Your beauty questions answered


Hi everyone,

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

Elemis Japanese Camellia OilAnn, 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.



ProStrongRepairing 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 

Decleor Hydra FloralDenise, 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

ABC SkinwashKaren, 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.


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  1. nichola moors April 22, 2013 at 1:48 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison, My six year old daughter has red hair. The problem is she swims every other day, the chorine is damaging her hair. I use Philip Kingsley Swim cap first then after swimming I have tried Paul Mitchell for chlorine, Loreal Professional,Ojon, Percy and Reed etc. Her hair has become so dry I cant even get a tangle teezer through it please help. Many thanks Nicky.x

  2. Mona April 23, 2013 at 7:29 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison hope all is well.
    -I would be extremely grateful if you were able to offer some advise regarding two conditions, which I am severely concerned about. Firstly pigmentation has developed on my cheekbones, which I believe has been caused by sun burns. Secondly the skin on the front area of my neck has become wrinkled and loose. If possible could you please suggest some products, which may subside the defects occured.
    -Many thanks: Mona

  3. Maureen Lazenby April 23, 2013 at 10:10 pm -  Reply

    Alison my daughter has brown pigmentation marks on her face when going in the sun. This is because of a pill she has to be on to avoid achne. Can you recommend any regimes or products as she is getting married early July. If you could help that would be great. I’m a regular viewer and know you can help if I can get this to you .

  4. Sharon April 25, 2013 at 10:26 pm -  Reply

    Could you give me some tips & products for number 11 lines , they are quite prominent & I don’t want to use Botox

  5. G April 28, 2013 at 9:51 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison please can you advise on the best product to use to reduce the look of stretch marks? Ones that have already set in many years ago. Thank you

  6. Deb Guest May 10, 2013 at 11:02 am -  Reply

    Hi Alison. I am 53 and have been diagnosed as Hypothyroid. My skin has just gone into free fall! It is very dry and dehydrated, my eyes especially so. My eyebrows have also fallen out and the outer third is practically bald. I also have to take strong painkillers for a bad back. I have always looked after my skin and am finding it a bit depressing because nothing seems to be working.
    Could you please recommend some skin products which will help rebalance my skin please?
    I have been an avid viewer since QVC started.
    Thank you Debbiex

  7. Jan May 11, 2013 at 2:20 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison,
    I have very sensitive skin. I wondered if you could recommend a regime that will leave it less irritated and soft? Everything I try seems to be ok initially but after a few hours my skin feels uncomfortable and irritated. It also seems to have a desperate need to just just absorb and drink in anything I apply. I have roseca on my face and dermatitis and a form of eczema on my back, abdomen and chest. I have tried ABC to shower but my skin ends up dry and hard after, dermalogica ultra calming range facially – currently using for last few months but still having dryness and irritation, Guino which made my face flare and swell. I thought about decleor or alpha H but just don’t know where to begin! There may be something that is better for me that you would know about.
    Please help!

  8. carol c May 16, 2013 at 8:27 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison,
    I need your advice please. Just recently I have noticed the open pores on the nose, cheek and chin area seem to be more obvious.. I don’t use alot of make-up daily but if I do I tend to favour Laura Geller. However I have tried Bare Escentuals and this seemed to exagerate them to the point where it looked “cakey”. I washed it off and didn’t wear any at all. I am 55 and my skin is not too bad generally. I tend to use Liz Earle and Elemis. On the occasions I do wear foundation I always use primer first. What am I doing wrong? Can you recommend anything to minimise the look of the open pores please? Thank You! x

  9. Alison Sudday May 20, 2013 at 10:17 am -  Reply

    Hi Alison I am 55yrs and have used facial and body creams from a young age. My facial skin is good according to others, however I have aproblem with veins now on my legs and I am self concious of them. During a Laura Geller show you mentioned a mousse for legs and covering veins but did not give any further details. could you please give me some advice on this. Thank You

  10. Christel Osmann May 26, 2013 at 11:44 am -  Reply

    Hi Alison,I would be so grateful if you could tell me the name of a Laura Geller eye liner pencil that I purchased several months,maybe more ago.It is without doubt the best I have ever used.It stays on where you want it to but is soft enough to smudge for a smokey eye look it is also suitable for the nner rim without causing irritation to my very sensitive eyes.I have it in a medium grey colour and the pencil has a smudger at one end.I have so little left now doubt there’s enough to sharpen!so am already in panic mode as Ive tried all the others and nothing compares!!!Many Thanks Christel

  11. Avril Povey May 26, 2013 at 7:59 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison
    Like another of your enquirers I am upset about the large pores on the tops of my cheeks. I’m 57 and they are forming a criss-cross look with the lines under my eyes. I have never had greasy skin and didnt suffer from spots when young. When ever I google’ open pores’ all seem concerned with keeping them clean to avoid spots. I use all QVCs top cleansers , moisturisers etc. I use Bare Minerals foundation but even that isn’t
    helping. To top it all now my laughter lines around my mouth are staying put – like triple C’s on either side. Should I be using Neroli rather than Iris at the moment? HELP!!!

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