Stop Social Media From Ruining Your Self Esteem
Apr28

Stop Social Media From Ruining Your Self Esteem

Social media is part of our lives, there’s no denying it. It has become one of the pillars of our culture and it’s the easiest way to share your life with people. However, researchers are finding that excessive use of social media may lead to low self esteem and depression, especially in young people. And it’s not difficult to see why. When we spend a large amount of time staring at other people’s seemingly perfect lives, some insecurities are bound to arise. Why not me? What am I doing wrong? How can I compete with that? The good news is that you can still enjoy social media without taking a hit for your self esteem. It just requires a little shift in perspective, and you will end up more confident as a result. Have you ever heard the phrase “The reason we are insecure is because we compare other people’s stage performance with our behind-the-scenes”? This is doubly true for social media, because people curate the best moments of their life to post about on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and any other site. Nobody Instgrams a picture of that bunion they are taking care of or posts a Facebook status on their grocery shopping. (And if they do, they are annoying contacts and you probably block them). So keep this in mind: Nobody’s life is as good as their Facebook timeline. Another thing you have to keep in mind is that happiness is not a limited resource. And neither is success. Other people’s achievements do not diminish your own, and just because somebody has a happy life, that doesn’t mean you can’t be happy as well. Now, being aware of those simple truths, you can start shifting your attitude towards social media. Turn comparison into inspiration. Instead of beating yourself up because your makeup is not as great as that one girl’s, pinpoint what is it that you like about it, and think of a way to incorporate it in your life. Instead of criticizing yourself for not volunteering at a pet shelter like that old friend of yours, ask him how you can get involved. But the most important thing you can do is focus on your life and be proactive. Realize you have things to be happy about too and be grateful for them. Researchers show that gratefulness is one of the things that set happy people apart. Make a list of all the things in your life you are grateful for. Make it a habit to remind yourself of them when you are feeling down. And maybe post about them on social media! And if you still...

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5 Great Benefits of Exfoliating Your Skin
Sep04

5 Great Benefits of Exfoliating Your Skin

Whether your skin is on the dry or oily side, you should exfoliate it once a week. Exfoliating helps get rid of dead skin cells, leaving your skin soft and smooth. Here are five great benefits of exfoliating your skin. It Improves the Texture of Your Skin Exfoliating your skin on a regular basis will definitely improve its texture. Instead of feeling rough and dry, your skin will feel baby soft. You will not be able to stop touching your smooth and soft skin. It Makes Your Skin Appear Younger Another benefit of exfoliation is that it can make your skin looker younger. As you get older, your skin is not able to get rid of dead skin cells as quickly, which can make fine lines and wrinkles more noticeable. If you exfoliate your skin once a week, you can shed those dead skin cells and make your skin look years younger. It Will Even Out Your Skin Tone If your skin tone is very uneven, you should definitely start exfoliating it regularly. An exfoliating product will remove dead skin cells, dirt and any leftover makeup, revealing smooth and even skin. If you exfoliate your skin on a regular basis, you will not feel the need to wear as much foundation to even out your skin tone. It Can Prevent Acne Breakouts Did you know that exfoliating your skin can also prevent acne breakouts? It’s true. When your dead skin cells get stuck in your pores, it can lead to pimples, blackheads and whiteheads. Exfoliation will keep your pores clean, so you will experience fewer breakouts. It Will Help You Get an Even Fake Tan If you like to apply self-tanner on your skin, you will definitely want to exfoliate it beforehand. If there are too many dead skin cells on your skin, your self-tanner will not go on evenly and you will be left with splotchy looking skin. As you can see, exfoliating has many great benefits. If you gently exfoliate your skin once a week, your skin will thank you for...

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Go Bare: Choosing a Hair Removal Method
Apr01

Go Bare: Choosing a Hair Removal Method

It’s almost that time of year again ladies! Time to slip into a sundress and bare those stems! Make sure your legs are silky-smooth, so you have the confidence to rock the look. Not sure what method will get you the best results? Check out our list, to see what option is tailored for you. Shaving Pros: Every girl should keep a good razor on hand! Shaving is quick and painless (as long as you are careful to avoid nicks and cuts). Cons: When you shave, the process cuts hair off at the surface of your skin. This means your hair grows back quickly, leaving you with dreaded un-touchable stubble. Works Best For: Shaving works best for women who have fine hair, that doesn’t grow quickly. Waxing Pros: The process of waxing pulls hair out from the root, leaving you with extra smooth skin that can last for weeks to a month. Cons: The torture! Okay, we are exaggerating a little bit, but waxing does hurt. Some people’s skin may react by breaking out. Works Best For: Waxing is a great option for all types of women. That being said, you may want to do a test run on a small area before opting for a full wax, to get an idea of what it feels like, and see how your skin responds. Depilatory Pros: Depilatory creams work by dissolving hair from below the surface. While it doesn’t get to the root like waxing, it does get you a smoother result than shaving. Cons: The smell is nauseating. You must be extremely careful with the amount of time you keep the product on your skin, as it can lead to inflammation and chemical burns. Works Best For: People will fine hair will have the best results with depilatories. Laser Hair Removal Pros: Freedom! After a few treatments, you will begin to see lasting results. You will still have to shave, but will be able to go much longer between dates with your razor. Cons: Laser Hair Removal is not permanent. Once you have reached the desired results, you can expect to have to go back every once in a while to maintain your hair-free look. Works Best For: Laser Hair Removal works best for women with pale skin and dark hair. Electrolysis Pros: Electrolysis is the only method of hair removal considered to provide permanent results. Cons: Electrolysis is a time-consuming process that hurts! It feels like a needle poking into your skin, delivering a tiny electric volt – which is essentially what it is. Works Best For: Anyone can benefit from electrolysis. It is recommended for the treatment of small areas. ~Patrice...

