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Best Beauty Tips Teenagers

In teenage years, the skin begins to behave like it has a mind of its own, and all of a sudden, bad hair days become a frequent occurrence. Faces that were unblemished develop spots overnight, puberty hits, adolescence beckons, and the opposite sex suddenly starts looking a whole lot more attractive than before. Plus, there’s school, tests, dating, and most importantly – fitting in.

The transformation from a child into a teenager is accompanied by so many changes that it can be more than a little bewildering. Moreover, the accompanying modifications in skin and general appearance can disconcert even the most confident young adult. This is the time when your skin is going through a change and the hormones are making themselves known, sometimes in the most alarming ways. Not for nothing is acne known as the ‘curse of teenage years’. Plus as teenagers, you are still growing. Changes in height, structure, and build can take place very fast. Dealing with all these simultaneous changes can be challenging, so here’s some help to improve your appearance. It will be a boost to your self-esteem and help you feel confident like never before. Take a look at these tips to get going.

Some basic steps can ensure that you not only look good, but feel it too, since one is so closely linked with the other. The most important thing is that you should feel confident about yourself and not just the way you look. While peer pressure and the need to fit in can be very real, it’s also the best time to assert yourself and get comfortable with who you are. Hormonal changes can mess with your skin, so if you haven’t fixed on a skin care routine, take the time to sort it out now. Cleanse your face twice a day with a face wash formulated for your skin type and use a moisturizer to keep your skin soft and supple. Acne may start showing, so avoid aggravating it by steering clear of junk food and sticking to a healthy diet.

Although the accompanying changes affect both genders, enhancing beauty is perhaps more the need of the hour, especially for girls. Makeup is the new mantra. Even though experimenting is great, it may help to keep it light initially, especially during the day. Don’t be afraid to try out all the colors you want, but remember that in case of makeup, less is always better. The trick is to use as much as you need and to still look like you’re hardly using anything at all. This skill is acquired, so give yourself time. Begin with just a lip gloss and mascara, and maybe some Kohl. These simple staples can take care of a day look. Foundation can take a bit of getting used to, so steer clear of it for a while. A concealer is helpful for covering blemishes, and loose powder can even out your skin tone. Always take a look at yourself under some bright light to avoid looking pasty when you make an appearance.

Never go to bed without removing your make-up. Some easily-available ingredients can work wonders as natural skin care products. Pick honey for dry skin, aloe vera gel for oily skin, and kukui nut oil for acne prone skin. It’s also important to tackle body odor issues. In the interest of basic hygiene, shower daily and use an antiperspirant deodorant to keep yourself smelling great at all times. Rightly done, these natural tips work the best as compared to the most expensive commercial products.

Though at times it may not seem like it, these are some of the best days of your life. There are a lot of firsts around the corner–first loves, first dates, first kisses, the list will go on. These beauty tips can just give you a nudge in the right direction, but you have to discover your own unique style and enjoy yourself while doing it.

Beauty Tips without Makeup

Surely we know how bad makeup is for our skin. It makes one look pretty and attractive, but for a heavy price: an older-looking skin. Have you seen the actresses in real life? On screen, they look like princesses, but off screen without makeup, they look older than they actually are. Obviously, you don’t want to end up like that. However, a little makeup is needed to cover all the skin flaws, to make you look good enough to catch the eye of that boy in your class. So what to do? Big dilemma! Here’s a solution: some simple beauty tips on how you can look good without a trace of makeup.

No Makeup Look
Many women think that makeup makes them look better. In reality, it’s the natural beauty that makes you more attractive. Follow these tips and enjoy the compliments.

Nothing Like Water
Drinking plenty of water every day keeps your skin young and glowing. It flushes out all toxins from your body, thus making your skin healthy and free of blemishes. So, no need for that foundation to hide those marks.

Beauty Sleep Is a Must
Eight hours of proper, well-rested sleep is needed for healthy-looking skin. Lack of proper sleep results in dark circles and puffy eyes. In order to hide these, you opt for makeup. Hence, you can bid adieu to cosmetics if you sleep for 8 hours daily.

Cold Water
Early morning, the first thing that you have to do after brushing your teeth, is splash cold water on your face and eyes. Whether in office or anywhere else, whenever you get time, wash your face with cold water, and you can feel the difference. It will make you feel fresh, and your skin won’t have the dull look, which it usually has, by the end of the day. You will have a wide awake look which makes anyone look good.

Exfoliate Your Skin
Another tip is to exfoliate your skin every week. Wash your face with a good cleanser or face wash, and then, scrub it with a gently exfoliating scrub. This will remove all the dead skin cells, and open the pores, letting the skin breathe.

Makeup or Not, Sunscreen is a Must
Whether you apply makeup or not, sunscreen is something which you should never skip. Whenever you’re going out, no matter how late you are, applying a good herbal sunscreen is a must. Do not expose your skin to the harsh, damaging rays of the sun.

