Friday, September 5, 2014

20 Easy Beauty Tips & Tricks

With your busy schedule, whether you have an hour or just five minutes, the following are simple tips and tricks to beauty makeover on any day or occasion.

1. Morning use gentle cleanser only to refresh.  Choose an SLS-free cleanser for sensitive skin.
At night time use cleanser plus toner.  Toner helps with final step of cleaning any dirt or makeup still left on your face.  Of course, always follow with moisturizer.

2. Supplement with Biotin for hair, skin and nails.

3.  For more volume, while drying your hair put less tension on brush.  Use a large round brush to style.

4. Outline the corners of your mouth with a small brush dipped in concealer to make lips pop.

5. Subtle shade of lipstick will give you just a hint of pretty color without looking like Hollywood 40's glam.

6. Use lipgloss by itself or for shine over lipstick.

7. Use lip balm in the shower for silky smooth lips.  The steam will help make it easy to wipe off dead skin cells as you dry.

8. Before applying bronzer, first dip your brush in translucent finishing powder, such as Cleure Rice Veil.  The two give a natural glow that lasts.

9. Opt for multi-tasking beauty products to save money and room in your drawer.  one example is Cleure Trio 3-in-1 Eye Palette.  Use as eyeliner, eye shadower and to shape brows.

10. Natural loose powder bronzer can be used as blush or all over glow. choose one that's not too shimmery or orange in color.

11. To avoid uneven coverage of foundation, makeup artists suggest drawing lines down your nose, chin and across cheekbones and forehead.  Next blend.

12. For even application of blush, look in the mirror, brush at 10 o'clock on the left cheek and 2 o'clock on the right and blend.

13. For flattering brows, pluck brows to extend an index-finger width apart and extend past eyes.

14. Spray deodorant after shaving legs or bikini line, to prevent ingrown hairs and razor bumps.

15. Your razor will glide over your skin if you use hair conditioner for smoother, razor bump free shave.

16. To speed up cell turnover on your skin, use a gentle exfoliating facial scrub.

17. Use emu oil for cuticle care.  This rich natural oil rescues even the roughest cuticles or very dry sensitive skin. It penetrates deep without that greasy feel.

18. Get a solid 6-8 hours of sleep a night.

19. Do at least 30 minutes of exercise 5 days a week.  Shorten the workout with more intensity of exercise.

20. Moisturize, shine and define your hair with Cleure natural hair styling gel.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Do You Know Your Skin Type?

How to Take Care of You Skin Type
It's important to know your skin type since certain types of skin can be at a higher risk of developing sensitivity, sun damage and even skin cancer.  There are several factors that can affect skin type, including genetics, your age, how you take care of your skin, and water and oil content of your skin cells.  The water content will affect elasticity and the oil content shows how soft your skin is.

To determine your skin type, the New Zealand Dermatological Society recommends the following test:

  • Wash your face, pat it dry and check back in an hour.  
  • Make sure not to touch your skin within that hour.  
  • Blot your nose, chin, forehead and cheeks with a tissue.  
  • If the tissue has oil on it, and your face appears shiny, you have oily skin. 
  • If your face feels tight, dry or flaky with no oil on the tissue, you have dry skin.  
  • If certain areas show oil on the tissue only, you have combination skin. 
Normal Skin Type
This type of skin is well balanced with water and oil, which means it does not appear to be too dry or too oily.  You will not see any visible large pores and none or only a few imperfections.

How to take care of Normal Skin Type:  
  • Use a gentle non-drying cleanser.
  • Never go out without a broad spectrum sunscreen for both UVA and UVB rays protection.  Opt for one with zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, which are safe and effective.
  • Make sure to clean your face of makeup at bed time.
  • Moisturize your skin, and drink plenty of water.
Combination Skin Type
With combination skin type, it's not unusual to notice dry, normal or oily areas.  This is usually described as the T-zone around the nose, forehead and chin.  Most people have this type of skin.  If you have combination skin you may notice blackheads, pores and shiny areas on your skin.

