All About Skin

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Oily skin

Oily skin produces more oil than it needs. This oil is a magnet for debris, such as skin cells, makeup and pollution, which then cause congestion inside the pores. Over time, the congestion becomes hardened, just like plaque on your teeth. Look for facials that include a chemical exfoliant (glycolic acid or salicylic acid.) This will penetrate into the pores and melt the congestion. Oily skin also needs extractions to remove any hardened debris within the pores (so long, blackheads!) But don’t try this at home. Extractions are something your esthetician is trained to do safely as part of your facial.

Combination skin

GDF’s favorite skin type to work with, combination skin, has both oily and dry areas, so these areas need to be treated separately. Enzyme, chemical or even microdermabrasion exfoliants work very well, GDF says. Extractions are also needed (usually in the T-zone) to remove congestion, and a professional treatment mask, such as freeze-dried collagen to replenish lost water and soothe the skin.

Sensitive skin

“We have to be careful working with sensitive skin,” GDF notes. All skin needs exfoliation to remove built-up dead skin, but this needs to be done gently. Facials that use enzymes to exfoliate work very well, because they don’t irritate the skin. Also look for products that don’t have excessive fragrances or irritants in them.

Mature skin

Mature skin can be challenging. It can be oily/acne prone, dry/dehydrated or a multitude of skin type combinations. Mature skin also slows down (cell production, circulation), so there are many issues to address. Your esthetician will first treat the type of skin (oily, dry, combination, normal).Then she will have to focus on that slowing process to increase circulation and saturate the skin with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals for healthier, younger looking skin.

Dry skin

Dry skin needs many different treatments, GDF explains. Dry skin lacks natural lipids or oils, making it prone to dehydration. Because of this lack of water, the skin’s natural exfoliating cycle slows down. Facials that include gentle exfoliation (i.e. with enzymes) are a great way to take your skin from flakey to fabulous. Dry skin also needs both oil and water to balance it out, so GDF suggests looking for facials that include masks, which will help penetrate product into the skin. One example is a mask that will rubberize. It may sound a little strange, but any product you put under this type of mask will be pushed into the skin as the mask hardens, leaving your skin feeling hydrated and refreshed.

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Foundation Tricks Makeup Artists Use to Make Pores Look Smaller

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Large pores are such a bummer. Since pore size is mainly controlled by things like genetics and age, the bad news is that if yours are not so petite, you’ll have to live with it. The good news is that there are lots of skin care products you can use to help minimize the appearance of them. As for makeup, with the right products and a little professional-makeup-artist know-how, you can make your pores look pretty much nonexistent.

Get primed. “To conceal larger pores, it’s important to start with a good primer; that way the makeup won’t accentuate pores. I love Neutrogena Shine Control Primer. It’s weightless and doesn’t feel greasy.” —Daniel Chinchilla, who works with Ariana Grande and Keke Palmer

Even out your skin tone. “Foundation normally exaggerates pores. The best thing to do is even out the skin tone with M.A.C. Studio Face and Body Foundation. If skin is evened out, the pores will blend in better.” —Niki M’nray, who works with Rihanna and Gigi Hadid

Try the Surratt Beauty Surreal Real Skin Foundation Wand. “I have large pores, and I’ve been using this on myself. The finish is gently matte, almost ‘mattine,’ and it really diminishes the look of my pores. Without looking heavy, it evens out the skin, and the wand brush beautifully buffs the product out to near invisibility.” —Fiona Stiles, who works with Gabrielle Union and Chrissy Teigen

Opt for a compact foundation, like Chanel Vitalumière Aqua Fresh and Hydrating Cream Compact. “Using a compact allows for pinpoint coverage in areas where pores are larger. This foundation is light and filled with moisture, making your skin look fresh and your pores lightly concealed, avoiding any clumping of product.” —Robert Greene, who works with Tinashe and Samira Wiley

Or Koh Gen Do Aqua Foundation. “It delivers sheer to medium dewy coverage that looks like your skin. Minerals are cut in supersmall particles to reflect light off of the pores.” —Azra Red, who works with Zola Jesus and Sita Abellan

Apply your foundation the right way. “To fill in the pores and blend them, apply the foundation using a synthetic brush in a crosshatching motion. Finish with a soft-focus powder, like the Koh Gen Doh Maifanshi Face Powder to set and bounce the light in the most believable and flattering way.” —Suzy Gerstein, who works with Camilla Belle and Christy Turlington Burns

