21 Jan 2015 11:53 AM | Posted by bh's Beth England
Last week was all about the silkworm cocoon facial, but now urine therapy has stolen the spotlight as the latest bizarre skin treatment.
Speaking to The Daily Mail, UK medical research writer Martha Christy said it can be applied topically to treat eczema, psoriasis and fungal infections.
According to Christy, thanks to its anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties, it can also be used to treat skin congestion and pimples. Controversially, the expert’s even suggested using it an eye and ear drop!
Urine therapy – or urotherapy – has roots in ancient Egypt, China and India – so it’s no new thang. To support her pro-pee argument, Christy cited women who took urine baths in eighteenth century France (although from what I recall from year nine history, personal hygiene wasn’t exactly stellar in those days).
To apply, she and other experts recommend putting it in your face cream. Supposedly, it’ll leave your skin feeling extra soft.
On one hand, I can see the appeal. After all, it won’t cost you a thing (your pee comes free)!
But thankfully for sceptics (including myself), many specialists aren’t so supportive of the treatment, saying there isn’t any real benefit apart from the five per cent nutrients urine contains – the rest is water.
I’ll be sticking to nutritionist Shona Wilkinson’s suggestion to down “a glass of water and either a healthy meal or a multi vitamin and mineral tablet”, to boost my general health – and enhance my skin along the way.
Would you put urine on your face? What other bizarre skin treatments have you tried?
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Okay totally ick factor. I cannot imagine the smell either if you put it in your face cream I'll stick to my multivitamins thanks!
Posted on: January 21, 2015 (Jan 21, 2015 12:13pm)
No thank you I do not think I would do that yuck !
Posted on: January 21, 2015 (Jan 21, 2015 12:17pm)
20 Jan 2015 15:19 PM | Posted by bh's Rosemary Bracey
Have you ever seen a selfie of a celeb rocking amazingly glowy skin with next to no make-up? Have you ever wondered how her skin looks so damn fine?
Well, you don’t need to be a megastar to show off perfectly luminous skin in your next #NoMakeup #NoFilter (for real) Instagram selfie. All you need are these skin care tricks up your sleeve…
STEP 1: CALM YO’ SELF
After cleansing your skin, smooth on a soothing moisturiser to eliminate redness on the cheeks and around the nose. Choose one with ingredients such as calendula and aloe to calm and nurture your skin.
bh product picks: Puretopia Sensitive Care Soothing & Comforting Protective Moisturiser, The Body Shop Aloe Soothing Day Cream
STEP 2: BLUR BABY, BLUR
Yes, there is a cream out there that actually blurs imperfections, right down to your fine lines and pesky pores. It will not only leave your skin looking clear and even-toned, but its matte finish means you won’t have to worry about unwanted shine.
bh product picks: L’Oréal Paris Skin Perfection Blur, Garnier Perfect Blur Smoothing Base Perfector
STEP 3: HI, BRIGHT EYES
Wave bye-bye to dark circles and puffy eyes with a hydrating and brightening eye cream. Using your ring finger, pat the cream on your eyelid and underneath your eyes, gently blending it outwards for naturally fresh-looking peepers.
bh product picks: Benefit b.right It’s Potent Eye Cream, Elucent Whitening Eye Cream
STEP 4: PREP YOUR PUCKER
Ditch dry, tight lips for a plumped and moisturised pout with a lip treatment. Find one that contains lip-loving oils like jojoba or sweet almond, and slather it on whenever you feel the need for luscious lips (so, all the time).
bh product picks: Iluka Luxe Lip Treatment ($29.99, www.ilukaskincare.com), Aveda Nourish-Mint Renewing Lip Treatment
Need some inspo? Here are some downright gorgeous celebs who nailed their my-skin-is-amazing-what-of-it selfies…
Photo credit: @mirandakerr Instagram
Photo credit: @the_native_tiger Instagram
Photo credit: @bellathorne Instagram
Photo credit: @rosiehw Instagram
Photo credit: @beyonce Instagram
What are your tricks for flawless skin sans make-up? How do you prep your skin before taking a #NoMakeup #NoFilter Instagram selfie?
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Lovew all these tips. Prepping the skin is the best way to get a flawless base and feel confident!
Posted on: January 21, 2015 (Jan 21, 2015 12:12pm)
I only really wear make up once a week but find I don't feel complete if I don't do my daily beauty routine. Sadly I have really red skin so without make up I do not look so flawless.
Posted on: January 21, 2015 (Jan 21, 2015 12:16pm)
21 Jan 2015 10:19 AM | Posted by bh's Astrid Taemets
We’ve seen blonde bobs popping up all over Hollywood lately, and while we admit 2015 is the year of the chop, we’re going to claim this particular cut as our own.
It seems Hollywood has fallen head over heels in love with our darling Lara Bingle's bob. We’ve already seen a handful of celebs mimicking her choppy, side-parted locks, and it’s only January! Sorry ladies, but you’ve gone and got yourself Bingle’d:
Bethany Joy Lenz
Do you love the Bingle bob?
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This is gorgeous! Might need to consider going blonde!
