Women are more active and confident than ever before and in each decade of our lives, care and attention will bring out the best in our overall look. Keep these basic hair and skin care strategies in mind, celebrate your features and enhance the natural beauty of your hair and skin and you’ll be radiant for decades to come.

What Do You Do with Grey Hair?

Why not embrace it! We will all go grey in time; and now we have head-turning examples of gorgeous greys like Stacy London, Jamie Lee Curtis and Sharon Stone, all beautiful proof that grey can be completely charming!

Five Tips to Help You Go Grey in Style:

•    Get a flattering short salon cut and let your old dye grow out, consider having your stylist add highlights and lowlights to make the transition less obvious. Highlights or a mix of colors appear less harsh than one solid color and will soften your facial features.

•    Keeping your hair styled is a positive statement about you; your greys will become your look.

•    If you are naturally blonde and your greys have a yellow hue, use a blue-base shampoo to minimize yellow tones.

•    Use a conditioning mask to keep your hair moisturized and shiny.  A flat-iron will give your hair a sleek look and reduce the frizzy appearance of greys.

•    A salon cut will volumize thinning hair but don’t go short just because you’re over 50, long hair can be beautiful at any age, you know what suits you best.

If you are a member of a senior home you’ll have the benefit of excellent advice; talk with your salon stylist; she (or he) will be able to suggest the most flattering styles for you.

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Naturally Radiant Skin for Women Over 30

If you’re 30 plus, your skin care routine shouldn’t have to change all that much but if you don’t have a routine, it’s not too late to start one. Skin cells don’t regenerate as quickly as they used to so practicing good habits and being kind to your skin will help you fight the effects of aging and keep your skin looking radiant.

Six Common Sense Strategies for Radiant Skin:

•    Don’t smoke: Smoking will prematurely age the skin. As we age, skin’s elasticity is reduced and skin cells aren’t rejuvenating at the rate they once were. Protect not just your skin but also your whole body from the damaging effects of smoke.

•    Sunblock and no more tanning beds: Try to avoid the sun between 10am and 4pm when the rays are the strongest. Freckles, age spots and blotchiness can be the result of too much sun exposure. If you love a bronze summery glow, invest in a good quality bronzing lotion applying the thinnest layer after a shower and exfoliating treatment, allowing color to appear gradually.

•    Check for skin abnormalities: Fair skinned people are at higher risk for skin cancer and if you notice worrisome changes in your skin consult with your doctor as soon as possible.

•    Hydrate your skin regularly: Drink lots of water to rehydrate and repair the damage that our skin suffers daily. Water is essential to good health and the best place to start is with what we take in.

•    Good nutrition will show: On the topic of health from the inside out, our nutritional choices are critical to the health of our skin. Eat foods as close to their natural unprocessed state as possible for example; include fruit, vegetables, grains and follow the recommendations on the food pyramid. Your skin will reflect the way you feel.

•    Anti-aging products: Investigate anti-aging products with your doctor or skin care specialist, there are many products both prescription and non-prescription that will help you protect your skin and maintain the best possible skin health.

Remember that beauty is not found in the color of your hair or the number of lines in your skin, but rather it radiates from inner joy; care for your skin from the inside out, set your own hair trend to suit your unique personality and smile about it!

Do you know that blackberries contain a wonderful source of folic acid and vitamin C? Both of which are vital in aiding your body’s ability to rejuvenate and repair cells!

Credits: Kristina Paukshtite

Tip of the day:

Do you know that blackberries contain a wonderful source of folic acid and vitamin C? Both of which are vital in aiding your body’s ability to rejuvenate and repair cells!

Here’s a recipe for a stunning blackberries dessert.

Ingredients

  • 4 cups fresh blackberries
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 recipe pastry for a 9-inch double crust pie
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1/4 cup white sugar

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).
  2. Combine 3 1/2 cups berries with the sugar and flour. Spoon the mixture into an unbaked pie shell. Spread the remaining 1/2 cup berries on top of the sweetened berries, and cover with the top crust. Seal and crimp the edges.  Cut vents in the top crust for steam to escape.
  3. Brush the top crust with milk, and sprinkle with 1/4 cup sugar.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven for 15 minutes. Reduce the oven temperature to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C), and bake for an additional 20 to 25 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown. Cool on wire rack.
Do you know that blackberries contain a wonderful source of folic acid and vitamin C? Both of which are vital in aiding your body’s ability to rejuvenate and repair cells!

