How To Get Rid Of Puffy Eyes

Puffy eyes are caused by temporary fluid retention, but this can be easily fixed. While often referred to as the same problem, baggy eyes are a different problem than puffy eyes and require different treatments. Puffy eyes can be caused by allergies, crying, stress or a lack of sleep. A diet that is high in salt or alcohol is also a cause of puffy eyes. By recognizing the causes of puffy eyes, you will not only be able to get rid of them, but prevent the problem as well.

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Boil water in a teakettle.

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Place two chamomile tea bags in a mug and pour the hot water over the tea mugs.

Let the tea bags sit in the water for two minutes so the tea leaves are fully soaked.

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Remove the tea bags from the water and let cool.

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Place a tea bag on each eye. The chamomile is soothing and will decrease the puffiness in your eyes.

Prevention
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Drink at least eight glasses of water a day. While water retention is a cause of puffy eyes, too little water allows sodium to also cause puffy eyes. Balance is important.

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Limit sodium and alcohol intake. Try using spices and herbs to flavor food instead of salt.

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Try to get eight hours of sleep a night. Getting too little sleep can be a factor in puffy eyes.

Puffy eyes occur when excess fluid builds up in the soft tissue around the eyes. This fluid retention is referred to as edema. Puffy eyes can cause us to look tired and run-down, even if we aren’t. Many times, we wake up with puffy eyes.

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Causes
The causes of puffy eyes are many, and some are quite serious, but the most common reasons include:

• Allergies
• Bacterial Infection
• Salty Diet
• Stye
• Alcohol
• Sinusitis
• Lack of sleep
• Conjunctivitis
• Blepharitis (inflammation of the eyelid)
• Crying
• Makeup
• High sodium intake

The following are serious causes of puffy eyes:

Anaphylaxis – a life-threatening allergic reaction
Orbital cellulitis (infection of soft tissue around the eye)

Remedies For Puffy Eyes
If you are experiencing puffy eyes, try the following remedies

Cut back on salt, as salt causes the body to retain water
Place cold cucumber slices over closed eyes for 10 to 15 minutes
Antihistamines can be helpful for puffy eyes caused by allergies.
Drink plenty of water. When you are dehydrated, your body will store more water and make eye puffiness worse.
Try using an eye cream that contains Vitamin E.
Cut back on alcohol consumption.
A small amount of Preparation H, rubbed underneath the eyes can reduce swelling. Avoid getting this product in your eyes.
Place cool wet teabags over the eyes. The caffeine helps to reduce swelling and puffiness and make eyes appear brighter and more alert.
Try using Robanda Triple Action Eye Gel, a product designed to reduce puffiness and dark circles and bring back elasticity to tired eyes. (Causes for Puffy Eyes: Make the Changes Now to Stop it, 2006)
Soak cotton balls in ice water and apply to eyes.
Put teaspoons in the refrigerator to chill; lay them over your closed eyelids. Chill extra spoons to replace the others when they become warm.
Chilled potato slices placed over closed eyes will help reduce inflammation.
Try using an air purifier if you suspect your eye puffiness is caused by allergies.
Avoid rubbing puffy eyes, as this makes the puffiness worse.
Splash the face with cold water.
Rest your eyes frequently when reading or working on the computer.
If your eye makeup is irritating the eyes and making them puffy, try switching brands to see if the problem resolves. Remember to throw away an eye makeup that’s old.
Get plenty of sleep.
Try propping your head up when you sleep to keep fluid from accumulating underneath the eyes.
Keep your eye cream in the refrigerator. Applying anything cold helps to reduce puffiness.

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Conclusion
If your eye puffiness is accompanied by more serious symptoms, such as pain, bleeding or blurred vision, is due to an allergic reaction, or if you suspect you may have conjunctivitis or a bacterial infection, consult your physician for advice. Otherwise, you can get rid of puffy eyes with a few of these simple home treatments.

