When it comes to beauty, women seem to think that we always need to look like the photoshopped women that we see on the covers of magazines. Most of us feel the need to seem perfect all the time. But hey – nobody’s perfect and from time to time we do make mistakes. Here are some common beauty mishaps and how to fix them:
Streaky self tanner: We all know that the sun and indoor tanning beds cause cancer, but we’re not willing to be pasty. If professional spray-tanning is not an affordable option, you may choose to go with an at-home product. Sometimes, you end up with streaks, and let’s face it, orange tiger stripes are not attractive.
What to do about it: First, take a warm bath to soften skin. Next, mix the juice of one lemon with about a half a tablespoon of Kosher salt. Using a loofah, scrub the blotchy areas with the salt and lemon mixture. (Note – This can sting a little. Just remember that pain is beauty.) Repeat until the blotchy spot blends more evenly with the rest of your color. To prevent this problem in the future, exfoliate and moisturize before applying the product. Self tanners tend to stick to dry skin, so they blotch in these areas.
Pimples: We’ve all been there. Mr. Wonderful asks you out on your dream date. All is right with the world until you wake up looking like Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer.
What to do about it: This depends on the kind of pimple. If it is a whitehead, it’s okay to pop it. According to Aurora based esthetician and Beauty Examiner Jonel Moseley, “Gently rub your fingers from side to side while squeezing. Don’t pick at it or use your nails, as this can lead to scarring.” She also mentions that a toner is necessary. “Using a clarifying toner, such as Murad, and spot treating the area will keep the bacteria from spreading once fluid is extracted.” Boil-like pimples are usually hormonal, and there isn’t much you can do about them. Moseley recommends gently massaging it to help bring it to the surface. (Don’t be too aggressive, as this can prematurely break the skin and cause scarring.) To prevent pimples, Moseley recommends cleaning daily and following up with toner to remove excess dirt and makeup. To prevent hormonal pimples, talk to your doctor to see if switching birth control, or even starting a pill, will help.
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