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Beauty Files- Do You Need Check Into Beauty Rehab?

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After working long hours, taking care of everyone else and catching up on some 30 Rock sometimes it’s hard to find an opportunity for proper R&R. Mani’s and pedi’s are great in a pinch, but what about the cloud of hairspray buzzing around your locks in the morning? All the makeup remover in the world won’t be bale to really scrape off built up ickiness from walking around and the holy trinity of foundation/concealer/blush. It’s time to enter beauty rehab.

Follow these 10 steps and prepare to welcome the new year as beautiful as ever.


#1 Hydrate, hydrate and hydrate some more

It’s what your mother and dermatologist have been preaching about for ages but alas it bears repeating. Double down on 8 or more glasses of aqua everyday to clear out your system and leave those skin cells in supple form. To jazz up and rev up your water even more, squeeze some fresh lemon in as well and watch your face clear up in no time.



#2 Use a natural face mask at least once a week  

While there are loads of masks that claim to do wonders for your skin many products are too riddled with chemicals which just dry out skin over time and act counter productively. When it comes to face masks two of our favorites are Aztec Indian Healing Clay and Ahava Dead Sea Essentials Chamomile Mud Mask. Both products are bottled at the source, which in Aztec’s case is Death Valley in California and obviously the dead sea in Ahava’s case. Aztec is basically a pretty large jar filled with green-ish powder that is to be mixed with either apple cider vinegar (this is our preferred method) or water and applied to the face for 15 minutes until the whole thing starts to stiffen up. Side note: towards the end when you can’t move a muscle it feels like a face full of botox, which is hilarious especially if you try to talk. Now we know what all those Beverly Hills Housewives feel like. Ahava on the other hand comes ready to use in a tube, just slather on the paste and wait for it to dry. Aztec goes for around $8 at Whole Foods or other natural food stores and Ahava can be found at Target for $11.99, Boom, gorge skin- sans a pricey trip to the facilaist!



#3 Eat your way to healthy hair and skin

Diet can play a role in strengthening your skin’s ability to maintain moisture,” says Leslie Baumann, a professor of dermatology at the University of Miami, in Florida. Try to make a conscious effort to incorporate foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids such as fish (salmon mackerel, tuna), nuts (walnuts, pecans, brazil nuts) and good-for-you cooking oils (flaxseed and walnut oil) in your diet. If you are at a loss for meal ideas try the tried and true, Mediterranean Diet.



#4 Step away from the heat

There all kinds of pitfalls when hair is not properly protected from heat. Whether it’s the blazing sun of warmer months or the searing cold of winter, not to mention 450 degrees of pure sizzle every time that blow dryer switches on in the morning. So what can you do to shield your precious locks? First things first when it comes to hair styling tools opt for better quality, like a ceramic plated flatiron as opposed to a cheaper version that will snag and destroy the surface of hair is it struggles to glide on. While prices might seem daunting at first, in the long run a bit more forethought really pays off. Before you reach for the power tools though, take a second to use heat protectant on your hair. Some of our favorite products include, TRESemme Thermal Creations Heat Tamer Protective Spray, Alterna Bamboo Smooth Kendi Oil Dry Oil Mist, Kerastase Resistance Volumactive Conditioning Mousse and Aveda Light Elements Smoothing Fluid.



#5 Face cream is the gift that keeps of giving

Stick to a routine skincare regimen and your face will love you back forever. Investing in a handful of products that will stay by your side is the years and your natural skin texture develops is absolutely crucial. While at the end of the one brand is not especially superior over the other, going with recommendations form people who have actually used a cream or treatment is always a bug help. Another great tip is to stick with whatever brand you find to love and explore the various products within it. Brands develop their skincare products to work together and we have found that bouncing from one line to the other creates a certain imbalance in results.



#6 Evolve your beauty routine over the years

There is such a thing as a beauty routine rut and many women are stuck in one right this minute. Gentle, more “light” brands such as Cetaphil cleanser and moisturizer work just fine for most women up to their 30’s but that’s when it’s time to start investing in more complicated formulas from established brands such as Clinique and Estee Lauder. Advanced Night Repair which is one of Estee Lauders best-selling products for many years just won Nordstrom’s 2012 Beauty award has personally done wonder for many women we know and it is divided into a face as well as an eye cream.



#7 Undo the damage to your hair with a reparative natural mask

Under all that blow-drying and coloring your hair is probably screaming for some intense tlc right about now and what better time to do it than when you're catching up on beauty sleep. For a simple and super easy homespun hair mask, warm up some all natural coconut oil and smooth it all over your locks from root to tip. Now all you have to do is wrap it up in a shower cap and go to sleep. If you are short on time just blast a hairdryer over the cap to open up the hair and let it absorb all the good stuff. Afterwards just shower with regular shampoo/conditioner as usual. Dunzo.



#8 All you really need is SPF

Just cause you can’t see the sun doesn't mean your precious skin cells are not affected by it’s powerful UV rays. You wear sunnies to protect your eyes and that’s precisely the kind of shield you need to ward off premature aging and development of sun spots. Before the need for photofacials (a procedure that removes skin discoloration caused by the sun), be proactive and slather on a bit of sunscreen in the morning. While the SPF creams of yesteryear were greasy and thick the formulas today have been perfected to act as a delicate barrier yet perfectly pair up with your normal makeup routine. You can even opt for the 2 for 1 bonus of using tinted moisturizer and skip foundation all together. In our book the number one tinted moisturizer without a doubt is Laura Mercier’s SPF 20 that comes in a large variety of shades to fit any skin tone, bonus: it feels silky smooth and light on your face! Going for the solo SPF instead? Try Peter Thomas Roth Uber-Dry SPF 30 (top rated, bestselling by Sephora customers) or Neutrogena Ultra sheer Dry Touch Sunblock SPF 55 which won Allure Beauty Editor Award three separate years.



#9 Try a new look,,, namely your natural hair

It's great to have picture perfect hair- most of the time, but once in a while it wouldn’t hurt to embrace your natural texture and give in to mother nature’s demands. Showing off your natural hair with fun hairstyles is a great way to let the strands rest from the tension of constant tugging and product. If you feel the need for a bit of a boost lightly work a product in your hair that will show off those natural curls or sleek hair like Herbal Essences Tousle Me Softly Tousling Spray Gel or  L'OrĂ©al Professionnel Texture Expert Mousse Volupte.



#10 Don’t forget your perfect pout

When we first heard of a scrub for your lips, it sounded like some sort of silly made-up joke but lo and behold not only does it exist, what the Victoria’s Secret Pro Smooth FX Lip Scrub & Balm does to your pout is downright fabulous. Why go into so much trouble for lips? Aside from New Years Eve coming up, long-lasting lipsticks and layers of lip liner might be the key to making the color stick for hours on end, but it also sucks the moisture out of your lips, no bueno. To keep them looking supple and hydrated it’s important to use a vitamin enriched formula balm like Aquaphor Lip Repair and Protect on a daily basis. If you do however need a bit more help, Clinique’s All About Lips is absolutely incredible. Minimizing fine lines around the mouth and discoloration from sun damage (yes- the sun can also burn your lips), this is a really great product that specifically addresses more advanced problems and works like a charm. 


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