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 de-puff...

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 glass or two...

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 of stuff)....

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 Frontal” Mask...