Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Things That Could be Ruining Your Skin: Part 2

In continuation of the post from last week, here are more things that can be ruining or damaging your skin.

1.) Wearing Dirty Sunglasses. We all wear sunglasses on those hot summer days, but did know that bacteria can become built up on them? Especially on the nose piece. The bacteria can cause breakouts and skin irritation. Be sure to use a hand wipe or baby wipe to wipe off your sunglasses at any part that sits on your face before wearing them.

2.) Not Getting Enough Sleep. The recommended amount of sleep the average person should get each night is 8 hours. Not getting a full 8 hours of rest can lead to dull, tried looking skin, and black circles under your eyes. If you are someone that has a hard time falling a sleep, try going to bed an hour before you normally would. Also avoid any sugar or caffeine after 5pm so it makes it easier for you to go to sleep.

3.) Too Much Sodium.  Many people do not realize how much sodium can be found in every day foods and drinks. Too much sodium is not only bad for your health, but it dehydrates your skin. Be sure to check the labels on your food, and try to cut back on some of the salty things you eat. While you are eating something salty, drink water so you are adding hydration back into your body. Also use a daily moisturizer.

4.) Squinting Your Eyes. Your eyes are one of the most important senses. By wearing old glasses or contacts you are straining your eyes and causing them to do more work then they have too. In return, this causes fine lines and wrinkles in the corners of your eyes. Be sure to visit the eye doctor once a year, to avoid unnecessary wrinkles.

5.) Waxing Too Often. Waxing is a great way to remove unwanted hair on you face and body, but did you know that waxing to often can increase skin irritation. Waxing removes the hair from your skin, but can also remove the top layer of skin as well. You should wait 4-6 weeks between each waxing session to allow your skin time to recover, and to allow the hair time to grow so it is at an ideal length for waxing.

6.) Forgetting Your Lips. Keeping your lips moisturized and hydrate is something that every man and woman needs to pay attention too. You can easily forget to apply your lip balm when going outside in winter or even just on an everyday basis. After brushing your teeth in the morning, apply lip balm (preferably one with spf) and continue to apply throughout the day. At night, especially on a cold winter day, apply vaseline on your lips so they are moisturized during the night while you sleep. You can even apply vaseline to the end of your nose if it is dry.

7.) Dirty Pillow Cases & Sheets. Dirty pillow cases and sheets doesn't mean just dirty in appearance, they can look clean but still be harboring dead skin cells and bacteria. Which means every night this is what you are sleeping on. If you are washing your face properly and still experiencing breakouts, this may be the reason why. Your should wash your pillow cases and sheets at least once every two weeks, but you can wash them once a week as well.

8.) Over Exfoliating.  Exfoliating your skin is great, and needs to be done to remove dead skin cells and dirt build up from your face. There can be too much of a good thing. Stick to exfoliating once a week for your face, doing more can strip the skin of its natural oils which keep it healthy, and it can also remove layers of skin. For your body, you can do it 2-3 times a week. If your skin becomes irritated, slow down the exfoliation.

9.) Stress. Stress is not something you can always avoid. Some people tend to get more stressed out then others. Stress can cause breakouts, rashes, and fine lines in your face. Take at least 30 minutes a day, and do something that relaxes you. This will help to calm your body down, and reduce your stress level.

These were more things that could be ruining your skin. I hope you have beautiful skin for years to come.


*Article from 32 surprising things that ruin your skin. Skin & Beauty

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Things That Could Be Ruining Your Skin

Keeping your skin soft, fresh, and clean is a daily habit. Did you know that you could be doing things that are ruining your skin daily? Here are somethings that could be ruin your skin and how to prevent them from doing so.

1. Too Much Chlorine.
Chlorine is only something you need to worry about during the summer, but chlorine can dry out your skin and even change the color of your hair if not properly washed off. To be sure that you have gotten rid of all the chlorine, use extra sudsy soap. It will keep the chlorine from clinging to your skin, or body products.

2. Sleeping With Your Make-up On.
Sleeping with your make-up on can cause clogged pores, and bacterial infections which both cause acne. Wash your face at night and remove any make-up. If you are someone who tends to forget, leave make-up removing wipes next to your bed so you will remember when you get ready for bed.

3. Caffeine.
Caffeine helps to dry out the skin, and magnifies wrinkles in your skin. To balance out the caffeine in coffee, tea or pop drink lots of water. Water will hydrate your skin and help enhance its natural glow. You can even add lemon, orange or cucumber to add extra flavor.

