Thursday, July 31, 2008
If you're not in the habit of plucking your eyebrows, be sure to give them extra attention. Use a clean toothbrush to brush eyebrows and keep them looking neat. Even if you do pluck your eyebrows, it's a good idea to do this; the little bit of extra effort can really improve your overall appearance!
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Have a color you like, but it's a little too bright? Add a tiny bit of concealer, either before or while you apply the lipstick. This will tone it down a bit, and it's much more complementary to the rest of your makeup.
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Having trouble with your foundation? You might not be spreading it out enough. When you dot it on your face, do so in as many places as possible -- not just four or five. If at all possible, use a cosmetic brush instead of your fingers -- this spreads out the foundation even more, and you'll end up using less.
Monday, July 28, 2008
Whenever you can, try to drink a mug of hot (not boiling!) water first thing in the morning. This helps clear out impurities in your body, especially your skin.
Sunday, July 27, 2008
If your gums are very sensitive, rub a very small amount of aloe vera gel on, and let it sit for a few minutes before washing it off. Aloe vera strengthens gums, and it's especially good to use before using any bleaches or other whiteners on your teeth.
Saturday, July 26, 2008
If you're going out in the sun, don't forget to cover your scalp! Wearing a hat is the obvious solution, but you can also use sunscreen. Find a non-greasy, spray-on formula; lotions and creams will make your hair oily.
Friday, July 25, 2008
To help your conditioner do its job, wrap a hot towel around conditioned hair for a few minutes before washing it out. The heat gives a deep conditioning effect that you might not get otherwise.
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Every once in awhile, air-drying your hair can be good for it -- as long as you do it right. Make sure you use an absorbent towel to speed up drying time, and blot your hair gently instead of rubbing it (rubbing can cause frizziness and split ends). For extra volume and waves, pull your hair back with large clips until it dries.
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
The type of hair brush (or comb) you use has a big influence on your hair. If you have short hair, try a short brush with soft, protective bristles. Medium-length straight hair benefits from a paddle brush, and wavy hair needs an extra-large, round brush to get rid of tangles. For long hair (anything past your shoulders), use a ceramic brush or a large brush with wide-placed teeth. And no matter what your style, always use a large, wide-toothed comb to detangle after washing.
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Before you shave your legs, use an exfoliating scrub to soften the skin -- and remember to rinse it off first. Your legs will feel smoother, and your shave will last longer.
Monday, July 21, 2008
Be careful of scrubs and exfoliants that use things like ground-up walnut shells. They are likely to have sharp edges and can irritate or even cut your face, especially if you have sensitive skin. Look for a cleanser that uses "microbeads"; since they are perfectly round, they'll do their job without irritating your skin.
Sunday, July 20, 2008
If you're using self-tanner this winter, make sure you apply it right! Use a natural sea sponge to apply the lotion. This ensures that it goes on evenly and helps you avoid those annoying orange streaks.
Saturday, July 19, 2008
What does changing your pillowcase have to do with health and beauty? Everything! Think of everything you use in your hair and on your face .. where do you think it goes at the end of the day? Change your pillowcase often -- about every other night is good -- to prevent breakouts.
Friday, July 18, 2008
Even if you have oily skin, you need to remember to moisturize! If your skin is too dry, your pores will open up, which can not only look like blackheads, but also increase the likelihood of getting them. Look for an oil-free moisturizer and use it regularly.
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Even if it isn't bright or overly sunny out, wear at least SPF 15 when you go out -- either sunscreen or foundation with sunscreen in it. UVA and UVB rays can still hit you, even on cloudy days.
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Health and Beauty Tip -- Using Homemade Masks
When trying out recipes for homemade masks and facials, be sure to find out what different ingredients do. Honey has been known to cause spots for some people. Check and see how different ingredients affect you before you start mixing up your own homemade remedies -- not everything works for everyone!
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Health and Beauty Tip -- Mascara Care
Before applying mascara in the morning, heat it up a little first. Warming it up in your hands or somewhere near your body -- still closed securely, of course -- is enough. A little body heat melts any clumps that may have forme
Monday, July 14, 2008
Health and Beauty Tip -- Cold Cream
There's a reason it's called "cold cream" ... to keep it fresh longer, store it in the refrigerator. This keeps it from going bad, and also feels nice and cool when you use it.
Sunday, July 13, 2008
Facial creams and lotions help keep your skin from drying out, but consider investing in a humidifier as well. It may not seem like a health and beauty aid, but you'll see results almost instantly -- not only does it keep your skin from getting dry overnight, but it reduces the risk of colds and other airborne illnesses.
If you have problems with breakouts, check the ingredients in your makeup! If it contains lanolin or mineral oil, it may be clogging up your pores and causing blemishes. Consider switching to a water-based foundation.
Saturday, July 12, 2008
To keep your feet from getting rough, massage them with your favorite oil or lotion before you go to bed, and wear socks overnight. This makes the lotion much more effective, and you'll notice the difference in the morning.
Friday, July 11, 2008
If you've been having breakouts recently, replace your morning coffee or tea with a slice of lemon in hot water.
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Every little bit helps, but there are simple things you can do you make yourself look younger that don't involve makeup. Whitening strips, for instance, help remove coffee and tea stains from teeth; whiter teeth help you look younger and healthier easily. And there's one that's even simpler -- work on your posture! You'll look thinner and younger without much effort ... and it's easier on your back, too.
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
We've given you some tips on plucking your own eyebrows before, but remember ... anything is easier with help from your stylist! If you're not sure of how to shape your brows, have your stylist do it first. You can use that shape as a "road map" so long as you remember to pluck on a semi-regular basis.
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
A daily Vitamin E supplement will help with dry skin, but consider actually using it on your skin, too. Rub a little on your face right after you get out of the shower and your skin is still moist. Scrubbing your face beforehand makes this even more effective.
Monday, July 7, 2008
Use Epsom salts and your favorite fragrant oil to make homemade bath salts for yourself, or to give as a gift. Make sure to watch out for possible skin allergies depending on what kind of oil you use.
Sunday, July 6, 2008
If you've tried everything to strengthen your brittle nails, increase the amount of foods such as spinach, cheese, salmon, and nuts in your diet. These foods contain vitamin H (also knows as Biotin), which helps strengthen nails, and is also beneficial to your hair and skin. If you're still not getting enough, consider taking a Bioton supplement.
Saturday, July 5, 2008
If you suffer from blemishes on a regular basis and brand-name astringents haven't worked, use a bit of witch hazel twice a day. Witch hazel is an inexpensive and natural treatment for oily skin.
Friday, July 4, 2008
If you have sensitive skin and can't use a store-bought facial scrub, add one teaspoon of baking soda to your regular facial cleanser. This smooths away rough patches and exfoliates without being too harsh on your skin.
Thursday, July 3, 2008
Vitamin E helps your skin stay soft and smooth. Be sure to get your recommended daily allowance (about 10 mg), either by adjusting your diet or taking a supplement.
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
Bedtime is the most important time to wash your face, to get rid of any dirt you've picked up during the day. Use circular motions when you scrub, and wash with cold water. Walnut scrub is great for oily skin, and dry of sensitive skin benefits from baby oil or wet cleansing pads afterwards.
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
When you're done applying your makeup, take your brush and apply a very light dusting of baby powder to give your face a radiant glow. Too much will make you look pale, though, so use it sparingly!