This winter beauty trends are taking it up a notch from summers pearly powders and illuminators to something with more glitter and colours. But don’t despair for all those minimalist fans out there. The perfect minimalist winter make- up regime is here too!
When everything is glittery nowadays – from purses to handbags to cellphone covers and nails, who said your make up shouldn’t also be?
Get this look: Never use the word sparingly when it comes to glitter, get as much glitter as you can on your brush and spread those sparkles generously over your lips, eyes or cheeks. With this look, it’s best to always remember the perfect balance is a must. It is always one or the other never the way whole face at once. The best tip for this look to give you the staying power you need is always apply a base make up before the glitter this will help not to spread the glitter to unwanted areas. And don’t forget a setting product afterwards.
Go on and Sparkle!
So the glitz and glam might not be OK in the office, and you might prefer your make up regime to fit in with your minimalist lifestyle. This beauty trend come back is just for you!
Get this look:The focal point for the minimalist look is the lips. This classic look only needs is a translucent foundation, black mascara, black eyeliner and bold lipstick. Take special care on the lips. Use a sharpened lip liner pencil to outline the lips and use a brush a apply the lipstick from the middle of the lip to the corners. To create those perfect pouts proper care is needed. By exfoliating lips once a week with special skincare and a moisture-rich lip balm.
A Classic style never goes out of style!
Once Bitten Twice?
Shy, but you will never be shy with this “just-bitten” effect. These shimmering lips look will keep your lips looking healthy and lustrous
Get this look: This look is just about in the middle of the previous two. Using pastel colours on the lips such as a peach or rose. Colours which are softer. Try to avoid the sticky gloss. Lips should have a soft shade of colour with a little moisture. This look is easily upgraded from the office to the cocktail lounge by adding a defined cat eye and heavy mascara.
If you thought of leaving your acidic neon colours in summer, think again, this winter is about forgetting everything you know about matching colours. Don’t be afraid to mix those ultra-violet shades with passion pinks.
Get this look: Contrast, we are talking about pale and dark, warm and colours. Using ultraviolet colours on the eyes working your brush up with towards the brow with sunset oranges and reds. Even a contrast from eyes to lips will work this look.
Winter white eyes
The eyes are the window to our soul, during winter eyes can become looking tired, dull and in need of a pick me up.
Get this look: To brighten those winter eyes try adding white on the lids of your eyes and adding black mascara to awaken those winter eyes. If adding white eye shadow to the lids of your eyes is too much for you, try adding a dab of white in the corner of your eyes. This will lighten, brighten and illuminate your eyes all the way through the cloudy winter days.
Winter 2019 has a look for everyone, from the colour crazy to the glitter queens as well the classic looks. It’s all in for this winter. With the temperatures dropping your winter make-up will be increasing temperatures around you.
Fading fast is the long days of fun in the sun, not mention your summer tan. Your hair has been exposed to the sun,wind, seawater and pool chemicals. Even that refreshing sea air has left your hair dried out. Those sexy beachy curls aren’t that beachy anymore. With winter fast approaching your hair might signalling an SOS.
During the months of winter with much less exposure to the sun hair generally becomes dull, which let’s face it if your hair is looking dull, is going to filter down to your face. Investing in a good Moisture lock shampoo and hydrating conditioner will keep that shine in your hair and make you feel like you are walking on sunshine all your way through this winter.
Yes! Static hair can become one of those early mornings groans. Winter months have much less of the humidity than in the summer. Which causes patrons, neutrons, and electrons to move around in the air causing a lot of static electricity. Especially with those lovely woolly warmers. Avoid this by using natural brushes and combs, stay away from the plastic. Use a hair serum or leave in products. Using an ionic hair dryer can work wonders to tame those literally static flyaways.
With the lack of moisture in the air, hair becomes brittle causing split ends galore! It is easy to protect your hair from the split end season.
Use a wide tooth comb post shampooing your hair as well as after.
