Tuesday, July 2, 2013

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Tops

Top 5 Skincare Tips--

Not too long ago, we gave you 5 beauty mistakes you shouldn't make.  Today, we're giving you more tips on how to keep your skin healthy.  Summer can be a critical time for skin, so we want to be sure you know what to do.

1.  Drink plenty of water.
This is a repeat, but it's just that important.  Water not only refreshes you in the heat, but clears toxins out on the inside.  Some don't find it tasty, but drink as much as you can to stay healthy.  You won't regret it.

2.  Embrace products you already have at home.
Many of us are self-proclaimed product junkies.  We see a product, hear the promises, and are sold.  This isn't too bad until your pocket suffers.  To avoid this and get the most out of your money, use things you likely already have:
-Baking soda for a mask to help curb oily skin and clear blemishes
-Lemon juice or a real lemon to clear dark spots and scar remains
-Apple cider vinegar to help clear blemishes
-Ice cubes to reduce the size of pores
-Honey for a mask to help clear blemishes and reduce shine
Using these in conjunction with the right cleanser for your skin will help keep it healthy in the summer...and your wallet, too.  

Here are 5 beauty products you can make at home, too!

3.  Care for your eyes.
They're not exactly skin, but they're surrounded by your skin and are critical to your face!  Carrots are great for supporting your vision and keeping healthy eyes.  Even if you wear glasses/contacts, carrots are good to keep in your diet.  Also, if you're pushing yourself pretty hard and are worried about dark circles, freeze tea bags, preferably green tea, then lay them on your eyes.  They'll reduce the circles and have your eyes bright again.  Sleep, of course, is important for this, too.  Get as much as you can.

4.  Stay moisturized.
Even if you have oily skin, you need moisture.  Find a moisturizer perfect for your skin type to be sure you can keep the balance.  Dry skin isn't good in any case.  It's also a good idea to find a moisturizer with other effects, like skin clearing or another benefit.  This gives you the most for your money and makes the most of your purchase.  If your scalp is dry...because that's skin, too--keep sweet potatoes in your diet.  They help with moisturizing and taste good!  You should also use coconut oil and eucalyptus oil, or tea tree oil on the scalp to help it keep from getting dry.  

5.  Exfoliate.
You have to remove the dead skin cells from your face, and exfoliating is a great way.  Clinique, in addition to these brands, offer great exfoliators or scrubs.  Exfoliating should be done about 2x a week to keep the skin fresh.  Be sure you use an exfoliator appropriate for your skin--something too harsh will scar, and something too soft will be useless.  Stores like Sephora are great at helping you choose and offer samples.  Ulta is a fave, too.  Check them out!

We hope these tips were helpful to you, and if you have any to add, please share!

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