Monday, January 30, 2017

Best tips for Children's Hair

Ever wondered what the difference is between regular and baby shampoo.  Adult shampoos contain chemicals called anionics (like ammonium laurel sulfate) that create the lather most people want when they shampoo.  This can be very drying, but since most adults use conditioner and other styling products and have oilier skin than kids, it's not an issue. 

Be shampoo savvy when it comes to caring for infant and toddlers hair washing. 
Babies only need to have hair washed once or twice a week.   If your baby has cradle cap, which (despite the flakes) is an oily-skin condition, wash with a dandruff shampoo two or three times a week after massaging a little olive or baby oil onto his scalp to loosen the flakes.
Toddlers: Three times a week is fine (more often if he's got a penchant for mashing bananas on his head).
Preschoolers and up: As your child's hair gets longer, wash it every other day (less often for very curly, dry, or African-American hair; in these cases, you can use conditioner once a week, too).
At any age: Always shampoo at the end of the bath so your child's not sitting in the sudsy water, which could irritate sensitive skin.

The best way to comb painlessly after shampooing:
  • DO use a wide-tooth comb, or a boar-bristle or paddle brush, on dry hair. Avoid using your vent brush, which has tiny teeth that can snag.
  • DON'T start at the top; you'll just make tangles worse. Instead, begin at the ends and slowly work your way up the hair shaft, gently pulling apart knots with your fingers.
  • DO the hair at the nape of the neck first, which tends to get most tangled.
  • DON'T wet bad snarls. They'll only get more matted. Work in some regular hair conditioner or spray detangler, and hold the hair at the scalp while you gently comb out.
Want the best in hair care for children?  Beauty Care Choices has Original Sprout, Circle of Friends and Fairy Tales.  All are organic, tear-free and make tangles disappear!   

Friday, January 27, 2017

Lipstick Tips!

Create Fuller Lips -  If you're tired of having thin, pursed puckers, extend your lip line using a neutral-toned lip liner. Then apply lipstick over top. Be careful though — don't extend your lip line too much.

Keep lipstick lasting longer - Try holding a tissue over your lips and applying a light layer of translucent powder. The powder will absorb the excess oils in the lipstick and the tissue provides a barrier to keep some of the natural shine. Keep lips plump and moisturized - Few things draw attention to wrinkles like bleeding lip color. This happens because lipstick is a cream and it tends to slip into any low spaces -- including the lines around your lips. To keep color from traveling, use moisturizer, then coat the lips with foundation before applying lipstick.

If you are going Red:
  • If you have light skin, go with a red shade that has a cool blue base.  It will enhance your rosy complexion.
  • If your skin is dark, make sure your red has a touch of brown to highlight the warm caramel hints in your skin.
  • For those who have a medium skin tone, try an orangey-red shade that will reflect well with the yellow undertones in your skin.
Here's a little application tip for red lipstick newbies:  paint on the color with a lip brush.  It helps you control the amount of color you're using so your look is more subtle.  Just dab the brush on to the tip of your lipstick.  Lightly sweep on your lips, working from the center out.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Get Ultra Smooth, Shiny Hair

Love the look of sleek, shiny hair.  Follow the expert tips below for achieving ultra-smooth tresses.

PREP: The sleek look begins with your preparation.  Brush your dry hair before you shower, from the ends up.  Wet hair breaks more easily, leading to broken strands and flyaways in the shower.  Then shampoo only from the scalp to the mid-length of the hair to prevent over drying the ends.  Apply a smoothing conditioner (CHI Enviro Smoothing Conditioner is a great one) and use a wide-tooth comb to distribute it evenly through the hair.  Towel dry your hair by squeezing out the water...don't rub hair with a towel as it creates frizz. 

Apply a golf ball size heat-protecting mousse and layer in a shine oil.  If you don't have one, try Redken's Iron Shape Thermal Protecting Spray.  (P.S.  Right now it is on sale for $16.20 for the large 8.5 ounce size.)

BLOW DRY.  Using a nylon-bristle brush, wrap your hair flat to your head, going right to left and drag the bristles for tension as you dry.  Then go from left to right.  Once roots to mid-length are dry, pull the ends straight down with the brush and dry with a blast of cold for added shine.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Nine tips for a more beautiful you!

