04 Feb

How to choose body wash

Whether you are looking for a relaxing shower to start your day or you want to rinse off after the swim, you’ll definitely need a good body wash to moisturize the body. It might seem easy to choose a body wash but there are a lot of options available.

Choose body Wash

In this guide, we’ll tell you how to choose a quality body wash and also which is perfect for your lifestyle.

1. Ingredients to avoid

After some scientific studies are conducted, new data about frequently used chemicals becomes known.You can use body wash with salicylic acid but many Ingredients that were a part of the body washes and were commonly used are now avoided by many companies. So these are some of the ingredients you need to avoid right now. Have a look.

Parabens: Paraben is an overall term which is used to refer any group of compounds that acts as a preservative. You can spot a paraben in the ingredient list, you just have to look for the word ‘paraben’ at the end of a chosen ingredient like methylparaben, propylparaben etc.

Why it is not good: Scientists have discovered the presence of parabens in cancerous tissues. Not only this, parabens have been found to mimic hormones in the body which can distort your natural hormone system. Although, scientists have not made it clear that paraben causes cancer. However, FDA considers that paraben is safe at low levels, you will feel more comfortable if you choose one out of many excellent paraben-free body washes from the market.

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate/ Sodium Laureth Sulfate: They are also known by their abbreviated names of SLS and SLES, respectively. This causes soaps and body washes to foam up and for thick lather.

Why it is not good: Have you ever felt like it’s burning when shampoo accidentally enters in your eyes? This is because of SLS and SLES. SLS and SLES have to be seen to irritate those with sensitive skin. More use of these two ingredients can surely cause irritation.

With a body wash, you can easily clean the lathered soap within a few minutes of applying it so there are fewer chances of irritation. The FDA also states how much SLS and SLES should be present in the product. Anyway, selecting a sulfate-free body wash will do no harm to your skin and may provide you better results if you have sensitive skin.

2. Lifestyle benefits

You can find a body wash that suits your lifestyle and workout regimen. For instance, if you are a swimmer, look for a body wash that is specially made to remove chlorine and its smell from the skin. Swim outlet has a number of type of body washes so that you can smell good and feel good after you swim.

If you are involved in some other sport or you have sore joints, then you should look for a body wash with essential oils like peppermint or rosemary to help muscle fatigue. So when you shower you can get a soothing and relaxing experience with essential oils.

And if you have a rough and dry skin you may want a body wash with Aloe Vera, Shea Butter, or vitamins. With a regular use, your skin can become soft and smooth.

3. Improve your skin

Body washes are an important addition to your daily shower. With the help of a sponge, you can wash away the dry skin and moisturize. After the workout, you’ll feel soothing and relaxing. Choose the best body wash for you and enjoy the benefits.

14 Apr

Hot Head Microwave Cap Review and Giveaway!

Deep conditioning is your hair’s best friend. The old school method of deep conditioning is to sit under a dryer or heating cap plugged into the wall. The problem with that is its so…..restricting!

Now, we have Hot Head…

Enter the new millennium and now you can deep condition your hair while on the go (and no, I don’t mean with just a plastic baggy and a scarf).

Thanks to innovators like ThermalHairCare, you can get a thorough deep conditioning session with as much heat as the old school heating caps that kept you tethered to a chair.

The founder (a professional hairstylist) of ThermalHairCare has created Hot Head, a microwaveable heating cap. It’s special in that it’s filled with renewable flax seeds which generate heat when warmed up in the microwave. It’s reusable and environmentally friendly so you can deep condition your hair with a clean conscience (unlike those evil people who use aerosol hairspray! LOL)

ThermalHairCare sent me the Hot Head to review and they are also gracious enough to host a giveaway. Before we get to the giveaway details, watch my video demo of the Hot Head in action:

I’m also reviewing Eden’s Heart Damage Control: Intense Moisture Mask. I’m using it as my deep conditioning protein treatment of choice. Don’t forget to subscribe to this blog so you can be alerted of the full video review. 

My Thoughts on Hot Head Deep Conditioning Cap

I thoroughly enjoyed the fact that I can do errands around the house while deep conditioning my hair. The Hot Head Deep Conditioning cap provided a consistent source of heat across my entire head. My only qualm is that initially, it felt a little too hot on the top of my head. It did however quickly cool.

