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Jojoba Oil Is Biocompatible To The Skin

Some things were meant for each other. Peanut butter and jelly, Oreos and milk, Sunny and Cher, hamburgers and French fries, and jojoba oil and your skin. The last one take you by surprise? Jojoba oil and skin have been making beautiful music together since time immemorial. Native to Mexico, the jojoba plant has been used for centuries by Native Americans to counteract the harsh effects of the desert sun. It is anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, non-comedogenic, emollient, and anti- bacterial, but perhaps most outstandingly, it has the ability to work harmony with living cells.

The Secret of Jojoba Oil
Although its name suggests otherwise, jojoba oil is not an oil at all; rather it is a waxy substance that is very similar to the skin’s natural oil, or sebum. The two are so similar in fact, scientists believe jojoba oil can actually trick the skin into “thinking” it is producing adequate amounts of oil which is how it helps to balance oil production. According to Joshua Zeichner, M.D., director of cosmetic and clinical research at Mount Sinai Medical Center, “Jojoba oil is rich in natural fats that mimic those in the outer layer of skin. This means it can help skin retain moisture and heal itself.”

Uses
When topically applied, jojoba oil can be an effective treatment for psoriasis, acne, chapped skin, and sunburn. It is frequently found in cleansing products, shampoos, and face and body lotions and can also be used as a lip balm or to condition skin prior to shaving. Jojoba oil is rich in antioxidants, vitamin E, antioxidants, and sterols, which are compounds that can reduce inflammation and boost skin metabolism. It may be the answer to your dry skin woes.

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Scars and Stretch Marks
Jojoba oil can help to rid skin of unsightly scars, scabs, and stretch marks when applied in problem areas. It may also help to heal wounds.

Anti-Aging Serum
The antioxidants in jojoba oil can reduce fine lines and wrinkles. Apply to eyes, mouth and neck and watch it work its magic.

Makeup Remover
Wipe away even the toughest waterproof mascara and liquid liners when you use the vitamin E rich oil to remove makeup.

Body Lotion
After bathing or showering massage a few drops of jojoba oil into damp skin. Follow with a natural cream, like cocoa or shea butter to lock in the hydrating benefits. You’ll find a significant reduction in chapped skin, irritation, and dryness.

Facial Cleanser
Apply a few drops of the oils onto dry skin and rinse away with water to clear impurities and debris from the skin’s surface.

Anti-Acne Gel
The microbial properties in jojoba oil can clear skin and the iodine in the oil can fight growth of acne causing bacteria.

How do you use jojoba oil to keep your skin in great shape? Keep us informed! We love to know!

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Skincare Tips For Weekend Travel

The weekend traveler. She’s savvy. Mysterious? Maybe. She’s confident, totally hip, and upwardly mobile. Where is she going? A top secret business trip? A romantic rendezvous? A trip to see Mom? Only she knows. But one things for sure. She’s prepared. And you can bet that applies to her skincare as well.

Travel can be taxing on the skin. Stress, lack of sleep, and, changes in weather, and poor hydration can all take their toll, and you’ve got to arrive looking like a million no matter what. Here are some tips for keeping your skin in shape when you’re OTW.

Moisturize
If you’re getting set to fly, prepare by applying an intense moisturizing formula the night before. It will get your skin ready for the dehydrating effects of cabin pressure.

No Foundation
Experts advise forgoing the foundation on the day of your trip; opt instead for a tinted moisturizer. If you feel incomplete without foundation, makeup artist A.J. Crimson advises applying a primer first to create a barrier between the makeup and your skin. A silicone- based cream or liquid will help prevent dehydration and will also help your blush and foundation last longer.

Mineral Water Mister
If you need a quick skin refresher, try to avoid globbing on more heavy foundation and blush. Instead, use a mister filled with mineral water with a dab of moisturizer instead for a light, quick touch up.

Blot Oily Skin
Pack some rice papers or blotting papers to keep oily skin to a minimum while in travel. Crimson says,”You’ll dab up shine and excess oil without stripping out the moisture.”

