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Why You Should Worry About Ageing Now

Taking care of your looks may be easy when you’re young. But as we get older, those little signs of ageing start creeping in. And they can turn up sooner than you think! Look after your body while you are young. It’s thought to contribute greatly to how well your appearance holds up through your thirties and your forties.

If you’ve already gone through that ‘horror’ moment of finding a grey hair, then now could be the time to make changes to your lifestyle. A lot of girls have found a grey hair on their head by the time they are twenty-five. It’s rare that you find more than that all in one go, but it is a sign that you’re not going to stay young forever.

Most people will tell you that prevention is better than cure. This could be true. Taking care of your body is important to prevent illness and excess weight. It is thought that a healthy diet and plenty of activity and exercise is the best way to prevent being overweight. Eating the right nutrition can help your immune system fight off germs and viruses.

There are also a few ‘superfoods’ out there that are thought to have extra benefits. Some are good for the immune system. Others are good for your skin. There are some fruits and vegetables that can form part of a detox juice when you want an internal cleanse. Including fruits and vegetables in your everyday diet can help keep you looking and feeling young.

Life does have a habit of throwing curveballs at us, though. Things change, and routines get interrupted. Your priorities might change as well. This is especially true when you have a family. One day you might look in the mirror and be confronted with a set of fine lines and wrinkles. If you’re determined to stay young or die trying you can always turn to cosmetic treatments to help improve the appearance of wrinkles.

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Are you a firm believer that you’re as young as you feel, and age is just a number? As the body gets older, the joints can become achier, and the muscles are less flexible. To maintain good mobility you need to make sure your body is stretched and moved daily. Office jobs leave us prone to sitting in one position for hours every day. This is bad for the circulation and bad for your body. If you don’t use it, you’ll lose it. Try to fit in activity and exercise every day.

Smoking, drinking and drugs are known to age the body. They each can cause damage to the body at the cellular level. If you are a smoker, you may be shortening your life by years. This may not be something you’re thinking about in your early twenties. But many smokers can look much older than their years by the time they reach their mid-thirties.

Now may be the time in your life when you want to have fun and even go wild. But your actions now might have an effect on your body that you won’t see for many years. Take care of the future you.

 

A Guide To Dealing With Your Imperfections

Nobody’s perfect. Everyone has a flaw somewhere on their body. Imperfections are a natural part of life, and you shouldn’t be embarrassed by them. Having said that, some people find it harder to deal with imperfections, than others. Whereas someone may be comfortable with their imperfections, someone else might want to cover them up. Here are a few ways to deal with some of the most common imperfections:

Brows

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A lot of women complain about having bad eyebrows. They could be too thick, too thin, not shapely enough. For some people, dealing with this involves shaving them off and then drawing them on. Of course, you can do that if you want, but you’ll lose some of the actual functions of the eyebrows. You can also look to thread and shape your eyebrows by yourself. But the best course of action is to go to a brow bar. Brow bars specialise in all things eyebrows and can get you that perfect look

Breasts

One of the main issues for women are breast sizes. Some women feel self-conscious about the size of their breasts. There’s no ‘perfect breast size’ for women to have, and there’s nothing wrong with small boobs. A lot of women see small boobs as their biggest imperfection. Your breast size is natural but if it upsets you then you can take some measures to counter it. A good push up bra can make your breasts seem a size or two bigger and put your mind at ease. If you want to go extreme then there’s always breast implant surgery. There are many breast implant sizes, and you’ll need to pick one that suits your body. You can’t just go for the biggest there is! Check out this article ‘What To Expect From A Cosmetic Surgery Consultation’.

Wrinkles

As you get older, you start to develop more wrinkles. Wrinkles plague every woman at some point in their life. Dealing with this minor imperfection can be easy. All you need is a good anti-ageing/wrinkle cream to help fight off wrinkles and keep your skin looking nice. Again, you can go that one step further and look for cosmetic surgery. Botox is the most popular procedure to get rid of wrinkles and make you look young forever. If you do choose this route, be warned; too much botox can leave you looking like a plastic figurine.

Lips

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Lips are a facial feature that frustrate many women. You’re either born with full, plump lips, or thin, pale ones. Thankfully, trying to make our lips look fuller is a simple task. All you need is your favourite lipstick and a few handy tips and you can transform those lips. Our lips can also become cracked over time due to cold weather. A good lip balm can fix dry, cracked lips and add a nice shine too.

