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Beauty Tips

#1 Skin Nourishing Tip Every Redhead Should Know

There’s no denying that when it comes to our skin, redheads are a little more sensitive. We burn, breakout and react. Each season brings it’s own challenges but both are tough on our skin. So how do we nourish our skin during the summer months- a summer that's looking like it’s gonna be a hot one- Exfoliate!

It’s time that we make tending to our skin a weekly ritual, rather than an every once in a while or whenever you have time thingy. Besides, taking care of your skin now means that you’ll look younger later, so it’s sorta worth it.

Why exfoliate?

Exfoliation is one of the most important practices that you can perform on your skin to achieve healthy and glowing skin, in addition to resolving certain skin issues. According to Holly Sherrard, education manager for Dermalogica Canada, “Exfoliating increases cell turnover to reveal newer, healthier skin cells, plus it decreases blackheads, minimizes hyperpigmentation and fine lines, and imparts an all-over healthy glow.”

For a great exfoliation product, we recommend an easy recipe that you can whip up right in your kitchen.

Antioxidant Body Scrub:

  • 1 Cup Ground Coffee (you can even use the grounds from your morning coffee)

  • 1 Cup Sugar or Salt

  • 1/2 Cup Organic Coconut Oil (Trader Joe's has a great one).

Mix all the ingredients together and store in an airtight container or mason jar. Use 1-2 times a week. The coffee and sugar/salt will exfoliate your skin while the coconut oil will leave it feeling soft and supple. Added bonus- the caffeine in the scrub helps to firm your skin and may even reduce cellulite.

Let us know how this recipe works for you at facebook.com/redheadrevo or via twitter @redheadrevo!

2 Little Known Makeup Tips for Redheads

Tip #1: Caffeine! 

It’s clinically proven that redheads have thinner skin. As a result, we are more prone to getting certain skin issues, such as those pesky dark undereye circles. Dark circles can result from fatigue and lack of sleep, genetic factors, aging or illness.  So how do we fight the darkness?

Caffeine! I’m not talking about your morning cup of joe. I mean topically applying caffeine based creams, or starting your morning off with a little teabagging (sorry I couldn’t help myself).

Okay, here is how it works: When applied topically, caffeine constricts blood vessels which results in reduced puffiness and redness. This makes it ideal for not only treating under eye circles, but facial flushing and rosacea. As mentioned in my previous post, caffeine has even been said to combat the appearance of cellulite.

There are some great creams out there (100% Pure comes to mind), but if you want to try a home remedy: Steep 2 caffeinated tea bags in hot water for a few minutes, then place them in the refrigerator. Once they are cool, apply them to your eyes for 5 to 10 minutes.

Or, for a quick and easy fix, follow our next tip!


Tip #2: Mineral Moisture Tint

With pale skin and freckles, redheads face the challenge of finding a foundation that will provide even coverage without being too heavy. Regular foundations are often too overpowering, not to mention it is difficult to find a color match.

This is where mineral moisture tints come in. This is truly one of the BEST makeup tips for redheads. Mineral moisture tint is meant to be layered, meaning it can go on light and give nice coverage without overpowering your freckles, or heavy if you prefer. Mineral moisture tint also just feels better on your skin. Instead of this layer of cake, that your skin most likely doesn’t need and which only adds to skin issues, it covers up any blemishes while moisturizing.

Added benefit, because it is more sheer in appearance, it is easier to find a color match. All you really need to know is your skin’s undertones!

Give it a try!

 

DIY Moisturizing with Coconut Oil

 

2014 has proven itself to be the year of extreme weather. From subzero temps to extreme snowfall to vegetable threatening droughts- the start of the year has been challenging- especially on our skin. It’s easy to forget that our skin is our largest organ and while it protects us from the elements, it too needs a bit of extra care. Good skin care, such as regular moisturizing, will also delay the natural aging process.

So how do we combat the inevitable dry patches and keep our skin soft and, most importantly, happy? Here are two easy DIY techniques that will make the winter go by more smoothly- literally! Both also make use of one of nature's greatest ingredients: Coconut Oil.

This first recipe both exfoliates and moisturizes your lips. For those of you who have our RHR lip stain, this is a great thing to do before using. The oil and sugar will remove any dry or loose skin and make your lips more receptive to the stain.

Coconut Lip Scrub:

1 Tablespoon Sugar (brown or white sugar)

1.5 Tablespoons Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil (Make sure it’s organic! you can find it on amazon or even at Trader Joe’s)

Mix the ingredients together and store in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to two weeks. If you want to get creative you can add an essential oil of your choice- peppermint, almond and vanilla are few suggestions. Just make sure they are meant for use on your skin.

 

Coffee Body Scrub:

1 Cup Ground Coffee (just use this morning's coffee grounds)

1 Cup Sugar or Salt 

1/2 Cup Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil 

Mix all the ingredients together and store in an airtight container or mason jar. Use 1-2 times a week. The coffee and sugar/salt will exfoliate your skin while the coconut oil will leave it feeling soft and supple. Added bonus- the caffeine in the scrub helps to firm your skin and may even reduce cellulite.