Try Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup. “This foundation has incredible coverage. It’s a bit heavy, so if you want more sheer coverage, it’s fine to sheer it out with your favorite moisturizer.” —Sarah Tanno, who works with Lady Gaga and Suki Waterhouse

Make sure you have the right tools. “For larger pores, it’s more about the tools than the product. I say Beautyblender all the way. Also, using a stippling brush with your foundation will soften and conceal large pores.” —Edward Cruz, who works with Priyanka Chopra and Kat Graham

How To Get Rid Of Blackheads

Blackheads are just pimples that don’t have skin over them. Because there is no skin, they’re open to the air and the top layer of gunk oxidizes and turns them to the darkish black color. There are many ways to get rid of them.[1] This article provides instructions for a number of different methods that you can try.


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Acquire some simple, non toxic glue. You can use the type you would have used for elementary school art projects, such as P.V.A glue or Elmers glue.

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Steam your face over a sink or a bowl or with a wet face cloth. This is optional, but can be very beneficial. Try to get the steam as hot as possible, but make sure it is comfortable for you!
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Apply glue to troubled areas. Then, leave it alone until it is completely dry.

Peel it off. Peel the glue off and see results on the dry glue.
Squeezing Them

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Warm your skin. Warming your skin makes the pores expand, making it easier to squeeze out the blackhead. You can do this by taking a warm shower or applying a hot compress to the affected areas.

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Grab a pinch of skin with one or a few closely-spaced blackheads in the middle and squeeze. You’re trying to apply the pressure from underneath the blackhead. This method works best if the blackheads are not tightly or deeply embedded, and if your skin isn’t easily bruised or damaged by stretching.

You can also use an extractor tool or bobby pin to force it out. Be careful with these methods, and if you experience serious pain, try something else.

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Cotton ball Cure

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Use a mild exfoliant to remove cells and expose.

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Pat your face dry with a clean, fresh towel.

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Place a slightly warm compress on your face for approximately 10-15 minutes in order to soften the blackhead, making it easier to remove.

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Pat your face again.

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Place a cotton-ball on the tip of each finger. This will help you to avoid slipping, which could tear the skin and cause further damage.

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Gently apply even pressure to both sides of the blackhead by pushing down, then up around the blemish.

Toothbrush And Toothpaste

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Apply an inch-sized amount of toothpaste on the toothbrush.
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Wet the toothbrush and wet the affected area.
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Gently with your toothbrush, scrub the affected area for a small amount of time.

Make sure you do not apply too close to the eyes, as the vapours from methanol toothpastes can irritate the eyes.

If you have nose blackheads, apply an even smaller amount of toothpaste, and keep well clear from eyes.

This method has also been known to work on spots, but is not guaranteed.

Always sterilize the toothbrush with boiling-hot water after using this method.

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Repeat daily until the affected areas are clear.

AHAs (Extra)

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Purchase a cream containing an AHA (alpha hydroxy acids).

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Apply a small amount of cream to the affected areas. This will clear away any dead skin cells and “expose” the blackhead.

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Repeat about every 4 days. These products can cause skin irritation, dryness, and flaking. Discontinue use if the irritation becomes severe.

AHAs are also known to increase sensitivity to the sun, so be careful if you are going out in bright sunlight after using this treatment.

Lime Juice

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Make a lotion with equal parts of lime juice, almond oil and glycerin.

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Apply your lotion to your face. It will not only cure blackheads but the discoloring spots on the face too.

Honey Trick

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Warm a small amount of honey.

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Apply on the trouble area.

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Wash off after 10-15 minutes.

How To Get Rid Of Brown Spots On Skin

When skin is exposed to the sun, it causes an increase in the production of cells known as melanocytes that increase melanin in the skin, thus turning the skin darker. These dark skin patches are known as brown spots, age spots, dark spots, sun spots and liver spots.

Brown spots generally appear on exposed skin areas like the face, back, neck, chest, shoulders and hands. Some of the main causes of brown spots are sun exposure, aging, and genetics. Factors like stress, pregnancy, vitamin deficiencies, and weak liver functioning may also contribute to this problem.

The spots are usually harmless, but many consider them unattractive. To lighten brown spots, you can try a few easy and natural home treatments.

1. Lemon Juice

Lemon juice has bleaching properties that can help get rid of brown spots. Plus, it helps maintain soft, clear and beautiful skin.

