Monthly Archives: September 2013

Strange Celebrity Beauty Tips

Source: Wikimedia commons David Jones AW13 Fashion Launch: Sydney, Australia - 6th February 2013

Source: Wikimedia commons
David Jones AW13 Fashion Launch: Sydney, Australia – 6th February 2013

Are you looking to brighten your eye area? Want to get shinier hair? Check out these odd, yet effective, celebrity beauty tips to achieve your beauty goals! Each of these naturally-minded tips is considered tried-and-true by their celebrity ambassadors, but you’ll have to try them yourself to see if they work for you.

1) Brighten eyes with lip balm
Coming to you from Miranda Kerr, this beauty tip is perfect for late nights, early mornings, or a night out. To lighten and brighten the eye area, first apply your normal eye makeup to the area.

After applying your makeup, choose an all-natural lip balm – not a lip gloss, which will clog pores – and gently apply a small amount to the inner corners of the eyes using your ring fingers. You can also use pure shea butter, which will also moisturize and nourish the eye area. Just be sure to apply only a small amount, and blend well to achieve a natural-looking brightness.

2) Get softer, shinier hair with beer
You can thank Catherine Zeta-Jones for this one! Now, don’t use this tip as an excuse to go out bar-hopping. If you’d like to use beer to soften and brighten your tresses, you’ll actually apply the beer directly to your hair! Any beer will do, so grab a six-pack of cheapies and get to work.

Begin by shampooing and towel-drying hair. Then, using roughly a cup of beer, gently massage the beer into your hair, focusing on small sections at a time. Don’t pour the beer directly on, or most of it will go down the drain. After the beer has been applied, wrap your hair in plastic wrap for five minutes, then rinse.

Why does beer create softer, shinier hair? It is able to efficiently dissolve product buildup from days of styling, leaving your locks pure and light. This is also the perfect time to follow our next celebrity suggestion…

3) Deep condition hair with avocado and olive oil
Now this is a beauty tip Raw Essentials can get behind! Denise Richards swears by this beauty secret, and it’s the perfect compliment to the beer hair treatment mentioned above.

Simply mash a whole avocado with one tablespoon of olive oil, mixing well. Work it into your hair, focusing on the ends, and avoiding the scalp. (Applying the mixture to the scalp may cause your roots to look oily.) Leave it on while you watch TV, or even wrap your head in plastic wrap and a towel to leave on overnight. Thoroughly  wash out your concoction and enjoy your replenished locks!

4) Get a plumper pout with cinnamon oil
Have you ever wished you had fuller, plumper lips? This tip from Lisa Rinna may be just what you need! Now, be warned, this beauty tip may irritate sensitive skin, and is not for those with a cinnamon sensitivity.

Take your favorite lip gloss and add just a couple drops of cinnamon essential oil. Shake to combine and apply as normal! You’ll feel a warm, tingling sensation, and you may even notice some extra color coming to your lips! This is due to increased blood flow, which will both plump and darken your natural lip hue.

Before you add the oil to your gloss, try a patch test by applying a very small drop to your jawline. If you don’t experience any adverse effects, you should be safe to use the oil in your lip products.

Do you have a favorite celebrity beauty tip that you incorporate into your beauty routine? Leave a comment and tell us about it!

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All About Blackheads

Used with permission from the Wikimedia Commons

Used with permission from the Wikimedia Commons

Blackheads are universally experienced, and universally hated. Difficult to remove completely, and impossible to ignore, blackheads plague everyone from the everyday girl to celebrities. But, what are they, exactly, and is there anything we can do about them?

What are blackheads?
Blackheads are actually very similar to whiteheads; the only difference is that a blackhead is open at the top, while a whitehead is covered in skin. Actually, both blackheads and whiteheads share the same technical name: comedo. As with other acne breakouts, blackheads are hair follicles which have widened and become filled with skin cells, debris, bacteria, and sebum.