Have a good leave-in conditioner that also has heat protection for blow drying.
Get your hair trimmed regularly to get rid of those nasty split ends. (make an appointment: 021 9794292)
But we know some days are just impossible to get to your stylist in time. So here we have a home remedy for a quick fix until you can get to the salon.
This will smooth out those split ends.
Mix together: 1 egg yolk, 2 tbsp of olive oil and 2 tbsp of honey. Once mixed well apply to towel dried hair and cover with a shower cap or cling film. Let the magic happen for approximately 30 min. Shampoo as normal. The emollient properties will seal those split ends for a few days.
We know the feeling, winter creeps up on us quickly and out come those coats, scarves, and beanies. By the end of the day, the hair in the nape of our necks are left so matted we could call them dreadlocks! How to avoid this painful problem is simple. With braids being very mod, braid your hair and turn it into a braided bun or side braid. But if you really need to wear your hair loose take a section of your hair from behind your ear towards the nape of your neck and tie a low pony and leave the rest of the hair falling over it. No one will be able to see it and you are left with matted free hair!
With these easy tips to tame the winter hair blues, you will be able to flaunt those golden locks or sleek brunettes all your way into Spring!
If you’re thinking of getting a professional massage, you might want to consider what kind of message you need. There are many massage modalities out there, you will need to choose the one that best suits your needs. For example, if you are into a lot of sporting activity, you will be wanting a massage that really loosens those muscle up, and doesn’t just focus on relaxation. Never been for a massage? Well then, it may be a bit confusing to choose what’s best for you. After all, there’s is more than just Swedish massage.
What is massage
Basically, massage involves manipulating the soft tissue in our bodies. This means kneading and massaging the muscles, connective tissue, as well as paying attention to joints and ligaments. Some of the many benefits of massage include:
Physical effects like improved blood flow
Can reduce swelling
Massage helps sore muscles
Helps to treat headaches and other pain-related problems
Boosts your immune system
Massage therapy is in most cases safe, but there are a few instances where one should be cautious. First, if you have been for a massage, you might experience some minor side effects such as soreness, fatigue and mild headaches. This is nothing to worry about unless the symptoms persist.
You could also feel a drop in your blood sugar level after a massage, which is why it is important for a therapist to take down your medical history. Some people are also allergic to the products being used during a massage and could suffer from a reaction. Many people should first ask their doctor or avoid a massage all together, because of some chronic health condition they may have. A therapist should be aware of all the possible side-effects and contraindications.
“Massage, you know you knead it.”
14 different kinds of massage
Let’s have a look and see what kind of massage you need:
This is basically the basis of all massage, the type of massage most people recognize. The technique mainly involves kneading and flowing strokes. You will have to remove some clothing, but you should be provided with a gown or towels. The therapist will then use an oil, such as Grapeseed to perform the massage. This type of massage is great if it’s your first time and can help to relieve minor pain and tension. People have different pain thresholds, if you find your therapist is applying a bit too much pressure, please let them know.
An aromatherapy massage is a gentle therapy, using mostly Swedish massage techniques. The treatment involves using various diluted essential oils, which can help to relieve problems such as:
Depression and anxiety
Relief of pain
A professional aromatherapist will usually take a case history and from this create an individual treatment plan. They will choose specific essential oils, which are suited to each person.
This massage can help pregnant mothers through their pregnancy. During a treatment, the mother will lie on her side, be seated or some therapists have a special pregnancy massage table. This massage is great, especially if you are experiencing anxiety or lower back pain. Always check with your doctor first before going for a massage and make sure the therapist is fully qualified to provide this service.
Deep Tissue Massage
As the name implies, this massage technique will get the deeper layers of muscle. You will, therefore, experience more intense massage strokes. This type of massage is great for those who suffer from more chronic muscle tension. This type of massage may not be as pleasant as others, so if you are sensitive, you may want to stick with the good old Swedish massage.
