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Whether you are blessed with clear skin or constantly battling with acne, oil or redness, a proper skincare routine is necessary to ensure your face remains flawlessly beautiful. Facial skin should be cleansed every morning and evening, as well as any time your face becomes dirty or sweaty. Although you may choose to use additional skincare products, the three main products are a cleanser, toner, and moisturizer. Once you understand how to properly cleanse, tone and moisturize your facial skin, the routine should take you only a few minutes per day.

Before using any product you have to as a matter of importance know your skin type to enable you to know what type of products to use. Then you can go ahead with the facial care process outlined below

Step 1

Soak the face with warm water, ensuring that all areas of the skin are wet. Although the water should be warm, it should not be too hot. Hot water can damage and dehydrate the delicate facial skin.

Step 2

Apply a small amount of facial cleanser to the skin. Use your fingers to gently massage the cleanser into your face in a circular motion. Avoid the mouth and eye areas. Continue cleansing for about 30 seconds and then rinse thoroughly with warm water.

Step 3

Pat the facial skin dry with a clean soft towel. Use the towel to gently blot away the water. Avoid rubbing the towel against the skin, which can harm the thin and delicate skin. Do not use a dirty towel; dirt and bacteria can easily transfer from the towel to your face.

Step 4

Soak a cotton pad with facial toner and wring out the excess liquid. Pat the toner-soaked cotton pad across your entire face. Pay extra attention to the forehead, nose, and chin if these areas are frequently oily and avoid the mouth and eye areas. Don’t be tempted to skip this step — toner removes residue, such as chlorine and minerals in tap water when used after cleansing and helps skin retain moisture.

Step 5

Squeeze a small amount of facial moisturizer onto your clean fingertips. Use your fingers to gently massage the moisturizer into the skin. When applying moisturizer around the eyes, use the tips of your ring finger to gently massage the cream into the skin. Choose a moisturizer that matches your particular skin type. For example, you may need a thick cream for extremely dry skin or a gentle formula for sensitive skin. For the day, use a moisturizer with a built-in sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher.

Tips:

Your skin type should help you determine the specific types of products you need. For example, people with sensitive skin often require products made without fragrances and harsh chemicals. People with dry skin often require gentle cleansers, yet thick moisturizers. People with oily skin should opt for products that gently exfoliate without using heavy oils.

 

Source: livestrong.com

By: Valerie Dei

Fashion is constant but your style is what you make of it. Your style tells the world about your personality and I do not think anyone will like to be referred to as boring. You can make your style fun by taking a risk once in a while. Take the bold step and wear what you wouldn’t normally wear.

  1. Wear one colour from head to toe

Yes I said to wear one colour from head to toe and of course, that is supposed to be scary but trust me it will look good if you show some skin that way you don’t look like a blueberry, tomato, orange, or other fruit.

  1. Take a break from wearing black

You could take a week break or less from wearing black and try on some bright colours. Stretch that fashion muscles

  1. Damn the price tag

Sometime when you go shopping do not pay attention to the amount on the price tag let your love for fashion drown your fear for the price. It’s only money. You’ll get more.

  1. Wear denim from head to toe

You can’t go wrong by pairing jeans with a denim shirt. You can even take more risk by adding a jean shoe and bag. Take the risk!

  1. Wear a jumpsuit instead of a dress to your next wedding

Wearing gowns to weddings is so cliché do something different by wearing a jumpsuit to the next wedding you are to attend. It might be a bit difficult to strip down and use the bathrooms but that is why they have locks.

  1. Rock that sequin dress during the day

While doing this limit yourself to a piece of sequin to avoid being too bright. Combine the item with more subdued pieces.

  1. Put on a pair of mismatched earrings

Your single earrings aren’t useless after all. You can pair two different earrings to make a fashion statement. Use a longer earring on one ear and wear a shorter one on the other ear. Do not bother if they don’t match, remember you are taking a fashion risk.

  1. Wear a cute suit outside the office

Traditionally suits are supposed to be worn in corporate settings, well here is the news flash you aren’t doing traditional this time around, you are taking the risk! So you are free to wear that suit to whatever function you feel like.

  1. Wear socks and sandals together

Just make sure that pesky toe seam is under your foot and not poking out the front of your sandal because that is not a cute look.

