Tips to Get and Stay Acne-Free

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Acne is one of the most common skincare problems seen by doctors and clinics. Acne typically occurs skin becomes clogged. In a lot of cases, bacteria present in the skin can also make acne appear redder, because it irritates the skin. Acne doesn’t just appear as pimples, it can also look like blackheads, whiteheads, and cysts. Acne usually appears on the face and neck but you can even get it on shoulders, back and arms.

Quick tips:

  1. Picking and squeezing leads to scarring and a lot of irritation. Do wash your face once or twice daily, especially before bed to wash off makeup and dirt.
  2. Make sure to apply sunscreen, as skin is much more sensitive to UV rays when you use acne products.
  3. Use oil-free makeup, especially if you have sensitive skin. If you can, give your skin a break and go make-up free every once in a while.
  4. Wash your pillow case and sheets often, as they absorb oil and dirt and these can transfer onto your skin.
  5. Wash makeup brushes with cleaner specific for those types of products to ensure they get really clean.
  6. When washing your face, don’t scrub too hard as this can irritate skin and make acne worse.
  7. Pay attention to what your skin needs. If you’re very oily, make sure to use products specifically formulated for that. If you have very sensitive skin and it gets red quite easily, make sure to find products that are fragrance-free.
Source: WebMD
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Hair Care: Rules of the Trade

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Hair, hair, hair. We either love what we have or secretly lust after what we don’t. But one question still remains a mystery: how often should you wash my hair?

Shampoo works by trapping oils, so if you do it too often, it may dry out your hair. Hair does produce its own natural oils, however, shampoo traps excess oil and dirt and washes them away. So, for the most part, some dirt and oil is okay to protect hair against breakage.

Those with very fine hair, frequent exercisers and those who live in a very humid place are the only exception to shampooing daily. For hair that produces too much oil, frequent washing is a must. However, those with thicker or curly hair might be able to get away with only washing every few days.

For the average person, every other day, or every two to three days without washing is fine. If hair is visibly oily, or your scalp is itchy, wash more often. A great trick is that hair that is styled, like having a fresh blow dry, can usually go longer between washes. If it’s styled with keratin treatment or you have a blow out, you may not want to wash as often to avoid extra stress on your hair.

As of late, more and more products have hit the market that let you extend the life of your hair between washes. A great product that we swear by is dry shampoo. They come in different formats, including dry and wet, but they are easy to use and actually do what they say. If you’re still worried about the damage of shampooing too often, you can also try just wetting hair and only using conditioner. Another great trick is to try a different style. Hair looking oily? Try putting it up in a ponytail, braiding it or wearing a cute hat.

There is no quick or easy answer to how frequent you should wash your hair, but in general, you should go as long as you are able and feel comfortable with.

Source: WebMD

10 Steps to the Perfect At-Home Manicure

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Whether you want to save money or are just too busy to go to the nail salon, there’s a lot you can do at home to perfect the mani.ped_man07

Get salon-quality results at-home by following these ten easy steps:

  1. Remove any nail polish.
  2. Soak nails in warm water for about five minutes then dab dry.
  3. Exfoliate hands with a scrub to get rid of dead skin.
  4. Use a nail buffer to buff the top of the nail.
  5. Massage cuticle oil into each nail.
  6. Push cuticles back.
  7. File (in one direction) each nail down to the optimal length.
  8. Apply a base coat.
  9. Choose your polish and apply at least two coats.
  10. Apply a top coat.

Beauty Trends for Fall

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Fall is one of the most beautiful times of the year – the leaves are changing, the weather gets colder and it’s the perfect time to experiment with hair, beauty and makeup.

Makeup

  1. Dramatic eyes

Eyeliner once met neatly lining your lids in black, but for fall, the trend is lines that are not too neat. Everything from winged to double-winged will be making an appearance.

  1. Red hot lips

Seen everywhere on the runways this upcoming season, red is the colour. And better yet, red doesn’t mean that fire engine red like it once did. It now consists of varying shades and intensities.

  1. Blushed cold

Cold weather means that our skin will be getting paler but also that our cheeks will be getting pinker. But since skin tends to return to normal once you’re inside, the next big trend will be adding a touch of blush to make it look deliberate – like you have just come in from the cold, but all the time.

  1. Rock god

To help bring you into winter, colours of metal, including silver, gold and bronze are what you need to be seen in. These colours work best on eyelids or even added with a touch of glue and glitter around the eyes.

Hair

  1. Natural roots

Girls, skip the frequent trips to the hair salon and let your natural colour shine through. This fall sees the return of natural roots. Stars like January Jones and Jennifer Lawrence might present with blonde hair, but their natural darker colour has been presenting itself as of late.

