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Beauty Tricks For Days When You Are Short On Time

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You wake up in the morning, and no matter what time it is, it’s not enough time to get ready and go to work. You look hopelessly look at your array of makeup products, and head out the door, silently hoping your Korean aunt never finds out about this. As you get in your car, you struggle to apply your mascara in the rearview mirror, looking longingly as the Starbuck’s recedes in the distance. Finally, you make it to your building, catch a look at yourself in the lobby mirror, and see….a hot mess. If you’re a busy woman, you’re always short on time, but you can’t afford to look your best. When it comes to beauty shortcuts, you need to take ’em wherever you can get ’em. Here are a few beauty tricks you may want to take advantage of.

Exfoliate Before the Foundation
We all know haste makes waste. Do something quickly and you may have to redo it; you need to get it right the first time. That’s why you need to exfoliate before you apply foundation. Sure, it a may seem counterintuitive to add a step in order to save time, but, as foundation wearers will testify, bases are sure to highlight any patch of dryness on your face, making it necessary to take off the foundation, slather on moisturizer, and start from scratch. Makeup expert Jane Park says, “It (pre-exfoliation) saves time because of your lipstick, makeup, everything goes on smoother after. ” Park uses a konjac sponge for exfoliation gentle enough to use every day. Simply, dampen, smooth it over your face and you’re set for a flawless application.

Use a clear sunscreen as a primer, moisturizer, and facial SPF
We’re always being warned of the importance of applying an effective sunscreen daily, but thick formulas can take ages for the short of time beauty maven to rub in, leaving that telltale white residue marking you as a makeup amateur. Fortunately, newer formulas solve that problem, by offering a sheer consistency that eliminates the chalky whiteness altogether. Even better, because the sunscreen is hydrating, you can skip moisturizing. The sunscreen provides enough hydration to sub for the moisturizer, or you can mix it with your base makeup for extra protection.

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Multifunctional Mascara
If you’re used to doing full face makeup, this hack will give you the basic effect in a fraction of the time. Instead of doing brow, shadow, eyeliner, and mascara keep things to a minimum by just focusing on your brows and lashes. Use a tinted brow gel to embolden your brows while keeping them tame and use a mascara with multiple wand functions so you don’t have to layer on multiple formulas for a finished look.

Go Monochromatic
It’s great to experiment with contrasting makeup if you have the time. For days when the time is short, multipurpose sticks are a great option. Just dab the color on straight from the tube or use your fingers to apply it to your cheeks, lids, and lips. You’ll find these colors are so sheer and easy to use, you can apply them sans mirror!

Dry Shampoo and A Blow Dryer
Dry shampoo can be a big time saver, but you need to do it the right way. Although you may think you can spritz some dry shampoo on oily roots and be done, hairstylist Jacob Rozenberg says that this will result in large patches of powder that will take ages to absorb. He advises spraying the dry shampoo a minimum of eight inches away from your head, letting it sit for 60 seconds, and then distributing it through your hair with a brush or blow dryer while using your fingers to rake the powder through for even application.

Do you have any time-saving beauty hacks for us? We’d love to hear them! Let us know how you cut your prep time and manage to arrive flawlessly.

Seven Daily Wellness Habits

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It’s true that sometimes the emphasis on self-improvement can be a little, well, much. After all, maybe you don’t want to improve, or maybe you’ve already improved, thank you very much, and if you get any better you may just start losing friends. While we don’t want people to stop ‘liking’ you on Facebook because of your glowing positivity, you may want to take a look at this list. You may actually find some things that are a little naughty, and even if you don’t, you and your friends can have fun discussing how much you don’t need to do them.

Coffee
Here’s a habit that most of us have mo trouble keeping, in fact, some of us might claim it’s more difficult to stop. Carlene Thomas, RDN, actually makes no bones about preferring it more traditional “health food” options. “My daily ritual during summer is two beverages- a green smoothie and a really good cafe latte from my Nespresso machine. A morning cafe latte is something I truly enjoy and crave, while a green smoothie is a great way to clear out my fridge and fit in more greens.”

