7 beauty secrets you must know!


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We all have read thousands of beauty tips and tried hundreds of beauty products. Mind you, only few are worth following. We share some useful beauty tricks!

Secret 1
Drink water: Thinking it’s no secret? Well, forget about the eight glass rule. Make sure you drink just enough that you don’t feel thirsty. Says freelancer Prachi, “My skin gets all flaky and dry if I am not well hydrated.”

Secret 2
Sunscreen is a must: Sunscreen is a guarantee for youthful skin. UV rays is the most common source of skin cancer and ageing. Be it rains or sunshine, make sure your skin is nicely smothered with sunscreen- and you know the rule- apply it 15 minutes prior to walking out so the body absorbs it properly.

Secret 3
Moisturise: Make sure you have a moisturizing body lotion that includes a self-tanner. It helps you hide spider veins on your legs and give a slimming effect all over.

Secret 4
Hands and neck are important too: Treat your hands and neck like your face. Wash, cleanse and moisturise. Apply suitable creams and rub it nicely on your neck and hands to make sure they glow as much as your facial skin.

Secret 5
Exercise! If you want glow on your face, facials are not the only option. Workouts help improve blood circulation and oxygen capacity. So hit the treadmill and enjoy the healthy glow!

Secret 6
Eat right: Eat lots of fruits and vegetables. Stress a lot on vitamin A, C and E and they help deal with skin issues. Applying antioxidants on the skin also help…

Secret 7
Feel good: Do things that make you feel great about yourself. If you look happy you will automatically feel the glow. So smile and stay cheerful!


Beauty Secrets and Free Beauty Tips

The sole purpose of this web site is to help girls of all ages, races and sizes to feel and look their absolute best. There are certain things every girl should know to help her look her best and they are expressed in this website. Every girl should have the right to look her best.

Lip gloss is the “go-to” makeup that every woman and girl alike should have an abundance of. Lip gloss can be used by beginners up to the professionals. The beauty of it is that there is no right or wrong way to wear lip gloss!

If you like to go natural, that’s perfect. Applying a little lip gloss is very easy to do and you don’t even need a mirror to put it on. Most lip glosses are sheer and can add just a hint of color to dress you up. With very little effort, you can look like you are ready for a night on the town……

Are you a makeup lover? Then you probably already know all about the benefits of lip gloss. It can be worn alone, with a lip liner, or over lipstick. Each way giving you lips a completely different look. There are the glitter glosses and the sheer color glosses, each one having a different effect on how the light plays off of your lips. 

One rule of thumb when it comes to lips and eyes is that if you are going to go dramatic with you eyes, you should do more of a neutral color for your lips. It’s the exact opposite if you want to draw attention to your lips, make sure to keep your eyes a little bit on the softer side. Don’t want to look too made up! Lip gloss can compliment ANY look you are going for.

My two favorite brands of lip gloss are:

* Victoria’s Secret’s Beauty Rush Lip Gloss
* Bath and Body Works Liplicious Lip Gloss

Many lip glosses, even from expensive department stores, as I have found look good for a little while, then end up drying your lips out even more than when you began. I like a lip gloss to have three critical components:

1. Looks Good
2. Tastes Good
3. It Moisturises

If it has all three of those, I am willing to pay a little more because I know I’ll be getting quality lip gloss. You know it’s a good one if you can put it on before you go to bed and wake up the next morning with soft lips! I do it all the time. You can purchase the lip gloss tubes from either store from between $4.00 up to $8.00 depending if you get it on sale or not.

The Beauty Rush Lip Gloss have even included an SPF 15 in some of their lip glosses. You can wear it knowing your lips can shine and you’ll still have protection. Choose from lusciousLip Gloss flavors including Twisted Citrus, Strawberry Fizz, and Juiced Berry. They look as good on as they taste!

Liplicious Lip Gloss has so many different colors and flavors to choose from it makes deciding which ones to buy almost impossible. Bath and Body Works also carries the C.O. Bigelow brand, which also has a hint of mint to give your lip gloss a minty-fresh kick that is heavenly!

Travel during pregnancy


With the proper precautions, and armed with information on when to travel, vaccinations and insurance, most women can travel safely well into their pregnancy.


If your pregnancy has no complications, the best time to travel is when you are 14 to 28 weeks pregnant.

Wherever you go, find out what healthcare facilities are at your destination in case you require urgent medical attention.

It’s a good idea to take your medical records with you so you can give doctors the relevant information if necessary. Have a check-up before you travel and don’t go unless you get the all-clear from your doctor.

