The Cheltonian > Articles

Ask Sally


Question 1 - I always have chapped lips during the winter and wondered what you can recommend?

Answer - As moisture evaporates from the lips it leaves them dry and cracked. This is made worse in the winter due to the air being drier and absorbing more moisture from the lips. Avoid licking the lips as this both removes the natural layer of oil produced by the body to coat the lips, and also will cause the lips to dry as the moisture evaporates.

Acidic drinks may also irritate this condition.

It is a good idea to exfoliate the lips once a day to help soften them. The best way to do this is to use some petroleum jelly and a clean toothbrush. By brushing the lips gently you will remove dead skin cells.

A great natural home remedy is honey due to its antibacterial properties, healing and soothing the lips. Lip balms may also be used frequently, making sure they contain hydrating ingredients like beeswax, vitamin E or tea tree oil. Medicated lip balms should be avoided as they may cause an allergic reaction.

Question 2 - My eyelashes are very short. Is it worth having them tinted?

Tinting will give the eyelashes colour so it may well be worth having the treatment. The choice of colour for tinting is brown, black, grey or navy. The colour to give the darkest effect is navy so if they are short this would be the advisable choice to make sure they show properly.

Tinting will only colour the lashes so it might be worth you considering an eyelash perm as well to open the eyes making the lashes appear longer. The treatments need to be done on separate days for the longest lasting effect, and will both last for the growth cycle of the lashes, which is approximately 4-8 weeks.

Question 3 - Why is it good to exfoliate the face?

Answer - Dead skin cells can accumulate on the surface of the skin which may then act as a blockage layer. This will leave the skin looking dull and lifeless, and will also stop your moisturiser from penetrating the superficial layer of the skin therefore having no real benefit.

To prevent this, exfoliate gently twice a week. There are many products on the market so make sure your scrub contains man-made spherical balls so that it doesn’t scratch your skin, or instead try one of the natural fruit acid peels. They go on as a mask and gently dissolve the dead skin cells using extracts like papaya or pineapple. Wash to remove.

I’m sure people will immediately notice your new glowing skin, and you will also notice the benefits from your moisturiser. Enjoy.

To ‘Ask Sally’ a beauty question, please contact:

Sally Corless
Eden Health & Beauty Spa
44 Suffolk Road
GL50 2AQ

Tel: 01242 528282