Popping Blackheads

Skin expert popping blackheads advice
Is popping blackheads a good idea is the question we will answer today since we get this question often from many women, teenagers and men that want to get rid of these unattractive skin discolorations that stretch the pores and are difficult to get clean.

What are Blackheads?

Blackheads show up when your skin is sending you a message that your pores are clogged. It's really that simple. The skin is the largest organ of the body and we need to take care of it just like any other organ. When the skin can't breathe, the dirt or makeup that is under the top layer of the skin (dermis), you will start to notice these small black marks that are typically circle shapes, just like your pores.

Men Want Great Skin Just as Much as Women Do!

Men want great skin just as much as women do.... even if they won't or don't tell you! If that sounds like you or your spouse, let's see if this sounds familiar to you and if not, how to know if you can help your man get great skin.

Last night I came home from work to find my handsome husband showered, shaven, lotioned and he had his face masque on, as he has small skin tag looking growths under his eye areas that he's been trying to shrink.

It's working. Since he's been using a china clay and mica mineral masque at least weekly, those skin tag areas are actually shrinking and he's super happy about it.

He applies a thin layer of the masque to his freshly washed face and then just leaves it on for at least 20-30 minutes as he watches his updates from Sports Center!

What are Brown Spots on Skin

Have you noticed that you are starting to get brown spots on the face, neck, hands, feet, back or other parts of your body and wonder what they are and if you can do anything to get rid of them? Are brown spots on skin the same for men, women and teenagers?

Let's explore what are brown spots on skin, where do they come from and how to get rid of them.

The skin is the largest organ of the body and contains melanin, which helps to determine the pigment or coloration of our skin. Many people with very fair and light colored skin have very small amounts of melanin, which helps to protect the skin from the sun and other injury.

The melanin is our skin helps to absorb the rays of the sun as a layer of protection. When the skin is exposed to years of the sun without the proper protection, the skin responds one way by producing brown spots.

Which Classic Beauty Icon Are You Quiz by DailyGlow

I just found this beauty quiz and thought it'd be fun to take to determine who my style is most like. Although they don't share the choices of who you could be most like, it was an interesting quiz and pretty much hit my style similar to Audry Hepburn.

Here are my results from this short and easy beauty icon quiz... Take it and see who you're most like or let us know if you totally disagree with the results you get.


Skin Terms

Are you wondering what some of those skin care terms are on the bottles of products you buy or if they're really important or not? Sometimes, it can feel like you need to have a specialized degree yourself just to know what you're reading on some of the labels of the most popular products.

Let's take a look at some skin information tips so that you can make the best decisions when buying skin care, body care, hair care, fragrance and makeup products. Three of the most popular skin terms used by cosmetic companies on products include dermatology tested, noncomedogenic and hypoallergenic.

Face Steaming and The Benefits of Steaming

 face steaming and benefits of steaming

Facial Steaming is a process of using the vapors created by heated water and can be used as a facial treatment to cleanse the face more thoroughly than a regular washing to get clear and radiant skin and to help with some problem skin issues. You've probably either seen a sauna or you've experienced the steamy heat that is produced and how great the skin feels afterwards. You may not own a sauna or have access to one and think you can only experience these benefits if you take your next vacation. You don't need a vacation to have a face steaming, you can do your own and you should probably do it more often!

If you are wondering how to do a face steaming and what the benefits of steaming the face are, read on to learn the steps involved to determine if this would be a good addition to your skin care regime on your way to radiant skin.
Let's get started with face steaming and learning about all the healthy facial steaming benefits:

Add a Paraffin Wax Treatment to your Manicure

You already know that the hands are one of the first places to show your age. Paraffin wax treatments are helpful for your hands and feet if you are having pain or stiffness from arthritis and other joint problems but, can also be very helpful as part of your at home manicure for very dry or flaking skin on the hands. People with eczema, rashes and psoriasis can also benefit from the warmth of a paraffin wax treatment. I like to add a paraffin wax treatment at least weekly as part of my manicure although you can safely use it daily without any problems at all.Men and women benefit from paraffin wax treatments and I'll add my brother and nephew showing off their hands soon!

If you're considering using heat treatment at home, you'll want to know the benefits of paraffin wax to determine if this is a good option for you or your family:  

Benefits of Paraffin Wax Bath at Home

Give Yourself a Manicure

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At least once a week and usually on Sunday or another day off, I like to give myself a relaxing manicure since it's one way to grow strong nails and make my hands look younger and great. The hands are one of the first places to show your age so by keeping the nails healthy with a manicure, it's one way to defy your age and to get radiant skin. If you're looking for how to give yourself a manicure at home to save money or just to save time without having to head to your nearest nail salon, try these tips for a manicure whenever you have time.

