What make-up should I buy if I can’t afford the expensive stuff

colorful eyeshadowsMake-up can be very expensive, but it also ranges from the stuff you get at the dollar store to the stuff you get in high end shops that costs you $35 or more for one eye shadow. So, how can you know what make-up to buy if you can’t afford the really good expensive stuff? In other words, which of the cheaper make-ups are the better option? The following is a look at how to choose make-up when you can’t afford expensive brands like MAC, Estee Lauder, etc.

  1. Consider what you are buying. Some products are going to be better from the department store than they are from the drug store. For example, a department store foundation will probably stay on better and look nicer than a drug store foundation, and it is likely better for your skin. However, mascara is going to be about the same either way, so save the $20 and buy the $7 tube from Wal-Mart. You are only supposed to keep a tube of mascara for 3 months, so why spend a fortune on it? In other words, for your everyday, foundational make-up products, go for the quality high-end products, but for shadows, lip sticks, and glosses, and the things that you change frequently, the drug store stuff is going to work fine.
  2. Consider the brand. Even at the drugstore there is going to be a quality difference among brands. Choose brands like L’Oreal, Maybelline, and Covergirl as they use higher quality ingredients that are less likely to irritate your skin or cause breakouts. If you want something for fun for one night out, or for an eighties party or something, going with the cheaper stuff is going to be best, but if you plan to use it frequently, spending a little more to get something that stays on and lasts, is going to be worth it. These name brands are name brand for a reason, and they have a good reputation, so pay attention to it.
  3. Choose one must have to splurge on. If you are a lipstick person, then go ahead and buy the expensive tube of long lasting all over cover lipstick, and go cheap on your shadows and other stuff. If you love eye shadow, buy the color you wear most from MAC, and enjoy using it.

It is best to have a few quality products that cost you more than to have tons of makeup that you will not wear or that irritates your skin. So, if you can’t afford the high end make-up, save up for a few items, and supplement with the best brands of the lower end make-ups. Just remember, your skin is important, so do not put stuff on it that will make it unhealthy. Check ingredients, and try for as all natural as you can get.

Lipstick or lipgloss?

woman putting lipstick onWhether you should wear lipstick or lip gloss depends entirely on you. The trick to great lip wear is not whether it is a stick or a gloss, but whether or not it is the right shade for you.

How do you choose the right shade of lipstick or lip gloss? There are tons of ways people go about figuring out which lipstick or gloss works for them, but most of the time it ends up costing them tons of money, and leaves them with little product that they like or use. To choose the right lip color, you want to follow a few simple tips.

Tip one: the best color for your lips whether you are wearing a gloss or lip stick is always going to be a couple shades darker than your natural color. So, choose a color that resembles your natural lip color, and then pick something a couple of shades darker. Do this by putting lipstick on just one lip. Then compare that lip to the bare lip, and decide, is that the same tone, just a few shades darker? If yes, you have found the perfect lip color, if no, you should keep looking.

Tip two: If you can’t try the lip stick or lip gloss on before you buy it, find a mirror and hold the box up to your lips. The box should have a sticker or color sample on top of it to help you see what you will be getting. So, compare that to your lips. It is usually pretty right on, and thus it is a great way to find out if the color will work for your lips and skin tones.

Tip three: Do not try to match your lipstick or gloss to your outfit.
If your are wearing a purple shirt, that does not mean purple lip stick is for you. In fact if you have orange colored lips, an orange lip gloss might be best. So, instead of matching your clothes, match your skin tones. This is going to yield the best results.

Tip four: Choose colors that naturally go well with your coloring.
If you are fair skinned, stay away from brown colors and undertones. Apricots, corals, and nudes work better for you. If you have medium skin tones darker roses, mauves, and burgundy work well.  Do not use bright reds. If you have dark skin, then go with caramels, plums, and rich colors like reds and chocolates.

If you want a natural look to your make-up, choose neutral lipsticks, or light lip glosses. Lip gloss is more flirty and fun, while lipstick is more sexy and sophisticated. However, as long as you get the color right it will not make much of a difference which you wear. For the beach or sporty outings, opt for a lip gloss, for a dinner party or formal engagement, lipstick might be beset.

