Until I hit my 40's, my approach to skincare was lazy. It involved washing my skin, moisturising when I could be bothered and that was that. Now I am becoming a dinosaur, I spend far longer looking after my skin. I am lucky enough to not have wrinkles or lines at all but my skin has become dry as I have aged, and I am sure that a lot of that is due to the long term meds that I have to take. My approach now is to use as many topical products combined with some help from the inside.
This is a waffle and a ramble about what natural skin products I use to keep my skin in good shape. For those of you who spend a fortune on Lush and similar stores, this may save you some money. This will focus on toning and cleansing. I will do a separate one for moisturising as it is a huge subject.
20 SQUARE FEET:
The skin is the largest organ in your body and the average person has around 20 square foot of the stuff on their body. It copes daily with sun damage, toxins, dehydration and in the case of many of us, the bombardment of "beauty products" which are so laden with chemicals that they could pickle a rhino.
We as a society seem to take it for granted that because a product is available to buy, then it must be safe. Some of us rarely read ingredients, and those that do often don't care anyway. I have read so many reviews on here about the Body Shop, Original Source, Avon and the likes, that merrily state that the product is "natural" because it contains 0.05% of jojoba oil amongst the toxic soup. It drives me bonkers and I try to limit the amount of times that I comment about it. Don't even get me started on Johnson's baby stuff....
People want the convenience of a shop bought remedy or product, combined with less expense. Therefore here is my list of cheap everyday items that are brilliant for skin. All natural, no junk, and guaranteed to help your skin stay supple, moisturised and clean.
So to begin:
CLEANSING AND TONING:
* Witch Hazel: (for all skin types)
No need to buy the branded "witchsticks" or wipes or hideously priced toners from Lush, witch hazel costs around 99p for 200ml. Simply shove some on cotton wool and wipe your face over. For sensitive skin, it can be diluted 50/50 with water. This product not only cleans the skin, it will tone the skin and help with issues such as spots, blackheads, acne and open pores.
* Tea tree oil: (For all skin types)
This natural essential oil will set you back around £4 for 10ml. It is very strong and you only need a couple of drops so this will last you ages. Apply neat to spots/grazes. For a cleansing face mist, fill up an empty spritzer type bottle and add to it the following:
8 drops tea tree essential oil and top up with water. You can use 50/50 water and witch hazel if you wish.
This recipe is cheap as chips but will give your face a refreshing antibacterial mist which you can either leave on or wipe off.
* Apple cider vinegar, tea tree and lavender: (For greasy/ spotty skin)
Place 30ml of apple cider vinegar in a bottle, add 10 drops of tea tree and 10 of lavender essential oil. Top up with water. Spritz the face or apply with cotton wool as a cleanser and toner for oily skin.
MOISTURISING TONERS AND GENTLE SCRUBS:
*Glycerine and rosewater: (For dry skin/ face)
This is a very old fashioned remedy but many of the ones available to buy are full of junk. You can make your own by buying pure vegetable glycerine (Amazon stock it and so do most soap making shops online), and rosewater from an Indian/Ethnic food store. This moisturises and tones the skin so it is a dual purpose product. My mother has used this for as long as I can remember, and although she is now in her late 60's, her skin is amazing.
* Jojoba: (All skin types)
This is a brilliant oil for the face and body. It is water soluble, non greasy, and does not clog pores. It can be used on the tips of the hair as a conditioner, or to remove make up from the face and skin. I apply a film of this overnight on my face after washing it. It is an unscented oil and great for all skin types.
100ml of Jojoba can be obtained for around £5 online.
Jojoba can be mixed with an exfoliant or a clay such as kaolin. It is great when mixed with sea salt or sugar and then used as a scrub all over the body.
* Oats and kaolin:
* Oat cleansing soft scrub: (All skin types)
You will need a base oil (jojoba, sweet almond, sunflower or even olive) and some ground up oats. You can get these at any health type shop. Oats are great for all skin types and soothe redness. Mix the oats and oil into a paste and shove it in a jar. You can add a few drops of essential oil if you wish, lemon is nice for refreshing the face. Then just use as a very gentle face scrub. You can make this as think or thick as you like. Rinse off with warm water and that is it.
* Oat milk: (All skin types)
You can use a muslin bag (or even a stocking) as a bag to fill with any type of oat (ground are best). Chuck a cup full into the centre of your muslin/bag/stocking. You can add a chunk of cocoa butter or shea, dried herbs or flowers, essential oils or some jojoba oil- the list is endless. Epsom salts work well for aches and pains and sea salt is good for a detox and skin softening too. Oat milk is simply made from oats and water. Your bath will take on a milk like quality and it will soften the skin. You can use the muslin bag as a scrub too, add cocoa butter and you effectively have your own version of Lush's "Ceridwen's cauldron".
* Oil and salt body buffer and cleanser:
You will need fine salt, a base oil (even a cooking oil will do although I prefer hemp or jojoba. Add one cup salt to a jam jar and fill it with oil to a level just above the salt. You can add in vanilla essence (a natural one), vanilla seeds, black pepper to stimulate the skin, essential oils or even throw in some ground coffee for a detox. Then simply rub all over the body using your hands and shower off without washing with soap. This leaves the skins super smooth and moisturised. No more spending a fortune on sugar scrubs...
Lush do some interesting bath ballistics which are based on a standard bath fizzer recipe. To recreate this you simply need bicarb of soda and cream of tartar. Anything else that you choose to add will just be to enhance or scent those ingredients. A small cup of each powder will do for each bath and will cost you around 30p a bath... much less tham £3.50 per Lush ballistic. You can buy moulds to make round ones if you want to but I just shove it in as it is with some essential oils and a lump of raw shea. This makes a non-toxic and moisturising bath.
Get an aloe vera plant. They love steamy bathrooms and need minimal care. They grow large an d are attractive cactus plants. To use an Aloe plant,you just break off a leaf, squeeze out the gel and apply to your skin. Aloe gel is great for sunburn, acne, rashes and sore skin. It also has a tightening effect on the face so can be used as a mask.
My final tip for improving the skin would be to avoid as many chemicals as possible (both in products and in food), drink loads of water and avoid soda type products and too much booze. Water really is the skin's best friend. A juicer helps too, especially when you chuck celery in with home made fresh juices.
I hope that this will save you some money and inspire some of you to get concocting!
I will cover exfoliating masks, deep moisturisation and butters in the next write up....
Nail extensions are great for special occasions especially when you really want to look your best and of course they are very popular for every day wear.
I think they are a marvellous way to grow your own nails if you are sensible and have them removed correctly after three months.
