Loving Anything Yoga !

canstockphoto7440572 (1) I love Yoga!  It has countless different specialties and varieties that you can choose from. That’s why I am eager to tell you about Gaiam TV and what they call Transformational Media. Continue reading Loving Anything Yoga !

How’s your total well-being?


canstockphoto12752829 You understand that total well-being includes more than makeup and a beautiful hairstyle.  HairBlues wants you to know about all the big and little things that help make you a healthy person.   Periodically we bring you news about more ways to stay healthy.  We hope these tips help you and keep you thinking about more approaches to Beauty.

Do you know the correct way to use your sunscreen?  How long does your sunscreen’s effectiveness last?  How much should you use?  The answers to these questions and others about sunscreen can be found by clicking the link . Continue reading How’s your total well-being?

Crowdsource Your Medical Care

HairBlues is always looking for newer and more innovative ways to aid you with finding methods to support your well-being.   We want you  beautiful on the inside, as well as on the outside.  That’s why when it came to our attention that there is medical care, which you can tap into as a way to get answers to your questions about health issues online, we wanted to tell you about it right away.  What a wonderful thing!  You can  hmedical2 logoave a support group, which knows what you are experiencing because they are trying to manage the same types of  issues.  And guess what?  Just by logging online with your computer, or mobile device,  you can become medical care savvy. Continue reading Crowdsource Your Medical Care

Are you ready to reveal those heels?

cracked feet

Heads up Ladies & Gents.  Are your heels ready for the warm weather, or, are your heels cracked, dry, and generally pretty embarrassing?

How many of us leave the salon with a beautiful pedicure, but within a few days our heels are dry, and cracked? Do you know what some of the causes are for cracked heels? According to a website I visited there are many reasons why you might be having this problem.  In some instances the cracked heels might have a medical reason. Continue reading Are you ready to reveal those heels?

Stress Less with Yoga

canstockphoto18331442We’ve talked about being an exercising beauty before. Do yourself a favor and take some time today to learn the benefits of Yoga.  Afterwards, treat yourself by viewing and using  the free videos available at DoYogaWithMe.com by clicking the link at the end of this post. Continue reading Stress Less with Yoga

Celebrating Black History of African American Beautiful Skin

canstockphoto9925263How do you imagine that African-American women ever thought that their skin was different from everyone else?  How many of us remember the concern for ‘ashy’ skin.   As young girls African-American girls learn to ‘lotion-up’ their skin .  How many of us remember ‘Jergens’,  and that wonderful smell in the morning before you put your clothes on?  Well it turns out that training we received from our parents, cousins, grandmothers,  has proved to give many of us beautiful skin late into our older years 🙂

The truth is African-American skin is no different from other skin-types, except that we have more melanin. And, having more melanin means that you will have darker skin.  Darker skinned ladies will havecanstockphoto4301241 better defenses against the sun, but they still have to protect their skin from the sun.  This is very important to remember.  We all burn in the sun.

Below are some tips I found for you to help you take care of your skin.  When you find the time, read the full article, and learn about the many care steps you can take to stay beautiful !

What You Must Know

  • Always use a gentle, water-soluble cleanser (avoid bar soaps; they are too drying, can clog pores and cause skin to look ashy and feel dry).
  • Always choose products that are right for your skin type (i.e. gels and serums for oily or combination skin; creams and lotions for dry skin).
  • Always use a well formulated sunscreen during the day (the most typical cause of uneven skin tone for women of color is sun damage).
  • Always use products loaded with state-of-the-art ingredients including antioxidants, skin-repairing ingredients, and cell-communicating ingredients.

via Skin Care for Women of Color: Basic Skin Care Tips: Skin Care Advice: Cosmetics Cop Expert Advice.

Winter Skin Tips for Everyone

  • Add humidity to your home. Portable humidifiers or those that work with your heating system put moisture in the air that will be absorbed by your skin and hair.
  • Use an oil-based moisturizer. Ointments or heavy creams seal water in the skin and preserve moisture better when the humidity is low.
  • Slather on sunscreen. Before heading outdoors, apply a moisturizing, broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 30 to any exposed areas. Sunscreen protects from the sun’s harmful UV rays.
  • Clean up the right way. Frequent bathing or hot showers or baths can strip your skin of natural oils. Avoid deodorant bars, antibacterial soaps, perfumed soaps, and skin care products containing alcohol. Instead, use warm water and a mild, fragrance-free soap or moisturizing body wash. Limit your showers or baths to no more than 10 minutes, pat dry, and moisturize while your skin is still damp.

via Fighting Dry Skin: Beat the Itch of Winter.

Black Beauties Celebrate Black History Month

canstockphoto4506025[1]For too many generations, beautiful black women worried whether their beauty was something to celebrate.  As a matter of fact, for too long their hair was thought by some to be  a source of embarrassment! canstockphoto15964695[1] Oh my goodness, get caught in the rain and get it wet!  What a disaster!  Flash forward . And how wonderful it is to see today’s young, old, beautiful black women of  many hues celebrate their hair, as well as their beautiful diversity. With that said, as we celebrate African-American beauty, we will bring you tips for taking ‘beautiful’ care of yourself, including your hair.

Click the picture below to see 12 Beauty Blogs for Natural Hair

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Yoga in 10: Basic Flow – Yoga in 10 | The Dr. Oz Show

last_pic for downward postWe’ve talked about being an exercising beauty before, and how yoga can be part of your routine.  I found a very nice website, which will help you explore yoga.  Click the link when you find an opportunity, and stay beautiful!  The demo will start after a brief Ad 🙂

Yoga in 10: Basic Flow

You don\’t have to practice like a guru to benefit from yoga. Ten minutes a day can improve your balance, breathing and flexibility. Start stretching your way to better health with this fun introduction to the fundamentals of yoga from Steve Ross.via Yoga in 10: Basic Flow – Yoga in 10 | The Dr. Oz Show.

Enjoy!

Remedies for Dry Skin Season

Happy New 2014 Year!  It’s January, which for many of us is dry skin season!  So what can we do?  I searched around for remedies that we can easily use.  As always, check on the link for details.

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  • Take short showers (no more than 10 minutes) and use warm water. “Hot water might feel good on a cold morning, but it strips skin of its natural oils, leaving it dehydrated and itchy,” says David Bank, MD, a dermatologist in Mount Kisco, NY.
  • Use creamy cleansers.
  • Opt for mild face and body washes—the milkier looking, the better. Steer clear of harsh detergents such as triclosan and ammonium lauryl sulfate; instead, check the label for gentle surfactants like sodium laureth sulfate and cocoamidopropyl betaine.
  • Slather on a rich moisturizer.
  • Postshower, pat skin dry and apply an oil-based cream instead of a lighter lotion to better trap and lock moisture into skin to fight cold weather dryness.
  • To boost absorption, warm your jar of cream in a sink of hot water while you shower.

Moisturize again before bed

  • Hydrating skin at least twice a day is ideal—after a morning shower or bath and then right before turning in for the night. “There’s a slight elevation in body temperature while you’re sleeping, so products seep into skin better,” says Dr. Bank.
  • Slip into gloves and socks at night.
  • Dampen hands and feet, slather on cream, and wear cotton gloves and socks for a few hours or to bed—they’ll block evaporation and help the cream penetrate more effectively, says Dr. Day.

More from Prevention: Best Cold-Weather Skin Tips via Skin Care Beauty Tips for Cold Weather – Prevention.com.

I hope this is helpful! 🙂

Cathy Skipper

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