Bathing Beauty

Tips for a Spa Bath At Home

There’s nothing more deeply satisfying than an old fashioned soak in the tub to relax your body and mind. A hot bath is so healing and restorative that spas the world over offer their own ultra-pampering versions. From creating an environment you can really drift in, to immersing yourself in the right water temperature, here’s how the pros would turn an ordinary home bath into a luxurious spa-worthy soak.
 
Get Ready
Gather everything you will need before running the bathwater, so you won’t have to get out of a warm tub mid soak or run around looking for a robe afterwards. Include candles, flowers, your music, a hydrating drink, bath products and après bath lotions and oils. Adjust the lighting, turn off your phone, and then hang the “Do Not Disturb” sign.
 
Fill the Tub
The perfect water temperature may not be as hot as you think. Experts suggest a comfortable 92-100 degrees. It turns out that dipping your big toe into the tub to test the water isn’t as efficient as using the inside of your wrist. Expect to stay in at least 15-20 minutes to get the full effects of the bath.  After that it’s up to you and your skin.  If your skin is dry or you start pruning up you might want to exit your bath sooner than later.
If the tub is small, dip washcloths into the bathwater to cover unsubmerged knees or feet and allow the heat and bubbles to do their job more efficiently. 

The Clean Break
It’s not uncommon to be a bit antsy right after getting into the tub. A small towel spritzed with relaxing lavender essential oil placed behind your neck will help. Gentle stretches, music, a few deep breaths, closing your eyes—even floating a child’s rubber duckie— will also pass the time until you are able to fully relax.
If the weather is hot, or you tend to be uncomfortable in warm water, put a moistened wash cloth in a bowl of ice within reach to cool your brow if needed and soak some more.
 
Get Out and Glow
Don’t towel dry completely when you exit the bath.  Damp skin soaks up moisturizer best. And, if you can allow yourself extra time afterwards, reach for a warm fluffy robe, and rest in an easy chair, before you go on with your day or night.
 

Transform Your Complexion

5 Ingredients Your Smoothie Must Have to Get Your Skin Glowing

Want to transform your complexion and get a radiant glow that everyone envies? Start from the inside.
 
The key to fending off — or even reversing — the damage that comes from too much sun, smoking, or unhealthy eating is getting plenty of antioxidants, a substance that protects your body from harm on the cellular level and is found in abundance in many fruits, nuts and vegetables.
 
Vitamins A, C and E are all antioxidants, as are many phytochemicals, which are compounds found naturally in plants.
 
One of the easiest and most enjoyable ways to get your beauty-boosting nutrients is to start your day with a healthy breakfast smoothie. Your top ingredients should be:
 
Anthocyanidins. A phytochemical that's a powerful antioxidant, anthocyanidins give fruits their red or purple colors. Best sources: Blueberries, blackberries, cherries, raspberries.
 
Carotenoids. Carotenoids produce a red, yellow or orange color in fruits and veggies. This phytochemical enhances collagen production, which is the protein fiber that keeps your facial skin firm and youthful looking. As we age, collagen isn’t replenished as quickly and the skin sags. Best sources: Carrots, guavas, lemons, limes, tomatoes, watermelon.
 
Vitamin C. This important vitamin is a potent antioxidant and works together with carotenoids to help keep collagen healthy. Best sources: Cantaloupe, kale, kiwis, oranges, papayas, strawberries, red bell peppers.
 
Vitamin E. Working from the inside to protect the top layers of skin against sun damage, vitamin E is important for preventing wrinkles. Best source: Almonds, avocados, sunflower seeds.
 
Selenium. Consumed in tandem with vitamin E, selenium improves your skin’s elasticity and texture. This mineral is abundant in some fish and grains, but for smoothies, your best bet is Brazil nuts.
 
To whip up a beauty-boosting smoothie, put a cup of any combination of the fruits, juices (lemon, lime), vegetables and nuts mentioned above into a blender with a handful of ice cubes. (Or, to make your mix creamier and richer, replace the ice with chunks of a frozen banana. Bananas are a nutritional powerhouse in their own right, containing potassium, vitamin B6, fiber and pectin.)
 
Pour in about half a cup of lowfat milk or a substitute like almond, coconut or soy milk and blend until the mix is free of lumps. You can also use yogurt or kefir, if you prefer.
 
To give your smoothie more staying power so you can go from breakfast to lunch without getting hungry, consider adding a tablespoon of peanut butter or a scoop of whey protein powder. Also think about adding spices like cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg or vanilla extract to create new flavors. If your smoothie is too tart, blend in a couple teaspoons of honey.
 