Freeze Your Eyeliner Does your eyeliner constantly crumble while putting it on? Leave it in the freezer for 15 minutes prior to applying your makeup. It should glide along your lash line seamlessly after that.

Shave With Conditioner. If you're out of shaving cream, lather your legs with conditioner instead of soap. Conditioner will soften the hair on your legs making it easier to shave (and it will leave your skin feeling extra silky).

Use Ice Cubes To Keep Fat, Acne And Wrinkles At Bay. Skin experts recommend massaging an ice cube over your face until it melts. Do it every night before bed and keep fat cells, acne and wrinkles under control.

De-Puff Your Eyes With Raw Potatoes. Use raw potato slices to soothe your eyes. She says they are astringent which means they help decrease water retention and they also contain the enzyme catalase which helps lighten dark under eye circles. First, wash and peel a potato. Cut two slices and place one on each eye for 10 minutes. Lay down, relax and let the potatoes work their magic. Rinse the eye area gently with lukewarm water when you're done.

Create Fuller Lips. If you're tired of having thin, pursed puckers, extend your lip line using a neutral-toned lip liner. Then apply lipstick over top. Be careful though — don't extend your lip line too much.

Microwave Lotion Into Luxury. Who doesn't love a spa day? If we could go every day, we probably would, but that would also put a dent in our wallets. A quick, easy and cheaper indulgence is to put your favorite lotion in the microwave for about 10 seconds. Make sure the oils in your lotion don't separate and that it isn't too hot. Apply it on to your skin and enjoy!

Tweezing Tips.  Before you tweeze, make sure you soften your skin by dabbing a cotton ball soaked in warm water or cream. When you start tweezing, do so in the direction of your hair's growth.

Clarify Your Hair. In order to remove product build-up from locks, use a clarifying shampoo once a week. This will also help prevent dandruff and other annoying hair/scalp conditions.

Don't Pump Your Mascara.  You should never pump your mascara (i.e., moving the wand up and down in the tube really quickly) because it will only allow air into the tube which will cause your mascara to dry (and ultimately shorten its lifespan).

Friday, January 6, 2017

Give yourself a quick boost!

During this time of year, it is important to do little "pick-me-up" things to prevent those wintery, trapped-indoors, craving sunshine blues.  Whether it's splashing with your kids through the puddles, having a special "date" lunch with hubby or giving yourself a little change, it's usually just the ticket to cure that funk!

Hair color is always a perky little picker-upper.  Adding a subtle highlight or bright, bold splash can really lift your spirits (not to mention your hair).  There's no need to rush to your hairdresser or make a big commitment.  Today's temporary hair color products are gentle on hair, easy to apply and come in so many colors you could create a rainbow!

Color-boosting conditioners (great to perk up your color between visits to the salon) like Pravana's Nevo Color Enhancer Treatment or CHI's Ionic Color Illuminate Conditioner.  These are easy to use - just apply instead of your normal conditioner and leave in a minute or two - then rinse.  They come in normal hair colors and just enhance & brighten your color.

Want a little more!  Take a is, after all, temporary!  What does this means you can spray in a color that will last until you shampoo, like Joico's Instatint Temporary Color Shimmer Sprays or rinse in a color that lasts through a few shampoos - like L'OrĂ©al Hair Color Polish or Jerome Russell.

So spritz, paint or wash away the winter blues!  Take a chance! 
Browse all of our temporary hair color and root cover products - click here!

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Tips for keeping your facing glowing in the Winter!

Did you know that skin loses up to 25% of its ability to hold moisture in winter months? The cold, dry air during this season steals moisture from your skin, leaving it looking dry and lifeless. And not only that, but many comforts we naturally seek in cold weather such as long baths, hot showers and even the heat sources in our home all contribute to further drying our skin, making it look dull and feel rough.  Change up your skin routine when colder weather strikes and enjoy a winter glow.

Exfoliate.    Exfoliation is a first crucial step to quenching thirsty dry skin as dry skin buildup on the surface of skin can prevent moisturizers from penetrating. By exfoliating away the dead skin on the surface, it allows your moisturizer to absorb better.

