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What is the best make-up remover?

olive oilIt’s much cheaper than the chemical laden stuff you buy from the make-up counters.

In fact, you find it in your kitchen cupboard.

Olive Oil!

It really does cut through make-up like anyone’s business.

I used to find when using my “Green People” make-up remover that half of my make-up was still on my face, and my eyelashes still had mascara on them.

Then I read on t’internet that olive oil was quite good as a natural alternative.

And game to try anything I thought “what have I got to lose”.

WOW! Is all I can say.

It really does work.

The make-up comes off easily and, of course, being an oil you get moisture added back to the face as well, which is especially good around the eye area.

So once the olive oil has done it’s job, you can wash your face as normal and not have to worry about panda eyes!!!

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The Wonders of Cling Film!!!

cling filmWho knew that the annoying stuff you use to wrap sandwiches in could be such a brilliant tool in beauty treatments?

Now, you may remember last year the “must-have” treatment was a “cling-film facial”.

Yes, that’s right, stick this over you face (don’t forget to add breathing holes) and voila plumper, firmer looking skin. Actually there’s a bit more to it than that, but that’s kind of the gist.

Well, on my search of natural treatments that you can do at home I stumbled upon another little gem that uses cling film.

Feet!

Or rather, an aid to assist the smoothing of the cracked hard skin on your feet.

Having spent pretty much my entire life dancing barefoot and walking around with no shoes on – I don’t wear shoes (that’s not to say I don’t like shoes 😉 ) if I can possibly help it, even when I worked in an office I used to remove shoes and wander around barefoot – the skin underneath my feet was rather hard.

Apparently, I did read that another reason for hard skin on the feet is past traumas and once the skin is repaired so to is the hurt from all past traumas – how true that is I couldn’t say, but open to all possibilities.

Anyway, so back to my search for a cure for hard skin on the feet.  Obviously the most talked about ones involve going to a ‘professional’ and getting them to pretty much just razor off the skin. Mmmmm? No thanks, think I’ll pass on that one.

I tried pumice stones – could never figure those out, do you rub the skin when it’s wet or dry? Who knows!

I tried one of those hard skin removers that look like a rotating nail file, but slightly rougher.

And yet nothing seemed to work.

Then I stumbled across an article that suggested before you go to be to plaster your feet in moisturising cream/olive oil/Vaseline or any other lotion, wrap your feet in cling film and then pull on a pair of socks over the cling film.

The idea behind it is pretty much the same as the “cling film facial” in the fact that the cling film acts as an insulator and keeps warm air trapped in, so that the moisture absorbs further and deeper into the skin thereby making a bigger impact.

Game to try anything, so I gave it a go.

Two things to note:

  1. Make sure you don’t have to cross the room to put the light out because walking with a goodly dollop of lotion, cling film and socks on your feet is slightly precarious – a bit like walking on ice!
  2. If you suffer from cold feet (which I do) then days of not being able to get to sleep because your feet haven’t warmed up are over. Ah, they stay nice and toasty all night long 😉

When you wake up in the morning remove socks and cling film and then rinse and dry your feet.

The result? Well, they felt a little bit smoother after the 1st night, but not much. However, after a week of this ritual my feet were 100% improved. Still not perfect, but then I walk barefoot and don’t wear slippers, what do I expect 😉 But certainly a vast improvement on previous attempts.

Cling film foot treatment is here to stay!

As for the “cling film facial” yes I have tried it. Tried to mock something up at home. The idea is you soak a cotton face mask in water and serum (probably some anti-ageing stuff with a lot of nasty chemicals in it), pop the mask on, cover with cling film and relax for 20 minutes, remove and rinse.

So, I didn’t have a face mask, so I thought I’d try to attempt it with make-up remover pads, they’re cotton right? So I applied Vitamin E oil onto my face and then soaked make-up remover pads in hot water (going for the steam effect) which I then applied to my face. Mmmm! Let’s just say a face mask would be easier, because as you apply the pads sitting up they just fall right off, so you end up having to do some kind of facial contortions to keep them on. Then apply the cling film – just make sure you don’t rip it 😉

Did it work? Hard to tell, probably need to have another try if I can find a cotton face mask. But failing that I think I’ll just ask the Turkish Barber to wrap my face in a hot towel next time SC is having his hair cut – looks a lot less hassle and very relaxing 😉

 

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The Egg White Face Lift!

egg whitesOK, so it won’t actually give you a surgical face lift, but it does tighten and lift the skin giving it a firmer, dare I say more youthful look.

And yes, I use it 😉

You mix the egg whites with other ingredients to add extra nourishment, and can use pretty much stuff straight out of the kitchen cupboard – and you just paid how much for that caviar, gold-leafed face cream?

I don’t like putting chemicals on my face or skin and try to use natural wherever possible and when I found this recipe on the internet, I had to try it, it’s so simple to whip up.

I have been using it for a while, so I thought I’d share it with you.

Recipe

  • 1 Egg White
  • ½ teaspoon of Vitamin E Oil – for moisturising effect
  • Couple drops of Lemon Juice

Egg size doesn’t matter – a large size egg is more than enough to do face and neck and have some left over.

I buy my Vitamin E oil at my local health shop, as it is a good skin nourisher. Most pharmacies will sell it in a variety of forms and ½teaspoon is pretty much a capsule (so you could buy a packet of Vitamin E oil capsules, and then break the capsule into the egg white).

As for the lemon juice, I don’t use a fresh lemon every time, I buy the lemon juice in a squeezy lemon shaped bottle and use that.

All you do, is pop everything in a small bowl and whisk together (I just use a fork). Then head over to a sink (make sure you can your face in the mirror) and begin to slaver the eggy mixture all over your face and neck area – I’ve seen instructions say to massage in small circles round as you apply, but feel free to apply as you like.

The reason you need the sink is it is a very messy job, egg white spills everywhere and rather down the sink than on the floor – it gets way too sticky!!!

Once the mask is applied (to face and neck area, avoiding eyes – obviously) go and relax for 15-20 minutes.

You will feel the mask (and skin) tighten as it dries.

After 15-20 minutes of relaxing rinse with lukewarm water and pat dry.

The more regularly you do it the firmer your skin will feel without the need for Botox or the surgeon’s knife.

And that’s it – it’s a fabulous way to use up slightly old eggs and a great little trick to use if you have somewhere nice to go to and the beautician has no available appointments!

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