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I LOVE JUICY COUTURE FRAGRANCE

Juicy Couture is one of my favorite fragrance brands, and I own almost all of their fragrances; they’re like Pokémon – you have to catch them all. There’s just something about the Juicy Couture fragrance bottles which makes them so addictive.. they look so pretty within my fragrance collection with their extravagant bottle designs. Whenever Juicy Couture release a new fragrance, I’m always excited to try them and I was especially excited to try the new Juicy Couture I Love Juicy Couture Eau de Parfum 100ml as I love the original Juicy Couture I am Juicy Couture. The new Juicy Couture I Love Juicy Couture comes in 30ml £37, 50ml £50 and 100ml £69 size bottles with the following statement; I don’t love lightly. I don’t love half-heartedly. I don’t love passively. I don’t love timidly. I ♥ JUICY COUTURE.

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The Juicy Couture I Love Juicy Couture notes are as following;

The fragrance opens with an irresistible combination of taffy apple, lively red currant and sparkling mandarin. The heart is bright with beautiful jasmine petals and pink honeysuckle. It finishes with smooth, addictive notes of patchouli and captive musks.”

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The Juicy Couture I Love Juicy Couture’s bottle isn’t going to be to everyone’s tastes but I absolutely love it, and I love that it’s a vamped up version of the original I Love Juicy Couture fragrance, with a faceted clear glass bottle which features a black and pink leopard print design to match the pink heart of the fragrance name, and the lid has the same silver crystals as the original. I know leopard print is controversial, but I’m not even afraid to admit I’m a leopard print fan, obviously it can be very gordy but I think the leopard print bottle suits the fragrance and the Juicy Couture brand perfectly.

I have the original I Love Juicy Couture and I think the new Juicy Couture I Love Juicy Couture fragrance is definitely different enough to warrant purchasing the new release; I hate it when fragrance brands release reincarnations of a fragrance which are only marginally different as it’s seems pointless to buy them both. Even though I really like the original, I have to say I much prefer the newer version and I think it’s a lot more unique in comparison.

Once first spritzed, the strongest note is definitely the sweetness of the taffy apple but within a couple of minutes the initial fruitiness does soften slightly to develop into a fruity floral and I think this might be my favorite Juicy Couture scent so far which is a pretty bold statement seeing as I own eight different Juicy Couture fragrances. I find all of the Juicy Couture fragrances to be quite sweet which I think is why I love them as I always favour sweeter scents, but I think I Love Juicy Couture isn’t overwhelmingly sweet like some of the others. It’s definitely still a sweet fragrance, but I feel that it’s a sweet floral rather than just being fruity sweet.

I am also very impressed with the longevity of the new I Love Juicy Couture as it lasts for around six hours on my skin which is the longest a JC fragrance has lasted on me and it’s currently summer and I always find that fragrances dissipate quicker than they do during the cooler months. I really do recommend giving Juicy Couture I Love Juicy Couture a spritz next time you’re near a fragrance counter even if you’re not normally a fan of their fragrances, as I think it’s a really gorgeous fragrance and one that’d be difficult not to love if you favour sweet or floral notes.

I’d love to know what your favorite Juicy Couture fragrance is?

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.


Trick

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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 Make Dark Skin Glow

If a fresh, dewy complexion is important to you, makeup that makes dark skin glow can give your skin the iridescent quality you’re after.

Prep First

Before you apply makeup that makes dark skin glow, you need to prep first. Good skin is the best foundation. You should practice a regular skincare routine that works with your particular skin type. You should also follow a healthy eating plan and drink plenty of water. Great complexions begin on the inside. The more you take care of what goes into your body, the less makeup you’ll have to apply to achieve a glowing look.

After your skin is cleansed, apply a moisturizer–yes, even if you have oily skin. Moisturizer helps your makeup go on evenly.

Makeup that Makes Dark Skin Glow: Colors

Your skin tone may range from olive to chocolate and be considered “dark.” There are makeup colors that will flatter any complexion; the trick is choosing which ones are made just for you.

