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Nail fun­gus? Bad breath? No need to hide ...

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Beauty isn’t al­ways pretty. Some prob­lems — such as bacne, bad breath and body odour — are pretty ugly. Some­where in your beauty cabi­net (no doubt buried be­neath the dried-out mas­cara and out-of-date nail enamel) is a cache of un­sexy prod­ucts ded­i­cated to scaly feet, dan­druff and in­grown hairs. Time to ditch them in favour of new so­lu­tions for beauty’s em­bar­rass­ing lit­tle prob­lems. Nail fun­gus, for in­stance. Mas­sage in Spir­u­larin’s NS Nail Serum ($45) twice daily to ac­cel­er­ate cell re­newal and keep nails germ-free un­til they have fully re­grown. In the mean­time, cam­ou­flage any tat­ti­ness with Skinicer Oxyperm ($39), a range of “breath­able” nail pol­ishes made with ve­gan silk, syn­thetic silk biopoly­mers that al­low oxy­gen to per­me­ate the enamel, mak­ing nails far less likely to yel­low. Skinicer and Spir­u­larin are avail­able in New Zealand at aes­thetikonzept.com. A minute or two to spare? Treat over­sized pores with Biore’s Char­coal Self-Heat­ing One-Minute Mask ($10 for four at The Ware­house). Nat­u­ral char­coal is a proven pore cleanser, bind­ing to the oil/grime combo that makes over-large pores more vis­i­ble. Sal­i­cylic acid and ben­zoyl per­ox­ide are still the gold stan­dard when it comes to treat­ing bacne (or but­tne for that mat­ter). An­tibac­te­rial cleansers like Na­tio’s af­ford­able Acne Clear Daily Pu­ri­fy­ing Body Cleanser ($13.50) are great at de-clog­ging blocked fol­li­cles. I don’t think you can do bet­ter than Der­ma­log­ica’s MediBac Clear­ing Skin Wash ($65), a non-ir­ri­tat­ing foam­ing cleanser that mixes sal­i­cylic acid with other anti-bac­te­rial and anti-in­flam­ma­tory in­gre­di­ents like tea tree, chamomile and liquorice. But if your beauty bud­get knows no lim­its, try Pro­logic Skin­care’s Anti-Acne Spray ($130), a highly ac­tive cos­me­ceu­ti­cal spritzer de­vel­oped by award­win­ning beauty ther­a­pist Rachel Robert­son, that mixes pan­thenol (or pro-vi­ta­min B5), among other in­gre­di­ents, with tea tree.

If in­growns are your bete noire, con­sider Malin + Goetz In­grown Hair Cream, ($54 from mec­ca­cos­met­ica.co.nz). A top­i­cal ex­fo­liant, it com­bines sal­i­cylic and gly­colic acids with al­lan­toin and chamomile to pro­mote skin turnover, while also calm­ing ir­ri­ta­tion. Stay­ing with the fuzz-free theme, also check out Rem­ing­ton’s range of hair­re­moval op­tions, in­clud­ing Smooth&Silky ($100), a cord­less wet/dry epi­la­tor that will have you beach-ready well be­fore the tem­per­a­tures warm up.

Those want­ing a nat­u­ral de­odor­ant to keep them sweet-smelling should turn to Weleda and Dr. Hauschka, com­pa­nies that share the same be­he­moth home­o­pathic par­ent, Wala. Weleda’s Cit­rus 24-Hour Roll-On De­odor­ant ($15.90) is a fresh, all-nat­u­ral pro­tec­tor that can be used di­rectly af­ter hair re­moval (some­thing de­odor­ants con­tain­ing alu­minium salts aren’t rec­om­mended for). Dr. Hauschka’s lovely Rose De­odor­ant ($35) will have you soon smelling, lit­er­ally, of roses.

Fi­nally, comes the bomb of an eco-friendly prod­uct. Lush Mouth­wash Tabs ($12.90) are tiny tablets that fizz up when ex­posed to wa­ter (like a bath bomb for your mouth) dis­tribut­ing tangy-tast­ing liq­uid that fresh­ens the breath. Magic. Tracey Strange

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