For some of us, dark circles under our eyes is a beauty issue we would rather not have. As a matter of fact, when I speak with others about this issue, they often don’t know why dark circles appear under their eyes. I am sure you have heard that rubbing your eyes constantly is a cause of dark circles. I was eager to search the www to find out what was available for us to learn. It turns out that the Mayo Clinic had a very simple list of reasons why this occurs. Continue reading
It came to me recently that some of my Hairblues followers may have allergies to the ‘popular’ beauty products advertised to fix all sorts issues – as well as – the promise of keeping us ‘wrinkle free’ forever and guaranteeing that we can stay youthful looking long after the ages when one thinks of youth.
As a senior citizen, I’m here to tell you that eventually we change, if we are lucky enough to live a long and healthy life. Perhaps more important than all that, do you know what chemicals are in the products that you buy? And, how the companies decide which chemicals/products to use, or not to use, and why? Continue reading
To celebrate Black History Month I thought you would enjoy some of the various hairstyles and looks African American women have worn to showcase their beauty. I think you will find it quite interesting. Click the source link.
♥ How has Black beauty changed since 1910? Billie Holiday-esque bold lips and an updo decorated with flowers was the go-to look of the ’40s, while the ’70s called for big ‘fros and natural makeup. The ’90s gave us the realness of Janet Jackson’s Poetic Justice braids, but our favorite look may just be today’s, in which women embrace their textured tresses in all their glory.
Recently I had a bad case of chapped lips, and tried several remedies. What I learned is that chapped lips can be caused in various ways: ♥ Medications and supplements, dehydration, licking/biting your lips, and sun exposure.
How many of us can use a little help when it comes to knowing what skin type we have? As usual, when I search the www I find some useful tips. Check out what CoverGirl has to say. Discover the skin type that best describes your complexion and receive tips on achieving a flawless look once you ID your complexion type.
- NORMAL SKIN
Normal skin usually looks and feels smooth but can also react to changes in the environment: oilier in the summer and drier in the winter.
- DRY SKIN
Dry skin occurs naturally as you age as the oil glands decrease their output. Dryness may also reflect your skin’s sensitivity to skincare products, cleansers, and even your diet or your emotions.
- Choose double-duty foundations that moisturize while helping to smooth the appearance of skin’s surface, like Advanced Radiance or CG Smoothers.e
- Avoid alcohol-based products like harsh toners and astringents. • Moisturize, moisturize, moisturiz! If your skin is extra dry, try a tinted moisturizer as a base for your foundation. Source: Know Your Skin Type | COVERGIRL
Essential Oils are all the rage among people who are looking for ‘natural’ remedies to aid with all sorts of health and beauty needs. As some of you are already aware, I am an Aromatherapy – Enthusiast, which has led me to explore learning more about these oils, that come from flowers, plants, seeds and roots.
The National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy (NAHA), of which I am a recent member, suggest some safety guidelines before applying these oils to your skin. NAHA also states that Hydrosols are effective toners. Hydrosols are less concentrated forms of the essential oils. Continue reading
An activity tracker is a device or application for monitoring and tracking fitness-related metrics such as distance walked or run, calorie consumption, and in some cases heartbeat and quality of sleep. The term is now primarily used for dedicated electronic monitoring devices that are synced, in many cases wirelessly, to a computer or smartphone for long-term data tracking, an example of wearable technology. There are also independent smartphone apps and Facebook apps. Source: Activity tracker – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedi
Some of the recently popular activity trackers are: Fitbit, AppleWatch, Garmin just to name a few. Are you relying on your activity tracker to also help you lose weight? Continue reading
Hairblues, as many of you have noticed, expanded the topics covered on this blog to more than just hair stuff. As I explore the www for beauty and health-wise topics, it becomes more of a challenge to get that information to you in a timely fashion. After all, many of us find that we are swamped with email. Therefore, I have purposely kept my posts to once or twice a month to avoid being the clutter in your e-box. The end of September seems like a good time to bring you some topics I think are timely as we head into the fall and soon to be winter months in New York. I am hopeful you will also find these topics and links useful.
♦ SPF creams are good for our skincare. Dermatologists recommend using sunscreen every day when you are outside, not just during the summer.
