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Fineas Gavre

Enhancing beauty in youth is simple; however, as we age, challenges arise. Fine lines and wrinkles are not the only problem women who are 40 years old and beyond must contend with: Other issues include thinning lips, blue hues beneath the eyes and an unsteady hand. Not to worry! The tips below are designed to help you address imperfections, choose the perfect foundation and ensure your makeup lasts all day.

1. Choose Your Foundation with the ‘Neck Test’

Many women apply foundation to their wrist or hold the bottle up to their face in an attempt to determine which color suits their complexion best; however, neither of these tactics work as well as the ‘Neck Test’ does. Performing the neck test is simple, just apply the foundation of choice directly on your jawline and down a portion of your neck. You should try at least three shades, applying them side-by-side. Choose the one that matches your complexion best.

2. Use Tape to Apply Your Eyeliner

If you are interested in creating a winged eyeliner look, unsteady hands are not ideal. Therefore, consider using a piece of scotch tape as a guide. Make sure the tape is not very sticky, close your eye and place the tape slightly angled off your upper eyelid (at the eyelash line). Carefully create the line. Even if your line is not perfect, just pull the tape off. The tape should have taken most of the excess eyeliner with it; however, if there is some left, just use a dampened Q-Tip to perfect the look.

3. Enhance Thin Lips with Lip Liner

For some women, they have been cursed with thin lips and, as she ages, she will see more thinning. To add a bit of volume, try using a sharp-tipped lip liner in a shade that is similar to your natural lip color to trace around your lips. Half of the line should be outside of your lips and the other half should be within the lip: It is this technique that makes the lips look more luscious.

4. Wear Long-Lasting Makeup

Life is busy, which is why it can be difficult to continuously ‘touch up’ your makeup throughout the day. Instead of going out of your way to ‘powder your nose,’ try this trick: Apply your foundation and then your concealer as you normally would. Now, apply a thick layer of powder to your face and place your face into a bowl of ice water for about 30 seconds (or as long as you can). Pat your face dry and apply the rest of your makeup. Besides waking you up, the ice water sets your face so you no longer have to ‘powder your nose’ periodically throughout your busy day.

5. Apply Peach Concealer

Blue hues beneath the eyes make an individual appear tired. This can be addressed with concealer: For the majority of women, peach concealer is the answer. Once applied, allow the peach concealer to dry and then use your usual concealer color on top.

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Alexa Mazzarello

Skin tags are harmless growths that are elevated from the surface of the skin, often connected by a little stalk or flap. These small, benign growths won’t cause you any harm, but they can be irritating, depending on the location and size of the tag. They can also impact the look of your skin, so if you don’t care for their appearance, you can opt to have them removed. Learning more about skin tags can help you decide what to do if you have one and take the right approach to removal.

Who Gets Skin Tags?

Anyone can get a skin tag; they are the most common skin growth experienced by adults of both genders, according to WebMD. You are more likely to develop skin tags if you are an adult, overweight or female, but the actual cause for these bumps is unknown. Skin tags can be anywhere on the body, but often occur on the chest, back, neck or armpits. Some hormonal changes during pregnancy can also cause skin tags to appear.

Remove It or Leave It Alone?

Skin tags are not dangerous and won’t turn into cancerous growths, according to MedicineNet. These harmless growths can be painful if they are in an area that is chafed by clothing or if you accidentally cut one while shaving. If the skin tag is in an area that causes you discomfort or you simply don’t like the look of it, it can easily be removed. Unlike a wart or other skin growth, removal is permanent – -the skin tag will not grow back or spread if you remove it.

Professional Removal is best

While you can technically remove a skin tag at home, it could leave a scar that looks and feels worse than the original tag. A visit to your dermatologist is best; your skin tag can be removed in seconds using the best treatment option for its size and location. Topical anesthesia can be used to ensure there is no discomfort during removal.

Since skin tags are not dangerous, asking your doctor or dermatologist about yours during your next exam allows you to have them removed by a professional without making an extra appointment. If the tag is bothersome or you want it removed right a way, a quick trip to the dermatologist is the way to go.

