The key to beautiful eyes

The eyes are the windows to a person’s soul.  Through these small organs, a person can show a variety of emotions and reactions. More often than not, the eyes speak of the true feelings of the person despite what he or she says with her mouth.

When a person is tired, the eyes are two of the most visible indicators.  Tired eyes are red, watery, a bit cloudy, and somehow has the “droopy” look.  Most obvious is the lack of “life” in it. People who are in a lot of stress have a noticeable look, eyes that appear distant and just see through objects without actually recognizing them.  Good examples are those of soldiers who recently have fought in a war, of victims of calamities and disasters, rape victims such as Vietnam comfort women and people who do things that are basically against their own will and conviction to do so.

Victims of tragedies and calamities have eyes that seem to look far and without focus.

Fatigue and stress are the most common reasons why the eyes look tired.  Here are some tips on how to combat this tired look and eliminate the telltale signs of tired eyes.

First, try to get some sleep.  Eye bags are often caused by lack of sleep.  Long working hours, partying till the morning and just simply overworking can cause your eyes to look tired.  If 8 hours of sleep is impossible to achieve, try to get as much of it at night and then take a power nap in the afternoon.

Try to remain hydrated.  During long work hours, it is easy to forget to drink water.  A good way to remember this is to keep a tumbler filled with water with you at all times.  Every time you see it, take a sip.   A night of drinking can also dry the skin up and contribute to swelling and puffiness under the eyes.  Make sure you drink a glass of water before sleeping if you went out drinking.

Limit your salt intake.  Instead, load up on foods rich with Vitamin B which actually reduces bloating.  Stay away from oily and preserved foods as well.

Get some “me time”.  Ten minutes in the morning and ten minutes in the afternoon may be enough to rejuvenate your spirit.  Take this time to listen to your favorite music, take a short walk or just lean back and remember good memories to give your inner self a boost.

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How to Get Rid Of Blackheads

  1. CLEANSING- Buy a skin cleanser that contains salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide. Benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid break up the oil plug at the top of the pore, allowing the cleanser to get a deeper clean.

Wet a washcloth with warm water. Place it on your face for few minutes then wash your face. Wash your skin at least once per day, especially before bed to remove makeup and dirt. The number of times you wash your face every day (1 or 2) depends upon your blackhead problem and your skin sensitivity. If you have oily skin, you should wash with the benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid cleanser every morning and night.

Buy glycolic pads at the drug store. These pads contain beta hydroxy acid which are attracted to plugged up pores and help to dissolve the plugs. Apply whenever you have oil build-up on blackhead-prone areas.

Wash your face at least once per day, especially before bed to remove makeup and dirt. The number of times you wash your face every day (1 or 2) depends upon your blackhead problem and your skin sensitivity. If you have oily skin, you should wash with the benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid cleanser every morning and night.

 

  1. EXFOLIATION- Add an exfoliation step to your skin care routine 1-2 times per week. Regular repetition of this step will control the dirt and oil pores and stop blackheads from forming.

Buy a skincare cleansing brush. Brush your skin for at least 30 seconds 1 or 2 times per week. The skincare brush uses circular strokes to gently wipe away plugs from pores and remove dead skin cells.

Buy an exfoliation scrub. Choose a scrub with gentle, round beads, such as those containing jojoba oil to reduce over-scrubbing.

Buy pore strips.These adhesive strips are applied to areas that frequently host blackheads, such as the nose and forehead. Remove the strip according to package directions. Repeat 1-2 times per week.

 

  1. MASK-Apply the mask every week to reduce oil on the skin. Follow the package directions. Clay reduces the amount of oil on the skin. Although a certain amount of natural skin oil is healthy, excess oil will lead to clogged pores.

 

  1. CREAMS-Use a medicated cream that contains benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid.Apply once per day on sensitive skin, or twice per day on oily skin, after cleansing. Visit a dermatologist if you have severe blackhead and acne problems. Change your sunscreen or moisturizer brand if it leads to more blackheads. Look for a lighter formula that is non-comedogenic. This means it does not clog pores.

 

 

 

 

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8 Easy Ways To Get Rid Of Under Eye Puffiness

1. Go potato- Slice a raw potato (after refrigerating for a couple of minutes) into two and circle the closed eyes gently with those halves. Place it on your eyes so that it also covers the puffed areas under your eyes and leave it like that for 15-20 minutes. You’ll notice a tremendous change in those bags as they’ll be diminished in size.
2. Milky way – If you have extremely puffed up eyes this is the regular regimen that you’ll have to follow. Dip cotton pads in chilled milk and place on your eyelids and relax for 20-30 minutes. This will help your eyes in water retention and it would also cool them off.

