Month: September 2010

Adult acne? New laser hits the spot

It’s not just the young stars of the Harry Potter movies who’re plagued by zits – a huge number of more mature celebrities are cursed with problematic skin. Kate Moss, Cameron Diaz, Madonna, Uma Thurman, Billie Piper and Victoria Beckham (see pic, left) have all been spotted (sorry) with acne. It’s a common misconception that acne is only for adolescents: adult acne is increasing and a recent study in the US showed that 25 percent of women aged 30-40 years will suffer from the condition.  And it’s not just a female issue – Johnny Depp, Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise and John Cusack aren’t blemish-free either.  ‘It’s a major psychological problem,’ says Tony Chu, professor of dermatology and medical director of the West London Dermatology Centre. ‘People feel they cannot plan their lives as they never know what they will look like. I have had women patients who have cancelled their weddings as the stress made their skin so much worse.’ So is stress the major cause of the spot epidemic?  In a nutshell, yes, says …

Mineral Make-up – foundation’s holy grail?

Finding the perfect foundation is the holy grail of make-up.   Get the wrong shade and you end up looking more ghoulish than groomed.  I’ve wasted a small fortune over the years on products that either turn me Tango-ed or morph me into a bit-part actor from Twilight.  But now I’ve discovered mineral make-up and I’m all aglow.  Mineral make-up isn’t new – if you’re an avid beauty hound you’ll have seen it advertised in the glossies.  But if, like me, you flip over the beauty pages and are allergic to department stores, it probably passed you by.  ‘Mineral make-up is literally made from crushed mined minerals,’ says Sarah Stacey, co-author of The Green Beauty Bible (Kyle Cathie). ‘Titanium dioxide, mica, iron oxides, pearl and even gold.’  She explains that blends of these all-natural minerals and crystals are ‘micro-pulverised’ to form microscopic flat crystals which overlap each other on the skin, allowing ‘skin to breathe and function normally’. The pioneers in the field worked with cosmetic surgeons and dermatologists because, not only was the make-up very …