So, Mummy Snooks has been using the No7 Lift& Luminate skincare range for two and a half weeks now so its time for a mid month update and skincare questions answered by Dermatologist Dr Mike Bell.
Firstly, lets take a look at the ‘before’ photograph and compare it with a picture I took of Mummy Snooks this morning -
(Please note she has a little cold and is feeling sorry for herself, which is why she is looking rather sad in the above ‘after’ photograph)
The first thing I notice is how much more even her skin tone is now. Her cheeks aren’t as pink and her eye bags are much less defined. We have also both noticed how much more ‘plump’ her face is – her bags are less hollow and her skin looks as if its had a big moisture drink. She hasn’t noticed a difference in her fine lines as of yet (although she hardly has any), but there are still two more weeks left of the trial to see a difference.
Mummy Snooks’ favourite product in the range so far is the Day cream. It has the most perfect texture and thickness to wear daily under makeup and contains an SPF15 which protects her skin daily from sun damage. This moisturizer smells divine and feels luxurious, with the heavy glass packaging and milky white look. This day cream also has a slight (hardly noticeable) shimmer which adds to the illumination of the face after applying and makes skin look dazzling when worn with concealer/foundation.
My Mum and I brainstormed a few of our un-answered skincare questions to ask Dr Mike Bell and the answers from him are below – plus your skincare questions answered.
Q - What's the best way to eliminate dark circles under the eyes and what's the best way to prevent them?
A - There are a variety of ways to eliminate dark circles under the eye, including quick fixes such as pacing frozen spoon on the eye lids or simply getting a good night’s sleep. They are believed to be caused by a combination of poor circulation under the eyes and leaky blood vessels, which are much more noticeable due to thin, delicate skin.
Very gentle massage of the under-eye area with a like No7 Lift & Luminate Eye Cream with light reflecting particles to help camouflage and peptides to help strengthen the skin over time will reduce puffiness and the appearance of dark circles with consistent use.
- Make sure that you do get a good night’s sleep and stay chilled. This will improve overall complexion; stress diverts blood to vital organs leaving you with a paler skin complexion and more noticeable dark circles
- Avoid rubbing the eyes which may damage the small undereye blood vessels, making them more leaky.
- Use an eye cream to moisturise and help strengthen the skin, making it more resistant to trauma
Q - What is the best way of achieving blackhead free skin? What's the best type of cleanser to use? What should you really do about blackheads - squeeze them out or leave them?
A - The key to reducing blackheads in the skin is a long-term consistent skincare routine. Cleanse well once daily, perhaps with No7 Gentle Foaming Cleanser, and exfoliate with a gentle exfoliator like No7 Microdermabrasion Exfoliator. Additionally avoid oil-based make-up as these can contribute to the build up of oil. Squeezing blackheads could cause scarring or actually push the impurities deeper into the pore, try steaming your face over a bowl of hot water to draw the impurities to the surface of the skin and cleanse well afterward.
Q - Should you change your skin care products, as you get older?
A - Absolutely – as we age, the skin changes too and requires different things. This is why No7 has become the first brand to clearly segment our anti-ageing skincare ranges by age. For example a 25-35 year old should use No7 Protect & Perfect, compared to a 45-60 year old who would use No7 Lift & Luminate. Each of the No7 ranges has been designed to target the key concerns of the specific life stage they are targeted at; their textures have similarly been optimized to give the best pleasure in use.
The third and final post in this skincare challenge will include the results of the month long trial, reviews of the three products and what I think!
You can buy the Lift & Luminate range in Boots stores, in online at this link.
Can you see a difference in her face? Have you got any tips to prevent eye bags?
(Please note that this is a sponsored post!)