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August 9, 2022

5 Effective Ways To Conceal Blemishes

 

5 Effective Ways To Conceal Blemishes, Barbies Beauty Bits

Barbie's Beauty Bits 5 Effective Ways To Conceal Blemishes

Nothing is worse than waking up the day of a big event with a big ole zit on your face. While skincare is king for minimizing breakouts, it will not wholly neutralize those last-minute overnight breakouts. 

So, beauties, when you're faced with a blemish that just won't quit, you need multiple options to conceal that bad boy, and Barbie's Beauty Bits is here to help with five ways to conceal your blemishes effectively.

Tip 1: Find A More Permanent Solution
We are starting with this as if it is a constant; you need to nip it in the bud by consulting a dermatologist for medical advice, diagnosis, and treatment instead of trying to conceal it daily.

A dermatologist can prescribe medications that are stronger than what you can find over-the-counter or do at home. They can also discuss other options, such as laser treatment for scars as well as some medical grade skincare products like Skinmedica.

You may have to try a few different treatments to find the one that's most effective for you, and a dermatologist is best to help find the right acne treatments for those with acne-prone skin. 

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Tip 2: Zap That Zit With A Pimple Patch
Consider investing in pimple patches for those naughty zits and breakouts that appear out of nowhere at night. 

Many of us have our first instinct to pick at our skin when we realize one blemish, and the pimple patch helps curb the picking action, which always leads to scarring. 

Acne patches do not only prevent you from picking at breakouts, but they also quicken the whaling process by absorbing all oils and fluids from your blemishes. 

I prefer these because, unlike a spot treatment cream, these patches don't leave your skin dry and flaky. Plus, they work very quickly. 

The Peace Out Pimple patch works in 6 hours or less. It also helps with redness, making the area easy to cover up! Leading us to our next tip... 

Tip 3: Say Bye, Bye To Breakouts With A Multitasking Concealer
Adding makeup to a breakout can worsen your acne if not applied correctly, especially if you opt for a full-coverage foundation. This is why makeup artists prefer to use a multitasking treatment. Several multitasking concealers are on the market, many acting as spot treatments to heal breakouts for all skin types. 

One product I love is from Itcosmetics, as it is a drying lotion and concealer in one. This brand is known for combining makeup with skincare. So not only the Bye, Bye Concealer full-coverage, but it's also a spot treatment to help heal your breakout.

While this product does come with an applicator, the application isn't the best. I suggest stippling the product instead of sweeping it on because you will remove it instead of adhering. Once it is where you like it, conceal it with a translucent powder to keep it all in place. (It is also great for dark spots for those who may have some acne scarring).

A concealer isn't the only makeup option. Some others to consider include:

  • A color corrector
  • Green concealers
  • Liquid foundations 

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Tip 4: Wash Your Makeup Brushes And Sponges
You will hear me say this constantly. But the truth is a dirty makeup brush can harbor bacteria and dead skin cells.

And guess what? If you are not regularly cleaning your makeup brushes, you put this gunt right back on your face. This can lead to breakouts as well as premature aging. So beauties, wash those makeup tools!

Depending on how regularly you use your makeup tools, wash them with a gentle solution; even baby shampoo will work.

Tip 5: Your Skincare Routine
A great skincare routine is the best way to avoid those last-minute breakouts. And no worries, it doesn't need to be a complex step-by-step routine to be effective.

There are some multitasking products if you want to keep it real simple. One product my niece so loves is from Tula (Acne All-Star). It is a 3-in-1 formula that can be used as a daily cleanser, mask, or spot treatment, catering to your skin's specific needs. 

If you are not prone to constant breakouts, you can keep it with an everyday anti-aging routine that consists of

  • A washable cleansing cloth
  • A double cleanse
  • Toner that contains Cica or Tea Tree Oil
  • Treatment serum containing salicylic acid
  • Moisturize (even if you have oily skin)

As you can see, there are many effective ways to cover a blemish. You can conquer whatever it is by visiting a dermatologist, updating your skincare routine, color correcting, and improving your makeup tool's hygiene.



