4 Beauty Must-Haves for College

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As you begin your new life on a college campus this fall, you may find that your beauty needs have changed. A new schedule, learning time management, and a lack of sleep can all play a big part in your new beauty routine. The following four beauty must-haves will you help you navigate this new life and ensure that you can still look your best with a lot less effort.

Make-Up Removing Wipes

Whether you are up late studying for an exam or simply forget to wash your face after being out late with friends, not removing your make up can have serious consequences for your skin. Your make-up sits on your face all night long, clogging and irritating your pores which can lead to break outs. Although fully washing your face and moisturizing is the ideal scenario, removing your make-up before bed at the very least is highly encouraged. Keeping a supply of make-up removing wipes on your nightstand can encourage this behavior if you are already in bed and too tired to get up to remove your make-up.

A Great Concealer

College can lead to a variety of reasons why you might not be getting enough sleep, from cramming a final exam to coming home late from a school sporting event. Add in early morning classes and it’s no wonder that you might find dark circles appearing under your sleep deprived eyes. Although getting the recommended 8 hours of sleep a day would be ideal, it’s just not possible for everyone every night. Still, there are some things you can do to help. Investing in a really good, full coverage concealer can help you cover dark circles in addition to any acne breakouts or blemishes you might have. A great way to test for the long-lasting effect of any concealer is to apply it to your forearm in the morning and see how much is still visible by the end of the day. If you find that the concealer doesn’t last longer than a few hours, it may be time to invest in a new one.

Clip-In Hair Extensions

This may not seem like an obvious must have but for those with long hair, it can be. Maintaining the health of long hair can be extremely difficult and time consuming. There may be times during final exams where you find yourself too busy to take a shower, much less wash, condition, and brush a mane of hair. Clip-in extensions are easily removable so that you can wear long hair when you want to, like to a weekend party or football game, but you don’t have to worry about keeping up with and maintaining it the rest of the time. Additionally, many students in college have poor diets and may experience hair thinning. Hair extensions are a great way to easily add volume and thickness to any hair, no matter the length.

Dry Shampoo

Every girl with oily hair owes a large debt to the inventors of dry shampoo—it is truly a life changing product. Whether you are combating oily hair or just don’t have time to wash it regularly, dry shampoo will be your best friend. Dry shampoo works because it comes in a powder form which helps absorb oil from your hair. This quickly removes greasiness from the hair without using water so you don’t have to wash your hair in the shower. Dry shampoo also allows you to go several days without washing your hair which is helpful if you have any early morning class and would rather spend a few more minutes sleeping instead of waking up early to wash and blow-dry your hair each morning.

My name is Christopher Guest and I write for The Lauren Ashtyn Collection.

 

Important Tips on How to Get A Flawless Look Using Organic Natural Skin Care

Healthy clear beautiful skin is not achieved just by putting skin care products on your skin. You could use the best organic products and still struggle with issues with your skin. It is important to use organic products as opposed to skin care with synthetic chemical ingredients. Too often the reason you might be experiencing skin problems like blemishes, dry skin, wrinkles, irritation, infection and other issues can be traced to the skin care you are using. There are reactions to chemical ingredients that are not often recognized as the source. Using organic natural products will not harm your skin or your health.

Creating flawless looking skin is best achieved naturally. When you have naturally beautiful skin you achieve better overall health as well. Naturally flawless skin is also dependent on how healthy you are internally. The symptoms from nutritional imbalance can show up as skin problems. Stress and emotional problems also can effect your skin. For naturally flawless looking skin you have to be conscious about your diet. Eating a healthy balanced diet is key to beautiful skin and is as much of a factor as what you put on your skin. Avoiding foods with synthetic ingredients, chemicals, preservatives and other potentially toxic ingredients is important for the condition of your skin. Highly processed, refined foods don’t offer much good nutrition and often also cause skin problems because of the sugars, salts and bad fats they contain. Eating lots of fresh organic fruits, vegetables and whole grains will give you balance and support your efforts to care for your skin.

Natural Organic Antioxidants Are a Must for Flawless Skin

The bottom line for your general health and the look and health of your skin is dependent on a consistent flow of antioxidant rich foods and skin care products. Free radicals are constantly attacking your skin cells, the way to fight back and keep these free radicals under control and minimize their negative consequences is with lots of antioxidants. Using organic skin care products that are high in antioxidants can help to keep not only skin cancer away, but also to avoid many common skin diseases, like rosacia, dermatitis, hives, infections, psoriasis, eczema etc. Antioxidants are one of our best aids in combating the negative effects of environmental toxicity. You are surrounded by toxins in the air, water and in the materials you are exposed to. The entry point into your body in through your skin. If you are adequately loaded up with antioxidants in both your skin and internally you can combat the effects of environmental toxins.

