Find the answers to your questions on how to care for your face from my live Facebook chat with Will last week.
Q. I have oily face every morning but I don't use anything and I get spots only wen it that time of the month xx
A. You have to balance oily skin by putting something on it and not leaving it naked. Morning and night you need to clean your skin and if you're nervous of using a moisturiser use a gel such as SBC Collagen gel for ageing areas and Propolis gel for oily areas. These are not greasy and will sink straight in but will help to slow the oil glands down.
Q. Hi Alison. My older sister who is 40 has started with broken capillaries on her face. She used to use harsh scrubs. She isn't now. As started using a few months ago Liz Earle gentle face exfoliator. She loves it. Is it ok to still use it??. As she fake tans her face. I've heard elemis papaya peel is ok for broken capillaries. But will it still be ok to use for fake tanning? The fake tan won't go streaky will it?. Thanks a lot. Xx
A. In general, if you have broken capillaries you shouldn't use facial scrubs, however Liz Earle is one of the most gentle and you can make it even more gentle by mixing half and half with Cleanse & Polish.
The best way to judge whether this works for her is if her skin pinkness gets worse then she shouldn't use a scrub and revert back to Papaya Enzyme and will still work pre-tan.
Q. Wonder if you can recommend something for blackheads/open pores across my nose – which look horrible. I cleanse with Liz Earle in the morning and Elemis Pro Radiance of an evening. I exfoliate regularly but nothing works. I've tried Alpha H and Tri Enzyme wash (this made it look worse). Any advice or recommendations would be much appreciated. Thanks for all the great shows.
A. You've mentioned a cleansing routine, but not a moisturising one and pores will look bigger and be oilier if they are left bare. Try using the Decleor Prolagene Gel which is a fantastic skin firming agent and also brilliant at healing the look of spots or scars. Put this on am and pm.
Q. Hello Alison , I always look after my skin religiously & use cleanser toner moisturizer , exfoliator etc. I'm 37 & for a few months now I've been experiencing breakouts around my jawline , neck & chin area ,a few weeks before the time of t he month. It's really starting to get me down ! Can you recommend anything to help with this very annoying problem?. I've just purchased the decleor cleanser & toner , & hydra floral cream. any help much appreciated thank you
A. This is a classic area that can show up at this time often due to hormonal changes, this can be made worse by a change of contraceptive pill or change in cycle which you should discuss with your doctor.
But in terms of your beauty regime using Propolis gel will help to calm your skin, you can use underneath your usual moisturiser or apply thickly as a mask.