& tips from your side of the counter........
to cover those legs up for winter? Or are you one of those unlucky
people who cover up all year round to hide unsightly veins?
Leg veins range from tiny broken capillaries - small, reddish veins
commonly called 'spider' or 'thread' veins (harmless but do not
look too good) - to full-on varicose veins which are deeper, mauve
in colour and often lumpy. These can be painful and increase the
risk of blood clots and usually require medical help.
Contrary to popular belief it is not just ageing Grandmas who get
leg veins - women of all ages can be prone, especially if you do
a job which requires being on your feet for long periods. The pill,
HRT and being pregnant can also spell trouble.
The good news is that there are creams, treatments and even supplements
around now that can certainly help prevent the onset of ugly veins.
Aromatherapy can help - massage above the area very gently with
oils such as cypress (gently stimulating) or juniper (a strong stimulant
that aids skin tone). Never massage too deeply and avoid pushing
blood into the area - always massage lightly away from the vein.
Check with a medic or therapist though if you are pregnant, epileptic
or have heart problems (as with all aromatheraphy),
Beauty therapists use Horse Chestnut tablet or creams for increasing
circulation and reducing redness. Thread veins are quite commonly
caused by a knock or injury, so if you bruise easily keep arnica
cream handy and apply to any knock. And if you are a sunbed user
beware 0 this will usually make matters worse, if you are prone
to veins, try fake tan instead.
Medical advisors insist that smoking, alcohol and tea and coffee
are offenders as are spicy, pickled or smoked foods. Apparently
yoga can be good for avoiding veins too. Boots pharmacist Sarah
If you are on your feet all day, elevate the legs about the heart
for part of the evening.
Avoid crossing your legs when sitting - it restricts blood flow
causing capillaries to break, or veins to increase.
Exposure to the sun is a disaster for skin prone to broken veins
- UV light causes capillaries to collapse.
Avoid hot baths as they bring the veins to the surface.
Do wear support tights, again especially if on your feet for long
periods, they reduce pressure of the veins.
Late nights, poor circulation, spots,
veins - whatever you need to conceal there is a product to suit.
Of course we would all love perfect, flawless skin but even the
best complexion needs a little help from time to time.
DO's AND DON'Ts
Always apply concealer on top of foundation. If used underneath
half of it will wipe off when applying foundation.
Don't plaster it on. A little goes a long way, apply in dabbing
motion and build up very lightly in thin layers - use your ring
finger as this has the least pressure.
Never apply concealer to an open spot. It will not adhere to wet,
open skin and you risk infection. Wait until the spot has dried
up, preferably using tea-tree oil, before attempting to cover.
Don't apply concealer from a stick directly onto a spot. This
will spread bacteria and harbour it on the stick. Transfer with
your finger and wipe fingers on a baby wipe between treatment areas.
A liquid concealer is best on the delicate under-eye area as this
avoid any stretching of the skin, and remember, less is more if
you don't want to end up looking like Dracula's daughter!
THE LIGHTWEIGHT COLLECTION
Calvin Klein Concealer - Oil free yet works like an eye cream to
condition the under-eye area. Dries to an invisible, luminous finish.
Yves St Laurent Invisible Touch - A long standing favourite of make-up
artists. Lovely light reflective quality that brightens the under
eye area. One colour which suits most skins.
M&S Perfect Complexion Concealer - In a choice of three colours
this did extremely well when tested on GMTV by Armand Beasley, top
make-up artist. Slightly heavier duty than YSL but good results
at an affordable price.
MAC Studio Finish Concealer - Perfect for zit disguise! Blends well
into make-up and matches most skin tones.
Collection 2000 Cover Stick - An excellent value for money product
for fairly heavy coverage. Blends well into make-up but its creamy
formula benefits from a light dusting of powder on top.
Iman Corrective Concealer Camouflage - Great for dark or Asian skins
with varying colour choice for Afro-Caribbean and Chinese skin types.
Quick drying, it needs to be worked into the skin quite quickly.
Magic Bullet from L'Anza, described,
as a 'hair healer' is a revolutionary formulation that heals
from within. It adds shine, calms frizz and extends the life of
hair colour. It contains a combination of perfectly balanced plant
extracts including rosemary, grape seed extract and grapefruit juice.
Use daily by spraying onto damp hair and leave-in. Apply prior to
styling and blow drying.
Really did calm the frizz to give silky smooth results - smells