One of the many challenges frequent fliers have to deal with is the dry air in cabin. When you fly all the time, your skin can quickly get dried out. This can give you a haggard appearance that ages you tremendously. If you want to avoid this, you need to take steps to rejuvenate your skin. Here are three tips to combat dry, tired skin when you fly a lot.
1. Buy a Bottle of Water
Yes, it is a hassle that you can’t bring your own bottle of water from home when you are flying. Even though you have to pay for it, drinking a bottle of water is one of the best ways to keep your skin hydrated when you fly. Make sure that you drink both the bottle you purchase in the airport as well as the bottle they give you on the plane. Drinking plenty of water is one of the best ways to keep your skin from becoming dehydrated.
2. Bring a Moisturizer with You
Even though drinking water is very beneficial, it is not always enough to keep your skin hydrated when you are on an airplane. Sometimes, the cabins are so dry that your skin will dry out no matter how much water you drink. To keep your skin hydrated and refreshed, you need to bring a moisturizer with you on the plane. Make sure that it comes in a container that is small enough to meet security regulations, which restrict carry-on liquids to 100ml. Try bringing this great moisturizer along next time you fly to keep your skin hydrated and radiant.
3. Post-Flight Care
One of the best ways to ensure that your skin handles frequent flying well is to follow a post-flight skin routine (similar to tips seen here). You should use a facial scrub as soon as you get to your destination. This will remove the dead skin cells that have accumulated. After you have cleaned your skin, use a moisturizing mask to rehydrate your face.
To me, beauty is literally skin deep and I believe that everything you put inside your body will reflect outwards. My beauty routine always starts in the kitchen, and the products I use play a supporting role in keeping my skin looking polished. In today’s hectic working-mom world, my routine also has to be simple and quick; and the products I use have to provide maximum impact. Below is my routine in keeping my look fresh and hopefully forever young.
I Literally Veg Out
I try to make sure that when I sit down and eat that my plate has a lot of veggies. Not only are they healthy, but they’re proven wrinkle reducers. A typical meal will include a boiled egg over a bed of spinach and grilled chicken.
If I don’t drink a minimum of 8-10 cups of water a day my skin will immediately look dull. It’s the best thing you can do for your skin and it’s also the easiest and cheapest. I don’t necessarily like to drink water, so I carry a stylish flask and pretty cup to make it more of a treat (and I add fresh lemon or lime). Any fruit will work but the lemon and lime help burn calories – bonus!
I never leave the house without blush and mascara. The eyes are the window to the soul and I want my eyes to look bright, happy and ready to conquer the day; it’s like coffee for the eyes. I apply three coats of mascara concentrating on the outer lashes. The blush application is equally important because I like a “no-makeup” look – so I apply it to only my apple cheeks as opposed to up and out towards my ears like we’ve all been taught.
Exfoliating is probably the most important part of any skin care routine because it allows the skin to better absorb any moisturizer you use. Every night after I remove my makeup I exfoliate. I take a small bowl and add 4 tablespoons of regular white sugar and mix it with two tablespoons of water and mix until it is a thick paste and scrub it on my face in a circular motion.
My skin tends to get oily and it’s prone to acne so I’m really picky when choosing a moisturizer. Lately I’ve been using Olay Regenerist Micro Sculpting Cream (I bought mine at Walgreens for only $26) that helps the appearance of lines, boosts hydration and brightens your skin. It’s amazing! I apply it generously at night after I exfoliate and since I started using it the fine lines have been less noticeable and my face looks visibly smoother, fresh and actually a bit younger. It’s become one of my must-have beauty products in my daily routine.
All it takes is a little mindful eating; a few must-have products and more importantly a big smile!
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Excited to take Joseph to the beach for the first time this week – hope everyone enjoys this Fourth of July weekend!
I’ve never really liked carnations but when I saw these dusty rose colored carnations I fell in love! The color has a romantic vintage feel that I couldn’t resist.
