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4 Sunburn Remedies for Quick, Painless Relief (That Don’t Involve Taking an Aloe Vera Bath!)

Hello, lovelies!

I received my first sunburn of the season yesterday. I figured it was timely to update this post from last summer. I’ve heard of and used a range of sunburn relief remedies. Sunburns are not only painful but they might also lead to dehydration and blistering skin. Check out my quick list of sunburn remedies below:

1. Rinse with cool water 

Cool water reduces inflammation in the skin. A cold bath or shower helps calm the inflammatory response in your skin to provide soothing relief. Avoid fizzy bath products and any fragrance. These items may increase irritation.

2. Take an anti-inflammatory pill 

NSAID’s (non-steriod anti inflammatory) like Ibuprofen both reduces inflammation and expedites recovery. One pill should be taken within a few hours of sustaining a sunburn, and every 4-6 hours after. How do NSAID’s help? Once the swelling subsides, your skin begins repairing its sunburned barrier.

3. Stay hydrated 

Drink plenty of water to combat the drying effects of a sunburn. Hydration comes from different sources, so you don’t necessarily have to consume a litre bottle of water. Fruits like watermelon and strawberries contain water to replenish lost moisture from the skin.

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3 Easy, Effective Tips for Better Time Management (Even When You Think It’s Impossible!)

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We all have days where we have a growing list of tasks – and it seems like there isn’t enough hours in the day to complete them. How we manage our time to complete those tasks is time management. I use these tips daily, but they are especially useful to me during a new semester. 
 
1. Complete the most important tasks first 
 
This is prioritizing. Prioritizing is the golden rule of time management. Determine which tasks are the most crucial, and complete those first. Once you complete the essential tasks, you can move on to those which are not as crucial. 
 
2. Start early 
 
It’s tempting to hit the SNOOZE button. I’m writing this post while watching the sun peek into my bedroom window. I decided to get an early start and complete one task before my day fully begins. For example, I wake up  at 6:30 on mornings I publish blog posts. You can surprise yourself at how much youdoh during the rest of the day! 
3. Use a calendar 

Using a calendar is important to time management. If carrying a paper calendar or agenda is not your style, a range of online software exists to create one! A calendar can simply list each day of the week. Most agendas, in comparison, are useful for planning hourly tasks.

 

 

 

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3 Quick Tips for Clear, Glowing Skin All Year-Round

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Achieving a healthy, glowing complexion takes time. I still struggle with breakouts at age 21. After modifying my skin care routine I’ve determined specific steps to minimize imperfections and enhance my natural glow. Today I share a few of the tips I use on a daily basis with you.

TIP #1 – Moisturize your face 

I’ve noticed that using moisturizer makes a huge difference to my skin. If I don’t follow up with moisturizer after cleansing, my skin feels tight. New breakouts also appear when I skip this step. Moisturizing each day adds a healthy layer of moisture into your skin. This moisture prevents the skin from becoming dry and tight – preventing new breakouts.

TIP #2 – Hands off 

Touching your face throughout the day introduces new bacteria into the skin. Keep your hands away from your face to prevent new acne from occurring. When you do not touch your face, your skin stays clear from excess dirt and oil.

TIP #3 – Drink enough water 

Water impacts your skin health. Drinking adequate water helps the skin appear brighter. It also lessens the chance of introducing new particles into the skin. Adequate water consumption hydrates the skin.

What are your top tips for clearer skin? I’d love to hear about them in the comments below! 

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3 Smoothie Hacks to Upgrade Your Morning Smoothie

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A cold, refreshing smoothie makes a quick snack or filling breakfast. Multiple combinations of fruits, yogurt and other ingredients make it a customizable drink. There are tips to help you make the creation process smoother. 

Hack #1 – Freeze fresh ingredients into ice cube trays

If you don’t have ingredients like spinach, coffee, or banana on hand try freezing them the week before into ice cube trays. I sometimes create coffee-flavored ice cubes to add into my frozen coffee drinks. 

Hack #2 – Start the blender slowly

Beginning the blender use with the lowest speed option ensures that you don’t put as much wear/tear on the machine. 

Hack #3 – Create a smoothie bowl

Pour your smoothie into a bowl and top it with fruits or nuts to upgrade your typical smoothie routine. 

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3 Tips You Should Use to Help You Get a Better Night’s Sleep 

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Keeping a consistent sleep schedule contributes to better health and wellness. Achieving adequate sleep is easier than you think. From living with petds, I’ve adapted and simplified my nightly routine. Today I share tips to help you get better shut eye each night. 

1. Practice a bedtime ritual 

A relaxing routine before bed helps separate your sleep time from activities that cause excitement. Practice relaxing activities like taking a bubble bath or turning off technology 30 minutes before bedtime will help you achieve deeper sleep.

2. Exercise daily

Vigorous exercise is best, but any amount of physical activity attributes to restful sleep. Exercising at any time of day is beneficial. 

3. Ensure your mattress and pillows are comfortable

The typical lifespan of a mattress is 10 years. Your mattress and pillows should be cool, comfortable and supportive. 

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A Quick Guide to the Perfect Red Lip: My Top 3 Tips to Achieve the Cherry Pout

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I adore all shades of red lipstick. The colour adds elegance to any outfit I wear, and it elevates my makeup. Today I share my favourite tips yo achieve the perfect cherry pout.

1. Apply powder or concealer to the lips before lipstick 

Blocking out the natural pigment in the lips gives you the truest shade of your lipstick. I dust translucent powder on my lips before applying lipstick to create a white base for the colour. Blot your lips with a tissue to remove any leftover powder.

2. For percise application, apply lipstick with a lip brush

Using a lip brush gives you control over where the lipstick is applied. My lipstick sometimes bleeds outside my natural lip lines when I apply directly from the tube. I like to use a lip brush to apply lipstick to prevent this.

3. Pick your perfect red

The ideal shade makes your teeth whiter and your skin glow. Lipstick shades with a blue undertone flatter all skintones.  Fair complexions usually have a pink undertone. Use blue-based or pink-based reds to compliment the pink undertones in the skin. Light complexions have a yellow undertone, an orange-red compliments this undertone best. Brick-red lipstick suits olive complexions. If you have a darker skin tone, try a cherry-coloured red.

 

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4 Tips to Help You Use a BeautyBlender Makeup Sponge

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BeautyBlender makeup sponge is an applicator for foundation, highlight, and contouring. These sponges double in size once wet to absorb product as you apply it to the face.

Know which BeautyBlender to use 

Five types of BeautyBlender products exist. The Original pink BeautyBlender is perfect for applying foundation. The Black BeautyBlender sponge works best when applying bronzer or self-tanner. Green Micro Mini BeautyBlender’s help blend foundation. The white Pure sponge absorbs moisturizer for easier application. The Blotterazi is a set of two mini pink sponges that blot away oil.

Keep the sponge wet 

Rinse the BeautyBlender sponge with lukewarm water. Squeeze any excess water before applying makeup. A damp makeup sponge helps makeup adhere to the skin better than a dry sponge.

How to apply makeup with a BeautyBlender 

Start by dampening the sponge with water. Pour the product you wish to apply onto the back of your hand. Dab the sponge into the product and apply it using a tapping motion. Use the pointed end of the sponge to blend it into the skin.

How to clean the sponge

Ideally, you should clean your BeautyBlender sponge after each use. Squirt a small amount of face wash or soap onto the sponge, rinse it under running water, and squeeze it until the water runs clear. You can also deep-clean the sponge by using bar soap.

How do you use your Beauty Blender?