Breakfast
The most important meal of the day should always be tops on your list, and not so hard to swallow. After all, what could be better than food to wake up to? Scott Keatley, RD, says, “My favorite daily habit is breakfast.” He points out that research shows that spending just 15 minutes devoted to making mindful food choices can lead to more satisfaction throughout the day and that breakfast is a great way to kickstart your metabolism in the morning.

Limit Technology
What? Turning off my computer and phone is supposed to be good for my mental health? While no one is suggesting that you miss important phone calls and emails, it has been shown that excessive attachment to technology can lead to isolation. One study of human behavior reported an indirect correlation between the use of social media and happiness. Taking a break may lead to some relaxation and more spare time.

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Reflect
So, this may sound a little heavy to you, but, really who couldn’t benefit from a few minutes of quiet thought? Carley Sweet, INHC, says, “I take five to ten minutes a day to reflect on what’s going on. I struggle with anxiety, so finding time to go to a quiet spot and just chill really helps me to stay level-headed.”

To Do List
The organization can be key to sanity. Cynthia Pong, JD, says making a to-do list keeps her focus. She says, “my favorite daily habit which helps me manage my stress, stay organized and be productive- is making a to-do list. It sounds basic, but writing things down can go a long way in keeping you sane.” She says just remembering what you have to do can be stressful enough!

Yoga
Not for everyone, but a life changer for some. Calli De La Haye, co-founder of Kali murti Yoga makes sure to find a place for it in her busy day. “I have a 10-month-old daughter, so I have to roll with how the day is going, but this is my savior for staying calm and finding some peace at the start of my day.”

Cooking
While the kitchen may be a disaster area for some, it’s a salvation for others. Says Pat Connelly, founder, and CEO of Cavity, “I cook dinner every night. I try new things and I eat beautifully organic and seasonal foods. It calms me there is something wonderfully methodical about cooking every night….. It helps me unwind from a long day.”

What do you do to stay maintain wellness daily? Let us know which habits keep you on the ball!

Famous Men Who Turn 50 This Year

Ah, the benchmark ages. Sure, every age is another notch in the belt, but there is something about hitting those multiples of ten that really make us take account of where we are in life. If you’re less than excited about turning fifty, well, you know what they say, misery loves company, and, while you may be down in the dumps, it looks like you’re in some pretty good company. Let’s take a look at some of the celebrities hitting the five-o benchmark this year, and not seeming too bothered about it at all.

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Vin Diesel
Fast, furious and fifty, Vin Diesel is in the prime of his life! Vin, nee Marc Sinclair, is best known for his role as Dominic Toretto in the “Fast and Furious” film series and is also a producer for this and other franchises. Formerly linked to “F and F” co-star Michelle Rodriguez, Vin is now happily settled. He and current partner, Mexican model Paloma Jimenez, are proud parents to Hania Riley, Vincent Sinclair and daughter Pauline, named in honor of fallen “F and F” alum, Paul Walker. He is also godfather to Walker’s daughter, Meadow Rain.

Will Ferrell
If you’re going to turn fifty, there’s not a much better guy to do it with than Will Ferell. From his riotous impressions of George W. Bush on Saturday Night Live to his hilarious portrayal of Ron Burgundy in “Anchorman 1 and 2,” there are not many people who can say they’ve had as much of an impact on the world of comedy as Will Ferrell. Married to Swedish actress Viveca Paulin, Ferrell is the father of children Magnus, Mattias, and Axl and is the recipient of two Emmy awards for his work on SNL and as a sketch comedy producer for “Drunk History.”

Paul Giammati
From his first high-profile role as Kenny “Pig Vomit” Rushton in Howard Stern’s private parts.to “Sideways” to “American Splendor” to ” Love and Mercy” to “Downton Abbey,” there is no movie starring Paul Giamatti that he has not done justice to. Residing in the Brooklyn Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York Giammati is married to Elizabeth Cohen with whom he raises a son, Samuel, born in 2001. A Yale graduate, Giamatti is a two-time Golden Globe and Emmy Award recipient, and currently stars in the Showtime series, “Billions.”