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  • Simply apply fresh lemon juice directly on the affected area. Leave it on for 30 minutes before rinsing it off with cold water. Repeat this remedy twice daily for about two months to notice positive results. If you have sensitive skin, dilute the lemon juice with water, rose water or honey.
  • Another option is to mix enough sugar in lemon juice to make a paste and use it as a scrub on your face, especially on your brown spots. Finally, rinse it off after 5 to 10 minutes. Do this a few times a week. You can also add some oilve oil in this recipe.

2. Buttermilk

Buttermilk contains lactic acid that helps exfoliate the skin to remove blemishes and brown spots without drying out your skin.

  • Apply buttermilk on your brown spots using a cotton ball. Leave it on for a few minutes before washing the area with water. If you have oily skin or acne, you can also add some lemon juice to the buttermilk.
  • Another option is to mix four teaspoons of buttermilk and two teaspoons of tomato juice together and then apply this mixture on the affected skin.

Repeat either of these remedies once or twice daily until you are satisfied with the results.

3. Castor Oil

Castor oil has strong healing properties and can be used effectively to get rid of brown spots or age spots. Along with castor oil, you can use vitamin E oil, coconut oil, olive oil or almond oil to remove brown spots.

  1. Use a cotton ball to apply castor oil on the affected area.
  2. Gently massage the area for a few minutes.
  3. Leave it on for a few hours and then wash it off.
  4. Do this once in the morning and once at night to help the brown spots fade and make your skin tone even.

4. Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is an effective remedy for a number of skin problems including brown spots. It will help dry out and fade the spots faster.

  • Dilute some apple cider vinegar with an equal amount of water. You can also add some honey. Apply this solution on your brown spots and wash it off after a few minutes. Do this once daily for a few days or until you get positive results. You can use straight apple cider vinegar too, but it may sting.
  • Alternatively, mix one-half teaspoon of apple cider vinegar in a few tablespoons of orange juice. Apply it on the affected area and leave it on until it dries completely before washing it off. Repeat once or twice daily for four to five weeks.

5. Aloe Vera

Aloe vera has healing properties and aids skin regeneration. So, it is excellent for getting rid of brown spots, especially when caused by sun exposure.

  • Gently rub fresh aloe vera gel on the spots. Leave it on for about 30 minutes before washing the area with cold water. Repeat twice daily and within a month you should notice improvement.
  • If fresh aloe vera gel is not available, you can opt for aloe vera juice that you can readily buy from the market.

6. Sandalwood

Sandalwood is an anti-aging agent and an antiseptic that can helps reduce hyperpigmentation and get rid of brown spots.

  • You can make homemade pack with two tablespoons of sandalwood powder, two teaspoons of rose water, and one teaspoon each of glycerin and lemon juice. Apply this pack on the spots and allow it to dry naturally. Use cold water to wash it off. Repeat a few times a week until your brown spots disappear.
  • Another option is to add one tablespoon of orange juice, one teaspoon of lemon juice and the contents of two vitamin E capsules in two tablespoons of sandalwood powder. Mix it well and then apply it on your face. Leave it on for about half an hour before washing it off. Do this a few times a week until you see improvement.
  • Also, massage the affected area with a few drops of sandalwood oil mixed in one tablespoon of olive oil or almond oil, daily before going to bed and leave it on overnight.

The Best Concealers for Oily Skin

As far as makeup is concerned concealer is a must have product for me especially during the hot and humid days, I just don’t like to layer my skin with foundation, in my opinion concealers that match your skin tone are much forgiving than sliding foundation.

Like foundations, concealers too come in a variety of textures that are targeted to suit variety of skin types. Depending upon your budget you can opt for the real high end ones or the more affordable drugstore formulas.

Before picking out the one for your oily skin keep in mind the below stated points:

• Avoid lotion or oil based concealer as these will make your skin even more oily.
• Always go for Stick, mineral powder based, or gel based concealers. Mousse concealers are also good as long as they are oil free.
• To avoid rashes on oily skin, go for fragrance free concealers.

MAC select cover up concealer:

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If you do not suffer from very dark under eye circles and prefer a more natural look on your face then this is the concealer to go for. You don’t have put tons of layers to achieve the desired coverage. It is not sticky and does not crease under the eyes. It gives a natural matte finish to your skin.

Make up For ever Full Coverage Concealer:

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It a full coverage concealer in true sense, it hides everything it touches. A perfect product for concealing the most extreme flaws, such as scars, severe skin damage, beauty spots, depigmentation or birthmarks. It is a matte finish concealer with ultra long-lasting staying power and waterproof formula. This product is available in 12 shades. It is also known to suit sensitive skin without any problem.

