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Glowing, Healthy and Revived: The Top 8 Beauty Trends for 2016

Glowing, Healthy and Revived: The Top 8 Beauty Trends for 2016

New years always bring new beauty fads. To get you prepared for the beauty trends this year, this guide highlights the top beauty trends you’ll be sure to spot on both the red carpet and at office meetings. 2016 will be the year of fresh looks, bold make-up and holistic skincare.

Read on to discover how you can make these trends part of your beauty routine.

4 surprising reasons why beauty and confidence are linked

4 surprising reasons why beauty and confidence are linked

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People say that inner beauty is reflected in how people look on the outside. But the opposite also rings true. When you’re looking your best, you end up feeling good. Beauty and confidence are linked in less obvious ways that you'd think. Physical beauty jump-starts your confidence

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If you’ve ever experienced ashy or acne-prone skin, you’ll know how it can zap your confidence. Likewise, when your skin is clear, you feel better. You exhibit a range of behaviours that indicate this: you'll hold your head up high and make eye-contact with people, rather than attempting to hide your face.   When you identify the aspects of your appearance that dissolve your confidence, you might be able to give your self-esteem a necessary boost. If you have an ashy complexion that causes your skin to look dull, skin lightening creams that make your skin more luminous may help. In turn, this may relieve any built-up tension you feel towards yourself.

A study found that when men wore a scented product, women found them more attractive - even though they could not smell them! The reason? The men carried themselves with confidence, which had the effect of increasing their physical appeal to people they interacted with. Even psychologists backed this up, saying that grooming rituals can help to boost your confidence levels in the short term.

Spiritual beauty helps you think more positively

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Although spiritual beauty is mostly an inside job - you should nurture your soul with goodness, find goodness in the world and spread kindness - some of it is definitely linked to how you react to your appearance. Sometimes people look at themselves in the mirror and only see negative things. Self-criticism can make you feel judged by yourself, which will launch you into bad mood territory. How are you supposed to be kind to others when you can’t be kind to yourself Start looking for things you love about your appearance when you glance at your reflection - your shiny eyes, your glowing skin, your beautiful smile - because it will stimulate the reward system in your brain. Remember that you can’t send out love if you don’t have some of it set aside in your soul for yourself!

Spiritual beauty can also enhance your physical beauty

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When you cultivate your spiritual beauty, this can enhance your physical beauty. Your appearance radiates what is going on within your soul. Having inner serenity will reflect in how you look. You will appear composed, calm, and you'll walk tall. If you're stressed, the consequences can reveal themselves in various ways. A few examples? Wrinkles from frowning, bitten-down nails, and skin issues.

Looking after your body makes you look and feel good, period.

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The interesting thing about inner and outer beauty is that they're linked. If you care about your body by leading a healthy lifestyle, this will make you healthier and feel good (especially if you're part of a fitness community). It’s a positive chain reaction. Focus on healthy lifestyle habits that encourage physical, mental and emotional wellbeing, and your soul will shine.

Beauty and confidence are strongly linked, sometimes more than we realize. Focusing on strengthening physical and spiritual beauty will enable you to take beautiful flight in the amazing person you are.

About the author

Gwen Lewis is a writer and makeup artist based in Southern California. Because of her passion for beauty and health, she hopes to help others not just look great but feel great, whether through makeup or her writing. In her free time, she enjoy shopping and pick-up soccer games with her friends.

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Were you surprised by these connections between beauty and confidence? Let us know in the comments below!

3 Homemade Skin Care Recipes for Dry Skin

3 Homemade Skin Care Recipes for Dry Skin

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Dry skin can feel uncomfortable and irritating. If you’re tired of going through bottle after bottle of expensive remedies, give the following homemade recipes for dry skin a try. They’re sure to leave you feeling healthy, radiant, and budget-savvy!

Skin care recipes for dry skin

Recipes for Dry Skin | Oatmeal Moisturizer from the PumpUp Blog

Oatmeal Moisturizer

Oatmeal can provide fantastic relief from the irritation of dry skin and eczema, and turning it from a breakfast cereal into a world-class moisturizer is surprisingly easy. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • ¾ cup of coconut oil
  • ½ cup of oats
  • 5 drops of essential oil (lavender, frankincense, or thyme)
  • A small, lidded jar
  • Once you have all your ingredients ready, just follow these easy steps:
  1. Grind the oats in a food processor or coffee grinder
  2. Heat the coconut oil on the stove until it becomes completely liquified (this shouldn’t take long)
  3. Turn off the heat and mix the oats with the oil
  4. As the mixture thickens to a custard-like texture, pour it into a jar
  5. Once the cream has cooled completely, it’s ready to use! Simply apply as needed and feel the difference.

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Cocoa Butter Moisturizer  

This easy little recipe only has three components, but it’s sure to make you feel like a million bucks. To make this handy moisturizer, stop by your local co-op or farmer’s market and pick up the following natural all-natural ingredients:

  • 1 block of cocoa butter
  • 1 jar of coconut oil
  • 1 bottle of almond oil

You’ll need approximately ½ cup of cocoa butter, ½ cup of coconut oil, and ¼ cup of almond oil, so measure out your ingredients and then complete these simple steps:

  1. Place your ingredients in a heat-proof bowl
  2. Set the bowl on the stove over a pot of simmering water
  3. Stir until completely melted
  4. Place the bowl in the fridge or freezer until the mixture solidifies
  5. Using a mixer, whip the mixture until it becomes light and fluffy
  6. Store in an airtight container

Now that your homemade body butter is ready to use, give it a try. If you like the results but would prefer a more scented variety, try adding an essential oil such as lavender to your next jar.

