How To: Cool Down

We may be in for another hot summer! Did you know you can put more than just your face mask in the refrigerator for a cool down?

  • Face Mask

Cold face masks feel great! They constrict blood vessels and help decrease the swelling bags under your eyes.

  • Eyeliner

Apparently, chilled eyeliner can assist in creating those precise, beautiful lines we all desire!

  • Nail Polish

According to Into The Gloss, “while keeping nail polishes in the fridge can also make them last longer, the cold temperatures cause the polish to “phase-separate.” Phase-separation occurs when the water in nail polish separates from the other chemicals, resulting in clumpy polish. In order to return your polish to its original consistency, take it out of the fridge, shake the bottle, and wait for the polish to acclimate to room temperature. It should then spread evenly and smoothly on your nail (but it’s up to you to decide if preserving your polish for a few extra weeks is worth the hassle).

  • Aloe Vera

If you’ve ever had a sunburn – you probably already know about this!

No room in your kitchen refrigerator? 

Cooluli Mini Fridge Electric Cooler

According to Christina Butan with InStyle, “the difference between storing skincare products in a fridge like the Amazon-loved Cooluli microfridge, as opposed to your regular kitchen refrigerator, is that the temperature you use to keep food cold can actually be too low for beauty products. If the temperature gets too low, they could end up freezing, which causes active ingredients in the products to break down. The Cooluli fridge’s temperature is just cool enough for a small batch of beauty items, but not as cold as your kitchen fridge.”

 

 

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Green Tea Benefits for Skin

Summer is slowly approaching! What better way to unwind and relax than with a cold glass of green tea….and green tea mask! There are so many benefits to drinking and wearing your tea. Make your skin a priority this summer by treating it to an antioxidant packed product that not only carries nutritional value, but clams to aid in preventing skin cancer!

According to NutritionalFacts.org: Green tea, one of the healthiest beverages we can drink, has been associated with about a 30 percent reduction in breast cancer risk, and may protect against gynecological malignancies, such as ovarian cancer and endometrial cancer, as well as lower our cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar, and body fat. It may also protect the brain from both cognitive decline and stroke. As well, tea consumption has been associated with decreased risk of diabetes, tooth loss, and up to half the risk of dying from pneumonia.

OUR FAVORITE BENEFITS:

ANTIOXIDANTS

Green tea contains epigallocatechin gallate, better known as EGCG. This antioxidant helps fight the damage done to our skin and bodies caused from the sun, pollution, and harmful chemicals. It’s said to counteract the cellular damage and kickstart your body’s natural ability to defend itself. What does this mean? Slowing down the aging process!

Regardless, make sure you are still applying sunscreen on a daily basis! 😉

LOWER YOUR STRESS LEVEL

Can your stress show up in your skin? Absolutely! We all have busy lives, but always remember to make time for YOU! Take time to relax, breath, and drink your green tea.

REDUCE PUFFY EYES

Not getting enough sleep? Don’t let it show! Take a couple of cold tea bags and place them over your eyes for about 5-10 minutes. The antioxidants will help shrink blood vessels and reduce swelling.

DERMALOGICA: clearing mattifier

Medicated balm helps clear breakouts, reduce congestion and control shine.

Apply after cleansing and toning to help maintain an all-day matte finish, and to smooth away fine lines and uneven texture. A patent-pending Cinnamon Bark blend helps eliminate bacteria to reduce blackheads, as botanicals bioregulate oil secretionsin skin, reducing oil and shine. Vitamin A helps increase resilience to reverse the signs of photoaging. Green Tea and Licorice calm aggravation associated with breakouts as antioxidant Grape Seed and Vitamin E help defend against skin damage.

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HOW TO: Beautiful Bridal Skin

Who doesn’t want to look their very best on their special day? Here’s some tips of mine, Dermologica’s, and dermatologist Dendy Engelman

Facials

A few months before your wedding, make sure you’re getting facials once a month! Not only do you want to keep your skin clean and fresh, but stimulate the blood’s circulation which will keep your skin looking healthy.  Plan to see your aesthetician regularly!

Meditate and have a work out routine.

Planning a wedding is stressful! The last thing you want is your stress/lack of sleep to show on your big day. Week by week, give yourself moments to unwind and only focus on yourself.

From an interview with Brides – NYC dermatologist Dendy Engelman says, “Many inflammatory conditions, including eczema, psoriasis, and keratosis pilaris, may be at least partially caused by stress. As stress weakens the immune system, chronic inflammation worsens.” Excess anxiety can also disrupt your sleep, which in turn can lead to a gray, decidedly un-bridal complexion.

Stay Hydrated! 

Give your body what it needs to function properly. Make it a priority everyday to drink lots of water, eat healthy foods, and take your vitamins.

Dermalogica’s tips:

2–3 months before your wedding

This is considered a very tense time for brides. Your skin should be pumped with antioxidants and hydrating, energizing ingredients in anticipation of the big day, so use MultiVitamin Power Recovery® Masque once a week to keep skin supple and hydrated.

1 month before your wedding

Avoid any new or extreme treatment as your skin may react unfavorably. Your final skin care treatment should be at least three to four days before the wedding. Focus on gently cleansing, exfoliating and moisturizing.

If you’re booking a waxing or exfoliating appointment, do it no less than two days before your wedding. This allows any redness to dissipate.

your wedding day

Think of your skin as canvas and your makeup as paint. You won’t get great results without a smooth canvas, so cleanse, tone, moisturize and follow the tips in the image above.

Also, pack an emergency bag with essentials like a concealing breakout treatment in case of a blemish, a travel-size mist for makeup touch-ups, and a lip complex to keep your lips hydrated.

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