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Your face is the most expressive and sensitive part of your body, and generally reflects your health and wellbeing. Mostly we just take it from granted that we have facial features, skin, and facial expressions, but the interesting thing is the science behind the different parts of your face.

Blushing

We have all experienced blushing at one point of another. Our cheeks flush red when we feel embarrassed. But did you know that the amount you blush differs for each person and is dependent on the sensitivity of the autonomic system, which uses smooth muscle fibers to control the blood vessels. These muscles widen to release more blood and this is when our face reddens. Blushing is actually a very intricate biological response to emotional situations.

Eyebrows

Our eyebrows are not there just to look pretty. Their primary role is to protect the eyes. They prevent sweat from the forehead dripping into the eyes and they cast a shadow over your eyes which help to protect them from harsh sunlight. When women pluck their eyebrows, they are minimizing this shadow which makes the face appear brighter and more open. Eyebrows also contribute quite considerably to our facial expressions.

Epidermis

Our skin is made up of three layers. The outermost layer is called the epidermis and is comprised of about 5 sub-layers. As disturbing as it sounds, the top two layers are made up of dead skin cells, which are held together by a mixture of oils, water, peptides, and acids. Together, these outer layers provide a barrier against the environment.

Exercise

We all know that we have to exercise our body to maintain our health, but it is a little known fact that our facial muscles need to be exercised too. Doing so can slow down the signs of aging, reduce tension in your head and neck, and liven up your complexion by encouraging oxygen to flow to your face. Facial exercises are simple and involve working each area of your face for a few seconds each day. For example, practice wide smiles, frowning, flicking your eyes upwards, and pouting your lips.

Self-Cleansing

You should always wash your face thoroughly each morning and night. Nevertheless, did you know that your skin cleans itself while you sleep? As you sleep, your body is working to expel toxins from your body. One of the ways it does this is to push toxins out through your skin. This can cleanse your face from the inside out, but can leave you with a substance build-up on the surface of your face so it is crucial to wash your face when you wake up.

The Skin/Hair Relationship

Did you know that the link between skin and hair is very close? The sebaceous gland (which secretes oil) grows out of the hair follicle. The type of hair we have on each part of our body is directly associated with the size of the oil gland in these areas. Our oil glands are larger on our face so the hair here is finer, whereas the oil glands on our heads and legs are much smaller which results in thicker hair.

Health Clues

We know that the appearance of our face can be a clue to our overall health; for example, bright, clear skin signifies health, but dull, blemished skin does not. However, each specific area of our face is actually associated with different parts of our body. The face can be used as a diagnostic tool to point out which areas of your body’s health you need to work on. For example, the area underneath your eyes is associated with your kidneys, your nose is associated with your heart, and your bottom lip is associated with your intestines. Problems in these areas might indicate specific health concerns.

Melanomas

Melanomas are malignant moles that might be cancerous. We should all be checking for these on a regular basis. However, these spots are not always darker than your normal skin tone. Sometimes they are flesh-colored and other times they are reddish or whitish. Be sure to check thoroughly as they do not always look the way you expect. Pay special attention to any moles that are itchy or painful, or any mole that grows.

Skin Type

Your skin type is determined by how active your sebaceous (oil) glands are. If you have oily skin then your oil glands are over-active. Another factor at play is how well your skin seals in moisture (using fatty lipids). Dry skin is usually caused when this second function is deficient, along with under-active oil glands.

Spots

Finally, let’s talk about spots. Your skin contains two kinds of pores; the first are for excreting perspiration and the second are for excreting sebum. When sebum production is high, pores can become clogged up and bacteria can be trapped. This can easily result in the development of spots. Inflammation occurs when white blood cells flood towards the infected area

Our face is not as a straightforward as we assume it is. It can signify specific health problems in specific areas of our body, it self-cleanses and excretes toxins as we sleep, and our eyebrows have important protective functions. Blushing, spots, and skin type are all determined by a complex series of biological responses. Be aware that cancerous moles can sometimes be flesh-colored and require you to look closer to spot them.

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Make-Up Tips for Eyes That Mesmerize

One of the surest ways to sparkle with beauty is to focus on the eyes when applying make-up. Eyes are like stained glass, marbled windows to the depths and facets of personality, so the eyes are a natural focal point for assessing beauty and getting to know others more personally. There are a few key ways to ensure that your eyes stand out to their fullest potential.

Firstly and most importantly is color contrast. You only need to look to the opposite end of a color wheel, and you can understand the magic inherent in working with the juxtaposition of complementary (opposite) colors. In a nutshell: blue eyes mystify with eyeshadow in browns, gold, and corals. Green eyes glow with wine, burgundy, and corals that lean into the red palette. Brown eyes mesmerize and intrigue with blues, purples that lean more toward the blue spectrum, and silver.

Aside from eyeshadow, eyeliner and mascara should complement the eye color in the same fashion. Brown eyes almost always benefit from black mascara, whereas green and blue eyes almost always look their best with brown mascara. This general rule is underlined when paler eye colors are accompanied by small eyes, which benefit from paler tints. On the other hand, comparatively large eyes can afford greater liberties, yet eyes of all sizes receive a dramatic boost with false lashes or lash extensions.

Beyond the application of eye makeup, it is critical to downplay the other primary features–the cheeks and lips–if the eyes are to be the central focus. This is achieved very simply by lowering the contrast between the skin tone and the applied colors. In other words, a light tinted gloss and an innocent pink or pale coral blush for the cheeks will keep the viewer’s eyes looking into your eyes whether you speak or stare in silence.

Furthermore, the eyebrows need pleasant shaping and should not be so overbearing that they detract from the eyes themselves; and lastly, if you maintain a part in your hair, it is most effective to let the part serve as an arrow pointing downward, and line it up with either eye.

Applying these visual tricks will dress your eyes–and you–for a starring role in any setting. After all, your personality is what shines once eye-contact is made, where the cosmetic colors at the surface serve as a decorative frame that showcases the true colors of the inner self.


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