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HOW TO USE COCONUT OIL FOR YOUR BEAUTY

We love coconut oil, and see it as the secret weapon in our beauty regimes. Like a magician, it can carry out all sorts of amazing tricks.

It’s not hard to imagine why when you consider all the good stuff that coconut oil is composed of: It’s rich in anti-fungal and antibacterial properties, which means it can do a lot of things that other oils can’t.

  • Soothe Your Dry Hands

Dry skin sucks. Not only can it itch and get red and blotchy, but it can cause our skin to crack, blister – and bleed. It doesn’t look good, and it also doesn’t feel good. But coconut oil can help.

  • Highlight Your Cheekbones

It might sound unorthodox, but coconut oil works as a really amazing highlighter for your cheekbones. All you need to do is take a dab and then sweep it on top of your makeup. Then, leave well alone. The oil will blend in with your skin seamlessly, so that it looks like your skin but with more of a glow. In fact, if you check the list of ingredients on practically any natural makeup branded formula, you’ll see coconut oil.

  • Wash Your Face

You don’t need to clean your face with just soap and water when coconut oil is around. Thanks to its natural moisturising qualities, it makes for an excellent facial cleanser. I will easily dissolve all makeup, even waterproof.

  • Add It To Your Smoothie

Following on from adding coconut oil to your cup of tea or coffee, you can also add it to your breakfast smoothie for an extra, special health-boost. This is a much better idea for anyone who doesn’t really like the taste of coconut oil, as the smoothie masks it better than tea and coffee does. Moreover, those crunch bits of coconut you sometimes get in the oil obviously work better in a smoothie. However, you will still notice the texture either way, so it’s key that you melt the oil right up until it’s barely melted. Then add it.

  • Weight Loss

Lots of people think that coconut oil helps with weight loss – and we’re inclined to agree with them. Unlike lots of other dietary fats, your body process the ones in coconut oil in a different way. In other words, instead of turning them into body fat, your burn off their calories instead.

  • Shave Your Legs

Shaving cream is expensive. But that’s not the worst of it. The worst of it is that it also contains lots of nasty chemicals that can cause bad reactions, such as rashes, itchiness and burning sensations. Not cool. Coconut oil is natural and contains zero harmful chemicals. And that’s why we love to use it as our shaving cream of choice.

  • Remove Your Makeup

The worst bit about a night out is having to remove our makeup after we’ve returned home from dancing. We could just go straight to bed with our makeup still on, but we know that this isn’t really a wise idea. Removing makeup can be really hard sometimes, though – especially when we’re faced with really stubborn mascara! But this is where coconut oil comes to the rescue. It can melt away even the most resistant makeup easily and quickly.

  • Clean Your Teeth!

If you don’t want to have to make frequent trips to the dentist (and who does?!), you need to look after your teeth. And to really double down on plaque and enamel, you could try rubbing coconut oil into your molars. This might seem like an unusual tactic at first. But when you realise that coconut oil has lots and lots of anti-bacterial properties, it suddenly makes a lot of sense. And indeed, people have been oil pulling with this essential oil for centuries because it’s just so good at eliminating pesky bacteria from your mouth.

For best results, rub it into your teeth and gums for up to twenty minutes at least twice a week.

  • Chapped Lips

Got parched, chap lips? Nightmare! We all know what that’s like. But the good news is that even in the winter when your lips are at their driest, coconut oil moisten them over.

Beauty Tips

Actress Sandra Prinsloo is 68 and looking fantastic. Here are a few of her tips on how to age with grace and keep looking younger for longer:

  • Clean your skin twice a day, morning and night, and use thick moisturiser to keep it hydrated.
  • Use loads of sunscreen, and preferably a foundation with an SPF of about 15 to 20. Sun damage is irreversible, so be careful.
  • Go for products you trust. I’ve been using the same range of cleansers, day creams and serums from local company Cosmetique 2000 for over 24 years – they work for me. I love their Concepts Resurgence range with everything from face wash to eye cream.
  • Eat lots of raw food, like fruit and vegetables. I believe that what you put inside your body shows on the outside, too. I must admit, I’ve never eaten fast-food in my life, and I can’t imagine I’m missing out on much.
  • Try not to wear too much make-up. For every day, I go for a light foundation and a lick of mascara. If I wear lipstick, you know there’s something special happening. The purer you keep your skin, the better.

So would you say that’s your typical beauty ritual?

It really depends! When I’m at home, I’m a lot more plebeian. I love the summer and I love a little bit of Vitamin D. But when I’m on stage, it’s all about creating a character and being an exaggerated version of myself.