Remember, imperfections are normal.Try not to beat yourself up about tiny things. I realise though, that they can cause a great deal of stress. Which is why I hope this post has provided you with some tips/advice on how to deal with common imperfections..

 

How To Make Your Feet Beautiful In Time For Summer

Summer is just around the corner and thoughts of lazy summer afternoons, floaty dresses and sandals are on the horizon. But wait, what sort of state are your feet in after being cooped up in boots and wellingtons all winter long? Don’t fret! My super guide on how to get your feet beautiful in time for summer will help.

Exfoliate

Our delicate feet don’t get the attention they deserve in the winter months. Many women have admitted to hardly even washing them during the colder months of the year unless they become particularly smelly. This is a bad move, treat your feet as you would any other part of your body that is visible. Take a nice long shower or bath and make sure to firstly scrub your feet followed by an intensive exfoliation session. One of the best ways to do this is to get a nice foot scrub from your favourite vendor. The best ones are usually tea tree and peppermint scrubs, they clean off your feet brilliantly and leave them smelling fresh. If your feet are quite dehydrated consider using a sugar scrub instead as salt dehydrates. Remember, once your foot beauty care begins, don’t stop – make sure to exfoliate them at least once a week. Keep a pumice nearby for use after your bath or shower.

Nails

Give your nails a nice trim, being careful not to remove too much of the nail, that can leave them looking horrible and also create problems for you later down the line. If your nails are yellowing and brittle, it can be a sign of a fungal infection. You can buy Zetaclear online here to help removal.

Moisturise

If your feet haven’t seen the light of day since around September, they are going to need some serious TLC. Use a good quality moisturiser on your feet and nails. Allow this to soak in and then before bed apply a good layer of Vaseline to your feet before popping them into bed in some nice 100% cotton socks. These will keep the moisture in and help to repair any damage the harsh winter has caused to your feet.

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Sun Protection

Like any other part of our skin, your feet need protection from the sun. Many people think because the skin is tougher that you won’t cause damage. This is wrong, and you should always wear some form of sun protection on your feet while out and about in the Summer months. This will prevent them becoming burnt and ageing excessively.

Avoid Salt

Salt can as we mentioned before have a bad effect on your feet. This is also true if your diet contains too much salt. Steer clear of the processed foods and avoid adding any at the table to give your feet the best possible start to the season.

Now your feet are looking gorgeous you need to keep them that way. Remove nail polish as and when and give yourself enough time to clean, exfoliate and trim. The key is to ensure you moisturise and also treat and cuts and grazes as soon as possible.

Four Top Tips That Will Improve Your Complexion

We all dream of having an effortlessly clear complexion. Unfortunately, very few of us are blessed with naturally flawless skin; most of us have to work hard for it. Our skin is exposed to many environmental factors such as the sun, wind and pollution on a daily basis that all have an effect on the condition of our complexion. It is up to us to protect our face from these elements by following a robust beauty regime and leading a healthy lifestyle. If you want to do what you can to get a clear complexion, here is your guide to doing so.

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1. Deal with stress effectively

It is not a coincidence that when you have an important event on the horizon, whether it’s your wedding or a job interview, you often experience a breakout of blemishes. If your stress levels are consistently high, this can wreak havoc with your complexion. Stress can also lead to a lack of sleep which, as we all know, leads to visible problems with our skin such as bags under our eyes. It is important to incorporate stress management techniques into your lifestyle. For example yoga and controlled breathing may help you deal with stress effectively and leave your skin looking and feeling radiant.

2. Be mindful of your digestion

Impurities in the skin are often the result of digestive problems. Poor digestion can arise from a number of dietary issues. Perhaps you are eating a high number of dairy products, drinking too much alcohol or eating food that you may be sensitive to, like gluten. If you suffer from poor digestion, and complexion problems as a result, your doctor may able to help you work out how you can amend your diet to deal with these issues effectively.

3. Use good quality products

Many skin care products available include problem ingredients that have an adverse effect on our complexions. Some ingredients block the pores that contribute to blemishes or they strip the natural oils from the skin leaving it dry and damaged. It is important to educate yourself about your skin type and any skin conditions you suffer from so you can use the right products for you. You should also become knowledgeable on the ingredients in skin care items that you should avoid. Good quality products may cost you more money, but they will improve your complexion.

