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The cold winter weather brings more than just a rosy glow to your cheeks. It also brings uncomfortable dryness to the skin of your face, hands and feet.
For some people, the problem is worse than just a general tight and dry feeling. It results in flaking cracking even eczema ( inflamed skin).
Hornsby Beauty Salon provides the following tips for you to care your skin in winter:
Seek a beauty care or skin specialist
If you go to your local chemist / pharmacy store, you may be hard to find a salesperson who can give you good advice.
That’s why going to an esthetician or dermatologist even once is a good investment. Such as specialist can analyse your skin type,
troubleshoot your current skin care regimen, and give you advice on the skin care products you are suitable to use. It doesn’t mean you have to buy the high-end products.
Skin care products are not necessary to be expensive. Inexpensive products work just as well as the high-end products.
It is important that your skin responds well to a product and how you feel well. It is not how expensive you paid for it.
If you are not able to find an esthetician or dermatologist, Hornsby Beauty Salon can assist you to reach your skin care goals.
A water-based moisturiser may work fine during spring or summer.
But as weather conditions change, the water-based moisturiser may not be suitable for your skin care routine all year round.
You are recommended to find an ointment moisturiser that is oil-based for creating a protective layer on your skin and to give your skin more moisture than the water-based cream or lotion.
Many lotions labeled as night creams are oil-based. Sothys Night Cream is a good choice for your skin in winter time.
Apply a small amount of sunscreen
Some people slather on sunscreen in winter time. It is not a good idea. But winter sun can still damage your skin.
You are suggested to just apply a small amount of broad-spectrum sunscreen to your face and hands (only on the areas of skin that are exposed) about half hour before going outside.
Reapply a small amount of sunscreen frequently if you stay outside for a longer time.
Your hand care in winter
The skin on your hands is thinner than on the other parts of your body and has fewer oil glands.
It is harder to keep your hands moist in cold and dry weather. This is easy to get your hands itchy and crack.
We suggest you to apply small amount of hand cream on your hands several times a day.
When going outside, it is better to wear gloves to keep your hands warm. Thin cotton gloves shall be good for your hand skin.
However, wet gloves are not a good choice, as wet gloves can irritate your skin and cause itching, sore or even a flare-up of eczema.
Avoid closing to heater
Central heating systems or station heaters can blast hot dry air throughout your homes and offices.
They cause your skin losing moisture. It is wise not to stay near the hot air outlet.
A drop of day cream on your face can reduce the risk of cracked face skin.
Hydrate not only for your skin, but also for your health
It is a myth that drinking water can moisturise your skin. In fact, drinking water is good for your overall health and keeping more fluids in your muscle.
It eventually benefits your skin. But the benefit process is very slow. We suggest you to drink water one or two hours before going outside.
For the instant effect of moisturising your skin, day cream for face or hand cream for hands are recommended.
Grease up your feet
Yes, those minty foot lotions are lovely in summer time. But during the winter, your feet need stronger stuff.
Try finding the lotions containing petroleum jelly or glycerine instead.
It is better to use exfloliants to get the dead skin off and then apply those oil-based lotions on your feet.
Consider to pace your facial in a mild way
If your facial skin is uncomfortably dry, avoid using harsh peels, masks or other alcohol-based toners that can strip vital oil from your skin.
Instead, use cleansing milk or mild foaming cleanser and a toner without alcohol instead.
You may choose the masks that are deeply hydrating rather than the clay-based masks that tend to draw moisture from your face.
Ban superhot baths
Soaking in a burning-hit bath feels great in winter time. However, the intense heat of a hot shower or bath actually breaks down the lipid barriers in your skin,
which can lead to a loss of moisture. You are better off with just warm water and staying in the water a shorter time.
Add a drop of essential oil
Just put a drop of essential oil on the water for washing your face and hands. It helps keeping moisture in your skin.
Your eyes are the windows of your age. The good eye care can make your looking brighter and more youthful.
