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In the dry, sunny weather of ancient Egypt, Cleopatra gained worldwide notoriety for many things – including her incredible beauty. What was her secret? Sources whispered that she took special care of her skin on a regular basis. To combat the effects of the harsh climate, she developed a special technique. It was strange, but simple: she bathed in milk.

Now that we’re about to hit full-blown summer, it’s worth taking a look at the skin care regimen of one of the most beautiful women who ever lived.

The Power of Milk

Cleopatra’s baths may or may not be based in actual history, but the benefits of milk are well documented. That’s right; milk isn’t just for your bones.

Dermatologists agree that the lactic acids in milk are excellent for exfoliating and soothing damaged skin. With enough potency, these effects can even reduce the appearance of wrinkles.

Sunburn Relief 

Though we all try our best to avoid sunburns, even the most vigilant sometimes make mistakes. When your skin is red and dry and feels like it’s on fire, a milk bath offers some much-needed relief. It has strong anti-inflammatory abilities, as well, which feels fantastic on a sunburn.

You don’t need enough milk to fill the entire bathtub, either. A few cups poured into a cool tub of water will do the trick. Just sit back and let the liquids soothe your aching skin. Then invest in some better sun screen!

Spa Solutions 

Of course, you don’t have to use the techniques of ancient Egypt to get great skin. Today’s spas have developed a variety of methods to accomplish what milk does – and so much more. The benefits of bathing in fluids that exfoliate and soothe are what spa professionals specialize in. Now you can find the perfect balance for your own skin, using milk, essential oils, or a host of other hydrating, stress-relieving, and rejuvenating ingredients.

 

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Everywhere you look, you see and hear the term “organic”. Whether it’s clean eating, or using organic products for hair, skin, nails and body, organic has a big demand and there are many that swear behind using them vs. “regular” products. But is there really a difference and what do the labels even mean?

Parabens vs. no Parabens

Often ingredients in regular skin products include parabens, which are used as as preservatives for the life of skin products, to avoid growth of mold, yeast, etc. However, while granted as safe from the FTC, many parabens have been classified as carcinogenic chemicals, especially when being absorbed into the skin. Different parabens have also been linked to several types of cancers. Organic products are paraben free and will say so on the label and often will be noted the front of the product as well.

What an Organic Label Means

An organic label means that there has been some certification received from the USDA. Here are the different levels of “organic”:

100% Organic

The product in question exclusively uses organically produced ingredients and is permitted to display the 100% organic seal.

Organic

The product contains at least 95% organically produced ingredients and thus, is permitted to display the seal on their labeling.

Made With Organic Ingredients 

The product contains at least 70% organic ingredients. In this case, the product is not permitted to display the seal, but may note the organic ingredients in the product packaging as 2016well as the ingredient list.

Less than 70% Organic Ingredients

Products are not permitted to use the term “organic” anywhere on the packaging, labeling, or display the “organic” seal, but are allowed to identify organically produced items in the ingredient list.

The best way to evaluate what will be absorbed into your skin is to simply check the list of ingredients. You can essentially follow the same rule of thumb that you do with the ingredients that you eat- the harder it is to pronounce, the less likely it is that it’s good for you, so steer clear.

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Dealing with unwanted hair is just part of the beauty process with which every woman has to deal. There are three main methods of taking care of said hair that being shaving, waxing, and plucking. There are also depilatory creams and lasers that, but for today we will stick to the basic three options: shaving, waxing, and plucking.

Shaving

This is the most common method to remove hair, especially in the leg region. You don’t have to leave home to do this. It’s quick and relatively easy. For women, it isn’t advisable to shave your face or other sensitive parts such as the underarms. Even on your legs, you run the risk of cutting yourself with your razor or irritating your skin which can result in burning and painful. Shaving works by cutting the hair off at the root but doesn’t remove the root itself.

Waxing

This option keeps your hair free for a longer period, because hair is removed from the root. It creates a smoother feel and appearance in comparison to shaving. For best results, seek the help of a professional esthetician. Professionals will cut down the risk of problems from waxing like infections. Since waxing leaves your pores exposed, bacteria can enter into the skin causing problems.

Plucking & Tweezing

This hair removal method is most popular for eyebrows. Plucking also removes the hair from the root, but the process is slower than waxing as you can only remove one or two hairs at a time. By keeping tweezers away from your bikini line and your underarms, you will likely prevent any irritation that can come from tweezing.

Each hair removal method has its own benefits and problems. By understanding how each method will affect your skin, you can properly choose the method that works best for your skin. Your goal is to remove your hair with as little irritation as possible.

