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How to have a day spa at home

How to have a day spa at home | Health and Beauty | Scoop.it

Nothing makes me happier than a visit to a spa – lounging in the steam room, relaxing in the sauna, inhaling the soothing scents of essential oils until I feel dizzy on my feet. The plush towels, the snuggly robes, the ridiculous cotton slip-ons that won’t stay on your feet no matter how carefully you shuffle. Honestly, it’s my idea of heaven.

 

The only downside, of course, is carving out the time needed to make a spa visit worthwhile, and also scraping together the money to make a booking. They can be quite costly. Given that I’m generally without wads of cash and free time is a fantasy, I rarely hit the day spa. Instead I have a weekly spa treatment at home.

 

Fancy giving it a try? Firstly, switch off all powered lights and allow your bathroom to be filled with natural light only. If it’s too dim or night-time, light a candle (or three). This will help to create a calm atmosphere and bring on a sense of wellbeing.

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This is why yoga will help you run faster

This is why yoga will help you run faster | Health and Beauty | Scoop.it
 

Ahead of Nike's female-only half marathon on Sunday, a top trainer tells us why yoga for runners is an absolute must. There is more to running than running. I have learnt the hard way via a sore knee (which bizarrely was a result of stressed shoulders) that just because you run doesn’t mean you can neglect your other training, and non-cardio sessions such as yoga can help enormously by stretching out your muscles and keeping your core strong. 

 

Bec Wilcock is a Nike NTC trainer and extreme athlete who thinks nothing of running ultra marathons (100km) and running for 20 hours in the mountains. She is a pocket-rocket of a woman, and a killer personal trainer who espouses the benefits of cross-training and including yoga and strength training into your schedule to reap maximum benefits for your body and counter balance all the stress running does on your legs.

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How sleep changes your skin

How sleep changes your skin | Health and Beauty | Scoop.it

It’s one of the easiest and cheapest anti-ageing treatments out there, yet sleep is often the last priority on our list. During the day, skin works hard to fight off and neutralise environmental aggressors such as UV rays, pollution and stress, but at night it switches to repair mode, healing, renewing and eliminating toxins.

 

"Ironically, as we rest and recuperate from the strain of the day, the skin becomes active and works at a more optimum level," explains Babor brand manager Jenny Millar. "During the deep sleep phase, skin renewal is at its peak. Cells regenerate, growth hormones are released to stimulate cell and tissue repair, plus proteins are built."

 

 

The bottom line? If you’re not getting adequate rest – between six to eight hours a night – you aren’t giving your skin the down time it needs. "If your body is chronically deprived of sleep, the effects become physically noticeable," says Annet King, director of global education at Dermalogica and The International Dermal Institute.

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How to Achieve the 1 Half-Up Hairstyle You'll Be Wearing Non-Stop

How to Achieve the 1 Half-Up Hairstyle You'll Be Wearing Non-Stop | Health and Beauty | Scoop.it

The '90s are back and better than before! Now, I'm not talking scrunchies and banana clips, but carefree styles. This may be the easiest tutorial I've ever shown. In fact, I actually debated even sharing it, but here we are. I adore this mini bun. It's probably my most frequented second-day style.

 

How to:

  1. Start with hair down, brush through if needed.
  2. Roll your fingers through the crown of your hair, pulling the hair towards the back of the head.
  3. Hold the sectioned hair at the top of the head, and secure with a clear elastic tie.
  4. Pull hair all the way through, wrap the tie around one more time stopping half way through.
  5. Pull the sides of the bun (lightly) to add more volume.
  6. Secure with light-hold finishing spray.

 

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What your hair says about your diet

What your hair says about your diet | Health and Beauty | Scoop.it

There might be more to your irate scalp and split ends than excessive heat styling and waiting too long between cuts (guilty). Like skin and nails, hair can reveal a great deal about our diet, from low iron levels to vitamin deficiencies. “Thinning, dullness and dandruff can all be signs that we may need to up our intake of a particular mineral”, says nutritionist Fiona Tuck. Here, she gives the long and the short of what your hair can say about what's going on internally, and addresses the myth that cutting your hair regularly makes it grow faster. (Spoiler alert: it doesn’t.)

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Experts cans tell a lot about your health from your face

Experts cans tell a lot about your health from your face | Health and Beauty | Scoop.it

YOUR face can reveal a lot about your lifestyle, from bad digestion to low iron levels, according to health and beauty experts.

 

MOUTH AND CHIN

Lines around the mouth: “A primary concern for many women is ageing lines around the mouth, which can be caused by smoking,” beauty and nutritional therapist Jennifer Young says. “The effects can be lessened by regularly applying lip balm.” And quitting smoking, of course.

 

FOREHEAD

Horizontal lines on the forehead: “This may indicate digestive issues,” Ms Young says. “They can be combated by drinking warm water mixed with lemon juice first thing every morning.”

