& tips from your side of the counter........
According to a survey by a leading
magazine, bra size has increased from an average 34B to 36C
during the past 20 years, but breast enlargement surgery is
still a popular cosmetic procedure. Consultant plastic surgeon
Nick Percival however, thinks that one-day it will be routine
for women to grow their own breast implants. 'A tissue culture
will be grown from your own cells, then a cosmetic surgeon
will put it back into your body'. These will be permanent,
unlike silicone implants, and they won't leak.
It's developing a technique
where the tissue grows in the body itself. A structure, which
eventually disintegrates, is implanted into the breast and
generates new blood vessels to supply the growing tissue.
The result? Natural, larger breasts that last a lifetime.
||Professor Wayne Morrison
leads the tissue engineering team from the Bernard O'Brien
Institute of Microsurgery in Australia, which has taken
this a step further.
Unfortunately, no one seems able to come up with a solution
to the modern day mania for wanting larger breasts! After
years of fighting for the vote, equal rights etc we still
feel judged by how big our mammaries are. How sad is that!
YOU KNOW? - That according to a 10 year study by
scientists at Stanford University, California, fitness is
the key to a longer life. They found that people who exercised
regularly lived longer than non-exercisers, even if they smoked
and were overweight.
Oils should not be used neat
on the skin so to make your own perfume add a few drops of
your chosen oils to a carrier oil such as wheatgerm. Stored
in a dark, cool place it should last up to three months. Aromatherapist
for Absolute Aromas Tracy Gill suggests you don't use a blend
of more than 3 oils. "Choose one woody oil, such as sandalwood,
one mid-note, usually floral and one top-note, possibly a
||Essential oils make
a great perfume when blended together and can be totally
unique to you in you blend your own.
To get you started:-
To feel confident and attractive blend sandalwood,
ylang ylang and orange.
To feel lively and uplifted, try combining sandalwood,
bergamot and lemon.
If you feel out of sorts and need balancing, try cederwood,
geranium and lavender.
Problem - Damp weather
has frizzed your curls.
Quick Fix - In an
emergency rub some moisturiser or handcream between
palms and run through hair. This will do no harm occasionally,
but if you know you're prone to the frizzes keep a trial
size bottle of hair serum in your handbag when autumn
How to Avoid - Frizziness
is a result of dryness so never skimp on conditioning
products. Glen Lyons, consultant
using Philip Kingsley Elasticizer - a pre-wash
conditioner that's packed with moisturisers.
Problem - You've
slept in, no time to shampoo but hair is greasy.
Quick Fix - Keep
a bottle of dry shampoo such as Batiste for emergency's,
failing that good old talcum powder rubbed in and brushed
out still works. If you can, have a well practised 'up-do'
style that you can do easily then just wet your fringe
and blast with hairdryer.
How to Avoid - If
you don't have much time or energy in the mornings switch
your hair wash to the evening, just quickly restyling
in the morning.
Problem - Late night, smokey pub, red puffy
Quick Fix - If you
don't have time to lie with cucumber slices over your
eyes try Optrex Fresh Eyes Eye Drops (discard a month
after opening) and apply a thin layer of Boots Botanics
Eye Gel under eyes - use gel rather than cream as its
cooling and soothing. Run a line of white eye pencil
inside the lower rim of eyelid to open up eyes and avoid
eye shadow with pinky-tones.
How to Avoid - Well
you know the best answer to that, but if you must party,
be sure to remove all traces of eye make up before going
to sleep however tired you are. Using eye drops before
going to sleep will help to remove smokey pollutants
and drinking a large tumbler of water before bed can
help with puffyness.
|HAVE YOU TRIED
There are absolutely
no chemical ingredients lurking in these soaps
- natural clays are used for colour and essential
oils for a delicate scent, so they're perfect
if you have sensitive skin or are prone to allergies.
Handmade Soap Company's natural
soaps, with organic herbs, spices and flower
waters, they're gentle on the skin and smell
Choose from 6 fragrances,
including Sweet Orange and Carrot and Rosehip
and Aloe Vera. At around £3 each they are available
from health food shops and certain branches of
Waitrose, Sainsbury's and Tesco. If you wrap one
in tissue, tie with raffia or brown twine, it's
a super thank you gift for a friend or neighbour,
or a lovely 'posh' soap to put in the bathroom
when selling your house!
Which is better for dry skin lotion or oil? My body
lotion doesn't seem to work but I don't want greasy
Most body lotions are
made with water, which tends to evaporate after application.
An oil will form a film on your skin and seal in moisture
to prevent it drying out. Its best to apply a light
oil to wet skin before you towel off, the oil will be
absorbed better and moisture will be locked in. Plenty
of oils now come in a spray-mist form for ease of use.
Also the application process will mean your hands get
a good moisturise too!
If your skin is still dry and flaky after using
a lotion then an oil would probably work better
for you. Oil needn't be greasy if applied properly.