Jason Statham

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Jason Statham
When it comes to tough guys, it doesn’t get much smoother than Jason Statham. The Derbyshire English native, often playing the beloved antihero, is best known for his roles, in “Snatch,” ” The Expendables,” and ” Fast and Furious 6 and 7.” While a tough guy in movies, Statham is quite the ladies man off screen. After his relationship with model Kelly Brook fizzled out in mid-2000, Statham has been dating model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley since 2010. They announced their engagement in 2016 and are currently expecting their first child.

Turning 50? Who are you most happy to be doing it with? Whether it’s a celebrity or otherwise, we hope you have some pretty good company on this benchmark occasion!

Two Products That Can Help You Fight Aging

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With all the products out there, it may seem to you that your bathroom has become something closer to a chemistry lab than a bathroom. You are no longer simply the makeup artist, but the subject of a mad science experiment designed to determine what works best on your skin, regardless of negative side effects. Redness, breakouts, rashes, all in the name of the science of beauty. While many of us chalk up failed experimentation to trial and error, there are some things that no women’s cache of makeup should be without. Two of these products are serums and sunscreen.

What Are Serums?
All moisturizers, whether anti-aging or otherwise, should contain a blend of antioxidants, and ingredients for skin replenishment and restoration. Good serums are marked by a high concentration of these ingredients and also by the distinctive texture of the ingredients they contain. Serums should apply smoothly and have a lightweight feel despite their powerful contents.

Tips on Serums
Serums usually address a variety of issues, including wrinkles, environmental damage, loss of firmness, and uneven skin tone.

If you’re looking to safeguard your skin from visible effects of pollution, look for something with a high antioxidant concentration. Antioxidant superstars include retinol, vitamin C, and vitamin E. If you are sensitive to retinol, a vitamin C and peptide containing formula will work well.

Extra sensitive skin prone to redness will benefit from a redness relief formula with ingredients like ceramics and glycerin.

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For large pores, bumpy skin and signs of aging, look for something with niacinamide and hyaluronic acid which will smooth the surface of the skin without a greasy feel.

Serums should be applied twice a day and can be used with or without moisturizers, depending on your skincare needs.

Sunscreen
The first step in any serious anti-aging routine is an SPF rated 30 or higher, and lots of it. That means daily application whether or not the sun is out. And, remember, UVA rays can penetrate glass, so that means that even home, car and office do not provide cover from the damaging rays of the sun, so apply whether inside or out with due diligence.

Tips On Sunscreens
To maximize the benefits of sunscreen, you may want to consider the following:

  • You probably don’t want to apply a typical “beach” all- over body moisturizer to your face. A facial moisturizer with built-in sunscreen will give you the protection while also providing the hydration and anti-aging ingredients that your face requires.
  • Look for a facial moisturizer/sunscreen based on your skin type. Creams work best on dry skin, while fluids and gels are best for oily skin. Those with combination skin should look for a lotion of gel.
  • Antioxidants work well with sunscreen. Look for sunscreens with vitamins C and E, soy, grape, pomegranate am green tea.
  • Sunscreen should be the last skincare product you apply in your am routine. Applying products over sunscreen will make it less effective. If you are layering sunscreen, start with a facial moisturizer with SPF protection, followed by a primer containing sunscreen and topped off with a pressed powder with added protection from the sun.

What do you look for in your sunscreen and serums? Let us know what works best for you to combat aging issues.

Antioxidants and Skin Care

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Are antioxidants the new religion? Since the superpowers of the oxidation fighters were revealed, we follow groundbreaking news about antioxidants on social media with the same rabid enthusiasm that we follow the Brangelina divorce or the newest celebrity posts on Instagram. Antioxidants are our lifeline against aging, judging from the amount of attention antioxidants are getting, this attribute may be more valuable than reservations at the Ivy. So for those of you for whom the latest skin care breakthrough headline is more enticing than the latest celebrity baby bump reveal, here is some eye opening information on antioxidants and skin care.

Vitamin C and E and Selenium
According to research, vitamins C, E, and selenium not only protect skin against sun damage and skin cancer, they may actually reverse wrinkles and discoloration associated with the aging process. Karen E.Burke, MD, PhD attributes these results to the ability of this trio to speed up the natural repair system of the skin and prevent further damage. The doctor recommends supplements containing 400 international units of vitamin E, 1,000 to 3,000 milligrams of vitamin C and 100 to 200 micrograms of selenium daily to reap the glorious benefits of this healthy triumvirate.

