Your top three Beauty Bash questions answered


Alison Young 2013Hi everyone,
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?

Skincare modelReally 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.

SBC collectionEyes
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.

Alpha-H Absolute Eye Complex Duo - 205018If 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.

SBC Aloe Vera Gel  - 211636Redness

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.

BareMinerals 230 x 180Add 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.

Josie Maran Argan Infinity Cream - 205378You 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!

Ali X

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  1. February 27, 2014 at 1:23 am -  Reply

    Hi Alison,
    Im 59 years old, have a tendancy towards dry skin but have a good routine in skin care using mainly Decleor and Elimis products. My main concern is that I have noticed feather like lines above my eye lids and upper lip.Im a none smoker and have a reasonable diet, and active. This seems to have appeared overnight!!, I would be garatefull of any suggestions to help. I also have a tendancy to have bags under my eyes, I try and correct this with Gale Hayman eye gel product.
    Many Thanks

  2. kate devonshire February 27, 2014 at 1:43 am -  Reply

    Please can you give advice on enlarged pores and blackheads on my 60 yr skin I use gatineau, decleor, elemis and currently using my alpha h liquid gold? I have an excellent cleasing toning routine: cleanse and polish ( liz earle) elemis pro radiance cleanser and gatineau gommage, philosophy micro delivery peel…. I use the lot but nothing I try helps my ever enlarging pores…. I have a lined forehead but no real wrinkless yet but concentrating on sagging, which im sure is due to my elongating pores. Thank you

  3. Maria Royle February 27, 2014 at 7:25 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    This blog is great, on the beauty channel you have a Top Ten e.g. Top Ten Concealers, Top Ten Foundations etc which is great because it helps to choose the one that suits your individual concerns.
    Maybe you could do something similar for the top ten beauty concerns, the top ten things you can do for a quick difference etc.
    Really enjoy the Beauty Consultations and Ask Alison and I would watch more of the Beauty Channel but it does get a bit repetitive, though I know that people do dip in and out and might miss things if they weren’t repeated but I watch quite a bit of the advice type shows and they are a bit too repetitive, more new content please.
    Many thanks, and especially for talking to so many people at the Beauty Bash, it was great to meet you!

  4. Marie February 27, 2014 at 8:35 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    Thank you for your great advice I have learnt so much from you. My big moan is I have Virginia Media and we can’t get the beauty channel I have spoken to them and QVC
    but can’t find out why it’s not happening. I feel we are missing out so much.
    Keep on doing what you do and I will keep my fingers crossed I can see more beauty shows in the future.
    Marie X

  5. margaret mckinlay February 27, 2014 at 10:28 am -  Reply

    I can not find a lipstick which lasts more than 1/2 hour.
    could you recommend one – many thanks.
    mgt – glasgow.

  6. Debbie Brown February 27, 2014 at 2:17 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, I suffer from watery eyes and have tried every mascara and eyeliner I can think of.
    I have tried Benefit, Mally, Code VLM and they all smudge and come off when my eyes run.
    Can you recommend a mascara and eyeliner which has real staying power? I am a teacher so black
    smudges around my lower eyelash line is not a good look. I am desperate for some expert advice.
    Thank you so much x

  7. Maria Seale February 27, 2014 at 8:06 pm -  Reply

    My skin has started to get really tight by lunchtime even after using decleor oil at night and in the morning. Either decleor or elemis products in the morning and drinking water during the day. Is there a product I can spray or put on at lunch time as I have used liz Earle toner and elemis flash balm and they are not working. I am 44. My skin is mixed Afro carribean and it is never usually this dry and tight. I am now on the 7 days of the bliss capsules but I cannot afford a whole month.

  8. Anne Fisher February 28, 2014 at 11:57 am -  Reply

    Dear Alison
    My 14 year old daughter has developed acne. What products do you recommend she uses?

  9. anne kitchen February 28, 2014 at 7:15 pm -  Reply

    i am 61 years old and have very deep smokers lines on my top lip l have tried SBC Serum and gel and other face creams have you any advice please.

  10. Susie February 28, 2014 at 8:58 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    I too have watery eyes and, although I love Mally mascara, I still get smudgy black eyes. I do not like waterproof mascaras, even Mally’s, as I find them too drying. Can you recommend a bulletproof mascara for watery eyes?

