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Hands and feet, legs and arms — there isn’t any part of your body that won’t look better when cared for with some moisturiser. You needn’t designate a specific time of day to apply some lotion or treatment, but get into the habit of keeping a tube of hand cream by the sink, or foot cream by your bed, and work these into your daily routine. Always apply lotion or body butter after showering; that is a must. Don’t let cold or hot weather cause hard skin on your hands — keep the skin protected and nourished with regular applications of hand cream, and massage it into the cuticles to keep them soft and healthy. Before bed, rub some body lotion into your elbows and knees, and finish with foot cream. Your skin will be transformed in a matter of days! And moisturiser needn’t cost the earth: for the body, look for products rich in coconut oil or cocoa butter — highly nourishing, yet not so pricey!
There’s not much left out there that hasn’t been investigated for its antiageing properties. Remember the furore over snake venom, the wrinkle buster that compared favourably to anti-wrinkle injections? Next up was bee mucus from China. And now the latest is allantoin derived from purified snail slime. This magical liquid is what the snail uses to protect its skin; for us, it is moisturising and soothing on burns and dry skin. Sadly, it has yet to reach our shores because it has a short shelf life and a long way to travel from where it is produced in China!
MAKE-UP MADE EASY
For summer holidays, make sure you have some simple-to-use crayon colours in your beauty bag. The newest eye make-up crayon sticks are just perfect for wearing on sunny days. Not only do they give the eyes a made-up look in seconds but most are a cream shadow and eye-liner blend with a long-wear formulation. There are really great metallics and neon shades for the season and some offer double-ended colour — Max Factor is the brand to look for there. They are easy to blend but you need to be quick, as, being long-wear, they’ll set on the skin within moments of application (the effect is great, though). Brands to look out for include Laura Mercier, Clinique, Topshop, Rimmel, Avon, Maybelline and L’Oréal Paris. ARTDECO DITA VON TEESE LASHES 39 €16.70, Debenhams and selected salons Picture alabaster skin, strong brows, lined eyes and a show-stopping red lipstick — and the world’s most famous burlesque performer comes to mind. This collaboration between Dita and Artdeco is a classic collection of red for lips, neutrals for eyes and great face finishing powders. These lashes are playful and saucy,
a bit like the lady herself! Well worth checking out. PUKKA AYURVEDA NOURISHING FACE OIL €36.99, health stores nationwide Health stores are wonderful treasure troves for natural and organic skincare. Among the many vitamins and juices, you’ll find amazing oils, like this one, at great prices. This is a beautiful oil blend: Rose Otto, avocado and pomegranate — powerful ingredients for dry, mature or damaged skin. Use a few drops at night under moisturiser. Bliss in a bottle! ELEMIS PAPAYA ENZYME PEEL €40; for stockists, visit www.timetospa.co.uk Elemis is celebrating the 10th anniversary of this popular facial peel by partnering a new charity, SOCO, in raising funds to provide 50,000 vaccines to children in Africa. This new-look papaya and pineapple peel gently lifts away dead skin cells from the face, neck and décolletage for refreshed, smoother skin.