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Beauty - What is it? How to maintain it

Beauty is a pleasing quality associated with harmony of form or color; an appearance or sound that arouses a strong, contemplative delight.

How important is outward beauty?

Inner beauty is much more important than outward beauty (or should be); however, since beauty is also good looks, quality that pleases the eyes (obviously), we have to take the necessary steps to accomplish outward beauty as much as possible in order to be more acceptable to society.

There are many factors contributing to beauty, such as eating right, exercising, sleeping, and practicing good hygiene, to name a few. These are all basic factors that interrelate to accomplish natural beauty. Giving your skin a daily workout, by exercising, increases blood flow to the skin, and blood bears oxygen and other nutrients vital to your complexion's health. There is also cosmetic beauty, which is the addition of decorative or superficial items, such as skin creams, powders, lipsticks, nail polishes, etc., to our skin, hair, nails, etc., to enhance our natural appearances. With every passing year, our skin show signs of aging, but thanks to skin care products, tailored to particular skin types, and innovative new skin treatments, our complexions can look healthy and radiant, well into our sixties - and beyond.

A good skin care regimen begins with identifying your skin type, then choosing the cleansing, toning, moisturizing, and exfoliating products that are right for you. There are three basic skin types - dry, normal/combination, and oily. Skin types can change or vary from season to season and from climate to climate. It can also vary from week to week or day to day, due to hormonal fluctuations. The purpose of cleansing is to remove makeup, oil, perspiration, and environmental grime, like soot, smoke, and dirt particles from the surface of your skin. Cleansing is a two step process involving both a cleanser and a toner appropriate for your skin type.

Moisturizer act as a barrier between the skin and the environment, buffering the skin against blustery winds, dry overheated rooms, and pollutants. It also act as a primer for makeup, allowing it to go on easily, and staying put longer.Moisturizers minimize fine lines on cheeks and around the lips and eyes, by plumping up skin, giving it a smoother, more even texture.

Exfoliating is getting rid of dead skin cells that can clog pores, trigger breakouts, and leave skin looking dull and sallow. Regular exfoliation is essential for a healthy young looking complexion. Exfoliating products such as scrubs, masks, and even the common astringent ingredient salicylic acid, are superb exfoliants. Do not exfoliate ashy skin, you will emphasize the problem; instead, moisturize regularly, especially in cold weather, when ashiness tends to worsen. Also cut back on too long, too hot showers, which can dry your skin. Take quick showers using lukewarm water, then slather moisturizer onto almost wet skin.

Foundation is the most important cosmetic in a makeup artist kit. The right foundation, keyed to your skin type and color, can even out skin tone and minimize splotchiness or patchy pigment. An oil free or water based makeup will help keep oily skin from becoming shiny, while a moisturizing product will give dimension and dewy softness to dry skin that tends to look a little dull. Foundation provides the perfect canvas for eye makeup and blush, allowing them to smooth on like silk and staying color true.

Powder is the makeup artist secret weapon. It is used to even skin tone, and set foundation, giving face a perfect "finish" look. Choose powder keyed to your skin type. If your skin is dry, opt for a moisturizing pressed or loose powder. For oily skin, use an oil absorbing loose powder. Normal/combination skin type can use any loose or pressed powder.

Properly applied blush will give your face warmth, natural glow, and heighten your cheek bones. Check out your cheek color the next time you exercise - their natural rosy shade is the one you want to match when you shop for blusher. Enhancing your complexion with blush, or rouge, can be achieved with either powder or cream formulations. Cream blushes are best for older women or those with very dry skin. Powder forms are a must for women with oily complexions. Powder blush tends to go on easier, and last longer than creams.

The most frequently used item in a woman's makeup kit is lipstick. Chances are, you apply or freshen up your lip color two to four times per day. Topped with a fabulous lip liner, lipstick is truly a beauty enhancer.

To add dimension to the eyes, use eyeliner pencil, drawing a fine line along upper lashes, close to base, from about 1/4 inch from the inside corner to the outside corner of the eye. Use your little finger or a small sponge tip applicator to smudge slightly. If you opt for a line beneath lower lashes, be sure to stay under lashes. Do not line the inside of the eye rims, you will risk infection. Starting at center of eye, just below middle pupil, draw a very fine line to outer corner and smudge lightly. To set lower line, dip a sponge tip applicator into loose powder and dust over line, or apply a medium to deep tone eyeshadow, just a little, using a sponge tip applicator edge.

Very few things are as attractive as well manicured hands, and well pedicured feet. You may have your nails professionally done or "do-it-yourself". If you choose the latter, here are a few tips. Remove old nail polish, using cotton balls soaked in non-acetone polish remover. Wash your hands thoroughly with a moisturizing soap, then massage a rich cream over hands, paying special attention to your cuticles. Using an emery board, gently file nails in one direction only, on the underside of each nail. Soften your cuticles, by soaking them in warm water, to which you have added baby or bath oil, for about five minutes. Dry hands, and apply a gentle cuticle softener around the cuticles, leaving on for two to three minutes. Wrap the tip of an orange stick in cotton, dip in olive oil, then gently push your cuticles back a little. Rinse oil and cream away. Use cuticle scissors to carefully snip unwanted nail. If cuticles are very rough, gently file with the smooth side of a buffing emery board. Massage a rich cream over your hands and into cuticles, then wipe nails with a damp cloth. Now that your hands are meticulously manicured, you may add a base coat and two coats of your favorite nail enamel. Your pedicure may be done using the same procedure, but soaking feet for ten to fifteen minutes, and subsequently rubbing the rough areas of your feet, using a pumice stone.

Whatever your choice of cosmetics, be sure to thoroughly remove all makeup, using a non oily makeup remover, before going to bed. Going to bed with makeup on, can clog pores and cause skin to break out with blemishes and blackheads. Your skin need to breathe and rejuvenate while you sleep, so the only thing that should go on your skin at nights, is moisturizer. Cosmetics are important for the enhancement of our appearance. However, be sure to take proper care of your natural attributes by eating right, exercising, sleeping, practicing good hygiene, and not substituting these basics, for cosmetics.

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