What your skin really needs - an article from dailymail.co.uk, Liz Earle’s secrets of a fabulous complexion.
My opinion is type written in red
Your complexion should be peachy, plump and bright, but hormonal changes can contribute to problems like blackheads, whiteheads and acne.
Your skin tends to be shiny due to fluctuating hormones exacerbating the production of oil from the sebaceous glands beneath the skin.
The pizza face phase - greasy, juicy, meaty
The basic products you need are a cleanser, toner and daytime moisturiser, plus sun protection if you’re outside or on holiday.
Hello? Sunscreen all the time or the damage would be done, there is something call premature ageing & UV irradiation is the main culprit.
Thorough yet gentle cleansing is essential – even after the wildest night out, when you just want to flop into bed; don’t strip your skin of its natural moisturising oils / barrier.
A minute’s massage with a creamy cleanser ( not soap: it won’t shift oil or oil-based make-up effectively ), wiped off with a clean muslin cloth or flannel, wrung out in warm water, is all you need.
My skin reacted badly to cocoa butter, natural oils can be occlusive can causing eruptions; Abrasive washing technique or any form of over stimulation like rubbing with muslin cloth can worsen skin inflammation or leaving the skin vulnerable.
Wash off the creamy cleanser you use to dissolve your make up or sunscreen with a water activated foaming cleanser.
Toners are useful just after cleansing, to remove any residue and to brighten and refresh the face. For spot-prone, inflamed skin, you could use aloe vera juice, which is healing and soothing: choose a brand that is sold fresh in the refrigerated section of health food stores and keep in the fridge to help preserve its vitamins and enzymes. For oilier skin, mix three parts rose water with one part witch hazel.
Rosewater or Witch Hazel distillate are the best tonic for young skin.
During daytime, follow with a moisturiser based on lightweight but emollient plant oils, such as a mix of coconut and palm oils (look for coco-caprylate/caprate on labels). This mix has very good spreadability, yet non-greasy, almost dry – feel. Also, look for products with added antioxidants, such as betacarotene and vitamin E.
With today’s technology, never settle with something less than a cocktail of powerful, sophisticated antioxidants, emollients & oil absorbants.
Although most teens aspire to look tanned, a safer option is to self-tan.
Pale can be interesting, so as wash off bronzers.
Zap spots with milk of magnesia or lavender or tea tree essential oils dabbed on a cotton bud – or a tiny spot of toothpaste. All these are sebum drying and antiseptic.
I prefer AHA, BHA when it comes to blemish fighting, although milk of magnesia or zinc paste works.
My teenage daughter Lily loves Benefit’s High Beam, a pearly pink liquid which you dot on cheeks and brow bone for a healthy glow.
NARS multiples has a better selection of colour, and the finish is less trashy.
The best eyelash curlers are Shu Uemura: they are expensive, but a good investment – and a great present.
Shu is the best when it comes to curlers, you should experiment with mascaras at this phase of your life, most of the drug store brands will do fine, just remember not to share it with your best pal and replace it every 3 months; go wild with colours if you want.
To subdue shine, try Origins Zero Oil, which blots shine to an instant matt finish without drying, or Body Shop Matte It Face & Lips, which suits all skin types.
Use an oil absorbing, long lasting foundation; this is the only make up item you should splurge on. Armani nude skin, Bobbi Brown oil-free compact & Estee Lauder doublewear lite are my picks.
If you have a breakout, dot on a cream concealer with a (very clean) eyeliner brush, pinpointing the red epicentre – then cover with a fine brushing of translucent powder.
Blotting papers are useful for on-the-spot shine treatments (try MAC or Barbara Daly for Tesco), or simply peel apart a paper tissue.
The best blotting paper is the aeroplane toilet seat cover, I am not joking!
Mineral make-up, which contains skin-healing zinc oxide, sits better on the skin than thick foundation and gives some sun protection. Prescriptives’ All Skin Mineral Foundation SPF15 (a powder) claims to be concealer, base and finisher in one, and is good for hiding teenage blemishes without clogging.
Beware of Bismuth Oxide in those so called mineral make up, choose from a reputable manufacturer, and Prescriptives is closing down by end of the year, stock up before it’s too late.