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A perfect face and keeping your hair young
November 15, 2013

Hunting for the Best Beauty Products & Tips


Lines? Zits? Age spots? No problem! Follow the following beauty tips to a beautiful face

Middle-Aged Skin Skin changes as we grow and in different phases of our lives. If you had an oily skin type in 20s it will tend to dry a bit in your 40s. A more moisturizing foundation is preferable; some contain glycerin, check for it on the ingredients list. But also look for “noncomedogenic” on the label, which means the foundation won’t block pores though can cause irritation to some people. Clogged pores lead to pimples.

MAKE UP Covering Imperfections Red pimples If you got a red spot or pimple try covering it with a green-tinted concealer. Green is the complementary colour of red. Apply a dot on a cotton-bud or your finger and blend it in your skin.

Wrinkles For a smoother base to foundation apply a primer all over your face. This helps as a solid undercoat or base for the foundation not to sink in your wrinkles and lines making them more prominent.

Change foundation Switch to a tinted moisturizer to achieve a lighter look. Or mix it with your foundation. The lighter the mixture it less it will sink in your lines and wrinkles making them less noticeable. Age spots Try concealing them with foundation or a concealer. Apply with a brush or pat with your finger.


Although summer is now far behind us....if you still got a hint of tan or would like to start building a fake one for the festive season, here is what you should know and apply for a perfect tan always!

How to get an irresistible golden glow while staying out of the sun. Follow these tips for using a self-tanner and maintenance.

Avoid a self tanning disaster. Patch test it. Apply the size of the biggest coin on your inside-arm or inner thigh for any skin reaction. Do this well in advance especially with tanners that take several days to develop on.

Set time aside. Ideally you dedicate two or three hours where you can stay naked (or almost naked),

Preparation Depilate before starting to apply the self-tanner at least 24 hours in advance; for any other kind of hair removal that tears hair out of the follicle. Self-tanner can sink in new open hair shafts creating dark shadows If you have a sensitive skin you might want to avoid shaving or depilating to avoid irritation.

Take a bath or shower. Be sure to be completely dry before applying the self tanner. Wait for any humidity while in bathroom to settle. Also find a cool place where you can stay for the few hours.

Exfoliate old skin first. Dihydroxyacetone (DHA) and Erythrulose, the two most common chemicals found in self-tanners, both work by reacting with the amino acids on the skin surface. By removing the old layer you are ensuring that the tan builds up on a new skin layer and lasts longer. Dry and chapped skin tends to soak up more colour, creating a patchy look. Exfoliate meticulously as it will affect the overall tan colour. Go bare Do not put anything that goes in your skin like deodorant, antiperspirant, essential oils, perfume, or body lotion as these tend to change your tanner colour turning it to green. Do not touch anything for the first 15 minutes. If its convenient for you stay naked in a dry room or wear a loose breathable article around your chest. Don’t sweat until the tan starts to settle down.

Starting out Always start with a light colour if you are not experienced. Then build to a darker colour if desired. Darker tans last longer but are more smudge-prone.

Before you start squeezing the bottle on your palms - Put on a pair of latex gloves or your hands will turn orange. Apply the tanner in circular motions, covering all areas. If not wearing gloves make sure you wash your hands every five minutes, scrubbing under and around the nails. • Feet area – Apply the minimum amount around arnkles, top of your feet. Do not apply on your toes, heels, or the sides of your feet. • Lightly apply tanner on your face and neck as they are more exposed than other areas and darken more easily. Cover the area behind your ears and the back of your neck, especially if you have short hair. • Don’t forget to treat your underarms and blot it wipe with a damp sponge after five minutes. Starting point - begin with your thighs going down the length of your legs, torso followed by your shoulders going down your arms. Don’t forget your back!

Go easy on your hands Clench your palm in an open fist to apply tanner evenly over creases. Do not apply tanner on your palms.

Refining and buffing With a buff sponge go over trouble spots like cuticles, knuckles, elbows, heels, toes, knees and inside elbows and back of knees to remove excess. Buff in a back-and-forth direction. If you see colour streaks within the first few hours, scrub it with a rough exfoliator. If some areas are lighter than others, apply tanner again, buffing it in the other colour to look more uniform.

Finishing off you can take a light shower eight hours later. Do not use bath or shower washing products containing alcohol or oils.

Maintaining it A self-tan will last until new skin is regenerated, but usually will not last more than ten days. So avoid long swims and swimming pools. Don’t forget to keep your skin moist by applying moisturizer daily and your tan wont flake off.


Is the look of your hair aging you? These are instant fixes.

As with all things in your body, your hair ages too. It tends to get thinner and less flexible. Try out this shampooing technique to get a fuller look, volume and less damage. Just put shampoo only on your roots. You only need to clean the scalp, removing dandruff and oils. Rub gently with your finger tips not your nails as this will scratch off more surface debris. Let the soapy lather run through the rest of your hair, no need to scrub it. Just shampoo once. If you have got very fine and limp hair, switch to a Protein shampoo that thicken hair making it look fuller. If you found this newsletter useful and enjoyed reading it, please pass this on to your friends. If someone passed this to you please subscribe to our monthly newsletter for tips, info, offers and more: click here to subscribe

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