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Silky, Smooth Firm Skin

When it comes to our skin, it’s a pretty safe assumption that we all aspire to have silky, smooth firm skin.  While so many of us aspire to have this type of flawless skin, it’s not always the easiest thing to achieve.  If you’ve been using different skin care products, and feeling as though you’re taking care of your skin it could be a matter of missing a few crucial tips to get you to the results you’re looking for.  Of course, we’re sharing some of our must- know tips to silky, smooth, firm skin so you can try them out yourself.

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Exfoliate Regularly
When it comes to having silky, smooth and firm skin exfoliating your skin on a regular basis is a MUST.  This goes for ALL of the skin on your body, too – not just on your face.  Make it a routine to get in the habit of applying an exfoliating product to your face 1-2 times every week to eliminate any dead skin cells and really get your skin’s texture much more smooth.  In addition, you’re going to want to try adapting a dry brushing routine for the skin on the rest of your body.  Dry brushing does what exfoliating products to for your face.  Eliminating the dead skin cells plays a major roll in getting silky and smooth skin.  Often times when you feel like your skin isn’t smooth and silky it’s because you haven’t eliminated any of the dead skin cells.

Get Serious About Your Moisturizing Routine
In addition to stepping up your exfoliating routine, you’re going to need to get even more serious about moisturizing your skin to lock in the moisture for your skin.  This means applying a moisturizing product to all of your skin on a daily basis (especially after you’ve exfoliated your skin).  But it’s not just about applying a moisturizer to your skin, it’s also important to make sure that all the skin care products you use are loaded with moisturizing benefits and really boost their moisture elements in the products.  Adding as much moisture to your skin really plays a major role in getting your skin much smoother and silkier in texture.

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Stay Hydrated
Hydration and moisturization is so important when it comes to your overall skin’s health and appearance, yes, even when it comes to the texture and looks for your skin.  Most people don’t get enough water on a daily basis, try stepping up your water intake and see how much silkier and smoother your skin begins to look.  You’ll probably be surprised at what a difference drinking more water has on your skin’s appearance.

When it comes to having silky, smooth and firm skin it’s really about maintaining moisture, eliminating dead skin cells and oils, and of course staying as hydrated as possible.  They’re simple things, but make such a huge difference as they relate to your skin’s appearance.  It doesn’t have to be complicated, but they are important to be strict about doing on a daily basis.

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Good For The Tummy, Great For The Skin

green tea

There’s been a major connection between our internal health and skin health.  It’s something that’s a more recent connection but really been something that’s changed a lot of the game when it comes to skin care.  While we so often focus on what products we put on our skin for skin care, so many of us don’t really think about what we eat and the impact it can have on our skin.  We’re chatting about winter food staples that are good for the tummy, great for the skin – you’re probably going to be surprised at the foods that are great for BOTH aspects of your health.

Green tea
There’s something about cozying up with a warm beverage this time of year that always leaves us wanting to snuggle up at home with a blanket and movie or book.  Of course many hot beverages are known to be filled with sugars and things that can upset your stomach and upset your skin even more.  A great switch that can be soothing for your stomach and stress AND help give your skin complexion a nice glowing boost is green tea.  Green tea has quickly gained momentum, but it’s been used in many cultures for years because of its immense health benefits internally and with the skin.  Because of the antioxidants that are in green tea it can really help you settle your stomach, even be useful in weight loss, and give your skin the protection and glow you’ve been looking for this winter season.

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Oatmeal
Another winter staple, oatmeal tends to be a go to breakfast option for many people this time of year because you can enjoy it warm and let’s face it we all enjoy anything that gives us a little extra warmth this time of year.  But you may not have realized that oatmeal can be really great for your tummy AND skin.  Oatmeal is loaded with great nutrients that do wonders for your skin and help with weight loss and if you’re having some stomach issues internally going on.  You can add additional elements to switch up the taste of the oatmeal, and still reap the benefits of having a healthy meal that gives you skin a glow without upsetting your stomach in any way.

Mixed nuts, especially walnuts
Walnuts are definitely synonymous with this time of year, but not only are they a winter staple they’re also pretty great for your skin and health.  Nuts in general have always been known to be a great snack for those looking to lose weight or dealing with some internal struggles because they’re not too loaded with major flavors that could upset your stomach, but they’re loaded with nutrients that your body needs to recover.  In addition, they give your body the omega 3 fatty acids it needs to have a glowing, healthy skin complexion.

