sods law, the one day that you've got the biggest interview
of your life, or an event you've been planning for six
months, is the very day you wake up with Mount Etna
on your chin!
have an incredible knack for appearing at the worst
possible moment, or nastier still; the dreaded cold-sore!
You could try the 'paper bag over the head trick', but
we've a much better solution.
met 'concealing king' Billy Orr. Billy demonstrated
a makeup master-class on spot victim Laura Carroll.
Laura has experienced a major spot outbreak and needs
to learn some tricks of the trade!
cover a spot, Billy advises:
Treat the area first with some tea tree oil or toner.
This will calm the area down and make it look less oily.
Pat it dry, then apply your makeup.
Apply concealer on top of your foundation using a clean
dry concealer brush. Using your fingers will only transfer
more dirt and oil to your face, making your spots bigger!
Otherwise, mix a small amount of foundation and concealer
on the back of your hand, and apply to the spotty area
using a concealer brush.
Set the concealer using a translucent powder
voila: the spot is concealed!
cover a cold-sore, Billy advises:
Dab a bit of Liquorice Root on the area before applying
makeup and it will dry the area out. Apply the liquid
neat on to the affected area or take 15 drops in a glass
of water three times a day. Available in many health
food shops nation-wide or to order from Naturalife in
Co Wicklow ph: 0404 62444.
Use a lip pencil as close to your own lip colour to
define the outline of your lips.
Use a pink toned concealer on your lips, pick one that
is as close as possible to your bare lip colour.
Then apply a glassy clear lipgloss. This will reflect
the light so that you can't see the nasty cold-sore
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disguise tired eyes:
Saint Laurent were the first to create a product for
tired eyes that really works. Touche Eclat is a light
concealer that contains tiny light diffusing particles.
Applied to the eye area with the soft brush, the eye
area is instantly opened and awakened. Clarins Instant
Light Perfecting Touch follows in a similar pattern
and has great results. Nationwide, cosmetic counters
are bursting with similar products, you will be spoilt
of the best-kept secrets of many make up artists is
a translucent foundation from Shiseido called The Veil.
The lightweight see-through foundation helps makeup
sit delicately on the skin without seeping into the
cracks and fine lines which form with age.
can also be used on its own to give your skin a fresh,
dewy look without altering the colour. Perfect for days
when you really don't need any covering up.
lines and wrinkles:
Correxion is the latest solution for the wrinkle dilemma
use at night when skin is resting and
more receptive to anti wrinkle treatments. Reduce expression
lines and deep wrinkles. Saggy skins feels slightly
tighter and wrinkles are plumped out from within. Can
be used on all the age prone spots on face
feet around eyes, frown lines on forehead and furrows
up Spots and blemishes:
concealer palette is quite possibly the best product
for covering up spots and blemishes. It has three shades
that you can mix to cover every conceivable blemish.
This product is particularly handy as our skin tone
changes from season to season. This is also great if
you have a bruise that needs covering up.
spots and blemishes:
Soucis have come up with a great product called Active
Anti-blemish Gel. Apply to the problem area morning
and evening after cleansing. The active ingredient helps
dry out the spot and clear up bacteria. You can even
use it during the day as it is totally clear - handier
than waltzing around covered in Sudocreme!
Tree oil is another great way to dry-up spots and clean
out bacteria. It is available from most pharmacies and
health food shops in many shapes and forms. However,
use sparingly! Too much at once and it burns like hell!
concealer pencil. This is literally like an eyeliner
pencil except for spots and blemishes. Great cause you
can pinpoint tiny areas rather than covering a small
blemish with a big circle of colour.
is also fab for lining around the lips if you have a
coldsore. It allows you to reshape your lips when they
look swollen. But you don't need to have a coldsore
to use it. Handy for tidying the line around your lip
if you're wearing a dark lipstick that might tend to
bleed outside the edges.
Excessively Dry, Irritated Skin:
Dragon from Naturalife is a great product. A godsend
for anyone who wants to keep their skin in good nick
but seems to come out in a rash at the first sign of
creams. Sea Dragon is a new arrival to the Irish market.
It's an Australian formula made from completely natural,
hypo allergenic ingredients and is gentle on even the
most hypersensitive skin. Available from Naturalife
in Co Wicklow ph: 0404 62444.
use a Toner?
toner is usually the least expensive part of your daily
facial routine, yet it's one of the most important.
It is also the step that is most frequently left out
due to lack of understanding of the benefits that it
provides. A professional toner will provide:
Refreshing light hydration to the face
out porosity of the skin to allow moisturiser to be
more evenly absorbed.
irritation, redness and inflammation (especially soothing
for men after shaving)
the face has been cleansed and exfoliated, a toner should
be applied by spraying directly over the entire face
and throat area. It can also be applied with the fingertips
or a cotton pad.
Multi-active toner €29 suitable for all skin types
Dermalogica Soothing Protection Spray €30 for sensitive
Both available from The Buff Day Spa
Steam or not to Steam?
the cleansing and exfoliating procedure of a professional
facial, steam will often be used. This helps to open
up the pores so that the skin can be cleansed at a deeper
level also allowing extractions to be performed easily.
However, steam should not be used under the following
you have broken capillaries (fine red lines usually
in the cheek area)
you have acneic skin. (steam may help spread infection)
you have a tendancy to redness or blush easily when
nervous. This shows heightened capillary activity, undue
heat in this case could result in broken capillaries
steam your face during your home care regime you could
fill a clean bowl with hot water, add a few drops of
eucalyptus or lemon essential oil for a real treat.
Place your face 30-40 cms over the bowl, cover your
head with a towel ensuring that the towel is big enough
to cover the bowl also (to prevent the steam from escaping).
