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How To Avoid Skin Rashes

For some of us, skin rashes are an inevitable part of life due to makeup, shaving and exfoliating our skin. Are there easy ways to avoid an inevitable full-blown break out? Keep a skin diary and document what exactly has broken out your skin in the past, and be sure to read up on common ingredients included in your daily skincare and makeup routine. Here are some simple ways to avoid skin rashes, and what to do when they are terrorising your skin.

Shaving creme

It’s fairly obvious, but using a shaving creme and a brand new razor every time you shave will avoid any nasty rashes or bleeding popping up soon after you’re done. Make sure the razor isn’t blunt and you’re using it in fluid motions (don’t move it back and forth over a patch of skin a number of times).

There are also creme’s available for sensitive skin which are soap-free and help to moisturise and replenish the skin before you know it. Remember to moisturise your legs afterwards, and leave the skin to breathe and relax. This is not the time to apply shimmer, fake tan or any type of body make-up onto the skin either.

Dermatitis

Sometimes skin rashes arise because of an underlying skin condition such as dermatitis. Both bacterial and fungal infections are the main culprit in this situation, as well as allergens which make skin feel itchy, inflamed and difficult to deal with. Make sure the area is clean, and avoid using fake tan or any body makeup while your skin is damaged. Seek medical attention if your condition is too difficult to manage with home remedies.

Aloe Vera

Natural aloe vera from the source or even packaged is a great way to soothe skin which is damaged and breaking out into a red rash. Aloe Vera has anti-inflammatory properties which help to cool down an infected area and decrease any harsh symptoms such as itchiness.

Makeup ingredients

Ingredients used in particular products can not only break out skin, but cause distressing rashes across the face and body. Popular areas include the cheeks and forehead which usually break out into little red spots and are irritating to manage. Make sure to check the ingredients before you buy a new product, and definitely perform a skin test on your arm or leg before using it on the face.

Olive oil

Olive oil has been proven as a fantastic way to cure an incoming skin rash. Apply a small amount of olive oil onto the exposed area, then simply massage into the skin. Try to include olive oil into your daily diet as it has properties similar to ibuprofen, which help to cure psoriasis, dermatitis and help decrease the amount of dandruff the body produces when skin is cracked and dry.

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By Felicia Sapountzis

June 28, 2014

Taste the Spanish Olive Oil

Spanish olive oil

Spain cultivates more than 60 varieties of olives grown in fertile soils across the country. These magical fruits are pressed into an extensive variety of high quality olive oils. Each variety possesses a unique flavour and colour that indicates the region where the oil was produced.Spanish olive oil is produced according to a very precise system of classification. Spain is the world’s largest producer and exporter of olive oil, so they really know olive oil!

Australian’s love the taste of Spanish olive oil and products like Extra Virgin olive oil are fast becoming household names. Did you know that within the categories of Extra Virgin, Pure and Light oils there is a range of different tasting varieties including Empeltre, Picual, Cornicabra and Hoijiblanca?

Delicatessens, speciality stores and now supermarkets are offering us the chance to take a culinary journey from Madrid to Andalusia by stocking some of the major Spanish olive varieties: Hojiblanca; Arbequina; and Picual. The chart below shows what subtle influence each variety can add to the flavour of foods, what regions it is grown and some suggested uses.

Variety: Hojiblanca

Regions: Seville, Malaga

Flavour: Bittersweet

Suggested use: Pastries and cakes

Variety: Arbequina

Regions: Catalonia

Flavour: Fruity/Herbaceous

Suggested use: Meat dishes

Variety: Picual

Regions: Jaen, Cordoba, Granada

Flavour: Peppery

Suggested use: Salads, vegetables

Eduardo Gonzalez, Commercial Office Embassy of Spain, says: “What this means for consumers is that a wonderful array of subtle flavour can be added to any recipe from Indian to Asian just be using Spanish olive oil in the cooking process.”