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Winter Accessories To Warm Up Your Wardrobe

We hate to be the barrier of bad news, but winter is creeping up on us…a lot quicker than we really want to realize.  Of course, when the winter comes, it leaves us feeling a little bit stuck or stagnant when it comes to what we’re wearing.  Fortunately, there are some great winter accessories to warm up your wardrobe this season.  Not sure what they are or where to even start?  We’re giving you some ideas to really get some winter accessories on point, so you can look stylish, feel warm and of course appropriate all winter long.

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Chunky Knit Hats
This winter season, there are some really fun and stylish knit beanie hats that are ALL over the place.  The great part about a chunk knit beanie hat is that they’re super functional, so you’ll actually stay warm in them, but with some of the fun details that are available in a lot of the designs you’re able to add a little style to your functional winter accessory.  We’re all about some of the knit beanies in fun colors, designs and even with some faux fur balls on the ends of them.  It’s an easy way to add some winter feels to your winter look.

Structured Handbag
There’s something about handbags that make us feel a certain kind of way.  It’s always fun to get a new handbag, and the plus is that a handbag ALWAYS fits (get it!?).  This winter season, it’s really all about the structured handbags.  Finding a structured handbag to incorporate into your wardrobe is going to be a super easy and fun way to really spruce up your winter wardrobe.  We’re all about finding a structured handbag in a fun color.  Since the winter season tends to be dark both in weather and our clothes, adding a pop of color with a handbag is a great way to add color into your look and brighten things up a tad.  This season there are a lot of handbags in bold blue and red tones that really do work well with any outfit, and add a fun pop.

Don’t Forget The Shades
Of course, no outfit is really complete without a great pair of sunnies.  This year sunglasses have really had a moment with so many different styles and designs.  While a lot of people feel they don’t wear sunglasses as often in the winter – the reflection from snow is actually a major reason you should be wearing them.  And if you need to wear sunnies, why not make them a little extra stylish so you can really make the most of them.  Throwing on a pair of statement shades is a great way to really switch up the feel of your look, and let’s be honest…you’re going to look super chic.

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Go For A Statement Glove
We have to wear gloves to keep our hands warm in the winter months, but that doesn’t mean they have to be boring!  We’re all about a statement glove this season, whether you opt for a color leather glove, or something that goes up to the elbow length.  It’s a great way to add some uniqueness to your look with something that you’re going to be needing to wear for function anyways.

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Tips for Soft, Supple Hands

As the winter weather approaches, so does the dry skin problems that we all tend to experience.  Many of us tend to struggle with dry skin and lips…but also dry hands.  It’s frustrating and always feels a little off when your hands are super dry.  Not to mention it can leave you feeling a little self-conscious when shaking someone’s hand.  We found some great tips for soft, supple hands and you know we’re not stingy with the tips – we’re sharing them with you so you can adapt them yourself this winter season.

Be Cautious Of Your Soap
Most of us tend to focus on hand soaps that are strong and will kill any germs that we may have been exposed to.  However, what you may not realize is when we use soaps that are too harsh they can cause our hands to become and feel even more dry.  It’s important to make sure that the hand soap that you use to wash your hands is something that’s going to give your hands that moisture that it needs.  This will prevent your skin from becoming too dry and instead give you more moisture – which is really what your hands need to become soft and supple.

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Step Up Your Hand Lotion
Here’s the deal, if you really want soft, supple hands you’re going to need to really focus on bringing as much moisture to your hands as possible.  This means getting really serious about the hand lotions that you use, and how often you’re using them.  So many people tend to only use hand lotions when their hands feel dry…but you need to use them ALL the time.  Many experts actually suggest opting for hand lotions that are thicker and creamier in consistency.  Even going for a body butter instead of a traditional hand lotion if you’re really experiencing major dryness in your hands.  Since your hands don’t react to thicker skin care products like the skin on your face does, you can go for a heavier weight product to really maximize on the product that you’re applying.  In addition, make sure that you’re applying the lotion on a regular basis – yes, every day.  Probably even multiple times a day.  If you really want to get those soft, supple hands.

exfoliating hands

Exfoliate Your Hands
Ok, so watching your soap and upping your hand lotion game is great, but you’re also going to need to do one more thing for seriously soft and supple hands.  What is it?  Exfoliate the skin on your hands!  You know exfoliating your skin on your body and face is important, and the same rules apply to the skin on your hands.  Since our hands are exposed to so many different things and tend to get dry pretty easily exfoliating your hands is going to be really helpful in getting the results you’re looking for.  Exfoliating your hands is going to help eliminate any dead skin cells and roughness to really get your hands even softer.

