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To remove or not to remove that is the question. Removing excess body hair is still the most popular decision for women. For those that decide to keep additional body hair keep it clean and tidy for best results!
Our top picks for hair removal from the most inexpensive to luxurious.
Tweezers don’t go anywhere without them. Great for strays and quite therapeutic when tweezing legs as long as you have time to kill. Underarm tweezing is possible but a few yoga moves might be necessary to manipulate the tool in the right direction. Once you’re blurry-eyed, time to rest.
Razors a throwaway razor is fast, inexpensive and easy to use but be wary of cutting your skin. Common occurrence even for someone who has razor-shaved for years. The ‘Gilette Venus’ brand is an impressive disposable razor with an extra rich protective ribbon of moisture. It’s a convenient way to remove unwanted hair in any area. Sadly, the effect doesn’t last long at all. So be prepared for a possible daily beauty ritual.
You could try a sometimes messy, often smelly, hair removal cream. Which also needs to be tested on your skin first. There are products for both men and women.
Waxing is fun (not) but if getting pampered why not book an appointment and grin and bear it. As the hair is pulled from the roots it has a more lasting effect, more so than razor blades of any sort.
A fave here is an epilator, which has the longest lasting results out of the above mentioned and just takes a little getting used to. It really isn’t as painful as it sounds pulling several hairs at the same time from their roots. Plus as hairs are extracted the new hairs that grow back feel softer than those hacked by a razor blade.
Also, we quite like the sound of an IPL device. Probably a more expensive option but not in the long run especially if you consider ‘time is money.’ The main issue is IPL treatments cannot be used on all skin and hair types, not for use on white/grey light blonde or red hair and also very dark skin.
The Lumea Prestige BRI956/00 IPL Hair Removal Device For Body, Face, Bikini and Underarms. IPL Intense Pulsed Light an innovative light-based technology which breaks the cycle of hair regrowth. Pulses of light are gently applied at the root and after several treatments, hair is prevented from growing back. 'As with other IPL based treatments, Philips Lumea cannot be used to treat white/grey, light blonde or red hair and is not suitable for very dark skin.' See link for more detail.
So what is Cupping?
Spotted on the back of Swimming Champion Michael Phelps during Rio Olympics also looks like circle left on Justin Bieber‘s Instagram post, although not as noticeable but there have been more intense pictures posted. Cupping has been around for a long time an alternative holistic medicine, considered a pampering session for the body. It’s an old Chinese remedy that many stars have been ‘spotted’ using in the past including Jennifer Aniston and natural health loving Gwyneth Paltrow.
How does Cupping work?
Heated cups are placed on the body/skin to extract impurities guess it acts in a similar way to a sauna or hot stones but with focus points that is said to help with pain and an ancient alternative to treat body pain as it stimulates blood flow by creating a vacuum on the skin as the cup cools down. Each cup is left in place for 5 to 10 minutes and once removed the noticeable circle mark will stay visible for three to seven days so be wary if you’re intending on wearing a backless dress. The therapy uses cups (usually made from glass but can be stoneware or even bamboo) which are placed on the skin to extract impurities from the body as well as help with everything from circulation and energy flow to neck and shoulder pain with its natural healing properties.
Justin Bieber posted this photo on his Instagram account which shows traces of cupping signs on his front but other pics online show many more marks too.
Michael Phelps posted to his Instagram account and just shows a sign of cupping on his shoulder, whilst watching the races at Rio Olympics you could see many more circles across his shoulders and back and it didn’t seem to do him any harm after his massive victory in the swimming events.
Cupping is said to also aid weight loss the cup will be placed on the body to produce a point of suction on the underlying tissue fat.
Back to Michael Phelps who does portray unbelievable fitness he swam against a shark for the Discovery Channel Phelps v Shark: Great Gold v Great White which aired as part of The Discovery Channels ‘Shark Week’ beginning 23 July 2017 see his Instagram post from 11 June 2017, guess someone heard about his bucket list, did you catch it? was it a cage race or a virtual race you’ll have to search and see!
Juice Cleanse USA link only
Jus by Julie 5 Day 'Juice till Dinner' Cleanse Healthy Detox Diet, a selection of 20 juices to enjoy and reap the rewards from - over a five day period, juice in the morning, more juice in the morning (elevensies) juice for lunch, juice for snack followed by your choice of dinner (try and stick with the program and at least make it healthy though lol) There are lots of options to try this one's the 5 Day 'Juice till Dinner' which helps clear your body of toxins this Detox Diet costs US$165 or you could go buy all the fancy fresh ingredients and a blender and try to fathom it all out and do it yourself (if you have the time) or get it delivered by a company who have been investing in their business for the health nuts out there - give it a go if you don't fancy spending $165 you can try a shorter cleanse or try their fancy soups the more you buy the more you save. Enjoy getting healthier on the insides and stick with it you know you want to Jus By Julie Sorry US Shipping only
Coconut Oil Pulling
Coconut Oil Pulling How-To Guide and Health Benefits. This link is to Pure Organic Coconut Oil via Amazon at a good price, you can use it for skin and hair too the benefits are endless, just don't inhale it and don't swallow it.
Swishing With Coconut Oil
Swishing your mouth with coconut oil, it is extremely good for your teeth gums and all your organs, best to swish (gargle) but don’t swallow! about a tablespoon three to four times a week, you have to do it for ten to twenty minutes for your body to reap the rewards.
If you find it makes you gag then start with a slightly smaller amount and less time such as eight minutes. Good for all ages too although children will probably not be as keen, so maybe just make sure they are looking after their teeth brushing carefully and watching what they eat and drink, they may want to try as they get older and not feel forced to do it.
