Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Eye Makeup Tutorial for Beginners

Beauty Eyes
Accentuating your eyes with a natural or dramatic look can make a big difference in your appearance and doesn't have to be hard. Learning how to apply eye makeup and watch the transformation just takes a few simple know-how steps. You'll be pleasantly surprised how beautiful your eyes can look with these easy steps.

Before your start applying your eye makeup, clean your face with a gentle sensitive skin cleanser.  To completely remove old makeup, use face cream or facial lotion on a cotton swab or makeup pad.
Make sure to moisturize prior to applying makeup.

- Dust Cleure Rice Veil translucent powder on your upper lids.
- Hold gently your eyelid taut and draw small, connected dashes along the top lashes.
- Line the entire upper lid, unless your eyes are close-set, then line only the outer corners.
- To make your eyes look bigger, extend slightly to the outer corners of the eye.
- Use a sponge tip or cotton tipped applicator to soften the line.
- Use a matching shadow on top of the liner to hold it in place.
- Clean any mistakes with a cotton tipped applicator.

Eye Brow Shaping
- Tweeze or wax any random hairs below your eyebrows.
- Use a pencil that closely matches your hair color.
- Make sure the pencil is sharpened but not too sharp, or it may break off.
- Starting from the inner to outer corner, lightly fill in your eyebrow.
- Using a cotton swab, gently rub off mistakes.
- Use an eyebrow brush to comb and blend the pencil.

You can use one shade or a few.  In general:
- Medium color is applied to your eyelid (from lash line to crease).
- A lighter color goes on your brow bone, or right under the arch to the outer section of the brow.
- Darker shade goes on your crease.  Start from the outer corner of your crease to the middle.
- Blend all the colors with a clean brush or your fingers.

- For casual look, apply mascara only to upper lashes.  If you want to apply to lower lashes, use less.
- Coat an extra layer to the outer corners of your lashes.  This gives the appearance of longer lashes.
- Mascara should not be kept more than 6 months.  After that time, toss it.

Smokey Eyes Makeup Tips
Using Cleure Trio and Duo 3-in-1 Eye Palette makes it easy to use one cosmetic for complete eye makeup. This product can be used for eye brows, eye liner and eye shadow:
- Taupe (light brown) eyeshadow is applied to lash lines to crease.
- Smudge dark gray into the crease of lids.  Extend to outer corner and blend to soften.
- Dark brown to line the upper and lower lash lines.
- With the Dual Ended Shadow/Liner Brush, dab into the light brown and gray eyeshadows together and smudge along upper and lower lash lines.
- Finish by applying Cleure Sensitive Eyes Mascara.

Eye Palette 3-in1

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

What to Look for in Natural Toothpaste

beautiful blonde
Healthy natural oral care 
If you choose toothpaste based on ingredients and not on what the label promises, this article is a must read.  For example, certain ingredients in most commercial or natural toothpaste can actually reverse the initial stage of tooth decay, while others may increase the risk of canker sores.

Is Natural Toothpaste Better?
Many toothpaste brands claim to be "natural".  However, this is a very broad term that can mean the toothpaste has one or more plant ingredients, or that it has no preservatives with a short shelf life. Although some brands may indicate no preservatives, this is unlikely, since without preservatives, you would have to keep the product in the refrigerator and use it within a few days to prevent mold.  More likely, natural toothpaste refers to one or more plant ingredients in them, non-withstanding the harsh and irritating ingredients as well.

The best way to pick the right and best toothpaste for you is to have basic knowledge of ingredients that will actually help you have a healthy mouth.  What does this mean?
  • Helps prevent tooth decay
  • Helps prevent gum disease
  • Fights bad breath
Ingredients to Help Save Your Teeth
Re-mineralizing your teeth is the term used to strengthen the outer layer of teeth (enamel).  This is important because if you stop tooth decay in its initial stage, it won't advance to destroy tooth structure (becomes arrested).  Keeping your teeth clean of plaque (the soft film that builds on your teeth and gums daily) by brushing and flossing is one way to prevent tooth decay.  There are other factors that are important as well, that certain ingredients can enhance.  For example, keeping your mouth at a neutral pH and not dry, will not allow harmful bacteria to thrive and grow in population.

1.  Dicalcium phosphate functions by balancing calcium and phosphate levels for healthy teeth.  It helps re-mineralize areas of teeth that have been attacked by acid and become weak and prone to tooth decay.  It can help reverse initial stages of tooth decay.

