Beauty marks can sometimes result in people suffering from low self-esteem, as they may feel quite self-conscious about a mole or dark patch on the skin. If you have a beauty mark you would like removed, it might be a comfort to learn you’re not alone.
According to the BBC, the number of people requesting mole removals roses by an incredible 127% in 2015 in the UK alone. In fact, some of the world’s most beautiful celebrities have also embarked with mole removals, including Madonna and Enrique Iglesias.
However, instead of embarking on invasive cosmetic surgeries, we are here to show you how to remove beauty marks using natural remedies.
A Natural Removal
While it is not backed up by scientific evidence, it is believed that the acid in apple cider vinegar can prove successful in the removal of a variety of beauty marks, such as age spots, moles, warts and birthmarks.
If you would like to try the apple cider vinegar removal, simply soak a cotton ball in the vinegar and then place this on the mark. For an effective result, you could always secure the cotton ball using a bandage, which will allow the vinegar to go to work on the birthmark overnight.
Once you wake from sleep, simply remove the bandage and cotton ball and repeat the process later that night with a fresh cotton ball and bandage.
You may find the birthmark starts to scab; however, it is recommended to protect the skin with petroleum jellies, such as Vaseline, or almond or coconut oil. Never pick a scab or you could end up with an unsightly scar.
Lemon juice could also prove effective in lightening a beauty mark. The acid in lemon juice has lightening properties that could help reduce a birthmark’s shade.
It is unlikely the lemon juice could remove the birthmark altogether, but it could make the blemish less noticeable on your body – which will most likely be a comfort to those who are self-conscious about their beauty marks.
If you would like to try the natural method, simply squeeze the juice of a lemon and rub it onto the beauty mark twice per day. Do not expect to see immediate results, as it will take time for the lightening properties to take effect, but the skin could lighten gradually if you perform the routine daily.
Lemon, Baking Soda and Sugar Face Scrub
So, we have told you all about the benefits of lemon juice, but did you know sugar and baking soda could also help you successfully reduce darker spots or skin blemishes?
By making a lemon, baking soda and sugar face scrub, not only will you have beautifully exfoliated skin, but your face will be free from bacteria and dust that can become trapped inside your pores. Plus, thanks to the lemon, you can lighten up any beauty marks denting your confidence.
A Coconut Oil and Olive Oil Massage
It seems the whole world and her husband have fallen in love with the many benefits of coconut oil, and it appears it is a gift that keeps on giving. That’s because both coconut oil and olive oil are jam-packed full with vitamin E and K, which can remove sun spots and dark patches, as well as improving your skin’s elasticity and tone.
For the ultimate massage oil, simply mix equal parts of coconut oil and olive oil, before applying to the skin and massaging it onto your desired area. Perform this massage for between 4 to 5 minutes, rubbing the oils into the skin in a circular motion.
Tomato and Honey Facial Cleanser
It might be a little unusual to add tomato and honey onto your face, but it could be the very thing you need to do to say goodbye to those beauty spots affecting your daily life. The cleanser is thought to not just lighten dark patches, but to remove pigmentation marks and clear your pores.
To create the facial cleanser, simply grind a tomato in a mixer, before draining the juice into a bowl and adding two teaspoons of honey. Stir the ingredients well and your facial cleanser is ready and waiting for you to use – and it’s perfect for your everyday skincare regime.
You might have heard about toothpaste having the power to remove pimples, but did you know it can lighten dark patches on your skin, too? That’s because it contains bleaching and antibacterial agents that can reduce spots and make darker areas of the skin much lighter.
If you would like to try this method for yourself, simply apply the toothpaste to your desired area using a q-tip. The toothpaste should remain on your skin for up to 30 minutes and then simple wash it away with cold water. If you perform the toothpaste trick twice per week, you may soon notice a difference.
Cumin Seeds and Rice Water
If you thought lemon juice and toothpaste were strange ways to lighten up dark spots on the skin, you must hear about cumin seeds and rice water. This effective natural remedy could be all it takes to remove a beauty mark from your face.
So how does it work? Well, cumin seeds and rice water contain skin cleansing and lightening properties, which not only helps to remove dark patches, but can banish acne marks and pimples – so it’s great as part of a skincare regime, too.
Simply boil two tablespoons of cumin seeds in two cups of water. Once you have done that, drain the cumin seeds’ water into a bowl and add one cup of rice water, stirring thoroughly. All that’s left to do is pour the water into ice cube trays, freeze and then rub an ice cube on the area for just three minutes.