Hot Stone Massage
This massage is great for those who wish to relax and who have a bit of muscles tension. Hot Stone massage also helps to improve circulation. A therapist will mostly use Swedish Massage techniques but include the use of heated stones into the routine. The therapist will use the heated stones to massage with, as well as leave stones placed on certain areas. This is usually a popular treatment in the winter months but tends to be a bit more expensive than the usual Swedish Massage by itself.
This is the option for those of you who are involved with any type of sport. Sports Massage will help those who have muscle injuries caused by repetitive use. The treatment should aid in a faster recovery and reduce further risk of injury. A therapist may use deep pressure as well as focus more on the specific areas that need attention.
Shiatsu is a Japanese method of massage, which also helps to get rid of energy blockages in the body. Various techniques are used, but you can remain fully clothed for the session. Shiatsu works to relieve stress and tension as well as relieve muscle pain.
There are a number of areas on the body where reflex points are found, but the specialised form of foot reflexology is the most common form of treatment method. Therapist use thumb and finger pressure, which is applied to reflexes found on the feet. The reflexes in the foot represent your entire body, so by performing this treatment, you are effectively treating the whole body. Reflexology is done fully clothed, only your feet will be exposed. Reflexology works amazingly well for those who suffer from stress and anxiety.
Trigger Point Massage
This type of massage helps to relieve tension within the deeper layers of muscles tissue and is aimed at more specific problem areas. This type of massage is good for those who need relief from sciatica pain, chronic pain and injuries. Within the muscle, a therapist will find what is called a trigger point, which is causing the pain. The therapist will focus on the trigger point and so help to relieve the pain.
Thai massage uses various stretching manoeuvres or yoga postures as well as using acupressure. The aim is to improve flexibility, relieve pain, improve circulation and energy levels. The treatment is usually done in loose fitted clothing on a special mat on the floor.
Chair Massage is a great way to provide stress relief to employees. A special massage chair is used so that a therapist can easily massage the back. You are fully clothed and sit face forward in the chair, with your head relaxing in a headrest. Therapists can perform a full body massage but the main areas of focus are usually the head, neck, shoulders and lower back. Treatments are also usually shorter than normal from 10 to 30 minutes maximum. The chair is portable and the therapist can, therefore, travel with their equipment to you.
Indian Head Massage
This type of massage can be done seated or on a massage table. The therapist will use various massage techniques, which will help you to relax and improve circulation. Some therapist performs the treatment dry (with no oil), while others use specialised oils for the hair and scalp. This type of massage is great for reducing stress, anxiety and headaches.
Therapeutic massage therapists go through detailed training and use a variety of massage techniques from deep tissue massage to trigger point and neuromuscular and myofascial massage. Therapists must all be registered with the Allied Health Council of South Africa.
Signature Massage Treatments
Many spas and salons create their unique treatments, which involve using a variety of massage techniques, beauty treatments and products. Contact us to book your next massage!
Most of us, when thinking about any type of beauty mask, think of face masks or even some type of body wrap. How many of us would actually put a mask on our hair? But when it comes to looking after our hair, a hair mask might just be the thing to keep our luscious locks moisturised and healthy.Let’s look at a few questions you might have, and see if we can find out everything you need to know about hair masks. And next time you visit our salon, be sure to ask about our incredible hair treatments!
What is a hair mask?
The first question is fairly simple, what is a hair mask? Well, you can think of a hair mask as being a type of enhanced conditioner. A hair mask provides a little more than your average hair conditioner. The main benefits include extra moisture and nourishment for your hair. This is especially helpful for those who have damaged or dry hair. A hair mask is usually heavier, meaning it is made up of moisturising butter like shea or coconut. You can also have heavier oils like avocado or Argan oil added in for extra benefit.
