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How to Conceal Effectively

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 How to Conceal Effectively

The purpose of concealer is to cover blemishes, dark circles, redness, broken capillaries, and any other small imperfections that find their way onto your skin. Heavy camouflage concealer can also be used to cover scars and birthmarks. It is much better to use a lighter formula of foundation and apply coverage where required rather than covering the whole face in a heavy foundation. Concealer looks most natural when it is applied in sheer layers; building up gradually until you achieve the fresh face look you’re after. Ideally you should have two different shades of concealer: one that is one or two shades lighter than your skin tone and one that matches your skin. To find the perfect shade, test the foundation along the jaw line, it should disappear into your skin. Between the two shades you can flatten a raised blemish, cover all imperfections, and banish dark under eye circles and discoloration.

Concealer should have either a yellow (ideal for olive skin tones) or a soft pink undertone, the shade of which will depend on your skin tone; very pale ivory, caramel honey, very dark – cocoa. Avoid concealers that look too pink or white. Using a concealer that is too light under the eye will emphasize the dark area instead of concealing it. The best concealers should be enriched with vitamins and have a smooth, silky texture. There are many different formulas of concealer available that provide varying degrees of coverage. Your choice of a concealer will depend on your skin type and the area you want to conceal.

It is important to use the correct technique when applying concealer; otherwise, it will be visible and will highlight exactly what you are trying to conceal. For the skin under the eye apply a thinner layer of concealer than elsewhere on the face.

1. Use a cream concealer one or two shades lighter than the skin tone to cover dark circles. Apply the product from the inner corner of the eye along the orbital bone approximately a third of the way across the width of the socket. For precise application, apply with a concealer brush.

2. Apply eye-brightener on the inner bridge of the nose around the corner of the eye. If there is a visible crease or fold of skin, apply in the crease under the eye to lift and flatten. Also apply under the outer corner of the eye for an instant lift.

3. Use the pad of your middle finger to tap the concealer into the skin. Tap and lightly rub outward and back inward; don’t drag or pull the skin.

4. Use a loose translucent setting powder over the whole eye area to prevent creasing. Use a small dome brush (an eye shadow blending brush) for precise application

5. Conceal any redness around the edge of the nose using a fine-tipped concealer brush. This enables you to get right into the corners.

6. Conceal around the lip line to enhance the lip shape and stop your lipstick from bleeding. Using your eye-brightener under the outer two-thirds of the lower lips will give you an enviably pouty look.

There are many different forms of concealers that can be used, but based on what you are looking to achieve, it’s important to select the concealer that will suit your problem areas best.

Cream: Gives full coverage, is creamy and easy to blend so can be used under eyes, and is heavy enough to cover dark circles. You snag this concealer in a tube, compact, or pot. The creamiest versions are good for older skin as they are hydrating and are easy to apply without dragging the skin.

Highlighting Pens: Used on the inner corner of the eye to brighten dark circles and shadows. Can be used to flatten and even out wrinkles, around the edges of the mouth, and under the outer corner of the eye to lift.

Color Correctors: Used to cover discoloration. Use green to counteract redness, lilac for sallowness, yellow for purple or blue-tinged circles. Blue tones down orange, and orange-toned correctors are used to cover a bruise or tattoo.

Camouflage: This is the heaviest concealer and it can be used to cover birthmarks, sunspots, scars, and even tattoos.

Solid Stick: Perfect for blemishes and provides direct on-the-spot application. The consistency is thick but fairly dry, so it is not so easy to use under the eyes.

Mineral Powder: Easy application, good for sensitive skin and eyes. Gives light to medium coverage for dark circles and blemishes.

Liquid: Usually comes in a wand, pen or tube and gives the lightest coverage. It has a creamy formula and is easy to blend. This is a multi-use product that covers minor blemishes and slight shadows for picture perfect touch-ups.

Pencils: For medium coverage and to use on small imperfections; not suited for shadows and dark circles. Very portable and good for touch-ups.

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Greek Yoghurt Mask

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When we think of face masks, we are often reminded of our high-school selves; caking on green goop at slumber parties, oblivious to the dyes and chemicals surrounding our cucumber eye pads. Today, we have a plethora of skincare brands such as Aveda, Kiehls, La Prairie, etc. who provide us with the appropriate nutrient-based facial care, but at a premium cost. Here’s where greek yoghurt comes in.