Choosing the Right Skin Care Products

Organic

There are a vast amount of products called natural skin care. It is important to beware of the term “natural”. This term is used very loosely, it no longer means products labeled natural don’t have preservatives, synthetic or chemical ingredients.

Organic is a much stronger term for knowing that a product is pure and free of toxic ingredients. When choosing organic skin care, it is still important to read the label and see what the ingredients are. There are some organic products that contain ingredients that although they are organic and from a source in nature they are not ultimately great for your skin. Do your home work. Also not all organic products are antioxidant rich. Botanical skin care ingredients from plants, fruits, nuts and other sources know for high antioxidant content are what you want to look for. For instance there are many plants and fruits that grow in the rainforest that are being used in organic skin care products because they are so high in antioxidants.

The Camu berry from the Peruvian Amazon Rainforest is an example, Acai berry, grapefruit, and countless other high antioxidant fruits are used in organic natural skin care. Look around do some research and educate yourself, then try some products, experiment. A good organic skin care product should offer a satisfaction guarantee so you can try the products risk free. Look for products online and through direct sales from someone you can connect with personally and get on going support.

Natural Ethnic Skin Care: What You Need to Know

Long known, is the fact that there are very few natural ethnic skin care products in the mainstream cosmetics industry to address skin of color properly. Seems almost everything formulated for our skin in the ethnic market is either too drying, too irritating, too greasy, or just plain too ineffective.

What makes some formulators of these products think these type of products are going to help our skin? One would wonder what they were thinking. Is there any hope?

It is extremely pleasing to say ‘indeed yes’, there is. Start using natural ethnic skin care products. Stop using toxic products. We know just how sensitive our skin is, so the first thing we need to do is avoid chemical-laden skin care and personal care products like the plague.

These types of products can prove to be devastating to our skin in many ways. Unfortunately, these products were saturating and even dominating the cosmetics industry for quite some time.

In both the ethnic personal care market as well as the mainstream personal care market, there’s a lot left to be desired. By now, you probably have a good idea why it is not recommended to use most mainstream personal care products for sensitive skin of color. Not to worry, natural personal care products are the answer.

Natural Skin Care: Herbs Make the Difference for Ethnic Skin

When it comes to natural skin care, herbs contained in products can have a very positive impact on ethnic skin. There is a fundamental difference in the way herbal skin care and conventional skin care works.

Herbs themselves, contain not only single active constituents, but many active constituents that provide necessary nutrients to the skin. These multiple compounds acting together, can more effectively address skin problems from every angle.

Remember, plant cells and human cells are very compatible. What does all this mean? It means that herbals treat not just the symptoms, but the underlying cause of any existing skin or health condition more effectively.

It is well-known that herbs are more gentle in nature, on not only the skin, but the body as a whole. This can be attributed to the fact that herbs have been extracted as naturally occurring substances. Herbs are gentle and do not produce any major, toxic side effects on skin.

This is especially beneficial for skin of color, as it is more reactive by nature than most other skin types and needs both the gentlest, and most effective treatment. Make no mistake about it, herbal skin care may be gentler, but this does not mean it is less effective. You’ll be pleasantly surprised!

Remember, 60-70% of what you put on your skin has the ability to penetrate your pores and eventually end up in your blood stream. If you are going to use products to address your skin condition, why not use something naturally healthy as well?

Natural products either purchased or home-made from natural ingredients, should be the preferred choice before conventional personal care products are sought after from the mainstream cosmetics industry.

Herbals vs. Modern Drugs in the Skin Care Industry

Modern drugs contained in mainstream or conventional skin care products (including benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, kojic acid, etc.) are manufactured in laboratories and then produced in mass quantities in factories.

Before reaching the general public, these drugs are tested on a large number of users. The knowledge that forms the basis of the conventional or mainstream skin care industry is based on experimental findings and observations.

To that extent, herbal treatments are also supported through years of fact-based evidence that has accumulated over generations and across cultures, thus their value is well-known.

The unfortunate fact is that the approach to testing herbal beauty remedies has not been as thorough and rigorous as the testing that is seen in the mainstream beauty industry.