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August 8, 2022

How To Make Your Hair Look Fuller And Healthier

How Make Your Hair Look Fuller And Healthier, Barbies Beauty Bits

Most people dream of having thick, voluminous hair. But, sadly, few people are naturally blessed with hair that looks like this. If you once enjoyed a bouncy, luxurious head of hair but have found that it has become thin, dull, and lifeless in recent years, you may be looking for ways to bring your hair back to its former glory.

Transforming your locks to look fuller and healthier may seem impossible, but it is possible; you simply need to know how.

So, if you want to leave behind your thinning hair and achieve a hairstyle that looks voluminous and luxurious, the following hair care tips to help make your hair appear fuller and healthier are for you!

Establish Why Your Hair Has Changed
If you once had thicker, fuller, longer hair but have found that you now have the opposite hair type, it is helpful to try and identify the reason for this. Many factors can impact the hair and cause issues such as hair loss and poor condition, so understanding why this may be happening to you is crucial. For many women, pregnancy marks the start of their hair-related issues.

The hormonal changes during pregnancy and after birth can cause hair to thin around the top of the head, the front, and the sides. This makes the hair appear thinner and also occurs during menopause. You may notice your hair falls out when brushing and taking a shower. Identifying the cause of your hair loss allows you to take steps to reverse it and prevent it from deteriorating further.

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Enhance Your Hair With Hair Extensions
I am a big fan of hair extensions, and I talk about them a lot as they are more than just making your hair longer. One benefit of hair adding extensions is that it is an effective way to make your hair look full and healthy. It is also an excellent technique to add dimension to the hair, which creates the illusion of fullness.

Companies such as Uche Hair provide beautiful human hair extensions. Adding extensions can instantly improve the look of your hair and will ensure that it looks thick and full as soon as the hair extensions are added. 

If you want to enhance your hair further, then learning to give it the perfect blowout is a great way to add volume and make it look glossier. Once you have mastered styling your hair in a way that makes it look thicker, you should find that doing this each day becomes a breeze, and you will soon become a styling pro.       

Select Professional Hair Products That Can Help Thicken Hair
You want to start with a specialized shampoo and conditioner. I suggest two types: a thickening shampoo and a volumizing shampoo. Thickening shampoos focus on individual strands of hair, while volumizing shampoos focus more on the roots.

Thickening Shampoos
The name says it as thickening shampoos are ideal for thickening fine hair types. These shampoos infuse the hair with proteins, vitamins, polymers, moisture to plump it up, and even natural oils like olive oil, coconut oil, and argan oil. As a result, each piece appears thicker, which is ideal for boosting thickness in fine hair.

Volumizing Shampoos
Volumizing shampoos focus more on adding lift to the roots, and they accomplish this through the ingredients in the shampoo to create a 'hold' lifting the hair away from the head.

Thickening Hair Products
After washing your hair, double down on your quest for full-bodied hair using thickening products such as texture creams, texturizing sprays, dry shampoos, and thickening tonics.

For a fuller effect, start with a thickening product on wet hair, then follow it with a volumizing product on dry hair. This will target both the roots and the hair shaft.

Also, use hair styling products that do not contain drying alcohols, such as ethanol, SD alcohol, propyl alcohol, or isopropyl alcohol.

Need some guidance on how to pick out the right products? Check out our list of the best thickening hair products here.

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Show Your Scalp Some Love
Thickening products are great, but this is temporary. One way to help promote hair growth is to ensure your scalp is happy, healthy, and well-nourished, providing the perfect environment to grow thicker hair strong and at its maximum potential.

One thing I love is exfoliating the scalp with a scalp massage tool. Not only does this increase blood flow to the scalp to encourage thick hair growth, but it can also unclog hair follicles that are blocked from growing due to sebum and product build-up. Over time, hair thinning and overall hair health may improve.

