Aug 04

Four Fantastic Body Scrub Treatments

SpaWith so many spa treatments on offer these days, choosing the perfect spa treat can be a tricky business. This article focuses on body scrub treatments to give you an idea of what’s currently popular.

The Purification Body Scrub

Purification Body ScrubThe Purification Body Scrub is a technique taken from the Imperial spas in South Korea, aimed at both improving circulation, invigorating the skin and energizing the body. The treatment starts with an exfoliation of dead skin to prepare the area for a nourishing massage. This is then followed by an application of essential oils combined with cucumber, yogurt and milk, used to re-hydrate the skin and give it a silky and renewed feeling. The spa treatment is then traditionally topped off with a head massage.

The Bamboo Green Tea Scrub

Spa Body Scrub with Green TeaWe have another Asian treatment up next, the Bamboo Green Tea Scrub, this time influenced by bathing rituals in Japan. This invigorating treatment involves and exfoliation with a mixture of green tea, bamboo, cleansing grains and essential oils, perfectly balanced to leave the skin feeling fresh. The treatment is then followed by a traditional rice buff shower rinse with a twist of cherry blossom. Finally, the skin is moisturized by a mixture of wild lime silk oil or plum blossom silk cream.

An Indulgent Grape Body Wrap

Body WrapNext up, we have a grape-themed body scrub, inspired by the world famous grapes of Napa. The grape-based treatment starts with a grape seed scrub to exfoliate the skin, leaving it with a smooth and supple feeling. A grape-seed oil mask is then applied to the body and enveloped in a warm mylar cocoon, to give the antioxidants in the grape-seed oil time to sink into the skin. The final stage is an application of warm grape lotion to leave your skin firm and glowing.

The Chamomile Body Scrub

Chamomile Body ScrubWe finish up with a more traditional treatment, the traditional Chamomile Body Scrub. It may be traditional but it’s still a popular treatment in the modern day. The body scrub starts with a gentle French pumice scrub to exfoliate and loosen the skin. The pumice used in the exfoliation is infused with chamomile essence, a relaxing fragrance. The gentle exfoliation will leave the skin feeling silky and vibrant.

This is obviously just a small taste of all the treatments currently available, there really are many more to discover, so why not head on down to your local spa to find out more?

 

This article was written by Thom Sanders on behalf of Titanic Spa. They offer a fantastic range of Spa break experiences, perfect for spa seekers.

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Aug 02

How to Make Your Own Bath Salts – Easy As A-B-C!

lavender bath saltI’m just like every other stay at home mom struggling to make end meets and, I have to admit, finding it a great challenge to make my own products for less than I would normally pay in a store. In this article I’m going to show you just how easy it is to learn how to make your own bath salts. I’ve been making bath salts for some years now and actually sell them at a local Farmers Market along with a whole lot of other spa products. Fortunately for you, making bath salts is easy and the great thing about making your own is that you determine what goes into them so you can tailor make them for specific needs.

Every bath salt starts with the main ingredient which is – wait for it – salt! Now you may just think of salt as that condiment you have on your dinner table but there are many different types of salt to choose from. Some people like to use just one salt, but many people combine different salts to vary the texture of their bath salts. My favourite choice of salts include Epsom Salt, Dead Sea Salt, Atlantic Sea Salt, Himalayan Pink Salt and Breton Organic Grey Sea Salt.

Next, when learning how to make your own bath salts, you need to add a colorant. Naturally it will have to be one that is not irritating to the skin or that dyes your skin. Just imagine stepping out of the tub with your skin turned bright blue! Some of the salts are already colored, so no problem there, but you can add powdered mica, which has a pearl like iridescence that is very attractive or FD&C dyes.

If you want to add botanicals to your salts such as dried herbs or flower petals, then go on ahead, but I would recommend packaging them in a bag and using them like a teabag.

Last, but not least you need to choose the oils to put into your salts. For moisture, you can add a variety of oils such as avocado, olive, castor or apricot kernel. For perfume, you can choose from a wide range of essential oils but do not choose basil, oregano, thyme, nutmeg, clove, cinnamon or bay leaf as these are well known skin irritants.

One of my personal favourite recipes that I use after a day in the garden to sooth aching muscles is below:

Soothing Muscle Bath Salts

Ingredients:

16 ounces Epsom Salts

5 drops Eucalyptus Oil

15 drops Lavender Oil

Place the salts in a mixing bowl and then add the essential oils and mix well. Store in a glass jar and use one third to half a cup of the gorgeous scented salts per bath to soothe away your aches and pains.

