Eyes are the windows to your soul, and your eyebrows are the curtains. In my opinion, eyebrows can pull an entire look together, and sadly, proper brow care is one of the most overlooked steps in a woman’s daily beauty routine. Well-manicured brows and perfectly kept arches are key for brightening the entire eye area.
There are simple, easy steps you can take to get your brows in tip-top shape, and you probably have the tools lying around already. Naturally, the first step is to remove any stray brow hairs with sharpened tweezers – but don’t go too pluck-happy! Too often, women get absorbed in the motions of plucking that they lose the arch and thickness of their natural brows. Step away from the mirror every few hairs to make sure you’re doing an even job. Read more
Ahh…salt. We’re well aware of the dangers of salt overload (can we say “sodium problems”?) but all that hype seems to have given the mineral a bad rap. Aside from being a staple at dinnertime, salt is actually incredible skin saver. Since the 1900s, salt therapy has been used to treat dermatological and respiratory issues, and incorporating sea salt into your beauty regimen today may do you worlds of good.
Here are three of my favorite uses…
The most obvious use for salt is for exfoliation purposes (as we mentioned in our DIY hair and skin care post.) You’ve probably seen Dead Sea salt scrubs or other similar products in stores, but you can make your own treatment at home in a matter of minutes. Simply mix one part salt with a few drops of almond, coconut, or another essential oil for a body treatment that exfoliates, invigorates, and nourishes the skin. I personally like to add a little crushed mint or mint oil to my mixture for a really refreshing scrub! Read more
At GlamNatural, we’re all about the use of safe, healthy and natural beauty products – have you read our BodySafe Promise? And while our cosmetics collection is a standout in natural beauty, your own kitchen also boasts some incredible beauty finds. Most of these products are kitchen staples, and double as a delicious treat for your skin.
1. Salt and Sugar – Both salt and sugar are excellent body exfoliators, especially for rough patches like elbows, knees, and feet. Mix a scoop of either with a bit of olive oil or honey for a delicious shower scrub…just remember to wash thoroughly afterwards!
2. Honey – Although honey is impossibly sticky, it’s actually a great conditioner for hair and rinses clean. Keep a bottle in your shower for spur-of-the-moment moisturizing. Read more
We all have our vices. Whether it’s nail biting, fried foods, or a love affair with tiramisu, everyone has that one thing that is undeniably bad but completely irresistible all at the same time. But each time we forfeit resistance to our vices, we’re allowing them to damage more than just our willpower – some of your habits may be ruining your skin.
There are the obvious habits like tanning, drinking and smoking that ravage your facial skin, making you appear old, tired, and deprived of a healthy lifestyle. But there are a ton of other habits that are doing more harm than good.
1. Over-applying lip balm. Women reach for lip balm at the first sign of dry or chapped lips…but many balms contain phenol, a chemical that actually dries out your lips. While at first your pout will feel quenched, you’ll be reaching for your chap stick again soon enough. Read more
Beauty myths, old wives tales; there are some urban legends in the land of beauty. How many of the beauty myths below have you believed?
1. Cucumbers de-puffs bags under your eyes: False! Cucumbers are healthy in a salad, but for your face? It’s the coldness of the cucumber itself that is reducing the swelling around and under your eyes because it restricts blood vessels.
2. You can shrink your pores: False! Pores don’t open and close, but using a good exfoliator will clear out the debris that clogs them therefore giving the appearance of smaller pore size. Pore size is mainly genetic, but is also determined by the amount of oil production generated in your teenage years. (That’s why it’s important to start a good skin care routine at a young age!)
3. Toothpaste will get rid of blemishes: False! Applying toothpaste to a blemish will simply dry out the skin…then you have a pimple AND dry skin. Cleansing your face both morning and night, exfoliating 1-2 times per week and wearing a moisturizer at night will help your skin keep the proper balance to help give you the advantage over blemishes… Read more