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Throw it out!

Cindy Kang

Business Editor

The thought of a massive makeup collection may be appealing to you. However, what you may be unaware of is that, within the piles of seemingly harmless beauty enhancers, bacteria lurks. Most people are clueless on the necessary disposal of cosmetics; some, although aware, still decide to utilize the outdated products. Be wise and throw out your old makeup because the expiration dates exist for a reason.

Old makeup is not only disgusting, but it is unhealthy. Products that come in contact with your eyes (eyeliner, mascara, eye shadow, etc.) are especially important to watch out for when it comes to replacing makeup. Your eye is a very delicate and sensitive part of your body. By applying germ filled products on your eyes, you have a great chance of getting an eye infection or a stye, which is unattractive to say the least.

Face products (foundation, blush, bronzer etc.) greatly impact the condition of your skin. By using old face products, you are setting yourself up for acne and other skin rashes or infections, which is a big price to pay for using expired makeup.

So, the next step is to sort out all your makeup. The most commonly over used product is mascara. Many people have experienced eye infections by using old mascara. Mascara should be kept for 3 months at the most. After that, it becomes a germ infested wand. Cream products, such as cream eyeliner, eye shadow, or blush should be disposed of after 6 months. Powder products should be trashed in 24-36 months. Although these are some general guidelines for when to throw out your makeup, you should do so if the smell or texture of the product changes.

Throwing out makeup may seem wasteful now but, in the end, it will prevent you from getting infections. So make it a priority to sort out your cosmetics; if you can’t remember when you bought it, throw it out!


 Losing Weight for Good

Cindy Kang

Business Editor

We always seem to resort to crash dieting just a few weeks prior to that “big” event. Whether you’re 5 or 50 pounds overweight, you can lose the weight that you want in a healthy manner, and thus eliminate the need to deprive yourself of nutrients during those times of dieting. Believe it or not, it is quite possible to lose the weight for good, without regaining those pounds after a short period of time.

Start your weight loss journey by changing your eating habits. There’s a wise old saying, “abs are made in the kitchen.” No matter how much you exercise, it is impossible to be fit without healthy eating habits. Also, drink lots of water to flush out toxins and to curb your appetite. Sometimes, your body mistakes dehydration for hunger.

You may despise exercise now, for whatever reason. However, a healthy diet will make you more energized, making exercise feel good. Exercise whenever possible. Whether it be walking to your destination or parking you car further away from a building, walk whenever you can. Small steps like these will add to your daily calorie burning. Find an exercise that you actually enjoy, and incorporate it into your daily routine. One of the most effective fat burning exercises includes jump roping, which burns up to 800 calories an hour.

Although you may have heard these tips many times in the past, do not ignore them. These are tried and true steps that result in healthy weight loss. While fad diets may offer temporary results, eating healthy and exercising are the only methods for long term weight loss.


Preventing Wrinkles

Cindy Kang

Business Editor

There are many commercials advertising products to get rid of wrinkles. However, these “miracle-workers” can only do so much for those who already have wrinkles. Thus, it is best to stop the wrinkles in their tracks before they form in the first place.

Exposure to UVA or UVB rays from the sun is responsible for 90 percent of the symptoms for premature aging of the skin. Thus, it is crucial to wear sunscreen on your face every single day, regardless of the weather. Even on gloomy days, the sun’s ultraviolet rays penetrate through the clouds.

UVA rays penetrate through glass windows, so sunscreen is also necessary while indoors. If you do not like the idea of wearing sunscreen, there are many cosmetic products and moisturizers in the market that contain SPF. Whatever your preference for sun protection, make sure it provides both UVA and UVB protection and at least an SPF of 20.

Diet is an important factor in having wrinkle-free skin. Stock up on foods that contain antioxidants, because these will prevent against free radicals that may cause DNA mutations that cause wrinkles. Be sure to drink lots of water since this will maintain the elasticity of your skin.

Many of us take our supple skin for granted and neglect caring for our skin, thinking that we will remain wrinkle-free forever. However, it is crucial to remember that preventing is much better than trying to get rid of wrinkles after they form.


