Home Remedies for Your Pimples

I bet almost everyone has experienced having a pimple or an acne and we all know how annoying and irritating that feeling was.  If only we could do something to remove it at instant from our faces.  Although we cannot do that, there are some remedies you can do directly from your homes to make it better faster.

First is using an ICE.  Ice helps lessen the swelling of your pimple and could also lessen its redness.  It also tightens the skin pores and lets blood circulate better in that area.  All you have to do is wrap the ice in cloth, doesn’t matter if its cubed or crushed, and then apply it on the area of the pimple.  Do this for a few minutes and just change the ice after a few times since it will melt after a while.

Use Ice to lessen pimple redness and swelling. Photo From: BoldSky

Use Ice to lessen pimple redness and swelling.
Photo From: BoldSky

Second remedy suggests using a LEMON.  Lemon is rich in Vitamin C and this will help the pimples in drying faster.  To do this, squeeze out the juice from the lemon (never use bottled lemon juices for this probably contains preservatives).  Put the juice in a container and use a cotton swab for the application.  Dip the cotton swab in the lemon juice then directly apply it to the pimple.  Do this before going to bed and let it stay overnight.  This remedy is not suitable for those who have sensitive skins for Lemon is also known to be acidic.

The next house remedy is nothing new to most, it’s toothpaste.  They say that toothpaste can help your pimple dry faster.  It is to applied before going to bed and should be left overnight.  It works better if toothpaste is applied after icing your pimples.

Apply toothpaste on the pimple or pimple area.  Photo From: MissMalini.com

Apply toothpaste on the pimple or pimple area.
Photo From: MissMalini.com

It may not be your first choice but this suggestion may help.  Some people also use Garlic as a home remedy to pimples.  Garlics are antiviral, antiseptic, antifungal and is an antioxidant as well.  The Sulfur content in such helps the pimple to heal faster.  It is done by cutting the clove in half and rubbing it on the pimples and leave it for 5 minutes before washing it off.

When To Wear Make-Up?

The question, “when to wear make-up?” is actually an important question to women.  It is important for women to know when is the appropriate time, occasion or place for them to wear make-up.  Personally, my answer to this question is, “Everyday”.  Everyday, you can wear make-up but one must know what is the appropriate make-up for different specific events.

Make-up helps us look more presentable and well-groomed if proper make-up look is done.  Sometimes we cannot avoid sleepless nights due to work or pimple outbreak due to different factors, and make-up helps conceal these things for you to look more vibrant and fresh.

For an everyday look, you can just go with the basics.  Moisturiser, concealer, foundation, powder, a little blush, natural coloured eye shadow and simple gloss or lipstick.  This look is appropriate for work, meetings and errands.  It will give you a natural vibrant look all through out the day.

Simple, everyday make-up look. Photo From: Modify Lifestyle

Simple, everyday make-up look.
Photo From: Modify Lifestyle

Another look you can do with make-up is if you are going out at night for some drinks with friends, here you can play with your lipstick colour or give your eye shadow style a little more spice.  Although, one must remember that if you decide to emphasise on your lips by using dark-coloured lipsticks, don’t use dark eye shadow palettes anymore and vice versa.  It is crucial for the whole make-up to blend in and match all together for it not to look like it was done effortlessly.

There is another look that’s been in style lately, some women love to let the lips and brows do the talking.  They go for a basic make-up but uses dark-coloured lipsticks to give them character together with a full shaped brows.  This look is so simple and yet gives an impression that you are full of character.

Spice up a simple look with a dark-coloured lippy.  Photo From: Styled by Kasaey

Spice up a simple look with a dark-coloured lippy.
Photo From: Styled by Kasaey

Many more make-up looks are available and can be researched about.  Every women should just remember that it is important for them to know when and where to wear make-up and most especially how their make-ups should look like so it will be appropriate for work, a meeting, an event or for party.

Taking Good Care of Your Hair

They say that our hair are our crowning glory so it is a must for us to take good care of it.

First thing is just proper hygiene, shampoo your hair regularly and use a conditioner after.  Although it is suggested not to shampoo everyday to not lose all the oil in the hair.  Even though shampoo is not advised as a daily routine, conditioning your hair is a really must task to be done every day.

