The new year is always a great start to make some goals and resolutions. We often think about making life goals, academic or financial goals and we forget how we can improve our daily skin and beauty routine. In today’s blog post we will be discussing a few new year resolution relating to your skin and beauty routine that should be made a priority in your life.
The first and foremost resolution - thoroughly remove makeup prior to sleeping. If you sleep with your makeup on, this already should be your number one biggest resolution. If you do a quick makeup wipe or cleanser in the shower before going to bed, it’s not enough. Often times a quick cleanser merely gets rid off all the makeup and dirt on your face. This is a easy reason for clogged pores. Try investing in a few more steps - toner, mask, exfoliating cleanser, cleansing brush are a few other methods that will help your skin. Ever have random pimples pop up when you wake up? This will definitely decrease your chance of stubborn bumps on your face.
When was the last time you washed your makeup brushes? They may look clean and do the job with applying makeup but there’s a lot more little bacteria hanging out in your brushes. Your makeup brushes should be cleaned every week or two. Just rinsing your brushes under warm water until the water run clears isn’t a very effective way to cleaning. You don’t need to invest in any fancy brush cleaners, try your body wash or baby shampoo. Swirling your brush against your palm is an excellent way to get any residue out.
If you don’t remember when you bought a makeup product that’s sitting in your drawers, it may be time to toss it out. It may still give you the cover up you need, but it is doing a lot more damage to your skin than you think. All makeup products have expiry dates. Make it a habit to check your products every few months to get rid of anything that’s been sitting around for too long. Another way to keep track is writing the date on the product with a sharpie upon purchase.
Give the bare look at try! As much as we love dolling up all the time, it’s good to give your skin sometime to breath. If you are only running a small errand during the day, put on a light tinted glowing moisturizer and call it a day. You may feel a little naked, but your skin will thank you. Once a week or every two week is more than enough. Of course, the more days off you can give your skin is obviously better. Try opting for light to no make-up looks rather than multiple coats of foundation.
Making resolutions during the new year is always important! When you look back in December 2019, which one of these will you have accomplished? If you do not usually make goals, maybe 2019 is the year to start! Happy New Year!
A few weeks ago we tried the jade face roller and fell in love with it. Recently we picked up another handy tool that our face is begging for more. The ice roller is the new jade roller. When we first heard about it, we were a bit skeptical. What do you mean rolling ice on your face? You are probably wondering the same thing, how can ice help my skin? The idea is quite similar to the jade roller, but working at a stronger and more efficient pace.
If you have tried the jade roller before and saw a small change but hoping for more, this is definitely something you should try! If you have never tried the jade roller, but are struggling with large pores, swelling, red or puffy skin, we highly recommend adding this little tool into your skincare regime. Give it a try before heading into a photo shoot or a night out, it can help erase some of those signs of fatigue and redness. We like to use this right before bed or sometimes in the morning for a fresh wake me up. However feel free to fit this into your schedule whenever it works best. You could very well use it while you are watching an episode of Netflix.
Using the tool cannot be easier. Using a light pressure roll the device on bare skin from inside out. You can test this on your hand or arm before doing it to your face. This way you are aware of the temperature. Continue to roll outwards from the nose to jawline and then your forehead for a couple of minutes. We don’t recommend doing this for more than 10 minutes consecutively. If you are seeing change, take a brief break before starting again.
It is a super easy product to set up. One thing is remembering to put the ice application in the freezer for 30 minutes - an hour before using so it’s cold enough. For cleaning, a warm water rinses and wipe is all it takes. There are some makeup gurus who swear by this little tool! It does not take $100 serum to keep your skin glowing, it could be as simple as this $20 gadget.
Aside from being a beauty tool, there are other things the ice roller can help within your daily life!
- We are rolling into November now, but remember all those sunburns you suffered from after a beach day. The ice roller is a great add-on to your aloe vera gel! The cold therapy is a way to calm and cool your sunburnt area.
- The ice roller can also be used as ice therapy for sore muscle or headaches as well. For the muscles, the rolling movement will work as a tension reliever and massager - similar to a massage roller. The coldness is a common treatment to reduces blood flow to the injured area, it will also numb the sore tissues, acting as a local anesthetic.
- Treat your allergies by using the ice roller of the affected area. The cold from the roller can help calm your inflammation and reduce swelling caused by your allergies. We all have those puffy red eyes around Springtime, this although won’t get rid of your allergies completely, but can help with reducing the puffiness.
You do not have to go for weekly facial and spend your whole paycheck on 2 products at Sephora to achieve flawless skin. Some small tweaks in your daily life and skincare routine can help a lot with achieving a glowing and healthy complexion.
Dehydration will take a toll on your skin, and so will the lack of beauty sleep. A small amount of dehydration and/or lack of sleep will cause your body to function in a less optimal way. Try to drink at least eight cups of water a day - 2000ml. If you need a reminder of the amount of water you drink, check out the HidrateSpark water bottle. It syncs to your phone and will light up to remind you to drink water.
As for sleep, try clocking in at least seven to eight hours of sleep. This will get rid of your dark circles and inflammation. We get it though, it is almost impossible to squeeze in five hours of sleep sometimes, let alone seven. On nights like these, try a dark under-eye circle removal mask. This mask works as a cooling gel pack and it is meant for soothing while you sleep. This mask is super handy since it is reusable and very easy to travel with. Often times, when you are on the road or even on vacation and lacking a few extra hours of sleep to explore, getting this on, will help decrease puffiness, fine lines, and give you a quick cooling fix. Not to mention, this is a very clean process and nowhere near those messy drippy mask sheets.