How to shave your skin

woman shaving legsShaving, whether it is your face, your legs, armpits, or bikini line takes some thought and preparation. There are do’s and don’ts to shaving. The following is a quick guide to shaving, no matter what you are shaving.

Step one: Make sure the area is clean. You want to cleanse the area before shaving, otherwise you might expose your pores to bacteria, dirt, and debris which might cause acne, irritation, inflammation, etc. Use a mild cleanser, and use water as warm to hot as you can handle. This will open the pores and make it possible to remove hair more easily.

Step two: Make sure the blade is sharp and clean. If your blade has hair stuck in it, or is dull it will drag across the skin and not cut well, which will cause it to pull and will result in inflammation and irritation of the area. Your best bet is to change your blade regularly, and to clean it well and often. This way you are not putting mildew, mold, or bacteria onto your skin. So not leave your razor in the shower as it will become a breeding ground for bacteria because of the moisture.

Step three: Make sure the area is well lubricated. Friction created between the blade and the skin can cause irritation and inflammation. So, to avoid this irritation, and reduce the risk of razor burn, no matter where you are shaving, consider using a shaving cream or gel.

Step four: Make sure you shave with the grain. Your pores are going to be sensitive, and shaving against the grain can cause pulling and pain. If you want a close shave, shave against the grain, but be sure at your last stroke, to shave with the grain to return the hair to the right direction, in order to make it less painful. If possible only shave each part of skin once to reduce redness and to help the skin heal faster.

Step five: Be sure to cleanse area after to remove all residue of your shave gel or cream.
You do not want to leave oils, gels, creams, etc. on the skin after you shave as they might clog the pores or irritate the skin. So, cleanse with a mild soap, and water after, and consider rinsing the area with cold water when finished. This will help close up the pores.

Step six: Soothe skin or treat to reduce or avoid razor burn.
You can use aloe vera, tea tree oil, vitamin E, after shave, or any number of other things to help cool and soothe the skin after shaving to help with razor burn.

If you follow these six steps, whether shaving your face or somewhere else, you will find great results and a good shave.

How to avoid razor burn or get rid of it

woman shaving her legsRazor burn is not attractive, whether it is on your face, your bikini line, or your legs, razor burn is not something anyone wants to suffer from. The following are some great tips for how you can avoid razor burn, or treat it if you get it:

  1. Scrub the area you are going to shave BEFORE you shave it. This is going to help rid your skin of dead cells, and bring any ingrown hairs to the surface so that they can be shaved off.
  2. Use a gel or cream to help lubricate the skin and reduce friction when shaving. If you can reduce the friction you can reduce the irritation, or in other words, the burn. So, do what you can to keep the area moist.
  3. Shave after you shower or wash with warm water. You want the skin and the hair to be soft and pliable so that you can avoid razor burn. So, do not shave in the shower, or before it, shave after it while your skin is soft.
  4. Shave after you exercise. This will keep sweat from irritating the shaved areas, and will clean out the pores to avoid infection or other problems in the skin after you shave.
  5. Shave with the grain of the hair. Shaving against the grain means a closer shave, but it also causes irritation, ingrown hairs, inflamed skin, etc. So, use short, deliberate strokes, and shave in the same direction the hair grows.
  6. Keep your blade sharp. A dull blade is going to drag at the hairs, and cause inflammation and irritation of the skin surrounding the area. This is going to lead to razor burn for sure.
  7. Rinse your blade between each stroke. If there are any hairs caught in the blade it will not cut the other hairs as easily, and will cause irritation.
  8. Wash the skin after you shave. You do not want to use a harsh cleanser, but you do want to wash off any residue left by a shaving gel or cream, and rinse of any hairs or dead skin cells so that they do not clog the pores or cause any sort of irritation.
  9. Try to only shave each area once. Each pass over the skin removes a small layer, and too many passes over the same area can cause redness and burning.
  10. If razor burn is common, apply aloe vera to the shaved area when you are done shaving.

