Q: I was diagnosed with breast cancer earlier this year and have just finished my radiotherapy. I used to have combination skin but this has changed to normal/dry. I use the Decleor neroli aromessence but should I now change to the Iris? (I am 44 years old) Could you please advise me on a complete am/pm routine?
I'm also struggling with my make-up as everything looks too heavy. I need a new look, which isn't too heavy, as I lost my hair and it's only now starting to regrow.
Alison: Firstly, I wish you continued improved health through your treatments. You have a common concern with this particular illness and you are doing exactly what you should be doing – readdressing and looking after you skin as it is now. Decleor is an excellent range to stay with.
I wouldn't necessarily jump to the Iris Oil but I would turn to the Angelique Face Oil instead. This is because it's winter and the central heating is on more now so your skin tends to get drier. The Angelique focuses more on dryness so it should give your skin more comfort, especially as your illness is one that tends to dry the skin out. Plus, the drier your skin, the more it will wrinkle so it's best to keep it as hydrated as possible. Iris Oil, instead, is designed to tackle the appearance of wrinkles so you can alternate these oils if you want.
If you want to use a moisturiser from the Gatineau range then I would take you to the Activ Eclat collection as these products focus on bringing the radiance and freshness back into the skin. It's also important to keep exfoliating your skin once a week. I think your skin may react to dermabrasion or to a strong exfoliant so try a gentle exfoliator only.
To get your skin looking really healthy, I'd definitely recommend the Bobbi Brown Tinted Moisturising Balm. You can choose this balm by your skin tone and use it as a day cream, or on top of your Angelique oil. You could also apply it on top of the oil and on top of your moisturiser too. How you fit it into your routine depends on how dry your skin is feeling and how much comfort you feel your skin needs.
This Skin Tint won't look like make-up, it will give your skin more of a fresh, dewy look. You can powder it down too with any powder, such as Laura Geller Balance N Brighten which comes in a choice of two skin tones.