We all suffer from pesky little problems at some point or another, and today Eve from Eve Organics is sharing some simple, quick-fixes you can do for these 5 common beauty dilemmas! Have a read, and let me know if you've used any of these tips before, or share your own!

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1. Congestion (small bumps under the skin)

Do you have pretty good skin overall, but keep getting pesky little blackheads, blemishes & bumps that won’t seem to go away? You’re suffering from congestion – and luckily, there are a few easy ways to relieve it.

Start using a weekly mask

If you’re not currently using a mask (or aren’t using it regularly), then start doing so, stat! Masks are the only way to deep-cleanse pores and clear the skin of built-up congestion, and they’re an essential part of any skin care routine. Even if you have uber-sensitive skin, there’s a mask for you. If your skin is on the dry side or quick to react, try Blissoma’s Lavish Loving Recovery Mask. Mature or thin skin? Give Black Robin’s Mallow Out Soothing Clay Masque a go. Oily skins will benefit from the deep-cleansing Captain Blankenship Mermaid Detox Mask. Or, for skin that’s especially congested and needs a deep-cleanse, try Leahlani’s Honey Love 3-in-1.

Give your face a break from makeup

I know this can be hard, particularly if you have blemishes that you want to cover up. But, I guarantee that even a few days makeup-free will make a huge difference to the appearance of your skin. Skin needs to breathe, and makeup can clog pores and contribute to congestion. Make sure you remove all your makeup before going to sleep, and if you can, spend a day or two makeup-free every now and then (try it on the weekends if you can’t do this during the week).

2. Excess oiliness in the T-zone

Skin should never be excessively oily. If it is, it means your complexion is unbalanced – and the answer to this might not be what you think. Often, our normal reaction when skin looks oily is either to stop moisturising it, or to switch our moisturiser and cleanser for more drying, astringent versions – but this is never a good idea. When skin is producing excess oil, upsetting the Ph balance further by stripping it of the oil it’s producing will only exacerbate the problem – skin remains unbalanced and still isn’t getting the moisture it needs (so it produces more). It might feel counter-intuitive, but oily skin needs moisture to get it back to its happy place.

Switch to a balancing (not drying!) moisturiser

The best moisturisers for oily skin will hydrate without causing greasiness, and help the complexion to regain its equilibrium. I love Blissoma’s Peace Evening Calming Crème or Black Robin’s Hippy Hippy Shake Moisturiser for this purpose.

3. Frizzy hair

If your hair is curly or wavy like mine, then this is probably something you battle every day. I feel you! If you struggle with frizzy hair, there are a few tricks to keep it looking silky and shapely instead of dry and dull.

Comb your hair in the shower (not out of the shower)

You might have heard that you should never brush hair when it’s wet – and strictly speaking, this is true. Hair is at its most fragile when it’s wet, so dragging a brush through it when you get out of the shower is never a good idea and can lead to breakage and split ends. What I’m referring to here is combing your hair in the shower, under the running water – I do mine just after I apply conditioner, so that the comb runs through smoothly. The end result is perfectly smooth tresses which dry smooth, rather than knotty. This will also allow you to apply leave-in conditioner more easily, because you’ll be able to distribute it through the mid-lengths and ends without hitting snags.

Use the right styling products

Anti-frizz serums are a dime a dozen – there are hundreds of drugstore versions, usually containing silicone (and a host of other chemical ingredients). The problem with using synthetic products on hair is that, while they might make hair sit better in the short-term, they’re not doing anything for its long-term health. A much better idea is to use natural hair care that contains nourishing and strengthening ingredients, so that hair looks (and feels) better every time you use them. My natural hair care range of choice is Innersense, and I use two products in particular to keep my hair my hair shiny and healthy. The first is the Sweet Spirit Leave-in Conditioner. I apply this right out of the shower when my hair is still wet, and I run it through from roots to ends. The great thing about Sweet Spirit is that it’s not at all greasy, so applying it all over never leaves my hair limp or heavy – it just leaves it softer and shinier. Once my hair is about half-way dry, I apply the Inner Reflection Finishing Polish, which is a flexible hold gel. I only use a tiny amount (about a 10-cent piece), and I use it to ‘twirl’ my hair into sections, so that it dries wavy.

4. Ingrown Hairs

Ingrown hairs can be painful and unsightly – and if you wax any area of your body regularly, the chances are you’ve experienced one (or more) before. But there are quick and easy ways to get rid of them, and help prevent them from forming.

1-2 days after waxing, exfoliate the area gently

Ingrown hairs often sit just below the surface of the skin, and they occur when there’s a blockage that stops the hair from penetrating the skin’s surface. To stop this from occurring, you can help skin along by scrubbing away dead skin cells and debris from the skin’s surface. It’s important to wait a few days after your wax to do this, because the area will be a little more sensitive than normal post-waxing. (I usually wait two days). Then, I useRomeo + Madden’s Manuka Honey Brown Sugar Scrub and gently apply it in circles in the shower before rinsing off.

Use aloe vera or cucumber to soothe freshly-waxed skin

When hair is removed via waxing, a very thin layer of skin is also taken off, and the surface of the skin is left more vulnerable to infection than normal. To soothe any redness and prevent spots from forming, treat the area with aloe vera or cucumber. You can either apply these ingredients directly, or use a product that contains calming ingredients. My favourites are Blissoma's Intense Hydration Tonique and Pure Sensitive Skin Soothing Complex.

5. Puffy eyes

All of us have experienced puffy eyes at one point or another – but contrary to popular belief, they’re not an inevitable side effect of not getting enough sleep. There are a few things you can do to relieve the water retention that causes puffiness, and even prevent it from happening in the first place:

Cut down on sodium in your diet

Sodium increases water retention, so if you suffer from puffiness around the eyes, face and stomach, reducing the amount of salt in your diet can be helpful. Try using healthy spices such as turmeric, cumin and cinnamon to flavour food instead.

Sleep with your head slightly elevated

Adequate head support whilst sleeping is important for a number of reasons – but what you probably didn’t know is that it can also help to prevent puffy eyes in the morning. Sleeping with your head higher than your body stops fluid in the face from building up overnight, so that you wake up with a clearer, firmer complexion. Gives ‘beauty sleep’ a whole new meaning!

Keep your eye cream in the fridge

Cold temperatures constrict blood vessels, which reduces the flow of fluid into the undereye area, reducing inflammation. (It also feels great and really wakes you up in the morning! In summer, I like to apply my moisturiser cold also.)

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