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CoEnzyme Q10
CoEnzyme Q10 is an antioxidant which occurs naturally in the human body, promoting cell growth and protecting against cancer. Age-related decreases in the levels of CoQ-10 in the body are thought to be associated with aging, and a study published in the Biofactors Journal found proof that applying 0.3% concentration of the antioxidant may help to minimize the appearance of wrinkles.

Alpha-Lipoic Acid
Applied topically, this antioxidant may be able to aid the skin in the prevention of sun damage. A study found subjects who applied a 3%-5% concentration of alpha-lipoic acid to their skin, starting at a rate of once every other day and gradually increasing to daily application, showed noticeable improvement in changes in the skin brought on by the sun.

Retinoic Acid
If you’ve been doing your homework, you already know that retinoic acid is the active form of vitamin Q in the skin, and is also typically referred to as the “gold standard” in skin care. Used topically, retinoic acids, often branded as Renova or Retin-A, effectively treat age spots, wrinkles, and rough skin caused by the sun’s rays. A study published in the Journal of Dermatological Science revealed findings that retinoic acid treatment reduces the appearance of wrinkles by restoring the elastic fibers responsible for keeping skin firm and tight. Although dermatologists once believed that use of this antioxidant increased skin’s sensitivity to the sun, they now believe that it actually protects the skin from further damage. However, because high concentrations of retinoic acid have been associated with peeling and redness, Burke recommends starting at a low concentration (0.01% in gels and 0.1% in creams) and applying it every two to three nights to introduce it slowly to the skin.

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Flavonoids (Green Tea and Chocolate)
We saved the best for last. Research suggests that the flavonoids in green tea can protect from inflammation and cancer, and a German study published in the Journal of Nutrition found that women who drank cocoa with a high level of flavonoids had smoother, softer skin than those who drank a lower flavonoid version of the liquid chocolate. Although the results so far seem promising, Burke says more research needs to be done to prove the effectiveness of flavonoids and to determine the best dose, but, in the meantime, you are more than welcome to experiment.

Are you a believer in antioxidants? Let us know which ones you are most faithful to and why. We love to learn from you!

Improve Your Skin’s Surface With Lightweight Oils

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We all know that skin dries out as we age, so it may seem like a no-brainer to assume the best way to fight aging is to apply the oiliest, thickest moisturizers to our moisture starved faces. And indeed, we have all heard the tales of someone’s grandmother who religiously applied petroleum jelly to her face nightly and never looked a day over 35. In fact, the lovely Marilyn Monroe was said to have generously applied layers of the stuff, but then again, Marilyn never did make it see how effective it was as a wrinkle fighter when things got serious.

However, regardless of Marilyn’s experience, or lack thereof, it seems like many women find thick moisturizers somewhat smothering, especially in the heat. For those who prefer lightweight oils, here are some that you might be worth checking out.

Moringa Oil
Moringa oil is derived from Moringa seeds and is rich in nutrients and antioxidants. Regular users will be rewarded with a glowing complexion without the greasy build-up of a heavier formula.

Tamanu Oil
Don’t let the thick consistency fool you. Tamanu oil penetrates the skin quickly and provides a full day of hydration when applied to damp skin. It also contains hydrating Omega fatty acid, known to promote the growth of healthy new cells, and its antioxidant properties can prevent wrinkles and sun damage.

Baobab Oil
Baobab oil traces its distinguished lineage to the baobab tree, responsible for producing fruit with the highest levels of antioxidants in the world. However, since the tree blooms but once a year, and only in the farthest reaches of Australia, Africa, and Madagascar, the oil tends to be on the pricey side. If you can get past the sticker shock, it may be well worth it. Baobab is similar to the oil our skin creates naturally and is rich in Vitamins A, D, E, and F and is known for keeping skin drying out without greasy build up.

