Summer Beauty SOS

With the credit crunch and now swine flu hot on the news agenda, it's frown lines ahoy. Don't deepen the dreaded wrinkle potential further by worrying about your beauty niggles - help is at hand.

Hold the Botox and put your beauty angst to bed. Bella Blissett, author of new book, Ask: The 1000 Most Asked Questions About Beauty, has all the answers to your pampering woes.

Here, Bella reveals how to get your seasonal routines and products ship-shape for summer.

Q: What can I do about my cellulite?
A: “Try a finger-pinching massage using your thumb and forefinger to gently stimulate blood flow to the area and help reduce the build-up of fatty tissue.”

Q: I'm wearing open-toe shoes. How can I fix my ugly toenails fast?
A: “Always keep a set of false toenails in your bathroom to be stuck on in emergencies. They are widely available.”

Q: How can I minimise the damage of sunburn?
A: “Add a few drops of peppermint oil to some aloe vera, cool it in the refrigerator and apply to the affected area.”

Q: What's a good way to remove fake tan streaks?
A: “Mix some lemon juice and salt together and use on a loofah to rub the streaky skin.”

Q: Does the sun help dry out spots?
A: “While soaking up the rays may cause an initial improvement in your spots, in the long term it will only damage the skin cells and aggravate the condition.”

Q: How can I make my skin glow when I don't have time to fake tan?
A: “Invest in some body shimmer and mix equal quantities with your usual body moisturiser. It will reflect the light and give you a glow without the tan.”

Q: How can I fix the oily patches that ruin my make-up in the summer?
A: “Instead of applying more make-up (which will only look thick and flaky), carry a packet of cosmetic blotting paper around in your handbag and mop up the oil when you need to. Follow it with a very light dusting of translucent powder.”

Q: Is it safe to use make-up that has melted?
A: “Most cosmetics need to be kept at room temperature or even in the refrigerator. Overheating can cause changes in the chemical ingredients, so it's best to get replacements as soon as you can.”

Q: What's the best make-up for poolside sunbathing?
A: “A full face of make-up will clog your pores and leave foundation melting down your face. Wear a tinted waterproof moisturiser with SPF to kill three birds with one stone, then top up with an SPF lip balm and some waterproof mascara.”

Q: Do I need to swap shampoo with the seasons?
A: “In the summer your hair has to defend itself against more enemies, such as the sun, sea, salt, excess sweat and chlorine. Switching to a gentler shampoo can help to keep your hair soft without stripping it of its natural oils.”

Q: How can I get beachy waves in my hair?
A: “Try tying your hair in a low ponytail and wetting it under a running tap. Wring it out, then un-tie it when it's dry for soft, surfer-girl curls.”

Q: How can I protect my hair in the sun?
A: “Hair burns just as skin does. When you're going in the sun, mix equal amounts of an oil-free SPF sun tan lotion with an oil-free hairspray, rub together in your palms and smooth over your hair.”

Q: How can I streamline my anti-ageing skin regime on holiday?
A: “Pack a regular moisturiser and a small pot of grapeseed oil: adding a few drops will give you the youth-boosting benefits you need while you're away.”

Q: Should I change my make-up when I'm on holiday?
A: “Even after you've applied your sunscreen meticulously, you should develop a tan. Darker skin can take bolder colour, so pack some eye shadows and lip glosses similar to the ones you usually use, but a shade or two brighter for evenings out.”

Q: How can I streamline my holiday wash bag?
A: “If your wash bag takes up half your luggage, simply leave it at home. Buy a range of products online from a site such as, and get them delivered to your hotel ready for when you arrive.”

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Posted by Della3Report
When going on holiday always remember that the sun is going to do some damage, whether its the hair from swimming, or the skin from sun exposure. Always put on a 30+ sun screen, and I cover my face if I am going to lie in the sun also, or take an umberella. Tinted moisturiser is excellent to use while on vacation, I find this works well for me with a little blush, and lipgloss and waterproof mascara. Presto, natural but pretty. I use a different conditioner for my hair than I would use at thome because of the exposure, so opt for one for sun damaged hair, and put your hair up, or tie it back as this will limit the sun exposure.