So much money has been put into funding the analysis of modern drugs (also contained in many skin care products) that they should be able to produce evidence for the benefits of herbal treatments. In the modern drug and personal care markets, it’s all about the money.

It is much less cost-effective for mainstream cosmetic and skin care makers to produce active, natural and organic skin care products than to produce unnatural and even unsafe ones.

Remember that herbal treatments are different in that they are a complex mixture of a variety of active compounds. These active compounds work together to heal skin more effectively and are difficult to separate making duplication and measurement a difficult task for the mainstream formulator.

One Word of Caution

When selecting herbal ethnic skin care products for our dark skin, we must still be cautious for our skin’s sake. Beware of companies who tout themselves as offering you so-called ‘natural’, ‘herbal’ and ‘organic’ skin or hair care products and they really are not!

When it comes down to it, there may be tiny amounts of only one, two or maybe even three organic and/or natural ingredients in the entire product followed or preceded by a host of chemical ingredients such as coloring agents, preservatives, stabilizers, thickeners, PH balancers, fragrance and such. Please read labels carefully. Avoid these products. Your skin will thank you.

The Bottom Line

Dark skin types should be treated with the thorough understanding of our skin’s characteristics, strengths, and weaknesses. Once we understand this, we can treat it more effectively with natural herbs and avoid the recurrence of excessive skin problems. We can start by becoming more educated about our beautiful dark skin (you are because you’re reading this article).

Natural Skin Care Treatments

Here are some causes of dry skin:

Medication Side Effects

As a society, we have increasingly become dependent on medication for things like high blood pressure, tension headaches, and even depression. Skin care treatment for dryness may very well be necessary due to some side effect of your medication for a completely unrelated condition. For this reason, you always want to monitor any potential skin irritation immediately after starting any new medication. If you already have dry skin and can’t remember whether or not it was a problem before starting your medication, you may need to consult with your physician and discuss an alternative medication in order to rule out side effects as the cause of your dry skin.

Poor Nutrition

Skin care problems are often the result of poor nutrition. Our bodies require a delicate balance of nutrients in order to keep everything functioning properly, especially the skin. Vegetarians and vegans often run into dry skin issues as a result of not consuming enough animal fats in their diet. A vitamin B12 deficiency will cause your oil glands (sebaceous glands) to function improperly, generally leading to acne.

Basically, any attempt to address a skin care issue (be it oily, dry, or even itchy skin) should begin with a close look at diet. Dermatologists can best assess potential diet-related skin care problems and recommend corrective measures to naturally restore skin vitality.

However, here are some foods to avoid where possible in order to keep your skin as healthy as possible:

• fried foods (chicken, French fries)

• processed sugars

• caffeine, coffee, tea, soft drinks

• high fat dairy products like milk or cheese (consuming low fat varieties of milk and cheese may not be great, but they are better for your skin!)

Now the best thing that you can ingest for improved skin care is water.

That’s right, water. Water naturally removes toxins from your body-so the more you drink of it, the purer your body will be. Drinking lots of water is especially good for people with acne problems and it will also help reduce the onset of wrinkles.

Skin Care Problems Due to Sebaceous

Gland Problems

If you have ever been to a dermatologist because of acne problems then you are probably very familiar with sebaceous glands. Because the skin needs to be lubricated, it is covered with oil secreting glands known as sebaceous glands. If these glands become clogged with dirt, then bacteria begin growing inside and a pimple is the result. However, sebaceous glands can either become clogged and dry skin is caused or they can produce too much and cause oily skin. More often than not, problems with the sebaceous glands are due to poor diet and can usually be corrected rather easily.

Skin Care Problems Due to Diabetes

Believe it or not, even diabetes can cause you serious skin care problems. A person with diabetes has trouble regulating the blood sugar levels. When there is an excess of blood sugar in the body, the excess must be absorbed. To do this, the body uses a lot more water than normal and that can lead to dry skin.

Skin Care Treatment for Dryness

While diet must always be part of any skin care treatment regimen, it is just a simple fact that our bodies will need more help as we age. For this reason, a moisturizer of some sort will ultimately be needed. To this end, it is HIGHLY recommended that you use a natural skin moisturizer.

Moisturizers using natural ingredients are far less likely to cause the irritating side effects mentioned earlier. Synthetic ingredients are often less expensive to use in moisturizers but they are not the best skin care option because the body is less receptive to them. Natural ingredients, on average, cause fewer side effects and are therefore better where skin moisturizers are concerned.

