June 29, 2016

Innocent Foods That Cause Acne-Prone And Oily Skin

 

 

Not everyone is gifted with smooth, supple and bright skin. Some of us have to work extra hard to keep skin clear from acne, blackheads, whiteheads and other skin imperfections. For a lot of people, excessive oils are a main skin problem and for good reason! Because oily skin are usually prone to break-outs. Most of the time, however, out lifestyle (including the food we eat) are the main culprits to oily and pimple-zone skin. Here we list down some foods to avoid if you have oily and acne-prone skin.

 

  1. Sugar-packed foods

Sure, that immaculate cupcake or a bite of that Belgian chocolate sounds so good after dinner or a stressful day at work but it may encourage more break-outs. Sugars have the power to trigger hormones and cause blood sugar levels to go awry. As a result, your skin produces way too much oil, resulting to acne. Watch out for foods with a high glycemic index and remember to limit your late-night cake party to once every week (possibly).

 

  1. Pasta And Breads

This doesn’t mean you have to turn down your mom’s spaghetti though. You just need to practice moderation. Pasta, breads and baked foods that use enriched flour could lead to excessive production of the sebum (the oil that our skin produces). Instead of white bread and pasta, go for oats, brown rice and wheat bread instead.

 

  1. Dairy Products

This is probably one of the most difficult foods to give up but in the long run, limiting dairy consumption reduces acne and may result to clearer and brighter skin. Dairy products (milk, cheese, ice cream, etc.) causes an insulin spike in our system, which results to an over-production of the IGF-1 hormone, resulting to more acne. It can also lead to clogged pores and since dairy also causes excessive sebum production, your skin could become the breeding ground for various bacteria.

 

To avoid or counter oily and acne-prone skin, here are some foods you need to eat:

 

  1. Fruit (especially those with high water content) – It helps flush out toxins from the body.
  2. Water – Hydration is key to avoid excessive oil production.
  3. High-fiber foods – Again, fiber flushes out harmful toxins, leaving skin looking healthy.
June 15, 2016

3 Secrets Women With Flawless Skin Won’t Tell You

We, mere mortals, will always find something to complain about regarding our skin. It may be the fact that you have oily skin, perhaps you’re prone to acne or else, suffer from flaky and dry skin. Whatever the problem is, there’s always a solution readily available and women with glowing, flawless skin have mastered the art of quick fixing their skin’s little quirks. Here are some secrets that women with flawless skin probably won’t tell you:

1. Skin Exfoliants Are Their Best Friend

Women who are well-versed with different types of skin care know that exfoliating applies to all – whether you have dry skin, oily skin or a combination of both. Sloughing off dead skin cells, excess oils and dirt is important because it keeps acne from developing. It’s also your go-to method if you want to brighten your skin in an instant. Exfoliants made from natural ingredients are the best option. Note, however, that exfoliation should only be done every few days or so because it might irritate skin.

2. They Clean Their Phones Everyday

I know, what’s a phone got to do with skincare, right? Not many people are aware that your phone is often an overlooked breeding ground for dirt and germs that cause acne and other skin problems. We place our phones everywhere – on bathroom sinks, restaurant tables, bar counters, etc. By simply touching an unclean phone, you increase the risk of transferring the break out perpetrators to your face.

3. Keep A Go-To Acne Treatment Close By


In cases of emergency, it’s always handy to have a drying sulfur solution or benzoyl peroxide nearby. This is something women with great skin have in their purse or bathroom cabinet. The secret is to apply the product on the problem area before it could get worse.

Master these secrets and you’d have flawless skin in no time!

June 09, 2016

5 Tips To Make Your Manicure Last Longer

 

We don’t know why but getting a manicure somewhat gives us a feeling of satisfaction, especially if you’re sporting whatever nail art design is considered “trendy” as of the moment. But of course, manicures aren’t permanent but as much as possible, women want to stretch out the time it takes before those nail colors to chip and break away. Here are some techniques you can apply to make your mani-pedi last longer.

  1. Wipe down nails using white vinegar

Before even applying a base coat for your nails, wipe it down using a cotton ball or Q-tip dipped in white vinegar. White vinegar washes away any natural dirt, oil and even chemicals that might prevent nail polish from truly clinging on to your cuticles. White vinegar is much gentler compared to a nail polish remover or other cuticle cleansers.

  1. Use cuticle oil instead of soaking your nails

Soaking your nails in water softens cuticles but it could also shrink your nail polish once the water has dried up. This would make your nail polish look inaccurate and poorly done. Instead of soaking your nails into water, use cuticle oil to soften it instead.

  1. The stickier the basecoat, the better

 

A stickier basecoat is better than smoother ones. Basically, as sticky basecoat allows nail polish to... well, stick better. When applying basecoat, make sure you’re covering the corners as well, since these are the spots that are harder to reach by a brush.

