Acne May Not Be So Terrible After All

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As girls most of us have probably had to deal with acne and getting breakouts, especially at the worst possible time. According to newly released research, the people that suffer from acne age more slowly. This study was recently published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology. So if you are  annoyed and frustrated with your skin, just remember that chances are pretty good based on research that you will age slowly. If you want more information about what was talked about within the new study, head over to http://www.teenvogue.com/story/acne-benefits-younger-skin-study to read the full article. Here’s a great suggestion on a daily routine to help you deal with acne and breakouts:

Morning

  1. Cleanse with a soap-free water soluble formula designed to be gentle yet cleanse thoroughly. Adding a soft washcloth or soft- bristled cleansing brush can help make sure all makeup, debris, and oil are removed.
  2. Exfoliate and help unclog pores with a leave-on, completely non-abrasive 2% salicylic acid product designed for acne-prone skin. The trick is to find one that doesn’t contain ingredients like alcohol and menthol.
  3. Apply a benzoyl peroxide treatment to all breakout-prone areas. Benzoyl peroxide is the gold standard acne-fighting ingredient and is brilliant when combined with soothing, exfoliating salicylic acid. Some products come in multiple strengths of benzoyl peroxide so start using the lowest strength first.
  4. Protect skin every day with an oil-free, lightweight, broad spectrum sunscreen. If you wear foundation, it may already contain sunscreen so you wouldn’t need to apply more.

Evening
The evening routine is the same as the morning routine, minus the sunscreen. Some of these products can be kind of drying to the skin so using a moisturizer after using these products would probably be good.

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And now I will do what’s best for me…

With the end of the semester approaching, stress is at an all time high. With all the school work and stress of grades, we seem to lose ourselves in the madness. But you have to remember, that you ARE ALWAYS a priority. No matter the day or time, you always need to make sure you have time for yourself. I have learned that through high school and college, time to yourself is just as fun and appealing as time with your friends. Nothing is more exciting than putting on a good movie and painting your nails, or mixing up some DIY face mask cream and reading a good book. Here are some tips for staying relaxed and beautiful during a time of distress.

“Your feet will take you where your heart is.”  Your feet are a very important part to your body. They bear all the weight of the day. So after a long hard day, sit down and soak your feet in this peppermint mix and rid all the ware and tear of the day.

http://thedivinemissmommy.com/diy-peppermint-foot-soak/

DIY Peppermint Foot Soak | The Divine Miss Mommy

 

“Your body will be around a lot longer than that expensive handbag.” Your body is a reflection of your feeling. If you feel good, you will look better. Light a candle, play some calm music, and unwind in the bubbles and bath salts of this delightful bubble bath potion.

http://www.brit.co/picks/treat-yoself-to-this-5-minute-diy-bubble-bath/?utm_campaign=pinbutton_hover

Treat Yo'self to This 5 Minute DIY Bubble Bath

 

“Keep your face always toward the sunshine and the shadows will fall behind you.”  The first thing people should see is your glowing skin and bright smile. Rejuvenate your skin after strenuous days with these different face masks for all types of skin.

http://www.topinspired.com/top-10-diy-cucumber-beauty-remedies-for-glowing-skin/

Beauty

 

Hopefully, all these tips will encourage you to sit down, take a break from the fast pace life, and take care of yourself. You are important, too!

– Jasmine

DIY Body Scrubs!!

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I LOVE body scrubs. They smell yummy, they make your skin feel soft, silky, and smooth. They make you feel relaxed and pampered after a long day of school or work. But as much as I love them, they’re more of a treat that I get to use every once in a while rather than part of my everyday routine. They’re SO expensive in stores!!

As I scroll through Pinterest and look at all the neat DIY crafts and beauty remedies, I always see DIY scrubs. But every time I think, nah, that’s too much work, I probably don’t have any of that stuff anyway. I’ll just stick to buying them sometimes, I guess.

But the truth is, you can find everything you need to make all kinds of different amazing scrubs in your KITCHEN!! Stuff you most likely already have!

Here are a few simple recipes for body scrubs. You won’t believe how easy they are!

