Want to avoid temptation? Place treats near less-dominant hand

Desperate for a way to stop yourself from chomping on biscuits while sat at your office desk? A simple solution could be to move them away from your dominant hand, as scientists have found things appear more attractive when in easy reach.

So those who are right-handed will be more tempted by goodies on their right hand side, but when the same goods are placed on the left side the desire for them drops.

On top of this experts believe that how we perceive people is also affected by where they are stood or sat.

Researcher Dr Daniel Casasanto, of Chicago University, points out things close to the side of the body of the hand you use could be favored because there’s less effort.

“If you ask people to judge which of these two job applicants do you think you would hire, righties would on average choose the person on the right, lefties on average, the person on the left,” he explained.

“This become applicable to behaviors like voting where we are all being asked to judge candidates whose names are written on the right and left of the ballot paper. We found in a large simulated election that compared to lefties, righties will choose the candidate they see on the right of the ballot paper about 15 per cent more than lefties. So these kinds of invisible influences could have real impact.”

In addition to these findings, revealed during the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s annual conference, it was discovered that the brain is wired differently in left-handed and right-handed people. Emotional hubs are on different sides, which could play a big part in treating conditions like depression with electric shock therapies that stimulate one side of the brain.

“This discovery has urgent public health implications such treatments for depression and other mental health disorder that affect millions of people were designed for right-handers, and may be detrimental to everyone else,” the expert said.

Dr. Casasanto also found that if a right-handed person wore a heavy glove to make them feel clumsy, they thought more like a left-handed person.

Applying make-up to dry skin

Nothing is worse than trying to make yourself look good for a night out in the winter, but your skin is just too flaky and dry to apply make-up properly. This doesn’t mean you should throw in the towel and give up though, as there are ways to tackle this.

It all starts with your base, which you need to get as smooth as possible before anything. Exfoliate your skin with a gentle facial scrub to get rid of any excess dry skin – rub too hard and you’ll only irritate your complexion.

Then you want to apply a hydrating moisturizer that caters to your skin type – flakiness is a sure sign of sensitivity so you’ll want a face cream that doesn’t have any harsh chemicals or ingredients. Let the moisturizer sink in and absorb naturally so your skin gets all the nourishment.

Or, a good tip you may not know about is to apply your moisturizer before you shower, so your pores open up and absorb the cream better. Rub in properly, especially targeting your extra dry spots.

If a primer is part of your routine, invest in a hydrating one for the winter months like Too Faced Hangover Face Primer – don’t just use it after a boozy night out! A hydrating product will nourish your skin even more before applying foundation.

As for what cover up you choose, you’ll want to avoid anything that will dry your skin up even more like matte, oil-free or powder options. Cream foundations will maintain a dewy finish even if you do feel flaky and dry, and they will hold more moisture in as the day goes on.

Or you could mix the one you already use with a spot of moisturizer or primer to hide blemishes and keep your complexion looking fresh.

Hair’s to Aloe Vera

Aloe vera can be found in many beauty products – from off-the-counter brands to luxury items, this much-used ingredient is clearly beneficial for your beauty routine. The aloe vera plant contained many natural ingredients that are good for your body, including Vitamins A, B, C, and E, as well as a crucial element, a complex carbohydrate called acemannan. This allows nutrients to reach the cells in your skin, nourishing them and relieving them of toxins at the same time.

While aloe vera can be found in many skin products, it can also be used for your dry or damaged hair as well. Just as it affects your skin, aloe vera can nourish, cleanse and protect your tresses, and has a host of benefits when used on your locks regularly. Since aloe vera is a natural plant and not man-made, it’s been around for centuries, even dating back to the ancient Egyptians, who used the plant to cure hair loss, according to research conducted by the University of Hawaii. Aloe vera contains enzymes that can get rid of dead skins cells on the scalp which could be clogging the hair follicle, thus not allowing the nutrients to properly penetrate into your hair. When aloe vera is applied, it breaks down the dead scalp cells, allowing for further hair growth. It can also bring your scalp and hair back to a normal pH balance, which allows your hair to retain more water and moisture and therefore promote hair growth.

Relatedly, the same enzymes in get rid of dead skin cells also help with reducing dandruff. For a simple dandruff treatment, add a few drops of tea tree oil to aloe vera gel. Mix in a few drops of rose water to get a serum-type consistency. Then cover your scalp with the serum, let it sit for about an hour, and rinse out normally.

Aloe vera also contains anti-bacterial and antiseptic properties to help get rid of an itchy scalp. Just like putting aloe vera on a sunburn, it gives your scalp a calming and cooling sensation, as well as reducing the scaling, inflammation and itching of the scalp.

New season multi-tasking masks

New launches seem to come in fits and starts; one minute brands are clamoring to bring out serums, the next everyone is focused on cleansing oils. At the moment it seems to be face masks which are top of the bill, but simply leaving skin soft isn’t enough. A new breed of these products are intent on fixing all your beauty ills at one, so allow us to introduce you to 2016’s multi-tasking mask launches.


One of the biggest complaints people who live in cities have about their skin is loss of radiance. Kiehl’s believes dullness is caused in no small part by pollution – it penetrates the skin, damaging the barrier, affecting the way it repairs itself, making it more sensitive and accelerating the ageing process. None of that sounds great, which is why the brand has launched two new masks to combat these effects. The Cilantro & Orange Extract Pollutant Defending Masque protects the skin from pollution and helps strengthen it in the long term. The Turmeric & Cranberry Seed Energizing Radiance Masque helps with dullness instantly, as it works like a mini facial by exfoliating skin and then treating it.

Deep cleansing

Sanctuary Spa’s 5 Minute Thermal Detox Mask isn’t new, but its Warming Detox Charcoal Wash is and is the perfect partner for the treatment. The wash was designed to offer deep purification, cleansing the skin and helping get rid of all grease and grime which could clog pores. Then add the mask on to help refine your pores even further – it’s self heating, so perfect for winter too.


If you hanker after the feeling of a facial but don’t have the money to splash out on one regularly, Bliss Steep Clean Pore Purifying Mask is the answer. It has exfoliating enzymes in it which help dissolve dead skin, plus it unclogs pores to help keep the complexion clear and boosts radiance too.


Many of us go for a scrub followed by a mask when we want a real pampering treat, by why use two products when one will suffice? Filorga Scrub & Mask sloughs off dead skin while at the same tightening pores and helping with radiance. Your skin will be left soft and smooth – so much so that in a trial, 100 per cent of people claimed their face was clearer after using it for four weeks.


While smoothing on a mask and relaxing in front of the telly is great for some, we don’t always have the time to dedicate to our beauty routine. If you want a treatment hit but don’t have minutes to waste, Origins Plantscription Powerful Lifting Overnight Mask could be right up your street. You should apply every night before you drop off, with the product helping firm and plump skin as you sleep. Fine lines and wrinkles should be less apparent and sagginess will be a thing of the past.