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Beauty Without Makeup?

Makeup Is A Personal Beauty Choice

A recent comment submitted to this Hairblues blog suggested that a person wearing no Makeup can be beautiful as well as a person who does. Of course, I agree. The always lovely Alicia Keys openly rejects makeup. Of course, all you have to do is look at her in the prime of her loveliness and youth, I can’t imagine this winning duo requires too much of a decision. Can you?

I thought that it might be useful to research whether Makeup has other purposes, and can be used for example, to enhance the longevity of how our skin ages and, additionally, help to protect it. Here are just two examples (maybe suggestions). Enjoy!

A tinted moisturizer can actually be good for mature skin.

As I searched the www for opinions and ‘expert ‘ advice about the “no Makeup” choice , it became evident that the Makeup choice is – as you may have suspected – ultimately a personal decision, because ‘one size does not fit everybody’. What also became evident is that, as we age, our skin does change. It may become more dry, less smooth and thinner. There is also loss of skin elasticity.
Our first example, therefore, is it may be important to use moisturizers daily for protection from the environment because they help to act against the dryness and add some elasticity.

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Fall Beautiful Skincare

As we transition from Summer to  Fall it may be that you should consider tweaking your skincare routine.  That’s what some of the dermatologist and other beauty consultants suggest.  Here is a link to some guidelines for you.

And, when you’re done viewing the tips for how to moisturize, exfoliate, and lotion-up,  take a look at the suggestions from Cruelty-Free Kitty.  You will be glad you did.

Stay beautiful!

Transitioning to Cruelty Free Cosmetics

I have Good News, which I am absolutely delighted to share with you.  Some of you may remember my last post about transitioning to using cruelty free cosmetics, and that California’s Governor, Jerry Brown, has put that goal on the agenda of California to be the first US State to make it a law, by penalizing corporations that sell products, which test on animals effective January 2020.Since the last post, I have worked toward doing my research to aid me in transitioning and to reach a goal of using cruelty free cosmetics.

I must say the search has turned out to be delightfully enlightening.  That’s right!  For starters, I suggest that you pickup a copy of Plant-Powered Beauty, by authors Amy Galper and Christina Daigneault.  It is a thorough skincare guide and in a beautifully presented format you will enjoy. It has recipes you can use for your personal skincare routine.  Amy and Christina remind us that the skin is our largest body organ.  Therefore, what we put on it affects our entire ecosystem.  Pick up a copy.  I found mine on Amazon.com

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Brown Skin Care for Summertime

Brown skin women often are surprised when they get burned by the sun.  Although brown skin does have a natural SPF of 13, allowing us to stay in the sun longer than women with white skin. However, we still need sunscreen to protect us from absorbing ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB).

  • Ultraviolet light is a type of electromagnetic radiation that makes black-light posters glow, and is responsible for summer tans — and sunburns. However, too much exposure to UV radiation is damaging to living tissue. 
  • UVA & UVB contribute to the risk of skin cancer

Here’s what you need to know and do to protect that beautiful skin of yours. 

  • Use sunscreen!  Sunscreens blocks/ absorbs the UVA  &UVB rays before they affect/damage your skin.
  • The SPF rating is a measure of the time it would take you to sunburn if you were not wearing sunscreen as opposed to the time it would take with sunscreen on.
  •  SPF 15 product blocks about 94% of UVB rays; an SPF 30 product blocks 97% of UVB rays; and an SPF 45 product blocks about 98% of rays.
  • Apply sunscreen 20 minutes before you go out into the sun.  This will allow your skin to absorb the product and create a protective shield.
  • Apply sunscreen to your face, neck , hands, and scalp! Apply after swimming even if it’s “water-proof”.
  • Look for broad-spectrum products .
  • Check expiration dates.  Toss after one year.

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Pimples & Tea Tree Essential Oil Safety

Some of you may have already noticed that I am an Aromatherapy Enthusiast.  In fact,  I find essential oils fascinating.  So much so that I studied and acquired my Aromatherapist Level One certification, at the New York Institute of Aromatic Studies, which is an approved school by the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy ( NAHA ).