Posted on: January 21, 2015 (Jan 21, 2015 11:49am)
I had my hair cut into a bob a few months back, and I really like it. I'm thinking I might keep it this way for a while.
Posted on: January 21, 2015 (Jan 21, 2015 12:10pm)
15 Jan 2015 15:49 PM | Posted by bh's Astrid Taemets
Life is good in the summertime, but not for our hair. The heat from the sun strips our locks of colour, shine and hydration, plus we battle UV rays, follicle-frizzing humidity and moisture-zapping water - all of which can really parch our strands.
But it’s not all doom and gloom. Here’s how to keep your hair as happy as you are all summer long:
For the summer lovers among us, nothing is better than feeling the warmth of the sun on your back or going for a refreshing dip in the sea. Sadly, our tresses don’t share our enthusiasm for the hot season. The harsh combination of sun, saltwater and chlorine does more than just dry out our mane - it can cause real damage, too. To give your hair a chance to make it through summer unscathed, and rinse it with fresh water before swimming. Hair absorbs the first thing it comes in contact with, so jumping straight into chlorinated or salty water will only cause it to retain the salt and chemicals. If you want to up the ante, use an oil spray before diving in to protect your hair from dehydration.
We recommend: Schwarzkopf Extra Care Hair Care Ultimate Repair Gloss Treatment, Moroccanoil Glimmer Shine Spray, Muk Haircare Argan Oil Repair Shine Spray, Kevin Murphy Young Again Immortelle Infused Treatment Oil
bh tip: Swimming in pools often? Alternate between using a specialist shampoo like the Kiehl’s All Sport Swimmer’s Cleansing Rinse for Hair and Body to break down the chlorine, and a hydrating duo like Aveeno Nourish + Moisturise Shampoo and Conditioner.
Dryness is the mane problem (pardon the pun) that crops up in the summer months. It’s a result of heat, styling, and those long days spent on the sand or by the pool. Crunchy, dry hair is a telltale sign of neglect, so treat your locks to the moisture they so desperately crave! Put back what’s been taken out with the help an intense hydrating mask at least once a week.
We recommend: Awe Cosmeceuticals rasadana Hydrating Mask, Hello Hair Hydrating Mask Island Escape, Herbal Essences Hello Hydration Rinse-Off Treatment, Dove Intensive Repair Treatment Mask
FIGHT THE FRIZZ
Do you swear your strands are more frizzier now than they were at the start of summer? With all that moisture in the air, hair is bound to turn into a frizzball. Even if you don’t normally fall victim to frizz, any type of damage (from sun, colouring or heat styling) roughens the hair cuticles and causes them to swell. Combat unruly hair with a smoothing serum that will restructure and prevent the absorption of humidity in the air.
We recommend: La Biosthetique Anti-Frizz Serum, Clairol Professional Satin Anti-Frizz Serum, John Frieda Frizz-Ease Extra Strength 6 Effects + Serum, Sunsilk Co-creations Frizz & Weather Defence Protection & Shine Serum, Herbal Essence None Of Your Frizzness Smoothing Serum
How will you care for your hair this summer?
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I use a treatment mask at least once a week and after every shower I use Eleven Australia hair serum which has SPF and has every hair issue covered!
Posted on: January 20, 2015 (Jan 20, 2015 4:46pm)
I use a deep conditioning mask and leave in conditioner or hair oil
Posted on: January 20, 2015 (Jan 20, 2015 5:01pm)
20 Jan 2015 11:39 AM | Posted by bh's Beth England
If I could steal any celebrity’s skin, it’d have to be Miranda Kerr’s.
It’s so glowy it’s practically blinding, so you can imagine my excitement at discovering a number of her wellbeing and beauty secrets.
Speaking to The Daily Mail, the model revealed she makes an “alkalising and nutrient-dense” superfood smoothie with the following ingredients:
- Maca powder
- Acai powder
- Cacao powder
- Coconut oil
- Chia seeds
Got that down? She also follows up with a serving of avocado – one of the best foods for skin health – confessing she has a bit of an addiction: “I probably have half an avocado a day”.
Of course, the former Victoria’s Secret angel also swears by her organic skincare line, KORA Organics, saying she uses the Luxurious Rosehip Oil to combat dryness.
But does the homegrown beauty ever indulge? Well, she’s big on drinking tea, which she considers her ‘me time’ – this makes sense, as she’s also about to launch a teaware collection for Royal Albert – though compared to my own late-night Mint Slice habit, this treat’s pretty tame.
She also reckons she eats “healthily 80 per cent of the time” and indulges “20 per cent of the time. But her self-confessed “everyday treat” is similarly, well, un-treat-like: “I cook gluten-free muffins with blueberries and chia seeds.”
Ok, it may give her a glowy complexion and an unbelievable bod, but Miranda Kerr’s health and beauty regime is just a little too good!
What are your best health and wellbeing tips? What do you recommend for glowing skin like Miranda’s?
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Posted by:(Member since 2008, Australia)
oh yes im a big believer in super foods, and a multivitamin. its good to read what others do
Posted on: January 20, 2015 (Jan 20, 2015 12:56pm)
Wow shes a motivator for healthy foods
Posted on: January 20, 2015 (Jan 20, 2015 1:10pm)