Did you know the skin starts to age naturally in your mid-20s? Just when you’re about to kick off adulthood, you start to get old. Go figure, right? As we age, the production of collagen—an essential protein that acts as the framework to our skin—starts to slow. Furthermore, the elastin in our skin, which is responsible for keeping things nice and firm, demises and can even break down. Dead skin cells start to accumulate because they no longer shed as quickly, and turnover of new skin cells starts to decrease. Ultimately this leads to fine lines, wrinkles and sagging skin, which can start to become apparent as early as your 30s.
We’ve all done it. When makeup doesn’t hold its weight, we end up sneaking off to the bathroom for a quick touch-up…again and again. Who has time for that? When you put on makeup in the morning, you expect it to last all day — and you deserve that. So, let me show you my secret to stay-put makeup that won’t let you down. Read more →
Pass the cranberries, please! I ask not because Thanksgiving is right around the corner, but because this delicious little berry is power packed with benefits for skin. Cranberries contain unique phytonutrients, including antioxidants that help protect skin cells from the damaging effects of free radicals. Additionally, cranberries contain antibacterial properties, which can help keep pore-clogging germs at bay.
We’ve all been there. You’re exhausted and unmotivated, dreading going through the motions of your skincare or beauty routine. Washing your face is the last thing on your mind, and putting on makeup before leaving the house? No thanks. It’s a common tune for women who are “beauty lazy” or just “too busy for beauty.” The good news is, there are simple solutions for taking care of your skin and making yourself look gorgeous without a whole lot of effort.
Germs are everywhere, but sometimes we don’t consider the fact that germs and bacteria actually live on our skin. We’re all aware that we need to wash our hands frequently, follow basic food safety practices and avoid touching people and objects that we know are infected with our bare hands. We tend to think of bacteria as germs that cause illnesses; however, new studies suggest that a healthy amount of normal bacteria can help prevent diseases. When it comes to our skin, though, we often associate bacteria with breakouts, clogged pores and congested skin.
We’ve all been told a thing or two that we think is fact but in reality it is a rumor, a myth, a big fat lie. It happens. Your girlfriend hears it from her sister, who was told by a friend who saw it on TV, and it usually goes a little something like this: “So I just heard, you don’t have to wear sunscreen every day!” Yikes. Bad information can take you down a path you don’t want to go down, from bad food recommendations to an hour wasted watching some show your friend recommended. Sometimes fact and fiction just need to be separated.
We all know life can be very expensive, from monthly bills to everyday costs; things add up and can hit your budget hard. Often, you may find yourself left with little cash for “extras” like beauty basics, cleansers, moisturizers and sun protectants. The best thing to do is become a beauty budget guru by looking for specials online, signing up for newsletters and staying connected with your favorite brands. Frequently, special offers and great deals are given to Facebook fans, through Twitter and via email. By keeping up with the brands you love, you can save money and look fabulous while doing it. Developing a beauty budget is essential to keeping up your good looks without breaking your bank.
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