Category: Massage

Sagging Skin: Treatments that Work, and Natural Alternatives

Sagging Skin: What works and how?

“No needle liposuction”, IPL, FREXEL, CO2 LASER, Thermage, LiveFill, Restylane, BOTOX, Titan, Radiesse, Juvederm.

These are just some of the common names behind the advertised alternatives to a traditional lifting plastic surgery.

Dermatologists, Medical day spas and plastic surgeons profit from our hope for younger looking bodies. But how do you know for sure where to go? How to choose a well informed professional (and hopefully with a sense of reality) who’s going to understand your expectations?

The assumption that somehow collagen is going to miraculously be made with minimally invasive treatment with no downtime treatment is an illusion. So why so many “medical” day spas offer these expensive laser and radio frequency treatments? Because they are easy to sell!

Laser Treatments

Laser resurfacing creates a second degree on the face and the healing process promotes slight feeling of tightening throughout simply because scars contract the skin. Lasers also have the potential to alter the pigment of the skin. It can either cause dark spots (hyper-pigmentation), or the lack of skin pigment (hypo-pigmentation) on skin that has more pigment. Laser treatments also leaves the skin red for weeks or months as the healing takes place.

Fat injections

A laboratory must harvest gallons of fat in order to harvest enough stem cells. If the “fat injections” are “dead”, you will end up with lumps of dead fat under your skin. LiveFill is a technique that will start out with 88% live cells (not 25% like most cases). You can expect swelling, perhaps hematoma(stagnant blood underneath the skin), and numbness.

Plastic Surgery

If you have a significant amount of loose skin, the only solution is to reposition the underlying skin muscles by having a plastic surgery. Again, numbness, swelling, bruising may occur but the results are incredible.

Non-invasive treatments

Chemical Peels

These are rather preventative methods for sagging skin, and can be performed by a qualified aesthetician, Pas and nurses, right?

Wrong. Not all chemical peels can be done by just anyone in the “skin” field.

If you are looking for a deep chemical peel like TCA, you must get it done by a medical doctor, as some of the deep peels can also permanently damage the skin causing it to loose its pigment or to produce a lot of pigment.

Melange, Triluma peels? These are cute and exotic names for chemical peels to make you think you are getting something special. Again, seek a doctor who’s an expert on chemical peels.

If you are serious about getting a treatment, you should go to a surgeon who’s certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. A surgeon who’s qualified to help you find a treatment option that will meet YOUR expectations. Choose a cosmetic surgeon with a vast knowledge, and trained in all aspects of facial rejuvenation, from non-surgical to surgical options.

Microdermabrasion

One of my favorites, microdermabrasion is great to minimize the appearance of large pores due to its effective exfoliation, removing dead skin cells build up. It renews the skin by getting rid of debris that our skin cells turn over accumulates over time.

Having microdermabrasion done on a regular basis allows the skin to be prepared for the penetration of ingredients, and it helps to wake up the dormant stem cells and synthesizes collagen.

Mild Peels

Another great way to remove dead skin cells built up, to lighten dark spots, and clear break outs. There are many different types of chemical peels and chemical peel combinations. A good esthetician should have a vast knowledge about them. Since peels have an acid base, you should start with a very mild percentage. As your skin becomes more resistant, your esthetician will increase the strength, and sometimes, the combination of two or more solutions, creating the right formula for the expected results.

Ingredients to Combat Sagging Skin

Do you know what you’re feeding your skin with?

With millions of choices, skin care can be confusing. You must have a great understanding of the skin physiology, anatomy and chemistry in order to know what to feed your dermis with.

Copper Peptide

The most effective skin regeneration ingredient as it promotes the production of collagen and elastin. It also increases the body’s ability to build new skin tissue. It helps firm, soften, smooth the skin as well as remove damaged tissue.

Topical Vitamin C (L-Ascorbic acid)

The only form of vitamin c that is proven to synthesize collagen, helping minimize fine lines and wrinkles.

Topical Vitamin A (Retinol)

With its tiny molecular structure, Retinol will get into the lower layer of skin and improves its texture, color and hydration level. Just make sure you use it at night, as your skin becomes more sensitive due to its rapid cell turnover.

