Uv-protection

Who Said Sun Hats Aren’t Sexy?

We all need to prevent premature ageing and reduce our risk of getting skin cancer, so, protective sun hats are an essential item, in every women’s wardrobe. Millions of kids have had the sun smart message drummed into them and we now seldom see kids without a hat.

When it comes to women, though, we seem to neglect them. It’s probably because we either look awful in them, they don’t fit properly, they mess up our hair, they don’t exactly scream sexy; whatever the reason, we really do need to wear them more often. Particularly in our harsh Australian climate. So, if we really need to wear them, we may as well do it fashionably!

Experts recommend, when trying on hats, look at a full-length mirror. This is how others see us. Although it might suit your face, it may look disproportional compared to the rest of you. Lets face it, if we look crappy in something, we aren’t going to wear it! Using the following recommendations as a guide will at least provide a starting point.

Oval-shaped

Let’s begin with the jackpot winners because women with an oval face can wear just about any type of hat and pull it off. The tip to remember is to make sure the snug part of the hat, which fits around your head (known as the crown), is wider than your cheekbones but avoid going wider than your shoulders.

Oblong-shaped

Shortening your face and adding some width should be your primary objective. Try a hat with less height and a big floppy brim.

Rectangular-shaped

Very similar to tips for oblong faces. Try a full or uplifted brim and don’t add too much height.

Square-shaped

The most significant tip for you to keep in mind is that square hats, on a square-shaped face won’t do you any favours. They will accentuate your jawline. Try hats which will soften and lengthen your features.

Heart-shaped

The best type of hat for you is a medium brim, with a defining crown, to narrow the forehead. Avoid horizontal trimmings and you can afford to have a hat with a bit of height.

Diamond-shaped

The style advice, is similar to heart shaped, except you want to aim for a hat that widens the forehead. For you, horizontal trims, will work a treat. Once again, a medium brim is recommended.

Triangular-shaped

You too want to widen the forehead, so you can try any hat which adds width. Asymmetric brims and crowns with some height will work well to achieve the best look.

Round-shaped

The aim here is to lengthen your face, so try an irregular brim, which is wider than your facial structure, a vertical design and defined crown.

Now, apart from style, you really need to consider other factors like protection, comfort and practicality. Some hats contain SPF block-out and can add greater protection to your head and face. If you burn easily, this is a wise investment.

Then there are other varieties which contain hydrating gel crystals to keep your head cooler. If you need a hat to go and out in direct sunlight and heat, this may be a viable option. Plus, if the reason you don’t wear a hat is because it’s just too damn hot, this is a solution.

You also need to consider when and where you are going to wear a hat. If you frequently wear it in windy conditions, the last thing you want is a hat which you will need to hold onto your head or chase around. There are lots of fashionable hats around these days which will fit your head perfectly, so functionality is no longer an excuse.

You may find that having a selection of protective hats will be a better solution, particularly if you will be wearing it in various situations. Consider all the variables and make a choice which is best for you. We all need to start looking at wearing sun hats as an investment in our longevity and get over the barriers, which have been preventing us from wearing them. There are some comfortable, functional and stunning styles available so it’s about time we all go shopping!

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October 15, 2014

Hair Care tips for Winter

Chilly, ice-breaking weather is well and truly here and so are dry extremities. Avoid dry, damaged hair by getting a good deep conditioner. Get luxed up with our five of the best.

Kerastase Creme Richesse

This rich deep conditioning masque is especially formulated with UV protection and vitamins to protect against wind and sun. The only problem we found is the way you dip your hand into the jar. It makes it difficult to not take more than necessary. It gives a good result though. Available at selected pharmacies and hair salons nationally.

Clinique Dramatic Moisturising Conditioner

You wouldn’t expect anything but the best from Clinique Its Dramatic Moisture conditioner comes in a slick, almost medicinal bottle. It gives shine but leave the hair a little heavy. Better for a thick head of hair maybe. All that said, it does look great in your shower. Available at David Jones/Grace Brothers and selected pharmacies nationally.

Pure Hair Aloe Vera Conditioner

The Pure Hair range is nicely packaged and smells wickedly good. It goes on really well with a thick and rich texture. Your hair immediately feels softer and looks shinier after one use. Well worth the extra cash. Available at Lily Jackson Hair and Makeup, Glenmore Road, Paddington, Sydney, phone 02 9360 8708.

John Frieda’s Emergency Treatment

This product has a faint pleasant scent and it is really easy to apply. Your hair will definitely feel glossy and soft. Emergency Treatment is great for curly hair but also for normal hair needing extra help with those harsh winter elements. If your hair gets a bit dry and dull by the end of the day keep this product in your handbag because you can apply it on dry hair. Available at selected pharmacies and hair salons nationally

Wella Vivality Intensive Repair Mask

Okay, this is the one for dry and damaged hair. It is an intensive mask and it smells divine. All you have to do is shampoo your hair, towel- dry and then apply the mask to your hair and leave it for 5-10 minutes. We guarantee that your hair will be frizz free, shiny and luscious. Available at pharmacies and selected hair salons nationally.

Snow bunny

After a session on the slopes, some TLC is always in order: Here we get down to some post-ski pampering, so you will look like the ultra glamour snow bunny this winter.

  • Rejuvenate heavy and tired feet with Aveda Foot Relief.
  • Don’t exfoliate in the mountains because of the dry air and risk of sunburn. Only take moisturising masks. Try Dermalogica’s Moisture Mask
  • Use Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream as a skin protectant. Not only great for your lips but good for hands and cheeks as well.
  • Jump into the Jacuzzi and throw in some essential oils like peppermint and lavender. You will be ready for a quick stint of partying after that.
  • World famous podiatrist and former ski instructor, Bastien Gonzalez, advises to moisturise your feet for two weeks before you even hit the Alps.
  • Bathe in Epsom salts to soothe tired muscles after a hard day skiing
  • You have to look purrfect on the slopes so head to David Jones and grab Chantecaille’s Real Skin SPF 30 compact. This will keep any shine at bay and make you look flawless even if your on-slope style is not.
  • With the stress of not having to get down a black run remember to pack L’Oreal Kerastase Dermo-Calm. This brand new hair range will ease any stressed or sensitive scalp. You’ll reach the end with all those frizzies in place.Half-yearlyclearance

    Everyone knows that fashion’s seasonal shift in trends can be a strain to keep up with. The clever solution? The half-yearly sale! Think ahead while you grab the ultimate in chic for half the price. All the smart girls buy up. With sales approaching fast, pick carefully and invest in key pieces that will last through to the end of next season and even for a few years. Here are the best pieces to look out for-for now.

    Three-tiered skirt from Witchery will look great in spring and summer with a Bond’s white singlet or cotton fitted V-neck Tee.

    Desert Boots from Zomp or Donna Karen timeless boots for half the price at David Jones

    Levante Glamour tights for an unheard of $6.95!

July 2, 2002