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5 Skincare Tricks To Survive the Glastonbury Festival

Image Its festival time of year and the cooler members of my client-base have recently been asking for some easy skin care cheats which will ensure that their Instagram pics don’t shame them for years to come. Naturally, the easiest way to look great in adverse circumstances (dermatologically speaking) is to have the best skin possible naturally, rendering products de trop.  Alas, for most mortals this is not feasible. So here is my guide to getting by in the great outdoors.

1)   Get thee a big bottle of Micellar Lotion and a wad of cotton pads.Image

These are the smart girl’s wipe. No rinsing required and no nasty pore-clogging residue left in its wake. I adore Bioderma Sensibio Micelle Solution. Thankfully now widely available at Lloyds chemists.

2)   Moisturising sunscreen – now, I’m usually a separatist, when it comes to skin care. I’m a firm believer that there is only so much ‘space’ in a product for active ingredients so trying to cram 8 different functions into one usually means that none of them are done very well…..but you CAN moisturise whilst sun-protecting….. And it would be madly unfortunate to get sunburnt during a freak spell of UV on day 1. I’m fond of La Roche Posay Melt-in Cream for this purpose,as it offers a bit more hydration than the other Anthelios products, along with the stellar UVA/B protections. BUT it’s also tinted – so it’s practically a BB cream ( and far more effective at doing the things it’s designed to than most of those will ever be).  Genius.

3)   Spot cream. Yes, this might seem like a luxury, in priority terms – but ultimately if clear skin is the key to the minimalist festival skin approach, then its imperative to have some sort of zit zapper to hand for when the late nights lead to that throbbing sensation of doom on your chin and you spy Vesuvius erupting in your tiny compact mirror. So nuke it with either benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid. I like Murad Acne Spot Treatment and Obagi Therapeutic Lotion.Image

4)   A balm to heal all irritated ails, whether nettle stings, cracked lips, sore heels or just general dry bits. La Roche Posay Cicoplast Baume is fab. Image

5)   Eye-liner. Ok, so not strictly a skin care trick (you caught me out) but actually, you can get by on the above 4 things, just about but ‘4 skincare tricks….’ doesn’t make for such a catchy title. Eyeliner is the one make-up item that transforms a look. Think Carine Roitfeld, who apparently can apply her signature black eyeliner without a mirror. Quite a nifty talent for a festival, I’d have thought….although somehow I don’t see her camping. I’ve discovered the amazing Kevyn Aucoin’s ‘The Eyeliner Primatif’. Uber-premium but glides on like a dream with no pesky drag and has a wonderful smudging gismo on the end.

So there you have it. Your skin care 101 to surviving a festival. Go forth and party (relatively) bare-faced and enjoy with my blessing.

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Q:When is acne not acne? A: When it’s perioral dermatitis

I’ve had a cluster of patients presenting with a troublesome facial eruption that’s been mislabelled and thought I’d blog about it because it’s very pleasing to sort and responds rapidly to correct treatment – woo-hoo!

So the common scenario is a female (like melasma, only about 10% of sufferers are men) who has spots near the mouth – within the nose-to-mouth creases and around the chin.

This has a very classic appearance – lots of tiny bumps that look the same, often joining up – but they tend to spare the skin directly next to the lip edge. The skin may be dry and flakey. The bumps on the chin are what tend to lead to the misdiagnosis of acne, as it bears similarity to the distribution of adult female-pattern acne. It can also appear around the eyes (and is then termed periorificial dermatitis) and if severe, spread onto the cheeks. Importantly, clogged pores or comedones are not a feature; this is one of the key features that distinguishes it from acne.

No-one really knows what causes this annoying problem – but the ‘wrong’ type of skin care aggravates it and topical steroids, especially the stronger variants are a common trigger.

When someone presents with this, the first thing I do is to suspend the current skincare regime (and frequently impose a make-up cull). A non-comedogenic regime is the order of the day (I know…I sound like a broken record). We have an excellent choice of soothing, non-clogging products to choose from, courtesy of French pharmacy brands like Bioderma and La Roche Posay and sometimes this will be enough to solve the problem. If topical steroids are the cause, occasionally things get worse before they get better, but stopping them is essential so stick at it.