3. Oily help – Take chilled water in a bowl and add a few drops of vitamin E oil to it, now mix the two well. Dip cotton pads in this mixture and place on the eyes for 20 minutes, this will help in reducing the swelling around the eyes.

4. Cucumber relief – Cucumbers are a fantastic natural remedy to get rid of under eye puffiness. Take 2 slices of fresh refrigerated cucumber and place it on your eyes for 25 minutes. Relax with the cool soothing slices over your eyes and slip into a short nap, it will help refresh your mind as well as your eyes, and the anti-inflammatory properties of the cool cucumber will naturally help reduce puffy tissues.
4. Spoons and iced waterThe puffiness of the eyes can be reduced with the help of a glass of ice water and four stainless steel spoons. Chill the spoons in the water and then place one over each eye. Keep switching the spoons while letting the other one chill in the glass of water. Keep switching until you see improvement.

5. Egg whiteStiffly beat a few egg whites and apply it around your eyes with a brush. It will result in making the area around and under the eye feel tighter and look less puffy. Leave it on for 20 minutes and then rinse your face in cold water.

6. Green tea bagSettle down for 10-15 minutes with a chilled, steeped chamomile or green tea bag over each eye and then relax. The natural properties of these herbal teas will help bring puffy eyes back to their original size.

7. Hydrate your bodyDrink as much water as possible. Yes, it seems counter-intuitive when you are retaining water, but hydrating reduces puffiness. So drink a glass of water whenever you notice your eyes getting a little droopy.

 

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10 Easy steps to have clear and smooth skin

  1. KEEP IT CLEAN

Your makeup might hide zits, but it also traps free radicals against your skin, Wash your face morning, night, and after the gym with a cleanser that contains up to 2 percent salicylic acid.

  1. DON’T POP YOUR ZITS

It’s so hard not to, we know. But try to resist. Popping your pimples will only result in inflammation, scarring, and yes, more acne. If you’re truly tempted, some experts suggest keeping your hands busy with a squeeze toy.

  1. BUT IF YOU DO…

OK, what’s done is done. Now disinfect the area with a 2.5 percent benzoyl peroxide product which you can purchase it over the counter  and dot on a salicylic acid while some of dermatologist highly products  recommends with advantage popped pimple relief drying paste which you can also purchase in leading supermarkets to help unclog the pore.

  1. STICK WITH THE BASICS

There are certain ingredients that have proven themselves in clinical trials (benzoyl peroxide or glycolic or salicylic acid for acne) use them. And give them a chance: They need at least six weeks to work. If nothing has changed by week six, the product will never work for you. Then, it’s time to see a dermatologist prescription products or in-office treatments may offer some relief.

  1. TRY RETINOIDS

Retinoids aren’t just for wrinkles. They also fade spots, build collagen, and prevent acne but only when used correctly. At night, instead of your overnight acne treatment, dot a pea-size amount  on your fingertips and rub it all over your face. “Using them on the skin as a whole helps with cell turnover,”

  1. TREAT EARLY

Spot-treating your pimple can reduce its lifespan by one to two days. But the real goal is a clear complexion and early intervention is key. You need to prevent acne from forming, and that means treating skin that’s prone to pimples even if there are none present.

  1. BUT DON’T OVERTREAT

Overusing acne products can lead to excess drying and, in some cases, chemical burns. Apply the amount recommended on the packaging (usually enough for a thin layer), not a giant palmful. Finish with an oil-free moisturizer.

  1. CALM DOWN

Easier said than done, we know. But stress hormones increase oil production, which can lead to clogged pores and whiteheads. So make an effort to relax when needed. Anything that reduces stress in your body such as tai chi, running, a warm bath will make you have less acne, less often.

  1. PROTECT YOUR SKIN

Acne products can make your skin more susceptible to sun damage, so be sure to use SPF 30 or higher. Look for formulas labeled non-comedogenic, which won’t clog pores.

 

  1. FADE SCARS

Just because the pimple’s gone doesn’t mean it disappeared. Use a scar treatment with salicylic acid and

licorice-root extract on dark spots to fade them over time.

 

 

 

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General Hair Care Methods

 

1. Wash your hair correctly

Note: If you can, try not to wash your hair every day. Daily baths and showers will strip your hair of its natural oils. Massage your scalp with the shampoo, Do this for about 40 seconds before washing it out. When you massage the top of your head, the circulation increases and it also helps prevent dandruff. Use a sulfate and silicone free shampoo if your hair is curly or wavy. Pour conditioner into your hand and rub from the tips of your hair to the roots. You may leave the conditioner in your hair for few minutes for silkier and softer hair then rinse it off. To seal the hair cuticles try to wash your hair on the coolest setting that is comfortable because it locks in moisture, making it shinier. Hotter water may be used occasionally to wash hair, if you have very oily or dirty hair. Either way, try rinsing in cool temperature water for the final rinse.