I have been working in a salon for three years now applying extensions and I wear them nearly all the time myself. The reason I say nearly all the time is because it is a good idea to remove them after about three months and have a rest to help your own nails breathe.
I advise clients to do this but I must admit I am a bit naughty and tend to leave them a week then apply a new set because they are so much stronger than real nails plus I am a walking advert, it is amazing how many women ask me where I get my nails done......I don't hang about out comes the mini diary and I grab a booking.
The first thing I do when a client comes in is look at her own nails and check that she has not got any infections on her nails or suffers from eczema, the overlay products are very strong and could effect such clients.
Very badly bitten nails could be a problem as well but if they are just nibbled nails than that can be overcome.
I discuss the client's life style, if they are busy and active they will need their nails to be shorter. Their employment is important too because they may not be able to wear nail varnish while working, then I would recommend a nail system that is natural without polish for example using Gel instead of acrylic, Gel overlay sets to a glassy shine.
The next step is to push the clients cuticles back and buff all their nails with a fine nail buffer to remove the shine; this helps the overlay to take to the nail and avoids lifting.
When applying the nail tips it is very important that you choose the right size they have to sit perfectly on the clients own nail and when you apply the tip with adhesive you must apply it to one third of the real nail length and make sure that it is all glued to their nail if it isn't then it will definitely lift and the client would be back to complain within a few days apart from that it would not look very natural, it is supposed to be an extension of the natural nail.
At this stage the client looks like Tanya from Footballers Wives with nails about one and a half inches long so you have to use nail clippers to cut them down to the required length.
A liquid primer is then painted onto each nail this is to completely dry out the natural nail and tip this is important before you apply an overlay.
There are several types of overlays that can be used;
Silk wraps.......This is a method using silk strips and a setting gel. It is very tricky to master and not a method that is very popular to be quite honest. I do not use it at all due to the cost being between 35.00 and 45.00
Gel.....This application is good and leaves a finish like glass. The gel is applied to the entire nail and tip with a flat paintbrush, care has to be taken to apply it as evenly as possible ensuring that it goes right up to the cuticles evenly.
You place clients nails under an ultra violet heat lamp for two minutes this sets the gel, a couple of coats are applied then all you have to do is buff the nails down and file the nails to the clients choice.
Acrylic......This is the most popular choice probably because it is the strongest application. It is the quickest method for overlays so also my favourite.
Acrylic powder and liquid are used with a quite large bristled brush that forms into a tip, the brush is very important to apply correctly and a very expensive piece of nail equipment 32.00 for a good quality one, so I really do look after mine.
You have to wet your brush in the liquid and form the bristles to a point and then dip it very lightly into the powder to form a bead when the bead goes an opaque colour you then sit it onto the middle of the nail and gently pat it and coax it over the entire nail.
You have to be very quick with this because it starts setting within thirty seconds. It sets solid within three minutes so you can then buff the nails and file to shape.
This does not have a glass finish so you would have to use a buffing block to bring the shine out.
You now have perfect nails that look natural and to keep them looking good you have to respect them.
Never use them as a tool, if you prise open ring pulls on a tin they will break, you wouldn't use your own nails to do it....
Always use acetone free nail varnish remover because acetone will lift your nails.
It is advisable to get an infill done every three weeks at a cost of 12.00 this is to stop lifting as your own nails grow and of course it keeps them looking natural.
When your own nails have grown to the end of your finger tips it is then the time to have your nail extensions removed, never just rip them off, you will just rip your own nails and be back to square one.
The best way is to soak them in acetone liquid and gently push off the melted acrylic with an orange stick, or better still come and see me and I will do it for a small fee.
Thank you for reading.
Absoulutely the Best Fake Tan available today is the Uber Tanning Spray. It uses a combination of natural active ingredients, sea kelp & cottonflower along with a natural form of DHA and will leave your skin looking and feeling wonderful. It's fast and easy to apply, gives you great coverage and your tan develops after a few hours. Believe me whe I say there is no smell, staining or streaking. Its the perfect bespoke tan. You only colour to the depth you would do if you had two weeks in the sun. Tango-ed No More! Uber products are made by Medi-Chem here in the UK. They also manufacture for Daniel Galvin Jnr, Patsy Palmer and Adee Phelan. The Uber products are gaining a hugh Celebrity following with folks like Coleen McLoughlan, Sophie Anderton, Zoe Ball and Densie Van Outen as confirmed fans. Difficult to find in beauty salons so Uber have launched Luxury Pamper Evenings to market the products - look out for them in your area. Definately worth finding.
My approach to skincare used to be somewhat hit and miss. Your skin has toxins pushing through it which need to be cleaned away, along with the dirt of the day, or theyll wreak havoc. I have finally found a gentle, cheap skincare regime which works for me and Im willing to share it. If you want soft, clear skin, read on
Were all blessed with different skin types. Im not sure that its all that easy to tell whether you fall into, dry, combination or oily groups and who says that these all need specialist products? Whats the point in rooting through magazine after magazine in search of skin like Lily Allen when you have to face (excuse the pun) what youve really got in the mirror every morning. And if you have problem skin, that can sometimes be the toughest time of the day. How can you hide flakes with makeup which dries them out more? Concealer all over that red spot might just make it look like a boil. You dont want to be mopping up the grease in the toilets come lunchtime, or worrying that the red rash will show through when your foundation melts. You need to take action to wake up with something you can work with.
My story is one that I think a lot of people will identify with. It spans the skin type range and admits my mistakes. No-one is perfect and most of us, when we factor in busy lifestyles, dont take enough care of our skin. I dont have a fortune to spend on lotions, potions and broken promises. Hopefully youll gain something from reading it.
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I found that my oily olive skin broke out when I took my make-up off, so the logical thing to my mind was to stop doing so. In time my skin improved, but not dramatically. Working at the pub, Id hear the other girls moaning about how they had to get up really early when staying at someones house in order to put their make-up on. Id laugh to myself and wonder why they didnt just leave it on. A few moths later, I realised that my skin had begun to feel hard and sometimes scaly. The makeup had prevented the spots, provided a UV filter, but was drying my skin out. Look at it every which way you like, but you cant leave it on.
Harsh cleansers can really strip the skin. They might seem to be doing good and the logic behind the alcohol based ones is that theyll kill any germs too. But, and this is a big but, they take away those essential oils doing one of two things. On dry skin they dry it out even more and cause cracking and damage. On oily skin they cause a shock reaction and the skin overproduces every chance it gets. I found that cleansers designed for oily skin were pushing the problem into orbit, yet with one designed for normal skin, it calmed and was much less prone to the random breakouts.