Who should use a Hair Mask
A lot of women put their hair through a fair amount of stress, from colouring to heat styling and even being exposed to harsh environments. All of this can cause some hair damage, which is where a hair mask comes into play. Masks are especially good for those who have dry, damaged or frizzy hair. If you are someone who has oily hair, it might be best to avoid hair masks or to find one for your specific hair type.
Benefits of a Hair Mask
Helps reduce breakage
Moisturising, deeply conditioning and nourishing
Aids in eliminating dandruff
Leaves your hair shiny, smooth and soft
Helps prevent split ends and frizzy hair
Helps to improve hair manageability
Can help to enhance the colour of your hair
How to apply your hair mask
Begin by first shampooing your hair, as normal, rinse and apply the hair mask.You will need to leave your hair mask in, for at least a few minutes, in order to get the most benefit. All of the good oils and nourishing ingredients have to properly sink in. After 10 to 15 minutes, you can then rinse your hair out. Leave the conditioner out when using your hair mask. You should only use a hair mask about once a week, or if you have really damaged hair, twice a week. Also, when applying your hair mask, you only need to use a small amount. A little bit does go a long way.
Some hair masks can also be applied to dry hair and then left in for about 20 minutes. This is great for those who have really dry hair, it’s something you can think about doing on those lazy days you don’t have a lot to do. You could also apply the mask before you go to bed, just wrap your hair in a towel, shower cap orscarf, so as not to mess up your pillow.
You can then shampoo and rinse out the following morning. When applying a hair mask to wet hair, try to use a wide tooth comb, this helps to distribute the mask evenly over all of your hair, from your scalp to the tips of your hair. The tips or ends of the hair is the area where the most damage can occur, so give a little more attention here.
Hair Masks currently available
When looking to buy a hair mask, there are many options. I always find the best way to find out which products to buy, is to look at some reviews. Here are some hair mask product reviews from South African women.
DIY Hair Masks
You can make your very own easy hair mask, there are plenty of recipes online, it should be easy to find the right one for your hair type.
Are you tired of your hairstyle, do you want a new look? Some of us are a bit wary of change, maybe you’ve had long hair all your life or you have never coloured your hair before but now you want to try something new. Before you make the big plunge, it may be wise to ask some advice from your hair stylist. After all, you want to feel and look great when you leave the salon. You don’t want to have to wear a beanie for months after a bad hair choice. So what questions should you consider before you get your new do?
“Life isn’t perfect, but your hair can be.”
Will my hair fit in with my lifestyle?
Some people don’t mind sitting hours styling their hair, but others need a hairstyle that is quick and easy to maintain. You also want a look that lasts longer than just a week, if you tend to wash your hair more often, the colour won’t last as long. If you are in a rush each morning, you want a hairstyle that is easy to manage, you don’t need something that requires hours of attention.
How much will it cost?
When it comes to colouring your hair, you should consider the cost. There are different ways to colour your hair, from adding simple highlights to a full-colour change. Having your hair coloured, in itself costs a bit of money, but the required maintenance afterwards may make you change your mind. This is especially true if you want to say, bleach dark hair. You will have to consider if you can manage the upkeep of your new hairdo.
What style will suit the shape of your face?
Many of us glance through magazines to find a hairstyle we like, but even if we would like that specific style, it may not suit your face. Some hairstyle may accentuate your face in a way you do not like. Also, those pictures in the magazine, those women most probably sat having their hair styled to perfection, something you may not be able to manage to do every day at home. A professional hair stylist will be able to give you advice and will cut your hair in a way that enhances your specific look.
“ Don’t waste a good hair day.”
What colour is best for me?
Will the colour you choose look good on you? You don’t want to choose a colour, pay a lot of money and then sit with a colour that doesn’t suit you at all until it grows out. The perfect colour depends on your skin tone and even what season it is, so it’s not just a matter of choosing what you like. There are a few things to consider before you decide on a colour. Discuss your choices with your hair stylist and ask them for advice on what would work best for you. Here are a few more questions to ask when deciding on your hair colour, questions to ask your hair stylist before you colour your hair.
