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We're all a little bit guilty of using the aul filter a bit too much when we're uploading our snaps to Instagram.

Magazine covers are photoshopped and social media is filled with images that have been tweaked and edited.

Unfortunately, we rarely see what people actually look like.

Thankfully, Urban Decay have taken to Instagram to show un-retouched skin, and it's actually very important. 

The brand have chosen models with skin texture, freckles, and actual, visible pores. (Yes!)

The images are beautifully striking and show off Urban Decay's products in all of their glory – without any filters altering them. 

The response that the images have gotten on social media says it all – people want to see more of reality when it comes to beauty. 

People took to social media to express their delight, writing, ''finally the beautiful reality is revealed. No more plastic photoshop surgery. Way to go!'' and ''I love seeing real skin texture!''

Another person said, ''this is unedited picture is both a delight to look at and a confidence present for all the girls in the world.''

It's about time that major make-up brands are taking steps to highlight people who aren't naturally flawless (which is all of us btw).

Scars, freckles, lines, sun spots, line is what makes us all unique, so maybe it will make people think twice about popping a filter on every time. 

And hopefully other brands will follow Urban Decay's footsteps because we think it looks unreaaal!

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Life doesn't get much better than Bey blasting, a couple of cocktails and soaking up the sun. 

However, what you mightn't be aware of is: melanoma is prominent in Irish society.

In fact, the National Cancer Registry Ireland reports that diagnoses of melanoma have more than trebled in Ireland in the last twenty years. (EEK)

To raise awareness of the skin cancer, Boots is giving us a helping hand to still be sun goddess, but take care of our skin too! 

Being the absolute lifesavers they are, Boots will be offering a mole scanning service.

To encourage a life-long habit to check your moles, the system will be rolled out in ten stores nationwide.

Boots engineered the check in conjunction with ScreenCancer UK.

The Boots Mole Scanning Service allows anyone aged 18 and over to have their moles or pigmented lesions scanned using a specialist device called a SIAscope.

Your scan will then be assessed by a dermatology specialist, and each person will receive a report based on the specialist assessment.

If any suspicious lesion is detected, the individual will be referred to their doctor or specialist for follow-on treatment.

Although you won’t get a skin cancer diagnosis from the service, it will help to identify any suspicious characteristics that may need more expert attention.

Melanoma has soared in Ireland and 10,000 cases are diagnosed each year.

However, if spotted early, up to 90 percent of cases are curable.

 

 

Included in the screening, you will also be provided with guidance on assessing your own moles using the ABCDE guide, and given further advice on staying safe in the sun.

You can use the guide to check yours before a more thorough screening in-store. Be sure to look out for:

  • A – Asymmetry: Irregular shape – the two halves should be symmetrical
  • B – Borders: Unclear, irregular or ragged boundaries against normal skin
  • C – Colour: Changes in colour – especially black, blue or uneven colours
  • D – Diameter: More than 5-6mm in diameter and changes in size
  • E – Evolving: Changes in shape, size and colour, itching or bleeding of existing moles, or a new mole.

As part of the service, people will also be provided with guidance on assessing their own moles using the ABCDE guide, and given further advice on staying safe in the sun.

The Mole Scanning service has been available in Boots pharmacies internationally since 2010.

They have scored in overall satisfaction as “good or higher” with 99 percent of respondents and 95 percent saying they would recommend the service to others. 

The Mole Scanning service costs €39 for one mole scanned, and €19 for each additional mole scan, up to a maximum of four moles.

The service will be available in the following Boots stores: St Stephen’s Green, Dublin City Centre, Swords, County Dublin, Castlebar, Co. Mayo, Shop Street, Galway city centre, Killarney, Co Kerry, Half Moon St, Cork, Letterkenny Retail Park, Athlone, Co. Westmeath, Portlaoise, Co. Laois and Wexford, Co. Wexford.

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We love to sleep. We must admit that jumping into our bed with fresh PJs on after a long day of being bad ass queens is one of the best feelings ever.

We could snooze all day long, but we’re not living in a dream world. We drag ourselves out of bed in the early hours of the morning to hit the office (or the gym for those select few!)

