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Skin irritations are a common health and beauty problem that can affect all skin types for a variety of different reasons. Moreover, skin irritation can also be a source of embarrassment and social awkwardness so learning to speed up the healing process is a necessary skill we need to know.
Skin irritations can occur suddenly and unexpectedly from a variety of causes even for those who do not have a sensitive skin. A close contact with certain fabrics, harsh chemical substances, allergic reactions, certain fragrances and soaps or even certain plants can all contribute to the development of skin rashes because of exposure or close contact. Isolating the cause is ideal in order to find the best solution, however it can be quite challenging at times to discover the real source of problem mainly because we are exposed to several potential allergens on a daily basis.
Baking soda paste
Begin by cleaning the affected area with a hypoallergenic soap designed for sensitive skin. This can ensure that the source that might have caused the irritation may have been removed without aggravating the problem even more. Make sure to use lukewarm water to avoid additional skin reactions that might be caused by exposure to hot or cold stimuli.
Avoid prolonged exposure to water as it can worsen the problem. After cleaning the area, a mixture of baking soda and water applied on the affected area might come in handy. You should aim for the consistency of a paste. Make sure not to rub the skin when applying this paste. This simple household ingredient can help relieve itching.
To repair skin damage a helpful naturally ingredient you might want to try is Aloe Vera. Aloe Vera is used extensively in natural skin care due to its amazing properties. Since it has antiseptic properties and it is also rich in vitamin C, A, F as well as vitamins from the B complex, it is one of the best natural remedies we can have at hand to nourish and repair sensitive skin tissue. Aside from being an excellent moisturizer, Aloe Vera also acts as a natural barrier for the skin protecting it from harmful external agents that might affect it.
St John's Wort
St John’s Wort is the plant species Hypericum Perforatum, and is also known as Tipton's Weed, Chase-devil, or Klamath weed. This plant is commonly used in the treatment of depression, and considered a powerful anti-depressant. However, further studies have shown that its active ingredients hypericin and hyperforin can also be successfully used to treat inflammation and eczema. Using creams that have a St John's Wort extract is a good way to reduce inflammation, however, if you decide to opt for this method it is advisable to avoid sun exposure for extended periods of time as it can increase your skin's sensitivity to sun. Alternatively drinking St John's Wort tea can also turn out to be beneficial.
Lavender oil is not only a top choice for those who want to enjoy the relaxing effect of aroma therapy but also for those who are looking for an effective way to deal with skin inflammation or blemishes by reducing swelling and redness as well as moisturizing the skin. However, before using this remedy, it is worth knowing that lavender can have different effects on the skin so testing it on a small skin surface to observe its effects is highly recommended.
In addition to using these natural remedies, we should also keep in mind that our diet can also contribute to skin irritations in various ways. Avoiding products made from bleached flower or intensely processed meats as well as foods containing additives can be helpful in reducing skin irritations. Also boosting your intake of omega 3 fatty acids from sources such as cold-water fish, walnuts, artichokes or flaxseed can also help speed up the healing process.
Line lips with a liner, and then dip a Q-tip in a similar colour powder, and run along the line. This will create a mouth that pops out.
We bring you a short product review by Amy Dillon on the e.l.f Shimmer Eyeliner Pencils. Enjoy.
E.l.f (Eyes Lips Face) is one of those brands that we hear YouTube gurus and bloggers talking about frequently. It is super cheap and they offer a wide range of products. I was sent two of their $1 Shimmer Eyeliner Pencils for consideration. Here is my tuppence worth.
Ok, the good points: The cost $1.The pigmentation upon application is great. The liners are also smooth and very easy to apply to the eye. You can even smudge and blend them with a brush or your finger without any hassle. They provide more shimmer than glitter.