The skin around eyes is thin and the blood vessels are very tiny. There are easy to get dark circles around your eyes after a long day outside or when you get tired.
Sometimes a sleepless night makes the skin of your eyes puffy. The skin around the eyes becomes losing its elasticity and holding more water.
Hornsby Beauty suggests the following makeup tips to enhance your eyes appearance:
How to correct the dark circles around the skin of eyes:
Choose a yellow-based formula with small-headed concealer brush or soft skin pen that about 2 shades lighter than your skin tone.
Apply a dash along the lower lashes to the innermost corner of eyes and the hollows of the nose, a light touch by your ring finger may help you to add a warmth or gentle blend on the areas.
Dust loosely a sheer of yellow-toned powder to lock the concealer in place for the day.
How to reduce the puffy skin around eyes:
Buy several small green tea bags from supermarket.
Put two tea bags in a small cup and cover the tea bags with half cup of boiling water. Soak the tea bags for about 5 – 10 minutes and add two drops of lemon juice.
Take the tea bags out of the cup and make sure the tea bags become warm but not hot.
Use your fingers to flatten the tea bags making them like a pad and make sure they hold enough water but not too wet.
Cover your two eyes with the warm tea bags after you lie down and close your eyes.
Keep the tea bags on your eyes for about 15 minutes. Dispose the tea bags after use.
Effective elements of green tea are able to help shrink the puffy eyes.
If you find the problem of your eye skins is persistent, Hornsby Beauty suggests you to take the following Salon treatment:
Sothys eye treatment
Sothys Secrets Eye Cream is a good choice to reduce the black circle and puffy eyes.
People with oily skin usually feel uncomfortable especially in summer time or hot days.
The major reason of oily skin is a symptom of unbalanced skin secretions. Something in our skin stimulates more oil secretion and reducing moisture level.
There are the following characteristics of oily skin:
Skin pores become large and visible. In a hot day, we may catch dirt when we enjoy outdoor activities. Our skin is very smart. It can automatically enlarge skin pores to get rid of the dirt. It also generates oily secretion to release the dirt from our skin.
Therefore, the looking of our skin may visibly shine in a hot mid-day, especially after the outdoor activities.
If you leave the oily skin and don’t care of it, white heads or black heads will be created.
White heads are due to the closure of the large skin pores after a hot day. The oil is kept in the skin pores and becomes emulsifying in the skin pores.
Black heads are due to the build-up of dirt in the skin pore. After a few weeks, the oily pores dry up and the dirt is trapped in the pores and becoming back colour.
Creation of acne. When your immunisation is weak, you are not able to kill germs in the pores. The germs will make your skin infections. The skin spots appear, it can be appeared in anywhere of your skin. We call it is acne.
Hornsby Beauty’s suggestions
Hornsby Beauty Salon provides you the following beauty tips to reduce oily skin in the hot days:
Don’t apply a heavy foundation base on your skin in a hot day.
After outdoor activities, or after a hot day, try to use lukewarm water to cleanse your skin to at least reduce the germs on the surface of your skin as well as reduce the oil and increase moisture.
Avoid using cold water to clean your skin, as cold water can make your skin pores close quickly and trapped the dirt in the skin pores.
Use a gel based cleanser containing salicylic acid, citric acid and glycolic acid. It can induce the oil or the dead skin cells from the clogged pores.
If you are outdoor and do not have any cleanser in your hand, at least clean your skin / face twice or three times a day with clear water. Please avoid using soap, as some hand or body soaps are too strong to your skin. The soap can easily clean up the surface of your skin and then make the skin pore close quickly. It may make your skin too dry on surface, but dirt is still kept in pores.
Don’t overdo the cleaning, even if you use gel cleanser. Overdoing of cleansing leads to a dry skin that may trigger more oil production from the sebaceous glands.
