Three Skincare Sins

There are lots of things which we can do to look after your skin and improve it’s health and appearance. However, what about the worst things we can do for our skin, and the things we should be avoiding? There are three main skincare sins which are absolutely to be avoided, and if you do these and stop today ┬áthen you will notice a change in your skin within weeks, if not days.

1. Smoking – everyone knows that smoking is bad for you, but the damage smoking does will also show in your skin. It will appear dull and the cell activity will be slow and sluggish, and you may suffer from sensitivity, discolouration, and breakouts.

2. Not drinking water – if you are dehydrated then your skin can’t function at it’s best. Dehydrated skin is tight, flaky, thin, more wrinkled and often blemished.

3. Sleeping in your makeup – not washing your ace before bed means that you are clogging your pores with dirt and makeup, as well as spreading bacteria across your complexion. All this leads to acne and ageing. Not a nice combo!

Do You Follow Makeup Rules?

There are a lot of so called makeup rules, which are set to guide us in the right direction when we are applying our makeup. Whether it’s not teaming a dramatic eye with a bold lip, never wearing blue eyeshadow with a red lip, applying concealer after foundation.

However, should you really pay any attention to these so called makeup rules? After all, some style icons, makeup artists, celebrities and models don’t pay attention to the rules and actively break them, and look great.

My personal thought is that you should wear whatever makeup you want, and apply it in a way that suits you. Do you find that makeup rules help you do your makeup well, and should be followed, or do you ignore them?

Naturally Longer Lashes

Whilst lash growth serums are fantastic, they aren’t suitable for everyone. Some people have very sensitive eyes, or simply would rather take a more natural route to getting longer lashes. Well, I have a good tip for you!

One of the best ways to grow your lashes, other than using a serum specifically targeted to it, is to thoroughly remove your eye makeup and mascara every day. Then, follow this by rubbing a small amount of coconut oil over the lashes before you go to bed. Apply the oil to a cotton bud and rub it over the lashes. You’ll end up with stronger, healthier, longer lashes after a few week.

Give your Skin a Break

Any beauty fanatic occasionally ha a bad reaction, whether it’s a sudden breakout triggered by rich food and alcohol, or a bad reaction to some makeup or skincare. It happens to the best of us, but what do you do when your skin throws a little fit?

The first course of action is to take an antihistamine incase you are experiencing an allergic reaction. THen, you need to lay off foods and drinks which trigger inflammation. This means sugar, alcohol and dairy.

As for skincare, the best way to heal your skin is to go gently and easy. Set your fancy products to one side for now, and instead use a basic gentle non-foaming cleanser, and a light moisturiser. Stay away from active ingredients and essential oils. Follow this program for a week and your skin should return to normal, easily.

Dangers of Detox Tea

There is currently a health fad going around involving herbal teas which claim to have a detoxifying effect. However, these teas are to be used with great caution. Many of them using ingredients which have a laxative effect, which is why it causes it’s users to lose weight. There have also been reports of women getting pregnant while on the birth control pill because the teas make them ineffective by causing stomach upsets.

If you are considering using a detox for skinny tea please do your research and make sure it isn’t a laxative.

Homemade Lip Scrub

Sometimes, a lip balm just doesn’t cut it. You need something which is going to get rid of flakes, slough away dead skin cells and smooth the lips. When that is the case, you can easily make your own lip scrub to take care of it.

Simply combine brown sugar and olive oil to make a paste, then rub it into the lips, gently, in circular motions. Wipe away with a dry cloth, and apply a balm over the top. Do this daily until your lips are smooth and flake free!

Do You Wash?

Well, do you wash? Your makeup brushes that is.

Washing you makeup brushes is hugely important, for two reasons. The first is that a dirty makeup brush is never going to give you a nice looking makeup. Application will be more difficult, and the colour won’t be true.

The second reason is that dirty makeup brushes harbour bacteria. Whatever that brush touches, transfers the bacteria. This means that you are adding nasty bacteria to your skin which can cause issues like sensitivity and acne.

Make sure you wash your brushes every two weeks with baby shampoo, and use a baby wipe to spot clean them between more thorough washes.

Meet Wayne Goss

I love watching YouTube videos on beauty, makeup and skincare. However, not all of them are suitable for me. I don’t necessarily want Kim Kardashian makeup tutorials as a woman in my thirties. One YouTuber who always manages to create relevant content for me is Wayne Goss, known as GossMakeupArtist on YouTube.

He creates videos on makeup and skincare which are informative and helpful for women of any age, and men too! He’s worth subscribing to for his honest opinions of products and makeup application alone. He has a lot of integrity, and he keeps his videos short so you don’t need to spend 20 minutes watching, in order to get the info you need.

Collagen Supplements

In our first post on supplements, we’re going to take a look at collagen. Collagen is very important when it comes to skincare and looking youthful. Think of it like scaffolding for your skin – it holds everything up, making it look firm and plump. However, it depletes as it ages, meaning that the skin can start to look saggy and older.

Collagen supplements claim to add more collagen to the skin, plumping it back up and reducing signs of ageing. However, there is little evidence to support this claim. Instead, it is more likely that taking a collagen supplement will preserve the collagen you already have and slow it’s degradation. So, is it worthwhile? If you’re looking to undo premature ageing it won’t turn back the clock, but if you start using it now it may slow down the ageing process of the skin.


A Trick to Longer Legs

If you want longer, leaner legs this summer then you can fake your way to it. One way is to use a false tan, as tanned skin has a slimming property. However, not everyone can afford the time to use a tan, or wants to darken their skin.

If you’d prefer not to go to the effort of tanning, then you can use this simple trick to make your legs look longer and leaner. Simply add a touch of liquid highlighter to your body moisturiser, then apply it in a line down the front of your legs, and down the back, before blending. It tricks the eye and instantly makes legs look taller and slimmer, and it’s so easy!

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