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Saturday, March 11 2017

face cupping

Have you heard of cupping? If not, well you are not alone. Surprisingly, many people are clueless about this ancient healing technique, that is been used to treat everything from body aches to arthritis and poor circulation. Michael Phelps made the procedure popular after people noticed the bruising on his back during the 2016 Rio Olympics, which he later confirmed were results of vacuum cupping. Celebrities have taken cupping to a whole new level by having it done on their faces in a procedure now known as face cupping.

The Face Cupping Procedure

Face cupping is different than the regular cupping technique, which is traditionally performed on the back and leaves noticeable bruising. Face cupping is a more gentle technique that uses mild suction to rid lymph nodes of fluid. Small glass cups topped with rubber balloons are placed on the skin and pulled to create a gentle, relaxing suction. Celebrities such as Kim Kardashian and Kate Beckinsale swear by the technique, but does it work?

Face Cupping Results

People who have undergone the face cupping procedure report significant improvements in their skin. The technique promotes circulation of blood in the face and, as a result, increases the level of oxygen and other nutrients in the skin. Face cupping also stimulates collagen and elastin production, while restoring skin tissue. The appearance of fine lines and wrinkles are also reduced after face cupping. There is a major downside to the face cupping procedure; the results are short lived. The typical results from a single face cupping procedure generally only last for a few hours to a couple of days.

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How Dirty is Your Makeup?

Thursday, March 09 2017


The Importance of Cleaning Your Makeup

We all know that it is never a good idea to share eye makeup, especially mascara with another person. We also know that makeup brushes and applicator sponges need to be cleaned periodically. Have you ever wondered why? Well no duh, because they get dirty. But, just how dirty are the items in your makeup bag?

E. coli, Staph and Cold Sores???Oh My!

Dirty makeup and makeup brushes can contain tremendous amounts of different bacteria. Most of this bacteria is found normally on our skin and isn not cause for alarm. However, over time, these bacteria and other germs can build up on makeup. If you are using the same products over and over without cleaning them, there is a high chance that they are filled with both good and bad bacteria. Bad bacteria are germs, such as E.coli and Staph that can make you very sick or lead to serious health conditions.

The Danger of Using Dirty Makeup

Most makeup is contaminated, whether by sharing, applying it with dirty hands, or simply by not cleaning it. The most common result from using dirty makeup is acne breakouts and pimples. However, illnesses such as the flu and conjunctivitis (pink eye) can be caused by using dirty, contaminated makeup.

How to Clean Makeup

Now that we have scared you from using old makeup ever again, there is a way to clean it and rid it of harmful germs and bacteria. Pressed powders, eyeshadows and cream makeup can be cleaned by simply spraying it with a 70%-90% isopropyl alcohol. An alcohol wipe is great for cleaning lipsticks, concealer and foundation sticks, and liners. Makeup brushes and sponges should be washed gently with a mild soap and warm water.

Important Things to Remember

Cleaning your makeup and tools regularly is important for your health, plus your skin will thank you. It is also important to remember that makeup expires, so be sure to check those expiration dates. Also, remember to keep the lids and caps tightly closed on your makeup. If you have lost the caps to any makeup, it is just better to throw it away or transfer it to a new container.

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