because if they’re not well looked after, chances are you’ll end up feeling like two-day-old dog food warmed up. That and you could get folliculitis. This happens when the follicles of your underarm hair get damaged and ingrown,  and become infected! Get a close shave, change your blade if you feel it tugging at your skin or it has rust, and give your precious pits a break from deodorant on Sunday. Be sure to use a light moisturizer a couple of times a week as well, to prevent them from drying out.

Those with sensitive underarms could try waxing or a hair removal agent as these are less abrasive than shaving.

Take a slice of lemon and wipe it underneath each arm – though, not after a close shave – as an alternate for deodorant. Try to wash your underarms daily even if you don’t shower or bathe every day of the week- and try wearing clothes which allow your skin to breathe.

Elbows & Knees:

Exfoliate and moisturize to get rid of those rough unsightly patches. Gently scrub those spots with a loofah two to three times a week in a circular motion, while in the shower. Using an exfoliating product containing almonds is recommended – it has wonderful softening properties.

Exfoliating is incredibly beneficial. It helps slough off dead skin cells which build up and lead to clogged pores and even acne. It also renews your skin by promoting a faster epidermal turnover, and it can fade age spots!

Bum:

I admit it: I don’t bother too much with that area- but I should! And so should you. If you don’t, there is a chance you could develop bum acne! As horrible and uncomfortable as it sounds, it’s an unfortunate truth.

The skin on your body is thicker than on your face and dead epidermis can build up faster and lead to pimples and boils. Use a body scrub on the area, and a shower gel which contains salicylic acid. This helps prevent the occurrence of spots. Wear breathable underwear and as obvious as it sounds- change it frequently!

Heels:

This has to be the number one neglected body bit! Cracked, flaky skin with fissures is painful and all too common. Soaking your feet in warm soapy water for 15 minutes at the end of the day will help soften that hard skin. Then pat your tootsies dry; and apply a mixture of one teaspoon lemon of juice and Vaseline. It’s best to do this before bed, so your heels can absorb it while you sleep.

It’s also possible to get a specialized heel scraper from your local chemist. Use a pumice stone or file on dry skin- be gentle but firm and consult a doctor if they worsen.

Breasts:

Most women aren’t happy with the size, shape or feel of their front most assets. As a single mom, I can identify. There are wonderful products on the market which can help enhance your twins. Some breast creams and serums are clinically tested and can provide a noticeable improvement in size and firmness in a matter of weeks.

There you have it: breasts, bums, heels, knees and elbows and underarms. Exfoliate, give your bits a rest day and never forget to moisturize. Don’t forget your enhancing breast creams, and you’ll be well on your way to a happier and more comfortable life!

Do you have any bits and bobs that need attention? Want to add some advice for other related ailments? Drop a comment in the box below!

 

Caitlin White is a writer who takes great pleasure in a wide range of topics. When she isn’t rescuing her toddler from himself; she blogs for Triactol.

3 Natural Ways to Remove Blackheads

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When it comes to skincare, blackheads are blemishes that are very difficult to remove. And if you have tried all the over-the-counter remedies but have not found any permanent success, the next step could be to tackle the problem with a more natural approach.

What Causes Blackheads?

A blackhead is also known as an open comedo. A comedo is a hair follicle that has widened and filled with oil, bacteria, and skin debris. When you get a blackhead, it is essentially a black mass of debris that is covering the opening of the hair follicle on your skin. People who suffer from oily or combination skin tend to develop more blackheads than those with dry skin, although they really can occur on any type of skin.

Using certain skincare products, such as the wrong moisturizer, sunscreen, or makeup, can cause blackheads to develop and become resistant to treatment. However, the main cause of the problem is an over-production of oil by the skin. Stress, anxiety, and foods do not directly cause blackheads, although many people think they do.

When All Else Fails, Try These Natural Approaches

1.      Cosmetic Clay Mask

Purchase some natural clay, such as rhassoul, fuller’s earth, bentonite, or French green, from a herb store or other natural beauty product distributor. Then, combine 1 tablespoon of the clay you purchased with 1 tablespoon of either apple cider vinegar or water, stirring the ingredients until all the lumps are gone and you are left with a smooth mix that you can then apply to your face wherever blackheads are persistent. Make sure you wash your face before applying the mask, and let the mask sit on your skin for about 15-20 minutes. Using a washcloth that has been soaked in warm water, slowly wipe off the clay after pressing the washcloth to the mask for a few seconds to soften it up.

