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With love, as ever,
TIP OF THE DAY
Feel a cold sore coming on? Sometimes placing an ice cube or a pack of frozen peas on the area as soon as you feel that familiar tingle can stop the blister in its tracks. (Raised body heat activates the herpes virus.)
Don’t plonk your handbag down on the kitchen counters. The bottoms of most handbags harbor tens of thousands of bacteria, potentially including staph, pseudomonas, salmonella, E.coli and MRSA. If it’s possible to do without damaging the bag, swipe the bottom of your bag regularly with anti-bacterial wipes.
If you’re stuck in a cycle of daily hair-washing, try to break it. Every 2-3 days is plenty, according to many hairdressers we speak to. Over-washing strips hair of its natural oils and is especially damaging if you have coloured hair, as it shortens the life of the colour.
For soothing and restful sleep, feng shui experts suggest positioning your bed diagonally facing the door, and never under a sloping ceiling as it creates stagnant energy to build up. They also recommend ditching mirrors in the bedroom, as they can cause insomnia. (Worth a shot, if you’re still finding it hard to slumber despite our regular recommendations for sleep-beckoning products.)
We totally agree with this comment from Trish McEvoy: 'If you're looking for one product that makes a huge difference to older women, it's foundation. Skintone naturally becomes more uneven, as we age. Perfectly applied, foundation smooths the complexion – so making it look younger and fresher again.' (We love the new serum-style foundations – if you haven't tried one, set some time aside to check these out.)