How to take care of Combination Skin Type:
  • Use cleansers that are suited for combination skin.  This can include a non-soap face bar or a lotion sulfate-free cleanser that is mild.
  • Alcohol-free toner is great to use on the oily parts of your skin to remove oil, dirt and close pores.
  • Always protect your skin from the sun with an SPF 15 or 30.  Sunscreen with zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, which are safe and effective.
  • Use an oil-free moisturizer.
  • Use an exfoliating scrub 1-2 times a week if you have combination/oily skin.  This will remove dead cells to help clear clogged pores and allow healthy skin cells to come to the surface.
  • Use makeup and skin care that are non-comedogenic, that is they don't clog pores.
Dry Skin Type
Cracking, peeling, itchy and irritation are common with dry skin type.  These conditions become exasperated with:
  • Hormonal changes
  • Stress
  • Extreme exposure to wind, sun or cold 
  • Indoor heating or air conditioning
  • Medications
  • Certain ingredients in skin care or cosmetics, such as plant ingredients, salicylic acid, parabens or sodium lauryl sulfate.
How to take care of Dry Skin Type:
  • Use a mild, non-soap cleanser.  Cleansers with sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) or deodorant soaps will be too harsh.
  • Scrubbing while bathing or drying can irritate your skin.  Gently clean and pat dry with a soft towel.
  • A humidifier can add needed moisture to dry skin.
  • Use skin care products that are free of botanical extracts and essential oils.  These can be harsh and even have side effects.
  • Apply a day cream that is rich in antioxidants and an extra rich night cream. 
  • For very dry skin, emu oil is excellent without leaving a greasy feel.
Oily Skin Type
Your age, hormones and weather may also affect oily skin types.  Oily skin can become worse with:
  • Homonal changes (such as puberty)
  • Stress
  • High humidity
How to take care of Oily Skin Type:
  • With a gentle cleanser, clean your skin morning and at bed time.
  • Don't pick or squeeze pimples or blackheads.
  • Only choose products that will not clog pores, that is "non-comedogenic".
  • Use oil-free moisturizer and cosmetics.
  • Use an exfoliating scrub 1-2 times a week if you have oily skin.  This will remove dead cells to help clear clogged pores and allow healthy skin cells to come to the surface. 
For all skin types, make sure to use skin care and cosmetics that are free of fragrance, soap and harsh preservatives.  Don't smoke, get enough rest and play and the best time to get the sun's good rays, is before 9 AM.

Friday, July 18, 2014

The Good VS Ugly Ingredients in Natural Skin Care Products

Natural skin care 
Natural skin care may sound like it's good for your skin, but it really depends on the ingredients and your specific skin needs.  Instead of buying skin care products based on what the label says, you need to learn to separate the good from ugly natural skin care products ingredients.

We live in a green-conscious world and the word natural in anything sounds good.  This has been a great marketing tool for skin care and cosmetics companies who want to sell products.  They add numerous plant ingredients, including extracts and essential oils, hoping this will ring loudly with potential buying consumers who are looking for "natural skin care".

Now that we know natural skin care or cosmetics may only have marketing benefits, let's see if there are natural ingredients that are really good for you.

Beneficial Ingredients in Natural Skin Care Products 

  • Shea butter has long been known as a great anti-aging moisturizer.  It hydrates without clogging pores, and keeps your skin smooth and healthy.

  • Vitamins such as antioxidant vitamins C, A and E do have benefits for your skin. Although there are many kinds of vitamins, antioxidants offer the best skin care benefits.  American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) reports that antioxidants can reduce the harmful effects of free radicals, which are molecules that injure the skin's cells and cause inflammation and premature aging.

  • Soy oil derived from soybeans are a great source of isoflavones, which can help to increase skin thickness and help with production of collagen, for preventing premature aging of the skin.

  • Hyaluronic acid is a natural chemical that we all produce in our body. It's been shown to aid in healing wounds, and beneficial in natural skin care as an anti-aging moisturizer.

  • Alpha hydroxy acid are derived from fruit and often added to natural skin care to exfoliate and promote collagen formation.
Negatives of Natural Skin Care Products
  • Since they're marketed as "natural" many brands charge more for these natural skin care products.
  • Plants have side affects and can actually cause sensitive skin irritation.
  • You may have an allergic reaction to a plant ingredient and not know it. Many assume natural skin care products will not cause allergic reactions, which of course is not so.
  • Some natural oils may clog pores or cause breakouts.
  • Preservative or pesticides may have been used to process the natural ingredient.  It's easier to grow mold on a natural ingredient, which is why strong preservatives are often needed to prevent bacteria or mold to grow in a product.
How to Choose Your Skin Care and Cosmetics
  • First look for skin type match with yours.  For example, if you have acne prone skin, choose an oil-free facial lotion.
  • Look for plant free unless it's one of the ingredients listed above, or as few plants as possible.  The ones with a potpourri of plants may be a problem.
  • Instead of buying a lot of skin care products from one brand, choose one and test it on the inside of your arm.  Wait 24 hours to see if any negative reactions occur.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Anti-Aging Skincare Tips Every Woman Over 50 Must Know

Anti-aging skincare essentials
As fine lines and dry skin begin to show on your face, anti-aging skincare can become an obsession. Movie stars and models are put to pasture by the time they're even 40 years old.  If you're over 50 and not in the entertainment or modeling profession, your goal should be to look good and have a healthy, radiant complexion without subjecting yourself to Botox or the knife.   And let's face it, ultimately beauty and youthfulness is skin deep, but a little TLC goes a long way towards a beautiful complexion.