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Five ways to keep your hair looking on trend this winter

Five ways to keep your hair looking on trend this winter | Health and Beauty | Scoop.it

Winter sees most of us give up on hair. With the wind, rain and constant need to fry it with the blow dryer, it’s easier just to put it in a pony or hide it under a beanie. But Victorian hairdresser of the the year Dee Parker Atwood says your do doesn’t have to suffer just because it’s chilly.

 

Dee has been hairdressing for over 20 years and is one of the owners of Wieselmann Salon in South Yarra. Her stunning work in hair styling was recognised at the Schwarzkopf Professional Hair Expo Awards, which picks the top hairdresser from each state.

 

“It was very exciting to win, particularly because it was the only year that the awards were held in Melbourne!” Dee says. Her collection of winning hair cuts is short, cool and creative, and Dee prides herself on keeping up with the latest trends in hair styling.

 

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9 Best Wedding Hairstyles for Every Hair Length

9 Best Wedding Hairstyles for Every Hair Length | Health and Beauty | Scoop.it

When it comes to your special day, it’s only natural to want every detail to be perfect. After so many years of picturing what your wedding might look like, how could expectations be anything but high? From the location and the cake to the dress and the shoes, every element is a hard decision that will shape this magical occasion. Let us take some of the stress away by helping to guide you on one important choice: your hair. Whether your hair is long, short or somewhere in between, we have the right wedding hairstyle for you. From buns and braids to curls and waves, we have the chicest ‘dos to inspire you for this once-in-a-lifetime occasion.

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A Guide To The Most Popular Yoga Styles [Infographic]

A Guide To The Most Popular Yoga Styles [Infographic] | Health and Beauty | Scoop.it

With International Yoga Day coming up next week on June 21, it’s a good time to brush up on your yoga knowledge. Yoga is popular all around the world, but it can be a bit intimidating to those new to the discipline. Yoga styles range from traditional through to more modern and creative practices. Check out the guide to see what you might enjoy.

 

It’s not just a list of the possible yoga styles either – with explanations of the style, the benifits and even tips. The guide also covers who the different styles could be useful for, and gives an idea of what to expect during the classes.

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What You Need To Know About Hair Loss In Men (And Women)

What You Need To Know About Hair Loss In Men (And Women) | Health and Beauty | Scoop.it

Whether or not you are likely to have thinning hair -- or go completely bald -- is pretty much outside your control. Sorry, folks, but when it comes to hair loss, the process is almost 100 percent genetic. (So if you find you're losing hair, you might want to have a word to your parents.)

 

However, that's not to say you are powerless to stop the process, with treatments available to combat balding (as well as to stimulate hair growth) which have proved largely effective.

 

But what is the deal with hair loss in the first place? Why does it happen, how can we stop it and does it differ between men and women?

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Massage brings young and elderly together in Rockhampton

Massage brings young and elderly together in Rockhampton | Health and Beauty | Scoop.it

Aged care residents in Rockhampton have offered their necks and shoulders as a training ground for Central Queensland University beauty therapy students.

 

In a recent visit to the Benevolent Home, students treated dozens of elderly residents to a light massage as part of their practical studies. For many of those who received a massage, like Marcia Flanagan, it was a rare treat. "For the time being the pain [has gone], it will come back eventually, but oh, it's so relaxing," Ms Flanagan said.

 

"I'm sitting here really relaxed, I'm very grateful for it." Beauty student Rhiannon Leach said treating older people to some pampering was a lovely experience. "I've worked in aged care before and I enjoy being with the elderly," she said.

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You should have done these five things before you get to work

You should have done these five things before you get to work | Health and Beauty | Scoop.it

A GROWING body of research demonstrates that early risers are generally slimmer, healthier and happier which proves the old saying the “early bird catches the worm”.

 

Get Moving

While there’s no best time of day to exercise, the morning appears to have one main perk: it’s off the “to-do” list and studies consistently show that people who exercise in the morning are more likely to make it a habit, as there’s less chance of scheduling conflicts (school drop-offs, back-to-back meetings) that take priority.

 

 

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How To Look After Your Skin During The Colder Months

How To Look After Your Skin During The Colder Months | Health and Beauty | Scoop.it

Try as we might, we can't ignore that winter has officially arrived. With winter well and truly upon us, our skincare routine is about to go into a major overhaul. Spending time indoors and central heating can wreak havoc with your skin, making it become dehydrated, dull and seriously lacking moisture.

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The dark side of nail salons

The dark side of nail salons | Health and Beauty | Scoop.it

Your mani-pedi could be seriously harming your nail technician with poisonous fumes. Nail salons in Australia are poorly regulated and workers are being exposed to serious health risks from the toxic chemicals used on customers, say experts.

