3 Sizzling Summer Beauty Tips

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3 Sizzling Summer Beauty Tips

Awww summer. Isn’t it just the best time of year?

With summer just around the corner and bikini season fast approaching, it’s time to start prepping your skin. You know, those layers of dermis you’ve been hiding under layers of clothing all winter long, hiding from sunshine and depriving of a solid Vitamin D kick *wink wink*

Stepping out from the winter hibernation period can be a bit daunting for some. For example, my naturally milky white skin becomes pastey and I’m always super embarrassed when I reveal just how translucent it’s become on that first beach outing.

Besides Casper-white skin, summer brings along a whole slew of skin issues like oily T-Zones, sunburns and more. To help you prep for the upcoming season, here are 3 of our hottest summer beauty tips!

3 Sizzling Summer Beauty Tips

Ready to beautify for the summer? Give all these tips a try.

1. Exfoliate Your Skin from Head to Toe

Tell me; when was the last time you looked at dry, scaly skin and thought it was sexy? Let me guess…Never!

Well, no kidding! The problem is, winter weather has a tendency of drying it out and there’s nothing worse than having to go into ultra full body TLC mode to get even a semblance of glowing skin again.

Luckily, there is one quick maintenance trick that will keep your skin looking fresh no matter what the season; head to toe exfoliation.

As you know, exfoliation helps slough away dead skin cells, dirt, grime and more from the outermost layer of your skin to produce younger, fresher layers of skin. Doing so regularly reduces the chances of skin irritations, breakouts and unsightly spots. It also conveniently allows your skin to soak up more lotions (ie. sunscreens and body lotions) to help lock in hydration and prevent premature skin damage.

Exfoliating sounds easy, but there is an art to it. In fact, you are meant to exfoliate each of your body parts just a little bit differently – Find out  how here!

2. Reduce Unsightly Cellulite

Bikini bottoms these days hardly cover your butt cheeks, and there is nothing less sexy than a dimply buttocks amiright?! To help you reduce unsightly cellulite you can go the DIY route (which we are big fans of here at TBB….obvs!) or you can try a store bought product like Finulite.

Now, if you’re going to DIY it, we suggest using our bad ass cellulite cream recipe. It is as potent as natural products come and super easy to make.

If you’d rather buy it, then Finulite is the way to go. Containing an AM and PM cream, this product targets all your trouble zones and really works. Don’t believe us, check out both my review and V’s Finulite review!

3. Give Your Skin a Natural Glow

Rather than cringe the first time you hit the beach (like I tend to do!), use a homemade tanning lotion to give your skin a pre-summer glow. Homemade lotions are great because they are way cheaper than store bought alternatives, made from natural ingredients (ones you can actually pronounce!) and don’t leave you looking like an orange Dorito.

Since you will have exfoliated your entire body, your skin will be able to soak in all the goodness leaving you with a beautiful and even summer glow!

So, tell me – which of these summer beauty tips are you going to try first? Leave a comment in the section below!

 

Bolder is Better - Nail Trends for Spring 2015

When I was a young girl I loved my nails. They were long, strong and beautiful. They could withstand the harshest of environments – ie. aggressive games of basketball and volleyball.

I would spend hours grooming them. Shopping for the perfect shades and right combination of sparkle to base ratio. Filing them to perfection and then meticulously applying the polish. Heaven forbid one chipped or broke.

Thinking back, it’s overwhelming how much time I spent on my nails.

But I digress. Fast forward a solid decade, a full time job and all those other adult responsibilities and I barely have time to think about my nails. That was until I happened upon some of the hottest nail trends for spring 2015.

While I may not have loads of time to pamper my fingers and toes, I will make the time. Why? Because this season’s colors are H-O-T!

Sharp Shades

spring nail trendsPrepare yourself because your nails are about to get an insane jolt of color this season!

One of the hottest nail trends for spring 2015 is bold, beautiful shades. Seriously, every color in the rainbow has been amplified and then melted down into a little pot of nail polish.