Essential Oils are all the rage recently and I expect the popularity of essential oils will continue to grow.  After all, many of us are looking for ‘natural‘ remedies to take care of fairly simple beauty issues.   However, along with their popularity, I am forced to clarify and point those who are using essential oils in a direction, which advises you to use them safely.

  • I came across an article recently which suggested that you could use Tea Tree oil (also known by its Latin name  Melaleuca alternifolia) for pimples. I do know of persons who have used Tea Tree essential oil as a remedy for pimples. However, I suggest that you use caution when applying essential oils on your skin.

As a matter of fact, if you are not knowledgeable/trained in the use of essential oils, I suggest that you research first.  Take a look at the link below for suggestions on how to use Tea Tree oil, and be safe first.

https://www.aromaweb.com/articles/dilutingessentialoils.asp

Summer’s Skincare Tips

I am not sure that I’ve ever thought about changing my skincare routine during summer months.  Have you?

Try considering the steps/techniques below during this transitional period.

I searched the www for answers. One dermatologist,  Dr. Cynthia Bailey, based in California suggested, that we may need to stop using  exfoliating skin care products such as scrubs and rough cloths, retinoid products and even glycolic acid products so that your skin can thicken up to better deflect UV rays.

Wikihow had a formula on how to choose a sunscreen: Use the SPF that’s right for you. Think about how quickly you burn on a sunny day. Multiply that number in minutes by the sun protection factor (SPF) of the sunscreen you’re considering. The result will tell you the maximum amount of time the sunscreen will keep you protected.

WebMD advises: Sunburns –They’re uncomfortable, to be sure. But they can also cause premature aging and lead to skin cancer. Your best bet is to limit how much sun you get — especially between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., when those rays are at their strongest.

There’s so much to know about how to care for your skin during this transitional period and during the summer months. For product suggestions, click the link below.

Stay Beautiful!

Cruelty Free – Skin Loving Serums

This is the third post in the Serums series. For HairBlues followers who prefer to use Cruelty-Free cosmetics,  I recently found a very nice website that has reasonable prices, and nicely presented products. Click the source link for more information.

  • Serums, valued for their ability to deliver a high concentration of active ingredients directly to the skin, are made up of tiny molecules that can penetrate deeply into the skin. Due to their potency, they are perfect for addressing specific skin concerns. Each of our serums has different benefits for your skin.

Source: Skin Loving Serums

Skin Serums for Skin Problems

I chose the picture of this attractive young woman because she appears to have flawless skin.

Those of you who follow HairBlues learned something about serums from my post last month. You can imagine that I was delighted to find an article in the March 2018 issue of Real Simple magazine, which was all about Serums.  As a follow-up to that post, I thought you might like to read what serums the article suggested that we explore for various skin issues.  Yes!  There are serums that can address your particular needs from skin discoloration, anti-aging, antioxidants and acne fighters to name a few. Prices ranged from costly ($150.00) to low ($5.00). Continue reading Skin Serums for Skin Problems

Skin Serums: Do they work?

What do you know about skin serums? Do they work? Are they worth the cost? Are they good/bad for your skin?

  • According to some of the research I did, serums can help with various kinds of skin problems like, wrinkles, acne, redness, or dryness. They can  produce powerful results, compared to other skin care products.  Since they are water-based, your skin absorbs them quickly. Also, they don’t have petrolatum, or other kinds of oil. Serums have nutrients, (like retinol and vitamin C), which are good for your skin.

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Healthwise: New Year Checkups!

Happy New  Year from HairBlues !

Now that you have written all of your New Year’s resolutions, and have committed to carrying through with those intentions, I’d like to make another suggestion that you may not have thought about.

I am talking about getting a skin checkup as part of your yearly healthwise plan.

You might be surprised to find out that skin cancer is the most common type of cancer there is. It’s incredibly prevalent; some skin-care statistics show that 2-3 million instances of skin cancer will be diagnosed globally every year. The good news is that skin cancer can be treated as long as it’s caught early… Read More »Source: Why You Should Get a Yearly Skin Cancer Exam – Leading MCW Continue reading Healthwise: New Year Checkups!