You’ll likely find a full range of cosmetic colors in nearly every major brand, from mainstream names that cater to all ethnic groups to lines geared toward women of color. The following colors are great for African American skin tones as well as Indian or Hispanic complexions that are tan or darker.

Bronze or Gold

Bronze is an equal opportunity glowing color. It works for eye shadow, blush and allover bronzers. Bronze is a strong color and should be applied to one area. If you wear it as an eye color, sweep it across your eyelids and almost up to your brows, adding a touch of lighter shadow beneath your eyebrow’s arch as a highlighter. If you wear bronze as a cheek color, use a fluffy blush brush to place it on the apples of your cheeks. The darker your skin, the more bronze will contrast with your complexion, making it perfect for nighttime looks.

Pink

Some women with darker skin feel that pink isn’t an option in makeup colors for them, but this is outdated advice. Just make sure you choose the pink that flatters your skin tone best. Women with warm undertones should choose pinks that have flecks of orange or gold in them, or pinks that are yellow-based. Women with cool complexions will look best in pink that contains undertones of blue or purple.

The good thing is that pink is a versatile color. It ranges from pale to deep, so there is a pink out there for everyone. Tan skins look good in rosy pinks, while deep, dark complexions can wear colors such as fuchsia that might overwhelm lighter skin.

Peach

Peach is a pretty, subtle color that brings tan skin to life. It works on eyes, cheeks and lips. You can wear it all over for a natural look. Top a pretty peach lipstick with clear gloss for a shiny, inviting lip look.

Choosing Glowing Makeup

When choosing makeup to give your skin a healthy glow, mineral makeup often has the soft, iridescent qualities you’re looking for. You can choose mineral foundations, blush or loose powders.

Shop for makeup that bills itself as iridescent. For some cosmetic brands, the word to look for might be “pearlescent.” For others, it could be “shimmer” or “sparkle.” Just skip the matte makeup, which is designed to look flat, if you’re after a glowing look.

Tips for Wearing

Makeup that makes your skin glow can be subtle or dramatic.

  • For daytime, choose one feature to highlight, but make sure it’s suitable for work. Anything too glossy or shiny should be saved for nighttime.
  • At night, you can choose those deep colors and heavier applications that are too much for day.
  • If nothing else, dip a fluffy makeup brush into a loose mineral powder and apply it all over your face. This gives your skin a beautiful glow all by itself.

Everyday Beauty Questions

What is the best makeup for oily skin?

Oily skin is tough to deal with especially in the summer.  My fix:  oil free primer and Make Up For Ever HD foundation powder.I know Mary Kay has a good mattifier, and I like Bare Escentuals foundation as it soaks up all the extra oil.  Keep blotting sheets with you for touch ups throughout the day.

Should you match your eyeshadow color to your clothes?

NO!  If you’re wearing a green shirt, don’t wear green eyeshadow- it’s too matchy matchy.  Instead, choose something that is opposite on the color wheel.  My biggest tip:  the brighter the clothes, the more neutral color the makeup- this doesn’t mean you need to do a simple look… You can wear a dramatic look if you have a bright pink top on, but go with a black smokey eye or a brown smudged look instead of something with color.  If you are wearing black, brown, or another neutral, then go with a brighter color for the eyes or lips for that “pop”.

 

How do I cover up acne?

Use concealer that is 1-2 shades darker than your skin.  If you use a light concealer, it’s only going to enhance the acne instead of actually hiding it.  The trick is to blend around the edges or apply foundation over the concealer to smooth out the color difference.  If you have redness from the acne, use a green concealer as it counteracts redness- you do need to apply foundation on top though so you don’t look like Kermit….

My favorite concealers:   Coastal Scents Camo Quad,  Make Up For Ever cream concealer, and Bobbi Brown Concealer (for under the eyes)

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How do you do your eyebrows?

