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me with the supremely knowledgeable Fiona Brackenbury on the right
It’s not every day you get the chance of personal skin care advice from a top expert – and one credited for giving the gift of glowing skin to the likes of superstar singer, Adele. But last week I was lucky enough to get just that: advice from facialist extraordinaire, Fiona Brackenbury. Some might recognise her from QVC where she is a guest presenter and has been winning legions of fans. But Fiona is also the Head of Training and Education, Treatment Development and product for luxury brand Decléor and has been working in the industry for over 22 years. And even though there are plenty of products to help, Fiona's top skin care tip is one which doesn't cost a thing. Fiona says,
“Massage. We all should be massaging our skin when we cleanse. It's the best thing we can do and it's completely free. I recommend to do this when you're cleansing your skin. Use circular movements and do it for about two minutes. And don't use hot water to rinse because this can damage collage production. We only get one skin so it’s really important to look after it."
Fresh from treating Rita Ora and other celebrities at this year’s BRIT Awards, Fiona was appearing at the MacDonald Inchyra Hotel & Spa. The audience were treated to top tips and skin care advice with Fiona performing a Decléor facial on one lucky model. And afterwards there was the chance to catch up with the Decléor expert for some one-one skin care advice. And I begin by asking her how I can banish spots. Fiona says,
“People rush to take supplements like Omega and Evening Primrose and in actual fact this can cause more spots. I’ve seen incredible responses for people with dry, thirsty skin when people use these supplements as they feed the skin from within. But for someone who is getting breakouts it wouldn’t be very good.
“Exfoliating is another important skincare step. However, it’s important to use the correct type for your skin and if you’re prone to breakouts then a granuley one is a big no no. Because it could aggravate your skin and you’ll get more breakouts. But you do need to exfoliate skin so one like the Decléor Flash Radiance Mask would be ideal. There are no grains in this but you’ve got the papaya enzymes to get rid of the dead skin. And there’s also vitamins and minerals to give nutrition to skin."
And when it comes to skin like mine, Fiona also recommends the Decléor Neroli Balm. It’s a night time treatment and can be used all over the skin and is perfect for those with skin prone to breakouts. That’s because it helps to purify and balance skin and stop spots before they’ve even started. And for ladies who are looking to tackle wrinkles specifically around the eyes, Fiona recommends using an eye serum and an eye cream.
“Pairing up an eye serum and eye cream will really turbo charge your eye cream. It works completely differently, and is more of a fine veil rather than a cream which is richer. And it will penetrate the skin and is rapidly absorbs and will really smooth and iron out the area. The Decléor Serum Hydrotenseur would be perfect for someone looking to tackle fine lines and wrinkles. And paired with Expression De L’Age Relaxing Eye cream would be perfect."
For more of Fiona's skin care tips, watch her on QVC channel and to book yourself in for a Decleor facial contact the MacDonald Inchyra Hotel & Spa on 0844 879 9044. And here's a full run-down of what Fiona reckons are our biggest skin care mistakes and how to tackle them:
• SKIPPING TONING THE SKIN AFTER CLEANSING.
A toner is designed to remove any last traces of make-up, any last residues of cleanser and put the skin in optimum condition to receive the following skin care products.
• APPLYING FACE CREAM AROUND THE EYE AREA INSTEAD OF AN EYE CREAM.
The tissue around the eyes is a 10th of the thickness to that of the face, so needs light formulations that have been specifically formulated for the delicate eye area.
• APPLYING TOO MUCH EYE CREAM AND TOO CLOSE TO THE UPPER AND LOWER LID OF THE EYES.
This can cause adverse puffiness to the area. A rice grain amount is all you need for both eyes.
• NOT RESPECTING THE EYE AREA WHEN REMOVING EYE MAKE-UP.
By dragging and pulling this delicate skin around the eyes with firm contact can damage to the collagen and elastin, causing skin slackness to this area.
• OVER EXFOLIATING THE SKIN.
Ideal recommendation is 1-2 per week with a recommended exfoliator. Also being very heavy handed and overzealous with the use of flannel cloths / muslin cloths. This is very detrimental to an oily skin, as frequent exfoliation stimulates lipid production, however excellent results for a skin that is on the drier side.
• NEVER EXFOLIATING.
From the age of 30yrs your cell renewal slows down, causing the build-up of dead skin cells sitting on the surface - this can cause dull, lifeless skin and limit the absorption of your moisturiser by up to 40%.
• SLEEPING WITH MAKE UP ON.
Your skin is at its most active at night time, repairing, regenerating and synthesising whilst we sleep, with make up on it will block the pores and suffocate the skin, limiting the action. Upon waking your skin will look tired, grey and feel rough to the touch.
• NOT USING A NIGHT TIME PRODUCT.
A lot of people think that whilst we sleep our skin sleeps, but our skin is at its most active at night time and we can support and help all of the night time activity of repairing, regenerating and synthesising with specific ingredients. It is the best time to treat the skin.
• AN OILY SKIN NOT MOISTURISING.
An oily skin often feels that as their skin is already oily they do not want to apply a cream, but every skin needs protection and hydration. Using the correct products designed for an oily skin they can provide this but also with active ingredients to limit oil production and congestion with a matt finish.
• REMOVING A MOISTURE MASK AFTER 10 MINUTES.
Don’t waste the product or result by removing your moisture mask after just 10 minutes, try to keep them on for longer, e.g. whilst doing the house work, relaxing in the bath! Check with your skincare expert, as some moisture masks can even be left on overnight as a real intensive boost for the skin.
• STICKING TO THE SAME ROUTINE.
As the weather changes every 3-4 months, so does our skin! Get your skin looked at every 4 months with season changes, as so much can affect our skin – sun, central heating, air conditioning, bitter cold winds, stress etc. You may be using the wrong cream in the summer months and wonder why your skin looks shiny.