Health & Style Institute Beauty Bites

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You’ve likely made plenty of promises to yourself already about what 2014 will hold, but did you include anything about amping up your beauty habits and routines? A new year is a great time for breaking bad habits, committing to healthy ones, and trying new things. Out with the old, in with the new.

Bad Habits

 

Probably at least once or twice, you have been guilty of this big beauty sin: Never ever go to sleep with your makeup on. No matter how sleepy you are. Get in the habit of doing your evening skin cleansing routine earlier in the evening, before you’re so tired that all you can muster is stumbling into bed… face grime and all.

Speaking of beauty sleep, they didn’t call her Sleeping Beauty without reason.  Sleep is your friend, both mentally and physically.  Your skin will never be its best without adequate sleep. At least 7 hours is recommended, but everyone’s needs are different.  Bottom line?  You know when you aren’t getting enough; adjust accordingly.

Do you find yourself unconsciously picking at your nails or cuticles?  Stop that! Now! Regular manicures can help.  And please, stop waiting until your toenails are in the worst shape possible to get a pedicure. There’s no reason to scrimp on these essential beauty services when you can get them done so reasonably and at huge savings at Health and Style Institute.

Good Habits

To keep skin glowing:

  • Exfoliate your body at least once a week. Exfoliate your lips occasionally too, to keep them ready for that bright lipstick.
  • Lotion up after a hot bath or shower — every single time.
  • Drink water. Lots and lots of water.
  • Have a day – or several a month — without a speck of makeup.

 

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To keep locks looking lovely:

  • Use a clarifying shampoo every once in a while.  In winter, it’s better to avoid products that create buildup and clarify less often.
  • Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize. Depending on your hair type, condition, chemical treatments you use, and time of year, how often will vary.
  • Do not brush your hair when it’s wet. The thin, narrowly spaced bristles in a brush can snag and break wet hair.  Instead, use a wide-toothed comb.

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Try New Things

 

Even if you have your beauty staples whittled down to a T, branch out, and try a few new products. Do you wear the same lip shade every day?  Many who have a drawer full of shades that run the gamut of the rainbow, tend to be creatures of habit and stick to one or two.  Changing it up is such a simple way to brighten things up, especially when the weather’s so dull outside.

Or try a slight wing or different color with your eyeliner.  It’s amazing what a big difference such a small thing can make!

 

Your haircut, style, or color may not be doing you any favors in the youthfulness department. You can pile on all the anti-aging skin care products you want, but when it comes to looking 10 years older—or younger—than your actual age, it’s your hair that makes all the difference. Your hair is one of the first things people notice when they meet you. Your crow’s feet?  Not so much.  Even grey hair can be youthful when cut and styled the right way. Meanwhile, even if you have really pretty brown, blonde, or red color, a bad haircut will age you.

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If you’re ready for a haircut, style or color change, come see us at Health and Style Institute. Not only will we help you find just the right new look for you, you’ll save money too with our New Year’s special, “Our Solutions to Your Resolutions”: Get a Free Haircut and Blowdry/Style with Color Service. Good through 01/31/14.

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Are You a Cosmetics Clown?

The sexiest makeup is the application that enhances your natural beauty, not SCREAMS, “I’m wearing a ton of makeup!”  Exaggerated or sloppy lip liner, clumpy mascara, and caked foundation, are for the stage, not every day life.  Following these tips can help you be a makeup maven, rather than mishap.

Along with spandex and big hair, dark lip liner with light lip color is one look that should have stayed in the 80s. Choose lip liner in a shade close to your natural lip color. Line and color in your pucker, then top with sheer gloss.  If you use dark liner, like a red or berry shade, fill in your mouth completely, and then top with clear gloss, not a light lipstick.  And remember what you learned in kindergarten still holds true: Coloring outside the lines is sloppy. Don’t extend beyond your natural lip line.

The “cat-eye” (or Cleopatra) effect with eye makeup is sultry, but not if you go overboard.  Extend the line no farther than a quarter inch past your eye (or just a tad bit farther for a more dramatic look), and at the outer edge, subtly slant the line upward.

For long, clump-free lashes, before you apply, wipe the mascara wand against the opening of the tube to get rid of any excess.  Wiggling the wand from side to side, from the base of your lashes to the tips, is the way to avoid clumps.  If clumps remain, before the mascara dries, comb through your lashes with an old toothbrush or an eyelash comb to separate them and get rid of the gunk.

Suffocating your skin with a heavy cover-up will only draw attention to the problem you’re trying to hide. Instead, try these tricks: For fine lines: Mix in a little moisturizer with your foundation, which will prevent the formula from seeping into the lines.  For blemishes: Mineral makeup can give great coverage for pockmarks and acne.

Do Your Locks Resemble a Witch or Scarecrow’s?

 

Heat can be one of your hair’s biggest foes.  Styling tools (i.e. flat irons, curling irons, blow dryers) apply high levels of heat directly to the hair. Unprotected hair or hair that is subjected to such heat will eventually have its cuticle layer damaged by the excessive heat. The cuticle layer covers the shaft of the hair strand and protects your hair fibers.

For hair that is already heat damaged to the extent of split ends, and broken hair, regular trims are essential… and the only effective means of remedying those issues.

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Once you’ve gotten rid of those split ends and have begun a good hair care regimen, prevention against further or ongoing damage is key.  If you must use heat, use a heat or thermal protector, which work by forming heat absorbing polymers around the hair. Many thermal protectors also use protein as reinforcement against protein breakdown in the hair by heat.

Cutting back on how often you use heat styling helps.  Your Health and Style Institute stylists can show you other options for styling your hair, and still look fab; from braids, casual updos, and making the most of your own hair texture and body with the right products and regular trims and shaping.  Call us today for help to keep the ghoulishness out of your glam!