5 Steps to minimise pore size!

So it’s been awhile since my last blog – sorry guys sometimes you just run out of ideas to write about. Whilst brainstorming the other day I had the idea of writing about things I get asked about from clients!!

So I get asked a lot “What can I do about my large pores?”, essentially your pore size is your pore size – it is what it is!


Most commonly found in the T Zone area where you have the most sebaceous glands, the size depends on your skin type and genetics ie if you have oily skin and this run’s in your family then your are likely to have large visible pores. Ageing also plays a part as you naturally lose elasticity so pores become stretched throw in gravity and you then have stretched, saggy skin! You get the picture!!

Then dependant on your cleansing routine, type of make up and how often you wear it and how often you clean your make up brushes will depend on how blocked these enlarged pores get…..

but of course there are things we can do to minimise pore size and get the best from our skin but often it is down to us having a good skincare regime and doing some homework, here are my 5 Top Tips:-


1. Double Cleanse every evening adding in the use of a Clarisonic facial cleansing brush is fantastic for deep cleansing and natural exfoliation.

2. Tone your skin with either cold water or if you have oily skin use a toner that has a little salicylic or glycolic acid these in it as these are natural exfoliators and also mop up bacteria.

3. Clean your brushes weekly – I use a Tea tree anti bacterial hand wash. cheap & cheerful.

4. Invest in a good primer for the skin as these contain silicones and natural light defectors to reflect the light away from the skin creating a smoother appearance.

5. A fantastic investment is a good mineral foundation & blush powder as they a) are better for the skin and b) will counteract the oiliness and stop the pores looking so prominent.

To summarise do your homework, thanks for reading Mary x

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Blueberries – bursting with anti oxidants!!

I was chanel hopping on the TV recently and came across a  programme  on SUPERFOODS and 5 women were given blueberries to eat every day and then tested to see the improvements on their skin with great results so I decided to look into it a bit more and was amazed to learn about the benefits to the skin, they are simply bursting with anti oxidants.

I found that amongst other phyto nutrients they contain vitamin A & C, are full of fibre, low in cholesterol & sodium so whether you suffer from acne, premature aging, broken capillaries or blotchy skin the nutrients in blueberries will help!  Blue berries can increase your circulatory system and also helps to control hormones, avoiding those monthly breakouts in fact helping to keep all systems flowing and regular!

I am starting to believe that if you can make just one change to your diet – then add in blueberries!!!


Vitamin A is great for plumping, normalizing and fading dark spots, can also help to make wrinkles less noticeable. Vitamins C an anti oxidant helps to mop up free radicals it is essential for skin health & collagen production, supports capillary walls & strengthens the blood vessels just below the surface of the skin which also means the stronger the capillaries the more resistant they are to breaking – Vitamin C also builds up your resistance to the sun.

I have found that by adding in blueberries to my porridge in the morning and having a blue berry fruit salad with plain yogurt in the afternoon is working well for me, I get lots of compliments about my skin, I have lost weight (10 lbs), less bloated, more regular – leading to more energy, I buy a large pack at the beginning of the week (you can always freeze them if worried about them going off), make my fruit salad them it is easy to add to any meal!!


they are low in fat and cholesterol (approx. 84 calories per small cup).So leading me to believe that blueberries not only taste good but eating them on a regular basis can lead to a younger fresher looking skin – so go on add them to your diet and enjoy the compliments about YOUR skin!!

Thanks for reading and don’t forget to let me know how you get on, Mary x

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Moving Premises!

So here I am back blogging, change of tack this time as I have just moved business premises!!

So 2 weeks in and OMG!! Love the new premises but feel I must be getting old as found the process exhilarating and exhausting at the same time. But at the grand old age of 52 I grabbed the opportunity to customise my own premises and feel I got exactly what I wanted – Clinical but relaxing at the same time!

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New Redness Relief Primer!!

So if something is working “Why change it”? Is usually what I ask, however my rep gave me a sample of the latest from the Ultra Calming Range the all new Redness Relief Primer!