2.  Xylitol has been reported in studies to help prevent tooth decay by as much as 40% - 60%.   It promotes saliva, which is very important towards preventing tooth decay.  It also is an excellent safer alternative to saccharin.

3.  Baking soda removes surface stains which if not cleaned can provide a rough surface for harmful bacteria in plaque to adhere to. 

Ingredients to Avoid
Certain ingredients, whether in natural or commercial toothpaste, may not be beneficial to healthy oral care.  These include:

1.  Sodium lauryl sulfate is a harsh detergent that has been shown to increase the risk of canker sores.  It's used as a foaming agent in toothpaste, shampoos and soap.  Many are finding they are allergic to it with symptoms of dry skin and rashes.

2.  Saccharin is an artificial sweetener that may not be the best option for children's toothpaste.  Xylitol has a dual action benefit as sweetener and helping to prevent tooth decay safely.

3.  Triclosan is an antimicrobial agent also found in shampoos, deodorants, soap and other personal care products.  The Center for Disease Control (CDC) warns against frequent use of such antimicrobials, since they may lead to antibiotic resistant strains of bacteria.

4.  Fluoride controversy has been around for many years.  Fluoride becomes of concern when used in children's toothpaste.  Many of these have added color and flavors that taste like candy.  This is a temptation to swallow the paste that tastes like candy.  Fluoride is toxic when swallowed.  Xylitol is showing growing promise to be safe and effective for tooth decay.

In general, it's best to choose your toothpaste based on ingredients and not what the label says.  Flavor can also be deceiving.  Most toothpaste have a strong mint flavor, which many individuals are finding they are allergic to.  Cleure natural toothpaste has the best great tasting flavor-free toothpaste.

Great tasting flavor-free toothpaste with xylitol

Monday, January 5, 2015

Best Care for Very Dry, Sensitive Skin

Care for very dry sensitive skin
Care for very dry sensitive skin
You may have noticed many brands are now targeting sensitive skin. Over 50% of the U.S. population seeing a dermatologist, complain of sensitive skin.  This easily irritated type of skin becomes more common with age and may even show signs such as very dry skin with symptoms of flaking, itching and stinging.  Age plays a part since the skin tends to retain less moisture, specially in cold weather.  If you have these types of annoying and not very attractive signs all over your body, there are ways to prevent them.

Stick with Gentle Sensitive Skin Moisturizer
Your very dry sensitive skin is telling you the more TLC you give your body the better.  Most brands that aim at younger looking skin for moisturizing, have certain ingredients that may aggravate your sensitive skin.  Don't be fooled by moisturizers that have a long list of plants.  Many plants are either soaked in harsh preservatives to prevent mold, (often not listed on the label), or they may have irritating side effects themselves.

Your daily skin care routine is very important and what products you use is even more crucial.  You absorb what you rub on your body.  Choosing the right gentle moisturizer is very important for hydration.  It's important to moisturize within 3-5 minutes of cleaning your face or showering.

Many anti-aging skin care products contain salicylic acid.  This ingredient is meant to help prevent inflammation,  but can be highly irritating.  Retinol is often prescribed for fighting wrinkles.  It's also available in over-the-counter products.  Although affective, it is also irritating and drying.  Hyaluronic acid is a more gentle way to fight wrinkles and fine lines.  Cleure Eye Repair Gel works well towards helping prevent and repair fine lines and motivate new collagen production with sodium hyaluronate.

Use a Gentle Cleanser
Your cleanser should be totally soap free.  Harsh soap-like detergents include the ingredient sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS).  This ingredient can further dry your skin.  Cleure Lotion Cleanser for sensitive skin cleans without stripping your skin of vital natural oils.  The Cleure Glycerine Oatmeal Face & Body Bar is great for those who prefer a bar.

It's important not to use very hot water when washing your face or showering.  Hot water further dries the skin.  Dry very gently with a soft towel - never rub, but pat dry.

Use a Gentle Body Lotion for Sensitive Skin
Shea butter in body lotion softens without clogging pores.  For the ultimate deep penetrating moisturizing oil, try Cleure Emu Oil.  It's important to find one that has been purified and has the seal of the American Emu Association on the label.  They have very strict guidelines for purity and will not allow their seal on any emu oil without checking quality.