Optimal Clear Skin

Cindy Kang

Business Editor

Nearly everyone gets the occasional zit or “breakout”; some are more prone to acne than others. The problem of acne can even exist as a result of genetics. However, there are many ways to minimize your chances of getting pimples.

The most obvious factor of acne lies in the condition of your health. Be sure to stay hydrated; it flushes out the harmful toxins in your system. Make sure to exercise on a regular basis. This will not only keep you in shape, but it increases circulation, reduces stress, and regulates hormones, which all lower your chance of getting acne.

Next, keep your face clean and moisturized. Wash your face twice a day, in the morning and night, with a gentle cleanser. Upon cleansing your face, be sure to moisturize with an oil-free cleanser even if you have oily skin. Over cleansing and not moisturizing will both contribute to drying out your skin, causing your pores to produce even more oil. In addition, wear minimal makeup, and use only non-comedogenic products.

Change your pillow case at least once every week. Oil from your hair will eventually build up in the fibers of your pillowcase. By not changing your pillow case, the oil on the pillow will transfer to your face.

Sanitize objects that your face often comes in contact with. This includes items such as your cell phone and makeup brushes.

Finally, for those of you who still have acne even after being cautious consult with a dermatologist or doctor. The acne may not be coming from outside factors, but from an excess of testosterone in your body. Prescribed medication may be what you need to attain clear skin.


Olive Oil: Miracle Product

Cindy Kang

Business Editor

If you take a look inside your kitchen cabinet, you can expect to find a variety of foods and condiments closely assembled together. Among the array of bottles and packages, you may find olive oil lying around. While olive oil may be a product you previously used solely for cooking purposes, you should consider using this miracle product for much more than greasing up your frying pan.
Olive oil has many uses in the world of beauty. One of the most money friendly ways to utilize olive oil is as a substitute for makeup remover. On average, makeup remover sells for around $8 at drugstores and around $25 at high end department stores. By buying a large bottle of olive oil for around $10, you can have enough makeup remover to last you at least 4 times longer than a small bottle that sells for more than double the price. Also, makeup remover sold in stores is separated into two categories: one for eyes and one for face, while olive oil can be used for both. Since it is non-comedogenic, it will not clog your pores or cause break-outs.
Olive oil can also be used as an exfoliating lip or body scrub when mixed with sugar. It can be used directly on your cuticles or on any other area of your skin for moisturizing. It is also very good when slathered onto hair overnight as a deep conditioning treatment for soft healthy hair.
It is obvious that olive oil, a miracle product, is often overlooked. There are many other ways to utilize olive oil than solely for cooking purposes. So, next time you stroll into your kitchen, be sure to make use of nature’s multipurpose gift, olive oil.


How to Keep Your Makeup from Fading

Cindy Kang

Business Manager

It is October, and the SAT exam and college application deadlines are creeping up on us. We desperately fight to keep our eyelids open as we anticipate for the 2:57 bell to ring. However, instead of going home, many of us go directly to academic institutions. Due to our hectic schedules, it can be very difficult and frustrating to keep makeup looking fresh. Thankfully, there are simple steps that can be done in your morning makeup routine to keep your makeup from fading throughout the day.

Upon cleansing your face, apply a light layer of moisturizer. Make sure to use a moisturizer that is formulated for your specific skin type (i.e. if your skin is oily, do not use a moisturizer formulated for dry skin). Next, most importantly, apply a face primer. This will act as a barrier between your skin and your makeup, thus, preventing unwanted oils from ruining your foundation. After applying foundation, be sure to use a setting powder. For added lasting power, finish it off with a light mist of water from a spray bottle. This will not only set your makeup, but prevent your foundation from looking “cakey” and unnatural.

Again, for eye makeup, a primer is essential. Applying a primer beforehand will significantly reduce creasing of your eye shadow and smearing of your eyeliner. Also, in order to prevent getting the look of raccoon eyes in the middle of the day, set your eyeliner with a powder eye shadow. Doing so will intensify the color of your eyeliner, and the powder will absorb excess oils and water from your eyes.

Just by adding a few steps to your morning makeup routine, you can save yourself the trouble of touching up numerous times throughout the day. A little extra work can truly pay off in the end.

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