Exfoliating the skin 2-3 times a week is more than enough for removing dead cells and blackheads. Sothys Gommage / Micro-gel peeling are your excellent choices.
Use non-alcohol toners to tighten your pores immediately after exfoliating your skin. Sothys Clinical Line – Glysalac Dermobooster can assist you to achieve healthy pores.
However, don’t scrub your skin too much. The skin produces oils to store moisture, keep it hydrated. Overdoing on the scrubbing reduce the skin oil level and resulted in loss of moisture.
Periodic facial masks by Sothys Purifying skincare line is one of the easy ways to help you in absorbing excess oil from your skin and removing harmful bacteria from skin.
Don’t apply heavy foundation or moisturising creams on your skin, as most of foundation or moisturising creams/gels contain silicone that does not dissolve into the pores and they are likely to clog your skin pores and create barrier to stop releasing the dirt / sweat from the skin pores. That will stimulate the excess oil secretion.
Often use soft tissues to absorb the skin oil or secretion in the outdoor activities or during a hot day. This can reduce the oil in the open skin pores.
Don’t touch your face by your hands too much, as your hands may transfer dirt and germs to your face. You are recommended to use clean tissues or medicated pad to wipe your face and never re-use the tissues or pad. A good habit that instantly disposes the used tissues / pads may help your face keeping away from germs.
Control your eating. Try to avoid food in fried oil or food contained with high level of sugar. Consume more green vegetables and unprocessed grains.
Drink plenty of water.
Hornsby Beauty does not suggest you do a deep clean for your oily skin by yourself, as an ineffective self-deep-cleansing may clog your skin pores or make your skin too dry. That may give more excess skin oil production in future time.
Hornsby Beauty Salon recommends the following salon procedures for deep cleansing of oily skin:
Sothys clinical peeling
Sothys deep clean facial
Sothys resurfacing facial
DPC acne treatment
Beauty tips – Lip care
Lips are one of the important parts representing face and expression. You represent not only happy smile or emotion, but also sexy signals by lips.
A pair of healthy and beautiful lips must plump up with moisture and vivid pink colour. Glossy lips can enhance your sensual charm.
Understanding the bio-side of your lips
Lips are tender in nature. The skin on lips is not like the skin of anywhere on body. The lip skin is thinner.
The blood vessels under the lip skin are visible. That is why the lips look red.
There are no oil glands in the lip skin. So the lips are easy to get dry and create chapped skin.
You may find chapped lips could not hold lipstick colour.
There are some reasons of chapped lips:
• Change of weather – cold or hot
• Dry lips as your age became older
• A bad habit of biting or licking own lips often
• Touching your lips by fingers may cause infections
• Dehydration – lack of water inside body or no moisture outside
• Consuming too much of alcohol that causes skin irritation
• Using too much of cheap lipsticks
• Over-applying lipsticks
• Leaving lipstick on over-night
• Using inappropriate type of lip balm that with alcohol or preservations.
Hornsby Beauty Salon’s suggestions about the lips care:
Plenty of water for lips
Drinking enough water can keep your body, skin and lips hydrated. You are recommended to drink water slowly or evenly during a day. It is better to drink water by using a cup or wide mouth glass, as your lips can touch the water when drinking it.
Where you put lipstick or lip balm on your lips, you may use tissue to absorb the barrier before drinking.
Always drink water before you touch up or freshen-up your lips by lipsticks or balm.
Applying lipstick or balm
Good quality lipstick (including lip cream, or balm) can improve the hydrating level in your lips.
Choose the lipsticks that contain materials to protect your lips and slowing water lost, for example, lipsticks with beeswax, shea butter, vitamin E, almond oil, jojoba oil or coconut oil.
Care for chapped lips
Many people suffer chapped lips. The complaints of chapped lips are not only in winter time, but also in a hot and dry summer day.
