Plus Size Junction Journal

August 10, 2008

Dewy Lips

Filed under: skin care — Deb. @ 6:26 pm
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Dewy Lips
The Perfect Pout

Full, luscious lips are all-the-rage on red carpets and runways this season. It all begins with a healthy pout.

Lips are skin, remember. They require moisture, nourishment and exfoliation just like the rest of your face. In fact, even more so. Lips are protected by a mere three to five layers of skin cells compare to the 15 on the rest of your body. A barrier is essential, but you’ll have to be choosey. Lipsticks, balms and glosses that are petroleum-based tend to be addictive and require more and more applications to remain effective. Instead, look for products that contain essential oils, vitamins and collagen enhancers.

Tips to achieve luscious lips:

1. If you have lines above your lips, use a lipliner pencil before lipstick. That will keep your lipstick from bleeding.
2. Only use gloss on the lower lip and press lips together.
3. For longer lasting lip color, fill the lip in with pencil and add lipstick sparingly.
4. Avoid frosted lipsticks, which tend to highlight wrinkles.
5. To avoid lipstick on the teeth: After lipstick has been applied, stick your index finger in your mouth, close your lips around it and pull your finger out. Any lipstick which was inside your lips will now have been transferred to your finger.
6. Look for products that do double-duty as sun protectors.

If you’re ready to have the perfect pout you’ll find the latest innovations in cosmetics on the Spa at Home Beauty website from Soft Surroundings.


July 14, 2008

Sun Damage-the number one reason for aging skin

Filed under: skin care — Deb. @ 7:21 pm
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Sun Spots
Block Out the Sun

It’s the number one reason for aging skin.

Sun damage — caused by UV rays and free radicals — creates a variety of skin changes ranging from blotchy color, large “liver spots” to precancerous lesions known as actinic keratoses.

To prevent sun damage:
1. Cover up.
2. Walk on the shady side of the street.

3. Never leave home without wearing sunblock!

Tips: Even with an SPF, you will still develop some color through the sunblock, but more gradually, and without the burn and skin damage.

Rub leftover sunblock over the tops of your hands. The darker brown-pigmented spots that develop there, called “age spots,” are a real age giveaway. If you protect your hands from additional exposure, these may gradually fade.

Top brand cosmetic manufacturers are constantly developing new products to prevent and repair sun damaged skin. Visit the Spa at Home Beauty site at to research and purchase the latest innovations in skincare treatments.

June 3, 2008

You Need a Pedicure

Filed under: skin care — Deb. @ 1:36 am
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Warm weather is here and you need a pedicure. Take a good look at your feet. Run one up and down your leg, does it feel like a message with sandpaper?

Now you have a choice.

  • Go to a saloon…I like this one because it makes me feel special.
  • Do it yourself…Not as hard as you might think.

If you are going to do it yourself, you’ll need tools.

  • Toenail clippers.
  • A file.
  • Something to soak your feet in.
  • A towel.
  • A pumice stone, or my favorite an egg foot file.
  • Foot cream.
  • Polish in your favorite shade.

First clip those nails. Straight across is best. Use the file to gently smooth the corners. Don’t get too close to the corners of your big toes. We don’t want any in-grown toe nails.

Next smooth off any callouses and dead skin from your feet and heels. This is where you want to use the pumice stone or egg foot file. Do this before you soak your feet.

A messaging foot bath is a plus if you have one. I have used an oblong plastic bin that was about six inches high and that worked well also. Put a soothing lather in the water. Dim the lights. Putting cool cucumber slices or damp teabags that have been chilling in your fridge, on your eyelids is a nice touch also. Then sit back and do nothing but relax for about 10 minutes. This is your time, enjoy it.

When time is up, dry your feet with a soft towel and smooth on the foot cream or lotion and polish those toes.

Your feet will thank you. Smile when you put on those new sandals and that ankle bracelet. You look great.

Remember Love Yourself and Dream…Deb.

For those of you who are interested, here is the egg foot file. This is great because it smooths your feet and the shavings are collected so that you won’t make a mess.

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May 24, 2008

Amazing Edible Masks For Your Face by Ken Black

Filed under: skin care — Deb. @ 4:38 pm
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There are all types of skin care products currently on the market, most of which contain ingredients that can’t even be pronounced. Chemicals, synthetic materials, and even oils are found in many face washes and masks on the market, which can be hazardous to your skin and even cause allergic reactions. They can get pretty pricey too, especially if you buy one that you end up throwing away because it doesn’t work well with your skin type. Luckily, there still is a way to keep your skin looking great without having to worry about what you’re using on your face.

Making your own natural skin care recipes is not only simple, but it can be so much fun. You can even use the leftovers for a snack while you relax, and let the natural ingredients go to work. You don’t have to visit a specialty store or buy products online to make your own edible masks; you can actually find everything you need at your local grocery store. Fruits, vegetables, and even oatmeal can work wonders on your face, as long as they are used correctly and mixed with the right ingredients.

Cucumbers are a great way to reduce any puffiness you may have under your eyes, and you can eat them right after you use them if you like. Take two thin slices and place one on top of each eye, and leave for about five minutes. When done on a daily or weekly basis, your eyes will be looking great in no time.

Oatmeal is another food item that works wonders for the skin, and it can be used as a mask or a scrub. Strawberries, watermelon, honey, and even eggs make great masks, or you can add some salt or olive oil to turn them into exfoliating scrubs. The possibilities really are endless when it comes to using food on your face.

Honey is one of the best products to use on your face. Use a warm wash cloth over you face to open your pores, and then smear on the honey on your entire face. You can add some oatmeal if you have oily skin, since it works to soak up any extra moisture. Leave on your face for about 20 minutes, rinse with warm water, and apply a wash cloth with cold water to close your pores.

Raw eggs also make great face masks, and you can use either the yolk or the white. The yolks work best for dry skin, while the whites are better for oily or normal skin. Beat the portion of the egg you want to use, and apply to your face and neck. Leave on until it dries, and wash off with warm water. Your skin will feel smooth, tight, and flawless after using a raw egg mask.

Watermelon and strawberries are great for the skin, since they are both packed full of rich vitamins and nutrients. You can mash up some watermelon in a bowl, and make sure to remove any seeds. Adding strawberry juice to the mix if you have sensitive skin or sunburn, since it works to soothe and repair your skin. Apply the thick juice to your face, and leave on for about 30 minutes while the juices tighten your pores and cleanse your skin. Your skin will feel naturally smoother and tighter after your first application, and works just as well as facelift creams found in beauty stores.

Papaya works as a great ingredient in exfoliates, since it is packed full of vitamins and enzymes. You can mix the fruit with oatmeal and water, and your skin will be naturally smoother and blemish free after only a few applications. You can make a thicker paste formula and use it as a mask with the same ingredients, just by adding less water and juice to the oatmeal. Leave on until it dries, and wash off with warm water for the full effect.

Brown rice flour mixed with a small amount of lemon juice makes a wonderful mask as well, and works great for those with extra oil on their skin. Mix about 2 tablespoons of the flour with a small amount of lemon juice into a paste, but make sure you include some of the pulp in the mix. Leave on for about 15 minutes or until it is dry, and your skin will be tighter, smoother, and free of excess oil.

Many of the food items that are healthy to eat are also healthy for our skin. Fruits, vegetables, and many other ingredients give our skin the rich vitamins and nutrients it needs to look healthy, and it doesn’t cost a lot either. Next time you are at the store and need to buy facial products, head for the food section rather than the face wash isle.
Ken Black is a writer and owner of the Skin Care Reviews website. Visit this exciting site for more information on natural skin care recipes.

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