Beauty Secrets Part 2

Soothe Your Stomach.. And Your Face

Apparently Pepto-Bismol isn’t just a stomach soother, it can also be used as a facial mask. Yes, that says facial mask.  It contains bismuth subsalicylate, which is commonly found in facial creams. In an interview with Reader’s Digest, Dr.Frances Jang, a dermatologist at Skinworks, recommended spreading two teaspoons of Pepto-Bismol on your face, then letting it dry for 15 to 30 minutes before rinsing it off with warm water.  Probably best to do this when you are home alone on Saturday night.

Apply Sunscreen Daily

Pot calling the kettle black, I know. Ladies, take it from me… wear sunscreen every day, rain or shine. Even when it’s cloudy. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, 80 percent of the sun’s ultraviolet rays pass through the clouds (it must be 100 percent for me).

Don’t Neglect Your Elbows

Cure dry elbows by massaging Bio-Oil onto them daily. You’ll see and feel softer elbows in at least two days.

Lighten Hair With Chamomile Tea And Lemon Juice

Popie Poulos, hairstylist and owner of The Salon, recommends rinsing your hair with a mixture of chamomile and fresh lemon juice instead of conditioner to permanently lighten your tresses. Allow your hair to dry while sitting in the sun or use a blow dryer — the heat will lighten your locks.

De-Puff Your Eyes With Raw Potatoes

Dr.Frances Jang (again) recommends using raw potato slices to soothe your eyes. She says they are astringent which means they help decrease water retention and they also contain the enzyme catalase which helps lighten dark under eye circles. First, wash and peel a potato. Cut two slices and place one on each eye for 10 minutes. Lay down, relax and let the potatoes work their magic. Rinse the eye area gently with lukewarm water when you’re done. Woo carbs are good for you!

Maximize The Lifespan Of Your Blow Out

Your hair naturally secretes oil so be two steps ahead and spray your roots with dry shampoo before you start producing oil. Oscar Blandi and a few other brands make decently smelling dry shampoos.  Be careful of some of the aerosol cans, they clog and/or go all over every where but your hair.

Countouring Creates Dimension

The trick to achieving a chiseled celebrity-like face is to contour. Your face is three dimensional so applying foundation in a single tone will only make your face appear flat. Add a highlighter to areas of your face that would usually catch light but create enough shadow to emphasize your jaw line and cheekbones. Or you know, suck your cheeks in.

Say Goodbye To Makeup Sponges

Makeup sponges help you apply make up, but not without a cost. They usually soak up more liquid foundation than what ends up on your face. The result? You’re wasting foundation and constantly buying new sponges. The fix? Get a foundation brush. You waste less foundation and it allows for a more even and precise application than a sponge would. MAC has a lovely foundation brush but even your fingers are better than a sponge.

Avoid Overly Rosy Cheeks

Always start your blush line two finger widths away from your nose and only apply it on the apples of your cheeks. This will ensure you create a natural glow without going overboard.  Cream blushes are super easy to use and during the winter months when your skin can be more dry, they help moisturize your cheeks.  A little goes a long way though!

Keep Misbehaving Brows In Check

Spritz an old toothbrush or a clean mascara wand with hairspray, then brush brows and style them as desired. Even the most hard to tame brows will fall in line with this trick.


Original article (minus my peanut gallery commentary) is at Total Beauty site.

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