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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Face Masks- Six of the best

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

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

I love a face mask, there is nothing I like more than a nice bubble bath, a glass of wine and a moisture mask. I can just feel the goodness soaking into my skin and restoring it’s radiance.

In terms of work I like the Sisley Express Flower gel mask this can hydrate skin in three minutes. If my model has been travelling a lot or has just finished fashion week this can turn their skin around in a short period of time. On set I wouldn’t have time to have models sat around with thirty minute face masks on!

Different masks do different jobs some clear the skin, some add moisture, radiance, heat, cool whatever your requirement is there is probably a mask to cover it. I tend to just use either radiance or moisture masks as thats the boost my skin usually needs.

Masks I love

1. Sisley Express Flower Gel £60 sisley-paris.com I have mentioned this already this mask gives you instant moisture in three minutes. Perfect for those on the the go.

2. Sisley Black Rose Cream £95 sisley-paris.com This is my absolute favourite I tend to sleep in this and let it absorb overnight. When I wake up my skin feels plump and rejuvenated.

3. Darphin Youthful Radiance Camellia Mask £45 darphin.co.uk. This is instant youth in a tube guaranteed to put the glow back in tired dull skin. Another fav!

4. Kiehls Earth Pore Cleansing masque £21.50 kiehls.co.uk. This masque is for those with oily skin. It matitifies  skin and helps to reduce and refine the look of pores.

5. Liz Earle Deep Cleansing Mask £15.75 uk.lizearle.com. This is a clay mask which is great for drawing out any impurities leaving the skin balanced and calm.

6. Avocado from 75p at local supermarkets. Mash up a super ripe avocado and pop it on you face just like a normal face mask. This is a cheap and natural moisture mask!

Exfoliation – My Top Tips and Recommendations.

Photo credit Efi Zachou Hair and Make-up Victoria Bond @ Caren Agency.

Photo credit Efi Zachou Hair and Make-up Victoria Bond @ Caren Agency.

Good skincare is the key to great skin. There are other factors such as diet, exercise and sleep but I will get to that in later posts. What I am trying to do with my blog is give you the basics and build up from there. Basically if you have good skin and eyebrows make-up will look good on you!

Even with regular cleansing the skin will still have a dead skin build up that needs to be swept away by a good quality exfoliator. Not too gentle and not too harsh. I like to use a Darphin exfoliator I find it has the right level of grit for my face. I recommend exfoliating once week to keep skin clear, bright and smooth. It can also help combat fine lines and reduce the size of pores. It also allows any skin care you are using to work as it’s removed all the impurities from the skins surface.

Tips for using Exfoliators

I usually use a fifty pence piece size of the exfoliant and rub it between my palms. I cover my face and neck avoiding the delicate eye area. I use my hands in circular motions all over my face. I usually do this for a few minutes if it starts to hurt you’ve gone too far! Take some time around the nose and chin!

My Top four Exfoliators

1. Darphin Age-Defying Dermabrasion £52 darphin.co.uk. This is my personal favourite that I use every week. It is suitable for sensitive skin due to its creamy formula. But also powerful enough to reduce the look of pores, age spots, discolouration and heliport out wrinkles!

2. Sisley Gentle Facial Buffing Cream £49 sisley-paris.com. This lovely exfoliator is good for all types of skin but again good for those with sensitive skin that might be put off from using an exfoliator. It soothes and softens skin making it ready for a mask or a fake tan.

3. Liz Earle gentle face exfoliator £15.75 uk.lizearle.com. This exfoliator is from the lovely Liz Earle range. Made with jojoba beads this gentle yet effective exfoliator buffs away impurities and dead skin cells. It’s not suitable for sensitive skin!

4. Origins Never A Dull Moment £25 origins.co.uk. I love this exfoliator it’s an old favourite of mine! in fact I had forgotten about it. It’s made with fruit extracts that help brighten and radiate skin! It smells gorgeous and it’s suitable for all skin types.

VB.xx

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!

Facial Oils – My top four for super perfect skin!