What products or tools do I need to maintain?
Depending on your style, you want to keep that salon look for as long as possible. Ask your stylist what you will need to do, in order to achieve this. You might need some specific styling products or other hair products, which can help keep your hair looking the way you want it to. There might be certain shampoos and conditioners they can provide, which will help strengthen and boost the health of your hair. This is especially helpful if you are planning to style your hair often, using heat and other products.
The hair stylist may also recommend certain styling tools, which will help to keep the style of your hair. They should also be able to give you a few tips on how to keep your hair looking great.
Whatever you decided when it comes to a new hairdo, make sure to be open with your hairstylist and don’t be afraid to ask questions. Your hairstylist is there to help you and offer the best advice that suits your needs.
Not many people are familiar with the term ‘Beauty Fridge’, ‘Make-up Fridge’ or ‘Cosmetic Fridge.’ Only those who have beauty accounts on Instagram may know what it is and what it’s for. Recently, this small refrigerator has taken the beauty world by storm. However, many still ask the question, what is a ‘Beauty Fridge’? And is it really necessary and effective?
The answer to this question, for most of us, will be no. But it is up for debate. Leading dermatologists have proven that it is not necessary for most skin products to be stored in a cold place. There are virtually no benefits, as the properties of the product will not change in any way. However, this product is indispensable to the beauty practitioner and therapist. The beauty fridge allows them to have all their products in one place. Products are close-by, so they don’t have to leave their clients and go searching for a product.
How did this product find its way onto the market place?
A group of women in Australia, who had 9 to 5 jobs, started to talk about keeping their skin care products cold. The main reason being, they were tired of searching in the kitchen fridge for their face creams, which were hidden behind the tub of butter or jar of mayonnaise. Also, it would be great to put on a cold facemask on a hot summer’s day. The best solution they came up with, was to have a mini fridge, which could be kept in the bathroom.
Many of the Beauty Fridges are equipped with a cold as well as a heat setting. The heat allows you to warm your towel or face mask, which is said to enhance the effects of the product. So, after a great deal of research, these women found a gap in the market, which allowed them to quit their jobs and follow their passion.
A regular bar fridge has a capacity of about 100L to 120L, while a Beauty Fridge is a lot smaller, providing about 10L of storage space. This is good because you don’t want anything huge taking up all the space in your bathroom. Unfortunately, these fridges are not available in South Africa just yet. So, you will have to buy one online at places like make-up fridges.com or Amazon.
What can you store in a Beauty fridge?
We have already learned that most skin products can survive in a cool, dark place and don’t really need a cold environment. On the other hand, many products today are using fewer preservatives and are more organic. This means they don’t last as long as other products, which is where a Beauty Fridge will come in handy.
Of course, the greatest benefit is the amazing feeling of a cold face mask. Also, it has been found that moisturises and creams, which have been cooled, help a great deal for irritated skin. Eye creams, when cooled, can help in reducing puffiness around the eye area. Serums, when cooled, can help for things like inflamed acne. In fact, any product that contains aloe, when cooled, has a calming and soothing effect.
‘A Happy Women is a Beautiful Women’
However, there are many other products that need to be refrigerated in order to prolong their shelf life. These include any products that contain vitamin C, Benzoyl peroxide and retinol. They need to be refrigerated, which allows the product to last for longer periods of time.
Of course, any live probiotic skin products, such as ‘Mother Dirt’, need to be refrigerated. Other natural beauty products or DIY beauty products, that do not contain preservatives also require refrigeration. Strangely enough, it is advisable to store your nail polish in the refrigerator, as it will keep the formula more stable and prevent it from separating.
Then there are products like the Jade Face Rollers, which can be stored in the fridge and helps with lymph drainage and boosts blood flow in the skin. Now let us look at some actual ‘Beauty Fridges’. The brand that is most popular is ‘Cooluli’ and comes in 4; 10 and 15-litre sizes. Prices range from around R750.00. Another brand is the ‘Chefman Mini Fridge’ and ranges in price from around R600.00.
