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If you have at leas one of these beauty-beating habits, don’t give up on yourself. Here is why and how to change your ways.
◘ Torn skin on your lips
Your lips feel dry, so you lick them and your tongue discovers a bit of loose skin. You try to ignore it, but sooner or later you remove it usually with your front teeth. Unfortunately, you end up taking along several layers of skin. The torn skin on your lip grows back irregularly and easily forms you guessed it another annoying flap of skin. It’s vicious circle.
A doctor says, “Use a very good emollient lip balm at all times. This includes bedtime. While most people remember lip balm when they’re facing the elements, they may not realize that we can lick our lips in our sleep. Moisturizing at night will help keep the lips from chapping. If you are going to be outside, wear lip balm or lipstick with an SPF-15 protection all year round, not just in the summer.
◘ Don’t rub your face harshly
Many of us, especially if we have oily skin, attack our faces with the same zeal we use on the kitchen floor. Over scrubbing is bad for several reasons, “Many people who over scrub have acne, and when you really scrub you can sensitize your skin to the point where you can’t use your acne medication. It can also lead to irritation, dry skin and redness. In extreme cases it can contribute to broken blood vessels if you use something harsh like a loofah.
The first thing to do is to stop using rough facecloths and loofahs on your facial skin. Instead, wash with your hands and rinse off thoroughly with water. Use a very mild cleanser and use only light pressure. If you use waterproof makeup, take it off first with a makeup remover so you would not have to scrub. Then use warm water and, again, a nondrying cleanser.
This habit is devastating even to strong healthy nails. Every time you peel away polish, you also remove the layer of nail to which it was adhering, weakening your nail. This is a tough problem because, like biting your lips, it is often a reaction to stress and is frequently unconscious.
Usually you don’t pick at your polish when it is perfect, so the most practical solution is to keep it that way. Carry your polish with you and repair any damage as soon as you notice a chip, “I strongly recommend professional weekly manicures. I have had that this has worked for. When your nails are being cared for professionally you gets a great manicure and a nail coach”.
◘ Be careful of phone acne
Phone acne refers to an outbreak of come dons (pimples) on the chin, specifically where you rest the phone against it. The hair follicles, where acne stems from, are being pressured by the telephone receiver, which doesn’t allow the facial oils to get out freely. Resting your chin in you hand when you’re reading, wearing a headband when you are working out all these things can cause outbreaks of acne where your follicles are being blocked.
What can you do? Keep your phone receiver clean with alcohol and teach yourself to hold the phone just a centimeter away from your face. For the immediate outbreak, try over-the-counter products or see a dermatologist.
Q. Is it okay to return a wrong makeup shade if I’ve used it?
You’re in luck. Many national chain stores are very sympathetic to wrong-shade woes. Here’s the scoop: rite aid offers a money-back guarantee as long as you have the original cash-register receipt. Target allows you to return an opened cosmetic with the receipt up to 90 days after you’ve purchased it. You can either swap it for a different shade or get your money back. As for department stores, check with the counter where you’re shopping to find out their policy. Most accept returns with a receipt.
Q. My cuticles are sensitive and peeling. What should I do?
Don’t freak over your distressed digits. Your cuticles are probably plagued by a fungus or a minor infection you may have contracted from using a dirty nail file or soiled scissors. Luckily, you can clear up either affliction with some cuticle TLC. Apply an over-the-counter antifungal cream after you wash your hands to remedy the problem and ensure it doesn’t spread. Also, moisturize your nail beds as needed throughout the day with a cuticle cream containing soothing ingredients. See your doctor to make sure the infection isn’t serious. To prevent future talon traumas, never cut your cuticles yourself, only push them back (snipping puts you at risk for inflections). And whenever you go to a nail salon, ask the manicurist to use a brand-new buff and nail file, and be sure that any metal tools she uses are sterilized.
Q. I have lots of dark pink spots on my feet from last summer’s blisters. Is there a way to banish them before sandal season?
Those marks mean the top layers of skin damaged by last summer’s shoe friction are still healing, says Deborah S. Sarnoff, a NYC cosmetic dermatologist. The good news: they’re not permanent scars, and you can speed up their disappearance with an over-the-counter 1 percent hydrocortisone cream, applied once daily before bed. You should see results in approximately two months. For slightly faster fading, ask your dermatologist for a prescription blend of equal parts hydro quinine (to bleach out darkness), hydrocortisone (to reduce swelling), and retina or Renovo [to accelerate cell turnover). Apply the concoction only at night since Retin-A makes skin sun-sensitive. Your marks should pull a disappearing act in about six weeks. You can fake flawless feet in the interim-say if you want to sport some sexy, strappy sandals tonight-by masking those marks with smudge-and waterproof camouflage makeup.
Q-Help! I have a cowlick on my hair line. How can I get it to behave?