  1. Get married in a dress that isn’t white.

One unique thing about fashion is that it never forgets its old ways, in recent times fashion has experienced the return of old styles of the 70’s and 80’s coming back with full force in a splendid way.

No matter how ancient the style is, modern-day fashion knows how to make it fit into the trends of lifestyle.

One of these styles is the Bardot commonly known as off-the-shoulder or cold-shoulders. The Bardot style dates back to the Regency and Victorian era but it was not known as Bardot.

In the early to mid-1800 the likes of Napoleon’s empress, Eugenie, and her ladies took the off-the-shoulder dresses to the peak of fashion, wearing dresses designed by Charles Frederick Worth in 1855.

And in the 1960’s, the off-the-shoulder was named Bardot after the fashion icon Brigitte Bardot revived the fashion trend, and put her own twist on the style in the 1960’s.

Presently, the old off-the-shoulder which went extinct for a while but has become the new black in our current day fashion industry.

Off-the-shoulder is one the best outfits for the summer seasons, the styles give a free space from your neck down to your shoulder for the comfort of fresh air.

The good thing about the off-the-shoulder style is that it is suitable for almost every outing you can think about, starting from the office, to your normal hang out with friends and can be styled in different ways, from pretty tops with voluminous, ruffled sleeves to glam gowns, or even crop tops.

Off-the-shoulder can be worn comfortably on anything, whether the bomb shots, pencil trousers, skirts, baggy trousers and also the boot cuts are not left out, all you need do is wear what looks good on you.

Before now, everything that was once hot in the 90s is too cool for the 21st century but the reverse has become the case because the fashion industry recreates the style to suit almost all sphere of life and it is always amazing how the style appear after the finishing touches.

By: Staff Writer

Knowledge of colours and their combination is a very important factor when it comes to fashion. The right colour combination is what transforms a winter look to spring, spring to summer and so on. Also, every aspect of style revolves around colour.  For example hair color, makeup choices, fashion pieces, and more, all need to complement each other to achieve the desired result.

It is one thing to master your colour but it’s another thing to successfully combine colours while going against the rules of colour combination.

Here are some basic rules which will enable you achieve a flawless colour blocking technique.

  1. Avoid Prints

Combining solid colours with patterns is way too dramatic considering the fact that patterns call attention to themselves, whereas the goal of color blocking is to let the whole outfit work together. Stick with solid colors.

  1. Do Not Combine Too Many Colours

The fusion of two or three colours in a single outfit is just okay because when you have too many colours in one outfit they will start working against one another and that will be disasterous.

  1. Wear Your Neutrals

Sometimes the best approach is to pick one neutral and one bright color. Browns, grays, navy blues, and even white are easy to block against bright colors like yellow, green, or red.

  1. Memorize The Terms Complementary, Triad, Analogous

Should you steer away from neutral territory, the 12-tone chart below explains ideal groupings for brighter colors. Try two colors that are opposite one another on the wheel (complementary), two or three that are each four spaces apart (triad), or shades that are all beside one another (analogous).

 

 

  1.  Incorporate Your Accessories in the Colour Blocking Routine

You can also colour block with your clothing accessories e.g. watches, bags, backpacks, shoes and shoelaces, a belt, socks, et cetera. Try matching your socks with your shirt, your watch with your pants, or your laces with your shirt.

 

 

BY: SOPHIE BENSON

Shopping is so entrenched in our culture that the lines between want and need have become blurred. In order to keep step with the ever-quickening turnover of trends, we enter into a never-ending chase for the next new thing. We need a skirt to complement our new season shoes or a top with must-have statement sleeves. We need it to feel current, adequate and accepted.

So how do we redraw that line? A shopping break might be the answer.

Why a Shopping Break?

Taking a break gives you the space to reassess your relationship with shopping.

Shopping feels good. It activates our pleasure centers and causes ours brains to release dopamine. It’s a lovely chemical reward for doing something as simple as picking a dress from a rail and we chase that feeling. As with any unhealthy action-reward cycle, it needs breaking. Taking a break gives you the space to reassess your relationship with shopping. Whether you want to demote it from a habit to an incidental or elevate it from a socially obligatory pastime to a genuine treat.

