Tip of Getting Rid of Cold Sores Fast

Everyone has a favorite was to fight nasty cold sores. But, did you ever think of fighting them from within? Try taking the vitamin supplement L Lysine. It is an amino acid that builds collagen and is used for tissue maintenance. I call them little miracle workers. Start taking as soon as you feel the itch hot spot of an incoming fever blister. Use it in combination with your usual topical brand of cold sore medicine.

Tip: Follow the directions for use on your own bottle.

This is not a substitute for medical advice. I am not a doctor or healthcare provider. Consult your doctor for recommendations.

Tales from Five Below-Acne Dots

I believe you can be beautiful no matter the cost of the product. So, I’m cruising through the local Five Below, a dollar store like chain where everything is $5 or below. For $4, I picked up this set of acne dots. The ingredients shown on the front of the package seem vegan friendly. It also claims to be cruelty free. Score, right?

After washing my face, I peeled open one package, and went to town covering my worst zit areas. In fact, I used all 10 patches on that sheet!!

The patches themselves are quite thin so it doesn’t feel like scotch tape on your face. I was able to eat a snack, have a drink, and talk while wearing them. Some of the patches sorta disappeared on my upper face. I definitely noticed the ones on my chin and kept reaching to see if they were still on. They weren’t even uncomfortable to sleep.

When I woke, the first thing I did was remove the patches. I underestimated their stickiness because I did have to fight a bit to get them off. And, what did I find? Nothing, no changes to the size, shape, or volume of zits. So disappointing, right?

Even more disappointing was the company’s claim to be cruelty free. The product is made in Korea although there is legislation stating that Korean products are banning the use of animal testing in 2018. But, who knows how old my product is, really. Additionally, if they sell in certain markets, China, for example, those products must be tested on animals. I could not find Elite or Swissco LLC listed on any popular cruelty free websites, either. So, I question the legitimacy of the cruelty free aspect.

While, on the surface, this product looks vegan friendly using aloe, salicylic acid, and tea tree oil as their main ingredients, retinyl palmitate and polysorbate 80 have both an animal and vegetable source. There is, as far as I can find, nothing that says which source has been used in the manufacture of this product.

It’s possible, given the ingredient list, to call this product organic but, I’m not going to label this as an organic product since I’m not sure of the origin of the ingredients. The product does not have any organic packaging details.

All in all, this product was just like throwing money down the drain. So not worth it!!

Vegan and Organic Rosewater

There’s a long held belief that Cleopatra used rose water as part of her daily beauty regime. If she, rumored to be the most beautiful in the land, used rose water, perhaps we should take a look at what it’s all about!!

Refrigerated rose water will depuff the eye area. Soak cotton in rose water and place on the eyes for 15-20 minuets.

Rose water mixed with 1 tablespoon of flour makes a great zit busting mask. Just apply to the face and rinse with cold water after 10-15 minuets.

You can use rose water as a cleanser. Dampen some cotton and wipe all over your face. This may take two applications depending on how dirty your face might be.

You can use rose water as a refreshing spritz and rose water is said to act as a setting spray for makeup.

After learning all this, I decided to make my own. I have roses growing in my garden, so I know it is organic and pesticide free. I picked pink roses because that’s what happened to be blooming. I used one really large handful to make my rose water. You can use more petals if you want. If you don’t have roses at home, you can buy your favorite.

Pluck the petals from the flowers and rinse gently. Add rinsed petals to a pot.

Cover the petals in just enough distilled water to cover the petals.

Heat to a boil, cover, and simmer for 30 minuets to an hour. The petals should have lost their bright color when you are done.

Let cool then strain the petals from the rose water. USE A GLASS JAR. Plastic may alter the scent of your rose water. Store rose water in your fridge or on your vanity table.

One last tip, WATCH THE POT WHILE IT’S BOILING or you might just end up with no water and burned petals, like me!!

Tips for Fixing A Bad Fake Tan

How to Prevent—and Fix—Self-Tanning Disasters

The tan in a bottle has evolved. No longer the orange mess of the ’80s, it is now fool-proof and streak-free. Well, not exactly, but we can help.

By Neha Gandhi

Streaks, Blotches, and Stripes

Prep your skin beforehand. Shave your legs, exfoliate, and moisturize. Start exfoliating a few days before you self-tan, and avoid over-moisturizing immediately before you apply the product. Finally, apply the tanner slowly and be sure to rub it in completely, paying extra attention to the knees, elbows, feet, and neck, all parts of the body that will absorb the tanner more readily.

Tinted products are the most fool-proof, because you can see the distribution of the sunless tanner before it develops. Opt for a lotion instead of a quick-drying foam, for a better window of opportunity to correct any uneven spots before the DHA starts reacting with your skin. We recommend Clarins’ Self Tanning Milk SPF 6 ($30), which requires 1-2 hours to develop, with the added benefits of hydration and protection.

Still nervous? Try Benefit’s Jiffy Tan ($24). It provides an immediate tan that will stay put all day, but if you mess it up, you can just wash it off in the shower. Since this lotion’s far from waterproof though, we don’t recommend it for a day at the pool or the beach.

That Too-Orange Glow

When trying out a new brand of self-tanner, always start with a light to medium shade, rather than a dark one. You can always go back and apply the darker shade, but you can’t undo the damage once you’ve turned day-glo orange. Experts also recommend diluting your self tanner by mixing it with equal parts of moisturizer. But exercise caution, because if you don’t blend the two properly, you’ll end up with streaks and spots. To play it safe, try Jergen’s Natural Glow daily moisturizer ($6) — they’ve done the work for you and blended lotion with a self tanner. The result? A gradual, natural tan, and soft skin to boot.