At the age of 50, you either can maintain that youthful glow or quickly age with each passing year. Although there are no miracle quick fixes towards keeping your skin beautiful and healthy for years to come, the following steps have been recommended by dermatologists and shown to be effective for minimizing premature aging.

Healthy skin care habits are the key to help prevent fine lines, retain skin firmness, avoid blotchy skin, and reduce risk of skin cancer.  Create your own best skin care routine, making sure to incorporate the following tips.

Many people think their skin care products should include lots of plant ingredients.  What they don't realize is that just because the label has the work 'natural' on it, it does not mean it's good for you.  Most plants may have medicinal properties and be good for healing certain conditions, they also may have side effects, just like any prescription drug.  Most are also subjected to pesticides, even organic ones may have harsh preservatives.

It's also a good idea to avoid parabens, fragrance, gluten and other irritating ingredients, such as salicylic acid.  Salicylic acid is often added to anti-aging creams.  Many are finding they are allergic to this ingredient, which is the common anti-inflammatory part of aspirin like products.

1.  Moisturize everyday with sensitive skin products:
  • Whether you have sensitive skin or not, an anti-aging moisturizer should be mild and non-irritating.  When shopping for a sensitive skin moisturizer, look for antioxidant ingredients and hyaluronate.  Unlike Retin-A, hyaluronate is non-irritating, but effective in minimizing fine lines.
  • Moisturizer is important at any age, without it as you get older the skin becomes dry and leathery in appearance.
  • Use an appropriate moisturizer for your skin type.  If you have oily, acne prone skin, choose an oil-free moisturizer.  Moisturizers with shea butter are excellent for dry skin.  Shea butter does not clog pores and even has some sunscreen benefits.
2.  Never leave home without protecting your skin from the sun:
  • The foundation of anti-aging skin is to protect it from the sun.
  • Wearing a wide brimmed hat and sunglasses is helpful, but not always practical.  When possible, cover up with long pants and long sleeves.
  • The sun's UVA (long waves that age skin) and UVB (short waves that burn skin) rays make your skin age quicker.
  • The ingredients listed as safe sunblock by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) are titanium dioxide and zinc oxide.  To prevent brown spots, wrinkles and most important, risk of skin cancer, use sunscreen every day.  
3.  Keep your skin clean
  • Some factors help you from aging sooner:
    - If you have olive or darker complexion.
    - You have oily skin versus dry skin.
    -  No matter what your skin type, it must be kept clean.
  • Use a gentle sensitive skin cleanser suitable for your skin type.
4.  Give yourself a regular home facial
  • When you're young, you shed old skin cells frequently, and new cells take their place.  With aging skin, it takes a lot longer for the dead cells to shed, and be replaced by new cells.  These old cells can clog pores and make your skin appear dull.
  • A weekly at home facial can not only save you money but allows you to use products you have found to be effective.  Spas use skin care they want to sell, and may be be the best for you.
  • An exfoliating scrub with fine pumice is gentle but effective in helping to remove those dead cells.
  • Facial mask with kaolin clay and dead sea mud is excellent for adding vital nutrients to your skin.
4.  Eat healthy foods that are approximately 35-40% protein, 35-45% carbs and 20-35% healthy fat per meal

5.  Stop use of tobacco products and excessive alcohol drinks.

6.  Get enough rest and relaxation.  Studies show fresh air, exercise and balancing work with play will show in your inner and outer beauty.

Best home facial

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

How to Naturally Stop Hair Loss & Grow New Hair in Women

Hair loss and thinning 
Hair loss, (also called alopecia), is normal up to a point.  According to the American Academy of Dermatology (, normal hair loss means losing 50-100 hairs every day.  However, if your hair is becoming more thin and bald patches are appearing, you may be experiencing more serious or permanent hair loss.

Causes for Hair Loss and Thinning

It's normal for men and women to experience hair loss.  Some may loose hair over time, but if it happens quickly, it may be due to hormonal changes, certain medical conditions and medications.  Once the cause is managed, hair will regrow.