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4. Deal with permanent marks

Unfortunately, there are only so many preventative measures we can take. We all suffer from permanent skin marks due to ageing or skin conditions. However, many of these blemishes can be dealt effectively. For example, you could introduce some skin conditioning products like a whitening cream mask into your regime that can treat age and sun spots. Visible blood vessels can be dealt with using laser and other light therapies. It is worth contacting a dermatologist if you permanent marks that are causing you stress.

A clear complexion is achievable by all with a little effort, a few lifestyle changes and some appropriate products or treatments.

 

4 Secrets To Younger Looking Hands

People say that if you want to know a person’s true age, look at their hands. Washed and dried on a regular basis and exposed to the sun and snow, they get their fair share of use during our lives. As we get older, the skin on our hands becomes thinner, making them look fragile. As time goes on, they also become wrinkled and speckled with age spots. Most of us will spend substantial time and money on night creams, day creams and serums to make our faces look youthful. However, we don’t give a second thought to the biggest giveaway of our age. With a little effort, it is possible to delay these visible signs of ageing. Here are our secrets to younger looking hands.

1. Protect your hands from the sun

The biggest contributor to ageing skin on our hands is the sun. Regular exposure to the sun causes the skin to wrinkle and damages it in many ways. Most of us are in the habit of protecting our faces each day by applying sunscreen but it really important to include your hands in this routine. Look for a quality SPF hand moisturizer and apply to your hands daily. Yes, it’s another stage to add to your already lengthy beauty regime, but trust us it will make a difference to the look and feel of your hands.

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2. Exfoliate

Your hands should regularly be exfoliated; once a week is sufficient. The skin on your hands is delicate, so use a gentle exfoliating product. Alternatively, use a completely natural method by mixing equal parts of sugar and olive oil and massage this gently into your hands. Leave the mixture on your hands for as long as possible for maximum benefit. Rinse and pat dry. This will leave your hands feeling soft and looking beautiful.

3. Moisture

Although you are now applying an SPF moisturizer to your hands on a daily basis, this may not be enough. Every time we wash and dry our hands, we strip them of moisture. So, it is a good idea to get into the habit of applying moisturizer after you clean your hands. Additionally, during the colder months, your hands will require extra moisture to cope with the harsh conditions. Whenever your hands feel tight and dry, don’t wait; apply hand moisturizer straight away. For this purpose, it’s a good idea to always carry a handy-sized hand cream in your bag.

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4. Maintain a healthy lifestyle

By eating the right foods, regularly exercising and quitting smoking you will improve the skin on your hands as well as all over your body. Check out websites like antiagingworld.net that provide information on how to lead an anti-ageing lifestyle. Some of the best foods for nourishing your skin include oily fish, sweet potatoes, tomatoes and leafy greens. Have a look here for more information on foods that will benefit your skin.

The conclusion is that you must be kind to your hands to keep them looking young. It may require a little effort, but incorporating these secrets into your everyday routine will give you healthy, younger-looking hands.

 

Franca Sozzani: still ahead of the pack

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She never wears high heels. She doesn’t carry a handbag. She loves Kim Kardashian. She thinks Botox is repulsive. Deborah Ross meets the controversial editor of Italian Vogue, Franca Sozzani

Franca Sozzani is the editor-in-chief of Vogue Italia (“The world’s most influential Italian fashion and style magazine”) and I spent a day shadowing her during haute couture fashion week in Paris. It was a long day, a hard day, a tiring day, a famishing day – no one in fashion eats – but an enlightening day.

We attended “an appointment” with the designer Giambattista Valli and another with Alain Mikli, “créateur de lunettes”. Having never met a “créateur de lunettes” before, I found I was rather stumped for conversation, but I think I pulled it off. And then it was the Valentino couture show, which was fabulously glamorous and exciting, and Kim Kardashian turned up, in the tightest, boobiest, bum-squeeziest dress you ever did see. I knew her bottom was big, I say to Franca as we left, but not that big. “Is massive,” she confirmed. I also noted, at the show, that if you are too far away to air-kiss someone directly, you kiss your fingertips and offer a little, fluttery wave.

I tried this when I got back home (London, N4), when I spotted people I knew on the opposite side of the street, but they just looked at me as if I was insane. The lesson learnt here is that what works in high fashion may not work elsewhere. You just seem mad.

