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Shoulders and Back

Exquisite Skin

Pampering our faces is relaxing and provided by many salons, spas, and medi-spas; treatments vary depending on individual needs. If you are prone to shoulders and back breakouts, stop hiding under your clothes, book a wonderful Back-Facial today!

Before you run to the doctor, have a back facial, it cleanses, tones, exfoliates, massages (please don’t expect a deep tissue or a swedish one), masks, and moisturizes your back and shoulders. A series of back facials may help your skin circulation by banishing blemishes.

Extraction may be beneficial if properly performed, combined with a great home-care regimen, skin improvements can be seen within a few weeks. If you work out, have a back up shirt to change into, this will prevent further breakouts or irritation of an existing one. Depending on the skin condition, back massages may be avoided for some time, because it stimulates oil glands and can clog pores all over again, always consult with a professional first and if the problem is persistent, seek medical advice.

Many reasons contribute to shoulders and back acne, one of them being the constant scratching of pimples, which bacteria may spread to clear pores, resulting in more breakouts and irritation. Using calming agents such as lavender mixed with eucalyptus can sooth the skin, leaving you refreshed and clean.

Gender, ethnicity, nor age make a difference, treat yourself to a delightful back facial, and improve your all over body complexion as well! With Father’s Day fast approaching, go ahead and purchase your loved one a certificate for this heavenly service, what a great gift idea!!!

Thank you for reading and have  a great weekend! Please feel free to “Pass the Blog”!

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Helpful information

Free and simple ideas for a happier life


No matter what age or mood you are, practical advice is always welcomed. We read books, magazines, and online articles seeking quick and gratifying results, not to mention deals, we all love a good bargain!

Skin care for men – Part I

Did you know most men wash their face with soap? Leaving their skin feeling dry and tight? How about replacing it with a gentle cleanser? The bottle doesn’t have to be pink nor the product need to smell flowery. There are many affordable skin care lines catering to women as well as men.  If you are pressed for time, the list below suggests products and where you may be able to find them.

Market or drugstore

  1. Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser
  2. Nivea For Men Face Wash
  3. Phisoderm Deep Cleaning Cream Cleanser
  4. Neutrogena Men Skin Clearing Face Wash

Department Store (Check your local Sephora or visit www.sephora.com)

  1. Lancome “Men Ultimate” Cleansing Gel
  2. Clinique “Skin Supplies for Men” Face Wash
  3. Shiseido Men Cleansing Foam
  4. Elemis  “Time for Men” Deep Cleanse Facial Wash
  5. Billy Jealousy “White Knight” Gentle Daily Facial Cleanser

Spa or Resort (Check your local Sephora or visit www.sephora.com)

  1. Guinot “Tres Homme” Facial Cleansing Foam
  2. Babor for Men “Refreshing Facial Wash”
  3. Biodroga Men “Sensation Face Wash Gel”
  4. MD Men Skincare “All-In-One Facial Cleanser with Toner”
  5. Anthony Logistics For Men “Algae Facial Cleanser”
  6. Dr. Brandt “Pores No More” Cleanser
  7. Murad Men “Refreshing Skin Cleanser”
  8. Matte for Men “Antioxidant Daily Facial Cleanser”

Foot Remedy

Buying the right type of shoes is important for our entire well-being. Most people are not aware why their backs ache, or have headaches, and/or the footsie are in pain, advice: check your shoes! Do they fit? Do they offer good support? Do you need new ones? Etc…

When you decide to make a new purchase, pick several styles, try them before you buy them, if they don’t feel right, do not buy them! Don’t believe the sales person because they cannot stretch the shoes out!!! How can they possibly know what feels or doesn’t feel right to your feet? They can’t …. so do yourself and feet a favor, move on to the next pair.

Achy Feet

This is a common problem, especially due to job requirements of standing for long periods of time. How about your own private Stone Foot Massage? Find a flat stone, place it in the microwave for a minute, make sure is not too hot, then massage the bottom of your feet and between the toes, until the aches subside. Try it, let me know what you think!

Tired Feet

Epsom salt and a few drops of eucalyptus oil work wonders on tired feet, simply soak them and relax your mind! Essential oils stimulate blood flow and salts aid your body release lactic acid.