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Timothy Paul Smith

Helped along in part by the 2007 American reality TV show LA Ink that premiered on TLC, getting “inked”  has become all the rage.( In case you aren’t into the new fangled vernacular, “getting inked” is just another way of saying you’re “getting a tattoo.” ) Long gone are the days when tattoos were relegated to sailors and leather clad biker gangs. Now, tattoos are an artistic expression embraced by those from virtually all walks of life. The following are some ways to choose your perfect tattoo, just in case you are getting an itch to get inked:

Take Your Time Selecting The Perfect Tattoo: It’s a Long-Term Choice

Gabriel Nunes

Your tattoo design should be something you LOVE. Therefore, it’s important to take your time and make a choice you won’t eventually regret, which is a more common occurrence than you might imagine. A survey of an annual meeting of the British Association of Dermatologists found that almost one-third of those surveyed (580 tattooed individuals) now regret getting their a tattoo.

According to the survey, men are more likely to regret their ink than women. In addition, men who got their tattoo before the age of 16 were three times as likely to regret their tattoo. Dr. Caroline Owen, who was a researcher on the study, said that due to the study findings, she “encourages the public to have a ‘cooling’ off period to seriously think about what effects getting a tattoo might have on their future.” This sounds like good advice.

Also, don’t assume you can just have your tattoo removed if you end up unhappy with it down the road because tattoo removal isn’t cheap. In fact, LiveScience states that having a tattoo removed is quite expensive, sometimes costing as much as 10 to 20 times the amount you originally paid for your tattoo.

Avoid Choosing Overly Trendy Tattoos

A tattoo is something that will most likely be on your body for the rest of your life. Therefore, you want to avoid being too trendy with your design choice because by nature trends come and go. A good example of why this is true is a tribal tattoo, which was extremely popular in the 90s according to Metro. When you see someone with this type of tattoo, it dates them to being a young adult in that timeframe. Is there more that needs to be said? Instead, choose a design that will be timeless, one that will age well and will never, ever go out of style.

Ensure it Means Something

Isabel Sacher

According to Inked Magazine, any potential design idea should be something you connect with at a deep level. This will ensure you remain happy with your tattoo even years down the road. An example of this could be a mother and daughter, or sister-sister matching tattoo. Another could be a tattoo that commemorates a great accomplishment or surviving something like cancer. When your tattoo means something, it makes sense that you will remain happier with it long-term.

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Felipe P. Lima Rizo

Are you always looking enviously at other people’s nails, wishing yours could look so long and beautiful? You may think that your nails are short and weak due to genetics, and that there’s not much you can do about it. In fact, you can have longer, stronger nails. They may not be model perfect, but it’s nearly a certainty that your nails can grow longer and stronger if you take the following advice.

1.  Stop Using Your Nails as a Tool

Okay, back in the caveman days using fingernails as tools was probably pretty useful. But now that we have real tools, there’s no longer a need for you to use your fingernails to pry things open like the tab on a can of cat food. Fight the urge to use your nails, and instead reach for the nearest spoon or whatever you need to get the job done. Your nails will thank you for it.

2. Take Biotin

Biotin is a vitamin that supports healthy hair and nail growth. This is a supplement that is readily available in pharmacies and grocery stores. Over a short period of time, you’ll notice that your nails don’t peel, and are growing in thicker than they used to.

3. Moisturize

Before bedtime or while you’re watching TV, take a few minutes and moisturize your nails and cuticles with olive oil or coconut oil. In a pinch, you can even use vegetable oil. This simple little trick will help to prevent breaking, splitting and cracking, as well as help nails grow faster.

4. Wear Gloves

Yes, those bright yellow gloves that your mother used to wear while she washed dishes were actually a smart idea. Gloves protect your nails from harsh soaps and detergents, and also provide a barrier so nails and hands don’t dry out or accidentally get chipped. If you don’t like the yellow, these handy gloves are also available in hot pink.

5. Switch to Non-Acetone Polish Remover

Acetone is very drying on your nails. Although it only takes a second or two to remove nail polish, the acetone sinks into the porous nail bed. Ask your salon manicurist to use a non-acetone based remover instead.