This is my routine for an at home manicure using my favorite products that hopefully you will find useful for yourself too.

Soak the nails:

Place a small amount of OPI Manicure Revitalize Effervescent Soak or your favorite nail soak in a medium sized bowl with warm water. Soak one hand at a time, allowing as much of the hand to be emersed in the solution as possible. This effervescent soak will help to clean and brighten the fingernails while it softens, hydrates and moisturizers the skin and nails. Keep soaking the hand until the water turns cool. Remove the hand and then make a new batch to soak the other hand using the same directions. Gently towel dry.

Soften Cuticles:
Apply a cuticle softener to help get strong nails and prevent cracking and splitting of the nails. Use a small amount and brush onto each nail bed and cuticle area. Blend in gently around the entire nail. Avoid cutting the cuticles since they help to protect the nails and without these important safeguards for your nails, you are more prone to infections of the nails. Gently push them back with a cuticle stick after they are softened.

File Fingernails:
I love the Polar Block nail buffer and file since it's easy on the nails, files without taking too much off and isn't too rough on my nails. Maybe I just haven't found an emory board or other nail file that isn't too rough but, for me the nail buffers work great. Take your time and gently file the nails to the length and shape you like best and buff the tops of nails. The polar block will help you to achieve a well shaped and white nail and also helps to remove any discoloration of the nail and smooths out any uneven ridges. Gently use a towel to remove any filing dust off the nails before polishing.

Apply a Base Coat:
A base coat will help to prevent splitting and chipping of the nails until your next manicure as well as to help grow strong nails. I find it helps my nail polish stay on much longer (10 days usually with a base coat instead of 4 or 5 days without using it). Brush on one thin coat of base to each nail starting at the center closest to the skin and working your way to each side of the nail. Repeat until all nails are coated, allow to dry thoroughly and then apply a second coat.

Apply Nail Polish:
Choose your favorite nail polish color, OPI has a huge selection of colors in fun, attention getting and conversation starting names! Choose a neutral color that will coordinate with most of your fashions if you don't want to have to change your polish often or just use the latest fahion colors inspired by celebrities!

Applying the nail polish color is the hardest part since you'll want a steady hand and even strokes. *Keep the wrist area flat on a table to help with a steady hand and avoid drinking too much coffee or other caffeine drinks before applying polish! Allow your manicure to dry completely naturally or use a nail dryer for faster drying.

Use a Top Coat:
One coat of top coat is usually enough to help to protect the nail polish and make it last longer, you may want two coats to make it even stronger. Use a shiny top coat if you like that look or use your base coat if you want a more natural or matte finish.

Add Hand Lotion:
Keep your hands soft and help to keep your freshly manicured nails moisturized after fully dry with a natural hand cream loaded with vitamins and nutrients. Make sure to use a hand cream or lotion that smells great, isn't greasy, absorbs quickly and is reasonably priced. Just a little should go a long way and when massaged into the fingers, plams and back of the hands, your hands will be soft, smooth and no one will ever know your age, or if you are young, you'll stay looking young and fresh. Keep a travel sized hand lotion with you at all times for quick touch ups during the day for dry and hard working hands.

Pamper yourself at least weekly and give yourself a manicure at home with these manicure tools. It's part of how to get radiant skin, by paying attention to your hands and nails. It's easy, fast and I hope you'll find these tips helpful. Add a hand scrub every now and then to your manicure routine to get rid of really dry skin.

Tip: Keep your cuticle oil/gel at your bedside and apply a small amount every evening before bed and each morning to keep your cuticles soft.

Got a manicure tip to share? Leave it in the comments for others and thanks for reading. Share with your friends that may want to know how to give a manicure.

Does Exercise Help Skin

You've no doubt heard of the benefits of exercise to help you lose weight by burning calories or to maintain your weight to keep you in great shape, exercise will strengthen your heart, muscles and keep bones strong, improves digestion and reduces illness and disease and you wonder does exercise help skin too?

Yes, one of the ways to get healthier skin, to help acne skin and how to improve your skin complexion is to EXERCISE!

Exercise helps the skin in several ways:

Should you wash your face at night?

Do you go to sleep at night without washing your face?

Many people hate to wash their face and end up just going to sleep leaving all the day's dirt, pollution, makeup and perspiration on.

For me, it's hard to fall asleep without washing my face and applying my moisturizer and eye cream at the very least. Maybe I've just become so accustomed to getting into my pajamas or comfy clothes and washing my face, brushing my teeth and prepping for bedtime that I'm used to it.