We meet in Paris, at lunchtime, at the Hôtel Costes, which is one of those hotels that is so funky and fashiony that the reception is a bar, or the bar is reception, or there may just not be any reception. I certainly never find it. Eventually, I spot her. She is most striking; like a tiny mermaid doll, with crinkled, long blonde hair and azure eyes that match exactly the azure strap of her vintage Rolex.

I am about her height, 5ft, and, as an icebreaker – a good icebreaker, I had thought – ask if she finds it as difficult as I do to find clothes to fit, particularly trousers, with yards of material pooling at the ankle. “Not really,” is all she says, briskly. She is 64, untouched by Botox, which she finds repulsive. “It make you look like monster. Is not funny.” Do you mind ageing? “Is life,” she shrugs. “It happens.” You’re lucky, I say, to have such wonderful bone structure. I wish I had such bone structure. I’ve got a face like an edam cheese. She does not remonstrate. “Ah, yes,” is all she says. But your nails are terrible, I add, quite meanly. “I bite,” she says.

She is wearing a Giambattista Valli silk dress and tangerine, pointy-toed Manolo Blahnik shoes that are almost flat. She does not do high heels, she says, because “I cannot walk”. She does not carry a handbag, just a little pouch for her phone and keys. “I never carry handbag,” she says. “I don’t have make-up during the day. I don’t know what to put inside.” You’ve saved yourself a lot of money over the years, I say. “Yes,” she confirms. “I have saved myself much money. And now we will go see Valli and Mikli.”

Thank you, Franca, I say, for taking me with you today. If you are ever in London, I add, I will return the favour, and you can shadow me to Sainsbury’s then the post office, or it could be the other way round, depending on where we are in the day. One doesn’t want to go to the post office at peak times. She smiles, almost. I don’t think she is un-warm. It may just be that in an industry in which showing warmth is not valued, you can get out of practice.

We make for her limo. It’s only three steps from the hotel front but it is raining, so the driver collects her with an umbrella, which he holds over her as she does first step, second step, third step to the car. I decide to pay attention from here on in, as I would one day like my own driver with an umbrella. (Take that, N4!)

To my delight, I discover a dog in the back of the limo. This is Laszlo, her West Highland white terrier, whom I make to stroke, but I’m speedily talked out of it. “NO!” she cries. “HE BITE! DON’T TOUCH!” What, I suggest, if I let him sniff my hand first? “NO. I PREFER DON’T TOUCH! HE BITE!” She pulls him onto her lap while I cringe against the opposite door, avoiding his jaws. The traffic is gnarled. She speaks constantly into her phone. (Vogue Italia is about to celebrate its 50th anniversary and she has an exhibition to organise, she later explains.) I am left to watch the raindrops glide down the windows, and to occasionally interject a question between calls.

Which is the greatest fashion house of all time? “There are so many. There are some that really last for ever, like Chanel or Hermès. Prada and Gucci. It is difficult to say one. The point for me is not to make a good collection. The point is to last the years.”

Can anyone be fashionable? Could I? “You can become fashionable but it does not mean you can become elegant. You can have much money to buy the most beautiful dresses but doesn’t mean is good for you. Elegance is not how you dress. Is attitude.” Could I acquire that attitude? “Some people they have and some people they don’t have.”

Do you ever buy your own clothes, or do the designers just unload a ton of free stuff on your doorstep every morning, as I’ve always imagined happens with magazine editors?

“It depend. Sometimes they ask me if I want, but I like to be independent.” Are you a fan of any of the high-street shops? “I like Uniqlo.” So do I, I tell her. “But is not about fashion. Is about basics you can mix with fashion.”

Oh. Gap? Do we love Gap? I’m always in Gap. I practically live in Gap. “Sportswear.”

Franca Sozzani has been editor of Vogue Italia since 1988, and writes an online blog every single day covering everything from the Italian government to eating disorders and creativity. (“A true creative doesn’t need to overdo it, but to show that creativity can be useful and can open new roads …”) I ask, when I can, if she doesn’t get fed up of it. If she doesn’t wake up some days and think: sod the bloody blog. I’m going to say Laszlo ate it. “Many times,” she says. “It is huge work. I get tired. But there is a community of people waiting for this blog and I do not want to disappoint.”

