Keep your makeup looking fresh all day long

A long 9-5 day in the office can play absolute havoc with the look of your makeup. After depriving yourself of those extra minutes in bed ,and getting up in time to apply your makeup immaculately, seeing that your makeup looks less than fresh by lunchtime can be both disheartening and irritating!

Many women find that their base is the first area that starts to slide off, and working in an air conditioned or over heated office is a key contributor in this. Thankfully though, there are some simple steps that you can follow that will help to keep your makeup in place throughout the day.

Some women make the mistake of skipping moisturiser during the day, as they feel that it is the main reason why their makeup isn’t staying put. This is a major skincare no-no though, as skin needs to be adequately hydrated throughout the day. Regularly skipping moisturiser could lead to skin ageing prematurely- which will present you with even more problems. Using an oil-free moisturiser with an SPF- such as Dermalogica Sheer Moisturiser- is the best solution, particularly if you have oily skin.

Applying powder every time that shine appears is another common mistake that many women make. This can actually lead to your makeup looking worse- as powder will start to look caked on and uneven. Instead, try blotting with oil control papers, with will absorb excess shine without removing your makeup.

Lastly remember that less is more- try and use just a touch of a light foundation and powder and sheer eye and lip products to keep it fresh throughout the day and throughout the rush hour drive home!

Top tips for stunning skin

Day after day we are presented with photos of celebrities with flawless looking skin, which can leave even the most confident of us feel distinctly average. One thing that keeps us going though, is the fact that these celebrities have the best makeup artists in the world, and their photos are also commonly subjected to some rather heavy handed air brushing.

However, this doesn’t mean that we can’t take steps to achieve A-list worthy skin in the comfort of our own homes.

Hydrate yourself

It’s essential that you drink water throughout the day to keep your entire body hydrated. Drinking plenty of water will not only have a positive effect on your health, it will also help to keep your skin looking its best.

Eat healthily

It’s true that what goes in to your body can have an impact on how it looks on the outside, so if your diet consists of junk food and fizzy drinks you can’t expect your skin to look its absolute best!

Look at your skincare regime

Your skincare regime is a major factor in the way that your skin looks, and if you want skin that wouldn’t look out of place on the red carpet you need to take a long hard look at the products that you’re using. Regularly using the wrong kind of products for your skin type can have a negative impact on your skin, and make it look dull or greasy.

If you’re unsure of what products you should be using, Dermalogica have a fantastic range which are specially tailored for different skin types, which will get your skin looking A-list in no time at all!

Taming your t zone

Many people suffer with an oily t zone, particularly those who have oily or combination skin to start off with. Not only can an oily t zone be annoying for the sufferer, if the problem is not addressed, and if the correct products aren’t used, pores could get blocked- leading to spots and blemishes.

Women who suffer with an oily t zone will understand just how difficult it can be to keep makeup looking fresh throughout the day, as excess oil can make it slide off incredibly quickly.

If you have an oily t zone, you don’t have to let it take over your life, as there are some practical yet effective ways of taming it.

Those with excessively oily skin may feel that skipping on an area of their skin care regime may help to tame the problem. This couldn’t be further from the truth though, as oily skin needs to be kept balanced in order to keep it under control.

Cleansing, toning and moisturising is the order of the day- and don’t think that you can afford to skimp on the moisturiser, as doing so could lead to your skin becoming dehydrated- which may encourage even more oil production.

Regularly using a cleanser that is designed for oily skin- such as Dermalogica Dermal Clay Cleanser– is a must, and can really help to improve its condition.

If you use a foundation, ensure that you opt for an oil free formulation, and keep blotting sheets or a pressed powder close to hand.

Taking control of your t zone doesn’t have to be a struggle, and you can achieve matte skin by investing just a little time and effort.

Skin care sins

Everyone knows the importance of looking after their skin, and although good intentions are there, it’s not difficult to succumb to skin care sins- which could put all your good efforts to waste.

In order to keep your skin looking fantastic and ensuring that it’s in the healthiest condition possible, you need to try and avoid making any skin care blunders.

Don’t use products that aren’t designed for your skin type

There really is no point buying products that aren’t tailored to your skin type. Even if you have read rave reviews on products, if they aren’t compatible with your skin type it’s highly unlikely that you will see positive results- meaning that you could be throwing those precious pennies down the drain! If you aren’t sure of your skin type, consult a specialist.

Don’t go to bed with makeup on- take it ALL off!

There are occasions when it’s all too tempting to get in bed with your makeup still on, although this is a major no-no! Sleeping with your makeup on overnight just once could lead to the appearance of a spot or blemish come morning- and is it really worth taking that risk?!

Don’t lather up with soap

Most soaps are designed to be used on the body, and using them on the face can really dry your skin out or cause a reaction. Instead, use a gentle but effective facial wash- Dermalogica have a fab range.

Don’t forget sun protection

Using a moisturiser with an SPF, (again, Dermalogica have some great products ) is extremely important. Even in the middle of winter when the sun doesn’t seem to have made an appearance for weeks it can still cause damage.

Follow these simple tips and don’t be a skin care sinner!

Keeping pores healthy

Our skin is made up of thousands and thousands of pores, so it’s no wonder that they can sometimes get clogged- leaving skin looking less than its’ best.

It’s not hard for pores to get clogged with dirt- which is one of the prime culprits in causing spots and blemishes. If you’re pores aren’t thoroughly cleaned on a regular basis, infections can develop.

This is why looking following a proper skincare regime is vital.

The first step in any skincare regime is cleansing. There are cleansers on the market to suit all skin types, so before making a purchase you need to determine what your skin type actually is.

If you regularly wear makeup, make sure that the cleanser you choose can remove every last trace. Failure to properly cleanse you skin of makeup will eventually lead to pores getting blocked- and you could find yourself with a breakout of spots.

After cleansing, use a light toner and moisturiser. It’s particularly important that you don’t choose a moisturiser that is too heavy or oily- as this in itself can lead to blocked pores.

Keeping your pores clean will help to keep your skin looking its very best.