Beauty Tips

Pamper Yourself with These 5 Beauty Treatments

Pampering yourself is an essential part of self-care. We should always present our best selves to the world. These beauty treatments will ensure a glowing presence: dental care, skin masks, hair DIY cures, massage, and the class duo manicures/pedicures.

Skin Treatments

An excellent facial reigns supreme when it comes to skin treatments. There are many types of facials: acne breakouts, age management, hyper-pigmentation, sun spots, Rosacea, sensitive skin, fine lines, wrinkles, skin tag/mole removal. Most of these skin treatments require advanced estheticians. Skin treatments for your body include laser hair removal, body peels, and cream-based treatments like tightening creams or butt enhancement creams. These products stimulate cellular growth to increase moisture and decrease collagen loss. Some even claim to fight cellulite. It could be helpful to know your skin type, however, for when you seek out home remedies so you can get a better handle on what type of approach would best work for you.

Hair Treatments

For dry hair, use apple cider vinegar and olive oil to help remove product buildup that dulls hair. The vinegar removes the buildup, and the oil nourishes the hair and scalp. For an itchy scalp use fresh lemon juice. The acid in the lemons removes loose flakes on the scalp. For limp or thin hair, spritz flat beer in your hair. When the beer evaporates, it leaves a protein residue that strengthens the hair. Take care when selecting your shampoo products. For coarse or curly hair, experts recommend that you pick a shampoo that hydrates as it cleanses to help keep your hair hydrated and clean for longer between showers.

Dental Treatments

Your smile says a lot about your health and personal aesthetic. Aesthetic dental procedures can treat crooked, missing, or discolored teeth. Dental spas offer a wide variety of services to meet your needs. Clear plastic aligners are an increasingly popular alternative to traditional braces. Experts explain more on this traditional braces alternative: “Because they're minimally invasive and practically invisible, no one even has to know that you're wearing them! You can remove them to eat, brush and floss, so they won't interfere with your diet and oral hygiene routine like traditional braces.” Tooth implants and teeth whitening are additional alternative treatments, each used as appropriate.

Massage Treatments

A massage is one of the most rewarding treatments you can give yourself. There are different types of massages: treatment/injury, sports, prenatal, Swedish, deep tissue, and a combination of massage techniques. If you work at a desk all day and your shoulders, neck, and back are sore, a massage is a right and natural treatment for you.

Manicure and Pedicure

Receiving a manicure and pedicure may seem like a luxury, but it is a beauty treatment needed to keep your hands and feet healthy. Hangnails are no fun. Keeping your hands and feet smooth and hangnail free is the primary purpose of manicures and pedicures. In the summertime everyone loves pedicures, but do not neglect them in the winter. Winter months can leave your hands and feet dry and cracked. Moisturizing your hands and feet daily will ensure they will stay soft and supple.

After getting treated and well rested from these beauty treatments, check out this article on long lasting makeup so you can keep feeling and looking good long after your treatments!

Doing Yoga Outside? Make Sure You Take These Precautions

Exercising outdoors offers a multitude of benefits. You get to breathe in the fresh air, and you get to build your body and lose pounds. Also, some people find themselves torn between relaxing outside and going to the gym after a long day at work. When you opt to participate in yoga outside, you don't have to make the decision. Still though, you should follow some precautions to make sure that you get the most out of your experience.

Buy a Comfortable Mat

Whether you are used to doing yoga or not, you probably know that you will spend a decent amount of time on the ground. Getting used to sitting and performing poses on a different type of terrain can be difficult. Look into getting a new mat that is specifically designed for outdoor yoga. By doing so, you can feel more comfortable. Being comfortable while doing yoga is important for your body and mind. You do not want to injure yourself, and you also want to feel invigorated to continue with the classes.

Watch for Pests

You don't want your peaceful yoga experience to turn into a time laden with bugs. For example, ticks and Lyme Disease are two serious issues that you could encounter. Check out where the yoga class is to find out if the area is known for these problems. Even when it isn't, purchasing some repellent is a wise decision. In the event that you are participating in yoga in an area with tall grass, consider wearing long pants and socks so that you aren't inviting bugs in. Give yourself a check when the class is over.

Be Aware of Allergens

Spending time outdoors is a beautiful experience for a number of people, but it can be troublesome for those individuals who suffer from allergies. Even if you have allergies, you may decide that you want to try yoga outdoors. It's important that you know the difference between mild allergies and severe ones. For example, if you have mild allergies to pollen, you might be able to do certain eustachian tube excercises or take certain types of medication to help you manage the reactions during your yoga sessions. On the other hand, if you are seriously allergic to bees, recognize that participating in yoga outside and being that close to the ground could seriously put you in jeopardy.

Increase the SPF

While you are doing yoga, you may very well feel at peace and at ease. As a result, you might not notice that you're actually getting a pretty bad sunburn at the same time. It's true that you may want to get tan in the summer, but you shouldn't do so at the risk of seriously damaging your skin. Talk to your doctor about the level of SPF that is right for you. Make certain to lather up every time you go into the sun. Also, check the bottle to see how long the protection lasts, especially if you are sweating.