Tips for getting rid of razor burn:
Tea tree oil, creams, or aloe vera applied to the shaved area can help reduce or rid you of razor burn.
Use a Vitamin E oil after shaving.
Use a cold compress to reduce inflammation and swelling

Hiding acne or zits

girl looking at her reflectionIf you suffer from acne, or have a lot of zits the first thing you want to do is find a treatment option that will help clear it up and rid your skin of the problem. However, while you work to clear your skin up, most teens want a way to hide their acne or zits in the meantime as it is unsightly, and in many cases ugly or embarrassing. The following are some tips for hiding acne or zits:

  1. Start by washing your face well. If you are going to hide your acne, you need your face to be clean to start. Make sure you use an oil free cleanser.
  2. Use a moisturizer, but find one that is oil free. You do not want your face to be too dry, or your make-up that you use to hide acne will not work very well.
  3. Choose a concealer. If you are not sure how you can go to your local mall, and visit the make-up counter of a high end make-up brand. The person working the counter should be able to test out various tones on you to help you match a concealer to your natural skin tone as best as possible.
  4. Apply your concealer by dabbing a small amount to the blemish and red areas surrounding it. You want to use a make-up sponge or finger, and dab gently. You want to blend it as best you can without rubbing it off the blemish.
  5. Now you want to put on a light weight foundation. A spray foundation might be your best option. Spray it onto a make-up sponge and dab it on blending it outward to the outside of your face. Be sure to get even coverage, and that you choose a foundation that once again matches your natural skin tones. Again if you do not know how to choose it, visit the make-up counter and get some help.
  6. The last thing you are going to do is set your foundation so that it does not rub off part way through the day and show your acne. The best way to do this is use a large makeup brush, and apply a layer of oil-free translucent powder. Again, these come in various tones, so choose the one closest to your natural skin tone.

There are a few other tricks for reducing redness, etc. One is to put shaving cream on the area overnight, then wash it off well. Preparation H works well for reducing redness if you only have a few minutes to spare. The idea is however to not put anything on your skin that will make your acne worse. So always choose oil-free products, and be sure to clean your face well at night so that your make-up does not clog your pores.

Chest or back acne

woman stretching on beachAs a teen going through, or on the tail end of puberty, you are probably facing the embarrassing problem of acne. Acne on the face is bad enough, but what if you have chest or back acne? No one wants to be the person with zits, puss, and sores on their chest or back. The following are some tips for combating chest and back acne.

Tip one: Avoid chemical solutions to treat your acne, the bacteria causing the acne will just mutate and adjust, and the chemical solutions you are using will no longer be effective. So, save your money, and use other methods to help teach your skin to naturally fight bacteria.

Tip two: Find an all-natural skin care system that uses essential oils and all natural ingredients, not things derived from natural sources. If you have suffered from acne on the chest or back for some time, you may have scarring or other skin damage, so consider something that heals skin as well as prevents and treats acne. Aloe vera is a great skin healer.

Tip three: Stay hydrated. One of the best ways for your body to fight acne is to have the needed things to keep the skin balanced so that it does not get too dry or too oily. Staying hydrated is going to help your skin have the pliancy and elasticity it needs without being too oily. So, get your eight glasses of water a day. In addition to keeping your skin healthy, it flushes your body of toxins and impurities, that often lead to the bacteria growth that causes acne.

Tip four: Shower, but do not use harsh soaps or cleansers. If you work out, sweat during the day, etc. you want to shower as soon as you can in order to give your pores some help at cleaning out dead skin cells, bacteria, etc. however, do not use harsh soaps, as they can dry out the skin, which then encourages it to produce more oil, which leads to acne. So, wash with just water and a clean wash rag, or use a mild cleanser.

Tip five: Eat better. Often chest and back acne is a way for the body to rid itself of impurities and toxins, often that you add to your body through your diet. If you avoid too much junk, processed foods, and fatty foods, and instead eat a healthy, well-balanced diet, your skin will clear up better on its own.

Unfortunately there are a lot of reasons people develop chest and back acne, and often the glands are simply producing too much sebum, and your back and chest are full of pores with the potential to clog. So, if your back or chest have unsightly acne, one of your best options is to simply see a dermatologist, they can help you treat your chest or back acne based on the specific cause.

