How to Keep a Warm Glow in the Cold Seasons

March 8, 2011

 

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Everybody loves how the look and feel after a relaxing day in the summer. The way it feels to lay outside in the sun all day, getting some nice color, relaxing and clearing the mind of our weekly stressors. When the winter months come though, the gorgeous glow of our tan is gone and we patiently wait for the summer weather to come again. Here are some tips to keep that warm summer glow, even in the winter season.

  • The main thing I stress to everybody is to get a good peel. You have to get rid of the dead skin and start fresh. After the skin peel, use vitamin E. Vitamin E keeps the skin looking nice and dewy. This is because it helps maintain the skins oil balance during the cleansing process and reduces water loss from skin. It also has other benefits to the skin like reducing the appearance of stretch marks and preventing age spots.
  • I also recommend using Chanel’s Pro Lumière. Put it all over and it will give you a little glow. Some people like to use a little more bronzer in the winter, but be careful how much you apply because it can look noticeable at times.
  • Another way to get nice color in winter is with a good airbrush tan. You typically want to avoid airbrush booths, but the only one I recommend is at Glow on Newbury. It’s the Californication booth. If you can, though, definitely have someone airbrush you. Have them stay away from your hands and feet, and avoid water entirely for four hours after the session.
  • Never ever go to a UV bulb tanning booth! Tanned skin is damaged skin, because the body is producing Melanin to protect itself from the UV rays. The rays can also cause premature wrinkling and skin rashes on top of rough, dry skin. Some people also experience hives after using a tanning bed. It is estimated that one million people are diagnosed with the skin cancer Melanoma annually, one of the main culprits are tanning beds. Not only can they cause skin cancer, but they can cause retinal damage and cataracts, too.

If you stick with a good facial peel, vitamin E, Chanel’s Pro Lumière, and a few visits to get a great airbrush tan, you can create a healthy glow in winter! What are your tips to looking great in the winter?

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Beauty Habits: Top 3 Mistakes to Avoid

March 1, 2011

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When you think of your typical beauty and makeup routine, what comes to your mind? Some powder over here, a hint of blush over there. Perhaps some eyeliner to make your eyes look bigger. We all have our preferences, but repetition can be misleading. Many people develop wrong beauty habits, and here are the top three that I’ve found:

1) Blush is definitely one product that people should make more use of because it’s a great fix. However, many are afraid to use it simply because they don’t know how to. Most of the time they use dark colors that do not look good on all types of skin. Try a light peachy color with a hint of gold and shimmer. This way you get some color and a little hint of shimmer. You might want to look at Channel’s Orchid Rose and Benefit’s Dandelion.

2) Eyeliner is usually either underused or overused. The common mistake for overusing it is by applying it on both the top and the bottom of your eyes. It closes the eye and makes it look smaller. For better results, use it only at once place. If you choose the bottom, use a gel liner and put it along the wet line of your eyelid, on the inside. You should never apply it on the outside! If you chose to put on top you have two options. You can either use a gel liner or use a thin brush that you dab along your lash line. I do not recommend pencil liners because they’re too rough and cannot achieve a nice, thin and clean look. I’ve found that Bobby Brown’s gel liner works best for everything.

3) Once again, I’m bringing up face scrubs. Many people think that they should use a face scrub everyday, but this product has an awful effect on your skin. It throws off your skin’s pH balance, which ends up causing dryness and breakouts. It also causes many other skin problems like redness, which are usually hard to recover from. If you need to use a face scrub, the only product line I recommend is Dermologica’s Daily Microfoliant. Gently use it once a week by mixing it with a Cetaphil cleanser.

Any products you might not be sure how to use? Let me know in the comments!