Sunday, November 20, 2011

How to Make Your Hair Grow Faster

Glamour’s 13 of the Best Beauty Tip: How to Make Your Hair Grow Faster

78632769“Coconut milk helps the hair grow long and thick,” says Indian ayurvedic skincare expert Pratima Raichur. (The kind from a can is fine.) “Rub it onto the scalp, leave it on for an hour or so, then wash it out.”

Saturday, November 5, 2011


'Milk spots' or professionally called “Milia” are relatively common and are actually small cysts in the skin, which is why you cannot squeeze them as there is no pore to push them through.

White Bumps on Face??
     If you are experiencing small white bumps on  your face, then those bumps may be milia.  A milium appears as a small white to yellow dome shaped bump that appears on the surface of the skin.  It is usually only 1-2 mm. 

     Milia can be caused by a number of reasons.  Most people will have occasional bumps in their lives.  Others have a lot of milia.  One reason may be due to using heavy skin care products or hair care items.  Creams that are comodogenic may keep the dead epidermal skin cells from sloughing off.  Also if you have a history of sun damage, you are more at risk.  What happens is that aging skin develops a thicker epidermis and makes it harder for skin cells to get out of the glands.  This makes it more difficult for exfoliation to occur. 
Milia are small fluid filled lesions or cysts that are usually found on This is milia on the eyelid.the faces of infants and adults. 
Milia forms because the skin does not slough off as it normally does, but stays in a pocket on the surface of the skin.  Those are primary milia. 
Secondary milia are small cysts that are found in areas of the skin that have been affected by another skin condition. This type of milia may be formed on sun-damaged skin or after trauma or blistering of the skin that disrupts and clogs the glandular ducts of adults.  Risk factors for secondary milia include burns, blistering injury like poison ivy, blistering skin disorders like porphyria cutanea tarda or bullous pemphigoid, lots of sun damage, and long-term use of topical steroids.  

This is an infant with milia.In infants, milia may form because the oil gland, called the sebaceous gland may not  yet be fully developed.  Milia may occur in up to 50 percent of infants and is considered normal.
Primary milia typically occurs around the eyes in children and adults as well as around the nose, particularly in infants.
Secondary milia may occur anywhere on the body where another skin condition exists, or on the faces of people who have had a lot of chronic sun exposure.

This is milia under the eye.
     If you have milia, do not remove them because you may end up with a scar. 
Primary milia found in infants typically heals within a few weeks, so just leave it alone and it will clear up. 
Secondary milia often does not clear up on its own.  The doctor may prescribe some treatments.  One such treatment is a topical retinoid cream, like adapalene, tazarotene, or tretinoin.  You may also go through a series of microdermabrasion procedures or fruit acid peels.   
The best advice I can give you is that if you are out in the sun, you need to make sure you are wearing a sunscreen of at least SPF15, and please make sure you apply it at least 20 - 30 minutes before sun exposure and every two hours, especially if exercising or swimming.
Wednesday, November 2, 2011

How to Exfoliate: Best Exfoliating Tips for the Face & Body

Plus, get homemade recipes for scrubs for both the face and body.

Article by:  By Julyne Derrick, Guide causes-of-dry-skin
As we age, cell turnover slows down and dead skin cells can give us a dull complexion. Exfoliating both the face and body weekly helps get rid of the dead top layers of skin. This allows moisturizers and serums to better penetrate the skin and helps your foundation glide on smoothly instead of sitting atop flaky skin (yuuuuck).
The Best Tools for Exfoliation
Forget those fluffy nylon bath things you get with a bottle of body wash. And throw out that bacteria-infested loofah, which is too abrasive on most of your skin, anyway. Instead, consider the basic washcloth your best friend when it comes to exfoliating both your face and your body.

Other great tools for exfoliation: A dry brush and exfoliating gloves.
VIA SUZAN:  Below within quotes cracked me up because it’s so true to find this issue in so many showers to this day!  People!  seriously use the brush prior to getting into the shower Smile with tongue out
“When I was growing up my family had a brush hanging in the shower for years and no one used it. The long handle was wooden and on the end was a soft brush. Because wood is not meant to be stored in wet places, the brush slowly accumulated mildew, but no one threw it away because it was a gift from our Austrian relatives. It was like a disgusting piece of bathroom art.
Years later I found out the brush is meant to be used before a bath to exfoliate the body. You simply give yourself a good dry-brushing from feet on up and then wash off in the shower. Just be sure to keep it outside the bath or shower.'”

I love the gloves. I use them to scrub my skin in a circular motion. Nothing works better, in my opinion.

