Beauty Wars round 2: Team Science

Who wouldn't want to take a very organic leaf out of Girl's character Jessa's book when it comes to beauty?  This season Jessa revealed her ultimate beauty secret: "I just bathed in the stream, and then I ran through the field to dry myself.".

Of course the the idea of wholesome, organic skincare is lovely - all harvesting juniper berries by moonlight and facials from blind Austrian nuns. But unfortunately some of us need a bit more help.

Most of beauty is down to genes, and there’s nothing you can do about that. My mum swears by my Grannie's routine of no face make up and a splash of water and soap before bed. Me on the other hand- far from the War-time generation, I'm part of the Kylie Jen-eration. More is more when it comes to beauty these days. We strobe, we contour, we lip line and most importantly - we want results. When it comes to make-up, I want products that stay put, do some good and don’t smear. We don't have time to put on some Perriwinkle oil and hope for the best. Like everything else we want results and we want them now. 

Because of all my skin problems. I have tried every method under the sun short of Roaccatane. From cider vinegar toner to expensive Dermologica facials (both of which cased severe allergic reasons) I've tried it all.  What I'm trying to say is natural or not, some products are just going to be too harsh on your skin.  

The amount of products available now make it's all too easy to go overboard.  My advice? When trying something new, make it the only new product you try that week. The aim is to improve your skin, not to introduce the same shock tactics you would find in an episode of Homeland. 

 Dr. Kidd, facialist to the Jenner sisters advocates that women should always adopt a simple approach when it comes to their skin. 

'I never want you washing your face with anything abrasive,' she says. 'Not a scrub, not a rotating brush, not a washcloth. You want to treat it very delicately and just wash with your hands. Wash really well with your hands.'

She warns that cloths can be destructive as brushes- and that they can also spread bacteria unless you wash them after every use.

'I often find patients have bought and are using far to many products which makes their skin worse,' she added. 'Keeping it simple and effective is far better for acne.' 

My own dermatologist (a very direct Eastern European lady I was sent to by the NHS) warned me that most products made to target skin problems are nothing more than consumerist puff.

"Half the products on the shelves are made up by the beauty industry, not by scientist" she told me sternly. "I only deal with science."

Her ultimate bug bearer was exfoliators. Rough scrubs will strip away your skin's natural oils, causing reaction or, ironically, more spots. Same with toners, you're skin can address it's own PH balance thanks very much.

"Honestly it's all nonsense," she puffed.

So as with your PH levels, your skincare also needs balance. While it is always nice to think you could #wakeuplikethis after sleeping on a bed of rose petals, I've found that a balance between nature and science is what works for me. I still use the moisturizer prescribed to me by my doctor (Epaderm, it's a godsend) and rely on the Pill to keep my skin in check. But Rosehip oil and Tamanu oil also deserve a special shout out from my dessert dry skin. The greatest mix of all - it's in Elemis. Their range is 'Defined by Nature. Led by Science'. Just how I like it.