How do I know which skin care product is for me?

Skin Analysis

A great question from Jessica, a MS-C follower, is the subject for todays post: “Im not sure which skin care is right for me. There are so many to choose from, and so many claims, I am now confused…..”

I agree! So many options and choices, what is the right product for you?

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Is a Moisturiser enough?

beautiful woman hands with cream

My post this week comes from a question one of my followers has sent through:

“My Skin-Coach, my skin care regime is limited to cleansing of an evening and using a light Moisturiser in the morning and again in the evening. I am 32, is this enough?” signed, Jessie

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Telomeres: Our Cellular Timekeepers


There are many speculations in regards to contributors to cell ageing. One of the studied theories is; accelerated ageing may be due to increased telomere shortening – when cells divide around 50 times, they will enter a phase in which they no longer behave as they did when they were younger.

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Traditional Makeup Vs Mineral Makeup

Mineral Makeup

Mineral Makeup

This weeks question is from Michelle:

“Hello MySkin-Coach, can you please tell me what the difference is between main stream makeup and mineral makeup? I am so confused. Thank you”

Dear Michelle,

Thank you for your question. I can understand how confusing you may be with all the marketing hype for makeup.

Main stream makeup may contain many chemicals and fillers including Talc (which interestingly, is a mineral!) These chemicals are ingredients such as; synthetic colours, expanders (increasing the size of the makeup), Talc is a good example of this, also sun screen chemicals and chemical preservatives. Some may even contain fragrances, which have no benefit to the skin, but everyone seems to love the smell of a product!

Mineral makeup on the other hand, usually contains only the pigment which will be listed as Iron Oxides, sun protection ingredients such as Zinc Oxide and true minerals that will sit on the surface of the skin rather than being absorbed into the skin for example: Mica.  Once you add water to a product you must add a preservative therefore, Mineral makeup in its truest form, is a powder  and will not require a preservative.

I hope this clarifies the difference between the two makeup types on the market. Remember, Talc which is not favourable to the skin as it is known as a comedogenic ingredient may be added to some mineral makeup products so ensure you read the label prior to purchasing.

What Mineral Makeup brand is your favourite? I would love to hear from you.


My Skin-Coach



Dry, Irritated Skin: Why?


This weeks blog is an answer to a question that was sent to me privately in hope I could give Mel some guidance to her skin concerns. As you can see by my response, there are many aspects to consider when looking at skin complaints and these can be subject to many determining factors.

 Mel’s question:

 “MySkin-Coach, can you please advise what I should use when I have really dry skin please? It doesn’t matter what I use in my skin care, my skin always feels really dry and at times, irritated.”

 MySkin-Coach response:

 Dear Mel,

 Firstly, Thank you for your question. This seems to be a common concern with many people and it would also depend on many things.

 Where do you live? If it is a very dry & hot climate, or even a very windy, cold climate, the skin may constantly feel dry and often irritated. Obviously good skin care will need to be taken into consideration.

Do you use a Cleanser that foams or lathers? This may be stripping the skins natural barrier, leaving the skin feeling taut and dry.

Do you use a Toner that is alcohol based or has astringent properties? Also possibly removing your barrier.

You may need to use a Moisturiser that will help rebuild your skins barrier. This may mean using a cream and not a milk or lotion as your moisturizer.

Using harsh ingredients too often will also leave the skin feeling irritated and dry, so as a Dermal Health Practitioner, I need to take these into consideration.

 Also, what is your diet like? Not enough consumption of healthy fats, will impair your skin cells membranes and may cause increased dehydration due to the skins barrier not being optimized. Increasing your Omega 3 is going to benefit your skin and assist with minimizing water loss through the upper layers.

 What is your age? This will also make a difference. Ageing can also cause trans epidermal loss and a build up of dead skin cells that leave the skin feeling thicker and looking dull.

 How is your general health? Some medications may effect your skin’s hydration and barrier.

 As you can see, there are many contributing factors to a dry skin and just a couple of scenarios that we have to consider before making a correct diagnosis.

 Your best option is to seek a Skin Care Specialist that truly understands the skin and is qualified to prescribe effective skin care. You may also wish to seek the opinion of a Nutritionist to make some changes with your diet as many skin conditions are triggered by certain foods or chemicals within foods.

 All the very best and once again, thank you.

 DCC/MySkin-Coach x


Omega 3 and Your Skin


Cell membrane Omega 3

Did you know many skin conditions will improve by adding Omega 3 to your daily diet?

So, what are Omega 3 oils?

These oils , that the body is unable to manufacture, are like the traffic lights for your cell membranes. When we ingest adequate amounts, our cell membranes allow waste to leave the cell and nutrients to access  our cells.  Continue reading

Is Benzoyl Peroxide enough to treat acne?


First of all, Happy New Year!

This is not only the first post for 2014 but also the first post for a few months. I haven’t posted since August as I have fallen in love. I have fallen in love with my new Grand Daughter, Delilah. The time I have spent with her is priceless and now as she getting bigger and more active I want to start again with my posts.

Thankyou to all that have been logging on and following previous posts and thank you for all the questions I have received.

So, this brings me to this weeks post, and it comes from Nikki who has been struggling with her acne for three years and has invested in a popular skin care range that contains, as one of its main ingredients; Benzoyl Peroxide.

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Successful Acne Management

Successful Acne Management

Successful Acne Management

One of the most distressing of all skin conditions, is acne. As a teenager, I suffered terribly with an aggressive form of Cystic Acne and was very grateful for the help from a Skin Therapist. Weekly, I had treatments to treat the condition. Fortunately with the greatness of time and science, we can now achieve faster and better results by following these steps: Continue reading

To Tone or not to Tone?

Skin Toners

To Tone or not to Tone?

To Tone or not to Tone

So, what exactly is a ‘Toner’? Well, many cosmetic houses may disagree, but I truly believe that many Toners are not necessary in your everyday skin care regime. There, I have said it! Having said that, there are certainly some toners that may provide your skin with benefits.

I know you now want me to explain exactly what Toners do, and here it is in a nutshell.

‘Toners increase the skins permeability for the next product, which is usually a serum or moisturiser containing active ingredients.”

So that is important, isn’t it? Yes, it is.

Toners essentially remove excess Cleanser (you may want to revisit my previous post on the correct cleanser) and then increase the absorption of your following products.

I use this analogy when explaining to my students:

Think of a sponge, your everyday kitchen sponge. The type that comes in many various colours. Now pour a glass of water on that sponge, ring it out and put it out on the windowsill for a day in sunlight. What happens? It dries out and becomes very crisp to the touch. Now pour a glass of water onto the sponge, does it absorb the water quickly? No, on the contrary, it takes some time to absorb a small amount of water.

Now imagine the same sponge, same amount of water. Keep the moist sponge on the bench and do not let it dry out. Pour a glass of water and now watch at how quickly it absorbs a large amount of the water!

So you see, this is how a Toner works. It keeps the skin moist and increases absorption.

If you are using Serums and Moisturisers that contain active ingredients, these ingredients pass through the skins outer most layers a lot more effectively when the skin is moist. However, today Cosmetic Chemists formulate very effective delivery systems within the Serums and Moisturisers and therefore it could be argued that Toners are not required in a daily skin care regime.

I’ll let you be the decider of this one; personally I do not use a Toner, as I know the products I use have been scientifically formulated to give my skin high doses of actives in the shortest amount of time.

Do you use a Toner? Do you feel it makes a difference to your skin care? I would love to hear your opinions.  DCCx