Thank you again for all of your fab beauty questions and queries, here are my replies to just some of the messages I have received…
On sensitive eye areas
Zoe Williams – when you have allergies or sensitive eyes, putting make-up on can make them flare up and look very scaly or feel dry and uncomfortable. Luckily, I have discovered several tricks for keeping glam without sacrificing your favourite make-up products.
Firstly, if you wear lenses (like me), then go back to glasses. Also, be careful with what you are using to cleanse the eye area as this may well be the cause of your flare-ups.
I recommend gently massaging the eye area with A'kin Rosehip Oil and then wiping away any dissolved make-up with warm water and a soft cloth.
Apply your medicated cream as often as recommended by your doctor. Although I am sure your doctor will have told already you, try to avoid using it when your eyes are already feeling sensitive. Use a little mascara and an under-eye concealer but avoid putting any make-up on the affected skin on or around the eye. Steer clear of eye shadows and eyeliners in favour of using a pencil to create great shaped eye brows.
Use Laura Geller's Balance n Brighten as a lid foundation to give an even finish and give your skin time to calm down. In the meantime, play up your lips and cheeks so it looks as though you have deliberately decided to emphasise colour away from your eyes. Myself and Julia Roberts suffer from eye sensitivity and allergies and this is what we do so I know how well it works. Good luck!
On spot treatment
Shelagh Simpson – recently reintroduced, Gatineau's Clear and Perfect SOS Stick is a great spot product which can be used under and over skincare and under or over your make-up. It can also be reapplied several times a day.
On colour-treated hair damage
Sharon Johnston – this is a common problem with highly processed hair and I would recommend two tricks. Firstly, use Hair Fix Three Step Recovery Regime once or twice a week and every time before you colour or do root work. You will find your colour will take quicker and look much more vivid. This will also detoxify your hair which can become porous after chemical treatments and keep it looking bright.
Second of all, use Philip Kingsley Elasticizer applying it by hand to dampened hair and smoothing in several pumps almost and leaving it in for 20 minutes or overnight before washing.
When you first start using Elasticizer you may need to use this almost every wash, so it’s worth getting one of the larger sizes. As an industry proven product guranteed to bring back the elasticity in your hair, strengthen it and prevent future breakages, the half litre size will offer you the best value for money. In future, keep your eye open as we sometimes run a one litre promotion.
On nail care
Dorothy – if you find that nail strengthening treatments such as Nail Envy and Perfect Formula work for you, keep using them. There is no need to rest the nails as these ingredients continually provide protein, strengthening the nail as it grows. If you rest your nails, you actually risk making them weaker, bending or breaking.
What this does is deep cleanse the nail and return the natural brightness and contrast of the nail plate. This is especially useful if you want to go from a dark colour to a natural look like Perfect Formula. Thanks for the compliment – I’m glad that you enjoy my shows and find my advice useful.
On facial hair
Ann – the quickest and easiest way to deal with upper lip and chin hair is to choose from one of our UPL machines. However, if the hair has no pigment (and is grey or white or if you have pale skin) then your best option is the no! no! hair removal system which can be used three or four times a week and comes with a 90 day money back guarantee.
The benefit of the UPL machine or the no! no! hair removal system is that it will eventually leave your hair free in selected areas and you will only have to treat them again if you get age or health-related regrowth. If neither of these options appeal to you, the next best approach is waxing but obviously this might lead to re-growth issues and does not solve the problem outright.
On dealing with skin pigmentation
Ann Goulden – the pigmentation marks or very large freckles that you describe on your face and chest are typical of sun damage and are also known as age spots or liver spots. Since you have lived in Spain for 12 years it seems like it might well be sun exposure which has caused patchy pigmentation areas to appear on your skin.
However, if there is any change in the structure, texture or thickness of the skin then it is always worth mentioning to your doctor. But if when you run your finger across your skin it feels completely smooth, then the best way to treat them is by rubbing Alpha H Liquid Gold over them at night time and wearing Ultrasun SPF 30 For Face during the winter months and factor 50 during the summer months. Whilst this won’t necessarily get rid of the marks, it should help make them less visible.
The reason that I recommend Ultrasun is because pigmentation is not only stimulated on particularly sunny days, but by natural daylight – even when the sun is hidden from view. As Ultrasun is a day cream, moisturiser and all day sunscreen combined, it is a quick and easy way to prevent further skin damage. I hope this answers your question. Thanks for coming through to me.