Microbead-free Options

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Using my Conair Power Facial Cleanser with St. Ives Apricot Scrub Nail color: Jessie’s Girl Black Satin.

I’m sure you’ve heard that the senate has just passed the Microbead-free Waters Act of 2015 that bans the production of products containing microbeads. If exfoliation is part of your beauty regimen (and it should be) you may have products in your home such as body washes, scrubs and toothpaste that contain microbeads. You may have noticed that your favorite scrub is suddenly unavailable and that is because most major brands have already started to phase out their products that have microbeads, either way, it’s time to find other products to remove dead skin without killing ourselves and wildlife.

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St. Ives Apricot Scrub made with ground corn kernels and walnut seeds infused with apricot extract.

I use St. Ives Apricot Scrub by choice, not because I was aware of the dangers of microbeads; I like the consistency and texture and it works. I have used products in the past that contained microbeads but I didn’t feel there was enough of the exfoliation ingredient to make me feel it was buffing my skin.

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Lush Cosmetic’s Ocean Salt Face and Body Scrub has the ingredients for a mean cocktail.

Lush Cosmetics has taken a very public position on this issue in addition to making an all natural face and body scrub, Ocean Salt is infused with vodka in addition to sea salt and coconut.

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Microbeads are tiny plastic beads found in personal care products that are toxin magnets and non-biodegradable.

So, are you contributing to a very serious health and environmental problem? How do you feel about the microbead ban? What products do you use to exfoliate? Share in the comment section below.

 

Sunless Tanning Tips That Can Save Your Tan

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The perfect sunless tan.

A great spray tan makes you and your skin feel attractive and healthy. A bad spray tan does the opposite. Whether you get your golden glow at a tanning salon or at home, you want to avoid embarrassing tanning disasters like product running down your legs or splotchy spots on your arms. You don’t have to settle for an ok tan because you have chosen to avoid baking your skin in the sun and let’s face it, many will take their chances with traditional tanning because of the sometimes unattractive and unnatural results of self-tanning application. Here are a few things you can do:

Compatibility

Perform a test run before committing to a shade or product and if you are planning to tan before a big event, test a couple of weeks prior to the event. This gives the tan time to fade completely before applying the product again before the event. This way there are no surprises. You’ve seen the results of an ill-conceived tan, and you want to avoid joining those ranks.

Clean & Smooth

Before applying any tanning product, take a shower, exfoliate your skin, and remove hair (shave or wax). You want a smooth canvas for the product to adhere to that is clean, hydrated and free of body and product oils. Oily substances will prevent the tanner from sticking to the skin and working properly.

Give It Time

Avoid showering or bathing for at least eight hours after product application (overnight is even better) because it gives the tanner time to develop. The first shower after tanning should not be hot but lukewarm to avoid stripping off the color.

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Don’t forget the broad spectrum sunscreen.

Let It Fade

To avoid an uneven color, let the tan fade before applying a new one. If you want the tan to fade faster, exfoliation will speed up the process. To make your tan last longer, avoid exposing your skin to prolonged periods in the water. Also, pat not rub your skin dry to avoid rubbing tanning product off.

Additional Tips:

  • Wear flip-flops and loose-fitting, dark clothing after a spray tan application to avoid streaking.
  • If you are applying the tanner yourself, make sure you follow the directions carefully and have all the items you need before getting started.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask a friend for help if you are concerned about even application.
  • While darker skin is naturally better protected from the sun’s harmful rays, than lighter skin, it still needs to be protected. Everyone should use a sunscreen with a high SPF with UVA AND UVB protection.

101 Beauty Tips Every Girl Should Know – StumbleUpon

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Who doesn’t need beauty tips? A fool doesn’t need beauty tips, that’s who. When I say “beauty” I don’t necessarily mean makeup; it can be about how to improve skin texture and tone, or beauty alternatives found in the refrigerator.

My favorites:

91. “Balance out your shimmer. If you’re doing a shimmery eye, do matte lips”- Raychel Wade, founder of Cheek to Chic and La Prairie’s colour ambassador

79. During summer, “Its easy to forget that feet can get sunburned. Be sure to apply sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 50 when barefoot”- Dr. Leslie Campbell, DPM.

55. If you don’t have nail polish remover, apply clear nail polish over and then wipe off. It will remove old polish.

44.”You should always go to a hair-removal specialist, where waxing, laser etc. is their main business – don’t go to a nail salon for a wax”- Cindy Barshop, Completely Bare and Bravo’s RHONYC.

35.There are always cheap, natural and effective homemade beauty recipes.

23.”Don’t be too serious: It’s only Makeup! “- Francois NARS insists you play around with new colors.

18. If you choose to use false eyelashes, remember to use the dark glue as it will blend in with the lashes.

For the rest of the list visit:

101 Beauty Tips Every Girl Should Know – StumbleUpon.