Working Out Want Versus Need

When you have nothing but your own wardrobe to dip into you start to figure out what you really need. When I started my own shopping break, I started to panic at the thought of the things I might need during that time. There was absolutely nothing I truly required immediately; it was just my shopping-loving brain trying to wangle one last shop in the name of ‘need’.

In the past, I’ve told myself I need a fifth pair of trousers to finish my wardrobe or another new bag because it’s different to my others. Yet, over the last three months when I had no purchases to justify, all of those supposed necessities melted away and I was left with only two things that my wardrobe was genuinely lacking: a raincoat and a sun hat.

Remove the ability to shop and the majority of your needed items go with it.

When to Start

If you want to have your own shopping break, start now. Not tomorrow or on Monday. Now. When I realised I had bought five secondhand items in the space of just a few weeks, I stormed over to my diary and declared no more; marking the date three months from then. Just start. Don’t allow one last shopping trip or a buffer period. Now is the time.

 

What if You Really Need Something?

If you really, truly, genuinely need something during your break – say a shirt for an interview – don’t immediately fold. Instead, exhaust every possible option that isn’t going to a shop. Borrow or rent or swap. Get creative and explore other, more sustainable options that reflect the kind of person you want to be when the break is over.

Make Yourself Accountable

In order to cement my non-shopping status, I quickly wrote a blog post to publicly declare it. It’s much harder to break the rules when other people are there to uphold them. You definitely don’t have to tell the whole world, but a good friend who has your back can be golden for keeping you on track when you’re telling them about a brand new dress you need…

 

It Can Last as Long as You Want

I’m fresh out of my shopping break. It lasted three months; a completely arbitrary number that I pulled out of nowhere, but please be reassured that it flew by. There is no magic number, just make it long enough to make an impact on your usual shopping routine.

It Works

I now harbour a completely different perspective. Whereas once I would endlessly scroll through Depop and mindlessly pop into shops for nothing, in particular, I now have absolutely no desire to do so. I appreciate my wardrobe tenfold and I’ve lost that sense of consumer panic that descends when you see something beautiful for sale. I have my raincoat, I have my sun hat and I don’t need anything else.

When you come to terms with appreciating your wardrobe tenfold then you’ve lost that sense of consumer panic that descends when you see something beautiful for sale.

 

 

Keeping your skin pimple-free can pose a Herculean task. Besides finding the right product combination and figuring out when and how to apply each item, you can get stressed about your skincare regimen as you are about your breakouts. Consider this your IT list for the most powerful acne-fighters out there while you get ready to show off your gorgeous filter-free skin.

Salicylic Acid: The Superstar

This beta hydroxy acid is the gold standard ingredient since even sensitive skin can tolerate it. It works by reducing oil production and cleans out pores, says Dhaval G. Bhanusali, M.D. a dermatologist in New York City. He suggests a salicylic acid-based face wash like Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash Cream Cleanser, which provides pore-clearing benefits in a super gentle lather that won’t leave skin feeling stripped. He also recommends a spot-treatment like Neutrogena Rapid Clear Spot Treatment to zap zits on contact.

Vitamin C: The Glow-Getter

This antioxidant protects skin and shields it from environmental aggressors — including sun and pollution — to help it heal faster post-pimple. Vitamin C gives skin a healthy glow and a more even tone. Look for it on the label or in vitamin C-rich citrus fruit extracts such as grapefruit.

Exfoliating Granules: The Pore-Clearers

Boosting skin’s natural cell turnover helps prevents clogged pores. But if you over-exfoliate, it may cause the skin to not only become red and sensitive but also spur extra oil production…which may lead to more breakouts. Opt for gentle products and use them every other day or 2 to 3 days a week, depending on how sensitive your skin is.

Hyaluronic Acid: The Moisturizing Maven

This water-loving ingredient (it can hold 1000x times its weight in water!) won’t clog pores, making it the perfect hydrator for acne-prone skin. We know what you’re thinking: If your skin feels like an oil slick, you definitely don’t need moisturizer, right? Wrong. One of the most important aspects of lessening acne is making sure the epidermis, skin’s top layer, is healthy so it can keep bacteria, dirt, and pollution out. Hyaluronic acid is different from normal hydrators because it acts like a water magnet and maintains skin’s oil and water balance.

