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Monday, July 11, 2011

7 Ways to keep your skin looking its best

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Nothing says youthfulness like glowing, fresh skin. A select few are born with it, some can thank their family genes, but for the rest of us beautiful skin takes some work. What you may not realize is that it is easier than you think to have skin that glows. These seven tips will help you get the skin that you have always wanted.

1. Eat Healthy
For beautiful skin , it is important to maintain a healthy diet. You need plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, lean meats and dairy in order to have a healthy body and healthy skin. You want to steer clear of processed foods and canned foods because these have a great deal of sodium and ingredients that can cause your skin to become dry, and or Oily.
Do your skin and body a favor and best you can eat fresh foods. Broccoli is a great food to eat if you have acne and fish is great for your skin in general. Blueberries are also a really great food to snack on and or add filled with lots of antioxidants If you are eating the good foods, your skin will show it.
( i have to avoid buttery or oily dishes and my fav!, ice cream~ I almost always brake out around my mouth and on my chin area after i have these )

2. Drink Plenty of Water
It is important to drink lots of water to keep your skin supple and moist. If you do not drink enough water, your body will begin taking water from various minor organs in order to feed the major organs. One of the minor organs that is affected is the skin. When the water is drawn from the skin to take care of major organs, you may notice that your skin is very dry and even flaky or it is extremely oily. Drinking lots of water, though, combats that and keeps your body balanced.

3. Cleansing Matters
Cleansing should be a vital part of your daily routine. You should remove your makeup each night and cleanse your face each morning. The products that you use are also important. you should cleanse your face daily and do it the right way: Using lukewarm water (Not hot, Not cold), splash some on your face. Put some cleanser on your fingertips and work it into a lather. Using a circular motion, rub the cleanser on your face, jaw line and neck. You don't want to scrub, be gentle. Especially if you a cloth / hand towel to wash off makeup. For a lot fo skin it can be more irritating than helpful. If you have trouble not feeling clean enough your better to simply just rinse and repeat! Rinse your skin by splashing lukewarm water on your face and neck until the cleanser is gone. Pat your skin dry with a clean towel. Also Always moisturize after!! some people have oily skin because they try and scrub away too much leaving the skin overly dry and strips your skins natural oils causing oil glands to overcompensate.

4. Exfoliate
Exfoliation is a great way to get a quick glow. The trick is to get an exfoliator that is gentle but effective. You don't want a very coarse grit because you don't want to overwork your skin actually causing scratches and tares in the skin. Use a fine grit and make sure that it is gentle. and only should use 2-3 times a week. To apply, splash your face with lukewarm water. Apply the exfoliator with the pads of your fingers in a circular motion. Avoid your eyelid and under eye area and don't scrub too hard. Rinse well and pat dry with a clean towel.

5. Sleep
A good night's sleep is one of the best beauty tools you can have. While many people believe that sleep deprivation causes dark circles under your eyes, this is not true. When you miss too much sleep, fluid can collect under your eyes, making them puffy. If you are prone to dark circles, which is a concentration of blood vessels just under the skin, then the puffiness will make the dark circles more prominent. This can add years to your look. Plus, your body repairs itself while you sleep so if you don't get enough sleep, it can not repair itself adequately. So take the time to get a good night's sleep.

6. Your Makeup Means a Lot
Your makeup can mean the difference between great, glowing skin and acne or dry flaky skin. The mineral makeup that is gaining popularity lately is actually a makeup that is good for your skin. but no matter what kind you use, even if they say you can sleep in it, Dont! Unless you absolutely cant once in a while not a big deal but dont make a habit of it...

7. Relax
Stress can wreak havoc on your skin so it is important that you take time to relax. Meditate, take a warm bath (not hot! Intense heat can harm your skin) or just talk with a friend. Classes such as yoga and Pilates are great stress relievers. If you take the time to relax and relieve your stress, your skin will thank you.