Skin Care for Wrinkles

Wrinkles are probably the biggest cause of all skin care treatments in the United States. As a person ages, the skin naturally becomes less elastic. As a result, fine lines begin to form on the face which ultimately become the wrinkles we hate so much.

There are two main skin care strategies when it comes to wrinkles: affect the muscles that reveal the wrinkles or fill in the skin so the wrinkles are less noticeable. The first strategy involves Botox and the second Collagen injections.

Botox Skin Care

A person is actually having a strain of Botulism injected in their face when they opt for Botox skin care treatment. Botox actually interrupts the transmission of nerve impulses to the muscles that reveal our wrinkles. It may sound radical, but these injections do actually reduce the appearance of wrinkles on the face for a significant period of time. Now these injections can be costly and they must be repeated-but they are generally affective.

Collagen Injection Skin Care

Many people have a serious misunderstanding of collagen injections. The perception is that collagen is a form of fat that is injected into your face to fill in the lines caused by wrinkles. Actually, collagen is an effective form of skin care treatment for wrinkles not because it is fat-but because it is protein. In fact, collagen is a special protein that helps cells and blood vessels connect to one another. When this happens, the wrinkles fade because the collagen helps the skin to “rebuild” in areas where wrinkles form and actually fill in the lines. Again, collagen treatments tend to work but they also are expensive and need to be repeated.

Natural Anti-Wrinkle Creams

A cheaper, but slower, alternative to expensive skin care treatments for wrinkles is a simple cream. Anti-wrinkle creams work to rebuild the skin texture and helps with the elasticity over time. However, unlike Collagen or Botox injections, anti-wrinkle cream skin care treatment is only applied to the skin surface. This is why it takes so much longer. Still, an anti-wrinkle cream is a cost-effective and non-invasive treatment for wrinkles that does work if given enough time. Again, in order to reduce possible side effects, stick with creams that use natural ingredients as they will react better with your skin.

Anti Aging Skin Care Product Secrets Revealed

Rule #1: Look beyond the claims of the product

While advertising is a huge influence in the skin care market, it is important to be wise in dealing with the claims of any one particular product. If the product claims to reduce fine lines and eliminate wrinkles are these claims supported by reviews of real people who have used the product and seen positive results?

One tip is to look for products that stimulate collagen production as over time, this can bring about dramatic and changes in the skin’s appearance. In addition, a product which contains a good moisturizer is crucial to relax skin tension and lock the moisture in.

Rule #2: Don’t worry about the presence of any one ingredient

With so many competing creams on the market, there’s bound to be some degree of separation in which ingredients they all contain. Instead of getting fixated on which product a skin cream “must” contain, try to see what any individual product can bring to your skin care routine.

It’s probably too much to ask for any one skin care product to be a “magic pill” for your skin, but by using a combination of products that attack the problem from different angles its easy to see how by using two or even three good skin care products your skin can easily benefit from the compound effect of all the extra nutrients and ingredients.

Some really great nutrients for skin care include Silica, Zinc, Omega-3 acids, Selenium and Vitamin C and antioxidants.

Rule #3: Avoid Irritants

Ok, so while it can be good to have a range of essential nutrients in your skin care regime, there are definitely some skin care products that you would do well to avoid. Products that irritate the skin can actually increase wrinkles and weaken the skin against protection from environmental damage, such as UV from the sun’s rays, which is most definitely NOT what you want!

The best advice here is to test. Even the slightest tingling or uncomfortable feeling on the skin resulting from using a product is the first sign of skin irritation. If this happens to you then my advice is strongly to stop using that product immediately! There are many alternatives on the market and the risks are simply not worth the cost.

Once again check the product reviews and see what others are saying. This could save you a lot of trouble in the long run.

Rule #4: Look for products that compliment your skin type

Getting to know your skin type can save you a lot of time in choosing the right products for you. This is actually a lot easier than you might expect. Basically, skin types can be broken down into four key groups: Normal, dry, oily and sensitive. There is also a combination skin type, although this is less common. Your skin will probably fall into one of these categories or have characteristics which make it more one than the other.

(One quick tip here, if you are having trouble undermining your skin type, it could pay to to visit a dermatologist who can easily tell you which category your skin type fits into.)

