The course of beauty doesn’t always run smooth. From irritating pimples to rosy red cheeks at the most inappropriate of times, beauty troubles vary from the slightly bothersome to the downright traumatic – but there’s a solution for them all in one way or another. Check out five of the most common beauty concerns and the best ways to combat them.
Teeth: Drinking dark liquids can cause pretty bad staining on your gnashers. Try to cut down on coffee, tea, red wine and fizzy drinks to stop staining from getting worse, and make sure you visit the dentist twice a year for a deep clean. Teeth can be lightened using a whitening toothpaste – Colgate Max White One is being dubbed as the product to turn to for teeth whitening, but only use it once a day to avoid drying out gum tissue.
Body: Pretty much every woman suffers with stretch marks at some point in her life. Whether it’s from sudden growth at a younger age, weight fluctuations or simply popping out a bambino, stretch marks rear their unwelcome heads when the skin’s elasticity is lost and connective fibres are broken down. Use a moisturiser that contains Retinol (from Vitamin A) to boost collagen and help to prevent further damage. Intense moisturisers such as Bio Oil, or any kind of cocoa butter, can help to fade existing marks.
Skin: My skin is a battle to contend with – a combination of shiny and reddened skin leaves me reaching for the powder at all hours of the day. If you’re the same, try to regulate the oil in your complexion without drying your skin out. Wash your face with an oil-free lotion cleanser in the morning and use a non-oily moisturiser on the troublesome spots. A coloured primer (like L’Oreal Studio Secrets Anti Redness Primer) can help control redness, while blotting paper can take the sheen off your face throughout the day. If you really suffer with red skin, it’s worth getting checked out by a dermatologist to rule out rosacea.
Hair: Your hair runs in cycles of around 3 or 4 years, where it grows, regenerates, sheds and rests (amongst other things). If you’ve found yourself in a shedding phase, and your hair is looking a bit lacklustre, turn to a bodyfying shampoo to add a boost of volume to your locks. I LOVE Tigi Bedhead Epic Volume shampoo and conditioner, while their Queen for a Day spray aims to thicken your barnet and gives it the oomph it’s missing.
Nails: Not all of us are lucky enough to have gorgeous, strong fingernails that grow in the perfect shape, but broken and brittle fingernails can be improved. Nails break more easily in colder weather, so make sure you pay attention to your fingertips when you lather on hand cream over the next few months. Ensure you’re getting a healthy amount of iron and zinc and try supplements (or look to add more carrots, almonds, walnuts, milk and fruit to your diet) for long term improvements.
What beauty problems have you become an expert at fixing?
Written by Alice-May Purkiss