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QUESTIONS & ANSWERS

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How do I make my skin look better?

Sadly there is no magic answer. The first step to having good looking skin is establishing a good skincare regime. Once or twice a day, you should cleanse your face and then apply toner and moisturiser. If you wear makeup or tend to sweat a lot in your daily life (or when you exercise), make sure that you are cleansing your face and thoroughly removing both sweat and makeup.

Also, remember that your skin is part of your body. Keeping your body healthy by drinking water, exercising, eating healthful food and getting enough sleep will have good effects on both your life and the look of your skin. If your problems persist contact your GP or a dermatologist for advise.

What to do when your skincare routine isn't working?

If something isn't working, don't continue blindly - try to fix it or change it!

if your skincare isn't working the first question to ask yourself is whether you have the right skincare regime for your skin type? A regime involves cleansing, toning AND moisturising with some gentle exfoliation thrown into the cycle every few days. Try starting with this routine and seeing if you still have the same problems after a month of use.

Next, how often are you going through your complete skincare routine? If you are doing it once a year or once a month, it probably isn't going to help you much. Routines depend on a person's skin type, but you should really be running through the motions once or twice a day. If you really are running through a complete routine, it is time to consider your products. Were they made for your skin type? If you have sensitive skin look for products that are designed for use on sensitive skin.

If the problems persist, get in touch with your GP or dermatologist. When in doubt, ask a professional!

Can I use the same products on my face as I do on the rest of my body?

All skincare products are designed to be gentle on your skin, but facial skincare products have often been specifically formulated for sensitive skin as facial skin can be more sensitive than the skin on other areas of your body.

Using a cleanser like Pure Active 3 in 1 wash will help your skin feel refreshed and cleansed whilst not leaving feeling dry. You should also follow up with toner and moisturiser after cleansing. The toner can help to remove any lingering dirt or sebum whilst the moisturiser will soothe the feel of, hydrate and nourish your skin with moisture.

Give your face the extra care and attention it deserves!

Does washing your face help to protect against the appearance of spots?

Each step of a complete skincare regime-- cleansing, toning and moisturising as well as occasional exfoliation or the routine that bests suits your skin - serves help to protect your skin from the appearance of imperfections.

Cleansing and exfoliating helps removes impurities and dead skin cells toning helps remove traces of make-up and impurities and moisturising helps keep your skin hydrated.

If your complete skincare routine just doesn't seem to suit your skin you probably want to schedule an appointment with your GP or a dermatologist.

What technique should I use to wash my face?

A good face-washing regime can be taken care of with just a few steps! We recommend:

1. First, use Micellar water its suitable for sensitive eyes to remove excess makeup. 2. Then, wet your face with warm water and a gentle cleanser. 3. Splash your face with cold water then pat your face dry. Don't rub, that can irritate sensitive skin. 4. Apply a toner with cotton balls. 5. Now, finish with some moisturiser.

Mix up your routine occasionally by using exfoliating scrubs and also do a face mask from time to time!

Is it good to exfoliate if you have spots, plimples and blemishes?

Sure, but not all the time. If you over-exfoliate or if you rub too hard, you can actually irritate your skin and you run the risk of making it worse! Exfoliate about once or twice a week to remove dead skin and dirt. It is effective even if you rub very, very gently. When you are finished, pat dry your skin in the same gentle manner.

On normal days, it's much better to stick to a regular cleanser paired with a toner and moisturiser.

If you do moisturise and it seems to irritate your skin, try switching products. If problems persist, go see a GP/ dermatologist as soon as you can to help you figure out a skin routine that works for you.

Clear skin: what should I do to maintain it?

Everyone’s dream is to have a clear, spot free skin. If you are lucky enough to have a clear skin, or if you have achieved this result, you need to maintain it through the right choice of product and a good skin care routine.

It is important to follow the steps below on a daily basis: - Cleanse your skin in the morning - Remove your makeup in the evening, and then cleanse - Moisturise your skin in the morning (before applying your makeup) and in the evening (before going to bed)

Garnier’s Pure Active range can cater for all the steps of you skincare routine.If you stick to a skincare routine that suits your skin type every day, it will help your skin look clearer and your complexion will be to die for!

What is a good method for exfoliating?

Taking good care of your skin involves exfoliating on a regular basis – about once or twice a week – so knowing how to exfoliate is important. The key word is "gentle" and you should avoid exfoliating if your skin is irritated or very sensitive.

