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How to take care of your skin the fall
2013 Fall/Winter hair and make-up trends
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How to soothe a painful sunburn

How to soothe a painful sunburn


Experts said aloe vera either at room temperature or chilled can be soothing. It is best to apply aloe and moisturizers right after a bath or shower when the skin is still moist.
Moisturizers may slow peeling and expedite healing of the skin. A cool shower will also help to soothe the skin.
A lesser known tip to ease a painful burn is to mix cornstarch or baking soda with water. Once it turns into a paste, apply the mixture to sunburned skin.

Avoid irritants that may cause pain, slow healing

How to take care of your skin the fall

This week I would like to give you some advice how to take care of your skin the fall. As the season changing and it is getting colder unfortunately our air getting dryer in our homes due to heating season. Humidifier is a great idea to keep humidity at least 40% at all times. Generally speaking, cleansing our face twice a day is ideal, the morning cleansing should be gentle, using a milk cleanser for example. The night cleansing should be very thorough, making sure to remove all traces of make-up and oil. This cleanser can be also a cream or gel cleanser for dry or normal skin types, or a gel or medicated cleanser for oily and acne prone skin. Follow cleansing with a toner for additional moisture and with a serum for your skin type. A hydrating serum containing hylauronic acid is always a good choice for its moisture binding capability. This should be followed with a light moisturizer which is able to quickly absorb into your skin. If your moisturizer too heavy or greasy it will clog your pores and cause comedones (black heads) and acne.  So always shop for your skin type. If not sure about your skin type ask for a complementary skin care analysis at your spa. We should also increase the frequency of exfoliation because the skin cells die faster in a dry climate, leading to clogged pores, acne or feeling dry, and looking dull. Professional exfoliation is also greatly beneficial, so visit your esthetician weekly for a Glycolic acid  or AHA peel. I call these lunch time peels, because it only takes about 15 min. and you can return to work looking more fresh and glowing. These peels are gentle enough, so they do not cause irritation or peeling. They can be done in a series of 6-12 treatments, benefits are: refining fine lines and wrinkles, lightening sun damage spots or melanoma. Chemical peels are more aggressive, they might require a little recovery time up to 10 days. These peels will bring a faster result than the lunch time peels, but strictly need to avoid sun, heat, and water like swimming pool or sauna till the peeling is completely finished. After exfoliating the face (at least 2-3 times a week) may apply a hydrating mask. This will feed the newly exposed skin with nutrients and moisture. If you have any question let me know, happy fall! Hugs, Ika

2013 Fall/Winter hair and make-up trends


The low ponytail trend is back for another season (no bad hair day) either with a middle parting or a severe side-parting. To soften the face keep a few strands loose. Try a two tone ponytail (maybe turning your old ombre in) coloring your hair or using extensions.

Ombre is still in, you might just want to experiment with some copper and red tone for the fall instead of the dip-dye blond.

The wet look is cropping up on catwalks, personally not my favorite, unless you have perfect head and face shape.

Welcome to Ika's beauty blog!

Hello Everyone!

I will post a weekly blog about beauty trends and advices. Please let me know if you have any question or special interest. I've been taking care of women and men's skin, hair and nail over 15 years and have a lot to share with you. I will give you advices how to take care of your skin in the different seasons, especially in the dry, high elevation climate like Colorado.

Of course I welcome any question of different climates too, growing up in Budapest, Hungary, earning my skin care degree there, have gained some experience on more humid, see level climates too.
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