Topical Hyaluronic Acid (glycosaminoglycan)

A super moisturizer, Hyaluronic acid attracts water molecules off the air, hydrating and plumping your skin. A must have.

Antioxidant-rich products

It’s believed that aging is caused by oxidation of body tissues over a lifetime. Antioxidants protect the cells by neutralizing oxidation, assisting in skin repair and strengthening the blood vessels. Can antioxidants eliminate wrinkles? The answer is NO, simply because aging is a natural process where the skin thickens and elasticity decreases. However, having your skin layered by a good antioxidant hydrating cream will help protect your skin from environmental stresses like air pollution, smoke, etc.

Additional options include ensuring that your diet is high in proteins and fats, and low in carbohydrates, sugars and starches. The ketogenic diet is a common source for this proper dietary need. As such, we at Corona Mar Del Plata Manhattan highly suggest Tasty Keto’s cookbook, which is the best keto diet cookbook we have found.

A combination of healthy nutrition, exercising, meditation, and avoiding sun exposure will give your skin many years of life. However, having a guided skin care regimen with the right ingredients can definitely improve the life quality of your skin. If your not yet working with a “skin” expert, do not settle for cheap services or advertisements of empty promises. Do you homework and find someone who’s going to provide nothing less than the best to your skin needs.

How to Make Your Own Men’s Aftershave, Massage Oil and Bath Treatments

If you enjoy making individual gifts and gift baskets for friends and family you may want to consider making homemade men’s aftershave for the guys and bath treatments for the ladies this year. What follows are a few simple recipes to create your own distinct beauty products.

Once completed, the aftershave, massage oil and bath treatments can be put into ornamental containers and either added to a personal care themed gift basket or as a standalone gift.

All of the ingredients mentioned in the recipes can be readily found either online or at your local craft or all natural stores.

Men’s Aftershave Recipe #1

  • 1 ounce 70% rubbing alcohol
  • 2 ½ ounces distilled water or witch hazel
  • 30 drops Swiss pine essential oil
  • 10 drops grapefruit essential oil

Begin by mixing 1 ounce of the alcohol into the 2 ½ ounces of distilled water or witch hazel, whichever you purchased. Next add the essential oils and mix thoroughly. Once the mixture is done it is ready to be placed in a dark colored decorative glass container. Dark colored glass is preferred because direct sunlight can alter the aftershave’s effectiveness over time.

Men’s Aftershave Recipe #2 (For Sensitive Skin)

  • 15 drops propolis tincture
  • 10 drops grapefruit essential oil
  • 30 drops Swiss pine essential oil
  • 2 ½ ounces distilled water
  • 1 ounce 70% rubbing alcohol

Begin by mixing 1 ounce of the alcohol into the 2 ½ ounces of distilled water. Next add the essential oils and mix thoroughly. Once the mixture is done it is ready to be placed in a dark colored decorative glass container. Dark colored glass is preferred because direct sunlight can alter the aftershave’s effectiveness over time.

Massage Oil Recipe #1

  • 1/8 cup jojoba oil essential oil
  • 7 drops sandalwood essential oil
  • 4 drops cedar wood essential oil
  • 1 drop frankincense essential oil

Combine all of the ingredients thoroughly and then store the massage oil mixture into a dark colored container to prolong the shelf life of the oil.

Massage Oil Recipe #2

  • 1 ¾ almond essential oil
  • 10 drops tangerine essential oil
  • 2 drops neroli essential oil

Combine all of the ingredients thoroughly and then store the massage oil mixture into a dark colored container to prolong the shelf life of the oil.

Massage Oil Recipe #3

  • 1 ¾ ounces of jojoba oil
  • 10 drops sandalwood essential oil2 drops coriander essential oil
  • 5 drops Roman chamomile essential oil
  • 2 drops of rose essential oil

Combine all of the ingredients thoroughly and then store the massage oil mixture into a dark colored container to prolong the shelf life of the oil.

Massage Oil Recipe # 4

  • 1 drop jasmine essential oil
  • 2 drops tagetes essential oil
  • 1 drop nutmeg essential oil
  • 2 drops sandalwood essential oil
  • 1 ¾ ounces of jojoba oil

Combine all of the ingredients thoroughly and then store the massage oil mixture into a dark colored container to prolong the shelf life of the oil.