Under her stewardship, the magazine has proved extraordinarily influential. Though its circulation of 120,000 is small (US Vogue sells 1.3 million), its website has 1.86 million page views per month, with half the traffic coming from outside Italy, and Vogue Italia is famed for its controversial images. She has taken on oil spills (astonishing pictures of models as slicks), rehab, domestic violence, plastic surgery (starring a semi-butchered Linda Evangelista) and racism. In 2008, she published an all-black issue which sold out and had to be reprinted. I ask her if the head honchos at Condé Nast ever get on the phone and say: “Franca, what’s wrong with a nice girl in a floaty dress on a swing, or carrying a basket of sweet peas?” She says this cannot happen: “I am editorial director of the group, so I would have to call myself.”

We attend our first appointment with Giambattista Valli, the Rome-born designer who lives and works in a beautiful 18th-century apartment. He is, when we arrive, in a state of great excitement. “I show you something amazing,” he tells Franca. He retrieves a copy of that morning’s Le Monde, which is carrying a front-page photograph from his show of the day before. “For me, is big day,” he says. Apparently, Dior also had its show yesterday, “but I am on the cover. Dior is not on the cover. Amazing!” I give a little clap, I’m not sure why. I think that may be the other fashion lesson I learnt: when in doubt, clap.

Franca and Valli sit and catch up in Italian, so I mooch among his rails. Astonishing dresses. Dresses with vast feather trains. Dresses covered with fabric 3D daisies. They may be the most fabulous dresses I have ever seen, and must cost a bomb. May I have one, I call over. “No,” says Valli. Please? “No,” he repeats.

I mooch back and ask if they consider themselves visual people. “Yes,” says Franca. “I have always been a visual person. Don’t ask me for a name. I just remember people and how they dress and what they wear.”

Valli says he studied art and his trouble is he knows too much about art; that in fashion, knowing about art can only lead to suffering. Or, as he puts it: “Sometimes, to be too cultivated is limited in the contemporary fashion panorama.”

“I agree,” responds Franca. “Everything is going so fast people don’t understand what they are doing.”

“There is,” continues Valli, “no time for the digestion. Everything is skin deep. So if you do something a little more intellectual …”

“People, they don’t get,” Franca concludes, sadly.

This seems to make them gloomy, so I wonder if I should do more random clapping, to cheer them up, but then opt for changing the subject altogether. I am fascinated as to how they might deal with everyday life. So I ask if either of them cook. I’m already quite hungry (a croissant on the train at 7am; no lunch), and it’s probably what’s on my mind. Here’s how that goes:

Franca: “No.”

Valli: “She can dress the table, but not the food.”

Franca: “I love to dress the table.”

Valli: “My grandmother say to me you just have to learn to do one thing the best. It’s enough. I have been living in Paris for 17 years, and I think I maybe ate 8 times at home.”

Me: “Your oven must be very clean.”

Franca: “I don’t like the smell of cooking in the house.”

Valli: “If it’s a summer holiday house, it can be nice to have that tomato sauce smell, but that is holiday.”

Franca: “That is different.”

Valli: “You don’t want all the smells.”

We watch Valli’s show from yesterday on his laptop. I do not have to do the clapping, as Valli himself does the clapping. I ask if they agree with Vivienne Westwood: that people should buy less, but buy better. Buy one good item rather than ten crappy ones. “Yes,” says Valli, “but people do not know what is the good thing, unfortunately.” He sighs dejectedly. Franca sighs dejectedly. I sigh dejectedly (don’t want to be left out). Then we leave, are umbrella-ed back to the limo, where she’s back on the phone so, again, it’s a matter of quickly getting questions in when I can.

Is Anna Wintour as scary as she looks? “She is very good mother. She loves her children.” You don’t ever get bored of clothes? Don’t you ever think: enough with the skirts, already? “Is always evolution.” What was your first experience of fashion? “My big love, when I was 17, 18, was Yves Saint Laurent and, later, Biba. I was crazy about Biba.”

Franca Sozzani grew up in Mantua, in northern Italy, where her father was a mechanical engineer and her mother did not work, but was chic. “She was very classic. Not so many jewellery, even in the evening. She was not wearing the make-up. Only lipgloss.”

