Saturday, 2 February 2013

SKINCARE part 2...

So picking up from where we left off...

After I have washed and scrubbed my face in the shower I usually move on to MOISTURISE...

Now, alot of beauticians will generally recommend using a toner between cleansing and moisturising, I'm not by any means saying that this is wrong, however, in my experience I have never really noticed a difference between using it and not using it! In the summer I sometimes like to use the Dermalogica Multi Active Toner to freshen up my face as it feels lovely to spritz on when your feeling a little too warm or when you have had your shower too hot! But other than that I usually skip this step...


I would always recommend that ALL skin types need to use a moisturiser, no matter how oily your skin may be, the key is finding the right one for your skin...


Having a slightly drier/ dehydrated/ sensitive skin, I do like a nice rich moisturiser! My current favourites are Clarins Hydraquench, Dermalogica Skin Smoothing Cream and Decleor Hydra Floral, these are all targeted at dehydrated skins.



What is dehydrated skin? The easiest way to describe it is a 'tight' uncomfortable feeling on your face, usually after having a shower or washing your face, sometimes you can even see tell tale fine lines on the skin, particulary the forehead. It basically means your skin does not have enough natural oils present and needs an extra helping hand to stay soft and supple.


Many people think that if they have an oily skin then they do not need a moisturiser... 




WRONG, there are alot of moisturisers out there now which are specifically targeted at oily/ acne prone skins, many of them contain anti shine/ mattifying properties, and even spot fighting ingredients such as Salicylic Acid...
At the moment the winner for me hands down is a moisturiser/ spot treatment by La Roche Posay called Effaclar Duo, I like to use this on my 'crappy skin days' when I have a heap of angry breakouts! And I have to say it does work wonders, generally when I get spots they take an age to heal and disappear, this stuff gets to work and normally clears them up within a few days... and with regular use claims to help prevent them all together!! I've honestly never found a spot treatment that is this effective... and trust me I have tried ALOT!! 

There are alot of cheaper alternative moisturisers out there, which i'm sure will do the job, but I always think that if you are going to splash out on one item of skincare, it has to be a good moisturiser!! Especially if you have more of a 'problem skin'. Although If you have a pretty normal skin type then i guess you can get away with a more 'bog standard' moisturiser.... But i will also mention that the Clean and Clear Oil Free Moisturiser does work well for oily/ acne prone skin, as I used this when I was younger to get rid of my spots!




EYE CREAMS?!

Now, most of the time I do not use an eye cream as a suffer with dry eczema around my eyes, so I tend to always use prescribed products from my doctor. However, I do think that eye creams are really important as they are much more suited to the delicate eye area than a heavy moisturiser, and can help to make the eye area look brighter and less puffy, but more importantly they help prevent or at least delay those dreaded fine lines and crows feet!! I currently have the Decleor Hydra Floral Eye Gel-Cream which I use when my eczema isn't playing up!




FINALLY... I will mention the products that I use when I am in a rush or can't be bothered to wash my makeup off properly in the sink or shower (tut tut... I know)!!


I always make sure that I remove my makeup completely before I go to bed, face wipes are generally a no no as they just tend to remove the surface layer of makeup and smear the rest around your face....Thus resulting in blocked pores which = spots... YUCK!! However... I do sometimes use face wipes to remove my 'first layer' of makeup/ mascara when I am in a rush, for this purpose they are ok in my book! BUT I always use a cleanser afterwards to clean deep down! My all time favourite is BIODERMA Sensibo H20 which is a french brand of micellar water! Its basically a water cleanser that is good for sensitive skins, and the best part is that it removes all trace of makeup (even waterproof) without that horrid stinging sensation that other cleansers sometimes have... I take it with me on all my makeup jobs as I am yet to hear of anyone that has had a reaction to it or even disliked it!

However, being a french pharmacy brand it is quite difficult to get hold of in the UK, I buy mine from Ebay!
But a great readily available alternative, which I also like to use, is Clarins Water Comfort One Step Cleanser which I find is very similar!



Once my face is make-up free I pop one of my fav moisturisers on before I hop into bed :)

And I think thats everything for skincare! But please be aware that all of this 'advise' is my own personal opinion, and although I am a qualified beauty therapist and makeup artist, please do not take my word as gospel, because everyone's skin is different and what works for me might not necessarily work for you!



A x


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