Colorbar Full Cover Concealer:

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Colorbar full cover concealer is oil-free, water resistant, non-comedogenic, enriched with vitamin e and has SPF 35. It blends easily to give your skin a smooth appearance.

Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Flawless Wear Concealer:

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It is the best concealer that I have tried so far. Has a lightweight creme formula that blends like a dream and if that is not enough it is OIL FREE and WATER RESISTANT as well. To add to it Double Wear has TRANSFER-RESISTANT formula that provides medium buildable coverage that lasts all day long. Despite being a longwearing concealer this product does not have a dry feeling nor does it crease. Creates the perfected look of flawless skin all day. This concealer is available in 10 different shades.

Clinique All About Eyes Concealer:

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Multi-tasking concealer disguises dark under-eye circles while helping to reduce the look of puffiness. Long-wearing, moisturizing formula won’t crease or settle into fine lines. it has an oil-free formula that is Ophthalmologist tested too.

Revlon PhotoReady Stick Concealer:

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It is another good option for all those who want effective budget friendly product. It is an oil-free and fragrance-free product which might interest people with sensitive skin types. There are six shades in the line ranging from fair to deep. People with dry under eye area may notice it getting a little cakey under the eyes. Moisturize well and you can avoid this problem.

How To Control And Prevent Oily Skin

Finding the best cure for oily skin can really be expensive and frustrating, and this condition is usually accompanied by other skin problems such as blackheads , clogged pores, whiteheads and pimples.

It’s a fact that there’s no real cure for oily skin, only control. And the only way for you to deal with it effectively is for you to understand its causes.

Some Reasons Why Your Skin Gets Overly Oily

  1. Genes. This skin type usually runs in the blood and can be passed on from parent to child. Either one or both parents will have this skin type. But this doesn’t mean that you have to give up and that there’s nothing you can do about it. There is still hope. A good skin care routine will help to keep your oily face in check, and keep this annoying problem under control.
  2. Hormones. Hormonal imbalance is the invisible trigger that signals to your oil glands to produce more sebum. When too much of the hormone called dihydrotestosterone (DHT) is first released during puberty, a lot more oil is produced which normally causes acne. DHT also appears to be high during a woman’s monthly period cycle and also during pregnancy and menopause, causing the skin to be more vulnerable to clogging and pimple infection.
  3. Diet. Even if most experts say that food doesn’t have a scientific connection to having acne or oily skin, still, a lot of people testify that they experience otherwise. You are what you eat! Filling your body with  foods that are fried and greasy, sweet and salty treats, too much red meat, saturated and hydrogenated oils and dairy products can and may result to bad and greasy skin. If your body cannot effectively break down the oil, chances are that it’s going to be released through your pores.
  4. Climate & Weather. Summers are usually the worst time for people with oily skin. Pores seem larger and the face becomes greasier because of sweat and high humidity.
  5. Cosmetics. Ingredients and chemicals (such as mineral oil and harsh soaps) found in most cosmetic products can be too hard on your skin. These irritants can cause  your skin to produce more oil and can also clog your pores. This is why using specially formulated makeup products for oily skin is preferred.
  6. Stress can also take its toll on your skin and hormones, resulting in an overly greasy complexion. So does an unhealthy lifestyle.

How To Control Oily Skin

  1. It begins first with good skin care. If hyperactive sebaceous glands are in your genes, you have to accept just it and resolve to taking better care of your skin to prevent this condition from getting worse. It all begins at home with 3 simple steps – cleanse, tone, moisturize. Remember that your face needs some exfoliating once or twice a week too.
  2. Change your lifestyle. Vices, sleeping late, lack of exercise and stress, especially, can greatly affect your hormones that cause oil glands to work overtime. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle will help keep your entire body in better balance, causing your endocrine system to function better too. Include simple exercises to your routine and make sure you get sufficient sleep daily. People who sleep more overall have better and smoother complexions, less oil and less visible pores.
  3. Relax and treat yourself! Below are some quick Bath oil – 4 drops of chamomile oil, 1 drop of geranium oil and rose petals should make for a relaxing, warm bath.
  4. Eat right and drink more fluids throughout the day.Load up on fresh fruits and vegetables, foods high in protein and fiber, antioxidants, Vitamin B2, Vitamin E and Vitamin C. These foods benefit your skin by increasing its immunity, normalize stress levels, stimulate blood circulation and encourage fast healing and new cell reproduction.Drinking lots of water also flushes out toxins in your body and prevents dry skin. When your skin is dehydrated, your sebaceous glands will kick in to protect it from moisture loss.
  5. Cleansing and refreshing your skin. Keep a clean face all the time by washing with alcohol-free facial cleansers and by avoiding harsh soaps that can irritate your skin. You can make a really great natural face refresher out of some lemon juice, cucumber juice, witch hazel and water mixed in a squirt bottle. Keep this cold mix in the fridge together with your other skincare products for a cooling effect once you apply them.
  6. Wear less makeup and use oil-free or powder-based cosmetics in general. This will help to prevent that shiny complexion and will also aid in the prevention of clogged pores. Use a good sunscreen when you’re outdoors to prevent sun damage, but choose a sunscreen with SPF 30+ (there’s even SPF 50+ these days). Try a few different product till you find a light sunscreen that won’t irritate your skin and won’t feel too greasy on your face.