  11. Shirley February 28, 2014 at 10:35 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison I’ve found the info you’ve posted in response to beauty bash queries very helpful, especially the advice about layering moisturisers ( I’ve started to do that today!), and skin type specific cleansers which I will need to buy – I have quite a collection of cleaners that have been included in TSVs etc but I think that they’ll count as all in one cleaners 😉 kind regards x

  12. Jackie Horrill March 6, 2014 at 6:47 am -  Reply

    Hi Alison,
    can you help, I was on India on holiday and used the nail products from QVC, but found they couldn’t cope with the heat, to my surprise. The Perfect formula gel coat went all sticky also the Nails Inc polish became tacky and smudged and I used a Leyton Denny top coat, that didn’t help either. I was removing the polish daily so gave up on them in the end, do products sold in the UK not work in Hot countries?

  13. Mary Quinn March 16, 2014 at 3:42 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison, I’ve just changed to Elemis and bought a number of products from the special shows. I’m 65, skin normal but oily nose. The advice you give about skin specific cleansing and toning is really interesting. I’ve always looked after my skin but always used just a Boots or similar face wash. I’m only one week in to my new routine of cleansing first with the pro-radiance cleanser followed by tri-enzyme wash and apricot toner night and morning. I’ve also used tri-enzyme mask twice and the night cream. Overall my face looks smoother and brighter but I’ve developed a couple of dry patches, little soft lumps that look like they could be squeezed have come up on my cheeks and chin and I noticed some tiny quite dark blackheads on my nose, my husband actually noticed too. Is this normal and will it pass if I continue with the wash etc I know it’s only been a few days and I thought maybe it’s my skin adjusting to the products. Thank you

  14. Grace Hughes March 16, 2014 at 9:02 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison I have noticed in my x7 magnified mirror little white pimples appearing on the inner aspect of my eyes! I think it’s called Milia? I exfoliate with philosophy but wondered if you have any other beauty answers? I can’t see them without this mirror thank you

  15. Paul March 23, 2014 at 1:06 am -  Reply

    Hi Alison. My wife has dark circles and puffiness around her eyes, associated with illness and fatigue, with a few lines due to the puffiness. She is using Gatineau DefiLift 3D eye contour lift to sort out the problem, and is wondering if this is what you would recommend, or whether she needs to add anything else. She is in her 40s and has no other lines at all. We would be most grateful for your advice. Thanks, Paul

  16. Mandy March 24, 2014 at 3:32 am -  Reply

    Hiya Alison
    Im 42 & really don’t have a skin routine apart from to simply remove my make-up with make-up wipes.
    Im looking for a easy to use moisturiser with some anti-aging/plumping effects so help slow down the effects of aging.
    My skin is norm with a oily occasional oily tzone tho with some dryness around my hairline on my forehead (I have thyroid condition – underactive).
    I’ve been looking at Liz Earles super skin & wonder if this would be a beneficial moisturise for me.
    Thanks Chick – Mandy xXx

  17. Jill Higgins March 29, 2014 at 2:40 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison
    My first time contacting you. Where do I start.
    Allergic to perfumes and fragrances, nickel. Suffer badly from eczema and very dry skin, I used to have acute acne before the menopause so am now very depressed with skin that has gone from very oily to very dry.
    Have used decleor serums body lotion moisturisers, a’kin rosehip oil . Liz Earle . When I think about it just about everything have to use steroid creams and ointments. I have appointment with the Dermatology department but not until June.
    Can you help

  18. kelly Taylor March 29, 2014 at 3:28 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison I just want to say thank you very much for the tips that you give 🙂 you really do give great advice! I have learnt so much from you. xx

  19. Karen shaw March 29, 2014 at 9:20 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison I’m looking for a new skin care routine but not sure which brand to go with I’m spoilt for choice decleor elemis or Gatineau I’m 44 but have deep lines around my mouth and eyes allso droopy crapey eyelids pls can u give me suggestions on which products to go for plz many thanks Karen x

  20. Margaret Sampson March 30, 2014 at 11:34 am -  Reply

    What is the best regime for weak, peeling nails. I have tried all the products on QVC and nothing seems to work.

  21. Shofia March 31, 2014 at 12:12 am -  Reply

    Hi, I have a 13 year old daughter- she had an accident with hot oil last July. She burnt her face- luckily most of the damage has gone, however she still has a mark on her face. The doctor advised it is hyper pigmentation. I have tried the medication/ creams etc which have been prescribed.
    She is really conscious about the mark and I am not sure what to use or even if I do try products which will be suitable for her.she is at a difficult age as it is, and woukd like her to be feel confident in herself- this is affecting her ability to socialize and just be a carefree teenager.
    I am concerned as she is really upset and I want to be able to at least provide a solution or at least something which will help reduce the pigmentation.
    I would really, appreciate any advise you could give. I hope to be able to make get feel better in herself.
    Look forward to hearing from you x

  22. Aisha April 9, 2014 at 12:24 am -  Reply

    I am interested in as natural as possible products for my skin as I have never used any kind of products before as I used to use home remedy please what products would you advice me to purchase but products has has no paraffin,etc.
    Consider me as if you are introducing a first timer in the skin regime.