Joseph and I LOVE this blue knit blanket my aunt made for him.
Nothing like feeding your baby their first solid food! Joseph ate like a champ just like I thought he would. Not the greatest shot of him but it was the best I could get because he wouldn’t stop moving.
All I use during the summer for a little lip color.
I’ve been trying to be good about my eating habits because I really would love to lose all this baby weight. One of the biggest changes I’ve made is swapping out a cup of mid-day coffee with a cup of iced water with lime. Lime juice in cold water not only promotes weight loss but it’s also an excellent anti-oxidant.
Summer is a year round season down here in Florida. Sure it gets a little cooler during winter but for the most part it’s always warm. It’s funny because while everyone is out shouting, “summer is finally here!” I’m preparing for what I call our winter (of course when everyone is dealing with the cold, the weather is perfect here). Other than going to the beach, I crank the AC during these insane months of humidity, scorching heat
and daily thunderstorms and during the past 10 years I’ve come up with little tricks that help me and my family breeze right through the summer.
1. One of the most important parts of summer any where you go is being bikini ready. You always have to have a swimsuit on hand and be groomed. I’m one of the lucky ones who doesn’t really have to shave that often. And I don’t really like nor am I very good at using razors. Hair removal products from Veet are always kept in my shower for those last minute trips to the beach or bbq. Simply cover your legs or bikini area with the gel cream, remove with the plastic spatula and in under 3 minutes you’ll be good to go! Keeps skin stubble free for a few days longer than a razor and smells way better than those old smelly depilatories thanks to the lightly scented rose fragrance and citrus oils.
2. I can never have enough water in my house! My kids go though a five gallon jug of water every three to four days so during the summer I take the biggest cooler I have, place it in the sunroom, fill it with ice and stock it with small water bottles. Besides making them re-use the water bottles, it helps minimize the kids running in and out of the house (keeping the cool air inside).
3. I have 5 boys and every time I go out I hear, “mom I’m hungry can I buy a snack..can I buy a drink?” It can get kinda costly SO I grab another trusty cooler and keep it my trunk and fill it with their favorite snack bars and drinks. It’s so common for them that sometimes I find the cooler filled before I even get in the car.
4. During the summer I don’t like to blow dry my hair at home…it’s just too hot and takes way too long. For those days when the temps are almost at 100 I wash my hair and spray it with a sea salt spray I make at home. I take a inexpensive spray bottle add 1 cup of warm water, 1 tsp of sea salt, 1/2 tsp of of your favorite conditioner and a 1/2 tsp of gel for some hold and shake. If I’m going to be home I braid it and if I’m headed out I leave it loose and let it do it’s thing. Always leaves my hair soft and wavy.
5. I hate dry lips and when you live in Florida you’re always exposed to the sun. What I do is make my own lip scrub and use it every night before bed. I use a contact lens holder for the scrub but any small container will do. Mix 1/2 tsp of coconut oil or olive oil, 1 tbsp of white sugar and 1 tbsp of brown sugar and 1 tsp of honey and mix. For a touch of color you can add a drop or two of red food coloring.
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I am a total ligloss/lip stick/lip balm addict! My purse, makeup bag, nightstand and even my baby bag always has a stash ready for me to use at any moments notice. And when I dont have them and I need them I panic! It doesnt even necessarily have to be an actual lip product…I’ve been known to layer a little eye shadw over a lip balm, some light foundation and lipgloss for the perfect nude lip…the possibilities are endless and I’m always on the lookout for any new ways to apply some color and products to add to my collection. One brand that I’ve used and always trust is Burt’s Bees (I always grab a tube of their shimmer lip balm at the check out counter at my local pharmacy or super center). The price point is amazing considering the quality and varity of natural eco friendly products that they provide and since I’m a sucker for their always adorable packaging.