 

“They’re calling it ‘the new asbestos’,” said Rosalie Osman, part-owner of the Super Rad Nail Sisters nail-art salon in Melbourne. The fumes given off from nail polish are similar to those that car painters are exposed to, but the safety standards for each job are applied differently.

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New Wage Rates Released for Hairdressers

New Wage Rates Released for Hairdressers | Health and Beauty | Scoop.it

Tomorrow will be a big day for the hairdressing industry as new wage rates come into effect. Starting July 1 there will be a wage increase to be accounted for from the first pay period after this date.

 

The changed wage rates come courtesy of the 2016 pay guide for the Hair and Beauty Industry Award 2010, which has just been released. The pay guide is part of the process that sees the Minimum Wage Panel within the Fair Work Commission (FWC) review and set minimum wages for all employees under the national workplace system for all industries each year, including the hair and beauty industries.

 

This year, the major decision has been a 2.4 per cent wage increase to the national minimum wage. All employers are required to re-calculate their wage rates to match not only the increase but the new penalty rates which will affect your salon.

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Eat Them or Put Them on Your Face — These Foods Are Great For Your Skin

Eat Them or Put Them on Your Face — These Foods Are Great For Your Skin | Health and Beauty | Scoop.it

It's an endless journey to find that perfect skin cream that does it all, because it doesn't exist — sorry. No elixir, cream, or wash, no matter how expensive, can transform your skin the way good nutrition does, because fortunately and unfortunately, true beauty isn't skin deep. Smooth, glowing skin that radiates is nourished from the inside out.

 

Yet, there are those few ingredients that do double duty and promote clear, smooth, hydrated, and youthful skin when both consumed and applied topically. Fuel up on these ingredients and be sure to save enough for an edible face mask too! Find out how these nutrition powerhouses naturally beautify your skin from the inside and out and the outside in.

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How to have a day spa at home

How to have a day spa at home | Health and Beauty | Scoop.it

Nothing makes me happier than a visit to a spa – lounging in the steam room, relaxing in the sauna, inhaling the soothing scents of essential oils until I feel dizzy on my feet. The plush towels, the snuggly robes, the ridiculous cotton slip-ons that won’t stay on your feet no matter how carefully you shuffle. Honestly, it’s my idea of heaven.

 

The only downside, of course, is carving out the time needed to make a spa visit worthwhile, and also scraping together the money to make a booking. They can be quite costly. Given that I’m generally without wads of cash and free time is a fantasy, I rarely hit the day spa. Instead I have a weekly spa treatment at home.

 

Fancy giving it a try? Firstly, switch off all powered lights and allow your bathroom to be filled with natural light only. If it’s too dim or night-time, light a candle (or three). This will help to create a calm atmosphere and bring on a sense of wellbeing.

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8 Ways to Take Care of Your Feet After a Run

8 Ways to Take Care of Your Feet After a Run | Health and Beauty | Scoop.it

Recovery is a crucial part of every workout, but runners need to pay special attention to foot health and recovery to stay healthy and keep doing what they love.

 

In addition to the standard recovery rules that apply to every athlete, there are a handful of steps you could take to keep your feet in tip-top condition, so you can keep running for a long time. Check out our seven must-do post-run steps!

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10 things guys want to know about your beauty routine

10 things guys want to know about your beauty routine | Health and Beauty | Scoop.it

10 things guys want to know about your beauty routine

 

There's a lot that can be said about the ritualism of "getting ready." We do so much to look good, whether for ourselves or for others. And I don't even think that in 2016, I can really pull the "OMG, women take so much longer to get ready" card; plenty of guys blow-dry, use gel and lotions and salves, and manscape, etc. But the way men and women get dress is still so different, so we've got a lot of questions.

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Steam away winter chills at a rural Victorian spa

Steam away winter chills at a rural Victorian spa | Health and Beauty | Scoop.it

FANCY a chocolate body wrap? Or perhaps a honey and shiraz treatment is more your style? Whether you prefer a healing soak in a spring, or something fancier, Victoria is the place to get it, boasting 80 per cent of Australia’s natural mineral springs.

 

Daylesford and Macedon Ranges

 

Victoria’s spa HQ is Daylesford and Hepburn Springs, which offer free access to natural mineral water at many mineral water reserves in the area as well as luxury day spas.

 

Salus Spa, in the grounds of the Lake House overlooks Lake Daylesford and is surrounded by waterfall fed streams.

 

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Spa treatments to suit your blood type

Spa treatments to suit your blood type | Health and Beauty | Scoop.it

Frankly, spa treatments can be a little predictable. Yes, indulgent facials, body scrubs and massages may offer a pleasurable break from a demanding schedule but why not shake it up a little and indulge in treatments based on naturopath Peter D'Adamo's famous Blood Type Diet?