One caveat: A few of these ingredients are high in calories, such as avocados, honey, nuts and seeds, so watch how much you’re adding. Three or four Brazil nuts or seven or eight almonds are enough to give you the nutritional benefit without busting your calorie budget.

 

Brow Beaten

Tips to re-generate after over-plucking

You know how it is. One minute you grab the tweezers to yank that stray hair you noticed in the rush hour rearview, the next you’ve been in front of the magnifying mirror for an hour trying to get that arch just right. By this point, odds are good you’ve done the exact opposite, rendering your brows too thin, misshapen or even worse, just splotchy. In other words: beauty emergency! Or at least something that feels like one.  
                                                                                                           
Luckily, these days nothing is permanent, including over-plucking. From serums and gels to full on follicle transplants, there are a plethora of products on the market to restore the hair you’ve erroneously removed and return your brows to face framing fabulosity. However, unless you choose to opt for that pricey and potentially painful hair restoration surgery (probably not necessary – in most circumstances), regrowth will not happen overnight. Like most things in life, it takes time. So, what’s a girl to do in the interim?
 
Exfoliate
By sloughing off the dead skin in any area, you encourage cellular regrowth. This also applies to eyebrows. Nixing clogged pores and rejuvenating follicles certainly can’t hurt and will likely speed the process!
 
Up your biotin intake
Anything that strengthens your hair and nails – which also means Vitamins A, B6, C and E – will promote growth. Believe it or not, increasing your protein intake can even make a difference! In the meantime…
 
Toss the tweezers
No matter how strong the urge, do NOT pull stray hairs that emerge in your immediate brow region, no matter how glaring they seem to you! Got a straggler well below the brow line or between the bridge of your nose and your mid-forehead? Sure, go ahead. But then check yourself… before you re-wreck yourself! And finally…
 
Consult a professional
Any number of salons, makeup counters or even online tutorials are available to either help you reshape your brows in person or show you how to fill them in yourself. Try JAFRA’s Brow Define and Lift Duo to enhance sparse brows. It won’t hasten your regrowth, but it will create the illusion of a balanced brow in no time. And sometimes, a quick fix is all you need to regain your confidence!

 

10 Brilliant Beauty Hacks That Save You Cash

Beauty emergencies fall into two main categories: You run out of an important product when you need it most; or you discover you’ve had an appearance disaster. In the worst-case scenario, both hit at the same time. The good news? A clever, inexpensive solution may be as close as the medicine cabinet or the kitchen. The 10 best beauty hacks for common crises follow.
 
 “OMG, I’m out of….”
 
Mascara: The classic hack is a touch of petroleum jelly applied with a mascara wand or spoolie brush to make lashes shiny so they look longer and thicker. Or, if you’ve got a nearly empty or dried out mascara tube, add a few drops of contact-lens saline solution to get the last bit of color out.
 
Makeup remover: Grab the coconut oil from the kitchen. Apply it to your face to melt makeup and wipe off gently with a warm washcloth. Bonus: It will leave your skin feeling super soft.
 
Toner: Mix a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar with a tablespoon of water and spray or dab onto your face. This isn’t a hack for every day because even diluted vinegar is too acidic for regular use on facial skin, but it’s okay in an emergency.
 
Cuticle cream: Use lip balm. Out of lip balm? Petroleum jelly also works in a pinch.
 
Dry shampoo: Spray the roots of your hair lightly with spray starch and brush out. Alternative: baby powder. Only apply a small amount!
 
“Uh oh, I have a problem! It’s….”
 
A self-tanning mistake: Baking soda to the rescue! If you overtanned your knees, palms, or elbows, make a paste of baking soda and water and gently rub it on the area where you need to remove tanner. Wipe off.
 
A too-prominent part: If your hair is thin, you may have too much scalp showing at your part. Smooth some brown eye shadow at your roots to fake thicker hair.
 
A pimple: White toothpaste (not the gel kind) works to shrink that one-time angry red zit. It’s okay in an emergency to dot a little bit onto a pimple, but it’s too harsh to use widely on facial skin. You can also try a warm, moist teabag to quell the inflammation.
 
Under-eye bags: Teabags save the day again! This time, chill two dampened teabags briefly in the freezer before lying down and applying them to the undereye area for 5 to 10 minutes. The astringent effect of the tannin in the tea leaves plus the cool moisture should help relieve the puffiness.
 
Hat hair: If your hair is frizzed out because you’ve been wearing a knit hat or the weather is dry, just swipe a dryer sheet over it to tame the static. Or rub a tiny amount of petroleum jelly on the surface of your palms and smooth it over your hair to settle down flyaways.

 
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