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Look Flawless Without Makeup

There are probably many times you’d love to go out without makeup and avoid the hassle, but get nervous of how your skin looks without it. Makeup free and gorgeous skin first starts with a good cleansing routine. Here are some ways to ensure the best skin possible so you won’t need makeup to look flawless day after day! Cleanse properly day and night. Use a mild cleanser that works with your skin type every morning and evening. Make sure to wash your neck too. Exfoliate regularly. Dead skin will make your skin look dull. Exfoliating at least once a week will help give your skin new light and make it look brighter. Use ice. Use an ice cube and rub it all over your face after you exfoliate. It will tighten your skin, control oil and give your skin a healthy glow. Use toner that works well with your skin type to restore pH balance and close pores. It will tighten your skin and keep it soft. Use a light moisturizer to protect your skin and keep it soft and smooth. Bonus points if it contains SPF! If your skin needs extra hydration and soothing, try lacto calamine. It


How to Indulge When You’re Broke

New beauty products come out every day and they might be calling to you from your phone, television and while shopping. But if you’re on a budget, it can seem impossible to keep up with the trends and make sure you can pay your bills. You don’t need to spend hundreds of dollars to look and feel your best. Here are some easy ways to indulge when you’re broke: DIY face masks or scrubs. Look in your kitchen and pantry for ingredients and make your own face masks and scrubs instead of heading to the spa or buying expensive masks. Look for recipes on Pinterest. Most contain only a few ingredients that you probably already have on hand and are relatively simple to whip up. Buy makeup at the drugstore instead of Sephora. Fancy and expensive makeup can be better made and make you feel like a million bucks, but usually it isn’t necessary. Drugstore makeup brands often work just as effectively and have many inexpensive options to choose from. Do your research or try a few different products and brands until you find one you love. Most drugstores will let you return makeup, even if it’s been opened and


How to Wear Makeup with Dry Skin

Dry skin can be horrible to deal with. As winter drags on, your skin stays dry and might even flake or peel. How can you apply makeup to such a mess? Here are some tips for applying makeup to even the driest of skin: Use a creamy exfoliating cleanser to get rid of dead skin cells on the surface of skin but still moisturize the skin before you apply makeup. Instead of a heavy moisturizer, try a fast absorbing serum or oil that will deliver faster relief and hydration. Before you apply any makeup, use a primer. It will keep skin extra moisturized and smooth out pores and imperfections. Use light liquid or cream makeup only. Anything heavy, powdery or cakey will only irritate your skin and flake off more. Try a lightweight, liquid foundation and apply with a foundation brush. Use a Beauty Blender to blend further if needed. Use a cream or liquid blush for added hydration. If you need extra hydration, make the Beauty Blender damp while you blend. Don’t use your fingers to apply makeup because they will absorb the moisture you need to stay put on your face. Don’t use powders, unless your T-zone gets


Natural Ways to Clear Acne

Acne can seem like a lifelong enemy. There are many pills, creams and cleansers that rid your skin of those awful bumps. But if you are looking for a simple routine that contains no chemicals and can be found in your kitchen, here is a six step natural routine to stay acne free. In the morning, rinse your face with warm water and then massage your face with a ½ teaspoon of Manuka honey or raw honey into skin and rinse. Honey has great antibacterial properties. Manuka honey has extra antibacterial properties which makes it a great choice for your skin. In the mornings and evenings, spray your face with rose water toner. Rose water contains pH balancing properties and is anti-inflammatory and antibacterial. It is also very refreshing and perfect for traveling. If you need to use a moisturizer, use jojoba oil moisturizer. You can also add other essential oils to your homemade moisturizer such as lavender, tea tree, thyme, rosemary, chamomile or geranium. If you add an essential oil, use 10-12 drops for every 1 oz of jojoba oil. Tea tree essential oil is the best to use if you have a lot of acne. Make your own

You can have beautiful, acne-free skin at any age.

What You Need to Know About Blackheads

Everyone hates blackheads. They are hard to remove, annoying to look at and just plain gross. There are a few facts about blackheads you need to know if you get them often. Here are some little known facts about blackheads and some of the right ways to remove them. Blackheads are actually called open comedomes. Open comedomes are widened hair follicles that get filled with skin debris, bacteria and sebum oil. When sebum in the pores contains melanin and hits the surface of the pore, it oxidizes. When this happens, it turns to a dark color and that is why blackheads are black. Blackheads are most often caused by the overproduction of oil. If you use pore strips often, know that it isn’t enough to keep them away. If you don’t use oil-free products and don’t take care of your skin, they will come back. Use retinoids and products containing salicylic-acid to clear the clogged pores and prevent blackheads from returning. Don’t squeeze or pop blackheads because it will only make things worse. If you do want them to be removed, see a dermatologist to or someone who does facials to remove them properly and in a sanitary way. If