Cream cleansers are thick and luxurious, but might not remove all traces of makeup, which you need to do. Massaging them in can push stuff down deeper and create blackheads. These are okay after a good makeup remover, or for dry make up free skin which needs a bit of TLC. But, if you have dry skin and keep providing it with more moisture, there is a school of thought that says it will never produce its own.
The moral in all this is: Think like you have normal skin and you will.
The way forward is make up wipes. You can wipe the dirt and make up off without wiping it in. A word of warning here however, dont leave the residue on your face. It doesnt need to be awash with chemicals when a quick rinse with cold tap water only takes a minute.
My favourite for oily skin is Witch Cleansing and Toning Facial Wipes, these arent marked for any particular skin type and dont fall into either the harsh or creamy categories. One good all over wipe tends to yield a fair bit of gunk at the end of the day without causing tightness or discomfort. My skin doesnt react to these either, which is hopefully a result of gentle cleansing and natural ingredients.
With dry skin, the Johnsons range proved invaluable. I found that these (regardless of the variety used) seemed to cleanse and exfoliate any scabby bits or dried flakes. Both are around the £3.50 mark and available in supermarkets.
Oh, the promises made by moisturiser manufacturers. Apparently, this stuff can do damn near anything from giving you a tan to making your skin as soft as a babys. Face it, this is only skin deep and cant possibly penetrate the skin to the core. It wont prevent wrinkles, but it can give that superficial layer a healthy glow.
As I mentioned before, ignore the skin type analysis. If you have dry skin, an overly strong moisturiser will stop your skin recovering and producing its own. If you have oily skin, you can use moisturiser to give it a reason to produce less. A good middle of the road moisturiser is a safe bet. In terms of science, the only thing to work on skin according to conventional wisdom is Vitamin E.
Dont put your moisturiser on immediately after you get out of the shower / bath. Dont put it straight on after cleansing. Itll only block your pores, enlarge them and cause whiteheads and blackheads.
Key Product.: If youve got the money, then Clinique Repairwear is excellent (around £45 per 50ml Tub). Almost identical is The Body Shop Vitamin E Moisturiser which comes in at £9. In an emergency (e.g unexpected sleepover) Savlon creates a calming barrier on skin and moisturises.
Ive tried a few, but Im not a fan. Why? Because with conventional ones the beads can scratch your skin, get trapped in pores and create more problems. The chemical ones, although slightly better can cause damage and create dependance. Both kinds expose new skin, taking off the protective layer that had already become used to sunlight and pollution. Work with the existing top layer, itll be better in the long run. If you scrape that old skin off and start again with a fresh layer, what is there to say youll look after this one any better?
We already know that I am not a soap and water kind of girl. So, why am I not keen on these? If theres one thing skin loves, its routine. If you go to bed at roughly the same time every night, eat meals at the same time and cleanse in the same way, youll know what to expect. Its all well and good to draw toxins to the surface, but theyve got to come out through your skin and temperamental skin can react really badly.
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Problems and Solutions
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****** Spots and Oily Skin*******
A few weeks ago I was on the phone to Best Mate (an entirely different person to Best Friend). Best Mate is still living the hardcore lifestyle and she knows its not helping. At what point she sobbed down the phone does this stop being teenage spots and become adult acne? Fair comment. Sometimes you grow out of spots and sometimes you dont. I, along with my two best friends still suffer from outbreaks and were well into our twenties.
The rules of oily skin are simple dont over cleanse it. It seems to help at the time but then dramatically magnifies the problem. If you cleanse it gently with a normal cleanser, youll soon start to see benefits. Sometimes it really is a case of less is more and leaving well alone will help it look beautiful again.
Top Tips For Spots;
Some environmental factor has triggered the blimps that ruined the way your new dress looked on that great night out. You must track them down and eliminate them.
1) Are you allowing your skin to breathe? Cleaning your make up off the minute you get in from college or work can work wonders. Giving it that hour to get some fresh air while you cook the dinner can make for a much smoother base when you go out for the evening. Even better, if youre staying in you can just splash a bit of water on it before bed.
2) If you have a phone on your desk at work, this can harbour millions of bacteria. I dont mean to make you paranoid, but the last person to use it might have sneezed on the receiver. Is it covered in yesterdays makeup? How clean were your hands when you touched it? Often localised spots on one side of your face or chin are a good clue. Computer wipes arent much good if you have sensitive skin which may react. Wait until no-ones looking, then whip the face wipes out of your bag and give it a quick once over. Do your keyboard too if you can, fingers touch your face!
3) Spots and dull skin are very often a sign of sluggish digestion. See my section on this below.
4) Tie your hair back. I know you dont want to expose them anymore than you have to, but getting a greasy fringe off your face can prevent spots forming on your forehead.
5) Use a really drying concealer like Max factor pan stick or Boots no.17. This might make them flake a little but it will dry them up. Avoid creamy formulas.
6) You can always resort to a bit of toothpaste or a squirt of perfume on an oozing spot to dry it out. This is much cheaper and more effective than pricey spot zappers. Dont leave the toothpaste on all night though, or you get a kind of alkaline burn.
7) Go swimming. Exposure to chlorine zaps spots quickly!
******* Dry or Dull Skin:*******
Working long hours in a smoky atmosphere began to really dull my skin. I suffered dry patches on top of occasional outbreaks and it always seemed to look grey almost like that nasty light effect you get in the changing rooms at Topshop. At first I over moisturised, eventually realising that I was going to have to let it fight its own battle. Exfoliators temporarily solved the problem but a few days later it would look worse than ever.
1) Dont spend too long in the bath / shower / steam room. This seems to cause dryness like never before and those open pores just arent ready for moisturiser.
2) Use vaseline on the worst areas and if it feels dry after using a moisturiser then its not the right one. Olive oil dabbed onto dry areas fixes them overnight for next to nothing and is 100% natural.
3) Drink plenty of water to rehydrate from the inside and go easy on tea, coffee or alchol as these are diuretics.
4) Use a cream based foundation and mix it with a glob of moisturiser before applying. A good barrier cream before any makeup can help.
Key Product: Barbara Dalys Soft Focus from the Tesco makeup range. This gives gorgeous, dewy skin for only £6. You can wear it with or without makeup. Great for oily, dry or dull skin.
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Eat a bowl of oats every day for breakfast and you wont go far wrong. These are not only renowned for their skin softening powers, but will improve sluggish digestion and dull skin.
Hot water with Lemon (or my favourite Twinings Lemon Tea Bags) before bed and first thing in the morning will have you glowing and feeling a million times better about your skin in a matter or days.
