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Overnight beauty tips
For a pampering overnight treatment, apply Vaseline to the soles of your feet and put on socks before you sleep. The socks help bind the moisture to your feet and you’ll wake up to soft, smooth soles. A perfect cure during this time of the year!
If you constantly wake up with puffy, swollen eyes, try this simple switch: Add an extra pillow and sleep on your back. This will allow the fluids around your eyes to drain easier and keep the puffiness to a minimum. And of course, don’t forget your eye cream. Look for creams that list caffeine as one of the ingredients—it will help keep fluids moving.
3.) Create waves
To wake up with perfect waves, simply shower at night and style your hair before bed. Allow your strands to air dry until they’re damp, and run some light styling crème through with your fingers. Depending on your hair type and what kind of waves you prefer, you can either sleep in braids or twist your hair into buns. Don’t be afraid to experiment! Bed head has never looked so good.
Ladies with dry skin, take note: A humidifier might just change your skin forever. Turn one on before you sleep (this works best during colder months when the air is drier) and let it work its magic. It instills the air with moisture, which in turn helps plump your skin and keep it hydrated.
5.) Prevent wrinkles
Sleeping on a cotton pillowcase can cause creases on your skin and create wrinkles. Instead, pamper yourself by investing in a silk or satin one. It will lessen the pressure on your skin and help prevent hair breakage. This is a tip I've recently started with.
6.) Whiten teeth
For an easy DIY whitening treatment, try brushing some baking soda on your pearly whites right before bed. Leave the mixture on for 5-6 minutes and make sure to rinse thoroughly afterwards. This is a perfect PM beauty treatment because in the waking hours, you would normally have to wait about 50 minutes before eating or drinking anything afterwards. Just make sure you are only doing this once a week; any more, and the acid in baking soda can wear down your tooth enamel.
It’s best to apply any face products that have brightening ingredients like retinol and vitamin C in them at night. Sunlight can actually deactivate them and prevent them from working to their fullest potential.
8.) Lengthen lashes
Give your fluttery lahes some loving with a DIY lash lengthening treatment. The secret ingredient? Castor oil. This natural oil is rich in super-hydrating omega-6 fatty acids, which help moisturize your lashes and prevent breakage. Using a clean spoolie, gently brush the castor oil through your lashes each night. In the morning, just rinse with warm water and wash your face as usual. You should notice healthier lashes in just a few weeks!
Smooth a leave-in conditioner into your locks before you snooze to wake up to shiny, soft strands. Applying it in the evening gives treatment more time to penetrate into your hair cuticles for optimum moisture. (For a great natural alternative, try coconut oil.)
Nail beds looking dry? Apply cuticle cream or oil before you sleep and slip on gloves afterwards. You’ll wake up to healthy, hydrated nail beds. Now you just have to decide on the perfect polish color…
What you beauty issues really mean
2. If you have severe acne… It could mean that certain organs in your body need a little extra attention. When I say “severe acne,” I’m not talking about the occasional breakouts during that time of the month or hormonal pimples. If you have extreme acne that never clears up, it could mean you have certain food allergies, you’re not drinking enough water, or you’re eating too much junk food that’s upsetting your digestive system. Breakouts on certain areas of your face mean certain things (it’s called “face mapping”), see my post about it here!
3. If you have excessive hair growth… Might mean that you were blessed with fast growing hair (lucky you). But if you notice fast hair growth all over your body, it may be due to a serious medical condition called PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome). This condition can mean you have a major hormonal imbalance, so if you notice extra hair showing up all over your body you might want to consult a doctor. But no need to panic either—everyone’s bodies are different.
4. If you have excessive hair loss… On the other hand, if your hair is thinning at an alarming rate (think an average of 100 hairs a day), the causes could be everything from your birth control to antidepressants to diabetes. If you eat a healthy diet and have a great hair-care regimen but notice tons of strands coming out when you brush your hair, you might want to see a doctor. If you’re on birth control or anti-depressants, they might tell you to switch to a different brand of medication. Excessive hair loss can also be linked to skin issues, so you might want to see your dermatologist too.
5. If you break out in hives… Hives that show up once in a while in the form of patches of a red, itchy rash can mean that you have an allergic reaction to food, lotions, or just about anything else your body has recently come into contact with. But chronic hives that never leave can mean a more serious condition. It could actually be the warning sign of a serious liver infection. If this sounds familiar to you, your first step is to stop taking antihistamines immediately, as they will overload your liver. Then, go see your doc ASAP.
6. If you notice small red bumps on the backs of your arms… You might have a stubborn rash known as Keratosis pilaris that is only treatable with prescription creams and lasers. But it could also mean that you are not getting enough omega-3 oils in your diet. Load up on omega-3-rich foods like salmon, olive oil, and avocados for a few weeks. If the bumps don’t go away, it might be time to make an appointment with your dermatologist.
7. If you wake up with dark circles under your eyes… It could mean you didn’t get enough sleep that night, that you have seasonal allergies or that you are very dehydrated. It's recommended to avoid salty foods, drink up your H20, and see a doctor about seasonal allergy medications if your under eye bags persist.
I hope I've given you some useful information that will help you with whatever problem you might have. The most important thing to remember is that you must listen to your body to really find out what it needs, it might help you make a quick fix and avoid a pricey trip to the doctor’s office. Also, all of the above explanations are simply possibilities of what your body could be going through. As with all medical issues, your symptoms do not mean that you 100% have one of these conditions.
How to fight static
Rubbing a bit of your favorite hair oil into your tresses will help to weigh down your hair and counteract the electricity. In desperate times, lotion also works in the same way. Just rub a bit on your hands as though you’re using it to moisturize, then smooth it on your hair. Just don’t use too much—you don’t want your hair to look greasy.
2. Go Every Other Day.
Just as hair oil will help weigh down your strands, going a day in between washes will allow the natural oils from your scalp to battle the static.
3. Use a Dryer Sheet.
According to Yahoo Shine, dryer sheets you use for your laundry can actually reduce static buildup in hair and clothes. You will almost always have one of these at your home and they are easy to carry with you in your purse.
4. Brush It Out.
Use a natural fiber brush with a wood handle. Natural fibers like boar bristles help distribute natural oils from your scalp to coat and protect hair.
5. Add In the Moisture.
Using a humidifier to add moisture back into the air while you sleep will leave you with calm, tame strands the next morning. And it will keep your skin dewy and hydrated in the dry winter months too!
What are your breakouts telling you?
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