With this in mind, match the right skin product to your skin type and it will not only leave your skin feeling more fresh and nourished but will avoid any harmful influences that may occur from using the wrong product on your skin.

In addition to this, remember to use the product on all areas of your skin that are exposed to the sun. It’s often overlooked that it’s not only the areas around the eyes and mouth that need attention. Your neck, hands and even parts of your body such as your knees and elbows may also benefit from some tender love and care!

Rule #5: Don’t Expect Results Overnight

This goes back to the promises and claims you will see that accompany many skin care products. If I found a product that was a “miracle cure” for skin care I’d be absolutely thrilled about it! The truth is that a skin care product works in connection with your daily routine and is not really an isolated cure all by itself. You still need to protect yourself from the sun and keep on practising all the good habits which lead to healthy looking skin.

That’s not to say that you can’t see tangible results and have great success with the right product. After all, skin care needn’t be difficult and it’s certainly possible to see positive results in a matter of weeks with the right product.

Typically, in 2-3 weeks you should start to see some benefits to your skin, although for the best results a more prolonged use is recommended. Using the right product for a few months can literally transform the skin’s appearance.

The benefits of a good anti aging skin care product include smoother and more radiant skin, a more even skin tone and less reduction of wrinkles and fine lines. Not only are these goals achievable but thanks to the recent developments in the cosmetics industry they are now also within anyone’s reach.

The truth is that anti aging skin care needn’t be expensive or take lots of hard work. However, there is also a LOT of information out there and it can often be tricky to sort out what works from what doesn’t. So, to give you a head start, I’ve put together a free report of neat tips that can help you to have softer, smoother looking skin which feel great in the shortest time possible!

First, head on over to How To Have Perfect Skin (that’s the blog) and sign up for my FREE skin care report. You’ll get access to all kinds of info, packed with skin care tips and advice for younger looking skin.

Second, browse around the site for more skin care tips, techniques and reviews of and anti aging skin care products that have proven results.

Third, take the plunge! By making healthy lifestyle choices and choosing the right product you could start to see significant results towards younger looking skin in less time than you might expect.

First, head on over to How To Have Perfect Skin [http://www.howtohaveperfectskin.org] (that’s the blog) and sign up for my FREE skin care report. You’ll get access to all kinds of info, packed with skin care tips and advice for younger looking skin.

Second, browse around the site for more skin care tips, techniques and reviews of and anti aging skin care products that have proven results.

Third, take the plunge! By making healthy lifestyle choices and choosing the right product you could start to see significant results towards younger looking skin in less time than you might expect.

How and Why Should We Use Natural Skin Care Products

Introduction

The human skin is the largest organ of the human body. It not only has quite a complex structure, but also performs several life sustaining functions.

We can live without a Spleen, Gall Bladder, or an Appendix, and we can survive with only one Kidney or one Lung, but we cannot survive without our skin. As a result it is of the utmost importance that we take care of our skin.

Using natural skin care products is a good first step in providing the skin with the right nutrients and building materials to retain its health and functionality.

What Does Our Skin Actually Do for Us?

Our skin has many functions, most of which we are unaware of until something goes wrong. They include:

Regulation of body temperature;
Protection against the elements;
Sensation;
Excretion;
Immunity;
Blood storage and
Synthesis of Vitamin D.

If you want to read about these functions in more detail you can have a look at this article: “Anatomy & Physiology of the Skin”.

In summary, these functions provide us with awareness of our surrounding climatic environment, protect us against some of the bacteria and other potentially harmful bugs in our surroundings, allow us to experience touch and feel, eliminate toxins from our body, store blood, and provide the means for our body to obtain vitamin D while protecting our body from the sun’s UV-rays.

Considering these vital functions our skin has to perform, it is no surprise that we need to look after our skin and make sure it is given every opportunity to function properly and remain healthy.

Why You Should Choose Natural Skin Care Products?

With all the media and news reports warning consumers of the potentially toxic ingredients in many of the commercially available skin care products sold in supermarkets and department stores, this is an easy question to answer.

Firstly, many of the commonly used skin care products contain artificial and/or synthetic ingredients that the body has difficulties in eliminating, and as a result it tends to store these chemicals in its tissues. Research has shown that the accumulation of many of these substances can have serious health effects.

If you are interested in learning more about some of the toxic chemicals used in skin care products, please read the article ” Potentially Toxic Ingredients In Skin Care Products”. It will provide you with much information and research references for you to be able to identify what is in your skin care products and what should not be there.