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They say when in Rome do as the Romans do, so when in Turkey, it would be a be shame not to try the traditional Turkish scrub and massage in the Hamam or Turkish Bath.
Left - The middle door leads the way to Club Letoonia's Hamam
The 'Scrub and Bubble Massage' is the traditional cleanse and body treatment in an environment that dates back to Roman times.
TheChicGeek dropped his Orlebar Brown’s and opted for some Turkish Delight!
Here's How to Hamam:
1. Get starkers. Lightweight loincloths are provided to protect a Geek’s modesty.
Right - Dishes of water are used to wash and cleanse the body from sinks around the room
2. Lie on the heated marble slabs in the centre of the room.
3. The masseur uses the sinks situated around the room to wash you with warm water.
4. You are scrubbed, thoroughly, front and back, using a linen mitt.
5. You are then rinsed off.
6. Then soaped all over. The masseur uses a pillow-type piece of cloth to increase the volume of bubbles over your body. Here you are massaged, again front and back. You can at this point be spun on the marble slab!
Left - Relax on the warm marble slab
7. You are rinsed again with cold water and then towel dried and allowed to relax outside the steamy environment of the Hamam.
8. Feel like a new person!
TheChicGeek stayed at Club Letoonia, Fethiye, Turkey
Sometimes you need reminding about the basics of keeping your skin healthy. Rita Strazinska, beauty expert and founder of Bio2You, answers some of the most frequently asked questions on how to detox skin and bring back the healthy glow before the Christmas season.
Q: What is a cheap and easy way to detox the skin?
A: Drink more water – It sounds simple and is simple, however, not many people drink the recommended six to eight glasses of water a day. Drinking water helps flush out toxins, cleanse the liver and your skin benefits from the hydration.
Q: How do I get my skin looking instantly better after over-indulging during party season?
A: Get up and glow – by using a facial scrub to effortlessly sweep away dead skin cells and residue. The result is cleaner, fresher more radiant and younger looking skin.
Q: Do anti-ageing products help with skin detoxing, even if I’m not concerned about wrinkles?
A: It’s never too early to start thinking about anti-ageing as prevention is always better than cure. We are surrounded by and consume free-radicals from the moment we are born so investing in a good anti-ageing cream will provide long-lasting moisture, nourishment, protection and rejuvenation for tired looking skin.
Q: What’s all the fuss about detoxing with organic products?
A: Organic products are free from hidden nasties and unnecessary ingredients and not only are they better for your health but are also kinder to the environment. So you can treat yourself and do your bit for the world at the same time.
Q: What are the best ingredients to look for when detoxing the skin?
A: Be greedy with your ingredients – Just because a product has a high street name doesn’t mean it has high grade ingredients. Look for products that contain active ingredients from a natural source for the best results.
Making your way through the minefield of superfruits and foods is often very confusing so the best way to look to the future sometimes is to look to the past. Seabuckthorn has been used in therapies for skin complaints for many years due to its amazing nutritional properties and can be used for a multitude of skin conditions including revitalising and improving skin elasticity, renewing skin cells and nourishing the epidermis.
Q: Are good skin products enough for detoxing or do I need to change my lifestyle?
A: An easy way to give your skin a boost is to get a good night’s sleep - not only does this help you function better the next day but it also helps reduce puffiness in the eyelids and face. So go to bed an hour earlier and see the difference the very next day.
Everyone's face is different. The shape of your face will determine the types of eyewear that will suit you, and the styles that won't look as good.
The Transitions® Guide to Choosing the Perfect Eyewear for YOU! In partnership with TheChicGeek, is a comprehensive guide to help stylish men, like you, choose the most flattering eyewear styles.
Left - Are you a Law, Gosling, Pitt or Pattinson?
ChicGeek Tip - This is a guide to get you started. The best advice is to go to your local optician and try a few on. You can always order online later when you know what you want.
Firstly - Determine your Face Shape
Before we start to find a frame that suits you, we need to discover your face shape. There are quite a few, so let’s get this right. Some people may fall somewhere between two.
You will need measuring tape, pen and a piece of paper – old school! - to make a record, then draw your face.
Step 1 - Measure the area of your face horizontally just above your cheekbones.
Step 2 - Locate the widest point of your jaw and measure horizontally from point to point.
Step 3 - Locate the widest point of your forehead and measure horizontally from point to point.