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Jojoba Oil
You may know jojoba oil as being the closest oil to the oil our skin creates naturally, however, surprisingly, it is not an oil at all. According to aromatherapist and educator, Charlynn Avery, “Jojoba oil is not actually an oil, but a liquid wax, and it is considered universal in application. This means many different skin types can benefit.”

Argan Oil
Pure argan oil is often recommended for those with oily skin because of its high content of vitamin E and unsaturated fatty acids. Sources at Dermatology Review report that the oils help to control the production of sebum and contains antioxidants which remove damaged skin cells while increasing elasticity. It should be noted that those with nut allergies should proceed with caution when using argan oil, as it is derived from nuts of the Argania Spinosa tree.

Rose Hip Oil
While Rose hip oil is slightly heavier than the other oils on the list, it has a high amount of linoleic acid, which acne sufferers often have too little of, which makes it very effective for fighting breakouts. That along with its essential fatty acids and antioxidants is enough to qualify for any list of recommended skin care products.

What do you think? Are lightweight oils the way to go? Let us know which lightweight oils are among your favorites.

Developing A Skin Care Routine Based On Your Skin’s Needs

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When it comes to relationships, you know you need to consider the needs of your partners in order form a loving, solid, lasting relationship. But what about when it comes to your skin? Your skin has needs too. Are you listening to your skin? What is it trying to tell you? Are you giving it the attention it requires to perform at its peak and feel special and adored at all times? When it comes to developing a skin care routine, you need to take the needs of your skin into account in order to form a nurturing, healthy bond. Here are some tips for determining the right way to meet the needs of your skin for a more fulfilling relationship.

Simple Routine
An essential routine should be followed by everyone, regardless of skin type. A good general morning routine should consist of a cleanser, followed by and exfoliant, and topped off with a hydrating moisturizer with a built in SPF. An evening routine is basic repeat of the morning, only the SPF component of the moisturizer is not required. Daytime and nighttime moisturizers can be applied around the eyes as a substitute for eye cream, but if an additional eye cream is used, choose one with sunscreen for daytime application and one without sunscreen for the night, as with the moisturizer.

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Advanced Routine
If a specific skin issue needs to be addressed, such as signs of aging, uneven skin tones, large pores, and breakouts more advanced action may be called for. If this is the case, your routine may look something like this:

  • Cleanser
    A gentle cleanser should be applied first to remove debris and allow your skin to receive the maximum benefits from your other products.
  • Toner
    Toners contain replenishing ingredients to hydrate and refresh the surface of the skin after cleansing. They also smooth and calm skin, minimizing redness and the appearance of dry patches. Those will oily skin will notice tightening of the pores after repeated toner usage.
  • Exfoliant
    Exfoliants remove dead skin build up for noticeable skin renewal and elimination of dullness. Choose products with AHAs to exfoliate the skins surface, and BHAs which go deeper to penetrate oil that can clog pores and worsen the appearance of deep wrinkles and fine lines.
  • Acne Treatment (If Needed)
    If acne is an issue, a topical treatment with benzoyl peroxide is recommended to kill bacteria and prevent new blemishes from appearing. Use after exfoliation with AHAs and BHAs for maximum benefit.
  • Skin Lightening (If Needed)
    If dark spots and discoloration are a problem, skin lighteners with hydroquinone can fade spots within 8 to 12 weeks of use. Ongoing use will help to maintain results, as will the use of a broad spectrum sunscreen.
  • Serum
    Serums are packed with antioxidants and anti aging ingredients to help protect your skin from environmental damage. Apply twice daily to keep skin looking young and radiant.
  • Anti-aging Moisturizer (With Sunscreen For Daytime, Without For Night)
    Every skin type can benefit from a good moisturizer. When used daily, moisturizers, whether in cream, lotion, or gel form, work to hydrate skin keeping it plumped and noticeably younger.
  • Targeted Solutions
    Targeted solutions are optional products that can be used as an extra step to calm or hydrate skin, absorb an excess of oil, or address a certain issue, such as those related to aging. Examples of targeted solutions include facial masks, lip care, and mattifiers.

What do you do to make sure the needs of your skin are being met? Let us know! We love to hear from you!

