Get Beautiful Skin in 5 Minutes or Less

Get Beautiful Skin in 5 Minutes or Less

I know we all tend to love a little instant gratification, and I wanted to share with you some of my favorite tips for achieving beautiful, smooth, glowing skin in just 1 minute (plus some bonus treatments that take a bit longer). Have fun! 1 Minute to Beautiful Skin One of the most common things I see is that people think they are washing their skin well, when in fact, they’re only taking maybe 15 seconds to haphazardly mush some foam on their face. I invite you to use a timer and cleanse your skin for a full minute. That is thorough enough to remove excess sebum, dirt, makeup, bacteria, and dead skin so as to prevent rough skin texture, dullness, flakes, blackheads, and pustules. Better yet, use a Clarisonic, which gives a gentle yet deep clean and times the cleansing for you. I use the Clarisonic Mia (with the softest sensitive brush head) with a few different incredible cleansers that I keep in my beauty cabinet on rotation. My favorites to use with the Clarisonic are Kahina Cleanser, One Love Organics Easy Does It, and SIRCUIT Supermild. assets biz2credit sayseasy personal loans no credit check Ice and green tea are my favorite do-it-yourself tools for eliminating puffiness, redness, and inflammation. For a pimple, apply an ice cube or a cold spoon (put a metal spoon in the freezer) for 1 minute directly to the pimple (if your skin is sensitive, wrap the ice cube or spoon in a tissue). Cold constricts blood vessels, and in the case of a pimple, it reduces inflammation, thereby shrinking the pimple. To reduce overall redness, shrink a pimple, or...

8 Steps to Flawless Skin

I love fashion and all the theatrics that come with it during Fashion Week, and I was inspired to write this post after seeing the flawless, airbrushed look of the models on the runway. I believe this is the first time I’m mentioning makeup, but I get a lot of requests for natural makeup and concealing imperfections, so I figured I should write a post about the 8 steps to flawless skin. Here are my 8 steps to get you looking gorgeous in the morning (if you’re a guy, feel free to skip the makeup part, even though it’s not weird if you want to use concealer). 1. Streeeeetch. Stretching, yoga, and short cardio circuit training are an excellent way to keep your skin glowing. The reason why is because circulation is super important to keeping our skin nourished, healthy, and vibrant. Do a few minutes stretching or yoga right after waking up to get the blood moving in your whole body. It feels great, it’s good for your skin, and it energizes you for the day. 2. Eat well and hydrate. Diet plays a huge role in how healthy your body and skin will be. Choose organic produce over conventional produce as much as possible to avoid ingesting pesticides that will burden your liver and potentially cause hormone imbalances. Choose organic and/or grass-fed meats, and organic dairy (or cut out cow dairy altogether). It’s a huge topic, and I suggest reading my other articles or my guide book for exact details on good food options and what foods to eat/avoid for flawless skin. In the morning, drink a...

Face Contouring & Anti-Aging Massage Tutorial

Hey everyone! I came across a post from Sesame at VivaWoman back in December, where she talked about a popular Japanese face contouring massage by Yukuko Tanaka. I was fascinated with this because 1. I love the Japanese culture, food, history, and complexions :D, and 2. I love massages. The massage is credited for reducing and preventing wrinkles, improving sagging skin, minimizing pore size, eliminating puffy eyes and under-eye bags, and improving skin tone and skin texture. I researched for several days hoping to find English translations of the videos to share with you, but there were none at all, only bits and pieces of English transcripts with some pictures. So I had the videos translated for you guys (a wonderful man named Szu did an incredible job, and refused any payment for his translation work, I’m extremely grateful to him), and I worked until 4 am this morning to do the English subcaptions and English voiceovers. And voila! I have posted them on my YouTube channel today so you can start doing this 3-minute anti-aging massage! Enjoy!...

Banish Dark Circles for Good! Part II

This is the third and final step of my guide to banish dark circles: how to hide your circles while they’re disappearing from your lovely face! So hopefully you have already read the first part of the guide. If not, I highly suggest you read Dark Circles – Gone for Good! Part I first, as it will explain how to get rid of circles without having to disguise them everyday. PICKING A QUALITY CONCEALER This really depends on your preferences. I like cream concealers because they’re easy to apply and they just glide nicely over the delicate skin of the under eye area. I have also just started using mineral powder to conceal the area and I actually like it just as well. Lately, if I’ve skimped on proper sleep or green veggies and need a little coverage for my bluish-purple circles, I’ll use Alima Pure Satin Matte Foundation mineral makeup in Neutral 01 ($1.50 for a generous sample, $20 full-size) and follow it up with a light dusting of their Satin Finishing Powder in Yuki ($1 for a sample size, $15 full-size). I’ve also tried using 100% Pure’s Fruit Pigmented Concealers in Creme and White Peach ($20 and $21) underneath the mineral powders, and that works well — I found that I get less creasing that way (I tend to smile a lot, and I’m not going to stop just so I get less concealer creases haha). I recommend you look up some quality, natural concealers from 100% Pure, Alima, nveyECO, Dr. Hauschka, Living Nature, Suki, or The All Natural Face (I can’t wait to try some her...

Are You Beautiful? Take The Beauty Test For Free!

I was watching a several-years-old BBC program (hosted by John Cleese — I love that guy) the other day on the subject of beauty (see video below). Mathematics of Beauty (6 Part Series) What captured my attention was their assertion that beauty — whether human, animal, or plant — is determined by mathematics. A plastic surgeon by the name of Steven Marquardt has developed several “masks” based on mathematical sequences that determine if a face is beautiful or not. And hey, you can even take the beauty test for free! I thought it would be neat to test this theory out on ourselves, so I downloaded the free printable masks from Dr. Marquardt’s website and posted them below (just click on each small picture — it will pop up onto a new window into the full-size picture for you to save and print off, or Photoshop onto your picture). I’ll put my mask pictures up soon! In the meantime, I’d love to hear how your own mask experiment went, and if you agree with the idea of mathematical beauty. Personally, I do feel that a majority of our opinion on beauty is influenced by subtle mathematics, but that we all have our personal preferences which can influence what we think is beautiful or not. You can even see a beautiful person on the exterior, get to know them, and find it impossible to see them as beautiful once you experience their personality. And, of course, the opposite is also true about not-so-attractive exteriors blossoming into beauty as you get to know the individual. Heidi Klum demonstrating Dr. Marquardt’s “Smiling...