Covering a Bruise with Green Concealers, Reviews

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Green concealers are used to correct and hide redness and red tones in the skin. Green concealers work to neutralise redness, making them a great way to cover up pimples, zits, skin conditions, bruises and sunburn.

At first, I found green concealers terrible. I put way too much product on my skin, I did not know how to blend it, I hadn’t matched the colour well to my complexion and looked ridiculous. With practice, I have improved immensely. Now I am much better.

The problem with redness correcting green concealers is that there are SO many to choose from. Below is a guide to a few popular green concealers I’ve tried and how they worked. Hopefully, this guide will help you to achieve the most natural, bruise-free skin possible. Continue reading

Skin Care During Pregnancy

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At 5 Weeks pregnant…

If stretch marks are ‘in your genes’, then I am going to get them.  Stretch marks run in my family. My mother has them, my sister has them, and I already have them on my breasts and hips.

While pregnant I am still taking a small amount of PREDISONE which damages my skin further.  Prednisone drys out my skin, making it thin and fragile.  I see the effects of taking prednisone in my weak nails, thin limp hair and dry thin skin.

So what can I do?

I’ve done a little research.  The internet recommends exercising, taking vitamin C, rubbing myself with vitamin E, keeping my skin moisturised, drinking heaps of water and eating healthy fats.  Friends are telling me to do the same.

While I am a little skeptical that these measures will work, I have nothing to loose by trying to keep stretch marks at bay?

So lets begin…
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Should you be Brushing or Combing?

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The Combing / Brushing debate

A long time ago, when my partner and I were working full time, a family friend recommended a new hairdresser for the two of us.  We were busy working stupid hours and found it hard to fit in ‘normal’ activities like going to the hairdresser.  Millie, who did after-hours house calls, came to our home late one Tuesday night and changed my life forever.

She saw what no other hairdresser had seen before – My hairbrush.  Millie caught sight of my hair clogged round plastic brush in the bathroom and freaked out.  A fine toothed comb lay beside it on the bench.  She asked me to brush my hair a little and I did.

She watched in horror at my slap and tear brushing technique and she demanded that I stop immediately.  She asked me if anyone had ever shown me how to brush my hair before.  I said No.

I’d never thought about it before.  Millie insisted I toss out my brush, and recommendedI buy a boar hair bristle brush and a wide toothed comb.  The next time she came to our house to cut our hair, she taught me how to use them.  Here is what I learned.

What is the difference between Brushing and Combing your hair?

When I was growing up, combing and brushing your hair was spoken about as same thing.  The tools were interchangeable and no one could really explain to me what the difference was.  It has taken me 25 years, a kindly hairdresser and a little research to really understand the fine art of hair brushing and the reasons why we should be combing sometimes.

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Brushing Your Hair

  • The first reason to brush is to clean your hair.  Brushing is the best means to remove skin flakes, dust, dirt and hair products from your hair.

When your hair is out, it picks up dirt and pollution from the air.  Dry skin from your scalp gets tangled in your long locks and you might find doesn’t look very shiny.  That is because your hair is probably dusty.  Brushing your hair is the best way to remove all this dirt from your hair.

  • The second reason to brush your hair is to spread the natural oils through your hair that are produced in the scalp.  Scalps have a natural moisturising system, which is why the hair around your scalp might seem a little oily.  This oil needs to be moved down your hair shaft to nourish and moisturizing the entire length of your hair.

The little bristles of your hairbrush stimulate your scalp to secrete more oil, lubricating and protecting all your hair.

Brushing your hair is meant to be slow, deliberate and gentle.  Brushing your hair is the best way to clean the hair, move the natural occurring sebum from your scalp down the hair shaft, smooth and soften your hair.  Hair brushing is meant to take time.  Hair brushing is a beauty therapy.

WHICH BRUSH? – Always use a natural BOAR HAIR BRISTLY BRUSH.  They come in different sizes from SMALL BRUSHES and LARGER BRUSHES.  It just depends on how much hair you have.

