Why Your Skin Isn't As Healthy As It Could Be

Your skin is much more than you might think it is. It is actually the largest organ that your body has, and as such it is something that you should make sure you are taking proper care of at all times. By properly looking after the skin, you can be sure you're keeping away some of the worst diseases known to humanity, along with allowing yourself to look better, and encouraging better all-round health across your bodily systems too. Unfortunately, a lot of people fail to look after their skin as best as they could, and often this comes down to a few simple things which could easily be changed.

In this article, we are going to take a look at a few of the things that might be stopping your skin from being healthier. Take care of these and you'll find that it makes a huge difference.

Too Much Sun

We all know some of the problems with overexposure to the sun. Yet, it can be so easy to allow your skin to be in the sun for too long. Sometimes it is simply forgetfulness, and sometimes it might even be that you think it doesn’t matter and allow your skin to be out in the open when probably you shouldn't. However, it’s a good idea to begin being careful about when you are in the sun, especially if you are worried about skin cancer, for example if you have had it in the past or you are concerned about one or two of your moles. As long as you don’t get too much sun, you are doing the number one thing you should be doing to keep your skin healthy, so this is absolutely the most important concern of all.

Not Enough Water

One of the biggest skin care concerns has to be water. People often find that they are quick to use moisturizer, but for some reason or another much less keen to simply drink more water. If you have started to think that you could probably do with drinking more water, then the truth is that that could make a huge difference to how healthy your skin is. If you feel there are problems with your skin, almost always you can improve the situation simply by upping your water intake. To do this, you might want to consider the simple yet effective solution of carrying a water bottle around with you, and ensuring that you drink it. Once you start doing so, you will notice an improvement in mood and in your overall health too, so you will probably be inclined to carry on as a result of that. If you improve your water intake, your skin will not only be healthier, but it will glow more as well.

Poisons

It is also worth looking to see if you have any poisons going into your system on a regular basis which you might be able to do away with. This could be any number of things, but some of the most common are also the worst offenders. Probably the two most common are nicotine and alcohol. If you consume either of these in any large degree, it is almost certainly affecting your skin, so it is definitely a good idea to try and cut down as best as you can. You will find that doing so makes a huge difference, and that it does so quickly as well. If you find it difficult, consider getting some help for it. This will not only be good for your skin but for your overall health as well. As long as you keep poisons to a minimum, your skin will be in a much healthier state on the whole.

Stress

As with most things to do with your health, your skin can be affected greatly by your stress levels. If you are routinely or overly stressed, this will definitely have an effect on your skin health, so you should think about what you might be able to do to keep your stress levels down in future. As it happens, this can be easier said than done, but you will probably agree that it is worth it - especially because of all the other benefits you will see from doing so. Stress is a major skin problem, so be sure to try and do away with it as best as you can.

What are some other ways you can promote healthy skincare habits?


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7 Ways To Get Ready For Summer

Spring can be full of uncertainties. One minute it is warm and sunny outside and the next it is cloudy, rainy and freezing cold. We are either full of colds and sniffling or coughing our way through our days, and let’s not forget all of the comfort food we tend to consume when the weather isn’t too great outside. But as we are fast approaching the Summer, we can start to see some of the changes in our days. The mornings are getting lighter and the evenings less dark. It got me thinking about some of the other ways we could get ourselves ready for the Summer season.

Who else longs for the heat on their skin and a chance to wear just the one layer of clothing? I am sure I am not alone. But truth be told there should be a fair bit of preparation needed to get ourselves ready for the summer months ahead, both physically and mentally. With that in mind, here are some of the things we could do to get our minds and bodies ready for the warmer weather.

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Maybe we need to think about defuzzing

There are some major positives to Winter because we spend most of our time wrapped up in all of the layers, it means we don’t have to spend too much time on hair removal when it comes to our legs and bodies. But now that Spring is almost over Summer is around the corner, there are more and more opportunities to strip off those layers and start enjoying the finer weather. This means we are going to have to pay some real attention to defuzzing our bodies.

Hair removal can be a bit of a chore, and I understand that. There are also many different options to consider. Shaving can be the easiest and most cost efficient way of removing hair, but it would require you to do it more often. Then there is waxing which can offer a more long term solution, and you can either choose to go to a salon or do it from the comfort of your own home. This is when it may be worth taking a look to find out the best wax for hair removal to ensure you get the best results.

