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What is a CC Cream?

Okay, so many of you just found out what a BB cream is. Now you may have seen that there are also CC creams! So what is a CC Cream and what is the difference between a BB and a CC cream? A CC cream is kind of like a BB cream. The CC stands for color correct or color care. (BB stands for beauty balm or blemish balm) They basically do the same thing. They are tinted moisturizers/primers for your face. You can wear them alone or as a primer under your foundation.  CC creams are designed to be lighter in texture and have more color correcting pigments to hide discolorations and correct uneven skin tones yet still look natural. CCs can also have more light reflecting particles in them than BBs. BBs and CCs both: Moisturize Prime Protect with SPF Perfect Heal Even out skin color Treat with anti aging ingredients Shop for Physicians Formula CC Cream You may also like:    What is a bb cream? Click here for my makeup gallery and services information page.           Ha

Q&A: Are Henna Tatoos safe?

Q.   Are henna tattoos safe for my kids? A. As long as they are true henna.  Often you will see black henna tattoos especially on boardwalks in the summertime.  Black henna tattoo dye is made from a chemical called p-phenylenediamine (PPD). This chemical is approved for hair dye usage but not for body art usage. The high concentration of the dye may cause severe allergic reactions that can appear 2 to 10 days after the tattoo application.  Real henna has been used for centuries and is safe to use on the skin.  Ancient Egyptians used henna to color their hair and nails. The henna powder is made from the crushed leaves from the henna plant and is green in color but leaves behind a red or orange or brown stain. It used to stain the skin in a decorative manner called Mehndi.   Henna is believed to bring love and good fortune and to protect against evil. Mehndi designs are traditional on the hands and feet for brides of India. They are intricate and quite beautiful. Henna fades from th

How to Handle a Hangnail

What is a Hangnail? A hangnail is that hard dry piece of skin that sticks out at the side of your nail. They occur when the skin gets dry from the environment or too much contact with water, paper, chemicals or other drying substances. My friend calls them stepmothers. How to Removal a Hangnail Don't pull it! Don't bite it!  If your do, you will leave a opening in the skin that gets sore and can easily become infected.  Use cuticle nippers to trim off the hangnail or wrap a bandaid around it until you can get to your nail technician to have it trimmed off.  How to Prevent a Hangnail Help prevent hangnails by applying a little cuticle oil and a good moisturizer several times a day to help keep the skin moist.  Protect the nails and skin by wearing gloves when cleaning to avoid excess exposure to water and cleaning products.  Wear gloves when it's cold outside to protect the skin from dehydrating in the cold dry air.        My favorite cuticle nippers size is

Carbonated water bad for your bones?

Recently, I have had 2 clients mention that drinking carbonated water is bad for your bones.  I never heard this. I heard that soda is bad for your bones and teeth but not plain carbonated water.  I enjoy my sparkling water and would hate to give it up. In fact, we have a Sodastream that turns plain tap water into carbonated water in an instant.  I had to investigate. Thank goodness, I can keep drinking bubbly water! According to the various articles I have read, carbonation in water does not damage the bones or the teeth.  A study was done on sparkling water vs. still water. One group of women drank one liter of still water each day. Another group drank a liter of carbonated water each day. There was no difference between the groups in the bone markers after 8 weeks.  In fact, carbonated mineral waters can contain calcium which good for the bones!  Colas, however, seem to be a huge issue due to their Phosphoric acid content which can interfere with calcium absorption. Here is a li

Good News for Acne Sufferers: Acne Bacteria Study

A new treatment for acne may be on the horizon!  A recent study from UCLA found that there are both good and bad strains of P. acnes bacteria (Propionibacterium acnes) that live on the face and elsewhere on the body. Researchers believe that the good bacteria strain may protect the skin against the bad bacteria strain that causes acne.  The study isolated more than 1000 strains of P. acnes. 101 volunteers, 49 with acne and 52 with clear skin, provided bacteria samples by using pore cleansing strips to extract bacteria from their noses. Two types of P. acnes were found in 1 out of 5 of the volunteers with acne. Those 2 types were rarely found in the volunteers with clear skin.  There was a 3rd P. acnes strain found that was common on the clear skinned volunteers but was not common on the acne volunteers. This leads researchers to believe that this good strain protects against the bad acne causing strain.  This is good news because it could lead to a new probiotic acne treatment. It