Ageing Make Up Mishaps: No 6 – TOO MUCH MAKE UP! TRY THE 5:2 SKIN DIET

Gwen StefaniPoor old celebs and pesky, uncontrollable indoor lighting. I love that Gwen loves make up, but here, it’s not loving her back. I know she needs heavy-duty slap for photographs, but too much make up looks cakey and is just so ageing.

More importantly though, Gwen’s skin is paying the price and desperately needs a breather – in the literal sense.

Enter then, the latest beauty ‘fad’ currently making the media rounds, the 5:2 Skin Diet.

The diet is based on the belief that having just two make up free days a week (as with the traditional 5:2 diet, they can be consecutive or non-consecutive) will drastically improve your skin.

Easy in theory, but not in practise. I’m sure we can all manage one make up free day a week, but two?

I always tell my patients good skin starts from below your foundation. Overuse of make-up without appropriate breaks can accelerate the ageing process by damaging elastin and collagen, resulting in fine lines and ageing. Parabens from make-up accumulate throughout the day within the pores and the outermost layers of the skin – Dr. Esho, Skin Specialist

Taking regular breaks from wearing make-up could be a wise decision, as it will enable your skin to recover and it could reduce the level of irritation caused by wearing make-up over long periods of time – Dr. Noor Almaani, Dermatologist

I do agree that skin needs to breathe, but I firmly believe that gentle, but effective, cleansing is the answer here, particularly for mature skin.

I was very blasé about the much hyped (and much-loved by celebs), Clarisonic cleansing brushes. I was skeptical because I thought, rightly or wrongly, although this is how marketing works, that lots of Clarisonic brushes were gifted to celebrities, beauty editors, bloggers etc and they created an artificial buzz around the product. Plus, I thought the price, from £155.00, was insane – although I happily splashed out £120.00 for my GHDs *aherm*

Then I had the opportunity to trial the Magnitone Face & Body Brush, which is half the price of the Clarisonic. It’s very gentle, even more so on the ‘sensitive’ setting and ideal for mature skin. It didn’t leave my skin squeaky clean, which is actually a good thing, skin stripped of its natural oils soon becomes dehydrated.

What I did notice, is that even though I thought I’d thoroughly removed all my make up, foundation residue was still on the brush (it still happens), and it’s this that has made me a convert. It’s easy to see how a build up of foundation clogs pores, which in turn can lead to spots and acne.

This is the key to a clearer skin – have a make-up free day (but wear sunscreen), and always remove make-up thoroughly using the gentlest method possible.

You can read more about the 5:2 Skin Diet on the Daily Mail Website – although you will have to sift through the usual thinly disguised product placement pitches and endless ‘make-up free’ celeb selfies to get to the good stuff.


    • March 7, 2015 / 9:06 am

      Which is what I said at the beginning of the article.
      These HD cameras are a curse!

    • March 7, 2015 / 9:01 am

      Me too! Music wise, there’s so much to choose from, although my favourite track (for performance and style) is No Doubt’s cover of It’s My Life.

      Beauty wise, Gwen’s look is so iconic that I don’t think she looks like herself when she uses any other lipstick shade apart from her signature bright reds.
      She was just unlucky with the lighting, although her foundation really is too heavy and the colour is just ‘off.’

  1. March 7, 2015 / 7:08 am

    I’ve been thinking about getting a magnitone but not sure if it would be suitable for my sensitive skin. Love that this one has a secondary setting!x

    • March 7, 2015 / 9:04 am

      Hey Rach,
      Just checked and it’s out of stock at Boots – although I’m not surprised at that price, worth waiting for the offer to come round again though – and it will!
      My skin is super sensitive, but it helps that you only use it for a minute at a time, I would never be tempted to use it for longer.
      There’s also a body brush and an exfoliating setting, very useful to prep skin for fake tan or if you want to get rid of an existing one.

  2. March 8, 2015 / 4:54 am

    yeah, I used to use the Clarisonic and it gave me the worst cystic acne. I’ll have to check out Magnitone

    • March 8, 2015 / 1:09 pm

      Not good! Obviously too harsh for your skin.
      As I said the Rach below, use the sensitive setting and stick to a 1 minute routine. There are a few Magnitone ‘systems’ but the Pulsar is the gentlest, plus the brush is very soft.

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