The clocks have gone forward and summer’s coming, meaning more daylight and more social opportunities than ever, so make sure you measure up to close scrutiny.
On Lanzarote, light is everywhere – sun-drenched daylight that’s life-affirming, joyous and inspirational – but it’s also honest. It will make every blemish on your face and limbs plainly visible, cast shadows on lines and wrinkles and highlight the tone, texture and colour of your skin, teeth and hair. So how do you hide the bad bits and let the good bits shine?
On Lanzarote your skin will be on display all the time. This means that you need to pay real attention to keeping it in great condition. Hydrate, moisturise, scrub, peel or get a facial, but ensure your skin is always zinging with life and health.Read more...
A tan looks natural and healthy, but keep it to a minimum, and ensure you’ve got plenty of sunblock products at hand for day-to-day use.
If you do have blemishes, spots or other defects, you’ll have to decide whether you want to conceal them or just live with them. A sheer foundation will help, but take time to ensure it’s evenly applied overall.
Your hair’s biggest enemy on Lanzarote is the dreaded frizz – caused by sun, dry breezes and exposure to seawater or the chemicals you find in pools. Once again, prevention is far better than cure, so give your hair some regular TLC with deep-penetrating rich conditioners and include plenty of dark green leaves such as spinach or chard in your diet to act as natural conditioners.
Give your hair a break from the sun with floppy hats or tie it up in a coil, and ensure it’s trimmed regularly and well. Whatever cut you favour, regular trims will give you an extra edge in the beauty stakes: It’s the sort of thing that makes all the difference.
The bright sunlight here can often cause squinting and narrowing of the eyes – great if you’re Clint Eastwood, not so great for the delicate skin around your eyes. The solution is sunglasses, which are absolutely vital for Lanzarote living, so you might as well have a few fashionable, attractive pairs to choose from.
Make-up wise, the eyes have it. A bit of time defining, shading and making your eyes look fantastic will draw attention away from other defects and really finish off your look.
In an ideal world your teeth will gleam perfectly in the sunlight, flashing a stunning contrast to your skin. In real life you may find yourself smiling with tight lips, putting your hand over your mouth and otherwise trying to hide your embarrassment.
Now’s the time to do something about it. Summer’s on the way and the island is full of excellent cosmetic dentists who´ll give you the confidence to laugh in the face of life.
We all make the most of circumstances, and seeking flattering light is one of those tricks it pays to learn on Lanzarote.
In the daytime stay out of direct overhead light, which causes deep shadows on your face. Better to find a shady corner with no blinding glare in your field of vision.
In the evening, low-angled sunlight is much more flattering, but keep the setting sun behind or to one side.
After dark, learn a little about lighting. Avoid places with harsh neon light or unforgiving halogen lamps. Look for softer LED lights or low-wattage bulbs, and ensure you’re seated in a place where they bathe you in a soft light to your full advantage. Best of all is candlelight, still the most flattering and romantic of lighting techniques.