The right hairstyle for your face shape

The right hairstyle for your face shape

Have you ever wondered why a gorgeous haircut that looks great on someone else just doesn't work for you? Well, hairstyles are about shape and geometry or putting the right frame around someone's face to balance and bring perspective to the shape of their faces. That is why haircuts must hide or minimize non pleasant attributes and highlight favourable ones.

A general rule is that you should try to achieve an oval face, which is the most pleasant to the human eye. Therefore, long faces need shortening and and wide faces need lengthening. 

To find the best haircut for your face shape, the first step is to discover what is the shape of your face. So, take a picture of yourself. Hold the camera right in front of your face and take a snapshot. Don't smile while the picture is being taken so you can see the shape of your face in its most natural pose.

Examine your picture and decide which is your face shape: oval face shape, round face shape, square face shape, heart face shape, triangular face shape, diamond face shape or oblong face shape.

These are the options for straight face: If you have a round face, you might want to go for a shoulder-dusting cut with long layers to elongate your face. To enhance cheekbones, get strong, straight-across bangs. If you have a square face, get a shoulder-length cut with layers from chin to collarbone in order to soften a strong jaw. To hide a wide forehead, get sideswept bands. If you have an oval face, get layers that start just below the eyes to make your face look fuller.

For wave or curly hair: if you have a round face, length can be midneck to midback; however, you must always get long layers to counteract a pyramid effect. If you have a square face, get layers angled from ears to end. If you have a heart face, get a collarbone-length cut, as the waves are full around the shoulders to balance the forehead's width. A cut that skims your shoulders plays up curls, a side part enhances cheekbones.

Raw Food

Raw Food

Sensationalist, but true fact coming up: eating more raw food will improve every aspect of your health.

Cooking food aids our digestive system and we absolutely need to ensure that we kill off the dangerous bacteria that grows in raw meat, however we can meet a happy medium with the type of vegetables we consume. However bear in mind that vegetables lose most of their nutrition when they are cooked.

The most common form of raw vegetables served up as a standard dish is a salad. You can get really creative which vegetables you combine in a salad instead of opting for the usually expected ingredients such as; lettuce, mixed leaves, tomatoes, cucumber, beetroot, celery and peppers. Why not opt for something a little more creative that adds a great amount extra to the nutritional value of the salad and add in some raw spinach leaves, kale, carrots (grated), courgettes (thinly sliced), mushrooms (finely chopped) and some blended broccoli.

Of course the above ingredients don't have to be used all at once, it's simply a choice of adding something different in the nutritional spectrum and to spice up a salad in a different way.

Juicing has become a popular phenomenon in ensuring that a large number of nutrients are being absorbed by the body each and every day. There are a vast number of books and websites dedicated to the subject of juicing and there is certainly a plan for everyone. If you fancy venturing down the juicing avenue, preparing and drinking the juice in the morning is the absolute optimum time. Your body has been repairing itself during sleep and there's nothing better to start off a new day with a nutritional cocktail for your vessel, which works so hard for you unconditionally.

If you want to go the extra step and really say thank you to your body, opt for a three or five day juice cleanse. It not only cleanses your entire body but also cleanses your mind. If you have a dependence on food which you know not to be good for you, then this is the perfect way to break lifetime habits and do something nice for yourself.

The juice cleanses to go for are the ones that include vegetable juice as well because you don't want to be running off just sugar from fruit for five days. A balance between both will allow you to obtain more nutrients and keep your blood sugar levels evened out as well.

Always seek medical advice if you have any health problems and always look at the qualifications of the person supplying the juice cleanse. Nutritionists spend an extremely long time ensuring that their plans are not only delicious, but totally stable, something you don't want to go the cheaper route on.

Top tips for healthy lips

Top tips for healthy lips

Most people are aware of the need to look after their skin - taking precautions during excessive sunlight, or keeping it moisturised – but we are less inclined to pay attention to our lips. But there are very good reasons why you should actually be taking more care with your lips. Why? Three main reasons.

