Sunday, February 23, 2014

Makeup Tips to Hide Wrinkles

Youthful skin at any age
If you look in the mirror and see fine lines or wrinkles, like most, you want to hide or minimize their appearance.  Age, too much sun exposure and plain neglect of skin, can cause fine lines and wrinkles to appear. Besides Botox, there are easier, less expensive and less painful ways to hide wrinkles and look younger. Makeup will make a huge difference, however, how you use makeup is the key. The following guidelines will help you learn how to hide fine lines and wrinkles.

Plump Up Naturally
Unhealthy skin becomes thin and dry, which shows or accentuates wrinkles.  Making the skin look fuller, helps minimize them.  Anti aging skin care for sensitive skin with fruit acids and sodium hyaluronate together, act as a natural and safer way to plump up, versus Botox.  Sodium hyaluronate is found in connective tissue of our body to cushion and lubricate. It helps maintain water in your skin, which is the best way to hydrate and maintain moisture in skin.  Keeping your skin hydrated, prevents drying and getting wrinkles.  Sodium hyaluronate helps old surface skin cells to shed, and be replaced by new healthy cells.  The skin feels softer, firmer, smoother and healthier.  Fruit acids also help increase the thickness of deeper layers of skin, and this is how your skin feels firmer.  It also helps promote production of skin collagen and elastin.

Many anti aging creams include retinoid or salicylic acids, however, these ingredients can be very irritating, specially if you have sensitive skin.

Replace Old Skin Cells Regularly
Skin cells shed and are replaced with new ones routinely.  As we get older or don't clean properly, the old cells add up on the skin, causing clogged pores and an unhealthy complexion.  A gentle exfoliating scrub with fine pumice is an excellent way to remove old skin cells and allow new ones to surface.

If your skin is not healthy, it will not stay hydrated no matter how much moisturizer you apply.  Add weekly exfoliating to your skin care, and you'll notice a difference.  Follow with a facial mask that contains kaolin clay and dead sea mud to help make your skin become silky smooth.

Makeup Tips to Hide Wrinkles
  • Start with a cream concealer that matches your skin and using a concealer brush, lightly tap it on the wrinkles to hide them.
  • Next, using a kabuki brush dusted lightly with loose mineral foundation, apply to your skin to blend in the concealer.  This will avoid the "raccoon" look and give you an even toned, natural look.  Stay away from loose powders that contain corn starch, since they may cause clogged pores and allergies.
  • Applying too much foundation can accentuate wrinkles.  Whether you opt for a liquid, cream or loose powder foundation, apply it lightly.
  • Sweep blush on the apples of your cheeks for a more natural look.
  • Focus on your eyes and apply makeup to make them look natural, yet beautiful.  Keep your eyebrows shaped.
  • Complement makeup with your lipstick with your mood or what you have on.
  • Cosmetic rice powder used as a finishing powder hides wrinkles beautifully, minimizes shine, and helps keep your makeup stay on longer.
An Ounce of Prevention
Helping to prevent wrinkles is even more important towards maintaining healthy skin.  When skin is unhealthy, fine lines and wrinkles appear early.  Avoid skin care and cosmetics with harsh and irritating ingredients.  Keep your skin clean with a gentle soap-free cleanser and skin care products free of salicylic acid.  Always use a natural sunscreen that blocks ultraviolet rays with zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, and wear sun glasses.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

3 Steps to Youthful Skin While You Sleep

Most people in their 20s are very care free about skin care. Searching for the right anti aging skin creams, sunscreens and facials are typically just not a priority.  Like everything else in life, skin changes as we get older, and so do priorities.   
As we reach thirty, wrinkles may start to appear.  Don't be dismayed and upset about those fine lines starting to show or that have already appeared.  You can help rejuvenate your skin at any age, and slow down the aging process, during night time sleep.  Learn 3 simple steps below that can help transform your skin to a youthful glow, while you sleep.  

What We Know About Aging Skin
Aging skin tends to become more sensitive and:
  • thinner, making dark circles around the eyes more visible 
  • tends to sag
  • becomes dryer 
  • and of course, wrinkles appear 
How well you took care of your skin during your younger years, will affect how quickly or slowly your skin ages. Sun exposure, what you eat, smoking, alcohol, stress and your daily skin routine can all affect your skin health.

Skin Care While You Sleep
Aging skin needs care all year round.  Night time is an excellent opportunity to give an extra boost to your anti aging skincare.

