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Korean Skincare Secrets Revealed!

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1-Give your face a steam massage in the shower. Use circular motions with your fingers, but also tap in rotating motions—starting on the forehead, then the cheekbones, cheeks, and working down to the jawbone. Massaging increases circulation and creates a dewy complexion. For added benefit use an oil cleanser to maximize hydration.

2. Use a charcoal sheet face mask. Buying sheet masks are as common as getting Kleenex in South Korea. And all the rage ingredient? Charcoal. It detoxes and exfoliates your skin, and all you have to do is let the sheet sit on your face for 15-20 minutes while you relax.

3. Exfoliate with a washcloth soaked in hot water. An old South Korean lady I know has no wrinkles. Her secret? She uses a thick washcloth to massage her face every day, using upward moving, circular strokes.

4. Blurring to create HD perfect skin. Some days when roll out of bed and think OMG, how do I just hide all of this? Well…You can. Try the Korean blurring trick, which basically means using one or several smart coverage products with a makeup brush to wipe out and “blur” unwanted imperfections. If you use an air-cushion foundation, a signature Korean cosmetic, you can blur like a pro, without looking heavy.

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5. Use an overnight sleeping mask.  This is the best time to hyper-moisturize and work on a tired complexion. Apply an intensive sleeping mask to correct any dullness. When you wake up, weeks of wear and tear will have come off of your face. Trust me on this!!

6. Apply a facial essence between two layers of moisturizer. Many women feel essences are the key to sealing in all the goodies of your daily cleansing. Essences are mild, skin nutrient filled solutions (not toners) that hydrate your skin and are applied after cleansing. The next step is to add a serum, and then you can add your moisturizer for maximum skin  hydration.

9. Drink barley tea. Have you ever been to a Korean restaurant and tried the tea? Its roasted barely tea, which is what is served to Korean babies from birth to fortify their skin and overall well-being. Barley tea is rich in anti-oxidants and one study showed that drinking it can improve blood circulation. Some suggest it may even double as a weight loss drink. There you go!!

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The Only Vitamins A Women Needs

Choosing the right vitamins can seem like a task. And once you finally find the perfect one, how can you tell if its actually working? Here are the best vitamins, minerals and herbs for every health and beauty need.
Hair, Skin and Nails
A good multivitamin with active B Complex is best. B vitamins help your hair, skin and nails grow effortlessly. Do you have a moon on your fingernails? If not, that can be a sign of B12 deficiency and lack of circulation.

sexy_strawberry1Vitamins to take:
Biotin: The #1 B vitamin for hair growth.
Zinc: When we are deficient in zinc, our hair loses its color, leading to gray hair.
Vitamin D: Opens follicles for hair to grow.
Vitamin E: Gives hair shine, bounce and growth.
Niacin: Increases circulation to allow hair growth.
Magnesium: Gives stronger hair.
Iron: Encourages hair growth.

Energy

These vitamins increase energy an stamina:
Active B12
Folic acid
COQ10

Memory
Each day we want to be able to make a sizable deposit into our memory bank so enhancing it by increasing our omega 3 and taking the following herbs will help.
Phosphatidylserine
Omega 3
Vitamin A
L-Tyrosine
L-Carnitine (burns fat)

Sleep
A few hours of deep restorative sleep is better than hours of tossing and turning. Certain deficiencies of vitamins and minerals can interrupt a night of sleep
Vitamins to take:
Melatonin
Magnesium
Vitamin B3
Vitamin D
L-tryptophan
GABA-(Kavinace; helps with anxiety)
Diet/Immune System
When it comes to our diet, it’s not just about what we put in our mouth, but what we actually absorb and eliminate eventually.
Vitamins to take:
Vitamin B1
Vitamin B3
Vitamin B6
Vitamin C
Vitamin E
Vitamin A
Vitamin D
Iron
Selenium
Zinc