Even if I'm super exhausted and not wanting to take the time to do the whole facial routine, even a brief version of it, I can't seem to fall asleep with makeup on or without my favorite anti aging creams.

I'll toss and turn for the longest time before I realize that I haven't washed my face on the rare occasion that I haven't washed my face. Do you have trouble falling asleep too? Have you tried washing your face to see if that helps you to relax?

You should wash your face at night to keep your sheets and pillowcases clean too. Ever notice all the makeup that is on your favorite bedding if you don't take time to wash all that makeup off?

Sleep is that very important part of the day when our cells heal and rejuvenate themselves. Skin care products also work better during the night and are able to penetrate more deeply to the lower layers of skin.

Should you wash your face at night? Not washing at night is one of the worst things you can do to your skin. Most people that have acne and oily or problem skin are more likely to not be in the habit of washing their face every night.

Try washing your face before bedtime for that Beauty Sleep your body needs. You might be surprised at how much faster you can fall asleep without layers of makeup and dirt on your face and you'll prevent offering a breeding ground for more dirt and bacteria that help blackheads, whiteheads and pimples to continue.

Let me know if you try it and how it works for your skin care and for how it helps your sleep pattern. I'm guessing that you'll start to notice better sleep and better skin with this simple skin care tip.

How to Test Your Skin Type

Are you asking 'What is My Skin Type” or did you even know that there are several different skin types? Before we keep talking about care for dry skin, acne skin, oily skin, anti aging treatments and more, we need to talk about how to determine skin type' so that you know your particular needs.

If you are not getting the results you want in skin care products, take time to do this fast and easy skin type test and the results may surprise you.

Knowing your own skin type will assist you in knowing what to look for when shopping for skin care products so that you can get clear and radiant skin. Using the wrong type of products for your skin will not work as effectively as those that are made just for your particular type of skin. Using the correct products for your skin type will help to ensure you receive the best results but, first you need to determine your skin type. Here's a fun and easy way to do it.

Things You'll Need to Determine Skin Type:
scotch tape

Step 1

Start with clean skin:
In the morning use your cleanser, toner and moisturizer during your regular skin care routine as you always do. You might be using the wrong products right now but, it's best to start with super squeaky clean skin. We'll get you on the right path to your right products soon!

Step 2

Add Scotch Tape!

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Use a hand mirror and scotch tape to determine skin type.

I prefer a double sided magnifying mirror to really be able to see all your skin areas and flaws up super close. If you don't have one yet, get it today.

Wait approximately 20-30 minutes after you have cleansed your skin so the water is absorbed and before you apply anything else to the skin. Use a mirror to see yourself. Using a piece of scotch tape test a small area of each of your beauty points (the main beauty points are the forehead, chin, cheeks and nose) to determine dry, normal or oily or combination. Gently press the scotch tape against one area of the face for a few seconds and remove slowly and easily to avoid damaging the skin. Look at the sticky side.

Step 3

Determine skin type by reading the scotch tape results:

If the tape has small, flakey skin flecks on it, you're most likely dry skin type. Dry skin will easily come off with tape and also flakes throughout the day.
If there is noticeable greasy, moist and oily areas on the tape, you're most likely oily skin type. Oily skin usually also has large pores, pimples, whiteheads and blackheads.

Normal skin type will have no noticeable changes to the tape although there may be a moist area very small. Normal/oily will have some areas drier and others (usually down the nose and across forehead) that are oily. Normal/dry skin type will have some areas of dryness and flaking but, the difference will be that the whole face is not flaking or greasy.

Step 4

Combination skin type typically has oily areas along the T-zone of the face:

What is the T-Zone of the Face? The area across the forehead, down the nose and to the chin. These areas can also have larger pores, blackheads and even some whiteheads or simple pimples. When testing your scotch tape, if the T-zone area is more moist and greasy looking compared to the cheeks, you have combination skin.

Now that you know how to determine skin type, you can get the skin care that is appropriate for your particular needs, ensuring effective results and you'll be on your way to radiant skin that is glowing, clear and blemish free. Check out these best value skin care sets to get you started on the right products for you!

Share this fun and easy skin type test with your friends, they may be surprised to learn that there are different skin types and they all require different skin care products for the best results.

Skin Care Tips & Warnings
Change your skin care products as your skin changes, either due to climate, stress, diet or aging or when they no longer produce the results you are looking for.
Avoid tissue on the face, since it's made from wood and can scratch and harm the skin.
Avoid the delicate eye area when doing a skin type test.
Apply scotch type tape gently and easily onto skin and remove slowly.

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