What you want is your skin to:
1.  Be clean
  • First clean your skin with a gentle lotion cleanser.  
  • Make sure your cleanser is free of SLS (irritating soap ingredient).  A lotion cleanser will not dry your skin of natural oils.  Harsh irritating ingredients will bring about aging, sensitive and problem skin.
  • Removing dirt, makeup and environmental pollutants is vital to healthy, youthful skin.  A clean complexion removes dead cells and allows new cells to surface.
 What you want is your skin to:
2.  Become smooth and stay hydrated and soft.
  • Next moisturize with a night time deep anti aging moisturizer with anti-oxidants and alpha lipoic acid.  
  • These substances strengthen the skin's barrier wall and help prevent damage by fighting premature aging factors called free radicals.
 What you want is your skin to:
3.  Have an even skin tone, be firm and bright instead of dull looking.
  • Finish by applying a face or under eye repair gel with rebuilding properties of sodium hyaluronate.  This gently helps boost elasticity by promoting collagen and stimulating elastin to encourage new cells from surfacing.
  • Sodium hyaluronate is natural occurring and non-toxic and is a powerful anti aging ingredient in skin care.
  • As old cells accumulate on the surface, you'll notice clogged pores and a dull complexion. As new cells surface, you help minimize appearance of imperfections and skin appears radiant, 
  • Stay away from retinols in anti aging skin care.  Although it has anti-wrinkle properties, the most common side effect of retinoids is irritation which may result in on-going sensitive skin.  Your skin may turn red, flake, peel and become very dry. It can also produce sun sensitivity.









Thursday, February 13, 2014

Home Recipes for Gluten Free Household Cleaners

Non-toxic, gluten free household cleaners are difficult to find. To say the least it can be time consuming and daunting to find any in your store shelves. Making your own can save you money, time and is the healthier way to clean your house.

Basic ingredients for any general cleaning include:
- White vinegar
- Baking soda
- Cleure Face & Body Wash
- Rubbing alcohol or hydrogen peroxide

With a few variations, you can use these to clean your bathtub, floor cleaner, microwave, windows, or other surfaces.  By adding either rubbing alcohol or hydrogen peroxide, you can have an anti-microbial mixture.

Dish Soap
Fill a 8 oz plastic or glass bottle that has a dispensing cap or regular cap with the following:

Option 1 recipe:
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons hydrogen peroxide
  • 1-2 tablespoons, Cleure Face & Body Wash) 
  • 1 TBS Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda (in your laundry detergent grocery shelves)
Mix all ingredients.  Pour in squeeze bottle, and fill with hot water.
Keep by the sink, and use as needed.

Option 2 recipe:
  • 1 - 1/2 cup boiling water
  • 1/2 bar Cleure Glycerin Face & Body Bar (any of the 4 varieties), grated or shred in food processor
  • 2 TBS Cleure Face & Body Wash 
  • 1 TBS white vinegar
  • 1 TBS Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda (used as thickener)
Mix all ingredients with boiling water to dissolve soap. Once it's cooled, place in reusable squeeze bottle.

General Household Cleaning
For counter tops, floors, sinks and tub or shower use a spray bottle and fill with the following:
  • 1 cup vinegar
  • 1/4 cup rubbing alcohol or hydrogen peroxide
  • 1 TBS baking soda
  • 3 tablespoons Cleure Face & Body Wash
Mix and pour in 16 oz. squeeze or spray bottle. Fill bottle with hot water. Re-use as needed.

Fruit and Vegetable Cleaning Solution
Wash fruits and vegetables separately. Place fruits and/or vegetables in salad cleaner spinner. Add 1 cup white vinegar and fill the rest with water. Soak for approximately 10 - 15 minutes. Rinse well and spin to dry.

Spot Carpet Cleaning
Soak the spots that have been set in for some time, with a mixture of the following for approximately 10-15 minutes.  Test a small area first:
  • 1 cup vinegar
  • 1/4 cup hydrogen peroxide
  • 2 TBS baking soda
  • 2 TBS Cleure Face & Body Wash
  • For extra hard to clean stains, add 1 TBS OxyClean
Mix all ingredients. Pour in container and add hot water to fill.  Use clean brush to work into the carpet. Repeat until spot is removed.  Allow to dry, and vacuum area.  For new spots, no soaking is needed.   For portable or steam carpet cleaners, mix equal amounts of vinegar and water, clean according to manufacturer's instructions.

Laundry Detergent
This recipe is easy to make and you can use Cleure Glycerin Vanilla or Gardenia, to make your cloths smell fresh.  This recipe should be good for quite a few loads.  Keep it in a large glass jar with a measuring scooper in it, ready for your laundry time.  All the ingredients are available at your local grocery store.  Cleure Glycerine Face & Body Bar is sold through cleure.com.  If you want to experiment with the recipe to see if it really works for you, decrease the portions.
  • 1 cup of Borax
  • 1 cup Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda
  • 1/4 cup OxyClean
  • 1 Bars of Cleure Face & Body Bar (Unscented, or Vanilla or Gardenia)
  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 2 TBS hydrogen peroxide
1.  Grate Cleure Glycerine Face & Body Bar with cheese grater or in food processor.
2.  Mix all ingredients in large bowel.  
3.  Add boiling water to dissolve soap.
4.  Use 1/4 cup per laundry load.

Window Cleaner
  • 1/4 cup rubbing alcohol
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 1 TBS cornstarch
  • 2 cups warm water
Combine all ingredients in a 16 oz spray bottle and shake well.  Before each use, shake well.