Excessive facial hair:
In days gone by the ‘bearded lady’ was very much a circus attraction. But when it’s your face that every now and then sprouts unwanted hair, it’s no fun at all. So what can you do? You can try laser treatments that are designed to permanently remove unwanted hair by using light energy. Laser hair removal treatment prices at Sk:n clinics start from £25 for a test patch. For a home laser treatment, check out the TRIA at-home hair removal system which costs £495 — and depending on your budget, this option may work out cheaper long-term than regular salon visits.
If you don’t feel ready for laser treatments then try Parissa wax strips for Face and Bikini (£7.99), which comes ready-to use and can be applied to your face, underarm and bikini areas. The Parissa Strip Free Hot Wax (£8.99) removes dark or coarse hair on the upper lip, chin, bikini line and underarm and can be used on sensitive skin.
Acne tends to surface wherever there are many sebaceous (oil) glands. This means you can end up with acne on your face, chest or your back. When it appears on your back, it is often known as ‘backne’. Karen Wadman, Ahava UK’s Training Consultant says: ‘The all too common and often highly embarrassing condition of back acne can be eased using the beneficial minerals found in Dead Sea mud. Enriched with beneficial minerals, Ahava’s Pure Dead Sea Mineral Mud (£19 for 4 x 250gm sachets), naturally cleanses and effectively removes excess oils, impurities and dead skin cells from the back area. It also helps soothe minor scar-tissue that often results from back acne.’
'Chicken skin’ aka Keratosis pilaris:
This harmless but unsightly skin condition which often affects the upper arms and thighs is caused by an excess of the protein keratin and is characterised by tiny pimples which resemble ‘chicken skin’. These pimples are in fact blocked hair follicles. The recommended treatment is to exfoliate to unblock the follicles. Dry body brushing, using exfoliating body scrubs and loofahs followed by the application of intensive moisturisers are often the best form of treatment.
Omorovicza Body Buffing Balm (£35) and The Vie at Home Hydrotherapy Spa Invigorating Bath and Shower Scrub (£12/250ml), contains sea salt and provides gentle, yet effective, exfoliation and encourages cell regeneration. Dermalogica Exfoliating Body Scrub (£25.50/150g) is recommended for all skin conditions and contains natural ingredients such as fig and date seeds and essential oils.
Follow exfoliation with a good quality rich moisturiser such as the Ole Henriksen Body Sleek Lotion (£30/335ml) which contains avocado oil and almond oil. Clinique’s Deep Comfort Body Butter (£21/200ml) delivers intense body hydration to your skin and contains vitamin E and shea butter. Also the Caudalíe Vine Body Butter (£19/200ml) contains grapeseed oil and butter which are both rich in the anti-oxidants omega 6 and vitamin E, that will provide you with effective and luxurious moisture that lasts all day.
If you’ve been told that you have bad breath or halitosis, take some comfort from the fact that most of us will suffer from it at some point in our lives. Bad breath is not always the result of poor oral hygiene. Sometimes, it’s caused by tooth decay, gum disease and excessive bacterial activity on the tongue. Regular trips to the dentist should identify any serious problems. If oral hygiene has been ruled out, then your bad breath can be rectified quite simply with mouthwashes such as the Superdrug extra fresh mint mouth wash (69p), or if you prefer a natural mouthwash try the Kiwiherb Manuka Mouthwash (£13.99/100ml).