I used to take a stiff angled brow brush and matte eyeshadow around the same color as my brows and fill in.  For the blank spots, I’ll take a dry feeling brow or eyeliner pencil and do small strokes to fill in.  But, recently I’ve fallen in love with Tarte’s Brow Mousse- it’s so easy to use and so natural looking, plus it lasts all day!

I do recommend for shaping the brows that you go 4 times a year to have them professionally shaped- Makeup artist, estheticians and hair stylists do brows on a regular basis and can analyze and create a shape that suits you as each person’s face and brows are different.  Then you can just tweeze or wax in between shapings…

How can I avoid looking pale in pictures?

If you know you’re having pictures done, wear extra makeup- especially for blush, lips, and lashes as the flash will wash you out.  If you feel you have just a little too much makeup on, then it’s probably just right for pictures.

Treating Eye Problems

Reduce any puffiness in your eyes. Swelling in the skin on and around your eyes can make them look smaller. Try these steps to reduce puffiness:

  • Get plenty of sleep.
  • Wash your face with cool water.
  • Place cold, used teabags over your eyes. The tannins in the tea act as an astringent, tightening the skin.
  • Reduce your salt intake. Too much salt leads to water retention, which leads to eye puffiness.
  • Exercise to increase circulation, which in turn reduces water retention.

Get rid of dark circle under your eyes. This won’t necessarily make your eyes look bigger, but dark circles will detract from even the biggest, most beautiful eyes.

  • Stay healthy. This means getting plenty of sleep, eating a balanced, healthy diet and minimizing the intake of salt in your diet.

Try applying cold spoons. Before you go to bed, place two spoons in the freezer overnight. Wake up, rub the sleep out of your eyes, and place the two spoons over each of your eyes for about 1 minute. This method helps your eyes to appear bigger and brighter throughout the day. ( Plus, it helps to reduce the appearance of under-eye circles.)

Finished.

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Blackheads are just pimples that don’t have skin over them. That’s all they are. Because there’s no skin, and they’re exposed to the air, the top layer of gunk in your pores oxidizes and turns that darkish black color.
All you have to do is clean out your pores, and the blackheads are gone. There’s no need to squish and squeeze.
If you’re prone to blackheads, I have some good and bad news for you. The bad news is, large pores and oily skin are going to be a fact of life for you. The likelihood that you’ll be able to totally reverse either of those things is nil.
The good news is, people with oily skin and large pores don’t wrinkle as quickly (because our skin is VERY good at replenishing the oils). So when you’re 60, this will be a blessing.

1. Make Exfoliation and Microdermabrasion a Part of Your Weekly Ritual

There are so many things you can use to exfoliate and remove blackheads with. All of them are in your cabinets right now.
Especially for oily skin and getting rid of blackheads. Nutmeg helps get rid of the oil, offers the scrubby power, and leaves behind really smooth skin. The lactic acid in milk helps break down old skin cells so they disappear when you rinse your face. If you really want to take it up a notch, use buttermilk instead of regular milk (it contains even more lactic acid).
You could also use: Baking soda and water, lemon juice and sugar, or salt and sour cream.
How you do it: Simply combine your “scrubby” ingredient with your liquid/wet ingredient until you have a thin paste. Starting with a clean face, rinse it once with water, and then begin to apply your exfoliator in light, circular motions.
Concentrate on the blackheads, but remember to use a very light touch. Too rough, and you could damage your skin.
Do this for 3-5 minutes. Rinse well. Enjoy your clean face.

2. Do a Honey Pat-Down

This is only slightly different than the honey face wash, in that you don’t want to wet your face before you start – in any way, shape, or form. (Although you do want to have a clean face before beginning.)
Your honey should be very, very sticky if you want this to be as effective as possible.
Simply pour a small amount of honey on your fingers and start rapidly patting the areas on your face where you want to remove blackheads. The honey will stick to the stuff in your pores, and pull it out as you remove your fingers. It will also offer gentle antibacterial and antioxidant support, so any small remnants that may be left in your pores won’t oxidize (and turn black) quite as quickly.
Continue doing this for 3 or so minutes, and then just rinse your face with water.