Natural Remedies To Try:

  • Facial cleanser – mix 2 tbsp of milk with 2 drops of lavender or sandalwood oil. Use this to wash your face. Rinse well with lukewarm water.
  • Do-it-yourself Facial Scrub Treatments – lemon juice, 1 tbsp of rice powder and corn flour – the rice powder is a natural exfoliant that leaves the skin shine-free and radiant, while the lemon adds a refreshing scent and acts as a brightening agent for dark spots and acne marks. Avoid use if you have sensitive skin.
  • Home-made Facial Masks – This is great for those of you who want to reduce shiny complexions. Make a paste out of water, 2 tbsp green clay, 1 tbsp each of honey and yogurt, plus two drops each of lemon juice and lavender oil. Put it on the same way you use a facial mask. Allow it to dry and suck up excess oil and dirt from your face then rinse with tepid water.

By using some of these natural oily skin remedies and tips, you can make a big difference in the way you feel and look.

Homemade Facial Mask Tips

Homemade moisturizing face mask recipe is a natural, easy to make and an inexpensive way to get rid of puffy and irritated skin. It will also give you a healthy glowing skin. Here is one of the best homemade moisturizing mask recipes for face.

Homemade Moisturizing Face Mask Recipe

Things you’ll need:

Plain yogurt – 1 cup

Aloe Vera gel – 4 tablespoons

Method:

– Pour 1 cup of plain yogurt in a small bowl.

– Add in 4 tablespoons of fresh aloe Vera gel and mix the ingredients together thoroughly.

– Apply this homemade moisturizing facial mask to your clean face using a gentle circular motion.

– Make sure to apply to the eyelids as well, but avoid directly getting it into the eyes.

– Leave it on for about 2 to 5 minutes and then rinse thoroughly.

– Use it on a regular basis.

