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Ageing is natural.

Blog six in my skincare tips series covers MATURE SKIN.  In this blog post I am covering ageing skin types.     Ageing is a natural process that is inevitable and happens to us all.  We cannot stop it or avoid it but we can learn    to embrace the process.

What are the signs?

The loss of elastic tissue (Elastin and Collagen) in the skin with age causes the skin to hang loosely and it can become more transparent as we get older.  This is caused by the thinning of the epidermis (the surface layer of the skin).  The skin becomes more fragile as we get older.

What do I look out for with mature skin?

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Sensitive Skin Tips

Getting Started, Know your skin type.

Part FIVE in this series is SENSITIVE SKIN.

This blog will assist you in identifying the causes of sensitive skin and help you to treat it right.  Although, sensitive skin is not really a skin TYPE, it’s more of a CONDITION.  Sensitivity in skin is caused when the sensory nerve endings in the epidermis (top layer of skin) become irritated.  This occurs because your skins natural barrier function is weakened and has broken down due to a ‘trigger’.

As someone who suffers with skin sensitivity, I know only too well how the condition can cause problems on a daily basis.  I have to be extremely careful when picking makeup and skincare products.  Ensuring I check ingredient listings thoroughly to make sure there is nothing in the product that will make me react.

I never know when I wake up what my skin will look like, so I know how you feel if you are a fellow sufferer.  For many years, I didn’t even realise that I had a sensitivity.  It was only after doing some research for a friend, that I came across a great deal of information, this indicated I had a very common problem and that for me was a turning point.

Below I have listed some common signs that indicate towards you having a sensitive skin type. Read more

Skincare Tips Series.

Getting Started, know your skin type.

Part 4 of my skincare tips is covering dry skin.

It has been a few weeks now since my last blog in this series, along with wedding season preparation and then Corona Virus putting the world on hold, life go a little in the way.  I’m now back on it today though carrying on with my bridal skincare tips series and I will follow on from the last blog regarding skin type and getting to know your own.  So, I first bring you……dry skin.  The bane of a lot of peoples lives, so here are a few tips to help figure out which bracket you fall into and how to treat it.

Bridal makeup tipsDry skin is caused by an under production of natural oil (sebum).  There is a common misconception that drinking more water can help with dry skin, but this isn’t the case at all.  DRY or DEHYDRATED skin, yes there is a difference!  Dry skin is a skin TYPE where Dehydrated skin is a CONDITION.

How can you tell the difference between the two?

Characteristics of dry skin-

  • Dull, especially on the cheeks and around the eyes.
  • Lacks elasticity and can be flaky
  • Visible lines and wrinkles
  • Small pores
  • Tightness and itching
  • Common in older women
  • Maybe harder to apply makeup

Potential causes of dry skin can be weather condition, colder air and lower humidity levels affect the skin.  Central heating can also be a big factor through the winter months as can air conditioning throughout the summer.  Another factor is products.  Harsh detergents and chemicals can cause dry skin conditions.  This can eventually lead to other problems like sensitivity, which I will cover in the next post.

Characteristics of dehydrated skin-

  • Itchiness
  • Dullness
  • Darker circles under the eye
  • Sunken eyes
  • Shadows around the face (especially under the eyes and around the nose)
  • Increased incidence or appearance of fine lines and wrinkles

Dehydrated skin does not have enough water.  Dehydration is usually caused by many external factors, but the most common are, the weather, environment, diet and caffeine consumption, all of which can result in diminished water content within the skin. Read more

Living with Rosacea

Rosacea is a subject is very close to my own heart.

As April is rosacea awareness month I wanted to share my story.  As a fellow sufferer of the skin condition, and as someone who is living with rosacea, I know only too well how disruptive it can be to your daily life and confidence.  The key thing I want you to remember is, ‘YOU ARE NOT ALONE’!

What is rosacea?