 

Easy Sugar Scrub

-3 parts coarse sugar

-1 part olive oil

-whatever fragrance you want!

 

Banana Sugar Scrub

-1 ripe banana

-3 tablespoons of granulated sugar

-1/4 teaspoon of vanilla extract

 

Vanilla Coconut Brown Sugar Scrub

-1/2 cup coconut oil

-1/2 cup brown sugar

-1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

 

Citrus Salt or Sugar Scrub

-1/2 cup sea salt

-1/2 cup oil of your choice (coconut, olive, vegetable, whatever)

-1 teaspoon of citrus zest (lemon, lime, orange, grapefruit, or a mix)

 

With all of these recipes, all you need to do is mix them in a jar or some kind of container with a lid. Then use them on damp skin and rinse. SO easy!!! Have fun!

~Taren

No Makeup: Redefining Beautiful

I have nothing against makeup; I wear makeup most days. Sometimes it’s fun to put on some red lipstick, or some green eye shadow and do some cool, crazy stuff with your eyeliner. It makes you feel beautiful, confident, feminine… and it’s just straight up FUN. But the thing is, you shouldn’t NEED makeup to feel that way.

I used to wear makeup 24/7. I literally wouldn’t leave the house without putting on mascara, even if I just had to run to the store for a few minutes. Even on days when I just stayed home all day, I had to put makeup on just to feel good about myself. I NEVER would’ve gone to school without makeup, no way. I was way too self conscious to do that.

Recently, I’ve realized that that’s not good. It’s not good to be totally dependent on makeup to feel beautiful, or even to feel good enough to go outside. That’s just silly. I started trying to go at least one day a week without wearing any makeup at all, whether it was a day I had school, or a lazy day during the weekend. After a while, I started feeling like I never had to wear makeup at school, and that I could go out with friends or even with my boyfriend with no makeup. And I felt great.

You know what else? My skin TOTALLY cleared up once I stopped wearing makeup everyday! Makeup is terrible for your pores and skin in general… sometimes your poor face just needs a break.

But like I said, I still wear makeup most days. I usually wear cover up, a little blush, neutral eye shadow and mascara. A lot of the time I’ll wear eyeliner, too… if I want to get crazy, I’ll put on some bright lipstick. But the difference now is that I KNOW I don’t NEED it. I don’t wear makeup now because I feel like I have to, I really just do it because it’s kinda fun.

A lot of girls and women have a really hard time not wearing makeup in public. They look at the women on TV and in ads who cake on tons of makeup, and feel like they need to look like that all the time to be considered beautiful. Here’s an article about an awesome group of high school girls in Texas who have all started going to school without makeup one day a week:

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/teens-shun-makeup-in-effort-to-redefine-beauty/

Trust me girls, you don’t need tons of makeup. You really do look great just the way you are. And honestly, guys don’t even like lots of makeup. I’ll bet almost every guy you ask would say he thinks girls look cuter without makeup. Try to cut back, you’ll feel great!

~Taren

Great Ideas for going back to school!

20130508_200549 Okay girls it is coming close to time to getting back to school. Here are some great tips to helping you and your friends get ready, save money, feel good about yourselves and spend time with your girls.

Plan a Beauty/Spa night. Ask every girl to come over wearing their pajamas. Ask each girl to bring at least one thing to do manicures, pedicures, facials, hair masks/treatments or whatever makes them feel pampered and pretty. Everyone is different and remember to be age appropriate. Be sure to get permission from the girls’ parents before the event so the beauty queens don’t startle their parents with face masks and nail polish fumes.

Another great idea for keeping you or your parent’s budget down this school year is to do a “Clothing Swap” with your friends. Have your friends clean out their closets and bring items that they don’t want any more or don’t fit in to. This is a great form of recycling and we all know our friends always have cute clothes that we secretly really want. Not only will you all be complimenting each other but you will also be demonstrating that something they have could look just as good on another person. This is also something you will want to consult with a parent about; they may even have some items to donate to the swap.

This time will bring you all closer together and everyone should walk away feeling more confident, beautiful inside and out, accepted and prepared for school, work and social life than they did before coming. Have a great start to your school year. Be safe and always have fun.