 

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Concealer is great for hiding minor imperfections like blemishes, birth marks, age spots, and dark circles. Unfortunately, they’re more prone to creasing when they’re applied under the eyes. This happens for a few reasons. Dry skin, poor quality makeup and the improper use of primers can all be culprits for why concealer creases. If you have frustrations about wrinkles, don’t worry! We’ve put together some tips to stop the creasing.

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Stay Hydrated

Your skin appears dry, dull and tight when you’re dehydrated. Moisture helps to keep your cells plump and prevent your concealer from creasing and cracking. If you suffer from chronic dry skin, apply a light moisturizer to your skin before applying your concealer.

Try using a Primer

Primer is an excellent base for concealer. Apply a thin layer of primer to your skin, making sure to blend it out and up towards your eye. Apply your makeup over the primer area. You’ll notice that your makeup goes on smoother and last considerably longer. Primers can be found in several forms, including powders, creams and gels.

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Practice Your Technique

The right technique makes a significant difference in your final look. After applying the concealer to your under eye area, blend the product in well using a clean finger or brush. Dab the skin with a tissue to remove excess product. Finish by setting the concealer with translucent powder.

Avoid Cream

Cream-based concealers are notorious for caking and creasing. You can prevent most creasing situations by simply avoiding the biggest creasing culprit. Stick with liquid concealers for a smooth coverage.

Apply Corrector

The dark circles are due to the visibility of blood vessels. While it’s not always possible to prevent dark circles, you can help hide them with a under eye makeup corrector. Opt for a concealer that is one shade darker than your skin tone to naturally blend in with the dark circles.

Concealer can crease for a number of reasons, but following some preventative measures can help reduce or prevent caking and creasing. Keep your under eye area smooth and flawless with these simple beauty tips.

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Don’t think you look good in red lipstick? Think again. Most ladies can pull off the red lipstick look, but the trick is finding the right shade for you. Use your skin tone to help determine a lipstick color that best complements your complexion. From classic blood red to orange-red apricot, there’s a red lipstick color for every skin tone.

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Fair Skin Tone

If you have a fair skin tone, opt for a red lipstick with cool, pink undertones. Coral reds and some berry shades are also flattering on fair complexions and help to create contrast with the natural pink undertones in your skin. Finish off your look with a coat of silky black mascara.

beauty bright african american woman with creative make up, shawl on head like cubian closeup smilingMedium Skin Tone

Medium skin tones typically consist of women with olive or yellowish complexions. These ladies should stick with wine or berry-toned reds which best complement the green and yellow undertones in the skin. Orange-based brick reds also flatter medium skin tones as they help to minimize the skin’s sallowness. To create a bold contrast, first line your lips with a blue-based lipstick liner then fill it in with your favorite red lipstick.

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Dark Skin Tone

It can be more difficult to find a red lipstick that really stands out on cocoa complexions. To prevent your lips from looking too intense, opt for a warm red or orange-red hue. Brown-based opaque lipsticks also work well on women with dark skin tones, giving them a more natural look. Most ladies with darker complexions can pull off a bold lip with minimal makeup.

Red lipstick is a stand-out color that creates a stunning impression. Every skin tone has a complementary red lipstick color that creates the perfect contrast between the lips and skin. The right color lipstick can also give you a boost of confidence, making you feel sexy in everything you wear.

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Although most of us are more focused on switching up our wardrobes for fall, learning the proper techniques to care for your skin can make a world of difference over time. Are you looking for some great ways to protect your skin during the autumn months? Check out these awesome tips!

Wear Your Sunscreen

sunscreen on nose and cheeksAlthough you may be tempted to skip the sunscreen now that the days are growing colder, that would be a huge mistake. The sun may not be as prominent as it was during those beautiful summer days, however, the it is still powerful enough to do significant damage to your skin. If you are going outside, don’t skip your sunscreen!

Moisturize Overnight

In addition to sunscreen, moisturizing your skin overnight is will keep your skin soft and supple. Before you go to bed each night, and following your shower, lather up your skin with your favorite moisturizer and massage it in until it disappears. This will allow it to work its magic overnight and will leave your skin feeling pampered and refreshed.

Use Heat In Moderation

young-woman-on-couch-wrapped-in-fur-blanketWhile it may be tempting to blast the heat as the temperatures continue to drop, remember to use it in moderation. Although it feels great for the body as a whole, high temperatures can have drying and other damaging effects on the skin. Use robes and blankets to minimize the chill.

Overall, caring for your skin in the fall doesn’t have to be difficult. Simply follow these tips and you will be well on your way to keeping your skin in excellent condition for the entire year.