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Best Natural Tanning Oils to Enhance Your Tan

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Let’s face it, most of us wants a beautiful tan. Summer time is sunbathing time and exposing your skin to the sun is good because it is a source of vitamin D. However, overexposure to the sun’s harmful rays damages your skin. Don’t fret. With the introduction of self-tanners, you can still get that nice tan even with minimal exposure to the sun. Here are some of the best natural self-tanning oils with their equivalent SPF (Sun Protection Factor) that you can use and is readily available. 

Coconut Oil

SPF 2-8. Coconut oil is rich in fatty acid and is good for those who have sensitive skin. 

Wheat Germ Oil

SPF 20. Wheat germ oil is rich in vitamins A, D and E which helps smoothen your skin and free from wrinkles. 

Olive Oil

SPF 2-10. Rich in vitamin E which helps your skin moisturized and feel softer. 

Avocado Oil

SPF 4-15: Avocado oil contains rich fatty acids which helps keep dry skin moisturized. 

Sesame Oil

sesame seeds in sack and bottle of oil on rustic tableSPF 4-6. Sesame oil is rich in vitamins D, E and B complex. It is an effective skin moisturizer and also makes your skin softer. 

Lavender Oil

SPF 6. Lavender oil helps keep the skin from aging. It has anti-bacterial properties which helps heal wounds specially damages skin due the harmful UV rays of the sun. 

Hazelnut Oil

SPF 15. Hazelnut oil contains rich fatty acids and vitamin E. Both helps moisturize your skin and keep it soft and smooth.

Create a mixture of these oils using coconut oil as your base (about 70-80% of the total volume). Remember, always exfoliate or do some body scrub at least 12-24hrs before applying these home-made natural tanning oils to remove dead skin cells to make them more effective. Also, most of these tanning oils are mild sun-protectants so you might want to try several mixtures first to find out which will best work for your skin type.

How to Contour Your Face and Body with Self-Tanners

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Contouring is giving shape to an area of the face and enhancing the facial structure through the use of makeup. However, there is now a new technique that is low-maintenance and more natural-looking and it is called tontouring or contouring using self-tanners. The advantage of using self-tanners for contouring is that you can have a more defined glow that would last days without having to reapply makeup. Here are some tips on contouring using self-tanners.

Working the Face

facial contouring. Woman with a different shades of foundation oApply gentle circular sweeping motions under the jawlines, the sides of the temples and under the cheekbones. Picture these areas as a “3” shape figure. If you are using 2 shades of self-tanners, blend them out using damp sponge or foundation brush to make sure there are no harsh lines and look naturally tanned.

Firmer, Revealing Cleavage

The important step when working with the breast are is to highlight the top part of the breast and the collarbone. Apply the self-tanner in between the breast and on the outer breast area. These areas looks like a pair of parenthesis. Next is work on the collarbone area. Apply self-tanners in horizontal lines and make sure to blend them gently using a damp sponge or foundation brush. Make sure to work in front of a mirror to make sure that you’ve highlighted the breast area evenly.

Working the limbs

The technique is to apply self-tanners on the areas where your calves, biceps and triceps muscles caves in. In layman’s terms, these are the “muscle cuts” that you see when you flex your arms and legs.

Remember to use self-tanning products that are oil-free and suitable for all skin types. Especially those that you apply on your face. This is to avoid clogging your pores and possible skin breakouts. Also, make sure to exfoliate at least 12 hours prior to contouring for the self-tanners to become more effective.

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Winter Skin Care: Choose Natural Moisturizers

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Cold dry winter air is not good for the skin. Dry air steals moisture away from the skin and without immediate care, dry skin can lead to cracking and bleeding. If you have used topical moisturizers but they just don’t seem to help, use natural moisturizers instead.

Try these tips to reduce chapping, redness, itching and keep the skin more healthy and glowing during winter season.

Lukewarm Water

While hot showers and baths feel good in winter, choose lukewarm water instead. This is to avoid stripping as much oil away from your skin.

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Coconut oil, cocoa oil, chamomile, lavender and even olive oils can be used. Make sure to rub them gently on your skin completely.

Vitamins and Minerals Diet

Your diet is one of the very important thing to consider when taking care of your skin. Foods rich in vitamin A such as sweet potatoes, carrots, dark leafy greens, liver and fishes helps reduce wrinkles, smooth out dryness and roughness and reduces dark brown spots. Foods rich in zinc such as lean beef, oysters, crabs, beans and chicken helps heal and rejuvenate the skin. Selenium-rich foods like shrimps, eggs, garlic and salmon helps protects the skin from tissue damage and also works as an antioxidant. Vitamin C rich foods helps fight free radicals and protects your skin from UV damage.