Sadly, researchers have found that some sleeping habits are terrible for our skin.

Everyone sleeps differently, you may spread your limbs out in every direction, curl up into a ball like a mouse or on your side.

Many of us will sleep on our stomachs with our faces placed on our soft, fluffy pillow. It may feel like heaven, but this sleeping position is not good for your skin.

However, the U.K Sleep Assessment and Advisory Service discovered that the majority of people sleep on their fronts, which causes acne.

Experts revealed that sleeping on your front causes acne Mechanica, which is caused by rubbing and excessive pressure on the skin. They explained that sleeping on your front puts too much weight on your skin due to the position of your body.

Not only does this sleep position cause spots, but it also causes wrinkles and puffy skin.

The best way to sleep is on your back, according to researchers. They claim that sleeping on your back promotes healthier skin.

This sleep position also reduces wrinkles, as well as healing neck and back pain.

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Diet, hormones, weather or choice of product: when it comes to our skin, it seems there's a challenge at every turn.

Whether cold weather leaves your skin dry and sore or hormonal imbalances cause you to break out, most of us struggle with some type of skin issue.

Routine means we don't often take the time to consider what may cause the issues or, indeed, how to treat them effectively, so we reached out to our panel of Dermalogica experts to find out more.

Armed with years of experience, a wealth of knowledge and a desire to school us on skincare, they took SHEmazing readers questions, and got down to business.

Take a look at this…

1. I am 23 years of age. I have always had pretty good skin, the odd break out! But recently. My skin is breaking out, spots, red bumps, etc!

I keep my skin really clean, and eat a pretty good diet. I do a lot of photographic shoots, as I am a model, but my skin is really getting me down! What can I do?

Try using an oil cleanser as a first step in cleansing. Oil cleansers attract oil and debris more effectively than a water soluble cleanser so will lift off any makeup or dirt efficiently before you follow with the second skin specific cleanser. PreCleanse Balm is a favourite!

Professional tip is to wash makeup brushes regularly with your cleanser to give a thorough clean and avoid transferring bacteria back onto clean skin. 

Regular daily exfoliation will polish and help deep clean the skin. Daily Superfoliant contains charcoal which is hugely popular for adhering to grime and pollution giving a polished and resurfaced skin in one go.

 

2. I have combination skin and no idea what kind of skin care routine I should be doing or what products.

I get localised breakouts but also get dry tight skin on my cheeks under my eyes. I think I have deep pores too because I get blackheads quite easy and they're difficult to get rid of.

A core regimen should contain double cleanse starting with an oil based cleanser followed by the skin specific cleanser to target your core skin concerns. PreCleanse and a face wash such as Special Cleansing Gel is a great starting point. 

Wash face twice in the morning and the evening for guaranteed clean skin! Dermalogica advocates exfoliation as a critical step in everyone’s routine.  Regular daily exfoliation will keep breakouts at bay while smoothing skin surface and helping any subsequent products you are layering on to sink into the skin properly.

Hydrating toners make sure you don’t strip the skin but rather add critical moisture. Try Multi Active Toner as a Dermalogica cult classic.

Finish with a moisturisers that gives the right balance of water and essential oils without making you feel greasy. Skin Smoothing Cream is been a top seller for Dermalogica since its creation in 1986. During the day boost your moisturiser with sunscreen to ensure you future proof your skin against skin ageing. Pro tip – spritz your toner throughout the day to help alleviate that tight feeling. It won’t impact your makeup!

3. I suffer from eczema on my face pretty bad. The skin on my face is so dry it actually hurts. There are red dry patches all on my forehead, my cheeks, my lips, my scalp that travel down to my neck. I have been to the doctors who have treated me with a course of antibiotics, medicated cream but it has just come back.

I hate it, it’s so sore it’s horrible to look at and my face has gotten so wrinkly from the dry skin I get irritated every time I look at myself. What can u do to help my skin?

Take the less is more approach.  Eczema skins lack the natural oils that give a protect barrier to the environment. 

