Achieve Salon-Like Mani-Pedi Look with SNS Nails Supply

Ideally, mani-pedi should be done every two weeks but with our busy schedules and sometimes the cost of getting it done in a salon leads us to stretching it up to a month or more. This decision puts our hands and feet in danger of achieving a not so likeable status for our nails. But did you know that simply by having the right arsenal of easy-to-use products that you can get from nail supply stores and a combination of old-fashioned TLC, you can now take care of your nails in your own home. You can wear any nail colours and change it every day as you like it. Solve common mani-pedi problems with these few strategies:

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Get Rid of Discoloured Spots

If you are the type who leaves your polish in your nails for weeks or months, we hope you realize that it is not a good idea especially on your feet if you are always wearing shoes. It deprives your nails of air increases the risk of fungal infections, which can leave you with unsightly yellow or white blotches on nail beds.  Avoid having discoloured nails by removing all polish, and then using a fine buffing block to smooth down and renew the surface of nails.  You can get all nail beauty supply that you can use at home from sns nails supply. (more…)

8 Common Ingredients in Skincare Products That Are Harmful to Your Skin

Did you know that 884 of the chemical ingredients used in skincare and cosmetic products are toxic according to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health? The market is flooded with products that are loaded with chemical ingredients that are long, difficult to pronounce and can in fact be dangerous to your skin.  This is among the many good reasons why it’s almost always better to use a product with all-natural ingredients.  Here are a few ingredients found in common skincare products that are actually destructive to your skin.

1. Parabens

Parabens are preservatives.  What that means is that these skin care ingredients increase the shelf life of skincare products or, in other words, extends the expiration date.  It is one of the most frequently used ingredients in cosmetics.  Studies are not definitive, but it can disrupt hormone production and have been found in breast cancer tumors.  Examples of parabens include

-Methyl paraben
-Ethyl paraben
-Propyl paraben
-Butyl paraben

2. Synthetic fragrances

Phthalates is a common skin care ingredient in fragrances.  Phthalates are used to stabilize the fragrance but, like paraben, phthalates can also disrupt hormone production. Common effects of synthetic fragrances include dizziness and allergic rashes.  Except for making the product smell better, synthetic fragrances are not good for your skin at all.

3. Synthetic colors

Synthetic colors are usually made from skin care ingredients deriving from coal tar.  Studies have shown that color pigments derived from coal tar have the potential to cause cancer.  Other possible effects include increased sensitivity and skin irritation.   Synthetic colors usually show up in ingredient labels as FD&C or D&C.  Unless synthetic color is an important part of your skincare, try avoiding products with synthetic colors.

4. Mineral oil

Mineral oil is another skin care ingredient common to many skincare products because it is cheap and stable.  Many women also use mineral oil to remove make up.  But, mineral oil can actually clog pores and prevent the skin from expelling waste and toxins, which can then cause acne.  Other ingredients similar to mineral oil include:

-Petrolatum
-Paraffin wax
-Paraffin oil

5. Ureas

Urea, like paraben, is another preservative. They are also known by the names Germal II and Germal 115.  Germal 115, in hotter temperatures, can release formaldehyde.  Formaldehyde is a key ingredient in creating many ink and glue products and is, of course, toxic to your skin.  Examples of ureas include:

-Imidazolidinyl urea
-Diazolidinyl urea
-DMDM hydrantoin

6. Alcohol

Alcohol by itself is often used as a disinfectant.  But if used as a daily skin care ingredient, alcohol can irritate or dry your skin out and can also make it easier for bacteria to penetrate your skin.  Increased dryness of the skin can also cause brown spots and wrinkles. Examples of alcohol include:

-Isopropyl alcohol
-Ethyl alcohol

7. Sulfates

Sulfates is a key skin care ingredient that makes shampoos and soaps bubbly when you rub it.   But did you also know that sulfate products are used in industrial-strength detergents such as car washes and engine degreasers? Sulfate won’t harm your skin if it’s only there for a short while.  But if you leave sulfate products on your skin for a long time, it will irritate your skin and cause dryness.  Sulfate products can also cause eye irritation. Examples of sulfates include:

