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Get Rid Of Blackheads

Contrary to popular belief, blackheads are not caused by dirt, they are caused when excess sebum and dead skin cells block up a pore, so repeatedly scrubbing your face clean will not do a lot of good. In fact, if you wash your face too often, it will cause your skin to create even more sebum, so the blackheads will just come back again. That’s not to say that you should never wash your face again! Just don’t overdo it. If blackheads are a persistent problem for you, here are ten tips that will help you get rid of blackheads, and keep them away for good.

1. Use an oil free cleanser

While over-washing can be counterproductive, you still need to keep your skin clean and do what you can to avoid too much oil building up. Use an oil-free skin cleanser, twice a day, and pay particular attention to the oily zones on your face. After you have cleansed your face, use an oil-free moisturiser, and that will stop your skin drying out.

2. Keep everything clean

As well as keeping the oil on your skin to a minimum, you also need to be aware of the oil you might be picking up from other places. Your pillowcases, for example, can trap oil and sweat in them and then it will transfer back onto your face. Keep anything that comes into contact with your skin clean, and that includes your phone as well.

3. Exfoliate regularly

You shouldn’t try to use exfoliation as a means to scrub the blackheads out of your skin, because that would just make your skin sore. You should, however, exfoliate regularly, as a way to keep dead skin cells from blocking up your pores. Use a gentle exfoliator twice a week and that will lift dead skin cells and help to keep blackheads at bay.

4. Steam

Another good tip on how to get rid of blackheads is to use facial steaming, it is a very effective way of removing excess oil and dirt. It also softens the skin and opens up the pores, which will make it easier for any blocked pores to be cleaned out. Simply hold your head over a bowl of steaming water and let the steam do its job. If you do that every two weeks, it will keep blackheads to a minimum.

5. Bentonite clay

Next tip on how to get rid of blackheads is to use bentonite clay, it does a wonderful job of drawing the oil and impurities out of the pores, whilst at the same time, nourishing the skin with minerals. To make a bentonite face mask, just mix bentonite clay with water to make a paste. Apply the paste to your face and leave it to dry for fifteen minutes and then rinse off with warm water and moisturise.

6. Honey and cinnamon pore strips

You can make your own homemade pore strips with honey, cinnamon and a few strips of clean cotton. They are great for pulling out blackheads, and they are antibacterial as well, so they will stop infection setting in. Make up a paste of equal parts honey and cinnamon powder and apply that to your skin. Lay a piece of clean cotton over the paste and leave it for 5 minutes. When you pull the cotton strips off your skin, blackheads will come out with it and your skin will be lovely and clean.

7. Egg whites

Another tip on how to get rid of blackheads is to use eggs. Egg whites will help reduce excess sebum in the skin they will also tighten the pores, which can help force blackheads out. Just whip up two egg whites, apply it your face, and leave it on for 10 minutes before you wash it off again with lukewarm water. Egg whites also contain loads of protein, so, as well as helping to get rid of blackheads; it will also nourish your skin and leave you with a healthy looking glow.

8. Baking soda

We have already mentioned that exfoliating can help you get rid of blackheads, but you don’t want to use anything that’s too course, or it will aggravate your skin and make it sore. That’s why baking soda is so good for this job, because it is very fine. Just mix baking soda into it a paste and gently massage your skin with it. It will lift dead skin cells and clean out the pores.

9. Lemon juice

Another fabulous tip on how to get rid of blackheads is to use lemon juice. The citric acid in lemon juice will break down dead skin cells and clean out blocked pores. Cleanse your face first and pat it dry. Then, dab some fresh lemon juice on the skin and leave it on for about ten minutes before you wash it off again and moisturise.

10. Green tea

Green tea is another home remedy that you can use to clear up blackheads. It breaks down the sebum and clears out the pores. Steep two green teas bags and allow the tea to cool until it is lukewarm. Dab the tea on your face with cotton wool, and leave it on for ten minutes. Repeat that once a day and you will soon notice a reduction in the number of blackheads that you get.

Should You Know About Korean Beauty Secrets

If you’re fashion, style, or beauty obsessed like us, you’re probably aware that Asia is often a decade ahead of the western hemisphere when it comes to trends and products. Pastel hair colors have hit the Internet hard, but they’ve been popular in Japan for years! Recently, no country more so than Korea has dominated the beauty and skincare game. Every company from Sephora to Chanel has started picking up the Korean beauty trends to make them ubiquitous and chic. If you aren’t familiar with the fabulous pampering of the Korean beauty regime, then relax, throw on a sheet mask, and keep reading!

