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February 23, 2018

Spring Forward. How Daylight Savings Can Have An Impact On Our Skin’s Health

Spring Forward. How Daylight Savings Can Have An Impact On Our Skin’s Health By Barbies Beauty Bits

Daylight savings time is just around the corner. While I do love the benefits of the days lasting longer, something I hate is getting used to losing an hour of sleep, adding stress, and making some non-morning people I see daily at work even moodier.  While all of these can affect our mood and energy level, it can also affect our skin’s health.

For this post, I got with some of my professional friends for a little Q & A, and I am here to share with you some of my findings on how losing an hour of sleep can impact the health of our skin as well as some tips on getting a good night’s rest.

Daylight Savings And Your Skin

How Does Sleep Impact Skin Renewal?
Getting plenty of rest is essential for skin renewal because as we sleep our skin rests, recovers and renews. There are a few hormones in our body which can help safely with sleep as well as bad.

Let’s start with the good, with melatonin. Not to get too technical here, but I found out that the sleep hormone melatonin begins to rise a few hours before bedtime as we start to wind down. This hormone not only helps with making us sleepy, but it also helps to fight those skin-damaging environmental factors we have exposed ourselves to during the day, hence repairing our complexion as we sleep.

On the other hand, with a lack of sleep the stress hormone cortisol, can cause skin collagen to break down causing the skin to lose its elasticity, firmness, smoothness and more.  Yes, a lack of sleep not only can affect your physical appearance instantly but can have a long-term negative impact as well.

 How Does Stress Impact Our Skin By Barbies Beauty Bits
How Does Stress Impact Our Skin?

Instead of stressing out because of daylight savings time, try to find some Zen time. Not only does stress show up in our face, which can potentially aggravate skin conditions and cause premature aging,  that physical stress can also cause our body to produce more of that darn stress hormone. And as we mentioned above, it can break down collagen and elastin, ultimately leading to wrinkles! So, find your Zen time!

YES, Beauty Sleep Can Help You Look Younger
As I’m sure you are starting to see; Beauty sleep is real! The goal is to have 6-8 hours of sleep a night as lacking sleep can cause other issues with the skin like dark circles under the eyes and bags! Oh, and don't forget to take your makeup off before you go to bed as makeup can clog your pores which can lead to irritation and blemishes!

The Importance of going to sleep the same time every night by barbies beauty bits
Sleep Schedule And Your Skin

Because our skin repairs itself at night, it is good to try to keep yourself on a sleep schedule. So, going to bed and getting up at the same time every day helps you not only mentally, but also with the health of the skin. Another trick I found is to try to be well rested the week before the time change.

Your Bedding And Your Skin
Yes, improper bedding can also have an impression on your skin. First, the way we sleep can add to premature aging, for example, if you are sleeping on your stomach with your face pressed on a pillow. This pressure can trap dirt and other environmental factors against the skin which can lead to breakouts and wrinkles.

Another thing to look at is your linens, are they cotton?  If so you need to switch them out to silk or at least your pillowcase, as sleeping on a silk pillowcase can help prevent aging.  Per Dr. Rand, silk contains natural proteins and 18 essential amino acids that can also help to counter the effects of aging.

Your Bedding And Your Skin By Barbies Beauty Bits

Your Mattress And Your Skin
Now I am not talking about the eight years of dead skin here, while that is gross, it is another story.  The tip to take away here is the type of mattress we select can also have a bearing on our sleep, hence investing in a quality mattress is critical for your beauty sleep and complexion!

One type of mattress I’ve come to enjoy are those hybrid high-density memory foam mattresses. Not only are they made from a durable support foam, but they combine a temperature-regulating memory foam with a breathable layer.  These layers are fantastic at helping to maximize airflow to keep you feeling cool all night long for a good night of 7-8 hours of sleep, as the fewer hours of sleep we have, the more wrinkles we can get! For example, did you know that getting 5 hours a night can lead to twice as many fine lines as sleeping seven hours would, now who would have thought that?

So, there you have it beauties, my top skincare tips on how to minimize the effects of Daylight Savings. Bottom line, no matter what you do, you need to gradually transition in the time change to reduce the impact that daylight savings time can have on the skin and health.

What are some of your tips for helping your body to get regulated to Daylight Savings? Let me know below!