I also didn’t experience 45 minutes of heat as claimed. I found that the Hot Head only stayed hot and then warm for about 20 minutes. (I do wonder if I had put the Hot Head cap on with the terry cloth side toward my scalp if it would have stayed hot longer. Hmmm. I’ll definitely try it next time.) This is not an issue for me because I typically only deep condition for 15-20 minutes anyway. Plus, you could always pop it back in the microwave to extend the time the cap stays hot.

Now about that giveaway. It’s simple. To be entered to win this, here’s what you need to do:

  1. Visit ThermalHairCare and check out the Hot Head Deep Conditioning Caps here 
  2. Leave a comment below (or on the video comments section on YouTube) sharing which color/style you’d choose if you win.

That’s all you need to do to be entered to win. BUT, you can increase your chances of winning by doing the optional activities listed in the Rafflecopter.

Hot Head Microwave Cap

NOTE: All entries will be checked. If you do not follow the simple directions, unfortunately, your entry will be discarded.

14 Jun

5 Beauty Tips for Red Carpet Stardom & A $100 Giveaway (CLOSED)

red carpet ready beautyParties, reunions and special nights out are at the cusp of a woman’s life when she must look her best. For my five beauty tips for “red carpet stardom” at social extravaganzas AND a chance to win a $100 Visa Gift Card sponsored by COVERGIRL, keep reading.

I- Channel Your Favorite Celebrity’s Style

There’s a lot of inspiration to be gained from your favorite female celebrities. If you’re a fan of Sofia Vergara, you know she’s famous for playing up looks that make you think of romance on the red carpet. Maybe, Janelle Monae is more your style. Her fashion sense is a bit edgier. Janelle has been often seen wearing dark nail colors and rocking a tuxedo. Once you’ve decided the type of look you’re going for (formal, bad girl, etc), it’s time to plan your color palette.

II- Choose a Color Scheme for the Evening

For the most polished look, color coordinate from head to toe. Your makeup should be properly coordinated with your clothes, accessories and nail polish. When in doubt, go neutral (bronzes, silvers, golds). Neutral colors that shimmer is a great way to look gorgeous for a social gathering. COVERGIRL® Outlast Stay Brilliant Nail Gloss #230, Golden Opportunity is a gorgeous high gloss shade of gold with just the right amount of shimmer. This nail polish applies smoothly and is equal in quality to more expensive brands. It has a 3-in-1 formula so there’s no need for a base or top coat. Visit COVERGIRL online for full details and 15 shades to inspire you (more shades coming in January!).




III- Prep Your Skin

Caring for your skin in the most protective way should be standard practice, but when you’re looking for red carpet stardom, you need a special glimmer. Some skin prepping is necessary. Before applying your makeup, give your face a good exfoliation. This will deep cleanse and even out your skin. Follow with a toner, moisturizer, and oil-free primer. Then, you’re ready for makeup

IV- Play Up Your Eyes

To make a splash of impression, use your eyes to capture attention. Aside from your eyeshadow and liner, your choice of mascara shouldn’t be made lightly. You need a mascara that glides on smoothly and has staying power. COVERGIRL® Clump Crusher Mascara will give you voluminous lashes that are set for the evening. This formula does not clump ever! I was a skeptic at first but after testing out the “zero clumps, even after 30 strokes” claim, I was convinced.


The curved brush design allows you to layer this mascara on for darker, more voluminous lashes that last the evening through. Score!

V- Every Hair in Place

If you’re a natural girl like me, make sure every curl is in place. Wash-and-go styles are perfect for special occasions. Seal your hair before styling to prevent frizz from taking over. Layering a butter based curl cream over a gel yields beautiful results.


If you’re not a naturally curly, use styles to keep your straight hair in place for a polished look. If you choose to “create” curls, style it in an up-do that cascades those curls for a sassy look.

BONUS Tip: Prepare for Mishaps

While this tip is less about getting you social stardom from appearing red carpet ready, it’s important because it will help keep you that way. When you’re out on the town, beauty mishaps happen. Make sure your handbag is stocked with beauty essentials like HandiWipes, hairpins, deodorant and a nail file. Check out the She Emergency Survival Kit Infographic for more ideas. Before your next event, follow these beauty tips to help you look radiant to release that inner diva!

What makes YOU feel ‘red carpet ready’ and what are your go-to tricks?