Your hair needs constant attention in order to keep it healthy. In the summertime, you have to think about protecting your head and hair from the sun. Then there are things like pool chemicals. In the winter time, the main thing to look out for is that terrible frizz and, of course, dryness. So, let’s have a look at some ways to avoid dry hair during the coming winter months.
“I love what the rain has done to my hair – said no one Ever!”
Using hair oils
Argon oil is a popular product, which can help to soften and keep your hair and scalp moisturised. The oil can also help to enhance the shine of the hair, assist with hair growth and is particulalry helpful for frizzy or damaged hair. For dry hair, you can easily add a couple of drops to your conditioner. Combine together and apply to your hair, then leave it in for 2 to 3 minutes. Then rinse your hair. There are other oils you can use, depending on your hair type, ask your hairdresser for recommendations.
Hats and other headgear
Winter weather conditions can be harsh on your hair so in order to protect your hair, especially if you are going to be outside for long periods, is to cover your head. You can try a beanie or why not go for a stylish hat. Any hat lined with satin or silk will also aid in preventing frizzy hair.
Control that frizz
Many of us understand the struggle with frizz, especially in the moist winter months. This problem could also become worse by adding in woolly or synthetic hats. There are quite a few frizz control sprays out there for you to choose from. There are also a few hair frizz hacks you can try out. Another tip, you can try using silk or satin pillowcases, which helps to prevent static and frizz.
In order to eliminate split and dry ends, having regular trims should do the trick. You can schedule your trim for every 3 to 4 months, this should keep your hair healthy and split-end free. If you are unsure, just ask your hairdresser, they should be able to tell you what would suit your hair type.
Washing hair too much?
Too much washing can dry your hair out, try to keep your washing down to three, even two times during a week. This also helps to minimize the time spent on your hair, using a blow dryer or other heat styling products. In winter you tend to sweat less, so washing your hair less shouldn’t be a major problem. The major benefit from this is so that your scalp can naturally produce oils, which can then coat and protect your hair.
Avoid too much hot water
Again, washing your hair too often and using hot water, can dry out your hair. Not only that but if you have dyed your hair, this will only make the colour fade faster. Try to use more lukewarm water and then a bit of cold water to finish off, helping to close the cuticles and pores of the hair and scalp.
Moisturize your hair
If you have really dry hair why not try a hydrating hair mask, which can be applied at least once every week. During winter your hair becomes dry, due to the fact that your natural oils are being stripped away. You tend to stay indoors a lot during the cold winter months, most houses and offices have heating inside and this is what can dry the air out, as well as your hair. The mask can help to restore these oils. There are plenty of hair mask products on the market but you can also try to make a hair mask yourself from natural ingredients in your home.
Choosing your shampoo
You may want to try a sulphate free shampoo, as this ingredient in shampoos seems to strip hair of its natural oils. Choose a more natural shampoo free from sulphate as well as other unnecessary chemicals. When looking for a conditioner, also try to go more natural but you can look for products that contain things like fatty acids, panthenol and soy protein. All of these ingredients are great for moisturising your hair.
The amount of plastic and other waste products that land up in our oceans and elsewhere, is staggering. You just have to think of one person drinking something from a plastic bottle, then throwing it away. Now, multiply that by millions, every day all over the world and you can easily imagine a mountain of plastic bottles, which goes where? It can take up to 450 years, even up to 1000 years for plastic to decompose.
“It’s only one straw said 8 billion people”
What we must take into consideration, is that we may be using products that are harmful to the environment in our beauty or daily hygiene routines. There are some companies out there that have taken the step to produce zero waste products, but they are in the minority. As individuals, we should make the decision, even if it’s a small one, to swap something in your life that could have a long term positive effect on the environment.
