Thanks again for all of your great beauty questions, here are my replies to some of the questions I have received…
On Alpha-H Liquid Gold
Hi Amanda, yes it would be worth getting the Alpha-H Liquid Gold. You could share this with your daughter as it is a double size. On your existing skincare regime you can use it to enhance results and to perk up the skin. See my earlier blog on application techniques.
When you have an existing great brand skincare regime like Gatineau or Elemis, you may or may not find that you love this product. For example, some customers find it enhances results and makes their products work better, others find it not necessary in an existing great brand routine and they don’t like the tight and tingling feeling it gives.
You will know within your 30 day money back guarantee. Your daughter should continue to follow all of the medical advice but I think she would find the Liquid Gold reassuring to use because of its deep cleansing action and it would certainly be excellent when applied to her acne scars and spots. I would recommend she also purchase the balancing moisturiser to use in conjunction with this.
On teenage acne
Rani, I'm sorry to hear about your daughter’s conditions and know how upsetting resulting acne skin can make a teenager feel. Continue to take all your medical advice and you could even ask the doctor about laser and light therapy which is also a way of treating bacteria.
She could switch to, on her face, the cleansing wash which would also be helpful on her body and could add in the SBC Propolis Gel because of its natural anti-bacterial and healing properties.
However, topical skincare especially with her other medical conditions may not be the solution and it may be that she needs to seek further medical advice or private nutritional dietary advice to ensure her body is able to absorb the correct nutrients on the correct PH as this would cause the largest organ of her body, which is the skin, to be unhealthy.
Your first point of call for this advice is your doctor and then when you are talking to qualified professionals in this area, you want to speak to people who have advised on supplementation previously that has worked on inflammatory bowel disease.
On Magic Make-up
Frances, I'm sorry you were initially disappointed with Magic Make-up. Can I just check that you did apply it to a previously cleansed and moisturised skin? If you did this and you weren’t happy with the results then I agree it is not right for you.
However, if you didn’t try it with a moisturiser underneath that could dramatically change the results. Also, it’s not a very strong coverage product so I would recommend Magic Make-up normally to a non-makeup wearer or someone who wants quite a natural, fresh finish.
It does not give the coverage of a foundation or a normal concealer which you may prefer. However, what you can do is use it as a primer and put foundation or concealer on top which would enable your cover-up products to look smoother and softer. However, this is what’s great about QVC’s 30 day money back guarantee.
On sun block
Lisa, the strongest sun block we do is Factor 50 Ultrasun which is medically approved on the Unichem listing and UVA and UVB protectant. Your doctor may be able to advise if he has on prescription, anything stronger, but in some areas of the country this is what you will get on prescription.
It is certainly worth bearing in mind that once you have a pigmented area, that this weakness of darker patches of skin will always try to come through every year and crucially your skincare should be made up of ingredients to lessen this problem such as Elemis Tri-Enzyme and Alpha H Liquid Gold.
Your Ultrasun should be applied every day of the year as the pigmentation can annually start to reappear when daylight increases in February plus bareMinerals is the best protective, stable SPF as far as make-up is concerned. You should wear this daily as a second veil of protection and to afford your skin the greatest protection at all times.
Get into the habit of having several different sun hats/ baseball caps which will also help protect as you need a 24/7, 12 months of the year answer. You also may need to re-apply your high SPF throughout the day when temperatures are higher both in this country and abroad.
On allergies and sensitive skin
Dear Debbie, sorry to hear about your allergies and sensitive skin but it’s great that you get on with Elemis. Key new product launches that will be perfect for you are going to be the Organic Pharmacy, WEN and Selixir Peace Balm, all of which have launched or are only a matter of weeks away and are brilliant for modern day stressed hair and skin problems.
Have you read my blog which I put up a couple of months ago regarding your beauty regime throughout cancer treatment? The answer may be there and, as your chemo has finished, your skin tolerance to more sophisticated anti-ageing products should become better.
I would really recommend the Gatineau Melatogenine Eye Cream and Face Mask which can also be used all over the eye area but you may need to slot this back into your routine slowly and remember to do a test patch behind the ear and leave for 24 hours, then do a test patch on one tiny area, maybe your cheekbone near the eye and leave for 24 hours. Introduce only one product at a time.
Hazel, sorry to hear about your rosacea. If you wish to use oil-free products then the SBC Gels range will suit you but also the Propolis Gel will be superb added into your existing Liz Earle and Decleor regime.
For me, there is no reason to change your routine unless a product is causing your rosacea to flare up more, go red, look swollen etc.
So I would be looking to add more problem-solving products like Propolis Gel and to troubleshoot with things like the Elemis Anti-Redness cream and if your skin really flares up and becomes intolerant try the Selixir Peace Balm coming to QVC soon, plus watch out for Organic Pharmacy Skin Rescue Oil.
Also, the bareMinerals make-up zinc oxide ingredient will be fantastic and give skin the confidence of a make-up cover-up while having the benefit of the kindness of this formula. It’s also important to point out that your rosacea can and will flare with certain things like spicy food, red wine, facial saunas, hot or sweaty sports.
It might be helpful if you kept in your diary what you have eaten and done that day and which days your skin has flared up more to see if these lifestyle stimulants could also be exacerbating your problem.