More severe cases will benefit from prescription medication – my preferred approach is topical (azelaic acid 15-20%) and oral tetracyclines. Usually treatment for 6-8 weeks will sort things out. So satisfying.

A good skin care regime to try if you suffer from perioral dermatitis is as follows  :

Cleanse : La Roche Posay Physiological Cleansing Gel (one of my all-time favourites, non-foaming but effective at removing make-up)

Treatment product – if using a prescription product like Finacea (15% azelaic acid) apply it now, to clean skin morning and night.

Moisturise : Bioderma Sebium Hydra ( a lightweight non-clogging moisturiser for oily skin that’s dry or irritated)

Protect : Obagi Nu Derm Sunshield SPF 50 (lightweight matte finish, excellent physical block without the whitish cast)

Image : courtesy of http://www.drumd.com/

BAFTA Beauty-Ready For Your Close-up?

It’s a fascinating spectacle and one I never tire of watching- the nominees bask in the approbation of their adoring public as they glide down the red carpet and receive recognition for their endeavours. And of course the BAFTAs are so much more important, now that they precede the Oscars and are a strategic prequel to the glamour of London Fashion Week.

This years’ best actress line-up is a curiously diverse one, from an aesthetic perspective. Relative unknown Berenice Bejo is a delicious beauty of Argentinian/French extraction (such a winning combination, genetically speaking)-and is a superb example of how women in their 30’s are peaking professionally, even in the fickle world of film. What does she need to get red-carpet ready? Her complexion best suits hair colour in the more chocolate-y end of the spectrum, rather than the copper tones she sported to the Oscar nominees lunch. So much more chic. She has the delicacy of Marion Cotillard-so needs to keep that complexion crystal-clear with skin brighteners, to avoid pigmentation issues. Her Argentinian heritage may well put her at risk of an uneven skin-tone. Her go-to product: La Roche Posay Pigment Control.

Tilda Swinton is at the opposite end of the spectrum. This cerebral beauty (she went to my college at Cambridge University) has the most elegant, alabaster skin. Inconceivable that she would sully it with fake-tan-no make-under required here, Pod. She is the poster-girl for Pomellato jewellery, makers of exquisite confections that tempt one to sell a kidney to procure. To gild this lily requires precise exfoliation to let the canvas do the talking. Her go-to product: Nubo Diamond Peel and Reveal, a 2-phase exfoliant which has remarkable, lustre-giving properties. And sunblock daily, 365 days per annum-Skinceuticals Sheer Physical UV Defense SPF 50 would work brilliantly.

Michelle Williams has come a long way since Dawsons Creek, that oh-so-earnest teen drama I so dearly loved (were adolescents ever so verbose?). She has an incredibly classic, chic look-Mia Farrow’s haircut has never been so perfectly borrowed. She is just starting to get a few early changes in the skin under the eyes, which is to be expected in one so fair at 32-so she should adopt a peptide cocktail in her eye cream, to stimulate collagen production and support those delicate capillaries which can leak and trigger dark circles. Her go-to product: Kinerase Pro+ Therapy Ultra Rich Eye Repair.

From the editor at Runway to Margaret Thatcher-Meryl Streep has an effortless ability to bring strong women to life on screen, with her regal features and commanding presence. She has tremendous bones-all the better to hang great skin off. She would benefit tremendously from a prescription retinoid for a good 3 months before her big event, to build collagen; and on the night she should apply a a hyaluronic acid-rich sheet mask to intensely hydrate the epidermis and prime her skin for make-up that will stay dewy and crease-free all night. She should use Obagi tretinoin 0.1% at night (in conjuction with sunscreen, on prescription only) and prep with an SK II facial treatment mask.

Finally we come to Viola Davis, nominated for The Help, who is coming into her own in her 40s. She has the kind of lush complexion that doesn’t wrinkle but as with all darker skin-types, she needs to be careful as it can look ashy. To make it pop she should nourish it with antioxidants that maximize radiance-Vitamin C and Niacinamide will feed her skin and make it gleam. Her go-to products: Agera Intensive MagC gel for day and Alpha H Liquid Gold Intensive Night Repair Serum.

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