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Basic Skincare Tips For The Everyday Man

We realized recently that we spend a lot of time talking to ladies about skin care and beauty tips, but we haven’t forgotten about the guys!  Men need to take care of their skin just like women do, and unfortunately there isn’t a whole lot of talk around the men’s world about skin care.  So you know us, we decided to chat about it ourselves.  We’re sharing the basic skincare tips for the everyday man, because skin care doesn’t have to be difficult and we know that men want to know the basics FIRST.  So let’s start with the basics, guys!

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Cleansing Your Skin Is Key
To really get your basic skin care in check you need to make sure that you have a great quality face cleansing product that you use.  No, it’s not enough to just use whatever the first cleanser you can find is.  It’s important that, just like the ladies, you use a cleansing product that’s designed to work with your skin type to make sure that you’re getting the best results from your efforts.  In addition, make sure that you’re cleansing your skin twice a day – that’s once in the morning and once before you head to bed.  Doing this will keep your pores clean and free from a lot of excess dirt, grime and oil.

Get Your Moisturizing Routine In Check
Keeping your skin well moisturized is really important when it comes to keeping your skin healthy and happy.  When your skin is too dry is often when you’ll notice dry skin, flakes and even premature aging to occur.  Opt for a really good quality moisturizer to use after you’ve cleansed your skin.  Look for something that’s rich in vitamins and antioxidants to really get the most out of your moisturizer.  Make sure that you apply a moisturizer to your skin after every time you cleanse your skin.  This will help to lock in the moisture and hydration into your skin and really create a good barrier on your skin so you have some protection from the environmental elements that you’re exposed to on a daily basis.

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Don’t Skimp On The Shaving Cream
Similar to the cleanser, you don’t want to skimp on just using the first shaving cream you come across.  Having a quality shaving cream product is going to ensure that you’re creating enough moisture and lubrication on your skin between it and the razor when you shave.  Many people experience razor burn when they don’t use a high enough quality shaving cream product.

Don’t Forget the SPF
You’ve probably heard about women constantly talking about applying SPF on a consistent basis for their skin, but it’s not just for the ladies – guys!  Men need to make sure to protect their skin from the sun as well, that means making sure that you don’t leave the house without applying a quality SPF product to your skin for protection.  In addition, try to minimize the amount of time your skin is exposed to the sun – especially during the high sun peak hours.

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Side Effects of Topical Steroids

Topical steroids have definitely become a more commonly used skin care form by doctors for many different skin care concerns.  If you’ve gone to a doctor and/or dermatologist for a skin care, concern you’ve likely been given a topical steroid to help alleviate the concern.  However, there can be some side effects of topical steroids and the use of them that you’re not aware of.  Because they’re used so frequently in today’s world, many people don’t really think of the negative side of this type of treatment.  We thought it was important to get real with you and share some of the common side effects of topical steroids so that you’re fully prepared in case you’re prescribed any of them in the near future.

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Skin Atrophy
This is one of the most common side effects those that use topical steroids are faced with.  Essentially what skin atrophy is, is the thinning of the skin AND it can lead to a reduction of skin cells.  Typically this type of side effect is seen in people who use a topical steroid for 3 days – 2 weeks, which is a pretty common amount of time to be prescribed a topical steroid.  The reason this thinning skin side effect can be so negative is it can lead to wrinkles and lines to form and be more prominent.  In addition, some even begin to notice their skin starts to look more transparent in appearance – so you’re more likely to see the veins and lines under your skin.

Infections
Some people have been found to experience infections after/upon use of topical steroids, typically the infections are bacterial or fungal.  The reason that some people are likely to develop an infection in the body upon use of a topical steroid is steroids are known to reduce your immune system in a pretty strong way.  Since your body is working to repair a skin condition, its immune system is essentially put on the backburner.  In addition, if you notice that your skin begins to thin – it can cause you to also have infection.

Hypertrichosis
Another common side effect of topical steroids is hypertrichosis.  Hypertrichosis is essentially when you begin to develop a lot of hair growth (in excessive amounts).  Experts aren’t entirely sure WHY this can be a side effect, but some believe it’s because of the use of hormones in most steroid treatments.  In addition to the excessive hair growth that may occur, some that struggle with this side effect will also notice that their skin becomes very sensitive, resulting in a lot of redness and swelling throughout the areas that are being treated with the topical steroid.

If you are using, or ever need to use a topical steroid for a skin condition and do notice any of these side effects popping up for you – it’s important that you contact your medical professional immediately.  Since side effects can be damaging in the long run, it’s essential that you communicate with your doctor to see if there are other options so that you don’t continue to struggle with these damaging side effects.

