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Toners, or fresheners, are the second stage in a daily cleansing program. They are designed to remove any last traces of cleanser, while also helping to tighten and refine the pores and prevent a buildup of dead cells. After toning, your skin should feel revitalized and refreshed, and ready to be moisturized. If you think your skin is looking particularly dull, try patting the toner on with a brisk slapping motion, which will stimulate the blood supply to the surface of the skin.

Choosing a Toner

Normal skin – Toners with or without alcohol; rosewater or a siill mineral water spray.
Dry skin – Mild alcohol-free toners; rosewater or water.
Combination or oily skin – Alcohol-based toners (but avoid those with simple alcohols, such as ethanol, methanol, and isopropyl, which can dry the skin).
Sensitive skin  –  Hypoallergenic or alcohol-free toners.

1. Choose a toner to suit your skin. Pour a little onto a damp cotton ball – this makes the loner easier to apply and also means you use less of it. Stroke the cotton ball gently over your face and neck using small circular movements; do not drag or pull the skin. Concentrate on the T-zonc and hairline, the areas where you applied most clcanser, and avoid the delicate eye area and the lips.

2 A Gently pat your face and neck dry with a clcan tissue. If you notice that a toner is beginning to “strip away” your skin, tone with water until the skin becomes rebalanced and then change the product. This often happens with toners that have a very high alcohol content; always check the list of ingredients on the bottle or ask for more information before buying.

Stroke toner gently over the face and neck without dragging the skin


Cleansing is the first part of your three-stage skin-care regimen and should be done in the morning and again at night to remove both daily grime and deep-down dirt in the pores. Cleansers are also an essential factor in the battle against wrinkles; they help to make skin more receptive to moisturizers and anti-aging treatments. Don’t forget to cleanse your neck as well – the skin here needs just as much attention as your face and it is often the first area to show signs of aging.

Choosing a Cleanser
Normal shin –  Creamy liquid or cream cleansers; water-soluble cleansers or gentle facial soap.
Dry skin  –  Cream cleansers or very rich liquid cleansers; moisturizing, nonperfumed soap, but rinse off thoroughly.
Combination or oily skin  –  Light lotions or milk cleansers; medicated liquid cleansers are sometimes necessary to treat severe outbreaks.
Sensitive shin  –  Hypoallergenic cleansers; avoid soaps.

1. Keep your hair off your face as much as possible: tie il back or wrap a towel around your head. Make sure that your neck is not covered up with clothing -another reason to cleanse first thing in the morning and last thing at night. To remove eye and lip makeup.

2. Choose a clcanscr to suit your skin and, with your fingertips, massage it all over your face and neck, using small circular movements to work out dirt and other impurities from the skin. Pay particular attention to the T-zone (across the forehead ind down the nose to the chin) and the hairline, the areas where most dirt builds up. Always work gently using a soft, light touch rather than a rough abrasive action, which may cause the skin to become red and sore, and can cause long-term damage.

3    If you are using a water-soluble cleanser, rinse your facc and neck with water; ideally it should be lukewarm. Warm water helps remove the shine from oily skin, but may irritate dry, sensitive skin; hot water can encourage broken veins.

4    If you arc using an oil-soluble cleanser, gently tissue off dirt and grime from the face and neck without dragging or pulling the skin. Change the tissue as soon as it becomes overloaded with dirt; otherwise, you will be working this back into the open pores.

3    Make sure that the cleanser has been thoroughly removed; if any residue is left behind, it will continue working and dry out the skin. Gently pat the face and neck dry using a clcan towel.

The Allergy Test

Before buying a cleanser, toner, or moisturizer, test the product. To do this, rub a little behind your ear and check that there is no reaction after 24 hours. If you are choosing products from different makers, test together in the same way.

Skin & Body Preparations

Young skin is naturally firm, plump, and resilient, but to keep it that way you need to begin a good skin-care regimen as early as possible. Used regularly as a three-step program, cleansers, toners, and moisturizers work together to keep the skin smooth and clear. Really clean skin provides a much belter base for makeup, too. The skin on your body also needs frequent attention, and there are now body shampoos, gels, lotions, and scrubs to help you pamper yourself on a daily basis.