Step 4 - Measure from the centre of your hairline to the bottom of your chin vertically.
Step 5 - To determine your face shape sketch the measurements, in proportion, on the piece of paper and your face shape should emerge.
Now, time to find out which frames suit your face - here
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Now you’ve discovered your face shape, now find out which styles work best for you. Everything is about balance. There will be a fashion element to choosing a pair of spectacles, but finding something to compliment your shape is more important.
ChicGeek Tip - Do not get seduced by a label. Go in open-minded and don’t look at the names or branding. If it’s a choice between two, then a designer name can be the decider.
Description - An oval face with a rounded chin and forehead is the 'ideal', as this shape has balanced proportions. An oval face appears longer than it is wide, with the forehead being slightly wider than the jaw.
Go For - To maintain this natural balance, frames that are as wide as or slightly wider than the broadest part of the face are the best choice. Alternatively, 'walnut' shaped frames that are not too deep or narrow also suit an oval face. However, ovals are lucky in that almost any frame design will suit them, remembering to take into account hair colour and complexion as well.
Celebrity Ovals – Jude Law, Hugh Laurie
Rectangle or Oblong Face
Description - If your face shape is more a rectangular shape, then you have a longer face with a square chin, quite a strong jaw line and possibly a longer nose length.
Go For - Large, square frames. These suit rectangular faces best, helping to make the face appear shorter and more balanced. Decorative or contrasting temples will add width to the face. A frame with a low bridge will help to shorten the appearance of a longer nose, balancing the face and giving the overall appearance of a shorter, more defined line. A rectangular face can look particularly good in modern styles that help to shorten the length of the face.
Celebrity Rectangles – Eminem, Russell Crowe
Description - The diamond shaped face is the rarest of face shapes, and is defined by a narrow forehead, wide cheekbones and a narrow chin. Diamond shaped faces are usually narrower at the eye line and jaw line, with high and often dramatic cheekbones.
Go For - The aim here is to draw attention to the eyes, giving this area more width and balancing the face. Frames that have detailing or distinctive brow lines will help to achieve this effect. Alternatively, try rimless frames or oval shapes, which will also draw more attention to the eyes. Diamond shape faces look particularly good in dramatic, outsize frames.
Celebrity Diamonds – Beck, Robert Pattinson, Zac Efron
Description - A typical triangular face has a broad forehead - the width of the face tapering down to a narrow, rounded chin.
Go For - The best frames minimise the width of the face's top and bring the overall look back into balance. Frames that are wider at the bottom will help to achieve this, placing greater emphasis on the lower half of the face. Very light colours, light materials and rimless frame styles can also help, so consider small square or rounded frames to achieve more balanced proportions for the whole face.
Celebrity Triangles – Ryan Gosling, Justin Timberlake
Description - A circular face with full cheeks and a rounded chin.
Go For - Angular, narrow frame styles will help to lengthen the face. The round face shape needs a frame design to make it appear narrower and longer. The width and the length of a round face are proportionally similar, with no angles for definition. The aim is to lengthen and give more definition to the face shape, as well as widening the eyes. A clear bridge will help draw emphasis to the eyes and frames that are more rectangular and wider will balance the shape of the face, providing more definition.
Celebrity Rounds – Elijah Wood, Jack Black, Kanye West
Description - A square face has a very strong jaw line and a broad forehead. Unlike the rectangle, the width and length are proportionally equal.
Go For - Narrow frames with more width than depth can help to achieve this, particularly oval and round frames. The aim is to soften the angles of a square chin and ultimately make the face look longer. Frames of this style can soften the jaw line, place emphasis on the eyes and lengthen the nose. Square framed styles will achieve the opposite effect, and look out of balance with the rest of the face.
Celebrity Squares – David Beckham, Brad Pitt
Description - A heart-shaped face has a broad forehead, tapering to a small neat chin and mouth.
Go For - Choose smaller styles without decorative detail on the temples. Try slender, rounded or square styles, with lower set sides and avoid styles which are wider at the top; these will reflect the face shape rather than balance it.
Celebrity Hearts – Michael Jackson, Johnny Depp
Don't Forget About Hair Colour
In the same way you choose complimentary coloured clothes to suit your complexion and hair colour, you should apply these principles when selecting your glasses. If you have fair hair, softer pastel shades or transparent or metal frames will ensure that your glasses don't overwhelm your face. Black or brown hair works better with more dramatic and thicker frames.
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