I have been receiving many compliments lately on my hair. I have been using the Oscar Blandi Vivid Clear Shine Glaze and it has done wonders! I rarely write about products, however I had to mention this being it lives up to it’s expectations and a lot of people have been asking me what products I use. Continue reading “Healthy Shiny Hair!”→
TIP: Always apply a heat protectant spray before you apply heat to your hair, even if you are simply blow drying it out. Remember that it is important to switch products every 4-6 months!
Bumble and bumble – Tonic Lotion
Kenra – Thermal Styling Spray
Ouidad – Botanical Boost
SMOOTHING AND FRIZZ REDCUCTION
Bumble and bumble – Defrizz
Kenra – Platinum Silkening Gloss
NAILS | PROBLEM: SPLIT & CRACKED
TIP: Always apply base coat to your nails regardless the color you intend to apply. Make sure you apply a top coat every day! (My wonderful manicurist Natalia, at Backsteet Salon and Spa, recommended this product to me. Natalia is the best and has given me great tips on nail care that I am sharing with you in this post!)
Duri Cosmetics – Rejuvacote
SKIN | PROBLEM: DRY / PEELING/ REDNESS
TIP: Apply sunblock every time you are exposed to the sun. Whether you are driving in your car or walking down the street for 5 minutes! Consider consulting with a board certified Dermatologist, in the event you have any specific skin conditions, to ensure proper treatment. (Seborrheic dermatitis, Acne, Rosacea, etc..)
SUN BLOCK FACE
Neutrogena – Ultra Sheer Spray Neutrogena
EltaMD UV CLEAR BROAD-SPECTRUM SPF 46
TIP: Apply the spray with a makeup sponge/wedge. Make sure you dab sunscreen on your scalp with the makeup wedge, if you are not wearing a hat.
It’s often difficult to find skin care products that I can actually reap the benefits from. I have ultra sensitive skin, so most of the time a great deal of irritation is caused by skin care products. Whether it is facial moisturizer, toner, eye cream, or facial cleanser; I seem to not have much success.
I recently started using the Obagi line. I have received the greatest results with the Obagi products. The Vitamin C Serum is one of my favorite products for everyday use. I use the 5%, that is formulated for the sensitive eye area, all over my face. I find greater results when I use the 5% as opposed to the higher concentrations. (My dermatologist recommended the lower concentration, due to my ultra skin sensitivity.) I apply the serum around the eye area and the rest of my face, every morning, followed by an application of sunblock. I have noticed less irritation from the sun since I started using the Vitamin C Serum. My skin has a constant glow, and very seldom feels dry.
Here is a brief overview of the Obagi Professional-C Serums™: www.obagi.com
Antioxidant Protection. Maximum Vitamin C Penetration
Professional-C Serumsuse advanced scientific formulas developed and tested by leading Vitamin C experts to provide maximum daily antioxidant protection against free radicals, which cause premature signs of aging including fine lines and wrinkles.
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Here are a few beauty tips Summer:
SUNBURNED? OVERNIGHT TREATMENTS
Lips: Apply Vitamin-E oil to your lips overnight. Do not use this when exposed to the sun.
Face: Apply Aloe Vera to sooth the burning, then apply Cetaphil® Moisturizing Cream. (1% hydrocortisone cream works effectively. Consult with your physician and/or pharmacist for usage instructions prior.)
Body: Apply St. Ives Aloe and Chamomile Moisturizer all over your body and mix it with a drop of vitamin-e oil. (If you go out doors do not apply the oil. Layer Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Body Mist Sunblock SPF 100+ over the moisturizer.)
Drink plenty of water!
Consider substituting soda and fruit juices with coconut water.
Increase your protein intake.
Avoid skipping meals! An irregular diet can lead to bloating, ulcers, and many other forms of gastric distress.
The most irritating part of Summer is the sweltering heat! I have a few solutions that will prevent you from appearing unkempt allowing you to maintain freshness!TIP #1 – Apply SPF EVERYDAY!
Apply SPF to your face when you go out doors. (Even to the mailbox) If your skin becomes a bit dry, consider switching to a more hydrating cleanser.
TIP #2 – Apply minimal makeup or NO makeup!
Consider switching to a light weight formula of foundation, or a tinted moisturizer. If you feel you need more coverage, apply concealer only in specific areas.
Consider replacing lipsticks for lip-treatments with color. (Bobbi Brown & Nars has great natural colors.)TIP #3 – HYDRATE!
Make sure you drink enough water! If you consume more than 4 cups of Caffeine a day, consider reducing your daily intake to 1-2 cups. (According to the Mayo Clinic, caffeine only has a diuretic effect if consumed in large amounts. 5-7+)
TIP #4 – COOL AIR
Keep a travel size fan or utilize the cool air feature on your blow dryer, to cool your hair and around your neck. This will prevent your hair from becoming frizzy and sticky.
TIP #5 – LESS IS LESS TO MAINTAIN*
The less makeup you wear – the less you will have to maintain.
For those who wear heavier applications of makeup, considering purchasing a travel size 5oz Evian Mineral Water spray. This is will hydrate your skin while preventing the makeup from wearing off and caking.