Sheet masks

You’ve probably seen them all over Instagram, or sold individually packaged at the aisle-of-wallet-emptying in your local Sephora. Sheet masks are face masks that come prepackaged and evenly spread onto thin pastel paper. Just like any good mask, some exfoliate, some rejuvenate, and some moisturize – but all of them make you feel like a queen. They’re so easy to use, too – unfold, smooth over your skin, take a few selfies, and watch an episode of the Bachelorette. Rinse, and just try to stop touching your rose-petal-smooth skin!

Soft, straight eyebrows

The popular Korean eyebrow is very different from the arched, sharp ‘Instagram’ brow that was brought into the spotlight by celebrities like Kim Kardashian. Instead, Korean makeup gurus prefer a very soft, straight, and full eyebrow. These brows are created with a pencil, and often are ashier in color. It’s important to use small strokes and build slowly – the goal is to keep your brows looking as natural as possible.

Double cleansing

This is another one of important Korean beauty secrets. Korean ladies take the care of their skin very seriously, and part of that skincare involves very regimented but gentle cleansing methods. Double cleansing is exactly what it sounds like – cleansing twice. Korean cleansers are often oil-based, and the first cleanse is meant to remove makeup and dirt, while the second is to gently exfoliate. Because of the oil, double cleansing won’t strip skin of its natural moisture barrier, and will leave it feeling supple and smooth. Always follow up with a good moisturizer!

Lip stains

Lip stains are certainly nothing new to us – ancient Romans were applying ‘stains’ made of berries as lipstick and rouge for centuries! However, the Korean method is very unique – it involves creating a gradient. This trend is called ‘bitten’ lips, and requires concealer around the edges of the lips with a soft lip stain at the center, blended outwards. It creates a very natural-looking finish, and won’t get all over your wine glass!

Sponge blush and foundation

Another one of Korean beauty secrets is sponge blush and foundation trend. We’re obsessed! Here’s the concept: instead of your blush or foundation being packaged as a liquid, powder, or mousse, it arrives (always with the cutest packaging) as a cushion – just like stamp ink cushions! Pressing the cushion releases the product, and you can use any tool you like to apply on your face. The best thing about this packaging method is the buildable product, and ‘less is more’ mentality surrounding it. Your skin will have the most refreshing dewy glow (glowing skin is a keystone of Korean beauty), and you’ll never look cakey again.

BB cream

BB cream, aka Blemish Balm or Beauty Balm infiltrated the North American and European beauty markets a few years ago – and no one has looked back since. In case you’ve been hiding under a rock somewhere, BB cream is a magical blend of lightweight moisturizer and foundation. And sunscreen, and toner, and primer, and serum. Yeah, it basically does everything. When applied, it creates a light, even coverage on your skin without making it look less like…well, skin. Your entire natural glow still shines through – which is the best part about it, in our humble opinion.

CC Cream

This is like BB cream, but more intense. CC cream has moisturizer, and heavier tinted coverage, but it also is chock-full of exfoliants and skin-saving vitamins. The most important distinction, though, is that CC often stands for Color Corrector – CC creams often have a color correcting elements to battle redness from blemishes, or under eye circles. Both BB cream and CC cream vary from brand to brand, so it’s important to test out a few, grab some samples, and find your favorite.

Essence

Next one of Korean beauty secrets is essence. Korean skincare is so futuristic; it has products you’ve (probably) never even heard of! Don’t worry, essences are simple and totally useful. Basically, an essence product is meant to encourage cell regeneration and exfoliate very gently. It’s meant to be used after cleansing, and it hydrates, exfoliates, brightens, and firms. Sort of like a toner, but way better!

Sunscreen!

Korean beauty centers around taking incredibly good care of your skin – and that includes keeping it protected from UV rays. Brands like Shiseido and Biore have incredible lightweight sunscreens (with both a high UV index and PA) that are non-comedogenic and sit beautifully under makeup. Often, many BB and CC creams come with sunscreen already included, but it never hurts to add a little more! We think any shade of skin is beautiful, and every shade needs to be protected from the sun on a daily basis – even when it’s overcast.

Puppy-dog eyeliner

And finally, one of popular Korean beauty secrets is puppy-dog eyeliner. This cute and quirky eyeliner style mirrors the winged cat-eye liner that is all the rage right now in other parts of the world. It follows a very similar premise – thin, crisp eyeliner on the top lid that wings outwards. However, while a cat-eye wings upwards, the puppy-dog eyeliner wings slightly down! It’s a cool way to create a different expression and look, and is a very nice subtle way to wear eyeliner.

