Revitalize Your Skin


Cold air, lack of sun, bundling up, means one thing…WINTER, which can also translate in to dull, pale, and even pasty skin (unless you’re in beautiful weather all year round…so jealous), which isn’t exactly “becoming.” Cold air, low humidity, and indoor heating combine to pull moisture from our skin, making us dry and lusterless. We should you how to keep your entire body moisturized this winter, but lets not forget what everyone sees the most: our face! This winter, revive your glow with these simple tips. Fake a summer vacation and get that refreshed, glowing look coveted all summer long; You’ll look as though you’ve been off for weeks!

Moisturize

 

  • Using a moisturizer is the most important aspect of any skin care regimen. If you don’t already do so, start! Slather on a rich, super moisturizing cream to instantly hydrate and plump skin. Look for one high in vitamins A, C, D, and E and oil-free as well to prevent clogging up pores. Moisturizers that include a sunscreen are an added bonus!
  • Moisturize your insides as well by drinking plenty of water throughout the day. Green tea will also remove any unwanted impurities and help clear up your skin.
  • Don’t forget the sunscreen! It should be applied to dry skin 15 to 30 minutes before going outdoors, even in the winter.
  • Fill your sink with lukewarm or cool water and add a few drops of oil. Coconut oil and Almond Oil are great choices. Hold your breath and soak your face for as long as you can. Come up for air and keep soaking for about 3-5 minutes. Your skin loves to soak up water, and you probably know that after having a long bath your skin feels the most soft and smooth. Finish your soak by immediately applying a light, unscented facial moisturizer and either let your skin air-dry or gently pat dry with a towel.
  • Use cool water when washing your face to avoid over drying and it’ll  keep your skin looking fresh.

Food for Thought


Get a naturally sun-kissed look by applying bronzer to your entire face and a rosy blush just on the apples of your cheeks. Don’t overdo it though! Remember, less is more!

Keep it Clean

 

The number one rule of maintaining healthy looking and flawless skin is to keep your hands off it. Your hands and fingertips are crawling with bacteria. You don’t want this on your face and seeping into your pores. This is the number one way breakouts occur!!!!

Battle of the Alphabet: BB Cream vs. CC Cream

In one corner we have BB cream, in the other CC cream, both sweeping cosmetic counters across the country. Are they gimmicks? Fads? Worth the money? Better yet, what are they?! No worries, the Totsy team is here to solve the mystery behind these two creams!

Blemish Balms, Beauty Balms, or just BB cream for short, are a type of tinted skin treatment that became a phenomenon in Korea and quickly spread across Asia and made its way into the U.S. BB creams are similar to tinted moisturizers— if your tinted moisturizer had taken a bunch of performance-enhancing drugs, became super rich, and was living the life of a celebrity…yeah it’s pumped up. Sena Kang, general manager of North America for Dr. Jart+. says “BB creams are the next generation of product because they contain high-performance treatments like anti-agers, antioxidants, brighteners, and botanical actives combined with high-level sunscreen, coverage, and moisture.”

Soon after BB creams infiltrated the market, next up in the alphabet, CC creams began to make their appearance. Color correcting, or CC creams are tinted, antioxidant-packed skin-care/makeup hybrids that originated in Asia (Singapore-based Rachel K’s white tea and deep-sea-water CC Cream has been prized by Hong Kong’s top makeup artists since it debuted last year.) Last month, Olay was the first in the U.S. to launch their CC cream, with other cosmetic companies such as Chanel (who already launched their CC cream in Asia) and Clinique following suit. Though very similar to BB creams, there are some differences. Unlike their predecessor, CC creams are hailed lighter-weight, with higher broad-spectrum SPFs (up to SPF 35 PA++), working to brighten complexions and diminish pigment issues, too.

Being that CC creams are relatively new, but seem to be better than BB creams with the extra bells and whistles, the ultimate test is trying out ones that best fit your skin and needs.

Here are a few recommendations:

BB Creams
For Oily Skin: Estée Lauder Daywear Anti-Oxidant Beauty Benefit Creme SPF 35 $38
For Dry Skin: Garnier Skin Renew Miracle Skin Perfector BB Cream SPF 15 $12.99
For Sensitive Skin: Dr. Jart+ Water Fuse BB Beauty Balm with SPF 25 $42

CC Creams
The Olay Total Effects CC Tone Correcting UV Moisturizer  $22
WEI To Go First Impression kit $30
Juice Beauty Stem Cellular Repair CC Cream $39

Tell us, have you tried either the BB or the CC cream?  Which do you prefer and why?  Leave your comments below!

How-To: Lavender Oil Body Mist

Lavender…few scents from the natural world ellicit such a profound and positive effect. The essential oil of Lavender is used to treat insomnia, reduce anxiety, improve concentration and create overall feelings of well-being. For many people, one quick whiff is enough to drift off into happy land.

Common uses of this miracle flower include body spray, room and linen spray, household cleaner fragrance and personal aromatherapy.  For an all-purpose spray you can literally douse your house or yourself in, try this quick mix at home. NOTE: Spare yourself the expense of buying watered down Lavender sprays and purchase a small bottle of Lavender essential oil and a small glass bottle w/spray top instead.

As with any essential oil, please no direct eye contact, and external use only.

Dilution:

17 drops Lavender essential oil

1 oz. water

Shake, spray, and be well.

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Look Pretty on a Bad Hair Day

We’ve all been there.  You get out of bed in the morning, walk over to the bathroom mirror and your hair looks like a tornado went right through it — twice.  What’s a girl to do?  Here are three easy hairstyles that will have you looking fab in no time.


The Side Braid:  Braids are making a comeback whether you want to believe it or not.  Side braids look casual chic and perfect if you have wavy or curly hair.  It keeps everything in place.  Work some mousse through dry hair and loosely braid your hair to the side.  Finish the look off by tousling the top of your head for fullness and spritz some hairspray to keep loose strands from getting too messy.


The High Bun:  We all have those days where we just want to keep our hair out of our face and this is perfect for those days.  it works for both long and short hair.  Ideally, the bun should be placed at the crown of the head.  It will draw attention to your eyes and cheekbones, giving your face a lift.  Spritz texturizing spray onto dry hair and scrunch for volume.  Gather hair into a loose bun at the top of your hair and secure loose strands with bobby pins.

The Ponytail: Create a sophisticated look by creating a deep side part.  Star by adding defrizzing serum throughout damp hair, then blowdrying straight with a paddle brush.  Line the cob with the arch of your eyebrow and create a part.  Secure hair with an elastic  at the nape of your neck.  Tame any loose baby hairs with hairspray.

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