 

Exfoliation time

It’s not just hair removal we need to think about when it comes to our bodies, it will also need a bit of TLC when it comes to the condition. Wrapping up in layers means your skin may have started to dry out a little. Making it feel rough to touch and out of condition. But you can get that glowing skin look once more by adding a simple exfoliation to your routine. Using an exfoliator every time you shower or bathe is a great way to help your skin regenerate new skin cells.

 

Give your feet some love

It’s approaching the season where you may be wanting to wear sandals or flip-flops without the constant rain, but it’s fair to say your feet will have been cooped up in socks and closed toes shoes for the last few months. That might mean your heels are cracking, your skin is dry and your nails are needing a polish and some love. So spend some time giving yourself an at home pedicure and moisturize those feet every night before bed. You won’t believe the difference it will make, and it will have you ready for those summer shoes in no time at all.

 

Time for a detox

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You may have spent most of January on a health kick, but it’s always worth developing habits that you can stick to throughout the year. So it may be the perfect time for you to increase your water intake for the summer ahead. Water is nature's natural detox, and it naturally flushes out your body of all the bad toxins that can build up. There are also some other benefits of drinking more water throughout the day. Things like improved skin tone and condition, improved mood and better quality of sleep at night. It can be a real miracle worker and certainly a habit that will help you throughout the year. After all, with hotter weather approaching you may need to ensure you stay hydrated.

 

Keep that healthy eating diet going

Who says it is just January that you need to be healthy for? Why not try and take some of the diet changes through to the summer? This could be a great way to maintain your weight and feel better in your own skin. Our energy levels and how we look can have much to do with what we eat and what our diets are like. So if you have managed to refrain from alcohol throughout dry January and rainy April, then don’t go crazy at the beginning of July. Why not try and only drink an alcoholic drink at a social event instead of at home? If you have cut out the take out food or junk then why does it need to stop now? Save those items for a treat rather than adding them back into your everyday diet. Small changes can have a huge impact on how you look and feel.

Give yourself that summer glow

Not all of us are fortunate enough to jet off on holiday before summer arrives, but that doesn't mean you can’t get that sun-kissed glow. Applying a bit of self-tan or gradual tanner can give you that healthy glow without the need for hours of sunbathing. It can also really boost your mood as you can tend to look more healthy and ready for the day ahead.

Ditch the black

Now would be the ideal time to add some color back into your wardrobe. While black is an awesome fashionable color, sometimes you can just feel brighter and happier if you add a bit more color to your fashion choices. Even if it’s as simple as wearing a bright colored lipstick. Small changes can make a huge difference and certainly put us in the mood for warmer days.

 

I hope these tips help you get yourself ready for the summer months ahead.


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Hot Beauty Trends For Summer 2017

As the weather’s getting hot, the sweaters are going away, and the legs are coming out, it’s high time we start considering what will be hot this summer. The catwalks at London, Milan, Paris, and New York were rich with great ideas and inspiration for fun and flirty summer looks for this year, and the excitement is rising. It’s a year of brilliant mismatching, crazy glitter, and out-there lipsticks. But it’s also a year for appreciating the beauty in nature. Natural hair and flawless, glowing skin are essential this year. Everything else is just exciting and on trend adornment. Here are just a few beauty trends which are going to be all sorts of hot this year, and how you can get the look.

 

Natural hair

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We spend too much time trying to flatten, smooth, curl, and dye our hair. How did society somehow convince us our hair was all wrong, and the only way we could be seen in public is by making it look as far from natural as possible? Well, this year, sisters are taking it back. This year, we don’t have to dye it, we don’t have to flatten it, and we don’t have to braid it if we don’t want to.

The key to natural hair is keeping it healthy. Regular doses of coconut oil, or whatever your favorite intensive moisturizer is, will keep it glossy and bouncy, without weighing it down with chemicals. The essential thing is a good cut. If your cut is sympathetic to your hair type, you will barely need to style it once you’re out of the shower. Allowing it to air dry, especially in the summer, can be a great way to keep cool, and if you get a killer ‘do at the end of it, without having to spend an hour drying, straightening, and styling, you’re onto a winner. So, be sure to go to a stylist who is used to working with your hair type, and have a long, in-depth discussion about what you actually want to achieve, before they even get the scissors out. A stylist who knows exactly how to get the most out of your hair, with the least effort, is someone you need to keep close to you - they’re gold.