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Get Spring Ready Legs
Mar26

Get Spring Ready Legs

“Who wears short shorts?” It may not be summer quite yet, but it’s a good time to start grooming those gams so that they’re in prime form for short and bikini weather (and warm weather in general.)  Here are six tips for pampering your legs so that they look fabulous in all those new summer outfits. Take Up Pilates or Yoga. When it comes to exercise, Pilates and yoga are two of the best ways to elongate, strengthen and tone muscles to give your legs a lean and lithe look. Exfoliate, Exfoliate. Before you shave your legs, be sure you exfoliate with a body scrub to remove dead skin cells. If you don’t have a favorite body scrub, Alba Botanica Hawaiian Sea Salt Body Scrub is a good one to try. This is especially important if you like to use self-tanning products. Self-tanners won’t take properly to your skin and will look blotchy or leave streaks if you don’t exfoliate first. Apply Lotion. This seems basic, but it’s not just about applying lotion — it’s about applying the right way. Don’t just slap it on, but massage it into your skin using a circular motion to get your circulation moving. Wear Cotton Pants After Moisturizing. Before you go to sleep at night or if you’re laying around the house on a Sunday afternoon, apply a heavier body lotion or cream, then put on a pair of comfy cotton sweat pants to hold the moisture in. When you wake up in the morning or after you’re done lounging, you’ll notice how super smooth your legs will be. Splurge on a Pedicure. Properly maintained feet will make your legs look a lot better. If you create a color theme from your waist down, you’ll also get a longer, leaner look. For example, try a nude or neutral pant, shoe and toenail...

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Healthy You…Healthy Hair?
Mar22

Healthy You…Healthy Hair?

Long, luscious locks are at the top of most girl’s wish list.  It’s actually a lot easier than you would imagine. Use these tips to achieve long and fuller looking hair. Tip 1– Make sure that you’re washing your hair the “right” way. The right way to wash your hair is by massaging your shampoo and conditioner into your scalp. Massage for about 40 seconds, then rinse. Repeat if necessary (for more oily hair make sure to wash twice, condition once).  By massaging the top of your head you improve your circulation and helps prevent dandruff. Tip 2- Condition right too. Since conditioners can make fine hair look limp, they only should be used on the tips of the hair and not on the scalp or length of the hair. Tip 3 – Don’t brush while wet. It might sound weird but it’s true. Hair tends to be stretchier and has a tendency to break. Try finger combing and brushing to a minimum to avoid breakage. Tip 4– “Avoid using heat on your hair. Heat further strips the moisture content from our hair making it dry and frizzy. When over used, it can also burn your hair. Use iron/curl, straighteners only if necessary and remember to use a hair protectant before!”(Source: stylecraze.com) Tip 5- Eat right.  It has been shown that a healthy diet leads to  not only a healthier you but a healthier scalp and hair too. There are certain nutrients like vitamins, iron and proteins. that are very important for your hair growth and health. If you aren’t able to get them naturally in your diet, you can consider taking over-the-counter vitamins to supplement your diet. Tip 6- According to glamour.com it is important to not put your ponytail in the same spot every time. “There’s always a risk of breakage with repeat styling…to help, vary pony position, and use gentle fabric bands”. Don’t forget to always use a protectant when using any heat product and to never towel-ring your hair dry. What’s your beauty secret for long, healthy...

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What’s Causing Your Breakouts
Mar18

What’s Causing Your Breakouts

It’s easy to pass off a few pimples as the result of a stressful week at work or staying up all night studying, but there are hundreds of things we come in contact with on a daily basis that could be the culprits behind your breakouts. Here are 4 reasons behind your sudden break out. Your Cell Phone. Cell phones gather all kinds of dirt and bacteria throughout the day, and are a big cause of acne on the chin and around the mouth. Wiping down your Smartphone daily with alcohol or Clorox wipes will keep your phone—and your face—clean. Your Medicine. One of the first places to check for complexion-busters is in your medicine cabinet. Steroids found in prescription drugs are a major problem, whether taken internally or not. Prednisone is used to treat a wide variety of inflammatory disorders like poison ivy, allergies, and arthritis, among others. If your med is topical, however, watch out for both cortisone (prescription) and hydrocortisone (over-the-counter). Other key ingredients to watch out for are lithium, lithium chloride, and certain forms of iodine. Your Beauty Routine. Zit-causing ingredients could be lurking on your beauty shelf. Unlike most prescriptions, however, you do have control over what you put on your face and hair. Acne caused by topical creams, lotions, and makeup is known as Acne Cosmetica, and is most common on the face, neck, hairline, and scalp. If you regularly apply a product to an acne-prone area, it’s possible that it’s doing more harm than good. A good thing to remember is to clean out our medicine cabinet and make up bag regularly, and don’t forget to clean your make up brushes! Touching Your Face. Above all, avoid touching your face at all costs—even after you wash your hands. “Touching can inflame the skin, and if you’re touching the same area, you might get an increase in oil production, so it’s three-pronged: it’s the bacteria, the inflammation, and the increased production in oil,” Fusco says. And don’t even think about trying to pop that pimple! If you watch out for some of these key acne triggers it should help clean up your complexion in no...

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