It’s easy to tame that unruly tuft of hair, says Edward tricomi, who co-owns NYC’s warren-tricomi salon and has done the dos of celebs like Hilary swank. One option is to aim a blow-dryer at the root area while using a brush to coax your loco lock into an attractive position (keep holding it down until it cools). Or try subduing disorderly strands with a small straightening iron. Once your cowlick is under control, keep it in place with an extra-hold hairspray.
When we do have problems, just “getting off our feet” would not necessarily lead to permanent relief. For one thing, foot pain does not always begin in the foot. Even though you are feeling the pain there, a tight Achilles’ tendon or calf music may be the actual source of your problem, may restrict ankle motion, causing you to put painful stress on the front of your foot.
Rest may help, but what’s often needed is a change in the way you care for your feet. The following is a guide to some common foot problems, along with tips on how you can help yourself:
♥ If feet are exhausted
If your job requires you to be on your feet in one spot all day-in front of a sales counter, for example-changes are you have complained that your feet are tired and achy. Standing in one place all the time is one of the worst things you can do to your feet. The muscles do not flex or contract, they are just static.
Step on and off a raised surface, such as a telephone book, to give your muscles some work. Or simply flex your feet rolling up onto the ball of your foot, then back to your heel. Take your shoes off and roll a golf ball behind the ball of each foot for a minute or two. A great message, it can also help with cramps or strains in your arch.
♥ Heels are giving trouble
Pain in the heel is repetitive stress of tissue where it attaches to the heel bone. You get microscopic tears on a daily basis and eventually you have severe pain in your heel.
The tears are in the plantar fascia, a springy tissue that runs from your heel bone to your toes. Bend your toes up and you shall recognize it as the tight hand running through your arch. This stretch will help loosen your calf muscles and stretch your Achilles’ tendon, reducing tightness in the muscles leading to the foot.
Two other low-cost measures: a short course of an anti-inflammatory drug, such as ibuprofen and soaking your feet in warm water at night. Over the counter shoe inserts may provide relief. In more severe cases, inserts available through orthopedists, podiatrists or physical therapists can be helpful.
♥ Foot pain
Problems in this area go by the name metatarsalgia. Causes range from damaged nerves to simply wearing a shoe that is too tight in the toe box or too high in the heel. Switch to flat shoes that have wider toe box. To relieve pain, place a pad just behind the weight bearing ball of the foot. If you can not stop wearing high heels altogether, limit them to special occasions.
♥ Foot suffering
Corns, areas of thickened skin about the size of corn kernels, are caused by excess pressure on one point on the foot. They typically form on the top of or between toes and often result from wearing shoes that are too tight. For quick relief, putting a thin gauze pad, corn pad, corn pad or bandage between the affected toes to keep them from rubbing against each other. Softening the corn with oil and then sanding it with a pumice stone can also be beneficial.
Something is happening in men’s bathrooms! A growing appreciation of the finer things in life is leading today’s man to realize there’s no reason why he shouldn’t take as much care of his face as a women does of hers. For years, men have been pinching the old drop of moisturizer from their partner’s cosmetic bottles, and so become aware of the benefits of a little extra attention to their skin. Then they see they can feel so much better using skin care product every day.
Now they have a skin care range designed especially for them by Almay, who already have enormous experience in manufacturing hypoallergenic cosmetics. The skin care for men range is completely fragrance free and lanolin free, and has been formulated bearing in mind the particular problems shaving can cause for a number of men.
Out, damned spot! The way to ensure you’re doing the best to avoid blackheads and blemishes is to clean city grime from your face as thoroughly as possible. Skin Cleanser has fine granules which, when massaged into your face with water, help unblock pores and leave your face feeling cleansed and healthy looking.
Now that the designer stubble look is a little passé, a good close shave is what men want. Gel for shaving produce a rich, moisturizing lather, so razors glide smoothly over the skin for a clean, comfortable shave. And, because the foam is so rich, there are up to half as many shaves again in foaming Gel as there are in normal shaving foams.
After shaving, Almay’s light Moisturizer quickly skins into the skin to fight the drying effects of weather and air conditioned offices, as well as helping to replenish skin which is chaffed after shaving, It’s also good for faces that are exposed to the element: if you spend your spare time wind surfing or biking, for instance, Moisturizer will soothe and soften skin.
Shaving can sometimes irritate skin. After shaving soother is ideal to reduce this irritation, tighten pores and tone the skin, giving the healthy glow. It is particularly suitable for sensitive skin, and great for men who prefer not to use a fragrance but like the refreshing feel of after shave.
Once men start using Almay skin care on a daily basis, they will quickly see how easy it is to care for their skin with these unfussy products, mo matter how busy and pressurized their working life may be. Even though men may have a punishing schedule, there’s no need for him to look battered by it! All these products are priced at low and will help men present a new face to the world.