Guest Editor Kate Shapland gives you the (real) lowdown on high colour

I’ve been enjoying sifting through Beauty Club members’ mail in my digital postbag and, from your queries, I can see that one of the biggest gripes you have with beauty these days is the lack of unbiased advice. No surprise there.

Well, you have come to the right place ladies, because this is what I’m best at: I’ll tell you what’s worth having (and what’s not), and I’ll always give you a straight answer to a beauty issue.  What’s the point of being a beauty editor if you can’t do that?  Where skin goes, let’s ignore ageing for a minute (believe it or not erasing wrinkles isn’t everyone’s top priority) and look at a problem that I know bothers many of you: high colour.

Sufferers will know that I’m not talking about the latest hot-pick lipstick here.  High colour – when skin has rosacea, which causes skin to flush when exposed to heat, sun, alcohol and stress (life, basically), or broken veins – is a tricky one to treat, and while it’s a good idea to talk to a dermatologist about it initially, it’s also worth checking out certain topicals because they really can help.

One which I continually hear impressive reports on is Elemis Daily Redness Relief.  Why so good?  Well, it appears that this cream’s two hero ingredients – a complex of malt and brown algae polysaccharides – work like magic to reduce the general flushing and broken capillaries that go with rosacea.  Definitely worth a try.

If your skin gets hot and flushed quickly (usually on face, neck and chest), keep a facial spritz like Givenchy Mist Me Gently close by.

Where foundation goes I only have one suggestion (because it was made for you): Bare Escentuals bases.  These mineral bases are brilliant at covering redness and not further inflaming sensitive skin.  In particular I like Bare Escentuals Multi Tasking Minerals, which you dust on with a soft brush; it’s a powder foundation which is so refined it feels like cream when you a dip a finger into it, and completely weightless once on your skin.  It also has a physical sunscreen which, for anyone with sensitive skin prone to high colour is a better option than chemical sunscreens (especially those containing Parsol 1789 and mexoryl) because rather than penetrating skin, they sit on top of it like a air-light suit of armour.

Other tips that may seem obvious but I’m going to remind you of them anyway:
•    Cleansing with water that is too hot or too cold – either temperature extremes can make redness, sensitivity and broken veins worse.
•    Harsh topicals: I’m banning you from abrasive scrubs (bin that daily buffing wash and you might find the redness goes away anyway) and acid-based skin smoothers (either cleanser or topical treatments).  Use a soft flannel to gently buff your face a couple of times a week (no more) with a gentle cream cleanser.
•    Anything that dries out your skin – and I include soap and alcohol-based toner in this category.
•    Listening to anyone who tells you a face base with green undertones will take down the colour.  It won’t.

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