Buy: You can get bath brushes at Wal-Mart and some drugstores. The Swissco Deluxe Bath Brush ($15 from gets great ratings online. For exfoliating gloves, I swear by Earth Therapeutics Exfoliating Gloves, which I buy at my local organic grocer. They're even cheaper online!
Treat Yourself to an At-home Body Scrub
As a beauty writer, I've had dozens of professional body scrubs. While nothing beats the scrubs done at Korean spas found in big cities, I find professional body scrubs in your average spa to be disappointing. Why spend $150 to do what you can achieve in your own shower for a fraction of the price using a dry brush and a body scrub?
Marcia Kilgore, the founder of Bliss Spas, shared this excellent step-by-step instruction for the perfect weekly body exfoliation in the book, "Allure: Confessions of a Beauty Editor."
  1. Apply oil to skin
  2. Take a dry brush to skin from the feet up, brushing in short, light strokes
  3. Step in the shower and using a sugar or salt scrub start at the feet again and massage the skin in a circular motion on up the body. I like to do the massage with exfoliating gloves.
  4. Rinse off using lukewarm water, then apply a salicylic acid body wash to skin, paying more attention to heels, elbows and knees. If you have a tendency towards back and butt acne, make sure to apply there as well.
  5. Pat skin dry and apply a moisturizer while skin is slightly damp.
See my list of the best salt and sugar scrubs or make your own scrubs.
My Best Exfoliating Tips for the Face
Chances are if you don't exfoliate daily or weekly, your skin is covered in dead skin cells that are mucking up the surface of your skin and causing your skin to not only look dull, but older. Without proper exfoliation, foundation won't smooth over your skin cleanly and moisturizer won't properly soak in. Here are my best exfoliating tips for the face:
  • According to Allure Magazine, the best time to exfoliate is in the morning. Apparently, our skin repairs itself at night therefore the morning is the perfect time for scrubbing away those dead skin cells.
  • Exfoliate with a scrub once or twice a week. Don't over-exfoliate or use a product with granules that can tear at the skin. Rub the product in a circular motion for 30 seconds and then rinse off with lukewarm -- never hot -- water. If you have oily skin, large pores or acne-prone skin, you can try an at-home microdermabrasion system.
  • To save time, mix in a dime-size amount of your favorite facial scrub into your cleanser and do it all at once.
  • There are some great scrubs on the market, but a washcloth works (almost) as well and it's more budget-friendly in these recessionary times. Get the full scoop in How to Exfoliate Using a Washcloth.
  • Clarisonic Skincare Brush is one of those rare products that is beloved by most everyone who tries it. Basically a tool for cleansing the face, you use the Clarisonic with your favorite cleanser to deep clean your pores. A great exfoliator, but with a hefty pricetag (up to $200).
VIA SUZAN:  I love and swear by the Clarisonic! 
  • Acids and Retinoids
Take your exfoliating one step further with stronger products. You can exfoliate with microdermabrasion, chemical peels or beta alpha hydroxy pads. Glycolic acid can reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Salicylic acids help with facial acne, butt acne and back acne. Retinoids increase cell turnover and also exfoliate the skin
VIA SUZAN:  These are the treatments most done during the winter months.  Do once  month and your skin will feel and look incredible.  Don't Forget Your Lips
Scaly lips are simply not sexy, but there are times in our lives when we all suffer from it. Luckily, getting rid of scaly lips is a relatively easy fix. Find out how in the article,
VIA SUZAN:  Visit post “HONEY….Fix my lips please” for an excellent way to help your lips during these drying times.
Exfoliation Tip for Your Elbows
I love this tip I got from "Allure: Confessions of a Beauty Editor." When elbows get rough, you can soften them up with a sock trick. Cut the toes off a clean pair of thick socks, rub Crisco on your elbows and slip the socks over your arms. Either sleep like that for 8 hours or spend the day inside doing, well, nothing. The shortening works wonders on tough spots. In fact, Allure reports this method is used in hospitals to treat eczema.
VIA SUZAN:  Hmmmm Crisco?  Well I would prefer Bag Balm.  Refer to my post “Bag Balm: Udderly Wonderful!”   The sock is an excellent idea!  I will be doing this for sure this winter!
Liked this? You'll love this Video: How to Exfoliate.
Tuesday, November 1, 2011

DO YOU PIN? What is it and why do it?

Planning parties, weddings, photo-shoots, a trip,?  Create a board for your favorite recipes, crafts, bucket list, favorite websites.  <---------- These are all reasons you should pin.

  1. Remember that bedding set you loved and saved within your favorites folder?  You go and look for it and you have to go through a bunch of different bookmarks spending wasted time figuring out which one it was.  With Pinterest, you don’t have that problem.  You just go to the board you put it under, find the image you pinned.  Easy Peasy!
  2. Are you remodeling a room in your home?  Pin different ideas and when you need to refer to it, it’s all on that board.  Not to mention the links also with it….. Surprised smile Loving it
  3. I read my favorite blogs everyday and when I find something of interest, I pin it.
  4. Follow people located on Pinterest that have the same interest as you.  You just follow the board they have and every time they add something it appears on the front page of your Pinterest as a new pin and you have a choice to repin it to one of your boards.  Now you have the pin and the website where that pin is located.
  5. Put the Pin on your browsers toolbar so you can easily pin different sites on the web. 
  6. When I see something I want to share on my Facebook or I want to Tweet it, I can easily do that while pinning, just check the box and it automatically embeds to your social network of choice.

I’m addicted.  I have over 3,400 pins and it just grows and grows and grows.    If you aren’t pinning yet, then get started.  I promise you, you will be addicted and it will be your main reference to things you find interest in.  HAVE FUN! 

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