Like most of us during “lockdown”, I have probably let my grooming procedures slip. There didn’t seem any point getting the tweezers, waxing strips and fake tan out when I was only going as far as my daily stomp around our local park, especially in the bleak winter months. Now, of course, with the possibility of being able to go out amongst actual people (be it at a distance), the grooming pressure is upon us, once more.
I still haven’t made an appointment with the hairdressers, though I do appreciate their expertise, and know the power of an expert cut and colour. The last time we came out of lockdown, I found my hairdresser to be a tad stressed with the sudden gush of people/business. So, I’m waiting until the stampede has slowed, slightly. Plus, it wasn’t much fun sitting, there, in a mask for three hours. I have trimmed and coloured my hair in the interim……click here to read how I did it myself.
I usually go to the hairdressers no more than three times a year – so I’m D.I.Y at the moment.
In today’s post, I’m sharing with you some old and new products/procedures to come out of lockdown.
Eyebrows and Lashes
Due to the help of NYK1 Lash force eyelash serum, I have got some lashes and eyebrows, to speak of (check here). I colour both my eyebrows and lashes, myself, every five to six weeks.
NYK1 Lash force eyelash serum – currently is currently reduced from £69.95 to £44.95 plus, If you want to give this a try there’s a further 10% off at the checkout using the code ALISON
The dye I use is from an online company called, “Ellisons”. I have been using this brand for over five years.
I tried quite a few eyebrow dyes before I found this one. I kept having an allergic reaction to the solutions used so I have had to be careful what I use.
I found this brand while getting my eyebrows and lashes dyed in House of Fraser (when they used to do beauty). The beautician did an allergy test, first. And, I remember having to wait a few days. All was fine – I loved the colour, too, so when the beautician was finished, I asked for the brand name. I sent away for some and I have been doing them myself, ever since, which is a huge saving. I pluck them myself, too. I think the few I have, I guard carefully, and I have this fear of someone plucking them all out.
When I was younger, I would always go to the beauticians to get my waxing done.
I did try the at-home waxing kit, once, and found it messy and, um-er, borderline dangerous. Fast forward to now and the waxing kits on offer today seem to have improved, tenfold. Nowadays, I do my lower leg, underarm and bikini line myself, which I have done for a good while using various waxing strips.
Without ..erm.. going into too much detail, there doesn’t seem to be as much hair, these days, so waxing strips do the job. The ones I like now are Superdrug’s own make. And, I’m finding Primark wax strips to be good, too. They also do facial waxing strips, but I haven’t tried them.
I haven’t been satisfied with the colour I was using for my “at home” root touch up (too dark). Then, a few months ago, I heard that “Josh Wood Colour” was offering online consultations to find your perfect root touch up colour. On their website, you can choose between an instant consultation or a video call with one of their consultants. I chose instant consultation. They asked for a photograph of my roots and a full-length hair shot (outside) as the natural day light gave the true colour and shade of my hair.
They have advised me I am a shade 7. I have only used their hair colour, once, and it seems good – not as harsh as the colour I was using, before. Plus, the box and its contents are a lot more generous than my usual Clairol root touch up. Though, Josh Wood is a tad pricier.
The shade is softer and I am going to use it, going forward. So, if you are thinking of doing your roots, their expert advice is free.
Another hair care product that I have used for a good few years is “Amargan Hair Therapy“. I put a little on my wet hair and not only does it smell divine, but it keeps my hair in great condition.
In the autumn and winter months, our feet go into hiding underneath boots and wellingtons. For the last year, or so, my feet have done a lot of walking – mostly in flat comfortable walking boots or trainers. It is so long since I’ve worn uncomfortable shoes – making my poor feet swollen and hot.
I much prefer a summer wedge, these days, for a little height. Our feet go through the ageing process, too. The sweat glands in our feet are less active, causing drier skin. So, the older we get, the more we need to pay attention to moisturising, regularly. Good home care is necessary, in a gentle way. Here are a few products I have been using to combat dry skin on my feet:
good old olive oil from the kitchen cupboard
O’Keeffe’s Healthy Feet Value Jar 180g – great for parched feet, fatigued feet, fungal toenails, and athlete’s foot.
Scholl Velvet Smooth Electric Foot File with Exfoliating Refill £21.89 – this is a great lightweight tool – I find it to be gentle and effective in effortlessly removing dry skin – I would recommend it.
Plus, I sometimes soak my feet for ten minutes in a little warm water with apple cider vinegar. However, if your feet have open wounds, cuts, or you are diabetic, this is not suitable.
Exfoliating dry skin to get “summer ready”.
The best and most effective way to exfoliate the skin is in a “gentle way”. If done, correctly, it can work wonders for how my skin feels and looks. But, too much, and it can dry the skin barrier, making it look parched.
My rule of thumb is, if the granules, brushes or scrub hurt, then stop, as it’s probably causing damage – especially if you get that slightly raw, tingly feeling.
There are lots of brushes, gloves, stones, contraptions, and formulas on the market.
There are so many benefits to dry body brushing – great for softening your skin, avoiding ingrown hairs, helping to erase cellulite – and, helping to tone your body, too. And, it doesn’t cost a lot, since brushes can be picked up in your local health shop, relatively cheap. I must remind myself to do this, regularly – that is when you see the best results.
This a body mitt from Primark. I use it in the shower with my favourite body wash to slough away any dry skin. And, I always pay particular attention to notoriously dry areas, such as elbows and knees. I’m then ready to self-tan.
I am a big fan of Lumity supplements and wrote a review of their “Female Morning and Night Female Supplements”, last March – Read here. So, when Lumity contacted me looking for volunteers to try their new “Restful Nights” and “Power On Booster” supplements, I jumped at the chance. Here’s what I think of them:
The Restful Night Booster Supplements are vegan-friendly – they have been created by a Cambridge University scientist, Dr Sara Palmer. For those of us in midlife who have trouble with our sleeping patterns, these are “just the job”. If you have read my post, “Menopause, HRT and Me”, you will know that I’m no longer taking HRT. So, I’m very much wanting any natural remedies that will help, because my sleep pattern has reverted to being “hitty-missy”, once more. Sometimes, I sleep through the night, other nights, it takes me ages to get to sleep. Then, I wake up every few hours.
I only took these supplements for one month and found them to be helpful. I found myself more relaxed before bedtime and fell asleep quicker. And, more importantly, I stayed asleep longer, feeling refreshed, the next day. Such a positive result, though I think I needed to be taking them longer than one month to assess. I’ve just heard today that these supplements have been shortlisted for Best Supplement in the “Fabulous Beauty Awards 2021”. which speaks for itself.
Again, these supplements are “vegan friendly”. I’ve had a little spike in energy while taking these, more so in the afternoon. Again, I think I would have been able to evaluate them more if I’d been taking them over a couple of months. But, that said, there was a marked improvement in my energy levels.