3. Use Egg Whites to Pull Out the Gunk

Frankly, this is one of my least favorite ways to get rid of blackheads (I don’t particularly like the way eggs on my face smell, and it hasn’t been as effective as the other ways for me).
However, hundreds of other people swear by this method, thus I include it for your consideration. It’s a prime example of how one crunchy remedy may work for one person, and not at all for another. You never, ever, ever know until you try.
How to pull out the blackheads with an egg white mask: Starting with a clean face, spread egg whites all over using your fingers or a paintbrush. Start first with one thin layer and let it dry briefly. Then spread a second layer over the top and let the whole thing dry completely.
You may want to focus on the blackhead areas a third time, even.
Allow this mask to dry for 15 minutes. Your face will feel tight and pull a bit. This is good. Then, with a warm, wet washcloth, scrub the egg whites off your face very gently.
If nothing else, your face WILL be super smooth and soft. (And probably a little more porcelain (edit: or uniform regardless of skin tone) in color for a while, too, which is a fun bonus.)

4. Use a Cosmetic Clay Mask to Soak Up the Oils

If egg whites were my least favorite, clays are my absolute #1 favorite way to get rid of blackheads.
You do not have to have a special $50 jar of facial mask clay for this. You do not have to put essential oil into your mask (if you don’t want to, but you can).
All you need is cosmetic clay and water (or apple cider vinegar, which is how I like to do it).
Where do you get cosmetic clay? Mountain Rose Herbs carries a variety of it at very reasonable prices (bentonite, french green, rhassoul, and fuller’s earth). But if you have a local herb shop, the chances are, they’ll have some there, too.
How to make a blackhead-busting mask with clay: Again, you can add goodies like rosewater or a drop or two of essential oils to your clay, but this is not necessary for removing blackheads.
So the basics are: Combine 1 Tbsp clay with 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar (or pure water) and stir until you have a paste without lumps in it. Spread over your whole clean face, or just the areas where you have blackheads. Allow this to dry for 15-20 minutes.
Take a warm, wet washcloth and press it to the mask for a few seconds, and then slowly and gently wipe off.

5. If All Else Fails, Take a Clean Toothbrush to the Area

Do not use this method unless all else fails.
This is absolutely the most extreme measure you should go to in clearing your blackheads (with squishing and squeezing being THE most extreme measure there is).
Use a dedicated toothbrush only for blackhead cleaning. Do NOT use your mouth toothbrush (ew) ever. In between scrubbing blackheads, dunk your toothbrush in a glass of hydrogen peroxide to keep it clean.
How to do this: Using a soft bristled brush (NOTHING FIRMER), pour a small amount of lemon juice on the toothbrush, along with a drop or two of oily-skin friendly oil like jojoba, tamanu, or neem.
VERY gently scrub your blackhead areas with the head of your toothbrush. You can rinse with water and reapply with lemon and oil if you feel like you need to. Just do this gently. In circular motions. And don’t go crazy.
Also, don’t do this more than once a week. Don’t do it around your eyes. And do NOT do this on any open sores, scratches, or cuts. Ever. Promise?
If you avoid anywhere delicate, it should be just fine. I just wanted to be overly dramatic, so you understand that you shouldn’t brush your whole face with lemon juice and a toothbrush.

