the more you know the less you need

the more you know the less you need

The Body Beautiful

The Body Beautiful

Your face faces the world every day;

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By Blair Breitenstein | Blonde Lasagne

your body is mainly under fashionable cover.

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But it’s not just our face that changes as we age, so does the rest of us. Often more slowly because not exposed to the sun, but still requiring attention and utmost care. Caring is ever so much easier than repairing. Start now, not later. Trust me.

But what is the best way to treat your not-face?

THE TERRITORY

The face gets all the attention when it comes to skincare and anti-ageing treatments – we know you’ve got that covered with serums and such like. And now that we’ve convinced you that your décolletage should be part of your radiant skin routine, you need to look to the rest of your skin.

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Model Squad |By Blair Breitenstein | Blonde Lasagne

SKIN THAT DOESN’T LOOK OR ACT ITS AGE

Let’s face it; holding back– or trying to erase – the ravages of time from your face is not an easy or instant endeavour. Especially if you are from the suntan generation. If so, you have already heard of, and likely hold a prescription for, Retin A.

A retinoid that helps skin renew itself, Retin A’s effectiveness is well-documented and backed up by science. Those who use it for the long-term will testify that it really does work. If you know know to pronounce and use Tretinoin, you are well-versed in Retin A anti-ageing therapy.

But what about the rest of you? Is there a body product with high concentrations of Retin A that won’t irritate your skin and is available without a prescription?

In the past, searching the beauty isles for a derma-level Retin A product for your body was as elusive as the fountain-of-youth quest. Body cream came in big tubs with pumps to dispense the overly-fragranced gloop. It promised to moisturize, and not much else. Alternatives were few, and the idea of using your expensive face cream for the vast expanse of skin below your neck was simply too extravagant, even for the most obsessive skin-care devotee.

THE OIL BOOM

Oils are in the beauty news in a big big way of late (sales of skin-care oils have more than tripled in the last five years). And for good reason – oils are nourishing, won’t exacerbate breakouts (an unfounded fear), and are loaded with antioxidants. Cleopatra – legendary beauty, and oil-advocate from ancient Egypt – was obviously on to something. Hers were fragranced.

From skin, to hair, to nails and cuticles, oils go a long way. Canadian beauty company, Deciem, always on the cutting edge of scientific skincare, has come out with a oil designed for the body beautiful – Retin-Oil. Targeting scars, stretch marks, ageing dehydrated skin, surface irregularities and discolouration, it harnesses the power of Vitamin A and C as well as a blend of skin-enhancing Amazonian oils and an oil-derived Deep Sea Algae Complex. This elixir not only helps skin look smoother, it also visibly reduces pore size and wrinkles.

Aside from it’s impressive ingredients, it is also aesthetically pleasing– it’s an oil that is un-oily. Formulated as a ” super dry oil”, it  leaves a protective barrier on the skin instead of an oil slick. No oily film, no stains on clothes; just better skin.

If you are expecting a high price tag, begin a happy dance: it costs $20 (CD).

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READ MY LIPS

Many a woman wishes she was thinner; but few, if any, wish their lips were.

A consequence of age, your pout can lose plumpness and become parched. To the rescue: a French lip balm by Nuxe that is just THE best. Apply 2-3 times during the day and as an overnight treatment to pamper your lips with restorative honey and precious oils. It’s matte texture provides a perfect base for lipstick.

Has a cult following. The glass container is luxe as well.

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THE TRUTH IS IN THE HANDS

The hands are often the dead giveaway of a woman’s true age. Hand Therapy Intense Youth Complex visibly improves firmness, elasticity, density, evenness, brightness, texture, smoothness and hydration.

Turn back the clock and turn your hands into little liars.

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BOLD BROWS & LASHES

If your brows and lashes are not as lush as they once were, or if you were over-zealous in your misguided youth with the tweezers, all is not lost.

Although mascara and brow pencils can help mask the problem, when you want real results, there are a number of promising new products on the market to encourage brows and lashes to grow.

Two such serums, neuLash and neuBrow, have landed on my doorstep. Testing is underway and results will be reported in 30 days. My fingers are tightly crossed.

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BEST FEET FORWARD

Foot care is very important for your beauty and your health.

Tips to keep your feet fabulous:

  • Apply sunscreen on the tops of your feet.
  • Wear shoes that fit.
  • Soak often in warm water to keep feet clean and soft. Add a few drops of olive oil and an essential oil you like. Soak 10-15 minutes.
  • Exfoliate using a scrub or pumice stone while the skin is damp.
  • Trim nails regularly to a suitable length. Push back, but never cut, cuticles. Broken or ingrown nails are unattractive and painful.
  • Soothe tired feet with a massage. Remove shoes at home to let feet breathe.
  • Use a good cream. For a nightly treatment put on a pair of clean cotton socks after applying to lock in moisture. Your feet will be noticeably softer in the morning.
  • Nails become more brittle with age so choose a strengthening nail polish free of formaldehyde, toluene, and dibutyl phthalate, and a nail polish remover free of alcohol.
  • Always remove all polish before reapplying and leave nails bare for an hour or so if possible.

Just in time for sandal season, a new foot cream by CeraVe for dry, rough, skin. A moisturising and slightly exfoliating lotion with salicylic acid and ceramides that sinks down deep.

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Caring for your body and pampering yourself will enhance your natural beauty from head to toe.

Hand Chemistry Retin-Oil (here, here); Nuxe Rêve de Miel (here); Hand Therapy Intense Youth Complex (here, here); neuBrow (here); neuLash (here); Cerave Renewing SA Foot Cream (herehere)

neuBrow, neuLash, and Cerave products kindly sent to me for my unbiased consideration / As always, all opinions are my own

Art by Blair Breitenstein aka Blonde Lasagne: Etsy