Sandalwood, Turmeric and Milk Face Mask
What woman doesn’t love a face mask to feel beautiful? Well, if a mole-like mark is making you feel less than beautiful, you should consider creating the sandalwood, turmeric and milk face mask.
Sandalwood has anti-ageing and anti-blemish properties, which is ideal for those wanting to say goodbye to pimples or age spots; whilst turmeric is one of the most natural products that can be used to lighten skin. Also, those who want to prevent skin pigmentation should consider adding milk onto their skin, too.
If you would like to create this effective facial mask, add two tablespoons of Sandalwood powder and a pinch of turmeric to 3 tablespoons of fresh, thick milk. Apply the paste onto your face and allow it to dry naturally for approximately 20 minutes. To remove the face mask, wash your face with lukewarm water and pat your skin dry.
BIO: Ella Allan is a blogger at Beauty Blog - Allbeautytoday.com
I have been following this product for many years as my skin was prone to spots as a teenager and young adult and latterly due to hormonal breakouts so i jumped at the opportunity to try it out.
Before I even tried out the products I noticed the packaging and branding and loved that I was so nice and clean and easy to use.
Proactiv+ Skin smooth exfoliator, Pore targeting treatment, Complexion perfecting hydrator & Skin purifying mask.
Suitable for all skin types and effective for those with spot-prone skin as well as those who suffer from occasional blemishes, Proactiv+ is a revolutionary dual-therapy anti-blemish and skincare system designed to promote a healthy complexion.
As required with any skincare regiment, it is advice to use the products in the order recommended. Starting at 1) The Skin smoothing exfoliator, then number 2) The Pore targeting treatment and lastly following with number 3) The Complexion hydrator and only using the Purifying mask as needed.
Following the order I found that the products really worked for my skin.
I do advice that the skin be damp before applying the skin exfoliator and to only use a small amount in the palm of the hand and then to work it into a lather on the face and then rinse it off. Following that move onto step number two and three. For me personally the process left my face feeling cleansed and extremely hydrated nd blemish free.
After using the Proactive + 3 step program I would highly recommend it to any one suffering from spot-prone skin and occasional hormonal breakouts.
Proactiv+ 3-Step Core System £19.99 available from www.proactiv.co.uk
Instant Fix Concealer
The Instant Fix Concealer by Proactiv+ another one of those products that I have always wanted to try.
What does it say on the cover? Instant Fix Concealer by Proactive+
1. Helps clear blemishes while hiding imperfections with the Proactiv+ Instant Fix Concealer. Four shades allow for quick customisation to ensure a skin tone match. It’s natural-looking coverage for flaws, redness, unexpected pimple pop ups and even dark circles. Skin is left looking smooth and flawless with a beautiful complexion!
2. Formulated with spot fighting Salicylic Acid
3. Formulated with soothing and moisturising ingredients
4. Four customizable shades
5. Won’t clog pores
How to use:
Dab onto blemishes, dark spots, dark under eye circles and other imperfections by using a concealer brush or fingertip. Layer and blend as required.
It was great that it came in a small compact case perfect for popping into my handbag for touch ups during the day. The concealer comes in 3 shades of which I used the darkest one, which I found okay and did work for my skin-tone.
But I do think as with most makeup companies they could go a little darker to accommodate darker skin-tones.
The coverage was brilliant and eliminated my dark under eye area as well as other darker areas on my skin instantly. It went on smoothly and did not leave my skin feeling caked as some concealers do.
I would recommend and purchase this product myself again, especially if they do go a shade darker, so it can be mixed as the other three shades found in the compact I was unable to use because it was to light for my complexion and so a bit of a waste. Or maybe just do 2 shades in a pack.
RRP £23.99 available from www.proactiv.co.uk
By Deborah St. Louis
An effective liquid Face & Body Wash designed for cleansing and conditioning sensitive and problematic skin.
It's almost that time of year again and the countdown to Christmas is on! And with the festive period come the stress of gift shopping. So, with the big day just a couple of weeks away, here are some ideas of what your friends, loved ones and family might find under the Christmas tree this year.
Gift sets add an extra special element to your gift for the same price as a single bottle and the additional products, such as shower gel and body lotion, are great for layering the scent for a longer lasting fragrance. Your loved one will be smelling great all day long!