That’s all there is to it! Now you know how to make your own bath salts!

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Aug 02

How to Make Body Scrubs at Home

Ginger Body Scrub

Ginger Body Scrub

If you’ve ever wondered why anyone would want to know how to make body scrubs, it’s really quite simple. Body scrubs can be made at home, easily for just a few cents, and best of all they can be tailor made to suit your specific skin type. What’s more these fragrant indulgent spa type products make wonderful gifts for friends and family.

Body scrubs are a real treat for our skin because they gently exfoliate, removing all the dead cells, leaving the skin healthy and glowing and ready to receive any moisturiser we care to throw at hit. When you learn how to make body scrubs tailored for your skin’s specific needs, you really are giving your skin a much needed makeover.

Don’t worry that you won’t be able to make your own scrubs – honestly, they are so simple that a child could make them. Exfoliating body scrubs can be made with a variety of ingredients but generally consist of an exfoliant, which can be salt, sugar or other natural ground product such as coffee or oatmeal combined with some form of liquid. Some people prefer to buy their own liquid bases such as shampoos or lotions, whereas others like to make their own bases from a combination of nourishing oils, essential oils, fragrances and/or soap bases. How luxurious or simple you make a scrub is totally up to you.

There a few things to take consideration when you want to know how to make body scrubs. Firstly, you need to decide what type of fragrance you want. Essential oils can be quite costly but you get a lot of bang for your buck. Because they are totally natural and contain oil extracts from plants and herbs they are very concentrated, so a little goes a long way. Different essential oils convey different meanings. For example lavender is well known to be relaxing, citrus or peppermint is invigorating and gives a good wake up call and patchouli or sandalwood are earthy and sensual.

When it comes to choosing the type of exfoliant to use in your scrubs, it can be determined by skin type. Salt is generally best for oily skin because it has a dehydrating effect but should only be used once a week at most. Sugar is best for dry skin because it has a hydrating effect and can be used daily, if wanted, with no problem. Oatmeal is a good base for itchy skin and it has a natural soothing effect plus if you combine it with an oil, such as almond or olive, the end result is a scrub that will soothe as it gently exfoliates and moisturises. Coffee works well on normal skin and is unique in the fact that it can help to shrink varicose veins!

One of my personal favourite body scrubs that can be used on normal to dry skin is Ginger Bread Delight and the recipe is below for you to try.

Ginger Bread Delight Recipe

This scrub smells so yummy!

Ingredients:

1 teaspoon ginger powder

2 tablespoons almond meal

1 cup brown sugar

2 tablespoons honey granules

Instructions:

Mix all the ingredients and place in a jar. To use, add enough water to make into a thick paste. Scrub on to your skin gently. Rinse.

Just bear in mind when learning how to make body scrubs that because a lot of scrubs that you make contain fresh ingredients, you will need to keep them refrigerated and their shelf life will be limited.

Now I’ve got you interested in making bath scrubs why not go even further and learn how to make other spa quality products either for fun or profit? The spa industry is the fourth largest industry in the States so people are obviously keen to purchase in that sector.

 

Whether you are looking for fresh ideas for a hobby or looking to generate a much needed second income, then I have just the product for you. I have written an informative e-book which contains all the information you need to be successful at selling your products, plus it contains over 80 different and original recipe ideas. So if you want more recipes on how to make body scrubs then visit my website at www.homemadeskinproducts.com. You will also find a ton of information relating to setting up your own small business.

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Jul 31

Easy Breezy Homemade Body Butters

moisturizers and raw shea butterHow to make All Natural Body Butters

Body butters are easy to make using 3-4 main ingredients. They do not require any special jars or containers and the ingredients are easy to find. They quickly absorb leaving your skin smooth, soft and moisturized. You can scent them with your favorite fragrance or leave them unscented. Or you can get creative and add essential oils that promote specific benefits such as lavender for minor skin problems and irritations or a citrus essential oil for that much needed energizer in the morning. Body butters make wonderful inexpensive gifts for family, friends and co-workers. You can get the ingredients from your grocery store, on-line craft store or a craft store in your area.

