I thought I would share with you, (especially for anyone that couldn’t get an invitation to the Beauty Bash this year) the three pieces of advice that I repeatedly gave out even though I spoke to you and gave consultations to hundreds of you on a one-to-one basis…
The first issue was to do with cleansing. Many of you were unaware that although you had a great routine using excellent brands, you were asking me for advice to do with your skin type with questions including: What moisturiser can I use? What serum can I use? I can’t control my T-zone, what do I do? My skin is dry, what are the best products for me?
Really the serums and moisturisers being used are superb but mainly address ageing which is of course a priority, especially for those in their 30s, 40s, 50s and beyond. But there was nothing in your regime addressing your skin type.
Skin types are Normal, Combination, Oily or Dry and there are associated what should be temporary conditions, such as Sensitivity and Dehydration. If you feel out of control with regard to your skin type, the most crucial step in your beauty regime is actually skin type specific cleanser and toner and in all my consultations, although you were using a great cleanser, it was an all-in-one cleanser.
I would always recommend using your all-in-ones in the morning and using a proper salon skin-type specific cleanser/toner at night. Or, if you really want to see a quick result, use your salon cleanser/toner both am and pm, and even if you just do this for 10 days you will begin to see quite a big change in the look of your skin and the control of your skin type. This will result in you needing less of your more expensive serums and moisturisers.
The main eye concerns that kept coming up time and time again, was puffiness and dark circles in all age groups including 40s, 50s and 60s. There were several pieces of advice that I offered to help you with here – many of you were surprised to know that you could use your Arnica Gel from SBC as a detoxing eye mask or either eye gel or eye serum underneath an eye cream to help improve the look of the dark circle and the puffiness.
If your dark circles were also associated with either dry skin or darker and richer skin tones you need the Alpha-H Absolute Eye Complex. It has great peeling or exfoliating action to lighten the look of the area as well as detoxing and firming agents combined with anti-ageing.
I did have to advise many of you that dark circles can be greatly reduced by drinking more water. Plus if you want to know if your lifestyle is causing the dark circle (in which case even a great eye product can’t give you the result you want) I was asking ‘What are your dark circles like after you’ve been on holiday?’ If they are dramatically improved (like mine) as in, you don’t even have to wear concealer after a holiday, they look so good, then you do need to look at your lifestyle too.
On top of drinking more water, sleep is the best beauty secret and although you think you haven’t got time to have more sleep – just try, maybe for one week. My top tips are – if you are at home during the day, try and grab just one hour’s sleep, no radio, no TV. Actually go into your bedroom for this snooze or power nap.
At night time, you may have got into the bad habit of going to bed at a certain time and it’s purely become a habit now. Bring your evening routine forward, take your make-up off and get dressed for bed even earlier. Set a deadline that, for example, by 9pm you want to be getting ready for bed, doing your teeth etc. no TV, no radio because these are negative to inducing deep sleep.
Although you think you do not have time to do these things, if you set yourself these little goals you will start to wake up before the alarm goes in the morning and you will feel more refreshed and your dark circles will dramatically improve (as well as your mood). It may be that, if it’s not possible to do this on a daily basis, there is one night a week that you could arrange for yourself to have a more relaxing evening and resist watching the TV or putting a film on. The most relaxing thing to induce sleep is to get into bed with a magazine or book and then sleep earlier. Please all give yourself a bit more TLC.
My final and most common concern was ‘redness and high colour’ that tended to be associated with one of two things. Firstly, hormonal changes such as pregnancy and menopause had caused your skin to become much more sensitised resulting in either redness or irritation and/or little lines of redness almost like an AA road map in small or large areas which we, in the industry, term as coupe rosé or more common phrase is broken capillaries.
When this happens it is crucial that you stop doing any physical exfoliants, for example, face scrubs. Lower the frequency of use of masks, lessen the complexity of your facial routine and introduce some key calming products.
SBC Aloe Vera Gel – brilliant as a face mask and/or a serum underneath the moisturiser. Elemis Anti-Redness Cream applied as a serum underneath the moisturiser morning and night can dramatically reduce the look of the redness too. Elemis SOS Emergency Cream is great if the skin requires more comfort at night. Decleor Rose D’Orient can be used as an Aromessence underneath a moisturiser to give more calming into your regime.
As a range, if you have nothing at home the Radical Skincare range is specifically designed to be anti-ageing and anti-redness so if you didn’t have a decent routine already, this would be a great place to start.
Add skin confidence by using things like neutralising primers to tone down the redness and definitely what I would call ‘healthy make-up’ such as Tarte and bareMinerals which will have a calming and protecting effect. It is also crucial that any redness associated with your skin is protected by wearing the Anti-Ageing Factor 50 from Ultrasun.
Bringing heat to the skin should be avoided at all costs so avoid facial saunas, hot baths and hot showers. Perhaps your job involves being in a hot environment (nursing home, factory, food industry) in which case you cannot avoid the heat, but make sure that you do wear make-up as a physical barrier.
The other type of skin that suffers from redness is to do with your lifestyle in that you had that ruddy complexion because you are outdoors a lot or you live in very exposed parts of the country. In which case, the above advice still applies to you but you also need to add to your regime some more physically comforting and protecting moisturisers so that your skin doesn’t get so aggressed with the weather which is the main cause of your flare up.
You could do this by taking what you’ve got at home and applying many more layers in the morning of different textures. You may find that your day moisturising regime has more products and richer textures than your night. This could even include little tricks like putting your Decleor balms or night time cream underneath your day cream to help strengthen your skin for the day. Or it may be worth purchasing something like the Josie Maran Infinity Cream or the A'Kin Rosehip Oil to apply underneath your day creams.
It also means on your next purchase that you should get a much richer, almost heavier textured moisturiser to give this weather barrier to your skin that will prevent the redness. Great ones to look out for would be the L’Occitaine Shea Butter Cream or the Tromborg Below 10 Degrees Cream.
Don’t be surprised if you need to do this every single day because what I am trying to do is prevent the dryness, the soreness and redness. Also be aware, if you are someone that maybe at the weekend or a few days a week, are outdoors a lot for gardening, hobbies, days off etc. you may do a different morning routine on these days compared to the rest of the week and that’s ok.
I hope that answers some of your questions too!
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