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July 7, 2010

Benefits of Skin Moisturizers

Skin Moisturizing

If you want plump and healthy looking skin which gives a smooth appearance, you should make it a habit to use a moisturizer regularly. Moisturizers help by trapping the skins natural moisture from evaporating by forming a protective layer between the skin and the air. When this natural moisture gets temporarily trapped near the skin, it gives a smooth and healthy appearance. It also gives relief from dry and irritated skin. However, if you have acne prone skin, moisturizers can cause the pores to get clogged, aggravating your acne. Therefore, if you have oily skin, avoid using too much moisturizer.

There are a number of moisturizers which you can use at different times during the day, or according to your skin type. For example, herbal moisturizers are very light which you can use during the day, so use a light moisturizer before applying make-up to hold it better. Also, if you have oily skin, then you should use a delicate moisturizer which would not make your skin oilier. If you have very dry skin, you would want to use a heavier moisturizer, especially at night to keep your skin moist. Moisturizers also protect the skin from the sun, help improve blood circulation, nourish the skin, reduce the pore size of the skin to prevent dirt and debris from settling down on it and keep the skin hydrated. Moisturizers also protect the skin from free radicals and other environmental factors like wind, air and sunlight. If you want, you can even mix or blend your moisturizer with your favourite moisture cream before applying.

So start moisturizing your skin as a daily ritual and you will keep your skin healthy, plump and hydrated for several years to come. The best time to use moisturizer is right after you cleanse your skin as it will trap and replenish all the moisture and good oils of the skin which are lost during cleansing. You can also use a moisturizer right after you take a bath when the skin is wet.

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June 5, 2010

How to take care of your Hands & Feet

Poor hands and feet; they are so far away from your body’s central working system – the heart – that they tend to lose out on good, nutritious supplies of blood and get colder than the rest of you and half starved when the temperature zeros. And all four of them take a terrible pounding on the work front every day.

Yet they will respond very quickly and well to a little regular care and attention.

Hand cream is vital to keep your hands well nourished. Use it to give them a massage. Smooth it across the back of hands from centre outwards down each finger from base to tip, slightly pinching with other forefinger and thumb as they move. Use an emery board and file nails in one direction (no sawing movements) from sides to centre.


Hands, if not looked after will give your age away. It’s because they work so hard that hands suffer badly; household cleaners and water take their toil. Both upset the skin’s important protective acid mantle which helps hold essential moisture in. The result is rough red skin that is often also dry and flaking.

The answer is protection

Hands also suffer from exposure to harsh winds and weather in winters. Hands cream puts back the moisture which water, work and weather steal from your hands, so keep a pot or tube by every tap and one on your bedside table, another in your bag and one at work. Remember to dry your hands well after every wash or any wet work, before you massage the hand cream.

If your hands need extra help, try one of these three tricks:

  1. Put on a layer of hand cream. Cover with a pair of cotton gloves and keep them on overnight.
  2. Apply hand cream, followed by cotton gloves, then rubber gloves to cover the others. After 30 minutes pull off the gloves and rub in any cream that remains.
  3. Melt a block of paraffin wax, testing the temperature carefully. When comfortably warm, but not too hot, ask a friend to paint it on your hands using a soft brush. Wrap hands in cling film for 20 minutes, then peel off the cooled wax gently.

Taking care of your nails

Nails too need care and attention, if they are ragged and torn or untended, your total appearance is undermined.

First stop using your nails as tools. There are better ways to open parcels, dial the phone or pick off glue! Again its water and work which cause the problems diluting the natural glue which binds nail layers together. Use rubber gloves.

Nail polish can provide protection by adding an extra layer and by binding flaking nails together.

Nails will be stronger if you don’t grow them too long or file too far down into the corners.

Massage will stimulate faster growth and can make your nails stronger too. Rub hand cream into the base of every nail down to the first knuckle or massage the nail itself with a buffer and buffing cream to give them a super shine and smooth out ridges.

Nails will always look their best if you make time to give them a rectangular manicure. Start by collecting everything you’ll need – a bowl of warm water, soapy water, cotton wool, oily polish, remover, an emery board, cuticle cream and cuticle remover, an orange stick, hand cream, base and top coat and your favourite colour if you wear nailpolish.

Begin by removing your old nail polish by simply holding a pad of remover soaked cotton wool against the nail wiping the polish away. File nails next (never use a metal file as this can cause heat which will weaken the nails) from sides to centre. Then rub cuticle cream into the sides and base of every nail. Next soak hands for 5 minutes in the warm soapy water Carefully apply cuticle remover where needed, then wrap the blunt end of the orange stick in a wish cotton and use it to lift and to loosen cuticles then push them back.

Clean under nail tips with the orange sticks pointed end, then rinse nails again in the water. Apply hand cream and massage it well into the base of each nail. Next, paint on the base coat and allow a few moments to dry. Then apply two thin coats of colour stroking from base to tip, first down the centre of each nail then on either side. Finish with a top coat then sit back, relax and wait for your nails to dry naturally.

Taking care of your feet

Foot troubles will reflect in your face – and you’ll hate to show them off when holidays and hot weather finally arrive. The fact that we’re almost all born with perfect feet is fast forgotten because sadly 4 out of 5 adults suffer some sort of “foot fault”. Badly fitting shoes cause most of our problems though tights, stockings or socks which are too small cause trouble too.


Comfort should come first in buying footwear otherwise sooner or later you’ll pay the price. One way of avoiding the discomfort shoes can cause is to do without them going barefoot when you can safely do so is best for your feet. And don’t wear the same shoes every day.

Daily care for feet should start with washing, then careful drying especially between the toes. Hand cream helps keep the skin soft and smooth but hard dead skin needs removing.

Cut toenails after a bath when they’re flexible and straight across. Curves encourage ingrowing toenails.

Tired feet will thank you for a gentle massage with warm oil or a brisk rub with cool cologne or try lying down for 10 minutes with feet higher than your head.

Feet which get over heated during a busy day can get instant relief from a foot spray.

A little tender loving care is all your feet need for you to walk tall.

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June 4, 2010

Classy Smokey Eyes

Sleek, sophisticated eyes call for attention to detail. So polish up your make up methods for perfect peepers. Go for bold shades but keep a light hand: blending and smudging are all important.

Smokey Eyes

Pick from a palette of muted matte shadows such as grey, plum, mocha, midnight blue or moss green and add a subtle shimmer with a silvered glaze. For the ultimate in smoky, smouldering eyes we choose charcoal grey, plum and jet black. You will need to consider the rest of your face when you plan your eye make up so that you can strike the right colour balance. In most cases, a pale powdered complexion is the best base with a mere hint of dusky pink blusher swept high over cheekbones and temples. Use deep plum glossed with silver lilac for a ritzy finishing touch for your lips.

Tips for smokey eye make up

  • Using a deep plum shadow, stroke the colour over the socket line, blending well. Shade the outer corner.
  • Select a smoky charcoal grey and dust the eye area from lid to brow extending the shadow slightly over the natural end of the lid, winging it upwards.
  • Gently run a soft, jet black kohl pencil around the inner rim of the eye to give an almond shaped feline gaze. Then smudge a line of the top lid.
  • After using lash curlers stroke several coats of lash lengthening velvety black mascara Define the brown with an eyebrow pencil to enhance the depth of colour. Check these tips to apply mascara to help you.

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