First thing I noticed is the increase in SpF from 15-20, all good as the Sun is a killer for anyone with redness to their skin or suffer from Rosacea, sun sensitivity.

So what’s it all about?? Comes in a  slim tube with the needle nose tip contains a translucent primer that’s tinted with natural green botanical extracts that treats the skin, counteracts redness, balances skin tone and as an added bonus primes the skin for makeup -all good!

This primer feels amazingly soothing on the skin, thanks in part to Oat Extracts and Oat Kernel Oil, and Dermalogica’s  “UltraCalming™ Complex.”  to calm and heal the skin, it does contain silicones which most primers do and this will help with the silky feel to it, there are no artificial fragrances, colors or parabens, and of course, it’s cruelty free.

Apart from how it feels on the skin, I actually like the greet tint, which tones down redness (remember  the colour wheel at school green counteracts red). The pale green tint is very sheer, once Iapplied the primer onto the skin it disappears just enough to tone down your redness, you can apply with finger tips or a sponge, however I prefer a brush as you lose less product.

Product comes with a plastic slide, how very ingenious is this? Just squeeze it on to the bottom of the tube and it squeezes every last drop of product out for you., amazing!



Will it take away redness – I doubt it but it does tone the skin down very well, has good coverage and feels great. I believe this will turn out to be one of their “HERO” products..

22ml RRP £38.40


Thanks for reading Mary xx

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Dry or Dehydrated Skin?

Amazingly a lot of people don’t know the difference between dry skin & dehydrated skin!!  Winter is a particular challenging time of year as we bounce between cold and heated environments, we wrap up well and stay indoors more.

Dry skin is caused by lack of nutrients (think about scurvy skin), not drinking enough water and a poor diet. The recommended daily allowance (RDA) of vitamins is really a guide and most nutritionists think we should be double that, certainly as far as our essential fatty acids are concerned we should either supplement or eat oily fish 4 times per week. Essential fatty acids moisturize the skin from the inside out – I personally take 2000 mg of a good quality omega 3,6 & 9. I often get asked if Cod liver oil is just as good, so lets reverse it the oil from the liver of a cod!!! I know which one I would rather swallow! There is a massive difference in the quality of vitamins, I liken it to you can buying bread in the supermarket – in one shop a loaf for 20p from another shop £2.20 and we all know the difference is vast, the same goes for your vitamins.


Most skins are dehydrated at one time or another can be something as simple as too much wine or a long haul flight but you need to be aware Dehydrated skin can be more sensitive and reactive; it feels tight and uncomfortable and also shows the signs of ageing more as we lose essential moisture and volume and therefore shows wrinkles more!

We need more Hyaluronic Acid  to naturally occur in the skin. Topical application of Lactic Acid actively increases the amount of Hyaluronic Acid in the epidermis and dermis so that you can retain more of your natural moisture, causing immediate and hydration and volume. My favorite at the moment is the Environ Revival mask a mix of Asiatic, lactic & Mandelic acid scientifically proven to trigger growth factors to rejuvenate & hydrate the skin.


A combination of both these will allow your moisturizer to work much more efficiently and repair barrier function to prevent further water loss.   Go on give it a try and let me know what you think.


Thanks for reading, Mary  x

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3 steps to a New ME!!

ME – well I am going to start with small changes, look at things I can stick with and make choices that can become a way of life. Women are great at ” to do” lists for shopping, house work and work life so why cant we apply this to other parts like a new skincare regime or healthy eating plan etc! I believe you commit to a  plan if you put it on paper, YES this can be broken BUT if you take the time to do some research, take advice and make a plan there is less chance of breaking that commitment!!  Buy a nice pen and note book (Thanks to my hubby for my Mont Blanc pen) this has started a new train of thought for me. and I am already on a roll!!


1. So where do we start? Well there is dry January to think about, thought about it! – Not doing it. Life is too short but what I can do is change from a nightly glass of wine to enjoying a glass when I go out and to save on calories is to change this to a Skinny Bitch (Vodka, soda water and fresh lime), see where I am going cake and eating it – so to speak.