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If all else fails-
Dont use fake tan on your face, it dries your skin out, settles into the cracks and adds another ten years. I regularly see the girls on the next floor wandering in and out of the main door in shades of orange. Weve speculated as to whether or not the call centre punishment for missing targets is to dunk them in it by their heels. Spots look worse due to the sheen and the chemicals . Think of the chemicals!! If you must, a slick of powder bronzer over moisturiser will look a lot better.
Blonde hair is catastrophic for rashes, redness or big spots because they become the most obvious feature. For really bad skin weeks, a temporary dark chocolate dye can work wonders.
Airbrush photos in photoshop and use the cloning stamp to give yourself an ego boost before they hit face book.
Dont drink gallons of alcohol. In the short term it prevents your body from pushing out toxins through your skin (too busy dealing with the gunk in your liver) but it can lead to saggy, grey, dehydrated skin. If all else fails and you need a quick skin fix, a half of real ale the night before can prevent a break out the next day. As an added bonus, hops contain oestrogen which will give you a little bit of a glow. If youre not a drinker, Kalms tablets also contain hops and have a similar effect. (Holland & Barrett £4.99)
Key Product: The best all-concealing foundation is Maybelline Dream Matte Mouse, £5.99.
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Please dont let it get you down. Bad skin is not the end of the world and once upon a time, people didnt even have make-up. Theres more to life than looks, so shape those eyebrows, slick on the gloss and go out feeling good about yourself.
Regis A Cut Above The Rest
A review on Regis Hair and Beauty Salon, at Fenwick, Newcastle upon Tyne.
For Christmas, my lovely sister and her family gave me a voucher for a pampering session at Fenwicks Regis Salon in the centre of Newcastle. Being the terribly dis-organised woman that I am it took me till the end of July this year to get around to booking myself in, but I have to tell you it was well worth the wait!
Firstly, let me tell you what the voucher was for:
Hair Washed and Styled
Estimated time: 1hr 45 mins
Fenwick is a very famous Newcastle based department store, situated on Northumberland Street in the heart of the city centre. Its very easy to get to, with great transport links, and its famous green logo can be spotted a mile away! There are lifts or escalators to all floors, and the salon is on the 3rd floor, next to a lovely terrace café/restaurant and the childrens toy section.
When I arrived I was greeted by very polite staff, who were dressed smartly in black. Despite me being 5 minutes late I was still accommodated and after a couple of minutes seated in the waiting area, which had lovely cubed leather seating, I was show through to a treatment room. The room was quite small, with a sink and bench at one end, a massage bed and 2 chairs. The walls of the room were sage green and complemented the fluffy, soft, crimson and white towels. The lights were dim and gentle and the air temperature was cool but not cold it was a very hot day with temperatures soaring outside, so it was rather lovely to be cool! The floor was marble, and there was gentle pan-pipe music playing. It was all super-relaxing!
While the therapist got me my first complementary coffee of the morning I had a lovely foot soak in a warm, vibrating, scented footbath. Dreamy!!
The pedicure was my first treatment, and the only negative for me was that I had to put my feet up onto the therapists knees (I was sitting opposite her), which for me was a bit of a strain on the old leg muscles. However, Im sure if Id thought to ask, she would have let me lie on the bed. It was still incredibly relaxing, and while the therapist made gentle conversation, there wasnt the pressure to talk that you sometimes get in salons.
So my toenails were trimmed, filed, shaped and polished with a pretty baby-doll pink polish all shiny and lovely! They looked as good as they felt!
When my toe nails were dry, I was led from the treatment room, through the salon to where the manicure desks were situated.
Again, my nails were filed and shaped, the cuticles were pushed down, and a conditioning treatment applied to them. Two coats of the same pink polish later, and my fingernails looked fabulous!
When the therapist had finished, I was shown back over to the waiting area and given another coffee while I waited for a hair stylist to arrive. This took about ten minutes, but during this time the manager came over to apologise for my delay and ask if there was anything she could get me very polite and customer centric, I felt. The leather seating was very squashy and comfortable, and the coffee was great, so the time just flew!
My hair stylist arrived, and after a brief consultation about how I wanted my hair to look, she began by washing my hair, massaging my scalp (lovely!) and applying a conditioning treatment. After it had been dried, she applied some sort of serum (which smelt amazing!) and styled my hair into loose, feminine curls and waves just exactly the way I had wanted! It looked and felt fabulous, very shiny and in good condition. I was very pleased with the results!!!
The pampering I had was a gift, but even if Id had to pay, it was well worth it: individual costs for the treatments I received would have been:
Express Pedicure: £16.75
Express Manicure: £12.75
Shampoo and Finish: £16.00
My overall opinion of this salon was a good one, and I will be going back to have my hair cut and styled here in a couple of weeks time, so I guess that goes to show how much I enjoyed myself!
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Salon: 0191 232 0802
Store: 0191 232 5100
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I hate hair removal, it's either messy, painful, time-consuming or a mixture of all three. I'll therefore do anything I can to cut down the time that I need spend doing this horrible task, and was delighted to find this Silkymit 3 in 1 lotion on the shelves of my local "Savers" right next to the Silkymit hair removal gloves that I've been using for the last few years. As it was only 99p for 125ml I picked up three bottles and couldn't wait to start reducing my hair growth.
---A bit about my hairy legs---
The hair on my legs seems to grow really fast, while some people can go a couple of days between shaving (or using Mitts), I will be stubbly within 12 hours. This is a real pain, as I need to remove the hair every morning (and twice a day if it's a special evening). Even when I use creams, epilators or wax I have stubble by the next day, this is the main reason that I'm so desperate to reduce the hair growth.
---The Lotion's Claims---
The bottle in front of me tells me that lotion will have three main effects on my legs:
* Weaken, Delay and Lighten Hair Growth
* Improve Skin Radiance & Tone
* Soften, Moisturise & Soothe
Further information on the back tells me that most testers experienced improved skin tone and radiance within 24 hours and finer, lighter and slower re-growth after 8 weeks, so this is not going to be a quick fix, and the rest of the review will be staggered over the 8 weeks that it should take to experience the slower growth.
The instructions also say that this should be applied twice a day and always after using the Silkymit Hair Remover for Legs or the Silkymit Hair Remover for Face, wow so it will work on my face too.
---The "Active" Ingredients---
Xyleine - This is a papaya extract, that has been proved effective at minimising hair growth in clinical trials.
Lemon - This gives the lotion a wonderful smell as well as soothing and cooling the skin.
Olive Leaf - Helps encourage circulation, I assume this means it will make your skin more radiant.
