Make blemishes disappear

Concealers, especially from the premium brands, can be quite a costly item; and you could even pay out for one and then find it is not a true match to your own skin tone. Do we really need them? Why run this risk and face being out of pocket a princely sum when you could try this simple technique and “cheat”? Put to use a simple, uncomplicated item which you probably already have in your make up supplies instead!

“So what do I need?” I hear you ask. Well, the magic ingredient is this; a simple white eyeliner pencil! (You will also need your usual foundation and some loose powder.)

There are three very good reasons to adopt this technique; the first being that should you not already have one, a white eyeliner pencil is a relatively inexpensive item, costing in the region of £3.00 for one of decent quality. Secondly, these items are a long lasting product. Eyeliner pencils can last for as much as year, with the real beauty being they are refreshed with every sharpening. The third point is the actual result itself; your spot will appear to completely vanish and not just be disguised under a creamy layer of product that could easily rub off. It will actually become incorporated with the rest of your make up, rather than just be covered up!

In order to implement this approach, first of all apply your foundation evenly on cleansed, toned and moisturised skin, including over the affected area. This will create a flawless base on which to work. Then, using a clean, soft, white eyeliner pencil, dot the spot gently several times. Once this is done, then set the area, using some loose powder, by dabbing lightly over the top. Should you have black skin, then the same principles apply, except that you should use a darker eye pencil instead.

By following these simple steps you will completely transform the offending area. The spot will be totally blended in with the rest of your make up, rather than clumsily hidden!

An extra, clever tip is to then use the same white pencil to line the rims of your eyes. The effect of doing this is that it will brighten the lower lid and will create the illusion of making your eyes appear larger and fresher. This will draw attention away from any imperfections on your face and aim the focus on your eyes instead!

All round vigour: French green clay

For many years, French green clay has been used for it’s healing purposes, aiding in detoxification, digestive problems and skin conditions. The medicinal use of clay dates back to ancient times, and records show that it was used by the ancient Egyptians to treat a variety of issues.

Medicinal clay is prepared by heating it to purify, without reducing any of the therapeutic properties. This can be done by letting the clay dry in the sun.

There are various health benefits associated with French green clay. Modern studies have shown that is has antibacterial properties, which makes it effective for the treatment of skin conditions, such as eczema and psoriasis. Common uses of clay for the skin include mud baths and face masks. The clay can help to draw impurities out of the skin, as well as removing dead skin cells and cleansing the skin, leaving it looking and feeling healthier.

It’s antibacterial properties mean that it can also be used to reduce the healing time for skin wounds. When used in this way, it is normally mixed into a paste and applied topically to the wound. As well as having antibacterial properties, it is also thought to help with tissue regeneration. Due to this, it can be used for burns, sunburn and abrasions.

French green clay is also used for detoxification and digestive issues. It has been used for centuries to help cleanse the digestive tract of toxins, and today it can be used in the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome and constipation. When being used for this purpose, it is taken orally. It is important that an expert is consulted to ensure that the correct dosage is used.

Clay also contains trace minerals, which can be beneficial to health.

French green clay is used in the treatment of numerous issues in addition to those already mentioned. These include colds and flu, fungal infections, menstrual cramps and tense muscles.

Although generally safe to use, it is vital that you seek medical advice before using clay for medicinal purposes. There are certain medical conditions and medications that contra-indicate the use of clay, so it is important to ensure that the treatment will be suitable for you.

French green clay is a natural remedy which has been used for many years by different cultures. When used correctly, it has been found to be a simple and powerful remedy for many ailments.

Saving Foundation

Women’s fascination with makeup can be traced from the ancient. From Cleopatra to Mei Ling to Dolly Parton, a woman’s face is like a clean slate waiting for the right brush stroke to deliver a delightful blend of colour and radiance. But for a make up to take effect, finding the right foundation and meticulously using it requires some innate skills. With all prices of product rising, knowing some tricks on saving foundation will definitely be a great help.

Makeups cannot work flawlessly when its base is not carefully applied. You need to even out the flecks and the flaws and come up with unblemished look for the makeup to take effect. From the tip of your forehead to the base of your neck, perfectly coating your skin with the right foundation for your skin type will deliver a flawless effect for your make up to base on.

