Q: I'm 51-years-old and menopausal (sweats!) with a very oily T-zone and cheeks. I love Elemis products but would like to know which ones would give me a proper routine. I also have sagging skin with deep ridges at either side of my mouth (not attractive!).
My other problem is with what make-up to wear – I love the idea of mineral make-up but whenever I try it, it seems to cake and accentuate my wrinkles. I HATE the smell of lavender which seems to rule out so many products.
Alison: When mineral make-up cakes and accentuates the pores, it's usually a sign that your skincare routine isn't right. When you use a really good mineral make-up – and we only stock the really good ones – then this shouldn't happen. Our easiest ones to use are from Laura Geller.
It's also crucial that you wear a primer underneath your make-up, especially at your age, to create a smoothing effect. Laura Geller Spackle Under Make Up Primer is great at calming down the look of redness with its slight lilac tone. Plus, it contains aloe vera and creates a lovely calming feeling on irritated skin.
On top of this, I would then apply Laura Geller mineral make-up, which is easy to apply and is a great price too. This combination should help to reduce the look of your wrinkles as well.
For areas of sagging skin, I recommend Elemis Cleanser & Toner for sensitive skin which contains a chamomile cleanser and an apricot toner. Added to this you should use the Pro-Collagen Quartz Lift Serum, Pro-Collagen Eye Renewal and Pro-Collagen Marine Cream. Lavender is used a little in some of these products but they don't smell of it at all. If you use these as your core skincare products morning and night, you should see great results.