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takes or know how the common man lived if we have disposed of all the evidence?

Leave the love letters tied with ribbon in a trunk in the attic, pack away your beautifully tailored coat, write the names on backs of photos, have a little weep over that first pair of baby shoes and do not be bullied into getting rid of every shred of your past. There is a world of difference between hoarding and saving and most of us can spot it.

Recycling and reducing energy levels are good in so many areas that there seems no reason not to be doing our bit in the beauty world.

If you make some of your products at home you won’t be purchasing packaging, plastic or cardboard. Look in back copies of this magazine for a wide range of recipes.

Making your products do more than one job is key to reducing your bill at the chemist and the impact on the environment. If you allow the shampoo being rinsed out of your hair to run over your body in the shower then you are only going to need the merest whisper of shower gel/lotion to finish the job. If you ignore the big beauty companies that tell you its imperative to sham- poo twice you will save shampoo, save water, save heating and save time. You can do the rinse and repeat thing at the weekend if you must. Haunting the ‘reduced’ section at the supermarket means you can cheaply buy fruits and vegetables no

longer great for eating but fantastic for making scrubs, masks and conditioners.

Stop putting your towels in the drier. Air-dried towels act as an exfoliator and circulation stimulator as well as skin cell renewal turnover being hastened through friction.

Use an air-dried flannel before your shower for your

dry body brushing. Saving energy in this way is going to transform your skin.

Make your facial masks more effective by wear- ing them in the bath or shower where the steam will encourage pores to open so more of the product will be absorbed. If your products are chivvied into working more effectively you will buy less and save more. When your make up is clearly at the end of its work- ing life, reuse the containers if you can. The stubs of lipsticks can be squashed into old eye shadow palettes and applied using a lip brush. When your mascara is dried out and no longer giving you the Liza Minnelli eyelashes you desire then throw it away but save the brush. Clean these brushes in eye make up remover or surgical spirit and use them to customise your look in conjunction with the brush in your new mascara. And on that note only run one tube at a time as the introduc- tion of air into the tube means the drying out process begins the minute its first opened. A little thought goes a long way.

Happy trails, Readers, Happy trails.

ONE I MADE EARLIER Beauty in the kitchen for March

With the emphasis this month on reducing the use of energy and the amount of recycling created, here are a few simple recipes to make at home. Obviously, this way of preparing beauty products means there are no hidden surprises such as nasty chemicals or incidents of allergic reactions, however if you are allergic to a certain food then putting it on your skin will have the same effect as eating it so be aware of that.

NAIL RESCUE REMEDY Take a lemon and squeeze the juice into a small bowl.

Top up with hand hot water and a teaspoon of baking soda.

Soak the nails for ten minutes. You could rest your elbows in the lemon halves to lighten the skin and let the citric acid in the lemon nibble away at the dry skin that annoyingly seems to haunt this area. Use a small child’s toothbrush and whitening toothpaste to scrub the nails on all sides. This treatment will soften and cleanse the skin while the acid will exfoliate your cuticles.

FOOT REFRESHER Take 2 tablespoons baking soda and mix with a few

drops of lemon juice and 2 tablespoons olive oil. Massage this mixture into the lower legs and feet then rinse well. Do this treatment at the same time as the Nail Rescue Remedy and you can use just one lemon. This treatment will cleanse, soften and moisturise the skin as well as some exfoliation taking place. It would not hurt to give your toenails a once over with the whitening toothpaste and small brush. Put the lemons on the compost when you finish.


Illustrations by India Wyman

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