Get The Best Tips On Skin Tone With Guest Author Tara Heath

By jacquelineluxe • May 22, 2015

How to Find Your Skin Tone

You know your skin type but what about your skin tone? It's an important element of your skin you need to know so you can look your best.

Truth About Tone

What is your skin tone? Basically, it's the hue underneath the surface of your skin and it determines what colors complement you. If you wear the wrong colors, you can look dull or tired. So the next time you want to wear the latest trendy colors, first test them out against your skin tone.

Fast Fact: Your skin type can change, such as if you get a tan or use skin lightening products to decrease your skin's melanin, but your skin tone never changes.

Find Your Skin

Tone There are two tones: cool and warm. If yours is cool, your skin has a pinkish or bluish tinge underneath it. If it's warm, your skin has a yellowish undertone. These colors are not readily noticeable, so you can discover yours with a few easy tests.

  • Hold a piece of white paper next to your face and look in the mirror to see what undertones (pinkish or yellow) show up in your skin.
  • Look at the veins on your wrist in broad daylight. If they're blue, this points to a cool undertone. Green veins are a sign of a warm skin tone.
  • Test your jewellery. If silver/platinum suits you best, you're cool-toned. If gold complements you, you're warm-toned. 

What to Do with Your Tone

Now that you know what your tone is, you can find the right colors to wear. Generally, cool colors (such as blues, pinks, greens and purples) match cool skin tones, while warm shades (such as reds, oranges, yellows, golds, browns) look great on warm tones.

Fast Fact: It's possible to have a neutral tone. Neutral tones have blue and green veins on their wrists and suit both gold and silver jewellery! Some cool and warm colors will suit neutral tones.

Consider Contrast

Contrast is the difference in tone between your hair, eyes and skin. If you have a clear contrast, this means that you have a large difference: you might have dark eyes and hair, and pale skin. If you have a muted contrast, there's less disparity between your hair, eyes and skin. You might have pale eyes, blonde hair and pale skin; or you could have olive skin with brown hair.

Contrast is important to help you discover your season so that your skin tone comes alive with the right color choices.

What's Your Season?

  • If you're spring, you have high contrast and a warm skin tone. Celebrity example: Amy Adams. Soft, pale colors look good on you. 
  • If you're autumn, you have low contrast with a warm skin tone. Celebrity example: Jessica Alba. Choose earth tones.
  • If you're winter, you have high contrast with a cool tone. Celebrity example: Kim Kardashian. Choose rich or jewel colors. 
  • If you're summer, you have less contrast with a cool tone. Celebrity example: Naomi Watts. Neutrals and pastels are winners.

Find your tone and let it work its magic to make your skin look fresh and beautiful.

Filed in: Women's Page, Beauty

Say Bon Voyage To Bad Skin With Tips From Dermatologist Dr. Rebecca Baxt

By jacquelineluxe • May 21, 2015

This winter has proven to be one of the worst in years. From relentless snow to icy roads, many people are feeling frigid temps for warmer climates. However, traveling puts additional stress on you and your skin. Regardless of whether you are traveling by car or plane, for business or pleasure, New York & New Jersey board certified dermatologist Dr. Rebecca Baxt's must-know skin travel tips will help make your time away more relaxing and leave your skin rosy on arrival.

For Frequent Flyers

The re-circulated air on planes is five times drier than the desert and the lack of humidity causes loss of moisturizer. The air inside the cabin of a plane usually has a humidity level of 10 to 20 percent — much lower than a comfortable typical indoor humidity of 30 to 65 percent. All of which combines to equal skin desperately in need of moisture.

"Most people realize that flying can cause skin to dry out and breakout, but they may not know why," says Dr. Baxt. "Whenever the environment is moisture-free such as with recirculated air in a plane cabin - the air actually draws moisture from wherever it can, including the skin. Dry skin will tend to get drier and oily skin will get even oilier to compensate for dehydration."

