A recent visit from a pal of mine who tagged me on Facebook in a picture in the most filtered shot ever taken of me it got me thinking about how to filter your face naturally with the use of some really handy products. Blemishes are the main problem that we encounter in the quest for perfect skin so there are a few products that I have recently found to be excellent in the battle against the spots. Dream dots for spots are little overnight paper circles that you apply on the spot once a head appears and voile the following day the size of your spot will have reduced or it will be diminished completely. They are light and comfortable and they peel off very easily the following day.

Biore Heating One Minute Mask give you purified pores in just 1 minute. This purifying mask warms to open pores and draw out deep down dirt, oil and impurities, then cools leaving skin tingly smooth and refreshed. You’re left with smooth, soft skin & naturally purified pores, it contains charcoal which really draws out impurities. Once per week if your skin is problematic will see great results. You can rinse with a cool water afterwards to close pores.

Shiseido Ibuki multi solution gels unique skin-conforming texture adheres well to problem areas, under and over makeup, to deliver effective ingredients. Breakouts, roughness, dryness and the look of visible pores, diminished .To use: Tap finger on gel surface to take up an appropriate amount and spread it over problem area, use as part of your skincare regimen, use as the last step. For use over makeup, dab a small amount lightly onto skin. Currently Shiseido is on promotion in Brown Thmoas when you buy any two products one to be skincare you will receive a great gift with purchase worth over €100.

The eye area for women in particular can be a problem and radiance is a great help for this. Depuffing with cold cucumber is not the only thing you need to do. Garnier perfect blur eye New 5 sec Perfect Blur Eye takes around 5 seconds to apply and due to the optical effect of the light reflectors your wrinkles, crow’s feet and dark circles appear reduced. Day after day, the formula, enriched with haloxyl, leaves your skin feeling ultra-smooth and looking visibly younger. Your make up will glide on like a dream over this as the formula is so lightweight.

Use an illuminating concealer under the eyes one that is easily blended. Rimmel have a great YSL Touche Eclat doppelganger Rimmel Match Perfection Illuminating Concealer adapting concealer. Conceal signs of fatigue. Highlight & Illuminate eye area the soft precision brush is perfect for the delicate under-eye area.

Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Ultra Moisturizing Dark Chocolate and Cherry Lip Balm with SPF will help with dry and chapped lips and will ensure that your lipstick can be applied to perfection. Chapped lips only age the mouth.

Follow these tips and you will not need a filter for your photographs, clever use of a few products will keep your skin clear and perfect and ready for your photo opportunity.

Published in Cork Independent April 2015

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