An Ounce of Prevention…

… pound of cure and all that.
Here are a few ways you can prevent blackheads before they happen. Maybe not always and forever, but most of the time.
(I have noticed approximately 3 blackheads on my nose in the last three months, down from seeing them almost every day two years ago, if that makes you feel better.)
Ways to prevent blackheads:
  • Don’t wash your face with harsh cleansers. This makes your skin overreact and produce more oil, which means your blackheads will be back much faster.
  • DO wash your face twice a day with natural sources. (Say, the no-nonsense daily scrub in the morning and the honey wash with baking soda in the evening.)
  • Wear makeup as little as possible.
  • Wash your pillowcase on a weekly basis (to clean off any dead skin cells and oils your face leaves behind on it).
  • Use an astringent like witch hazel or apple cider vinegar after you wash your face and before you moisturize (this will help get rid of any residual gunkiness and tighten the pores a bit).
  • Once every two weeks, use a facial steam to help open your pores and let them unclog.
  • Consider using the oil cleansing method to wash your face (pop over and read this thread in the Crunchy Community to see why).
  • Make a homemade peel-off mask with gelatin and tomato juice.
  • Blot your face with tissue paper throughout the day to soak up oil before it can accumulate.

Are sew-in weaves bad for your hair?

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No, not ALL sew in weaves are bad; the main thing you have to remember when wearing a weave is to TAKE CARE OF YOUR OWN HAIR!!! Sew in weaves won’t give you freedom from your own hair, but if anything it kind of gives you more reasons to pay attention to your hair. Sew in, just like any other weave, has its ups and downs. They can protect your hair but if not “installed” correctly it can damage or break your hair. If you’re trying to grow your hair out it’s recommended that you install a “full head” of weave (which means none of the clients hair is left out.). Even though this may make it harder to shampoo the crown of the head, it keeps the hair growing at the same rate and it can be used as a protective style. Extracurricular activities such as working out etc may not affect this style as much. When doing a “partial sew in” the crown of the clients hair is left out, then flat ironed or “hot combed” to blend in with the weave and then used to cover the tracks, this gives the client a more natural look. But, this can cause breakage on the client’s hair because you would have to flat iron your hair to keep it blended. And the big thing that comes along with breakage…no growth. So, while the braided hair is growing, the hair at the crown is broken and not growing because of heat damage.

Now for a little Sew in tips; Some FAQs about getting sew ins.

  • 1. How long do they last? It’s recommended that you get a new sew in about every 8 weeks and allow your hair to breathe for a few days. Once you feel the braids getting loose, and starting to hang because of the new growth, get a new install!
  • 2. How do you maintain the hair under the sew in? It’s your hair do it just like you would do your hair if it wasn’t under the weave. You should still wash and condition your hair about every two weeks and dry under a hooded or bonnet dryer. Important note: Make sure your hair is dry before getting from under the dryer; don’t feel the weave to determine if your hair is dry. It’s important that your hair is dry first; it may take longer for your hair to dry because it’s braided and under the weave. If your hair isn’t completely dry then it can cause mildew in your hair because the weave is covering your hair and its not getting any air. Also, remember to dry your hair using the medium setting.
  • 3. What kind of hair should I buy? Honestly, if you’re going to go buy the 12.99 pack of yaki hair that you used back in the day for a ponytail, that’s EXACTLY what you’re going to get. Some 13 dollar quality hair, don’t be surprised if it sheds a lot and tangles. Try buying a more expensive type of hair such as Remy hair. This hair is more expensive but it doesn’t shed as much, hardly won’t tangle and its reusable (if you want to reuse it).
  • 4. How tight should your hair be braided? If it hurts, it’s too tight. Just like with regular braids, braiding too tight causes a strain on your hair. If you feel your stylist braiding your hair too tight, SAY SOMETHING! It’s your hair. (Do the “eyebrow check”, if you raise your eyebrows and you feel the braids pulling at your scalp. You need to call your stylist back. The oil sheen really won’t help this time lol)
  • 5. What kind of products can I use on my weave? You don’t want anything too heavy that will weigh your hair down, you can use the same products you use on your regular hair just don’t get happy and start to get heavy handed. A little goes a long way. Since it’s a weave it won’t respond to products the way your normal hair will, so you won’t have to use a lot.

