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

Lifestyle Changes Can Help Cure Acne

Exercise promotes good circulation which in turn promotes good skins.

Exercise promotes good circulation which in turn promotes good skins.

Acne, like many skin problems, cannot be cured by skin care products alone.  Most dermatologists would recommend a lifestyle revamp because it has been proven that a healthy lifestyle contributes greatly to having healthy skin.  People with acne are always on the lookout for a cure without really knowing that all they have to do is correct their way of living.  The following are ways on how to do it.

  1. Get enough sleep.  Stress contributes to abnormalities in the skin, making it very prone to breakouts.  Good, sound sleep is the single most effective way of combating stress.  It is proven that for every hour of sleep that one loses at night, the chances of that person getting psychological stress increases by 14%, making him or her more prone to getting acne.
  2. Cut down on the sugar. When we consume too much sugar, the automatic response of the body is to release insulin to promote sugar breakdown.  Too much insulin in the blood can lead to the growth of pore-clogging cells and an over production of oil in the oil glands.  Limit intake of sugar to keep your skin fresh and healthy.
  3. Eat healthy by consuming more whole grains, beans and vegetables and cutting back on white bread, white rice and pasta.
  4. Be physically active to help increase blood circulation. Good circulation means your organs and your cells are being fed oxygen.  It also means that waste products from the cells are carried away.  However, sweat may cause skin irritation so remember to shower after strenuous activities or a workout.

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Beauty regimen for men: what to eat for better skin

Nowadays, the beauty regimen of men is just about the same as women’s. Wrinkles, dry skin, acne, etc. These are the problems that both men and women work on when it comes to their beauty regimens. Believe it or not, the root of these problems may be the food you eat every day. Here’s a list of food you should and shouldn’t eat in order to take one step closer to being the next Channing Tatum or Zac Efron.

WHAT TO EAT

  1. Vegetables

Didn’t your parents ever tell you to eat your vegetables? Veggies are an absolute great source of nutrients. Cabbage, for example, gives off lots of vitamin C and A which can help get rid of bad toxins in our body.

  1. Water

Water, water, water. Make sure you drink 8-10 glasses of water. It’s always handy to have a bottle of water with you. It serves as a thirst quencher and a beauty secret as well.

  1. Fruits

Tomatoes are classified as a high-carotenoid fruit. The lycopene found in tomatoes help delay damage to the cells.

  1. Salmon, Shrimp and Trout

These fish have astaxanthin, another carotenoid property that slows down aging by killing bad cells to avoid wrinkles and lines.

  1. Eggs

Our favorite breakfast treats contain protein which repairs cells and biotin, an essential vitamin that protects against dry skin.

  1. Walnuts and Soy

If you don’t like fish, walnuts and soy products are also rich sources of Omega-3 which regulates oil production in the skin.

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Moisturizing for Men: The New Trend

Men’s skin need moisturizing, too!

We all know that moisturizing creams are used to treat dry skin. And that most men do not resort to putting moisturizing products on their face. Some of the reasons attributed to this issue are the femininity of the matter and that men tend to have more oily skin, leaving no need for moisturizers. Men do not feel the need for this because they would rather spend their extra time playing basketball, drinking beer with their buddies, watching TV, or playing their fantasy draft leagues. It has always been unlikely for men to be engaged in “moisturizing parties” like women are. But now, things are slowly starting to change.

According to a recent study conducted by market research company Mintel, majority of men nowadays resort to facial moisturizing products. To be more specific, it was stated in the study that 58% of men ages 18-24 and 63% of those 25-34 say they use a facial moisturizing product daily.

It is safe to say that moisturizing is now becoming the new manly trend. Men need not be classified as metrosexuals anymore to be able to put on moisturizers or other cosmetic products, as the straight male celebrities have set a good example and made it a new trend in the modern-day setting.

Companies that offer men’s grooming products are reaching a wider target audience. It is because these companies have been effectively convincing men to care more about their looks. By way of creative television advertisements and celebrity endorsements, they have made men more conscious when it comes to their personal care.