You create on-stage personas better than anyone in the business. What are a few of your favorites?

I feel like the world is my playing field and I especially love pulling from all sorts of different eras. Typically, I’ve always connected with a vintage pinup girl, but lately I’ve leaned more toward a tumbler rat or alternative grunge girl.

But that’s the magic of makeup! You can transform yourself depending on your mood.

Oh yeah, it’s like highlighting what you already have.

Speaking of magic, what’s the connection with it in your new fragrance Mad Potion?

Perfume to me is like a potion and can be very enchanting. Scents create these incredible memories. Think about it: Sometimes you’ll walk past someone in a hallway who is wearing a fragrance you used to spray when you were a teen. It transports you back to that time. I love that scents are so powerful!

Do you connect with any of the notes in this fragrance?

Yes! I have worn vanilla since I was a teenager and it’s always been so alluring — especially to the opposite sex. As I got older my tastes kind of changed and I wanted something a little bit more androgynous, which pushed me more towards musks. The combination of those two made me feel like I’m wearing something that’s both. So I could attract anything or anyone — everything is fluid.

Even in your beauty regimen! There are so many products out now that we want to work double duty. Do you use any in unintended ways?

I feel like you can take any lipstick and make it a blush. I use it like finger paint and you can put it on your eyes, too. When you’re using less of a matte and more of a cream lipstick, it moves better and gives you a gloss.

Do you have a face-washing routine after that?

I never sleep with my makeup on unless I’m, like, spending the night over at a guy’s house. Then I wake up an hour early to get that natch look! No, not anymore. I used to do that a lot when I was younger. Now I’m like, what you see is what you get. To wash my face I use Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil and have for several years now. I used to be deathly afraid of putting oil on my face but it really pulls out the dirt from my skin.

Quick! You snag a nail on the go. How do you fix it?

Actually, I was looking for a nail file the other day and I didn’t have one so I just used a matchbook. Weird little tricks!

AMAZING FOODS FOR GLOWING SKIN

Your skin is not only your biggest organ, it’s also your most visible one. In other words, everyone can see it. As such, when your skin has an amazing, healthy glow, you naturally feel confident enough to show it off to people. When it is peppered with blemishes, on the other hand, you feel a lot less confident.

Good skin, therefore, equals more confidence.

The good news is that you don’t have to spend lots of money to give your skin its radiant glow back. You certainly don’t need to have cosmetic surgery! Moreover, you don’t even need to spend lots of money on over-the-counter beauty products.

You really are what you eat. To treat acne, reduce the signs of ageing, ward off wrinkles and battle cellulite, you just need to eat better. Let’s take a look at 10 amazing foods for glowing skin.

  • Tomatoes

For Beauty and Tips, tomatoes are a super food and are definitely part of fabulous foods for glowing skin. We love this red fruit that’s as luscious as a pair of lips. Why? Because it does amazing things for your skin.

For one thing, tomatoes contain a phytochemical called lycopene, which boosts the production of collagen in your body. Collagen is an important protein that gives your skin its youthful, taut structure. It also helps you to fend off attack from nasty UV rays that are trying to penetrate your skin with pro-ageing free radicals.

  • Carrots

Another one of amazing foods for glowing skin are carrots. You might have noticed a bit of a trend with these first two. Like tomatoes, carrots are a brilliant colour. While tomatoes are a deep red, carrots are a vibrant orange. And it’s essentially that orangeness that’s good for your skin.

The reason a carrot is so orange is that – like sweet potato and squash – it’s rich in beta-carotene. As well as being good for your eyes (yes, carrots really can help you see better in the dark), beta-carotene is good for your skin. It stops your skin’s outer layer from preventing too many cells.

  • Turmeric

Again, like tomatoes and carrots, turmeric is easily noticeable, thanks to its eye-catching colour, and it’s also one of great foods for glowing skin.

This spice has been used in Indian dishes for centuries, often medicinally. Sure, it adds a bit of fizz to meals. But it also reduces pain and protects us against certain cancers.

It also looks after your skin. Rich in a powerful antioxidant called curcumin, turmeric thus has anti-inflammatory properties that can prevent free radicals from running riot in your skin.

Turmeric looks after your skin in other ways, too. It can brighten up dark blotches, and help to heal scars that just don’t seem to want to go away.

  • Pumpkin

In fact, your pumpkin face mask – rich in skin-loving minerals, vitamins and antioxidants – could even double up as your scary mask this year if you get it right.

  • Pumpkin Seeds

Not too keen on pumpkin? Can’t be bothered with the hassle of preparing pumpkin? Then try pumpkin seeds, because they definitely deserve to be included in our list of foods for glowing skin.

