Treat your skin

Posted on: 9th June, 2017

Category: Image

Contributor: Louise O'Dwyer

It never ceases to amaze me that a lot of women that I know do not make time to take care of their skin! Why is that? You cannot expect a moisturiser and a foundation to make ‘neglected skin’ look amazing. You know me; I NEVER suggest that you need to spend a fortune on products. Just know your skin type and treat it accordingly.

There is nothing better than that feeling when the heat from the sun caresses your face and your body. This is a great time of the year, we roll up our jeans, expose our legs and arms, and cleavage makes a welcomed re-appearance. Undoubtedly, after many months of being covered up, our beautiful skin can be a bit dull. In other words it desperately needs some attention!

Maybe it’s because I’m left-handed but I often seem to approach things ‘ass-ways’! I always start and end my skincare regime by soaking my feet in a dish of hot water and salt. I do this regularly and the skin on my feet loves me for it. Not only does it help my feet to look pretty, there is also something so incredibly therapeutic about doing this. I had terrible shoulder pain recently – guess I felt like I was carrying the world on my shoulders and I probably was – but my craniosacral therapist suggested that I soak my feet in salt water every night for half an hour for a week. By the end of the week the shoulder pain was gone, I felt very refreshed and the soles of my feet were like the soft skin of a newborn baby. It felt like I had completely detoxed, even the whites of my eyes looked brighter…so this is something that I do on a very regular basis now and thoroughly recommend.

Facials are NOT just an indulgence, they have profound benefits to the health and wellness of your skin in the short and long term, most especially when the seasons change – so at the very minimum, have a facial four times a year! Clear pores take some work, otherwise you are left with broken capillaries or facial scarring…much harder to deal with than a blackhead or a spot. One of the best things about a facial is that it includes facial massage that promotes lymphatic drainage – so it gets rid of toxins, reduces inflammation and encourages good circulation…the end result is healthier skin that looks more youthful.

Masks are brilliant, have a facial and make a commitment to regularly use a mask, try to make it part of every weekend. Know what your skin needs, whether it is hydration or a decongestant or perhaps at different times it will need different things and there is a mask for everything and for every budget.

A good cleanser only does so much. Think of it like this, Pledge is great to give a quick shine to your wooden table but every so often you need to treat it with wood oil, it gives deeper nourishment and restores the table to a ‘new’ look again. It is exactly the same with your skin, a deep cleansing facial goes a lot deeper and we ‘DO’ need to dig a little deeper at times. Thinking that your skin type doesn’t change as you age is really silly, as is thinking that your entire face needs the same treatment. You can only get the correct information about what your needs are from a beautician, not at a make-up counter in a department store. The training involved in skincare analysis is so much more than just promoting the latest new skincare line! You deserve to get the best advice possible in order to have beautiful skin.

Spending an hour in a relaxing environment where you have no option but to just relax restores balance overall…and you deserve that. Aging is something that none of us can run away from so allow yourself the opportunity to take care of your face (you will only ever have one face after all). Regular facials boost collagen production and maintain a healthy skin balance – which is the best part of a healthy anti-aging remedy for your skin. Spots and breakouts are just a part of life but a good diet, lots of hydration and a commitment to do what you can to nourish your skin is the best approach to a healthy complexion.

Make the time, don’t procrastinate and reap the rewards. Love your skin all of the time, not just before a wedding or an event.

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The inaugural Ballineen Foróige Young Engineers Exhibition will take place in Gort Mhuire Hall in Ballineen this Friday 23rd February. As part of Engineers Week 2018, leaders and members of Ballineen Foróige Club have organised an exhibition which will showcase a diverse and exciting range of engineering projects that have been undertaken by members of the club over the last few weeks, with the aid of leaders and a number of local engineers.

With the aid of local pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly, along with the support of STEAM Education, a UCC based company focused on promoting science, technology, engineering, arts, and maths subjects in primary schools, Ballineen Foróige has been engaging members and leaders in all things engineering over the last six weeks. From researching, designing, and prototyping a project based on local problems, to participating in various workshops on coding and careers in engineering, Ballineen Foróige have been extremely busy in preparation for the exhibition this coming Friday night.

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