Do You Know Your Skin?

What function does your skin have other than making you weigh more? Did you know that the part that you feel and touch daily is actually a layer of dead cells? Do you know why your skin sags when crash dieting? Then read on.

Your skin is the largest organ of your body, weighs around 6lb (2.7kg) and covers an area of 19sq ft (1.6 sq m). It is estimated that a piece of skin the size of a 10p coin contains about 12 blood vessels, 25 nerve endings, 100 sweat glands and 3 million cells.

Skin Structure - Image retrieved from Google

Skin Structure – Image retrieved from Google

The outer layer of skin (epidermis) consists of a top layer of dead cells, constantly being sloughed off and replaced by new ones from the lower, living part of the same layer.

The underlying layer (dermis) is thicker and it contains the elastic tissue, which accounts for the resiliency of the skin, blood vessels, sweat glands, the sebaceous glands and the hair follicles.

Under these we find layers of fat, which separate the skin from the muscles and bones while also cushioning and supporting it. This is why if you ‘crash-diet’ too extensively, your skin may sag, depending on the amount of fat, of course.

If our skin is so important we should take care good care of it, right? We will discuss skin care routine in the next article but now, let us identify what kind of skin we have.*

  • Dry skin is usually associated with fair-haired and light-skinned women but that is not always the case. This skin is fine textured, has no enlarged pores and often feels ‘tight’, particularly if it has been in water, wind or cold weather. It chaps easily and can look flaky. It needs care from an early age. Some women with dry skin have patchy red cheeks caused by broken veins known as split or dilated capillaries. Skin that suffers from broken veins should not be steamed, roughly handled or subjected to extremes of temperatures. Only mild products and gentle routines should be applied.#
  • Greasy skin is more common among dark-haired women. This is a sallow skin, which develops a film of grease (particularly around the cheeks and the nose) shortly after washing and almost always in the morning as well. It is called the ‘orange-peel’ skin as the pores are often enlarged and is prone to blackheads. It ages well though as it tends to get better with the years passing.#
  • Combination skin is usually oily down the central part of the face (the T-zone consisting of the middle of the forehead, the nose and the chin) but it is dry and feels tight everywhere else.
  • Balanced skin is the type that is ‘just right’. Not too greasy nor too dry. It is sometimes called ‘normal’ skin but it is not normal at all as this is the rarest of skin types. No harsh products that may over-stimulate the oil glands should be used on it but it has to be kept moisturised to prevent it from drying out.

*This list is far from being complete so for a more complete and accurate skin analysis speak to your beauty therapist.

#Both greasy and dry skins can be very sensitive to sun, wind, food, drink and emotions, as well as to what you put on them and how you handle them. They are more prone to develop allergies to the products used.

 

Don’t be ridiculous!

Literally, the message of this post is the title. I know it does not apply to everyone but please do circulate among relevant people :)

You know how you surf the net for hot tips or just new ideas on basically anything? Well, I have done that in search of the best individual eyelashes and I stumbled upon some videos. Most of them are quite amateur as you would expect but I found some amazing makeups and  some wired tips as well.

One thing you have to know about me before reading on is that I still find it weird – regardless of sexual orientation – when guys know more about makeup, nails or hair than women. (I am not the perfect example for the opposite sex though as I know more about Moto GP than designer clothes & shoes.)

I have watched a good 25 videos on lashes, brows and make-up and I have to say that our male friends have put us to shame. Their ideas are amazing and the execution is immaculate. An example Michael James’ violent red make-up which is obviously not an everyday thing. 

Michael’s eyebrow routine is amazing as well, although shaving off your brow is a bit too much for me as I am a firm believer in enhancing the natural beauty instead of totally ignoring and concealing it. In my opinion this one is better if you are going for a natural look.

On the note of being ridiculous, I am not going to be popular when I tell you this: orange skin and huge, peacock-feathery eyelashes like this

Image retrieved from Google

Image retrieved from Google

are a no-no for everyday makeup. Let me take this further: orange skin is NEVER sexy!!! Let me just show you what I mean:

Image retrieved from http://thechive.com/2012/10/08/good-thing-nobody-will-ever-know-your-tan-is-fake-25-photos/horrible-fake-tans-0/

Image retrieved from thechive.com

Ladies, believe me, I have 3 brothers and a husband, I know. This is NOT beautiful. You have to tone it down in your everyday life and use the extra oomph on special occasions but even then, try to stay true to yourself as you do not want to scare the guy off when he happens to see you without all the hoopla.