Bring on the Shimmer
Who couldn’t use a little extra shimmer from time to time? A soft shimmer cream or powder can be a traveler’s best friend, especially if travel tends to sallow your complexion. Stroke to on the bridge of your nose, the tops of your cheeks, and your lips and you’ll be radiant and no time, no matter how worn out the rest of you feels.

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Avoid the Long Lasting Lipstick
Even the longest lasting lipstick is bound to look a bit less vibrant after a long journey, and, on top of that, the longer wear lipstick formulas are known to parch and dehydrate lips. If your want to arrive with fresh looking lips, Crimson advises that you coat your lips with a few coats of lip stain, let them dry, and finish by applying a clear gloss, reapplying the gloss as needed.

Apply Lip Treatment
Flight attendant Danielle Easton says her flying must have is; “A medicated lip balm, because it won’t rub your lipstick off and keeps lips hydrated while flying.” She also recommends packing lip treatment for long train and bus rides, that tend to rely drying air conditioning and high heat to regulate temperature.

Puffy Eyes
Got puffiness? Pam Inman, vice president of the American Hotel and Lodging Association recommends crushed ice in a washcloth to reduce swelling and puffiness around the eyes. “It’s an automatic wake-up call that makes you look and feel immediately fresher.”

Skip the Mascara
Take a nap and its all over (literally). Same for creamy eye shadows which tend to migrate while you snooze.

Leave Off the Bright Nail Polish
Although you may want to arrive with an impressively detailed manicure, it may backfire on you. Dark and bright colors tend to chip while traveling. Instead, opt for a vigorous buff and natural polish, for a clean look that will not call attention to chips and dings.

If you are the weekend traveler, or are about to be, let us know any skin tips you might have for us. How do you prepare your skin for transit?

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Tips for Clearing Skin Overnight

We all want our skin to look its best, which is why it’s important to take good care of it. After all, it’s not just a blank canvas for makeup; skin is our body’s largest organ! Eating a healthy diet, which should include plenty of leafy green vegetables and healthy fats, staying well-hydrated, and getting a solid night’s sleep every night should be the base of your skincare routine.

Unfortunately, even the best skincare routines can’t keep every single breakout at bay. Hormonal acne, food sensitivities, environmental factors, and even stress can trigger a breakout. When dealing with blemishes, there are a few important things to remember. The last thing you want to do is make it worse and the following advice will help get your skin clear again.

Hands Off
It’s easy to look at a big, ugly pimple and think popping it will make things better, but it won’t. Your hands can introduce new bacteria to the breakout and make it worse. Even squeaky-clean hands can spread bacteria from an existing pimple to otherwise clear skin, creating new breakouts. Not to mention, the pressure and aggravation caused by picking at blemishes can cause damage to the skin and lead to scarring.

Cleanse
Properly cleansing your skin can help start the healing process. All you need is a gentle cleanser and warm water. When shopping for cleansers, look for ingredients that can treat blemishes without overdrying your skin. Salicylic acid in low percentages can be quite effective and ingredients like chamomile or aloe vera help calm inflamed skin. To wash your face: wet your skin with warm water and apply a dime-sized amount of cleanser with your (clean!) fingertips. Using gentle, circular motions, massage the cleanser into your skin. Rinse with warm water and pat dry with a clean towel.

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Moisturize
While your skin is still damp is the perfect time to apply a moisturizer. Often, we think we need to dry our skin out to heal pimples, but well-hydrated skin will heal quicker and look better in the process. Those with acne-prone or oily skin should look for oil-free moisturizers. Normal and dry skin types can use richer formulas suited to their individual needs. All skin types can determine if their moisturizer is right for them by seeing how their skin feels within 5 minutes of application. If your skin feels dry, you need a more hydrating moisturizer. If it feels tacky or greasy, you need a lighter, or oil-free option.