 

Glitter all over

Did glitter ever really go out of fashion? Who knows, but whatever its previous status, it’s certainly back this year with a vengeance. The catwalks over Fashion Week showed beautiful women’s faces caked in glitter in a statement that was difficult to miss. From chunky glitter lips, to heavy under-eye glitter liner, to everything in between, this summer’s evening look is guaranteed to be pure glitz and glam. While the heavy looks don’t necessarily seem wearable, it’s not a look which is particularly hard to achieve.

The glitter lipstick look is probably more wearable than the heavy eye-makeup. For a subtle but cute look, check out the Star Wave Glitter Tints by Cailyn Cosmetics at Sweet Sparkle Makeup. If you want something a bit more out there, be sure to keep the rest of your look neutral - you don’t want to look like a clown heading to a kid’s party, after all. Be sure to pick yourself up some fine, makeup grade glitter, and choose your favorite lipstick to match.

Start by cleaning and buffing your lips to remove any residue or dry skin, and then simply put your lipstick on. Blot the lipstick, and add a bit more on top for optimal color coverage and stickiness. Next, get a cotton ball, twirl it in your makeup glitter, and go ahead and dab it onto your lips. Keep on doing this until your lips are just as glittery as you like. Press your lips together to push all the glitter in place, and pop your finger in your mouth and pull it out to avoid the awkward glitter-tooth look which some of us are guaranteed to rock this year, and you’re good to go. Keeping the pot of glitter in your purse will allow you to top off whenever you need to, but as long as you drink through a straw and there’s no meal on the cards, the glitter should stay in place, and dazzle everyone who sees it.

 

Glowing skin

Every year we desperately try to make our skin glow in winter, and mattify it in the summer. It’s like we always want it to be the opposite of what it naturally wants to do. Well, this summer, embrace the glowing, dewy look - it’s going to be all the rage. Achieving the look will be different degrees of difficulty, depending on your skin type and how receptive it is to moisture. Here is a foolproof way to get the glowing look, and keep any oiliness in check this summer.

First things first, you’re going to want to stay hydrated. When your skin wants to simultaneously dry out, and become a grease fest, as many of ours want to do in the summer, it’s important to try to keep it healthy from the inside out. So lots and lots of water is essential. Secondly, your diet and exercise are going to have a bit impact. The healthier and happier you are, the more your skin will glow naturally. So get on the exercise bike, walk to work, eat well, and sleep plenty, and you’ll already start to see your skin glowing. And then it’s all about your routine. Washing morning and night with a perfume-free, gentle cleanser, followed by a gentle toner and moisturizer will create a good basis for your skin. Your moisturizer entirely depends on you and your needs - you might be a shea butter or coconut oil kinda girl, or you might just be happy with a light lotion, it’s entirely up to you. Keeping it natural and perfume-free isn’t just essential for sensitive skin, but it can also really help to avoid your skin drying out.

Once you’ve got your skin fully prepped with all of the goodies it needs to stay healthy, soft, and supple, it’s time for the makeup. In summer, a heavy, full coverage foundation can be overkill. In the hot weather, it tends to become cakey, and you’ll lose a lot of the natural glow that you’ve worked hard to achieve with your diet, exercise, and skin care regime. Sticking to a low-coverage tinted moisturizer in the summer months is the perfect way to let your skin’s natural radiance shine through, while still removing any discoloration and evening up your skin tone. Then it’s a case of contouring, if you’re a fan, popping some blush on the apples of your cheeks and bronzing the high points of your face, and then it’s onto the highlight. Highlighting is a great way to add a natural glow to your face, particularly if you’re not naturally that glowy. Go for as much or as little as you need, but remember to buff it into your skin well to avoid that stripe along your cheekbone. A translucent powder in your purse is all you need to ensure the oily shine that we sometimes get in summer stays away all day. Et voila, the perfect, summery, dewy skin.

