Always Use Sunscreen

photo credit Darren Black Make-up Victoria Bond, Hair John MacPherson model Charlotte Pallister @ Select

photo credit Darren Black Make-up Victoria Bond, Hair John MacPherson model Charlotte Pallister @ Select

As I have just returned from a lovely trip to Marrakesh I thought I would talk about sun care. As a pale red head I always wear sun cream even in the winter. I wear a lightweight factor fifty or thirty. It doesn’t have to be sunny to cause harm to the skin. Prolonged time in the sun without protection is the number one cause of ageing and can cause skin cancer. If like me you are pale and interesting I would advise minimal time in the sun make the shade your friend. Just think how young you will look!

I just want to set the record straight about high factors in sun care. A high factor does not prevent you from getting a tan what is does mean is that you can stay in the sun thirty, or fifty times longer. Even if I had skin that tanned well I would still be wearing a high factor such as thirty or fifty. Lets face it who wants to age prematurely.

When choosing a sun cream first of all I go by factor the higher the better then I go for formula. A  lightweight cream is best as it won’t overload the skin and you can put make-up over it if required. When I’m choosing suncreams for work I have to make sure they don’t contain zinc as this can cause flash back. Not the best look for fashion or beauty.

Once you have selected your suncream make sure you apply it regularly if you are on holiday. Even if it says its waterproof I would still be cautious and top up. (In the winter in the UK a morning application to the face is fine.) If you do feel yourself burning get out of the sun or cover up. Its not worth the pain or damage and the skin will more than likely peel rather than go brown!

Six of the best.

1.Bioderma spf 50 high protection fluid £14 Lloyds pharmacy great for the face lightweight just sinks in you don’t know it’s there and it doesn’t cause flash back.

2.Bioderma high protection spray spf 50 £7.49 Europara. Suitable for face and body super light weight as above the spray makes it easy to use on holiday. Its also very cheap!

3. Lancaster satin seen oil spf 30 £24 Debenhams. This is an old fav its great on the body on shoots as it gives a gorgeous gleam. its again lightweight and keeps the skin silky smooth.

4. Nivea sun invisible protection SPF 20 £7.40 Boots. A bit of a lower SPF for you. This is really easy to apply it absorbs straight away and its waterproof. with this SPF its great for English summers.

5. Sunleya global anti-age sun care spf 30 £158 http://www.sisley-paris.com. This is my sun tan lotion of choice. It works really well with my skin. I also tend to use this the Bioderma and Lancaster on shoots abroad. The combination of the three work well.

6. Super soin solaire spf30 ‘Youth Protector’ £83 http://www.sisley-paris.com. This is super lovely and so easy to use. I was able to put this on so quickly before the shoot started. It gave me good protection and I felt moisturised.

Hope this helps VB.xx

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Moisturising – Why it’s important and my recommendations.

Photo credit Lou Denim. Hair and Make-up Victoria Bond. Model Annie Budgen @ Milk.

Photo credit Lou Denim. Hair and Make-up Victoria Bond. Model Annie Budgen @ Milk.

Moisturising is a major part of any skin care routine. It is also key in prepping the base for make-up. You will never be able to get a gorgeous base if you don’t moisturise first. I have already talked about facial oils in another post. I tend to use oils and moisturisers together for maximum effect.

For work I use heavier moisturisers as I am looking to drench the skin and get rid of any dry patches. I am also using the moisturiser to thin out the foundation create highlights and make the skin look real. The foundation sinks into the skin with the moisturiser creating gorgeous seamless skin. I will talk more about foundation in a later post. I do adjust this for different skin types. You can generally feel if the skin require more or less moisture. If it’s sitting on top of the skin tissue of excess do give it time to absorb first. If it still feels tight add more. Get to know your skin although it will behave differently according to time of year, day, hormonal changes, illness, pregnancy.

When it comes to moisturisers as part of a skin care routine I opt for slightly lighter options. Combined with a facial oil I find this works well for most people. Long term overloading of the skin can cause little white spots known as milia. If you do notice you have these it maybe because your moisturiser is too heavy for your skin.

Un-moisturised skin will just become dry and tight and cause premature ageing over time. To get the most out of your moisturiser try to go for  one that also contains an SPF. So not only are you getting lots of loveliness into your skin you are also being protected from the suns harmful rays. I recommend wearing an SPF all year round.

Its kind of obvious what to do with dry skin but oily skin its not so. I have a theory that there is only one skin complaint and that’s dry skin. Its just that skin reacts in different ways to compensate for this. Some skin just becomes dry, tight and patchy but some skin will kick out oil to dry and compensate for the dryness. Thus people with oily skin tend to have dry patches as well. I always recommend treating oily skin as if it was dry it tends to do the trick! Try it let me know how you get on!

Moisturisers I love!

1. Sisleya Global Anti age by Sisley £269 Selfridges. This is the ultimate in luxury and my personal favourite I use this every morning! Its totally super duper its perfect for my skin not too heavy not too light. Smells divine worth the money if you have it!

2. Welda skin food £9.95 feel unique.com. This is what I’m using in my kit at the moment I love it. Its super thick and sorts out any dry skin patches. It makes the most beautiful base for make-up the highlights are fantastic! It’s so cheap it’s a must have! Oh it smells nice too models always ask what it is!!

3. Bioderma sensibio anti redness moisturiser £15 Escentual. This is super light weight so if you are prone to breakouts this could be the one for you. I tend to use this for grooming as it takes redness away which means I can put less base on! Which is much better for men.

4. Dr Hauschka rose day cream £28 Selfridges This is an old favourite of mine and always in my kit. Its made out of oils and lots of lovely ingredients. It nourishes the skin leaves gorgeous highlights and smells Moisture. it now comes in an extra rich formula that would-be perfect for winter!