       4. Apply top coat every 3 days

Nail polish is better protected and preserved if you “touch-up” every now and then. Apply a top coat, especially if you feel like you’ve done so much work that involves rubbing against your nails. Plus, applying top coat every 3 days or so keeps the color popping.

       5. Don’t blow on your nails to dry nail polish

 

It’s an age-old no-no – drying your nail polish by blowing air on it. The warm air from your mouth does the complete opposite – it keeps nail polish from completely drying. Instead, use a blow dryer on its coolest setting or use the airconditioner in your room.

Follow these easy tips and you’ll always have pretty nails that you deserve!

 

May 31, 2016

Black Celebs Who Bleached Their Skin + Skin Bleaching Banned In Ghana

In a country where colorism or privilege of those with whiter skin over those with darker skin is dominant, the demand for whitening products is hardly surprising. Ghana is no exception to this obsolete standard of beauty. Many women in the West African country still resort to (often times) extreme measures to achieve lighter skin.

However, come August, the government of Ghana is set to ban all products that contain the bleaching ingredient, hydroquinone. According to reports, the country’s Food and Drugs Authority (FDA), will implement the ban on hydroquinone due to its link to cancer.

“Concerning skin lightening products, we are saying that from August 2016, all products containing hydroquinone will not be allowed into the country,” says FDA spokesperson, James Lartey. “From 2016, the acceptance for skin lightening products is going to be zero.”

Lartey added that using skin lightening products is a public health issue that must be addressed seriously.

Even in Hollywood today, colorism still seems to exist and dark-skinned artists seem to undergo some forms of treatment to achieve lighter skin. The following are some photos of black celebrities and how they looked after allegedly undergoing skin bleaching procedures:

 

1. Rihanna (Singer)

Rihanna before and after bleaching

2. Beyonce (Singer)

3. Nicki Minaj (Rapper)

4. Keri Hilson (Singer)

5. Sammy Sosa (Athlete)

May 27, 2016

5 Fruitful Nail Art Designs For Summer

Summer is coming and with it comes change! A change of wardrobe, change of sceneries and for nail art addicts – a change of nail art designs to complement the season. Whether or not you’re aiming for a two-week stay at a tropical island or simply planning a lemonade party with your best friends in the backyard, these fruit-inspired nail designs will definitely help you get into the summer spirit.

 

1. Fruit salad

Tropical fruits mixed together is basically heaven! It’s a perfect choice for a cocktail or punch and even better when you eat them. Now, paint those fruits on your nails and you’ll be begging for another glass of four seasons ar a fruit salad in no time!

2. Kiwi is love <3

Now, let’s bring the focus solely on individual fruits – starting with Kiwi. Kiwi is a powerful anti-oxidant and can be a great weight-loss fruit. Plus, it’s bright green color makes a rather attractive and cheerful nail art design.

3. Watermelon = Hydration

Watermelon is sweet and watery (thus, it’s name). It’s a staple summer fruit due to its refreshing effect. Watermelon shake? Watermelon Juice? Frozen watermelon? These are a great way to cool down after a whole day of hanging out in the beach AND it looks so cute on your nails.

 

4. Going Bananas

Bananas are great mood-boosters and in the heat of the sun, we could all use a little fruit to keep us happy. For people who work out, bananas are recommended for speedier muscle recovery. With its bright yellow color, painting it on your nails and taking one look at it would instantly improve your mood, too!

 

5. Cocktail Party, Anyone?

But if you don’t have any of these tropical fruits at hand, you can always go for flavored cocktail drinks to brighten up summer! Nothing like a great drink to end one steamy, summer day, right?

 

May 13, 2016

Exfoliating Is Out, Shaving Your Skin Is In?

Any skincare buff knows that one of the most effective ways to get rid of dead skin cells and oils and dirt is to exfoliate.

We spend money on products that help us with the said process – facial wash with microbeads? Apricot scrubs? Microdermadrasion? These are all familiar skincare methods.

However, there is a brand new exfoliation technique that's gaining a lot of attention today -- shaving. Shaving, the way men shave their beards!

It basically sloughs away dirts, oils and other skin impurities, the way exfoliation does, only it is more efficient, some experts claim.

The process basically involves a scalpel to delicately shave or scrape the topmost layer of the face. The shaving of the skin is formally known as “Dermaplaning.”

According to Jasmine Chan, a Sydney-based dermatologist and beauty consultant for skincare company, Hydracol USA, Dermaplaning is a sharper way to get rid of dead skin cells without harmful effects.

Dermaplaning is basically a step further into the whole skin exfoliation business,” Dr. Chan said. “It’s definitely a great way to improve skin quality.”

However, Dr. Chan reminds everyone that the new skin trend doesn’t necessarily assure fantastic results in an instant or at all.

