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Aftersun/Sunburn Care

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Ahh the sun! The warm and bright cuddly friend that we have missed for so long. Many of you may have travelled to warm exotic places in the long winter months, or maybe you are planning to soon. But either way the hot weather is starting to arrive here at home – so be prepared everyone. I recently took a trip to Florida and as stupid as I could be, I sat on a beach for three hours without any sun screen. I obviously don’t take my own advice, which can be found here for sun care and protection.

So once I returned home a red, hot, painful lobster, I had to deal with it. An insane amount of aloe was used. But no matter what I did my entire body peeled. Literally from head to toe. It was beyond gross. But it happens, and it could happen to you too. So how do you treat the itchy, uncomfortable pain. And how do you prevent scarring?!

1. DO NOT PEEL IT OFF – as tempting as it may be….and gross….do not peel at your peeling skin. Unless you want scars that is. That is the number one way of getting blotchy scars, and discolouration throughout your skin pigmentation. Plus…do you want to sweep up skin (it happens).

2. Colloidal Oatmeal Bath – this is the best way to sooth the itch. It’s also a great way to treat rashes, burns, minor irritations, dry skin, etc. You can buy colloidal oatmeal from brands such as Aveeno but you can also make a form of your own, which is what I did. Just take some large flake oats (not quick oats) and grind them to a powder. I did so in my Magic Bullet. Then toss is in the bath. Not too hot, not too cold. Luke warm. Sooooothing.

3. Moisturize!! – It’s super important to introduce all of that moisture back into your skin, and heal what has already been damaged. So a good moisturizer is necessary. As said before I love my Body Shop Vitamin E Body Butter and I started by using this, but after a few days when the peeling got too bad, rubbing a thick body butter into my skin just made the peeling worse. So I transitioned to the Vaseline Spray and Go Aloe Moisturizer, which is great for moisturizing without having to rub it in!! Its a new find of mine and I love it. Sometimes I’m just to lazy to rub in the moisturizer. Perfect solution.

4. Don’t burn yourself in the first place. Check out my tips and tricks for summer sun protection and prevent the burn. And love the sun, its been missing for too long!

Post Workout Must Haves

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I’m not a gym junkie, I actually hate sweating. But just like many other girls I feel guilty when I don’t make it to the gym or get any form of exercise (I also can’t spell exercise without spellcheck). I’ve been trying my best lately. I swim, run on the treadmill, cycle on the stationary bike, and I started using our new xbox one as a workout tool – there are great workouts by some of the famous trainers on xbox live, as well as a really cool zumba game that I’ve been loving. But after the effort, and the pride in your accomplishment, no one wants to look like crap when they leave the gym, or suffer from breakouts due to their sweaty skin later. Over the last little while I’ve be able to pick out what works for me and doesn’t as a quick fix and preemptive blemish control before I leave the gym.

First to take off those stinky shoes and shower, whether you’re at the gym or at home don’t wait too long. The quicker you wash off all that sweat the safer you are from future breakouts. I like to scrub both my face and my body with St. Ives Green Tea Blemish Control Scrub. It’s not too abrasive so it’s good for every day use and works really well to clean deep down into your pores and get all that sweat and dirt out. The scrub is hypoallergenic, oil-free and is formulated without parabens and contains salicylic acid.  Green tea is great for reducing redness too. Next is to fix the hair. Usually I’m not going anywhere after the gym, just home. But I never like to leave my wet hair to dry naturally without any products in it. So I just use a simple mousse, and I just use a little. There is nothing worse than having crunchy hair from mousse. I like the Dove Curl and Sculpt Styling Mousse, a really light-weight mousse that does the job of curling my hair and fighting the frizz, and is a much cheaper alternative than the usual styling products I reach for when I’m letting my hair dry naturally.

Next, just a tiny bit of simple face coverage. No need to go all out. A simple powder foundation does the trick. I like Elizabeth Arden Flawless Finish Ultra Smooth Pressed Powder in Medium 03. The powder is such a smooth and simple coverage that I love so much. It’s so easy. Some of those ‘makeup-less’ days at work feature a little swipe of this across the face. After the post-gym flush is gone from my face the only thing left is a little mascara, of course using my trusty Covergirl Lashblast Clump Crusher and a little lip moisture such as the Vaseline Rosy Lips, a little moisture and colour all in one. After a quick spritz of a body spray such as Bath and Body Works Black Amethyst then I’m good to go. Feeling refreshed, clean, properly put back together, and glowing from my post-gym workout high!

So keep at it my gym-hating friends. The more you push yourself the more satisfying and relaxing that face scrub will feel afterwards….at least thats what I keep telling myself.

What do you like using after the gym? Any suggestions?

Top 5 – October

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I can’t believe the time has come again to do the end of month post. Where has October gone? I’m heading down to New York State tomorrow for work, so sadly Halloween has been cancelled for me. Such is life. So although I was planning on adding some great Halloween make-up tips, this will be my final October post.

So what have I been loving this month? This month it was difficult to get it down to only 5, and I may have cheated a little. But take a look. This is what I have loved this October:

1. Yankee Candle Spiced Pumpkin – this candle has been in my possession for quite a few years now (several of them, since they run out quickly). October is my favourite time of year and I don’t think I love anything more than pumpkin. This candle is utter perfection. But sadly as the month comes to a close I’ll pack it away again until next year. Because of course we can’t have pumpkin every day of the year.

2. The Body Shop’s Seaweed Mattifying Day Cream – As I mentioned a few posts ago when I reviewed the Body Shop’s Seaweed line (see review here), the Day Cream is amazing! It seems that with the colder weather coming my skin is getting more and more dry. But using this in the morning is quite moisturizing and is the perfect matte effect under my makeup. It seems that matte is all in this season – eyes, lips, face, nails, etc.

3. Soap & Glory One Heck of a Blot – Perfection, thats what this is. Although the Seaweed Day Cream is great at mattifying my make-up, and I don’t need to do so with powder on top, I find that this powder perfectly finishes off my make-up. But this powder is also the perfect mattifyer. I recently used a little brush of it across my lips to mattify a highly glossy L’Oreal lipstick and it was perfect!!! Like a brand new lipstick. And it stayed all night after eating and drinking without a single re-application.

4. Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum + No7 Beautifully Matte Makeup Base – see I told you I was cheating. This is a two-in-one. But only because these two would not have made the October favourites list without each other. They perfectly compliment each other and leave a completely flawless finish on my face. I absolutely love them together.

5. Vaseline Deep Conditioning Cocoa Butter – As the cold weather gets colder, my dry skin gets drier. So I’ve been pretty good about using body lotion and butters every day. I found this old-ish bottle of Vaseline and decided to use it all up before my big move, trying to get rid of the things I have. I’ve been loving it though. I’m not fond of cocoa or vanilla scents, but this is very subtle. I love the feel of the lotions formula as well. It doesn’t leave my skin feeling greasy, but well hydrated. I might have to repurchase in the future when this bottle is all used up.

So there you have it. What have you been loving this month?