Where the dead skins of chapped lips are built up and become harder than normal skin, it may be necessary to slough off the dead skin by applying lip exfoliate creams that contain fruit-acid-based alpha or beta hydroxyl acids. Sothys Plumping lip balm is a good choice.
Lip lining care
The shape of lips must be highlighted to make your lips look plump-up.
Use a lip liner that is slightly darker than your lipstick to highlight the lip shape.
Apply the lipstick in corners of lips first, and then the centre of your lips. The best effect is to blend a drop of foundation on lips and then top up it off with a gloss touch of lipstick.
Everyday care for lips
When you brush your teeth in the morning or at the night time, rub your lips gently by your toothbrushes. This is not only to remove the dead skin built up on the lips, but also to massage the lips and increase the blood flow and make your lips looking reddish naturally.
After taking a bath, always apply a drop of oil on your lips. The oil is not limited to expensive almond oil, it may be an inexpensive one, for example, olive oil, coconut oil, or sesame oil.
If you are in a dry air room or open windy area, you may hydrate your lips by a damp tissue or handkerchief. Just put the damp tissue or handkerchief on your lips for a while as a moisture humidifier.
Before bed, use lukewarm water to clean your lips. And then simply apply some Vaseline jelly or Paw Paw cream on your lips. It is the most effective and cheap way to take care of your chapped lips at home.
If you have a pale colour lips, you may cut a small piece of fresh red beetroot and apply its juice on your lips.
If you are going to sit for a photographic portrait or to attend a formal party,
you certainly want to be sure you are looking your best.
This important, as too much, too little or badly applied makeup can spoil the result. If you are unsure about applying makeup for your event, give yourself a few trial runs before the day.
Following tips can make you become easy and full of confidence:
Pick out what you are going to wear in advance.
Make sure your hair is at its best - which counter intuitively means not going to the hairdresser the day before.
Take particular care over your makeup.
Prepare your skin in advance - Moisturise your face well the day before your event. On the day, use just a light moisturiser or foundation base, so your skin is ready for the application of makeup.
Use a blusher to make the application natural - Put a blusher on your cheeks when you apply foundation. By this way the rosy blush will look more natural.
Avoid putting foundation or concealer on your eyelids -
Use it with care beneath your eyes. The foundation or concealer can make wrinkles appear worse than they are after a couple of hours. For a better result, more even coverage, apply your foundation with a brush or makeup sponge beneath your eyes.
Prevent shine on your T-zone -
Choose bronzer on your T-zone - your forehead, nose and chin.
But apply it with care. You don't want the end result to look like you've been tangoed.
Change to your foundation -
Add luminosity to your skin by mixing a pale, pearly eye shadow with your foundation. This can smooth the colour covering on it.
Application of foundation -
Apply blusher to the apple of your cheeks. Make sure you are smiling first and a smile can make the application more prominent and make it easier to see where to apply it. If you don't have a blusher, experiment with a little dash of lipstick rubbed into your cheeks.
Take care of your eye brow -
Use flesh coloured eye shadow as a base to even out your eyelids before you start building up layers of colour and shimmer. Have your eyebrow professionally shaped , and this can make to your face extraordinary. A good eyebrow shape can literally take years off your age.
Change to your eye-liner -
Use white eye-liner on your lower lids will make your eyes appear larger and brighter.
Intensify the colour of your eye shadow -
Press it against your eyelids with a fingertip rather than using a brush or applicator.
Avoid lipstick bleeding -
Use a lip pencil. But match it to the colour of your lips, not your lipstick. Otherwise when the lipstick wears off you will be left with a lip pencil frame around your month.
Avoid reddish around your eyes -
Don't use an eye shadow with a reddish tinge or you could look like you have been crying.
Remember less is more -
Most importantly of all, remember less is more. Excess makeup simply doesn't look good. Going for a more natural style will enhance what you already have rather than disguising it.
Get feedback - Give yourself plenty of time and get feedback from your friends and family on your try outs.