According to, thyroid problems, autoimmune diseases, anemia can result in hair loss. They also list scalp infections, stress, and skin conditions as causes of hair loss.  Giving birth will cause hormonal changes , cancer therapy (radiation and chemotherapy), medications for depression, high blood pressure and heart problems, and heredity can all give rise to excessive hair loss.

Other causes include weight loss, too much Vitamin A, not getting enough protein and iron.  Anorexia (not eating enough) and bulimia (vomiting after eating) can also cause hair loss.

Even more obvious cause may be not washing your hair properly, how you dry your hair and even your hairstyle.

Easy Steps To Regrow Hair

Hats, scarves, wigs and changing your hairstyle to cover baldness may help.  But finding the cause and natural ways to regrow hair are better answers.  Of course, if infection or certain illness is the cause, treatment with medication may be necessary.  A dermatologist can determine if medication is necessary due to a medical condition, or if a medication is the cause, an alternative may be prescribed.

Step 1: Finding the Cause of Your Hair Loss

  • Are you on a yo-yo diet and perhaps not eating enough, or not eating a balanced diet?  A balanced diet includes 10 to 35 percent protein, 45 to 65 percent healthy carbohydrates and 20 to 35 percent fat of your total daily calories.

    Protein is made of amino acids. Essential amino acids are those your body does not make and non-essential are amino acids your body is able to make.  Essential amino acids are called "complete proteins" and are found in red meat, fish, and poultry.  Some plants, low fat dairy, nuts and soy also contain essential amino acids. By eating protein from a variety of food sources, you will get all the daily essential amino acids.    However, less red meat and more cold water fish is a better option.
  • University of Maryland School of Medicine ( website, includes certain foods that may be allergens, include dairy, wheat (gluten), corn, soy, preservatives, and food additives.
  • Excessive alcohol, tobacco and coffee may cause hair loss symptoms.
  • According to, years of wearing hair in a style that pulls the hair, such as a ponytail, cornrows, or braids can cause hair loss called "traction alopecia."

Step 2: Natural Remedies to Help Regrow Hair
  • The Journal of Dermatology published a small study with people who applied onion juice to their scalps twice a day. They saw hair regrowth in six weeks.
  • Biotin supplement can help with hair and scalp health. Biotin is also available in nuts, brown rice and oats.
  • B-complex supplements that include biotin and vitamin B6 may also help stop hair thinning and increase circulation to the scalp.
  • Other supplements with antioxidant vitamins of A, C, E, and trace minerals of magnesium and selenium are important for healthy scalp and hair.
  • L-lysine, 500 - 1000 mg daily, for hair loss has been suggested.
  • Always use healthy oils in foods, such as olive oil.
  • Avoid trans fatty acids typically found in crackers, cookies, and fast food restaurants.
  • Drink plenty of water, at least six to eight glasses.
  • Avoid frequent bleaching or permanents that damage hair. Harsh hair sprays, gels and shampoos (specially with sodium lauryl sulfate).
  • Hot blow dryers used daily tend to damage hair.
  • Avoid hairpins, hair clips and rubber bands that are used to hold hair tightly.
  • Be very gentle with your hair when it's wet.  When your hair is wet, breakage occurs more easily.
  • It always feels so good when getting a scalp massage from the hair dresser.  Why not give yourself a scalp massage.  This helps increase blood flow, and as circulation improves, nutrients reach the hair follicles.
  • Balance a stressful life with laughter and time for relaxation.  
Emu Oil for Hair Regrowth

Michael Holick, MD, Ph.D., Professor of Medicine and Dermatology at Boston University School of Medicine conducted a study that concluded "over 80% of hair follicles became active and began growing hair" after applying emu oil to the scalp.  The recommendation is to massage a small amount of emu oil to the thinning area of the scalp three times a day for at least 21 days.

It's very important to use emu oil that has been properly purified.  If not, it can be contaminated. Choose one with the seal of approval from the American Emu Association.  They mandate very strict guidelines and lab reports for purity of emu oil from manufacturers who are members.

Emu Oil for thinning hair

Sunday, June 29, 2014

How to Smudge Proof Your Makeup

Smudge-proof makeup tips
Summer heat and sweaty skin can cause any makeup to run down your face.  The following are easy tips to make your makeup stay-put and look gorgeous.

1.   You always should moisturize before applying makeup.  But moisturizing often promotes melting of eyeliner and even makes it hard to apply makeup.  During summer, opt for a oil-free moisturizer.

2. Use a primer.  Cleure Toner helps makeup stay in place.  Just spray on your face, and let air dry before applying makeup.