We’re talking juicy reds, vibrant yellows, jade greens, electric blues and more. With such a blast of colour, your nails will be your statement accessory during the rainy spring weather.

Cool Corals

jin soonYou know how there always seems to be one dark plum or wine shade that is a staple during the colder months? Well, of course there’s a counterpart for the warmer months and this year it’s definitely going to be coral.

What I love so much about coral nail polishes is how they seem to be able to warm up any skin tone. And trust me, I should know. I’m as pastey white as they come!

With coral shades containing subtle hints of gold and other more punchy pink shades, you can’t go wrong.

Perhaps the best part about coral being so popular is that it is work-place friendly. Some businesses prefer more mute tones on their employees and that often means drab, boring shades. But not this season! You’ll look trendy and work-appropriate!

Gorgeous Glitters

nail incRemember how above I mentioned loving glitter and trying to find the right base-to-glitter ratio? Well look no further because this season nail polish  brands are coming out with opaque glitters that will knock your socks off! With pastel shades and opaque glitter, these polishes mimic floral print in a classy way.

So tell me; what are your favorite nail trends this Spring? Share in the comment section below!

The best DIY anti aging cream

Want to make your own anti aging cream? Yep. Well good news – It’s possible and very doable.

DIY is becoming a popular option for many people due to the obvious benefits you can get from it, like knowing the exact ingredients that are used and being assured that the right process was done in order to achieve perfect results, as it was of course you who made it!

The best part of DIY that everybody loves is the savings that you can get from it. Using DIY products is definitely way cheaper than using store-bought items found in stores….and who doesn’t love some solid savings? [Keep Reading]

The Best Anti Aging Cream for 2015

There two different kinds of people when it comes to celebrating birthdays; 1 – Those who are epicly excited and make a big fuss of it, or 2 – Those who loathe and fear it, while simultaneously cursing themselves for not taking better care of their skin.

I most definitely fall under the first category.

The thing about aging is that we have to be more conscious of how we treat our body because every night out and hungover morning adds to the fine lines and wrinkles. [Keep Reading]

Skin Benefits Of Tea Tree Essential Oil*Guest Post by Evie*

It is believed that the aboriginals of Australia have been using tea tree essential oil for ages and that it has cured many skin problems with great success. This includes minor skin issues like cuts, bruises and major infections caused by microorganisms such as virus, bacteria and fungi with efficacy and safety.

The truth is, there are various skin benefits of the magical oil. Found in Southern Australia this oil is extracted from the tree Melaleuca alternifolia.

The benefits of tea tree essential oil have long since been applied to skin care. Even better, there are several simple (and cheap!) ways you can take advantage of this essential oil yourself. [Keep Reading]

The Best Fake Tanner for Vegans

How do you know if a vegan, a crossfitter or a lawyer walk into a bar? They tell you about it – ha ha!

Ok, kind of lame, but I feel like I can get away with it because at one point I was vegan (lasted 2 whole months!), studied at law school (halfway to being a lawyer) and I am currently an avid crossfitter (is the WOD up?). 

While I know that vegans, crossfitters and the like get a bad rap for spouting their preferences, that’s not what today’s post is about. Actually, it is simply a coincidence that this bad ass recipe also happens to be vegan. Whether your veg or not, this DIY is bound to be one of the best fake tanner recipes you’ve tried yet. [Keep Reading]

2014s hottest new years makeup trendsThere’s just something about New Years that makes you want to pull out all the stops, look as fabulous as possible and really wow your date.

I mean, raise your hand if you spent hours prepping, buffing and beautifying yourself? There’s waxing, shaving, exfoliating, facials, hair appointments, outfit shopping and so much more. Sure it can be overwhelming and time consuming, but it’s worth it, right!

As I’ve mentioned before, I wasn’t one for makeup growing up. I felt it was a hassle and expensive, but as the years passed I came to understand the importance and elegance of a little makeup here and there.