 

Out-there lippy

Just like with glitter lips, this summer is the perfect time to try out all the crazy lippy shades you’ve been too nervous to try until now. Are you a fan of the chocolate browns? It might not, initially, strike you as a summer shade, but with a neutral or khaki eye and a beautifully dewy face, it can be a great statement look. This summer, though, it’s all about the oranges. Orange is a shade which, perhaps surprisingly, will work with any skin tone, as long as you choose the right variation. It works beautifully with understated eyes and fresh skin for a flirty daytime look. But it can even be worn right into the evening with a slightly heavier, smudgy eye look. It’s a fantastically versatile color, and it’s fun and lively too.

If you’re slightly nervous about your first foray into the orange lipstick, consider starting with a coral shade. The coral colors are a great compromise between orange and pink, and massively wearable on a day to day basis, for people of any skin tone. Once you’re used to seeing yourself in such a bright color, give the orange a go - you might surprise yourself. Just be sure to prep your lips properly beforehand. Always keep them moisturized with a lip balm containing an SPF, as even lips can get sunburnt when it’s hot. Before you put your lippy on, give them a quick scrub with a soft, clean, dry toothbrush to take off any dry skin, and your lippy will go on smoother and stay on longer.

 

This year’s beauty looks are extremely exciting. From celebrating natural hair and natural skin, to making fun statements with your makeup using color and glitter, it’s certainly a year for experimenting. Which is the key to all of this - this year, the beauty theme for summer is fun and experimentation, so be sure to make the most of it.


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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 Top Tips For Faking Beautiful Glowing Skin

If your skin isn’t perfect, don’t stress, you are not alone. It’s incredibly common to have skin imperfections, in fact, we all have them. As our faces are the main focal point of our bodies, it’s only natural that we want beautiful skin.

Even if your skin isn’t perfect, don’t make the mistake of thinking that you can’t achieve it. You may not have naturally perfect skin, but you can easily fake it til ya make it. Believe it or not, with a few simple makeup tricks, you can make your skin glow.

Exfoliate

If you want to make your skin look a little healthier, the first thing that you need to do is exfoliate your skin. Exfoliating is one of the best ways to get rid of imperfections, as it removes dead skin cells and dry skin. Exfoliation also helps eliminate bacteria from your face, to aid in preventing spots from occurring.

The key to exfoliation is to make sure that you choose a product that is free of any harsh chemicals as these can cause all sorts of damage to your skin. If you are a fan of making your own beauty products, consider using a DIY exfoliator. You can find lots of recipes online for homemade facial scrubs, so make sure to check these out.

 

Use primer

Before applying your makeup, make sure to use a primer. If you want to make your skin look perfect, wearing a primer under your foundation is a must. There are various types to choose from, so whatever skin type you have, there will be a suitable primer for you.

 

Pick a foundation with a pink undertone

The key to making your skin glow is the foundation you wear. Yes, taking care of your skin helps, but the most important thing for glowing skin is the foundation that you choose to wear. From liquid foundations to cream-to-powder ones, there are various types of foundation to choose from.

While the style of foundation you use doesn’t affect how much your skin glows, the color foundation that you opt for will do. To give your skin a beautiful glow, opt for a pink-toned foundation. You will find that by opting for a foundation with a pink undertone, your skin will naturally look healthier.  

 

Don’t forget to add bronzer

Once you've put your foundation on, the next step is to add touches of bronzer around your face. This should be placed on your cheekbones, chin, and forehead. For glowing skin, only a small amount of light-toned bronzer is needed.

 

Finish with powder

Once you have applied your foundation and bronzer, the next step is to set it in place with powder. The last thing you want after spending a long time creating perfect glowing skin is your makeup to come off. That’s why, once you have created the perfect glowing look, it’s crucial that you use powder to set it.

There are plenty of translucent powders on the market to choose from, but make sure to check out Ben Nye's banana powder online. This is one of the most popular powders and is fantastic for setting your makeup in place.

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These tips can help you to create an everyday flawless, glowing look without having tob use eyeshadows. Just add mascara, a little black eyeliner and make sure those eyebrows are on fleek and you have a gorgeous look that can go from work to a night out in seconds!

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