Homemade egg white face mask Egg white is used in various homemade skin and hair care recipes. It is fully loaded with skin friendly properties. It helps improve skin texture and tone. It contains an ingredient, ovalbumin which is very helpful for treating skin related infections. Lysozyme, found in egg white is known for its skin clearing properties Note:- Do not use it over dry skin and it is better to not use is more than twice a week. Things you’ll need:-1 egg white1 teaspoon milk Few drops of honey Method:– Mix all ingredients together.- Apply this mask on your face using a brush or your fingers and avoid it around your mouth and eye areas.- Leave it on for about 30 minutes.- In order to remove this mask, try to splash some lukewarm water on the face then gently remove the mask by rubbing it with your hands. Now, wash your entire face and neck with lots of water. Benefits of egg white mask on skin:– It is good for shrinking the pores. Which intern, helpful in the prevention of many skin related problems like acne, pimples etc.- Egg white masks clean the skin very deeply, making it soft, supple and bright at the same time.- It is well known for skin tightening.- It is beneficial in the prevention of fine lines and wrinkles on the face and the neck.- It is good for oily skin as, it helps remove excess oil from the skin,- It is good for you, if you want to get a radiant glow on your face. Homemade olive oil face mask Olive oil is an excellent weapon to combat many skin related problems like dry skin, premature aging, wrinkles etc. It is loaded with skin softening and skin moisturizing properties. Here are some homemade olive oil face mask recipes: Homemade olive oil face mask recipes NORMAL SKIN Things you’ll need: Curd – 1 teaspoon Olive oil – ½ teaspoon olive oil Parsley juice- ½ teaspoon- Make a mixture by mixing all the ingredients give above.- Apply this resultant mixture on your face.- Leave it on for 15-20 minutes, and then wash with warm water. Cucumber – olive oil cleanser and softener Juice of ½ cucumber Olive oil – ½ teaspoon Sour milk – 1 teaspoon- Mix all the ingredients and apply this mixture on the face and neck.- Leave it on for 20 minutes, rinse with cold water. DRY SKIN Onion – olive Oil combo:1 onion Olive oil – 1 teaspoon Honey – 1 teaspoon- Bake a small onion with peel in the oven, clean the onion and pound.- Now, add other ingredients to form a fine paste.- Apply this mixture on your face for 15-20 minutes. Beans – olive oil for dry skin5 to 7 boiled white beans Olive oil – 1 teaspoon Lemon juice – 1 teaspoon- Knead 5-6 boiled white beans and add other ingredients.- Apply the resultant mixture on your face for 20 minutes before rinsing with warm water. OILY SKIN Tomato juice- olive oil mask Tomato juice Starch – 1 teaspoon Olive oil – ½ teaspoon- Mix all ingredients together.- Put the mask on the face. Wash with warm water in 20 minutes. Oat flour-olive oil combo Oat flour – 1 teaspoons our milk – 1 teaspoon Olive oil – 1 teaspoon Kitchen salt- ¼ teaspoon- Mix all ingredients.- Apply the resultant mixture on your face for 20 minutes.- Wash with warm water. SENSITIVE SKIN- Mix sauce from ¼ banana + 1 teaspoon of grated fresh cucumber +1 teaspoon olive oil. – Apply this mask on your face .- Leave it on for thirty minutes.- Wash with cool water. ALL SKIN TYPES- Mince dill and mix 2 tablespoons of it with 1 teaspoon olive oil.- Now, add pounded oat flakes to mixture.- Apply it on your face .- Wait for 15 minutes before washing with warm water. ANTI AGING MASK- Make a mixture by mixing ¼ lemon + 1 teaspoon olive oil +1 yolk + some pounded oat flakes.- Apply it on your face and neck. for 20 minutes.- Then wash with warm water.

7 Tips for Makeup Application Last All Day

 

Most women would prefer to have to apply their makeup once in the morning and have it last all day long.  Unfortunately, by midday, it is usually faded, smeared or smudged, and in need of a major refreshing.  However, there are some things you can do to help your makeup last longer.  Certain tricks and techniques will prevent you from having to do major repairs halfway through the day.

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What Are the Biggest  Problems With Getting Makeup to Last?

As the day wears on and we are exposed to sun and wind and fresh air, the  skin on our faces will produce more oil, which breaks down the makeup we so  carefully applied earlier.  Being able to  control oil and shine will help keep the foundation on and keep the skin tone  even.  Certain cosmetics products, like  mineral makeup, will often last longer because of the natural ingredients and  their ability to control the shine.
Also, eye makeup will often smudge or smear if we rub our  eyes.  Plus, if the right techniques are  not used to apply eyeliner and eye shadow, unsightly creases will appear,  making the makeup look less fresh and clumpy, and it may even start to flake  off.

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What Can You Do to  Help Makeup Last?

If you want your makeup to last all day long, then you need to use better  techniques to apply.  Using the right  beauty products in the right combination, perhaps with a quick midday touch-up,  will help you have a face that looks as fresh at the end of the day as it did  when you started.

Tips for How to Makeup Last All Day

  1. Start  with a perfectly clean face.  Never  apply fresh makeup over yesterday’s leftovers.   You should have washed your face the night before, so all you have to do  is use a toner to remove any oils that may have been created overnight.
  2. Use the  right moisturizer.  Choose a  moisturizer that is right for your skin type (e.g., normal, oily,  combination).  Don’t forget to always use  a moisturizer with an SPF of 15 or greater—protecting your face from sun  exposure is super important for maintaining your beauty and reducing the aging  and damaging effects of sun exposure.
  3. Use  makeup primers to help smooth skin.  Primers  help to fill in small lines and wrinkles and make the skin ready to have makeup  applied.  Primers can help to even out  skin tone, minimize redness and help to conceal under eye bags and puffiness.
  4. Apply foundation evenly.  Choose a good foundation product, again, one  that is appropriate for your skin type.   Apply evenly, using a sponge rather than your fingers.  Try mineral based products for best results.
  5. Use  powder.  After applying foundation,  use a translucent powder to “set” the foundation and help prevent it from  breaking down due to skin oils.  Apply  the powder to your eyelids as well, to control the oils that will be created in  the eyelid area which will prevent creasing of the eye makeup as the day wears  on.
  6. Avoid  touching your face.  Resist the urge  to rub your eyes or touch your face during the day.  Not only are you likely to smear or smudge  your makeup, but the oils and dirt from your hands will cause the makeup to not  last as long.
  7. Touch up  as needed.  A quick lunchtime touch  up with a powder compact and disposable blotting papers can help to absorb the  oils that your skin has created in the T-Zone (forehead, nose and chin), and  give you a fresh clean look that will last for the rest of the day.  Lightly apply another layer of translucent  powder by dabbing, not rubbing.  Also,  take a quick moment to reapply your lipstick, and you are ready to go!