  1. Bronde

Rather than the more traditional ombre hair colour, a hot trend for fall is bronde, which blends light brown with caramel and buttery shades. Rather than decide if you’re on team blonde or team brunette, enjoy standing somewhere in the middle.

  1. Dark highlights

As we mentioned above, ombre has been all the rage, but for fall, the new trend is warming up near-black hair with brown highlights scattered along the lower half, much like the more traditional ombre.

  1. Braids

Since fall is all about being cozy, perfecting the braid is the best way to achieve this. Fall is also the time that we can reminisce about back to school days, but gone are the pigtail days, and in come more intricate styles, such as crown braids and side ponytails.

10 Hair Care Secrets That Will Change Your Life

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Every woman knows that when your hair looks good you feel good. We’ve rounded up some hair care secrets that we’re willing to share.

  1. Dandruff: use a medicated shampoo once a week and try a cleansing shampoo in between.
  2. Avoid washing your hair everyday: don’t dry out your hair, and instead opt for every other day. If you’re still greasy, try rinsing with just cold water.
  3. Change up your shampoo: add some excitement to your life by alternating between a couple of different shampoos.
  4. Try vinegar, it works: after you’ve shampooed and conditioned, rinse with vinegar to add shine and softness.
  5. Go old school with olive or coconut oil: start at the ends and move up to the roots to leave hair feeling soft, silky and nourished.
  6. Lay off the hot tools: don’t burn out your hair, and when you do, use the lowest heat setting possible.
  7. Revive curls with dry shampoo, which adds plenty of volume.
  8. Go for natural bristles: natural is the way to go, and is less damaging for the hair.
  9. Cold water is actually good for you: fight frizz with a shot of cool water after conditioning to seal hair cuticles.
  10. Create a DIY highlight enhancer

Source: PopXO

20 Ways to Use Coconut Oil on your Skin

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Coconut doesn’t just taste yummy, it also yummy goodness for your skin. Coconut oil is easy to find almost anywhere and is loaded with good fats that are great for cooking, but did you also know that you can reap the benefits for your skin?

Get radiant skin now with coconut oil:

  1. Body butter – use a combination of shea butter, coconut oil, jojoba oil and essential oils to make the perfect body butter.
  2. Body scrub – mix coconut oil with brown sugar or white sugar.
  3. Body oil – rub coconut oil in hands to warm it up and use it in lieu of body lotion.
  4. Cold sore treatment – dab coconut oil on cold sores to speed up healing time.
  5. Cuticle oil – rub the oil into cuticles to loosen them up pre-manicure.
  6. Detox bath – mix ¼ cup of Epsom salts with ¼ cup of coconut oil into a hot bath for instant relaxation.
  7. Diaper rash guard – use a tablespoon over affected areas for instant improvement.
  8. Dry hands – coconut oil can be applied directly to dry hands as a great remedy.
  9. Face wash – clean your face with coconut oil for smoother, softer skin.
  10. Deodorant – mix ½ cup of coconut oil with ½ cup baking soda and 40-60 drops essential oils that will harden into an all-natural alternative to store-bought.
  11. Insect repellent – mix 8 ounces of coconut oil with 40-50 drops of essential oils to fight off bugs.
  12. Lip balm – mix 1 tablespoon coconut oil, 1 tablespoon beeswax, 2 teaspoons of shea butter, with essential oils like lavender and mint for the best lip balm ever.
  13. Makeup remover – coconut oil is non-irritating and will give extra hydration to the sensitive area around the eyes.
  14. Massage oil – combine coconut oil with your favourite essential oils to rub on sore muscles.
  15. Night cream – simply rub coconut oil directly on your face before bed, or if you’re prone to acne or have oily skin, mix coconut oil with your normal moisturizer for extra hydration.
  16. Scalp moisture – using coconut oil on your scalp will keep it moisturized and looking shiny.
  17. Shaving gel – get a close, smooth shave with coconut oil, which can also prevent ingrown hairs and razor burn.
  18. Skin conditions – treat eczema and psoriasis with coconut oil, with has many anti-inflammatory properties.
  19. Stretch marks – using coconut oil can help reduce stretch marks while keeping skin moisturized after weight gain/loss or pregnancy.
  20. Sunburn relief – coconut oil can help soothe inflamed skin, reduce redness and rehydrate.

Source: Dr. Axe

The right tool for the right job: makeup brushes

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With how many types of makeup brushes there are it can be quite confusing. We have broken it down for you:

Brush material: the makeup formulas you use will help you determine whether to choose natural, real hair (sable or pony fibres) or synthetic (fake). Natural brushes are better for dry products, like blush and eyeshadow, and synthetic brushes are best suited for cream or liquid products like concealer or foundation.