  23. Gwen Tugwell April 17, 2014 at 5:08 pm -  Reply

    Hello Alison,
    I am suffering with a very dry flaky and itchy scalp, and have purchased the Philip Kingsley shampoo, elasticizer and conditioner which I have used for the first time today, so obviously too soon to see results, but my question is that I had a problem trying to get the shampoo to lather and wonder if this is the norm? please could you advise as I don’t want to return if this is what I should expect as all reviews seem to be good.
    Thanks for your advice.

  24. Susan gibson April 26, 2014 at 4:29 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison I am 53 never suffered with spots as a teenager now all of a sudden have spots and redness around my nose and going down the side of mouth in the crease plus very dry skin can you suggest what cleanser would be best for me to use. Feel really embarrassed I use concealer but this just seems to make it worse and shows up the flaky skin. Thank you for reading.

  25. Margaret Ann MacDonald May 5, 2014 at 12:30 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison
    I was about to purchase some Elemis products. My daughter in law has recommended that I use their products and after watching a show on QVC I decided that I would purchase the apricot tone and the tri enzime product.
    I have read the comment on your blog about various skin types etc and thought I would be better getting advice from you as there are so many differentbrands ets. No point in wasting money buying the wrong products.
    I always cleansed and toned as a teenager but I am afraid to say that I am not so regular now. I am 55 with very few wrinkles, a few laughter lines, I have fair freckled skin and suffer from bouts of acne roscae.I have small open pores appearing across my cheeks and some crepiness around each side of my nose, below cheek bones. I would not say I had greasy or dry skin so I am unsure of my skin type. I do feel it could be dehydrated as I don’t drink enough water. Could this be why it is creppy looking?
    If you could recommend the best products for me I would appreciate it.
    Many Thanks
    Margaret Ann

  26. jean fawcett May 25, 2014 at 3:55 pm -  Reply

    HiAlison, can you advice me on what produts to use for my 6year old granddaughter, she has very bad excemer everywhere, but really bad round her eyes and private parts, just everywhere, I gave my liz earle shampoo, and ultra sun 50 for playing out. but I’m stuk. thankyou very much. love all your informative shows. jean

  27. Shabby Chic June 3, 2014 at 11:25 pm -  Reply

    I am contacting you for some advice on behalf of my mother. My mother is 50 years old and has a South Asian complexion. Luckily wrinkles are not an issue but she has very uneven skin tone. She has dark patches on her face and its very dull and dry. This has only just come about in the last couple years. It is also starting to get a little saggy but this is not really much of a concern. She is primarily really concerned with the very dark patches and dullness.
    Please can you give advice on what she could use to help with this issue. Unfortunately budget is a consideration, but I do not mind spending a lot on an intensive treatment for first few months that will give visible results and then moving onto a more affordable maintenance routine for the long term.
    She is already using Liquid Gold and it is not making a difference. There are so many products to choose from, and it’s really difficult to know which is the absolute best and most effective on discolouration. Please can you advice on the best few products to use.
    Also I have really uneven skin texture and I am also using liquid gold and cleanse and polish to exfoliate and it is not working for me. Could you recommend anything else for me? Thanks.
    Thank you for your time and I will eagerly await your reply.

  28. Carolynn Turner February 5, 2015 at 11:01 am -  Reply

    Hi Alison,
    Could you tell me what highlighter you use on your cheekbones?I seem to have great difficulty applying this product,it completes the overall look and you always look so polished!

  29. Ariann September 3, 2015 at 1:36 am -  Reply

    Hi Alison,

    I’m in my early 30’s and am starting to worry about ageing. Are there any particular skincare products that you would recommend for my age. I don’t want products for mature skin and I’m finding it difficult to know what’s for my age group.



  30. Julie September 17, 2016 at 10:54 am -  Reply

    Hi Alison. I am 55 and recently my freckles and brown marks are more prominent on my face. Please could you tell me which product would cover them? I use the Laura Geller concealer, bare minerals foundation and I also use Judith Williams good morning sunshine. and ultra sun cream daily for pigmentation on the skin . I exfoliate and cleanse religiously, but I need something to cover the pigmentation. I have recently ordered the Alpha H tsv and also the asam tsv. I have always looked after my skin, but I am now conscious of my brown marks which I want to hide,

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