Woken up with a bulging spot the day before an important event or struggling to even out a blotchy tan? We tackle four common beauty problems and show you fast fixes that’ll help you to solve them like a pro.
DIY fix Reduce the swelling by placing the backs of two cooled metal spoons over your eyes. Then use raw potato halves (they act as a natural astringent) or freshly used teabags and place them over your eyes for another 15 mins. Caffeinated teas help to constrict blood vessels and reduce swelling, while herbal teas like chamomile soothe and reduce inflammation.
Pro pick Garnier BB Cream Miracle Skin Perfector Eye Roll-On (R69,95) fights puffiness, dark circles and provides light coverage all in one.
Garnier BB Cream Miracle Skin Perfector Eye Roll-On.
Spots of bother
Sampar Pure Perfection Prodigal Pen.
DIY fix Crush a tablet of aspirin (disprin works too) and mix it into a paste using a few drops of water. Make sure you have the right consistency of a firm but spreadable paste and then apply it to any trouble spots for 15 minutes.
It contains a form of salicylic acid, which has good anti-bacterial properties and also helps to reduce inflammation.
Pro pick Sampar Pure Perfection Prodigal Pen (R225).
Roll this little legend (containing eight essential oils) onto breakouts to alleviate irritation and clear blemishes.
DIY fix Calm temporarily stressed, red skin by resting cooled cucumber slices over any red spots. You can also mix up a mask of blended cucumber and oatmeal to soothe irritation and calm redness.
Pro pick Dermalogica UltraCalming Redness Relief Primer SPF20 (R630). Use this multi-tasker to soothe irritation and relieve redness, whether on its own, as a targeted spot treatment, a primer or mixed into your daily moisturiser.
Dermalogica UltraCalming Redness Relief Primer SPF20.
Xen-Tan Blending Balm.
DIY fix On developed tans, cut a lemon in four and rub a quarter over any streaks or patchy areas, such as around elbows, wrists and feet. You can also use a bit of body scrub on targeted spots to reduce excess colour.
Pro pick Xen-Tan Blending Balm (R170).
On pre-developed tans, use it to blend typical problem areas and ensure a flawless result.
Tip You can even apply it pre-tan on areas like the soles of your feet to block any self-tan from developing.