Rethink Your Hot Tools
Hot tools cause breakage—the enemy of thick, full hair. With fewer long locks to create body, creating volume will be even more challenging.

Since I can't go without my heat styling tools, I usually let my hair air dry and then use a styling tool on the lowest heat setting that works for my hair and a heat protectant spray. If you're blow-drying your hair, the trick is to style with heat and set with cool, and this will help accomplish what you want with less damage and will hold much longer.

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How Changing The Color Of Your Hair Can Make It Appear, Fuller 
One approach you may not have considered is creating dimensions with hair color. Trick everyone into thinking your hair is packing much more than its actual weight by changing your hair color with a process called "hair contouring," Yes, it is really a thing.

Similar to makeup contouring, hair contouring creates a flattering look by using light and dark tones to complement your face shape. Highlights and shadows are then added to add dimension to complete the look.

In other words:
No more single-process color! If your hair is all one color, it will look flat and lack dimension. Instead, it's all about ensuring that light, medium, and dark colors complement one another.

So there you have it. Barbie's Beauty Bits tips to help make your hair appear fuller and healthier!

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August 4, 2022

How Cosmetic Procedures Can Boost Your Confidence And Well Being

How Cosmetic Procedures Can Boost Your Confidence And Well Being, Barbies Beauty Bits

Contrary To Belief, People Seek Cosmetic Procedures For More Than Vanity Reasons. Yep, millions of people undergo cosmetic procedures for many reasons.

While many think of these procedures as a way to improve one's appearance, the truth is vanity isn't the only motivator behind decisions to undergo these treatments.

Patients report emotional, physical, social, and professional reasons for seeking cosmetic procedures. Furthermore, studies published have shown that cosmetic procedures can profoundly impact your well-being and confidence.

This blog post will discuss how cosmetic procedures can help you feel more confident and improve your overall well-being. Other tips include picking the best surgeon, where to check for genuine, authentic reviews, Dr. consultations, and more!

How Cosmetic Procedures Can Help You Feel More Confident
One of the main reasons people choose to undergo cosmetic procedures is because they want to feel more confident.

From skin tightening, to nose surgery from a soccer injury as a kid, to acne scarring correction and vein treatments. Even having a procedure like liposuction to get rid of stubborn fat deposits after giving birth, the sense of feeling better about your appearance and body image can boost confidence and general well-being.

Most men and women attribute their social and relationship confidence to their self-esteem. As a result of your boosted self-confidence, you may experience positive outcomes in other areas of your life that you've been extremely unhappy which negatively influenced your enjoyment of certain activities over the years.

It is crucial, however, that you are having surgery for the right reasons at the right time by the right plastic surgeon.

How Cosmetic Procedures Can Improve Your Overall Sense Of Well-being
In addition to making you look and feel more confident, cosmetic procedures can positively impact your overall sense of well-being. Studies have shown that people who are happy with their appearance are more likely to succeed in their personal and professional lives.

They're also more likely to have healthier relationships and report higher satisfaction with their lives.

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What Are The Most Common Cosmetic Procedures
The most common cosmetic procedures include skin removal surgery after weight loss, breast augmentation, liposuction, tummy tucks, and dermal fillers like Botox and Juvéderm. These procedures can help you achieve various goals, from improving your appearance to increasing self-confidence.

If you're considering a cosmetic procedure, be sure to consult with a board-certified surgeon who can help you achieve the results you desire.

The Costs Associated With Cosmetic Procedures
If you're considering a cosmetic procedure but are worried about the cost, do your research, as many financing options can make the process more affordable. Some facilities even offer in-house financing, so always ask!

Sometimes, your health insurance may cover some of the expenses associated with cosmetic procedures, especially surgery procedures. And remember, vanity IS not the only reason people seek these procedures. For instance, you may seek rhinoplasty on your nose to help with breathing problems. Your insurer may cover a cosmetic surgery patient's hospital and anesthesia fees; in that case, you only have to pay the cosmetic Surgeon's fee.