Caring for sunburns

girl rubbing in sunscreenSunburns hurt, and they cause damage to your skin. The best remedy for caring for sunburns is to avoid them all together by using sun block with a full UV protection, to use a high SPF sunscreen, to wear a hat, and to cover up and avoid the sun between 10 am and 2 pm. Of course if it is too late, and you already have a sunburn, then try the following to get some sunburn relief:

  1. Make a milk compress. A milk compress is a home remedy that can help with the pain. The way you do this is you pour some milk into a bowl and set it out so that it reaches room temperature. Once it is there, you want to take some cotton gauze, soak it in milk, and then apply it to the sunburn area. Let it sit (with the cotton gauze) for 20 minutes. Then rinse it off well so that there is no milk residue.
  2. Eat Vitamin E. Vitamin E can help reduce the inflammation sunburn results in, and thus soothe the pain. If you can get a vitamin E ointment, or lotion, you can apply it directly.
  3. Witch hazel is a great remedy for reducing the pain of a sunburn. You can soak a towel in cold witch hazel and apply it directly to the sunburned areas, let it sit on them. It should reduce inflammation and reduce your pain.
  4. Use black tea. If you have a sunburn, one great thing you can do is brew some black tea, then stick it in the fridge to cool. Once it is cooled all of the way, you can soak some rags in it and apply directly to the burned portions of your skin. You will find that the acid in the tea will draw out the redness, and reduce the pain, leaving you feeling much better.
  5. Aloe Vera. This is a tried and true remedy. You can buy the gel in bottles at the store, and apply it, or you can use the actual plant and squeeze some juice or gel out of it. It stinks, but if you let it sit for 20 minutes or so before washing it off, you should have some good results. In addition, consider getting the clear gel. It is not naturally as green as it looks in the bottle, that is dye that is added, and is unnecessary.

If your sunburn is bright red, blistered, and is causing you to feel faint, nauseated, etc. it is a wise idea to go to the emergency room immediately as there is a good chance you have sun poisoning, and it can be extremely bad for your health. Rather than risk it, get some help. If you can’t get to the hospital for a while, be sure to get plenty of water in your system, and try some sunburn relief remedies to help with the pain until you can get some professional help.

Avoiding freckles

fair skinned girl with vivid red hairIf you have fair skin, there is a good chance you suffer from getting freckles. While some people like freckles and find them enchanting, others hate them, and wish they never got them. The following is a look at how you can avoid getting freckles.

First, you have to understand where freckles come from. Freckles are caused by the sun. So, if you want to avoid freckles you have to forfeit getting a natural tan. Sun exposure is what brings freckles out. So to avoid freckles be sure that anytime you go out you do the following:

  1. Wear a complete UV protection sun block. Get a high SPF sun block and apply it each and every time you are going to be out of doors, or exposed to the sun. If you want to get a tan, only apply sunscreen to the areas you do not want to get freckled, like your face, nose especially, shoulders, etc. Of course, a healthier and safer option if you want to get tan, and not get freckles is to use a sunless tanning option. Some great sunless tanners come in lotion forms, so use those and avoid the sunshine.
  2. Avoid the sun as much as possible, meaning do not sunbathe. If you are going to go to the pool, play in the pool, don’t lay out next to it. If you want to avoid freckles, do not go tanning. The UV rays from the tanning beds are going to cause freckles just as the sun would.
  3. For even better protection, use sunscreen or sun block that contains parsol. This is a patented UVA filter that helps to protect you from skin-aging and freckling rays that also often lead to melanoma, so you get to avoid freckles and cancer at the same time. Only buy sunscreen with this ingredient.
  4. Of course it is critical that you remember that one application of sun block or sunscreen is not going to be enough. Like lipstick, deodorant, and all sorts of other products, sunscreen has a tendency to wear off after a while. So, if you want to avoid freckles, reapply every hour or so you spend in the sun, especially if you are spending time in water. Also remember to give yourself 10 minutes or so of drying time before you get in water after application, otherwise you basically wash it off.
  5. Wear a hat, sun glasses, etc. While sunscreen is a great guard against sun and the damaging effects, and the freckles that come, it helps to provide other measures as well, that way if you do not reapply fast enough, or if you do not use a strong enough block, you can still avoid freckles. Wide brimmed hats, sun hats, etc. are all great options, but a baseball cap can work too.

If you get freckles, don’t give up, keep following the above tactics as they can also protect you from other damaging affects of the sun, as well as premature skin aging, cancer, etc.