Next tip in taking care of your hair is avoiding or if not possible, lessening the use of blow dryers, flat iron and curling irons. These things will affect your hair negatively after often use because they can all cause your hair to dry out or even worse die.  If you are the type of person who uses the blow dry and hair irons often, then you must subject your hair to treatments to avoid it being seriously damaged.

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It also helps your hair to be always healthy if you maintain a regular hair trim because usually, without us not noticing, we already have split ends and hair trims can resolve this issue.

One must also remember that coloring your hair can also cause dryness especially for bleached hair.  Sometimes, too much coloring permanently damages the hair and you just have to grow it all back.

It is also beneficial if you brush your hair regularly.  Tangles are to be found in the event that one doesn’t brush their hair especially for the ladies (or some gentlemen) with really really long hair.

Eating healthy and not minding stress also improves the quality of your hair.  Your hair absorbs nutrients too so if you eat healthy, nutrients go the hair too and will be translated physically.  Stress also affects the hair greatly.  For instance, when you are too stressed, there are cases wherein hair fall happens. In studies conducted, people who are under extreme stress suffer from severe hair loss and alopecia.  Such are the cases of women who were raped, molested like Korean or Japanese comfort women. Your health and disposition related to stress affects the physical appearance of your hair.

Healthy Hair Photo From: Huffington Post

Healthy Hair
Photo From: Huffington Post

Always take good care of your health and don’t forget the simple tips mentioned above, for you to have a healthy and beautiful hair.

 

Step-by-Step Guide in Applying Make Up

First thing to do before applying make up is making sure that your face is clean.  It should be clean from any make ups, oil and etc.  So before doing anything to it, prep it by washing it with your facial wash or cleanser to remove the left over dirt or old make up.  It is better if you could apply a toner after washing it because toners remove the left over cleansers.

1. Apply Moisturiser

This step is a must! Moisturisers will help keep your skin moisturised and protected, especially from the sun, so by those that come with SPF.

2.  Concealer

Applying Concealer to your face. Photo From: HELLO! Daily News

Applying Concealer to your face.
Photo From: HELLO! Daily News

Conceal those blemishes to make your skin smooth and perfect.  You need not too apply the concealer to your whole face but to areas needed only like under your eyes, the sides of your nose and those blemishes and pimples. After applying it, remember to blend it properly too for it not to look like it’s sticking out.

3. Foundation

It is crucial to choose the right colour or shade of foundation.  One shade lighter or darker will look funny on you so make sure that you give time in choosing which one best suits you.  There are different types of coverage for foundations.  It could be full, medium or sheer.  Apply the foundation to your whole face and you can choose from either using your fingers, sponges or brushes.

4. Powder

Powder is like sealing the deal.  Apply powder after blending your foundation and powder the whole face including your neck.

5. Eye Make Up, Lashes and Brows

Keep your Eye Shadow  make-up Simple Photo From: Lashes and Cosmetics

Keep your Eye Shadow make-up Simple
Photo From: Lashes and Cosmetics

After doing the basics for the whole face, we can now move upwards to the eye area.  Eye shadows should match the event you are going to and even more should go well with your outfit.  Eye shadows for clubbing are different from the eye shadows you should do when you are in the office or just in the day time.  The colour/s should also go well with your outfit.  Curling and applying mascara to your lashes goes a long way too.  It makes your eyes pop some more and really opens them.  There are different types and shapes of brows but that should be in a whole new articles.  For me, brows should always just be tidy and clean even if not make up is added anymore.

 

Beard Cleaning

 

Best ways for trimming a beard

Some recommend only having this done professionally. Others won’t let anyone else get near their beards with scissors or trimmers.

If you’re going to trim your beard yourself, you’ll need the right tools. You will have to decide whether to trim using scissors or a beard trimmer.

If you decide to trim primarily with scissors, consider purchasing a pair of professional barber’s scissors.

When considering beard trimmers, a rechargeable cordless model might be a good choice.

You should also have a good wide-toothed comb. Optionally, for the mustache, you might want to have a fine-toothed comb. Some specialty stores sell small mustache combs.

A good-sized wall mirror is usually indispensable. You might also benefit from a magnifying mirror and possibly a three-way mirror.

Do not trim a wet beard or mustache. Wet hair is longer. When it dries you may find you’ve trimmed too much.

If you use a comb and scissors: Comb through the beard and cut the hair on the outside of the comb. It will take some practice to perfect this technique. It is better to err on the side of not cutting enough rather than cutting too much.

