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How To Not End Up A Hot Mess + Care For Your Skin After Hot Exercise


Keeping fit has become a sticky business of late –  it makes sense, as you are bendier and less likely to hurt yourself when everything’s warm’n’limber. But staying beautiful (especially if you’re headed back to the office after a reviving mid-day work-out) becomes a challenge. Especially, if you suffer from acne. This is clearly a recurring phenomenon – in my recent visit to Psycle (THE place to get your groove on whilst having a massive endorphin hit) I overheard exactly 3 women bemoaning blemishes during the time it took me to go to the loo. Girlfriends who do Bikram say the same thing. Here’s my plan for keeping it together:


1)   Keep make-up light on work-out days – use a non-comedogenic, light-textured tinted moisturiser (love Nars). Conceal where needed (Vichy Dermablend Foundation Stick won’t block pores and can mask Vesuvius – a must-have in your kit). Skip powder + use blotting papers if 11 o’clock shine is a problem (love MAC ones)– you can work with base that isn’t powdered; you can’t when it is. And of course, keep eye make-up to a minimum – curl lashes and use only waterproof mascara, obv.


2)   Hair up – loose topknot works best. Bobble water for hydration. Forget face.


3)   Blot face. Inspect the damage. If you’ve kept it light, you should just be able to touch up your base/concealer where needed. Blusher should be unnecessary. A bit of lip-colour and you should be all set. For body, I think wipes are acceptable. If breakouts are an issue, use a medicated one like Murad Clarifying Wipes or get Stridex Acne Pads from the US. For hair, spritz volumising spray on roots (I like PhytoVolume Actif Volumizing Spray) and use dryer and round brush to get a bit of root lift and restyle front sections of hair. Blast it underneath near the nape of the neck.


4)   Work on your complexion – don’t acquiesce to breakouts; get a plan. This will save you so much time in the long-run, not to mention free up valuable headspace for much more important things (like what colour to get Lexie workout gear in). Get a kit together consisting of something like: La Roche Posay Physiological Cleansing Gel and Effaclar Duo and Effaclar H (for day). Swap Effaclar Duo for Avene Triacneal at night. And of course a broad-spectrum sunscreen that works like primer (MUST be non-comedogenic). If that isn’t improving things, go see a derm.


Milia: Pesky White Bumps Around the Eyes

Today, I made one of my patients very happy by extracting one of these little ‘friends’ (the name I give to innocuous   skin acquisitions as opposed to their more sinister counterparts, the ‘foes’). She had the unsightly bump for more than 2 years and it took precisely 2 seconds to remove it with the help of a teensy yellow needle, a couple of cotton buds and some magnification. So satisfying.

Now, these develop most commonly around the eye and are essentially tiny cysts, formed from the lining of the hair follicle. This basically means its a tiny ball made up of a layer of skin cells folded back in on themselves, under the skin. And dead skin cells accumulate within the ball because they have nowhere to go, giving them their characteristic, pearly white colour. They are often mistaken for whiteheaded spots (called pustules) or closed comedones-but when squeezed, nothing happens.

Why they form isn’t fully understood, but comedogenic (or clogging) skincare formulations and sun damage are likely to be contributory. Using topical steroids can also predispose to them, so they are sometimes seen in eczema sufferers. They are also very common in new-born babies, in whom they tend to resolve spontaneously. Unfortunately, this tends not to be the case in adults. So what to do to prevent them?

In truth, not an awful lot works. I advocate the use of non-comedogenic skincare as a general rule, and I think this is a good beginning if you’re prone to milia.

Topical retinoids are beneficial in some patients and certainly make them easier to extract. Over-the counter products containing retinol or retinaldehyde are good alternatives to prescription products, but always introduce this group of ‘actives’ gradually when using them in the delicate eye area.And of course, this step necessitates the use of a broad-spectrum sunscreen, which again should be non-comedogenic (loving Vichy Mattifying Face Fluid Dry Touch SF 50 right now).

If you have milia,you can choose to a) do nothing-they’re harmless. Or b) have them extracted. The commonest method is with a sterile needle followed by manual extraction. A good way to make your dermatologist’s day.