Bruised Toe

This is common in kids, their toes hit the top of the tennis shoe, resulting in a bruise beneath the nail. Keep toenails trimmed and groomed, if the problem continues, get a pair of shoes with a bigger toe area.

Ingrown toenails

Pesky ingrown toenails are prevalent in our society, if frequent and bothersome medical advice is recommended, however you can begin at home by cutting nails straight across. Soak your foot in warm water, once the nail is soft, slip a tiny piece of cotton under the area, if becomes infected, please see your doctor.

Bargains

How many times have you walked by these big bargain tables in departments stores, drugstores, or grocery stores? Do you ever check out these items? Well … you should! Sometimes we say to ourselves “I’ll do it on the way out!” but most of the times we forget, so from now on, stop, dig and find! The skin care industry is growing each day, there are many small european companies entering the market, look for Scandinavian, French, German, or Italian products; you can look amazing at the fraction of the cost!

As always, thank you for reading and please Pass the Blog!


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Beauty Secrets Part 2

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Hello everyone,

Skin problems are common and vary with each person, let me share a few homemade beauty secrets used everyday and all over the world. Quick fixes are what I like best 🙂

CHAPPED LIPS

  • Rub olive oil or sesame oil on your lips.
  • Vitamin E supplement, open up the capsule and massage the contents directly to your lips.
  • Old time favorite! With a Q-tip apply vaseline to the area and gently exfoliate with a soft toothbrush (easy on the pressure, you don’t want the skin to open).

DEHYDRATED SKIN

  • Essential oils are amazing! Make your own mask: 1 tablespoon baking soda, 2-4 drops of lavender oil, a few drops of warm water, mix it until is pasty, then apply to the face. Leave it on for 7 minutes and gently rinse, it will leave your skin refreshed and clean!

TIRED LOOKING SKIN

  • Oxygen is key! Hang your head over the side of your bed and let the blood flow, remain in the position for about 5 minutes; this trick will improve circulation by feeding your face the oxygen needed.
  • Aloe Vera Gel, a must have! Place the product in the fridge for 2 hours, brush it on your face for 20 minutes and lay down, great time for a meditation and relaxation. Rinse with cool water.
  • Cucumber is a great cooling natural product, you may slice it thin and cover your face with it, or you may grated by placing the contents in a cheesecloth and apply it to the face for 10 minutes. Rinse with cool water.

FLAKY SKIN

  • Apples are delicious and part of beauty! Rub half of an apple on skin, (I prefer red sweet apples), it will help even out skin texture and add natural shimmer to your face
  • Sugar is a natural exfoliant, mix a few pinches of sugar with a few drops of water, massage face gently and rinse off with tepid water.

BLOTCHY SKIN

  • Did you think Visine was only for eyes? Think again! Put a few drops of this miracle product on red spots, it constrict red blood vessels, and see the wonders!

OILY SPOTS

  • Rose water is a great agent, it is refreshing, spray on the face after cleansing; it balances the skins natural ph.

IRRITATED OR SENSITIVE SKIN

  • Milk does the body and skin good! Apply milk compresses to affected areas for 10 minutes, rinse with warm water.
  • Chamomile tea is relaxing, pour into ice-cube tray and freeze, pop out cube, wrap it in a cheesecloth and rub gently on face.

Thank you for your visit and have a great day!

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Aromatherapy is personal

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When choosing essential oils, follow your sense of smell, pick what you like. Studies have shown aromatherapy and massage are beneficial and decrease insomnia, blood pressure, anxiety, pain, stress levels, and skin care condition. Using essential oils, is a great way in improving life quality, behavioral modification and weight-loss.

Aromatherapy is personal, our sense of smell affects our emotions, behaviours, and reactions, triggering memory regardless of the experience.  Breathing aroma may invigorate productivity, raise confidence levels, and increase performance.

There are many essential oils, my ultimate favorites are:

  • Citrus oils – Orange, mandarin, lemon, and bergamot
  • Spice oils – Vanilla and cinnamon
  • Flower oils – Jasmine, rose, ylang-ylang, and lavender
  • Leaves oils – Eucalyptus, lavender, and sage
  • Root oils – Cinnamon leaf, tea tree, sandalwood, pine and ginger

Let’s think together here, how can we eliminate stress from out daily commute to work or school? Lavender and rosemary, a great combination! Lavender restores balance and rosemary is excellent for concentration, instead of yelling at the car in front of you, relax, let the aromatherapy help you in ways you never thought possible, breath and relax.