Recipes for dry skin : grapefruit moisturizer

 

Photo via PumpUp member @thewholetara .

Red Grapefruit Lotion  

If it’s sun, sea, and sand that are drying your skin out, try this great summery lotion. It’s all-natural, easy to make, and it smells great. You’ll need:

  • ½ cup of coconut oil (coconut oil is the common denominator in all the best home skin care recipes, so try and keep some on hand)
  • 2 tablespoons of shea butter
  • 2 drops of almond essential oil
  • 1 grapefruit (zest grapefruit before beginning)
  • 2 teaspoons of tapioca starch

Once your grapefruit is zested and you have all your ingredients measured and ready, simply implement the following steps:

  1. Place ingredients in a large mixing bowl
  2. Whip ingredients with a high-powered mixer on medium setting for approximately 30 seconds
  3. Turn mixer onto high and whip for approximately 4 more minutes
  4. Once mixture is light and fluffy, add tapioca starch and mix for 30 more seconds
  5. Transfer mixture into a airtight jar

This moisturizer can only be stored at room temperature for about a month, so don’t be afraid to apply generously!

While homemade recipes for dry skin are great you experience moderate to mild irrtation, if you have a more intense skin problem you may want to combine natural treatments with an over-the-counter remedy. If the above recipes don’t work perfectly for you, don’t be afraid to experiment. Inventing your own moisturizing butters is fun, easy, and great for your skin. As you get better at creating your remedies, you can even give them as birthday, mother’s day, and Christmas gifts.

About the author

Gwen Lewis is a writer and makeup artist based in Southern California. Because of her passion for beauty and health, she hopes to help others not just look great but feel great, whether through makeup or her writing. In her free time, she enjoy shopping and pick-up soccer games with her friends.

6 tips to eat your way to clear skin

6 tips to eat your way to clear skin

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Want to eat your way to a fabulous complexion? Check out these six dietary tips that will have your skin looking and feeling as radiant as you are already.

1. Eat dark berries

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Berries are brimming with skin clearing antioxidants. Blackberries, in particular, are fantastic for your skin. This vibrant fruit is rich in vitamins A and C and has been known to help fight free radicals. Furthermore, Vitamin C helps to encourage cell turnover and collagen production, helping skin maintain firmness and luminosity.

When applied topically, blackberry and fruit extracts in cleansers helps to remove dead skin cells and curb excess oil production. To incorporate blackberries into your diet, make yourself a berry, kale, and yogurt smoothie, eat them as a snack, or throw them into a spinach salad.

2. Get your tomato on

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Tomatoes, especially the cooked variety, definitely need to be on your menu this Spring and Summer. Why? Lycopene, the chemical compound found in tomatoes that give them their color, also helps to neutralize and even repair sun damage/ exposure. Although lycopene is present in raw tomatoes, the fruit releases more of the skin-saving compound when cooked.

Thinking about indulging in a slice of pizza? That isn’t such a bad idea. The tomato paste is actually good for you. Now you can snack on pasta guilt free? And if you’re on a low-carb diet, never fear. Simply eat a few spoonfuls of tomato paste after prolonged sun exposure. (But remember to wear sunscreen.)

3. Protein is your friend

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Getting enough protein is essential for ensuring the health of your hair, skin, and nails. Science Daily even suggests that the vitamins and minerals in protein could provide anti-aging benefits. So, if you’re a meat eater, feel free to load up on lean protein like chicken and fish. If you’re a vegetarian, opt for eggs and other high-protein foods.

4. Healthy Fats Give You That Glow

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Surely you’ve heard this before, but it’s worth repeating: healthy fats are great for the health of your hair and skin. Take nuts, for instance, which are packed with Omega-6 fatty acids. Feel free to snack on walnuts, almonds, and even avocados. Your skin will thank you.

5. Hydrate

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Stay hydrated, and skin will retain its moisture and flush out unwanted toxins that can irritate your body and your skin. Not a big fan of water? Try these tips.

  • When you’re out at a restaurant, opt for water whenever possible.
  • Drink one glass when you wake up in the morning. Make it hot water with lemon for extra detox benefits.
  • Infuse your water with fruit or cucumbers.
  • Buy a charcoal filter and keep it filled in your fridge.

6. Strong antioxidant tea

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There are so many fantastic antioxidant teas. Camomile helps to is a calming agent, great for soothing skin irritation. Mint has antibacterial properties. It can be used topically (diluted) as an astringent or in a essential oil form for bathtub relaxation. (Remember, stress can contribute to blemishes and skin flare ups.) Find the tea that’s right for you and your skin.

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What do you think? What diet tips help your skin glow? What foods should we avoid? Leave your comments in the space below.

About the author

Gwen Lewis is a writer and makeup artist based in Southern California. Because of her passion for beauty and health, she hopes to help others not just look great but feel great, whether through makeup or her writing. In her free time, she enjoy shopping and pick-up soccer games with her friends.