Dr. Baxt recommends the following travel itinerary for your skin whether you're taking a quick weekend getaway or going for the long haul.

Un-Happy Hour

Don't Drink Alcohol on the Plane. "Alcohol is very dehydrating. While it may help to relax you if you're nervous about flying, the effect of alcohol will be dry skin," says Dr. Baxt. "Drink water, and read a magazine or book or bring along your iPod. Having something to distract you will help you as much, if not more than a glass of wine. If you just can't pass it up, drink lots of water afterward."

Bring a Hydrating Mist for In-Flight Treatment

A hydrating mist is perfect for in flight application. Dr. Baxt recommends spraying a couple of pumps onto your face for instant hydration. It also feels great and helps cool you down if you're on a warm airplane.

Skip the Salty Snacks

Airport food is not very skin-friendly. "While peanuts and pretzels may look delicious, salt can cause swelling," warns Dr. Baxt. "Instead, snack on fruits and vegetables like carrots and apples, which are filled with water."

It's Time to Takeoff...Your Makeup!

If you wear makeup, keep it to a minimum on the flight. "Airplane air is dry and can exacerbate your makeup's drying-out effects on your skin can which can lead to breakouts and your pores becoming clogged on the flight," says Dr. Baxt. "Opt for tinted moisturizer if you cannot bear not having any make-up on; and use lip balm in lieu of lipstick as the cabin air is dry lips tends to feel a little dryer while on the flight."

Puffy Eyes

Jet lag always shows through your skin but mostly in the eyes. Lack of sleep due to possible time changes can have you looking sleepy and puffy. Don't forget to stash an eye cream that contains caffeine for that quick "pick-me-up" if needed. Another option? "Carry green tea bags with you on the plane," says Dr. Baxt. "A half hour before landing, ask the flight attendant for hot water and soak a few minutes. Add ice to cool down the bags, and apply cool green tea bags to your eyelids before landing. The green tea has antioxidants and anti-inflammatories to decrease puffiness so you'll look your best when you land."

Your Travel Beauty Bag

What to Pack With the ever-changing airline baggage regulations and costly baggage fees, it's important to have a checklist of the essential skincare products you need when traveling. "If you're headed on a trip, you can't bring every makeup, skincare and hair care product from your bathroom," says Dr. Baxt. "Plan ahead and pack smart when traveling."

Filed in: Womens page, Beauty

Guest Author Tara Heath Shares Easy And Luxurious Home Spa Hacks

By jacquelineluxe • March 23, 2015

Treat yourself and give your skin some TLC after a stressful day with these home spa hacks. You need to recharge your batteries regularly, and what better way than to feel like you're at the spa? Here are some easy tips and tricks to get pampered the professional way.

Sink into a Beautiful Bath

Your bathtub isn't in a gorgeous spa location, but it sure can feel that way. When filling water for a relaxing bath, be sure to add some milk and mint. The combination of creamy milk and refreshing mint is pampering. Mix one cup of powdered milk, a quarter-cup of cornstarch, and a quarter-cup of baking soda together. Add 10 drops of spearmint essential oil.

Another good recipe is for a creamy bath wash. Put 1/4 cup of coconut oil into the microwave and let it heat up on medium setting to melt. Take it out and add 1/4 cup of raw honey, 10 drops of lemon essential oil, 10 drops of sweet orange essential oil, and 1 teaspoon of Vitamin E. Whisk these together, then slowly add in 1/2 a cup of liquid Castile soap. Place it in a glass bottle and shake it well before you use it.

Give Yourself a Fruit Facial DIY

Facials are an easy way to make use of natural healing ingredients. Exfoliation is an important part of facials to get rid of dead skin cells so that you look fresher with healthier skin, especially now that summer's on its way. Cranberries and sweet potatoes are natural exfoliants, so try this recipe: Mix together half a cup of boiled sweet potato with three tablespoons of honey. Add in two tablespoons of fresh cranberries and a teaspoon of sugar. Apply the mixture to your skin and let it sit for 10 minutes. During this time, be sure to rub it into your skin so that you boost circulation and exfoliate. Rinse it off with warm water.