Use the right Mask.   If your facial skin is uncomfortably dry, avoid using harsh peels, masks, and alcohol-based toners or astringents, all of which can strip vital oil from your skin. Instead, find a cleansing milk or mild foaming cleanser, a toner with no alcohol, and masks that are "deeply hydrating," rather than clay-based, which tends to draw moisture out of the face. And use them a little less often.   
Moisturize.  During the winter your face is the part of your body that is most exposed to cold weather, causing it to lose moisture the most. A rich moisturizer with the appropriate balance of ingredients that add and lock moisture in the winter will help to better retain your skin’s moisture and make it feel soft. The best time to moisturize is shortly after cleansing, Lightly pat your face dry using a towel and then apply moisturizer liberally to your skin. Do this in circular motion to encourage blood flow.

The very best facial skin products are at Beauty Care Choices!

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Winter Nail Care

Moisturize Your Nails with Oil.  Apply lotions, oils, or ointments  frequently during the day to damp nails, especially after washing your hands. Ingredients should include natural oils such as jojoba oil, avocado oil, shea butter, etc. These will aid in locking in moisture to help preserve the cuticle seal and strengthen the nail itself.  If nails are really feeling the harsh winter, apply the nail oil at night and put on an old pair of gloves. This will help keep the oil on all night.

Clip and File Nails While Wet.  Clipping dry nails can split and fracture the layered protein structure of brittle nails. To soften that structure and make it pliable, wet your nails before performing any nail modification methods. Filing or buffing wet nails can reduce further nail splitting by removing any rough edges that may catch on things.

Wear Gloves for Rough Work or When Using Harsh Chemicals.  This is one of those tips seen on every list that still gets ignored much too often.  You need to  protect hand skin and nails from any drying chemicals or physical labor that may compromise the protein and lipid structure. 

File your nails regularly.  During the winter, we can take gloves or mittens on and off many times during the day.  Gloves, especially knitted ones, will catch on any little ridge or cracks.  Even if you don't see them at first, tears, snags or breaks occur.  Filing gently two or three times per week will make sure your nail edges stay smooth.   

Find everything you need to take care of your nails at Beauty Care Choices!

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Needles, dark circles, dry skin & big sales!

Well another holiday season has come and gone.  I hope yours was as great as mine.  I always host Christmas Eve for my family and this year there were 34 for dinner!  Ages ranged from 1 1/2 months to 87 was a truly delightful evening!  Then Christmas Day with my immediate family, my son's birthday on the 27th and mine on the 29th.  New Year's Eve was very quiet with half my family in Las Vegas and others Quad riding in Glamis, CA.  So now the clean-up begins...both the house and me!

I don't know about you, but no matter how hard I try, I'll be picking tree needles out of my carpet for the next month!  On top of that, my face is showing the definite signs of a wonderful couple of holiday weeks!  So first on my list of to-do's for me is a great eye cream that I swear I will apply every morning and every night no matter what...(she says with serious determination).  My choice:  gloTherapeutics Cyto-Luxe Eye Cream because you can actually see some results quickly.  All restorative eye creams take some time to see the full effects, but I like that!  Keeps me motivated!

Next is the rest of my skin.  Inside, outside, head in and out of the oven, an excess of yummy treats and drinks all take their toll.  First, back to water as my drink of choice.  Nothing keeps skin healthier than 8 glasses of water a day!  Of course, it's also lots and lots of body lotion.  But, first, I'm going to take a little time and exfoliate all over.  One of our new brands...CleanLogic...has some great bath and shower scrubbers...and I bought the Exfoliating Body Scrubber!  Pair that with my Hempz Vanilla Plum Herbal Sugar Body Scrub and I should have soft, moisturized skin that glows!

Finally, it's time to stock up on liters of shampoo & conditioner.  I always buy at this time because Beauty Care Choices has their annual sale and the prices now are even better than using my employee discount!  I love liters...I go through about three a's much easier to pump just the right amount.  Smaller bottles tend to tip or slip through my wet hands in the shower or I pour too much and waste it. 

Of course, I also have the usual New Year's resolutions...lose weight, exercise more, eat healthier.  How long will I stick to these...not sure, but I know I'll have soft skin and bright eyes!