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Skin Transformation

So, for a very long time, I have recommended Cetaphyl as a moisturizer that is wonderful, and it is.  However, now that I am aging slightly, I am noticing more and more that for me, it is simply not soaking into the skin.  So, if Cetaphyl is not working for you anymore, and you want a moisturizer that you don’t have to spend a fortune on, I have an alternative!

Recently, I started using Neutrogena Hydro gel and I have noticed a huge difference!  My skin is softer, my pores are smaller and my makeup goes on more smoothly.  I am loving it!  It does have a very cooling effect when you first put it on, much like cold cream.  It soaks in quickly and easily and leave the skin soft and moisturized all day.

The only thing I would say is a bit of a downside is that the original gel is not super moisturizing.  I feel like I have to use a ton of it, and the first week I used it, I would actually apply it twice.  So, for those of us with more dry skin, definitely veer toward the Creme gel for Very Dry Skin.

All in all, it’s wonderful, though.  It has all the same things I liked about Cetaphyl.  Non comedigenic, a very light scent, no scent added (I think).

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Blow Me! The Perfect Blowout

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We all long for that perfect salon blowout that we see in commercials. Here are some tips to get you there.

First, you need the right tools. A good blowdryer seems obvious, and is key. There are several things that make a good blowdryer; it should have a nozzle to concentrate the air, it should have a diffuser though we’ll talk about that another week, you should be able to change the speeds and it should have a cool button. You want a good brush. For curve and bounce you want a round brush. However, we have all had roundbrush nightmares, so you feel free to use a flat brush. My new favorite brush has thick plastic bristles to detangle and then shorter boar hair bristles for shine. Don’t forget product. It will protect your hair from heat and make blowing it out

You’ve probably heard a lot about negative ions and tourmaline as well. When your hair gets damaged, either through wear and tear or chemical processing, it gets a positive charge. You may notice that it gets staticky much easier and that’s why. Tourmaline produces negative ions which cancels the charge in the hair. It also makes your hair dry faster without drying it out.

Now that you’ve got all your tools, you’ll get in there with your most important ones, your hands. Start blowdrying at the roots at the top of your head, using your hand that isn’t on the blowdryer to slide your fingers into your hair and hold it the direction you want to while you blowdry it frequently using the cool button. If you want the most body, start on the side where you part your hair, if you are trying to make it lay flat pull it in the same direction that it lays. Direct the air toward the ends of your hair so you’re not roughing it up. Dry the center of your head, from front hairline to your nape on one side first, then move down the side of your head. Repeat on the other side of your mohawk and work down the side of your head.

After all your roots are dry over your whole head, use your brush in sections, again directing the air down your hairshaft toward the ends, to brush through and dry your hair. Dry your mohawk section first in slow, long strokes. Use clips to make it easier. Dry the sides the same way, directing up for the most volume, straight down for none. Because you got the roots first, it will go fast and easy.

As you get more comfortable, it will go faster.

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The Skin You’re In

Lately I have had a lot of questions about skincare and with summer now very solidly upon us, I wanted to touch on it.

There are only really a few basic things that are supremely important to cover with your skin. Probably the most important is Moisture, then Protection, Cleanliness, and Exfoliation.

You don’t need the most expensive products or something that has the latest sea kelp pearl technology, you just need products that will take care of your skin and will not irritate it. The more fragrances and dyes that are added, the more opportunity for irritation there is.

Moisture: Even if you feel like you have oily skin, you should be using a moisturizer. Apply it over your entire face and throat. If you do have oily skin, use one that is oil free. If your skin is dry, use something a little heavier. If you have combination skin, meet in the middle. I have found a lot of success with Cetaphil lotions and there are different options depending on your skin type.

Protection: No matter how dark your skin tone or how well you tan or how quickly and smoothly your skin goes from burned to tan, you NEED to wear sunscreen. Apply over your entire face, neck and d├ęcolletage, as well as anywhere else that will be in regular sunlight. Sunscreen can reflect oddly under makeup, though, or change it’s texture so you need to find one that goes well under yours if you wear it. If you have fair skin, use a high SPF that shields from the full spectrum of UVA and UVB rays. If your skin is darker, a moisturizer with SPF may be enough. My skin is very fair and I wear makeup regularly, so I don’t want to reapply and smear it. I love Neutrogena which I use with a moisturizer as well.

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Cleanse: If you don’t wear makeup, you can usually get away with simply rinsing your face thoroughly with cool water. If you have a lot of sweat or dirt, a cleanser is probably a better idea. If or when you wear makeup, you must clean your face. Again, Cetaphil is my go-to.

Exfoliation: This is important to slough away dead skin cells and reveal the new ones underneath. This should only be done one to two times a week, no more. Also, you don’t want to damage that skin. The key word here is Gentle. In the past, I have used both the rough apricot type scrubs and currently I am using an every day exfoliating cleanser. Whichever way you go, remember to be VERY gentle when using it on your face. Use the pressure you think is very gentle, then cut that in half. The rougher the scrub, the more likely you are to break tiny capillaries especially on your nose. A warning, though. At home is not the place for microdermabrasion. This is an extremely aggressive technique and should only be used with an esthetician.

There are certainly more steps you can take, but there are the basics. Cleanse and moisturize every day, if you use toner, use after you wash your face and before moisturizer. Use sunscreen every day. Exfoliate GENTLY one or two times a week.