Massage Oil Recipe #5

  • 3 1/8 ounces hazelnut essential oil
  • 15 drops rosewood essential oil
  • 3 drops of rose essential oil

Combine all of the ingredients thoroughly and then store the massage oil mixture into a dark colored container to prolong the shelf life of the oil.

Bath Oil Recipe #1

  • 5 drops bergamot essential oil
  • 10 drops sandalwood essential oil
  • 5 drops neroli essential oil

Combine all of the ingredients thoroughly and then store the bath oil mixture into a dark colored container to prolong the shelf life of the oil.

Bath Oil Recipe #2 (Honey or Liquid Soap Based)

  • 2 tablespoon of honey or liquid soap
  • 2 drops Tonka bean essential oil
  • 4 drops jasmine essential oil
  • 2 drops honey oil
  • 6 drops sandalwood oil

Combine all of the ingredients thoroughly and then store the bath oil mixture into a dark colored container to prolong the shelf life of the oil.

Oatmeal Bath Recipe #1

  • 1 cup bran or oatmeal
  • 15 drops essential oil (your choice)

Mix the oatmeal and essential oil of choice together. Once the two ingredients have been combined, put the oatmeal mixture into a water soluble bag (i.e. cheesecloth or organza). To use, submerge the mixture filled bag into a tub filled with hot water and let it steep.

Bath Salt Recipe #1

  • Sea Salts
  • 10 drops essential oil (your choice)

Begin by adding the essential oil to the sea salts. Shake the salt thoroughly to coat the salt crystals with the scented essential oil. Once that is done place the salts in a decorative container or add them to a hot bath.

Bath Potpourri Recipe #1

  • 1 cup dried wild strawberry leaves

Place the wild strawberry leaves into a decorative water soluble bag (i.e. cheese cloth or organza). To use, submerge the mixture filled bag into a tub filled with hot water and let it steep. If you find things to be a bit strange, you might want to look at getting a water purifier. Check out Barix reviews for more on that.

Ola Hawaii Massage Oil from Hawaiian Body Products – a Product Review

Some of the very best organic and natural tropical massage oils come from Hawaiian Body Products. These massage oils come in three different organic topical scents are well such as Passion Fruit Citrus, Vanilla Ginger, and Coconut Lemon grass. Now all of these organic massage oils from Hawaiian Body Products are called, “Ola Hawaii Massage Oil.”

All of the organic Ola Hawaii Massage Oils contain natural nourishing organic ingredients like coconut, macadamia nut, and kukui nut oils, herbs, plant oils, antioxidants, and vitamins that help moisturize and soft the skin as you are giving your loved one or yourself a massage with these body oils. These organic Hawaiian ingredients also help nourish and protect your skin from harsh environmental factors and free radical cells which is very important if you want to maintain a healthy young appearance all the time.

Now when you use the Ola Hawaii Massage Oils to give someone a massage you will notice that the oils allow you to massage a person gently and easily without a greasy sticky feeling and without a strong fragrance which may bother the person you are giving the massage to. This massage oil will allow you to move your hands freely and easily over the persons body for a full gentle deep tissue massage that will help relax the person you are giving the massage to so they can feel rejuvenated, refreshed, and pain free after the massage. Your clients will also notice how soft their skin is when they leave after you have given them a massage and you will notice how soft your hands are just from using this massage oil on your client.

Now if you are using Ola Hawaii Massage Oils for yourself the best time to use them is right after you have taken a shower or a warm bath so your skin can full absorb the nourishing ingredients from the oils. Another great time to use these massage oils is right before your head off to bed because they will help make your skin silky smooth and soft for the morning which is really nice. You may even want to use these organic massage oils to give your loved one a massage as well, but just make sure you use a scent they will like so it helps relax . I would recommend the Ola Hawaii Vanilla Ginger Massage Oil for a woman and the Ola Hawaii Coconut Lemon grass for a male, but I will let you and your partner choose which one is best.