The downside? Yes, there usually is one – they do not set. If after an hour, you absently rub your eye you could smudge the line. In saying that they do last longer than most ‘drugstore’ liners but only if you do not touch your eyes at all. I wear contact lenses and touch my eyes quite frequently. I still really like the shimmer liners so I may just powder over a little to keep them in place.
If you are not a “face toucher” then these are seriously impressive for $1! You cannot really go wrong for this price. They are also more pigmented than most coloured ‘drugstore’ liners I have tried.
I do not know how suitable these are for use on the waterline (inner rim) but I am not sure I want to apply a shimmer liner in these anyway. I will stick to matte for my waterline for now!
Considering the price of elf products, you would imagine that teens would be their target audience, yet they do not sell in stores, only online. If I were fifteen, there would not be a chance in hell that my parents would have allowed me use their credit card to order make-up, regardless of how cheap it was.
These shades are available from the US site now but do not seem to be on the UK site just yet. I am sure they are on their way.
Contribution by Amy Dillon and can be found here: http://bit.ly/b6x0zy
Please note that Amy has no affiliation to e.l.f.
You can buy nine assorted shades of the shimmer eyeliner pencil here: http://bit.ly/c60JST
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I’m doing some TV work this week with more mature women. I was busy preparing my kit this morning and it got me thinking about a make-up kit for more mature skin. I decided to put together a list of all the ‘must haves’. As we get older the skin changes; firmness is lost, eyebrows lighten and become more sparse, the colour of the skin can become patchy and we are more prone to pigmentation. Sounds a little depressing, I know, but the good news is that the right make-up and a light touch can work miracles.
Here are some Make-up essentials to build a kit for maturing women:
A great foundation /Tinted Moisturiser – ‘Sheer’ is key here. You should still be able to see the skin, it should not create a mask effect – this will make you look older. Choose the lightest coverage you can get away with and go easy on the powder. Dewy skin looks fresh and youthful.
Concealer – There are two types and you probably need one of each. 1) a light reflective concealer (like YSL Touche Eclat) to brighten under the eyes. It can also be used in the laughter liner between the nose and mouth. 2) Opaque Concealer – thicker in texture this provides great coverage for broken capillaries and blemishes. This one is usually best kept away from the delicate under eye area.
Eyeshadow – If you could only have one go for a taupe shade. This works with all eye colours, looks sophisticated and can be used as an eyeliner too. If you are more adventurous choose a shade that accentuates your eye colour (click here to see what shades suit your eye colour).
Mascara - This is an essential. Mascaras open up the eyes, creating a more youthful look. It also gives the illusion of definition. There a so many on the market that you will have no problem finding one that suits your needs and your budget. If you aren’t blessed with curly lashes than you will benefit an eyelash curler. Use it daily before mascara application to give that ‘bright eyed’ effect.
Sheer Lipstick or Lipgloss – Again, sheer is key. Thick, matte lipstick will make you look older. For a more youthful look go for a colour one or two shades deeper or brighter, depending on your preference, than the natural lip colour. This will emphasise the lips, make them look fuller but still natural and fresh.
Cream Blush - Cream is better than powder for maturing skin, there are quite a few reason for this: 1)Skin often gets dryer as we age, a cream blush is more suitable for dryer skins than a powder. 2) It’s long lasting and 3) Powder can look ageing whereas cream adds a soft flush of natural glowing colour that looks like it’s coming from within.
And that’s really all you need. Anything else you add is a bonus.
Helen Mirren and Judi Dench are great examples of how to get make-up right when your older!
Best of luck and I hope this was helpful!
Original piece by Amy Dillon and can be found here: http://bit.ly/clNeGs
Use an eyeliner pencil, preferably black, and create some major drama! Draw a thick line along top and bottom lashlines winging it past the outer corners. To get the right shape, extend the line diagonally up toward the edge of your brow, thinning it in to a small point.
Why not try out our liquid eyeliner range here.