-Sodium lauryl sulfate
-Sodium laureth sulfate

8. Glycol

Glycol is a skin care ingredient used in skincare products to help keep moisture. But, did you know that glycol products are used in brakes and anti-freeze? Some glycol products are so strong that it is used to de-ice planes and remove barnacles from boats.  Glycol can cause skin rashes and allergic reactions.  Extended contact with propylene glycol can cause brain, liver and kidney abnormalities.  Examples of glycol include:

-Propylene glycol
-Butylene glycol

Conclusion

It’s hard to resist the marketing techniques of so many of these products. They say it’s good for your skin but in reality, the product is often loaded with preservatives and other compounds that are toxic to your body. How can it be called skincare if it’s not good for you? The next time you’re in the bathroom, try checking the skincare ingredients in your cosmetic products.

Skincare Guide for Girls with Oily Skin

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Tired of constantly having a shiny face and acne breakouts? You’re not alone.  Oily skin is a problem for a lot of teenagers and adults.  But it’s important to remember that oil itself is not the problem. Your skin has natural oils and it’s to help keep your skin soft, supple, and wrinkle-free.  But as your teen years swing by, your hormones kick up and that can also kick up oil production.  You know what happens next: zits and greasy-looking skin. The problem then is not oil but just too much oil.  Hopefully, your hormones will settle as you reach adulthood but in the meantime, try following this routine to help cut back on oily skin.

1. Wash your face twice a day

It’s been said before, but it really needs repeating.  Wash your face in the morning after you wake up and just before you go to bed at night.  Just because you have oily skin doesn’t mean you should just wash excessively.  Extra washing just dries your skin out and will only encourage more oil production to make up for the dryness.

2. Use gentle cleansers that don’t contain soaps and oils

Soaps are too harsh for your face and oils are too rich.  The best cleanser will clean out your pores and keep your skin moisturized at the same time.

3. Use your fingertips to gently put product on your face

For some teens, using a washcloth will only irritate the skin.  The best solution is to use your clean fingertips to gently massage your cleanser and/or your moisturizer on to your face.

4. Pat your face dry with a face towel

A key part in skincare is making sure you don’t irritate your skin.  If your skin is already oily and acne-prone, then rough scrubbing can worsen the condition.  Gentle pats will get rid of the moisture and won’t disturb your skin.

5. Use a toner

You know how toners aren’t necessary for everyone? It’s highly recommended for teens with oily skin types. It might be tempting to use a toner with astringent, but astringents can actually irritate your skin! It’s better to use a toner with all-natural ingredients that will balance your skin.  If your skin is sensitive, try applying the toner only in the problem areas—usually, the nose, chin and forehead.

6. Moisturize

Just because your skin is oily doesn’t mean you can skip on moisturizing.  Cleansers and toners, even the gentlest ones, will clean and dry your skin.  Moisturizers are there to hydrate your skin and keep it looking firm and fresh.  Oil-free moisturizers are best for oily skin types.

7. Apply sunscreen

Although the summer sun may not be glaring down at you, the UVA/UVB rays are still doing damage to your skin.  Sunscreen on any skin type and in most weather is a must.  Sunscreen can feel greasy and thick, but that’s probably because the sunscreen you’re thinking of is the sun block you used on your body.  Make sure to use oil-free sunscreen formulated specifically for your face.   What’s better than sunscreen is having a moisturizer with built in SPF protection of 15 or higher.  Now you’re ready for the day!

8. Use blotting paper

Unfortunately, as you go through classes, you get tired, sweaty, and your face ends up greasy and shiny. A good way to fight this is to use oil blotting paper.  Oil blotting paper is a quick fix and brings shine under control. If possible, keep a compact handy to check your face throughout the day and use oil blotting paper as needed.

9. Use facial masks and clays (as needed)

If your skin continues to be oily, try using facial masks and clays.  Pick a facial mask that is especially soothing and formulated specifically for oily skin.  A facial mask or clay will draw out the oil in your skin.  However, only use facial masks or clay if you absolutely have to.  It definitely shouldn’t be part of your daily or even weekly routine.  Facial masks or clay can dry your skin out if you’re not careful.  A good way to try out facial masks or clay is to apply the product only in the oily areas.