Tanning? Not So Smart…

tanning039_jpg_775x525_q85Being a girl, I understand the struggle of body image and trying to fit in. Worrying about appearance can be quite the distraction at times. Young girls are willing to give so much in order to fit our society’s standard of beauty. It now seems as if it is starting to go too far! Young women are sacrificing their health and ultimately their lifespans as the desire to be tan is growing. There is nothing wrong with being outdoors and getting some sun, but when I look around I see something quite different. Girls laying out in direct sunlight for hours with tanning oil or Vaseline lathered on their skin like thick icing. Our women are even trying to stay dark year round by paying big bucks at tanning salons. So…pretty much they are paying to get cancer! It seems ridiculous when you think of it that way, yet girls are still risking it to be pretty.

I was reading an article about tanning beds and was shocked to see the damage that is done. Women who tanned frequently when they were younger are finding themselves with a cancer called melanoma even in their twenties! This is one of the most dangerous forms of skin cancer and can leave nasty scars and some have to have reconstruction surgery as a part of their bodies is removed. Not only does tanning lead to cancer, but it also leads to early wrinkles and leathery skin. Being tan now may give you confidence and make you feel beautiful, but as you age, it will be something you regret. Take care of yourself starting today so you can live a healthier life!

Sadly, most sunscreen, which is supposed to protect us against skin cancer, is actually accelerating the rate of cancer. If you not going to give up your time outside, try to find sunscreen without those harmful chemicals. Try and avoid anything that has parabens, chemicals and vitamin A in the ingredients. When you do apply sunscreen, make sure it is a good amount! Also, be sure to wear sunglasses, hats and more clothing to protect your skin from those harmful sun rays! This all goes to say, be safe in the sun! Do not risk your health in order to fit the typical ‘beauty’ stereotype. Be yourself and be content with how you are made!

Makeup: Enough is Enough!

Have you ever seen a girl in the hallway at school or at the mall and the first thing you notice is how much make-up they have on?  Maybe its just SUPER sparkly or neon colors or the mascara is super thick.  Now bright colors are never a bad thing.  In fact in the right time and place they can look awesome.  For example, I have a friend who rocks a 50’s style and when she wears cute dresses she’ll put on bright red lipstick.  It looks really adorable because she is replicating an old trend, so no one would look at her and say that’s super obnoxious looking, they’d just recognize the look she’s going for and say that’s super cute.  However, sometimes make-up can just be too much. 

 

    Make-up originally started as something that was meant to enhance natural facial features.  People thought that eyelashes were really pretty when they were dark and thick, so they invented mascara so that all girls could look like that.  Lipstick, blush, eye liner and cover up were all made to cover things we don’t like and enhance the things that are considered beautiful about our faces.  When make-up is put on so thick that it not only looks unnatural, but it distracts people from seeing how pretty you are, that’s when you’re using too much! You want people to be able to see the things that are naturally beautiful in your face, lightly enhanced by make-up.  Because ultimately, that’s make-ups real purpose.

Makeup Tips:

  1. Skip the foundation If you have acne the first thing you want to do is slather on the thick foundation. Don’t. Instead, cover up blemishes with concealer, then follow with a powder or tinted moisturizer.
  2. You pat concealer in, you never rub it in. When applying concealer, put a bit on the pad of your middle finger and pat it in. Never rub. Got acne? Pat the concealer on top of it.
  3.  Buying foundation or lipstick? Test it first There are some beauty products you simply must try out at a department store or Sephora before you buy. These include: Foundation, lipstick, blush and powder.
  4. Play up your lips or your eyes, never both If you are wearing heavy eye makeup, go for nude lips with just a bit of gloss. Prefer the drama of dark lipstick? Keep face light (stay away from heavy blush) and wear only mascara on your eyes and a light eyeshadow. Don’t heavily line your eyes. Play up both and you’ll look like a clown.
  5. Vaseline is your best friend Vaseline is a great, cheap eye makeup remover. It’s also great for fixing chapped, scaly lips. Slather on a bunch of Vaseline, then use a toothbrush to massage lips. Wipe the excess off on a tissue. Your lips will be smooth and soft.