Aloe Vera - Aloe Vera nourishes and softens the skin as well as soothing minor irritations.
Camomile - Camomile is renowned for its soothing properties and again will soothe irritated skin.
After sandpapering my legs as usual, I reached for my new lotion opened it and squeezed some onto my hand. What faced me was a not particularly pleasant looking off-white cream, that was quite thick (thicker than baby lotion), and smelt wonderful. The smell was very citrusy and almost tropical (not surprising considering the lemon and papaya in it). I then began to massage it onto my legs and OUCH, it stung, although this only lasted for a few seconds, it wasn't exactly the soothing feel I was expecting.
Note to self : Next time wait a few minutes before applying.
The second application went a little better, and I discovered that a little definitely goes a long way. I only needed a blob the size of a 5p for each leg, and it was easily absorbed leaving my legs feeling very well moisturised without any greasiness.
Before I sandpapered my legs on the second morning, I had a good look and feel and found that under the stubble the skin felt extremely soft and was in better condition than it had been for a long time. So it appears as if the claim of improved softness and radiance in 24 hours was indeed true. Of course, hair growth hadn't actually reduced any and I still needed to remove the stubble, which I did and then waited 10 minutes before applying the lotion.
This time there was no stinging, so I would suggest that it's a good idea to wait for at least the 10 minutes after hair removal to avoid discomfort. This time I decided to see what my husband thought about my new, soft legs, and I must say he was very impressed, maybe a little too impressed for that time of the morning.
My legs are continuing to feel smooth and moisturised after using the lotion, and I think I'm noticing a little less hair growth. This is quite patchy at the moment, but there are areas where there is very little stubble even 24 hours after hair removal. You know I really am beginning to think that this might just work.
The stubble on my legs is definitely starting to take longer to come through and my legs are still wonderfully soft. Instead of needing to remove hair on a daily basis I can occasionally go two days, and the re-growth is softer and less noticeable.
The magic eight weeks are up and it's time to decide whether this lotion has lived up to the claims. And the answer is yes, my legs are soft and smooth after applying and instead of needing to remove the hair everyday, I can get away with every three days as the re-growth is a lot finer and my legs are still silky smooth even after a whole day.
---Price and Availability---
I bought this lotion in Savers for 99p a bottle, but it does seem to be hit and miss as to whether they stock it. I would therefore suggest stocking up if you see it on the shelves.
---My Final Opinion---
I was a little sceptical about this lotion working, after all it is extremely cheap, but my fears were in vain. Although it's not the most pleasant looking lotion, it not only smells divine, but also moisturised my legs beautifully. This in itself would have meant it was worth the money spent, but as a bonus it has actually slowed down the hair growth noticeably. Of course I'm going to need to keep using the lotion to keep the effect going, but I would still use it anyway with how nice it makes my legs feel.
My own recommendation would be that if you see this on the shelves then grab it quick, if only because it works wonderfully as a simple lotion for soothing and moisturising your legs. But if you keep using it twice a day for the eight weeks, you might just find (as I did) that you won't need to reach for the razor (or whatever hair removal method you use) quite so often.
I?m on about Body Brushing! This really truly is one of my new favourite obsessions. It keeps my coat glossy (well, my skin), it makes me feel healthier, lose a smidgeon of cellulite (it?s a big old surface to ?scratch? but we?re getting there!) and it comes at my faaaaaaaavourite bargain price ? free (small print: you may have to buy a brush?)! Apparently our grot and gunge-fuelled diets, water, air, everything-pollution, chemicalised waters, super-shiny-sprayed-on-tampered-with fruit and veg and all the other trappings of modernity we live amongst are making us unhealthy and ill. Yeah, yeah, no massive scoop there I know! But although it seems pretty much an uphill, unwinnable battle to stop or even wind back these situations (and if I think long and hard there are benefits to modernity which I?m really not sure my soft-city self could cope with losing) so I?ll settle for doing a few small and easy every day things to at least help undo *some* of the damage! With all this cr*p making its way into our systems through the air, food etc? we need to get better at getting it out, and before this descends to crudities (or are they starters?!) I don?t just mean in the obvious ways. While drinking more water helps flush out the system there is a large area we forget ? our skin! Apparently our skin can excrete over 2lbs of waste a day and if we don?t make sure our skin is tip top ready to get rid of this efficiently then it hangs around. Yuk. And in hanging around our unhealthy skin gets more clogged up and effectively we?re suffocating it. A tad dramatic perhaps but it?s very simple and easy to remedy? As http://www.coffee-enema.co.uk/ say ?Dry skin brushing is a simple, inexpensive way of removing the waste from the skin and breaking down old toxic deposits through it's unique action on the lymph vessels and capillaries? Our bodies make a new top layer of skin every day and by brushing we remove the skanky old layer a
nd allow the new layer to come to the surface. A little like snakes, but we look less dignified than they do, shimmying out of their skins. You will probably feel like a total plum brushing your body with a dry brush (especially a massive wooden one like the one I purchased) but it?s worth it. (Try not to get caught though, my 23-month old daughter found me brushing my own arm the other day, ran off shrieking and then re-appeared with her Barbie comb brushing her knee!) Use long and firm strokes in the direction of the heart (i.e. mimicking blood flow) brush all the skin (unless it is sore or broken) and if possible do it just before a bath or shower. The first few times it?s a little uncomfortable, some of the softer areas like the inside of the thighs and arms and the tummy may feel a little raw but it gets almost instantly easier. The hard and dry areas like knees and elbows can take as much as you can give. There are key areas with specific benefits for example the soles of the feet and palms of the hands which can help kick start the whole system. I?m no expert and wouldn?t like to pretend I am so to really find out about the science behind this and the correct procedures I would recommend buying a book on the subject. I ?brush? daily, normally when I get out of bed, just a quick once over using the above method and I always do a good old brush just before a soak in the tub. It sounds a bit mad but just as you feel horrible and mucky if your teeth are not brushed as usual, you do start to ?crave? a brush. Not in an addiction type of way just that you know you feel better for a brush and therefore notice when you don?t have one. Getting hold of a brush is easy. While some shops and sites (e.g. www.coffee-enema.co.uk) sell special brushes you can easily use a big ole wooden scrubbing brush that you can pick up anywhere. The purists out there would probably shriek at the suggestion but it works well enough