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Photography Cameron James Wilson, Styled by Octavia Lilywhite, Hair and Make-up Victoria Bond @ Caren Agency model Rafaelly Xavier @ Zone models

I’m asked on nearly a daily basis how I create the skin in the above image. Well I’m going to give you the answer and its oils. People are frightened of oil as they think it will make their skin oily and cause spots. But I want to dispel that myth. Oil does quite the opposite as the skin is made of oil it finds it easier to absorb and process oil. Thus giving you gorgeous skin. Facial oils also tend to be made of more natural ingredients so much better for us all round.

I always give my models a little facial massage before I apply any make-up. Always work upwards and don’t be afraid to be firm. Skin enjoys being manipulated its this stimulation that gives it a glow. I do this myself twice a day when applying oil morning and night. Yes you can wear it under make-up it has a lovely effect on foundation and I find it’s the only way to get the skin to look real. No heavy cakey make-up on my models!

My top four Oils

1. Nude Pro Genius treatment  oil.I use this everyday on shoots and genius it certainly is. Made from a precise blend of 10 natural plant oils this oil turns around any skin in minutes. It also lasts quite along time due to the pipet. big thumbs up from me!  Available from Space NK £58.

2. Darphin 8-Flower Nectar – I use this oil on myself day and night. Its made from essences of eights precious flowers. The smell is sensational and relaxing especially last thing at night. skin is left supple, plump, radiant and I’m sure it helps keep wrinkles at bay! available online from Darphin.co.uk £94

3. Sisley Black Rose facial Oil– This oil is most suitable for either mature or very dry skin. Again rich in omega three with lots of nourishing properties. The smell is divine and a real treat. It also comes with a 30 day guarantee! It definitely works another favourite! Available at John Lewis £134

4. Decleor Neroli Super Serum – This is a good all rounder and suitable for all skin types but will pep up dull or dry skin. A beautiful smell and easily absorbed another amazing must have! Available online decleor.co.uk £44.

So don’t be scared give it a go let me know how you get on!

Skin Care

Make-up will only look good if your skin is in great condition, this is what I tell all my clients. Good skin care is vital but not the only contributing factor. Drinking lots of water, fresh air, good diet and plenty of sleep will keep you young and fresh. 

The Rules

1. Always remove make-up before bed, the skin needs time to rest and repair and lets face it keeping it on is just plain skanky!!

2. Use a good cleanser – My favorite is Bioderma only available from French pharmacy’s (and ebay) this is a very gentle water like cleanser favoured by Make-up artists and models. It can also be used to correct any make-up mistakes you may make. I also like Ren no.1 purity balm, DHC deep cleansing oil and Liz Earle cleanse and polish.

3. Ex foliate – at least once a week – this gets rid of any dead skin cells prevents pores from becoming blocked and leaves an all round clean feeling. Dermologica microfoliant this is gentle and will suit all skin types.

4. Moisturise – Essential for happy hydrated skin. These creams won’t make you look younger but they will keep your skin supple and make-up ready. I like Darphin and Decleor both are oil based and really work. They also do oils and balms which are lovely at night and can really improve skin in six weeks.

5. Eye Cream – If you are over twenty five an eye cream should also be part of your regime. Remember to use a tiny amount about the size of a grain of rice and pat gently from the inner corner to the outer corner. Using too much eye cream can have the reverse effect and cause ageing so be careful this is a very delicate area. Sublimage by Chanel is expensive but amazing.

6. Face Masks – Just once a week its nice to give your skin a bit of extra help, look at you skin and see what it needs? Is it blemished? try Ren Clear calm anti-blemish mask. Do your Pores need minimising? Try Ren Pore min detox mask.Does it need a quick fix? try Sisley express flower gel face mask this mask nourishes and brightens in three minutes. Now we all have three minutes in a day.

7. Sunscreen – protect your skin even in winter I have a factor 50 on all year round. La Roche Posay do a lovely light fluid for the face in 50 which is great.

8. Don’t forget your lips there’s nothing worse than chapped lips. Keep them kissable with creme de la mer lip balm, Carmex or my fav Lanosil (tit cream).

Stay happy, healthy and abide by the rules and I promise you skin will be amazing in six weeks time!