Skin Care Before a Big Event

There’s a big event in your future. Depending on your age, it could be prom or another school dance, a wedding (yours or someone else’s), a big work event or dinner, or even running into your ex. You just want to look the best you can look! So that means your skin has to be on point. Here are some easy steps on putting your best face forward: 1. Cleanse your face twice a day. This means in the morning and at night before bed. Never sleep with your makeup on as this will clog your pores and can cause acne. Don’t wash your face more than twice a day though or else your skin will overproduce oil and can either make you break out or make your face too dry. 2. Use toner after you cleanse, especially if you have acne. This will ensure all the makeup is off your face and out of your pores after you cleanse. Be sure to buy an alcohol free version or it may be too drying for your skin. 3. Moisturize! Especially in winter months when your skin may be drier than usual. Use moisturizer twice a day after your cleanse your

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Beauty Habits to Break This Year

Now that the New Year is fully upon us, now is the time to start breaking bad habits. You might be all in with a new diet or exercise plan, but what about your beauty routine? Do you have any lurking bad beauty habits you need to part with this year? Here are a few you should take note of: 1. Stop messing with your acne. For some reason, it is human nature to pop and squeeze any pimple that pops up. But doing so can make your skin bleed, cause infection or even cause a scar where a normal pimple would soon heal on its own. Instead, keep your fingers to yourself and treat the pimples with acne medicine and proper cleansing. 2. Don’t share makeup with your besties anymore. It might seem like the friendly thing to do when a friend asks to borrow your lip gloss, but sharing any type of makeup, especially lip or eye products, can cause infection or pass an illness around. If someone asks you, just politely say you don’t share makeup because you don’t want either of you to end up with any type of infection. 3. Start washing your face before

Brighten Your Skin This Winter

Your skin can become very dry and dull in the winter from extra holiday stress, lack of sleep and freezing temperatures. Here are some tips to use when you need to brighten your skin and revive it this winter. 1. Sleep! At least 6 to 8 hours a night. Your skin needs sleep to repair itself during the night. If you don’t get enough sleep, you won’t be able to restore skin cells and it will allow dark circles, fine lines and wrinkles to become more noticeable and your skin will look dull. 2. Exercise regularly. Exercise boosts circulation in your body which will allow nutrients to reach your skin and flush out toxins. Win, win! 3. Eat healthy and eat mostly vegetables, fruits, whole gains and lean meats. Keep hydrated so your skin stays supple and bright. Drink lots of water and avoid drinking too much alcohol, coffee or pop because it dehydrates your skin and makes it look dull. 4. Try a brightening mask. If you have chronic dull skin, use a brightening mask a few times a week. Then use an illuminating serum in the morning at night with your regular moisturizer. Look up natural and DIY


Your Skin Can Reveal Health Issues: Here’s How

Our skin can often reveal to us what is going on inside our bodies. For example, acne might not just reveal imbalances in your skin, but imbalances inside your body or potentially risky health issues. There are some common imbalances in the body and the skin issues that can reveal these imbalances to us to help us feel better, inside and out. 1. Acne can show toxic buildup, leaky gut, bacteria imbalance or a hormonal imbalance. Acne can appear when your body has more toxins than it can effectively get rid of. For example, if you are a heavy drinker and your liver is overloaded constantly, you might see acne pop up. It can also be a sign of a sluggish digestion or food intolerance. This might mean you have more bad bacteria than good in your gut. Eat a healthier diet, do a detox and choose a probiotic to help improve your digestive system. Also, figure out what food intolerances you may have. Lastly, acne that frequently appears around your mouth and chin could be the sign of a hormonal imbalance. 2. Wrinkles and/or dry and dull skin can show up from nutrient deficiencies and dehydration. Be sure to


Things a Dermatologist Would Never Do

Dermatologists are the first people you go to when you want answers for something skin related. So what are the tips they follow to have good skin health and what are the things they would never, ever do? Here is a list of things a dermatologist would never do: Skip exercise. Exercise is amazing for your skin. It boosts circulation, strengthens your muscles and makes your skin glow. It also relieves stress, which can help a lot of skin conditions that are directly related to stress, such as acne, psoriasis and eczema. So exercise to stay looking and feeling young. Sleep on your face. It actually does age your skin faster and cause wrinkles. Try to sleep on your back as often as possible. If you are a notorious face or side sleeper, choose a silk pillowcase to help reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Not washing off makeup at night. Wearing makeup all day can also collect dirt and bacteria. If you don’t wash your face at night, the makeup, dirt and bacteria is left to clog your pores overnight. This can cause acne and make your skin dull. If you regularly sleep with mascara on, you can dry out