Pumpkin seeds are stuffed with omega 3’s, vitamins K and A, as well as zinc.

In other words, they work wonders for your skin.

  • Spinach

Spinach may have given Popeye unbelievable strength, but what he didn’t seem to want to acknowledge was that spinach gave him unbelievable skin tone, too.

Like carrots, spinach contains beta carotene, which slows down the ageing process.

  • Salmon

Another one of fabulous foods for glowing skin is salmon. This famous pink fish is easily one of the healthiest you can eat. Thanks to its omega-3’s content, it’s good for your brain. And thanks to its DMAE content, it’s also good for your skin.

  • Avocado

Avocado sales have rocketed by 184% since 2013. Everyone seems to be eating them right now. And with good reason, avocados are one of the best foods for glowing skin.

We might not all be aware of it, but avocados are very good for our skin. Rich in key antioxidants such as beta carotene and lutein, avocados help to hydrate and soften your skin.

  • Garlic

Dieticians all around the world are all in agreement that we should be eating more garlic. In fact, it’s recommended that we eat garlic at least once a day.

If that sounds like too much, you should at least try to eat it a few time a week. This is became garlic can prevent pesky breakouts, keeping your skin clean and clear.

  • Strawberries

Okay, strawberries aren’t to everyones taste. But these berries that are bursting with flavour, life and refreshment should be added to your diet right now if you happen to like them. They boost your skin’s production of collage, and can reduce wrinkles and fine lines.

WAYS TO MAKE SURE YOU LOOK YOUR BEST IN PICTURES

Taking the perfect picture depends on a multitude of things: lighting, the ingredients in your make-up and angle all affect the finished product. It can all be a bit much to think about when you’re just trying to get a nice candid pic for Instagram, but thankfully, we’ve done the hard work for you. Follow our tips to looking good in pictures below and you’ll look like the beauty queen you truly are in no time at all.

  • Lighting is a girl’s best friend

It may sound obvious, but when it comes to taking the perfect selfie, good lighting is key. That doesn’t mean shining a torch in your face is going to turn you into Karlie Kloss, but a good, clean light source can go a long way. Turn to face a window or lamp directly rather than side-on if you can, as that way the face looks luminous and even without the chance of shadows ruining your even complexion.

  • Beware the ‘ghostface’ effect

Ever wondered why you go from bronzed goddess to complete ghoust in photos taken with flash? A common myth is that you’re buying the wrong shade of make-up, but that’s not the case at all. It’s actually the SPF in your foundation, concealer or powder that’s causing the undead look. SPF is a lifesaver during the day, but if you want perfect photos at night – you’ll need a foundation without it. So one of great tips to looking good in pictures is to get two separate day time and night time foundations, and they needn’t be expensive. Drug store foundations are often just as good as their high-end comrades – just remember to prime and set so you look polished all night.

  • Angles, darling

 Too low and you look like a thumb, too high and your arm looks longer than Slenderman’s.  Unless you’re a professional model, it can be hard to work out which angles are your best. As a general rule when taking a selfie, the camera should be slightly higher than eye level and as far away as your arm will reach. This way, your eyes look bigger, and there’s no unsightly under-the-chin shots. Practice makes perfect, and if you’ve got a spare 5 minutes, have a look in the mirror and see what you think. 

  • Shake it out

If you’re blessed with having naturally voluminous hair that stays put come rain or shine, you are blessed, (and we are very, very jealous). For those of us that are lacking in this department, the quickest and easiest way to make your hair increase from a 4 to a solid 8 on the Hot Hair Chart is to flip and shake. Basically, pretend your favourite jam is playing, and then head bang like you just can’t help it. Flip your hair upside down, and give the roots a quick ruffle through with your fingers. When you flip your hair back again, you’ll have a temporary boost of delicious volume that’ll last you a good ten minutes – plenty of time for an impromptu photoshoot.

  • Translucent powder

This is another one of great tips to looking good in pictures. Finishing powder smooths imperfections, turns an oily canvas into a matte one, and generally completes your make-up. While most drug store brands stock a range of coloured powders designed to suit your skin tone, there’s only one you really need. It’s the absolute WORST when you pick a colour you think will suit you, then later discover it makes your face a whole different colour from your neck. Translucent powder has long been used by beauty giants like Chanel, but drug stores are hot on their tail. A translucent powder allows you to use the same one when you’re tanned and when you’re not, and is a good way to save your hard earned pennies. 

