Baby Oil Beauty Hacks | The Savvy Beauty

Written: Monday, July 25th, 2016 @ 2:29 pm

Hey Savvy Beauties! I just wanted to share 4 ways to use one of my favourite affordable and versatile non beauty, beauty products – baby oil!

Products mentioned:
– Family Dollar Baby Oil Gel

Products mentioned on The Savvy Beauty channel have been purchased for review. These are all opinions that are my own and not scripted.

Ways to Prevent Wrinkles

Written: Friday, July 22nd, 2016 @ 8:52 pm

July 22, 2016 – Elizabeth

Our skin has 2 layers: epidermis (outer layer) and the dermis (under the epidermis). When we develop wrinkles they occur in the dermis layer of our skin. The dermis is made up of proteins and collagen. As you age, the cells replicate less effectively and produce less collagen. Collagen is responsible for making our skin elastic and smooth. Some contributing factors to premature aging and wrinkles include:

·         Smoking

·         Sun damage

·         Dehydration

·         Pollution and toxins

·         Sleeping on your side (sleeping on your back is the best position to                    sleep in)

·         Poor nutrition

·         Natural aging process

·         Facial expressions (laughing, frowning, squinting etc.)

Aging is a natural part of our lifecycle and it is normal for individuals to develop wrinkles and saggy skin as they get older. However; there are some ways you can prevent and repair some damage which was prematurely caused. Here is what you can try to look your best at any age!

Don’t Smoke or Quit Smoking

There is nothing positive about smoking. At all. It does nothing good for your health and causes havoc on every part of your body. I have smoked for over 10 years and know how difficult it is to quit – trust me! I’ve made plans to kick the habit and will stick to my plans. You should too, I know you can do it!

Eat Lots of Saturated Fats – Healthy ones!

Good saturated fats are an essential part of having great skin and a healthy diet. Saturated fats are important for normal cellular function and if incorporated properly will have positive effects on your health. Eating these healthy fats do not make you gain weight if that’s what you’re worried about. As long as you pair this will moderation and exercise – otherwise a balanced lifestyle. Get healthy saturated fats from avocados, cashews and coconut oil.

Hydrate Your Body

Water, water, water, water….water! You can also have coconut water or green tea (contains antioxidants). Staying hydrated enables your body to function normally and effectively rid toxins and unnecessary components from your body. Healthy skin starts from within. Don’t ever rob yourself of the good that can come from maintain your body’s hydration. The benefits from this are endless.

Taking care of your skin is an important factor in minimizing the effects of aging and unnecessary damage caused by our environment. Make sure you have something to hydrate your body as well, such as CVS Stress Relief Moisturizing Lotion  for $10.49 on CVS.com.

Sleep

Sleeping allows your body to rest and regenerate. When we sleep our bodies produce HGH (human growth hormone) which promotes growth and cell production. If you are lacking on your zzzz’s then your body cannot produce enough HGH and your cellular functions are not at an optimal level. Give your body the tools it needs to operate at its best by sleeping at least 8 hours per day. Sleeping also lowers cortisol levels (stress hormones) which is a contributor to premature aging.

Gelatin

Taking a gelatin supplement can actually fill in wrinkles and fine lines as it is made up of cooked collagen (from pigs and cows). It is a wonderful anti-wrinkle fighting machine and can be purchased from most health food stores. You want to make sure it is of good quality so do your homework first. You can also make your own gelatin at home with a bone broth – how cool!

Using a Good Anti-Wrinkle Serum

You want to make sure you are hydrating your body from the inside out, but don’t forget that your epidermis can also benefit from some extra protection as well. I really like Equate Beauty Precision Focus Wrinkle Serum because it is designed to help minimize the appearance of fine lines and UV damage. It is also formulated for all skin types. Pair this with a SPF moisturizer and you’ll be off to the races. The wrinkle serum is $14.88 on Walmart.com which is a great price if you ask me.

So there you have it! A few ways you can manage and prevent wrinkles developing on your precious skin. Remember, everyone ages – it’s a part of life. Do you best to do so elegantly and gracefully. You are not the first person to have grey hair, wrinkles, saggy skin or other age related developments. Embrace yourself and believe that you are beautiful, because you are! By making some changes to your lifestyle you can greatly reduce effects of the inevitable, and it is nothing to fear. I promise! Stay beautiful.

