5 Ways To Feel Flawless, Radiant & Glow-y

Your skin is something that is very important to you; for one thing it’s the largest organ on your body, so you know you have to take care of it. There are many ways that you can improve your glow over time, whether you’re trying to revive a boring skincare routine or improve your diet. You want to feel flawless every day when you step out of the house, so read below for some tips to help you switch up your skincare methods and find a way to glow from the inside out.

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Wear Your Smile with Pride

You could have the clearest skin in the world, but if you don’t smile nobody is going to be able to appreciate it. There are many different reasons people don’t like to smile. However, if your reasoning deals with the way your smile looks, perhaps a visit to the dentist for a check-up will help. After a quick cleaning (for instance), you will have sparkling teeth that you’d be glad to show off.

There is something enticing about someone with a beautiful smile, so wear it with pride.

Invest in a Good Moisturizer

Another way you can make yourself feel more radiant is by choosing a moisturizer that enhances your glow. Choose a moisturizer with a built in SPF protector so that you can prevent aging along the way too. If you have acne prone skin, it’s also a good idea to avoid moisturizer with oil, as this will clog or pores and irritate your skin.

Find Your Perfect Highlighter

A clever highlighter can work wonders for even the dullest of skin (like the fenty beauty highlighter). Head to your local makeup counter and try out a range of highlighters that might suit your skin tone. Just a flick of highlighter at the very top of your cheek bone will enhance your smile and make you feel gorgeously glow-y.

Hydrate

There is only so much you can put on your face to make it look radiant; you also need to make sure you’re feeding it from the inside too. Fill up your water bottle and drink plenty of H2o on a daily basis (approx. 8-8oz/day). This will help to keep your skin clear and it will work wonders for your overall health too.

Sleep Well

When your body is deprived of sleep it can have a real impact on the way your skin looks. Beauty sleep is the real deal, so make sure you’re getting enough shut eye each evening to avoid red eyes, puffiness, under eye bags and sallow skin.

There are many ways you can improve the look and feel of your body and face, even if it isn’t directly through skincare. Visiting the dentist regularly, eating the right foods and staying hydrated will help you to improve your overall confidence, which will then reflect onto your gorgeous glow-y skin.


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Why Alcohol Is Bad For Your Skin

People do not always realize what a bad effect alcohol can have on their skin. You can spend time every day on your skincare routine and then undo all the good work by having a few drinks. It does not matter what alcohol is your favorite vice, they can all make your skin looked tired and lifeless. It can cause outbreaks, and patches of dry skin as well as red blotches.

Alcohol is a toxin that has little nutritional value.  It can disrupt your hormones, damage your skin cells, reduce your immunity levels and affect your liver functions. All of these can have an impact on the appearance and aging of your skin.


The Bad Effects Of Alcohol On Your Skin

Alcohol is a diuretic that will force water from our bodies and will leave you dehydrated. It is also harder to rehydrate after you have consumed a few drinks. The effects of this are dry flaky skin with wrinkles becoming more apparent.

It also has an inflammatory effect on our bodies, which quickly shows up as redness, breakouts, and puffiness. The breakouts can be made worse because of its high sugar content, which is also bad for our insulin levels. Alcohol also contains a lot of salt, which can make your face appear puffy and swollen.

Does Changing Your Drink Help?

Different alcoholic drinks will affect your skin in different ways, but they are all can have a negative effect. An Espresso Martini will stimulate stress hormones, which is not good for your skin. Too much red wine will cause your blood vessels to expand creating redness and too much white wine contains sulfites, which can irritate your skin.

If you are a person that drinks in heavy rotation, your skin is going to suffer, and your body as well. This is why some people go on a sober living program, because they can see the results of too much drinking, but need help to break the habit. There is no shame in that.


How Quickly Does Alcohol Affect Your Skin?

When you get up after an evening of having multiple drinks, your skin will probably appear dull, and any lines will show up more and anyone that suffers from acne or rosacea is likely to experience flare-ups.