 

2. Dry your hair in a careful manner.

When you blow dry your hair, put it on acool setting and hold distance it away to protect it from any heat. Incorrect using of it may boil the water. Losing the moisture of your hair resulting it to breakage and hair damage. Avoid wringing your hair with a towel after you get out of a shower. Wet hair is more fragile, and wringing it could cause your hair strands to break or fall out.

 

3. Avoid brushing your hair while it’s wet.

Wet hair is more stretchy and has a tendency to break. Also, don’t brush your hair too much. People say that brushing your hair 100 strokes a day will make it smoother — but it will only cause breakage to your hair. When you do brush your hair, try a natural bristle brush like a boar bristle brush. These brushes distribute oils throughout your hair to make it softer and shinier. Only use a wide-tooth comb on wet hair to prevent applying friction that may cause hair breakage.

 

4. Give your hair some special treatment from time to time.

Apply a deep conditioning treatment. You can use deep conditioning treatments like olive oil, avocado oil or coconut oil. You can also purchase a hair mask or hair cream and apply it. Use a natural treatment like olive oil, mayonnaise and an egg or a soak in full-fat milk. Leave these treatments in for 2 to 3 hours and rinse them out thoroughly without applying shampoo or conditioner. You can do this once or twice per week. Use a leave-on conditioner at least once a week it’ll help nourish your hair.
5. Eat healthy foods that will keep your hair strong and lustrous.

Your diet can also prevent hair loss. Essential fatty acids, especially omega-3 fatty acids, promote healthy skin, hair and nails. You should eat some of these foods, which are rich in omega-3, Salmon, tuna, mackerel, and other fatty fish, Flax seed oil, fruits and Walnuts, almonds, milk and other dairy products are essentials to promote healthy hair.

 

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How To Get Smooth Hands And Feet

Skin is exposed to harsh elements on a daily basis, from sun and wind to harsh chemicals and drying soaps. Hands and feet are particularly prone to suffering from dryness and cracking, especially in the winter months when your skin can become stressed and hardened from dry, cold air. Smooth and soften your hands and feet with a weekly routine that uses all-natural, healthy ingredients you can find at your local drugstore and around the house.

 

Tips

  • Be aware of any allergies or sensitivities your skin may have before applying lotion or oil.
  • Purchase a deep moisturizing lotion for everyday use between oil treatments to keep your skin happy throughout the day. Reapply after washing your hands or doing the dishes.

 

Things You’ll Need

  • Lavender or rose essential oil, optional
  • Sugar
  • 1 whole lemon
  • Pumice stone
  • Cotton balls
  • Coconut, almond or olive oil
  • Plush socks
  • Cotton gloves

 

STEP 1

Soak your feet and hands in warm water. Either take a bath or fill a small basin with soothing warm water. Avoid hot water, which can dry out your skin. Add a few drops of lavender or rose essential oil to the water to create a soothing sensory experience. Soak your hands and feet for about 10 minutes.

STEP 2

Dry off your hands and feet using a soft, clean towel.

STEP 3

Slice a lemon in half and dip one-half of the lemon into a small amount of regular sugar. Use the sugared lemon half to scrub any rough areas on your hands and feet. Go over your fingers and toes as well using gentle circular motions. If you have particularly rough areas on your feet or hands, use a pumice stone or foot file to smooth out these areas.

STEP 4

Rinse off your hands and feet using warm water and towel dry them.

STEP 5

Pour a small amount of natural oil, such as coconut, almond or olive oil, onto a small cotton ball.

STEP 6

Apply the oil to your feet, making sure to sweep the cotton ball around and between all your toes. Reapply oil to the cotton ball as needed until your skin is lightly coated.

STEP 7

Pull on a pair of clean cotton socks or plush socks to keep your feet clean while the oil does its job

STEP 8

Repeat the process of applying oil to your hands and pull on a pair of clean cotton gloves.

STEP 9

Keep the socks and gloves on for at least two hours and, ideally, around eight hours. Time this process for around bedtime so that the oils can soak into your skin while you sleep.

STEP 10

Repeat the exfoliation process about once a week. You can apply natural oil to your skin as often as every day.

 

 

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Using Olive Oil for Health and Beauty

Olive oil can benefit the hair and skin and is handy to have around the house for many uses.

