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Sunday, 14 February 2010

Skin-Deep Beauty

If you're anything like me you're easily convinced by friends who tell you this cream makes their spots disappear, or this mascara makes their lashes completely fluttertastic and even better than Cheryl Cole's false ones. If someone recommends it and I can see that yes, their skin is in fact more glowy than mine or their nails really are rock hard, then I think it's clearly going to do the same for me. Needless to say, I'm usually wrong. 

Enter, mySkin.com. A new site that promises to provide unbiased skincare advice, mySkin.com analyses your skin based on what you tell them about the products you use, your age, sensitivity and more. After you've set up a profile with ratings of products you use now or have used in the past, you can see recommendations for products which are suitable for your skin. From cleansing to moisturising, exfoliating to tanning, they really do have it all - search for your favourite brands or for your not-so-favourite products and rate them on scent, residue, and effects to give an idea of what works for you and what really doesn't. As someone with very sensitive skin, I'm hoping it'll help me finally work out which ingredients to avoid.

A little like having a good old chat with your facialist but without a hard sell, the site helps you look at where you're going wrong and what others like you have had results with - far better than asking your friend who has a completely different skin type. Plus, rather than hearing what your friend's cousin's sister-in-law used to get crystal clear skin, mySkin is backed by years of research who know a little more about what goes in that cream you put on your face every morning. 

mySkin.com works on an invitation-only basis, but they have rather kindly given me an access code to share with you all so you can check it out for yourselves. Hit 'join' and enter judyjay in the box, and you should be able to set up your profile and start your beauty discoveries. Let me know what you think!

Chewing Gum to the Rescue?

So most people have heard of or used Bach's Rescue Remedy for a bit of stress relief, whether it's to prepare for an important exam, steady the nerves for your tenth driving test with Mr Grumpy, or to deal with something life has unexpectedly decided to throw at you.

Well, I hadn't, until a couple of weeks ago. For some unknown reason, I had no idea what Rescue Remedy did, despite having worked in a chemist when I was younger and no doubt selling plenty of them come GCSE season. As someone who suffers from the previously mentioned panic atacks, you'd think I might have caught on already. Well, better late than never. 

However, while I'm slow to know the greatness that is Rescue Remedy, I am up to date with the latest in the line of stress relieving wonder products. I was sent the new Bach's Rescue Chewing Gum to try out a couple of weeks ago; chewing gum with an orange and elderflower liquid centre, that contains four drops of the famous Rescue. Designed to soothe and relax, I thought I'd give it a go. 

Did it help? I'm not 100% sure. When feeling stressed or panicky, I tried to have one of the pieces of gum to see if it made a difference - I did tend to calm down, but I think that was a result of a mixture of things. Interestingly, I think the act of chewing is good for stress; they do say it helps you think and focus, and I would say it helps get some of that frustration out (surely better than gritting your teeth!). The taste does go quite quickly, so a little like bad bubblegum you can't keep chewing for too long, but it did have a pleasant orangey taste. It does have the four drops of Rescue in, but having bought a bottle of the original Recue Remedy I found that just directly using the drops was more effective. 

Handy when you're on the move and need to be discreet, Rescue Chewing Gum is a good product to keep in your handbag but I wouldn't replace the drops with it entirely - it's more a sidekick than anything else. Plus, for days like today (the dreaded Valentine's Day, in case you hadn't noticed), Bach also now do a balm, perfect for lips or your temples... that might come in useful for first date nerves!