The good news is that it takes just three days for your liver to excrete the alcohol, sugars and anything else that is not good for you. This does mean that at times like Christmas, weddings or other special events if you indulge in a few drinks you know that it will not take too long for your body and skin to recover.

You can also help your skin to improve after a drinking spree by adding some vitamin A into your skincare routine. This will encourage your cells to regenerate after you have inhibited them because of consuming alcohol. Drinking at least two liters of water a day will kick start the liver to detoxify, and that will help too.

No one would ever suggest that you must not touch alcohol again, but just be aware of the effects it can have on your skin. You should consume alcohol in moderation as to not but stress on your body and liver.


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Spring Cleaning with Biore

Spring is almost here!

.... and as we all know it is the time best known as "Spring Cleaning". This time of year is best known as clearing clutter out of their lives, whether it be downsizing your home, wardrobe, getting rid of friends or relationships, RARELY do we take the time to self-care; especially for our skin, as that's where Biore is here to help!

Biore has two amazing products that are perfect to help get you right for the warm weather, cute outfits, vacations, fun times with friends, new or future baes.

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Biore Self-Heating One Minute Mask is an amazing 1 minute deep cleansing mask that heats up as soon as you apply it (with the help of water). What I love about the mask is that it does not get hard and it rinses clean. This product contains charcoal which is a hydrocarbon and natural treatment for helping to rid your body of toxins and chemicals. With the help of charcoal, the mask helps to release dirt (which we know clogs pores), oil and impurities. It left my skin feeling refreshed and cleansed. While you may be skeptical how this mask could possible work so well in one minute, it really is the intense heating action that purifies your pores 2.5x better in that minute!

This 4 pack (which is also great for travelling) is available on Amazon for $5.82. If you want it now, you can also find similar pricing at Walmart, Target or other major retailers.

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Biore Deep Cleansing Charcoal Pore Strips are so magical! Again, this product contains charcoal which helps to remove deep down dirt, oil and blackheads from even the most cloggiest pores. This product works in 10-15 minutes to reveal a smoother nose with diminished pores. I have never used a pore strip before, so the removal process for me was a bit painful, however the results are so work it (just like waxing). Regular use will diminish the appearance of pores and help avoid complexion problems!!

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You can get your 6 pack again at Amazon for $5.99 and they are also available at other major retailers.

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Feel Like You Have A Brand New Face

It’s easy to look at your face and feel downhearted about how it looks. Whether you have a flurry of spots on your forehead, or you are dealing with wrinkles underneath your eyes, you wish you could scrap your current face and start all over again. In fact, it leads a lot of people to lose confidence.

Here are three steps to take to feel like you have a brand-new face!

Opt for a face mask

You might be surprised how many benefits there can be from having a face mask. For one thing, if your current skin is looking a bit dull and tired, it can give it an instant lift, and you can be left with a stunning complexion. In fact, a lot of girls benefit from a beautiful glow after having a facelift. Also, if your skin is a bit dehydrated, a face mask can give it a boost of hydration. Therefore, you are less likely to have dry and weary skin. Also, a face mask can help with any redness you might be facing if you are prone to acne. It can clear it up to reduce the inflammation on your face. You could choose to buy a face mask which you can just buy and apply to your skin. After all, you can put it on your skin and then relax for 20 minutes while you induce the benefits of the face mask. Or you might want to make your own with natural ingredients. For instance, applying coconut oil to your face can do wonders for your skin!

Go for a facial treatment

A lot of people opt for a facial treatment if they are feeling low about their skin. After all, if you have tons of wrinkles and spots, it can be an excellent way to ease them to leave you with young looking skin again. It might be a simple treatment like a facial which you go for. After all, they can often apply creams to help your skin become soft and glowing. And they can give you further advice on how to protect your skin in future. If you are someone who has been considering a more permanent solution, you could opt for facial plastic surgery. I have come across a lot of women who have mentioned that for them, subtle surgery was the way to go.  But make sure you check out all the different options before you do consider going for a treatment.    