3.  Use a lipliner first, then your lipstick.  Blot your lipstick by pressing your lips between tissue paper.  This removes excess oil.

4.  Finish off by dusting on a rice powder on your face.  Mineral finishing powder not only helps your makeup stay-put, it also leaves your skin free of shine and flawless.

5.  To prevent your eyeliner melting and looking like you're ready for Halloween, try a loose mineral or pressed eye shadow powder to line your eyes.  Many eye pencils contain oils that may run down your face.  Use a thin brush made specially for eyeliner to to shape your eye brows.

6.  Another trick to keep your eyeliner from running down your face, is to apply concealer under your eyes.  This forms a barrier to help keep it in place.

7.  On hot days, cool your face with an ice cube to your face before applying makeup.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Simple Remedies for Sensitive Problem Skin

Remedies for sensitive problem skin 
If you have problem skin, you most likely also have sensitive skin. This means your skin may flare up with itching, redness and other symptoms with little effort on your part. Knowing and following a few simple skin facts, can help prevent sensitive skin problems.

The most important fact is that your skin absorbs what is applied to it, including skin care and cosmetics. You may only be experiencing one or two specific reactions on your skin or multiple. This article will help you learn about problem skin care and how to prevent sensitive skin from becoming a problem.

You're Not Alone
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), "It is estimated that more than 13 million people in the United States are potentially exposed to chemicals that can be absorbed through the skin.  Dermal exposure to hazardous agents can result in a variety of diseases and disorders, including skin diseases and systemic toxicity." These potentially irritating or even toxic ingredients may be in every day used skin care, personal care or cosmetics.

Warning About What's on Store ShelvesStores are filled with products promising clear, youthful, problem-free skin.  Once you buy, you realize it was just a pipe dream. All skin should be treated as if it's sensitive and very delicate.

The spaces between your skin cells are filled with substances such as fats, oils or waxes known as lipids.  Chemicals can penetrate your skin through these lipid-filled spaces as you apply a product to the surface of your skin.  A second way is that chemicals are absorbed from cell-to-cell. And a third pathway is through your body glands or hair follicles. Ingredients in products that are applied to your skin are absorbed as they are transported from the outer surface of the skin into the skin and the body via one of these three pathways. How much or how fast ingredients are absorbed depends on the following:
  • If your skin is damaged
  • How hydrated or dry your skin is
  • How irritating or hazardous the ingredient is
  • How often you apply the chemical or ingredient
Absorbed Irritating Ingredients 
Some of these irritating ingredients found in many brands include the following.  Environmental Working Group, a non-profit consumer advocacy group, has a more complete list on their website,  They list safer products on their Skin Deep website.
  • Salicylic acid
  • Retinol
  • Parabens
  • Plant extracts
  • Herbal ingredients
  • Essential oils
  • Sodium lauryl sulfate
  • Lanolin
  • Mineral oil
  • Petroleum based ingredients
  • Fragrance
Problem skin can include symptoms of:
  • Itching
  • Pain, burning
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Small blisters, pimples, acne
  • Dry, flaky, scaly skin 
There are a variety of types of problem skin:
  1. Contact dermatitis - If caused by an irritating ingredient (irritant contact dermatitis), your skin will appear inflamed whenever you use the product.  With an allergic contact dermatitis, the ingredient affects your immune system which is then triggered to respond causing symptoms to your skin. 
  2. Rosacea - Your skin may appear flushed, break out with pimples and appear red with this type of problem skin.  Dermatologists don't know the cause, but harsh acidic types of ingredients should be avoided.
  3. Burning and stinging - Again the cause is not known, but dermatologists know certain harsh ingredients contribute to burning and stinging.
  4. Acne - Oily skin with clogged pores can result in acne.  As dead cells build up and skin is not cleaned properly, bacteria builds up causing problem skin.
Simple Remedies to Help Reduce Problem Skin
To help improve problem skin, what you use and apply to your skin frequently is very important. Sensitive skin care products should be formulated to help bring about the health of your skin free of irritating and harsh natural or chemical ingredients.
  • Clean your face with a gentle cleanser suited for your skin type.  Wash gently and don't rub.  Remember your skin is delicate.
  • Moisturize with sensitive skin moisturizer.  
  • Protect your skin from the sun with a natural sunscreen (up to SPF 30 is all that's needed) that contains zinc oxide and titanium dioxide for active ingredients.  
  • Use mineral based cosmetics 
Cleure skin care and personal care products are gluten free, botanical free, salicylate free, paraben free and fragrance free to help bring about healthy, youthful, and radiant skin naturally.