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Winter is well and truly upon us and it can be the harshest time of year for our skin. Cold weather, dry heat and rain or snow is a recipe for disaster when it comes to keeping your skin in good condition. That’s why it’s so important to take extra care during the Winter months. So, what can you do to make sure your skin stays clear, full of moisture and glowing?

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Switch to Warm

When you come in from the freezing cold at the end of the day, it’s so tempting to run a hot bath or shower to warm yourself up. Of course, there will be times when that’s needed and deserved, but if you really want to take care of your skin, warm temperatures may be better. Going from cold to hot could do your skin more damage than you realize. Try washing your face in lukewarm water with a face cloth at the end of the day.

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Focus on Moisturizing

Moisturizing is never more important that it is during the Winter. You’ll probably find that your skin loses moisture even after washing, so it’s a good idea to moisturize immediately after. You can find some of the best Winter moisturizers at Moisturizers.com. Don’t be afraid to use your moisturizer liberally through the Winter. Your skin will need it!

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Choose Your Products Wisely

Many women use a number of different products on their faces every day. From cleansers and toners to makeup and face wipes. During the Winter months, it’s important to be aware of the ingredients present in your products. For example, some products containing petroleum can work to dry out your skin further. The best products you can use on your face during this time contain natural oils that aid your skin in restoration. Lavender and Chamomile are especially soothing on dry skin.

Protect Your Skin

Your skin needs a little extra help to fight against the elements during Winter. You can keep your skin protected by dressing suitably for the cold weather. Gloves will protect the sensitive skin on your hands and scarves will protect your neck from the wind. If you’re lucky enough to experience some sunshine during your Winter, it’s also important to remember to wear sunscreen. Even if there’s snow on the ground, the sun can still burn.

Stay Hydrated

It’s easy to forget about hydration in the Winter because we often switch from drinking water and other cold drinks to drinking teas, coffees and hot chocolates. However, these warmer drinks don’t often provide enough hydration for our bodies. If you notice your skin becoming dry, try switching a few of your teas for bottled water instead. Drinking water during Winter will also help you to steer clear of the flu if your colleagues are coughing and sneezing around you.

Turn Down the Heat

We survive in Winter by turning up the heat in our homes and our cars. However, this kind of dry heat is no good for your skin and you may find yourself breaking out in spots or having difficulty applying makeup smoothly. You can avoid this kind of damage to your skin by turning the heat down or using a humidifier in your home. The humidifier will work to restore the moisture in your home and effectively, your skin too.

Overnight Conditioning

There are certain parts of your body that may become drier quicker than others. These are usually the hands, feet, elbows and knees where the skin is thinner. Luckily, there are plenty of moisturizing treatments to choose from that can work overnight to lock in moisture in your skin. For example, you can buy gloves filled with deep moisturizing creams that you can wear throughout the night and take off in the morning. The same goes for socks and face masks.

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Exfoliate

Many people make the mistake of believing that exfoliating will dry out already dry skin. That isn’t the case. Without exfoliating, your dead skin cells are left to build up and create a barrier against moisture. If moisture is blocked from getting into your skin, your skin suffers. It’s important to exfoliate at least once a day during Winter so your skin is free to accept the moisture from creams and other products.

Go Makeup Free

When you get a day off, and all you want to do is stay indoors in your pajamas, forget the makeup too. Makeup can include toxins and irritants that make Winter skin much harder to manage. Giving your face a day off from the products you usually use will give it the freedom to heal and breathe. Just one day could be enough to give your skin the detox it needs.

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DIY Masks

Sometimes, your facial skin needs a little extra attention. However, that doesn’t mean you have to spend a fortune on expensive treatments. In fact, a lot of the best ingredients for soft and smooth skin will already be in your kitchen cupboards. For example, honey is good for calming irritated skin and coconut oil is good for restoring moisture. Find some DIY recipes that suit your skin type and spend an evening pampering your skin.

Eat a Balanced Diet

You are what you eat, as they say. It’s easy to indulge in our favorite foods this time of year, but they aren’t always the best choice for your skin. Don’t forget to get a good variety of fruit and veg in your diet because they contain vital vitamins and nutrients your skin needs to stay as healthy as possible. If you find it difficult to add fruits and veg to your diet around this time of year, try taking a multivitamin supplement instead. That way, your skin is covered even if your diet isn’t.

Pampering skin during the Winter can seem like a full-time job, but if you want to glow your way through all those Christmas parties, it’s something you have to stay on top of. Remember, a beautiful smile is the best accessory you can wear.

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If you dread taking photos of yourself, you’re not alone. According to estimates by the skincare company Dove, more than 75 percent of women didn’t like taking pictures of themselves because of the way that they looked. More than 96 percent of women classified themselves as looking “average,” which, of course, is a contradiction in terms.