Ever feel tired when you wake-up? Try this refreshing mix of orange, tangerine, and jasmine; it will leave you feeling invigorated, and ready for a beautiful day!

Lower back pain is one of the major complaints, ask your loved one to massage your back, add a few drops of juniper, basil, chamomile, and peppermint oil in a massage cream and gently rub the painful area.

Colds are not fun, what I found helpful and cleansing is eucalyptus oil, you may use it in a diffuser, or in a steamy shower, the results are magnificent … aaaahhh …. I can breathe again!

Around 2 pm, energy levels decrease, leaving us sluggish and sleepy, and caffeine isn’t always an answer, … how about aromatherapy? A great energizing mix in a diffuser containing peppermint, eucalyptus and lemon oils, will results in leaving you feeling refreshed, and ready for the second part of the day.

If you have a few mixes you wold like to share with us, please do share with us!

As always, thank you for reading!

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Skin Conditions

We are not all made the same, and that goes for our skin as well. There are many skin condition, where the dermal tissue may become red, irritated, scaly, itchy, blistered, and could develop sores, not all have treatments and some are more uncomfortable than others. If you experience any of the following condition, remember talk with your Physician and be honest, he or she is there to help you as well.

Psoriasis

The cause of this common ailment is unknown, over 5 million people suffer from psoriasis in the United States alone, studies have shown emotional or physical stress may spark a flare up. Plaque psoriasis affects the Knees, elbows, lower back or scalp with raised red crusty or flaky patches. Guttate psoriasis is defined by smaller scaly spots all over the body, while pustular psoriasis are sores which cover the entire body.

Unfortunately there is no cure for this condition, most patients skin improves in the sun, Doctors may prescribe you topical steroids, salicylic aid, anthralin or vitamin D or A derivative preparations, with treatment you can expect great improvement. In severe cases, the sores are painful, open and are prone to infections so hospitalization may be required, this is very rare and displayed during a pustular psoriasis flare up.

You may find this website helpful for support and education

www.mypsoriasisremedy.com

Rosacea

This condition progresses gradually, and often is mistaken for adult acne; the flare ups are red and resemble hot bashful flushing, lumpiness,  enlarged blood vessels, and in men the nose may become red and swollen.

Avoiding harsh cleansers, spicy foods, hot drinks, sun exposure and alcoholic beverages, will help reduce the flare up, your Doctor may prescribe topical and oral antibiotics, and sometime a topical steroid is also needed to control rosacea.

For more information about rosacea please follow the link provided

www.rosacea.org

Eczema

This term derives from the Greek eczio, which means “boil out”. The skin becomes itchy, inflamed, irritated, scaly, or oozing crusty patches,  flare ups can be anywhere on the body, it can be triggered by allergens or irritants, and may be inherited.

When treating eczema you may want to avoid hot baths, harsh soaps, tight clothing, excessive sunbathing, scratching the irritated area, and stress. Dermatologist prescribe corticosteroids to reduce inflammation, oral sedatives and antihistamines to calm the patient and the skin.

For information in understanding this condition

www.nationaleczema.org

Dermatitis

Itchy, irritated, red, blotchy, or broken skin as a result of contact with an irritant, such as nickle, chemical, cosmetic, poison ivy, detergents. Another type of this condition is seborrheic dermatitis, which appears on the faces of these with real oily skin.

Contact dermatitis is treated by protecting the skin while using irritants by wearing gloves. in seborrheic dermatitis, wash the face with a non-soap cleanser, do not apply moisturizer if the condition is persistent and growing, visit your Doctor so he or she can prescribe a topical medication to control it.

Cold Sores

The herpes virus lies in the nerve of the skin, it is activated when the body immunity is under attack. Stress is a big factor, sunlight, post rejuvenating or chemical peels, sickness and fever, visit to the dentist chair can also trigger them if you are allergic to latex gloves, they can be passed on if a person has an open sore on the mouth and drinks out of a cup and another picks it up and drinks after him or her.

You can treat cold sores early on, Doctors prescribe an anti-viral preparation Acyclovir (Zovirax) in preventing further outbreaks.

