Missed our Wednesday Lunch Club with M&B’s consultant beauty editor Lisa? Don’t worry. You can read all of the expert advice she shared here
Every week at Mother&Baby we bring you the Wednesday Lunch Club – a chance to get brilliant advice for your parenting questions from a top expert.
This week, M&B’s consultant beauty editor Lisa Durant was on standby to answer questions.
With over 10 years of experience at top publications, Lisa’s also mum to Luca, two, and knows first-hand how tough juggling work , parenthood and looking good can be.
If you missed the chat, here’s what happened…
Q: I am 41 and since having my little girl, now two, my already sensitive skin has become super reactive. I am allergic to rose oil so avoid anything with that in, but have also become allergic to my normal face cream. My skin comes out in huge red blotches. I've been using a tiny amount of body moisturiser for healing skin, but it's only softening the skin and not lifting and doing all the other stuff my other one did.
Lisa: I'm sorry your skin is giving you a hard time! Your skin can change dramatically once you have children – lack of sleep, changing hormones, possible change in diet, can all affect it. I wouldn't recommend using a body-specific moisturiser for your face, as the skin on your face is generally more delicate.
You may find a gentle range, such as Weleda's Almond Soothing range helps. I love the Calendula Ointment for all kinds of skin flare-ups, burns, rashes and eczema on myself and my son. I couldn't be without it.
Q: I have a super busy job and three kids. Can you suggest some quick fix products for the mornings/evenings? Thanks so much!
Lisa: Anything that double-duties is a winner when you're trying to run out the door in the morning.
Anything that double-duties is a winner when you're trying to run out the door in the morning
A BB cream or tinted moisturiser (Charlotte Tilbury's Wonderglow is a recent fave) evens out skin, hydrates and doesn't need tonnes of blending. You can even build up a little more under eyes or over red/dark areas if you're too rushed for concealer.
Switch to a mascara that gives instant definition and volume, without clumps, such as Benefit They're Real, and a lip and cheek colour, such as Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge For Lips and Cheeks, to give a flush of colour to your face. And if you don't have time to wash your hair, dry shampoo is a mum's saviour!
Q: My eyebrows seem to have become very thin and hardly have any hair since having a baby. Is there any method or product I can use to encourage hair growth on my eyebrows and make then thicker? They seem to be shorter too. Also what is the best technique for drawing them on? I worry mine don't look natural.
Lisa: I would recommend using a brow strengthening serum, such as RapidBrow, which when used religiously for around eight weeks (you need to be dedicated and patient!) will help thicken brows again. Until then, Smashbox Brow Tech or CK One Brow Pencil & Gel Duo are both super-easy to use for groomed brows.
Brush your brows up and out, then using the pencil, draw short, light strokes to fill in sparse areas. Brush again to blend the colour through. If you're able to get to the salon, a brow pro will tint and shape your brows until they start to grow again.
Q: I've heard a lot about chemical exfoliants. Are these better than the scrubby type and can you recommend any?
Lisa: Chemical exfoliants can actually be a little more gentle than the physical ‘scrubby’ ones.
I’m a big fan of Dermalogica’s Gentle Cream Exfoliant
Just make sure you only leave them on the skin for the recommended time (or a little less if you’re really sensitive or using for the first time).
I’m a big fan of Dermalogica’s Gentle Cream Exfoliant, which contains lactic acid and hydroxyl acid to slough off dead skin cells and leaves skin glowing after the first use.
Q: I'm pregnant and have what appears to be a spot on my nose but I think it's more like a blood vessel. I keep knocking it and it won't stop bleeding. Is there anything I could use to help it?
Lisa: Broken blood vessels are common in pregnancy due to extra blood circulating, which puts pressure on your capillaries. But these usually show beneath the surface, not on top of the skin.
Because you're pregnant, I would recommend checking this out with your doctor, just to be safe.
Q: How important is it to use natural and organic products on my children?
Lisa: It's really a preference issue, but personally I would only use natural, organic or 'nasty-free' products on my son, just for peace of mind. I love Daniel Galvin Junior Kids, Weleda Baby and Burts Bees, as I know they are formulated with gentle ingredients.
If your children have sensitive skin, it may be worth switching to a natural formula and if you're really concerned, consult your doctor or dermatologist.