Preventative Aging: Are You Doing It?
Preventative aging is one of those things you hear about in magazines, and just sort of roll your eyes at. If you don’t have wrinkles or visible signs of aging, why should you spend money on it? It sounds like a money-making opportunity that brands created to sell you something you don’t need. But is that really true?
Well, yes and no. Preventative anti-aging is not just something made up by skincare companies. It is much easier to prevent the signs of aging than to reverse things like wrinkles once they start to appear. That is a fact. But do you really need to buy products specifically meant for preventative aging? Not necessarily. There are brands like Pura Organics that have been curated for women in their twenties to help prevent the signs of aging, and they are useful for sure. I use their eye gel myself and adore it. But with that being said, you can work on preventative aging without doling out hundreds or even tens on serums and creams. Just tweaking your current routine can do the trick.
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First off, your under eyes are a major feature that are prone to show everything you don’t want. From wrinkles to dark circles, this is something we start concealing with makeup from a young age. So if you use concealer under your eyes, why not use an eye cream? You do not have to spend more than $20 here either. You can pick up an eye cream from a brand like Aveeno or Neutrogena. Seeing as you probably don’t have deep wrinkles, maybe just some minor crow’s feet, darkness, or bags from a lack of sleep, a simple eye cream is all you need to get started. In fact, before I started using an actual eye treatment, I use Queen Helene Cocoa Butter Cream under my eyes to help promote hydration. Now I use the Pura Organics Under Eye Tightening Gel, which is highly affordable and very long lasting, because it prevents wrinkles, as well as smoothing out and tightening the fine lines that are already beginning to appear.
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Moisturizing is something you should be doing whether you are concerned with aging or not. Whether you are oily or dry, adding moisture to the skin keeps it plump and prevents it from getting saggy. Even a lightweight gel moisturizer like those from Olay offer enough to keep your skin from showing signs of aging. Check the label for ingredients, if your moisturizer contains hyaluronic acid, you are already preventating aging, and you didn’t even know it. Moisturizing day and night is a vital step for healthy skin. Don’t count on the oils your skin produces on its own to supply your skin with the drink it needs.
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Your hands are the first thing to show signs of aging. Not only do you wash your hands more so than any other part of your body (hopefully), which can dry them out, but we tend not to protect our hands as much as our other skin. They get hit with the most UV rays, because who puts SPF on their hands? They are exposed to the freezing winter temperatures when you forget your gloves, and they are just so overlooked. And you don’t have to buy a special hand cream to help prevent your hands from aging. Pop a simple and easily absorbed hand cream next to your sink, and rub some in each time you wash your hands. I also keep a hand cream in my purse and next to my bed, so I can slather up on the go, and before drifting off to dreamland. Who knew something so simple could help so much? Just watch out for too much fragrance or alcohol in hand creams, as they can be misleading and actually dry the skin out even more.
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The neck is such a neglected place that shows aging. And with the digital age being now, we are at a greater risk for early wrinkles there. Staring down at our phones for hours every day enhancing the lines that are naturally in your neck, which is called Tech Neck. It is so common in fact that it has a name. If your hands are the first place to show signs of aging, your neck is certainly second. I am sure you have seen those infomercials showing befores and afters of women’s necks since using certain product. If you stay on top of it now, you will never even get to that point.
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SPF! SPF! SPF! Say it with me. Sunscreen not only prevents skin cancer, but also wrinkles, age spots, sun spots, melasma, and more. So many signs of aging are due to the sun. Yes, a tan is nice for now, but is it really worth it when you have irreversible damage later on? Prevent those signs of aging by loading on the SPF daily, and even more so when you know you will be spending a decent amount of time outdoors, even in overcast. Also be sure to remember that sunscreen is not just for your face, but any other part of your body that is exposed to the harmful UV rays. Your shoulders, feet, and hands also need SPF. No matter your skin tone, SPF is necessary to prevent a handful of nasty problems. It truly is never too early to start preventative aging. So where will you begin?