Fill Your Water Bottle

It's also easy to not recognize that you're getting dehydrated when you're participating in such a relaxing activity, but when you stand up after your session, you may realize that you should have been drinking water all along. You should drink water before the session so that you are going into the class with the necessary levels of hydration. Also, sip water as you participate in the activity when you want to make sure that you are properly hydrated throughout. Remember that dehydration can have serious health consequences.

Store Your Belongings

When you go to the gym to take yoga classes, you probably put your items in a locker. In the event that you are participating in outdoor yoga classes, no such option might be possible. You don't want someone to steal your possessions, and you don't want the wind to take off with your driver's license and credit cards. Speak with the instructor or the program operator about where participants store their items during the classes.

Know the Signs of Heatstroke

Chances are that you are not doing yoga outdoors in the middle of the winter. You may go to a local park in the morning when you get to go into work later in the summer, or you may participate in some weekend classes at the beach. Since the odds are that you're doing yoga outdoors during the warmer months, you must learn the signs of heatstroke. Even if you think that chances are small that you will experience this serious issue, you should still recognize that it could happen. Knowing how to spot the early signs of heatstroke could also assist you in helping another person.

Choose a Qualified Instructor

While you may just want to start doing yoga outside on your own, consider the health risks of doing so, especially in the summer sun. Registering for a class with a qualified instructor can help you to get the right level of activity for the weather and to also have guidance in the event that an issue does occur. When you are registering for classes, always make sure you are honest about your level of skill. In other words, signing up for an advanced class outdoors when you have taken only a couple of yoga classes in your life is not the best idea.

Have a Partner

If you are taking a class with a group of people whom you don't know and begin to feel ill from the heat, you might start to panic. However, when you have a trusted relative or friend with you, you can let this person know that you are not feeling well. You will likely feel more comfortable expressing this discomfort to an individual whom you know. Therefore, signing up for yoga classes with a relative or friend is a smart way to keep you both of you safer and happier during this experience.

Doing yoga outside should be a refreshing experience, not a dangerous or uncomfortable one. However, you should take some precautions to ensure that the classes are what you want and that you continue to return for more. For more beauty tips, check out our Beauty Tips section.
 

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Flawless Finish: Pro Tips for Applying Makeup That Lasts

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Have you ever felt like the makeup you put on in the morning has somehow disappeared by the afternoon? It’s not your imagination! All that work you put in to look amazing can blend away if it's not set properly. While we can’t pick your style for you, we can give you some advice on how to get some insta worthy quality makeup looks. With a little prep and a touch-up or two, you can get makeup that lasts with these quick tips.  

Start with Clean, Moisturized Skin

If your skin is dry when you put on makeup a couple of things can happen. First, it may overproduce oil which is like a tiny little mudslide for your foundation, blush, contour — you get the picture. The second outcome is that your face can get flaky and show fine lines even more than usual because the makeup settles in. Not good.

Clean your skin well with a gentle cleanser or something more natural like coconut oil (oil cleansing is actually pretty effective if you’re looking for an acne fix) that takes away any residue or dirt on the skin but doesn’t strip it of moisture. Apply a moisturizer with SPF and let it sink into your skin for about 10 minutes before putting on your makeup. That combination of moisturizer and coconut oil cleansing will give you a such a gorgeous glow that you might just skip the highlighter altogether!

Apply Primer

If you’ve never used primer before, you will be shocked at how well this stuff works. It evens out the skin, makes it feel super soft, and hangs on to your makeup for dear life so it doesn’t go anywhere you don’t want it to. You may want to use a separate primer for your face and your eyes depending on your skin type. Get some samples to try out a few different kinds and figure out which one you like best. Once you go primer you’ll never go back.

Use Makeup with Staying Power

Whatever products you use, make sure that they’re strong enough to last. If you’re using a blush or bronzer, use one with high pigment. If you’re using eyeliner and mascara make sure they’re water-resistant. For foundation, try a longwear formula. Make sure you are using the right color for your skin tone. If you want long-lasting looks you’ll have to use products meant for that. Some subtle blushes or sheer foundations will look amazing for a couple of hours but then you have to reapply. Be minimalist with the areas you can get away with and use highly pigmented, water resistant formulas everywhere else. If you’re concerned about water resistant ingredients in conventional cosmetics, you can try natural formulas that use ingredients like beeswax to stay put.

Spritz with a Setting Spray

This is another game changer. Using a light mist of setting spray or toning spray makes you makeup last longer and stay put. It also instantly sinks the pigments into the skin a little bit so your look is more natural and less cakey.

Prepare to Touch Up

Your makeup is working to stay put through your body heat, changes in outside temperature, humidity, sweat, and all kinds of other gnarly conditions. Try to get travel sizes of your products and check in on your look every 3-4 hours.

Take it All Off

At the end of the day take off all that makeup, and do it right. Get back to that coconut oil to remove your eye makeup and wash your face thoroughly before you put on a nice moisturizer. If you don’t get all of today’s makeup off, then tomorrow’s makeup is going on top of it which can clog your pores, cause skin problems, and make your makeup flaky and uneven.