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Nurturing Your Outer Shell: 5 Cosmetic Treatments Every Woman’s Face Can Benefit From

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Human faces are one of the most important parts of our anatomy. Our face is how we connect with other people, it’s how we present ourselves to the world, and it’s who we are; our true identities.

That being said, there seems to be a constant striving where we want to be the best person we want to be, which means we are looking for the best ways to improve our face. Getting the face we want can help boost our self-confidence and our self-esteem, as well as helping us live the lives we want to live.

Today, we’re going to explore five of the best cosmetic treatments every woman can benefit from, regardless of what you’re looking for.

#1 – Crows Feet

Whether you’re using a series of creams or having a Botox operation can help to remove crow’s feet. These are a tell-tale sign of aging, and they normally appear around the eyes when you’re laughing or smiling.

Removing, or at least softening these lines are a great way to achieve a younger appearance and can help you feel more confident as you go about your everyday life.

#2 – Frown Lines

Frown lines are found on the forehead and usually consists of two deep trenches that go from side to side. These lines can develop from all number of things from stress to sun damage and contribute to an aged look.

To reduce frown lines, you can receive a cosmetic treatment, use creams and ointments, as well as being mindful of how much tension you have in your face throughout your day.

 #3 – Sagging Skin

This is, perhaps, one of the most common forms of aging, especially around the face. This can happen anywhere from under the eyes, cheeks, chin, and forehead. This occurs naturally with age but can also be the result of stress and sun damage.

To tighten your skin, you can receive a cosmetic treatment that basically pins the skin backward, or receives injections to plump up the skin, so it has more structure.

 #4 – Nose Shaping

The nose is such a prominent feature on the face, and a crook, a bent or an abnormal can have such a dramatic effect on the way your face looks. Typically, any kind of nose shaping will need to be carried out using cosmetic surgery.

Thanks to modern technology, you can have the entire shape of your nose reshaped, the size can be changed, or you may have the operation under certain medical circumstances.

 #5 – Sun Damage

Sun damage is one of the biggest problems that affect the skin, especially around your face because it’s directly impacted at all hours of the day. Of course, you should do what you can, such as wearing a hat and applying sunscreen to negate these effects.

However, if your skin is damaged from the effects of the sun, there are plenty of treatments, creams, and cosmetic operations out there that can help you reverse the effects.

 Summary

There are plenty of things out there you can do to improve the health and well-being of your face. The benefits of any of these treatments are so clear when it comes to confidence and happiness in your own skin, so it’s well worth researching what’s out there for you.

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Which Chemical Peel Treatment is Best for Your Skin?

When it comes to rejuvenating your skin and making it look younger than ever before, nothing can quite top chemical peel treatments in terms of ease and effectivity. Plus, despite the fact that the word ‘chemical’ has a lot of negative connotations to it, chemical peels are actually completely safe.

However, there are a few considerations that you should think about before booking a makeover deal with a bundled chemical peel treatment. To make sure that the chemical peel with bring out your skin’s best qualities, you need to get to know your options better. Here are some of the most common chemical peel treatments offered by dermatological clinics and beauty centers:

Glycolic Peel. This particular type of chemical peel involves glycolic acid, which is obtained from sugarcane plants. Glycolic acid has a very small molecular size, and as such can really penetrate deep into the skin, making this particular chemical peel great for exfoliation and rejuvenation. Depending on the result you desire, you may want to ask for a glycolic peel that is gentler or a bit more intense than usual.
Lactic Peel. The chemicals used in lactic peel treatment are derived from milk, making it perfect for those with dry or sensitive skin. If you’re the type to easily get skin allergies or have adverse reactions to active ingredients, the lactic chemical peel treatment should be the peel for you.
Vitalize Peel. This chemical peel treatment involves the use of citric, lactic, and salicylic acids – along with the help of a retinol layer – to improve the quality and lighten the color of your skin. This only affects the uppermost part of your skin and results in very little peeling, making it a great ‘beginner peel’ treatment for those who may have not undertaken any chemical peels in the past.
Beta Peel. Beta peel chemical treatments are used mainly to treat serious cases of acne in children and adults. Its main component, salicylic acid, exfoliates the skin and helps with oil control while also targeting the bacteria that cause acne.
Pigment Balancing Peel. This chemical peel treatment focuses on lightening the pigmentation of the skin for a more consistent skin tone and to eliminate dark or brown spots. Those who choose to undertake this particular peel must be aware that the results may take some time to truly be realized. It also requires the patient to use sunscreen to achieve the desired effect.
Mandelic Peel. This is another type of peel that is advisable for those who have yet to experience a chemical peel treatment, due to its use of gentler but still effective chemical components. It’s also advisable for those with skin conditions such as rosacea, or with dark-colored skin.
TCA Peel. This is a medium strength chemical peel treatment designed to target multiple skin conditions such as extreme skin discoloration and actinic keratosis. The trichloroacetic acid component used in this particular peelmakes it great for removing abnormal skin cells.