Get Rid of Puffy Eyes

You don't want puffy eyes to ruin your smoother-looking complexion. Use egg whites to get rid of them. Simply whisk egg whites until they are stiff, then apply them with a brush to the delicate skin under your eyes. Sit with it for 15 minutes before rinsing it off. Egg whites are a natural skin tightening ingredient. Mani

Hacks for Beautiful Nails

  • If you don't have time to re-do your manicure, don't worry. Simply brush on a few coats of glitter nail polish. This conceals dull polish or nail outgrowth while boosting shine.
  • Always start your manicure by soaking your hands in warm water for a few minutes and then exfoliating them with a luxurious DIY hand scrub. Simply mix a tablespoon of sugar with a tablespoon of baby oil gel to get rid of dry cells and achieve softer hands and cuticles. 
  • Get rid of yellow nail stains by applying a few drops of lemon juice to them and letting it sit for a few minutes. Lemon is a natural brightener. Buff your nails with a dry washcloth and finish off with a moisturizer. 

When using these feel-good recipes, prepare them before you start your home spa evening. This reduces stress because everything's readily available when you need it, so you can concentrate on feeling fabulous.

Filed in: Spas, Beauty

AAK Personal Care Grows With New Distributor In Poland

By jacquelineluxe • March 4, 2015

Cosmetic ingredients supplier AAK Personal Care looks to strengthen its position in the Polish market and to intensify technical support to the Polish cosmetics customers.

"Poland is an important market for the European cosmetics industry. The local cosmetic formulators are well educated, technically skilled and know how to develop quality products. We have been present in Poland for many years and have established a good platform for further growth. We are confident that Nordmann, Rassmann with their professionalism and market approach will be an ideal partner for this purpose", says Minna Dam, Global Director at AAK Personal Care.

Nordmann, Rassmann Polska Sp.z o.o. has been present on the Polish market for almost 25 years. The company is a part of Nordmann, Rassmann (NRC) – a leading distributor of raw materials and specialty chemicals.

NRC was founded in 1912 and is today an international group with 13 European subsidiaries, 300 employees and an annual turnover of €330 million.

AAK Personal Care and NRC have a long and successful partnership on several European markets including Switzerland, Austria, Germany, Scandinavia and the Baltic countries.

8 Shades Of Grey: Secrets Most Plastic Suregons Will Never Reveal

By jacquelineluxe • February 6, 2015

Plastic surgeons are perhaps the most "polished" of physicians. They are typically the best dressed, have the most effervescent personalities, the perkiest nurses, and offices ripped from the pages of Architectural Digest in addition to buxom spouses. But what lies beneath the perfect facade? Are there trade secrets these plastic surgeons don't dare even whisper among their colleagues at plastic surgery conferences for fear of tarnishing their golden veneer even among peers? Dr. Lyle Back is a Philadelphia area board certified plastic surgeon who is not afraid to pull back the proverbial surgical curtain to give lay people the real reality of cosmetic surgery.

You will have "some discomfort"

Those might be words that will have you cursing at your surgeon under your breath post-surgery. There's a general perception in society that cosmetic surgery is somehow less physically taxing than regular surgery, since it's elective and aesthetic in nature. Some patients might be surprised that work during a tummy tuck extends from the rib cage all the way down to the pubic bone, for example. Dr. Back explains that some surgeons not only minimize the level of pain, but the length of time needed for recovery as well. This leads to patients not being adequately prepared for child care and work issues which is not fair to patients or the important people/responsibilities in their lives. Since pain and recovery time do vary Dr. Back suggests talking to several people who have had the exact procedure to get an average.