  • Get fleeky highlighter in one quick step

A long-time favourite highlight of ours is MAC’s Mineralize Skin Finish in Soft and Gentle. It’s the perfect pearly, pigmented highlighter and looks good whether you apply a little, or a lot. The best tip for making sure that your photographs reflect your IRL highlight shine perfectly is to add a spritz of setting spray into the mix. Apply your highlighter as normal using a dry, fluffy brush, then spray some setting spray on the brush and apply again. 

  • Frame your eyes

This is another one of good tips to looking good in pictures. In photographs, it’s easy for your features to get lost. The quality of your camera lens, colours in the frame and lighting all contribute to the finish of the final snap. Eye make-up tends to disappear in photos when your eyes are open (so almost every one, then), especially if you’re wearing nude shades. One seemingly obvious but often overlooked tip is to use black liquid or gel liner to define your eyes. If eyes are the window to the soul, eyeliner flicks are the curtains. 

  • Line those lips

Lip liner is an absolute staple in our make-up bags because of its versatility. It can be used all over the lip to create a matte effect, or just to accentuate your outer lip line for a fuller pout. A really simple way to ensure your lips are looking top notch in photographs is to grab a liner in the same shade as your natural lips. That way, you can use it regardless of the lipstick colour going on top, and no one will be able to tell you’ve purposefully drawn over the lines. This tip holds its own even with the deepest shades of red lipstick, and works the same way as liquid liner to define your features and make sure you’re hot to trot.

BEAUTY EMERGENCIES

 Whether it’s a spot making an appearance on the ONE NIGHT you have a date lined up or a mascara wand to the eye, beauty emergencies are the absolute worst. There should really be a word invented to describe the utter frustration caused by finishing an amazing eyeliner flick and then ruining it when your hand randomly twitches. Make-up mistakes and beauty emergencies happen to the best of us, and they can really get on your nerves if you don’t know how to handle them. Luckily, we’ve put together a list of the most common ones, and what to do when they occur.

  • Mascara mess up

Ok, so you’re hand has randomly twitched right at the exact second you pulled your mascara wand away from your lashes and said mascara is now on your nose. Don’t panic. You might be tempted to start furiously scrubbing at the inky black patch, but rubbing it at this stage will only smudge it further. Your best option is to continue with the rest of your make-up, letting the mascara dry, and then return to it with a clean, dry cotton bud. Gently scrape the mascara off your nose before re-blending your foundation.

  • Lipstick on teeth

Is there anything worse than looking in a shiny reflection hours after you’ve left the house to discover lipstick on your teeth? A lesser-known trick that needs to be shouted from the rooftops is to put your finger in your mouth after you’ve completed your lipstick. Once you pull your finger out again, any lipstick that would’ve ended up on your teeth is instead on your finger and your pearly-whites are lipstick free. Wash your hands and you’re good to go.

  • Dry, flaky lips

Got dry, flaky, lips and no time to spare? Grab and old toothbrush and some lip balm, and gently use it to exfoliate your lips. The toothbrush bristles will gently remove any dry skin, and the lip balm will help to restore some much-needed moisture. If you’re in a pinch and without a spare toothbrush, a washcloth will also do a similar job.

  • Tired?

If you’ve skipped on sleep and your body is feeling tired, blood is circulated towards the vital organs, leaving you with a pasty pallor and puffy eyes. Adding a face-full of make-up can leave you feeling cakey, so the best thing to do when you’re looking like a zombie is to focus on re-hydration. Slap on your best moisturiser, apply some eye-drops, lip gloss, and stick some sunglasses on your face.

  • If your foundation is too dark

As good as the lighting at cosmetic counters can be, it’s no match for natural daylight. If you take home your brand new foundation only to find it’s a shade too dark – don’t despair completely. Mix about 2/3 foundation with 1/3 moisturiser on the back of your hand before applying with your usual brush or beauty blender. The formula will be a little lighter, and you can darken it with bronzer if necessary.

  • Nail polish disasters

Nail polish has a funny way of getting just about everywhere it’s not supposed to be, especially when you’re painting with the hand you don’t normally use. If you’ve overshot the mark when applying your polish, don’t remove the varnish and start again. Instead, just dip a Q tip in some nail varnish remover and swipe down the sides of your nails where the excess polish is lurking.

  • Run out of Dry Shampoo?

If you’ve woken up with no time to wash your hair and no dry shampoo, don’t panic. Sprinkle some talcum powder (or rice powder from grocery store) in your roots and make sure to massage in well. The powder soaks up excess oil and should see you through the day. If you’re all out of talc, as a last resort you can also use facial, loose, translucent powder to blot up small areas of grease at the front of your hairline.