Gift set for under £30-
Ghost Deep Night EDT 30ml & Candle Gift Set - £24.50
Ghost Deep Night is the fragrance of love with powerful notes of Indian Rose and Belle De Nuit blossoms. Orange and apricot notes add a fruity twist whilst a base of vanilla and amber add depth for a romantic and sensual fragrance perfect for strong, confident women.
Available @ www.thefragranceshop.co.uk
Gift set for Under £50
YSL Black Opium EDP 30ml & 50ml Shimmering Body Lotion Gift Set - £49.50 / Save £10
Discover Black Opium, the new feminine fragrance by Yves Saint Laurent. This new glam rock fragrance is full of mystery and energy. An addictive gourmand floral with notes of: Black Coffee, for a shot of adrenaline; White Florals, to instantly seduce; and Vanilla – for sweetness and sensuality. WHAT’S STOPPING YOU?
Available @ www.thefragranceshop.co.
Gift set for £50+
Marc Jacobs Decadence EDP 50ml & Shower Gel 75ml Gift Set - £74.50 / Save £11
Marc Jacobs Decadence collection is an invitation to indulge. The sensual woody scent symbolises the ultimate in feminine glamour and sophistication.
Available @ www.thefragranceshop.co.uk
Gift set for Him under £40JOOP! Homme Aftershave 75ml & Shower Gel 150ml Gift Set - £32.50 / Save £14
Joop! Homme is a strong, masculine fragrance featuring oriental notes to create a sensual and bold scent for young men. The first burst of cool, fresh spiciness from bergamot and cinnamon unfolds into a subtle, warm floral woody body.
Available @ www.thefragranceshop.co.uk
Gift set for him under £50
Hugo Boss – The Scent EDT 50ml & 8ml Spray Gift Set - £46.50
Reawaken the senses with the seductive power of BOSS THE SCENT, the new fragrance for men from HUGO BOSS: Irresistible, unforgettable – like a savoured seduction. BOSS THE SCENT has been created for the BOSS Man who plays
seduction slowly, passionately and as an experience to be savoured and returned to time after time.
Available @ www.thefragranceshop.co.uk
All things shiny and embellished are super-apt for Christmas and they are also massive news in the style stakes this season. Bag your sister of friend a cute little bag just right for that new year’s bash.
Bag @ Dune London
From costume jewellery to candles, to make up brush holders, whatever you need to fill that last-minute Christmas stockings.
The gift that keeps on giving
Let your love one’s kick of the new year’s get fit season with a Fitbit fitness tracker to help them stay on track with their new year’s goals.
Fitbit @ Harvey Norman
Lingerie will never go amiss, whether you buy it for yourself or urge your man to buy it for you.
Lingerie @ Littlewoods Ireland
Some “Me time” would be vital after a hectic festive season and with the Ritual’s Advent Calendar Set you can cherish the daily ritual of a moment for yourself. With a range of wonderful products like the Ritual of Sakura Shower Foam, the Ritual of Laughing Buddha Fortune Oil and The Ritual of Ayurveda Body Cream.
Available @ www.rituals.com
So, whatever is on their and your Christmas Wish list make sure that it is a Merry Christmas with any of our gift selections.
Shoes @ Debenhams
UK actress Jorgie Porter found fame as the feisty Theresa McQueen on Channel 4’s Hollyoaks and has been a popular contestant on Dancing On Ice and more recently in Lip Sync Battle and I'm A Celebrity...
Ever wondered why you get breakouts in the same areas? I know I have.
It's good fun being a makeup artist, trying and using so many beautiful skincare products but for the past month to 6 weeks I've been having a problem with my skin. No matter how well I look after it, I've still been getting breakouts. I couldn't work it out, I use the most beautiful skincare products daily, I drink bottles of water a day.. I've even been going makeup free. But I found that I was breaking out down the left side of face. I went to the doctors convinced it was a side effect of my medication.. Apparently not.
I started to search the Internet for clues and came across this image.
It suddenly made perfect sense. I've been having problems with my stomach, constantly bloated and in pain. I was surprised to see that according to this image the area I have been breaking out indicates I have problems with my stomach!!
Surprised even more, now that my stomach problems are starting to calm down so are my breakouts.
It seems to be correct for me... Is it for you?
Since being a makeup artist I’ve often found that one of the most popular questions inspiring makeup artists often ask me is how do you do male grooming?? So I thought it was time to let everyone in on my male grooming process; and with the permission from the lovely Vangelis Polydorou semi-finalist from this year’s BBC The Voice I’m happy to show you how.
