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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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Snake Massage anyone?

It would appear that in some beauty parlours in some far flung corners of the earth, the latest ‘craze’ (for want of a better word) is to have a snake massage.snake massage

Which basically involves lying on the massage table whilst several reptiles (non venomous of course) are adorned across you and left to slither around. Apparently, it is all very relaxing!!

Now, I know I’m game to try most things when it comes to alternative treatments, etc. – and yes I did have my feet nibbled by fish – but I think I even I would draw the line at this.

Mainly because snakes scare the heck out of me (and yes, I know they aren’t slimy, or cold – but they still scare me), so paying for the privilege of them crawling all over me – I don’t think so!

I think I’ll stick to having my body massages by hands 😉

Would you?

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The Big Body Hair Debate

You don’t seem to be able to open a magazine or paper without some trivial article about body hair, whether it is in vogue to be waxed within an inch of your life, or au natural and as hairy as you can be.

Why is it such a hot topic for debate whether women shave, wax, epilate, depilate or not their hairy bits? Legs, bikini line, under-arms, eyebrows, facial hair (don’t think I’ve missed anywhere!)

When did it become par for the course to remove unwanted hair? Was it the 20th Century, or earlier? I have absolutely no idea.

When is it acceptable for girls to start removing body hair?

I vividly remember being 15 years old, at an all-girls school, and some rather spiteful girls making fun because I hadn’t shaved my legs – that was the first time I actually thought about it.

Teenage me did kind of resemble Anne Hathaway in the Princess Diaries before she got ‘beautified’ and Drew Barrymore’s teenage self in “Never Been Kissed” – gawky, geeky, braces, hair in plaits, definitely not cool.

Anyway I did initially shave my legs.

Then I moved on bought an ‘Epilady’ – ouch! And in-grown hairs were a nightmare – made a serious mess of my legs.

Finally I moved on to waxing – only a half leg though – below the knee, I’m blessed that I do not have obvious, noticeable hairs on my thighs. Certainly less painful than the ‘Epilady’ and cleaner than shaving – no chance of cuts (and I am seriously clumsy!)

I did briefly go back to shaving when I was a student, but I got an infection in my hair follicles, and ever since it has been waxing.

The only drawback to waxing is having to wait between sessions as the hair needs to grow in order for the next waxing to work, whereas with shaving you can do it as and when you please.

But it is a cleaner method of hair removal.

I have my underarms done too – I did once try to wax my own underarms, but realised you need 5 pairs of hands, and eyes on stalks to be able to see what you are doing – made me go seriously cross-eyed ;-0

Bikini line – well, I’m a convert to Hollywood. Like everything neat and tidy in the lady garden and to be honest it feels a lot cleaner when there is nothing there! And no, despite rumours it doesn’t feel like my ‘pants are lined with pins’ after a while as the hairs start re-growing.

Eyebrows – have had them waxed, and tried threading. The only thing I can really say about eyebrow waxing is that it is the only form of waxing where you cannot see what is going on. I’ve lain there on the beauty table as the beautician is waxing my eyebrows thinking “Oh, my God, she’s taking them all off, I’m going to have to try and pencil eyebrows in!” Seriously, because you can’t see what is going on, you can only feel the waxing and then the tweezing of stray hairs. When you find a beautician you really trust then you are on to a winner.

But enough about my waxing habits.

The real question is what do men think about waxing?

Do you prefer your ladies buff or au natural?

 

 

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Stripped Bare

…or we could call it “The Hollywood (Part 2)”

I’m doing something in next month which requires me to wear a very skimpy outfit, so I decided that this would call for the ‘lady garden’ to be, not just pruned, but stripped bare.

Now, considering my only other Hollywood wax was when I was 8½ months pregnant, I was a little bit apprehensive. After all, then I was left bruised, sore and unable to walk without pain for 2 days!

With this in the back of my mind, I didn’t want to wait until the last-minute to have it done, just in case.

But this morning it was all whipped away with the minimum amount of fuss and, more thankfully, not much pain. I have legs, underarms, eyebrows and bikini line waxed – and there is always some degree of pain. Obviously the more you have this done, the less the pain becomes as you become used to the treatment. But, apart from a couple of ouches, it was not a horrendous, unpleasant, never-to-be-repeated process.

I have to say, I think it probably has something to do with the person doing the waxing – after all if they are experienced, then they know what they are doing and can tell you exactly which way to stretch, where to put your leg, etc – and yes, it can resemble a scene out of ‘Sex and the City’.

…and yes, I probably will have it done again now 😉

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Heaven is…

… the feeling you get after lying on a treatment table at the beautician’s having ‘your bits’ waxed 😉

I don’t know what it is, but after unwanted hair has been removed I feel:

(a) pounds lighter – obviously I’m not, it’s just how it makes you feel;

(b) fresh & clean (it’s a weird one to try to explain. I mean clearly I’m a clean person and bathe frequently (long hot showers – sighs with contentment at the thought) but after waxing your skin feels so smooth as if it’s the first time it’s ever been that smooth)

You don’t get the same sensation if you remove hair at home.

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