It is a chronic condition, and can persist for a long time and, in any individual, the severity tends to fluctuate. Rosacea tends to affect the cheeks, forehead, chin and nose, and is characterised by persistent redness caused by dilated blood vessels, small bumps and pus-filled spots like acne. There may also be uncomfortable inflammation of the surface of the eyes and eyelids..

The cause of the condition is not fully understood.  Your genetic makeup, immune system factors, and environmental factors may all play a part. It is these factors that trigger rosacea and cause the blood vessels in the skin of the face to enlarge (dilate). The theory that rosacea is due to bacteria on the skin or in the gut has never been proven. However, antibiotics have proven helpful to treat it in some cases. This is because of their anti-inflammatory effect.

Remember that rosacea is NOT a contagious skin condition.  There has been substantial research on whether it is a hereditary condition, but this theory has yet to be proven and although it does tend to run in some families a genetic link has not been made clear.

There are a variety of triggers that may make the condition worse. These include stress, alcohol, spices, exercise, high/low temperatures and hot drinks.  The skin can be sun sensitive with this condition, so it is imperative to use protection every day.

LIVING WITH ROSACEA.

girl with redness from living with rosacea

I have been a sufferer now for over 4 years.  It started with mild flushing symptoms and led to what I now have today.  I want to help by sharing my experiences of living with the condition to hopefully offer advice and comfort to others, so here is my story.

I first started suffering from what I now suspect was Rosacea when I was in my mid-twenties.  It started with flushing for no reason at all.  All it would take then was a snide comment of ‘look how red you’re going Kay’ or ‘hey beetroot’ to make the situation a whole lot worse.  It would instantly make me flush more and I all I wanted was the earth to open and swallow me.  Don’t get me started on public speaking, it was impossible!  I dreaded being asked to talk in front of a room full of work colleagues or do a presentation.

My journey.

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COMBINATION SKIN

SKIN CARE TIPS – Getting Started, know your skin type.

I bring you Blog Two in this skincare series and this covers skincare tips for COMBINATION SKIN.  To put it simply, this skin type is a mixture of oily and normal or drier areas on the face.  Generally, the T-Zone tends to be oily and the cheeks are dry.  When you have combination skin, you tend to be in constant battle with your T-Zone.  You may find especially it hard to keep makeup from sliding off your face in those areas.

How do I identify combination skin?

I have listed some of the classic signs of combination skin for you.  Over the years I have found more people have combination skin like this than any other skin type.

skincare tips for combination skin

CHARACTERISTICS OF COMBINATION SKIN…

  • Normal or Dry, flaking areas on cheeks
  • Excessive oil on nose, forehead and chin
  • Prone to breakouts where oil production is found
  • In a constant battle with the T-Zone (forehead, nose and chin)

Choosing products for this skin type.

The big secret here is to spot treat your problem areas. Read more

Skincare for Brides

Skincare for Brides

Let’s get started with getting to know your skin type.

Follow my skincare for brides series and I will help you get your skin in tip top condition well in advance of your ‘I Do’s’.  As a bridal makeup artist I know that looking your best on the big day is one of the biggest concerns of any bride-to be.  It is never too early to get your skin wedding day ready.   You will find once you have skincare down that any makeup application is easier.

With the next few of blogs in my skincare for brides series , you’ll be well on your way to the perfect skincare regime in no time.  Let’s start with getting to know your skin type.  I will cover each category in turn and educate you not only on how to identify your own skin type but on which products and regime will work best for you.

Do you know what bracket your skin falls into?

Are you sometimes get overwhelmed in the skincare aisle at the supermarket?  This series of blogs will be for you.  I always used to struggle too,  your are not alone and I will help guide you through the minefield.

  I will cover each skin type over the next few blogs in this skincare for brides series.  Together, we will make sure you can identify the characteristics of your own skin.  Moving forward, this will help choosing the correct products easier.  You will find products suitable for your skin and improve its condition and overall look.  This will mean you can wear less makeup and still look amazing.

First of all let’s start with the rarest…… NORMAL SKIN.

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