What To Look For In Natural Cosmetics

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Does it ever seem odd that we pointedly avoid buying foods with any vaguely chemical sounding ingredients, but we actively search for them in our cosmetic products? Breyer’s Ice Cream brags of containing only five simple ingredients, yet we persist in putting a veritable cocktail of synthetic chemicals on our faces. Although it is true that many of the manmade skincare ingredients have proven harmless and effective, there has to be a certain amount of wisdom in the belief that the best things for our bodies come from the same place as our bodies do: the earth. With that in mind, let’s talk natural cosmetics and take a look at what you can do to keep green while you look beautiful.

Scale Down
While there seems to be a myriad of products to address each skin issue individually, some of them really have very similar formulations. Eye creams, for example, vary very little in consistency from basic facial moisturizers. If you are trying to scale down on the number of chemicals you are putting on your face, limit the amounts of products you are putting on your face. Try to limit your skincare routine to the basic essentials: cleanser, moisturizer, toner, and broad spectrum sunscreen.

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Choose Organic Beauty Products
Organic ingredients are grown without the use of synthetic pesticides and fertilizers which make them a healthier choice for both our planet and out bodies. Even better are botanicals grown employing biodynamic farming methods. These take the green mentality one step further by putting emphasis on the holistic relationship between plants, soil, and animals. The USDA National Organic Program has been certifying organic skincare products since 2003, and an increasing number of formulas are now bearing the organic seal. Biodynamically certified products feature the Demeter USA’s approval stamp.

Know What’s Really In “Natural” Products
Many companies market skincare by slapping the word “natural” on the label; however, the words “natural” and “all-natural” are not regulated terms. To be sure, check out the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Cosmetics Database site. This will tell you the level of toxicity in popular cosmetics products on a scale from 0 to 10.

No Fragrance
Besides the use of the word “natural” on product labels, federal law also overlooks the need for companies to state the toxic chemicals in a product’s fragrance mixture. Artificial fragrances can contain phthalates, which can trigger health problems and allergic reactions. Beware of products with “parfum” or “fragrance” on the label, as this could indicate hidden toxicity.

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Keep Healthy
Of course, a great way to get a natural glow without chemicals is by making sure you maintain healthy diet and exercise habits. Make a point to get the occasional workout in to keep the blood flowing to your skin, and eat plenty of healthy fats, like flaxseed and omega-3 fish oils, protein, fruits and complex carbohydrates.

Are you going natural with your cosmetics? Let us know how you’re greening up your routine. We love to hear it.

Ten Little Known Uses For Toothpaste

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What do you look for in a toothpaste? You want something with fluoride and silica. Something that whitens teeth while strengthening enamel. Something with cavity fighting properties, something that cleans your sneakers. What? Cleans your sneakers? If you think that toothpaste is only good for cleaning teeth, you don’t know it that well. Your toothpaste is a product of many dimensions, enigmatic and constantly unpredictable. Here are some examples of what your toothpaste is capable of:

Takes Scuffs Off Shoes
Got a few scuffs on your leather boots? Just squirt some toothpaste on the affected area and rub it with a soft cloth. Wipe it clean with a damp cloth and your leather will be as soft and shiny as the day you bought them.

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Cleans Piano Keys
If they can clean your teeth, they should clean an elephant’s teeth as well, and that is essentially what piano keys are made of. If your ivories are looking less that ivory, clean them with toothpaste and a brush and wipe with a damp cloth. If you have a more modern piano with plastic covered keys, toothpaste’s got your back. Toothpaste can clean plastic just as well as ivory.

Cleans Diamond Rings
Diamonds are forever, but they may not stay clean that long. Put some toothpaste on an old rag and rub it on your rock to restore its natural sparkle. Wipe with a damp cloth when you’re done.

Deodorizes Baby Bottles
Got sour milk odor? Toothpaste will take care of that. Just put some on your bottle brush and scrub. The smell will magically disappear.

Prevent Foggy Goggles
Foggy goggles can defeat their purpose. You can keep your aquatic vision sharp by coating your goggles with toothpaste. Just be sure to wipe them off before your swim.

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Removes Crayons From Walls
Writing on walls seems to be a rite of passage for most kids. Send the little one for a time out and grab some non-gel toothpaste and rag or scrub brush. Rinse with water and hide the crayons.