 

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Citrus Therapy for the Skin

Oranges are great for the body and for the skin

Citrus fruits are great for the skin.  Frequent intake and use of citrus fruits on the skin can help freshen, moisturize and revitalize the skin.  Rich in antioxidants, Vitamins C and E, citrus fruits are great for oily skin and acne treatment.

Oranges are preferred for skin care because they are less tart than lemons or limes.  Orange juice is very effective in reducing wrinkles.  The juice found in the orange rind helps firm up the skin, thus reducing sagging lines.  Oranges also help the skin produce collagen which gives the skin a healthy, tight look.  Grapefruits are also good alternatives to oranges.

In citrus fruits, the peels and juices are used for skin care.  They do not only cleanse and tone the skin but also provides an antibacterial protection which helps in wound cleansing and healing.  Citrus fruits also contain alpha hydroxyl which is a natural exfoliating ingredient. This property makes citrus fruits helpful in treating skin problems like acne.  Aside from its exfoliating property, citrus also improves circulation which revitalizes tired, dull skin.

There are many kinds of citrus fruits.  The following list shows which kind is effective for a particular purpose:

Citrus fruit/oil                                                                 Effect

Lemon, lime, orange, grapefruit                              exfoliation, improved circulation

Mandarin, petitegrain                                                  healing and regeneration of skin cells

Neroli                                                                               treatment of skin problems

Bergamot                                                                        halts the effects of aging

 

Citrus fruits should always be included in your daily meal requirements as these are a great source of Vitamin C, a very potent antioxidant.  Making citrus a part of your diet is a great way to cleanse and detoxify the skin, leaving it with a healthy glow.

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Acne breakout in men: things to avoid

Men, like women, also have problems with acne breakouts

Acne breakouts and oily skin are some of the biggest facial problems for men due to their active lifestyle. Tons of products have been invented to treat these problems. The problem is that not all men resort to these products because they find it too much of a hassle to apply products to their face. To solve this matter, here is a list of things to avoid in protecting ourselves from acne breakout and oily skin.

  1. Excessive Protein

Studies show that having too much protein from whey dietary supplements or meat and dairy products in our system lead to acne.

  1. Coffee and Caffeinated Tea

Our skin ages prematurely with the consumption of caffeine due to its dehydrating effects. Both coffee and caffeinated tea contains tannin, which prevents our cells from absorbing nutrients provided by food. Sipping herbal or natural white, black or green tea as an alternative is very much advised because they help reduce inflammation.

  1. Sugar and Artificial Sweeteners

Spoiling our sweet tooth leads to the development of acne. Too much sugar causes inflammation in skin cells which leads to signs of premature aging. When fructose or glucose from sugar is digested, our skin tends to get damaged, making it wrinkly and less radiant. Raw honey is a good alternative.

  1. Fried Foods

Studies have proved that the best way to avoid oily skin and acne is simply by avoiding fried foods. It has also been proven that it is more effective to just avoid eating fried foods than using facial creams and soaps in treating acne. Avoiding fried foods will treat our hair internally which makes it look healthy on the outside.

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Puffy Eye First Aid

We all have our puffy-eye moments. It’s happened to the best of us, burning the midnight oil cramming for our university exams (and if you say it’s never happened to you at least once, shame on you!). It’s happened to use crying our eyes out over a drama-rama movie marathon, a really bad breakup, or even your favorite snack store running out of that Best Snack Ever for you. It’s also happened after an entire evening of partying hard, either for New Year’s, Major Fridays, or any club night you got serious about. Puffy eyes do happen to the best of us.

So, what to do about them? Some super-model managers have been notorious for thrusting their charge’s faces into ice-cold water for five seconds to reduce the swelling, but we’re not going to go as extreme as that. One solution you can do is to take an ice cube and rub it on the puffiness. If you have time and access to a cucumber, the time-tested cucumber-slice solution also works. You can also try eye creams to reduce the swelling, just make sure they’re rich in caffeine. A last resort you can try is to go with one of the best-kept drag queen‘s and beauty queen’s secrets – Preparation H.

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