♥ Your Winter Face –Lips – ‘Studies show that .6 percent of all cancers in the US are on the lips, and men are especially at risk. The lower lip, which receives greater sun exposure, is especially vulnerable to squamous cell carcinoma (SCC), the second most common skin cancer. Protect your lips from sun damage as well as chapping and peeling with a lip balm, stick or gloss sunscreen.‘ http://www.skincancer.org/news/holidays-seasons/your-winter-face
One unexpected secret to keep your hair looking good in the winter is to invest in a humidifier. I know you’re thinking that humidity equals frizzy hair, but when you have the heat on, the air in your apartment becomes very dry and I find the humidifier helps stop your hair and skin from feeling dry. The main problem with the humidifier is that they’re not very nice-looking. I recently found a great one by Middle that looks chic and works great. Style-secrets Winter Hair Tips Winter Haircare
Different seasons require different care techniques to maintain healthy hair. While you might wear your tresses out much more often in the summer and rely on carefree styles when it’s warm outside, your mane routine will change during winter if you want to maintain healthy locks. Here are some winter hair care tips that will keep your tresses in great shape so that when spring rolls around, your tresses will be ready to face warm weather in good health. via: http://blackhair.about.com/od/basiccare/tp/winterhaircaretips.htm
If you are one of the women or men suffering from hair loss, you are probably ambivalent about whether there will ever be a cure, which does not require years of needles, medications, and whatever else you have heard about in the beauty market. Some of us have actually experienced ‘snake-oil’ remedies, only to suffer the consequences of losing more hair and never to recover those locks again.
‘Two thirds of men suffer with hair loss by the age of 35, and 40% of hair loss sufferers are women’ – Source: American Hair Loss Association – Men’s Hair Loss / Mission. And to make matters worse, a recent article reported that thousands of women ‘lose hair because of using a well-publicized product’, which was endorsed by a particular celebrity. With all these unsuccessful instances, actually there is a conversation going on about whether the FDA can help not only with hair products, but beauty products in general. So, what are people with hair loss concerns to do? Alopecia is a real, ongoing, epidemic-level condition. “What is to be done?”
My answer for now is to remain positive, hopeful and continually reaching. I continue to explore prudently. In conversation with a hair specialist I learned that she had a client who saw an increase in hair growth by changing her diet. She was actually able to reduce the amount of false hair used/added that would be used cosmetically to enhance her look!
That’s good news! We can explore with our diet: what a win-win remedy! Even if we don’t see a substantial increase in hair growth, we will be feeding our bodies with good nutrition, and reaping the benefits of better health. “Hair LaVie” is a vitamin company, which makes a series of products. Consumers have testified about results, which come from the use of their products. You can peruse their website at your convenience, if you want to learn more.
I was encouraged by a recent post on the “Hair La Vie” blog, which stated: ‘If you’re looking for a healthy and nutritious way to try and grow your hair, these nutrient-packed smoothies & juices are for you. Not only can these juices boost hair’s growth, but they can also provide you with shiny, smooth, and more manageable hair.’ Source: Hair La Vie
Smoothies were made with: Cucumbers, carrots, tomatoes, apples, ginger juice, celery, lemons, berries, spinach, chia seeds, vanilla almond milk, banana, avocado, mango, walnut, flax seed, chard leaves, strawberries, Greek or regular yogurt.
Now that you have your shopping list, what are you waiting for? Let’s experiment with some ‘natural’ remedies, and treat ourselves at the same time. Click Hair La Vie for recipes.
Many of us know that we should use some type of protection from the sun on our skin. But how many of us know what makes an SPF product right for our needs and to get the best results. I searched the www to find what the experts say. Make sure to click the source links for more details.
Here are some facts
- The term SPF, or sun protection factor, is a measurement of UVB protection.
- UVB rays are the burning rays, while UVA rays are the aging rays, leading to wrinkles and dark spots on the skin.
- By choosing a higher SPF, you may avoid a sunburn, but UVA rays may still be getting through.
- …choosing a sunscreen that offers “broad spectrum” protection is essential to protect against both UVB and UVA rays.
- Look for the following on your product’s label: zinc oxide, titanium dioxide, avobenzone, ecamsule or oxybenzone. Source: PCA SKIN
Here are some products I think are worth checking out.
- With the strength of acai superberry, this lip balm with SPF 30+ hydrates, repairs, protects, and soothes. … Its sheer pink tint makes lip color unnecessary. Source: Fusion Lip Balm with SPF 30+ – Supergoop!
- This lightweight, matte finish mist protects the sensitive skin of your face, keeping makeup looking ‘just applied’ and fresh. … It offers simple spray application so you can refresh while on the go. Source: Makeup Setting Spray SPF30 – COOLA | Sephora
- Super City Block™ BB Cushion Compact Broad Spectrum SPF 50 Benefits: SPF Skin Types: All – Source: Super City Block™ BB Cushion Compact Broad Spectrum SPF 50 | Clinique
- New sunscreen rules from the FDA have made it easier to choose a sunscreen. The new rules require testing for broad-spectrum sunscreens, new labels that make it easier to see all sunscreen ingredients, and restrictions on terms like waterproof and sweatproof. Source: Best Sunscreen for Kids and Infants
Have fun & be careful out there 🙂