6. Let Nails Breathe

Give nails a break from polish on the weekends to let them breathe a little. Layers of polish can be gorgeous, but your nails need a break between manicures. It’s better to have more manicures with weekend breaks, than it is to keep piling on layer after layer of polish.

You’ll be surprised how fast your nails grow when you use these tips. Pretty soon your next dilemma is needing to trim your quick-growing nails so often!

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Suffering for beauty is not a new thing. For centuries women have been doing terrible things to their skin and bodies all in the name of beauty. While it is widely believed that many of these beauty trends are no longer in practice, there are still some that are rather alarming. Are you partaking in any of these dangerous skincare trends?

Mercury in Your Skin Cream

Bottom line here, beware when purchasing skincare products from import stores. The FDA identified a lengthy list of products from these sources that included mercury. Most of these are skin lightening creams, but a few had other purposes. Before purchasing, check the label for mercury but be aware that it can also be listed under other names including calomel, mercurio, mercurous chloride, or mercuric.

Mineral Makeup

Mineral makeup is usually considered to be a more natural, better makeup that is better for your skin, but an ingredient in some brands cause concerns. Mica and several other minerals are common ingredients which aren’t bad, but it’s particles can become airborne and inhaled, resulting in lung damage. On construction sites, workers who use products like Spackle that contain mica wear masks to avoid breathing in the particles. While there are no formal warnings yet, it is worth keep an eye on the ingredients list and how you use the product.

Arsenic as an Impurity of some Skincare Ingredients

Arsenic is a toxic carcinogen linked to cancer and other serious health issues. It’s something you don’t want near you, but it could be lurking in your skincare products as an impurity of other ingredients. The ingredients hydrogenated cottonseed glyceride, polyvinyl acetate, hydrogenated cotton seed oil, octenylsuccinate, and aluminum starch may contain arsenic as an impurity.

Failure to Read the Labels on Your Beauty Products

Did you know that you absorb as much as 60 percent of what you put on your skin? It’s true and what you don’t know could make you very sick and even kill you. Benzoyl peroxide, FD&C color and pigments, sodium lauryl sulfate and other toxic substances may be lurking in your beauty products and you won’t even know it if you don’t read labels. This infographic provides a great list of toxic compounds found in beauty products.

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Joe Gardner

Blackheads, zits, pimples… they are the worst nightmare of any teen on the eve of prom, or a bride nearing her wedding and are a nuisance to anyone who wishes for clean, flawless skin. If you are like most, your go-to treatment for this common, yet pesky skin problem is to pop it. Turns out, according to Sandra Lee, a dermatologist more commonly referred to as “Dr. Pimple Popper” and other skin experts featured on Allure, this is the last thing you should do to remedy the problem at least not in the traditional way. Read below to learn more about what you “shouldn’t” do to get rid of blackheads:

1. Don’t Pop Them Too Early

We just mentioned that you shouldn’t pop a blackhead at will. Dr. Lee says her mantra is “Know when you pop and know when you stop.” The good doctor explains that popping a blackhead at the wrong time can lead to all kinds of issues, perhaps the most severe being scarring. This is, of course, the last thing you want. Therefore, in order to ensure you do the least damage possible, you need to wait until the pimple has a head. In other words, when it’s still a red zit situated deep under your skin, don’t force it up. You can apply warm compresses to move the process along though.

2. Don’t Use Your Fingers

Saying “don’t pop zits” is something most dermatologists say but know you and everyone else will likely ignore. Therefore, since Dr. Lee knows popping will happen, she recommends you use a tool, not your fingers to complete the task. This will prevent infection from your fingernails and also will reduce the trauma on the surrounding skin. One tool she recommends is a comedone extractor. Use it by rotating it around the blackhead, pushing around it, not on the blackhead itself.

3. Don’t Keep Messing With it

It is just human nature to mess with a zit, even after it’s been popped. Dr. Lee says this is a big no, no. Instead, once you have popped the pimple, treat it will any antibiotic cream, peroxide or topical acne treatment and then leave it alone. If you keep touching it, the risk of infection to the area and eventual scarring increases. Remember, the less you touch it, the quicker it will calm down, the redness will go away and you will begin to look like your amazingly beautiful self once again.