Okay so technically it’s not winter yet, but just because your skin will be all covered up in this season’s luxurious draping sweaters doesn’t mean you shouldn’t keep up your skin care regimen. We’ve compiled a few “must do” tips to ensure your skin stays supple and glowing for the season:
- Use Oil Based facial moisturizer – Cold weather dries the skin so replenish the moisture with an oil based facial moisturizer. The oil creates a protective layer on the skin to retain moisture. Generally the products labeled as “night creams” are usually oil based (Web MD).
- Get a Portable Humidifier – The dry heat blasting through the heater in your home or at work can do a number on your skin. Combat the effects by using a portable humidifier in your home. I have mine in my bedroom so that my skin doesn’t dry out over night. You can get a quality yet inexpensive humidifier at Target.
- Spend a Moment on the Lips – To prevent wintery chapped lips, use a little lip balm under your lipstick or lip gloss for extra protection. I like Blistex Lip Medex (a little goes a long way with this product).
- Drink Eight Glasses of Water Each Day – This can’t be said enough, staying hydrated does wonders for the skin and your energy level.
- Use a Gentle Cleanser Every Night – Try washing your face with a gentle cleanser at night and instead of washing it again in the morning, simply splash a good amount of warm water on your face. Experts say that’s plenty to wake up the skin and remove any impurities, dust, etc. Pat your face dry, apply your moisturizer and make-up for the day and you’re good to go. Need a good cleaner? If so, we like Evie Evan’s Panthenol Cleanser.
- Exfoliate Once a Week – Since exfoliating can dry the skin experts say its best to reduce the frequency in the colder months, so once a week is sufficient. There are plenty of quality exfoliants in your local drug store but if you prefer a natural option, Dr. Susan Taylor recommends this home exfoliant recipe: organic fine grain or coarse sugar (depending on your preference), honey and warm water.
- Banish the Bacne – If you’ve had to contend with the dreaded bacne all summer, the colder months are a good time to get it under control in preparation for the next bathing suit season. A couple products to consider are Cetaphil Antibacterial Gentle Cleansing Bar or Neutrogena Body Clear Body Wash.
- Shorten and Cool Down Your Showers – Experts are saying that during the cooler months, as much as a hot shower can be soothing, it actually causes your skin to dry out quicker. So the recommendation is to take shorter, warm showers (5-10mins) instead of long hot ones then apply your moisturizer within three minutes of getting out of the shower to seal in the moisture.
- Repair the Sun Damage – Using a product like Pro X by Olay can help repair and reverse skin damage due to sun, wind and pollution. The secret ingredients are the peptides, which boost surface-cell turnover to reveal younger, healthier looking skin.
- To Tone or Not to Tone – In a segment on NBC 10 Show with Lori Wilson, Dr. Suzanne Taylor said we should all tone. Her home recipe for a toner is to combine witch hazel with tea tree oil. A good toner helps to refresh and hydrate the skin while removing any residual debris.
Occupation: VP and General Manager of Global Cosmetics Innovation, Branding and Operations for Proctor & Gamble
Cosmetic Trail Blazer: Esi made history when she joined Procter & Gamble in 1991 as she was one of the youngest employees to become general manager. She is now in charge of over 1,000 employees and is responsible for P&G’s popular CoverGirl and Max Factor brands, which have garnered over $2 billion in retail sales worldwide.
History Maker: First female African-American to attain her position at P&G. She said this of her “first” status, “If my role inspires people to appreciate our unique gifts, then I’m making a difference, and that means a lot to me.”
Mentors in Her Life: Gina Drosos, who taught her that P&G’s greatest asset is its people, and Susan Arnold, who taught her to value her unique gifts and encouraged her to use her talents to drive business.
Diversity in Action: Esi helped expand the definition of all-American beauty by signing diverse personalities such as Queen Latifah, Ellen DeGeneres and Drew Barrymore to be spokeswomen for CoverGirl, and she is most pleased that she can help women feel great on the inside.