“It all comes down to your skin type. Dermaplaning may or may not work for you,” Chan said. “The safest way is to consult a doctor first before trying it. You don’t want to spend $100 and find that dermaplaning actually irritates your skin rather than improving it."

Today, dermaplaning is only available in high-end skin centers and clinics.

May 08, 2016

Skin Care Do’s And Don’ts For Women Over 25

It’s no doubt that women undergo lots of changes when they hit their mid-20s. It’s an exciting time, yes but it’s also a time when different physical changes occur and it takes a toll on many. Among these changes is the signs of aging starting to appear on skin. During our younger years, we can get by with just soap and water. However, women over 25 years old need a little extra tender loving. Here are some skincare tips to follow once you reach you mid-20s.

  1. Be Picky About your Skin Exfoliant

Exfoliant is one of the secrets to glowing skin. It removes dead skin cells that have clogged up or built up on the skin surface. On top of that, exfoliant also helps in the skin’s collagen production, which keeps the skin young and supple.

When you reach the age of 25, choosing the right kind of exfoliant becomes even more important. Using bead-based exfoliants may cause irritation and may even discourage collagen production. At times, this could be unnoticeable or may only manifest minimally until it’s too late – when fine lines have already developed due to the lack of skin collagen.

The best exfoliant for women over 25 are those that are gentler and have less abrasive elements. On top of that, oily and acne-prone skin need salicylic acid regularly. Meanwhile, dry skin goes well with glycolic acid-based products.

  1. Use SPF Products

All that tanning bed sessions you’ve done in your teens will take a toll on your skin now that you’ve reached the age of 25. While it may be too late to get rid of the sun spots and other damage that it has done, it is possible to prevent further harm that the sun can cause. Regularly wearing a sun screen or moisturizer that contains SPF will can help prevent new spots from developing. There are also concealers, foundations and other make-up products that contain SPF for further protection from the sun.

  1. Avoid Cleansers With Surfactant

Using a cleanser regularly prevents acne break outs and other skin blemishs. However, most cleansers these days contain surfactant, a harmful cleansing agent that may destroy the protective barriers in the epidermis. So how to go about this?

The answer is to choose a cleanser that is gentle and fragrance-free (because products with fragrance usually contain chemicals that may irritate skin). If you have dry skin, you may also want to add natural oils and serums in to your regular skincare routine. Serums encourage skin collagen production, especially those that are made with Vitamin C. It also helps lock in the skin’s natural moisture, so skin becomes smooth and supple.

The signs of aging start to become prominent during your late 20s. However, with a regular and well-planned skincare routine, you may be able to delay it for many years. Choose your skin products carefully and develop a healthy lifestyle – your skin will thank you for it!

April 21, 2016

3 Super Easy Nail Art Hacks You Have To Try

They say your nails says a lot about you. If that’s the case, then it’s a pretty good excuse to get your nails done at the salon every week just to convey beauty and art. However, getting a $50 nail art design weekly is not really practical. Luckily, thanks to the creative and generous people on the internet, you can now DIY your nail art at home. The following are some of the most resourceful, not to mention cute, nail hacks you definitely should try.

 

1.) Matte Nail Polish

Matte is super trendy these days – matte lipstick, matte eyeshadow and now, matte nail polish. Matte looks sophisticated and almost natural on anyone. Unfortunately, a bottle of matte nail polish is expensive. So, people have come up with ways to duplicate matte nail polish for less:

 

You will need: Top coat, eye shadow (any color)

How to do it:

  • Mix top coat and eyeshadow in a plastic cup or plate.
  • Make sure that the color has evenly spread.
  • Apply on nails and wait for it to dry.

matte nail polish

2.) Blue Velvet Nails

Another trend these days is velvet. This might look a bit difficult to achieve, especially without the help of a professional nail artist, but in reality, it’s quite straightforward.

You will need: Blue nail polish (or any color you want), soft make-up brush, blue flocking powder (must match the color of your nail polish), paper towel.

How to do it:

  • Apply first coat of nail polish and wait for it to dry.
  • Apply a second coat of nail polish and immediately sprinkle blue flocking powder.
  • Gently pat flocking powder in place using your finger.
  • Swish away excess flocking powder, using the soft make-up brush.
  • Wait for it to dry.

 

3.) Polka Dot Nails

This is probably the easiest nail art design to do. Here we show you two ways to come up with polka dot nail art designs on your own.

      3.1) Polka dots using band aid:

You will need: Two different nail polish colors, band aid

How to do it:

  • Apply two coats of your main nail polish color. Let it dry.
  • Put in place the dotted part of a band aid over your nails
  • Apply second nail polish color over the band aid. You can dab them on the holes alone, to save nail polish.
  • Remove band aid and leave it dry. Apply top coat.