Credits: The Bricks Kitchen

 


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You’ve been bombarded with information as to why sunscreen is vital, and you’ve taken the daily skin triad routine to heart. Here are some more beauty tips you may not have heard of!

Whiten your nails. Put some baking soda on a lemon wedge, and rub the wedge on your nails. Lemons are not only acidic, but antimicrobial too—and, paired with the abrasive properties of baking soda, leave your nails looking brighter and healthier.

Extend your bronzer’s life. Fond of the bronzer? Make a bottle go a long way with this trick: buy a shade darker than what you normally use. When you’re ready to get that sun-kissed look, mix a bit of the bronzer with your favorite moisturizer, then apply on your skin. You’ll get a sheer glow that won’t break the bank!

Exfoliate your scalp. When you don’t have a clarifying shampoo within your reach, you can temporarily turn to good ol’ apple cider vinegar. ACV helps “exfoliate” your scalp, getting rid of dead skin cells that clog hair follicles. This makes the scalp absorb nutrients even better from your favorite shampoo, and promotes healthier hair growth. Not only that, but the beneficial acids found in ACV (acetic, lactic, and malic) help neutralize the PH of the scalp. Do this rinse once or twice a week: mix equal parts of ACV and water, apply on hair, then leave on for a few minutes before rinsing out with water.

Avoid wrinkles. If you notice more wrinkles on one side of your face, it’s most probably the side that you sleep on. Prevent this from happening by using silk or satin pillow cases.

Moisturize your lips. We all know that those slices of cucumbers can help get rid of puffy eyes, but do you know that they can also be good for our lips? Since cucumber is made up of 96% water, it helps restore moisture. So cut up a slice and apply it directly on your lips.

Makeup remover from the kitchen. Do you know that you can use olive oil to remove  eye makeup? Just soak a cotton ball with olive oil and wipe the area. If you feel a wee bit oily afterward, apply a warm and damp washcloth to remove excess oil. Coconut oil can also be used to remove not just eye makeup but blush and foundation as well. And the bonus: they both leave your skin moisturized. (Though this doesn’t mean you can now skip your cleanse-tone-moisturize routine.)

Having acne or pigmentation problems? You might want to consider adding an Intense Pulse Light (IPL) treatment to your current facial treatment. Generally, IPL therapy serves as a good compliment to facial treatments as it speeds up the recovery process, which tends to produce better results as the IPL technology allows deeper penetration into the skin, rejuvenating and enhance renewal of collagen which helps in the absorption of products.

The IPL system releases yellow, green and red lights that are emitted in a series of short pulses. The yellow/green light destroys the bacteria which causes acne that thrives in our skin, while the red light directly targets the overactive sebaceous glands that cause outbreaks of pustules (pimples). The light conversion to heat is targeted accurately to the cells deep in the skin, initiating shrinkage of the inflamed sebaceous glands which helps to prevent over-production of excess sebum. Additionally, IPL treatment is effecting in correcting common skin pigmentation problems such as age spots, sun-induced freckles, and symptoms of rosacea, birthmarks, and unsightly veins, acne scarring and other blemishes.

IPL – Black Magic for Skin Rejuvenation

If you are looking for skin rejuvenation, consider the Black Magic™ IPL Treatment instead. Black Magic™ treatment does not target pigments, but aims to rejuvenate the skin instead, by tightening the pores and reducing sebum production. Black Magic™ treatment uses a proprietary formula created in Korea, known as The Photo Reborn Gel or Plasma Magic Gel.  Unlike conventional IPL Gel, which has a clear colour, the Plasma Magic Gel is black.

 

Normal IPL treatment uses an IPL gel that helps prevent light from scattering during the treatment. During a normal IPL treatment, there may be some loss of energy during travelling of light when it’s penetrating into the skin. However, the formulated Plasma Magic Gel can greatly reduce the energy loss and better absorb the light for better results using less energy. Thus, the Black Magic treatment therefore works effectively by diminishing the look of pores and reduces oiliness of skin.