2.      A Natural Scrub

To create a natural scrub to use for unclogging the pores that cause blackheads, mix sugar, honey, and lemon juice. Rub it gently onto your problem areas and then wash your face with warm water. The lemon juice will help soak up excess oil and brighten your skin while the sugar acts as a natural exfoliator.

3.      Get Some Sun

Believe it or not, the sun and ultra-violet rays may actually help you get rid of your blackheads. Because the sun encourages the skin to peel, it also helps to unclog your pores, which may result in fewer blackheads.

Prevent Blackheads in the First Place

If you do not want to deal with the hassle of removing blackheads, you have to take steps to prevent their occurrence in the first place. Here are some ways to prevent blackheads:

  • Don’t wear too much makeup, and use natural makeup whenever you do.
  • Don’t use harsh cleansers and chemicals on your face because they can irritate your skin further and cause more oil production as a result.
  • To tighten up pores, try a natural astringent, such as apple cider vinegar or witch hazel.
  • Weekly, use a facial steam to open your pores up and release build-up debris.

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Dangerous Skin For Every Season

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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:

  • Opting for lotions and moisturizers that are free from oils–Adding more grease on already greasy skin will only exacerbate the problem.
  • Avoid creamy cleansers, instead choose astringents or tonics that have natural ingredients–These options will leave you feeling clean and refreshed without introducing substances that could harm your skin.
  • Get some blotting papers. These handy little packs of oil-thirsty paper can help you dry up problem areas when your on the move or at the beach–which everyone knows is the best place to spend the scorching days of summer.
  • Forego the oily makeup in favor of drier powders, better yet forget the makeup and let your skin breathe.
  • When you are showering use light and fresh gels as opposed to creamy body cleansers. As a bonus, the summery scents will give you instant energy and a mood boost.

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:

  • Choosing heavier moisturizing lotions. Now is the time to pull out the body butters. If you want to stay natural with your choice, opt for an organic coconut oil or olive oil.
  • Change your facial moisturizer back to a heavier cream that can shield your skin from the harsh winter elements.
  • Promote kissable lips by shielding them with a hydrating balm.
  • Keep a heavy-duty hand cream with you and apply as needed. All the use and washing that hands go through can really stress out your skin. Moreover, do not forget cuticle oil to sooth dry and cracking cuticles.

Anytime…

Some skincare tips are timeless and need to be observed year round to ensure beautiful skin.

  • Exfoliate. Both your face and body can end up flaky if you don’t scrub off lingering dead skin cells. The best way to achieve this is by using a loofah or similar item, exfoliating facial scrub, and sugar scrubs. Sugar scrubs are particularly good for the winter due to their oils.
  • Show your feet some love. Use a file or pumice stone to keep feet free of excess skin and calluses. These build ups can crack and cause pain. Keep a foot lotion on hand to moisturize them, or treat yourself to a pedicure every now and again.
  • Protect your skin from the sun. Although people primarily think about sunscreens in the summer, UV rays can damage skin at any time of the year. Always have a daytime cream that contains SPF protection.
  • Eat healthily. Your skin is your largest organ and it will reflect the quality of nourishment that you provide. You have heard it before but you are about to hear it again…eat your fruits and veggies.

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.

Practical Ways To Make Your Fake Tan Last

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Apart from the money you spend on creams, lotions and gels, fake tan consumes plenty of time and energy to apply on your body. You also have to spend a good amount of time without clothes just to ensure that the tan has enough time to react with the amino acids on your skin so it can stick. After all this trouble, you’re faced with the problem of fake tan fading away quickly. Want your tan to last? Here are some useful tips to help you out.

Skincare Is Key

Properly exfoliating your skin to remove dead cells remains one of the best ways to get the fake tan to stick to your skin. This should be done just before you apply the tan, and once in a while every other day, after the initial tan to ensure that your tan stays even. But after the tan you need to be very gentle with your skin so as not to eliminate the tan. Instant bronze body sprays are the secret to the glow and lasting fake tans of celebrities. But you should be careful not to bring the spray too close to your skin. Hold it about three to five inches from your skin and spray in a circular motion.