The most important key in foundation saving application of your makeup is to find the one that matches the tone of your skin. If a foundation is too light or too dark for your skin type, it would result in an unnatural look which can ruin not just your appearance but as well as your confidence.

A good foundation is one which you can easily apply on your skin as if you are not wearing anything at all. Cake foundation is also more economical than its liquid counterpart. By lightly soaking your sponge with water and patting it softly on your cake foundation, you can easily spread a small amount to cover your entire face down to the neckline for a more natural feel. Make sure that eyelids and lips are included, too, by simply pulling on folded skin to even out the base.

To prevent drying up as well as saving foundation, try applying a moisturizer beforehand. For oily skin,however, make sure to apply oil-free moisturizer and only use powder-base or cake foundation. Always apply some loose powder of the same colouring of the foundation to allow it to stay on skin longer after application.

If ever you have problems with zits, dark spots and acnes, whisking a concealer prior to caking your skin will help hide the blemishes and save on foundation utilization. The key in hiding these blemishes further is to apply makeup that loses its focus on this part of the face. By simply avoiding applying too much colouring on this part, you can draw off attention from all the unwelcome elements on your face.

When using liquid foundations make use of your little pinky in distributing droplets on the top of forehead, tip of nose, chin and both cheeks. Feel free to add sunblock to your mixture and then evenly coat your skin using either your ring finger or your middle finger. Do it in a circular motion to even out the complexion and
maximize application.

Sunscreen protection added to your makeup regimen is important in protecting your skin from adverse effects of UV radiation. Not only does it allow saving foundation application, it also provides extra layer of protection for your skin.

Drip dry

Regardless of length and style, hair should be drip dried as much as possible. This will help to avoid permanent hair damage which can be caused by the overuse of hairdryers. If the hair is naturally curly and thick then allowing the hair to drip dry can encourage the style to become more defined and allow the curls to take their natural shape without becoming frizzy. You may find that you have more defined ringlets if the hair is allowed to drip dry, where as using a hairdryer may alter the natural look. Placing a towel around the shoulders will help to catch any drips and avoid wet clothes, or gently blotting the ends with a microfibre cloth will help to speed up the process. Lying over the end of the bed with your head tipped forwards and the ends of the hair on a towel can help to draw out the water and moisture and give the hair a nice lift at the roots.

Some people prefer to use a hairdryer in the winter months, however drip drying is always encouraged where possible. If you would prefer to use a hairdryer or it needs to be used to dry the hair quickly, then try to use this on the lowest heat setting. Using the highest heat will encourage the hair to become dry and unmanageable. You could also use a diffuser attachment to try and stop the hair becoming too close to the heat element. Tipping the head forward and drying the hair upside down will add volume from the roots. Also by running your fingers through the hair from the roots to the tip will add body. When the head is tipped back, your style should look full of life and voluptuous.

The overuse of a hairdryer can cause the hair to become dry and brittle which in turn can lead to split ends. It can also make coloured hair appear dull and the hair may lack lustre. If you have a good style and the hair has been cut well, then try running the dryer over the hair until it is half dry and then allow the rest to dry naturally. The style should still hold its shape. If you prefer to blow dry your hair straight then do try and let the hair become half dry naturally before using the dryer as this will minimise any damage to the hair shaft.

Get the right amount of sun

One of the most prominent issues for people who want to look after their health is how much sun is the right amount? Today’s growing awareness of skin cancers and other diseases has many people worried about over exposure to the sun, but too little sun can be equally as dangerous.

Although the summer months may seem fleeting, and sitting in the sun may seem like a wonderful way to spend your free time and get a tan to rival your friend’s, there are dangerous consequences to overexposure to sun, and not taking proper care of your skin while outdoors. Spending too long in the sun, prolonging you exposure to deadly UV radiation, is one of the leading causes of skin cancer. Even mild sunburn can be dangerous as it damages your skin and can lead to it becoming dehydrated. Over time overexposure to sunlight can prematurely age a person through dehydration and damage.

Although it might seem that there’s little benefit to sun exposure, and you might be thinking its time to grab the parasol, there are still benefits to sun exposure. One of the key benefits of spending time in the sun is vitamin D production. Vitamin D strengthens your bone and immune system and has anti-ageing properties. 10 minutes exposure to sunlight a couple of times a week can provide the perfect vitamin D boost to help you look and feel healthy.