February 20, 2018

Bloggers Wanted: Get Paid To Post

Bloggers Wanted: Get Paid To Post By Barbies Beauty Bits

If you are an influencer like me, getting paid to do a review is awesome! And that is why I am excited to share with you an opportunity with My Gift Stop.

My Gift Stop, is an online shop offering luxury goods that’s dedicated to giving back to society, donating 5% of every sale to the global medical relief nonprofit, Direct Relief.

In a time where our schedules seem to become denser by the day, it is most common for things to slip our mind here and there- forgetting a gift is no different! This is where My Gift Stop comes in!  They have made it their mission to offer us “present peace of mind!” last minute!

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That’s right, their online shop is the perfect shopping solution. Hence, they are looking for reputable contributors, like yourself, that can write great reviews, blog articles, gift guides, share contests and more to help spread the word about their brand.  And the best part is you will be paid for your time!

If this sounds like you, please read more & apply here!

February 18, 2018

What the Heck Is Activated Charcoal And Why Should I Add It To My Skincare Routine

Everyone wants a radiant looking complexion; I mean who wouldn’t. But what most people do not know is there are environmental factors that we are continually exposing our skin to every day, which can prevent this from happening. Instead, we end up dulling the skin, clogging our pores, all of which can lead to premature aging!

What the heck are these are environmental aggressors that we are exposing ourselves too and how can you avoid them? Well, not all of these can be avoided, you can however limit the time they are on the skin! With regards to the aggressors we are continually exposing ourselves to, they are things like…
  • Pollution
  • Dirt
  • Excess Sebum oil
  • A dirty cell phone
  • Not cleaning your makeup brushes
  • Going to bed with our makeup on, all of which can settle into our pores, dulling our skin's radiance and blocking our skincare products from absorbing correctly. 
But not any longer with activated charcoal. Yes, I’m sure you’ve seen those crazy looking peel-off mask images on the web, but the truth is some of these skincare masks work wonders.  Charcoal masks and activated charcoal skincare products are great for helping to remove pore-clogging impurities while minimizing the pores leaving you with a more radiant, hydrated complexion!

In addition to purchasing a charcoal mask, you can also make some of your own DIY as activated charcoal is sold as a powder and even in capsule form at many health food stores, and online.

So aside from the crazy oh my appeal, you may see when people share these products on social media, there are indeed some significant benefits to adding activated charcoal to your skincare regimen, and I am going to share a few with you today.

The Benefits Of Adding Activated Charcoal To Your Skincare Routine

Embracing skincare at any age is essential, and while you may be cleansing and applying moisturizer or anti-aging creams, that is not enough. If you want healthy, glowing skin, you should also be exfoliating.

Exfoliation can be performed in many ways, from products like a Pore Cleansing Bar to using some facial scrubs and masks that contains the activated charcoal all in which will assist in slothing away those unwanted dead skin cells.

The benefits of Masquelogy Charcoal Pore Cleansing Bar by Barbies Beauty Bits

The key is to rid your skin of those dead skin cells that would gather in your pores, stretching it out, which can lead to problematic skin and premature aging. Additionally, by buffing away those dead skin cells, you are also making it easier for the skin to absorb moisturizers and other skin treatments as well as leaving the skin smooth for the perfect makeup application.

Help With Breakouts
Enlarged pores and blackheads can be very unsightly and can impact some’s self-esteem. Hence, understanding the causes along with adding activated charcoal to your routine you can help to minimize, treat and prevent these issues! Enabling you to get the smoother, brighter complexion you’ve always wanted.

What Causes Enlarged Pores and Blackheads
Enlarged Clogged Pores

In addition to the environmental aggressors we mentioned above, our own body can add to it. For example, when the skin produces too much sebum oil it can mix with the dead skin cells in the pore. This oil becomes trapped by the dead skin cells and dirt which causes the skin to swell and the pore to become congested, forming a clogged and enlarged pore.


The reason your pores enlarge is to provide room for the oil to flow out. However, the oil can still become trapped. If this happens the oil and dirt can collect at the end of the pore, and when it is exposed to air it will oxidize forming, you guessed it, a BLACKHEAD!

Masqueology, the Charcoal Modeling Peel Off Mask Review By Barbies Beauty Bits

Oil Control
Absorbing the excess sebum oil is one remarkable thing that charcoal can help with as activated charcoal is known to absorb 100 to 200 times its weight in impurities, now how cool is that??