Cleans Your Clothes Iron
No one likes it when they place their iron down on their wrinkled clothes and it comes away leaving a burnt in stain. Non-gel toothpaste contains a mild abrasive that is great for de-gunking the plate on the bottom of your clothing iron. Just apply the toothpaste to the iron when cool, scrub with a rag, and rinse.

Prevent Bathroom Mirrors From Fogging
So, you just got out of a hot steamy shower, and you want to blow dry your hair. The only problem is, you can’t see yourself in the fogged up mirror. Next time, try coating the mirror with some non-gel toothpaste and wipe it off before stepping into the shower. When you get out, the mirror will be magically clear.

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Removes Ink and Lipstick Stains From Fabric
Although cheating men should not be privy to this info, a non-gel toothpaste rubbed on a lipstick or ink stain may save your clothing. Apply paste and rub fabric vigorously and rinse with water. You will probably have to repeat this a few times, but if you notice the stain fading, it may be worth the elbow grease. Try it on coffee stains as well.

Acne
Out of Clearasil? No problem! Just put a bit of non-whitening, non-gel toothpaste on the spot before turning in for the night and it should be dried up in the morning. Toothpaste works on pimples to dehydrate them and absorb oil.

What innovative uses do you have for your everyday products? Let us know! We love to dish the dirt on keeping clean.

Dermatologist Recommendations For Storing Beauty Products

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Are you a makeup hoarder? If you have eye shadows colors that only a teenager can get away with and you’re over the age of 30, the answer is probably “yes.” Whether it’s an attachment issue, or if you’re just sort of lazy, expert advice says, “Out with the old,” and it’s not just a backlash against hoarding. Apparently, there are certain guidelines when it comes to storing your cosmetics and, if your safety is a concern, you may want to know them.

Storing Cosmetics
Cosmetic products should remain safe for a reasonable amount go time, provided they are properly stored. That means makeup should be kept in a dry, cool place, without exposure to direct sunlight and the lids securely closed. Hands should be clean before putting fingers into products for application and sharing makeup is not advisable.

Product Deterioration
Once you open your makeup, it becomes exposed to dirt and microorganisms, such as yeasts, mold and bacteria found on applicators, brushes, and in the air. Although most cosmetics contain preservatives to kill the microorganisms, the efficacy of these additives can decrease with time and increased exposure to air. If contaminated, use of these products can cause irritation or infection of the skin. Products must be checked regularly to prevent this from occurring.

FDA Rules
There are no US laws requiring cosmetics to have expiration dates. The FDA considers the shelf life of cosmetics to be part of the responsibility of the manufacturer. Sunscreen and acne products, which are considered to be drugs under law, are subject to regulation and are required to have expiration dates on the label.

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Shelf Life
So how long should you hold on to your product? In the UK, products with a shelf life of less than two and a half years a required to be labelled with a best before date, however dating is not common, due to the fact that most cosmetics have a shelf life exceeding two and a half years. However, eye area cosmetics usually have the shortest shelf lives in the cosmetic family and manufacturers tend to recommend discarding mascara two to four months after it is purchased because mascara is exposed to fungi and bacteria with ever usage, and becomes unsafe quickly.

How Do I Know If A Product Is No Longer Safe?
If you come across makeup that has not had a lid on it for a long period of time, you should probably toss it, regardless of the expiration date. Check products for suspicious smell, color, or texture. Lumpy discolored makeup may not do its job properly and could be risky to someone with preexisting skin conditions.

Useful Tips

  • Read instruction and warnings carefully.
  • Keep lids on products and use products within recommended time period.
  • Avoid storing cosmetics in direct sunlight or near heat sources. Choose cool, dry areas when possible.
  • Do not mix or dilute products with other products unless instructed.
  • Make sure all applicators or hands are clean before applying cosmetics. Wash applicators regularly with detergent, soap, or mild shampoo.
  • Make sure applicators dry completely before use.
  • Avoid sharing cosmetics.

How do you store your cosmetics? Do you still have your punk rock purple lipstick from the eighties? Let us know what shocking things you discovered weeding through your old makeup! We love to hear from you!