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Have you noticed the abundance of CBD and hemp oil in some of the latest beauty launches? If not, you must be living under a rock. This cannabis craze is taking over everything from skincare to makeup and more. Is it actually effective or is it just a trend? Even with this growing use of CBD, many people still don’t understand its benefits and safety.
After years of this biotin craze, newer beauty vitamin brands are launching what seems like every day with different ingredients to target specific beauty needs. While biotin is still on the top of the beauty vitamin list of ingredients, there are tons of other formulations making their way into this field. So which one is right for you?
We are unveiling Spring/Summer 2019 eyeshadow colors and trends. This season is all about experimenting with the bright and neutral tones, keeping makeup to a minimum while making a statement. Nearly every cosmetics brand from affordable to indie and luxury have launched their own take on the latest color trends for 2019.
It is no secret the beauty world contributes to the abundance of plastic waste taking over our planet. With plastic shampoo bottles, mascara wands and powder compacts, we add more to the earth’s collective pollution. And the very least we can do is to shop from brands with sustainability in their DNAs.
Having an allergy or bad reaction to beauty products is very common and very annoying. With all the questionable ingredients that is no surprise. It can be difficult to determine what is okay and what is not. And the FDA regulations are not always as strict or safe as we would like. While everyone has different sensitivities, there are some ingredients that are well known to cause problems.
We are all familiar with powder highlighters like the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfecter, cream highlighters like Benefit Watts Up, and even liquid highlighters. But there is a newcomer to the world of makeup. She has taken off like nothing I have seen before; she is the jelly highlighter.
With a new season comes a new style; a hairstyle that is. Let’s change things up for the warmer weather. The sun is shining, the birds are chirping, and ladies are strutting out of the salon with the latest hairstyle trends. You can chop it off, layer it up, or simply add an accessory, and your hair will be ready to say hello to spring.
Changing your nail color can change your entire look. Adding a red nail to a basic tee and jeans gives you unmistakable class. Going from nude nails to a bright white gives a neutral yet crisp and clean vibe. And if you decide on nail art, you can show every detail of your personal style.
Along with the beauty products you always hear about, there are plenty of fantastic ones flying under your radar. Sometimes stepping outside of your comfort zone and dipping your toes into a new and unfamiliar territory is just what your beauty routine needs!
Just as in all aspects of life, the beauty world has its fair share of controversies. From cosmetics application methods to brand drama, there have been disagreements that have gone down in the makeup books for years. You know how the world is split on pineapple pizza? Well, the beauty industry is split on some things too.
There are just some brands that have been around the block and then again. They are classics, but along with new product launches, new brands are popping up now more than ever. The beauty market is in dire need of a shake up, and it seems that start-ups rather than big budget leaders are here to make it happen, with broader shade ranges, new ideas, and fun concepts.
After dying my hair regularly for more than 10 years, I have tried it all. I have gone to the salon for bleach. I have colored my own hair, going brown, blonde, and red. I have used purple shampoos, toners, and every product I could find. With all that experience, I have tried, tested, and relied on the best products around.
We have all heard of food fasting; some of us do it for health reasons, others for religious ones. All in all, fasting is beneficial for controlling your blood sugar, heart health, weight loss, and some experts say it can even aid in cancer prevention. But, what is the deal with skin fasting?
There are popular versions of acne spot treatment. There are luxury ones and drugstore alternatives. And although they are all marketed in the same general way, used in the same way and tend to share common ingredients, they are not identical. I cannot tell you which came first, but I can tell you which does what, how they are rated, and which is my personal favorite.
At one time I would have said Target sold drugstore beauty brands, you know the classics: CoverGirl, L’Oreal, Maybelline. But, Target has been shaking things up recently. Not only have a lot of stores gotten a “next generation” makeover at the high-end level, but their beauty sections have exploded with new brands, relaunched ones, and a decent selection of cruelty-free and eco-friendly findings.
Practical and natural beauty products can be hard to come by, sometimes nearly impossible. What’s natural is not always the best and what’s the best is not always natural. Whichever end of the natural beauty and makeup spectrum you land on, these are some of the latest in the natural-ish world of beauty.