Suggested first thing in the morning and to make your teeth sparkle even more finish with gargling salt water.
Found it difficult the first time as much as I love coconut the oil is not the same, but you soon get used to it, once you’ve built up the time I find it easy to do whilst taking a shower, or multitasking as long as no-one is about to talk to you and you won’t want to answer the door or phone that would be so annoying if you had to stop swishing for someone else.
I would recommend from a personal level not an expert level plus my teeth always look and feel cleaner most definitely whiter and I am quite fussy with toothpaste too my teeth only feel clean if I use Arm and Hammer which has baking soda in it, anything else and I really notice. I must admit that when we had run out of coconut oil whilst cooking a curry with coconut cream I put a chunk in my mouth which tasted lovely, once dissolved swished it about whilst cooking, it had the same effect whiter clean feeling teeth, whether the properties are the same I am not sure so not recommending you do that be safe and use an organic quality oil.
Coconut Oil - Other Uses
It’s also a great softening agent makes damaged hair feel real again and skin silky smooth. Others here regularly use on face to combat breakouts, The more we research there are always arguments for and a few against. I don’t have any health issues that I know about so cannot comment on that . If you ask someone including a health official if they haven’t tried it they may not recommend it’s just one of those things it’s a bit like Homeopathy it works for me, but many are skeptical. But that’s another blog another day.
Health and Beauty Boxes
If you're after an all-singing, all-dancing beautiful electric toothbrush - this is for you! via Boots online £300 We have this model here and it does it all - you can use it for travel, connect it to your smart phone for the personalised experience to make sure you are brushing correctly and you can use the travel case to recharge not only your toothbrush but your smartphone too! It has a long battery life so don't worry about forgetting to charge it, has dentist inspired technology and features 6 modes Pro-Clean, Daily-Clean, Sensitive, Tongue Cleaning, Whitening and Gum Care - Perfect! It's also got that element of fashion and fun with an LED smart ring which is customisable in choice of 12 colours. For the perfectionist it has motion technology and sensors so it can detect if you're brushing correctly for your mouth. Whiter teeth, healthier gums and a fresher mouth. Collect Advantage Points this this purchase (if not signed up to the reward program you can join via the link well worthwhile, the points soon add up and Boots frequently offer triple or double points weekends, we try to highlight great offers here too. Available in Rose Gold, Black or white (Winner 2016 Which Best Buy Awards) Boots Exclusive.
LIMITED EDITION if you're looking for a great toothbrush but don't fancy all the extra tech stuff this limited edition pink Oral B 2000 is a great purchase currently on offer at £39.99 instead of £79.99 via Boots online we have this model too but in blue. The round head make a big difference to a normal toothbrush if you're wondering why pay for an electric one over a manual brush, your teeth feel much cleaner and the brushes remove all plaque and any stains more easily as they 'oscillate, rotate and pulsate' mimicking professional cleaning tools. I personally don't use floss but have a tool for removing plaque which I rarely use anymore or if need be it would be a lot simpler and usually just on the inside of the bottom front teeth like a metal tooth pick. This model has a flashing light as a time reminder and a sensor if you brush too heavy, which you soon get the hang of I discovered it was always on the same side of my mouth that I pressed too hard but I would never have known otherwise. It stays charged for ages you can rest it on its charging station, which operates with a normal 3 pin plug so you need not have a fancy socket in the bathroom just grab it as you go in. For even whiter teeth you could try oil pulling we mention it on this page. Follow charging instructions with product just needs a full charge every now and then. I leave mine on the stand but not switched on. For free shipping Order and Collect in store
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Sonic toothbrush the improved ISSA 2 engineered to eliminate plaque build-up whilst not irritating gums. Sonic pulse power with a combination brush head of PBT polymer and soft silicone for amazing oral care. Now lasts 365 days on a single charge. Available in other colours.
Have you heard of LUNA facial cleansing brushes for personalized cleansing 'and anti-aging. Shown here the Luna 2 model with four specialized brush types, for facial cleansing and anti-aging. The LUNA 2 is a gentle two minute daily skin care routine leaving a luminous more youthful look, gentle exfoliation of dead skin cells, unclogging pores and improving aiding the absorption of your favourite moisturiser and serums. 'Its reverse anti-aging side uses lower-frequency pulsations to visibly reduce fine lines and wrinkles, as well as leave the skin looking firm and lifted.' All LUNA 2 facial cleansing brushes have a Ten year Quality Guarantee and Two Year Limited Warranty. What are you waiting for LUNA 2 via foreo £169 free shipping (products over £45)
Check out our very own BYOB with Latest in Beauty we selected the following products to test and let you know how the Build Your Own Box works it's a great idea you can select a box from the special offers or build your own with three, six or nine products. Cost of this one would be £20.00 see our Blog for more detail
Thought we'd also add a couple of books starting with this one on Yoga it seems to be making a fashion statement of late or maybe it never really went out of style, it's certainly a feel good vibe and quite addictive leading to all sorts of other healthy lifestyle choices. If you're interested in Yoga this is a free kindle book a great introduction and handy to have on a mobile device, if it is not available for free for your system at the moment note that all author's proceeds are donated to - Battered Women's Shelters. We just downloaded to kindle and here is the author's introduction. "The word “yoga” in Sanskrit means listen. Listening is the key to what yoga is all about. It is about listening to your body. Stretching, bending, breathing, and listening. It’s about becoming more aware of your body, its strengths, where it needs help, and nurturing it." Shea, Lisa. Yoga for Stress Relief and Forgiveness (Kindle Locations 16-18). Minerva Webworks LLC. Kindle Edition.