Well-shaped Eyebrows
When people rest their eyes on your makeup-free, good-looking face, do not let them get distracted by uneven eyebrows. Make sure that your eyebrows are perfect, shaped, and without a single stray hair. Similarly, your eyelashes should also be maintained well so that even with no eye makeup, your eyes look great.

A Good Hairstyle
A good, well-shaped hairstyle can do wonders. Go get a good haircut done, something that suits your face, and you will look pretty.

Great-looking Lips
Even if you are not wearing any lipstick, you should not ignore your lips as they are the most important feature of your face. Make sure that you apply some moisturizer on your lips to make them look soft and supple. Apply lip balm to avoid chapping. Maybe, a slight tinge of lip gloss can do wonders.

A Good Skin Care Routine
No matter how tired you are, there is no excuses for not following a daily skin care routine. If you do not take care of your skin, you cannot expect it to look good all the time. So, a proper skin care routine, with moisturizer and other natural creams, is important. Make sure you use a proper herbal product. Get a facial done at least once a week.

Exercise Daily and Eat a Healthy Diet
Daily exercise will not just keep you healthy and strong, but even your skin will have a perfect, healthy glow on it. Include plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables in your diet. A healthy diet is good for a healthy skin.

No need to spend all that money on those expensive makeup kits. No need to get your skin get damaged due to the harsh chemicals used in makeup. Naturally, you can have the advantages of a healthy, glowing skin and look attractive too. What do you say girls? Try it out for yourself, and see the difference!

Beauty Regimen Tips for Men

With due respect to Mr. Keillor, the above quote would fall flat on its face in these times when men are about as concerned with putting their best looks forward as women! That doesn’t mean men were any less beauty conscious in the past. It’s just that the masculine and macho tags caused a certain amount of inhibition in men, leading them to be left with the option of just a shave, a haircut and an occasional massage. Nowadays, a pleasantly surprising number of men can be seen shedding this inhibition to openly solicit tips and advice with regards to improving their looks, by following therapeutic as well as cosmetic regimes. While a lot is common between a women’s and men’s beauty regimen, owing to the difference in the texture and overall quality of their skin and hair, the products used for their respective beauty regimens may slightly differ, chiefly in terms of certain ingredients. With the warm summer air ushering in the wedding season, here are some beauty regimen ideas for men who would be walking the aisle this season. Read ahead to find out what to do, to so that the two of you look like a match made in heaven, when you stand beside the bride at the altar!

Routine Beauty Regimen For Guys

On a general note, there a certain things that men, who have a decent sense of hygiene and give some importance to grooming, should adhere to. The daily routine must essentially include a bath followed by applying a mild, non greasy moisturizer. A mildly perfumed deodorant makes sure to keep you fresh and appealingly fragrant all day long. Whether or not you shave regularly is a matter of individual choice. However, if you’re fond of sporting a stubble or are petrified at the thought of touching a blade to that proud mustache, make sure that you keep them trimmed and well-groomed, so that your facial hair adds to your personality, rather than robbing you of it! Clean and well-trimmed finger and toe nails give you a neat and well-maintained look, and you lower your risk of getting hurt by their breakage or tearing off. Exfoliate at least twice a week to keep those dead cells away and let the fresh, smooth you breathe!

During summers, do not forget to apply a toner between bath and moisturizer application. You can choose from a wide range of cosmetic and alcohol based toners or may settle for a natural, herbal one. I would suggest that you refrain from all alcohol based products for the skin, as alcohol tends to absorb more UV rays when you step out in the sun, turning the areas of application darker than their surroundings. That reminds me – wear a sunscreen when venturing outdoors and always use sun protective tanning products when hitting the beach. Last but not the least, drink lots of water and fresh fruit and vegetable juices to keep you body well hydrated. The inner detox effects will show as healthy, unblemished complexion and trouble-free skin on the outside.

Beauty Regimen for Grooms to Be

If you’re thinking that a stylish haircut, a relaxing bath, and a good shave will do, and your designer wedding outfit will take care of the rest, snap out of it immediately! While these things do matter and are the basics of any beauty care regimen, these alone will not suffice for the biggest day in your life! Think of it this way – your wedding day is when you give yourself to her and she gives herself to you; in other words, the bride and groom present themselves to each other for life! Now, would you consider gift wrapping a diamond the same way as you gift wrap a coffee maker (no matter how posh it looks!)? You are akin to the diamond on your wedding day. All eyes would be on you. In fact, all those people would have gathered there because of you and your bride! That makes it your most solemn duty to look better on that particular day than you do on other regular days! So, what are we waiting for? Let’s just zip down to find out what a basic personal care and grooming regimen for men before a wedding, would look like.