Franca studied philosophy and languages at university, but did not expect a career. “I never thought to work. It happened because I got married at just 20 and I got separation after three months. I wanted to do independent.” You got married at 20? What were you thinking? “Probably, I thought we have beautiful party. I knew I didn’t want to get married any more, but it was too late. I went too far. It was decided. I thought it was a way to be independent. I was too young.”

Her first job was at Vogue Bambini, and she rose from there. Later, she briefly married again, and had a son, Francesco Carrozzini, now 31 and a photographer based in New York. You married again? “I think maybe I think another beautiful party,” she says.

She has, I discover, houses in both Milan and Paris, travels extensively, and I get the feeling she is through with men. Do you like to go out socially? “I no like to go out if it isn’t for work.” Are you ever lonely? “Yes.” I don’t quite know how to respond to that. There’s a silence, until I eventually say: well, who’d want you, with your terrible nails? She laughs, which may mean I’m getting somewhere. I’m not sure. Her big love is Laszlo, whom she bought on impulse, and adores. It’s her first dog “and I did not know I could care for a dog like this”. He sleeps on the bed? “Of course.” I am minded to ask if Laszlo wouldn’t be better tempered if he wasn’t cooped up in a car all day, but don’t want to show myself up. He’s a dog in the fashion world. This may just be how it is.

We visit Mikli, then it’s the show, with all its clapping and fluttery finger kisses. Valentino himself is there, as well as Kim Kardashian, who, it turns out, is a friend of Franca. “I went to her wedding.” Tell me, tell me! Tell me, now! “Nice wedding.” She is a big fan of Kim. “She is a nice girl and she knows how to behave and move. She’s an intelligent girl. Some people do not agree but they do not know her.”

We watch the show, which involves models stomping the runway like dead-eyed corpses. That’s what I think I saw, anyhow, but I may have been hallucinating, from the hunger. Still, I say to Franca afterwards, no black girls? Why? “I don’t know.” There must be a reason, no? “I don’t know.” Come on, I say, you’ve devoted an issue to this subject, so you must have thought about it. Is the fashion industry simply racist? “No,” she says. “Not at all. Lazy. Not racist. Absolutely not.” Possibly, if you are an image-maker, the image is everything, and the rest just gets rather lost along the way.

To the limo again, as she has kindly offered to drop me at my hotel. The limo glides. The raindrops slide down the windows. Laszlo eyes up my throat. It’s 8pm and I’m exhausted. “I’m exhausted,” I say. “The couture is not so tiring,” she says. “The prêt-à-porter. That is tiring.”

As we part, I thank her, then dash to my hotel room where I make for the minibar and mainline the peanuts and then the Japanese rice crackers and then the Pringles and then the cashews – I end up with snack dust all over my chin. Other lesson learnt, and it’s an important lesson: eat before you go …

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A Guide to Creating the Ultimate Beauty Regime

Every woman who wants to look her best should have some kind of beauty regime in place. So, we’ve scoured the internet and the beauty bibles to bring you five simple, but effective beauty techniques that you can implement right away.

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Get Your Beauty Sleep

One of the most important things you can do to beautify your body is to ensure you get plenty of sleep. Jennifer Lopez recently stated in a magazine that getting a good night’s sleep is like having an anti-ageing treatment. So, why spend your precious pounds on expensive anti-ageing creams when you can curl up in bed and get a good night’s sleep instead? The fact is, you could spend a fortune on such creams and lotions, but if you fail to get enough sleep, they simply won’t be as effective. Sleep is essential, not only to refresh our mind and bodies, but also to allow our skin to rejuvenate and repair. So, try and ensure that you get at least seven-eight hours per night. This will help to keep your skin at its bright and shining best.

Drink Plenty of Water

Drinking plenty of water is important for lots of reasons. It flushes out the system and helps to detoxify our bodies. Too many toxins can make our skin look grey and tired, and can even lead to health issues if we don’t act to redress the balance. So, try and ensure that you’ve always got a bottle of water on you, and take swigs at regular intervals. Staying hydrated will help to keep your skin glowing and your hair looking lustrous.

Moisturise Twice a Day

If you choose just to do one thing as part of your beauty regime, make it moisturising. The skin loses moisture as we get older. But our skin also loses moisture just as we progress through the day. Our skin goes through a lot on a daily basis, including exposure to the elements and pollution, as well as just general fatigue. Moisturising first thing in the morning and last thing at night is a very effective way of replacing lost moisture.