Natural Skin Care Ingredients For All Types Skin

Many modern skin care products contain ingredients that are toxic and harmful, but it is usually in such small quantities, that people don’t take a lot of notice. The problem is, though, with continual use of manufactured skin care products, those toxins can accumulate in the body and do some real harm. When you buy skin care products, you should pay as much attention the ingredients as you would when you buy food and it is advisable to look for products that contain natural ingredients, rather than chemicals and processed ingredients. In fact, the safest things to apply to your skin are things that you would be happy to eat. Here are ten of those perfectly natural ingredients that are safe to use on your skin.

1. Apple cider vinegar

The use of apple cider vinegar in skin care goes all the way back to around 400BC, when Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, used apple cider vinegar and honey to treat infections. Apple cider vinegar has antibacterial properties and it can be used to cleanse and tone the skin. It also contains vitamins and minerals that make it a good detoxifying agent when taken internally.

2. Sea salt

Sea salt is another one of great natural skin care ingredients, it is loaded with minerals, such as sodium, calcium, magnesium and potassium, which are the same minerals that are found in the skin. That means that sea salt can be used to rejuvenate and protect the skin. You can use sea salt in face masks, toners and scrubs. Sea salt also contains anti-inflammatory ingredients as well, so it will reduce redness and soothe breakouts.

3. Avocado

Avocado is one of the best fruits to use as a natural skin care ingredient. It contains loads of natural hydrating oils and it is high in vitamins A, D and E. You can use avocados in face masks and it makes a very good sunburn treatment too. One of the reasons that avocado is so good for the skin is that all those beneficial vitamins and oils are very quickly and easily absorbed into the skin.

4. Honey

You can use raw honey as a moisturiser or as a facial cleanser and it makes a great ingredient for face masks too. Honey is a natural humectant, so it locks moisture into the skin, and it also has antibacterial and antifungal properties. The best type of honey to use for skin care is raw honey, because that will not have been heat-treated, so it will contain more of the nutrients and active ingredients.

5. Coconut oil

Coconut oil is another one of the amazing natural skin care ingredients that has a huge range of uses and benefits. You can use coconut oil to moisturise, cleanse, protect against razor burns, reduce inflammation, and fight infection. This wonderful natural skin care ingredient has antioxidant, antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal properties, so this is definitely one to add to your stock of natural skin care products.

6. Aloe vera

Aloe vera is much more than just a sunburn treatment; it has many different uses in skin care. Aloe vera gel has a wonderful cooling effect on the skin and it can be used to reduce inflammation, treat skin conditions, moisturise, and fight fungal infections. The other thing that not many people know about aloe vera is that it also helps the body detox, even when it is used topically.

7. Almond oil

Almond oil smells wonderful and it also has many uses in skin care. You can add it to homemade lotions, face masks, or facial washes and it’s a really good carrier oil to use with essential oils. Almond oil has antiviral, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties and it also works as an antiseptic. It’s great for treating dry skin, acne and skin rashes.

8. Shea butter

Shea butter is extremely good for treating dry and flaky skin. You will find shea butter used in many store-bought skin care products, but why pay the extra price? Just add a few drops of your favourite essential oil to natural shea butter and you will have a sweet smelling and highly effective moisturising lotion for a fraction of the price, and you will know exactly what is in it.

9. Lemon essential oil

Lemon essential oil has many uses in addition to skin care. This versatile oil can be used to treat cellulite, freshen up laundry, or it can be used as a household cleaner. When it is used on the skin, it will fight bacteria and infection, reduce acne, brighten up the skin and it will fade scars, age spots and blemishes.

10. Tea tree oil

Tea tree oil has been used for centuries in Australia as a natural skin care ingredient. It is especially good for treating acne and it doesn’t have the same harsh drying effect that commercial acne treatments do. Use tea tree oil mixed with a carrier oil and it will reduce inflammation and fight the bacteria that cause acne.

Avoid Mistake That Make You Look Older

None of us want to look old before our time. But could you be making mistakes that are ageing you faster than you’d like?

Picture the scene: You’re excited about the prospect of a night out. You’re busy getting ready, applying your make-up and you can’t wait to meet the girls for a few cocktails. And who knows? Maybe you’ll meet a guy tonight.

But then you look in the mirror as you straighten up your dress and notice that you look kinda old. Weird.

You take a few selfies to gather a bit more evidence and it’s true – you do look older.

WHAT?

How can this be?

Annoyingly, as we set about making ourselves look attractive and youthful with our make-up, we can actually end up making ourselves look older by mistake.

Makeup can make you look good. But it can also make you look significantly older. So unflattering! Let’s take a look at the 10 mistakes that make you look older.

Wearing Foundation Which Isn’t A Match For Your Skin

This is a big no-no if you don’t want to look older than you really are.