Use Non-Irritating Sunscreen
Many sunscreens contain benezophenones and other harsh, irritating ingredients.  Cleure broad spectrum sunscreen with SPF 15 or SPF 30 contain the safest physical sunblocks of zinc and titanium ingredients.  These are very affective and gentle on sensitive skin.

Other Tips for TLC of Very Dry Sensitive Skin
Don't touch your face.  Dermatologists warn against causing irritation by transferring bacteria, fungus,
and viruses from your fingers to your skin.  Make sure as you apply lotions, creams and makeup that your hands are clean.

For makeup, dermatologists prefer mineral based cosmetics.  These will not clog pores and in general are gentle on sensitive skin.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

How to Find the Right Cleanser and Moisturizer

woman applying creamKeeping your dry, oily, combination, sensitive or acne prone skin clean and hydrated should be the most important part of your daily skincare routine. However, finding and choosing the right cleanser and moisturizer for your skin type can be the most difficult and overwhelming part of the process.  As you look on the internet or store shelves, you may find hundreds from cheap to high-end luxury brands to choose from.  But it doesn't have to make your head spin, and with a few simple guidelines, you can find and choose the prefect cleanser and moisturizer for your skin type.

What Does Your Skin Need?
This is the first question you need to ask yourself.  Always remember two facts:

  • The skin is the largest organ in the body and absorbs what is applied to it.
  • Although it acts as the barrier to your body, it is fragile and needs TLC.

With that in mind, it's important to use skincare products that are gentle and non-irritating.  In fact, whether you have sensitive skin or not, use a brand that focuses on sensitive skin.

It's important to use moisturizers that are labeled "non-comedogenic", which means they won't clog your pores.  If you have any skin type, particularly sensitive skin, there are some ingredients you need to avoid:

- Petrolatum
- Lanolin
- Mineral oil
- Urea
- Propylene glycol
- Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS)

Although some recommend these ingredients for their emollient properties, they actually can clog pores and cause sensitivities.

Your skin has natural oils, the point of cleaning and moisturizing is to enhance the skin's ability to keep your face supple and hydrated with these natural oils.  Use the wrong products, and you strip away these natural oils, ending up with dry, flaky, irritated skin.

Match Your Skin Type
No matter your skin type, always use a cleanser that is gentle and free of soap or harsh ingredients such as SLS.

If you have oily or oily acne prone skin, choose a light, oil-free moisturizer.  For dry skin, opt for a richer moisturizer that penetrates deep and helps prevent fine lines.

For all skin types, anti-oxidants in moisturizers are a sure bet for healthy skin and to help prevent wrinkles.  Anti-oxidants fight harmful free radicals that cause damage to you skin and premature aging.

How Often to Clean Your Face
Now that you found the prefect cleanser and moisturizer, the guidelines for when to use them depend on your skin type.

Dermatologists agree that most people are obsessed with the "squeaky clean" result of cleaning, which means they over-cleanse.

Night face washing is the most important time to cleanse.  During the day grime, pollutants and dirt have accumulated on your skin, as well as makeup.  Some doctors recommend that you only wash at night, and only rinse with water in the morning.

At evening, follow with a alcohol-free toner that contains AHA (alpha hydroxy acid) which acts as an exfoliant.  Dermatologists feel it's acceptable to just rinse in the morning with water, but clean with a gentle cleanser at evening.

For oily and combination skin, clean your face twice a day, but for dry skin, once a day at night time should be enough.  Unfortunately, many with acne prone skin think using harsh cleansers or rough scrubbing is what's needed to scrub away pimples.  Many of these harsh ingredients can leave the skin irritated and may not be helpful at all.  If the cause of the acne is bacteria, prescription medication may be needed temporarily.

Many cleansers contain harsh soap ingredients called "surfactants" which are meant to cause foaming and to help remove dirt and oil.  The negative is the surfactant (most often SLS) also interacts with the skin's out layer, which is the protective barrier.  The problem is that it strips your skin of natural oils which may leave you with a feeling of stinging or burning after cleansing.

How Often to Moisturize Your Face
The American Academy of Dermatology recommends that you apply your moisturizer within three minutes of taking a shower or immediately after washing your face in the sink.

Don't rub hard, but gently apply the moisturizer with upward strokes from your neck up to your forehead (  Be very careful with the area under the eyes, since it is even more fragile.