Cleansers should remove deep-down diri and makeup without disturbing the skin’s balance or stripping away natural oils. Your choice of cleanser will be determined by your skin type.

A toner helps remove any residual traces of cleanser, which could cause irritation, and also helps to make the skin more receptive to moisturizer. After being toned, the skin should feel firm and refreshed but never dry and taut, l.ook for alcohol-free toners with soothing ingredients, and always use the right toner for your skin type.

A moisturizer’s most basic job is to preserve fluid in the skin’s upper layers so that it looks fresh and well hydrated. Whether moisturizers can delay the onset of wrinkles is the subject of debate, but they do help skin to look good. Use a light moisturizer during the day (which will not disturb your makeup) and a richer cream at night when skin can absorb most moisture. If your skin feels dry, treat it to an even richer hydrating cream.

Body Cleansers
A warm bath is one of the best places to relax and pamper yourself. Purify the skin with a body shampoo or body scrub, or soak up the soothing properties of a bath oil.

Bath Crystals
Make a warm bath even more soothing by adding some fragrant bath crystals with natural ingredients such as sca-watcr minerals and seaweed extracts.

Body Moisturizers
After bathing or showering, massage a non-oily moisturizer all over your body and follow, if desired, with a refreshing lotion, but always use a specially formulated cream to keep hands soft and supple. To combat cellulite, try a special treatment oil or body halm with natural plant extracts.

Special Treatments
In the summer, you may want more protection than an ordinary sun cream can give. A waterproof face block will provide complete protection against the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays, and can also be used as a moisturizing makeup base. As a special addition to your normal cleansing, toning, and moisturizing program, try a deep-cleansing clay face pack to remove deep-down dirt and a hot, firming massage gel to reduce puffiness and bring a healthy glow.



Polished nails make the perfect addition to well-cared-for hands, and these days there is a color to suit every mood and every occasion. Increase the impact of your polish by choosing a color that
matches or complements the rest of your makeup, or matches your clothes. Toenails, too, can look fabulous painted with a bright, dramatic color, and not only in summertime. Always remove polish on both hands and feet as soon as it begins to chip.

The Basics
For nail polish dial lasts well, use a base coat before applying color and finish off with a top coat. Always take off old polish with an acetone-free remover, which will not strip vital oils from your nails.

From pale peach to delicate blue, pastels create a pretty look that is suitable for day or evening.

Natural Browns
Soft, unobtrusive colors arc the perfect choice for a natural daytime effect.

Pinks and Violets
From light to bright, pinks are always a firm favorite for nails, while violets will give a deeper, more dramatic effect.

Bue Tones
These look great with jeans. Try light shades for day and stronger tones for evening.

Bright Party Colors
Vibrant green, sizzling orange, shocking red, and fiery fuchsia -party colors should be bright, bold, and full of surprises.



Strong reds for sophisticated glamour, barely-there pinks and beiges for natural beauty, or vibrant oranges for sporty style. The color of your lips can change your appearance immediately. Try not to restrict yourself to wearing just one color all the time. Instead, have several choices to suit the effect you want to achieve and for different-colored clothes. Look for lipsticks and lip colors that moisturize and protect your lips, too, and always make sure that they go with your blusher.

Lip Pencils
Used lo outline the lips and prevent color from bleeding. Choose a shade that is not more than one tone darker than your lip color.

Pearly Lip Colors
These shimmering shades attract attention to the lips and can make them appear fuller. Great to wear with shiny fabrics. Apply with a lip brush.

Matte and Semi-Matte Lip Colors
Fora warm, natural cffect, choose a matte or semi-matte lip color. These shades can also help lips look less full.

Thicker Lip Pencils
Thicker lip pencils can be used to color the lips as well as outline them. Some can be applied to the checks, as a blusher, or around the eyes, as a definer.

Shimmer Lipsticks
Lipsticks can be either brushed on or applied in their stick form. For a shiny, more deliberate effect, try shimmering shades like this pearly pink, vibrant purple, or warm chocolate.

Matte and Semi-Matte Lipsticks
Matte lipsticks create a warm, deep effect that suits evening makeup, while scmi-maue shades give a soft look that is good for daytime wear. Colors range from classic red to rich mahogany.