Awards and Recognition: Ad Age 2009 Women to Watch, CEW (Cosmetic Executive Women) Board of Directors, Black Enterprise 75 most powerful women in business 2010, Governing board of Baltimore School for the Arts
Quotable: “Be Yourself, Love What You Do, and Make a Difference”
Mascara can be such a love-hate relationship. On one hand, it can turn your lashes from underwhelming to “pow!” One the other hand, after a while “pow!” may turn into a smudgy, clumpy, irritating mess. Here are just a few tips to keep your mascara woes at a minimum.
1) Give mascara a chance.
I’ve found that you can’t judge a tube of mascara by just one (or two) uses. When you open up a fresh tube, clumps are at a minimum because the liquid hasn’t been exposed to air. The mascara just glides on lashes almost effortlessly, almost too effortlessly because your lashes don’t get the lengthening lift from the brush. After a couple weeks, the liquid usually has enough air exposure that provides the brush with a little resistance, resulting in longer lash extension than if the liquid was thinner. So before you go writing off your super-duper lash extending mascara, just wait a couple weeks and it may become your next beauty staple.
2) Cleaning Prevents the Clumps. No one likes clumpy mascara. Unless you’re Tammy Faye (RIP), you probably do your best to avoid little mascara balls at the tips of your lashes or the “lash reduction factor” where eight lashes combine into one big one with a big glop of mess at the root. Here’s a tip: clean your mascara brush. Once a week to once every two weeks, twist the brush in a paper or cloth towel (not tissue or toilet paper) to get rid of the gunk.
3) Smudge No More. Have you ever looked in the mirror after a long day and realized you looked like a raccoon? Does mascara irritate the heck out of your eyes? Do you want to kick yourself every time you rub your eyes and smear your mascara across your face? Though waterproof mascara is one option, my latest pick has been mascara “tubes.” Basically, when you apply the mascara, the liquid dries to form “tubes” around your lashes. Remember peel-off nail polish? It’s kind of like that. It results in no smudges, smearing or raccoon eyes. Also, it’s great for people who wear contact lenses or have sensitive eyes. Check out Blinc and Too Faced.
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Caress was nice enough to send their new Evenly Gorgeous body wash for us to try out. Note: though it was a freebie, they didn’t pay us for our review. So, as always, we promise our honest opinion.
The Product: Caress Evenly Gorgeous Body Wash (part of the Caress Skin Wear Collection)
Look and Feel: Contoured and transparent bottle making it easy to handle in the shower and easy to see when you’re running low; Super thick and fragrant
Why We’re Lathering It: We recently conducted a product test, as we sometimes do, and are happy to report we’re loving lathering up with this new body wash. First of all, the fragrance is fantastic. It’s made with burnt brown sugar and karite butter so it smells like a decadent sweet vanilla bouquet. It’s a perfect relaxation fragrance before calling it a night. It lathers up quickly, with or without a puff, and is even thick enough to double as a “make shift” shave gel if you’ve run out. Although we can’t say for certain if our skin tone is any more even than when we started (per the product claims), what we can say is that this body wash has gentle exfoliating properties and leaves your skin feeling moist.
Cons: If you use a puff or bathing gloves, you won’t get the full benefits of the exfoliation, but the thick lather may still be worth it.
Price Point: $uper cheap at a retail price of approximately $7
Recommendation: If you’re brand loyal to other body washes but are looking to try a new one to add into the rotation, give this one a try!
We’re constantly in search of quality, effective and safe beauty products to take care of our skin. Recently we’ve begun doing some product testing of different brands and thought you would appreciate us sharing our insights and recommendations on the one’s we like. So here’s a new facial cleanser that we’re loving. It’s called Panthenol Cleanser by evie evan. If you have notoriously dry skin then this is the cleanser for you! It goes on so cool, smooth and with a hint of fragrance then lathers up for a gentle yet deep clean. You’re face is left feeling refreshed and looking rejuvenated. What we like most about this cleanser is that it doesn’t leave your skin feeling tight and stripped of moisture. Rather, your skin is left soft and supple to the touch. This is a great “I just had a long day at work and need to wash the stress off my face” cleanser. See the official product description below.
