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All your summer beauty questions, answered!

Wednesday, January 2, 2013
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The heat amplifies fragrance so even if you’re wearing the same perfume all year around you must wear less of it when the temp rises.
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Want summer silky strands, smooth skin and a flawless glow? The Woman’s Day beauty team have got you covered!



Q. I get horrible ingrown hairs when I shave. What’s the best way to remove stubborn hair?

Firstly, it’s all in the preparation, exfoliation is a must before hair removal. Secondly, choose your method wisely, during the warmer months we suggest…

Epilating: It pulls out hair from the root leaving you smooth for up to a month. We tried the Epilady Legend 4, ($69.95), and it was almost pain-free, surprisingly.
Waxing: New wiz bang applicators means this process is now a synch! Veet Easy Wax Electrical Roll-On Kit, ($39.99) is self-heating and automatically rolls on thin, cleans layers of wax.

Strange but true:
If it’s that time of the month try to reframe from waxing or epilating – especially if you’re concerned about pain. Hormonal shifts and extra blood flow means more ouch! Mid-cycle is the best time to banish the fuzz.



Q. How can I make my limbs look longer and leaner?

Besides a healthy diet and exercise, you can try a firming lotion to help fight the wobbly bits and orange peel. Look for formulas that contain caffeine - it constricts blood vessels and helps to temporarily shrink fat cells (love!). Apply Clarins High Definition Body Lift, ($75), morning and night right after showers for best results.



Q. I’ve noticed wrinkles on my decolletage, what can I use to brighten this area?

An important thing to remember is the skin on your decolletage is very sensitive. You need to keep it shield from UVA and UVB rays at all times! To revive this area, look for nourishing ingredients like larch extract, yellow algae and pomegranate. This Works Perfect Cleavage Firming Lotion ($95), plumps skin and has tiny flecks of shimmer that reflects light for a youthful glow.



Q: My hair is fried from the sun. Any tips?

You need to keep your tresses treated on a weekly basis! We love argan oil at the moment - it leaves your locks feeling silky not greasy, plus it’s great for protecting the hair from heat styling and UV damage. Try Organix Renewing Moroccan Argan Oil ($24.99).

Strange but true:
Fighting frizz can be as cheap and easy as rinsing clean hair with apple cider vinegar, sounds weird but it works wonders on smoothing strands.



Q. What sort of fragrance should I wear during summer?

The heat amplifies fragrance so even if you’re wearing the same perfume all year around you must wear less of it when the temp rises. For those who want to indulge in a new scent - try fresh, light notes of berries, grapefruit with a smooth base of vetiver and cedarwood. Mist on Jo Malone Blackberry & Bay Cologne, 100ml, ($170).



Q: Sunscreen makes me break out. What should I do?

It’s simple, hunt for oil-free and fragrance-free sunscreens. They don’t leave a greasy film on the skin, blocking pores and causing adult acne. I love Dermalogica Oil Free Matte SPF30 ($68.50).

Strange but true:
Warmed soaked chamomile tea bags work wonders on irritated spots on the face, it calms redness and reduces swelling.



Q. My feet are flaking, help!

Your tooties need a good drink! Treat them to a hydrating foot mask like O.P.I Manicure Pedicure Chamomile Mint Mask ($29.95). But first, after a good foot soaking buff off dead skin cells with a file in firm circular motions. Next comes the good part - apply a thin layer of mask all over your feet and up your ankles, leave to dry and wash off with warm water.



Q: I want to look glowing not greasy this summer. Any tips?

A light coat of wash-off shimmering tan is just what you need! Blend well all over your body and avoid missing any spots by applying it in front of a full length mirror. For a natural bronzed complexion mix a tiny bit of tan with your foundation. Sugar Baby Bronze Radiance ($19.95) works perfectly.

Strange but true:
Got super oily skin? Paint a thin layer of egg whites over a freshly washed face to help fight shine.



Q: Is wearing makeup at the beach a bad choice?

Not at all! You just have to choose the right products. Instead of a thick, sticky foundation (that sand sticks to) try a light tinted moisturiser and set with a light dust of translucent powder. For lips opt for glosses in natural shades with an SPF and keep eyes bare with just a coat of water-proof mascara on lashes.



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