 Kaolin Clay: The Oil Absorber

“Clays are amazing for acne-prone skin,” says Dr. Bhanusali, who loves kaolin in particular because of its ability to attract oil and lightly exfoliate skin. How it works: All the acne-promoting gunk on your skin (dead skin cells, traces of makeup, and bacteria) clings to the clay. When the clay dries, you wash it—and the grime—away. Dr. Bhanusali’s pro tip: Apply a clay-based mask every Sunday night to start the week off right.

Benzoyl Peroxide: The Bacteria Fighter

Benzoyl peroxide kills off the bacteria that causes the inflammation, pain, and redness that often comes with a breakout. But it shouldn’t be applied to all pimples — only on those that are more blackhead-like or have a red ring around a white pustule. He recommends placing a touch of benzoyl peroxide plus a dot of over-the-counter cortisone on a Band-Aid and covering the spot overnight.

Argan Oil: The Nourisher

Yes, you read that right: oil for oily skin. “Even though argan is an oil, it doesn’t increase your skin’s overall oil production, so I have my patients apply it to their skin twice a week, especially if they are going through harsh acne treatments that dry out their skin,” Dr. Bhunasali says. Apply a couple of drops of the serum at nighttime and “you’ll wake up with skin that’s hydrated, and potentially diminished acne,” he adds.

Vitamin A: The Anti-Ager

Although vitamin A (A.K.A. retinol in OTC products, and retinoid when in an Rx form) is a hero for its ability to boost collagen production and therefore ward off wrinkles, it’s also an effective exfoliator, so it can keep pores clear. “Vitamin A is the single most powerful ingredient in dermatology,” says Dr. Bhanusali. Vitamin A helps with everything from acne to making pores appear smaller and fades redness and dark spots.

 

Source: cosmopolitan.com

People outside the fashion industry think the fashion industry is all bright and rosy and just about the production of the “cool stuff” but on the contrary, there is a dark side to the business. The fashion industry is responsible for a large percentage of pollution in the environment.

According to the Natural Resources Defense Council, the Chinese textile industry, which produces about half of the clothes people around the world buy, creates about 300 tons of soot (a deep black powdery or flaky substance consisting largely of amorphous carbon, produced by the incomplete burning of organic matter) each year. And a single mill in China can use 200 tons of water for each ton of fabric it dyes. Here are some steps towards making our closet more eco-friendly.

Chemical-free Wash

Detergents without chemicals are what we should purchase because they are more environmentally friendly and free from causing health challenges rather than buying those with harsh synthetic chemicals. They both do the same job. To save energy, wash on low heat and line dry.

If you need the help of a cleaner look for one that doesn’t use perchloroethylene (perc), a common chemical used by many traditional dry cleaners. It has been listed as a hazardous air pollutant by the Clean Air Act and a probable human carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer. 

Use Non-Toxic Paint

Have you ever walked into a small freshly painted room, gotten a headache and wondered what caused it? There is a high probability that the smell of paint is the reason. Indoor air is actually three times more polluted than outdoor air and it is seen as one of the top five hazards to human health. Paint fumes are bad for you, as well as the environment, and can be especially intense in small areas, such as your closet. When it’s important to make your closet an eco-friendly space, and you’re looking to put a splash of color on the walls, do yourself and the environment a favor by using non-toxic paint.

Buy locally

Buying locally does not just develop the community but reduces environmental pollution because making local purchases decreases transportation pollution. you do not have to fly around the world to build your wardrobe.

Get information about prospective brands

Whenever you buy a product you automatically give approval to the effort that was put into the production of that item and the environmental practices that were involved. You should find out whether the materials are organic, sustainable, or artisanally made and Look for companies that are transparent about their production processes. Getting information about brands will help us to go for eco-friendly and environmentally friendly products.

Discard properly

To cut down on waste, try not to throw away your clothes when you’re through with them. Instead, hold a swap meet with your friends or take them to secondhand shops and charitable organizations.

Know your fabrics

Hemp, Bamboo, silk, organic cotton, soy, and lyocell are just a few of the natural, eco-friendly fabrics on the market. Before you shop, it’s best to know the properties of each.