Conclusion

The key to handling oily skin is balance.  You want your skin to cut back on oil production without drying it out.  It will take time, patience and effort but ultimately, your skin and you are worth it.  Do you know of any other tips to help control oily skin?

7 Important Everyday Habits to Keep Your Skin Beautiful

There is an old folk saying that girls that have beautiful hair, white and even teeth, and clear, fresh skin will always be pretty. While that may not be necessarily true, it does point out that, while you can’t easily change your nose or cheekbones, how your hair, teeth and skin look will definitely make an impact in how people see you.

As you grow older, it’s especially important to start using good habits to take care of your skin.  While hair and teeth are important, the skin is the largest organ in your body and definitely deserves some tender, loving care and attention.

Chances are, you’ve already heard all kinds of advice and miracle products from your family, friends, magazines, TV shows and celebrities. Having the right skincare products is a big part of having beautiful and healthy skin, but just as important are the skincare habits we use everyday.  Here are seven important everyday habits to help keep your skin clear and fresh.

1. Wash your face twice a day with the right product

It’s important to wash your face with lukewarm water when you get up in the morning and before you go to bed at night.  Washing removes dirt, oil and other pollutants that can irritate your skin and cause blemishes.  Did you know that there are different products for different skin types? Skin types range from normal, oily, dry, sensitive or a combination. Your skin type can change as you grow so it’s always a good idea to figure out your skin type before you get a product. Also if you can, you definitely should get face wash with natural and organic ingredients.

Beauty tip: Girls, no matter how tired we are, we have to remove our makeup at the end of the day!  Sleeping with makeup clogs your pores and can cause breakouts.

2. Wear sun protection

It’s almost always a good idea to apply a layer of sunscreen.  Not only does sunscreen help protect your skin from sunburn and skin cancer, it will also help protect your skin from premature aging. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends wearing at least SPF (Sun Protection Factor) 15.  Make sure to get a sunscreen that is either labeled “broad spectrum” or “UVA/UVB” protection and one that is specially formulated for either your face or body. If you don’t like the smell of sunscreen or the way it makes you look shiny, you can use lotion with SPF.

3. Drink lots of water

When I say drink lots of water, I don’t mean soda or caffeine—I mean just water! Water carries nutrients to cells, helps flush toxins from your organs, and is essential in moisturizing your skin and giving it a healthy glow. Water intake can depend from person to person, but as a good rule of thumb, the Institute of Medicine recommends 3 liters (13 glasses) of water for adult men and 2.2 liters (9 glasses) of water for adult women. So for a teen/tween girl it’s about 1.8-2.0 liters (7-9 glasses) of water a day.

Fitness tip: Drinking a glass of water before meals and especially when you’re hungry is a good way to curb your appetite and prevent overeating. (more…)

5 Types of Acne Prone Foods You Must Stay Away From

You’ve been working hard to protect your skin. You know your skin type, you’re using the right products to wash your face twice a day, and you’re exercising and sleeping but the acne. Just. Won’t. Go. Away.  Ugh!  Unfortunately, this scenario can be quite common and frustrating for teenagers.  It’s time to explore teenage diet to help get rid of that stubborn acne.

In the last post were a few suggestions for skin-friendly foods, but let’s talk a little more closely about the foods you should avoid.  Some studies show that there is no direct correlation between food and acne. Let’s be clear: food does not cause acne! But, certain ingredients in certain foods can interact with your body and make your skin more acne-prone.  If you are already trying to fight acne, then eating these foods can be a major factor in making you break out. Below are a few of these food categories.

