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Beauty Essentials for the Traveling Woman

August 15, 2014

Do you love traveling but hate the toll it takes on your skin? You’re not alone. Every year, 50 million Americans travel either abroad or domestically at some point during the year. But in between the stress of booking hotels, airport travel, and awkward family reunions, terrible things often happen to your skin. Traveling often means stress and stress means acne breakouts, premature wrinkles and even grey hair!

Traveling to a foreign country or different place often exposes a girl to changes in climate, altitude and weather. And your skin can react negatively to foreign external aggressors such as wind and extreme sun exposure.

But fear not!

There are ways you can minimize your chances of suffering the red-eye blues. Following these easy steps can help you maintain that shimmering complexion.

Keep Yourself Moisturized!

Hydration is always the key and even moreso when you travel.

One useful trick is to slather on an intense moisturizer the night before you travel. Use a moisturizer that is heavier duty than what you normally use. For instance, if you typically use lotion, consider using cream. Using an intense cream will increase your skin’s hydration before being exposed to the dehydrating effects linked to airplane or road travel. Once you have reached your destination, keep generously over-applying cream to maintain that youthful glow.

Chill out those eyes!

When people think of vacation or travel, they usually think relaxing, right? Wrong! Americans typically sleep less while on vacation than they do on weekend mornings. One reason for this may be because people try to cram in as many activities as they possibly can in a two-week timeframe. Air travel and jet-lag also tend to throw your sleeping cycle out of whack.
One way to fight under-eye bags is to place two cotton balls soaked in ice-cold milk under your eyes. The lactic acid in the milk reduces puffiness and dark circles. If you’re allergic or averse to milk, simply substitute with cucumber slices. Doing this for five minutes per day will keep you from suffering from unsightly under-eye bags.

Pack light

While traveling, less equals more. You may have the perfect beauty counter at home but it would be pretty impractical to pack all of those lotions, makeup products and serums into one itty-bitty suitcase. Instead, focus on the essentials. Choose only your most practical lipstick and hair products and leave unnecessary filler items at home.

And rather than cram dozens of anti-wrinkle lotions into your purse, consider using a travel-friendly anti-wrinkle device such as the ProSonic GO Travel Cleansing Brush. The ProSonic GO is a portable, travel-sized cleansing brush that cleanses and exfoliates all over your body. Equipped with two cleansing brush heads, the ProSonic GO helps minimize fine lines and wrinkles, exfoliates your skin and helps reduce overall oiliness and dry skin.

Stay hydrated

Drinking water is the key to looking fresh-faced, especially while traveling. Dehydration occurs frequently while on airplane because the air inside of the cabin usually has a lower humidity level than a typical indoor setting. The result is usually scratchy eyes and dry skin. For this reason, it’s important to keep yourself hydrated while airborne. So when the flight attendant offers you that bottle of water, drink up even if you’re not feeling particularly thirsty.

Get your beauty sleep!

Being well-rested and getting enough sleep is critical to your appearance. The difference between sleeping a full eight hours and getting little to no sleep is written all of your face the next morning. One of the perks of traveling may be all-night partying and non-stop drinking for some, but a hard-partying lifestyle quickly shows its wear and tear on your skin. In addition to jetlag and crossing times zones, it is almost inevitable that your normal sleeping pattern will be thrown out of whack. To combat the lack of sleep that goes along with traveling, consider taking power naps throughout the day. Half of the world’s population take a nap between the hours of 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. in the afternoon and studies show that a 30-minute nap can be restorative for the body.

Treating your body correctly is the key to long-lasting youthfulness, especially while traveling. Be sure to use the tips above to make sure that your vacation doesn’t spell damage to your skin.

How Do I Get Rid Of Cellulite?

July 25, 2014

Ever been too shy to strut that bikini at the beach or the pool because of cellulite?  Well, you’re not alone.  Cellulite ─ or cottage cheese thighs or orange-peel skin (depending on who you ask) ─ affects an overwhelming majority of women at some point in their life.  Cellulite is an embarrassingly common condition and misinformation about it is even more common.

Cellulite may look and sound like a deadly medical condition, but cellulite is nothing more than clumps of fat collected underneath the skin.  Cellulite looks bumpy because it is fat that is pushed against connective tissue, causing the skin above it to pucker up.  While cellulite is not dangerous or harmful, it certainly can be an eyesore.

Cellulite does not affect overweight people only.  Skinny people can be affected as well.  Other factors that can contribute to accumulating cellulite are a poor diet, a slow metabolism and dehydration.  While a small minority of men can be affected, cellulite is an overwhelmingly female phenomena.  And while cellulite tends to be less noticeable on darker skin, people of any race or color can be affected.

