Showing posts with label skin care. Show all posts
Showing posts with label skin care. Show all posts

Monday, January 19, 2015

How to say "Bye Bye" to Blackheads

Our annoying blackheads occur when your pores are clogged with excess amount of oil and dead skin. Let's just remember one important factor, blackheads are not caused by dirt. 

Scrubbing your face a lot is not a good way to get rid of your blackheads. It is only going to make it worse and you will just end up drying out your skin. All you have to do is clean out your pores, and the blackheads are gone.

There’s no need to squish and squeeze.

However, there is a PLUS point to this blackhead scenario. People with oily skin and large pores don’t wrinkle as quickly (because the skin is VERY good at replenishing the oils). So when you’re 60, this will be a blessing.

Here are some helpful tips :

Do a Honey Pat-Down
For this to work, your honey should be very sticky. The stickier it is, the more effective it is. 
Simply pour a small amount of honey on your fingers and start rapidly patting the areas on your face where you want to remove blackheads. The honey will stick to the stuff in your pores, and pull it out as you remove your fingers. It will also offer gentle antibacterial and antioxidant support, so any small remnants that may be left in your pores won’t oxidize (and turn black) quite as quickly.
Continue doing this for 3 or so minutes, and then just rinse your face with water.

Use Egg Whites to Pull Out the Dirt
Starting with a clean face, spread egg whites all over using your fingers or a paintbrush. Start first with one thin layer and let it dry briefly. Then spread a second layer over the top and let the whole thing dry completely.
 You may want to focus on the blackhead areas a third time, even.
Allow this mask to dry for 15 minutes. Your face will feel tight and pull a bit. This is good. Then, with a warm, wet washcloth, scrub the egg whites off your face very gently.

Now... if any of these seem not suitable for you just use a typical pore strips from Biore or even Boscia. However, if we are within budget you can always watch this DIY video that Michelle Phan did.

Have fun removing those nasty heads ....

SweetReadings :)

Thursday, January 15, 2015

What does your Acne mean ?

Pimple anyone? Your skin is basically a map for what is going on inside your body. A pimple sends you a clear message about your health and hygiene.

The Ancient Chinese tradition of "face mapping" says that there is a correlation between your internal organs and different zone of your face.

Here are what your breakouts are telling you in 5 different zones of your face:

1. UPPER FOREHEAD : This is caused due to poor digestive health or your body having trouble breaking down food; which can lead to a build up of toxins.

2. LOWER FOREHEAD :  Breakout here can be caused by irregular sleep, stress, bad blood circulation or depression.

3. BETWEEN EYEBROWS : This area is linked too consuming too much alcohol or a diet that is fat. Also sometimes it means you have any kind of food allergies.

4. RIGHT AND LEFT CHEEK : Your cheeks are associated with your respiratory system. Those who smoke tend to have acne breakouts, and need better breathing method.  

5. SIDES OF CHIN : Hormonal changes and stress can leave this spot unbalanced. Breakouts happen during your menstrual cycle.

SweetReadings :)

Friday, January 9, 2015

Top 3 MakeUp Remover

As a total makeup junkie, I spend a lot of time trying on makeup and taking them off (and half the time it just looks bad on me). I was asked by someone who is exactly like me, "What is the best makeup remover?" Makeup removers are not essential but they can be very helpful (and sometimes absolutely necessary) for removing long-wearing or waterproof formulas.

The main things I look for in a good makeup remover are:
- will not harm my skin
- leaves no oily residue on my white towels
- removes makeup right away

 Here are the top 3 picks:

1. Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes - Hydrating
Removes oil and makeup gently, but thoroughly off the face. It does not irritate or clog the pores. It is at a reasonable price and price and still keeps the shininess on the face. Leaves skin feeling clean, refreshed and moisturized with no residue left behind.

2.  Clinique Take the Day Off Makeup Remover for Lids, Lashes & Lips
This eye and lip makeup remover easily dissolves long wearing makeup, even waterproof mascara. You can re-apply makeup right away just  by rinsing your face with a little water.