This means that irritants can penetrate through skin faster causing sensitivity and redness.  It also means the skin severely dry and can even shrink back on itself looking more lined. 

Nourishing formulas are vital to replace skins natural oils.  Creamy cleansers such as Essential Cleansing Solution will not strip skin while replacing lipids.  Avoid foaming cleansers as they will leave skin uncomfortable and tight.  Phyto Replenish Oil is a targeted product that will replenish skin and strengthen that natural lipid barrier.

Super Rich Repair is a highly emollient moisturiser that will saturate skin with oils and leave a protective shield protecting skin.  

4. I have redness and broken capillaries, I use Dermalogica ultra calming serum. Any other advice would be great.

Repeated flushing can lead to constant stretching and shrinking of blood capillaries. This repeated action can cause the blood capillaries to lose elasticity and eventually stay dilated leading the appearance of broken capillaries on the surface.

Be conscious of the temperature of water you cleanse with to reduce the amount of flushing induced.  Keep it tepid.

When cleansing or applying products use less friction and press products into the skin rather than rubbing.  Target redness with UltraCalming Mist throughout the day to keep redness down. This reduces the frequency of stress on the blood capillaries. 

5. I've had acne since I was 15, I'm 28 now – seems to be getting worse as I get older! I'm on minocycline antibiotic.

I have tried the pill, tertralyscal, benzyol peroxide etc and salicylic acid but it didn't work I'm thinking about Spiloacatone but I'm not allowed on roaccutane due to health issues do u have any advice?

Try monitoring what triggers breakouts. This often can be linked to stress, reduced sleep, consumption of high glycaemic index foods or even dairy.

Other tweaks to lifestyle might include changing the pillow case every few days, wipe over mobile phones daily and wash makeup brushes more frequently.

Acne often does need long term management which in itself can be stressful. Seek professional skin therapist advise where they will be able to create a customised Skin Fitness Plan which will help you evaluate your lifestyle and at home regimen, along with providing treatment suggestions to boost skin results.   

 

6. I receive constant breakouts and also have many black heads on my chin and even when I get facials and have them removed they come back as little lumps and have never seem to disappear. Would love some help to figure out what these are.

Check makeup and skin care for any comedogenic ingredients which aggravate the inner lining of pores producing extra skin cells, oils and ultimately blockages in the form of blackheads and under surface bumps. 

Artificial colours will be found in many foundations and will be listed on the ingredient listing as D&C dyes along with an allocated number. Mineral oil or paraffin liquiduim is an occlusive ingredient that can trap naturally shedding skin cells and cause blockages. 

Finally isopropyl myristate gives formulas a silky feel but can be very aggravating on skin. Use of ingredients such as salicylic acid in daily cleansers or exfoliants will help clear our pores for a smoother skin surface.

7. I get oily skin, redness and spots. My skin is very sensitive. Any ideas?

Always treat sensitivity as a priority. Focus on hydration and adding water through oil free moisturisers. Sensitive skins natural protective essential lipid barrier is often depleted so water is lost from the surface.

When skin becomes very dehydrated it can often lead to producing more oils to help keep skin well lubricated. Balance skin with moisture without adding oil and this should help treat oiliness and relieve sensitivity. 

Target spots with mild topical products that directly treat the actual breakout rather than altering the entire regimen to target breakouts so not to disrupt general sensitivity.

 

8. Sore red and white spots around mouth and below nose above mouth, dry skin around cheeks and nose and forehead and blotchy discolouration around face.

Often skin can display multiple conditions that may or may not be connected or interlinked. When having multiple skin concerns always start with targeting sensitivity.

Use products that will reduce inflammation and stabilise the balance between oils and water on the skin to bring it back to its natural protective state.

A core regimen of cleanser such as UltraCalming Cleanser will clean without aggravating. Barrier Repair will soothe while restoring the dryness around the face. MultiVitamin Power Recovery Masque, referred to by Victoria Beckham as ‘An Ambulance in a Tube’ powerfully soothes skin while restoring vitamins to leave a healthy, glowing skin. 