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Acne Prone Skin & Salicylic Acid

If you have acne prone skin, you know the struggle is real with trying to find skin care products that help you combat acne from popping up at the most inconvenient times.  There are so many different skin care products and ingredients on the market that claim to help with acne prone skin, but it can also be difficult to know what to actually believe will work on your skin.  We’re talking acne prone skin and salicylic acid.  It’s an ingredient that’s gained a lot of credit for helping those with acne prone skin to combat a lot of those issues  from continuing to pop up on their skin, and we’re giving you the info so you know WHY.

woman acne in mirror

Salicylic acid is actually a beta hydroxyl acid.  It’s become a popular competitor to the use of benzoyl peroxide – which has been used in acne fighting skin care products for quite some time.  The great thing about salicylic acid is it’s been found to actually help to boost the cell turnover time, making it a much quicker process than naturally or without this type of ingredient.  In addition to the fact that it’s able to create cell turnover time to be a more timely process, it also has been found to work as a really great exfoliating product.  Since it does really help with exfoliating the skin in a great way, it helps to give users a much smoother skin surface.  Those that deal with acne know that one of the more frustrating parts of having acne is the fact that your skin isn’t smooth and doesn’t have that even surface texture, this is why salicylic acid has been such a popular ingredient to use in many acne fighting skin care products.

Not only is the exfoliating element of this ingredient, it’s great for creating that smoother surface of your skin, but it also helps to remove dirt, grime and oil in a much more efficient way.  Since many acne breakouts are the result of oil and dirt build up, using a product that has a natural exfoliating element to it to help remove that is incredibly helpful.  In addition, experts suggest that this is a really great ingredient for those that specifically deal with blackheads in their skin.  Blackheads tend to be much trickier when it comes to treating them because they’re deeper in their appearance and where the oils are built up.  Exfoliating is a great way to help eliminate them.

Another bonus of salicylic acid for acne prone skin is it’s been found to be a lot less irritating to the skin for users. Benzoyl peroxide has been found to be beneficial for acne treatment, however, it’s also found to be drying and can cause additional irritation to the skin for some.  When you’re already dealing with acne prone skin, it’s likely your skin gets irritated rather easily, so the fact that salicylic acid isn’t as irritating on the skin is a bonus so that you’re not faced with having to deal with other skin irritations while trying to eliminate acne.

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New Views On Beauty

When it comes to beauty, the views on what is beautiful, changes ALL the time.  The standard, or view, of beauty is very different from what it was 10 years ago.  It’s always interesting to think back about what we considered to be beautiful 5 or 10 years ago.  If often leads to those thoughts like “what was I thinking?”  But change and evolution of thoughts and beauty is part of life.  We thought it would be fun to have a little discussion and realization as to what the new views on beauty actually are right now.

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Skin Care Is A  Major Influence
It’s no secret that there’s a lot of emphasis on having ‘perfect’ skin.  Which is likely why the skin care industry has continued to grow and explode throughout the past couple of years.  It’s apparent that the importance and focus really of what makes someone beautiful is highly impacted by their skin, and the appearance of it.  Thinking about it, we do spend a lot of time and energy around getting our skin as clear and line/wrinkle free as possible.  It’s definitely a focus that has only grown over the years, it wasn’t quite as much of a major influence in terms of what makes someone beautiful in the past like it is now.

Beauty Values Have Changed
You’ve probably noticed the past couple years have raised a lot of interest and focus on being more natural.  We hear so many more people talking about celebrating their natural beauty, their natural skin color and cultural differences in a great way.  In addition, age is viewed much differently in today’s world.  While many people in past years thought of 40+ age range as being “old” it’s not really looked at in that way anymore.  So many more women (and men) are embracing age differently and while being in your 40’s used to be ‘old’ it’s looked at in a much more positive way in today’s beauty views.  Essentially, the new view on beauty is much more about celebrating where and who you are in your skin and age rather than looking at it as a negative thing.

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The Inside-outside Connection
In addition, there’s been a lot more chatter around the connection between inner and outer beauty.  Similarly, many people are talking about the reference between when you look good you feel good.  Doing things that make YOU feel more confident, dressing in a way that conveys confidences, doing your makeup in a way that helps you feel confident, etc. are all much bigger focuses than they were in past years.  We’re at a new place where we’ve all realized a bit more that when you’re a beautiful person on the INSIDE it automatically makes you much more beautiful on the outside.  And vice versa.  It’s really a great evolutionary process, if you ask us.  Because living in a place where you’re doing things that make you happy, feel good, etc. is definitely going to have a major impact on how beautiful you feel…turning into how beautiful you look.