To help maintain a balance between the two sides of your face, you may find it useful to start near the ear on one side and trim down to the chin. Then repeat on the other side.

Beard trimmers almost always come with an adjustable and removable trimming guide. By adjusting the position of the trimming guide, you control how closely it will trim your beard. Refer to the instructions supplied with your trimmer for details. Until you’ve mastered the use of your trimmer, it is best to adjust the guide for a longer beard length setting at first.

To trim your mustache, first comb it straight down. Then use either the beard trimmer or scissors. Start in the middle and trim first towards one side of the mouth, then towards the other. Normally, you should not shave or trim the top of the mustache. It usually looks best if you let it grow all the way up to your nose.

After you’ve trimmed your beard and mustache, then you should maintain the shape of your beard. Use the beard trimmer with the adjustable trimming guide removed (be careful) to keep the neck line of your beard well-defined. Alternatively, you could carefully shave the lower portion of your neck to maintain the neck line of your beard.

Miscellaneous stray hairs can be removed with a trim razor. Plucking them is not recommended.

Keeping a beard clean

Just like your hair, wash and shampoo your beard regularly. A mild shampoo is easier on your skin.

After shampooing, you may use a conditioner. Be sure to rinse thoroughly. Failure to rinse sufficiently may result in flaking. Because beard hairs are so coarse, conditioners will have less effect on the beard than on the hair on your head. But a conditioner will still help make your beard feel softer.

Gently pat and wipe your beard dry with a towel. Blow drying is not really necessary and can be harsh on your skin.

Comb your beard and mustache with a wide-toothed comb to remove tangles. Optionally, you can finish up by using a brush.

Dressing to Party

Parties today are a common activity unlike in the past when people party only during special occasions. Now, the term “to party” is used interchangeably with going out or just simply having a good time with friends.  Nevertheless, partying is a great excuse to dress up.  What to wear and where to wear it are often the questions asked.  The following are pointers on how to look glam and spectacular during party days.

  1. First, determine the occasion. Is it formal, casual, or just plainly chill time?  Will it be in the evening, afternoon or late night?  Is the place warm, cold, windy or dry.  All these will help you determine the perfect clothes to wear to your event.
  2. Now pick out a top and a bottom, or a dress. Pick an outfit that flatters your body type: show off your best assets. Jeans are very flexible and basically go with everything and can easily be dressed up or down with a top and accessories. A simple night out may mean dressing up in jeans with a nice top and comfortable but fashionable pumps.
  3. Choose appropriate accessories. The aim is to compliment the outfit, not to clash with it. If the outfit is plain, you can take bigger risks with your accessories. But if your outfit is loud, keep your accessories to a minimum.
  4. As far as shoes go, flats are generally a safe choice but heels, wedges and shoes with a bit of a bling can dramatically add to your overall look. Just remember to wear something that can be worn the whole night without causing your feet to cramp
  5. Style your hair and makeup in your favorite way, remembering that a heavy, difficult hairstyle may cause more stress than keeping it simple.
  1. Start off with a clean and good smelling you! Shower before you go, apply deodorant, trim your nails, shave your legs and armpits (especially if they will be seen at all,) brush your teeth, and keep perfume to a minimum.

 

Most importantly, dress as you are, do not pretend to be someone else through your clothes.  You may be surprised to see how many heads will turn when they see the real you.

Images from pickyourweddingdress and twentyfourcarat

Soft Lips for Men

Men, like women, also suffer from chapped and peeling lips.  Although not as noticeable in men, men’s lips may chap often.  Unlike women who can readily apply a moisturizing lipstick or gloss, men usually do not try to quick-remedy this condition. 

Chapped lips are due to many factors, but primarily it is from lack of moisture.  Exposure to environmental irritants and elements may strip the lips of its natural moisture. Failure to protect your lips against sun and wind damage, or licking and biting them, can lead to dry, rough lips. Lack of water or improper hydration can also cause dry, rough lips.  Alcohol drinking can also cause lips to be dry.

But this is a condition that has many remedies.  The following are steps on how to keep your lips soft and smooth.

Hydrate well. Drinking sufficient fluids, about 8 glasses each day, will keep your body and your lips hydrated. Use a humidifier inside your home at night, especially if your lips are chapped or rough from dry air.