1. Processed foods

Processed foods often have trans-fats and omega-6 fatty acids.   Eating foods with high levels of trans-fats, besides making skin more acne-prone, can also lead to heart disease.  Omega-6 fatty acids help cause inflammation, which is useful for when our bodies suffer from cuts or are fighting an infection, but not useful when we are trying to avoid acne break outs.  Because of the high amounts of fat and refined sugars, processed foods can make your skin more acne-prone AND are also very fattening. Examples of processed food include:

-Chocolate-chip cookies
-Popcorn
-Hamburgers
-Fried Chicken

2. Caffeine

Whether Starbucks is your favorite beverage place or you need an energy drink to help you keep studying overnight, almost all teenagers consume caffeine at some point.  Caffeine definitely has its uses but drinking caffeine can cause your sweat glands to produce more oil.  Also, caffeine interferes with your natural sleep cycle, which is important in keeping your skin clear and healthy.  Examples of caffeine include:

-Mocha Frappucino
-Caramel Latte
-Coffee

3. Dairy

Where does milk come from? Cows. Not just any cow, but a pregnant cow. It’s important to remember that milk contains hormones from pregnant cows.  These hormones are then converted to DHT hormones, which contribute to increased sebum production, which makes skin oilier.  To make it worse, many dairy products are rich in fat and fat can also contribute to increased sebum production.  Examples of dairy include:

-Cheese
-Ice cream
-Cupcake

4. Shellfish

Certain seafood, particularly shellfish, has a lot of iodine.  Everyone needs a little bit of
iodine, but it’s too easy to overdose.  Too much iodine can lead to acne-prone skin or can 
even worsen existing acne.  Examples of this include:

-Shrimp
-Crab
-Lobsters

5. Refined carbohydrates

Food with refined carbohydrates causes your blood sugar level to rise quickly, which then affects your hormones.  As a teenager, you definitely don’t need anything messing with your hormones and causing your sweat glands to produce even more oil.   Examples of foods with refined carbohydrates include:

-Pizza
-Doughnuts
-Cereals

Conclusion

It would be great if we could point out a single food item and say, “There! Hamburgers make me break out!” But everyone’s body is unique and different.  What can cause one person to break out may have no effect on another person.  Always check food ingredients.  Try and keep note of whatever you ate when your skin breaks out.  Hopefully, by developing and following good habits and taking careful control of your diet, your acne should clear up!

11 Things You Must Avoid to Prevent Acne

You know how every little thing matters in mathematical calculations? Miss a single decimal or add an extra zero and you’ve got the wrong answer. Sometimes, acne prevention for teenagers can feel a lot like doing math. You have to make sure that you’ve got the right teenage acne formula and that you’re not making little mistakes because those mistakes can make a difference.

If you’ve been following the tips from past blog posts, then you’ve already got the routine, the right teenager acne prevention products and the right foods down. If you still have acne break outs, try avoiding these habits or items. Sometimes, that little thing that you miss is enough to throw off your clear complexion.

1. AVOID Thick Moisturizers

It might be tempting to use thick moisturizers for acne prevention if your skin is dry, but these products sit heavy on your skin. Synthetic ingredients are harsh enough, but these thick moisturizers can clog up your pores. Also, avoid using body lotion on your face as much as possible.  Extra hydrating body lotions can contribute to acne breakouts. (more…)

10 Foods That Benefit Your Skin

It’s no secret that the foods that we put into our body have an effect on our energy (think caffeine), our mental health, our emotions and our body function. At Lia Skincare we have seen first hand how what we eat can affect skin texture and how different foods can even cause acne or clear up our skin. When we are young gilrs and moving into our teenage years, our bodies are producing a variety of chemicals that our skin did not make as children and we often notice large differences caused by only small changes, like a bag of chips, or a candy bar.

Below is Lia Skincare’s a list of ten Superfoods to help your skin – foods that can provide nutrients and help your skin look its best.


Fruits, Nuts, & Veggies

1. Blueberries.

Blueberries are very high in antioxidants – these are nutrients that protect your skin from starting to look old and becoming harder and less able to move. Not only can antioxidants keep you from starting to look old while you’re young, they can help your skin remain youthful and smooth as you age and many healthy women choose to keep blueberries a regular part of their diet for a lifetime.

2. Tomatoes

Tomatoes are one of our favorite superfoods. Tomatoes are home to a special antioxidant known as lycopene, which helps protect and repair the skin from sun damage and prevent wrinkles. Your body can more easily use the antioxidants in tomatoes when they are cooked, so spaghetti with fresh tomatoes or cooked veggies with tomatoes are a great way to get the full benefits of tomatoes.