Olive oil is usually found sitting on your kitchen shelf, but it can also be helpful in your bathroom.  This wonder oil can come in handy for the following uses:

Acne control- people often think that oil on the skin would contribute more to aggravating rather than controlling acne.  This is not the case with olive oil.  For people with acne breakouts, olive oil can be made into a paste by mixing 4 tablespoons of salt with 3 tablespoons of olive oil.  Apply the mixture on to your face and with a gentle massage, work around your entire face.  Leave it on for one to two minutes before rinsing it off with warm, soapy water.  Many people testify that this once a day treatment for a week and then reduced to two to three treatments a week will bring real improvement to acne prone skin. This may be because the salt in the mixture acts as an exfoliant which rids the skin of dead cells and dirt while the olive oil maintains and restores the skin’s natural moisture.  Very dry skin makes it prone to cuts and breaks and susceptible to infections.

Olive oil is also an excellent hair repair agent.  Heat ½ cup olive oil (be careful not to boil it) and apply it on your hair liberally, massaging it on to your scalp.  Cover your hair with a plastic bag or with cling wrap and then wrap it with a towel for 45 minutes.  Shampoo it off and rinse your hair thoroughly.  You will notice that dry and brittle hair will be softer and shinier after a few treatments.

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How to Get Hip Blue Eyes

blueeyesEverybody’s wearing them and color is something that can really bring drama to one’s eyes. Blue liners used with black eyeliners to begin the shade shift brings more drama to your eyes and add to that a dramatic set of lashes with mascara and you get very dramatic eyes that can really make you stand out.

Using back first makes the blue stand out as if it were floating, giving your eyes with a blue glow you simply can’t get enough of. Want more drama in your eyes, try some of the best products from Sephora with their products from OPI which comes in a mermaid shade collection that is enough to bring the sun and beach into your eyes as if you were made for the surf. [Read more…]

Make small eyes look bigger with makeup

Correct application of eyeliner and eye shadow can make small eyes look bigger

They say that eyes are the gateway to a person’s inner being.  Eyes are the two parts of the face that conveys the most emotions.  This is why women really try to make their eyes look beautiful, expressive and captivating. Big-eye looks are popular among women because big, beautiful eyes are often the nets that catch a man’s attention.

How do you achieve the big eye look?  Here are some tips:

  1. Learn how to apply eyeshadow correctly.  Light shimmery eyeshadow, when applied to the inner corners of the eyes will instantly help open up the eyes. With dark brown or grey eyeshadow, apply a “V” shape (sideways) on the outer corners of the eye.  The sharp part of the “V”, when pointing away from the eyes gives the illusion of bigger eyes.
  2. Apply eyeliner correctly. With a dark pencil or liquid eyeliner, line the upper lash line, making the line thicker as you go towards your ear.  Extend the line slightly further than the corners of the eyes.
  3. Curl your eyelashes to instantly make your eyes look bigger. Apply mascara to make your eyelashes thicker and longer.
  4. Trim your eyebrows. Eyebrows act as the face’s frame and can emphasize the makeup you put on your eyes.
  5. Practice on applying smokey-eye makeup. The trick is in the blending of colors.  With practice, you can achieve the deep set, big-eye look that is both sexy and beautiful. Always remember to apply the makeup with one brush and using another brush, blend colors carefully.

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Grooming Tips for Men

Whoever said that proper grooming should only be done for special occasions and going on dates? First impressions always last. That is why we must always be ready through proper grooming. Women appreciate a man who is always well-groomed. So will their parents, the company you are applying to, or for that matter, anyone you want to make a good impression from. Here is a list of confidence boosting tips to make a strong and lasting impression.

  1. Get a clean shave.

    Electric shavers give a closer shave than traditional razorblades

    Nowadays, it is more advised to use electric shavers over the traditional razorblades. They give you a closer shave leading to smooth skin, are less time consuming and they are also a safer alternative by making you less prone to cutting yourself.

    1. Use anti-acne products.

    The most effective ones are those with salicylic acid and L-Carnitine that prevent oil gland blockage, and malic acid that tackles left over dark marks.

    1. Keep your nails short and clean.

    Although a real man should not be afraid to get his hands dirty, women appreciate clean and unharmful nails.

    1. Brush and floss your teeth daily.

    Use toothpastes with Calprox, which targets surface stains to effectively whiten teeth. This is especially advised for smokers and coffee drinkers. Pearly white teeth are one of the main bases in judging a man based on cleanliness and they help you be more attractive. Flossing, on the other hand, decreases the chances of bad breath and tooth decay.

    1. Have your clothes tailored to fit your body.

    To top things off, pick the clothes that best fit your body shape and size