Pre-Wedding Preparations
It’s your wedding, so don’t settle for quickies! Take time out of your busy schedule well in advance, say 3 – 4 months before the big day, and enroll yourself for a professional beauty and wellness course. Join a spa or get yourself a pre-wedding package at a good men’s salon, and follow the appointments diligently. These professional beauty regimes usually include intensive cleansing schedule, where your skin will be cleansed, exfoliated and toned routinely. These will be followed by intensive moisturizing and/ or cosmetic dermabrasion, depending upon individual skin requirements. Facials, bleaching sessions, deep conditioning and other beauty treatments for removal of scars, lightening hyper pigmented blotches, treating acne, etc., may also be availed of. Choose a package that meets the maximum number of your requirements. If you join a spa course, you’ll be made to attend massage and therapeutic bath sessions (mud bath, cocoa bath, herbal bath, steam bath… and whatever else the spa offers), along with relaxation therapies to soothe your senses, in addition to the conventional beauty treatments. A spa may also recommend you a certain diet to detoxify you from inside, so that your skin appears healthier and you look more youthful and fit. Go for regular manicure and pedicure, as well as wear a good sunscreen every time you venture outdoors.

It’s Your Wedding – Walk the Aisle in Style!
Depending upon what time of the day the wedding is at, plan your dressing up regime well in advance. Get a haircut at least two days before the wedding, so that you have some time in your hand in case you need to go for corrective trims here and there. Shave in the morning if the wedding is scheduled for later in the day or evening. If the wedding is scheduled for the morning, shave the night before just before going to sleep, so that you look fresh for the occasion. Arrange for the services of a professional hair stylist if you or the best man aren’t any good with hair sculpting gels. A day before the wedding, take time to cleanse and exfoliate your face and neck. Trim the nails on your fingers and toes neatly. Make sure no stray hair stands out prominently from either of your eyebrows, ears or nostrils (it may sound gross, I know, but so do many a truth!). After you take a long, relaxing bath, apply a non greasy moisturizer or a mild astringent (depending upon your skin type) to keep your skin fresh and hydrated.

For fragrance, choose a cologne with a natural, slightly masculine essence, rather than an overpowering, artificial smelling perfume. Don’t just go ahead and douse yourself in the cologne though! Just dab some on your temples, behind your ears, and rub a small amount on your wrists. Spill some on your handkerchief if you want, but refrain from overdoing it. If you still want to go in for perfume, don’t spray any of it directly on your person or clothes. Rather, spray a mist in front of you and walk through it. This will make you smell just right without coming across as too heady. It’s also absolutely okay to take the help of camouflaging cosmetic products, such as concealers for hiding undesirable scars or pigmentation on the face.

At least a day or two before the wedding, check out the entire length and breadth of your outfit to see if it’s totally spotless and well ironed. Get the fittings done well in advance. Since this is a big day for you, you may be tempted to accessorize and there is nothing wrong with it as long as you keep it simple. A classy watch with a big, masculine dial and a traditional metal clasp would do just fine, unless you’re having a theme wedding (hip hop, Gothic style, 60’s hippie theme and the likes!). So, pull up your socks and get going – when YOU are the gift for your fiancée, make sure she gets the best!

How to Choose the Best Spray Tanning Solution for Your Salon

As a beauty salon or small spray tan business one of the most asked for treatments these days is spray tanning.  This is a very good treatment to add to your salon’s existing treatment menu.  It provides your clients with a quick solution to their problem, as they can drop in and have the spray tan done in their lunch time or straight after work.  It does involve some preparation before hand but with proper advice by your salon staff, this is easily conveyed to the client.

There are always good and bad examples of spray tanning but with the right knowledge and expertise it really is quite easy to avoid most of the bad examples.  Key to this is ensuring you are using the best spray tanning solution possible within the salon and that your therapists are educated in its use.

Spray tanning works with the dead skin cells and is only a temporary staining.  This is where exfoliation prior to the treatment becomes very important. Exfoliation will get rid of the dead skin cells and leave a smooth “new” skin layer ready to work with the spray tan.  One of the key things to look for when choosing your solution to use is to ensure that the tanning solution is suitable for all skin types.  In brief, you need to make sure you have a Light, Medium and Dark tanning solution.  With some solutions you can combine the various strengths to make an “inbetween” colour.  This is a good choice as it will mean you don’t have to stock all the variations and therefore keep the cost down for your salon.

As a rule of thumb you should look to spray the following skin types as follows:

Type I   – fair skins, burn in the sun naturally use a Light tanning solution

Type II  – can tan slightly in the sun but can also burn use a Light to Medium solution

Type III – tans easily in the sun use a Darker solution

Type IV – is of olive skinned or Hispanic origin, use Darkest solution.

If you follow these guidelines then it is unlikely that you should produce too disastrous a result. Another tanning option to consider which is very popular with some clients is a Rapid Tanning solution.  The time for the colour to develop takes between 2 – 8 hours with a rapid tan product taking only between 2 and 4 hours.  So this really does become a benefit to those clients in a hurry.

Be sure to give your clients after care advice which should include moisturising after they have showered to ensure the skin is kept hydrated and avoid excessive exfoliation.