Let us know how these recipes work for you! Share your thoughts and experiences at facebook.com/redheadrevo 



The Redhead Eyeshadow Palette

For this weeks blog post I am focusing on a redhead’s eyeshadow palette. Now if you are anything like me, then you’ve grown up hearing how good blues and greens look with your hair- how they just make it pop! And I’m not here to argue with that- when you see a redhead wearing a turquoise dress she looks stunning. However, eyeshadows are a whole different ball game.

The goal behind eyeshadows, and this goes for eyeliners as well, is to bring the eye color into focus. This is done by choosing a complementary opposite for your eye color. For example, if you have blue eyes you actually want to avoid blue eyeshadows.  If this isn’t revolutionary to you then kudos, you are in much better shape than I was ten years ago. Now, using the chart below, find you eye color (blue, green, hazel, brown etc.) and then look at the colors directly opposite- those are your complimentary opposites!

Now I’ll break it down:

Blue: golds, coppers, apricots, and burgundy. If you are indeed a redhead, avoid oranges like the plague!

Green: burgundy, purples, rose golds, and warm browns.

Hazel (green/blue): decide which color you want to bring out, green or blue? Then follow the list above.

Hazel (green/brown): coppers, burgundy, rose golds and purples.

Brown: blues, greens and golds.

Brown/black: you can wear pretty much anything and those eyes will pop, so go nuts!

So, what should you be wearing? Check out our eyeshadow collection here.

Here is a pic of Emma Stone rocking the rose gold shadow with her green eyes:

Keeping your skin happy and healthy!

Another week has passed and it is time to continue our foray into SKIN! Last week I discussed how to find your skin’s undertones. Knowing whether you have cool, warm or neutral undertones helps determine which foundation/moisture tint will work best with your skin- there is nothing flattering about a cool toned girl wearing a foundation with a yellow base. So follow the tests I laid out and, if you feel the urge to be a rule breaker, eat cheesecake for breakfast.

Now part 2: Keeping your skin happy and healthy!

We are becoming more and more of a health conscious society. Especially when it comes to our cosmetics. Gone are the days when women covered their faces with layer after layer of white lead or face creams loaded with arsenic. I know, it sounds crazy that women used to cover their faces with lead! But it’s true- from the Romans to one of our favs, Queen Elizabeth- lightening one’s complexion with a toxic mixture of egg, powdered eggshells, poppy seeds, white lead, borax and alum was fairly common.

Today we want to know what’s in our products and why. Even if you haven’t done a ton of research, you have a few key-words on your radar of ‘what to avoid.’ I’m going to discuss two of the main offending chemicals and why they should be avoided.

Parabens: Used in foods as well as cosmetics as a preservative. They can be found in shampoos, conditioners, makeup, toothpaste, shaving cream, moisturizers and sunscreens.

Parabens are known to be absorbed by the skin and while some are eliminated through your urinary tract- others are retained in plasma. What is potentially worrisome about this is that parabens have shown up in many breast cancer tumors. While there has not been a direct connection between parabens and health effects- they are worth keeping an eye on.

Phthalates: Used as a plasticizer. They primarily show up in nail polish, synthetic fragrance, hair spray and deodorant.

Links have been made between phthalate blood levels and altered thyroid function, breast cancer, ADHD and decreased motor and mental development. While most of the these studies are observational plasticisers are known to have potentially detrimental effects and thus we should limit our exposure to them.

 

 

Get to know what's on the surface!

Alright my fellow redheads, this is part 1 of a 3 part blog series on skin- Get to know what’s on the surface!  Per popular request, the first post will address your skin’s undertones.

So what are undertones anyways?  Often times we choose our foundation, liquid or powder, based on our skin tone. Be it ivory, beige, medium, tan etc. - we look at the surface of our skin and try to match.  But your skin tone changes with sun exposure, lack thereof, or simply overtime. Today we see many online cosmetics companies, including Redhead Revolution, prompting buyers to choose a foundation based on their  skin’s undertones, but if you don’t know what that is, then it isn’t much help. So here goes, Finding your skin’s undertones 101:

First, your skin’s undertones lie just below the surface of the skin and regardless of whether you skin hasn’t seen the sun in months or you just got a tan- it stays the same.

Second, there are three undertone categories: cool (pink, or bluish undertones); warm (yellow, peachy, golden undertones); neutral (mix of warm and cool).

 

So which are you? Here are a few tests to help you determine which category you fall into.

1.  Look at the veins on your wrist: Are they blue or green? If they are blue or blue-purple, then you most likely have cool undertones. If they are greenish, then you’re warm.  And if you have both blue and green veins then you are neutral.

2. Hold up a piece of silver or platinum jewelry and a piece of gold. Now, regardless of which one you like more, which one looks best against your skin? Girls with cool undertones tend to look better in silver and platinum metals, while warm-toned girls look better in gold.

3. The neutral shade test: think about which neutral shade looks best on you. Does a bright white or black hue flatter you best? Or ivory and brown/tan shades? If it is the former, then you are most likely cool-toned, while the latter means you are warm.

Now that you have discovered your skin’s undertones, you will be better able to choose a foundation/moisture tint that will flatter rather than clash.  Knowing your undertones also help you determine which colors will look better on you- be it clothing or lipstick. But that’s for another post….

Now go be merry whether you be cool, warm or neutral. And above all, be glad you don’t share Liz Lemon’s witch undertones.