9. What do you recommend for reducing the appearance of broken veins and also fine lines around the eyes.

Broken veins are often a result of constant dilating and contraction of the blood vessels in the face. 

This can be genetic where skin naturally flushes easily or from environmental factors such as changes to climate or being in central heating and air-conditioning repeatedly.

Keep skin calm with spritz toners that reduce redness and minimise the length of time the skin is red.  Topical product is unable to realistically remove broken veins but certainly can prevent them from getting worse.

At 0.5mm thick, the skin around the eyes is one of the thinnest on the body, making it one of the first areas to show the signs of ageing. Using eye products which strengthen the skin and the deeper structural proteins such as collagen will help keep skin resilient and firm.  Retinol is one of the best known ingredients to target ageing.

Only use formulas designed for around the eyes to ensure the percentage is buffered for this sensitive area.  Initially skin may need to build tolerance but this ingredient is sure to get results like no other.

10. My face and arms go very red when I get too warm like if I run or stand near a Bunsen burner and they get very itchy think it might have something to do with my smaller pores but I'm not sure.

Sounds like your skin may be genetically sensitive. Sensitive skins have more reactive blood vessels that easily dilate in response to heat.  This can be heat from external factors such as environment or internal body mechanism such as cooling the body from exercise.

One our skins primary functions is temperature regulation. It does this through dilating blood vessels to release heat.  In sensitive skins there is also a higher level of histamine.  This pro inflammatory chemical is designed to help promote positive inflammation in response to injury or invaders. 

Due to the higher level of histamine this is an over-response causing itching on the skin. Unfortunately we can only try manage sensitive skins. Using products that help build skin tolerance such as Ultra Calming Serum Concentrate will improve skin resilience to external and internal factors.

 

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So, if your skin care regime is leaving much to be desired, it may be high time you tackled those pesky complexion issues from the inside out.

We all know the age old saying 'you are what you eat', and when it comes to the condition of our skin, it could not be more true.

Whether you've got dry, oily or combination skin, the nutritional value of the food you eat can play a huge role in keeping your face looking fresh and hydrated.

Here are just a few foods to consider introducing to your diet. 

Chocolate

Yes, you read that right. Giving in to those cocoa cravings could actually be good for your complexion.

According to a 2015 study in the Journal of Nutrition, the consumption of cocoa flavonols can reduce some of the tell-tale signs of aging such as age spots and wrinkles. Flavonals are also powerful antioxidants that work to protect your skin from the damaging effects of UV rays.

Of course, to get most benefits you'll need to opt for a chocolate that's at least 70 per cent cocoa, but even just a few squares a day will leave your skin hydrated and glowing from within.

Walnuts

These little guys are absolutely loaded with copper – a mineral known to boost collagen production.

They are also high in omega-3 essential fatty acids, which according to Dr David Bank, a dermatologist in Mount Kisco, New York, can help improve the skin's elasticity.

So, next time you're feeling peckish, why not opt for a handful of walnuts? Your skin will thank you later.

Green Tea

OK, by this stage we know that there is no end to the health benefits offered by this miracle drink, but did you know that it can actually be used to reduce redness and inflammation?

Green tea is extremely high in antioxidants that help fight the root of the issue.

What's more, an investigation by German scientists discovered that the polyphenols contained in green tea may actually offer protection against UV radiation.

Aim to drink at least two cups daily for optimal effect.

Kindey Beans

These tasty legumes are loaded with zinc, and studies have indicated a link between blemishes and low zinc levels.

So, if your skin is going through a rough patch at the moment, a small serving of kidney beans everyday could be just what's needed to keep you in the clear.

Peppers

According to Dr Jessica Wu, a dermatologist in Los Angeles and the author of Feed Your Face, "Women who eat green and yellow vegetables regularly tend to have fewer wrinkles, especially around the eyes." 

Who's going to argue with that?

As well as that, studies have found that caronteniods, the antioxidant found in orange and yellow vegetables, can actually help decrease the skin's sensitivity to the sun, and God knows that's something us Irish gals need.  