One of my presents at christmas was this Aromatherapy Foaming Bath Essence kit. I really believe that you should take the time to pamper yourself every now and then, one of the best ways to relax is to soak away your aches and pains in a luxurious bubble bath. I was really pleased when I received this kit. You get four little bottles of bubble bath, in a silver stand, each bottle is four inches tall and they have silver twist off tops. You can buy them from Boots for 3.99. On each bottle is written a word to tell you what each one is for. Relaxing. Contains a green gel like liquid and the scent of it is camomile. This is an essential oil which is renowned for its beneficial properties for reducing stress, anxiety and can reduce headaches or help with menstrual problems, also it helps with insomnia. Once you pour a little of this gel into the hot water it soon lathers up into a mass of bubbles, a great way to relax at the end of a day. Sensuous This one is couloured pink and is the same thick gel like consistancy of the relaxing camomile one. When you open the top you can smell the scent of rose, I like this one as it lathers up quickly and the bathroom smells nice as you get in the bath, it also leaves a subtle scent of rose on your skin after bathing. Rose has a wonderful antidepressant effect and is used to treat anxiety, stress and depression. It is also said to have aphrodisiac properties. I wonder if that?s why its a tradition for men to buy loved one's roses? Refreshing This bath gel is also thick and makes loads of bubbles, I like to relax in loads of bubbles, it makes you feel better and this bath essence smells of lemon. It?s colour is yellow. Lemon is great for waking you up, it stimulates your senses and is good for the circulation, it is also great for asthma, bronchitis and catarrh. I have been feeling a bit off colour with the flu lately and this has helped
me to feel better. It also helps as a digestive aid and is also a natural cosmetic, it helps tone the skin. It?s surprising what these oils actually can do. Soothing This is the last little bottle of my aromatherapy bath gels and this one is purple. The scent of this one is lavender, I?m not a big lavender fan but was pleased to find that although it does make loads of bubbles and smells nice, the scent doesn?t linger on your skin after the bath. Lavender is a great antiseptic and has the ability to relax and sooth away aches and pains, it?s a great tonic. It is also an appetite stimulant and is effective on burns and sores, lavender is one of the most common widely used essencial oil for healing. It is also good for headaches and pre menstrual tension. I will probably go back to Boots and buy some more of these aromatherapy bath essences. I really did enjoy using them and as each one is different I could choose the one which suited how I felt before having a bath. They left my skin feeling soft and didn't irritate. What a great present they were. It?s my birthday soon and I shall ask for some more of these.
The common perception of a sauna is probably of a traditional Finnish sauna, of people almost torturing themselves with excesive heat, hitting each other with branches and then jumping in ice-cold water. Fortunately, you don't have to go to such extremes to enjoy the benefits of a sauna. In fact if you tried it at most public saunas, you'd probably get everyone staring at you, thinking you were utterly mad - and with good reason, too! The average health-club sauna in the UK is a much more laid-back, less extreme and, crucially, less hot experience than in the frozen North. So why would you want to take a sauna? There are various reasons. It's good for athletes as a general muscular warm-up, it's a good stressbuster, it promotes better circulation, and it cleanses the skin. The last of these was the main reason why I started using a sauna - I've always had "problem skin", prone to spots, rashes and whatnot. Taking a sauna two or three times a week has made a huge improvement to my skin. Taking a sauna can sound daunting to the first-timer, but don't worry. Here's the lowdown. THINGS TO TAKE WITH YOU 1. A swimming costume (or trunks for the men). My tip is to wear a two-piece if at all possible, as it's more comfortable than a one-piece when you're sweating like mad. 2. A towel. You'll need this to dry off, obviously, and if you're not used to the heat then it helps to have a towel to sit on because the benches can feel quite hot. 3. Shampoo and soap. You'll definitely need to wash your hair after a sauna. 4. Water. You'll need to drink plenty, so take a bottle with you. WHAT TO DO 1. Have a warm shower, towel off, then go into the sauna. The sauna will have several (usually three) levels of benches - the higher up, the hotter it will feel. If you've never taken a sauna before, it's generally best to sit on the lowe
st bench until you get used to it. The temperature in a sauna in Britain is usually around 90-100 degrees celsius (yes, that's celsius, not fahrenheit), which sounds hotter than it feels. It's cooler than a traditional Finnish sauna, which is usually taken at over 120 degrees. Most saunas are mixed, but don't feel inhibited - everyone else will be too busy with their own perspiration to worry about how you look (it's true, you know - you'll be amazed how little you notice of the other inhabitants. Everyone's in their own little world in there). 2. Just sit (or lie) there. Usually one stays in the sauna for around 10 minutes, but if it's your first time you might only manage five (conversely, if you take a sauna regularly, you may find yourself able to stay in for 20 minutes or more). After a couple of minutes, you'll start to sweat and you'll probably find your heartbeat becomes quicker. If you feel dizzy or otherwise worried, then leave the sauna immediately. Otherwise, just relax and let yourself sweat. Don't overdo it - when you feel you've had enough, you probably have. 3. Leave the sauna and take a cold shower. There will usually be separate cold showers just outside the sauna itself. Drink some water. When you feel you've cooled off sufficiently, go back into the sauna for another five or ten minutes (or however long you can take it). 4. Repeat the process as many times as you like in the time available. When you come out of the sauna for the last time, take a warm shower, wash your hair, and if you can, lie down and relax for 10-20 minutes. I always try to do this, but it's not always easy in a crowded and sometimes noisy changing room. At least try to sit down for a few minutes. 5. Get dressed and go away smiling. Incidentally, many health clubs and leisure centres actually have both a sauna and a steam room. The steam room is, literally, a room full of
steam. It's cooler than the sauna (usually around 50 degrees celsius) but feels hotter because it's moist heat rather than the dry heat of the sauna. There's usually only one level of bench in a steam room. The procedure for using it is exactly the same as for the sauna. Some people use the sauna to warm up, then go into the steam room - or vice versa. Whatever feels right for you is fine. Personally I just use whichever one is less crowded on the day. So that's the sauna experience. Obviously it shouldn't be taken by anyone with heart problems, pregnant women or anyone else who might find the heat a problem. For everyone else, all I can say is, try it. It's more relaxing than you might think, it really does cleanse your skin, and nobody's going to beat you with branches. Not in reputable establishments, anyway.
