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Your Crucial Beauty Questions Answered

A quick take on some of our most common beauty dilemmas.

Does your skin get ‘tired’ if you use the same products every day? 
Your skin is a living organ and is constantly changing to adapt to the environment. This means that the condition of your skin, which is determined by the oil and water levels, pigmentation and sensitivity will change as well. So it is necessary to change your skin-care routine to accommodate these changes. But this doesn’t mean that you need to change the range entirely. Simply use a more suitable treatment cream or mask to address changes as they occur. Your skin doesn’t necessarily become “used to” a specific product, but a slight change in your routine could give the skin the boost it needs to function better, and to look more radiant and healthy.

I was told that rubbing a moisturiser into my skin causes wrinkles. Should I rather pat it on?
The benefits of massage on the skin far outweigh the possibility of causing wrinkles, however, always massage a moisturiser into your skin in an upward direction.

How do you use liquid eyeliner properly and not end up looking like a panda?
You’ll need a firm, narrow brush to get a clean line. Place your elbow on a table with a mirror in front of you and, while looking down into the mirror, gently lift the outer edge of your eye to get a smooth line and expose the roots of the lashes – the trick is to get the liner right on the lash line. Starting with the “flip”, draw the line from the outer corner of the eye by slowly dragging the brush across the lash line until you get to the end of the eyelashes.

Can split ends be repaired?
No, you need to trim your hair on a regular basis to keep it split free. Trimming prevents the split from travelling back along the hair towards the scalp. Split ends may react favourably to conditioners, oil treatments, hair masks and protein treatments, but none of these can repair.

Do heat-protecting products really work on my hair?
Some hair-styling appliances reach temperatures of up to 230ºC, cautions Frauke Neuser, a Procter & Gamble hair care expert. ‘Frequent and wrong usage can cause serious damage to the hair structure, as our studies, run in collaboration with the DWI (German Wool Research Institute), have shown. To protect hair from heat damage, always use an appropriate conditioning product containing ingredients such as silicones, which form a very thin film around the hair surface. This film protects the hair in two ways – it reduces the moisture loss during drying/styling, and it also works as a thermal insulator to protect the hair from over-heating.

How do I get my pedicure to last?
To maintain the softness of the skin on your feet and your shiny, freshly painted toenails after a pedicure, follow these steps:

  • Use a foot file on dry feet. This is far more effective than if your skin is wet.
  • Moisturise your feet every night with a good heel cream.
  • Rub a high-quality cuticle oil into the cuticles – this makes your nails look good, promotes healthy growth and nail polish is less likely to chip.
  • Freshen toenail paint with a good topcoat every week.

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Is it true that if you have a faster metabolism you will age faster?
I’m naturally slim but I seem to have more wrinkles and signs of ageing than my plumper counterparts.

You’re not ageing faster you just have less fat under your skin to plump it up. Count your blessings you won’t have the added risk factor of being overweight, which increases the risk of heart disease, certain cancers and Type 2 diabetes, to mention but a few.

Are white flecks in my nails caused by calcium deficiency or build-up?
Calcium only constitutes 0,01% of your nail and no imbalance of it or any other dietary requirement will cause white spots. They are actually caused by trauma to the nail bed. The closer it is to your cuticle, the more recent the damage. The flecks will grow out.

Does waxing really reduce hair growth?
Waxing does make hair softer and lighter, but it will only reduce hair growth after a very long time.

Will my beauty products last longer if I store them in the fridge?
This isn’t necessary and may even cause problems with the products. This urban legend started in the 1990s when several companies launched ranges that were preservative-free. In reality, these products had a very short shelf life even when stored in the fridge. Modern skin-care products use effective preservative systems, so there is no value whatsoever in storing them in the fridge.

Can exercise get rid of cellulite?
Cellulite will not go away completely with exercise. The connective tissue in women is particularly rigid and cellulite occurs when adipose (fat) tissue below the fibres extends through the connective tissue and creates a misalignment in these fibres. This causes the dimple effect under the skin. Exercise has the ability to realign the fibres of the connective tissue as well as decrease the amount of adipose tissue pushing through, thereby giving the skin a smoother appearance. But no amount of exercise will make it go away.

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