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Beauty and Nature

Essential oils and beautiful skin

Nature is wonderful, kind, and helps our skin look radiant. Below you will find a guide that helps your skin needs. Just add a few drops of essential oil in your masque or moisturizer to achieve calming, clarifying and soothing results.

Dry Skin

Chapped Skin : Chamomile Myrrh, Rose Lavender, Palmarosa and Sandalwood.

Dermatitis : Chamomile, and Lavender.

Oily Skin/Acne

Blemished : Bergamot, Grapefruit, Patchouli, Chamomile, Juniper Berry, Peppermint, Clary sage, Lavender, Rosemary, Cypress, Lemon, Eucalyptus, and Orange.

Seborrhea : Bergamot, Orange, Sandalwood, Cypress, Patchouli, Tea tree, Geranium, Rosemary, and Ylang-ylang.

Blackheads : Bergamot, Geranium, Cedarwood, and Lavender.

Sensitive Skin

Reactive and Sensitive : Chamomile, Lavender, Rose, Geranium, and Neroli.

Aging Skin

Dehydration : Chamomile, Lavender, Sandalwood, Cypress, Myrrh, Palmarosa, Geranium, Neroli, Jasmine, and Rose.

Sagging Skin : Bergamot and Lavender.

Normal/Combination Skin

Regular and Combination : Bergamot, Lavender, Ylang-ylang, Jasmine, and Rose.

Special Skin Conditions

Cellulite : Basil, Juniper, Rose, Cedar, Neroli, Rosemary, Fennel, Orange, Tea tree, Geranium, and Patchouli.

Stretch Marks : Geranium, Neroli, Patchouli, Lavender, Olibanum, and Rose.

Thread Veins : Cypress, Chamomile, Geranium, and Lavender.

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Alpha Hydroxy Acids

Known as AHAs, fruit acids found in citrus fruits (citric), apples (malic) and papaya (pyruvic). Other acids in the family include lactic acid (from milk), tartaric acid (from red wine), and the most exciting and therefore most widely researched, glycolic acid (from sugar cane).

Lactic acid has been used to soften the skin for centuries and resurfaced in modern cosmetic creams in the 70’s after studies showed that combined with sodium lactate, it improved the skin’s moisture-holding capacity. Tartaric acid, too, has been in used for years: French women used to apply red wine to their faces. Collectively, AHAs have recently been in the vanguard of the new cosmeceutical movement as they are used to formulate creams which perform beyond the normally superficial cosmetic role.

The dead skin cells build-up which gave icthyosis sufferers their crocodile-skin appearance could be alleviated with a glycolic acid preparation. They showed that the acid molecule dissolved the protein bond which kept a dead skin cell attached. Not only did glycollic acid prove capable of normalizing the desquamation process but could also improve the skin’s own moisture-retaining capabilities.

Dermatologists use AHAs in concentrations up to 70 percent to perform acid peels and prescribe 5-20 percent AHA creams. The percentage contained in cosmetic creams varies from 1-7 percent. Some over the counter pharmacy brands  contain between 5-15 percent.

Cosmetic AHA preparations can help keep the skin free of dulling and skin-pore clogging dead cells. They can make  the skin slightly brighter and improve its moisture retention. Unlike the physician-prescribed higher concentrations, they cannot produce radical improvement in the ageing complexion. Recent studies suggest that AHAs may also act as free radical scavengers, sending messages to the dermis to increase  collagen production and increase the skin’s tolerance to retinoids.

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Adult Acne

These two words may be traumatic to someone who has never experienced acne before. However, simple home skin care regimen can help improve this temporary condition, without over drying your skin, and remember DON’T PICK!!!

1. Use a oil-free beta-hydroxy cleanser, and wash your face morning and night.

2. Exfoliate four or five nights a week with  a beta-hydroxy lotion or cream or a gentle scrub.  (If you chose a scrub, select one with round beads, soft consistency, nothing harsh nor harsh).

3. Use a mask once a week, follow the simple steps below,  and make your own organic product! Home made products are not miracle workers, and will not clear up large breakouts, but can work quickly and effectively on small areas by keeping the problem under control.

4. Apply an oil-free moisturizer.

5. Use a non comedogenic sunblock, avoid products with pore-clogging ingredients.

Tea Tree Treatment

This magnificent Australian product is antiseptic, analgesic, and anti-inflammatory.

