Stretch Marks?

With stretch marks, prevention is always better than cure. The best way really to prevent stretch marks from forming is to make sure your skin is moisturised – and don’t wait until your pregnancy before you start thinking about moisturising your skin. Start now! It’s never too early.

Vitamin E oil is a great moisturiser for skin, and also works at reversing sun damage as it functions as an anti-oxidant. You can take it as a supplement, or you can apply the oil to your stomach, legs, thighs and upper-arms – areas you are most likely to get stretch marks on. Do this before turning in for the night, and your skin will thank you for it. However, try and get the most natural form of Vitamin E possible. Read the ingredients of your bottle of oil. Tocopherol is more effective than Tocopheryl Acetate, and is safer from a health perspective.

Pure Vitamin E can also help lighten scars. Apply it on the affected area everyday, and massage lightly for around 10 minutes. My daughter cut her chin recently and required stitches. I was told by her surgeon to apply Vitamin E oil on the scar every night, for six months! I’m still applying it, and her stitches are almost non-existent.

If you can’t get hold of a good quality Vitamin E oil, massage your skin with any oil. Coconut oil, sweet almond oil, olive oil, jojoba oil  or sunflower oil are all good for the skin.

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Hair Dyeing

I went to the neighbourhood salon a few days ago to touch up my roots – the greys were peeping out again. They mixed the colour in a proportion that was too harsh, my scalped tinged and burned slightly, and my hair has been falling since. I am now treating my hair with tender loving care, praying it recovers from the brutal onslaught soon.

Once those greys start coming, you’ve got to start dyeing your hair if you want to look young, stylish and sexy. You can still look beautiful with those greys, and in all likelihood, you will look intelligent and intellectual too, but greys do make you look older. So in the end, its all about the look you feel most comfortable with. And, you can still look intelligent without showing any grey hair, so I’m all for dyeing my locks.

Ever since my disaster at the salon, I have sworn to touch up my roots at home. No matter how safe hair colour promises to be, I’d rather err on the side of caution and apply as little as necessary, with as light a touch as possible.

L’Oreal has come out with the INOA range of hair colour, which is ammonia-free permanent hair colour. I’m really excited about this, but unfortunately, as of now, it is only available at your beauty saloon. I’m sure it’s just a matter of time before we’ll find more options in the at-home hair colour range, until then, L’Oreal Castings will do for me.

With so many options for colouring hair at home, there’s really no need to get simple touch ups at the parlour. Just do it yourself, touching up front hair regularly. Do your whole head with the help of a friend, and return the favour. Don’t rub the colour into your scalp when applying the colour; just when washing it off. It’s safer that way. Remember, health before beauty!

Leggings and Jeggings

All you gorgeous women with a few generous bulges here and there – rejoice, because the current fashion trend will make you look trendy and sexy, without the need of any tightening underwear, or without looking frumpy. Leggings with booties are still ruling the fashion scene. Here’s how to wear them:

Denim leggings are all the rage. They look great, so get ’em, and wear ’em!
Pair off your leggings with boots, killer heels or flats.
Wear them with long shirts or tops that just cover your hips, or go longer still – those long tops will hide tummy rolls, and still make you look hip. When you wear something with leggings, make sure the top is no shorter than midway between knees and hips. If your top is too short, wear jeans or pants.
Consider wearing a thin belt around your hips for a pretty, delicate touch, or a wider elastic belt around your waist for more oomph.

Enjoy dressing up!