If you follow these seven simple steps, you'll soon have softer, younger looking skin, and you just might start getting unexpected compliments, but of course.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Know your Mary Kay Product Shelf Life

What IS Shelf Life?

Shelf Life is the period of time during which a product can be stored, unopened, under specified environmental conditions and remain suitable for use.
How Shelf Life is Determined
Here's the information provided by the company itself in material provided to its sales force: (emphasis mine)

"Most Mary Kay® products are manufactured to have a minimum shelf life of three years from the date of manufacture. This is the standard for the cosmetic industry, not a regulation. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates the shelf life of over-the-counter (OTC) drug products such as sunscreens, antiperspirants, etc., as follows:

If the shelf life is less than three years, then the expiration date of the product must be clearly indicated on the package. This is not required if the shelf life is greater than three years. Some Mary Kay® products (e.g., Acne Treatment Gel) may have an expiration date because they have a shelf life of less than three years. For these products, it is particularly important to check the expiration date before using them.

"We recommend storing products at a temperature between is 59-86°F.
When products have been exposed to very high or low temperatures, examine them carefully. Note the appearance, odor, and color of each product. If these appear normal, the product has probably recovered completely. Occasionally, separation or an “off odor” will develop several weeks after exposure to high temperatures, but this is not usually the case. If your products have been overheated or frozen, it is NOT a good idea to refrigerate or heat them. Let them return slowly to room temperature, and then examine each product."

Common signs of age are separating, color change, & odor. Here are some common warning signs that your items have gone bad:
-"Off odor” (often like the smell of color crayons) from ANY lotion, mask, or other cosmetic.
- Cream eye color that is cakey or dry
- Foundation that has separated significantly in the bottle
- Grainy or hard-to-apply lipstick
If you notice any of these characteristics in any item you have, toss it.

No matter where you get your products: Hair care, Makeup or Skin. NEVER get products from a store that places it in a window with direct sun exposure!!!


TOSS IT!!! Its Time For NEW Mary Kay!

Finding the "Manufacture" date
All Mary Kay products carry what is known as a “Date Code.” This is a four-digit code consisting of letter(s) followed by two numbers. This code is usually located on the bottom of a container or on the crimp. With this code, you know exactly when the item was manufactured. NOTE: This is not an Expiration date, as some mistakenly believe, but when it was Made.

For example, an eye color refill tray might be marked Crystalline #882800 FX05.

•“Crystalline” is the product shade name
• The six numbers (882800) indicate the part number
• The second four characters (FX05) indicate the date of manufacture, which in this example would be December 5, 2004.
You can interpret the day code using the following legend:

Character 1: From 2010 and Back. Letter representing the year in the decade in which the product was produced.
A= 2000  H= 2005
B= 2001   K= 2006
C= 2002   M= 2007
D= 2003   R= 2008
F= 2004   T= 2009
V= 2010
NOTE: Starting in 2011, they changed this system and the first character is now a number, as follows:
1 = 2011
2 = 2012
3 = 2013
4 = 2014 and so on...

Character 2: Letter representing the month of year in alpha order,
as follows (please note that the code skips some letters to avoid confusion and mistaken identification):
A= January      K= July
B= February    M= August
C= March       R= September
D= April         T= October
F= May          V= November
H= June         X= December

Characters 3 and 4: Numbers representing day.
So, put it all together and here's what you've got.
If the date code is CT14, then the item was manufactured on October 14, 2002.

Date Codes for products manufactured before 2000
If your item was produced before the year 2000, the date code will not follow the form explained in the above section.
Prior to 2000, date codes began with a number, not a letter. Here are a few of the corresponding codes.
If the first digit of the code is the item was manufactured in the year
5 1995
6 1996
7 1997
8 1998
9 1999

Whether you buy from me or someone else, I hope this helps you to be an informed consumer.

The information presented here is true to the best of my knowledge and opinions expressed above are simply that--opinions. I make no guarantees, implied or otherwise, about this information. Nothing here is in any way affiliated with Mary Kay corp