Thank you for all of your beauty questions that you've been asking on my blog. Here is a selection of some of your beauty concerns with my suggestions…
Tackling stretch marks
Ann, congratulations on your future grandchild. Your daughter’s best product to purchase, to reduce the risk of stretch marks is the ‘Camellia Oil’ from Elemis.
Apply it at least once a day from her collar bone to her knees, front and back because as you know, stretch marks can appear in the strangest places as the body expands.
It is easiest to get her to use it as her body moisturiser all over every day. Watch out for when we have a duo offer because that makes it more economical to purchase.
Repairing damaged nails
Vanessa, I am sorry to hear you have had problems after acrylic nails, as when applied and removed correctly, they shouldn’t cause this much damage but I fear you have been a little bit brutal.
I think the nail treatment that will work for you will be the Pro-Strong with added Calcium to apply onto the damaged bed to try and get a quick result and the OPI Avoplex Oil massaged around the cuticles several times a day. Your nail plate may not be in good enough condition to take colour and would ideally be best left free from colour for at least one month.
However, if you really can’t bear the look of your nails then you need to apply the Red Carpet Manicure as this colour will last. If the nail plate is too thin and anything stings on application then your nails are too damaged even for this.
Moisturise, moisturise, moisturise
Denise, yes, the ‘Decleor TSV’ needs to have a moisturiser in the day time.The perfect one would be Decleor Hydra-Floral but if you have any moisturiser that you haven’t finished at home from another brand, then you can use that too.
Your basic routine should be cleanse, tone, Prolagen Gel, moisturise in the morning and cleanse, tone, night balm at night.
Skincare for teenage skin
Karen, sorry to hear your daughter is having skin problems. You have definitely chosen the right products for her in the past and it is better to be gentle with spotty skin than it is to be harsh as this will safe-guard the quality of her skin for future years.
From a beauty point of view she could definitely add in the ABC Skinwash. It is quick and easy to use in the shower or at the sink and it adds gentle but effective antiseptic. It is also important that she is using a moisturiser.
The SOS Cream is brilliant when her skin has flared up. She may prefer something like the ‘Decleor Prolagen Gel’ in the day as it is great as a make-up base and good at improving the look of any marks left by the spots. If she has any scars she can use this morning or night.
However, please be aware that if you feel the spots are excessive this can be caused by hormonal or medication contraception changes that she may need to speak to her GP about or, if there is a persistent and almost disfiguring infection within the skin then this would need medical advice too.