Once in the morning and evening, after you cleanse is sufficient, unless you have very dry skin.
If you have acne prone skin, you still need to moisturize.  Make sure it's non-comedogenic and oil-free.

day cream
Sensitive Skin moisturizer

Friday, November 28, 2014

Best 10 Skincare Tips to Prevent Aging

Skincare to help prevent aging
Skincare to help prevent aging
We all want to prevent aging.  Women''s magazines and the Internet bombard us with how-to and DIY articles or ads and infomercials to brainwash us towards choosing their brand.  It's difficult weighing all the facts and determining which can really make a difference.  To help you swift all the information presented by the various sources, below are the top and most agreed on best tips for sensitive skincare to help prevent aging.

1.  No wonder they say to "get your beauty sleep".  If you shortcut or minimize the importance of sleep, your skin will look dull.  When you're tired, blood doesn't flow efficiently. With enough rest sufficient human growth hormone is produced, which helps maintain healthy collagen levels to keep your skin healthy and luminous.  Sleep gives your body time to renew itself. (Fitness Magazine)

2.  Eat foods rich in anti-oxidants.  Free radicals are your skin's enemy.  Anti-oxidants in food fight these bad free radicals that produce toxins which damage your skin. Many foods are rich in anti-oxidants, including fruits, vegetables and even wine and chocolate.  Anti-oxidants rescue cells in distress. So eat up and store these good guys and get rid of thee villainous free radicals. (Women's Health Magazine)

3.  Massage your moisturizer on your face, instead of dabbing it on. (Glamour magazine)

4.  Use natural sunscreen and apply makeup with SPF 15 - 30. (National Institute of Health)

5.  Give yourself an at home facial with an exfoliating scrub and facial mask. Your skin and you will feel calm and happy.   (Allure Magazine)

6. Have a routine skincare that works for you.
  • Wash your face twice a day with warm water and soap-free gentle cleanser for sensitive skin. 
  • Apply moisturizer daily.  
  • Stop smoking.   (American Academy of Dermatology)

7.  Keep hydrated by drinking enough water.

8.   If your skin feels dull, use a sensitive skin exfoliant weekly.

9.  Use alcohol-free toner nightly after cleansing.

10.  Feeling stressed? Find a variety of ways to relax, such as:

  • Take a 5 minute warm water shower.
  • Take a nature walk and think about all the things you should be thankful about.
  • Watch a funny movie and laugh out loud.
  • Volunteer your time to help someone you know or for a homeless shelter.
  • Get circulation going through your body by either exercising, such as swimming.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Budget-Wise Sensitive Skincare Remedies

Budget-Wise Sensitive Skincare Remedies
Sensitive skin requires TLC, which usually means high maintenance care that's usually expensive.  Healthy and damage-free sensitive skincare does not have to be expensive.  The right sensitive skin products based on your skin type, and simple techniques can help your skin become smooth, healthy and protected, free and clear of breakouts.

Most dermatologists agree you should not put any ingredient such as natural, organic, essential oils and such, on your skin, thinking it must be good for you.  Based on research at National Institute of Health (NIH) there are certain natural ingredients that can be very beneficial for specific skin problems.

Soy oil in research supports the benefits of reducing skin dark spots, enhancing skin elasticity and moisturizing the skin.   Aging skin tends to become thinner with decreased collagen.  Soy contains essential amino acids and potent antioxidants that promote collagen production and increase skin thickness. Soy oil is one of the few oils that is salicylate free and therefore, can safely be used even on skin of people who are sensitive to salicylic acid.
DIRECTIONS:  Use as moisturizer by applying to clean, dry skin.  You don't need much, just massage a small amount all over for smooth skin.

Green Tea
Inflammation and free radicals have been shown to bring about premature aging.  Green tea decreases inflammation and acts as a scavenger against free radicals.  Green tea has been shown to also be rich in antioxidants and tends to provide protection by reducing the DNA damage that is formed after UV radiation.
DIRECTIONS: Steep tea bags in cold water.  Place over your eye area for 15-20 minutes to reduce under-eye puffiness.  You can also use it as a toner, by blotting cool steeped tea on your skin with a cotton ball.

The chemical stimulant in your morning java, tea or energy soft drinks is caffeine.  Caffeine has been shown to have antioxidant and anti-carcinogenic properties. According to research results, applying caffeine to your skin helps inhibit cancer cells in mice.  The studies also reported caffeine has a sunscreen affect.
DIRECTIONS: While in the shower, massage coffee grounds into moist skin for 2 minutes, and rinse off.