Ola Hawaii Massage Oils from Hawaiian Body Products cost around nineteen dollars for a four ounce bottle of massage oil. I know that sounds like a lot of money but you are really getting some truly wonderful organic massage oil with the highest quality of nourishing ingredients. You can get these massage oils at www.hawaiianbodyproducts.com or directly from their stores. If you order them on line you will have to pay shipping and handling which can cost a bit of money.

I do hope those of you who end up trying and using Ola Hawaii Massage Oils from Hawaiian Body Products will end up liking them very much. I wish you all the best at relaxing and enjoying your massages.

The Alchemy of Massage Oil

The Skinny on Massage Oils

Massage is one of the most relaxing gift you can give a loved one. Whether he or she is stressed, sore, or just had a long day, nothing says “I love you,” like a slow, luxurious massage. Massage oil is a great alternative to pricey lotions that can be overpowering or irritating to sensitive skin. Not only does it require less product than lotion, it is also a great option for those concerned about using organic products on the skin.

Massage oil is made of at least one of a group of light, easily absorbed oils including sweet almond oil, jojoba oil, grapeseed oil, apricot kernel oil, sunflower oil, and fractionated coconut oil. These oils can all be used on their own as massage oil, or can be blended with any number of essential oils to add an aromatherapy element to the massage.

The Carrier Oils

Sweet Almond Oil

One of the most common and readily available of all of the massage oils, sweet almond oil is a slower absorbed lubricant and almost scentless. A 4oz bottle, which should be enough for twenty massages, costs around five dollars. Sweet almond oil should not be used by those with allergies to nuts.

Jojoba Oil

A slightly more pricey option for massage oil, but jojoba oil has benefits that other oils cannot match. Jojoba’s antibacterial qualities make it a great option for those concerned about blemishes and breaking out. It is thinner than most other oils so those who are used to lotion will have an easier time transitioning to massage oil when using jojoba oil.

Grapeseed Oil

The least expensive and most common of all the massage oils, grapeseed oil is available almost anywhere and is as light as sweet almond oil. Some people have an aversion to the light smell of grapeseed oil but when blended with essential oil the smell is masked sufficiently.

Apricot Kernel Oil

Very similar to sweet almond oil, apricot kernel oil is a good alternative for those who have nut allergies. Apricot kernel oil blends smoothly with essential oils without leaving any trace of a base smell and goes on skin light and greaseless.

Sunflower Oil

Sunflower oil is especially good for beautifying the skin. It is easily blendable with other oils, but has a shorter shelf life so be aware that if you do not use it often it will spoil.

Fractionated Coconut Oil

A rather expensive oil, fractionated coconut oil is as light as other oils, but does have a scent that some may find displeasing. Still, when mixed with heavy essential oils, the smell can be complimented.

The Essential Oils

Essential oils are a group of very concentrated oils made from the distilled flowers, leaves and roots of various plants. They can range in price from the cheap lavender and lemon oil to the very pricey ylang ylang and dragon’s blood essential oils. Essential oils are best bought from reputable vendors as “blends” and “fragrance oils” have popped on the market as a cheap way to trick the buyer into buying something that is not a true essential oil.

Essential oils should be further studied before use on skin. Know what oils you are sensitive to and in what potencies. Some essential oils, such as cinnamon and peppermint will burn the skin and should not be used for massage oils. Others must be heavily diluted. No essential oil should be used directly on the skin without first being mixed into a carrier oil.

Lavender Oil

One of the most common essential oils for massage therapy, lavender has long been used as a calming scent to help induce relaxation and sleep. The smell is strong and can be overpowering if used in its highly concentrated form. Try adding ten drops to eight tablespoons of your carrier oil and balancing it with a citrus or earthy scent such as lemon or patchouli oil.

Sandalwood Oil

Sandalwood oil is expensive, but a worthwhile investment if you plan to make your own massage oils. It is a base in many perfumes with its earthy, woodsy scent and is a good compliment to lavender as it has similar properties of calm and well-being. Due to its price and rich smell use only three or four drops per eight tablespoons of carrier oil.

Patchouli

A strong, musky oil, patchouli is best blended with lighter floral or spicy oils to balance it out. It is not overpriced by any means, but it should be used with caution because it can quickly overpower a blend and ruin the batch.