For a start, the skin on your lips is much thinner than the skin covering the rest of your body. Not only that, it is subjected to a far greater degree of wear and tear. From conversation to eating to many other functions, your lips are pretty much in constant demand from the moment you wake up.

Secondly, women love decorating these sensitive areas of skin with lipstick. This is being applied, wiped away and then re-applied, sometimes many times a day. All this activity adds to the potential damage to the skin.

Lastly, melanin is the pigment in your skin that protects skins cells from radiation. This is what helps you to develop a tan. But there is far less of this substance in your lips, meaning they can be prone to sunburn and dryness.

So what are the top tips for looking after those lips?

Don't lick your lips. When saliva dries on skin it eventually evaporates, taking valuable moisture away. Worse than that, there are enzymes in saliva that will eat away at the skin surface. So next time you want to show your appreciation of a tasty meal, complement the chef rather than licking your lips!

Our lips need to be exfoliated just like any other part of our skin. By doing this regularly you'll remove dead skin cells in order to reveal the vibrant young skin beneath. On a weekly basis, use a toothbrush to brush away dead skin from your lips.

Because a common and unseemly aspect of unhealthy lips is chaffed skin, it makes sense to use moisturiser. This will prevent the skin from cracking, and will nourish and protect new skin cells that have been exposed by exfoliation.

The healthy properties of good old H20 can't be overstated. If you hydrate regularly you'll stop your lips from drying out and developing cracks. Most medical experts concur that aiming for 2 litres a day is a quota that will promote good health – and excellent lips!

If the damage has been done, don't fret. Chemists provide over-the-counter remedies for chapped or dried lips. Available in cream or gel format, these can be easily rubbed into your lips to repair the affected areas.

Rid yourself of wrinkles

Rid yourself of wrinkles

It's an age-old dilemma – battling the onset of age! Wrinkles seem to creep up on us. One moment we're fresh-faced, carrying on as if we don't have a care in the world. Then we catch a photo of ourselves that someone has posted on Facebook and our eyes are instantly drawn to those terrible lines that seem to have appeared in our features overnight.

When Hollywood starlets take a long hard look at themselves in the mirror, if they don't like what they see they'll consider tackling those encroaching wrinkles by paying a visit to their local cosmetic surgeon. But you can rest assured that there are many different methods of easing wrinkles that avoid such drastic measures. And here are our top five:

1. Eating fish

Fish is a terrific source of protein, especially cold-water species such as salmon. Protein is one of the basic building-blocks of skin, and as well as this it's a great source of one particular key ingredient for healthy skin – a fatty acid called omega-3. This will help to nourish you skin and keep it looking plump and youthful.

2. Cutting down on coffee

Coffee is a refreshing beverage that is now available in a bewildering variety of flavours. While many of us rely on coffee to provide a little kick-start to our day, where your wrinkles are concerned it would be far more advisable to switch to cocoa. Researchers have discovered that cocoa has high levels of epicatchin and catchin, two dietary flavanols that not only improve circulation to skin cells, they protect your body from sun damage. Circulation is also enhanced with these substances, making your skin feel smoother.

3. Eating vegetables and fruit

Fuit and vegetables boast one crucial component when it comes to countering skin wear and tear – antioxidant compounds. They assist the skin in staying health-looking by countering the damage that is caused by cell-damaging 'free radicals' (unstable molecules).

4. Avoiding excessive washing

While face-washing might seem an obvious choice for keeping your skin refreshed, dermatologists have proved that water actually strips your skin of natural barrier oils – the very ingredients in your natural chemistry that protect against the onset of wrinkles. Use cleansers instead.

5. Moisturising

Moisturiser creams that can be easily purchased over the counter are a simple weapon in your anti-wrinkling arsenal. By applying these treatments on a daily basis you'll keep your skin moist-looking. Creases and wrinkles will be far less noticeable.