That is right, when the carbon in the activated charcoal encounters the oil and other contaminants, it will pull all these toxins out of the skin and soak it all up.

IMPORTANT: Activated charcoal can be too drying, and as I’ve said before overly dry skin can also cause problematic skin, so don’t overdo it!

To avoid over-drying, always follow up with a toner and a moisturizer.

While there are some great charcoal products out there, I am going to share with you one that I have been using lately from Masqueology, the Charcoal Modeling Peel Off Mask.

The best Charcoal masks Masqueology, the Charcoal Modeling Peel Off Mask by Barbies Beauty Bits

Product Details
This charcoal modeling Mask helps to detoxify the skin while minimizing the pores. The charcoal powder in this mask is a wonderful exfoliant that helps with removing dirt, dead skin cells, access oil, all of which I have mentioned can clog the pores.  Bottom line, this mask is excellent for helping to leave the complexion clarified, refreshed, and hydrated.

BONUS: The bonus is the tip of the Masqueology mask.  I wanted to let you know that each package can provide you with a few uses if you employ this tip! Instead of mixing water into the entire package as they mention. I poured all the charcoal powder into a separate baggy, and then I portioned out a small amount, with a sanitary spoon, mixed it with water in a clean bowl and applied it with the applicator provided. Each package will make about 2-3 masks, doing it this way!

So, there you have it beauties, my third post in my what the heck series, with this tip focusing on “Activated Charcoal And Why Should I Add It To My Skincare Routine.”

Read more of my other what the heck tips here.

February 17, 2018

Top Four Tips To Repair Winter Damaged Hair

When it comes to caring for your hair in winter, there are some things to take into consideration. When the effects of artificial indoor heating combine with the cold, wind and rain, your locks can easily become stressed, and that’s why knowing how to repair them is so important. From learning about what you need to do when there are signs of distress to being proactive about preventing damage, let’s check out some of the best ways of looking after your hair in winter.

Four Top Tips To Prevent And Repair Winter-Damaged Hair

Replace Lost Moisture
We all know that the combination of cold weather and dry heat can play havoc with our hair in the winter and cause it to dry out. But fear not, you can replace lost moisture as long as you know what to do. Whenever you wash your hair, it’s vital to condition it, and use a leave-in conditioning treatment or hair mask to replenish the lost moisture once a week. If you want to know how to get shiny hair, hair masks and deep conditioning treatments are undoubtedly two of the best ways to achieve that. If you’re interested in learning more about how to get shiny hair you’ll find more advice here.

Tips to add moisture to dry damaged winter hair but Barbies Beauty Bits

Embrace Essential Oils
In addition to your hair getting damaged and drying out, your scalp can be prone to the same issues in winter. And just like conditioners rich in essential oils which can help rejuvenate your hair they can also boost the health of your scalp. Oils like rosemary, peppermint and coconut can all provide moisture, and they can also help in many other ways too. Some oils contain antiseptic qualities to boost scalp health, some can increase blood flow to stimulate hair follicles, and others can reduce the chance of dandruff also. Just make sure you mix them with a carrier like virgin oil and test on a small area before diving straight in.

Ways to protect your hair in the winter by Barbies Beauty Bits

Cover Up
This one sits right across the prevention and cure border. By covering up before your hair has become stressed out you’re going to be lessening the chances of that occurring. Covering up after the damage has occurred will give your hair a better chance of repairing itself. Whether it’s a warm hat or headscarf, put it on when you know you’re heading out into the cold weather and your hair will much appreciate it. Just be careful that whatever you’re wearing isn’t too tight, as that could increase the risk of winter frizz.

Ways to treat damaged winter hair by Barbies Beauty Bits

Be Pro-active
Prevention can indeed be better than cure in many ways, and these preventative measures will certainly help:
  • Go easy on the heat: Styling tools and excessively hot water can dry out hair, so use your tongs, straighteners and blow dryer sparingly. Also, rinse your hair in warm or cool water, rather than hot
  • Don’t over shampoo: Just like the heat, excessive shampooing can really dry out hair
  • Regular trims: Fight the split end issue by getting your hair trimmed regularly, and certainly when you see any damage
Even if you haven’t followed these guidelines and your hair has become a bit frazzled, taking them on board now will give your hair a better chance of recovery.

So there you have it beauties, four top tips to prevent and repair winter-damaged hair. So what are you waiting for? Put them into practice now and, your hair will soon get back to its glossy best!

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