Our mothers, our Grandmothers and our Aunties can be our biggest teachers when it comes to beauty and skincare secrets. As a little person watching them get ready for the morning or a night out has always been a mystical experience, the aroma’s the textures the transformations. These lessons and secrets are ultimately passed down from generation to generation, some stay and some may change with time but we think it’s all good advice.
TOP TIPS FROM MUM
Always remove make-up before bed
Moisturise all the way down to your neck
Wear properly fitting bras
Never pluck above your eyebrow
Less is more
Always apply sun screen
Never shave your legs above your knee
Blend in foundation well around the jaw
Never get a tattoo
Not to wash your hair everyday
Sit up straight to avoid a hunch-back
Invest in a good face cream
Never show cleavage and legs – show one or the other
Don’t use soap on your face
Always carry a spare pair of knickers
Pat your face with a towel, never rub
No matter what always wear lipstick and mascara
Cold water treatment
Joan Crawford famously told how she splashed her face with ice cold water 25 times every morning to keep her legendary face smooth and taut.
Update it: If you can’t bear dousing yourself with freezing water, use Bees Brilliance Honey and Propolis Cleanser to cleanse your face for a fresh complexion
Mint leaves for dark circles
Hollywood pin-ups like Rita Hayworth and Sophia Loren were all about having fresh, wide-awake skin so ladies of the time were desperate to get this flawless look. One tip was to crush mint leaves and leave them under the eyes to banish dark circles.
Spray perfume onto hairbrush
Coco Chanel famously said that women should wear perfume wherever they would like to be kissed. Having a feminine smell was extremely important in those days so women would spritz their hairbrushes with perfume to carry their scent with every swish of their locks.
Update it: Try investing in a perfume designed specifically for hair that will nourish it as well as smelling good.
Baking soda as teeth whitening
Back before we had super advanced toothpastes, baking soda was used to get sparkling pearly whites. Big in the 60’s and 70’s, vintage beauties would rub baking soda onto their teeth then rinse.
Update it: To make the taste a bit more bearable, try adding lemon and peppermint oil to create a paste then use once or twice a week.