This cleansing gel effectively cleans your face removing make-up, dirt, and dulling dead cells and uses Panthenol and Allantoin to leave skin natural, healthy and silky soft to the touch. Just a small amount is needed for maximum benefit. Use your fingertips to work the luxuriously rich soap-free cleanser gel onto your moistened skin. The foamy action will clean deep into pores, soothe, hydrate, protect from moisture loss and leave skin feeling fresh and comfortable. Works great for combination, normal to slightly dry skin types – though not recommended for extremely sensitive or Rosacea prone skin. Contains Panthenol which helps to seal in moisture and hydrate skin. Also contains Allantoin, a soothing agent derived from the comfrey root. Does not contain potential skin irritants of sodium lauryl, laureth sulfates, or paraben preservatives. Water-soluble foaming gel in a stylish plastic clear bottle 4.5 fl. oz.
We’ve all been there. We have scoured make-up stores, racks and counters trying to find colors that work for us. We have asked friends (and sometimes strangers) what type of lip gloss they wear. And once we find one we like, we stick to it because we know that it may take a long time for us to find another one we like. Just for you, we’ve created a Brown Girl’s Guide to Lip Gloss. We have searched makeup counters far and wide to give you some options of what colors are flattering to those of us with darker hues. Part 1 of the guide includes colors from the purple and brown families.
Calvin Klein Delicious Light Glistening Lip Gloss in Maven (plum metallic)
Bare Escentuals 100% Natural Lip Gloss in Tartlette (plum sheer)
Clinique Superbalm Moisturizing Lip Gloss in Black Honey (dark plum sheer)
Bare Escentuals Buxom Lips: Lip Plumpers in Lana (brownish black raspberry sheer)
Bare Escentuals Buxom Lips: Lip Plumpers in Starr (purple metallic)
Bare Escentuals Buxom Lips: Full Color in Stella (plum brown metallic)
Philosophy Lip Shine in Red Velvet Cake (plum sheer)
Stila Lip Glaze in Black Cherry (deep purple sheer)
Lancome Juicy Tubes Pure in Wild Berry (plum metallic)
Lancome Juicy Tubes Smoothie in Beach Plum (mauve non-metallic)
Lancome La Laque Fever in Electric Pink (purple metallic)
Lancome La Laque Fever in Plum Wave (plum metallic)
Sephora Brand Ultra Shine Lip Gloss in Plum #08 (plum metallic)
Bath and Body Works Liplicious Lip Gloss in Frozen Blackberry (plum metallic)
MAC Tinted Lipglass in Desire (purple berry non-metallic)
Lorac Couture Shine in Sheer Luxe (reddish brown sheer)
Bare Escentuals Buxom Lips: Full Color in Chloe (bronze copper metallic)
Lancome Juicy Tubes Pure in Cherry Tree (brown metallic)
Philosophy Lip Shine in Gingerbread (gold sheer)
MAC Tinted Lipglass in Buzz (copper brown metallic)
MAC Tinted Lipglass in Oh Baby (golden bronze metallic)
Bath and Body Works Liplicious Lip Gloss in Brown Sugar (bronze metallic)
Cargo Lip Gloss Quad in Argentina (shades include soft shimmering berry, deep rust, deep burgundy, and golden copper)
Smashbox Lip Enhancing Lip Gloss in Sultry (dark brown metallic)
Lancome La Laque Fever in Techno Brick (brownish metallic)
Clinique Long Last Glosswear SPF 15 in Brandy Twist (brown shimmer/metallic)
Tell us: what are some of your favorite brands and colors?