Jasmine

True jasmine oil can be hard to come by in certain areas, but “blends” are a common replacement. While it is completely safe to use “blends” be aware that you are paying for more readily available essential oils blended to smell somewhat like real jasmine oil. The price should reflect this. Jasmine has a bright floral scent that blends will with sandalwood and ylang ylang oil. Use a five or six drops as a compliment to other essential oils in eight tablespoons of a carrier oil.

Dragon’s Blood

Dragon’s blood essential oil is made from the resin of the dragon palm. It can be incredibly expensive in some areas running about ten dollars for just a few milliliters. It is characterized by its blood red color, but its punky fruit and floral smell is often reproduced in less expensive blends. It blends well with most other floral essential oils as well as earthy tones such as sandalwood and patchouli.

Ylang Ylang

Ylang Ylang essential oil, much like Dragon’s blood, is expensive, but it is a very potent smooth, floral smell. Use one or two drops as it is one of the most overpowering floral smells and not always easy to come by.

LUSH Organic Therapy Massage Bar Review

LUSH, the natural and handmade cosmetics company, recently updated an old favorite. The Therapy massage bar is now made with 100% organic ingredients. Therapy was my favorite massage bar made by LUSH, so I wanted to see how the new version compared with the original. This review will help you if you loved Therapy before or if you are thinking about getting your first massage bar.

For those of you unfamiliar with the concept, a massage bar is basically a lotion in solid form. The base is cocoa butter and each has a different blend of essential oils to give it different properties. Cocoa butter’s melting point is very close to our body temperatures, so you heat the massage bar up in your hands or on another person’s body. The lotion begins to melt and you can use that as you would a liquid product.

The first thing I noticed about the 100% organic massage bar was its smell. This is the biggest difference between the old version of Therapy and the new. The new product has a rich, faintly chocolaty smell. I was told that this is because the cocoa butter in it is not as refined. I have to say that the new smell took some getting used to, but I think if you have never tried Therapy you will like it very much. “Lushies” may be a bit taken aback at first because of their familiarity with the smell of the original product. The turning point for me came one day after I had rubbed the new Therapy on my legs. I got in bed and was overwhelmed by a wonderful milk chocolate smell. After a few minutes I realized what it was-me!

Therapy is infused with essential oils like neroli and lavender. This is supposed to make it very calming. I love to use it when I need to relax. Those are the times when I can really feel the benefits of the natural essential oils inside the massage bar. It would be great for kids who need help falling asleep before bed-time and for moms who need a break. I highly recommend Therapy to anyone who just needs to relax. It is especially good if you are pregnant because the neroli helps increase the elasticity of the skin so you may have less stretch marks and it should encourage your skin to spring back after your delivery. Also, I heard a story of a pregnant woman who rubbed Therapy on her stomach during her pregnancy. When her baby was born he was clean and smooth instead of red and wrinkled!

Therapy is not as good on sore muscles as LUSH’s other massage bar called Wiccy Magic Muscles. It is very soothing though; perfect for sensual massage. It has a small nub on it that can be used during massage for texture. I love it but it wears down quickly. The cocoa butter in Therapy melts down at a nice pace. When you rub it between your hands it is not greasy or slimy, and I also never feel like I’m trying to start a fire when I’m using it.

Therapy is still my favorite massage bar. It is a great starter if you have never tried a massage bar or are giving one as a gift. I love that it is now 100% organic, and fans of the old Therapy would do well to remember the benefits of organic products when switching to the new version. It is a great all-around massage bar anyone can benefit from using.

Using Natural Oils for Skin Care

If you like to make your own cosmetics, lotions, massage oils, or perfume oils, this guide will help you to choose what type of oil to use in your product. Any of these carrier oils can be used as body lotions or massage lotions, by simply adding a few drops of an essential oil or other ingredients. They are great for your skin and will leave it soft and smooth. Using natural oils in your products will make you feel better about what you are making, and are better for the earth as well.

