When Grazia Daily met celebrity facialist Anastasia Achilleos, of course we grilled her on her skincare ‘it list’, but we also took the opportunity to ask her your burning questions. Watch our exclusive video above and read her top tips below for the answers from the guru herself...
In your opinion, which are the best natural/organic skincare ranges for troublesome skin?
In the 15 years of being a therapist there are not many natural/organic ranges that have actually been able to make a difference to troublesome/acne skin.
However I found two that really did help and that is because of their powerful ingredients.
Ideally the problem needs to be addressed internally as well. Do you have polycystic ovaries? Is it hereditary? Is there much sugar in the diet? Does your diet contain the optimum nutrition required for healthy skin? These are all questions you should explore as well as looking to your skincare routine.
Product wise choose products that clean but not strip the skin, as troublesome skin is easily irritated. The skin must be rehydrated but without pollutants and toxins (It’s a myth that you need to go for harsh products to mop up oil. This only leads to redress and). Products should be powerful enough to combat shine yet gentle enough to soothe and calm.
The best I found: Kuush Cranberry Range is a powerful antioxidant range loaded with vitamin C which balances, heals and strengthens skin’s immunity. I particularly love Kuush Cranberry moisturiser £103.35 (you only need a pea size amount as it acts like a balm that you gently massage into the skin morning and night. I would also recommend Kuush Detoxifying facial wash £91. Wow! What an amazing cleanser. The rosemary balances sebum production and the macadamia oil nurtures the skin. If you get your cleansing right with troublesome skin then everything can transform. I've seen it countless times.
I’d also recommend Dr Alkaitis therapeutic skin food. Active raw skin care is made in California organically. The products smell good enough to eat. Two products that have helped my clients a lot are: Dr Alkaitis Soothing Gel £36, a great anti inflammatory.
And, Dr Alkaitis replenishing serum: An Aloe Vera based serum with witch hazel and wild chamomile, to hydrate and restore.
Both ranges are available mail order from Home House spa 02076702073
Which facial treatment oil products would you particularly recommend?
My favourite Ila Face Oil for Glowing Radiance £55 (www.ila-spa.com). A superior oil containing rose oil and jasmine harvested organically. It totally hydrates and is suitable for any skin type. Combine with a 2 minute massage for an extra boost.
Are there any gentle massage techniques that can reduce under-eye darkness?
Here’s my fool proof DYI eye massage for you to try: Apply enough product so that your fingers slip easily around your eye socket and then make 3 anti clockwise circles and 3 clockwise circles as close to the eyelashes as possible above and below. This will de-puff eyes and boost circulation to combat dark circles.
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