4.Popping Pimples.
Everyone tends to see a white or black head on there face and the first thing they think of is, "I need to pop that." Well picking at the skin on your face will push dirt and bacteria into the pores and can cause more acne. Instead, use water as hot as you can stand it (but not so it is burning) to open up your pores and exfoliate your face if you do not have time to see an Esthetician, other wise set up an appointment to get a facial, and the technician can direct you to use products that will help with your breakouts.

5. Long Hot Showers.
Hot Showers are great every once in a while, but the hot water actually strips away the outer layer of your skin. Be sure to limit the amount of time you are in the shower. It is best to gradually cool off the water, the longer you are in there, and it won't be as cold when you get out.

6. Testing Too Many Products.
When testing perfume, cosmetics, lotions, or cleansers, use a small patch on your arm. That way you don't risk having an allergic reaction on your face. Limit your self to just a few products, that way you minimize the amount of smells, and chances to have a reaction. Some products don't mix well with others.

7. Not Drinking Enough Water.
Many of us are culprits of not hydrating ourselves properly. By not drinking enough water, we are actually speeding up the aging process of our skin. It causes rough, shrunken skin. So hydrate, hydrate, hydrate to give yourself beautiful, glowing skin.

8. Getting Hair Products O Your Face.
If you have ever had your hair done by a hair stylist and they used hair spray on your head, you will notice how the cover your face in the process. This is not only to protect your eyes but your skin as well. Hair products can cause skin irritation and breakouts. Be sure to cover your face when using hair products, and to use a sweat band at the gym to keep products from sweating out onto your face.

These are 8 things that could be ruining your skin. I really learned a lot and hope you learned something too. Hope this helps you to have healthier, glowing skin.


Article this post was based from was found on

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Beach Tips That Will Keep You Looking Great During The 4th Of July

Every one loves spending there 4th of July at the beach or barbecuing with the family. Looking good while being in the pool or any water is not usually easy and can cause drying of your skin and hair. These are some great tips to keep your hair and skin, looking great, and feeling soft.

Using sunscreen is the best form of protection against UVA (anti-aging rays) and UVB (burning rays). Any form of SPF will do, (especially if you still want to get some color), and it is best to use a spray form that is water proof. Apply sunscreen 15 minutes before doing any outdoor activity, and if you are going to be in the water, be sure to reapply your sunscreen every 3 to 4 hours to keep from getting burned. 

Body Lotion/Face Moisturizer
Even if you are not going to be in the water, it is important to keep your skin moisturized, as well as protected from sun damage. Aphrodite's Head Esthetician Susu recommends to use Epionce's Active Shield Lotion. It has an SPF of 30, and is great for all skin types. It is perfect for your face and body, just do not apply on your eyelids. It is also great for everyday use. It offers protection against UVA and UVB rays, and is also Paraben- Free.

Hair Protection
Before you go out into the sun, your hair needs to be protected. Aphrodite Stylist Tina recommends to use Paul Mitchell's Color Protect Locking Spray. The spray offers UVA and UVB protection for your hair. It absorbs into your hair and extends the life of your color. It also adds a great shine. Use this everyday after styling your hair and before leaving the house. 

While your at the beach, your hair needs protection just as much as your skin does. Your hair is damaged from being in water, as well as from the sun. While your at the beach, Aphrodite Stylist Emily recommends to have the Healthy Sexy Hair Beach Duo with you. It contains a Soy Renewal Beach spray, which is great to spray on your hair just after getting out of the water. It is a leave in conditioner, that keeps moisture in, while protecting and healing the hair from environmental damage. It also contains the Soya 22 in 1. This is a leave-in treatment, that absorbs into the hair shaft to rebuild and protect the hair from roots to ends. They work off each other and are made from soy and argan oil.

Make-up For the Beach
While your at the beach, you want the look of fresh, bare skin on your face, without really having no make-up on. The best things to keep on hand are a tinted lip balm (that has UV protection), and waterproof mascara. The lip balm is great to add a pop of color to your lips, while protecting them from getting sunburned and becoming dry. Pink is usually a great shade to go with it. Wearing waterproof mascara is great because it will really make your eyes pop, and you do not have to worry about getting raccoon eyes from your mascara running. Reapply your lip balm every hour or so to keep your lips extra moisturized.

These tips will help keep your hair and skin looking great during your 4th of July weekend. Have a Happy 4th of July!!!