Because blackheads aren’t covered with skin like a whitehead, the contents of a blackhead are exposed to oxygen, and subsequently become oxidized, resulting in a dark brown, black, or even yellowish hue. Blackheads can affect any area of the face, but are usually found in the t-zone. Please remember that blackheads are not dirt trapped in the skin!

What causes blackheads? 
There are many factors which contribute to blackheads. Those with oily skin or acne skin are most prone to blackheads, but all skin types usually experience blackheads at some point or another. Topical comedogenic oils (oils which clog pores) can contribute to blackheads, as well as heavy makeup, or not removing makeup at the end of the day. In addition, constantly touching one’s face or picking at other breakouts can worsen blackheads.

How do I treat blackheads?
Cleansing and exfoliating regularly are the best treatment for blackheads. Uncleansed skin features more dead skin cells and sebum, both of which can cause or exacerbate blackheads. However, as noted before, blackheads are not trapped dirt, and over-cleansing the skin can cause excess sebum production, leading to more blackheads. A normal cleansing routine (once in the morning and once in the evening) should suffice.

Should I pop blackheads?
As with any pimple, the best advice is always to leave it alone and treat it properly with skin care products. However, the temptation to pop is always strong. If you must pop a blackhead, be sure that both your face and your fingers are clean. Wrap your index fingers in soft tissue and apply very gentle pressure to each side of the blackhead. If it “needs” to pop, it will. Otherwise leave it be!

Should I use pore strips?
Many skin care companies try to play on the universal hatred of blackheads by coming out with a wide array of blackhead-specific treatments, such as pore strips. Unfortunately, these fad products rarely provide any real results at all, and may even irritate your skin. Instead of buying into these products, stick to a healthy skin care regimen, which will provide better results without the cost of extra products.

Can everyone see my blackheads?
The truth is that blackheads are very small and are rarely noticed by anyone other than yourself. Plus, most people are too busy worrying about their own skin care problems to notice yours! At the end of the day, blackheads are a very common occurrence that won’t cause pain or discomfort, so the best course of action may be camouflaging with a light layer of mineral makeup and leaving well enough alone.

Raw Skin Care

Source: flickr.com user Cuba Gallery

Source: flickr.com user Cuba Gallery

Did you know that mainstream skin care products often contain a slew of harsh chemicals, fillers, preservatives, and even ingredients that are banned in other countries? The truth is that subpar skin care can do a lot worse than fail to deliver great results; it can harm your skin and your body. The body absorbs up to 60% of what you apply to your skin; if your skin care contains dangerous ingredients, you could be risking so much more than the appearance of your skin.

At Raw Essentials, we believe that skin care should promote overall health as well as beauty. One of the ways we strive to create healthier skin is by using raw active ingredients. Why Raw? As defined in the dictionary, raw means, “unadulterated; in its natural state; alive”. What could be more health-promoting than nourishing ingredients delivered to your skin in their natural, alive state?

In order to maintain an ingredient’s raw state, it must never be heated above 115°. Raw Essentials’ products are not “cooked” in the same way that mainstream products are; instead, they’re carefully formulated and even packaged to never reach a temperature above 115°. This means that the ingredients retain every natural vitamin, nutrient, mineral, and skin care antioxidant, which are then able to heal, nourish, and protect your skin.

In addition to healthy raw skin care ingredients, Raw Essentials never uses sulfates, petroleum, synthetic preservatives, detergents, GMOs, or artificial colors and fragrances. This ensures safe, gentle use, even for sensitive skin types!

To sum up what we believe at Raw Essentials, here’s a look at the company practices we’ve promised to follow to ensure the best products for our customers:

1. We use 100% raw active ingredients.
2. We use ingredients that are as close to their unadulterated, alive state as possible.
3. We never use chemicals or synthetic ingredients.
4. We use a 100% natural preservative systems and will never use parabens.
5. Our products are cruelty free.
Do you have questions or comments about the Raw Essentials philosophy? Let us know in the comments section!