For the details you need to know HOW TO BRUSH YOUR HAIR while it is still very fragile, keep reading here.  Brushing your hair should usually happen at night time.

Combing Your Hair

AIM – Combing your hair is the best way to manage your hair if it’s wet, tangled or needs styling.  Your hair is at it’s most fragile when wet, so a wide toothed comb is best for in the shower and when using a conditioner.  If your hair is particularly tangled, remember to comb from underneath the tangle, don’t comb from above.  Oh no!

Use a comb when you are pulling, parting and styling your hair.  Combing is also the best precursor to brushing as it gets your hair ready and can be used to divided easily into sections after it has been combed.  Combing your hair should mostly happen in the morning.

WHICH COMB? – Start with the widest biggest comb you have and then get smaller  Always use a LARGER SHOWER DETANGLER for combing your hair when wet and a SMALL COMB for being really gentle and smoothing your hair.

In summary – Brush your hair slowly to clean and nourish it – with a boar hair bristle brush – at night.  Comb your hair to detangle and style it – with a wide toothed comb – during the day.

I hope this helps.

Life Cycle of a Bruise; Understanding Bruises

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In a study on The LIFE CYCLE of Bruises in Adults, there where two overwhelming conclusions.  Firstly, that 90% of all bruises will occur on your extremities, being your arms and legs.  The second fact was that one cannot reliably predict the age of a bruise based on it’s colour.

What you can predict from the colour of the bruise, is which stage of healing it is in.  The changing colours of a bruise indicate that the bruise is healing and that it will soon be gone.  A bruise will change colours as it goes through the various chemical processes of healing. Continue reading

Brushing Your Teeth with ITP

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A little while ago I posted a comment about how much I disliked brushing my teeth when my platelets were low.  A few people replied that they also had problems with brushing their teeth and bleeding gums.  The problem with this is that you might actually get Gum Disease as a consequence Below is a more detailed post regarding what low-platelet-oral-hygiene options there are.

Did you know that dentists are often the ones to diagnose ITP in their patients?  Dentists are known to recommend their patients to seek a consultation with their GP if they notice any abnormal bleeding without the presence of gum disease.  In this way, as many people can ignore bleeding gums, they might be the first ones to notice anything abnormal.

There are a number of reasons why your gums may bleed when you brush your teeth.  You might have ITP or you may have the beginnings of gum disease.  Your gums shouldn’t bleed when you brush your teeth.  For someone with a bleeding disorder, often the first place to bleed is the mouth and gums.  I know that the first place I notice a really low count is in the bathroom sink at about 10.30 pm.

The problem with this scenario is that I can’t always assume that my gums are bleeding because I have ITP – I might very well have gum disease as well.  This is were the confusion comes in.  People with ITP can still get gum disease and it is important to not just assume that a bit of blood in your spit as you brush your teeth is from a low platelet count.  Am I making any sense?

When I have a low platelet count, I notice my gums bleed more.  I dislike the taste of blood.  I think it tastes like metal or electricity in my mouth.  For me it is one of the worst sensations.  Therefore, I will usually avoid brushing my teeth so I don’t have to taste it.  This is a problem because I am now more likely to get another gum related, gross hygiene issue in my mouth. …and the bleeding goes on.

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My Tips to Not Looking like a Junkie

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So, you have ITP now – Welcome.  What you might not know, is that every now and again you may find that you look a lot like a junkie.  (Unless you are a junkie and then you’ll probably find yourself pissed at me for writing this article).  The distinction between Junkie and ITP patient is pretty dam small.   I don’t have anything against junkies.  They have always got funny stories for me and have brightened the character cast of Orange is the New Black for three great seasons now… I digress.  Looking like a junkie is just another fact of ITP that doctors fail to mention.

Reasons you might look like a junkie are as follows – Track marks – Tired eyes –  Mood swings – Late nights – Nausea – Thin, Fragile Skin – Hallucinations – Liver Damage – Confusion and finally, Paranoia.  Ok, I can’t help with the paranoia.  I find, most of the time when people think everyone is out to get them, it is normally true.  But for the rest of it, there is hope..

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