June 25th, 2015
We all know that the best way to take care of your skin is to avoid a sunburn in the first place. Keep your skin protected from the sun with a product that offers both UVA and UVB protection (one of our favorites is Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry Touch Sunblock with SPF 70). Although we all want to avoid burning, most people will receive at least one bad sunburn during the summer season. Here are a few ways to help your skin recover from too much time spent in the sun.
A sunburn will not only cause pain and redness, but will also cause major dryness to your skin. Make sure to keep your skin moisturized with a product containing Vitamin C and Vitamin C. Aloe Vera is a go-to product to help your skin recover from sun damage. Try Banana Boat Soothing Aloe After Sun Gel. It is also a good idea to moisturize your skin with an after-sun treatment even when you have not gotten burned. Try Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration After Sun Lotion, which will soothe the skin and has a nice fragrance.
A Sunburn draws fluid to the surface of your skin, so it is important to stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water in the days you are recovering from a sunburn.
3. Medicate if Necessary
If your sunburn is causing excessive pain and is blistering, you may benefit from taking a couple ibuprofen. This will help the swelling and redness, and relieve temporary pain caused by the burn.
4. Leave it Alone to Heal
If your skin is peeling and blistering, do not pick at the blisters or peel the skin. Touching and irritating the affected areas can lead to a slower recovery time, and even permanent scarring if you have blisters.
June 15th, 2015
Summer can be a hard season on your hair, what with swimming in chlorine and salt water, and not to mention the heat! Frizz, split ends, and dry damaged hair and only a few of the results that summer can have on your hair. Make sure to do everything you can to protect your hair during the hottest time of year. Here are some tips on ways to make sure your locks stay luscious this summer.
1. Get a Trim
Keep your ends healthy by starting summer off right with a trim. Or opt for a short summer cut to keep cool in the heat. Remember, hair grows faster in the summer than in the winter, so you may need another cut before fall.
2. Protect Your Hair From the Sun
Apply a UV protection product to your hair prior to spending time in the sun. There are many products available that come in a spray, gel, or cream. Try Aveda Sun Care Protective Hair Veil or Biosilk Thermal Shield.
3. Keep Your Hair Hydrated
Make sure to use a deep conditioning treatment often to keep your locks hydrated. Try Frédéric Fekkai Summer Hair After Sun Daily Mask, great for repairing damage caused by heat.
4. Use Moisturizing Shampoo and Conditioner
Change your shower routine to include a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner. Since summer tends to mean showering and shampooing more often, it’s important to make sure your strands stay moisturized. Try Dove Daily Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner. It’s also a good idea to use a clarifying shampoo once a week to remove buildup from extra products.
5. Ditch the Heat Tools
Take advantage of the warmer weather and let your hair air-dry instead of using a blow dryer. Skip or reduce the frequency of using curling irons and straighteners, as heat tools will cause excess damage to your hair. When using them, just be sure to apply a thermal shield to your hair before hand.
May 29th, 2015
This Friday I thought I’d do a product review on one of my favorite go-to cosmetics. I’ve been trying different face products and foundations for years now, and have finally found a drugstore brand that provides everything I could ask for in a foundation.
Product: Revlon ColorStay Makeup
Product Description: A long-wearing foundation that is lightweight and will not fade or rub off. No cakey feel. This makeup is made to last all day and provide continuous hydration.
Results: The product goes on smoothly, and provides enough coverage to hide flaws and uneven skin tone, but is still light enough that it looks natural. The foundation lives up to it’s claim and last’s all day (even in the heat!). No makeup settling into lines and creases – just an oil free flawless look that lasts all day!
Stars: 5 out of 5!
Price: Around $11
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April 4th, 2015
Finally a FlexBall Razor for women! I’ve been secretly wanting to try the Gillette Flexball Razor for men, but never got around to it. So.. perfect timing that the came out with one for women.
Product Description: A contouring razor for women with Gillette’s “revolutionary FLEXIBALL™” and 5 blades. The handle has a nicer grip than the previous Venus Razors, and the blades are surrounded by a water-activated serum to enhance glide on skin.
Results: The rotating head takes a minute to get used to, but comes in very handy around tricky areas like knees and ankles. The razor glides over skin very smoothly, although the moisture provided seems to be similar to previous Venus Blades. Overall, the Venus Swirl makes it easy to shave quickly and precisely, without causing irritation or nicks. Since the razor itself only has to be purchased once – I’d highly recommend splurging, but maybe sticking to the regular blades. The Flexball is a nice asset, but I didn’t see much difference in the Venus Swirl blade as compared to the previous Venus Blades.
Stars: 4 1/2 out of 5
Price: Around $12 for the Razor
March 18th, 2015
When I walked in to a popular beauty store a few days ago, I was convinced by a makeup artist to purchase the new Roller Lash Mascara from Benefit. So, here is my review.
Product Description: The mascara promises to separate, lift and curl your lashes, with a hold that lasts up to 12 hours. The Hook ‘n’ Roll™ brush provides instant curl, and is supposed to be a replacement or reduce the need for an eyelash curler.
Results: I must admit that I had high expectations after being persuaded by the sales lady. So maybe my expectations were too high. The mascara DID offer some extra curl to my lashes – I don’t curl my eyelashes often as it is, so not sure if it would be a substantial replacement. The mascara formula is water-resistant which is nice – it won’t flake off or run. However I did have a problem with a few of my lashes clumping together and refusing to separate like the package promised. Other than that, if you are looking to save time and skip the eyelash curler, I’d say this mascara is the best for lift and curl that I’ve tried.
Stars: 4 out of 5.
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