TOP 5 BRUSHES YOU WILL EVER NEED:

  1. Powder brush: a soft, round, large natural brush. This is a must-have brush for dusting powder on the face.
  2. Blush/bronzer brush: choose a soft, medium-sized dome-shaped natural brush. A blush brush is ultra soft and has long bristles, so as not to irritate the skin.
  3. Eyeshadow brush: a small, stiff, flat natural brush is perfect for your eyes, as it gives your lids a smooth finish and more intense pigment than a fluffier brush would.
  4. Eyeliner/brow brush: a small angled natural or synthetic brush. This brush is multi-purpose and can be used on your lashline for eyeliner, and your brow to fill it in. It is also very user-friendly due to its easy-to-maneuver slanted angle.
  5. Lip brush: a small flat, round-tipped brush makes achieving that defined lip easy and precise.

Products to get you started:

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Oval Eye Shadow Brush: designed for eye shadow and concealer application, that is at the right angle to make your makeup look softer and more professional.

 

 

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Angle Blush Brush: contour and define cheeks for flawlessly blended, high-definition results.

Why is it so important to go to sleep with a clean face?

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Going to sleep with a clean slate is just as important for your face as it is for your mind. We have highlighted the top reasons why you must cleanse your face before bed time:

  1. Cleansing before bed is essential to looking younger, longer: the very simple process of washing your face before bed is a great way to stimulate the internal processes that fight aging, and to remove all the external factors and items that get onto your skin during the day. Overnight, your skin needs oxygen to repair and revitalize itself. Sleeping with makeup on deprives your skin of this very process.
  2. Nighttime cleaning is essential for letting anti-aging ingredients work: if you apply any type of anti-aging product to your skin, nighttime is the perfect time to use it, since your skin is untouched and relaxed. If you aren’t washing your face, the actives that you apply simply can’t do their job. As well, nocturnal blood flow in the skin is higher, and thus increases the ability of your skin to absorb any active ingredients.
  3. Forgoing nighttime cleansing will give you larger pores: this is in fact not a myth: by the time you go to bed, all the makeup, excess oil, dead skin cells and pollution from the day is just sitting there on your face. A cleanser will help remove all of these. When makeup especially is left on your skin overnight it can clog pores. As you age, collagen levels start to decline and pores do not snap back as easily anymore.
  4. Nighttime cleansing prevents skin dehydration: skin temperature rises overnight, which leads to water loss. If you don’t wash your face, you can’t apply any moisturizer, which will help hydrate your skin while you sleep.

What causes age spots?

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It’s one thing to get older, but it’s another to actually show that you’re getting older. Age spots are a telltale sign that you are in fact, aging. They are flat, brown, gray or black spots on the skin and usually occur on areas that have been exposed to the sun. Age spots are also called liver spots, senile lentigines, solar lentigines or sun spots. Age spots are more common in people with certain risk factors, including being older than 40 years old, having fair skin and having a history of frequent sun exposure.

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Age spots are caused by an excess production of melanin, which may be caused by skin aging, sun exposure or other forms of ultraviolet light exposure, such as tanning beds.

I have age spots, now what?

One of the more popular ways to get rid of age spots is through laser, which destroys the cells that produce melanin. Healthier, firmer and brighter-looking skin can be achieved quite easily using a combination of advanced technologies:

  1. Laser fractional technology: laser produces a micro epidermal peel, which removes the problematic areas on the top layer of the epidermis, revealing fresher-looking skin that has an overall renewed radiance.

  2. Microdermabrasion: the outer layers of the skin are sanded off, so new skin can grow in its place. Age spots can be lightened and redness is reduced.

  3. Chemical peel: a light layer of an acidic treatment is applied to the face to remove the surface layer of skin

Using Laser to Stop the Aging Process: Skin Tightening

Laser is a great tool to stop the aging process. Using a combination of infrared (IR) and radio frequency (RF) technology, the medical skin care therapists at Canada MedLaser can tighten, firm and even melt fat away anywhere on the body. A typical problem area is the face, which can be tightened painlessly and with no downtime.

What is so great about Canada MedLaser’s skin tightening procedure? It gets you the results similar to that of a facelift without going under the knife. The dual laser technology smooths wrinkles and tightens loose skin, stimulating new collagen growth deep beneath skin’s surface.

In addition, at Canada MedLaser, each of our patients are handed a copy of pre and post care treatment instructions to follow in order to ensure their safety and maximum benefit of the treatment.

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