2. Moving onto eating healthy, I am going to plan my own diet for my age group 50+ . One thing I have noticed this year is that when I take the time to write out a meal plan I generally keep to it and this seems to be the best way of sticking to a healthy eating plan and if I want a day off you better believe I am going to have it!!  I am sticking with the 80/20% ratio because as I said life is too short . My diet needs to take in what is good for my skin, of course my skin this is after all my job, my age (52), menopause aahhh and lifestyle, I like going out and being sociable but I also want to look and feel good – like most women these days I want it all!!


3. FINALLY I am a great believer in catching your breath and saying NO! Sometimes to be good to yourself you have to say NO to others!! Some people are very draining they steal your energy and in 2015 People who steal my energy  are banned from my life, I do believe you can have all kinds of different friends, people who enrich your life and people who deplete your energy with all good friendships this has got to be a two way street. So catch your breath and say “Let me think about that and get back to YOU” and allow yourself time to think – before you say YES!!! A good friend will understand time is precious and we don’t always have the time to be there for everybody, Will I be able to stick to this, YES I think so it is all about the head space!!


Watch of 2015! Thanks for reading Mary

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Christmas – Lots of parties = Dull skin

Follow my 6 Top Tips to Keeping YOUR skin looking fresh the Christmas.

So very easy to forget about your skin, Cleansing is such an important part in your routine more so during the festive season. So come on girls even if it is 2 am clean your skin and for extra points drink a large glass of water – The morning after skin will thank you for it!!


My biggest most effective tip– remove your make-up before you go to bed!  Your skin goes to work at night and this gives it a chance to breathe and repair, foundations and blushers can block your pores and can lead breakouts and premature skin ageing.Too tired, too drunk! Use a facial wash & hot mitt to give a quick cleanse to remove make up and at least pop some face oil on the skin for some moisture.

Good skin starts within, your skin is what you eat!!! I know very hard to maintain during the festive season. Start your day with fibre;(Bran flakes& banana or Beans on Brown toast) it will keep you regular and help clear out your system of toxins . Make sure you eat a healthy meal that is high in protein something like chicken & vegetables before heading out. By doing this, you’ll have more energy and will be less likely to be tempted by a late-night kebab on the way home.

Causes skin dehydration and dryness, and dilates the blood vessels in your skin, making it look red and blotchy. Try switching to a skinny bitch!! (vodka, soda water & fresh lime). Great idea is to sneak a glass of water when it is your round at the bar!!

4.The morning after
Too much alcohol, poor diet & not enough sleep all lead to lifeless skin. You need to hit the hydration hard the morning after. Drink a large mug of hot water with lemon  to flush the body of toxins. To combat dehydration of the skin, use an intensive mask my favourite is – Dermalogica AGE Smart™ Multivitamin Power Recovery Masque helps to repair and restore damaged skin, whilst oat kernel is anti-inflammatory moisturising, soothing and calming. Formulated with vitamins A, C, E and F, and panthenol I apply this at night and sleep in it,

multi vit mask

If you’re stressed, it will show in your skin. Stress releases chemicals, such as cortisol and adrenaline, which deplete nutrients, oxygen and blood away from the skin to feed our vital organs, leaving skin looking dull & lifeless.

Try & find time to exercise as this is  a great way of tackling stress, releasing feel-good chemicals that help you to feel calm and in control, so your skin is more likely to behave.

No amount of skin care product can substitute for a good night’s sleep. Lack of it can lead to dark circles and dull lifeless skin. Sleeping allows your skin to rest and rejuvenate itself.

 The cheat’s guide to morning-after skin


  1. Take your omega 3 1000mg, essential fatty acids moisture the skin from the inside out.
  2. Start the day with Hot water & lemon and drink lots of water/herbal tea during the day.
  3. Cleanse at night time use a hot mitt for an easy cleanse, removing make up is a must.
  4. Add in either a hydrating mask (one you can sleep in is a bonus)
  5. Add some facial oil to your usual moisturiser this is a fantastic way of giving your skin a boost of extra hydration
  6. Use eye drops Murine are great to wake up and nourish your eyes.

Hope this helps, thanks for reading Mary

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