Look After Your Tan Right Away

Most people lose the battle a few hours after application. So, make sure you avoid anything like swimming, showering or heavy sweating several hours after you’ve applied the fake tan. Once you’re sure that the fake tan is good on your skin, you can then revert to your former lifestyle but not without a little care. When taking your morning shower apply some body oil that will protect your skin by creating a barrier so that the tan will last. Instead of rubbing your skin after a shower, it is better to pat dry it so your tan won’t be affected. Another effective method to prevent your skin from drying out is to always use moisturisers. In addition to keeping your skin moist, this will also prevent it from getting flaky, and prevents you from having splotchy color or faded tan.

Things To Avoid

Another common enemy of fake tan is shaving. Completely avoid shaving your skin since this can remove the top layer easily. This is why it’s important for you to do some waxing a few days before your self tanning. Also, before you tan make use of a pumice stone to wipe your ankle and feet clean. You should avoid pools and hot tubs for a while after your tan since they usually involves chlorine.  One very good tip is to check the alcohol ingredient before applying it on your skin. If alcohol is listed as either the second or third ingredient on the label then it is best you avoid the tan lotion and get another one with little or no alcohol. High levels of alcohol in your tan lotion or cream will cause excessive dryness so that your skin will crack a few days after applying the tan.

Emma Robinson runs a blog that offers people practical tanning tips and advice. She also performs fake tan reviews.

 

4 Important Facts About Drinking Water And What It Does For Skin

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Here are some facts about what drinking water actually does for skin. Read on and discover the power of water.

Water makes you healthy. It comprises two thirds of your body and, would you believe, 70 % of your skin tissues. And, it’s a fact; without water, you’ll not last a week.

It’s very interesting to note how water can influence your skin because of its dominating presence. Any water imbalance in your body will really affect your skin. What drinking water actually does for skin is something that you should be highly aware of?

  • First, drinking water will help blood circulation. Blood carries nutrients to all the cells in our body. If the cells are healthy, so are the tissues and the organs. Not only does water help normal body circulation, it also helps improve organ function.

Since our skin is an organ, it’ll also benefit from the effects of drinking water. Want to know more about what drinking water actually does for skin? Then keep reading.2.

  • Second, the skin is the considered the barometer of our body. When we’re healthy the skin is alive and healthy. It’s smooth and wrinkle free. But if we’re sick, our skin will also look anemic. Now one function of water is to flush out body toxins.

Drinking an exact amount of water daily will really help flush these toxins from our system. However, if the need is direr than just drinking, you can use a water enema to hasten water’s therapeutic property and bring you back to your health faster than just drinking it. A regular water enema with other health ingredients will do wonders not only to your health but also for your skin.

A water enema brings faster results than what drinking water actually does for skin. Whether you drink it or use it in any other way, the water will always bring positive effects on your skin.

  • Third, So what drinking water actually does for skin aside from the other two mentioned already? Water increases body lubrication. It does not only lubricate the joints, it also diminishes the friction between tissues.

When we move around one of the most visible effects that water has working is when our joints are working perfectly. Water per see doesn’t do the lubricating, but it increases our organic lubricants like the synovial fluid to reduce cartilage friction.

This helps reduce pain in the joints and brings back health to a person. And we know that a healthy body makes healthy skin.

  • Fourth, and concerning tissue friction, or muscle friction, when we move inter tissue or inter muscle friction occurs. Now if we drink less water, natural body lubricants will also diminish. It will produce heat and heat causes wear and tear. What happens to the muscle will also affect the skin.

And remember: the skin is 70% water. When water is lacking the skin will suffer like dry and withered leaves. Keep that water a flowing and your skin a glowing. So what drinking water actually does for skin is really beneficial to it.

Kevin Lee writes regularly for Skin Care Tips for Women, a authority blog which is provide useful information about acne, arthritis, moles, warts, skin tags and many more. 

How To Make Your Makeup Last All Day Long

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When you step out for the day, you are immediately slammed with a long to-do list. You do not have time to rush to the bathroom and reapply your makeup constantly throughout the day. Instead, you rely on what you put on in the morning to last you until you get home at night. To do this, you need a good base to start with.