Make sure your travel insurance covers you for any eventuality, such as pregnancy-related medical care during labour, premature birth and the cost of changing the date of your return trip if you go into labour.

When to travel
Many women prefer not to travel in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy because of the exhaustion and nauseathey experience during these early stages.

The first three months are a sensitive stage, with a higher risk of miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy. However, if you feel well and you’ve discussed it with your doctor, there’s no reason why you can’t travel at this time.

After week 28, the biggest factor in deciding whether to travel, apart from the issue of comfort, is the risk of going into early labour.

If you decide to go away, consult your doctor, who will determine your risk of a premature birth. If you get the all clear, make sure there are adequate facilities at your destination in case you go into labour.

“Travel during pregnancy is a concern for many women,” says Sarah Reynolds, a consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist at the Bedford Hospital NHS Trust.

“But if your pregnancy has no complications then there’s no reason why you can’t travel safely as long as you take the right precautions.”

Here are some general tips to ensure you and your baby stay healthy during your travels.

Air travel
Flying is not harmful for you or your baby, but some airlines will not let you fly towards the end of your pregnancy. Check the conditions with the airline.

The best time to fly is between 14 and 28 weeks, when there’s a lower risk of miscarriage or labour. Consult your doctor before booking your flight.

Long-distance travel (longer than five hours) carries a small risk of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) in pregnant women. If you fly, drink plenty of water and move about regularly.

For long-haul flights, you can buy a pair of flight socks (also called compression stockings), which will reduce leg swelling. Make sure you buy the correct type and size of stocking and know how to wear them correctly, as ill-fitting stockings could further increase the risk of DVT.

Vaccines are not recommended because of concerns that the virus or bacteria in the jab could harm the baby in the womb. You are generally advised to avoid travelling to countries where immunisation is required. Similarly, anti-malaria tablets are not considered safe for pregnant women.

“However, if you must travel to areas requiring inoculation, you should get your jabs,” says Sarah. “The risk of catching an infectious disease far outweighs the risk from vaccination.”

Car travel
Fatigue and dizziness are common during pregnancy so it’s important to drink regularly, eat natural, energy-giving foods (such as fruit and nuts) and stop regularly for a break.

Keep the air circulating in the car and wear your seatbelt with the cross strap between your breasts and the lap strap across your pelvis rather than your stomach.

Road accidents are among the most common causes of injury in pregnant women. Avoid making long trips on your own and share the driving with your companion.

Travel by boat
Ferry companies have their own restrictions and may refuse to carry heavily pregnant women (often beyond 32 weeks). Check the ferry company’s policy before you book. For longer boat trips, such as cruises, find out if there are onboard facilities to deal with pregnancy and if there are medical services at the docking ports.

Food and drink
Take care to avoid food- and water-borne conditions, such as stomach upsets and travellers’ diarrhoea (TD). Some medicines for treating stomach upsets and TD aren’t suitable during pregnancy.

Always check if tap water is safe. If in doubt, drink bottled water. If you get ill, keep hydrated and continue eating for the health of your baby, even if you may not be hungry.

Summer safety for younger children


While it’s important to be prepared for any dangers that children might face during the summer, it’s also important to let them run around and have fun.


The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) believes that children’s activity and play need to be as safe as necessary, not as safe as possible.

“Summer is a great time for children to get out and experience the world around them,” says Peter Cornall, head of leisure safety at RoSPA. “You do need to be aware of safety issues, but this isn’t a reason to stop children enjoying activities.”

A few simple steps, such as asking a responsible adult to watch the children at a party, can reduce the risks.

New environments

If you go to stay with friends or relatives, their home or garden might not be as child-friendly as your home.

Children like to explore new surroundings, so make sure they don’t go far on their own. Ask your hosts to place medicines and cleaning products out of sight and out of reach.

Check the garden (if there is one) for potential hazards, such as tools, ponds or water butts. Just a few inches of water can be enough to drown a child, and it can happen quickly.

“Between 5 and 10 children a year drown in garden ponds,” says Peter. “If you’ve got a toddler, the best thing to do is fill the pond in with sand to make a sand pit. Otherwise, cover the pond with a substantial grille, or put a fence around it.”

Barbecues are fun, but make sure the barbecue is in good condition, and don’t use petrol to light it. If children are around, watch that they don’t get too close to hot surfaces.

“At parties, make sure one adult stays sober and sensible to supervise the children,” adds Peter.

Tips to protect your child from the sun

  • Use a sun protection factor (SPF) cream of 15 or more.
  • Cover them up with a hat and T-shirt.
  • Spend time in the shade between 11am and 3pm.