 

Blood type B? Feel the tension melt from your body as an Intensive Relaxing Massage soothes your creative, straightforward and managerial personality, says Tippawan Rongdech,  manager of the Cool Spa at Sri Panwa, a five-star resort perched high on Cape Panwa in Phuket. She says the soothing massage is designed to treat high achievers with a tendency to have over-reactive immune systems that can put them on high alert.

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PSA: Red wine is the secret to great hair, apparently

PSA: Red wine is the secret to great hair, apparently | Health and Beauty | Scoop.it

Red wine drinkers are undoubtedly the classiest of all with their bowl-like glasses, ~*SoPhIsTiCaTeD*~ conversations and burgundy stained pouts, but did you know their drink of choice could also be the key to great hair? Yep, according to Dita Von Teese’s hairstylist, John Blaine, this is definitely a thing.

 

But before you go and celebrate by downing half a dozen bottles of Bordeaux, Blaine says there’s one key difference. Rather than drinking the wine, it has to be put on the hair directly. And no, putting your hair into a bucket of the stuff also won’t do the trick. Soz guys.

 

n fact, Blaine’s so committed to the idea that he’s gone and started his own haircare line, Vine de la Vie, which contains polyphenols, the active compound found in wine.

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Cap a cool way to keep hair during chemo

Cap a cool way to keep hair during chemo | Health and Beauty | Scoop.it

Losing her hair from chemotherapy was a downside Lyndal Gordon accepted to beat breast cancer.

 

But when she was offered treatment that could reduce hair loss, she decided it would be one less side effect to worry about, promising her three children she would not cover her head. By wearing a special cooling cap before and after chemotherapy, she kept almost half her hair.

 

“I had nothing to lose and it meant I never had to cover up my head during treatment,” Mrs Gordon, 44, said. “It was explained to me that it wasn’t a vanity thing, it was just a way to avoid a side effect just like you have tablets to reduce nausea.”

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45 Balayage Hair Colour Ideas to Inspire Your Next Salon Appointment

45 Balayage Hair Colour Ideas to Inspire Your Next Salon Appointment | Health and Beauty | Scoop.it

There's plenty of enviable hair colour out there — including a bevy of rainbow looks — but we covet killer balayage highlights the most. As it turns out, we're not the only ones; this colour technique is all over Instagram. If we had to guess why it's so beloved, we'd say it's because the popular method makes strands look naturally sun-kissed instead of methodically dyed.

 

According to colourist Lauren E. Hack, co-founder of Lauren+Vanessa salon in New York, that's because the look is painted on. "The word literally means to sweep [in French]," she explained. "You sweep the colour onto the hair strand by strand." The effect resembles the hair's natural highlights. Hack told us that many of her clients bring their young daughters to the salon as examples of the soft highlights they want to mimic.

 

The technique is ideal for low-maintenance beauties, since the colour is applied very carefully so as to avoid lines of demarcation. Thus, the dye grows out beautifully, making it easy to stretch (or even wholly disregard) the time between salon appointments.

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The Lazy Girl's Guide to Maintaining Blonde Hair

The Lazy Girl's Guide to Maintaining Blonde Hair | Health and Beauty | Scoop.it

My struggles with maintaining my blonde hair colour have been exhaustively documented innumerous articles here on Popsugar Beauty. I've struggled for the better part of a year as I sought a simpler way to keep my brown hair blonde. But I haven't been happy; nothing I've tried has simplified my time-consuming and expensive routine.

 

So I sought out the advice of expert George Papanikolas, the Matrix SoColor celebrity stylist who has enhanced the locks of Gigi Hadid, Hannah Davis, Hailey Baldwin, and many more stars.

 

It's safe to say the man knows colour. In just five minutes, he talked me down. Going — and staying — blonde doesn't have to take too much work, he assured me. George gave me a few tips that will benefit everyone and anyone who has struggled with staying blond without putting in endless effort.

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New Study Points To Hairdressers’ Unique Opportunity To Save Lives

New Study Points To Hairdressers’ Unique Opportunity To Save Lives | Health and Beauty | Scoop.it

We all know the word ‘hairdresser’ is an umbrella term for a myriad of roles stylists take on in the salon (for example, there are some serious therapist fees I’m sure you’re all due). A new study has found that the latest title to be added to that ever-expanding resume could be ‘live-saver’.

 

The recent study points out just how vital hairdressers can be in the battle against skin cancer, finding that 5 per cent of the 237 skin cancer patients with scalp melanomas involved in the study had been alerted about the cancer by their hairdressers. As this hadn’t been a major focus of the study before the trend was identified, the numbers are being discussed as ‘conservative estimates’ that could range to many more. The significant finding was presented to the annual scientific meeting of The Australasian College of Dermatologists.

 

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