Ingredients:

  • 3 ounces olive oil
  • 3 ounces butters (Shea, mango, cocoa, etc.)
  • 1 ounce bee’s wax
  • 4 drops of fragrance oil

Things you will need:

  • Stove or hot plate
  • Small pot
  • Jar or small glass container with lid
  • Measuring cup
  • Spatula
  • Whisk

Instructions:

  1. In a small pot on low heat melt the oils and bees wax.
  2. Remove the melted oils from the stove and stir to mix well. The butters will start to turn opaque when they have begun to cool.
  3. At this point stir in fragrance oil and whisk to mix well.
  4. Pour into jar or container, using the spatula to scrape the sides of the pot and apply the lid.

NOTE: The bee’s wax acts as a preservative, but using a cosmetic spatula or Popsicle stick will keep your butter from becoming contaminated with germs from your fingers.

 

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Jul 30

8 Honey Beauty Tips

honey with acacia blossomsAccording to the dictionary, honey is a sweet yellowish or brownish fluid produced by various bees from the nectar of flowers. Besides using honey as food, did you know that honey is one of the oldest and most effective beauty aids?

Honey contains waxes, sugars, and traces of minerals. It is a natural moisturizer, as well as an anti-irritant making it suitable for sensitive skin types. Honey can be found in many of the beauty products you find in your local drug store or favorite beauty supply store. Some of these products can be very expensive to purchase and many of these products can be made at home.

Try some of the following honey beauty tips below. Please be sure not to use honey on your skin if you are allergic to it!

1. Honey mask: Apply pure honey to your face and allow it to set until dry. This will take about 15 minutes. Once dry, rinse your face with warm water.

2. Body glow bath: To moisturize, smooth, and get an all over body glow, keep a jar of honey next to your bath. Apply honey on your skin and pat dry using both hands. While patting your skin, the honey will get sticky and gently pull up your skin. Rinse away the honey when you are done. The results will be great circulation and beautiful, glowing skin!

3. Honey bath: For sweet smelling and soft skin, add ¼ to ½ cup of honey to your bath water.

4. Honey scrub: Mix 1 teaspoon of honey with a little almond flour into the palm of your hand. Gently apply on your face for a facial scrub. Rinse your face with warm water to remove honey scrub.

5. Daily facial cleanser: Mix 1 teaspoon of honey with a little milk powder into the palm of your hand. Apply on your face to clean away dirt and makeup and then rinse with warm water.

6. Shiny Hair: To add some shine to your hair, mix 1 teaspoon of honey, a squeeze of fresh lemon, and 1 quart of warm water. Shampoo your hair as usual and then pour the honey mixture on your hair. Allow your hair to dry as normal. You do not have to rinse out the honey mixture.

7. Hair conditioner: For healthy hair and scalp, combine ½ cup of honey and 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Saturate your hair with the honey mixture, put on a shower cap and allow it to remain on hair for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, shampoo and rinse your hair as you normally do.

8. Skin toner: To firm, smooth, and moisturize your skin, combine 1 peeled, cored apple with 1 tablespoon of honey in a blender. Pulse honey mixture until smooth. Gently apply honey mixture on face and allow it to remain for 15 minutes. Rinse your face with warm water to remove the honey mixture.

With the above beauty tips, you can create affordable spa-like products at home. Honey is a wonderful beauty product because it contains naturally occurring enzymes, vitamins, and minerals. Be sure your honey is all natural by purchasing only 100% pure honey to create your beauty products.

 

Lesley Dietschy is a freelance writer and the founder of http://www.HomeDecorExchange.com – The Home Decor Exchange is a valuable website full of information and resources about home and garden decorating.

In addition to editing the Home Decor Exchange website, Lesley is a crochet pattern designer and needle fiber artist. You can view her crochet patterns and needle fiber designs at: http://www.ErinOliviaDesigns.Etsy.com

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Jul 25

Baking Soda Beauty Tips

Baking Soda

Baking Soda

Baking soda is a versatile and natural substance that is made from sodium carbonate, soda ash, or sodium bicarbonate. It is a known fact that baking soda has numerous uses including baking, deodorizing, everyday cleaning, and best of all beauty.

Many beauty products can be created in the convenience of your own home using a box of affordable baking soda and a few other ingredients. Below are ten beauty products that you can easily make using baking soda.

1. Relaxing bath: To create a relaxing bath, add ½ cup of baking soda to your bath water. This will leave your skin feeling refreshed and smooth.