As a dairy product, it’s loaded with calcium, which is beneficial for bones and teeth, as well as heart and nerve function. It’s also got a significant amount of protein – almost enough to replace meat in your diet if consumed regularly (unlike other yoghurts, that often sub proteins for sugar/sweetener). Plus, its probiotics can not only improve your digestive health and keep the bacteria in your gut healthy, they can also boost your immune system.

Coincidentally, this Mediterranean gem is also good for your skin – so much so, that it’s the only ingredient for our DIY face mask. Greek yoghurt contains lactose enzymes, which dissolve dirt and help nourish your skin. Essentially, it works like a cleanser, while the probiotics invigorate your skin and leave it with a lovely glow. (For an extra punch, add a probiotic capsule to the mix. Lauren Conrad raves about it.)

To make it, simply scoop 3 or 4 tablespoons of Greek yoghurt into a small bowl or dish. Having been refrigerated, the coolness will reduce redness and rid any puffiness around the eyes. Then using a cotton ball (or your hand), apply the mixture to your face in an even layer. Let the mask set for 10 minutes, then rinse with lukewarm water and pat dry with a towel. You’ll notice the effects immediately, and your skin will smell good enough to eat!

Ultimate Detox Bath

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Over 2,000 years ago, the Greek physcian Parmenides said, “Give me a chance to create fever and I will cure any disease.” Well, it goes without saying that Parmenides was on to something. Overheating therapies have been used and celebrated for much of human history. The Romans used baths, the Native Americans used sweat lodges and today, many people are willing to pay through the teeth to have access to a sauna or steamroom, and with good reason raising the body’s temperature slightly, speeding up the body’s metabolism, and inhibiting the growth of invading organisms. Once a fever is established, the body will literally burn viruses away with its heat. Sweating, a convenient byproduct of a fever, is also one of the most effective (and cheapest) ways to rid the body of toxins. Now, if you can’t abide sweating with strangers and a personal sauna isn’t something you have lying around, take heart, because with a few odds and ends from your kitchen and local health food store, you can indulge in a little overheating therapy in the comfort of your own home.

Detox baths are an easy and effective way to eliminate toxins from the liver, kidneys and thyroid. A basic detox bath consists of Epsom Salts, hot water (as hot as you can stand), baking soda and a few shavings of ginger. Epsom salts and baking soda are both sulfates. When sulfates are absorbed through the skin they go to work extracting toxins from the body’s cells through reverse osmosis. Ginger is a smart addition, because it is a natural decongestant (perfect for a mean case of the sniffles), anti-inflammatory and it encourages sweating.

To prep for a detox bath, brush your skin with a vegetable brush or a loofah. Work from the centre of your body, brushing away from the heart. After brushing, massage your body with sesame oil, or your favourite natural massage oil, for about 5 minutes. When it’s bath time, simply fill the tub with hot water. Once it’s halfway full, sprinkle your chosen ingredients (recipes below) in the water and give it a couple good swishes. When the tub is full, slip into the water and try immerse as much of your body as possible. Sit for at least 20 minutes or for as long as 45 minutes. If this is your first detox bath, a 20 minute soak should be plenty. Be warned, you will sweat A LOT! Once you’re done, towel off and slip into a fluffy, heavy housecoat. You want to keep your body temperature up to continue the detoxification process. You will likely sweat for a good hour or two after your bath.
Basic Detox Bath:
1 cup Epsom salts
1 cup baking soda
2 tbsp of ginger, shredded
Few drops of essential oil of your choice (optional)
Salt n’ Soda:
This detox bath helps neutralize the effects of radiation, making this bath ideal for anyone currently undergoing radiation treatment.
1 cup of baking soda
1 to 2 cups of coarse sea salt (such as himalayan pink salt)
2 tbsp of ginger, shredded
Few drops of essential oil of your choice (optional)
Vinegar Soak:
Tough workout? This is the bath for you. A vinegar bath is an excellent way to rid joints of excessive lactic and uric acid. This is also beneficial for people suffering from arthritis, bursitis, tendonitis and gout.
1 cup of apple cider vinegar
1 cup of Epsom salts
1 cup baking soda
2 tbsp of ginger, shredded
Few drops of essential oil of your choice (optional)
Tea Time:
Rich in antioxidants, this bath is loaded with minerals and is perfect for those battling dry skin or dandruff.
5-10 green tea bags
1 cup of Epsom salts
1 cup baking soda
2 tbsp of ginger, shredded
Few drops of essential oil of your choice (optional)
While the tub is running toss tea bags in and leave to steep. Once the bath is half full add epsom salts, ginger and oil (if using) and give it a good stir. Fill the tub the rest of the way up and fish out the tea bags.
Please consult your doctor before attempting a detox bath. Do not attempt a detox bath if you’re pregnant, have heart, blood pressure or kidney problems, or if you are diabetic.