“Small changes add up to huge results”
Why not have a look at some of the best zero waste beauty swops you should be making to save the planet:
How many toothbrushes have you gone through in your lifetime? Did you consider what happens to it when you throw it away? Your old toothbrush can be used for cleaning other things, so I suppose it’s not single-use plastic. But eventually, you are going to have to throw it away or have boxes full of toothbrushes stored in the garage.
The alternative is to think about using a naturally made toothbrush. The most common one on the market today is the bamboo brush. The brush is really affordable and naturally decomposes if you decide to throw it away.
Then you get dental floss, the container is plastic and the floss is usually made of some type of synthetic compound. There is an alternative, eco-friendly dental floss, which is made from natural silk and in most cases are sold in biodegradable or at least recyclable packaging.
This is definitely a single-use plastic, you use the earbud and then throw it away. Most earbuds are made of cotton on the ends, but the body is made of plastic. This is a really simple, easy and affordable swop you can make. You can easily buy some biodegradable buds from your local pharmacy.
Reusable face wipes
The original face wipes are made of synthetic fibres and are therefore not really great for the environment. Recently there have been some biodegradable face wipes or cleansers coming onto the market.
There are also products available that you can re-use, these include:
A make-up removing cloth – a product known as the wonder towel.
There are plenty of natural and environmentally friendly face wash products on the market. You just have to be aware of what you are buying. Recently, there has been a huge problem caused by products containing microbeads. The beads are used in a variety of products as an exfoliant, but they are made of plastic.
This plastic, once it enters into the environment, it is impossible to get rid of it. The beads especially cause damage to marine life. The only way to help the situation is to stop using products that contain these beads. There are plenty of natural exfoliants you could use.
Not only does deodorant come in non-recyclable containers, but a lot of the products may also be harmful to your health. Many deodorants contain harsh chemicals, Aluminium and other substances that cause allergic reactions. There are natural deodorants available that come in recyclable or reusable containers.
Again, most shampoos come in plastic containers. Some of these are recyclable, so always check the product before buying. Just like the deodorants, many shampoos also have harmful ingredients, so going more natural is the better choice. Shampoo bars are also becoming more popular, they are natural and safe for the environment. The packaging of the bars is also usually biodegradable.
This is a difficult one, as the costs for these products can be high. Some people are also happy with what they are using and are not willing to change. But, if you are looking for an alternative, then the menstrual cup may be the perfect fit. You only have to buy one product and it lasts for a really long time. Sanitary Pads do contain cotton, but also other synthetic fibres and even harmful chemicals. So, if you can use a more eco-friendly and body friendly product, it’s a win-win situation.
There are quite a few options available to both women and men when it comes to hair removal. The most common way would be to use a shaver, of which there is a variety. From normal blade shavers to the more modern electric shavers.
Others prefer to wax in order to remove their hair, which lasts longer than using a blade. But there is another option, laser hair removal.
What is laser hair removal
Are you tired of shaving and waxing all the time, looking for something more permanent? Well, laser hair removal might be for you. This method can be used on the legs, arms, back, bikini area, the underarms as well as the face area.
The word permanent hair removal is also misleading in some advertisements, as the procedure doesn’t actually completely remove everything. It does reduce the hair by about 70% but does not permanently remove it altogether. Even though there is a percentage that grows back, this hair is a lot finer and can barely be seen. If you are looking for something more permanent, then you might consider Electrolysis instead.
The procedure works best on people with lighter skin and who have dark hair. Using the correct laser, those with darker skin can also benefit. Which is why you should speak to a professional before commencing. If done incorrectly, the treatment can cause some discolouration for those with darker skin. The actual treatment involves using an infra-red light that focuses on the hair follicle.
What to expect from a laser hair removal session
There are a few things you need to be aware of before you go for treatments. You should not pluck, wax or in any way remove the hair at least two weeks beforehand. Since the laser treatment aims to remove the hair by the root, waxing will leave nothing for the laser to focus on. You can, however, shave before you go in for laser hair treatment.
