Whilst there are no stereotypes when it comes to the Gothic beauty ideal, there are a few things that possibly hold true for all - smooth, clear skin; glossy hair; and a smile to die for. I hope to provide tips and recipes to aid in all the above (especially as I am now studying cosmetology and beauty therapy ^^), as well as recommendations and reviews for Goth-friendly products to make you even more alluring...
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- Don't wash your face with soap. Soap dries out the skin, which may not sound so terrible if your skin is oily, but it will actually end up making you look old before your time. Soap is far too harsh for delicate facial skin. Instead use a cleaner that's specially made for the face (it doesn't have to be expensive!).
- Every morning and evening, wash your face with lukewarm water (this is kindest to your skin). If you suffer from spots, it may help to add two teaspoonfuls of apple cider vinegar to your wash water. Cider vinegar is a natural astringent and when diluted, should eliminate excess oil without being overly drying. Obviously, test it on your skin first to make sure your skin is not too sensitive and that you are not allergic. Use a foaming cleanser that is suitable for your skin type (oily, dry, sensitive, combination or 'normal') and rinse carefully. Pat skin dry with a towel.
- Follow with moisturiser. If you like to keep your skin pasty-white, use a moisturiser that has an SPF of at least 15. A moisturiser with SPF is lighter and less greasy than using suncream on your face (which, frankly, feels horrible). Of course, if you're about to go to bed, you won't need a sunscreen, so you may like to purchase different moisturisers for day and night (again, they don't have to be expensive to do the job).
- Exfoliate your face and body twice weekly. Use a gentle scrub with fine particles for your face, and something a bit tougher for your body. You can also use a dry body brush each morning - move it briskly over your skin with firm strokes, starting from the soles of your feet and always brushing in the direction of your heart. Keep brushing until the skin is lightly tingling. This helps your body shed dead skin cells and keeps your skin soft and smooth. After exfoliation, be sure to apply sunscreen as your skin will be more sensitive to the sun.
- Don't use body lotion every day. This can actually dry out your skin in the long run, especially in conjunction with suncream.
- Remember, even the palest of Gothlings need some sunlight occasionally to prevent nasties such as vitamin D deficiency and even rickets. Around 20 minutes of sunlight on bare skin a day will give you all the goodness you need without risking a tan, and if you catch this light on spot-prone areas, will help dry out excess oil and could go some way towards preventing breakouts.
- I've said it before, but always remove your make-up before bed.
DIY skin bleach
(Don't be afraid - this recipe contains all-natural ingredients and is actually very good for your skin, as well as serving to enhance one's pallor.)
a couple of lemon slices
a cup of milk
yoghurt (preferably natural and unflavoured)
flower water (optional. Rose water and orange blossom water are available from most supermarkets and health stores)
Soak the lemon slices in the milk for a couple of hours. Strain out the lemon and add the yoghurt to thicken. Test the mixture on an area of skin (NOT your face) first, as the astringent action of lemon in particular can be too harsh for sensitive skin. If you feel excess burning or itching, rinse the mixture off at once.
If you suffer no ill effects, apply this cream to your face and body for a few hours so that the bleaching action has time to take effect. For a less fussy version of this recipe, pop some lemon juice in a glass of milk overnight and rinse your face with it in the morning, or add a cup of milk and a squirt of lemon juice to your bath. This is useful to help fend off the effects of the summer sun.
1/2 pint new milk
1/2 oz. lemon juice
1/2 oz. white brandy
Mix the ingredients together and bring to the boil, then skim. The resulting concoction should be applied to the desired areas each morning until the desired result is achieved. (Again, do not forget to test this mixture - and all mixtures on this page! - on a patch of skin to make sure you are not allergic.)
Personally I think freckles are cute, but if you are unhappy with yours, try budging them with this brew.
1 dram citric acid
1 oz. glycerine
Simply mix together and apply to freckles three or four times a day. Lemon juice is also said to be an effective freckle remover.
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