Yogurt has been a nutritious food staple in Mediterranean countries for centuries.  It aids in digestion and is rich in calcium and zinc for strong bones.  Yogurt can also work as a mask leaving your skin soft, healthy and smooth.  The lactic acid is a form of AHA (alpha hydroxy acid) that helps prevent aging and to reduce fine lines and age spots. It also helps to remove surface dead skin cells, clearing up your pores.
DIRECTIONS FOR YOGURT MASK: apply a thick layer of whole milk yogurt to your face, avoiding the eyes.  Leave on for 20 minutes.  The yogurt will dry on your skin.  Rinse with warm water and pat dry.  Follow with moisturizer.

There are many benefits of honey for your skin.
DIRECTIONS TO CLEAN PORES: One tablespoon of honey mixed with 2 tablespoons of soy oil. Massage into clean, dry skin in circular motion.  Avoid the area around your eye.  Rinse with lukewarm water, and pat dry.  Follow with moisturizer.

Honey can also reduce the redness and irritation due to acne.
DIRECTIONS FOR ACNE REMEDY: Apply a small amount with cotton applicator to affected areas. Let set for about 15 minutes.  Rinse with warm water and pat dry.  Follow with moisturizer.

Lemon for Acne
Lemon has a drying affect and can help reduce acne. Due to citric acid, it also has natural lightening and exfoliating properties.
DIRECTIONS: Apply a tablespoon of fresh squeezed lemon juice to your clean, dry skin and let it set for 15 minutes.  Rinse with warm water and pat dry.

Safe Alternative to DIY Skincare
If you don't have the time or desire to make your own skincare at home, Cleure sensitive skincare products are formulated to help your skin glow with health.   Committed to providing high-quality, gluten-free and hypoallergenic products, Cleure is formulated with non-irritating, gentle yet effective ingredients to help the body maintain health and youthfulness. 

Saturday, November 15, 2014

How to Determine Your Skin Tone

How to Determine Your Skin Tone
All ethnic groups tend to include a variety of skin "tones" of light, medium and dark.  Most makeup brands help you choose the right shades based on your "tone".  Before you can choose the right shades, you have to find out what your skin tone is and if you're a cool or warm tone, to choose the right shade for you.  If you have sensitive skin, natural mineral makeup works best.  Just find the right shade and your healthy face will glow with natural beauty.

It can be hit and miss if you try to choose just based on what you see in the mirror. Even more confusing is learning the difference between hue, tint, shade, and tone.  Below is an easy way makeup artists break it down for you.

Determining Your Skin Tone
Hue, Tint, Shade, ToneYour skin's "undertone" or tone refers the the true color or hue of your skin.  Most people can then be divided into warm or cool skintone. There is also the neutral tone, however, this can also fall into neutral warm (yellow based) and neutral cool (pink based).

To determine your skin tone, try either method below:

1.  Wash your face with a gentle cleanser and warm water.  Make sure you remove all makeup as well.  Gently pat dry with a soft towel without rubbing your skin.  Wait approximately 15 minutes. Take a white piece of paper and hold it next to your face with natural day light only.  Looking in the mirror, if your skin looks yellow or golden, you have a warm color tone.  If it looks pinkish, you have a cool tone.

color wheel2.  If you are cool based, blues, greens, pink, purple and red-violet look better on you.

Warm based skin tone prefers or looks better with yellow, orange, red and warm browns.

Put on one of the colors in the cool color wheel and then a warm color. Which ever one doesn't look right, that is the opposite of your tone.

3.  If the veins on your wrist appear blue, you are cool tone.  If they appear green, you're warm.

Determining the Right Shade of Foundation
Now that you know if you have a warm or cool undertone, it should be easier to find the right shade of
foundation, eyeshadow, etc.

For foundation, typically the following is a general rule:

Fair skin - pale, warm skin tones
Light skin - light, cool skin tones
Olive skin - medium warm tones
Dark skin - brown warm tones

But remember, within each light to dark complexions, there can be cool or warm tones. Pick based on your determined skin tone.  Next dip a cotton-tipped applicator into the foundation and apply it to the center of your cheek.  If the shade disappears and looks invisible, that is your correct shade.

Natural Mineral Foundation Makeup
Natural Mineral Foundation Makeup