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Always Remove Make-Up

Not removing make-up before you go to sleep at night, especially if it’s heavy foundation, can be quite harmful to your skin. Your skin needs to breathe, and if your pores are clogged with foundation, you may find that you’re more prone to breaking out in spots. If money is an issue, there are lots of websites that sell cheap cosmetics from many of the top-name brands.

Take Vitamin Supplements

Lots of women swear by supplements such as cod liver oil and evening primrose for helping to keep their skin glowing, hair soft, and their joints supple and strong. The ‘golden rule’ when it comes to beauty, is that if you feel good, you’ll look good. So, if supplements give you a boost in energy and you feel better in yourself, it’ll outwardly show.

See? The secret to beauty doesn’t lie in fakery or trickery, it’s simply about looking after yourself, in order to make the most of the body that nature gave you.

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Look Younger And Healthier In Just 4 Months

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Is your age starting to show? Do you look in the mirror and see an older version of yourself? Some people seem to age at a graceful pace, and that can be a beautiful thing. Others age almost overnight, which is just terrifying. If you fall into the latter category then, it is time to take control.

There is no need to feel bad about your looks. Going out when you don’t feel as though you look your best can be hard, and you shouldn’t have to hide away. What you need is a complete overhaul of your look. Rather than feeling like you cannot ever be attractive again, make sure that you are attractive and youthful.

It can take as little as four months to revitalise your look and you will be so grateful you took charge of your life. Here’s how you can be looking younger sooner.

Revamp Your Wardrobe

When did you last buy yourself new clothes? In later life, many people neglect their own look and fashion sense. They favour other more boring responsibilities. Now is the time, though, for you to treat yourself.

Remember when you were just a teenager, and you would buy yourself a new item of clothing every week? Well, it is time to act like a teenager again. Look at what clothes are en trend for your age and buy them. Don’t think too hard about it. Buy what you want and what will make you feel good.

Start Working Out

Working out is a fantastic way to appear more youthful. Not only does this help you lose weight and tone up, it also releases hormones. These hormones make your skin appear younger and also make you feel happier in yourself.

The benefits of regular cardiovascular exercise are vast. By neglecting this area of your life, you can become unhealthy. Being unhealthy is not hidden away either, people can see it in your skin, eyes and stature.

Make a genuine effort to incorporate exercise into your lifestyle. You will be so happy you bothered. The signs of good exercise will begin to show in a mere matter of months, so start today.

Consider Plastic Surgery

Have you ever considered plastic surgery? It’s not just for celebrities, you know. Plastic surgery is a quick and easy way to decrease the signs of ageing.

Whether you want to lose weight or get rid of those bags under your eyes, surgery could help. Cosmetic surgeon, Dr Robert Goldman, suggests that plastic surgery can help you to take control of ageing. You can decide what you want to change about your appearance and change it. It is as easy as that. If you have never thought about it before, but you are starting to age, now is the time to look into the benefits of surgery.

Try Out New Makeup

Is your style of makeup looking a bit outdated? Not changing your makeup is a huge mistake. You might feel comfortable relying on the same old look you have been using for the last twenty years. A change could make you look younger, though, so is worth considering.

You can learn how to create new, youthful looks by watching makeup tutorials online. Watching the experts at work is a fantastic way to keep up with current trends and always keep your look fresh.

If you are feeling down about your look, it is time to do something about it. By following these simple steps, you could be on the way to a younger looking you in just a few months. Instead of spending time dwelling on what you don’t like about yourself look at the positives and focus on what you do like.

A guide to your summer 2014

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It is predicted that the UK will have a hot summer to look forward to. As people go out and make the most of the beautiful weather after the wet winter here are a handful of summer essentials that you will need in order to make the most of the sunshine!

Look after your skin

It is vital to protect your skin from too much sun exposure with sunscreens of at least SPF 15, hats and clothing especially at the highest risk times of day between 11am – 3pm when the sun’s intensity is at its strongest. In fact during the middle of the day it is advised to be in a shaded area due to the UV rays in sunlight. The UV rays are the main causes for skin ageing and skin cancer, therefore, skin protection helps to keep skin looking healthy and youthful.

However, sunlight is essential for your body to make vitamin D, which is a vital component for healthy bones. Our body makes vitamin D from direct sunlight on skin; therefore, it is recommended that people spend short stints outside (10-15mins) without any sunscreens on so your body can produce enough vitamin D.