But do not let a deal drive your decision, as you could end up on the TV show Botched. You want to make sure you are going to a reputable surgeon. Along with going to one that makes you feel comfortable can help you achieve your desired results. This brings us to our next tip.

Do Your Research To Find A Reputable Cosmetic Surgeon
Start by doing your research and reading reviews from past patients.

A great place to start is RealSelf. I love them as the RealSelf Verified campaigns provide consumers greater transparency into provider qualifications and help you find responsive, patient-friendly professionals.

Furthermore, the content shared on the RealSelf Website are...

  • Genuine, unedited photos of procedures and results. So you can have a realistic expectation of what to expect.
  • Thousands of patient reviews from people who have procedures, both good and bad, so you get the real story.
  • Unbiased procedure and cost information. Research and compare.
  • How do people feel about the outcomes of the surgical procedures?

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Look At Reviews And Photos
Another place to go is social media pages and google reviews of the actual practice you are interested. Read the reviews entirely, and always look for photos. Stay away from anyone who does not share any before and after photos.

And no, the HIPAA compliance expression is a cop-out. Actual reputable practices will have patients sign release forms allowing pictures to be shared. So if a plastic surgeon throws that one at you about why they do not have any photos, run far, far away from them.

Once you've narrowed down your list of potential surgeons, schedule a consultation with a board-certified surgeon to understand better what the surgery will entail and ask any questions you may have. Be sure to ask about the surgeon's experience, success rates, and whether they have any special training in the procedure you're interested in.

The Risks Of Cosmetic Procedures
As with any surgery, there are some risks associated with cosmetic procedures, and the most common complications include infection, bleeding, and scarring. In general, cosmetic surgery's risks are low compared to the benefits. When performed by a qualified surgeon, most procedures are safe and effective. However, as with any surgery, there is always a small risk of complications. Be sure to discuss the potential risks and complications with your Surgeon before undergoing any procedure.

In summary, plastic surgery is a personal choice that can positively impact a person's confidence, well being,  and improve their quality of life. Remember, it is your body, and you want to ensure you're putting it in good hands.

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August 1, 2022

7 Reasons Why Your Skincare Routine No Longer Works

7 Reasons Why Your Skincare Routine No Longer Works Barbies Beauty Bits

Help...Why Is My Skincare Routine No Longer Working? This is a comment/question I hear a lot, and today Barbie's Beauty Bits is here to help with my top seven reasons why your skincare routine no longer works.

Undoubtedly, taking care of your skin can be a little overwhelming. It's hard to find a skincare regime that works well for you, especially if you wouldn't exactly consider yourself a skincare enthusiast.

At times, you might discover that your existing skincare routine isn't showing any improvement. There are many reasons for this. So do not write it off as this skincare product is horrible as there could be an underlying cause that is not working for you.

Below we will discuss seven reasons why your skincare routine is no longer working.

Sound interesting? Then let's get started.

Got Fluctuating Hormones? Your Skincare Routine Will No Longer Work
During our lives, there are many times that our hormones fluctuate; they seem like they have a mind of their own, don't they beauties? Alongside causing fatigue, weight gain/loss, anxiety, and memory fog, it can often affect your skin.

Especially for those going through menopause may see an increase in sebum production, thus causing an increase in breakouts. As a result, your skin type may have changed, so your skincare routine won't work either.

If you feel this is the case for you, it might be worth seeing professional help from the best dermatologist in Utah. A board-certified dermatologist will be able to recommend the right products to get your hormonal skin back on track.

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You're Not Applying Your Skincare Products Correctly Or Consistently
You can have all of the best skincare products in the world, but they aren't effective if you don't use them consistently. Skipping your routine may seem harmless, but sooner or later, your skin will begin to notice a difference.

Just like you brush your teeth, remember to complete all of your steps in your skincare routine. Believe it or not, self-care and pampering are just as important as the product benefits.

Another reason is how you apply your skincare products. No, we are not talking about the order to apply your skin care products or how you are layering the products in your routine. While these are important, today, we are talking about the actual technique of applying the products, using motions such as dabbing, rubbing, patting, pressing, etc.

