Category Archives: Skincare How-Tos

How To: Wax Your Upper Lip

How to Wax Your Upper LipYes, it’s embarrassing and kinda funny, but almost every woman has at least a little peach fuzz on her upper lip. The truth is, you probably notice it more than anyone who’s ever seen you. Women with dark hair on their upper lips have tried everything in their efforts to hide it (powder, concealer, overdrawn lip lines), and it often works better than you think. Still, if the hair’s too much for you, here’s some tips on removing it.

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Beauty, Defined: What Are Emollients?

Emollients for soft glowing skin moisturizing-Tips-For-a-More-Beautiful-Looking-Youe·mol·li·ent (eeMOHleeyent) n. A mixture of oils from animal, vegetable, or mineral sources found in most moisturizers and body creams that soothe & soften the skin, protect it from dryness, and even reduce inflammation. Emollients help to restore the skin’s moisture balance by forming a protective film, trapping moisture in the skin so that it can’t escape. (They sound a little evil, don’t they?) These ingredients are a necessity for those with eczema.
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Beauty, Defined: What Are Liposomes?

Beauty Defined What Are Liposomesli·po·somes (LY-poh-zohms) n. tiny balls of lipids (fats) derived from a mixture of water and phospholipids that deliver moisture to the skin and are used in moisturizers. Because of their small molecular size, they are able to penetrate the cell wall particularly well. They are also able to absorb water-soluble nutrients and vitamins.

Liposomes are not active themselves, but are believed to function in creams as carriers of various encapsulated active substances that otherwise could not penetrate the skin’s fatty layers. Once applied, stored nutrients and vitamins are theoretically released into the skin or hair.

However, there’s some argument that liposomes are ineffective because scientists speculate that they break down when they hit the skin’s surface, before they can aid in having active ingredients penetrate the skin. Skin is intended to act as a protective barrier – designed by evolution to keep us safe from the elements of the world that might damage us. Because of this, it’s more difficult than beauty advertisers would like you to think for their ingredients to penetrate and rejuvenate this protective barrier.

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Beauty, Defined: Titanium Dioxide

Beauty Defined Titanium DioxideYet another beauty term you probably don’t know, but that likely touches your face every day: titanium dioxide. Sounds scary, doesn’t it? Not so much! Read on and don’t be afraid.

ti·tan·i·um di·ox·ide (ty-TAY-nee-um di-OX-ide) n. An ingredient found in many mineral makeup and skincare products, titanium dioxide is a naturally mined mineral considered to be a very effective sunscreen.

Titanium dioxide protects skin from sun damage by reflecting the sun’s rays. Its light reflecting qualities are only surpassed by diamonds! It also offers full coverage and helps makeup stick to your skin.

Three cheers for titanium dioxide! It just goes to show it doesn’t have to sound pretty to make you pretty.

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