Protect your eyes

Sunglasses are designed to prevent bright and high-energy sunlight from damaging your eyes or from any discomfort from the intense light. According to the NHS, long-term exposure without sunglasses, like a day at the beach, can cause a temporary but painful burn to the surface to the eye, similar to sunburn on the skin. When looking for an appropriate pair of sunglasses you need to choose one that has either the CE Mark and British Standard (BS EN 1836:2005), a UV 400 label or they have a statement that says they offer 100% UV protection.

Stay hydrated

Lack of water when you are out in the sun can cause heat exhaustion, which is caused when the body can’t lose heat fast enough which can develop to heat stroke which is dangerous. Therefore, it is important to stay hydrated in the hot weather by drinking around 3 litres of water; this will also help to keep you hydrated and your skin in good condition. To help ensure that you drink enough it is good to keep a water bottle with you during your day out.

Spice up your summer wardrobe with accessories

An easy and cost-effective way to refresh your summer wardrobe is to dress-up or dress-down your outfits with accessories. This way you can wear the same clothes and by teaming it with different accessories for each occasion you can create a completely new look.

Pack those beach essentials

The summer wouldn’t be the same without a day or two at the beach, so packing the right beach essentials will ensure you have a great day out. Here are 7 great beach essentials for a fun day out on the beach:

  1. Beach towel – there are some fab towels for sale in the UK at the moment. One of the best is the FOUTA beach towel which can be used as a bath towel, picnic blanket, sarong, throw and table cloth.
  2. Swimming costume – UK retail stores have seen record sales of the one-piece swim suit where people are opting for these instead of a bikini.
  3. Book – catch up on your reading with a great book whilst you relax on the beach.
  4. Sunscreen, Sunglasses + sun hat for your skin and eye protection.
  5. Water bottle so you can stay hydrated
  6. Large beach bag to pack all your essentials for your day at the beach.
  7. Beach games and body boards to keep you, friends and family entertained throughout the day.

 

The 6 Secrets of Staying Young

Wouldn’t we all love to know the secrets to staying young? Nobody wants to age, especially not if it means getting wrinkles and grey hair. Although you can’t stop ageing altogether, you can slow it down and stay younger for much longer. Here are the 6 secrets of staying young:

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Secret Number One – Drink 3 Litres of Water Per Day

Some people say you only need to drink 1.5 litres of water per day, some people say 2, I say 3! That’s right; 3 litres of water per day. Sure, any amount of water is better than nothing, but you’ll more than reap the benefits if you make the effort to drink 3 per day. Your skin will look in amazing condition, and you’ll find you feel better than ever!

Secret Number Two – Never Smoke

Smoking is yucky. I could sit here all day and explain to you what a bad habit it is, but I’m sure you already know that it slowly kills you from the inside out (and it makes you stink). If you want to stay young for as long as possible, never smoke. Not even socially. Stay away from those cancer sticks! You might think that one won’t make a difference, but it will. One cigarette contains multiple poisons – why would you do that to yourself?

Secret Number Three – Avoid Alcohol in Excess

Drinking alcohol in excess is an awful habit to get into. A few cans after work here, a few wines before bed there…the next thing you know, you’re drinking every night just to wind down. Only drink alcohol a couple of times per week, and limit the amount you consume. Never binge or drink regularly.

Secret Number Four – Have an Anti Ageing Facial

Anti ageing facials are amazing for our skin, but you can even do them yourself at home if you’re short on cash. Simply select anti ageing products similar to LifeCell, and use them all together at least once per week. Make sure you include a smoothing massage and face mask for the best results.

Secret Number Five – Laugh a Lot

You might think that this is counter-productive due to laughter lines, but being happy and positive in life will keep you young on the inside. Never hold in a smile or a laugh! People look much more attractive when they smile and laugh anyway.

Secret Number Six – Exercise

You might not like exercise now, but if you try to get into a routine I guarantee you’ll learn to love it. I used to hate it, and now I do it 6 days a week! It makes me feel good on the inside and look even better on the outside – what more could I want? Do a mixture so you don’t get bored, and incorporate it into your lifestyle by going on leisurely walks in the countryside!

There you have them; the 6 secrets of staying young. Go ahead and try them…you’ll be amazed!