Believe In Your Selfie

So what can we do to improve the way we look in every selfie? Here are some tips from medical professionals, photographers and stylists.

Groom Your Eyebrows

According to celebrity stylish Kelley Baker, one of the most important things you can do before taking a photo is grooming your eyebrows. She says that eyebrows that are arches rather than round like to make round faces look fuller. If, however, you have an oval face, softly angled eyebrows look better.

The bottom line, she says, is to choose the right eyebrow shape for your face. You can have thicker brows, she says, so long as you have wide cheekbones and a wider face.

Brighten Up Your Skin

Ask any medical aesthetic doctor and they’ll tell you one of the main problems with people’s skin is oxidation of fat just under the surface. No matter what your skin tone, this makes skin appear darker and less healthy, especially as we age. It’s a good idea, therefore to try to brighten it up. Reality television star Holly Madison says that she uses an old trick employed by Marilyn Monroe. To bring extra brightness to her face, she uses a light foundation and then pairs it with brighter, light jewelry and hair dye. A white stone in her diamond earrings, she says, brightens up the rest of her face enormously.

Go For A Jog Before Hand

Our bodies are designed for movement. If they’re not moving, they don’t look their best. For instance, one of the reason people’s faces look puffy in the morning has to do with the buildup of lymph just under their skin, especially around their eyes. But the good news is that exercise helps to drain this away, returning the face to its natural complexion. Next time you want to take a selfie, try going for a jog beforehand.

Keep Your Chin Up

If you want to look good in your next selfie, smiling might not be such a good idea. Why? Because when we smile, we naturally draw our faces back into our necks, creating the impression that we have a double chin. A better idea is to imagine that your nose is being pulled towards the camera. This will help keep the face from sinking back into the neck, making it appear chiseled and refined. It might feel funny not smiling for the camera if you’re not used to it, but it does make a big difference.

Get In The Right Frame Of Mind

Even small fluctuations in our emotions are written all over our faces. That’s why it’s so important to get yourself in the right frame of mind before a photoshoot. Nigel Barker, a celebrity photographer, says to imagine eating something delicious before you take the snap.

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Although modern style trends may fool some people, the majority of society has never truly veered away from the natural beauty look. There are so many women who feel they can only be desired if they look a certain way or are able to pull off a certain look a particular celebrity is wearing. The truth is that most of the time, self-consciousness gets the better of us and we play along with what may be perceived as modern beauty standards. The somewhat bizarre thing is, the natural beauty look actually takes less effort and time to get and maintain than any conventional makeup look or trend on the market. Granted it takes discipline to achieve and even more so to make sure you’re able to make it look effortless. However, if you’re ready to take off the layers you’re hiding behind and do a little facial spring cleaning, there are some things you must do.

Natural Face Scrub

Better skin

A lot of the time, women put foundation on because they don’t like the tone of their skin and the natural look may bother them. But, for the natural beauty looks which feature in gothic paintings, and various works of art, the skin should be totally natural. All that you need to do is to have great circulation and an understanding of how you get clear skin. Blemishes are little patches where bacteria has formed, either through a scratch on the surface and your natural oils mixing with the wound or a slight injury. You can use homemade scrubs that work with your natural oils and don’t block your pores. They can bring a certain amount of sheen to your skin, resulting in a smooth and clear surface. You should also drink a lot of water as hydration helps in maintaining a lovely plump torsion to your skin, giving it a natural bounce.

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Fix your smile

Unfortunately for many people, they have very little to no enamel on their teeth which protects them from staining or permanent discoloration. Buy a teeth whitening kit from the market, which has been tried and tested by many consumers. The best products will have the lowest amount of chemicals and an abundance of natural ingredients like aloe vera. Moreover, if your teeth are crooked, and you don’t want to go through a long period where you need to wear braces, you can get fitted for an invisible brace treatment such as Invisalign. It’s great for crowding, closing spaces between teeth, fixing an underbite or overbite. They’re great for adults as you don’t need to have metal braces fixed as for some this might give off a juvenile image.

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Bags under the eyes

Black circles can form around your eyes, and your skin can begin to sag under your eyelids if you don’t get enough sleep or drink enough water. To get brighter looking eyes, get at least the normal 8 hours of sleep every day, and make no exceptions. Equally, you can very gently, rub acidic textures on your eyes, such as cuts of lemon, lime and kiwis to drain that tired look away. The acid in the fruit and vegetables helps to revitalize your skin with a pop and bang of fresh new color coming through.

Getting the au’ natural look takes time and consistency. However, once you’ve got beautiful clear and healthy skin, all you need to do is maintain it. The exact same with your smile because once crooked teeth have been fixed, use a whitening kit to get the whole package.

