Category: skin care


Have you ever gone up to the skincare counter and asked for a new face cream and found after a couple of days that it just wasn’t moisturising enough or it was too rich?

That’s because knowing your skin type is only a small part of the problem.

There are 3 main skin types: Oily, Combination and Dry.


Lots of large open pores, blackheads especially on the forehead, nose and chin, and some spots. A layer of grease on your skin by midday and your skin is fairly often shiny and can be a little thick in texture.


Finer, drier skin on cheeks but open pores on nose, forehead and chin and some shine or oil on skin, especially on your nose by midday or tea time. This is the most common skin type.


No shine on skin. Often feels tight and sometimes a little flaky. Your pores are mostly quite tight and small and your skin is a fine, smooth texture.

The next thing to know is what your skin condition is.


Feels irritated easily by most products and reddens easily when exposed to many products. Make-up can make it feel irritated or suddenly very dry or sore. Sensitive skin can be caused by using skin care that is too harsh or perfumed for you. Exhaustion, stress and worry can make your skin easily irritated too.


Skin roughly over the age of 40 that may show lines around the eyes especially or have sagging in the skin tone.  Although everybody’s  skin  gets to being “mature” in time, some lifestyle habits can worsen it, such as over exposure to the sun, too much booze, cigarettes  or unhealthy food.


Can have the look sometimes of being silvery. If you look closely in the mirror and gently press your skin you see a lot of very tiny lines all over your face.  Dehydration can be caused by not drinking enough plain water, too much salt in our diets, not enough fruit and veg, having the heating on when its cold (although we’re all going to, right?) and even air conditioning.


Very angry spots with yellow heads coming up frequently, very open pores, blackheads, may be very oily. It’s caused by fluctuating hormones and is most common in teenagers though it can occur at any age. The very first thing to do with acne is to see a doctor in order to find out what you are dealing with and to explore options.

When you know this you can go to the next (and best) bit.

What is your concern? Or: What bothers you about your skin the most?

For example, my skin is combination, mature and dehydrated. My concern is the mature part, I’m not very bothered about the combination part, but I can’t use too many heavy creams without it getting a bit blocked. So I use cleanser  for normal skin  or dry skin, exfoliate once a week with a scrub, a little clay mask once a fortnight and moisturiser  for dry, dehydrated skin and a night oil for anti-ageing to keep lines at bay. This takes care of the little oiliness that I have but addresses my concerns with ageing as my main focus.

So what bothers you? Is it lines? Worry about it getting older? It feels tight? It’s really greasy? Firmness? Sagging under the eyes? Wrinkles around lips? Be honest with yourself because it really is important that you know what you want to work on.

Remember these items as you learn about your skin and remember that knowing your skin will help you choose the right skin care first time.

Happy Shopping!

By the way, I love to hear how you get on so go ahead and share your own tips or questions,  or if you found this useful, please do leave a comment.

Ps. My new book with lots more helpful information is available here

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Dull Jaded Skin?

Is your skin jaded and dull after Christmas? It’s not surprising if like most of us you’ve been inside with lots of tea and booze, crisps and chocolates. It’s what we do while we’re having holiday with the family and I’m certainly not complaining.

 But our skins do show the after effects of this and can be greasy, dull or dry.  Try doing a quick revival on your face and give it a deep cleanse using a clay mask. Even if you have dry skin this is a good one to do, so long as you don’t use it too often. They work by absorbing oil, lifting it right off your skin and so helps your pores to be tighter and your skin to look brighter and fresher.

Cleanse your skin thoroughly with a cleaning cream or milk using a warm cloth to remove it.  Lay a thick layer of the clay mask over your skin and be sure to avoid your eyes and cover your T zone (forehead and nose) and leave on as directed. Usually 5 minutes for a dry skin and up to 15 for an oily skin. Wash it off with lots of warm water and then bathe with cool water to finish. 
Afterwards use a serum or a night cream to pack some hydration in, or if you have one, use a facial oil and give your skin a little massage. It’s a wonderful pick me up for a jaded skin.
 If you’re doing this in the morning, just apply your day cream, and make-up as normal. it will look much better and smoother. 

Don’t forget to drink a couple of big glasses of water today too!