Skin care products allow women to prepare their face for makeup. By creating a canvas that is strong enough to hold onto the makeup you put on, you can have the confidence that you keep the same great look that you left the house with all day long. To create this canvas, there are a few things you can do to prepare your face to apply your makeup.

  • Remove dead cells – One of the first things you should do before applying any makeup is exfoliate your skin. This will help you get rid of the dead cells on your face, as well as thoroughly clean away any dirt or grime that may be stuck in your pores. By doing this, you avoid the buildup that can leave your face looking caked and fake all day.
  • Add moisture – Just as makeup will not look good caked on to a face that is filled with dead cells, it will also not look good if your face is dry and cannot hold onto the makeup you are using. Before applying anything, from foundation and concealer to eye makeup and lip makeup, you should make sure your face is well moisturized and ready to hold onto the hues you are about to apply.
  • Avoid bad ingredients – The quality of the ingredients in your makeup will also have a lot to do with how well your face holds onto your look. Ingredients that are poor in quality will not have the right type of agents that will keep your face looking great throughout the day. Instead, the harsh chemicals used in some of the lesser quality makeup brands can harm your skin throughout the day, causing your look to quickly fade.

Makeup is difficult to maintain when you are on the go and rushing around town. With these tips, you can help your face remain clean and healthy enough to stay looking fresh all day long. Combine regular cleaning habits with quality makeup and you can have confidence that your look will not fade.

Raymond really enjoys writing about different things. One of his favorite things to write about is skin care.

 

Effective Beauty Uses for Lemon Juice

As a fruit, lemon might not be the most appetizing thing to eat, but it works great to enhance the flavor of our water or tea. It also has so many uses in cooking, that it’s a staple in many households, and you can always find a container of lemon juice or lemons waiting to be squeezed in the fridge.

But did you know that lemon juice might actually be one of the most effective and versatile beauty products you own? Lemon juice has a variety of uses, and it can leave your skin, hair, and nails looking simply beautiful. Here are some of the ways you can use lemon juice in your beauty routine.

Hair Rinse

Bring a small container of lemon juice (or about 4oz) with you into the shower. After you shampoo, rinse your hair with the lemon juice. Rinse again with cool water, and repeat every day or as desired. You will be simply shocked at the wonders this lemon juice rinse will do for your hair. It will leave it softer, shinier, and cleaner, and it will significantly reduce frizz.

Exfoliation

Mix lemon juice with sugar, and you’ve created a great exfoliating product. Rub your face with the mixture, and then rinse with cool water. It will help remove dead skin cells and unclog your pores.

Acne Treatment

Because lemon juice is acidic, it’s a great way to kill the germs and bacteria that cause acne and pimples on your skin. Mix lemon juice with oatmeal until you’ve formed a paste, and use it as a spot treatment for acne, an acne-fighting cleansing face wash, or as a mask. For the mask, cover your face with the lemon juice and oatmeal, leave it on until it hardens, and rinse.
Age Spot Reduction

Lemon juice can help lighten the dark age spots that you have on your face. Just dab a little lemon juice on your spots, and leave it on for about 15 minutes before rinsing. Do this twice per day, and you will see your dark age spots begin to lighten.

Nail Treatment

Soaking your nails in a mixture of warm water and lemon juice (about one-half of a lemon’s worth to one cup of water) is a great way to clean them. Leave your nails in for about 5-10 minutes, and then rub the inside of the lemon peel over your nails. They will be noticeably whiter, shinier, and cleaner.
Wrinkle Reduction

To create a facial mask that will help reduce and prevent wrinkles, boil one cup of milk with two teaspoons of lemon juice and one tablespoon of brandy. Once the mixture has cooled to room temperature, apply it to your skin. After it dries, wipe your skin smooth.

Teeth Whitening

Lemon juice can help whiten your teeth by removing stains. Just mix lemon juice, salt, and baking soda until you’ve formed a paste, and rub it over your teeth with a toothbrush. This will help combat stains caused by smoking or drinking coffee and other colored beverages.

Author Byline: Cayla Crenshaw is a beauty expert and stylist who loves finding great homemade beauty products. She loves to write when she can and often covers anything from cosmetic brushes to the hottest new trends.

 

Girly Skin Care Tricks All Guys Should Try

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.

Mint Masks

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

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.

Mineral Makeup

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.

Moisturizer

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.

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