Be safe around water

“Water fascinates young kids,” says Peter. “It’s great fun and great exercise, but any one of us can drown.

“Even the best supervisors and carers can get briefly distracted, and all it takes to drown is three minutes face-down in water.”

In 2005, 39 children under 15 drowned in the UK. One-third of these accidents happened in or near the home, for example in baths or ponds. The victims were mostly toddlers or young children. Older children (aged 6 to 14) are more likely to have an accident away from home, for example in rivers or beaches.

“Drowning happens so quickly,” says Peter. “If your child has wandered off, check water areas such as park ponds, neighbours’ ponds and pools first.”

Every day, tip the water out of a paddling pool when children have finished playing in it. Accidental drownings often happen when a young child wanders away from his or her parents or is playing near water.

“You do need to be within grabbing distance,” says Peter. “Most very young children will just drop into the water and not come back up again. They won’t scream for help, so you can’t rely on hearing them.”

Holiday pools, villas and hotels

Since the year 2000, at least 30 children from the UK under the age of 10 have drowned in swimming pools abroad. More than half were under four.

A significant number of holiday pool drownings happen on either the first or last day of a holiday. “Don’t send your children out to explore before you know what hazards are around,” says Peter.

When you arrive somewhere new, check out the facilities straight away, including the pool, the balcony (could a toddler squeeze between the bars?) and the fire escapes.

Supervise small children at all times and be within grabbing distance. “From the age of about five, you can start to explain dangers to them, but you still have to be vigilant with supervision,” says Peter.

It’s also worth evaluating your own ability to help if there’s an accident. “Think about your first aid and resuscitation skills,” he says. “Consider taking a first aid course.”

Booking your holiday

Peter also suggests being wary of holidays advertising that “children go free”.

“Ask what the children’s facilities are before you book,” he says. “If you aren’t paying for the facilities, they might not be very good and might not offer activities for your children.”

Always book your accommodation in advance so that you can ask any questions.

“If you wait to find accommodation on the day you arrive, you might find out that there’s a dual carriageway in front of the hotel, or a hazardous pool or dangerous beach,” says Peter. “You won’t have a relaxing holiday because you’ll be worrying about your children the whole time.”

Safety check list

Remember these safety tips if you and your family are visiting an area where there is water:

  • Go for a walk around the pool, beach, lake or river, looking for any hazards (such as rocks) and where the emergency equipment is.
  • Ask if there is a lifeguard on duty. Remember, a pool attendant isn’t the same as a lifeguard and might not have the same qualifications.
  • Read the water safety information signs at the beach, and ask a lifeguard or tourist information officer where the safest area to swim is.
  • Ask whether there are any dangerous currents or tides.
  • If you’re renting a villa with a pool, make sure your child can’t wander outside unsupervised, particularly before you’re awake in the morning. If you can’t stop them going outside, nominate an adult to be a “lifeguard” near the pool at all times.

Take the RoSPA Water Wise quiz.

The RoSPA website provides factsheets on a range of topics, including child safety

Sun safety Q&A

It’s important to protect your and your children’s skin in the sun to avoid sunburn and heat exhaustion.

What sun protection factor (SPF) should I use?
Use sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15. The higher the SPF, the better. Go for broad-spectrum sunscreens, which protect against harmful UVA and UVB rays.Make sure the product is not past its expiry date. Most sunscreens have a shelf life of two to three years.

What is broad spectrum and the star-rating?
Broad-spectrum products provide protection against the sun’s UVB and UVA rays. The sun protection factor, or SPF, is a measurement of the amount of UVB protection. The higher the number, the greater the protection. In the UK, UVA protection is measured with a star rating. Sunscreens has from 0 to 5 stars. The higher the number of stars, the greater the protection.

How long can I stay in the sun?
Don’t spend any longer in the sun than you would without sunscreen. Sunscreen should not be used as an excuse to stay out in the sun. Instead, it offers protection when exposure is unavoidable. The summer sun is most damaging to your skin in the middle of the day. Spend time in the shade between 11am and 3pm, under umbrellas, trees, canopies or indoors.

Should I reapply sunscreen if I swim?
Water washes off sunscreen and the cooling effect of the water can make you think you’re not getting burned. Water also reflects UV rays, increasing your exposure. Even “waterproof” sunscreens should be reapplied after going in the water.

What should I do if I get sunburn?
Painkillers, such as paracetamol or ibuprofen, will ease the pain by helping to reduce inflammation caused by sunburn. Sponge sore skin with cool water, then apply soothing after sun or calamine lotion. If you feel unwell or the skin swells badly or blisters, seek medical help. Stay out of the sun until all signs of redness have gone.