Ingredients: -one green tomatoes - one table spoon of honey directions using a blender puree the tomato with the honey, apply to a clean face with elfs foundation brush, and leave on for 20 minutes, then wash
When it comes to the subject of anti-aging, there is no doubt in anyone's mind that our diet is one of the factors that has the biggest influence on how fast we age. Creating a diversified diet should be one of our top priorities but it can be equally beneficial to learn which foods help us delay aging the most.
We all want to maintain a flawless, youthful appearance as much as possible. While the science of anti-aging is constantly evolving with new breakthroughs every day, the basis of anti-aging remains the same: a healthy lifestyle. One of the best ways to increase our chances of longevity and to maintain a youthful skin is to make sure that we create a diet that is able to provide our body all the necessary nutrients it needs to function properly.
Avoiding high amounts of saturated fats cutting down on processed salty and sugary foods and maintaining a healthy weight are the top things we should keep in mind if we want to meet our goals. In addition to these recommendations, it is also a good idea to include in your diet or to increase the consumption of certain foods that have proven their abilities to delay ageing.
Figs are thought to be one of the oldest cultivated fruit, dating back over 6000 years, so it seems fitting that they should have a week to themselves and National Fig Week is the ideal time to celebrate these flowers. Flowers? Yes, figs are indeed inverted flowers, so not strictly speaking a fruit but for the purpose of this editorial, we’ll continue to call them fruit.
Unlike many fruit, figs don’t contain much vitamin C, however nutritionally, they outgun most others in numerous ways. They are a better source of vitamin B6, have higher quantities of minerals, including potassium, and contain dietary fibre than many other fruit. As a consequence of the high fibre content, figs are a mild laxative. Dried figs are also an excellent source of calcium.
Figs are a tasty treat that offers an important health and weight-loss benefits. Containing more calcium than whole milk and more polyphenols than red wine, they are an important addition to our anti-aging diet. Certain studies even seem to suggest that this delicious fruit might have the ability to shrink tumours.
Garlic is one of the kitchen staples that is often taken for granted, and used mainly for the flavouring of a great variety of dishes. However, this inexpensive ingredient has a variety of health benefits that we should take into account. Garlic has an amazing ability to protect cardiovascular health and to boost our immune system due to its antimicrobial properties.
This amazing property might even help prevent stomach ulcer by decreasing the chances of getting the bacteria that causes it. What's more, regular consumption of garlic can decrease elevated cholesterol levels, increasing our life span in a variety of different ways.
Grapes are one of the best-known fruits that have anti-aging properties. The flavanoids contained in dark coloured grapes are powerful antioxidants that combat cellular degeneration and resveratrol a compound that has multiple anti-aging benefits from reducing fine lines to preventing wrinkles. Anthocyanin, a chemical responsible for the deep dark colour of grapes also addresses another issue that becomes important as we age memory. This substance tends to improve cognitive function and to boost memory.
Raw nuts are an excellent source of Omega 3 fatty acids, a nutrient that is vital for the proper functioning of the heart and the brain. Being a good source of vitamins and minerals such as zinc, potassium, magnesium and selenium they are extremely important for the health of our skin. They also raise High Density Lipoproteins (HDL) cholesterol levels (good cholesterol) while decreasing Low Density Lipoproteins (LDL) cholesterol (bad cholesterol). However, these should be consumed in moderation because they have a lot of calories and might cause you to gain weight.
Curry, Ginger, Tumeric, Cinnamon
Curry, ginger, turmeric and cinnamon are some of the spices that have been studied for their amazing health benefits. Aside from the antioxidants contained in them that contribute to their anti-aging properties, some of these spices also have anti-inflammatory properties. What's more, cinnamon reduces blood sugar and cholesterol, which is good for diabetics. In addition, turmeric is believed to have an important role in preventing Alzheimer's.
If your beautician is using bleach and it burns your scalp (or usually does), ask them to put one packet of the pink stuff (Sweet n Low) in the mixture. No more burning and it does not affect the coloring!
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