04 May 2012

Killer Skin.

Love Your Skin.
I'm not going to pretend I'm an expert in this field but I have made my mistakes and found things that do actually work....here's my ten cents worth.

Impeccable, dewy make up is just not possible if your skin isn't up to par. Confidence plummets and make up doesn't look as good as it should. Hormones, stress, diet, genetics and life in general can deal you pimples, wrinkles, redness or all of the above.

My skin is the wonderful 'combination' skin, with spots, dry patches and dark under eye circles on a bad day.

Trial and error is the only way I have found products that work for my skin and if all else fails it is often better to go and see a dermatologist and see what can be done.

A few fab products that I use daily:

  • Cleanse: Kiehls Ultra Facial Cleanser (foaming but gentle)
  • Eyes: MD Formulations Antioxidant Eye Cream - general eye cream but great for dark circles. Beautiful, creamy and best of all doesn't sting and irritate.
  • Moisturiser (all round): Dermalogica Smoothing Cream (as a day or night cream),
  • Exfoliate: Biologique Recherche Lotion P50V - this is AMAZING stuff, use as an exfoliating toner (no need for scrubs. Seriously) for those strange bumps, blackheads, congestion and welcome smoothness. Google for a supplier and order online
  • Toner: Pure witch hazel from the chemist is fabulous, I alternate this with the above
  • Night Cream: Gatineau Jeunesse Night Cream - Beautiful, silky, non-spot creating night cream
  • Skin Oil: Cocoa Butter Skin Oil - Still trialling this one but great results so far for all over body, absorbs quickly and smells divine. Gives you a subtle, dewy sheen.
I have a cupboard full of other things but these are the top go-tos....

A fab facial can relax and do wonders, but I think they are particularly amazing for specific concerns such as acne, redness, wrinkles, pigmentation...

Skin prep for a big event like your wedding is another story and I highly recommend a series of microdermabrasion facials or Omnilux light therapy (yet to try but hear its great). $$$ but worth it to feel amazing and watch your makeup glide on.

For a sneaky microdermabrasion-style facial at home try Dermalogica Exfoliating Cream - as a mask.

Skin And Your Diet

One e-book I'm keen to read is Crazy Sexy Juices by Kris Carr, promising the world, but might actually deliver.

'Green Juice' is something I'm yet to try, but I can only imagine that a daily blended dose of greens and fruit would deliver fab skin and a massive vitamin hit. Stay tuned.

We all know chips and fizzy drink are not going to deliver glowing skin, but we're only human. I try to balance the odd indulgence with lots of water, a multivitamin and lots of veggies.

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