Question 1 - Any home tips to soften hard skin on my feet?
Answer - A recipe to exfoliate the feet:
I tbsp lime/lemon
Itbsp oil (eg olive)
Rub area for a few minutes and then rinse. Repeat once a week.
To soften feet, soak them in cool water with a cup of milk. Pumice gently after if necessary. Yoghurt is a useful home moisturiser for the feet, or use I tbsp almond oil mixed with I cup of buttermilk for a luxuriously rich cream. It’s great for hands too.
Question 2 - I have recently started a new job in an office and have noticed my skin has become dry. Why is this and what can I do?
Answer - Your skin will have lost moisture rather than oil due to central heating and air conditioning, therefore becoming dehydrated. Try to hydrate the skin from the inside and out. It is important to drink more water, but the only effective way to lock moisture into the skin is from the outside. Check your daily routine and go back to basics- cleanse, tone and moisturise. Go for products with hydrating ingredients particularly from your toner, making sure to avoid alcohol. Good toners are great for balancing the oil and water content allowing your moisturiser to work more deeply.
Make sure your moisturiser does not contain mineral oil, a by-product of petroleum production, as this will clog the pores and prevent the skin from breathing. This can lock out moisture instead of correcting your skin.
A humidifier in the office will also help to prevent this effect on the skin, although it may frizz everyone’s hair!
Question 3 - Does waxing hurt?
Answer - The wax is applied to a small section of the area to be treated at a time.
This does not hurt, but can feel very warm as most waxes have to be melted in order to be used. The depth of heat felt varies depending on the area being waxed, with the most sensitive being the bikini area and the upper lip. The wax needs to be warm to open the pores and allow for a deep removal of the hairs. A fabric or paper strip is then applied to remove the wax, pulling in the opposite direction to the hair growth.
If done swiftly and well there will be a momentary stingy sensation, as if a strong plaster has been pulled off. By the time the next strip is removed, the 1st will no longer hurt.
Therefore the answer is yes there is a sensation that most people find uncomfortable but bearable and worth it for the fantastic results achieved.
In the more delicate areas the sensation is controlled by removing a small area at a time, so allowing even a Hollywood (the total removal of hair on the bikini area) to be bearable.
Once completed the area waxed will just feel warm and tingly.
To ‘Ask Sally’ a beauty question, please contact:
Eden Health & Beauty Spa
44 Suffolk Road
Tel: 01242 528282