Holy Grail Beauty Tips For Fair Skin

Sometimes fair skin requires a little extra TLC, especially during the summer when sea salt and exposure to the sun can leave it looking less than perfect.

If you have fair skin, brush-up on your skincare and try some of our tips so it looks amazing all year round.

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Even if the sun isn’t shining, it doesn’t mean that the rays won’t harm your sensitive skin! Make sure your moisturiser and foundation have at least an SPF of 20 added into the formula. Carry some additional product into your handbag if you feel the need to touch-up through the day.

Tip: Use a translucent formula which won’t leave a white, thick caste on your face all day long. This might involve using a lightweight moisturiser underneath your foundation for ultimate protection against the sun.


Wear a wide-brimmed hat if you will be out in direct sunlight. Not only will it protect your scalp against sunburn, but also your decolletage and shoulders from sun damage.

Remember to apply additional sunscreen to your neck and ears since these are painful places to burn.


If your skin is quite light, odds are that it won’t be easy to find a foundation which suits your colour seamlessly. Search for BB creams or light perfecting formulas which are pink-based, lightweight, and will improve the look of your skin. They are also packed with high volumes of SPF to fight against imminent skin damage.

Tip: Most concealers also feature SPF, so apply onto your problem areas and follow up with a moisturiser to hydrate the skin.


Most harsh exfoliators can leave fair skin looking rough, especially if you already suffer from regular red patches or eczema.

Exfoliate in a gentle way by using a flannel and carefully remove the scrub in an upwards motion. This won’t leave your skin red and flakey afterwards, but will remove excess skin and dirt without the additional unpleasantness.


Avoid rinsing your face and body with hot water since it can open your pores and soak in bacteria and grime. Get into the habit of washing your face with cold-lukewarm water which keeps the pores tight and firm.

Tip: Use pore strips a few times a month to open the pores in a safe way (and in concentrated areas of your face such as the forehead and nose).

Razor burn

If you have fair skin, then the hair on your arms and legs is probably blonde or light brown. Rather than shaving and causing any inevitable razor bumps on your fair skin, wax once a month. Not only does this remove the hair from the follicle, but it will be better for your skin in the long run.

If you do suffer from razor burn, cleanse the area with natural aloe vera then rinse with cold water. Apply a nourishing moisturiser over your legs and relax as the pain subsides. Also, never apply fake tan onto skin which is damaged since it can cause a severe allergic reaction.

Brown mascara

Most women with fair skin find that using a traditional black mascara often looks too harsh on their skin tone. Why not switch it up and use a brown formula, instead? It makes your lashes look natural and won’t look too weird if you have little to no makeup on.

Tip: Use a waterproof formula to make your lashes last for longer and wiggle the applicator from root to tip for best coverage and lift.

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March 10, 2015

6 Tips to Beat Teen Breakouts

Over 85% of teenagers are afflicted with acne breakouts, but taking preventative action can hugely help in assisting them to navigate this challenging period of their lives both physically as well as mentally.

Emma Hobson, Education Manager for the International Dermal Institute, shares her expert skincare tips on caring for teenage skin.

1. First thing’s first: develop a routine
Keeping a handle on teen breakouts isn’t easy, especially with so many raging hormones to contend with, however a great deal can be achieved when incorporating a good skin care routine. In order to avert skin problems teens need to use products that are designed for their specific skin concerns, formulated with ingredients that address oiliness, breakouts and congestion, and that contain a high volume of anti inflammatories helping heal the lesions and reduce the incidence of  pigmented scars.

2. The routine needs to be simple but effective
* Be diligent with your cleansing routine both a.m. and p.m. it is as important as brushing your teeth!  The majority of teens don’t cleanse their skin thoroughly enough, good cleansing can help reduce skin congestion.  I’d advise a clay based cleanser, these are fantastic at removing excess skin oil and deep cleansing the skin, and can be used also as a mini masque. Alternatively use a soap free, facial wash that is balanced to the pH of the skin. By cleansing the skin you ensure the skin remains healthy, clean and smooth and you have a fresh ‘palette’ to apply the remainder of your skin care.

* Exfoliation helps keep the skin from becoming congested. Exfoliate 2 to 3 times per week to remove dirt, debris, excess sebum and dead skin and prevent blockages, it will help keep a smooth texture and eradicate the bumps (underlying congestion). Salicylic acid is a fantastic great ingredient to look out for if your prone to blackheads and congestion. It  works by releasing congestion in the follicles. If the skin is free for inflamed spots then you can use a scrub 2 to 3 times a week to keep the skin smooth and clear of debris that said it is important to avoid scrubs if you have sensitive skin as they can irritate or if you have spots as they can spread the infection. Never over0exfoliate, two to three times a week is sufficient. Over exfoliation can sensitise and irritate the skin and cause more breakouts than less!

* A bit of extra help; Try using a topical skin clearing (mattifying) product during the day and or a night time lotion that works hard to decongest the skin whilst you sleep.  Also there are some great sebum clearing masques that you can apply once or twice a week. Often teens think because their skin is so oily they should avoid using a moisturiser…wrong! Use a protective moisturiser that has sebum regulating ingredients and antibacterial ingredients so your skin is protected at the same time as the ingredients get to work on improving the condition of your skin.