Your skin will be quite sensitive after the sessions, so it is advised to avoid things like sunbeds, staying in the sun for long periods, or products that might cause irritation or clog pores.
There can be mild discomfort and a feeling of warmth or heat. Some have described it as being like an elastic band being snapped onto the skin. This sensation is caused by the concentrated light, which is targeting the hair follicles.
If done correctly there should be few if any side-effects. The worst sensation you could feel is similar to minor sunburn and this should pass quickly.
How many laser hair removal treatments do you need?
This all depends on what your hair growth cycle is like and the size of the area you are treating. A significant reduction could take about six up to nine treatments, which must be spaced out over a few weeks in-between sessions. There are those who are lucky enough o get away with only four treatment sessions. Results, however, are noticeable after the very first session. Each session is also quite fast depending on the area being treated. So you can easily pop in and out during a workday.
Cost of laser hair removal
The cost of laser hair removal is a bit more than waxing or shaving but in the long run, it should be worth it. You will have no more worries when it comes to lifting up your arms in the gym or wearing that bikini to the beach. The price varies from place to place but on average can cost over R2000, depending on the area you want to take care of.
You can look and feel good, whatever age you are. Reaching 50 years old should be a celebration and a time to change your look. This is not a time to give in to ‘old age’, it is a new era of discovery and adventure.
“Age is no barrier. It’s a limitation you put on your mind…” Jackie Joyner-Kersee
Today, people live longer and many appear younger than before, thanks to science and other healthy living practices. So, should you completely switch your wardrobe to fit your age? Dressing as you did before may not be the best way to accentuate your best qualities, but celebrate who you have become by making a few fresh changes. Just like red wine, you only get better the older you become.
Here are some ideas you can use to change your look for your age
Exercise along with good nutrition is the basis of living a healthy lifestyle. If you don’t have a regular exercise routine going, it may be time to start. It’s never too late to make good choices, make sure to include a little cardiovascular as well as strength exercises.
By implementing a healthy lifestyle you will definitely see results in the way you look and feel. Besides improving circulation amongst others benefits, you will also be helping to reduce stress. Even losing a few kilograms can help you look younger. Begin the process of change on a solid foundation and everything else is just icing on the top.
Every year there are thousands of people who get dental procedures to help them look and feel good. Having the confidence to smile, means a lot to many people. Due to smoking or drinking lots of coffee, amongst other things, teeth can become discoloured. Whitening the teeth can actually make you look younger. Just make sure to have it done by a professional or use more natural products.
I don’t think anybody appreciates how much your eyebrows accentuate your face. As you reach 50, you may find that you have fewer eyebrows than you used to. Many tend to over pluck, eventually leaving almost nothing behind. A simple trick is to apply castor oil to the eyebrow area every night. You can also highlight the area using an eyebrow brush and some make-up, this helps to make the eyebrows appear thicker.
You should already have a facial routine in place, with a good moisturiser, which should be helping to keep those wrinkles and blemishes down to a minimum. Another technique you can use, to give yourself a healthy glow, is to use a bronzer. The trick is to use a bronzer very sparingly and to choose one that is two shades darker than your own skin tone. There are many brands out there to choose from, you will have to find one that works for you.
Hairstyles for 50 years and over
There are many stylish and sophisticated hairstyles for women who are 50 and older. Long, short, highlights, full colour, there is something for you. Your hairstyle plays a big role in portraying your image and you want to pick something that suits you the best.
Try to go for more neutral colours, black can be a bit harsh on the complexion if you are older.
Undergarments, never underestimate their power to make you feel fabulous. The correct fitting bra is important to provide the correct support.
Have some classic clothing items, always great to mix and match. An elegant white shirt or two or three, some neutral colour t-shirts, black dress, a pair of black pants and of course you are never too old for a great pair of denim jeans.
Don’t be afraid to add in a pop of colour here and there.
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