You won’t have to worry about having that “end of the day”  look if you take the time to apply your makeup properly in the morning and just  take a few moments for a quick touch up in the middle of the day!  Help your makeup last by doing it right the  first time!

 

Warning: Considerations Before using Makeup on Acne-Prone Skin

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But for those of us who haven’t found the best acne treatment, makeup may seem like the only cure. Unfortunately, makeup can cause acne and may make blackheads, whiteheads, pimples and inflammation worse. Like other non-cleansing products applied to the skin, makeup can clog skin pores.

As you frantically search to find the best acne treatment product, you may come down with a bad case of the catch-22. You’re so embarrassed of your acne that you refuse to go anywhere without wearing makeup, but you’re also worried that wearing makeup today may make you break out even more tomorrow. So can makeup really make your acne worse? And, if so, what is the best acne treatment approach to covering up your acne?

DOES MAKEUP WORSEN ACNE?

Many makeup artists will tell you that makeup should be used to enhance your best traits, not hide your perceived flaws. That’s easy to say when you have a clear, radiant facial canvas. But for those of us who haven’t found the best acne treatment, makeup may seem like the only cure.

Unfortunately, makeup can cause acne and may make blackheads, whiteheads, pimples and inflammation worse. Like other non-cleansing products applied to the skin, makeup can clog skin pores. Oil prone areas such as the forehead, nose or chin are particularly susceptible, especially when excess concealers or powders are used to cover them.

CAN I STILL WEAR MAKEUP IF I HAVE ACNE?

The simple answer? It depends on the effect that makeup has on your skin and acne. If the effects of makeup are not extensive and you’re unwilling to give up on facial products, at least be picky about what you purchase. The best acne treatment approach is to select makeup labeled “noncomedogenic.” Noncomedogenic products are less likely to clog the pores, which can reduce oil and bacteria buildup that leads to acne, inflammation, and scars.

You should also be on the lookout for ingredients that may make your acne worse. Products that contain fragrances may irritate your skin or cause an allergic reaction. It is best to search for makeup marked “hypoallergenic” and “fragrance free.” If you’re uncertain about the effects that individual ingredients may have on your skin type, you can also consult your dermatologist for additional suggestions about using makeup that won’t interfere with your acne treatment.

WHAT ARE THE BEST ACNE TREATMENT PRODUCTS?

The best way to cover up pimples is to find the best acne treatment and prevention products for your skin. If you notice a clear connection between makeup and skin acne, you may have to avoid makeup products and opt for individual acne treatments or acne treatment kits instead. The best acne treatment solutions clear your skin by using benzoyl peroxide to kill bacteria living deep inside the pores and salicylic acid to unclog and exfoliate the follicle walls. Because some acne treatment products dry out the skin as they clear pimples and prevent scars, these acne treatment kits will often include a gentle moisturizer to soothe and hydrate skin cells. Such acne treatment solutions may contain aloe and chamomile extracts. Look for these ingredients as you search for the best acne treatment therapy, but also pay attention to the products that work best for your skin.

Cosmetic induced acne The answer is yes. 45% of women in a recent Brazilian study had dermatoses (skin disease) associated with the cosmetics they were using. 14% had active acne lesions due to cosmetics.1 Cosmetic induced acne is so widespread that it has its own name, acne cosmetica. People typically experience cosmetic induced acne on the chin and cheeks more than than on the forehead.3 It presents as small, whitish bumps, sometimes referred to as “grains”, which are more noticeable when the skin is stretched. It can also show up as red, garden variety pimples. Cosmetic induced acne tends to be stubborn, sometimes lasting for years as the person using makeup enters into a vicious cycle of covering the breakouts, which lead to further breakouts. Cosmetic induced acne can take months to form which can lead to confusion as a breakout seems to come out of nowhere, when in fact, cosmetics slowly caused the acne to form over time.4Applying makeup too roughly can lead to irritation which can also aggravate acne.