As a guide, fruity, pungent oils are best used in robust dishes with strong flavours, such as stews and casseroles, while milder oils complement dishes with lighter flavours, such as grilled fish and steamed chicken. Salads are a great way to showcase the keynote flavours of some of the more full flavoured Spanish olive oils.

Every food lover, enthusiastic amateur cook or indeed professional gourmet should have a selection of at least the three different Spanish olive oils in their kitchen so the flavour and aroma of every recipe can be enhanced. Just like you add spices from a spice rack, so too can you add flavour with flavoursome, healthy Spanish olive oils.

November 20, 2002

DIY Home Spa


It?s time to turn an idle hour at home into a beneficial experience. Relaxation is essential to maintaining youth and beauty.

Spend one day of your weekend once a month or at least every six months devising our own beauty schedule. Take the phone off the hook and create a home spa. This is fun, particularly if you?ve never done it before.

A home spa doesn?t need to cost the earth either. Most of the products are in the kitchen. Grab olive oil, coarse sea-salt, Glad-Wrap, Vinegar, avocado, Lemon and peppermint tea-bags.?

A little bit of exercise

Start your home spa with an hour of exercise. Go for a run or walk, whatever you like doing. Take big deep breaths and get rid of all that tension. Make sure you work up a sweat. Not only does it mean you are getting rid of toxins, but you feel like you?ve done something.

Water and fresh juice

Once back from your exercise ? grab a glass of lukewarm water with a slice of lemon. This little morning starter is a great way to detoxify. Get a bowl of fresh fruit or a raw vegetable juice ready as well. Consuming fruits and veggies early in the day will help the liver?s elimination process, which is at its most active between midnight and midday.

Hair

Next is the shower. Shampoo your hair and then treat it with a deep conditioning hair pack. If you don?t have one at home, just use extra conditioner and wrap your hair in Glad Wrap for at least 20 minutes so as to step up the activity of the conditioner. If your hair doesn?t need a deep condition then just boost your hair shine by using vinegar as a rinse after shampooing. Dilute one tablespoon of vinegar in 600ml tepid water and pour it over your hair. Comb it through and then rinse it out with warm water.

Get rid of toxins

While your hair is wrapped up get some coarse sea salt from the kitchen and moisten it with water to form a paste. Massage this all over your body, starting at your feet and working up your body. Use an up and down motion to try to create a good amount of fiction. Wash off with warm water. Don?t panic if you sweat profusely ? your body is just getting rid of any un-wanted toxins.

Face

Now to the face ? grab an avocado and scoop out the goodness and rub it all over your face. Avocado?s are rich in Vitamin D and are full of good oils that will leave your face soft and moisturised. Soak two peppermint tea-bags and place over your eyes. Peppermint helps soothe any puffiness around the eyelids. Slip into a warm bath with two cups of sea salt. Put on a soothing CD and relax for about 20 minutes.

Feet

Don?t forget your feet. Smooth olive oil onto the soles of your feet and knead them firmly with your thumbs, working from the outer edges to the centre of the soles in small, circular motions. Then massage the rest of your feet. Put some socks on and leave them like this until the morning. The result? Feet as soft as a newborn babies skin. Remember, you can judge a woman by how well she cares for her feet!

October 2, 2002

4 Basic Cooking Tips and Tricks

Top tips you need to know now! 

  • Olive oil can be heated to a much higher temperature than other oils before it changes structure. Olive oil can be reused at least 10 times before its fat breaks down to undesirable types of fatty acid. A very important point to remember is you should not use polyunsaturated oils more than once.
  • If you need to convert kilojoules to calories all you have to do is simply divide by 4.2
  • When cooking meat make sure a BBQ plate is piping hot before you cook. The best thing to do is brush the pan with olive oil. This helps seal the juices in the meat.
  • If you are not sure how to cool tender veal then follow these simple steps. Cook it on a very high heat for 2-3 minutes on each side and then place it in a warm oven for 5 minutes. You will amaze yourself.

 

January 3, 2000