3.2) Polka dots using bobby pins:

You will need: Two different nail polish colors, bobby pins

How to do it:

  • Apply two coats of your main nail polish color. Let it dry.
  • Dip the rounded tip of a bobby pin into your second nail polish color. Dot the color on your nails.
  • Apply the dots evenly on nails. Leave it dry. Apply top coat.

January 22, 2016

Choose Serum Over Cream, Hydracol Researchers Say

 serum

 

Over the years, countless of skincare products came out to the market. All is offering good products that leave consumer confused on what products to choose and what are the products that are suitable for them.

 

Creams have been part of women beauty rituals long before serums developed. Creams are typically made out of mixed oil and water. They act as moisturizers but may or may not contain ingredients to help address certain skin problems. However, creams are not suitable for all skin types, unlike serums. Cream-based skincare products have high oil content. With that, those who have oily and acne prone skin may not be suitable using cream since it can cause your pores to be clogged, therefore increasing the appearance of pimples.

 

On the other hand, Serums are a more concentrated way of getting key ingredients into the skin allowing it to be absorbed immediately. Serums are water based which makes them light and easily absorbed into the skin. Serums are also suitable for most skin types, unlike the regular cream.

 

Serums are the top pick of many skin care experts and researchers, including Hydracol USA, an Australian company that specializes in Anti-Aging Skincare. Hydracol’s research team has conducted thorough research and safe product testing to provide the best formula designed to protect, correct and prevent skin concerns. Because of the company’s drive to develop advanced and unique skin care products to provide excellent results, they have come up with Hydra-C Serum.

 

Hydra-C Serum uses only the best quality ingredients to create a powerful serum. It will be absorbed deep into the skin while protecting your skin from sun damage, fine lines, pigmentation, acne, stretch marks, scarring, rosacea, wrinkles and giving you instantly brighter, softer and more radiant looking skin. 

 

After thorough research and testing, Hydracol just made the perfect Hydra-C Serum for all skin types which naturally stimulates collagen and elastin, hydrates and moisturizes, firms and tone skin, has the antioxidant formula, reduces lines and wrinkles, brightens and repairs your skin while leaving it smooth and well hydrated.

 

“All Hydracol Skincare products are made from only pure, natural and where possible organic ingredients that are designed to deliver the most effective skin care results.” ~ Hydracol USA

 

Hydra-C is made in the USA in a state of the art FDA-certified Laboratory. It does not contain Parabens, alcohol and Sulfate. Hydra-C Serum is the best serum you will ever have which is available in Amazon.

January 15, 2016

Gel Nail Polish Fever Continues in 2016

 

Polish to Gel 

Beauty trends give a vivid image of what the year has been. It gives highlights of what was in and what was not. 2015 was a blast! We just can't get over the long  bohemian waves, red lipstick shades which ruled the runway, makeup contouring: from highlight and contouring to clown contouring, nail arts and gel nail polishes. The year has definitely ended but these trends still reign. Everything is still  dominating the start of the Year of the Monkey 2016.

 

Gel nail polish had a blast last year that brought up a lot of different other trends out of it, just like the domination of nail arts. Well, if you think nail arts and gel nail polish is over? Think twice or maybe even thrice! Gel nail polish is not likely to get down the thrown too soon. Until today, women are still head over heels on gel nail polish not only because of the beauty it brings but most of all, the benefits you get from it.

 

So what's the big deal with gel nail polish? Gel nail polish Provides a long lasting  nail polish. It will last for up to two weeks without chipping and keeps your nails  vibrant and shiny as if you just had them done from a salon minutes ago. Nail arts comes along with gel nail polish fever. People use gel nail polish for their nail arts to make them last long and so as to keep the art.

 

Due to high demand on gel nail polish, Hydracol has come up with The Polish To Gel Solution to address the growing need of women in keeping their nails  embellished. Polish to Gel is a solution that turns your ordinary polish to a  gorgeous gel nail polish in just minutes. Hydracol anticipates women's problem  in keeping their nails maintained and that is the cost that tails on it. The cost in  money and the cost in time. Eureka! Now you don't need to spend too much of  your money and time for your nails. Just get all your old colors from your  cupboard, add Polish to Gel solution and Voila! you are all set for a salon-like gel nail polish experience at your very own home. You don't need to drive to  the salon anymore and spend hours just to have your nails done. Polish to Gel is  truly a must have!

 

"Hydracol is leading the revolution in gel technology and has taken it to the next  level. This formula has not only been designed to hydrate and condition your  nails but is has also been designed so any colour you choose can be a gel color." ~ Hydracol USA

 

If you wish to save more of your time and money while you keep up with the  trends on nail polish this new year, Polish to Gel of Hydracol is available for a  grab in Amazon.