Looking good helps you feel good,and great skin is a major move towards looking fantastic. Some peple can afford to pay beauty therapists hundreds of pounds and can buy pots of cream at £100 a bottle but the rest of us are probably on a more modest budget. So I thought I'd give everyone some tips on getting better looking skin without having to win the National Lottery(or Lotto,whatever they've named it now). A recent Cosmopolitan article claimed you could get a months skin care products for a "budget" of £50.I think it can be done for under £20,with spare change for a nice new pair of knickers(nothing like saucy underwear to make a girl feel good!). CLEANSING: To start off having great skin you need to clean off all the dirt and grime that builds up making your skin look dull and grey,and for day to day use your first basic purchase is a cleanser. Cleanser is now available in three forms;cream(milky consistency),foaming(more like soap) and as wipes. All three have both advantages and disadvantages. Cream cleansers are usually wiped over the skin with a cotton pad to disolving makeup and oils.They are sometimes not suitable for makeup removal,so if you're on a budget check the product you are buying can remove makeup too or you'll end up shelling out more money.They are most suitable for delicate or dry skins though formulations for other skin types are available.Cream cleansers are available from Boots own brand from about £1.80. Foaming cleansers are good for those who like the feeling of water on their skin.They are quite effective although for heavy makeup removal a cream cleanser may be more suitable. Garnier do a good one of these for a few pounds and it seems fairly economical. My personal favourites are cleansing wipes.These come as wet wipes(yes.... like baby wipes!) and as textured cloths to which you add water.I prefer the wet wipe types as they can be used at any time without
any other equipment.They remove makeup really well and leave your skin feeling very fresh.Makeup can be applied immediatly.A pack of 30 costs about £3 from Superdrug. TONING I don't think toning is really necessary as it just takes natural oils away from the skin.For that "cool" feeling splash with a little cold water. Most cleansing products have built in toners now anyway! MOISTURISING Moisturiser is one area where its worth spending money.Even if you have greasy skin moisturiser can even out the balance.Nivea do a very basic moisturiser for £2 but I think you need to choose something with UV protection(even in Britains awful weather!)to help in the war against wrinkles.Garnier are again a good brand as they do special formulations for all skin types,and boots do some great bargain buys.You shouldn't need to spend more than about £8 on a basic moisturiser especially if you look out for offers.Some of the best products are around £4 such as Ponds day cream. OPTIONAL EXTRAS: If you decide to spend a bit more on taking care of you skin I'd advise the purchase of facial mask,exfoliator and tea tree oil for spots. You can get face masks for all skin types and they do all sorts of jobs from moisturising to deep cleaning.There are masks you can make at home though after lengthly experimants I really wouldn't recommend wasting avacados and strawberrys on your face.They just end up mashed into your hair and the carpet,and they are probably doing more good getting eaten anyway!You can get a tube of mud mask which can be used anywhere on the body for 99pence from Superdrug.USe about once weekly. Facial scrub and exfoliators are a cream with small grainy particles which gently rub off dead skin when massaged in.I would recommend Superdrug's Vitamin E Body Scrub most highly here,as it is only a few pounds and works well,leaving your skin satiny.Scrubs can be used all over the body and leave you feeli
ng really smoothe(and help to prevent ingrowing hairs if you wax!)Use about once weekly,and don't use it in the bath unless you want to sit swamped in gritty bits. Tea tea products are renound for their magic properties.A few drops of pure old on a spot will ZAP it away everytime!You should be able to get a bottle of tea tree oil from Body Shop for £3-4. By the time you reach about 30 you may also want to invest in an eyecream.These are very light and should be patted around the cheek and browbone.Unfortunalty as I'm only 17 i haven't tried any of these yet.:-( THATS ALL OK BUT... you don't know your skin type?Well,first thing in the morning before you use any products take a look at your skin.If theres a shine on yur forehead,nose and chin(t zone)and possible some visible pores then you probably have oily to combination skin.Dry skin may have flaky areas and will feel "tight" if you use soap on it.Normal skin looks clear,and smooth without looking greasy. AND FINALLY.. Drink glasses and glasses of water,I know its boring but liquid makes the skin GLOW!
WHAT THEY SAY: "..a spicy, tingly gloss that enhances your lips' natural color by increasing circulation to the area, creating a bee-stung effect" Certain Hollywood stars are said to be thrilled by this new product, invented by two Italian makeup artists who call their company 'Du Wop' My lips are a good feature and I am always on the look out for new products to enhance them. Some of you may have chanced upon my op. on Benefit Lip Plump. (Look out soon for a review of Gale Hayman's Lip Lift too). My Lip Venom came today and I have been testing it for you especially. PACKAGING/APPEARANCE: There is a tiny vial of product (3ml to be precise), inside a much larger pink tubey sort of container. 'Lip Venom' is emblazoned in black several times on the container. There is a leaflet inside giving brief details on how to use it, aswell as a teeny little lipbrush. The gloss (for that is what it is in essence) is inside what looks like one of those little perfume sample bottles and is a peachy tinted shade. Upon taking off the little silver lid of the vial, I thought there may be a little applicator attached but no luck. APPLICATION/EFFECT: The Lip Venom is applied with either the brush - the one supplied is tiny so don't lose it! - or a fingertip. I found the fingertip method a little wasteful, so used the aforementioned lipbrush. At first it goes on exactly like a fairly runny lipgloss, and smells lovely and spicy.....then the fun begins! It tingled, it heated up, and it felt like I'd been kissing my husband all night (oh those first months of passion - sigh), y'know, when your lips sort of feel sore in a sexy way. The colour of them deepened to the sort of shade you get with a lipstain like Benetint or Origins Bite Your Lips. The effect lasted for about an hour and a half - not long is it? But nice I suppose for making a good impression on a first date or special occasion. As f
or a plumping effect, to be honest they did look more juicy, and the colour was so nice and pretty, yet striking. You can be sure that the colour will be exactly right for your skin tone too, as it's just an exaggeration of your natural pigment. TIPS: It's NOT tested on animals - on tube it says this, but does say it's tested on actors! Big plus point for me - and you, I hope. There is only one place you can get this online in the UK, HQhair.com, and on comparison searches for costs in the USA, their price is pretty good. They also sell the addictive Carmex Lip Salve for £2.05 (Boots £2.25) and a host of other hard-to-finds. Can be used with Lipstsick on top, but personally, the deepening effect on your own lips is so pretty it's a shame to cover it. Team with some other lip-enhancing tricks like a 'v' of highlighter around your cupid's bow, and a dab of highlighter on bottom lip (try Glitz and Glam Eye Brightner in Wake Up Call FANTASTIC!) and you will feel like your lips are sooo sexy MEN - do not despair. In these days of male grooming , I read several reviews mentioning men using this to enhance their lips. I don't want you to feel left out if you're reading this do I! ALTERNATIVES: GALE HAYMAN LIP LIFT JOEY NEW YORK SUPER DUPER LIP KIT BENEFIT LIP PLUMP PLUMP IT - SALLY BEAUTY SUPPLY FINAL THOUGHT: This is not an everyday product unless you are loaded. At £12.95 for 3ml it's quite a lot, but you will notice a difference, and you get what you pay for as they say.