Tips for getting a sew in include: Knowing your stylist: Especially if you don’t know the stylist who’s about to do your hair, know what you want before you get there. Know the exact cut, how much hair you want in your head, and how tight you want it. (Some stylist may sew the hair in too tight and it can break the hair off, and we’re trying to grow our hair out, we don’t want to damage it.) Don’t let the stylist take advantage of your hair especially if you’re new to getting sew ins, they will tell you anything!!! Some stylist will do anything to make you look good, just so they can get your money. (Trust me I know from experience). Don’t rely on your stylist for everything; learn how to do your own hair. That way you can save money and getting stronger in your journey to healthily hair growth.

So, I don’t think all sew ins are bad. But, you do have to take care of your OWN hair under the weave. Sometimes we get so caught up in the weave and how much we love it, and we begin to think that having a sew in is a free ticket to get out of doing our own hair. When we forget about our hair underneath it causes our hair to become a victim of “Hair Negligence” which results in a bad sew in, breakage, and possibly some hair loss.

How To Cover Tattoos

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Instructions
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Test different concealers or foundations on the tattoo to be covered. The makeup must match perfectly with skin tone. It might take a combination of several colors to get the right match.

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Prepare the skin by shaving off any hair covering the tattoo. Make up will stick to the hair possibly drawing more attention to the area than the tattoo would.

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Apply one thin coat of the matched concealer to the tattoo. The makeup should extend over the edges of the tattoo and blend with the skin so there is no defined line between the makeup and the skin. Blend with fingers, a foam wedge or a flat makeup brush. Allow the layer to dry completely.

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Repeat step three. Apply one very thin coat of concealer, blend and allow it to dry completely. Once it is dry, apply one more coat, blend and allow it to dry.

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Use the powder brush to reduce shininess by dusting a translucent powder over the tattoo. The powder should be slightly lighter than your natural skin tone. Not only will this tone down the shininess, it will help to set the make up underneath making for a longer lasting finish.

Stretch Marks And Tanning

Stretch marks can be irritating to look at, but luckily, they can be made somewhat less visible by using tanning treatments. Some people think regular tanning in the sun or spending time in tanning beds can also do the trick, but reducing the look of a stretch mark is actually best accomplished by over-the-counter creams or sprays in tanning salons.

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About Stretch Marks

Stretch marks can appear anywhere on the body when the middle layer of the skin, or dermis, is stretched to a point where its elasticity breaks down. When this happens, microscopic bleeding and tissue inflammation occurs, which results in the raised reddish and purple look of a new stretch mark. When the dermis is stretched out, the outer layer of the skin, the epidermis, is also stretched into translucence. After these marks heal, the scar tissue is what results in the permanent stretch mark. Over time, these scars may fade into a silvery white color that is lighter than the natural skin tone.

Tanning Creams

Some ways of achieving a tan without exposing the skin to the ultraviolet rays of the sun are by using tanning lotions and creams. These can include stainers, bronzers and tan accelerators. Creams and lotions are one of the most popular ways of achieving a tan without laying out in the sun since it has less health risks than direct exposure to ultraviolet light. They can also be applied anytime at the leisure of the user. It’s important to make sure that tanning lotions or sprays are applied evenly over the surface the skin to ensure an even tan.

Tanning Salon Sprays

Tanning salons that offer spray tans work the same way as tanning lotions and creams do. Although it is probably costlier than applying creams at home, a salon may be able to achieve a much more even-toned look over the entire body than a person is able to achieve at home.

Tanning in the Sun and Tanning Beds

A common misconception is that the whitish appearance of a stretch mark will go away if it is darkened by tanning in the sun or in tanning beds. This may actually worsen the appearance of stretch marks, however, because they don’t tan as well as the healthy skin surrounding it. Stretch marks don’t tan easily because they are scars, which are resistant to changes in color. Tanning in the sun also poses other hazards, such as damage to healthy skin and the risk of developing skin cancer.

Eliminating Stretch Marks

Stretch marks can’t be eliminated by tanning, but they may fade into less noticeable colors over time. To prevent stretch marks from becoming more obvious, it is important to use sun screen to prevent darkening the healthy skin around a stretch mark, which would make the scar look more obvious.