Hydrate from the Inside Out

Eating foods high in water content can help you rehydrate from the inside. Consume fruits and vegetables such as watermelon, apples, oranges, tomatoes, cucumbers and carrots. Not only these are rich in vitamin C but also helps maintain the moisture your skin needs from the inside.

DIY Masks

Hydrating masks can also provide the needed moisture during the winter months. There are hundreds of moisturizing masks available in the market however, they are a bit expensive and it would be a trouble if you run out at the last minute. No worries, you can create your own solution from stuffs you can find in your kitchen. You can use natural ingredients like avocado, honey, coconut and olive oil, bananas and yogurt are just some. Mix whichever you like together to create a cream or paste, apply to your skin evenly and leave for about 15-30 minutes then rinse with lukewarm water. Not only these home-made natural moisturizers are essential during winter season but also for those who loves having a tan whether under the sun or those using self-tanners.

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Skincare Tips for Sensitive Skin

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Having a sensitive skin can be hard especially when choosing skincare products that will suit you. It can pull you back when you want your skin to stay beautiful and avoid getting that rough, wrinkled skin that all don’t want. This can be hard for people with sensitive skin because their skin usually reacts to different chemicals, sunlight, and fragrances. Having said that, it’s still important to treat your skin with care and all you need to do is to know how to take care of it properly. Here are some skincare tips for people who have sensitive skin: 

  1. Apply sunscreen when going out 

Beautiful womanIf you have sensitive skin, you may well know that you are helpless when you are exposed to the harmful rays of the sun. It’s very important that you don’t forget applying sunscreen to your skin in order to protect yourself from the heat of the sun.

  1. Be gentle when exfoliating

Being too rough to your skin when exfoliating can cause you irritations. This can be a problem because you need to cleanse thoroughly when exfoliating your skin. You can solve this by using exfoliation products that are skin friendly and smooth when it touches your skin. 

  1. Choose skin products carefully 

Buying skincare products to enhance your skin may be great, but you still have to consider the irritation of your skin when you don’t watch out for the chemicals that might affect your skin. Be sure to read the labels of the products you want to buy like lotions, self-tanners, etc.

Speaking of skincare products, having a sensitive skin will not stop you from enhancing your skin color by getting a fake tan. There are many self-tanning products that is made especially for people with sensitive skin. These products are made with skin-friendly ingredients and vitamins such as vitamin E that helps the skin relax and prevent irritation.

As for applying the product, make sure to prepare for it first like moisturizing and hair removal. Then, like any other people who uses self-tanners, apply the product on your skin. You don’t have to worry about the drops you put in your skin because if you chose the right product with medical purposes, your skin will be safe from irritation and you can enjoy the awesome effects of the product.

 

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Herbal Beauty Tips for Glowing Skin

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Everyone wants a glowing skin. Women and even men wants to have one. Different cosmetic products are purchased from the market every day. However, not everyone knows that the secret to a perfect glowing skin is to have a healthy skin. Here are some cheap herbal solutions that are not only healthy but are also commonly available.

Tomato Juice

A mix of tomato and lemon juice helps maintain a healthy glowing skin.

Honey and Cabbage Juice

Applying a mixture of cabbage juice and honey helps prevent face wrinkles.

Egg Whites and Honey

Portrait of a happy caucasian woman using natural secrets to doApply and leave a mixture of Honey and egg whites on your face for about 15 minutes then wash. Honey helps in having a glowing skin and egg whites helps tightening the skin.

Honey and Lemon

Mix 1 tablespoon of honey and 1 tablespoon of lemon juice. Apply on your face and leave it for about 15 minutes. Wash thoroughly with water. Both honey and lemon works as a natural bleacher.

Oats

Take ½ cup of oats and add warm water. Leave it for about 5 minutes to form a thick paste. Gently rub on your face for about 15 minutes then wash thoroughly. This will help in making your skin smooth and fair.

Cinnamon Powder and Honey

Mix a little of cinnamon powder with honey, apply on your skin and leave it overnight. This mixture is good in treating pimples naturally and also helps remove pimple scars.

Coconut Oil

Apply some coconut oil on your skin. This will not only help remove your tan but also moisturize your skin. Apply on a daily basis.

Potato

Soak a slice of unpeeled potato in water for about 5 minutes. Potato works as a natural bleacher which will lighten and brighten your skin instantly.