3. Leafy Greens (like Spinach & Kale)

Spinach and Kale are both an excellent source of antioxidants including one that is hard to find elsewhere; a vitamin called lutin, that can keep your skin hydrated, improve your skin’s elasticity, and protect your skin from sun damage. Spinach and Kale are also and excellent source of iron, which is a very important vitamin for girls who are quickly becoming young women.

4. Tree Nuts (like Walnuts & Almonds)

Walnuts and almonds provide essential omega-3 fatty acids which help your body rebuild itself. They also contain tons of vitamin E, which is often considered the most important vitamin for keeping your skin smooth and soft. Getting vitamin E directly is the best way to help your skin, but Vitamin E’s positive reputation is why sunscreen makers often include it in their product ingredients – to show that their product can help your skin remain soft and smooth while saving you from sun damage.

5. Sweet Potatoes

Thanksgiving isn’t the only time you should be eating Sweet Potatoes. This root veggie is full of a vitamin called beta-carotene, which helps your skin and body fight the effects of aging. The vitamin C in Sweet Potatoes is now believed to be capable of generating collage, which is the substance in your skin that keeps your skin soft and flexable. They are actually quite delicious once you give them a shot, and you will be eating a healthy starch, making the parents smile, and helping your skin all at once.

6. Kiwis

Kiwis another superfood loaded with antioxidants, but also happen to have plenty of healthy vitamin C, which will help your skin remain firm and keep wrinkles away. Kiwis can be a bit strange if you’ve never tried them before, but they are a delicious fruit that can be fun to eat and that looks great when sliced as a healthy snack.

While fruit can be the easiest superfood to add to your diet, other foods like fresh fish, dairy, tea and even…… CHOCOLATE? can be full of vitamins that can help your skin and that taste great.

7. Wild Salmon

Wild Salmon contains both omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, which when properly balanced provide soft and smooth skin, along with healthy bones and teeth. If fish isn’t your thing, try to ease it into the diet slowly. Talk to your mom or dad about trying fresh sushi with salmon if you want to try it Japanese style, or try it grilled or baked with pasta, if you prefer a well cooked, marinated and delicious main dish. Either way your skin will thank you.

8. Fresh Dairy (like Yogurt and Cottage Cheese)

Dairy can be tricky if you suffer from acne and we recommend trying a little before making it a normal part of your diet to see how your body and skin react. Yogurt and Cottage Cheese are an established source of protein and calcium. Most importantly, low fat dairy products like Yogurt and Cottage Cheese contain that protect new and developing skin cells and insure that your skin regenerates naturally. Yogurt comes in almost any flavor you want, and Cottage Cheese tastes great with fruit – our recommendation; llow fat Cottage Cheese with Pineapple.

9. Green Tea

You’ve probably heard about Green Tea as something that is great for energy and natural relaxation. What you may not have heard is that Green Tea is amazing for preventing skin damage. From another antioxidant rich plant, Green Tea also protects your skin against sun damage and even skin cancer.

Finally a sweet little escape:

10. Dark Chocolate

While we often think of chocolate as something that we will never be able to eat until we are fully grown women who don’t need to fear acne, many researchers have shown that it is not the chocolate itself that causes problems, but a combination of the fats and oils that are created when chocolate and dairy are mixed to create milk chocolate, which is what most popular chocolate is. If you suffer from acne and you have missed eating chocolate, consider trying pure dark chocolate and seeing if your skin has the same reaction. Many doctors now believe that dark chocolate has the opposite effect of milk chocolate and may actually improve the condition of acne.

Pure chocolate is actually packed with antioxidants and micronutrients that can help skin. Keep in mind that you should find chocolate that is as pure as possible. 60 percent cacao or better will give you the best results, but as the percentage goes up so does the bitterness and the sweetness goes down. That being said, You may just love how delicious a dark chocolate bar can be once you get a taste for it. Find a dark chocolate percentage that you enjoy and see if it isn’t something that you can happily eat without breaking out the following day.