Almost 9/10 times with male grooming the key is to give him a healthy looking almost invisible makeup look. It’s important that the skin is visible to the eye and not a face full of makeup. Makeup on a man can look artificial if not done correctly.
Follow my steps on how I achieved perfect male grooming on Vangelis:
Skin prepping as with women’s makeup is my KEY element to perfect face makeup. The difference between male and female skin is that males skin contains a lot more oil. As a makeup artist you need to tame and control the oil. You do this by adding a product with water and vitamin B6.
I began with cleansing Vangelis’s gorgeous skin using Nude Skincare; Perfect Cleanse omega cleansing jelly to clean away all impurities. I love that this product is a natural formula and leaves the skin clean and fresh with a natural healthy glow – yes men should have a healthy looking glow too.
Secondly spray on Urban Decay’s B6 Vitamin-Infused Complexion Prep Spray. The B6 vitamin in this product absorbs any unwanted oil found in male’s skin. You can also use this miracle bottle anytime throughout the day to refresh his skin or take away any excess oil that may shine through.
Moisturise; never miss this step. As long as you use the right moisturiser you will never add extra unwanted oil to the skin. I use Clarins Men Super Moisture Gel.
Concealer: unlike a woman we don’t want to brighten under the eyes with a concealer, so instead of using a highlighted liquid based concealer use a flat cream. I used the Mac Pro Conceal palette. Remembering how important it is to keep male’s makeup visible, dot on the cream based concealer where you see the deep undertones underneath the eye. It usually looks like a line from the inner corner of the eye stretching underneath. Pat your product in with your fingers. It’s important to leave the natural skin tone right under the eyelashes, so avoid placing concealer in that area. You can apply the concealer underneath the foundation or over as we’re not brightening the area just neutralising the tones.
Foundation: Don’t apply a thick coverage, this will look false. It’s important that you look at a man’s skin differently to a woman’s; you want to keep the different tones in the skin. The forehead may be darker to the cheeks, or the cheeks darker to the nose. It is very important that you see this and use different tones of foundation in the different areas. Applying one colour all over a man’s face will make him look very artificial, too even. When applying, avoid any stubble or facial hair, try applying with a beauty blender as opposed to a brush to give a shearer coverage. Opt for a tinted moisturiser or BB cream. I used Mac Prep + Prime BB Beauty Balm and Bare Minerals complexion rescue.
Powder: Apply using a big brush. You don’t want to apply a matte flat powder, the aim is to keep the skin healthy and visible. I used Mac blotting powder.
Bronzer: This really depends on the individual. But always remember to use a matte bronzer. Simply sweep over the face to warm up the skin or use as a contour to show off striking cheekbones.
Brows: Depending on the man and the brows, you can get away with a quick comb and set with a clear brow gel. On Vangelis I filled in his brows to make them look slightly darker as he was performing on stage so we wanted them to be visible. I used Benefit Cosmetics Brow Zings, Gimme brow and brow setter.
Eyelashes: This really depends on the individual and what they like. It’s very common that a male doesn’t like his eyelashes coloured, if not, simply brush clear mascara through them. Again as Vangelis was performing on stage we opted for colour. I used Benefit Cosmetics They’re real tinted primer – a brown tinted eyelash primer.
Lips: Simple, a bit of balm. I used Dr.PawPaw Original balm.
Any questions, feel free to comment and I’ll answer.
Being a child of Caribbean descent Palmers Coca butter was one of the main beauty staples in my house (No one was leaving the house with no dry arms and legs), so of course I jumped at the chance to check out their award-winning Coconut Oil Formula range which includes a Body Lotion, Hand Cream, Body Cream and Body Oil.
I had been incorporating coconut oil in to my skin and hair care regime for some time now so it’s nice to cut out the middleman as brands are realizing the many benefits of including coconut oil in their products.
The Coconut Oil Formal aside from smelling amazing and leaving my skin feeling soft supple and moisturized without feeling greasy consist of mainly ethically and sustainably sourced raw, organic Coconut Oil which is infused with ancient Polynesian sacred oil, Tahitian Monoi Oil and is also free from Parabens, phthalates, mineral oil.
My favorite product from the range is the Palmer’s Coconut Oil Formula Body Oil as I loved the way the oils absorbed into my skin quickly and easily without feeling sticky and left me smelling heavenly.
I also like that fact that you can add a few drops to your bath to make your bathing experience a little bit more luxurious.
Palmer’s Award-winning Coconut Oil Formula range is available for purchase at Boots, Sainsbury’s, Feel Unique and Amazon.