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22 Oct

Naturals: Create Your SheMergency Glam Survival Kit!

Ever wonder what it is you need to have with you in the case of a beauty emergency? Maybe you just want to be prepared to “support” your hair and skin while away from home in the event of a crisis. I got you, girl.


Naturals, this emergency Glam Survival Kit Info-graphic contains the basics you need to pack an emergency beauty care bag that you can take with you every day. Always keep it stocked. You never know when a true beauty emergency may arise.

17 Oct

A Henna-fied Weekend of My Crown and Glory

This past weekend, I tried a new brand of henna. Normally, I use either Henna for African Hair by Celebration Sunrise or Jamila that I get from Mehandi.com

Finding it difficult to curb product junkyism, I scooped up another brand (Rajasthani) that I found over at Ayur Natural Beauty. They carry a number of ayurvedic treatments and their prices are among the best I’ve seen online.

rajasthani henna

I only purchased 100 grams because I wanted to make sure I liked it before investing in more. So can I just say I just LOVE this henna? The sift is super fine (no trouble rinsing out), it was gentle on my scalp (hey finally!) AND (with attitude) my hair was left super soft.  I will definitely be purchasing this brand A-gain!

A Word on Good Quality Henna

If you’re unaware of what makes henna a good quality for staining and strengthening your hair, keep these in mind:

* The henna should be Body Art Quality (BAQ). Run like the wind if it says Henna hair coloring or something of the link. Henna is not a hair coloring. It is an herb with the ability to deposit color onto your hair.

* The henna should have a pretty high lawsone (dye) content. The Rajasthani henna is a whopping 2.9%. The Henna for African Hair is 2.2%. Jamila has been slipping. It was as low as 1.19%

* Should be free of pesticides or other contaminants.

* Should have a super fine sift and sealed in airtight bags. If the sift isn’t very fine, you’ll be pissed because you’ll have to rinse your hair for an hour to get it out.

So, I’ve been doing henna for about 5 months and have noticed an increase in my hair’s shine and an improvement in my hair’s texture. I took my time with this new henna and here are the results:

Hair is growing (stay tuned for the length check posts)

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Still trying to perfect the twist out

Why I Do What I Do

Before I wrap this up, I wanted to share why I do all the things that I do to my hair. Hopefully, it will enlighten someone.  My reasons are actually only A Reason.  Your hair is your crown and glory. God blessed you with a body and you should take care of it to the best of your ability.

I have not only been paying attention to my hair with the fierceness. I’ve started a new healthy eating, exercise and spiritual way of living. It is my goal to be a well-rounded person by honoring God with my entire being. Will you join me?

21 Sep

Protective Skin Series: Tips for a Cleaner Face

A couple of weeks ago I started the Protective Skin Series.  The purpose is to share tips with you to protect your skin from damage.  Today, let’s talk about how to protect your face by getting it cleaner.


For a gentle but thorough cleansing, your best tools are at your fingertips. As a matter of fact, they ARE your fingertips!

Sure there are expensive machines to help you get the job done but they aren’t all that necessary for a clean face. Besides, facial tools can have a tendency to irritate sensitive skin. Just stick with your fingers if you’re concerned about irritation.

Fingers First

Before beginning, wash your hands thoroughly before washing your face. I know it seems like common sense but its easily overlooked. Then, use the balls of your fingers to gently massage a cleanser for your skin type into your face.

Rinse and Repeat

Don’t stop at once. After rinsing your cleanser from your face, have another go at it.  This is an especially important step if you have on makeup and are looking for a thorough cleanse. Wash your face, rinse and repeat for a cleaner face.


Exfoliation should be done on your face once per week. The purpose for exfoliating as we know it is to remove dead skin cells. However, did you know that it also helps to make your face cleaner? Excess oil is removed by your exfoliant.

Day and Night

Wash your face morning and night. Even if you don’t wear makeup, cleansing your face at night is an important step in protecting your skin’s pores from clogging. Clogged pores from dirt can result in an acne outbreak.

These simple tips can help you to get a cleaner face every day of the week. The cleaner your face, the more radiant you’ll look.

31 Oct

27 Things You Can Do To Improve, Protect and Keep Your Hair On Your Head

Similar to 37 Things You Can Do To Improve Your Skin’s Appearance, here are 27 things you can do to improve your hair and keep it from shedding too rapidly or breaking off. The Goal: To keep your hair on your head.