Go for a different makeup style

We tend to get into a routine when it comes to makeup. After all, we pick the same items to use every day, and we know exactly how we will apply them to create our daily look. But if you want to give your face a new look, it’s time to go different with your makeup. Opt for a new style which will wow everyone. After all, it can make you look completely different if you change your makeup look. You might want to try something different like extra long mascara. Or you ought to opt for a brighter eyeshadow to really raise heads, and then it can feel like you are a brand-new you without changing much!

 

And remember that you can try and rid signs of aging from your face by following a healthy diet and lifestyle.

 


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Practical Ways To Deal With Adult Acne

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They say they are meant to be the best days of your life - but for many of us, our teenage years consist of stress, worry, and a lot of emotional and physical challenges. For a lot of us, we are glad to see the back of them, so what do you do when problems from your teenage years follow you into adult life? One example of this is acne. Acne is typically associated with teenagers, and very occasionally, people in their early twenties. Of course, everyone gets an odd pimple every now and again, or maybe a small cluster of blackheads. But acne is a far more debilitating condition that can be painful, and that can seriously knock a person's confidence. Part of the reason why acne is commonly associated with teenagers is that it is often caused by significant hormonal changes within the body. Usually, these hormones level out after a number of years and the acne clears up - but when it doesn't, it can be quite distressing to the individual suffering. Adult acne is never an easy ride, but here are a few things you can do to make your condition more bearable to live with.


Ditch the drugstore products

Whether you want to admit to it or not, acne is a skin condition - so much more than the odd spot or bi-monthly breakout. Drugstore products are simply not designed to cope with the strength and density of acne symptoms. They are instead typically designed to be mild for someone with average skin so that they can target the biggest market possible. Stop spending hundreds every year on multiple drugstore products that don't work, and instead consider prescription medication. Of course, you need to learn how to use Retin-A Tretinoin and other similar products safely and efficiently, as they can be quite strong. But they are designed to tackle even severe acne, so you can hope to get a better result from them.
 

Don't wear makeup every day

Your acne might affect your confidence so much that you feel as though you have to do something every day to mask the appearance of it - even just for yourself. But wearing heavy makeup all the time can quickly worsen your condition and can sometimes even make the scars appear more pronounced. Learn to accept your acne as a part of you on those days where you don't need to see anyone or leave the house. If you can, leave unusually heavy makeup for special occasions only, to let your skin breathe.


Stick to a healthy diet

While acne is mostly caused by hormonal imbalances, certain lifestyle aspects can also have an impact on its severity. Eating a diet mainly made up of processed foods and soda will only clog up your skin even further - remember your skin is an organ, and it needs vitamins and minerals to keep it healthy. Try and drink at least eight glasses of water a day and eat a diet rich in fresh fruits, vegetables, and oily fish. It won't clear up your acne completely, but it will certainly help improve the overall appearance of your skin.


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Give Your Face A Glow (Without Make-up)

Want your face to look more radiant? It’s possible to give yourself a glow without having to reach for the cosmetics. Here are just a few ways that you can brighten up your appearance.

 

Exfoliate your skin

Dry skin will give you a more dulled and tired look. Take the time every day to moisturize your face to keep it looking smooth and glossy. Not only will it make you look fresher, but it will also prevent aging to your skin, fighting off those wrinkles. Washing your face regularly with a good cleanser can also prevent spots and blackheads from appearing. For those that are more susceptible to zits, try using natural products such as tea tree and witch hazel to clear out those pores.

 

Eat the right foods

Various foods can be very healthy for your skin. Many Mediterranean foods such as olive oil, tomatoes and fish are great for fighting sun damage and providing enriching anti-oxidants into your skin, keeping those cheeks rosy. Cutting out the carbs can also lower levels of cortisol – a stress hormone that can make skin more tired and spotty. Such carb heavy foods include white bread, pasta and refined sugar. Drinking lots of water will also keep your skin hydrated and smooth.