We know you are probably thinking, you're kidding me, right? Why does this even matter? Well, sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but applying your skincare with the wrong technique can cause skin damage, and fine lines, leading to premature aging. In turn, you may think your skincare products are no longer working when the truth is the application caused more harm than good.

Change In The Weather Can Effect Your Skincare Results
Just like changing your wardrobe with the change of seasons, you also need to change up your skincare routine. This is because our body reacts differently to the weather, and it's common to experience oiliness in the heat and dry skin in the cold.

I like to do a Spring Cleaning, so to speak, of my skincare products. So, while going through cabinets, closets, and scrubbing floors for deep cleaning, don't forget Spring cleaning your beauty routine. That's right! There is no better time to prepare your complexion for the rising temperatures and humidity!

Heat can cause an increase in oil production and lead to problematic skin, so switching to a lighter formula, for example, can help to kick start your skincare products to start working.

This also means replacing expired products with new ones and sloughing off that winter buildup of dead skin cells to reveal hydrated, glowing, healthy, perfect Spring skin!

Speaking of replacing expired products, that brings us to the following reasons why your skincare products for your skin are no longer working.


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Your Skincare Products Have Expired
Just like the food in your fridge and the pills in your medicine cabinet, makeup and skincare products have an expiry date! If you've had them for too long, they aren't working well and may even cause irritation and other skin issues.

Check your jars and labels to see how many months the item can be used. Also, check to see where you are storing your skincare products. You want to ensure that you keep your skincare products in a dry, cool place, away from sunlight, as the heat can reduce the success of the active ingredients. You can read more information here.

A Change In Your Lifestyle Can Influence Your Skincare Routine
Are you feeling stressed and overwhelmed? Have you recently moved to a new city? Drastic lifestyle change? An unhealthy diet, or what about altering your diet?

A few lifestyle changes can have a significant impact on the condition of your skin.

Try and take a moment to unwind, relax and identify any allergens and irritants. You may need to swap a few items if everything seems to have stopped working.

You Have Over Done Your Skincare Routine
What? Is this possible? Yep, too much of a good thing can happen, especially when using anti-aging skincare products.

For example, you can over-exfoliate the skin, which can compromise the skin's barrier function. Your skin can become dehydrated, and capillaries can become damaged, leaving your skin worse than when you started your skincare routine.

Generally, the skin should be exfoliated only one to two times per week to help expedite skin cell turnover without causing damage. Yup, one to two times per week...WHAT??? Suppose you've been slathering on the exfoliating acids daily or using a sonic cleansing device, like myself. In that case, there's a good chance you are over-exfoliating, allowing premature exposure to the underlying skin.

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Your Skincare Routine Has Reached A Plateau
We saved this for last as the truth is it's not just a matter of your skin getting used to the products. A product can only do so much, and there comes the point where those ingredients have done all they could do for your skin...

They have hit a plateau. Just like when you have been trying to lose weight and hit your positive energy balance, you will stop losing pounds. When this happens, try something new-maybe recalculate your caloric intake, add more protein, or try a different workout.

It is the same with your skin: You found a fantastic skincare line, you see the viable improvement, but then it comes to a halt. Or this that happens to me frequently. There is a skincare product so many love; I try it, and it doesn't do anything for me, and I think this product sucks.

The ingredients are still working, but they're maintaining a new normal. Your skin has come accustomed to that ingredient or skincare product.

So if you've been doing the same-old-same-old, you could have hit a plateau, and your skin is not getting where you want it to; your skincare doesn't suck. It's time to try something new!

Final Words
While it can be disheartening to see your hard work diminish or worse feel like you have thrown money out the window for skincare products. Remember that you can fix the problem if your skincare routine is no longer working. By taking some of the steps Barbie's Beauty Bits has outline above, you'll be able to create a skincare routine to get back your youthful glow.
 
Good luck!

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