LED Light Therapy

An IPL session at Porcelain includes the use of LED lights to target various skin problems. The LED Light Therapy is a skin rejuvenation treatment that uses non-invasive, non-ablative Red Light Therapy & Blue Light Therapy, and Infrared Light treatment for anti-aging skincare, facial wrinkles, acne treatment, stretch marks and more. It is very common to see that red light therapy associated with anti-aging and blue light therapy to fight acne. The following light colours used in a typical LED Light Therapy treatment tell you the benefits associated with each colour:

 

Red

  • Encourages collagen & elastin regeneration
  • Increases oxygen & blood flow hence perfect to prevent inflammation + acne

Blue

  • Kills bacteria, hence helps with acne

Green

  • Reduces hyper pigmentation
  • Improves skin tone and texture
  • Smoothen fine lines and wrinkles

Yellow

  • Helps treat sunburns, redness, swelling and eczema

 

Want a certain colour to zero in on your problems? A typical treatment at Porcelain will have our friendly therapists selecting the right combination of colours to cater to your unique skin type.

If you are currently undergoing facial treatment for acne or pigmentation, adding on IPL treatments will be a great compliment as technology enables deeper penetration of the products compared to normal facial treatments. For the treatment of problem skin, this means achieving expected results in a faster and more effective manner.

 

 

Fruits have always been considered a rich source of fibre and vitamins. In fact, fruit packs are also used in high-end beauty salons. You can also reap the abundance of benefits they offer! Read on to find out which make the perfect fruits for skincare in your daily life.

Bananas

Fruits For Skincare: Bananas

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Bananas are extremely nourishing for the skin as they contain Vitamins B and C. It’s also a rich source of potassium, which helps to soften, tighten and tone the skin.

Apples

Fruits For Skincare: Apples

Apples make wonderful ingredients for skin toners, helping to tighten the skin and stimulate blood circulation. These also have anti-oxidant properties. Raw apple pulp or juice can be applied onto the skin daily. Apple cider vinegar has great benefits for the hair too, helping to restore the balance to the scalp and preventing scalp problems like dandruff.

Papayas

Fruits For Skincare: Papayas

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Remove dead skin cells when you apply papaya to the face and body. They also help to lighten skin colour if used regularly over a period of time. Mix ripe papaya pulp directly on the face or mix it with other ingredients like oatmeal, curd and honey. The same mixture can be applied onto the body as well.

Mangos

Fruits For Skincare: Mangos

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Mangos are rich in Vitamins A and C, which help to tone and rejuvenate the skin. They can delay visible signs of ageing, and also soften the skin. Apply mango pulp to keep the skin soft and supple. Mangos are suited for all skin types. Being an anti-oxidant, it can reverse oxidation damage if used regularly.

Oranges

Fruits For Skincare: Oranges

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Like lemons, oranges are also rich in Vitamin C. The pulp can be included in masks. Even their peels can be collected and dried in the sun, ground into a powder and added to face masks. Oranges have a cleansing and gradual skin lightening effect. Their juice can also be added to masks for the face and hands. In fact, raw orange and lemon peels can be rubbed on the nails to remove discolouration. Orange peels rubbed regularly on the hands can help to lighten skin colour and also tighten the skin.

Strawberries

Fruits For Skincare: Strawberries

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Strawberries are powerful anti-oxidants and therefore help to prevent oxidation damage, which leads to ageing signs like lines, wrinkles, sagging skin, etc. In fact, they also strengthen supportive tissues and keep the skin youthful. These fruits are rich in Vitamin C and thus beneficial for the skin. Crush them and apply on the face as a fruit pack. Leave on for 20 minutes and then wash off with water. Try mixing them with other fruits and use this over time, e.g. lighten skin when you mix crushed strawberries with curd!

Grapefruit

Fruits For Skincare: Grapefruit

Like other citrus fruits, the grapefruit also has a cleansing and toning effect. It is particularly good for oily and acne-prone skin. It reduces oiliness and helps tighten enlarged pores. Apply the fruit or juice onto the skin and wash off after 20 minutes.

Cherries

Fruits For Skincare: Cherries

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Cherries contain vitamins and minerals, which help to nourish the skin. They have anti-inflammatory effects and help to heal and soothe irritated skin. They also help in cases of sun-damage and exposure to UV rays.

Pomegranate

Fruits For Skincare: Pomegranate

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Pomegranates offer excellent benefits for skin care, as it helps to moisturise the skin and is a powerful antioxidant. It helps to improve the skin’s ability to retain moisture too. These power fruits boost cell renewal, thus delaying the signs of ageing. Used regularly, it can lighten and brighten the skin.

Watermelons

Fruits For Skincare: Watermelons

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Watermelons help dry skin by sealing in moisture and keeping it hydrated and soothed. Applying watermelon pulp or juice helps to soften and smoothen the skin.