Look at your body
Coming to terms with your size and shape is an important step in making the most of your looks, as it’s the key to finding your style in both fashion and beauty. The clothes you wear, the way you wear them and even your hair, all should relate to your body as a whole. Check with the chart to see if you are under or overweight.
Dry skin. This is especially common on knees, heels and elbows and needs regular applications of a rich moisture cream. Rub it in daily, both after your bath or shower and again at the other end of the day.
Oily skin. This is usually found across the upper chest and back and needs scrupulous cleansing. Use a body brush or loofah or an abrasive sponge on a long handle to lather those areas really clean when you bath. Be sure, too, that you rinse the lather away very thoroughly afterwards. A granular-type exfoliating cleanser is also effective for cleaning and clearing oily areas. It may also be helpful to apply a face mask, formulated for oily skin, two or three times a week. Astringent oil will also help to remove surface oil. NB Clothing worn next to oily areas should be clean every day.
Dingy, sallow skin. This, too, can be much improved by the use of an exfoliative cleanser. It will also respond well to regular applications of a facial mask, which will deeply cleanse the skin and remove any dead surface cells which dull its tone. Make your own by mixing Fuller’s Earth (available from chemists) with lemon juice to obtain a smooth paste. Leave on the skin for 10 to 15 minutes, then rinse off with lukewarm water.
Rough, hard skin. This is usually found on elbows, knees and heels and should be removed with a pumice stone. Do this after your bath. Alternatively, you can buy a cream specially formulated for this purpose.
Gooseflesh. Gooseflesh on upper arms or thighs is a common problem. Treat it with a mixture of baby oil and coarse salt. Apply this before bathing, massaging it well in with circular movements to stimulate the circulation. Rinse off in the bath, then soothe the skin with a generous application of hand or body lotion.
Necks suffer most of all from neglect! This is a bad beauty policy because they are often one of the first areas to show signs of age. Your throat should always be included in every step of your complexion care routine -after all, it’s usually exposed just as much as your face, and so it will need just as much cleansing and moisturising.
The back of your neck, too, needs regular care. Make a particular point of getting your hair right up and away from this area every time you bath or shower, so that you can keep it really clean. Use a back brush or loofah regularly to get rid of dead surface cells which dull the appearance of the skin.
Always apply any mask which you use on
your face to your throat as well. This will help to condition the skin there. The back of your neck may benefit from a face mask too, particularly if you are going to wear a more revealing dress or hairstyle than usual, when attention may be focussed on the back of your neck.
Beauty experts do not always agree on the direction in which you should apply cleansers and other skin care creams to your throat. Some say that upward and outward strokes should be used to ‘lift’ the skin and fight the downward pulls of gravity and age. The fact is that no surface strokes will prevent the formation of wrinkles, a process which occurs deep in the lower layers of the skin. Above all, you should apply anything and everything you put on your face or throat GENTLY, and avoid pulling or stretching the skin in any direction. And, as gravity does pull the skin of your throat downwards, it is probably better to use downward strokes here, rather than to exert an opposing pull on the skin.