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Ultraviolet (UV) rays can cause skin damage in less than 15 minutes. Extreme exposure can lead to many forms of skin cancers but this can be preventable.
Here are 10 tips to help protect your skin
1. Staying out of sun during hottest hours
The hottest hours of the day are between 10 am and 3 pm. Avoid staying out in the sun for long periods. The longer you’re outside, the longer your skin is exposed to the radiation.
2. Understand how the sun affects your skin
Knowing the basic of how the sun’s rays affect your skin will help you when choosing a product that is useful for your skin. The following basics should assist your understanding:
• Ultraviolet A (UVA): This ray penetrates the dermis (your skin’s deepest layer). Sun damage to this area can cause skin aging.
• Ultraviolet B (UVB): This ray penetrates the epidermis (your skin’s upper layer). These rays cause sunburn, allergic reactions and skin cancers.
• Ultraviolet C (UVC): These rays are filtered by the ozone layer; they’re the most damaging rays.
• Infra-red (IR) : Infra-Red is the heat from the sun, too much can negatively affect your collagen, elastic and immune system
3. Apply sunscreen when outdoors
Sunscreen is the best way to protect your skin. Choose a sunscreen which has moisturisers and high SPF. SPF stands for ‘sun protection factor’ and indicates the length of time you can stay in the sun without burning. Re-apply sunscreen frequently.
4. Apply lip balm
Lip balm keeps your lips soft and protects your lips from harmful sun ray.
5. Wear protective clothing over your skin
Wearing protective clothing will minimise the chance of getting sunburnt. Choose clothes that have a UV protection rating. The UV protection rating is a good indicator of how clothing can be used as a protective barrier against sun’s ray. Wearing hat and sunglasses will protect your face and the sensitive skin around the eyes.
6. Check your skin regularly
Monitor your skin for any changes. Look for changes in moles, freckles, birthmarks or new skins. Use a mirror to see hard to see areas. If there is a problem or a sudden change, contact a doctor.
7. Face wash
Clean your face at least twice a day. Cleaning your face will keep your skin hydrated and clean. Choose a cleanser with mild AH or BH acids or papaya-based products. The papain enzyme in papaya helps to remove dead skin cells and helps in new skin growth.
8. Exfoliate your skin
Exfoliating your skin helps remove unwanted dead skin which may be clogging your pores. It also improves blood circulation to the face.
9. Use a toner
A skin toner will help keep your pores closed and keep the skin cool. This natural cooling liquid is excellent for summer.
10. Hydrate yourself
Drinking plenty of water regularly will keep your skin hydrated, healthy, soft and moisturised. Water will hydrate your skin and flush out toxins.
1. Don't Forget to Exfoliate
Spray tans require a nice even canvas. Before your tan, exfoliate your whole body to get rid of dead skin cells, as this will give you a nice even base. Focus on those rougher areas of skin such as your knees or elbows so that these don't become blotchy.
2. Moisturise, Moisturise, and Moisturise!
Winter leaves your skin feeling extra dry, which makes moisturising more important. Moisturising daily won't just prevent your tan
from fading unevenly and developing streaks, but also helps to prolong it.
3. Subtlety is Key
Adjust your summer colour to a few shades lighter in the winter months as this will give you are more natural look. Tans are a lot more noticeable in winter so go for a colour that suits your natural tone and one that will give an understated glow,
rather than a full on bronzed look.
4. Get Comfy
Wear dark loose, comfortable clothing to and from appointment as anything too tight can smudge the tan. Professional tans tend to dry quickly and colour can rub off onto clothes so don't wear your best outfit to your treatment!
5. No Hot Showers
We know its turning colder outside, but don't have your shower too hot when you're rinsing off your spray tan as it can strip your skin and remove too much colour. Take a lukewarm one instead to gently rinse the tan off and don't forget
to pat yourself dry as opposed to rubbing when you get out of the shower.
More details see:
5 tips for a perfect tan