It is a new year! We get to redefine ourselves, set goals, and hopefully stick to them. But, a new year comes with a breath of fresh and frigid cold air right to the face. We have already discussed skincare changes you can make to accommodate yourself for the cooler weather in our "Skincare Products For Fall" post, but what about makeup changes?
The exfoliators you used back in the day, St. Yves among others, probably had little plastic beads in them, which are now banned. Not only were these detrimental to the environment but they could burst within the pores causing serious damage. All of those have since been replaced with physical exfoliators. What is a physical exfoliator, you ask? Here are basics of exfoliation!
Tis the season for shopping. If your friends gave you a list of exactly what they want, good for you, but not all of us are so lucky, and finding gifts they will LOVE can be tricky. So here are some last minute beauty gifts Ideas according to personalities!
For how long has makeup been marketed solely to women? Just because a product has pink packaging, is sold near handbags, and being used by female models does not mean it is only meant for women. And times are changing. Men, transgenders, and those who are gender-neutral are making their voices heard in the beauty world.
Drugstore brands have just as much money as high-end brands and quite often the actual products are just as good. So let’s take a minute to focus on some new and standout products from the drugstore. These are not just new shades of blush, but products we don’t often see at drugstore prices.
Natural beauty is on the rise. The brands we love and the products we buy all contain natural essence, organic this, and plant-derived that. There is a reason we adore them so much; they work. Essential oils have been used in beauty routines and rituals for centuries. So, here are some tips on essential oils and DIYs for your skin type.
Finding hidden gems in the beauty world can be nearly impossible. Everyone is screaming from the rooftops about brands like Urban Decay and Tarte, but what about the products that are not getting the praise they deserve? Discover the undiscoverable, the diamond in the rough, the latte in a world of instant coffee.
For real summer is officially over. What does that mean for your beauty routine? Your skin will most likely start to parch, and that increase in dryness is localized on your cheeks, lips, under eyes, back, and legs. So, other than amping up your moisturizer game, here is how you can make your skincare and beauty routines work this fall.
As much as budget buying in the beauty world is easy and convenient, there is nothing like splurging on luxury beauty products. Whether it be skincare, makeup or hair care, when you invest in yourself the feeling is indescribable. So here are just some of the luxury brands that not only make you look amazing, but make you feel extra fabulous.
Have you heard of franken-makeup? Maybe not. After all, it is a relatively new idea and is not exactly a running success. No, it isn’t making your makeup look like Frankenstein or anything like that. It also isn’t the next cat eye or liquid lip craze. It was first introduced to the online beauty community about a year ago by one of the most unique creators there is Safiya Nygaard.
Whether you are looking to revamp your beauty collection, go entirely cruelty-free on a budget, or just want to delve into the world of affordable beauty, these are some cruelty-free brands selling phenomenal makeup for mostly under $5. Many of them even have a large number of vegan products available, and rarely cost more than $10.
“What do you mean?” is probably a question you ask a lot if you read about beauty, but are less than familiar with beauty jargon. Beauty, like most everything else in life, is all about learning. There is an endless world of techniques, looks, styles and ideas to know, play with, and master. So here are some of the most common and confusing beauty slang words and their definitions.
If you want to customize your lip scrub and have full control over what you put on your skin, or are on a budget but still want a quality product that works wonders, DIY is your best bet. And trust me, I made the best lip scrub last week and it took under 2 minutes. My lips are smoother and more kissable than ever before! Plus, this is the best time to get into the lip scrub life, because that chill in the air will only get colder, bringing with it cracked and flaky lips.
Beauty brands can no longer launch without some sort of concept beyond “this is skincare” or “this is makeup.” With the beauty space so full that even the biggest of beauty lovers cannot possibly get their hands on everything, brands need to stand out from the crowd. Of course, there are new brands launching what seems like daily, but these 4 are some beauty brands that really stand out due to their unique ideas, fun concepts, or intense transparency.