Beauty tips and tricks: your problems solved
From frizzy hair to sensitive skin, Prima beauty editor Trish Lesslie reveals her expert beauty tips on how to deal with the most common beauty problems
Q. No matter what the weather, my hair ends up frizzy. What can I do?
K Moon, Brighton
● Ive heard great things about LaCoupe Orgnx 14 Day Brazilian Keratin Smoothing Treatment (£12.95, harveynichols.com), a new at-home hair-smoothing system. Its chemical free, using nutrient-rich oils and keratin proteins to strengthen and seal the cuticle, locking out humidity. Our tester found it easy to use, the only drawback being you shouldnt wash your hair for a couple of days after application. Still, a small price to pay for two weeks of tamer hair.
Q. I hate my upper arms. They always seem so dry and bumpy. What can I do to get them smooth?
Christine Stubbs, Bolton
● This is a harmless skin condition called keratosis pilaris. Wash with a non-soap product, such as E45 Emollient Shower Cream (£5.49 for 200ml, Boots) and apply a moisturiser. Dermatologists often recommend a product with urea, such as Eucerin Dry Skin Intensive Lotion (£13.50 for 250ml, Boots), which contains ten per cent urea. It can also help to take warm showers rather than hot baths and to gently slough the area with a flannel or sponge.
Q. I suffer from redness on my cheeks. What can I use to disguise it? Normal foundation just isnt enough.
Alice Kramer, Manchester
● Depending on how severe the problem is, taking one or all of the following steps will disguise it...
1. Apply a correcting primer, such as No7 Colour Calming Primer Green (£10.50 for 40ml, Boots). You only need a tiny amount.
2. Follow up with Airbase Foundation (£32.95, airbasemakeup.com), which gives great coverage or Bourjois 123 Perfect Foundation (£10.99, Boots), which contains pigments to counter redness, dullness and dark circles.
3. Finish off with a dab of ybf Neutralizing Pressed Powder (£20.75, qvcuk.com) where needed. A little goes a long way, but be sure to blend. Make sure you wear a high-factor sunscreen all year round to prevent the problem from worsening.
Q. I have really dry and sensitive skin so would prefer a cream cleanser that isnt washed off. What do you recommend?
Wendy Cross, Leeds
● Eau Thermale Avène Extremely Gentle Cleanser (£8 for 200ml, Boots) is made for such skin. Apply it to face, eyes and neck with fingertips and wipe off with a cotton pad or tissue. It wont upset even the most sensitive skin, but its still strong enough to remove eye make-up.
Q. My feet look so bad. Im too embarrassed to go to a beauty salon for a pedicure because of the hard skin on them. I dont seem to have a chiropodist nearby. Is there anything I can do to get my feet back on track?
Elena Harris, Faversham, Kent
● You might be able to get a free treatment at or through your GPs surgery, so its worth asking. Otherwise, visit findachiropodist.co.uk for a list of qualified chiropodists in your area. Expect to pay around £30 for a 45-minute visit.
Q. What can I do about my pores? I disguise them with primers and the like, but I really want them to shrink.
Anna Cross, Batley, Yorkshire
● Deep cleanse twice a week with a mask to draw out impurities. Ulittlebeauty Detox Your Face Clay Facial Cleansing Mask (£12.50 for 50ml, u-little-beauty.co.uk) has vitamin C to help brighten skin, too, while Una Brennan Tea Flower Deep Clean Pore Purifying Clay Mask (£8.99 for 125ml, Boots) has salicylic acid to dissolve pore congestion. Your pores should start to reduce in no time!
Q. I've heard that there are lip liners that help prevent lip bleed, but Im having trouble finding one.
Anna Miln, London
● Too Faced Borderline Anti-Feathering Lip Pencil (£12.50, Boots) should do the trick. It goes on clear, so you can wear it under any gloss or lipstick without fear of colour clash.
Lines and wrinkles
Q. My foundation pools into the lines on my face and just makes them look worse. Primer helps, but is there anything else I can do?
Helen Wicks, Oldham, Lancs
● Try dabbing a little wrinkle filler into problem areas. Olay Regenerist 30 Second Wrinkle Filler (£25.99 for 30ml, Boots) helps plump out creases instantly and treats them over time, too.
Q. My nails are soft and keep splitting and breaking. What can I do to make them stronger?
Jane Carey, Stamford, Lincs
● Apart from regularly brushing on a nail nourisher (I love the marvellous Mavala Scientifique, £13, 01732 459412), its worth boosting them from the inside out, too. Taking a daily supplement such as Perfectil Plus Nails (£15.99 for 60 tablets, Boots) will promote healthy nail growth.