A big fan of the barely there look, I do make an exception for New Years, and so should you. [Keep Reading]

3 Solutions for How to Get Firm Breasts

Holiday season is upon us and it’s time to start planning that tropical getaway. You thought your biggest problem was Victoria’s Secret trading out the bikini section for pajama sets, but then you took a cheeky peak in the mirror…when you were naked.

Is it just the angle or are your boobs starting to look a little less young and perky? [Keep Reading]

5 Simple Lifestyle Changes to Improve Oral Health*Guest Post by Dr. Dyoco*

The great thing about teeth is that they really aren’t too terribly difficult to keep healthy. You’re probably thinking, “Really? Then why do dental problems seem so common?”

The unfortunate answer is that many people don’t consistently maintain good oral care. They form daily habits that are detrimental to their teeth. These habits aren’t so bad for a day, a week or even a month. But over the course of years, they result in serious problems that require serious treatments.

That’s why it’s so critical to form good habits that you follow every day. If you do, you’ll be much less likely to experience problems and much more likely to keep your own teeth as you age.

Switch to Sparkling Water

Some people absolutely love soda – they crave the sugary stuff like a drug. But here’s the problem: drinking soda not only makes you feel terrible after a while, it’s terrible for your body, your oral health and your teeth. Most people know this but they just can’t stop drinking it.

Well, we’re here to offer you a healthy solution that your teeth will thank you for: switch to sparkling water. You still get the bubbles and when you add a bit of natural fruit juice in the mix, it will help cut your craving for soda. Companies like Sodastream offer home carbonating machines and natural flavoring syrups so you can make healthier sodas and save money.

Rinse Away

If you can’t substitute sparkling water for your beloved soda, you can at least take measures to try to lessen the negative effects of soda when you do occasionally partake.

Drinking soda with a straw is better than directly from the cup because it minimizes contact with teeth. Then, after you’re done, rinse out your mouth with water. This will help wash away some of the sugar and prevent harmful bacteria from forming and sticking around. But the best method really is swearing off soda altogether.

Sugar Free Gum

If you chew gum a lot, it’s may be difficult to completely stop. But you should avoid gum with real sugar at all costs. Sugar-free gum, on the other hand, can actually have some positive effects on teeth. If you pop in a piece after a meal, the increased saliva helps prevent decay by getting rid of the acid that builds up in your mouth after you eat.

The ADA even officially endorses chewing gum for about 20 minutes after a meal and they’ve lent their seal to some gums. So, if you can’t brush after eating or need to chew gum, stick to the varieties that are dentist-approved.

Don’t Wait for Dessert

By now we all know how detrimental sugary foods can be on teeth, but even your dentist wouldn’t be so cruel as to forbid you from eating sweets for the rest of your life. When you do occasionally indulge in a sweet treat, it’s actually better to do so right after your meal instead of waiting. The sugar will do less damage when around the same time as other foods.

Visit Your Dentist Often

This should go without saying, but you need to have dentist appointments scheduled for about every 6 months. Not having a toothache doesn’t necessarily mean you don’t have dental problems you can’t feel or see. Regular checkups ensure that you maintain good dental hygiene and catch any possible issues that could become more serious problems if they aren’t treated.

Changing habits can be hard, but being intentional about your daily decisions can have a huge positive impact on your health. Use these tips to help you maintain excellent oral care now and you’ll have fewer issues down the line.

 

About the Author:

Dr. Kimberly Dyoco is a top Chicago dentist and the owner of One Mag Smile, a general and cosmetic dental practice on Chicago’s famed Mag Mile.  There, she and Dr. Andrew Wiers offer a wide range of services including cleaning, veneers, whitening and Invisalign.  Dr. Dyoco is passionate about patient care and about educating people about dental hygiene and care.  To learn more, visit One Mag Smile or connect with her on Google+.

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