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Beauty expert Sally Corless answers your health & beauty queries. crack

Question 1- Can you tell me what reflexology is?

Answer- Reflexology is an alternative medicine method. It is based on a system of zones and reflex areas on the feet and hands that reflect an image of the body. Reflexology relieves tension, improves circulation and helps promote the natural function of the related areas of the body through the application of pressure on these reflexes.

The earliest form of reflexology originated in China as much as 5,000 years ago.

Question 2 - I have my legs waxed, but I’ve been getting in-growing hairs around my knees. Have you any tips?

Answer- An ingrown hair is a hair that curls back on itself and starts growing into the follicle, or a hair that fails to grow out of the follicle and stays embedded in the skin. If left untreated they can become infected.

Some treatment tips-

1. Exfoliate the affected area gently twice a day. This will help to remove any dead skin cells, dirt and oils that might be trapping the hair. It may also nudge the tip of the hair out of the skin.

2. Apply a dab of acne medication if the in-growing hair is accompanied by swelling and pus. For a natural remedy apply tea tree oil will have the same effect.

3. Use a warm compress to the area for a few minutes to soften the skin and bring the hair closer to the surface.

The previous treatments should have brought the hair to the surface of the skin enabling you to tease it out with sterile tweezers.

Prevent in-growing hairs reoccurring by continuing exfoliation gently to the prone areas daily and avoid tight clothing.

Question 3 - I have athletes foot. Can I still go and have a pedicure?

Answer- Athletes foot is caused by fungal growths found between the toes or on the bottom of the feet and can be passed on through direct or indirect contact. It can be treated using anti-fungal preparations in the form of a powder, cream or spray.

A salon pedicure needs to be avoided until it has cleared up to prevent cross infection. Once treated prevent reoccurrence by ensuring the feet are kept clean and that thorough drying of the feet and toes occur, preventing a warm and moist area for the germs to breed. Footwear should be changed everyday to allow the feet to breath, and socks should be changed often if perspiration is the cause of the fungus collecting on the feet.