As awards season reaches fever pitch this weekend in the form of the Oscars, we will delight in the voyeurism of watching the bold and the beautiful grace our television screens against a backdrop of red carpets and camera flashbulbs … but it’s worth remembering as you contemplate the pimple on the end of your nose that even the stars of the silver screen are human, and may well have been considering the same conundrum before leaving the house …
Who has it? Brad Pitt (not that it does anything to detract from his good looks, but it might explain the recent facial fuzz)
What is it? Like most skin conditions, there are multiple causes and strains of acne, but for the most part it is the result of blocked pores and frequently caused by hormone fluctuations, which explains why teenagers suffer, women often have break outs before their cycles, and why it feels like a particular slap in the face when it continues into adulthood – but as an awful lot of us know, it most definitely does.
What helps? As we are talking about an excess of oil and blocked pores, you want to try to reduce pore size and keep skin clean without drying it out (even though there is some sort of Machiavellian pleasure to be taken in feeling as though you have taken industrial strength disinfectants to the offending area – don’t, it’s not a good idea.)
What to try? Dr Hauschka’s Intensive Treatment 02 … designed for those over the age of twenty-five, the twenty-eight day treatment reduces inflammation, refines pores and encourages the skin to regenerate and thus prevent the condition from recurring – phew!
Who has it? LeAnn Rimes
What is it? Thought to start in the immune system, psoriasis is a condition where the skin replacement process speeds up, leading to an abundance of skin cells that build up and form raised areas on the skin which can also be flaky, scaly, red and itchy. Tricky little sucker that it is it does not discriminate against age, gender or bodily geography … charming.
What helps? There isn’t really a definitive cure for psoriasis, but there are products and treatments that can really help – mud rasuls and hydrotherapy treatments come highly recommended as they are hydrating and relaxing, and when it comes to treatments at home, few products are as soothing as aloe vera … proving once again that perhaps Mother Nature knows something we don’t.
What to try? Primavera Organic Aloe Vera Body Oil … deeply moisturising, it helps to strengthen and hydrate the skin, plus it can be used as massage oil – relaxation is a big part of looking after your body you know.
Who has it? Renee Zellweger
What is it? The cause of rosacea is still a bit of a mystery as triggers can vary from one person to the next, but essentially it results in skin across the face appearing red and flushed and sometimes developing acne-like bumps.
What helps? Rosacea sufferers can be particularly susceptible to sun damage, which in turn can trigger flare ups, so a high factor sun screen is recommended (something we should all take heed of anyway), particularly physical blocks utilizing zinc or titanium dioxide as chemical sunscreens may cause irritation.
What to try? Invisible Zinc Environmental Skin Protector SPF30+ … endorsed by the good and the great of Hollywood (Elle Macpherson, Georgia Jagger), the only active ingredient is Zinc Oxide, a mineral reflector found to create a physical, reflective veil on the surface of your skin – and it isn’t water soluble which bodes well for any visits to the beach … actually they don’t just offer the sun screen, they offer an entire artillery of tinted moisturisers, foundations and powders to match!
Who has it? Cameron Diaz
What is it? As you may well know, pores are the tiny holes in your
skin which contain hair follicles and the sebaceous glands which secrete oil and for the most part help to keep the skin healthy. Sometimes however, they can get clogged which makes them more visible – ugh!
What helps? Essentially what you are looking to do is to clean the skin and tighten the pores, and there are lots of treatments and products out there eager to help – that’s industry code for – “you are not alone, loads of people have this problem.”
What to try? Ole Henriksen’s African Red Tea Face Mist for all skin types. Using African red tea to strengthen and soothe the skin, the mandarin and orange extracts work as an astringent to purify without smelling like a disinfectant. At the same time the Panthenol hydrates and nourishes with pro-vitamin B5 … and it is paraben free – and we all like a product to be paraben free, don’t we?
Growing Old Disgracefully
Who is fending it off? Simon Cowell
What is it? We all know what aging looks like when it comes to your skin – in it’s most basic form we are talking about wrinkles. The reason for this is that as the years pass your skin gets a little thinner, a little dryer and cells don’t form and shed as quickly as they once did.
What helps? Well, last week it was reported that the reality TV talent judge is holding back the years by inhaling oxygen (in addition to his previously reported Botox) from a can. Despite the fact that he looks neither remarkably old nor young for his fifty-two years although his peers testify to his glowing skin and sparkling eyes, it is true that oxygen is a key part of keeping skin healthy because it encourages healthy cell renewal and helps to combat the toxins that we encounter on a daily basis … that’ll be why it’s such a major component for life in general then.
What to try? If a cup of tea isn’t quite cutting it at elevenses and you fancy following in the music mogul’s steps, then you can purchase cans of oxygen at the likes of OXYfit … or as there are a lot of brands out there now using oxygen as a key ingredient in their products, you could go down the topical route with something like Oxynergy’s Time Exception Day Cream which claims to stimulate cells, oxygenate the skin and reduce the effects of free radicals, primarily as a result of its Oxygenation factor.
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