Bad scarring 

When it comes to scars from big procedures like tummy tucks and breast lifts, many believe it's a surgeon's skill that determines how badly you'll scar post-surgery. However, Dr. Back says it really comes down to a patient's genetic factors. A skilled plastic surgeon, "can do the same exact closure on two different people, and one heals with imperceptible scars and one doesn't," he says. This is important to keep in mind before going under the knife, especially if you've got a darker complexion and high skin pigmentation, which Back says put you in the high risk category for scarring.

Secret weapon we can use when things go wrong: Leeches

By restoring blood flow and secreting a chemical that prevents blood clots, leeches can help salvage complex reconstructive procedures (e.g., a reconstruction flap for breast cancer or a reattached finger) that are struggling to heal properly. It sounds a bit scary, but reconstructive plastic surgeons will use them when needed.

Sorry, there's no good surgical fix for cellulite

There are a wealth of options available today, each claiming to treat cellulite effectively. Cellulaze, a highly promoted treatment, is an actual surgical procedure using an invasive laser that must be threaded under the skin. Scarring, infection, and other healing problems are real risks, even with small incision, minimally invasive procedures. "The risks are very low, says Dr. Back, "but they're still there—and you have to weigh the price, too. The treatment is invasive, costly and the results are so-so; I'm not a fan." The Verju' green laser is a completely nonsurgical noninvasive office treatment for cellulite that patients are raving about. To date, the Verju' green laser is still the only non-surgical treatment for cellulite cleared by the FDA!

You look amazing… for now

Even the most skilled surgeon cannot produce a facelift with "permanent" results unless the patient being operated on has figured out how to stop aging! The average "shelf life" of a facelift is about 10 years and that depends on a patient's skin elasticity, if they maintain a stable weight, how much time they spend in the sun and if they smoke. The lower quadrant of the face will always age faster because the skin is fleshier and has less bone. "People should usually expect that the jowls will be the first to return." says Dr. Back. This is not to say that men and women should not get facelifts! "You will still look better after a few years than you would have looked if the facelift weren't done. But a facelift at 60 is not going to block the aging process. Don't expect that facelift to look the same 35 years later!"

Trade a brow lift for a brow wax or Botox

As we age, our eyebrows droop, causing us to look tired. Years ago, this might have been improved with an expensive surgical brow lift. While effective, many people who consider this costly surgery could look almost as good with a $30 or less brow wax. The key is to instruct your aesthetician to remove the hairs on the undersurface of the eyebrow. This opens up the space above your eyelids, making you look more alert and refreshed. Just make sure she doesn't remove too much. Sometimes eyebrows don't grow back! And a single 5 minute special Botox treatment by an experienced plastic surgeon can get your eyebrows lifted, restore a nice feminine arch to them and make your eyes look rested and refreshed for 4 or 5 months. According to Dr. Back, with "no incisions, no scars, no downtime, and minimal cost – Botox is the clear winner for lifting eyebrows!"

It's the anesthesia you need to worry about

With so much focus placed on the surgeon performing your procedure, the person performing the really dangerous part — administering anesthesia — is often overlooked. Ask your surgeon directly about the anesthesia – will it be a nurse-anesthetist or a board-certified anesthesiologist? "An anesthesiologist is a fully trained physician professional who is dedicated to the anesthetic needs of the patient and doesn't have to be supervised," Dr. Back says. But in most states, nurse-anesthetists do require supervision. Consider this - your plastic surgeon may be the one doing the supervising! That's not to say nurse-anesthetists aren't competent, but it does mean you should ask additional questions — like what the anesthetist's experience is with outpatient aesthetic surgery. If your physician uses nurse-anesthetists and you would prefer a board-certified anesthesiologist, ask if it's possible to have one.

Ask About Their Complication Rate

"If a plastic surgeon tells you that they've never had any complications, they're either lying or haven't operated enough to have seen any." The more experience a surgeon has the better. Complications happen – it's a fact of life. "But that's one of the ways a surgeon gains experience and can then build upon to hone his skills to an even higher level" says Dr. Back.

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