Fortunately, you don’t have to hide your orange-peel thighs for all of eternity.  There are ways to fight and win the battle against bulging cellulite.  Follow the below tips to make sure that you can avoid cottage cheese thighs!

Avoid Excessive Sugar & Salt

One moment on the lips, a lifetime on the hips.  This might sound like one of grandma’s old wives tales, but science has proven it true:  Over-indulging in junk food leads to long-term consequences for weight gain and health.  The same is true with cellulite!

Salt and sugar are two of the main culprits in creating cellulite.  Sugar may taste sweet in cakes, candy and other desserts, but unfortunately sugar gets stored in fat cells and causes these cells to expand.

Salt is not much better.  Salt, which is high in sodium, causes fluid retention, making cellulite appear even worse.

To pace your daily sugar and salt intake, consume no more than  6 teaspoons of sugar per day and 200 mg of salt.  The average American eats about 3,000 to 3,600 mg of sodium per day, so you might want to start avoiding overly-salty foods such as Ramen noodles, canned entrees such as soups or salted nuts.

Drink 8 – 10 Glasses of Water Daily

Eight glasses of water might seem like a tall order, but it’s not much when you consider how much water you lose through your breath, sweat, urine and bowel movements.  For your body to function optimally, it is necessary to replenish the water lost by consuming food and drink that contains water.

Drinking enough pure, clean water and organic hydration from fresh fruits or vegetables helps keep toxins flushing through you.  Hydrating yourself with enough water will decreased your chances of lumpy, aged cellulite.

Use A Laser-Treatment System

If you already have existing cellulite, you can avoid the high cost of liposuction by simply using a laser-treatment product such as  the ProBody Slim & Shape Anti-Cellulite Massager.  The ProBody is a do-it-yourself cellulite-removal device that uses completely safe infrared light to penetrate through the skin and break up fatty deposits.  By simply using ProBody Cellulite for just 10 to 15 minutes a day, you can significantly smooth out flabby, sagging areas of the body.  It’s much easier and less expensive than opting for a painful or costly plastic surgery procedure.

Eat Well & Exercise Regularly

While going to the gym and eating a healthier diet won’t physically spot-treat cellulite, dimples are much less obvious on strong, toned legs and hips.  Exercising and maintaining your weight also helps keep skin in tip-top shape.  Exercises that strengthen the thigh and butt area of your body are much more likely to minimize the appearance of cottage cheese lumps on your body.

While there is no 100% way to spot-treat cellulite, using these simple four tips will help you prevent, treat and minimize your risk of unsightly lumps of fat.

4 Beauty Tips To Get The Most Out Of Your Skincare Products

July 22, 2014

Are you tired of buying expensive skincare products only to be disappointed by a lack of desired results?  Have you ever wondered why that cream or serum that everyone else swears by isn’t doing a thing for your own skin?  Well, before you become the girl that cries “defective product!” you might want to consider that you may not be applying your skincare products properly or in the right order.  How you apply your skincare products is just as important as what products you use.  Use these simple, easy-to-remember 4 tips to get the most out of your skincare regimen.

Cleanse thoroughly

In the morning, gently splash your face with lukewarm to warm water just to moisten the skin and to prepare it for the cleansing process.  This pre-wash also removes excessive oils from your nightly moisturizing routine.  Avoid washing your face with excessively hot or cold water which can cause broken capillaries.  After dabbing your face with water, gently apply a small amount (about the size of quarter) of your favorite cleanser onto your moist skin.  Different cleansers work more effectively depending upon whether you have normal, combination or oily-type skin.  The trick is to find the cleanser for your skin type that will effectively help scrub away makeup, dirt, oil and other impurities.  Massage your face with the cleanser from one to two minutes, being careful not to rub too vigorously.

Rinse thoroughly with warm water shortly afterwards.

Remember, cleansing the skin is only the first (but a very important) step in ensuring you get the best results for the rest of your skincare routine.

Exfoliate with a dermal roller

Exfoliating is often the most overlooked step in the skincare treatment, but it is arguably the most important.  As we age, our body’s cell turnover slows down and dead, flaky skin cells give us a dull (not to mention gross) appearance.  It’s important to exfoliate to a unclog pores which will better allow creams and serums to penetrate into the deep layers of the skin.  While expensive body and facial scrubs might or might not work, you’re more likely to get a better result simply by using a dermal roller such as the Ora Facial Skin Needle Roller.

Used by Hollywood aestheticians and celebrities for years, each individual Ora Dermal Roller contains 200 titanium needles that help gently penetrate the skin, stimulating collagen growth.  By rubbing the dermal roller over your skin, the exfoliating needles help open up micro-channels in the skin, allowing for maximum absorption of creams and serums into the deep layers of your skin.