Celebrity make-up artist Katey Denno made her transition from traditional make-up products to organic with Burt’s Bees and equally fell in love with their 100% natural products and is now sharing her amazing tips and info that she’s picked up in the always expanding green beauty market. She’s now teamed up the equally fabulous Burt’s Bees and is sharing her exclusive lip tips and tricks that are both naturally creative and glamorous. I love how she incorporates the layering of products to achieve a natural lip color that’s perfect for the upcoming warmer weather (click here to use the perfect lip shade finder).
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For me, waking up with wide awake and fresh eyes is a thing of the past. Even if I get my eight hours of sleep, I still need a little help from my mascara. I have a five minute makeup routine that I use year round, but during the summer it always needs a little tweaking. The humidity doesn’t let my powder foundation stay put, lipstick never ever sounds appealing if you’re sweating all day, and my trusty mascara needs a little more staying power. Now when I have a tan I can get away with just mascara, but it needs to withstand the 100 degree weather and even a day at the beach (yes, I wear mascara even to the beach). Check out my five tips to keep your makeup looking fresh all summer long!
Now is the time to sport your tan, and ditch the heavy foundation or powders. Try a tinted moisturizer of a BB cream with SPF, a light cheek stain or, even better for your skin, a bronzing powder. Tip: focus on the parts where the sun naturally hits the bridge of your nose, temple and top of cheeks for a natural look.
Save your pretty colored lipsticks for the cooler weather or try dabbing a little on your cheeks. On your lips use lip gloss and balms for a nude lip to compliment your summer skin routine. Tip: I’ve mentioned here how I dab bronzing powder over lip balm for some color and even on my eyes but lately I’ve been using a tiny bit of concealer mixed with lip gloss for a nude lip and it looks great!
Take advantage of summer’s most favorite hair trend: beachy waves. Skip the hair drier and try making your own sea salt spray for your hair (click here for Free People’s awesome concoction that I personally use). After spraying your hair pull it up into a bun and let dry. I know most women prefer a braid but I don’t like the way it leaves my thick hair. The bun gives it a looser wave and lasts longer. Tip: if you have naturally wavy hair like me then try blow drying just the front of your hair, and then apply sea salt by hand. This minimizes front-end frizz, which is the worst!
Mascara, mascara, mascara! During the summer I switch to a waterproof mascara so I can wear it all day without worrying about smudging if I am at the pool or beach. It really is a lifesaver. Tip: skip the mascara on the lower lashes. Waterproof mascaras can be tougher to remove and the skin around the eyes is the most delicate. It will give you an even more natural look if you apply enough at the top lashes.
Opt for the popular gel manicure. A bit pricier than a regular mani, but so worth it especially during the summer if your busy with kids like me. They dry instantly and stay shiny for up to two weeks.
What are some of your favorite summer beauty tips?
Summer is finally here. And with the warm weather and longer daylight hours, you’ll undoubtedly be scheduling lots of after-work dinners and cocktails. Here, experts offer quick and easy tips to transform your office getup into a fiesta look.
“A high twisted bun gives you a professional yet modern look during the day, while creating instant waves for night,” says celebrity hairstylist Eric R. Williams. After hours, loosen the bun, shake out your cabello and add a little hair spray for texture and hold. Transform a side braid into an evening style by making it a little undone, adding a headband or turning it into a wavy side-ponytail. Barrettes, hair elastics and bobby pins are must-haves to keep in your desk or bag for a hairstyle change-up.
A fresh, flawless face is a clean canvas to be made up later in the day. “In the morning, apply your basic foundation and mascara, plus a bold lip color in a sheer finish to make your look modern but office-appropriate,” says celebrity makeup artist Victor Henao. After work, freshen up your foundation and mascara. Then add a little drama to your maquillaje with black eyeliner. “Smudge the eyeliner with your fingertips for an easy smoky eye,” says Henao. Highlight your cheeks with a little bronzing powder and amp up your lip color with an opaque lipstick.
