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Here we answer your some of your most pressing questions.  So if you’ve got a beauty conundrum, browse any of the categories listed below (or in the column on the left). Click on the category and see if we’ve already come up with a solution. Click on any question (the pink text) and that will reveal the full answer. To use the search box; put double quote marks (inverted commas) around phrases for more accurate results. For example, search for “nail varnish remover”.

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Q. I am 37, and have pale freckled skin on my face, which has gone red and ruddy-looking from sun exposure. I wear a hat as much as possible in the summer, but the colour doesn’t fade in the winter. I have bought a Skin Whitening Cream but will the ingredients make my skin more sensitive to the sun?

A. The first thing is that you really don’t need a skin whitening cream. These products are for hyperpigmentation problems – ie brown patches – but your problem is due to inflammation, linked to your naturally pale skin colour and sensitivity. Your overall plan should be to calm the inflammation with an inside/outside approach…

Q. I suffer from a sun allergy, which seems to be caused by chemicals in certain sunscreens. I wondered if you could recommend a good sunscreen, which would suit my sensitive skin?

A. Our guess is that you’re sensitive to chemical sunscreens, but that you may well get on fine with ‘physical sunblocks’. These use micronised titanium dioxide or zinc oxide, which actually sit ……

Q. In your Beauty Info section on SKINCARE, you say to use two cleansers for combination skin – but how does that work? I have an oily T-zone so am I supposed to use a cleanser for oily skin, and an astringent for oily skin? Is astringent too drying for me – and what do you recommend me to use for my combination skin?

A. Basically, you should use a moisture-rich cleanser on the cheeks, and one targeted at oily skin on the T-Zone. Apply them separately, but remove together. If this is too much faffing ……

Q. I’ve just recently started to use natural organic products and have chosen to use Dr.Organic products, but came across people saying these are a very misleading company. Could you please put my mind to rest and let me know if this is a good honest company as I’ve just spent over £100 on the products. Just before I tried Dr.Organics I tried another product, which severely dried out my rosacea-prone skin, and then gently exfoliated with baking soda as I’d read that was great. It’s dried out my skin even more and wrinkles have appeared in the last few days – and I can’t believe this has happened!

A. First of all we will say: we like the Dr.Organic range. It’s excellent value for money and Jo, in particular, uses several of the products (the Rose and Pomegranate ranges, mostly ……

Q. With the weather trying to warm up I am currently on the hunt for a reasonably priced and effective self-tanner to prepare my pins before unleashing them on the world. The main thing I am looking for is a product that doesn’t have that ‘biscuity’ smell – I have tried a range of products that claim not to smell but with no luck. Is there anything out there that can get me bronzed without smelling like a digestive…?

A.  Probably the least ‘offensive’ we’ve ever tried is the St. Tropez Naturals range, which launched last year. It gives a very realistic effect – great for pale-faces/legs (like Jo), but also …… I’m longing to become a Beauty Bible tester but do you have to live in the UK to do this testing? I am based in Dublin, Ireland. We do have testers from Southern Ireland though we have to use a different delivery service to normal. Simply apply in the usual way. Alas because of the prohibitive costs of ……

Q. I am 77 years of age and would like to know which is the skin range I should use for fine lines and general skin problems. I have used No7 Protect & Perfect range and also tried their Time Delay range. Which do you recommend for my age?

A. Time Delay cream did incredibly well with testers for our first anti-ageing book, Feel Fab Forever (now out of print and superseded by The Anti-Ageing Beauty Bible). Boots messed around with ……

Q. I’m 14 with long hair blonde hair which is naturally curly. I straighten it a lot. I was wondering how ash brown lowlights would look on me? And any other colours, if not ash brown …?

A. Without a webcam, it’s almost impossible to know if this would work for you. If your skin has pinky undertones (i.e. you’re cool-complexioned), ash can look good – but if you’re ……

Q. Will you be publishing another Beauty Bible soon? The original version is sold out all over the place! Also, is there any difference between the UK and USA version of The Anti-ageing Beauty Bible?

A. Stocks of our book The 21st Century Beauty Bible have dwindled almost to the point where it’s out of stock, you’re right. (Though you can still find copies on Amazon of ……

Q. I’m Pakistani in origin, 28 years of age, and looking for a foundation. Most of the foundations I have tried leave me with dry spots, which only become visible after application. Please recommend some foundations which I could try. I am interested in Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation in Warm Ivory; I just haven’t had the time to test it yet. Would this foundation be a good buy? I’m also interested in MAC Studio Sculpt The Gel Foundation. I like medium coverage with a dewy satin finish, rather than a matte look.

A. Our answer is: get thee to a department store! There is really no way that you can choose a foundation from a website – although it can help you take a ……

 

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