Dark circles are the bane of some people existence and to others a temporary change in appearance often associated with lack of sleep. While sleep deprivation may be one cause another often overlooked cause may actually be lack of water. Dehydration can show up around the eye area as dark circles and possibly even a slight temporary increase in the appearance of wrinkles.
To help improve the appearance of tired eyes try these tips:
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Now I know the title of this may be a little dramatic because I do actually like Jojoba oil…a lot BUT I am also a little circumspect about any product that is posed as the new “wunderkind”. And so I am going to have a minor rant. This the contents of this article are motivated by two factors:
Both of these were actually positive representations about natural skin care and great for the industry but it sparked in me a week-long discontent that I just had to discuss…in public. My first issue is that we are all different. If there is one thing after working with hundreds of people with skin care issues that I know, it is that what works for some doesn’t always work for all.
So is Jojoba oil the answer to all of your skin care woes…maybe for some but not for all. Is Jojoba oil or any single oil going to be the only skin care product you need from now on? Well that depends on your skin type, your age, your personality, if you have any skin issues and even perhaps your budget.
Now while I love Jojoba oil – I use it as a cleanser in winter and it is one of the base oils in the night serum I use – I would not:
Obviously this post is about my personal choices not about what others should do however, I use my choices to illustrate the point above that we all have different skin care needs. Having said all of the above, Jojoba oil does have some marvelous qualities and I often recommend it for those with very sensitive skin as it provides light moisturising qualities without the likelihood of irritation: see Golden Goodness Jojoba Oil here for more.
The big news in brows is that bushy brows are back! Think Brook Shields in the 80′s – well maybe not that untamed, but rather shapely bold brows. So the quicker you can get your brows growing in, the better! Here is where I come to a grinding halt! Growing back? About 4 years ago I wrote a series of articles about my brow growing journey from thin over-plucked 90′s brows back to their natural thicker form. The series of articles spanned 18 months in which time you would imagine that I had cultivated a full set of bushy brows. The bad news is that it just didn’t happen…at all. Over 18 the month regrowth period I think about 4 brow hairs regrew and all in the wrong places. So I literally haven’t plucked my brows in 4 years and despite the current popularity of bold brows, I won’t be following this trend.
However, I don’t have to lie down and live with the dissatisfaction of over-plucked brows. Nor do I have to slavishly follow brow fashion. This latest trend for bold brows has tipped too far cultivating an offshoot known as the Scouse Brow. Obviously fake, Scouse Brows are heavily filled in a much darker shade than your hair colour and very straight with little natural curve. This look has quite a dramatic (OTT) effect and makes the brow the central feature of your face. My personal opinion is that this look is not for everyday wear and preferably not at all!
As you can tell from my personal tale of brow woe, finding a brow style that is fashion-proof and suits your face is not always easy. Drawing from professional brow groomers (!) the ultimate aim is to create a brow that is fuller with a natural look either by using subtle makeup techniques or if you tend to thicker brows anyway by maintaining a regular waxing or plucking schedule.
If you want to fill in your brow but are unsure how to, this youtube video shows a basic fail-safe technique using an angled brush and eyeshadow. A good neutral choice for brow colour is Minerelle Serene. As well as being a mid brown shade with no red tones, it is also matte (glitter brows are a look for parties but not everyday). Alternatively you can use a specific eyebrow pencil. Brow pencils are harder than eye pencils to ensure you don’t apply colour too heavily. The pencil I use is the Lavera Brow Pencil which has a brow brush on the other end for grooming once you have completed filling in colour.
If you have naturally gorgeous brows, then you may just want to keep them in shape. A brow gel can help stop wayward brows from point in all directions. If you think you need a little help with your brows, go to a professional, even if only once, to have your brows properly shaped to your face. You can then maintain the look with plucking or regular waxing if needed.
Brow shapes come in and go out of fashion and even the famous among us can get it wrong every so often. Micheline Pitt from Pinup Girl took a look at some of the more famous brows in their time and how they might have looked with the benefit of a brow “artiste”Twitter It!
Our skin has a low permeability, which blocks foreign substances such as toxins from penetrating through the skin and coming into contact with our internal organs. On the surface of the skin is a very fine, slightly acidic film that is secreted by the sweat glands. This layer is called the acid mantle because it has a pH of between 4.5 and 6.2 (any measure less than 7 is considered acidic. Above 7 is alkaline). The acid mantle acts as a barrier protecting your skin from the elements (wind and pollution) and from bacteria, viruses and other contaminants that might penetrate the skin or cause irritation. Apart from acting as a physical barrier the acid mantle helps to neutralize the chemical effects of contaminants, which are generally alkaline.
The daily barrage of pollution in the form of chemicals from the atmosphere, bacteria, and commercial skin care such as sodium laurel sulphate based cleansers can cause the acid mantle to be disrupted or lose its acidity. When this occurs, skin is more prone to damage, sensitivity responses (allergy like symptoms), irritation, infection and redness. Stress also plays a large role in the health of the skin pH.
Maintaining a healthy acid mantle and therefore pH is not only vital for skin protection but it also helps maintain healthier skin for longer. Other skin issues associated with a disrupted skin barrier include:
Once the acid mantle is damaged there are definitely ways of encouraging repair:
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