Not including the obvious elimination of chemical treatments, this comprehensive list contains all you need to maintain a healthy head of hair. They are categorized by care/maintenance and styling.

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Care and Maintenance

  1. Nix shampoos with sulfates. It doesn’t matter if your hair is natural or relaxed. Sulfates strip the hair of needed moisture and oil.
  2. Pre-poo (pre-shampoo) your hair with coconut oil or olive oil. Coconut oil helps hair retain its moisture. Both natural oils protect the hair from being stripped when you shampoo.
  3. Deep condition your hair with a moisturizing deep conditioner after every wash.
  4. Get a protein treatment.For maintenance, you can do this once a month or more if your hair is breaking.
  5. Trim away split ends as necessary but don’t get a trim for the sake of trimming. If your goal is to retain length, you’ll only be cutting off the perfectly good hair. The less you do to damage your hair, the less you’ll need to trim it.
  6. No microfiber or towel drying. Contrary to popular belief, microfiber rips the hair out. It acts like velcro to our tresses! Towel drying frizzes the hair. Either air dry or use an old t-shirt.
  7. Refrigerate your leave in conditioner. A cold leave-in will help to seal your hair’s cuticle after washing. This is extremely helpful if you can’t take a cold water rinse. It will also increase the shine in your hair.
  8. Oil your hair with a light natural oil daily. Jojoba is light and helps keep the hair tangle free.
  9. Seal your ends with Jamaican Black Castor Oil. I have found this oil to be the best at protecting the ends from splitting. It’s so thick and protective, causing the ends to clump together. Seal after every wash and before styling.
  10. Massage your scalp to stimulate your hair follicles 2-3 times a week. Some believe this encourages hair growth. I have not found it to be so one way or another but it certainly can’t help and it does increase the blood flow to your scalp.
  11. Take a multi-vitamin with Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM). MSM is believed to extend the lifespan of your individual hairs while also alleviating dry scalp.
  12. Never sleep on your hair loose. It’s more prone to tangling and breakage. Tie it up and…
  13. Make satin your hair’s best friend. Sleeping in a satin scarf, bonnet or on a satin pillowcase prevents your hair’s moisture from being robbed.
  14. Moisturize your hair as needed. Use your sense of touch to tell. If it feels dry, moisturize. If you are chemically relaxed, you may need to do so 1-2 times daily. Natural hair may only require moisturizing every couple days.
  15. Don’t use too many different brands. When your hair begins responding, you want to know what’s working. In other words, curtail your PJ (product junkie) ways.
  16. Eat a diet rich in Omega-3 fatty acids. Good for your hair and skin too. Keeps both pliable.
  17. Try henna.  I’ve been giving my hair henna treatments for about 6 months now. My hair health is improved along with an amazing strength and shine.
  18. Clarify monthly. Hair products build up on the hair and every now and then the hair needs to be thoroughly cleansed. Especially, if you only co-wash (condition wash). You can either use a clarifying shampoo once a month or add a tablespoon of baking soda to your hair while shampooing. Apple cider vinegar is another option.


  1. Protective style your hair. Wear simple styles that offer little manipulation of your tresses and hide your ends which are the oldest parts of your hair. Buns and up-dos are classic.
  2. Stop heat styling your hair. Air drying is the best thing you can do to keep your hair on your head. Limit heat styling to rare special occasions.
  3. Never comb or brush dry hair to style. Finger comb or wear hair in twist outs, twists, braids or braids out to minimize breakage.
  4. Comb hair from the bottom up. When your hair is soaking with conditioner, you can comb it with a large tooth comb or Denman brush to detangle. Do so carefully, working from the bottom up.
  5. Never ever tease your hair. This is a cardinal sin against natural hair.
  6. Don’t pull hair apart like a wishbone.  If your hair is tangled, gently pull it up and apart instead of pulling it apart like would a wishbone.
  7. Use hair accessories with no hanging parts or exposed metal. Banana clips, Satin Scrunchies, Goodie Flex Barrettes, Ouchless bobby pins & Ouchless elastic bands are the best for styling hair so that it does not get damaged.
  8. Avoid pulling hair tight at the hairline. Doing so will recede your hairline and damage the follicles permanently.
  9. Check your nails. Hanging nails will damage hair. Always make sure your nails are smooth and even before hair styling.