Environmentally Friendly Oils: Avoid Oils Made from Animals

Many body products that you buy at the store contain oils derived from animals. Avoid these in favor of plant oils, and help save the environment. Mineral oil is made from petroleum, and actually dries out your skin over time. Emu oil comes from dead emus. Castor oil is usually derived from castor beans, but sometimes comes from dead mammals like muskrats and beavers. Similarly, squaline may be made from plants, but is sometimes derived from sharks. Lanolin comes from sheep, but it is derived from shearing the sheep, so they are not hurt. Out of all of these, Lanolin is the only one that I would use, but there are so many great choices that you can avoid that as well if you prefer plant-based products.

Environmentally Friendly Oils: Choosing Plant Based Oils

Plant oils are the best choice for your body products and personal use. Here is a list of the oils that you can find in supermarkets and health food stores:

Avocado Oil – A great moisturizer

Almond Oil – High protein oil

Apricot Kernel Oil – makes great lip balm

Cocoa Butter – water repellent, good for very dry skin

Flaxseed Oil – rich in Omega-3

Grapeseed Oil – less greasy than other oils

Kukui Nut Oil – a new oil gaining popularity

Mango Butter – gives skin a healthy glow

Peanut Oil – good moisturizer, but may add a peanut odor

Sesame Oil – has some natural sunscreen properties, light nutty oil

Jojoba Oil – a liquid wax, make a great hair conditioner

Olive Oil – slow drying oil, great for anything

Shea Butter – a skin protectant and moisturizer

Wheat Germ Oil – high in vitamin E

A simple way to use these oils is to pour some into a reusable plastic container, so that you can use it in the bathroom without worrying about breaking glass. Add drops of essential oil until it has a nice fragrance. Now you can use it as massage oil, body oil, bath oil, shaving lotion, or for anything else you want. A tiny drop makes a good hair conditioner on dry hair. Experiment with these ingredients, and you will soon have a few great and practically free body products to use.

Facial Massage

The face carries a lot of tension, this can be incredibly uncomfortable, and also very bad for your health, it can cause sinus problems, neuralgia, headaches and tiredness.

Facial massage is a quick and easy way to help alleviate tension in the face, it can also help unblock sinuses and relieve trapped fluids.

Massage your temples in an anti clockwise motion using your index and middle fingers.

Pinch the skin (gently) around your eyebrows, place your thumb below the eyebrow and the index finger above and gently pinch, starting from the inner corner of the eye and working outwards.

Relieve fluid retention and relax your eyes by using all four of your fingers to gently tap around the eye area; start at the brow and work right the way round in a circle. Use light tapping motions and use all of the fingers.

Help relieve neuralgia and a tight jaw muscle by using the knuckles of your index fingers to gently rub the jaw in circular motions, start near the jaw opening and work down.

Place your index, middle and ring fingers just below your cheekbones, push your cheeks up with the 3 fingers, smile, hold for 5 and release.

Place 3 fingers in the middle of your forehead, gently push up and slide them up, work all over your forehead.

What is a Cellulite Massager and How Does it Work?

Are you dreading the hot summer weather because you are worried about cellulite? Don’t worry – you’re not alone! The dreaded combination of cottage cheese thighs and shorts or bathing suits is enough to strike fear into the heart of any girl.

Cellulite can be embarrassing and difficult to get rid of. Many women are genetically predisposed to cellulite, so if your Mom suffered with it chances are you will have it too. Even women who are thin and have a normal body fat percentage can be plagued with cellulite since it has more to do with the structure of the fat itself and less to do with how much fat you actually have on your body.

One relatively new product on the market designed to combat the fat and smooth skin is a cellulite massager.

Cellulite massagers are small, hand-held devices that you use to stimulate blood flow and increase circulation in your problem areas. This helps to break down the cellulite, resulting in smoother, less dimpled skin.

Most of these massagers have a series of hard nubs or knobs that massage the skin. You use them either with plain body oil or with a specific cellulite cream and massage your thighs and hips, starting at your knee and working your way up. You should move the massager in circular motions and be sure to cover all areas of your legs and hips where you want to see a reduction in cellulite.

Some cellulite massagers are waterproof and can be used in the shower while others are for dry use only. There are number of different brands and models available in just about every price range. While more expensive models may be slightly more effective, cheaper models still can do a good job as long as they adequately massage deeply enough to increase blood flow to the area.

