Thursday, June 30, 2011

Skin Protection Plan

Each day we take the time to cleanse, tone, and moisturize our skin, but there is one vital step that many overlook. That step is protecting our skin. No matter what the season, we have to make certain that we are taking the necessary steps to protect our skin from the sun. 

Most people are aware of UVB rays, but did you know that UVB rays only make up about 5% of the ultraviolet rays that can be damaging to the skin? The less common UVA rays are what our skin is exposed to most as they make up more than 90% of the rays that we are exposed to each day. Wearing a sun screen that protects from both UVB and UVA rays will protect the skin from the sun's damaging ultraviolet rays. Protecting the skin is a must because it will prevent damage from happening and will help ensure that the skin ages well. 

In addition to your cleanser, toner, and moisturizer add a great sun screen that protects from both UVB and UVA rays to make sure that your skin stays flawless and protected.


Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Ask Tia Tuesday

Today's Ask Tia Tuesday question is from Keri K. Keri asks:

I recently invested in a makeup brush set. How often should I wash my brushes and what should I use clean them with? 

Hi Keri! Thanks for your question. Makeup brushes help you create a flawless makeup application but require proper cleansing and care. Your brushes should be thoroughly cleaned after each use. Not cleaning your makeup brushes properly can cause breakouts as a result of bacteria that can build-up on the bristles. You can purchase a makeup brush cleaner or you may use a gentle shampoo to ensure that your makeup brushes are clean and bacteria-free.

Cleaning makeup brushes is a very simple process: 

  • Run the bristles of your makeup brushes under warm water until they are saturated.
  • Add a dime-sized amount of brush cleaner or shampoo into each brush and gently work into the bristles until you create a light lather. 
  • Thoroughly rinse the bristles of each brush under warm water. While rinsing, you'll notice traces of old makeup in the water. Continue to rinse each brush until the water runs clear.
  • Gently remove excess water from each brush. 
  • Lay brushes flat to dry.

Voila! You've got clean brushes. :)