Got any hair tips you’d like to add to the list? Do share how you take care of and do YOUR hair in the comments below!

22 Oct

Easy Textured Banana Clipped Protective Style

Natural hair is so versatile.  What’s great is with all the protective styles available to you, there’s no reason you can’t come up with a new style every week!  I thoroughly enjoy discovering new ways to style my hair.

Protective styling your hair is also protective for your skin. The less your hair is hanging in your face, on your shoulders or on your neck, the less of a chance you have for germs to be introduced onto your skin.  That means a reduced chance of getting a pimple.  Score.

So, I said all that to say check out this style I did the other day (notice my attempt at sepia and b&w lol):



I achieved this minimal protective style with 3 simple accessories: The Banana Clip (remember when these came in colors?), Goodie Ouchless Bobby Pins and a cheapie headband I forgot I had.

What’s great about the banana clip is you can achieve a much fuller bun with it. Of course, you have to have enough length to wrap it around but as long as you can get half of the hair around once in one direction and the other half around in the other direction, all you have to do is pin and you’re good.

Have you or do you ever use the banana clip in any of your hairstyles?

18 Oct

The Shocking Truth About Protein Use on Your Hair

There’s great debate scurrying around the hair community about the use of protein on the hair. Naturals who have difficulty with hair breakage or brittle hair will often blame it on the use of protein in hair products.  It’s been termed protein sensitivity.  I don’t usually write exhaustively long posts but protein has received a bad rap and it’s time to clear it up.

Overview of The Basic Structure of Hair

Hair is composed of approximately 91% protein made up of long chains of amino acids. As the cells in your hair mature, they fill up with a fibrous protein called keratin. Keratin that is found in hair is an insoluble protein called “hard” keratin because it doesn’t dissolve in water and is very resilient.

Since your hair is predominantly structured of protein, it makes sense that if your hair became protein deficient at any point in time, only a protein treatment could help remedy the problem – if even temporarily.

The Role of Protein

Protein conditioners have one job and one job only – To Strengthen Your Hair through temporary reconstruction.  When used properly, the protein molecules in a deep conditioner will bond to the hair and strengthen it.  Will it feel hard? Yes.  Is it supposed to? Yes.  How you treat your hair after a protein treatment is just as important, if not more as for how you apply it.

How to Properly Protein Treat Your Hair


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Protein should ONLY be part of a deep conditioning treatment that you use to strengthen your hair.  Leave In Conditioners, Serums, Curl Enhancers etc, should NOT contain protein. Why? Because protein should only be used with heat as part of a treatment to strengthen the hair.

When you deep condition your hair after washing it, heat is used to swell the hair follicles open, at which time the protein molecules can bond within the hair shaft.  Hair product manufacturers have added protein to any and every product to convince you that the product will help you grow your hair (because after all, it contains super protein)

If you apply for a leave in or other “surface” treating the product with protein in it, your hair will feel hard and brittle.  The brittle, hard hair is then susceptible to additional hair breakage – defeating the purpose of using protein in the first place.

And…wait for it…It-Will-Stay-That-Way causing you to have what you think is ”protein sensitivity” until you wash and use a moisturizing conditioner to soften it. That’s because the application of the products containing protein (other than a deep conditioner)  sits right on top of your hair shaft.

Now, that you clearly understand the role of protein, here are some tips to make sure you apply a protein conditioner properly:

  • After washing, detangling, towel (or t-shirt, paper towel etc) drying and sectioning your hair, apply a protein based conditioner.
  • Be careful not to over manipulate the hair. Do not comb or brush the conditioner into your hair. Only use your hands – carefully.
  • Cover hair with a plastic cap (unless the instructions state otherwise.  Ex: Aphogee) and sit under a dryer for 30 minutes minimum
  • Rinse hair thoroughly with warm water, allowing the shower head to do most of the work.
  • Next and Most Important: Apply a moisturizing softening conditioner that’s protein free to your hair and allow it to sit on the hair for 15 minutes (You can finish your shower ritual during this time). This will balance your hair’s protein with moisture. It needs both.
  • Rinse hair with cool water.
  • Apply a protein-free leave in conditioner that will pH balance your hair followed by any styling cream as final steps

After applying a moisturizing conditioner that softens, you’ll find that previously strawlike hair is now softened, more pliable and ready for styling. Only after applying the moisturizing conditioner should you begin to manipulate your hair.