Moisturize during the day and apply sunblock

Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize.  Any dermatologist or aesthetician worth their salt will tell you that the key to keeping your skin youthful and damage-free is to use a good moisturizer and to apply it throughout the day.  A good moisturizer should seal in moisture and be rich in antioxidant and nutrients.

However, one overlooked factor to proper skincare is UV protection from the sun.  The sun is the #1 culprit in producing wrinkles, freckles, brown spots and other visible signs of skin damage.  Therefore, a good 2-for-1 tip is to find a moisturizer that also has a sunblock with an SPF of 30 or more.

Moisturize with sunblock directly after exfoliating and apply throughout the day (every two to three hours) to maintain youthful and supple skin.

Moisturize between the hours of 10 pm and 11 pm

The skin repairs itself most effectively between the hours of 10 p.m. and 11 p.m.  Use this important window of time to apply your favorite night-time moisturizer.  Be sure to apply a night-time moisturizer that does not include UV protection.  Using a moisturizer with sunblock at night could aggravate your skin.

Follow-up your night-time moisturizing routine with a full eight hours of sleep.

By using these four simple tips, you could be saving your skin from wrinkles, crow’s feet and other skin nightmares. Protecting your skin now is the most important way to ensure that you look young and beautiful for years to come.

Get Rid of Dry Skin For Good!

July 21, 2014

Dry, scaly skin.  At some point, we’ve all suffered from having skin that feels uncomfortably tight, itchy or stretched-out.

Dry skin is a common condition when the skin is unable to retains its moisture or is having low levels of sebum production.  And while we often associate dry skin with harsh winter weather, there are many causes and triggers.  Anything from sun damage to an unhealthy diet can create the perfect storm for drying out our skin.

Fortunately, there are ways to avoid this problem. By following these four simple steps, you could minimize your chances of feeling and looking like a desert lizard.

Minimize Your Bath Time

Rub-a-dub-dub, dry skin from the tub.  Everybody likes feeling clean after a nice hot bath or shower.  Indeed, a nice warm bath is often the perfect way to start the day or to take a load off after a long day at work.  But did you know that too many showers or bathing too long is actually harmful for your skin?

Excessive showering exposes your skin to hot water that strips your skin’s oil barrier in no time.  Long, hot showers reduce the oils and lipids in your skin that act as a barrier to seal in moisture.

To fight against bath-time dryness, take shorter showers ─ less than 10 minutes ─ and use lukewarm to warm water instead of hot, steaming water.

Apply Aloe Vera

Aside from being useful in treating wounds and burns, minor skin infections and even diabetes, aloe vera has been clinically-proven to have moisturizing properties to treat skin dryness.  Aloe vera is a succulent plant that has been used for over 5,000 years for many civilizations.  It can be found as an ingredient in various lotions, creams and skincare serums.

You can also grow your own aloe vera as a houseplant.  To use the gel directly from the plant, simply break off a leaf.  You can squeeze a small amount of gel from the broken end and apply it directly to your dry skin.  The gel does not go bad, so you can keep the unused part of the leaf around for future needs.  Women, in particular, can apply aloe vera gel on the skin prior to applying makeup to help prevent skin dryness.  Men can use aloe vera as an aftershave to treat small cuts after shaving.

Use the ProSonic GLOW

The ProSonic GLOW is the newest in sonic and pulsating technology to help smooth out your skin’s texture and rejuvenate the skin.  But did you know that the ProSonic GLOW is also effective in treating dry, scaly skin?

The ProSonic GLOW comes specially-equipped with a pumice brush head that targets dry skin.  The pumice stone is an exfoliating rock that is formed when hot lava mixes with water.  The pumice stone has been used for centuries as a beauty product and the ancient Greeks were known to use the stone to remove body hair.

The pumice brush-head is abrasive enough to remove hard calluses but mild enough to flake away rough, dry skin.  By simply applying the ProSonic’s pumice brush-head over dry skin, you can eliminate dry spots all over your body.

Supplement your skin with Vitamin E

Oatmeal might be the perfect, quick morning breakfast, but did you know that a special form of oatmeal can be used for your dry skin, too?  Colloidal oatmeal is a very fine form of oatmeal that is ground into a fine powder.  Colloidal oatmeal is most commonly added to bathwater where it creates a milky, cream-like texture.  When you get into the tub, the colloidal oatmeal feels silky and soothing, helping coat, moisturize and protect dry, itchy skin ─ all at a very low cost!

By using these simple, easy-to-remember you could be saving your skin from a world of dryness.