Now that we know some of the more common types of peels there are, how do you know which one is the best for you? While you can certainly do your own research and consult your fellow skincare enthusiasts, nothing beats a consultation with a licensed professional dermatologist or skin care expert to help you pick out the right one for you. Before booking a chemical peel treatment, let the professionals know what your goals for your skin are and if you have skin conditions that need to be addressed. Remember, this is your skin we’re talking about – there shouldn’t be any guesswork involved when it comes to taking care of it.

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Lotions versus Creams: What’s the Difference

One of the most important parts of skin care is keeping it moisturized. When it is sufficiently hydrated, your skin looks and feels softer, smoother, and more supple. Proper moisture also helps shield your skin from environmental stressors, like the weather and pollution. It even affords the skin some level of protection against germs and bacteria; dry skin is prone to develop cracks where these harmful organisms can enter.

Thankfully, there are various ways to help us achieve properly moisturized skin, including the use of personal care products. Two such items are lotions and creams, which some might think are essentially the same. They’re not entirely wrong; lotions and creams are both used to supplement your skin’s natural hydration, after all. However, they do have slight differences that make them more effective for different parts of the body and different skin types as well.

Understanding the Difference

While some brands may also use the term “cream” for some kinds of lotions (for example, hand and foot creams), when you get down to the chemical nitty-gritty, there is a basic distinction between these two products: viscosity. Lotions have a lower viscosity, meaning they have a thinner consistency compared to creams. This is why you’ll find most lotions packaged in bottles that can be squeezed or come with a built-in pump. Lotions also tend to be lighter and less oily, which makes the formulation ideal for products that are used for the entire body and/or used during the day.

Creams, on the other hand, are much thicker. They are usually packaged in small jars since they are not only difficult to squeeze out of bottles, but are also more concentrated. Most anti-aging products used on the face have a cream formulation, such as Huxley’s anti-gravity cream, which is enriched with Sahara prickly pear extract that nourishes and protects the skin, since the active ingredients usually come in higher concentrations. Creams are also ideal for nighttime use. This is so that the cream’s components can be given more time to penetrate your skin, and also because they can be rather uncomfortable to wear during the day due to the thicker, heavier texture.

Which One Do You Need

If you have normal skin, lotions are already sufficient to moisturize your entire body, including your hands and feet. As mentioned earlier, lotions are also ideal to use during the day and during summer as well, since they are absorbed easily and don’t leave a sticky, sometimes greasy residue; if you live somewhere hot and/or humid, you may also want to use lotions instead of creams. However, if your hands, elbows, knees, and feet are particularly dry, you can find some specialized creams that can address the dryness in these areas.

Meanwhile, if you need intensive moisturization — for example, you have very dry skin — then creams best suit your needs. Those who live in places with strong winds or extremely cold winters may also benefit from the usage of creams, as they are thicker and thus provide a greater level of protection from harsh environmental conditions.

The trick to using both lotions and creams is to apply them when your skin is still damp, say from a shower or after cleansing your face. This locks in the moisture better than when you apply these moisturizers on completely dry skin.

Another thing that you should remember is that, unless you’re using natural moisturizers like coconut or olive oil, you should only use products intended for a specific use. That is to say, hand lotions and creams should only be used for the hands, and so on. This is because there are often ingredients in these specially made lotions and creams that aren’t supposed to be used in other parts of the body.

Now that you know the difference between the two, it’s time to get a lotion or cream (or both!) to take care of your skin all over.

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6 Winter Makeup Tips

Winter is upon us, and that means different things for many of us depending on where we live. However, overall it typically equates to cooler outdoor temperatures and indoor heat so it’s best to be ready for the changes this will bring. And while we need to moisturize and hydrate more to combat the evils of dry skin, our makeup will need to change as well.

Don’t worry if you’re watching your pennies, as these aren’t huge changes by any means … but changes nonetheless. Need some cold weather inspiration? Read on for six winter makeup tips that will keep you glowing during these colder months without opting for permanent make-up.

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  1. Go Lighter with Your Foundation

Even if you were diligent with your sunscreen over the summer, you likely had at least a hint of a tan. In fact, you probably had to go darker with your foundation because of it. Unless you plan on vacationing to tropical areas all winter long (lucky you!), it’s time to go back to a shade that’s a better match to your natural skin tone.