It’s also a big no-no if you don’t want to look kinda weird.

If you’re too light with your foundation of choice, it can make your skin look lifeless and flat. Worse still, it won’t look natural at all. Instead, it will look like your makeup is just floating on top of your skin. As a consequence, it adds years to your true age.

Similarly, if you go in the opposite direction and go to dark, your features won’t be highlighted. Instead, you’ll be adding a heaviness and dullness which ages you.

Our tip is to blend in your foundation carefully. Just tap it softly and make sure that you don’t go any darker or lighter than your natural skin tone.

Going Without Primer

Primer turns your skin into something flawless. You can then apply foundation with confidence. Primer “primes” your skin. Without it, you could be doing yourself a massive disservice.

Using Too Much Concealer Under Your Eyes

Okay, so you’ve got a few dark circles under your eyes that you want to get rid of. That’s fine, and we know that nobody wants those dark circles. But if you apply too much concealer, you might find that you’re actually drawing too much attention to the fine lines and crepiness that was there first.

It’s a much better idea in this situation to use a brush-on highlighter pen that will camouflage your dark circles in a very subtle way.

Applying Lipstick That Is Just Too Dark

It’s a sad fact of life that, as we age, our lips lose some of their definition. To make sure we retain at least the illusion of definition, we need to apply lipstick which adds some fullness.

Dark colours don’t add fullness. Rather, they do the exact opposite and make our lips appear smaller, less highlighted and even less defined. Not cool.

We recommend that you opt for pink, coral or mauve tones, while perhaps doubling up with a layer of gloss, too. You might baulk at the idea of lip gloss and protest that you haven’t worn it since the high-school dance. But gloss serves a really good purpose – it adds a shine that promotes youthfulness.

Some of you might prefer darker lipsticks. It’s okay. We’re not saying that you have to give up your love darker tones forever. Just try to go for a less heavier texture and avoid matte finishes, as these will create flat, unflattering tones that linger.

Ending With Powder

If you want to stay looking young, your skin needs to reflect light. If you apply powders, light reflection is prevented. Worse still, you’ll probably be magnifying lines in your skin.

A lot of us finish with powder. If you’re one of them, it’s time to stop! It might be hard to go cold-turkey on this one straight away, so our advice is that you first start using a translucent powder, before applying it to your chin and nose only at first.

Then, you can start using a pack of blotting tissues instead.

Black Eyeliner

You definitely don’t need to ditch eyeliner altogether (and where would some of us be without it?). But black eyeliner makes you look older than you really are. It’s just so harsh.

Brown is a better option. It’s softer, more diffuse, and doesn’t define your eyes with strict lines. Instead, it defines them with blending and softness.

Moreover, thick liners have a tendency to leave your upper lids looking really heavy.

You’ll see 18-year-olds posing for selfies in thick black eyeliner all the time, and it makes them look about 22. That’s fine if you wantto look older.

Black Mascara

Black mascara too. Brown is better than dark, as it looks more natural.

Too Much Lip Liner

Ladies, you know what it’s like with lip liner. Once you’ve started to apply it, you just can’t stop.

Lip liners are very good at defining your lips, but you must choose a liner with a lot of care. If you apply too much liner, your lips will look pursed and tight. You’ll get the same results if the colour is too dark.

Always choose a liner that matches your lips colour. Don’t try to match up your lipstick’s colour.

Skipping Lip Liner

Perhaps you don’t even apply lip liner at all, in which case you’re also making a big mistake.

Without lip liner, the thin lines around your mouth can be really noticeable, and we develop these lines as we get older. Liner that matches your lip colour will lock in colour all day, ensuring that your lines are hidden away.

Glittery Eyeshadow

A lot of us just love to experiment with colours when it comes to eyeshadow, but it can add a few years to our face. How? It draws attention to our dark circles and saggy eyelids!

Coffee To Your Beauty Routine

Addicted to coffee? Want to explore more ways to get even more use out of coffee? In this article, we take a look at 10 ways you can add it to your beauty routine.

It surprises everyone when we first tell them that we use coffee as part of our beauty routine. The conversation often goes a little something like this after we’ve revealed our unusual beauty secret.

“You mean your morningroutine,” they correct us.

“No. Beauty routine,” we happily insist.

“Morning routine!” they exclaim.

“Beauty routine!”

“OMGGGGGG!”

“Sounds to us like someone hasn’t had their morning coffee.”

There will remain haters and doubters when you tell people you prefer to apply coffee topically rather than just drink it. Yes, it sounds unusual. But the best-kept secrets in beauty often are unusual. And it’s always the adopters who are willing to get on-board with something different that stay looking young, healthy and gorgeous.

