Beauty 118 - the answers!

29 January 2009

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Welcome, beauty lovers. Beauty 118 – your chance to post your skin, make-up and hair SOS signals for us to solve – is back! Here's last week's beauty problems sorted, so get posting more beauty dilemmas for us to crack on with this week...

Q. Working in an office leaves my skin feeling incredibly dry. Rather than splash out on spa facials, is there anything you'd recommend I could do at home? (I've just had a flashback to cucumber sachets from Boots trying to be grown-up as a teenager!)

A. We know air-conditioned/central-heated office dry skin syndrome all too well and while we've tried slathering everything from mashed avocados to manuka honey on our cheeks, we've found one clear winner. Cold-pressed flaxseed oil is jam-packed full of essential oils to re-hydrate dry, tired skin – plus it contains antioxidants (which help prevent ageing) and anti-inflammatory properties to soothe irritation. Plus when you're done using it on your skin, you can pop it in the fridge and keep it for the ultimate healthy salad dressing!

Q. I have been looking for a really good foundation for a long time with no success. I want something that creates a real dewy, natural effect and makes my skin look plump and fresh. My current foundation seems to wear off quite easily and is blotchy by the end of the day so I need something with staying power as well. Is there anything you can recommend?

A. We're big fans of the dewy look too and our latest find is the new Dior Nude fluid foundation. Not only does it contain an SPF 10 to protect your skin from harmful UV rays, but also mineralised water that treats and hydrates it too. It comes in nine shades – from honey/beige to ivory – but to get the correct one for you, be sure to test it in natural light on your jawline or on the inside of your wrist. Our beauty desk tester, who's been using it for the past two weeks, can confirm that it does indeed withstand the office to evening test and lasts all day and night. (£26.50, http://www.debenhams.com

Q. Can you suggest anything to help reduce broken red veins on my face? I've tried lots of things but not found a really good product that's affordable.

A. The closest we've found to getting the 'laser in a jar' effect is with Skin Doctor's VeinAway Plus cream which works to strengthen the blood capillaries beneath the skin's surface to reduce the appearance of troublesome broken veins. It also lessens skin discolouration so you get a more even all-over tone – voilà! (£19.50; http://www.beautyexpert.co.uk

 


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