Premature Fading

Since you can exfoliate to fade an uneven tan, it follows to reason that you can also exfoliate away a perfect tan. To keep your sunless tan intact as long as possible, avoid shaving your legs for 48 hours after you’ve applied the product. Also avoid long baths or chlorine-filled pools, all of which will rub off the top layer of skin and interfere with the DHA reaction.

Orange Palms and Feet

These are a dead giveaway that your tan is faux. To avoid, apply the tanning lotion or cream with gloved hands (latex gloves work best because they are non-porous). This can make the application process more difficult, however, so if you don’t think you can apply the product evenly with gloves, don’t. Instead, wash your hands repeatedly throughout the process. Do one body part at a time, and after rubbing the product on each part, wash your hands.

Stained Clothes and Feet

To avoid getting your new tan all over your clothes, wait at least 15 minutes after you’ve finished applying it to get dressed. To ensure that the self-tanner has set, dry your skin with a blow-dryer on a cool setting (sweat will make your tan streak, so be careful). When you are ready to dress, avoid clingy nylons in favor of breathable cotton, and you should be golden.


Self-tanning is a messy process, and even the most devoted self-tanorexics can make mistakes. Here are a few tips for cleaning up the mess, if you end up with a bad sunless tan.

Tan Remover Solutions

These are especially useful for getting the orange off of your palms, fingernails, and the bottoms of your feet. If you don’t have the patience to wash your hands 15 or 20 times while applying the lotion, just use Jersey Girl’s Shimmer Dimmer ($14.50) or St. Tropez’ Self Tan Remover, in towelettes ($6 for 10) or a soap ($15). These products are most effective in removing the tan before the DHA has started the chemical process or color change. They can still help after the tan has begun to develop, but they will not be able to remove streaks or blotches completely.

Loofahs, Scrubs, and Shaving

Exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate, to slough off some of the affected dead skin cells. Draw a bath, shave your legs, and then scrub the darker streaks or spots with a loofah. Be careful not to overscrub, or you’ll end up red and splotchy, in addition to unevenly tanned.

Harsh Chemicals

We don’t necessarily advocate these, but they are an option if you’re in a real pinch. Chlorine, peroxide, bleach, and anti-dandruff shampoos are all supposed to strip off the top layer of skin and interfere with the DHA, thereby lightening the fake tan. They may also irritate sensitive skin, so exercise caution — dilute the chemicals with moisturizer and avoid your face and neck at the very least. And never apply immediately after shaving or exfoliating.


If self tanners go awry on your face, first try to blend with a tinted moisturizer — a heavier foundation will only draw attention to the uneven color. Next, aim for a fresh-looking face. Skip the bronzers and blushes because adding a third shade of tan to your face will only exacerbate the problem. Apply a natural lip gloss, and for a more made-up look, draw attention to your eyes with liner rather than color.

Add More Tan

Prefer filling in the light spots to lightening the tan spots? It’s a little tricky, but if you’re on the pale side, you can try to fill in the color with self tanning towelettes. Try Estee Lauder’s Go Tan Sunless Towelettes ($28 for 10) or Comodynes’ Self-Tanning Towelettes ($15 for 8) to fill in the light spaces and even out your color.

The One Week Experiment that Failed

I love a good tan but I can’t cultivate a good tan naturally. So, my secret is out for all the world to see: I fake bake. Or, at least, I try to fake bake. I’ve done lotions, foams, and sprays with mixed results over the years. So, this year, thinking I was clever, decided to buy wipes. Here’s what I used…

My plan was to use the product for a week and show you all my stunning new glow!!

Day one: After my shower, I eagerly ripped open the packet and carefully rubbed down my legs and chest. Then, I washed my hands. Never forget to wash your hands!! Spent the rest of the night lifting my nightgown in the mirror to see if I’d changed colors.

Day 2 otherwise known as this morning: I woke up with a faint glow on my legs. So, I decided to apply more product. This time, I went over my legs, my chest, my arms (I had a tan on top only), and my neck. This time, my tan developed quickly. My upper body looks fantastic. My lower body, however, is a bit of a mess!! Take a look at my legs before and after!!

As you can see, my left leg isn’t so bad. Just a couple of missed spots. Apparently, I went to town on my right leg. My toes are the color of Trump!!!

So, where did I go wrong. Obviously, I used light pressure on my left leg and, in my haste, I missed some spots. With my right leg, I obviously used much firmer pressure and I allowed myself to linger too long on areas like my foot, lower leg, and top thigh. I will definitely shower before application number 2.

I will use this product again. I liked the day one color on both legs and the day 2 coverage on my left leg. Being heavy handed was my fault as were the missed spots. Overall, what I like about the product is that you can see the moisture left behind by the towelettes making it easier not to reuse in a damp area.

Organic Blemish Buster Facial Mask

Apple Cider Vinegar, Honey, Baking Soda

• 1 teaspoon of organic apple cider vinegar

• 2 teaspoons of raw honey

• 1 teaspoon of baking soda

Put on your ugly shirt!!

Mix all the ingredients in a bit bigger dish than normal due to the vinegar/baking soda reaction. Apply the paste over your face using your trusty, old foundation brush. Avoid the eye, mouth, and eyebrow areas.

Also, since this mixture is runny, keep a damp washcloth nearby. Vinegar in the eye is no fun at all. Trust me!!

Leave this mask on for 10-15 minutes.

While rinsing off with warm water, use a washcloth for added exfoliating effects.

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