Let’s take a look at 10 ways to add coffee to your beauty routine.

Coffee Can Exfoliate Your Scalp

Why do we exfoliate our scalps? Because if we don’t, dead skin cells amass and wreak havoc, creating dandruff and itchiness. Not cool.

So because we absolutely hate dead skin cells (like really hate them), we at Beauty and Tips exfoliate our scalps with coffee.

Ground coffee works as a fab exfoliator indeed, and it also gives your hair back its healthy shine.

All you need to do is take a third of a cup of ground coffee and apply it to a your wet scalp. Then, massage for around a minute in circular motions before rinsing.

Then, leave the house and go on a date.

We’re kidding! You’ve gotta wash your hair with shampoo and conditioner to get rid of the coffee.

You haven’t left the house already, have you? Come back!

Coffee Works As A Lip Scrub

Want softer lips? We all do. Take coffee grinds, olive oil and honey, mix together and apply the scrub to your lips.

The best thing about this lip scrub? It tastes amazing!

Coffee Can Get Rid Of Puffy Eyes

There is literally nothing worse than waking up to puffy eyes on the morning of something important. Perhaps you haven’t slept well and woken up with puffy eyes, or maybe you had one cocktail too many last night. Either way, work starts soon and your eyes are positively bulging.

But before you chug down those morning cups of coffee, consider for a second how setting aside the coffee grounds could benefit your eyes.

You see, as well as providing a much-needed pick-me-up for your brain, coffee can also do the same for your eyes. Yup, the coffee grounds, when applied topically to the area around your eyes, can reduce puffiness.

You need to let the grounds settle for a while for them to be effective, so we suggest that you apply them before taking a bath.

Wash Your Face With Coffee

Why wash your face with just soap and water when you can throw coffee into the mix? That’s right, coffee will double down on dead skin.

Coffee Can Get Rid Of Cellulite

You literally want to die when your daughter comes up to you on the beach as you’re chatting to a cute guy and asks, “mommy, why is there skin hanging from your legs?”

You can either explain to her there and then what cellulite is, politely tell her that she’s seeing things, or tell her to get lost. LOL!

Cellulite – unfortunately – is natural. No one escapes this particular villain, not even celebrities (just Google “celebrity cellulite”). It’s a struggle we’re all familiar with. But you know what? It can be eliminated. And you don’t need to fork out any extra money on creams. You can instead use what’s already in your cupboard – coffee!

Yup, a coffee scrub is just the ticket when it comes to eliminating cellulite. You can easily make your own at home, before treating yourself to a latte afterwards. Heaven (and no more awkward questions on the beach).

Coffee Can Treat Sunburn

Sunburn is not cool, and it’s annoying that it always seems to come at the worst moments – when you’re on vacation!

Thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties, coffee can sooth sunburn. Meanwhile, its powerful antioxidants can reduce your risk of sun cancer by cleansing your system of cancer-causing free radicals.

Coffee Can Brighten Up Your Face

Coffee makes us more alert on those days when we’re just not with it. But as well as brightening up your mind, it can also brighten up your face.

To get brighter skin from coffee, take two tbsp of yogurt (preferably organic) and mix it with a single tbsp of ground coffee. Then, wash your face before applying the coffee and yogurt mix.

You need to leave this mix on your skin for around fifteen minutes for it to be effective, after which you can rinse your face and et the caffeine boost circulation.

If you keep doing this, your skin will be radiant again in no time at all.

And when people start asking you the secret to your complexion, feel free to tell them:

“I sloshed coffee and yogurt on my face!”

“Okay, fine. Don’t tell me.”

Coffee Can Get Rid Of Blackheads

Tired of nasty looking blackheads? Get coffee on the case!

Coffee Is Good For Aching Feet

Who would have known that coffee would be good for our feet? It sounds bizarre, but as we know truth is often stranger than fiction.

So while your dad might never be convinced that coffee should be rubbed into weary feet, you personally should be.

If you do a lot of walking and your feet are constantly throbbing, take a cup of coconut oil and mix it with half a cup of ground coffee and two tsp of vanilla ext rat.

Then, get into a tub filled with warm water, soak you feet and then apply the scrub gently to each foot. Lovely!

Coffee Can Turn Your Hair Brown

Want coffee-coloured, browner hair? Then apply coffee, d’uh!

As overly simplistic and obvious as this sounds, it actually works. All you need to do is apply freshly brewed coffee (letting it to cool first) to your hair, cover with a shower cap, and let soak for half an hour. Then, rinse.

But no, it doesn’t mean you should apply pink lemonade to your hair for pinker hair.