Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Beauty rules: DOs and DON'Ts

How would you like your skin to look and feel? Healthy, clear, radiant, young looking? Then try to stick to a few simple rules and you will soon see the difference.


1) Do clean your face twice a day with a gentle cleanser.

REWARD: your skin will be healthier.

2) Do apply sunscreen of at least SPF15 every day in the form of a moisturizer or makeup or both. 

REWARD: your skin will keep young for longer.

3) Do exfoliate your skin every now and then with either a BHA (Beta Hydroxy Acid) product like Salicylic Acid at 1% or 2% to exfoliate inside the pores or a AHA (Alfa Hydroxy Acid) product like Glycolic Acid  or a scrub to exfoliate the skin surface.

REWARD: your pores will be clear and your skin will feel smoother and look younger. You should experience less breakouts as well.

P.S. My favourite BHA product is Paula Choice Skin Perfecting 1% BHA Gel Exfoliant. My favourite scrub is Clarins One-Step Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser with Orange Extract.

4) Do opt for products containing a good array of antioxidants (see related post here).
REWARD: Your skin will behave better, look healthier and younger.

P.S. My favourite antioxidant serum is Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Supplement (review here)


1) Do not go to bed with your makeup on (especially eye makeup)
OR you may wake up with an irritation and breakouts.

2) Do not go in the sun without wearing a sun screen 
OR your skin will age more quickly and you will put it at risk of developing skin cancer.

3) Do not use too many products at a time: the simplest your skincare routine the better 
OR your skin may become over-reactive and irritated.
For example if your skin is combination you may need to use only one product like a serum or a light moisturizer or a primer under your foundation (if you wear any) or just use a tinted moisturizer. 

4) Do not use harsh products, e.g products containing irritating ingredients like alcohol (list of irritants here)
OR your skin will become irritated and inflamed.

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

My current skincare favourites: DHC deep cleansing oil, bareMinerals cleanser, moisturizer, primer, La Roche-Posay Effaclar A.I.

I am always curious about other women's skincare routines to the point that I may dare peep in your bathroom cabinet, if you give me the chance, or you can have a peep at my beauty cabinet first and find out about my current favourite products.

DHC cleansing oil, bareMinerals purifying cleanser, moisturizer, oil control primer & Effaclar A.I.

In the evening I love the pampering feeling of a cleansing oil to remove my makeup and my current favourite product is DHC deep cleansing oil because it includes olive oil, does a good job at removing makeup and rinses well with water.
In order to make it sure that I do not leave any oil residue on my clog-prone skin I wash my face a second time using a gel type cleanser like bareMinerals Purifying Facial Cleanser. I love how this product cleans my skin thoroughly without stripping it thanks to its soothing ingredients and makes my mind feel relaxed thanks to its mild lavender scent. 
I also use bareMinerals Purifying Facial Cleanser on its own in the morning to help refresh my skin and wake me up.

In the morning I moisturize my skin with a light but effective moisturizer like bareMinerals Purely Nourishing Moisturizer for Combination Skin, which is rich in antioxidants and lightly smells of soothing lavender too. This moisturizer is easily absorbed into the skin and a small amount (think of a petit pois size) goes a long way. After that I prep my skin with an oil control primer like bareMinerals Prime Time Oil Control to create an ideal canvas for my powder foundation (Jane Iredale foundation- review here). Even in this case a little goes a long way and I need to use only one pump, which I apply in dots over my forehead, cheeks, chin and nose and then I spread evenly all over my face. This primer dries quickly and allows my powder foundation to go on smoothly and last longer. 

The only product I may use at night is  La Roche-Posay Effaclar A.I., a targeted breakout corrector with salicylic acid, which I apply locally on imperfections. 

I have been using the above mentioned products for over a month now and my skin is looking clearer, more hydrated and healthier. 

If you are concerned about lavender oil as a potential irritant have a look at the article 'Lavender oil - skin savior or skin irritant?' by Robert Tisserand (here)