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Best Makeup Looks of 2016

2016 has been a year FULL of different trends with makeup, beauty and fashion.  We’ve definitely seen a lot of variations throughout this year, and with social media at an all-time high, it seems like the trends are changing even more rapidly than before.  As the year comes to a close, we thought it was the perfect time to chat about the best makeup looks of 2016.  We always feel a bit nostalgic as another year starts to come to an end, and it always has us wanting to take a look back at what happened – it’s no different with makeup!

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Fresh Faced
We’ve all been in the heavy, contoured makeup looks for a bit now so this year when we saw beauty bloggers and runway shows showing more of that ‘fresh faced’ look with less makeup… we were totally on board.  It’s refreshing in a way, in the era of the Kardashians it can be a bit exhausting to feel like you have to stay in full contoured makeup every day.  Minimal foundation and makeup really was all over the place this year, even down to the #nomakeup trend celebs like Alicia Keys and even the makeup queen herself Kim Kardashian were rocking at special events.

Metallic Shadows
Another favorite makeup look of ours this year has to be the popularity of metallic shadows.  We really saw everything from gold tones to silvers and bronzes, there was no limitation of metallic hues on eyelids everywhere.  We love the metallic shadow use this year, it’s such a great way to instantly give your makeup look a little glamorous feeling even if you just apply a little bit.  It’s a nice fresh take on special occasion makeup, that has been more about the smokey eyes in recent years.  Another reason we loved the metallic shadow makeup looks in 2016 is because we saw so many great looks on all skin tones and types.  Since metallic colors really range if vibrancy and colors, there’s something for everyone here – so it was a trend that was much more all-encompassing than some trends tend to be.

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Dark Lips
While the fresh faced makeup trend has been everywhere, we can’t leave out the dark lipstick, makeup looks that have been everywhere this year.  Since we’re really experiencing a full on 90’s fashion trend revival, it was really only natural we had the darker lipstick colors come into fruition this year.  The dark lipstick colors are ranging from dark brown tones to reds and even purples.  Personally, we love the edgy bold vibe that a dark lipstick color gives to any look.  It kind of instantly gives you that ‘cool girl’ look no matter what you’re wearing.  The other bonus is dark lipstick is such a statement, it’s really essential to keep the rest of your makeup pretty neutral – enter in the fresh faced makeup for the rest of your look.

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Try These Relaxing Rainy Day Activities

There’s something about rainy days that can leave some of us feeling a bit stir crazy.  Sometimes it can feel like we’re stuck inside and not really sure what to actually do with the time since being outside isn’t an option (or doesn’t sound like fun).  We feel that rainy days can be a great time to get a little much needed relaxation time in the books – why not make the most of it, right?  Not sure what we mean?  Try these relaxing rainy day activities….

woman reading book

Do A Little Reading
In a world that’s constantly on the go and connected to the internet and social media, most of us don’t spend much time reading anymore.  There’s something about curling up in cozy blankets, with a hot cup of a tea and a book you’ve been dying to read that just feels right on a rainy day.  We all need a little time to disconnect and when it’s a lousy, rainy day outside doing a little reading is a great way to relax and do something you’ve been wanting to ‘make the time for’ for a while.  Make it a fun and relaxing experience for yourself by not pressuring yourself to get through a certain amount of the book, or limiting your time.  Just curl up, relax and enjoy!

Book a Spa Treatment
Another activity that many of us tend to put off over and over again is booking that massage, facial or other spa treatment you keep meaning to.  When it’s a rainy day, there’s not much else to do – so call your local spa and see if you can book a last minute treatment.  Since there isn’t much to really be able to do, and you’re ready for a little relaxation booking a spa treatment on a rainy day can be a great way to really help yourself unwind.  We always feel like we need to scurry off to the next thing, but take your time, enjoy your treatment and most importantly… don’t feel guilty about doing something for you.  We all need a little relaxation, make the most of your rainy day by doing something for you that relaxes you so when the rain breaks you feel energize!

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Have Your Own Movie Marathon
So you’re trapped in the house for the day, and you don’t feel like doing anything – we all have those times, especially on rainy days.  Instead of forcing yourself, gather some of your favorite movies that you haven’t seen in a while and have a little movie marathon.  Make some of your favorite snacks, open up a bottle of wine, get your favorite blanket and just chill while you enjoy all your favorite flicks.  If someone is home with you, watch the marathon together.  Movie marathons can be a really relaxing way to just detach from reality for a bit and have a little entertainment.