1 drop tea tree oil (you can find it almost anywhere, health food stores and some pharmacies)

1/2 cup milk or water

1. Mix the tea tree oil into the milk or water.

2. Swab on your face with cotton.

3. Rinse off after 5 to 10 minutes.

You may use a Q-tip to swab this mixture directly to pimples, as spot treatment.

Curds And Clay

Yogurt kills bacteria and helps soften the skin.

4 tablespoons clay

2 teaspoon plain yogurt

4 teaspoons water

2 drops tea tree or geranium oil

(you can boil fresh thyme in water and replace the water above with 4 teaspoon thyme water)

1. Mix the ingredients to form a paste

2. Apply to your face with a brush, or you may use your ring finger to apply gently.

3. Leave on for 15 minutes.

4. Rinse off with warm water and dab skin dry.

Parsley Treatment

Get rid of blackheads, parsley is another good homeopathic remedy.

A  hand full of parsley

1. Run the parsley through the blender.

2. Boil 1 cup of water and pour over herbs.

3. Mix water and herbs together and let it cool for 20 seconds.

4. Apply to the face and leave on for 5 minutes

5. Follow with an exfoliating mask or exfoliate your face with a scrub.

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Back to Basics – How to achieve a glow from the inside out.

1. Eat a diet rich in fresh fruits and vegetables.Five daily servings of each is the recommended requirement. There’s no substitute for the vitamins and minerals in food, and you’ll give conscientious about eating healthy, unprocessed, non-junk food. Fruits and vegetables provide necessary substances called phytochemicals, which you can’t get from nutritional supplements. They lower cholesterol, flush out carcinogens, boost the immune system, and reduce the effect of aging.

2. Take a high-quality multiple vitamin every day.
Please do not use a substitute for food, but as a supplement. Vitamin-A stimulates healthy cell growth, Vitamin-C helps oxygen flow to the skin, and Vitamin-E helps fight acne. B vitamins aid the production of collagen in the skin and are essential for healthy hair. Vitamin-B2 (riboflavin) in particular helps prevent oily skin and strengthens the nails. Biotin can help prevent scaly skin and dermatitis and helps the body process protein, which is what your skin, hair and nails are made of. The minerals included is most multivitamin supplements are also important. Zinc promotes healthy skin and hair; selenium preserves the elasticity of the skin. Your body needs to process these nutrients through digestion. A moisturizer loaded with Vitamin-C, magnesium, and ginkgo biloba may sound healthy, but it won’t make up for a nutritional deficiency. You can’t feed your skin on the outside what is missing on the inside.

3. Fat in moderation is a well-kept but invaluable beauty secret.
Fat helps your body (and skin) utilize protein. This isn’t to say that you should load on cholesterol-raising saturated animal fats. You shouldn’t. But  your body does need unsaturated fats from vegetable oils like olive, corn, safflower, or canola, every day. So don’t deprive yourself of that vinaigrette on your salad – a tablespoon of olive oil, a squeeze of lemon, a dab of Dijon mustard – it’s good for you. Enjoy it!

4. Drink at least eight glasses of water each day.
The best way to keep your skin hydrated is to moisturize, from the inside out. Since the human body, like the earth, is made up of approximately 70 percent water and water accounts for 70 percent of our skin weight, it makes sense that we need to continuously replenish our precious bodily fluid and keep our cells hydrated. Sport drinks, sodas, coffee, alcoholic beverages, will dehydrate your body.

5. Exercise
Daily exercise will get your blood flowing and stimulate the oxygen flow to feed the skin. The minimum amount of aerobic exercise necessary to maintain good health is 20 minutes, three times a week. Avoid taking quick shallow breaths, try to breath deeply and from the diaphragm (i.e. yoga breathing).

6. Don’t drink too much coffee, tea, or alcohol.
moderation is key, if any one of these are your vice, keep them to a minimum. They are considered diuretics that dehydrate the body and restricts it of Vitamin-B which helps keep nails hard, hair thick, and skin luminous. A deficiency of Vitamin-B can result dry, thin skin.