However, when you do choose to spend time in the sun it is important to protect your skin and there are many simple ways to do this. Firstly, always wear a hat. Although this may seem odd, it will protect any exposed scalp from burning, as the top of your head receives the most sun and is therefore most at risk of burning. If you’re out in strong sunlight, or plan to be near water, it is important to wear the appropriate sunscreen. All brands of sunscreen come in a variety of SPF, depending on how long you spend in the sun, and how sunny it is. Children, the elderly and those with pale skin are the most at risk and should chose a higher SPF. If you find yourself burning even with the highest SPF available, consult your doctor as they will be able to provide you with specialist sunscreen for especially delicate skin.

If you find your skin burns even with all these precautions, and you think it safer to just avoid the sun altogether, vitamin D supplements are readily available at any pharmacy or supermarket. Alternatively, foods such as salmon or eggs are a great alternative source of vitamin D, and could make a lovely meal for you and some friends during a safe summer spent indoors.

Sleep it off

Penelope Cruz once famously remarked that she needs at least 12 hours beauty sleep at day – and noone could say it doesn’t work for her. Along with eating well and exercising, sleep is up there with social interaction as one of the most crucial components of anti ageing and longevity.
A healthy amount of sleep changes according to current thinking: at the moment it’s about 8 hours a night. But your sleep needs are personal to you. You should feel ready to get out of bed and not unduly tired during the day when you have slept well.
If your lifestyle doesn’t allow you to get a long night’s sleep then power naps during the day can be just as rewarding. Listen to your body, if it feels tired then you need to sleep. Even 10 minutes can be enough to recharge the batteries.
If you don’t get much sleep then pretend you do by applying your make-up subtly. Apply neutral colours to the lid then emphasize the eyeline with a warm brown or green pencil. Stick to a brown mascara.

Blitz cellulite

Like we said, you needn’t remortgage your house in a bid to banish cellulite for good – just open a jar of Nescafe instead. Caffeine is the principle ingredient of all cellulite treatments and works just as well when you DIY it as when you go for an expensive shop bought version. Mix approximately half a cup of used coffee grinds with a generous lug of olive oil. Apply the mixture to affected areas and scrub lightly with a sponge. Make sure that some of the mixture stays on your cellulite patches, then wrap clingfilm round (we presume, your legs) to hold the treatment in place. Leave for a good hour, then wash off. Prepare to see instant results. To keep the dreaded dimplage at bay, repeat the treatment twice or three times a week. If you don’t have any coffee to hand then massage two teaspoons of runny honey into affected areas and prepare to be wowed by the results. Honey is nature’s best purifier – and cellulite’s worst enemy.

Fat burner: green tea

It’s no surprise that the Japanese (Sumo wrestlers excluded) are a nation of trim and healthy people. Not only is their diet one of the healthiest and lowest fat in the world, they also drink bucket loads of green tea. Green tea works by turboing up your metabolism to epic fat busting proportions. This is useful if yours is sluggish, and becomes even more so as you age because your metabolism slows right down. Its high polyphenol content also aids in the destruction of fat cells and stimulates the nervous system into burning fat as fuel. But the icing on the cake? Green tea’s large amounts of revestrol –the super anti ageing vitamin found in red wine.

Ease up on eye creams

Most women tend to go a bit nuts over eye creams – it’s the thought that crows feet can be blitzed for good and the 3 hours sleep you managed last night, seem like a lesiurely 10. But they’re expensive and often don’t do that much noticeable good. Much better to slap on a couple of freshly chilled cucumber slices and lie back on the sofa with some soothing music on. Potato works just as well. If you can’t stomach the smell, then soak some teabags in boiled chamomile, leave to cool, then apply. Puffiness is immediately reduced. To brighten your eyes, apply white liner to the lower rim. Instant radiance.

Don’t overbrush

Ever heard the old adage that you should do 100 brush stokes on your hair a day to promote a shiny mane? Well it’s not exactly true. While brushing your hair regularly rids it of dirt and flakes and promotes good oxygen flow by massaging your scalp, overbrushing, or brushing at the wrong time, can be damaging. For a start, always avoid raking a brush through wet hair. Wet hair is particularly vulnerable to breakage. Use a wide toothed plastic comb to gently pull through the hair. If it’s tangly, separate strands first with your fingers. A good time to brush your hair is before you wash and condition it. That way it will dry without tangling.