Remain in this position for 3-5 minutes depending on
the sensitivity of your own skin.
long should I leave in-between facials?
weeks is the norm. However it wouldn't do any harm to
have them as regularly as once every two weeks. Be sure
to build up a good relationship with your therapist
so that they know the history of your skin and treatments/products
that have been used on it. If you have a specific goal
to reach with your skin for example treating acne, or
over sensitised skin or if you are trying to improve
the texture of your skin, your therapist will generally
suggest regular weekly or bi-weekly treatments.
I go for facials regularly is it necessary for me to
keep up the routine at home?
be crazy not too! To keep the great look and feel that
your skin has after visiting your skin care therapist
takes on average 5 minutes, twice a day. Its also the
only way that you are going to achieve consitently good
results with your skin. Not only that, omitting to put
on a moisturiser daily is one way to almost guarantee
prematurely aged skin.
- when to leave well alone?
you get a spot, pimple or black head on your face it
is tempting to pick at it or squeeze it, but before
you do consider the following:
Are my face and hands thoroughly clean? Extracting a
pimple will leave the pore exposed which will let bacteria
from your hands or the surrounding area get into the
pore easily, creating more pimples.
2) If you have acneic skin, infection will spread easily.
Only attempt to extract a pustule (spot) when a white
head has formed and your hands are thoroughly clean.
method for home extraction:
Cleanse both your hands and face
2) Wrap tissue paper around the tips of your index fingers
to reduce the chance of spreading infection.
3) Squeeze gently using the pads of your fingertips,
do not use fingernails as this can damage the skin.
4) Clean the extracted area again before applying a
toner and moisturiser.
Does using expensive products really make a difference?
cost of the product isn't as important as the ingredients
used in it. However, better ingredients and formulas
often are more expensive to produce. There are several
brilliant mid-range products on the market that won't
break the bank. When choosing a skin care range always
ask the help of a qualified Esthetician or Skin Care
Therapist. It is better to buy your product from a spa
or salon where they will be able to give you professional
advise for your specific skin type. Also remember that
the initial outlay for a skin care home regime may be
high but these products all run out at different times
so you should end up only having to replace 1 product
every 4 -5 weeks which will be more affordable in the
long run. Your skin is with you forever, it is worth
making a little early investment in it.
you ever get rid of blackheads?
with oilier skin types generally have larger pores and
therefore are more prone to blackheads. Often they appear
on the nose and in the chin area and occasionally on
the forehead. You cannot change the size of your pores
however, you can greatly diminish the appearance of
blackheads. Obviously cleansing, toning and moisturising
the skin every morning and evening is the first step
towards cleaner, healthier skin. Adding a grainy exfolient
into your routine twice a week will slough off dead
skin cells releasing the trapped dirt and oil within
the pore that causes the black heads. Also use a clay
or mud based pore refining mask in the affected areas
once a week. Adding these 2 steps to your routine will
greatly diminish the appearance of blackheads.
Skin Prep Scrub €29 (exfoliant)
Dermalogica Skin Refining mask €34
I have small white lumps underneath my skin, which
won't come out when I squeeze them. What are they?
are called Milia. Milia are small deposits of sebum
between the follicle and the corneum. They are often
perfectly round in shape and do not have a natural outlet
such as the pore in the case of the blackhead. For this
reason they are difficult to extract by squeezing alone.
They can form for several reasons the most common one
being the association with the use of heavy creams loaded
with emollients for treating dry, dehydrated skin.
salons may suggest lancing the milia with a small sharp
instrument in order to remove it, however if you are
trying to treat milia at home, be warned against lancing
the skin as infection and damage to the surrounding
tissue may occur. The best way to treat milia at home
is regular exfoliation of the affected area. This will
thin the skin covering the milia making them easier
to extract. Also massaging the affected area with small
circular movements will help loosen the milia, sometimes
they can also dissolve when treated in this way.
Why is it that I always get a big spot on my face
before an important engagement? Is there anything I
can do to make it go away more quickly when it does?
are several reasons that spots form on the skin and
one of the most common ones is stress, this is why spots
often appear when we least want them to. A classic example
is on the bride the week of her wedding. There is a
fairly simple explanation for this relationship. Stress
causes the brain to manufacture a hormone that, in turn,
causes the adrenal gland to make more hormones, which
causes an abundance of oil to be produced. The excess
oil will often bind with dirt and bacteria to cause
is not lost. There are several things that we can do
to minimise the appearance of the spot on our big date.
First of all if the spot does not have a white head
do not try to squeeze it. This will only make matters
worse. The surface of the skin will become red and irritated
or even worse form a scab, you may also spread the infection
to surrounding tissue. If the spot does not have a white
head apply a professional spot treatment as soon as
you feel it forming. Dermalogica's Special clearing
booster is a little miracle in a bottle for getting
rid of your unwanted guest. A highly active (5%) Benzoyl
Peroxide Gel helps dry, peel and destroy bacteria in
the follicle. A 65% plant base soothes irritation and
discomfort. The perfect spot/blemish treatment. Apply
sparingly to clean skin using a cotton bud. Do not use
moisturiser under or over. Use twice daily maximum.
€47 available at the Buff Day Spa, 52 South King
you can, make an emergency appointment with your skin
care therapist. Ask them if they have a High Frequency
machine. If they do, ask them if you have any contraindications
to having it performed on you, some of these include
wearing pacemakers or having recent dental fillings.
This is a totally painless procedure which sterilizes
deep within the skin helping to reduce infection usually
overnight. If the spot does have a white head feel free
to extract it using the home extraction procedure above.
Location: The Buff Day Spa, Dublin