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The Healing Power of Sea Salt

Written: Wednesday, July 20th, 2016 @ 1:57 pm

July 20, 2016 – Elizabeth

Salt is an excellent curing, clearing, and cleansing agent. Salt is chemically known as sodium chloride, it helps to cleanse the skin and is a miracle treatment for acne and semi-permanent scars. The benefits of sea salt include good skin care, relief from rheumatoid arthritis, muscle cramps, improved dental health, psoriasis, and osteoarthritis. It also helps to alleviate acne and rhinosinusitis. On top of this, sea salt is beneficial for exfoliation, nasal and eye wash, and improved electrolytic balance of the body. It also has healing properties that play a vital role in maintaining acid-alkali ratio, regular heartbeat, and relaxed sleep, along with providing relief from general body fatigue. Source: Organicfacts.net.

The Mediterranean Sea, Atlantic Ocean and North Sea are the most common sources of harvesting sea salt. Living near a salt water body also brings great benefits to your health. Sea salt consists of an assortment of minerals and natural healing properties as those found on skin cells. This makes it a perfect ingredient to be used for therapeutic treatments and beauty products.

Exfoliation:

Exfoliation with sea salts helps to remove dead skin cells, aids in skin renewal, tones up skin tissues and encourages peripheral blood circulation. The granular texture of sea salt works well in providing clean and smooth skin. Sea salt scrub therapy promotes healthy blood circulation and is used on patients suffering from low blood pressure, epilepsy, poor blood circulation and general body fatigue. Try a DIY scrub at home for oily skin:

Sea Salt Scrub:

–          1 part sea salt

–          1 part freshly extracted lemon juice

This scrub is useful in doing away with oily skin issues, leaving your facial skin smooth and fresh. Apply a thick coat of the scrub on your face and massage it with circular strokes for 2 to 5 minutes. Now wash the scrub off with slightly warm water and pat it dry softly.

I usually apply this mask in the evening before I complete my facial cleansing routine. I use Equate Strikingly Unique Moisturizing Lotion  available on Walmart.com for $9.96 on sale! I pair this with Equate Clarifying Toner for $8.96 on Walmart.com and my skin feels brand new. I cannot even describe the feeling I have after I complete this facial cleanse. I generally apply the scrub every few days or once per week at a minimum. You will not believe the results you will get.

Skin Care:

Dead sea salt solution helps in keeping the skin moisturized and revitalized. Dead sea salt baths also help in improving the skins barrier function and eliminates the roughness and inflammation on the skin’s surface resulting from a high magnesium content present in dead sea salt. It has been used and applied for centuries and can also detoxify the body by flushing out toxins from the pores, while improving blood circulation.

Salt water also acts as a natural hair cleaner as the salt in the ocean removes excess oils from your hair. Salt water is particularly effective in stripping hair of impurities and oils, conditioners, gels, and other hair products. The sea salt water also gets rid of dandruff, especially when the salt particles are large as it acts as an exfoliant for your scalp.

Taking a dip in salt water whenever you can will do wonders for your hair and overall health. Using a good quality shampoo and conditioner is important to your hair health if you do not have access to salt water on a regular basis. Those of you who have salt water pools, live near the ocean or have availability to visit a salt therapy center are lucky! For the rest of us, we need to take care of our skin and hair in other ways. I use CVS Coconut Milk Moisturizing Shampoo and Conditioner available on CVS.com for $5.99 a bottle. It smells of coconut and leaves my hair feeling clean and silky. I swear by this stuff and it is sulfate and paraben free!

Sea Salt benefits are endless and can bring great health impacts into your life. I cannot make this post long enough to capture all the wonderful benefits sea salt has to offer but I strongly suggest you look into some therapies and products which contain sea salt as it can change your life and overall health. Ladies, stay fabulous and enjoy the beautiful summer weather!