* Avoid aggressive products – teens often mistakenly opt for aggressive products that strip the skin of its facial oil – they use toners and lotions that often contain alcohols such as SD alcohol. This will certainly strip the oil BUT it deprives the skin of its needed protection causing it to become more dehydrated and sensitised, but worst of all, doing this actually causes the skin to respond by producing even more oil to compensate! Avoid aggressive oil stripping products at all costs. Instead use an anti-bacterial, oil free, matiffying, lightweight moisturiser designed for oily contested skin that regulates the oil flow and make sure it also contains a sun block  to protect and keep skin hydrated and glowing.

Take a look at Dermalogica’s Clear Start range, a new skin care line for teens and young adults, which includes a really effective cleanser, emergency spot fix and lightweight daytime moisturiser.

3. Teens should become label readers to avoid ingredients in their products that…
* Cause congestion leading to breakouts. Sadly many teen products contain comedogenic ingredients. Look for products that clearly state they are non-comedogenic.

* Free of SD alcohol (found in teen products such as lotions, toners and gels) which can irritate, strip and dry out the skin.

4. Watch their skincare ingredients and what they eat
There are some fantastic ingredients to address the specific needs of a teenage skin these include:

Sebum regulating ingredients such as Nordihydroguaiaretic Acid, Niacinamide, Zinc Gluconate and Sarcosine.

Antibacterial ingredients such as Benzoyl Peroxide, Tea Tree Oil, Zinc Gluconate and Sulphate, Balm Mint and Rosemary Extract, Sulfur.

To reduce oil flow, use an ingredient called Enantia Chlorantha Bark which has a 36% in reduction in pore size,  49% reduction in sebum flow and 55% less skin shine.

Salicylic acid is a great ingredient to assist with skin congestion.

Dietary advice to help assist the skin: Apart from eating a healthy well balanced diet , avoid processed sugars. There is believed to be a link that the consumption of high levels of processed sugars may be a trigger for skin breakouts e.g  milk chocolate. Caroline Caperton, MD, MSPH, senior clinical research fellow in dermatology at the University of Miami states “Some of the ingredients in pure chocolate that might exacerbate acne are caffeine and its cousin theobromine, which is known to have pore-clogging properties.”

Avoid eating too much diary as it is also linked to stimulating increased breakouts.

There is anecdotal evidence to support the theory that a reduced-grain diet may curb acne.

Take a supplement of Zinc which aids skin healing.

5. Don’t squeeze!
Though teens just love to squeeze a spot they absolutely must avoid it. A spot (being an inflamed lesion) is filled with bacteria, and if you squeeze it you can spread the infection, cause damage to the very delicate skin and end up having not only more spots but a scar as a result.

6. Teens vs adults
Teens breakouts are different to adult breakouts. Hormones during puberty are different to the ones secreted through stress, both can lead to increased breakouts but they tend to be in different places on the face and body;

* Acne vulgaris (puberty) can be found on the upper back, chest and particularly on the face where it forms mainly on the ‘plumb’ of the cheeks and the middle of the forehead.  Teen acne unlike adult acne does heal much quicker, hangs around for less and doesn’t scar as badly as when we are adults suffering from acne.

* Menstrual breakouts are usually found around the sides of the chin.

* Stress/adult acne is common on the neck and under the jaw as well running along the hairline of the forehead and more randomly dispersed over the face. Stress acne does not generally have the same severity as acne vulgaris.


November 21, 2013

Hydrating masks put to the test

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Hydrate your skin

We tried and tested 3 hydrating masks to see if they do what they really do. Here is what we discovered:

Now if you think hydrating masks are just for severely dry, sun-damaged skin, then you are sadly mistaken. In truth they are for normal, oily or combination. Beautician Ina says, ? They are for everyone. When your skin suffers from the over-indulgence of late nights, too much drink, exposure to smoke and unbalanced diets, a hydrating mask is really the only thing to sort them out.?

Hope in a Jar by Philosophy

This is gel-like and refreshing mask with Vitamin E, jojoba and soya bean derivatives. This

smells beautiful and does exactly what the name says it does. Your skin will feel soft and plump again. The packaging is slick and cool but we must admit a bottle of this is a little expensive but you won?t be disappointed. Check it out at Hydrating mask

This oil-free gel mask contains moisturising plant extracts, aloe, kelp, lavender and rosewater is perfect for tired, dry and stressed out skin. It is easy to apply and feels nice on your skin. After the application, the gel becomes a thin sheen that can either be removed after 10 minutes with a gentle swipe or left on overnight. If you leave it on overnight we can assure you your skin will feel fantastic. Head straight to the nearest Aveda store near you.

Lush facial masks

Lush products are fab and spooned from stainless steel bowls on ice, like dips at an up-market deli. Our fave is the Wow Wow mask, which is made of deli-fresh ingredients: oats (to soften), marigold (to tone), limeflower and mushrooms (for thread veins). It feels cool and lumpy but the messiness of the mask was off-putting and a bit of an effort to remove. Not such a great mask.


April 9, 2002