7. Don’t smoke.
If you won’t quit for health reasons, maybe vanity will motivate you. It’s been scientifically proven that smoking wreaks havoc on your skin, and nicotine-stained teeth are hardly attractive. Smoking (and drinking) depletes the body of Vitamin-B and damages the capillary walls, which deprives the skin cells of oxygen. The elastin fibers, which keep skin supple, thicken and fragment in smokers’ skin, much like skin that’s been overexposed to sunlight. Smoking also stunts the growth of collagen, and loss of collagen can lead to wrinkles. Nicotine retards cell growth in the skin and reduces the blood supply, which also slows healing. Both tar and nicotine cause artificial aging of skin, much like the sun, your skin ages at three times the normal rate. If you smoke, you age it at four times the normal rate. The combination factors out to 12 times normal. Do you really want that?

8. Use sun protection every day.
Conscientious use of sunscreen will prevent up to 90 percent of the skin damage caused by ultraviolet rays.

9. Get your fair share of shut-eye.
Lack of sleep can dehydrate the skin and cause flaky patches, pale or ashy skin, brittle nails, and hair loss, not to mention puffiness around the eyes.

10. Laugh. Relax. Enjoy life.
Laugh as much as possible! Did you know stress causes an increase production of cortisol? Cortisol is a hormone in the body secreted by the adrenal glands, it is also referred to as the stress hormone, higher and prolonged levels of cortisol in the bloodstream have been shown to have negative effects such as :

  • Higher Blood Pressure
  • Decreased Bone Density
  • Blood Sugar Imbalances
  • Lower Immunity
  • Suppressed Thyroid Function
  • Decrease in Muscle Tissue
  • Increase in Abdominal Fat


Relax, don’t sweat the small stuff! Most importantly “Enjoy Life”!!!!!

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Beauty Secrets, ahhhh …. we love these little perks!

Try this favorite of fashion models and stylists: dab Preparation H on puffy spots under the eyes. The shark liver oil in the product reduces water retention in the under eye area just as it shrinks hemorrhoidal tissues.

Witch Hazel and Listerine are other fashion favorites, but they’ll dry out your skin in a big way, and who needs that????

Don’t forget your skin doesn’t stop at your jaw!!!! When you have time, apply facial masks to your neck and decollete , too. And always apply moisturizer and sun protection to the neck as well.

Redness of the eyes? There’s always Visine, of course! But nothing takes the redness out of bloodshot eyes as well as a French product called Colydre Blue; it makes blue eyes seem bluer, and the white of the eyes whiter. For puffiness around the eyes, keep eye gel in the fridge, and apply morning and night.

Don’t uses testers at cosmetic counter. If you must test makeup, do it on the back of your hand or on your fingertips, and uses a fresh applicator like a cotton ball or a Q-Tip. In a store, the preservatives don’t have time to kill bacteria after each use.

Always carry a tiny tube of cream with you, and if your skin starts to feel dry during the day, dab on a small amount, especially under the eyes and around the sides of the mouth.

If you want to keep your skin free of bacteria, dead cells, and product residue, mix 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar or white vinegar into a cup of warm water, then pat on the face with a soft, clean cloth or cotton balls. Applied once a week, it will keep pimples at bay, because the bacteria that causes zits, are non acid-tolerant, and they die!!!!

To avoid red swath of pimples on the cheeks that characterizes as rosacea, avoid the same foods that can trigger migraines: alcohol, red wine, chocolate and spicy foods.

If you have sensitive skin or are allergy-prone, do a patch test before you try any new product. Apply a small amount to your neck or upper arm and wait for 24 hours to see whether you develop a rash. If you do, either consult a doctor who can help isolate the source for you or systematically eliminate the ingredients listed above in order to see where the problem lies.

When waxing hold your upper lip taut by sticking your tongue out behind it. Afterward, apply a gentle gel like aloe to the lip. The skin usually remains red for 15 to 20 minutes.

Both saunas and steam rooms can cause broken capillaries in the face. Before you sit in either, and especially if you go back and forth between extremes of temperature, protect your face with a light layer of moisturizer. After an aromatherapy massage or facial, avoid the sauna or steam for at least an hour. The mix of intense heat and essential oils can inflame the skin.

The absolute best razor is the non disposable Gillette SensorExcel along with Gillette Satin Care Shave Gel. You avoid cuts and razor burns, which are painful and ugly.

In the 19th century, mascaro was used by both sexes as a touch-up for graying hair. By the 21st century, hair mascara is back, thanks to baby boomers who want to cover up a few stray grays, and Christian Dior’s Mascara Flash for Hair has become the best seller.

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