 

So what do I do about it?

Go bare when you can. When applying makeup, use it as sparingly as you can. Choose sheer, water-based, non-comedogenic (won’t clog pores) products. And finally, apply these products using a featherlight touch and only for a few seconds to minimize irritation.

There is no concensus on any “safe” makeup products. Almay® brand may be a safer choice since the company has a track record of dedication to fragrance-free, non-comedogenic (non pore-clogging) formulas. Regardless of brand, try to choose sheer or light coverage varieties which specifically claim to be non-comedogenic and are fragrance-free. Large, drugstore brands which are made for a younger, more acne-prone audience tend to be a safer choice than department store varieties, and less expensive to boot. “Acne fighting” makeup, while not necessarily a poor choice, is largely a marketing idea and does not provide for real acne fighting. “Acne fighting” makeups tend to have .5% salicylic acid as an active ingredient. Even 2% salicylic acid (the legal limit over-the-counter) does little for acne. Mineral makeup is fine as long as it does not cause itchiness, which is a sign of irritation and can lead to scratching (further irritation).

Recommended steps Avoid
Primer: Gently tap on a primer with your bare hands and a featherlight touch. “Massaging“ the primer in. This can cause unnecessary irritation.

Fragrance.

Foundation: Apply a sheer or light coverage foundation with your bare hands using a featherlight touch. If applying a powder or mineral foundation gently brush it on your skin for only a few seconds. Full or heavy coverage foundations, “all day” or long wearing foundations, thick cream type foundations.

Sponges or other applicators. These can be irritating.

Fragrance.

Pressed Powder: Apply pressed powder as gently and quickly as possible using a clean dry powder puff. Applying for longer than a few seconds.

Fragrance.

Concealer: If you still need to conceal some spots, apply a concealer with your bare hands using a featherlight touch. Heavy, greasy concealers.
Blush: Gently brush on powder blush for only a few seconds using a featherlight touch. Applying for longer than a few seconds.

Liquid blush – these can be greasy.

Fragrance.

Bronzer: Gently brush on bronzer quickly and gently. Many people implicate bizmuth oxychloride as an itch promoter and skin irritant. It may be best to avoid this ingredient.

Any bronzer which causes your skin to itch. Scratching at the skin is very irritating.

Tinted Moisturizer: Apply tinted moisturizer with your bare hands using a featherlight touch.

Note: You may add 5-6 drops of jojoba oil into the tinted moisturizer before applying.

Applying multiple moisturizers on top of one another. If you are using a tinted moisturizer, use only it as your only moisturizer.

Fragrance.

 

removing makeup

Recommended steps Avoid
Eye makeup: Dispense mineral oil (baby oil) or jojoba oil on a cotton pad or cotton ball. Use pad or ball to remove makeup. To avoid irritation, do not scrub other areas of the face with the cotton ball or pad.
Foundation, powder, concealer, and blush: Wash off using facial cleanser very gently for 10 seconds or less using your bare hands, just as you would if you were on The Regimen without makeup. See Step 1 above.

Note: If your makeup does not come off easily by washing this way, switch brands to a lighter, more sheer variety. If on occasion you need something stronger, try using moisturizer and your bare hands to gently remove makeup.

Towelettes, wipes, washcloths, scrubbers, and anything other than bare hands.

The table below lists ingredients which score a 3 or above on the 0-5 comedogenicity scale. If any of these are within the first seven ingredients on the ingredient list of a makeup product you are choosing, you may want to reconsider. If, however, any of these ingredients are far down on the list, this means the manufacturer may have included it in a very small amount and the product may still be safe to use.

  • 5Isopropyl isostearate
  • 5Isopropyl myristate
  • 5Myristyl myristate
  • 5Laureth-4
  • 5Oleth-3
  • 4Coconut butter
  • 4Acetylated lanolin
  • 4Acetylated lanolin alcohol
  • 4Lauric acid
  • 4Isopropyl palmitate
  • 4Isostearyl isostearate
  • 4Myristyl lactate
  • 4Stearyl heptanoate
  • 4Cetearyl alcohol + ceteareth 20
  • 4Cocoa butter
  • 3Mink oil
  • 3Soybean oil
  • 3Shark liver oil
  • 3D&C red #30
  • 3Stearic acid: TEA
  • 3Myristic acid
  • 3Buytl stearate
  • 3Decyl oleate
  • 3Isostearyl neopentanoate
  • 3Glyceryl stearate SE
  • 3Wheat germ glyceride
  • 3Laureth-23