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Boho Babe

Written: Tuesday, July 19th, 2016 @ 2:45 pm

July 19, 2016 – Elizabeth

Image by Fashion Lady 

If your favorite fashion designs consist of paisley, colorful floral prints, wide brimmed hats, shaggy handbags and kimonos – I’ve got news for you – Boho style is YOU. Inspired by 70’s fashion and wander lust travelers, Boho chic style is effortlessly beautiful, if you do it up right. Knowing how to put Boho pieces together in a tasteful way is integral to looking trendy & gorgeous, without people asking if you’re a born-again flower child.

Boho Chic Wardrobe Essentials

Maxi Dresses

Generally Boho maxi dresses come in printed designs and interesting colors. Opt for something a little more ‘flowy’ and loose fitting rather than tight and form-fitting. Pair the colorful maxi dress with a solid camisole or sweater in a color that compliments your dress.

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Kimonos

Flowy and airy. Kimonos are a great addition to your Boho wardrobe. Pair them with shorts and gladiator sandals in the summer or jeans and booties on cooler nights to have them rock your style.

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Floppy Wool Hats

Felt floppy hats are the perfect accessory if chosen tastefully. Two-toned and solid colors can complete any Boho look with zero effort. Add them to your wardrobe all year round as they can go with just about anything!

Fringe Bag

A fringe bag belongs in your wardrobe regardless of your style preference. Pair it with a simpler outfit because these little bags can pack a punch on your outfit. You can also pick up a cross body purse to complete your look as well.

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Maxi Skirts

When shopping and building a Boho chic wardrobe, maxi skirts are a staple. Not only are they comfortable and effortless but they can showcase a variety of colorful, bold prints. Be sure to stick with one statement print when you’re pairing your outfits. Some of my favorite maxi skirts come in aztec, paisley and flower designs.

Colorful Statement Scarf

A colorful scarf completes a neutral outfit. You can get them in all kinds of prints and colors. Have fun with it! Scarves can bring a ton of personality to your look especially if they are paired with a floppy hat and chunky sunglasses.

Gypsy Jewelry and Accessories

Have fun with this stuff. Bold, bronzed and jeweled pieces can go elegantly with your outfit if paired or layered correctly.  If you are wearing a busy, colourful outfit than choose something slightly more subtle. There is a lot of choice out there so have fun with your choices and love what you wear!

Image by Aelida 

Makeup and Skin Care

Boho sytle represents natural and subtle looks. You can go with minimal makeup and still look fabulous all day long. The great thing about it is you can quickly recreate the look in a pinch. Be sure to take care of your skin well and try to aim for effortless beauty that you are.

I swear by Renewal Daily Scrub Acne Wash  from Riteaid.com for $5.99 which helps to manage my blemishes and clogged pores –uggghh. I thought I’d be rid of that stuff by now but apparently not. You’ll like it because it keeps your skin feeling fresh and clean after one wash. Then I finish my evening (and morning) routine with Strikingly Unique Moisturizing Lotion from Walmart.com for $9.96 – on rollback!

Image by Pop Mania 

So there you have it ladies, a quick and simplified introduction to those of you who LOVE the Boho Chic style or are interested in incorporating some fabulous pieces into your wardrobe this summer. The best thing about this style is that you can find incredible pieces at vintage stores all around you. The prices are great and you will most likely be wearing a one-of-a-kind piece that no one else will have in their closet! The combinations are endless and you can build a healthy wardrobe for much less than regular retail stores charge you for clothes these days. Go out on a limb this summer and rock a Boho inspired look.

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How to Blow Out Textured Hair

Written: Saturday, July 16th, 2016 @ 4:08 pm

Hey Savvy Beauties! If you have curly or wavy, dry and damaged hair, here is a quick tutorial on how I blow out and smooth my hair. Enjoy!

Products mentioned:

– CVS Pharmacy Moroccan Argan Oil Renewing Conditioner

– Equate Extra Firm Hold Hairspray

Products mentioned on The Savvy Beauty channel have been purchased for review. These are all opinions that are my own and not scripted.

Strikingly Unique Moisturizing Lotion

Soft, smooth texture provides all-day moisturization for dry or combination skin.


Clarifying Toner

Aids in eliminating dirt and oil while gently exfoliating skin for a clear, glowing complexion.


Precision Focus Wrinkle Serum

Helps skin combat wrinkles, lines and UV damage. Hypoallergenic and 100% fragrance free.

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