Another great skin product that we bow down to is the rose quartz face roller. We have talked about this product in a separate blog post when it first went viral, but even until now, we are still all obsessed with it. The roller is a great quick tool to help calm the skin. Those days when you wake up and your face is just not having it. This can help depuff and energize your skin. A super great product right before your morning cleanse. Similarly, you can also add this to your nightly routine and wake-up with a more cheerful skin.
Once a week you should consider doing a mask. Finding the right face mask will help you get rid of excess oil and improve the appearance of your pores. We recommend using a sheet mask at night in order to help your skin absorb the excess product overnight. Sheet masks help a lot with hydration and calm the skin. This will give you a more soothing and plump to your face. If you are all about natural products on the skin, check out the DIY facial sheet mask maker. You can use ingredients from your refrigerator, like lemon, orange juice, milk, cucumbers and create your own masks. Different ingredient will help with different skin flaws you may be dealing with. And best of all, you will know what you are putting on your face!
Your body might be ready for summer, but is your bikini line ready? There are so many different types of hair removal options and it can get a little overwhelming. You may have heard bits and pieces about waxing, threading, laser, etc. from friends, advertisements, TV, but have you ever considered all your options before settling for that disposable razor you have to replace every month? Next time you reach for that razor, maybe consider trying an alternate method that is more suitable for you and your skin! In today’s blog post, we will be discussing the many different options you have for skin removal that you can do at home, along with the pros and cons of each method. Afterall, having hair removal should be easy, painless and healthy for your skin.
The disposable razor is probably the most common type of hair removal and what everyone first starts with. The main problem with this is its tendency to regrow inward, which is the main cause of ingrown hairs. Although this method is painless (unless you cut yourself), you could be left with the bumpy and inflamed skin through ingrown hair. Razor shaving is cheap though since razor ranges from $5-10 and some last forever. Some razors also exfoliate which helps with smoother skin.
Another method we love is epilating. You are probably wondering “does it hurt?”, and yes, there is a bit of pain associated with this method, but it’s literally just a pinch. The pain is equivalent to tweezing and plucking your eyebrows. Epilating works very similarly to tweezing. It’s a small machine that grabs on to the hair and plucks it out. What’s good about this is that it pulls from the roots, it will grow back at a much slower pace. Epilators can be a big investment compared to the disposable razor. The good devices can easily cost over $100, but it will give you a much cleaner job than cheaper ones. Don’t let the loud noise scare you, trust us, it’s definitely a lot less painful than other says it is!
DIY at home wax kits are starting to become very popular these days. You can buy one of these little machines for around $20-30 on online retailers. One thing to keep in mind, waxing, whether at home or at a spa, it causes major skin damage. When you wax it pulls off the top layer of your skin which could lead to further complications later on. The DIY at home is pretty simple and straightforward. They are easy to use and very affordable. Do keep an eye out for perfume and dye-free wax, especially if you have sensitive skin. It's also very important to apply a facial toner to soothe your skin to avoid redness.
Lastly, thanks to our latest technology - laser. Even more costly than an epilator but a lot of people are starting to invest in these machines at home. After a laser treatment, your hair will fall out a few days later. It's long-lasting when done right. These gadgets cost $300 and up, and can cost close to a grand for the high-end ones. They do work best for those who are light skin and dark hair. Plus, it is not suitable for the face. Still a bit of work to perfect these but we are definitely advancing here!
If you are someone who is up to date with the current beauty trends on social media, there is no way you have missed the facial rollers that are appearing all over your feed. For the past year, these facial rollers typically made from jade or an imitation jade-like stone are being picked up by a whole lot of influencers and bloggers. These facial rollers, although only popping up in our lives now, it has been around for centuries. It was first originated in China, and it is believed that the stone can heal and protect. The real question is - how well can it heal and protect our skin?
The jade roller is a follow-up skin care product that helps your skin soak in the products you use. It will help your skin absorb the skin care products you use. You will no longer feel bad for putting on that $100 night serum and somehow get residue on your pillowcase - because with the roller the serum will actually be absorbed in.
This little thing does more than just one thing. The natural material of jade is a cool touch which helps with depuffing. The healers of the stone can also be used to ward off stress and anxiety. The effect varies amongst one and another, but this is a great alternative for someone who leans toward the chemical-free beauty regimen. Another health benefit that the roller can help with is detoxifying. By rolling against your face, it helps increase circulation and the lymphatic system carry away toxins. This will overall increase blood and lymph flow. The renewal of cells will then get rid of toxins at a quicker rate. This then brings more oxygen, and at the end, will help improve your skin tone. This is also an anti-aging property. By keeping the skin healthy, you will start to notice less puffiness, decrease in lines, tightening in skin and muscle tone through the massage action.
Sounds magical? Another great thing is that it is so convenient to use. This little thing will definitely fit in your purse and only takes up less than 5 minutes of your day. Pull it out while you are watching Netflix or you are sitting around waiting. For some, the improvement may show within a day or two, some may take a week or so. If you are looking to cure a swelling area, it is likely you will see the result right away!
Start with the chin area and roll horizontally out to the hairline. Then, you can move up to the nose area and roll from the corner of the nose towards the ear. You can also use it from the inner corner of the eye (recommend using the small end for this). Then, move towards the eyebrows and down to the temples. Lastly, upwards to the hairline and across the forehead. The pressure should be light and gentle.
The cost of a facial roller is surprisingly inexpensive considering it is not something you will have to replace often, they are often very high quality and will last you a lifetime. Starting from $8.99 for a jade facial roller or if you want to be a bit more fancy with the rose quartz facial roller it is only a dollar more.