I’d love to hear any questions that you have with skin care, just post them here or tweet me @gorgeousness_

Tried The Latest Trend in Make-up?

Got to let you in on this one!

BB Cream by Rimmel

Just bought  this product yesterday.  Really hadn’t planned to, just nipped in to get a waterproof mascara for a wedding client at the weekend and saw Rimmel have a BB Cream out at £6.99.

I’ve never heard of a BB Cream before so if you haven’t either, it stands for Blemish Balm and it’s pretty new here in the UK. Anyway I’d never heard of it, tried it in the shop, loved it and bought it.

There are only 2 shades and I bought “Light”. I have fair English skin.  It looks slightly pale, blends in well and it has evened out pink in my cheeks and given a really lovely light (not greasy) sheen.

The BB Cream, acts as a primer, blemish concealer, moisturiser, pore minimiser, brightener and tinted moisturiser.  
Now my personal feeling has always been that tinted moisturisers are just coloured cream without any coverage which I don’t like. But I don’t like very heavy foundation type coverage either, especially for daily use. This seems to hit the balance really well. Plus it seems to blend well, with fair skin, if you don’t get the shade and coverage right you can look too dark and unnatural or look deathly pale. 

One other thing, although it acts as a moisturiser, my skin needs more than that so I will continue to use my normal moisturiser underneath.

 I’ve only tried it for a day so I will let you know very soon how it works out and if you use them I’d really love to know what you think of them


Simple Daily Deep Cleanse

We all do it, most of us anyway. We  quickly wipe off make up in the evening and fall into bed, and in the morning just wipe or wash our faces. It’s not always enough to get our skin really clean. Make-up, sweat, pollution and sun tan lotion clog up pores and make our skin look dingy and encourage blackheads and spots.

If this seems like you try this simple deep cleanse at home. All you need is a couple of minutes, a bottle of cleansing milk, some hot water, and a cloth or a flannel.

  • Apply cleanser all over your skin fairly generously. Wipe off with a cloth wrung out in warm/hot water.
  • Apply another layer of cleanser and massage lightly with upward strokes with the flats of your fingers and then rub in little circles with finger tips. Do this for up to a minute and don’t forget to include your neck.
  • Rinse out the cloth again in pleasantly hot water. Lay it flat over the upper part of your face and relax for about 20 seconds. Wash it out again in more hot water and rest it over the lower part of your face and neck.
  • Repeat once.
  • Wring out the cloth again and gently wipe all over several times, rinsing out as you go until your skin feels smooth and free of cleanser.
  • Finish with a cool rinse of water and tone.
  • Carry on with moisturiser.

I hope you enjoy this super simple deep cleanse. 

Natural Beauty with Olive Oil

Question from a reader…

Can I use olive oil as a moisturiser? It’s cheap and is good to eat so I thought it would be good to put on my skin.

The simple answer is yes you can. As a moisturiser on your face it can be fantastic!


  •  Olive oil is natural, free from chemicals and like other fresh natural oils is packed with anti oxidants,(especially extra virgin) such as vitamin A and E which fight free radicals and damage caused by a polluted atmosphere and smoking etc.
  • It’s a product that we all have access to, and as you need to use very little it should last pretty well.
  • It has no chemicals or preservatives which these days we are all becoming far more aware of.

When you use Olive oil on your skin always stick to good quality extra virgin oil.  

To use; 
  • Apply it gently to your face and neck after you have cleansed your skin in the evening. Leave your skin damp with water or toner. Put a few drops on the palms of your hands to warm it then massage in gently. If you like, you can add a very small drop of an essential oil. (always check for contraindications)
  • Around the eyes; A very small drop on damp cotton wool can be helpful with stubborn or waterproof eye make up.
  • Lips; very useful to remove the lipsticks that stain the lips
  • Cuticles; rub in a little to your nails after you have massaged  your face at night to keep cuticles soft and moisturised.

If you use this or have any other tips to share with other girls looking for natural treatments or products on a budget then do share them in the comments



10 Simple Tips for Decluttering Your Make up.

This is something that most of us have done, constantly opening the makeup bag or drawer and searching for that one eyeliner and lipstick that we reach for. But the things that we are pushing out of the way are items that if we thought about it, we wouldn’t have. Why not? Because we know they don’t look good, they don’t fill us with confidence, so they sit there, getting in the way.