Are children more at risk of sunburn?
Young skin is delicate and very easily damaged by the sun. Use at least a factor 15 sunscreen and choose a broad-spectrum brand that has a four- or five-star rating. Apply it to areas not protected by clothing, such as the face, ears, feet and backs of hands. Choose sunscreens that are formulated for children and babies’ skin, as these are less likely to irritate their skin.

My child has eczema. What sunscreen should I use?
Some sunscreens may aggravate eczema. Check the label for any ingredients that you know your child is allergic to. Test any new sunscreen on a small area before applying it to the whole body. Put on your child’s emollient and steroids first then put the sun protection cream on 30 minutes later. Remember to put more sun protection cream on regularly throughout the day and especially after swimming.

What are the symptoms of heat exhaustion?
Heat exhaustion occurs when the body cannot lose heat fast enough. If it’s not treated quickly, it can lead to heat stroke, which is a much more dangerous condition. Signs of heat exhaustion include faintness, dizziness, palpitations, nausea, headaches, low blood pressure, tiredness, confusion, loss of appetite and hallucinations.

What should I do if someone has signs of heat exhaustion?
Get them to rest in a cool place, ideally a room with air conditioning. Give them plenty of water. Avoid alcohol or caffeine as this can increase levels of dehydration. Cool their skin with cold water. Use a shower or cold bath to cool them down or, if this is not possible, wet flannels and face cloths in water and apply to their skin. Loosen any unnecessary clothing and make sure that the person gets plenty of ventilation. Monitor their condition closely.

Should I cover up my mole when I’m in the sun?
If you have lots of moles or freckles, you’re more likely to developskin cancer, so you need to take extra care. Avoid getting caught out by sunburn. Use shade, clothing and sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 to protect yourself. Keep an eye out for changes to your skin and report these to your doctor without delay. Skin cancer is much easier to treat if it is found early. Use the mole self-assessment tool to see whether you could have a cancerous mole.

Preventing hay fever


Hay fever affects around 20% of people in the UK. Lindsey McManus of Allergy UK offers some tips on avoiding the causes and reducing your symptoms.


“The main triggers of hay fever are tree and grass pollen,” says Lindsey. “The pollen count is always higher when it’s a nice, bright, sunny day.”

Don’t mow your lawn

If grass makes you sneeze, get someone else to mow your lawn. “It sounds obvious, but many people don’t think of this,” says Lindsey. If you react to grass and you spend time on the lawn, you’ll get symptoms.

Create a barrier

Smear Vaseline inside your nostrils. “This acts as a filter for the pollen,” says Lindsey.

Time it right

Don’t sit outside between 4pm and 7pm or in the early morning, as the pollen count is highest at these times. “If you go out, or need to hang out the washing, do it after 10.30am and before 3.30pm,” says Lindsey.

Shut the windows

Don’t sleep or drive with the windows open, as this will allow pollen to come in.

Damp dust regularly

Dusting with a wet cloth, rather than a dry one, will collect the dust and stop any pollen from being spread around.

Wash your hair

“Pollen is sticky and may be in your hair,” says Lindsey. “It can then transfer to your pillow when you go to bed, and will affect you during the night.” If you’ve been out in the evening, wash your hair at bed time, as clean hair can help you sleep better.


“Pollen can live in carpet for up to three months,” explains Lindsey, so get vacuuming.

Allergy UK helpline:
01322 619898

Think about your medication

Talk to your GP or pharmacist about any treatment you’re taking for hay fever as it might be worth trying a new treatment.

“The same antihistamine [anti-allergy treatment] doesn’t always work for someone year after year,” Lindsey says. “Try something different, such as a nasal spray or a new antihistamine.”

You can take early steps to avoid symptoms of hay fever before they start. “Most people wait until symptoms start before they take treatment, but you really need to start at least two weeks before, so that the antihistamine is already in your system when pollen triggers your hay fever,” says Lindsey.

Look back at previous years to work out what time of year your hay fever usually starts, and try to identify what triggers your hay fever. For example, grass pollen is in the air from May until July or August, so you could start taking antihistamine in April. Find out more about the pollen count.

You can also talk to your GP or call the Allergy UK helpline for more information.

Don’t ignore hay fever

Hay fever can make everyday life uncomfortable and tiring, with sneezing, watery eyes, runny nose and an itchy throat. However, there are treatments available and symptoms can get better.