It’s also not necessary to do a protein conditioning treatment every time you wash your hair UNLESS you are constantly redamaging it with the use of chemicals, brushes or heat stylers.  Otherwise, once a month at minimum is sufficient for maintenance.

What Products Should You Use?


At the risk of being repetitive but necessarily so, protein-based conditioners should only be used as part of a deep treatment process requiring the use of heat. The only way to know for sure that you are not using other products containing protein is to read the ingredient labels.

DO NOT trust what the manufacturer says about their products. Product claims can run from over-exaggerate to downright outlandish. The ingredient label is what you need to give your full attention to.

By law, the manufacturer must disclose what formulates their products.  However, the law does not address the fast and footloose way manufacturers dance within the shades of grey when “marketing” their products.

The two products that I’ve found to be very effective at strengthening the hair and putting an end to breakage are Aphogee and Jamaican Black Castor Oil Protein Conditioner. Apogee should be used as more of an emergency product when breakage has gotten out of control.  JBCO Protein conditioner is a great maintenance product.

So, do I believe in protein sensitivity?  That’s a negative.  I believe that women needed to justify the hard and brittle condition they found their hair in after improperly using protein or using it too often.

Educating yourself about the products you are using is a very important step if your goal is to grow and maintain a healthy head of hair.

UPDATE: When I first wrote this article, I did so with the goal of exposing protein sensitivity as a myth. I did, however, neglect a few key points that I should have included:

  • The higher the protein ingredient (hydrolyzed or otherwise) is on the list, the stronger the treatment will be.
  • After a protein treatment, even though you’ve followed with a moisturizing deep conditioning, your hair will not feel as soft as you are used to.  However, that will remedy itself in a few days once your protein/moisture balance is achieved. Just continue to moisturize your hair daily.
04 Oct

37 Things You Can Do to Improve Your Skin…Yes 37

Healthier skin doesn’t have to be a misnomer. Sometimes you just need someone to provide you with a few helpful tips on how to improve your skin!

Improve Your Skin

Well here’s 37 of them to help you on your quest to improved skin’s health:

  1. Use skin care products for sensitive skin (even if you don’t have sensitive skin). They are usually formulated without harsh chemicals.
  2. Stop falling asleep in makeup (even mineral makeup).
  3. See an esthetician.
  4. Drink more water (preferably half your body weight in ounces daily).
  5. Stop eating processed foods (at least cut this out most of the time).
  6. Wear your hair away from your face.
  7. Never scrub your skin. Harsh abrasives can damage and cause blemishes.
  8. Don’t use cleansers that contain sulfates that will strip your skin of its natural oils.
  9. Exfoliate your skin once per week.
  10. Always wear sunscreen when going outdoors.
  11. Invest in a good daily vitamin for skin health.
  12. Change your pillowcases several times a week and preferably sleep on a satin case (great for your hair too).
  13. Steam out your pores at least twice monthly. This will help them remain free of excess oil.
  14. Make sure water is the first ingredient in your moisturizer, followed by a natural oil.
  15. Try food on your face every now and then.
  16. Follow a skin care regimen for your skin type.
  17. Be consistent with your skin care regimen.
  18. Don’t touch your face unless you are cleansing or applying facial products.
  19. Get at least 8 hours of sleep nightly.
  20. Increase the circulation and oxygen levels in your skin with exercise (can’t believe I’m saying this one).
  21. Don’t leave toner out of your skin care regimen. It closes pores that have been opened from cleansing.
  22. See a dermatologist.
  23. Educate yourself and get to know your skin’s conditions and concerns.
  24. Load your diet up with foods rich in essential fatty acids.
  25. Keep your moisture levels balanced to prevent wrinkles.
  26. Keep your hair out of your face.
  27. Use pore cleansing strips to remove blackheads and whiteheads.
  28. Replace expired skin care products.
  29. Use facial products that contain collagen and elastin.
  30. Avoid or minimize stress.
  31. Take antioxidants internally and externally.
  32. Try ayurvedic skin care.
  33. Stop picking at scabs or scars.
  34. Try a little concealer one shade lighter than your skin tone.
  35. Go alcohol-free.
  36. Start using face products from Blended Naturals
  37. Be patient with your skin and don’t rush the process.