This is something that I’ve done with clients, unsure of what suits them, not confident enough to throw away things that cost £20 or £30. Uncertain if they should buy anything new, unwilling to make a mistake and not clear on what they want the make up to do for them. I’ve done it myself, keeping gorgeous lipsticks and foundations in some vague thought that one day they would suit me. Until I reached a decision to get rid of everything that I didn’t like.

1.       Get all makeup out. Search everywhere, every last handbag and drawer, not forgetting the makeup bag.

2.       Ask yourself, when do I use make up? Do you go to The Rocky Horror Picture Show? Fancy dress parties? Cross dress? If no, then the extreme makeup can go. Anything too magenta, purple or vampirish, chuck!  Most of us fall into the categories of work, social and glamming up for parties and nights out, (but as I do go the Rocky Horror, I keep some very scary make up).

3.       Put to one side all the things that you have worn over and over and when you use them, you know you look really good. That perfect lipstick, the lavender pencil, exactly the right thickness mascara. You’ll want to keep these handy.

4.       Now, sort through and check the rest, my pet hates are; mascaras that are dried up, black pencils that barely work, and lipsticks that feel too dry (I prefer gooey ones but that’s just me), eye shadows that give me the appearance of a bad hangover.  The things that don’t function, chuck them out now. BUT, be bold, if you aren’t sure have a go at trying it out. Sometimes something that looks unlikely, can actually work when its on you!

5.       So now you have (probably) 3 piles. A small pile of tried and tested, a pile to throw away, and some that you’re not sure of.  Run through the not sure things, just pop them on, if your teeth look yellow, or the foundation is just the wrong colour, just give yourself a break and let it go. Make a gift on anything that’s new or barely used or if that’s not possible, throw away.

6.       Some things you still  might not be certain of, keep them and experiment with them in the next few weeks.

7.       Throw your makeup bag in the wash.

8.       Wipe everything you’re keeping with a clean, damp cloth and sharpen the pencils.

9.       Put it all in the bag and admire how clean it looks, enjoy the fact that that is a little bag that does its job.

10.   Be bold and enjoy using what you’ve kept.

As William Morris almost said, “Have nothing in your makeup bag that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful”   

Declutter your Skincare

Declutter your skincare.

                              Make a small change today to making your skincare routine  simple and efficient.

Keep  things that you really adore and that work well for you, and learn to chuck out the things that are just taking up space in your bathroom shelves. The clutter and confusion that having far too many products around is counter productive and causes wasted time in the morning and evening.  You constantly pick up the same bottle each night to take off your mascara and once it doesn’t work, you switch to another.

We all do it, we get a new “super product” and the hype is so fantastic we can’t wait to try it out. Then   it doesn’t work and the fact that it cost so much money stops us from doing the sensible thing and letting go.

So make a start to free yourself up from all that.

Get out all the bottles, pots and jars that you have. Search the bedroom drawers and the baskets in the bathroom to find all the little pots you’ve hidden away. Gather them all together and see what you’ve got.

Discard all the ones that you never really liked, that don’t  smell good anymore, products that didn’t seem to work,  and anything with a half inch of product left that has been in the cupboard for a year. Anything almost new that you don’t really like, either throw away or make a gift of it to another friend, (they won’t mind they’ll be delighted).  Don’t stop at cleansers, go through the exfoliators,  body lotions and eye creams. Put everything that’s not wanted in a bag or the bin or by the front door to take out next time you go.

See what you’ve got left.

If you’ve got a couple of everything, pick  one you will start with, and put it where you will use it immediately. All the rest put in one place, nice and clean naturally on a shelf or in a drawer.

You might find at this point that there is a gap in what you have, so you can write it on your  shopping list or even just enjoy not having it for a while and the time that it gives you.

Clearing out the old like this sets you off to a good start with spring cleaning your products, helps to stop you getting stale and clears much needed space in the bathroom drawers.

Congratulate yourself, and appreciate  the beauty of just a few  products that work, and love your clearer,  emptier shelves.