For more beauty tips you can check out http://www.makeup.com

Year-round Tans

One out of the many great things about summer is the warm weather and the ability to get a tan! Many people, male and female, like the look of sunkist skin, which some prefer to have year-round. Even though this may be a popular trend now-of-days, it is important to remember to keep your skin safe. Did you know that it only takes one sunburn that blisters to double your lifetime risk of skin cancer? Or did you know that a beach umbrella has an SPF of only 3 to 10 rather than sunscreen that can range from 15-75? WebMD has a fun little quiz to test your knowledge on suntans and sunscreens. Check it out because you may find out something you didn’t know (I know I did)!

It is also good to note that tanning beds are no good either. Unless prescribed by your doctor for mental health issues, it is best to keep your distance from them. Those things in the long-run are notorious for making your skin look leathery and will help with the aging process by producing wrinkles! I don’t know anyone who is happy with wrinkles at age 25 (or more!!).

Honestly if you want a tan, but don’t want to have to deal with the harsh effects of UV rays, try lotion that is tinted or if you are worried about streaks being left behind use a foam. It will actually save you money and it won’t hurt your skin. These days, beauty product companies have gotten much better with making things that don’t have a completely orange tint to it, so you don’t have to worry about it looking like a spray-on tan.

Body Art

Body art has been a popular trend throughout the ages and is grounded in layers of culture. You will find that various people from different walks of life that have a vast array of experiences decide to get tattoos and/or body piercings.  For most who decide to get a tattoo or more, they chose something that is meaningful to them. For others it can be a rite of passage into adulthood. And of course, there are those that decide they just want to get body art because it is a popular trend and for looks. Whichever category you find yourself in, there are a few things to keep in mind.

Most, but not all, body art is permanent. Yes, there is a medica procedure that can remove tattoos, but it is very costly. It is best not to get one on a whim because you will be stuck with it for quite some time. Plus, if you think about something meaningful to have it will be a great story to those who ask about it!

Although at some businesses, body art is acceptable to have publicly displayed by their employees, there is a large majority of businesses that do not allow any to be shown. They may ask you to cover up your tattoos with clothing, make-up, or band aids. Certain body piercings can be considered offensive to customers and thus they may ask that you do not have any piercings other than your ears. You may have to take out other piercings or cover them with band aids. Some businesses may not even hire you if you have a lot of visible tattoos and/or body piercings.

There are also some health risks involved in body art. The most common being infections. It is important to keep your skin clean and follow any and all directions given to you by the helping professional. Also, be sure to go to a tattoo parlor or body piercing shop that is certified and always uses clean equipment. Take a look at this link to get more information on body art safety.

 

Tips for Clearer Skin

Acne is a terrible thing to have to endure, especially growing up.  Even though school is out for the summer, it remains important for us to keep up our good looks and beat down those bad ones.  There are times where that messy hair can be tamed, the unibrow can be plucked, and the acne can be slightly diminished. It takes consistency and time, but in the long run it will benefit you!

WebMD is one of my favorite websites because it has great advice on any health issue you may have, plus it has little quizzes that test your knowledge and small advice blurbs. It is easy to go to for quick hints that are healthy and will help you feel better.  One such quiz involved how much I knew about acne, what causes it, what causes oily skin and if gender has anything to do with it, and what ways there are to deal with it. I definitely could use more tips because I didn’t get a great score (9 out of 14), so I saw an advice article that gave some great tips!

Mainly, what you should focus on is keeping your skin clean, but try not to use harsh soaps and don’t over do it because that will lead to irritation. In addition to this, try to use oil-free soaps if possible (this isn’t too difficult to find-most, if not all, facial soaps out there are oil-free). This tip is my favorite: don’t shun your favorite foods (mine definitely are chips, chocolate, and pizza) instead if they cause more irritation then try to avoid them. Also, drink plenty of water, use oil-free sun screen (it is actually a myth that the sun will clear up your acne), and be sure to not pop your pimples!  If you have any issues with your acne it is best to see a dermatologist because they can give you medicine to help diminish your acne.

There are many more tips available on the WebMD website that you may find helpful, too!

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