 

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Ashley Benson is literally our Queen, from her spot-cream selfies, to her serious hair inspiration… we can't fault her.

 

Sunday vibes w hunny @chadwoodhair

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The best part about the PLL star is the fact that she's so relateable, and we kind of just want to be her best mate.

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The stunner recently revealed the products she uses to get that flawless, glowing skin… and its a brand you can buy in chemists.

Ashley uses Differin, which used to be a prescription acne treatment, but can now be bought over the counter (and online!). 

 

#days hair @chadwoodhair make up @patrickta

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The best part? This glorious product won't break the bank at all, and only costs a tenner for the spot cream. 

 

#tbt

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Differin contains a spot fighting ingredient called retinoid adapalene, which will leave you looking GORGEOUS. 

Can you swim in it, please?

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Every girl knows prepping for a big event can be a bit of a bit of a trek, so wouldn’t it be great to have some go-to tips to make sure your skin, hair and nails look picture perfect on the big day?

Top model Rosanna Davison believes that outer beauty starts with inner health.

She’s teamed up with one of Ireland’s leading beauty supplement providers Perfectil to give us eight easy follow tips for getting big bash ready.

1. Turn down the heat:

Step down on the heated rollers, tongs and flat irons.  You’ll be amazed at the difference this makes to your hair health.

2. Eat your greens:

If you get a skin breakout before an event, eat lots of dark green, leafy vegetables like spinach and kale to help skin heal and fight infection and inflammation naturally.

3. Keep nails simple: 

Avoid having your cuticles cut or pushed back before a big event to prevent having red, swollen or ragged cuticles.

4. Moisturise:

 Start a really good moisturising routine and include regular massaging of your face, neck and décolletage.

5. Catch them Zzzs:

The simplest and easiest way to effectively prepare for a big event is to ensure your diet contains lots of beautiful skin foods, to stay hydrated, exercise and get lots of sleep.

6. Supplements:

Invest in and incorporate a really good supplement such as Perfectil into your beauty routine.  Perfectil has been developed based on 40 years of scientific research to provide beauty within.

7. Hydrate:

Combat pre-event stress with exercise and down time. Increase water consumption and cut down on processed, refined and deep-fried foods.

8. Carrots are key:

Add carrots and other nail nutritious foods that are rich with vitamins into your diet. Vitamins are crucial for strong and healthy nail growth.

 

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Whether you’re hitting a music festival, going on a camping trip or spending a week in the sun this summer, exposing your skin to the elements means you really need to bring your A-game when it comes to keeping it in tip-top condition.

But short of carting our entire cosmetic collection along with us, it can be tricky keeping on top of this which is why we’re pumped that Vichy have us covered with a product which comes in at a mere €10. Oh we know, right?!

Vichy Mineralizing Thermal Water, which was sourced at the heart of the French Volcanic region, strengthens the skin’s moisture barrier function and leaves you with a dewy glow no matter what you’re getting up to this summer!

One quick spritz of this supercharged wonder product  is exactly what you need whether you’re getting your chill on by the pool or getting down and dirty at this  year’s biggest fest.

Sold!

 

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We hate to break it to you, but acne is just one of those things that we wish we could leave behind with puberty. Unfortunately, that is sometimes just not the case.

While some of your blemishes can be the result of one too many trips to the take away or that time of the month, some people can face irritated skin or nasty breakouts as a result of one simple habit.

The water in your shower could be causing your skin to break out.

Life Script pointed out that changes in your environment can cause your skin to react badly.  This can be a result of our skin adjusting to different pH levels in the water.

However, Dr. Robynne Chutkan recently appeared on Today to inform us that hard water or soft water are the least of our worries. We might actually just be too clean, and that is what leads to break outs.

She says that a certain amount of grime is needed to keep our bodies full of friendly germs that we need to protect ourselves from those that can do us harm.

She explained that we may not actually need to be scouring ourselves in the shower daily with soap. In fact, by doing so, we could be removing bacteria that helps prevent certain skin issues, especially eczema.

She advises to forget about soaps, but if we insist to go for mild, organic products.