2. Foot care: To give your feet a treat, mix 3 tablespoons of baking soda in a tub or basin of warm water. Soak your feet for desired amount of time. Then, create a paste of baking soda and water and gently scrub your feet with it. Your feet will thank you for this!

3. Clean brushes and combs: To clean brushes and combs by removing natural build up of oil and hair product residue, soak combs and brushes in a solution of 1 teaspoon of baking soda in a small tub or basin of warm water. Rinse combs and brushes thoroughly and allow them to dry before use.

4. Skin exfoliant: To create a gentle skin exfoliant, create a paste of 3 parts baking soda to 1 part water. Rub the mixture in a gentle circular motion to exfoliate your face and/or body. Rinse baking soda off with warm water.

5. Hair care: For beautiful, shiny, and more manageable hair, sprinkle a quarter-size of baking soda into the palm of your hand and mix it with your favorite shampoo. Shampoo your hair as normal and rinse thoroughly. The baking soda and shampoo mixture will help remove product residue allowing your hair to be cleaner.

6. Whiter teeth: For whiter teeth, brush your teeth with baking soda. Rinse out your mouth with water when finished.

7. Baking soda bath oil (for 1 bath): To create a soothing bath oil, you will need:

  • 4 tablespoons of baking soda
  • 8 fluid ounces of honey
  • 16 fluid ounces of milk
  • 16 tablespoons of sea or cooking salt
  • 4 fluid ounces of baby oil.

In a large bowl, mix the baking soda, honey, milk, and salt; stir well. Pour the mixture in a bath of warm water and add the baby oil. Use your hands to stir the mixture with the water and step into your soothing bath.

8. Rough skin: To smooth rough skin on your elbows, knees, and other areas, make a paste of baking soda and water and rub on skin. Rinse away paste with warm water.

9. Nail care: To soften your cuticles and clean your nails, apply baking soda to your cuticle brush. Now, scrub your nails and cuticles for great looking nails.

10. Dry shampoo: Running late and don’t have time to shampoo? Mix 1 part baking soda, 1 part baby powder, and 3 drops essential oil. Apply the mixture to the roots of your hair, including bangs, and comb through. This mixture will absorb excess oils and freshen up your hair.

Grab your box of baking soda and start creating your own spa-like beauty products today!

 

Lesley Dietschy is a freelance writer and the founder of http://www.HomeDecorExchange.com – The Home Decor Exchange is a valuable website full of information and resources about home and garden decorating.

In addition to editing the Home Decor Exchange website, Lesley is a crochet pattern designer and needle fiber artist. You can view her crochet patterns and needle fiber designs at: http://www.ErinOliviaDesigns.Etsy.com

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Jul 25

Beauty Tips

Simple Beauty Tips For Everyone

Autumn girlThere are so many expensive beauty products, beauty treatments and beauty spas selling the mainstream standard of beauty to women all over the world. I am going to give you the most important free beauty secrets for real beauty.

Get 6-8 Hours of Sleep
Fast asleepMake sure that you are in bed by 10 pm to ensure that your body and brain receive the optimal sleep benefits. Between the hours of 10 pm and 2 am is when your brain release chemicals that heal your body and slows down premature aging. Studies show that people who do not get at least 6 to 8 hours of sleep each night are at a higher risk of developing diabetes and heart disease. Looking healthy, radiant and well rested is a simple tip that everyone can take advantage of.

White Teeth
Brush your teeth twice a day. No matter how symmetrical your facial features if your teeth are stained, yellow or dirty this subtracts away from your physical attractiveness. Buy a good mouth wash and toothpaste and take care of your pearly whites. It cheap and simple and it’s a simple bit tip for everyone.

Maintain Excellent Hygiene
Keep your body extremely clean by showering at minimum once a day. Lotion or oil your body. Ashy skin is not attractive on men or women. Many people take the simplest things for granted and would much rather purchase $100 perfume than take a good shower. Many people think that others are unable to notice their lack of cleanliness because they are surrounded by people who are immune to their natural body odor. However, when you socialize with people outside of your social network they are immediately repelled by a person with poor body hygiene.