If you decide to try a cellulite massager it is important to keep in mind that the key to success is being consistent with it. You can’t just massage your legs and hips for a few days and expect the problem to go away immediately. However, if you stick with it and do it daily you will see a reduction in the appearance of cellulite and your skin will become smoother.

Many people report a visible difference in their cellulite within a week or two of starting treatment. Of course, results will vary depending upon your body and how well it responds to the treatment as well as how consistent you are with your massages.

All in all, though, cellulite massagers seem to be an effective way of combating cellulite and are much less invasive than many other available procedures. If you are plagued with cellulite you may want to consider giving it a shot to see if it can help you get the smooth skin you have been wanting. Then you’ll be able to look forward to summer instead of dreading it.

Makeup Advice from a Professional

From licensed esthetician and owner of the Divine Hands Day Spa , Angela Fort, comes 10 makeup tips you cannot afford to miss.

I had the unique opportunity to speak with Angela to get some inside information as to how she maintains flawless skin while helping countless other women to do the same, restoring their confidence in the process.

Now, these priceless tips are available to you:

1.) Ensure face is properly cleansed and moisturized prior to applying makeup; this will ensure a more smoother finish.

2.) Remember cosmetics have a shelf life. Cosmetics have gone bad if they have an odor or if the formula seems to have separated or dried out.

3.) Wash makeup brushes at least once a week. An anti-bacteria soap or shampoo can be used.

4.) Never pump mascara wand in and out, instead place wand in tube and turn right to left, and then pull out. This will help eliminate bacteria from getting in tube.

5.) For longer lasting and more easily blended mascara, a primer can be used.

6.) For wedding makeup, always use a Waterproof mascara to avoid smearing due to joyful tears.

7.) Filling lips with a neutral lip liner will assist in lipstick staying on longer.

8.) Concealers should be at least 2-3 shades lighter than your foundation.

9.) Stay away from sponges; sponges absorb more of your makeup than what’s actually going on your face.

10.) To darken a lipstick apply a lip liner darker than the actual lipstick; to lighten a lipstick, apply a lip liner lighter than the actual lipstick used.

Bonus Tip: When using liquid foundation, remember less is always more; Build your makeup to the level of coverage you like.

Now, that you have this information, don’t keep it to yourself. Share it with your mothers, sisters, friends, cousins, and other loved ones.

Save this list for future reference. When having a makeup crisis, just ask yourself, W.W.A.D. What Would Angela Do?

Clinique’s All About Eyes Serum De-Puffing Eye Massage

Clinique’s All About Eyes Serum De-Puffing Eye Massage has become my new best friend. I have real sensitive eyes and this formula does not burn and irritate my eyes like other products.

Clinique’s product really does help my eyes depuff. You need to use the product religiously for the best results. The puffiness and dark circles do go away over time with this product. You can use this product alone or under other facial and cosmetic products which is an added bonus. If you suffer from eye puffiness or dark circles I recommend that you try this product.

Clinique’s All About Eyes Serum De-Puffing Eye Massage bottle is so neat. It has a rollerball as an applicator that gently massages the product into your skin. It glides on smooth and it does brighten and soothe the eye area. No using your fingers is a plus and you can easily direct the product application right onto the trouble spots.

It contains ingredients that are designed to cool your eye area and gently erase puffy bags and works great if you just need an instant wake up look. Clinique’s All About Eyes Serum De-Puffing Eye Massage contains caffeine, antioxidants and soothing botanicals that start to work immediately. With continued use you will brighten your eye area so you will always have that “Wake up and ready” look.

A great plus is you can take this eye treatment anywhere. It applies so easily since it has the rollerball.

Sephora.com has this product available for purchase on their website. For a 0.5 oz. container it’s cost is $25.50. A little pricey but worth every penny.

Not sure you want to spend that much cash on the product yet, Sephora.com has a list of questions and answers plus customer reviews on the product.

It is well worth the price in my opinion. IT is a pleasurable soothing product that does work. As with all Clinique products they state they are allergy tested. 100% Frangrance Free.

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