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UV Gel Lack (Soak Off Gel Polish)

UV Gel Lack (Soak Off Gel Polish)

Nail Extensions, Sculptured Nails, Overlays, Gel Lack & Wraps

Acrylic Essentials – picture by Viqe

Acrylic:

  • Natural acrylic overlay £13
  • French acrylic overlay £15
  • Natural acrylic extension set (sculptured or with tips) £17
  • French acrylic extension set (sculptured or with tips) £20

Gel:

  • Natural gel overlay £15
  • French gel overlay £17
  • Natural gel set (sculptured or with tips) £20
  • French gel set (sculptured or with tips) £23

Extra Oomph:

  • Glitter £1
  • Rubber flowers, seashells, nail stickers, etc £2
  • Additional colour on extensions £5
  • Nail art (newspaper nails, water marbling) £2
  •  Wedding nails £25

Gel & Gel Lack Products & Equipment – picture by Viqe

Gel Lack:

  • Gel lack nails £10

Wraps:

  • Fibreglass overlay £15
  • Fibreglass with tip £20
  • Silk overlay £15
  • Silk with tip £20
  • 3D nail wrap £10

To any of the above:

  • Repair £2/nail
  • Maintenance/infills from £10
  • Tip removal £3
  • Tip removal & tidy £6
  • Tip removal & manicure £10
  • Soak off (acrylic, gel lack or fibre) £5
  • Soak off and tidy (acrylic, gel lack or fibre) £8
  • Soak off (acrylic, gel lack or fibre) & manicure £12
  • Soak off before applying new set (acrylic, gel lack or fibre) £3
  • Gel removal £10
  • Gel removal & tidy ££12
  • Gel removal & manicure £17
  • Gel removal before applying new set £5

    Acrylic & Gel Colours – picture by Viqe

Pedicure

  • Pedicure Station – picture by Viqe

    Basic pedicure (filing, shaping, soaking feet, exfoliation, drying, cuticle work, moisturising, cuticle oil) £7

  • French pedicure (filing, shaping, soaking feet, exfoliation, drying, cuticle work, French nail polish, moisturising, cuticle oil) £10
  • Colour pedicure (filing, shaping, soaking feet, exfoliation, drying, cuticle work, colour nail polish, moisturising, cuticle oil) £12
  • Nails tidy (filing, shaping, cuticle work, buffing, cuticle oil) £5
  • French nails tidy (filing, shaping, cuticle work, French nail polish, cuticle oil) £7
  • Colour nails tidy (filing, shaping, cuticle work, colour nail polish, cuticle oil) £9
  • Relaxing pedicure (filing, shaping, soaking feet, exfoliation, drying, cuticle work, foot massage, moisturising, cuticle oil)  £15
  • Nourishing pedicure (filing, shaping, soaking feet, exfoliation, drying, cuticle work, foot mask, moisturising, cuticle oil) £12
  • Luxury pedicure (filing, shaping, soaking feet, exfoliation, drying, cuticle work, foot massage, foot mask, moisturising, cuticle oil) £18
  • Paraffin wax treatment feet (beneficial for people suffering from arthritis, eczema, muscle spasms, overworked muscles, psoriasis, scar tissue, stiff joints, tendonitis and many more) £10
  • Paraffin wax treatment with pedicure (filing, shaping, soaking feet, exfoliation, drying, cuticle work, paraffin treatment, moisturising, cuticle oil)  £15
  • Luxury paraffin wax treatment feet (filing, shaping, soaking feet, exfoliation, drying, cuticle work, foot massage, paraffin treatment, moisturising, cuticle oil) £23
  • Japanese pedicure (filing, shaping, soaking feet, exfoliation, drying, cuticle work, special buffing techniques with beeswax to strengthen natural nail and powder to give nails a high gloss finish, moisturising, cuticle oil) £13
  • Any treatment + French polish +£3
  • Any treatment + colour polish +£5
  • Feet & half leg massage £13
  • Full leg massage £16
  • Any massages & paraffin wax treatment +£8

    Paraffin Wax Machine & Accessories – picture by Viqe