Our beauty expert, Emma Charlotte Bangay, shares 3 beauty tasks that every woman should try at some point in her life!
But don’t be fooled, as navigating new unchartered beauty territory can be equally as fraught with fear.
I’ve done a Miley. And although no foam fingers were harmed in the process, my hair lengths were. They hit the floor with abandon after over 30 years of skimming my shoulders. How dare they get so comfortable? As I did. It was time to shake up my hairstyle, and a shave was in order. Not a trim, not a layer, I had it Clear. Shaved. Off. With just a little on top (think Miley, or in my case, Bert or Ernie. Bah!)
Anyway, I could have joined the military with that do, but I tell you, it was the most liberating beauty leap I’ve ever taken. Yes I hid my inhibitions behind a story I was writing but that only gave me the final push I needed to take the plunge. Little did I know that at over 30, I could feel fiercer than a teen and more confident than a twenty-something all by ditching the hair that was weighing me down! My hair maintenance time was cut into slivers of its former self and ‘hair styling’ became a misnomer to me. Yes, I’d do it again. (If I could fast-forward past the growing out phase). Now that was scary!
LA Based Dentist to the stars Dr Bill Dorfman, has pearlised the chompers of everyone from Hugh Jackman to Jessica Simpson, Eva Longoria to Katy Perry. And when done well, whitened teeth can prove the best non-injectable anti-ager out there. The appearance of enamel degenerates over time with discolouration simply becoming a fact of life. And I am not immune! Although I have ‘white’ teeth (think egg white, not chalk white), a pep up with Philips Zoom Whitening was just the ticket for me. Created by Dr Dorfman, the advanced LED whitening ‘Purely Whitening’ technology can take teeth eight shades whiter in just 45 minutes with – wait for it – minimal sensitivity! And for someone with a pain threshold smaller than Eva’s stature, that is a good thing.
I did pop a pill or two (all legal) to get through some sensitivity, but the super white results following made any discomfort a distant memory. But if you’re a coffee or red wine fiend, be warned: you have to cut back for a day at least to avoid staining. But who said a mini-detox wasn’t a good thing thrown into the deal?
Heard of it? Well, you may not know the name but you’ve seen the results. Gwyneth Paltrow attributes her ageless California girl glow to not just green leafy vegetables and home-cooking, but more so, Thermage; the in-clinic skin treatment that produces skin tightening, firming and lifting achieved through a heat radiofrequency energy that goes deep into the three compartments of the skin into the sub-dermal skin layer. Gwyneth has been quoted as saying “I went out to dinner right afterward and I didn’t look crazy…I feel like it took five years off my face” Thermage is carried out via a special treatment tip delivering controlled RF energy into the collagen in pre-mapped formation causing contraction and tightening of proteins, which stimulates powerful new collagen remodelling.
For me, this was the best option in anti-ageing as I am not into injectable (yet) and just wanted to tighten any slackening. Although slightly uncomfortable – I liken the feeling to a tiny warm jackhammer being methodically traced over the face and neck – the addition of a new enhanced pulsed system of cryogen cooling of the Thermage tip reduced any heat and sensitivity. There was no down time but – pardon the pun – this is a slow-burner. Some results are immediate, but the best bits are saved till last with most of the improvement occurring gradually over six to nine months onwards. I had my procedure done here, and you can learn more here.
So, what’s on your Beauty Bucket List?