Hay fever can also increase your risk of asthma. “There is a definite link between hay fever and asthma,” says Lindsey. “If you get hay fever, you’re more likely to get asthma so it’s important to take hay fever seriously and try to treat the symptoms.”

Find out about treatment for hay fever.

Heatwave: be prepared


Most of us welcome hot weather, but when it’s too hot for too long there are health risks. If a heatwave hits this summer, make sure the hot weather doesn’t harm you or anyone you know.


The very young, the elderly and the seriously ill are the groups who are particularly at risk of health problems when the weather is very hot. In particular, very hot weather can make heart and breathing problems worse.

“There is considerable evidence that heatwaves are dangerous and can kill,” says Graham Bickler of the Health Protection Agency. In August 2003, temperatures hit 38C (101F) during a nine-day heatwave, the highest recorded in the UK.

“In the 2003 heatwave there were 2,000 to 3,000 excess deaths (more than usual) in England. Across Europe, there were round 30,000 excess deaths.”

The Department of Health’s heatwave plan 2011 (PDF, 846kb)has advice on how to cope during a heatwave. Knowing how to keep cool during long periods of hot weather can help save lives.

“Most of the information is common sense,” says Bickler. “It’s not rocket science but it can have a dramatic effect.”

When heat becomes a problem

An average temperature of 30°C by day and 15°C overnight would trigger a health alert (this figure varies slightly around the UK). These temperatures can have a significant effect on people’s health if they last for at least two days and the night in between.

The Meterological Office has a warning system that issues alerts if a heatwave is likely. Level one is the minimum alert and is in place from June 1 until September 15 (which is the period that heatwave alerts are likely to be raised).

  • The minimum alert simply means that people should be aware of what to do if the alert level is raised.
  • If a level two alert is issued, there is a high chance that a heatwave will occur within the next few days.
  • The level three alert is when a heatwave is happening.
  • The level four alert is when a heatwave is severe.

Why is a heatwave a problem?

The main risks posed by a heatwave are:

  • dehydration (not having enough water)
  • overheating, which can make symptoms worse for people who already have problems with their heart or breathing
  • heat exhaustion
  • heatstroke

Who is most at risk?

A heatwave can affect anyone, but the most vulnerable people in extreme heat are:

  • older people, especially those over 75
  • babies and young children
  • people with a serious chronic condition, especially heart or breathing problems
  • people with mobility problems, for example people with Parkinson’s disease or who have had a stroke
  • people with serious mental health problems
  • people on certain medications, including those that affect sweating and temperature control
  • people who misuse alcohol or drugs
  • people who are physically active, for example labourers or those doing sports

Tips for coping in hot weather

The following advice applies to everybody when it comes to keeping cool and comfortable and reducing health risks:

  • Shut windows and pull down the shades when it is hotter outside. If it’s safe, open them for ventilation when it is cooler.
  • Avoid the heat: stay out of the sun and don’t go out between 11am and 3pm (the hottest part of the day) if you’re vulnerable to the effects of heat.
  • Keep rooms cool by using shades or reflective material outside the windows. If this isn’t possible, use light-coloured curtains and keep them closed (metallic blinds and dark curtains can make the room hotter).
  • Have cool baths or showers, and splash yourself with cool water.
  • Drink cold drinks regularly, such as water and fruit juice. Avoid tea, coffee and alcohol.
  • Stay tuned to the weather forecast on the radio or TV, or at the Met Office website.
  • Plan ahead to make sure you have enough supplies, such as food, water and any medications you need.
  • Identify the coolest room in the house so you know where to go to keep cool.
  • Wear loose, cool clothing, and a hat if you go outdoors.
  • Check up on friends, relatives and neighbours who may be less able to look after themselves.

Find out more about what to do during a heatwave alert level twolevel three or level four.

If you’re worried about yourself or a vulnerable neighbour, friend or relative, you can contact the local environmental health office at your local authority. Environmental health workers can visit a home to inspect it for hazards to health, including excess heat.Find your local authority on the Directgov website.

How do I know if someone needs help?

If someone feels unwell, get them somewhere cool to rest. Give them plenty of fluids to drink.

If symptoms such as breathlessness, chest pain, confusion, weakness, dizziness or cramps get worse or don’t go away, seek medical help.

Find out about the symptoms of heat exhaustion and heatstroke and the symptoms of dehydration.

The Department of Health has produced a leaflet about keeping well in hot weather. To order a copy of Heatwave: looking after yourself and others during hot weather, call 0300 123 1002 or visit www.orderline.dh.gov.uk and quote 301454/Heatwave. You can also download Heatwave: looking after yourself and others (PDF, 104kb) to read online.