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Just the thought of going all natural can be enough to require a nap. Changing your daily habits is an effort and one that should be taken in steps. Changing how you eat, what you wear, what make-up you use and deodorant you spray…it’s hard work. However, the benefits out-weigh the effort ten-fold. Soon you’ll have a much healthier and happier you and its information we can all pass down to future generations so they get started off on the right foot. Here’s what you need to know.

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Why Do It?

If you’re going to drastically change things about your life, there has to be a good reason for it. The first is to lower the amount of chemicals you’re exposed to on a weekly basis. All of the things we use without thinking about it, like shampoo, moisturiser, make-up, cleaning products, hair spray, and the rest. You may be surprised to learn what ingredients are in those products and what you’re exposing your skin to every single day. The aim of going natural is to find ways of green living, which means your body will finally have healthier alternatives.

Take It Slow

Rome wasn’t built in a day. You don’t have to go through all of your cupboards and throw everything in the bin. Going natural is a process that takes time. So, start off slow. Start with things you know will be easy to come by. For instance, it’s not hard to go online and shop for natural soaps these days. In fact, if you like to be creative, you could have a go at making your own.

Beauty

When it comes to beauty, there are lots of ways to switch from your current regime to a more natural one. You may want to invest in some essential oils because they always come in handy when it comes to beauty products. A few drops of lavender essential oil instead of bath salts will leave your body feeling soft and silky and your mind ready for rest. You can also make some fantastic exfoliators using salt and coconut oil – the latest beauty trend.

Food

When it comes to eating more natural food, you’ll want to go as organic as possible. Organic meat, fruit and vegetables will ensure you know the food has been grown and produced naturally. If you go into a supermarket and you see a punnet of strawberries that look huge and like they’ll last a month, they may have been genetically modified. GM foods were produced to look good and last longer but the chemicals in them aren’t worth picking them up. However, switching to organic can be costly. You can get more information on making some extra cash here.

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Cleaning Products

Cleaning can be one of the hardest things to convert. We rely on bleaches and toxins to clean our home but you may be surprised by what a few drops of lemon essential oil can do. It’s not just a great cleaner, it’s also useful for burning to clear out smells.

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When the mercury rises and the sun shines, most of us don’t want to feel like our skin is caked in makeup. In spring/summer, natural looks tend to be much more popular, but if you’re used to wearing a lot of makeup, it can be daunting to go au naturel. If you’re feeling brave, and you’d like to give the minimalist look a go, here are some tips to make baring all easy.

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Start with moisturizer

When you’ve cleansed your skin, apply moisturizer to nourish and hydrate your skin. If your skin is dry or flaky, your makeup won’t absorb properly, and you won’t get a smooth finish. Wait until your moisturizer has absorbed completely until you apply any other products.

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Use primer

Most makeup experts extol the virtues of primer, so if you don’t already use one, now is the time to start. Primer gives you an even base on which to apply concealer and foundation, and it can also help your makeup to stay in place for longer. Choose a primer that suits your skin type. You can buy products for dry, normal, sensitive, and oily skin, and you’ll find some recommendations here http://www.vogue.co.uk/gallery/10-best-primers-clinique-benefit-porefessional-smashbox.

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Choose your foundation carefully

There’s nothing more important than choosing the right shade and type of foundation when it comes to achieving a flawless natural look. If you’ve got a color that’s too light or dark, you’ll be able to tell that you’re wearing makeup straight away. The color of your foundation should blend with your natural complexion. Always test shades before you buy, and make sure you try the product out in natural light. Go for a shade that complements your skin tone. If you have cool skin, don’t buy a golden shade. Instead, go for something with pink or peach undertones. If you need advice on shopping for your skin type or tone, take a look at websites like beautyambition.com or ask a skincare expert or a beauty assistant for advice. Most people end up trying a whole host of products before you find their ideal match. In the summer months, when you tend to have a bit more color in your cheeks, it’s wise to go for a slightly darker shade than you would use in the winter. Layer the product, rather than applying a large amount in one go, as this makes it easier to blend.

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Adding blush or bronze

Once you’ve finished applying your foundation, you can define your cheekbones and inject a little color by adding a sweep of bronzer or a flush of blush. Use a brush to apply bronzer to the areas that the sun would hit, for example, the end of the nose, the forehead, and the cheeks or add blush to the apples of the cheeks. Go for subtle shades rather than bold contouring.

Summer will be here before we know it, so are you ready to be daring and bare all with minimalist makeup? If you’re keen to give the natural look a go, hopefully, this guide will give you confidence, and help you recreate the look with minimal effort.

 

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