Treat
Finally, applying a spot treatment can help clear your skin when time is of the essence. There are hundreds of over-the-counter treatments available; look for ingredients like sulfur or benzoyl peroxide to help dry up pimples. For a d.i.y. treatment, apply a small amount of raw honey to the affected area for about 15 minutes before rinsing off. Since honey is naturally anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory, it can treat blemishes without being quite so harsh on the skin.

Following these tips will help you wake up in the morning with clearer skin. Remember that most of all, your body needs good nutrition, hydration, and sleep to heal breakouts and repair damage. Treat your body with t.l.c. and your skin will be clear again in no time!

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Makeup for Mature Skin

Makeup application can be overwhelming as there seem to be rules for absolutely everything, many of which contradict each other. This problem is compounded when you are facing changes in your skin due to aging. To keep you looking and feeling your most beautiful, we’ve come up with our top seven tips for makeup and mature skin. Remember, the following is a guideline, when it comes to makeup, the only real rule is to do what you like and what makes you feel beautiful.

  1. Exfoliate – The most common skin care concern for mature skin is a lack of moisture. This can result in dry, flaky skin which makeup will only cling to and accentuate. Gently exfoliate using an alpha-hydroxy acid several times a week to keep dead skin cells from accumulating on the skin’s surface. You don’t have to go out and spend money on a chemical exfoliant, simply using a washcloth will do the trick.
  2. Moisturize – Once you’ve removed the dry, dead, flaky skin, you need to re-hydrate your skin. Using a moisturizer isn’t just an important step in the skincare routine, it creates a foundation upon which makeup glides on and blends more easily.
  3. Foundation – When it comes to makeup the only rule really is to do what you like. However, if you’re looking for some guidance due to changes in your skin, we’ve got you covered. Typically, mature skin responds well to liquid or creme foundations. If you have dry skin, look for a hydrating foundation or be sure to apply extra moisturizer just before your foundation.
  4. Concealer – Concealer for the under eye area is tricky at any age, but it becomes especially perplexing as you age. There is no miracle concealer that really never creases, but that doesn’t mean you have to walk around with dark circles under your eyes. Choosing a light-reflective concealer will help to soften the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while also adding brightness to the area. Be sure to set your concealer with powder, because that does help the product stay for longer periods of time. If you need concealer to really stick, consider using an eyeshadow primer on the under eye area as well, but be aware that these can dry out the skin under your eyes.
  5. Blush – A flush of color on your cheeks does wonders to counteract skin that is looking dull or swallow, which can occur as you age. Universal shades tend to be peaches, apricots and bronzers. If you find your skin has become redder as a result of hormones, it might be best to skip blushes that are pink or red-based as these can enhance the redness in your face. If you are worried about large pores, use a matte blush because shimmer blushes can make the pores look larger and can settle into fine lines.
  6. Eyes – Some people will say that shimmery eyeshadow shouldn’t be used after a certain age, while others argue that shimmer knows no age. When it comes to shadow, do what you please just be sure to check for any shimmer fallout, because that can enhance lines around the eyes. Curling your lashes is beneficial at any age, but it is great as you age because it can make the mature, saggy skin appear significantly lifted. To go the extra mile with making your eyes look lifted, try false lashes. Just a few on the outer corner of your eye can go a long way into lifting and opening your eyes.
  7. Lips – Perhaps the number one concern when it comes to lips is the tendency of some lipsticks or glosses to wander outside the lines and settle into the tiny fine lines that surround your mouth. Combat this by using a clear lip liner (or nude if you prefer) around the edges of your lips before applying color. You can also look into a lip primer, which will help fill out and plump your lips so that the color doesn’t settle into lines there.

Your age and the maturity of your skin does not have to limit the cosmetic products you buy and wear. Makeup for mature skin should be makeup that suits your skin type and complexion, and what makes you feel like the most gorgeous you. The other component in keeping your face radiant is to be diligent about your skin care and to use products designed to target the needs of your mature face. Remember, makeup is all about expressing yourself so the only rule is have fun and do what makes you feel great.