Exfoliate. Exfoliate your lips with a soft-bristled toothbrush after brushing your teeth at night to remove dead skin and make your lips softer. Gently massage your lips with the toothbrush using small, circular motions. 60 seconds is recommended to avoid irritation. If you notice any redness or pain, reduce the frequency of exfoliation.

Use a lip balm with built-in sun protection every time you go outside. Your lips are vulnerable to the damaging effects of the sun’s UV rays just like the rest of your skin. Choose a lip balm with as few ingredients as possible. Many lip balms are without color, making them suitable for use by men.  However, avoid flavored lip balms because they make you lick your lips which will cause it to be more dry.

Moisturize. Apply moisturizing ointment like petroleum jelly to your lips before bed. Lip products are available in most retail and drug stores, or you can use olive oil, baby oil or petroleum jelly. You may need to apply moisturizing ointment more frequently during cold months when the air is often drier.

Image from ehow.com and nytimes.com

 

Trimming facial hair

Some men are blessed with a hairless (or seemingly hairless) face.  Their complexions look like those on front pages of magazines.  But most men have to deal with facial hair and recently, this has gone beyond the usual shaving.  If a man opts to grow more than a stubble, care for the beard will require more attention than the usual facial buzz.

It is recommended that trimming of the beard be done by a professional although many still want to do it themselves. For those who are fond of DIYs, the following are tips on how to trim your beard successfully.

Get the right tools.  For cutting, the choice will be between a scissors and a beard trimmer. If you go for the scissors, a professional barber’s pair will be your best option. For beard trimmers, a rechargeable cordless one is highly recommended to avoid having to deal with a power cord when you start cutting.  Next, you will need a good wide-toothed comb for long beards and a mustache (fine-toothed) comb for your mustache.   For optimal views, a wall mirror is needed and a magnifying mirror or a three way mirror is highly recommended.

Dry your hair.  Wet hair is longer and so if you cut it wet, you might be surprised to see it “shrink” when it dries.

Cut the hair on the outside part of the comb.  Doing this can be tricky and will require some practice but this means cutting hair that you see.

Start from one side to the center (chin).  Each face has two sides and most often these sides are not perfect copies of the other.  Begin cutting from one side of the face and work your way towards your chin.  Then, do the other side again. This is to achieve a balanced look rather than by starting in the middle and working your way up to the sides.

Comb your mustache downward.  Before trimming your mustache, comb it straight down.  Then, cutting starts from the middle part towards one side of the mouth and then towards the other side.  The top part of the mustache is usually not cut or trimmed.

Photos from videojug.com and executive-shaving

How to get naturally glowing skin

The ultimate goal for each woman is to get a flawless, glowing skin. The most natural-looking glow, of course, comes from well-cared-for skin.

Woman with glowing skin most often work on it to keep it.  There are a handful of women who are blessed to have naturally great skin.  Those who have worked to achieve it need to work hard to maintain it.  But all the hard work really pays off because great skin is better than any makeup put together.

Three to six weeks is the usual time frame to see results on your skin.  The following are basic tips on how to make your skin look naturally radiant and beautiful.

  1. Use gentle cleansers. Use an over the counter non-soap product morning and night to wash away grime without irritating skin.
  2. Gently exfoliate and smoothen skin. In the morning, apply a lotion that contains alpha hydroxy acids to slough off dead skin cells.
  3. Even out your skin tone. If you have dark pigmentation spots, ask your dermatologist for a prescription-strength skin lightener (which usually contains hydroquinone). Or try an over-the-counter lightener with hydroquinone. Products with vitamin C or licorice extract may help, too.
  4. Wear sunscreen all the time. Wear one with SPF 30 daily to protect your skin’s tone and texture. Sometimes the sky is overcast and the tendency is to go without sunscreen since the sun is not out at all. This is a huge mistake.  The UV rays that cause permanent skin damage are still there even when the sun is hiding behind clouds.
  5. Choose a day or night cream with antioxidants. Antioxidants protect skin from sun damage and help refine its tone.
  6. Eat well. Fruits and vegetables are a must. Meat is very important, as it is a source of protein, but don’t go overboard. Try to follow the food pyramid. Also, a multi vitamin at the end of the day is a great idea.
  7. Exercise for 30 minutes a day. This is a great way to jump start good circulation.
  8. Drink at least 8 glasses a day of water. Great skin is skin that is not thirsty.

Images from angelmakeups and healthytimesblog

 

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.

Images from eyecreamtruth.net and tokyotimes.com