The art to achieving luscious lips

Recent research has suggested that those with fuller looking lips look younger than those with lips that are on the thinner side.

According to research, lips are generally at their fullest during early adult years, before starting to get thin out during the 30s and 40s.

There are many ways of getting plumper looking lips, and a good lipstick or lip gloss is one of your main weapons in achieving this.

The lip colour that you choose can have major effect not only just on your overall look, but also on the fullness of your lips. Lighter lip colours are renowned for helping to make lips look fuller, whereas darker shades can make them look smaller.

However, before you apply any lip products, it’s vital that your lips are in the best condition possible. If you have dry or flaky lips, applying make-up to them could make them look horrendous, so it’s important that you prepare them beforehand.

Use a dry toothbrush to gently get rid of any flaky skin, then arm yourself with a conditioning lip salve. Dermalogica Lip Renewal Complex is a fantastic product that conditions lips- helping to smooth them out in preparation for applying lip products.

Get your lips in tip top condition and turn back the years.

A proper skin care regime isn’t just for the ladies!

Even in today’s society, where immaculately groomed men such as David Beckham and Christiano Ronaldo are seen as modern day role models, many men still think that following a proper skin care regime is seen as ‘girly’.

Although it’s unlikely to be a topic of conversation in the pub with the lads on a Friday night, looking after skin is just as important for men as it is for women, in order to keep it healthy and looking younger for longer.

In the past, a man’s idea of skin care was a quick shave in the morning, although now more and more men are realising that this is seriously insufficient.

Another common faux pas that many men make is using their partner’s skin care products. This isn’t the best idea, as men’s and women’s skin has different needs, and a man may have a completely different skin type to his other half.

Shaving can leave men’s skin extremely dry, so after cleansing it’s essential to use a hydrating moisturiser.

A great starting point for guy’s who really want to get their foot on the skin care ladder is investing in the Dermalogica Shave System Kit.

The set contains Daily Clean Scrub, Pre Shave Guard, Soothing Shave Cream, Post Shave Balm and Daily Defence Block- everything that is needed for a smooth shave and healthier skin.

Tips for taming oily skin

The smaller things in life can often be the most irritating, and if you suffer from oily skin there’s no doubt that you will really be able to identify with this.

Although oily skin may only seem like a minor irritant, trying to overcome the problem can be a time consuming- not to mention expensive- task.

Oily skin is generally characterised by excessive shine and large pores, and this type of skin is particularly susceptible to breakouts. The combination of excessive oil and large open pores means that spots can form easily- which can lead to further headaches for the sufferer.

However, with skin products constantly becoming more and more advanced, the good news is that just by bearing a few things in mind and following a few simple steps, you can combat surplus shine.

Moisturise

Some individuals with oily skin believe that if they skip on the moisturiser, this will help to solve the problem. This couldn’t be further from the truth, and as oily skin has the tendency to feel tight, it’s essential that it is moisturised with an oil free product.

Don’t over-cleanse

Whilst it’s tempting to continually wash oily skin, excessive cleansing can strip the skin of essential oils- which may stimulate the oil glands into producing even more.

Choose your products carefully

If you suffer from oily skin, it’s important to use make-up and skin care products that are specially designed for this skin type. Other products may leave your skin more oily- which could lead to spots and blemishes.

Dermalogica have an amazing range of products for oily skin, which will help you to combat oil and achieve a clear and matte complexion.

Keeping makeup in place on combination skin

Applying make-up is one of the best ways to give yourself a little pick me up and make yourself feel confident and glamorous, and their are endless great products on the market today.

However, for those with combination skin, applying make-up, and then keeping it where it should be can be an absolute nightmare!

The thing about combination skin is that different areas of the face often have different needs. Many people with combination skin find that some areas of the face are very dry, whereas other spots are excessively oily. This can make choosing the right products something of a tricky task- especially when it comes to foundation.

If your skin is prone to excessive oiliness, opt for an oil free foundation- this will help to minimise shine and help to prevent your face from feeling like an oil slick by lunchtime.

Those with combination skin often feel that skipping on moisturiser could help to improve the appearance of oily areas, although it can in fact make the problem even worse. Using a light moisturiser such as Dermalogica Active Moist will help to hydrate more parched areas, without contributing to excess oil production.

Those with combination skin should try to avoid constantly reapplying powder- as it could start to look uneven and patchy on both dry and oily areas.

By paying a little extra attention to your combination skin, your make-up will have much more staying power and will serve you well throughout the day.

The key to achieving matte skin

Shiny skin can affect just about anyone, not just those who fall into the oily skin category. It’s safe to say that nobody wants excess shine on the skin, particularly those who wear make-up.

Many factors besides skin type can contribute to the shiny look, including the skin care and make-up products that you use. However, the fab news is that it’s easy to combat shine and achieve matte looking skin all day long.

Even if you have oily skin, it’s still important to moisturise, and a moisturiser that’s suited to your skin should leave it feeling supple rather than slippery. Dermalogica have an unbeatable range of moisturisers that are specially tailored to a range of skin types, so you should be able to find one that’s just right.

In addition to using a suitable moisturiser, it’s also important make sure that any makeup that you use isn’t excessively oily if you’re already prone to shiny skin. Opting for a mineral powder is a great idea, as unlike powders of the past, they won’t look caked on after touch-ups. Skin blotting sheets are also a useful weapon in the fight against shine.

However, if you do suffer from excessively oily skin, try investing in Dermalogica Oil Control Lotion to really wage war against the problem and achieve a long lasting matte look.

Keep shine at bay and look fresh throughout the day.