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TIP OF THE DAY
You might’ve heard the advice to keep summer Colognes in the fridge. But in the same way that you shouldn’t keep tomatoes in the fridge – because it stops the flavour developing – Colognes are best enjoyed at room temperature, so they can blossom on your skin fully.
Skin dry and itchy? Try a D-I-Y sugar bath. (No, really.) It’s an old Chinese remedy for dehydrated skin: buy some sugar cane slices (from a Chinese supermarket or grocery), half-fill the bathtub with water and put a couple of slides of sugar in the water, leaving them to melt. Then top up the bath – and enjoy.
We sometimes think fine-toothed combs should be banned (except – literally – for nit-picking). The wider apart the teeth are, the better it is for curly hair, certainly – your comb becomes your fingers. Wide-toothed combs are best for long, straight hair, too.
Do you have a make-up ‘wardrobe’. Our make-up friend Ruby Hammer once told us that she believes we should (just as more and more of us have a fragrance wardrobe). ‘Try to build up a collection of different textures,’ she advises. ‘Ideally, have a liquid base, a foundation stick, tinted moisturiser and a compact make-up. Then experiment. Make-up is not an exact science and one product is not going to work for the rest of your life.’ And, she adds, ‘If you have good skin, discipline yourself to use less. If your skin needs cover, only cover the bits that need it – forehead, chin or nose.’