Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Complexion Perfection

Looking for beautiful, youthful skin? The queue is long and the cost can be quite high, unless that is, you've been blessed by the good gene fairy.

If we all want to look stunningly flawless at some point, where do we start?
I've discovered that we all have an interpretation of what great skin looks like but one study cited in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology had something very interesting to say. That is, the singular most important thing that we can do to give an impression of perfection is to reduce uneven skintone. That is removing signs of uneven pigmentation (so not necessarily those lovely freckles ladies) often caused by sun damage, hormonal fluctuations and/or scaring from blemishes.

We are offered countless solutions today, so here's a quick guide to finding one to suit your purse. At the affordable end, there are foundations, concealers and illuminisers that offer light reflecting properties, fuller coverage and colour correction. Some of my personal favourites are MAC Studio Fix Fluid, MAC Strobe Cream, Inglot Creme Foundation and Clinique Superbalanced Makeup. If you're prepared to spend a little more for a longer lasting result, you can venture into the world of laser technology with IPL or combine it with microdermabrasion and/or professional peels.

...but at the risk of sounding like a recording - always remember your daily application of sunscreen.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

If you've been holidaying over the Easter break, chances are you spent a little less time in front of a mirror applying makeup...or did you?

Is it a human failing to want/need to wear makeup all the time? Although I rarely go out the door without some cosmetic applied to my face, if I'm camping I don't (my husband considers it contraband) and I must admit I do feel a bit self conscious for the first day.

For most of us, it's standard procedure to present ourselves in a package fit for work, meetings, socialising etc and makeup is just part of this process. It's nice every now and then to just pull on something comfortable and just relax - and even though my makeup is usually the last thing to go - it's nice sometimes to let this stay at home as well.

One thing I do try to remember is to 'slip, slop, slap'. Some of my favourites are Clinique's Super City Block SPF 30+ and the Cancer Council's Everyday Sunscreen Spray SPF 30+.
But regardless of whether you were as glamorous as ever or enjoying a break from your mascara - I hope you enjoyed your Easter break.