3. Lancôme Bi-Facil Double-Action Eye Makeup Remover
This product gently whisks away all types of eye makeup, even waterproof. Simply shake to activate the bi-phase formula that leaves the eye area perfectly clean. Ideal for sensitive skin and contact lenses, it leaves eyes feeling cool and relaxed without an oily residue.

Finally, a product that works as cleanser but also removes make up is the  Bioderma Crealine H2O.
This star product is suitable for all especially those with sensitive skin because of its patented natural complex and a soothing cucumber extract to ensure skin’s natural pH is maintained. It is also fragrance-free and hypoallergenic. Use it as a daily cleanser to remove makeup from face and eyes.

SweetReadings :)

Monday, January 5, 2015

Remedies for Dark Circles

Dark discoloration of the skin under the eye is mainly referred to as dark circles. Dark circles are common with everyone. Sometimes we can not get rid of these circles no matter how we try.

Some major reasons behind these hideous things are: 
  • Heredity
  • Aging
  • Dry skin
  • Prolonged crying 
  • Working for long hours in front of a computer
  • Mental or physical stress
  • Lack of sleep
  • Unhealthy diet
Dark circles are not a serious problem, but they do make you look tired, unhealthy and older.

Remedies for dark circles

1. Almond Oil
Almond Oil is a great for the delicate skin around your eyes. Regular use of this oil will fade the darkness away.

2. Cucumber Slices 
Cut thin slices of cucumber and leave them in the fridge to get cold. Take them out and place these slices on the affected area. Leave them for 10 minutes and then wash with water. Cucumber has skin lightening properties and give a very soothing effect on the eyes. They can lighten the color of the skin, increase blood flow and reduce puffiness.

3. Rose Water 
Soak a cotton ball in rose water and put it on your closed eyelids. Rose water works as a good skin toner and it also has mild astringent properties. Being a rich source of antioxidants, rose water can help strengthen skin cells, regenerate skin tissue and rejuvenate the skin around the eyes.

4. Potato
Potatoes have natural bleaching properties that can help lighten dark circles. They can also help get rid of the puffiness around the eyes. Chill a potato in the fridge for an hour and then grate it. Extract the juice of this potato and soak a cotton ball in it. Now place this cotton ball over your dark circles and leave it for 5-10 minutes. Rinse with cold water

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

The Miracle Seed

Best things come in small packages, just like the super-food: pomegranate. Pomegranates may not be the fist thing you reach for at a supermarket, but it is definitely something you would want to consider on your next trip to the market.

Drinking pomegranate juice benefits our health and skin in many ways. It is one of the few fruits whose juice is beneficial to us. If you drink a glass of pomegranate juice everyday, your skin will start glowing instantaneously. 

Here are some benefits to this miracle seed:

1. Anti-Aging
Pomegranates can rejuvenate your skin internally as well as externally. The oil from the skin strengthens your skin which helps reduces wrinkles.

2. Protection against Skin Cancer
This miracle seed contains anti-oxidants which helps you from skin cancer. It also reduces the effects of sunburns and soothes your skin.

3. Skin-Inflammation
If you are suffering from skin inflammation than use pomegranate seeds to soothe your skin. Many experts recommend pomegranate oil to heal small cuts or skin problems. They also leave no trace of the cut on the skin.

Invest in good beauty products that contain promagrante as their key ingredient.

So, put away those greasy bag of chips and reach out for that handful of pomegranate seeds.

SweetReadings :)

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Product Review - Argan Creamy Oil Cleansing Treatment

As you all probably know my obsession for Josie Maran's Argan Oil, so here comes another statement about one of her products:
Josie Maran's Argan Cleansing treatment is an excellent product and gentle on the skin. It removes all my makeup and leaves my skin glowing.

It is a cleansing treatment balm, paired with a double sided cleansing cloth, that helps eliminate impurities while hydrating and nourishing the skin.

This treatment is safe for all skin types and for anyone who wants to have clean, nourished, and hydrated skin.

What I love about this balm is that it does not leave your skin sticky or oily. The end result is fine and touchable skin. When removing the cream of your face, you can actually see the residues on the cloth. The only down side to the product is that, it comes with a small piece of cloth.

Overall, I gave this product a 4 star

The Josie Maran Argan Cleansing Treatment can be purchased at Sephora

SweetReadings :)