Sleeping for the Health of It

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There is nothing worse than that feeling of being sleep deprived. Simple tasks become harder to do, you become easily irritated, and nothing in the world seems to matter. Getting enough sleep is important but its importance is far-reaching. Not only does it improve your mood and energy level, sleep is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle that has benefits for your heart, mind, weight, and more.

Research has shown that lack of sleep can have negative effects on your immune system. Scientists have found that sleep deprivation is linked to an increase in cytokine molecules that control immune response. As a result of this inflammation and changes in blood chemistry, your risk to various diseases, such as diabetes, heart disease, and adverse neurological conditions, is increased. Sleep is crucial in maintaining your health. Some experts note that without adequate sleep, people are more susceptible to health problems like stroke, depression, and obesity.

The three foundational stones of good health are good diet, good exercise, and good sleep. Many health professionals argue that only two of the three will not get you there. All three are needed. However, sleep is often overlooked in our modern society because of the tendency to place higher value on work. Time is money is a saying that we hear frequently but the reality is that sleep is important for healthy lives and good work performance.

A good night’s sleep helps to improve your memory. It can also improve your life span as well as the quality of it. With adequate sleep, the brain is more alert, can learn better, and have fewer problems concentrating and keeping attention. Sleep is very important to keep your brain functioning well.

To maintain a healthy weight, sleep plays a key role too. Skipping on sleep can increase hunger and cause you to gain weight. Sleep loss is linked to a reduction in the body’s ability to regulate hormones that control hunger. Sleep deprivation causes an individual to increase in appetite as well as a preference for high-carbohydrate foods, which all lead to weight gain. Research also shows that sleep and metabolism are controlled by the same part of the brain so getting enough hours of shut-eye keeps your metabolism stable and balanced.

Another great benefit of getting enough sleep is radiant complexion. When you are tired, blood does not flow effectively and as a result, your skin looks dull. Also as your body sleeps, it produces human growth hormone, which is a crucial ingredient for collagen production that keeps your skin healthy and radiant. When people say they need to get their beauty sleep, they are not joking. Sleep is good for health as well as beauty.

The positive aspects of sleep are many, but exactly how many hours should you be getting? Research has shown that getting too much sleep can be bad too so finding a fine balance between not enough and too much sleep is the key. The truth is that the optimal number of hours of sleep is individually based; however, it is highly recommended that adults should be getting seven to eight hours of sleep per night.

Sleep is an extremely important component of healthy living. It keeps your moods in check, your brain functioning efficiently, and your body feeling and looking good. Even if you are eating and exercising well, not getting enough sleep can put you at risk of a variety of health problems. When you give yourself the time to sleep, you are doing your body, mind, and the people around you wonders so go ahead and give yourself a good night’s sleep.

Don’t scrub away acne

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Don’t scrub away acne

Most women tend to wash off the roughness caused by acne with an almond or apricot based scrubs. But the granules in these scrubs lacerate the skin and cause spread of acne bacteria. Simply clean the skin and apply an acne treatment to each spot. If your skin is in worse condition, consult a doctor for treatments.

Treat yourself to a homemade facial once a week

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Treat yourself to a homemade facial once a week

Most people go for facials once a month. But mini facials at home every week are important to condition and de-stress the skin. Cleansing, exfoliating and massaging are all that are needed to get nourished skin. Use a hydrating serum and fruits or other natural products to prepare the facemask.

Sunscreen is a must

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Sunscreen is a must

Exposure to the sun is the chief cause of skin aging and skin cancer. Even incidental exposure can lead to harm caused by UV rays. Make sure that you have applied a sunscreen with at least SPF 15 everyday, and please, do not use a tanning salon at all costs. Not only does tanning cause serious harm to your skin, but it will age that much faster and cause wrinkles for life.