Exercise
You don’t need to join a fancy gym in order to take care of your body. Buy a jump rope and go outside and jump rope for 20 minutes each day. Do 50 jumping jacks, sit ups, push-ups and waist -bends. You could also go for a walk in your neighborhood, the local park or the mall. If you don’t feel safe walking in your neighborhood, buy an exercise DVD so that you can exercise in your living room or basement. Don’t exercise to lose weight-exercise to feel great. Taking the time to take care of your body is the number one way to show that you love yourself. Real beauty always expands from the inside to the outside.

Eat Healthy Foods
Incorporate spinach, kale, broccoli, blueberries, strawberries, almonds, walnuts and salmon in your daily diet as much as you can. These foods are good for your brain, heart, and eyes. But most importantly, if you eat a diet rich with these foods you will have glowing, radiant youthful skin.

Drink Green Tea
morning green mint teaTea is high in antioxidants that help fight against disease and act as a natural anti-aging agent. Some studies show that drinking green tea blocks the growth of cancer cells and lowers bad cholesterol. Additionally, researchers have found that green tea prevents tooth decay and help dieters burn more calories.

Focus conversation on others
This is weird simple beauty tip for everyone but studies show that people who focus conversation topics on other people are perceived as being more attractive and charismatic than people who like to talk about themselves. The next time you meet someone ask them how they feel or think about various topics that are friendly and light-hearted, such as their job, favorite book or movie. Stay away from religious and political topics because they can be very emotionally explosive.

Before you purchase an expensive anti-wrinkle cream, new lip gloss, or shoes to enhance your appearance try these simple beauty tips for everyone.

 

Dr. Cassandra George Sturges MA, MA, is a mother of two teenagers, a full-time psychology instructor, advice columnists for Today’s Black Woman Magazine, Seminar facilitator, author of “A Woman’s Soul on Paper” ISBN: 0595171435; The Illusion of Beauty: Why Women Hate Themselves & Envy Other Women; Men Interviewed Tell: 101 Things Women do to Turn Men Off; Success & Beauty is an Attitude: A Woman’s Guide to finding herself and making her dreams come true. Email me:authentikbeauty@yahoo.com, visit me at Http://authentikbeauty.blogspot.com.

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Jul 17

Healthy Homemade Hair Conditioner Recipe

Handmade DIY natural conditioner with coconut oil, almond oil and shea, cocoa and vanilla butterFind out how to make a healthy homemade hair conditioner that restores your hair to a shining light. As you know, unpredictable weather puts a lot of stress to your hair, so you must pay more care when is cold or dump. To start with, try to use a shampoo that contains a deeply moisturizer sunflower and conditional that contains Jojoba and almond oil to add extra strength. The Brazilian Chocolate Keratin is excellent for straightening and it is used by the best beauty salons as an alternative to Yuko for bleached or processed hair. This is a mild chemical solution enriched with keratin and other natural products, after the application your hair looks shiny, soft and more manageable.

There are lots of great hair conditioners available at stores or salons, but usually these products are expensive. Finding the right hair conditioner can become costly, but now you can make your personalized conditioner at home for a fraction of the cost. Some homemade conditioners contain many ingredients, while some of them only have few, and they are just as effective as the best hair conditioner available in beauty stores.

Homemade hair conditioner can be very easy as or extremely complicated. In any case making your own personalized hair conditioner at home can really save money, besides this a hair conditioner is just a moisturizing product used after cleansing the hair, follow these easy Healthy Homemade Hair Conditioner Tips

Homemade Hair Conditioner Recipe

This is an easy and efficient way for homemade hair treatments.

Use:

  • 10 ml solid coconut oil
  • 10 ml almond oil
  • 6 ml virgin olive oil
  • 6 ml jojoba oil
  • 6 drops of Roman chamomile oil
  • 6 drops of rosemary oil

Steps:

  1. Melt the coconut oil over a very low flame “use a ban-marie” then add the almond oil, olive oil, jojoba oil and mix.
  2. Allow the mixture to cool down and add the remain oils.
  3. Now massage this home-made conditioner into your hair for at list five minutes.
  4. Cover your head with a cling film and a warm towel and leave on for thirty minutes.
  5. After this use a good quality shampoo to clean without wetting your hair first.

After this you may use Bumpits Hair Inserts self gripping that gives you instant volume, and lets you enjoy feeling confident and beautiful. You’ll look like you just stepped out of a professional salon.