Invest in pieces that take you from the office to a cocktail party. Remember that accessories are key. A simple strapless dress becomes office-appropriate with a fitted blazer and pumps. For a quick style change after work, shed the blazer and add a chunky necklace or a sheer scarf, which can also be worn with the blazer and strappy heels during the day. Or pair a dress in a fun print with a solid-color cardigan and a belt for a more conservative look. For evening, ditch the cardigan but keep the belt to accessorize. Add a pair of heels and statement earrings or bracelets. Carry a simple tote bag to work to hold your extra shoes, a makeup bag, accessories and a clutch for the evening.
Busy juggling your kids’ routine, your work emails and countless other to-dos every morning? You probably don’t have time to glam up on your way out the door. The right products and a little preparation can shave an hour off your busy schedule.
Skin For glowing, killer skin, pamper your cutis the night before, says Jackie Cioffa, celebrity makeup artist and author of the blog Make up to Model Citi Zen. Apply a regenerating serum that’s packed with antioxidants to help protect against photoaging. Then, apply a night cream on your skin and an anti-aging cream under your eyes. Rinse your face and apply a light moisturizer. When you get up in the morning, your skin will be fresh and ready to go.
Lips Right after you finish brushing your teeth, brush your lips with a wet, rinsed-off toothbrush to remove any dry flakes from chapped lips. Next, apply a moisturizing lip balm. Look for one that isn’t sticky and is full of antioxidants. Then add some color to your lips with a lip stain in a berry color.
Makeup For a golden glow, mix a liquid bronzer with moisturizer to avoid any shading, and then blend with a brush. It will leave your skin looking fresh and glowing. Next, use a lash curler for an eye-opening lift, says Cioffa. Apply volumizing mascara in your color of choice.
Take a cream-based shadow and sweep it once over your eyelids. Finally, with a synthetic brush, apply concealer under your eyes.
Hair If you have oily hair but no time for washing and styling, use a dry shampoo, says Rafael Nieves, owner of The Heights Salon of Brooklyn. It will refresh hair and make it look and feel cleaner.
If your tresses are dry, mix a bit of leave-in-conditioner with water in a spray bottle. Shake, spray your hair, shape with your fingers and allow to air dry.
Straight-haired gals: Wrap your hair around your head and cover it with a silk hair wrap overnight. This will prevent tangles in the morning. Remove the silk wrap, brush and you will be ready to go.
By midsummer, it’s tempting to skip the sunscreen and get a tan the old-fashioned way (read: damaging from a health and aging standpoint). A far healthier option is the faux tan. These five simple steps will ensure a glowing, even tan that will leave you looking radiant — never orange.
Step 1: Exfoliate. My preferred method is slathering up a gritty sugar scrub on my dry
skin pre-shower. If you really want to eradicate flakiness, start with a pre-scrub rubdown with a dry skin body brush.
Step 2: Remove hair. After soaping up in the shower or bath, do a thorough job shaving your legs. The area should be as smooth as possible before you self-tan.
Step 3: Lotion up. Apply your favorite body moisturizer — the thicker the better — to elbows, knees and heels. Skip coating your entire body; you just want to concentrate on the aforementioned areas, as skin there tends to be drier and will show up darker once self-tanner is applied if you don’t prep. The layer of lotion dilutes the product so it won’t cake and settle into dry areas of the skin.
Step 4: Tan. Novices should use a cream or lotion self-tanner. The spray versions are good but not quite as user-friendly. Start with arms and legs, then smooth in circular motions on your chest and belly. Enlist a friend or significant other to get your back.
Step 5: Remember the backs of hands. Leave the lid of your self-tanner open. Then wash your hands thoroughly with lots of soap and warm water to avoid orange palms. Dry your hands and use your knuckle to scoop out a tiny amount of tanner onto the back of one of your hands. Rub the backs of your hands together to evenly distribute the product.