What a wonferful item I've just found lurking in my 64ft dressing table as one dooyoo member calls it. He thinks I must have this enormous dresser to store all my beauty products, he's not far wrong. I've got 4 massive drawers full instead. Whilst having a good tidy up, I rediscovered Age Defense Eye Contour treatment from Yves Rocher. I bought it last year whilst on one of my spending sprees. I buy that many things that I forget about them all and go onto the next item. Lately I have been so tired and floppy that I'm doing all I can to book myself up. I seem to have pink eyelids until I go on my hols and get to have a lie in. To help them, I dug out this great product, which comes in a white jar with a dropper inside it to suck up the gel. Built inside the pale green lid is a button which when pressed sucks up enough gel to add it to your finger to apply it to your eyes. You can use it daily where you just apply one drop of gel beneath the eye and one on the eyelid. Besides being refreshing and relaxing, it's meant to be for Wrinkles and Puffiness around the yes. Some may call these laughter lines. I mostly use it as a relaxing treatment, as it also comes with some eyepads (40) which you can apply a full droppers worth of gel to each one then place it under your eyes and relax for 10-15 minutes. Keep your eyes closed, put on some calming music and relax. Afterwards just rub the excess gel in and throw away the pads. It really wakes them up, afterwards my skin under my eye feels really smooth and radiant. I'm not too sure if they get rid of wrinkles as I don't use them enough, you are meant to apply the gel twice daily, but I start these things with good intentions, then forget. I'm really not too worried yet about ageing (liar), if I was I suppose I wouldn't forget would I? A lot of Yves Rocher products are great for people with sensitive skins like myself and because they are Optha
lmological tested, these pads didn't sting or irritate in anyway. I can't remember how much I paid for them, I think it was somewhere in the region of £20 which is expensive for me. Yves Rocher do give you special offers all the time, so you could probably buy them cheaper. They are Fragrance Free and are made with Botanical D.N.A and Vegetal products. Some of the other ingredients are* Aqua Wheat Mallow Genated Castor Oil Panthenol Methyl Paraben Butylene Glycol Yves Rocher is a French company and the products come from La Gacilly. I get mine by mail order, but even though they send regular catalogues, I haven't bought anything for ages. I feel a shopping spree coming on.
I saw this category about beauty treatments and decided that here is as good a place as any to tell you about one of the most versatile items in both my First Aid box and my make up box too. The item in question is the humble pot of Vaseline Petroleum Jelly. It is made by Elida Faberge Limited, 3 St James Road, Kingston-Upon-Thames, KT1 2BA and costs £1.35 for a 100g tub, although I think that it is also available in 200g tubs too. I use it mainly to combat dry skin. I suffer badly from chapped lips for which I use a lip saver but I usually put Vaseline on my lips at night before I go to sleep as this gives a more intense moisturisation. The fact that it works during the night means that I don't notice any discomfort from the fact that it is quite greasy. It is invaluable when I have a cold as then it's not only my lips that are dry it is the end of my nose too, where I keep blowing it. I end up looking like Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and believe me it's not a pretty sight! Again I use the Vaseline just before going to sleep, mainly because that way it will stay on, as I won't be blowing my nose while I'm asleep, if you see what I mean. The other main reason for the appearance of Vaseline in my First Aid box is a less savoury subject for discussion but I'm going to tell you anyway, just don't say that you weren't warned. Occasionally I suffer from bouts of diarrhoea. Incidentally my first attempt at spelling that was so bad that even the spell check didn't know what I was trying to say! Anyway back to the subject in hand, when I suffer the opening to my back passage gets very sore indeed. It's no good I must stop using the colour supplement and get some toilet roll! Seriously though, it doesn't matter how soft the toilet roll is, I still get very sore and Vaseline is the only thing I have tried that will relieve the discomfort. I know it's not a pleasant tho
ught but, when I'm feeling so uncomfortable I need something which will work fast and Vaseline does just that. I suppose it's only logical really, Vaseline is the stuff that moms use for babies nappy rash so there's no reason why it shouldn't work just as well for adults. I also have a non-medical use for this product. I have purchased a house number on a black plate to put on the wall of my porch. Before I left it out in all weathers I was advised to smear it with Vaseline first to protect it. I'm sure there are many more uses for this most versatile of products (?) but I have just told you the reasons why it is in both my First Aid box and my make up box!
There is so much pressure from society for individuals to be 'young looking' that many of the rich and famous have resorted to plastic surgery, there was a time when cosmetic surgery was only available to the 'rich' as for the average person the cost was horrendous and not justifiable. However over the years the cost of surgery has decreased and with payment plans being provided by many clinics many people have decided to opt for surgery to maintain their youth. In the cities it is possible to pop out in your lunch hour for a bit of surgery and then go back to work! The question being 'should people grow old gracefully'? Personally I want to keep my youth as long as possible and I don't see what the problem of having surgery is, I am 29 years old and have had collagen and botox injections to remove my frown lines and was amazed at the results, the total cost being around the £500 mark which is quite reasonable and the treatment took place in my home. The only issue I have with cosmetic surgery is that you can get carried away almost to the point of obsession with your appearance, at the end of the day its down to each individual but I know something from now on by face will remain wrinkle free!
I had electrolisis between the ages of 17 and 18 and it has made such a massive difference to my life. I know it sounds cheesy but I really think this treatment has affected my general wellbeing forever. I was paranoid about eccess hair on the upper lip (as most women are) since I was around 9 years old. It was especially noticable as I have jet black hair and I'm not particularly dark skinned. After messing around with bleach which always irritated my sensitive skin, I decided to try this treatment and now, at 21, there is still no sign of hair. Though removing hair permanently is, of course, a great thing, there are a few down sides to electrolisis. One is the cost, 4 years ago I paid £13 a session and I had two go every 2-3 weeks for about a year and a half. The second drawback is the pain involved in this treatment. The therapist inserts a needle into a pore that contains a hair follicle and a machine sends electricity(which feels hot as opposed to feeling like an electric shock) into the hair follicle to attack the root that causes the hair to grow. She then removes that hair with tweezers. As the therapist has to deal with every hair individually this treatment takes a long time and a single hair follicle will need to be treated 2-4 times to get rid of the hair growth permenantly. The sensation you feel is not very nice and feels like someone is pinching your skin and it makes your eyes water. After the treatment the skin becomes very red for a few hours and the next day you may get some white heads in the area. Sorry if this has put you off...I know it sounds a bit horrendous but, with hinesight, personally, I think it is worth never having to worry about eccess hair again.