Frequently Asked Beauty Questions

How do I stop my nails from flaking and peeling?
Your nails are made up of lots of layers, one on top of another. If water finds its way in between those layers your nail will lift, peel and flake off. If your nails are dry then they will also be prone to flaking and peeling.  To prevent this happening try filing your nails in one direction only (avoid zig-zag filing) as this frays the free edge which can allow water in. You can also use a base coat designed for flaking nails (Fusion from Jessica is excellent) and make sure you seal the nail’s free edge to form a barrier against water. To prevent your nails drying out a good nail oil will help (I love Jessica's Phenomen oil). Using gloves to prevent your nails getting wet will also help.
I have hard white lumps under my skin what are they?
These are called milia or milk spots. They are a keratin filled cyst and are completely harmless. It is not known why they occur but the best thing to do is to gently exfoliate the area regularly and keep the skin subtle by moisturising. They tend to work their way out on their own when they are ready.
How do I stop in-growing hairs after waxing?
As you wax, your hairs grow weaker and in time they become so weak they cannot break through the skin’s surface so they grow underneath it. The best thing to do is to exfoliate and moisturise your skin regularly which will keep it soft and supple. This will help the hair break through the surface of skin and prevent them becoming in-growing. If the area becomes red, sore and inflamed pop a bit of lavender oil on the area.  Lavender has anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antiseptic properties. 
How do I prevent the build up of hard skin on my feet?
Looking after your feet little and often is the key. You can either use a pumice stone in the bath or shower while your feet are wet or a foot file while your feet are dry. Then apply a foot cream specifically designed for the skin on your feet and work the cream into the skin. I like the Scholl deep moisturising cream which has a high urea content, this helps the skin absorb the product.  
How do I get rid of dark circles and puffiness around my eyes?
Dark circles can be caused by dehydration, lack of sleep, poor circulation around the eyes or they can be hereditary. The best thing you can do is get an early night, hydrate yourself with plenty of water and use a good eye cream or serum which is designed for the delicate skin around your eyes. The Aromatherapy Associates skin firming eye serum contains black tea, anti-oxidant cranberry and butcher’s broom to help tighten, firm and help reduce the look of puffiness and dark circles.