We can also ditch the hand sanitizers, unless you’re working in a contagious area of a hospital. While during flu season extra precaution is wise, apparently using too many antibacterial soaps is doing harm to our skin.

So, basically, repeatedly killing off good bacteria on our skin may break down our natural immunity and this can lead to breakouts and skin irritation.

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You might be a bit hesitant of this one – but believe us, it works. 

Apple cider vinegar is a weird, but great way to step up your beauty game. 

This multi-tasking ingredient can be used to prevent acne and even make nail polish last longer, but that's just the beginning!

Take a look at these…

Skin soother

Add a cup of apple cider to a bath filled with warm water and soak in it for 15 minutes.

The pH level of apple cider vinegar is similar to the pH level of the protective acid mantle layer of your skin, so this soak will help restore the balance. 

Facial toner

Mix together one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and two cups of water. Moisten a cotton ball, and swipe over your clean, dry face.

The vinegar's natural alpha-hydroxy will stimulate circulation, as well as minimize your pores. Don't worry about the smell either, it will pass quickly. 

Hair rinse

Mix two tablespoons of vinegar with one cup of water, and use it inbetween your shampoo and conditioner routine. It will remove any residue, to leave your hair strong and shiny. 
 

Sunburn relief

Mix 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar with four cups of water. Pour the mixture into a cloth and apply to your sunburned skin.

The pH level will promote healing and prevent any nasty blistering. 

Razor bump remedy

Moisten a cotton ball with diluted apple cider vinegar and swipe over the problem area.

The anti-inflammatory properties of the vinegar will sooth irritated skin and the acetic acid softens skin to help with ingrown hairs. 

Bruise healer

Soak a cotton ball with diluted apple cider vinegar and secure it to the bruised area with a bandage. Leave it on for one hour.

The properties in the vinegar calms injured skn and increases circulation and healing. 

 

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Mornings are hard enough without all the added hassle of attempting to re-organise every last item to perfection before you leave your bedroom.

Making your bed has apparently been a constant struggle in the lives of many people. So much so that researchers actually conducted a study concerning people who make their beds and those who do not.

As it turns out, what you thought might have been a valuable life skill could actually be the opposite. Making your bed every morning could be damaging your health.

Researchers discovered that we sweat a lot when we sleep, so you can lose up a litre of fluid every night. This means that there can be a build-up of 1.5 million microscopic dust mites which live between your sheets. They also feed off your skin cells.

Dr. Steven Pretlove, one of the researchers involved in the investigation explained that essentially the warmth and cosy atmosphere of the bed sheets is not just appealing to us humans. The mites thrive in it, hence where there can be so many of them.

“Something as simple as leaving a bed unmade during the day can remove moisture from the sheets and the mattress so the mite will dehydrate and eventually die.”

If you suffer from allergies then this could end up helping you out, however, not ever making your bed again won’t exterminate the entire colony but it’s a start.

So, now your mornings just a little bit easier. Not having to make your bed means at least an extra minute in bed right? Give or take…

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Dry skin can be extremely irritating and make us very self conscious. Many of us suffer from it and while we can buy moisturisers for dry skin, here are some home remedies you can try too. They are affordable and great for your skin's health. 

Olive oil and egg yolk
Olive oil is a natural antioxidant and the vitamin A in egg yolk controls the shedding of the skin and also makes it smooth. Mix together and rub on dry areas.

Coconut oil
Coconut oil has enough fatty acids that make up for loss of moisture from the skin, it also makes your skin feel soft and smooth. Leave it on overnight and wash it off in the morning, as regularly as you can.

Lemon juice and sugar
This exfoliating scrub evens out rough spots on the face, while the lemon lightens the skin tone. Mix a teaspoon of sugar with half a lemon and rub it all over your face.

Avocado and honey
This locks in moisture and can improve your skin's health. Mix half a cup of honey with half a mashed avocado into a mask consistency, apply on dry areas and leave on for 15 minutes before washing it off.

Banana and yoghurt
This mask moisturises and exfoliates the skin. Mash bananas with yoghurt and leave on dry areas for half an hour, then rinse it off. 

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