 

Get your beauty sleep

No-one wants black circles around their eyes. Too little sleep will not just give you bags though – it can increase sensitivity to skin allergies, speed up aging and take away collagen from the skin – the chemical that is essential for giving it that glow. If you want to keep your skin healthy, make sure that you’re getting enough sleep each night and power nap when this isn’t an option.

 

Bring a shine to your smile

Pearly white teeth will immediately give your face a glow. There are many ways to whiten those. Brushing more regularly and more vigorously is the obvious answer. Finding the best toothpaste for whitening may help to speed up the process. You should also try to limit foods that may be staining your teeth such as coffee, tea and red wine, as well as limiting your sugar intake (particularly fizzy drinks). Smoking is also bad for your smile – the tar will increase the rate of yellowing. Brush more often, chew gum and use whitening products to counter the effects of these tooth staining culprits.

 

Give your hair a sheen

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Shiny hair can also help frame your face better and bring out the glow in your cheeks. There are various products and serums that you can use to add shine to your hair. If you’re using these, make sure that you’re not washing those locks too regularly. Over-washing gets rid of natural oils which stop your scalp from drying out, causing dull and brittle hair. How you dry your hair can also affect its natural sheen. Don’t always reach for the hairdryer as this could be damaging your hair. Try using a microfiber towel or t-shirt and dab gently. By far the healthiest way to dry your hair is to let it air dry naturally – something you may not be able to do on weekday mornings before work, but could be worth trying out over the weekend when you don’t have anywhere to be.


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My Beauty Basics For Spot Prone Skin

At some point or another, we will all suffer from an odd spot or two. Some of us, however, not only have spots appear once or twice a month, we have to live with them day in, day out.
In case you are struggling with acne, I thought that I would share a few beauty basics for keeping your skin healthy.

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Sometimes, it can be hard to know what to do, especially as you receive differing advice from lots of sources. That’s why, I thought I would share these beauty basics, so that you can achieve healthy, spot-free skin, without the stress.


Cleanse your skin morning and night

Many of us only clean our skin in the evening. However, to keep your face clear of spots, cleansing both in the morning and evening is a good idea. If your skin is prone to blemishes, keeping it clean is incredibly important. Dead skin cells, oil and other impurities can clog our pores, leading to breakouts. So removing these substances from your face is important, which is where cleansing comes in.

To keep your skin free of spots, you need to cleanse it twice a day with a natural cleanser. Steer clear of products containing chemicals, as these can make spots worse. Washes containing pure aloe vera and witch hazel, often have fantastic results.


Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize!

When you cleanse your skin, it becomes dry as cleanser takes some of the good oils out of your skin. To give your skin a boost of hydration, after cleansing always apply a chemical-free moisturizer. Products containing chemicals are more likely to upset your skin, causing breakouts to last longer. So when it comes to choosing what you use on your face, it’s always best to steer clear of chemicals.


Treat your spots

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Where to buy: Target.com

When you notice a couple of spots appearing, don’t leave them, treat them. There are hundreds of different methods for treating spots, but two of the best are applying witch hazel or pure aloe vera gel. While these natural remedies may sting a little, the antiseptic properties of the plants will dry the spots out and help them to heal.

If your acne is bad, you may want to consider undergoing professional treatment. You will find that as well as getting doctor-prescribed treatment, another a great option is visiting a medispa. These centers offer all sorts of treatments, including a range of choices for acne. (If your skin is bad, a visit to your local spa is worth considering - these treatments can really help.)


Be choosy about your products

Okay, so I may have mentioned above how important it is to use natural products, but it’s worth repeating. (Yes, it really is that important.) When picking beauty products, always look for toners, cleansers and creams made for acne-prone skin. When choosing makeup, always make sure to buy from brands that offer natural products. Products containing chemicals can mess up the balance of your skin, making spots worse.


Want to keep your skin beautiful and spot-free? Take note of the basics above - they’ll help you to keep your skin looking and feeling fabulous.


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