  1. Fixing Fun with Correctors

No one’s skin is flawless (even you, Kate Beckinsale) but our flaws tend to become more apparent during the winter. This is probably because we don’t have the benefit of hiding behind the aforementioned tan. Don’t fret, though, as a good corrector can do the trick. Hiding dark spots, blemishes, and other imperfections, a palette with various shades of correctors is a makeup artist’s favorite tool. Not only will this corrector conceal your flaws but it will also brighten the skin during the winter months.

  1. Bring on the Bronzer and/or Self-Tanner

If you’ve got Nicole Kidman-esque porcelain skin, go ahead and rock that all winter long. The rest of us often need a bit of help to look as though we haven’t actually died without anyone knowing. Most everyone looks good with color, so work with a makeup artist at your favorite cosmetics store to find a bronzer or self-tanner that will give you a sun-kissed look without getting orange in the process.

  1. Get Festive with Blush and Highlighter

Many women assume they can’t pull off highlighter, but everyone can and should! Again, if you’re not confident in your ability to apply this fun kind of cosmetic to your face, ask a makeup artist for help. Combined with just the right amount of blush, this can be a magical look. While a powder highlighter would be fine, a liquid one would be even better for winter. And if you’re going to a holiday or New Year’s Eve party, you might even consider choosing one with a bit of shimmer. Have some fun!

  1. Beware of Pores

We want to avoid doing our makeup in such a way that our pores becoming visibly obvious. What will help with that is a good primer, as this helps makeup to avoid going into the cracks and pores. This will also help to avoid highlighting wrinkles, so it’s a win/win. You also want to stay away from anything too powdery during the winter and stick to dewy products due to dry skin.

As celebrity makeup artist Nick Barose says via Allure magazine, “Powder can make fair skin look duller.” Instead, he says to go with a moisturizing cream that’s one shade warmer than your own skin tone.

  1. Keep Those Lips Luscious

We all have friends who are lipstick addicts but the harsh truth is that, if your lips are prone to cracking during the winter, lipstick is only going to highlight this. You can opt for a moisturizing lipstick or stick with a tinted lip balm. The latter is handy for that time under the mistletoe during the holiday season.

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The winter months can be harsh on our skin so we need to give it a good base by getting plenty of rest, keeping up with our cleansing routine, and perhaps even giving a bit more TLC with hydrating masks. But beyond that—if you follow these makeup tips during these colder months—you will have that glowing, dewy skin many assume you can only get during the summer months.

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Taking Care of Yourself this Spring

I don’t know about you but I’m SO ready for some warmer weather. The winter has really taken it out of all of us and I’m definitely looking forward to longer days and some sunshine on my face. I’ve been doing a lot more to take care of myself lately, eating properly and going to the gym, and I’ve been thinking about ways that I can expand on that in the coming days, so I thought I’d share with you my top five ways to take care of yourself this spring:

Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy is good for so many things and I’ve been looking at all of the different uses for the different oils, including anti-ageing properties and ways to soothe aching muscles. Neal’s Yard Remedies have an amazing range which are completely organic and have an oil for every ailment imaginable – I’m planning to mix a few of my own scents to use in the bath on gym days.

Massage

A few years back, I went for a massage at a local day spa and I enjoyed it SO much but it’s something I’ve never found the time or money to do again. Now that I’m running and weight lifting, I feel like I’d really benefit from a massage (or even regular massages) so I’m planning to make Spring the season in which I do it!

SLEEP!

Sleep is SO important to healing and mental health and as most parent knows it can also be an elusive thing! It becomes even more important when you’re exercising because the body needs time to heal and repair itself, so I’m planning on revamping the whole look of our bedroom and treating us to some new bed linen, to make our bedroom a palace of relaxation so that sinking in to bed at night feels like a proper treat! Many people struggle with nasal issues which interrupt sleep, so consulting a nose surgeon might really help.

Yoga

As well as the exercise that I’m already doing, I’m planning to throw in a weekly yoga class as well. Running and weight-lifting are both great ways to lose weight, increase strength and tone up but I’m hoping that yoga will help with my flexibility and also help to improve any muscle aches that I get after working out. Invest in a decent yoga mat if you plan to go to a class as the gym’s own ones usually smell of feet!

Mindfulness

Mindfulness is a word that I’ve heard a lot of people use in the last couple of years and after looking into it, I think it’s something I could really stand to learn more about. The definition of mindfulness is “a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique.” and it sounds like exactly what I need for my Springtime self-care.

What are you doing to take care of yourself this Spring?