 

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Jul 12

5 Ways to Shake Up Your Summer Beauty Routine

Summer Beauty Routine(BPT) – Stay cool this summer and let your natural beauty shine with products that protect, hydrate and get you glowing. With the warmer months ahead, now is the perfect time to lighten up your beauty routine with new, fresh formulas that will get you out the door in minutes and help you look and feel your best all season long.

Here are some expert tips to shake up your beauty routine just in time for summer:

  1. Keep your makeup melt-proof by applying a primer as a first step to your makeup routine. Even in warm weather enjoy a flawless face all day.
  1. Streamline your summer beauty routine with multi-benefit products. The new, innovative Lancôme Juicy Shaker is a pigment infused bi-phased lip oil that is activated when shaken to combine essential oils and color, providing the benefits of both a balm and a gloss. Available in 20 addictive shades and flavors, Juicy Shaker provides a sheer wash of buildable color that hydrates for perfectly soft lips all summer long.
  1. Fake the perfect summer glow with a sunless self-tanner. Fast-drying gel formulas are easy to blend and provide instant color. Look for a formula that also works to nourish and protect skin with moisturizing ingredients and Vitamin E.
  1. Sun protection is always in style. To protect your face from harmful UVA and UVB rays, look for lightweight, oil-free, and fast-absorbing sunscreen formulas that can be used daily and worn under makeup.
  1. Apply a deep conditioning mask to your hair before hitting the beach or pool to help protect hair from damaging elements.

With these expert tips and tricks, you have a complete summer-proof regimen that provides lasting benefits and effortless beauty looks.

Jul 12

Your Beauty Routine’s Dirty Little Secrets and What Small Steps You Can Do To Improve Your Regimen

Beauty Routine(BPT) – Whether you are heading to a backyard barbecue or a summer soiree, a healthy, glowing complexion is the best accessory this summer. Everyone knows the drill about proper skin cleansing and moisturizing regimens, however, many women are interfering with their skin health by not taking the same care when it comes to their beauty products.

“Keeping skin looking radiant is no small feat,” says Stacey Ramstedt, senior director of marketing at Paris Presents Incorporated, a global leader in beauty products and personal care accessories. “Women are careful about the makeup and products they use on their skin, but overlook the importance of maintaining those products for optimal use and skin health.”

Are you guilty of these dirty secrets?

Mistake 1: Never washing makeup brushes

A whopping 43 percent of makeup brush users report they never wash their makeup brushes, according to a 2014 quantitative online survey among 212 makeup brush users. Brushes not only collect makeup residue, but they also hold dirt, oil and other impurities. A regular maintenance routine ensures brushes are clean when they touch your skin, plus it boosts brush performance and integrity so they last longer.

Cleaning makeup brushes does not have to be a time-consuming chore. For daily cleaning and quick color changes, try EcoTools Makeup Brush Cleansing Cloths. They help keep your brushes fresh and conditioned. For a weekly deeper clean, use EcoTools Makeup Brush Shampoo to get your brushes back to new. Both are made from plant-based ingredients and are dermatologist tested so they are safe for sensitive skin.

Beauty Routine 2Mistake 2: Using expired makeup

Similar to the kale salad you had for lunch, your makeup comes with an expiration date. While it may not give a specific “use by” date, the general rule is to replace mascara and eyeliners every three months, liquid foundation every six months and powder eye shadow every two years. We all struggle with letting go, with 89 percent of women hanging on to makeup just in case they need it later, according to a Stowaway Cosmetics survey. Which means at best makeup will be poor-performing, and at worst, it can bring bacteria to the skin and eyes, causing irritation.

Keep in mind, the more often you use the product, especially with your fingers, the more often you should replace it.

Mistake 3: Relying on products to include your sun protection

It is no secret that sunscreen helps maintain skin health. By blocking dangerous ultraviolet rays, sunscreen is a key tool to protect the skin against cancer and premature aging. Recognizing the benefits, most face lotions and products on the market today include a sunscreen ingredient. But be cautious, similar to the products in your makeup bag, sunscreens do not last forever and should be replenished.

While sunscreens are designed to remain at original strength for up to three years, according to the Mayo Clinic, the sunscreen ingredients in your favorite face products may not last as long. In fact, facial moisturizers and serums should be tossed after six months to a year. Be on the lookout for PAO (Period After Opening) notations on new products or look for a number followed by an M to tell you how many months after opening the product should be tossed. To be safe, be sure to use an oil-free high SPF face sunscreen after your moisturizer to provide any extra level of protection all summer long.