You should never, ever scrub your face too hard as this will only be uncomfortable and potentially lead to irritation and imperfections. When using an exfoliating cleanser, work in small, delicate circles, starting in the middle of your face and working outwards.

Make sure you exfoliate your T-zone, cheeks and upper forehead, rinse thoroughly and pat dry with a towel. After exfoliating, always use a moisturizer to help soothe the feel of your skin and keep it well hydrated. You should be exfoliating once or twice a week to help remove of dead skin, excess sebum and any other impurities that might build up and lead to imperfections.

What is a skin moisturiser?

A skin moisturiser is a skincare product that comes in the form a cream. As its name indicates, its main function is to moisturise the upper layer of your skin making it feel softer and more toned.

A moisturiser contains ingredients such as: - Humectant: hold moisture within the skin - Water: main ingredient - Emollients: smooth and lubricate the skin - Soothing agents: soothe the feel of skin

We recommend applying a moisturiser twice a day, at the end of your skincare routine.

Benefits of a facial cleanser

Used every day, as part of your skincare routine, a facial cleanser can improve the appearance of your skin.

Impurities, sebum, makeup residues, pollution particles, etc., can easily build up, clogging the pores of your skin. When this happens, your clogged pores can lead to the formation of imperfections.

A facial cleanser will help clean your skin intensely, helping to remove the substances that can build up.

Used morning and evening, this will help you achieve and maintain a great looking complexion.

Skin cleanser: what is it and what does it do?

A skin cleanser is a skincare product designed to cleanse your skin.

Your skin tends to build up substances such as, sebum, pollution particles, makeup residues, etc. This build up ends up clogging your pores and can lead to the formation of blackheads, imperfections, blemishes, etc.

If you adopt a good daily skincare routine twice a day, using a skin cleanser, you will ensure your skin remains clean, and the appearance of imperfections is reduced.

Exfoliating scrub: how does it help my skin?

An exfoliating scrub, that combines a facial cleanser to micro-beads, is great for your skin if used part as your skincare routine.

An exfoliating scrub supports the action of the facial cleanser you use every day and helps remove unwanted residues that may lead to imperfections.

Using an exfoliating scrub once or twice a week will help boost your skin’s radiance, leaving you with a complexion that looks great.

Facial scrub: what benefits does it bring to my skin?

A facial scrub is a facial cleanser that helps you keep your skin clean.

If used as part of your skincare routine, your facial scrub will the residues that can clog up your pores. Clogged up pores can lead to imperfections, blemishes and spots.

Why do I need to exfoliate?

Gentle exfoliation helps to remove dead skin cells and dirt. This is important because those aforementioned bad guys (dead skin cells and dirt) can conspire with sebum, an oily substance produced by your glands, to block your pores and lead to imperfections.

Beat them to it by buying an exfoliating face wash and working it in general circles across your skin every few days. That said, don't exfoliate too hard or too often. This can have the reverse effect and actually irritate your skin.

How often should I wash my face?

There is no golden rule when it comes to how often to wash your face.

The best thing to do is to use your common sense when it comes to skincare. Washing your face after a workout is always a good idea as this helps to prevent sweat, dirt and impurities clogging your pores and leading to skin imperfections.

It can also be beneficial to cleanse, tone and moisturise once or twice a day to help keep pores clear and to also help hydrate your skin. Anyone who wears makeup on a daily basis should remove it before going to sleep EVERY night to give your skin a rest when you're asleep.

What is a good face washing routine?

Start by cleansing. Next, pat your face dry with a clean towel and apply a toner. When you have finished, apply a moisturiser and sun protection in the morning. Once a week or so, use a gentle exfoliate on your skin. Don't overdo it-- you don't need to rub hard to get all the benefits.

If you are still having trouble with spots, breakouts and bad skin, you should go see your GP or a dermatologist. Medical skin conditions can't be solved with just a face washing routine with normal products.

Quick and easy skincare

Lucky for you, a skincare regime really only requires three steps, making it both fast and easy.

1. Cleanse: First, wash your face with warm water and a good cleanser. 2. Tone: Pat your face dry and apply a toner. 3. Moisturise: The best moisturiser to choose is one that hydrates your skin and has sun protection in it, too!

It really is as simple as that! You can add a few extra treats for your skin like a face mask on the weekend or other days when you have a bit more time but with these three steps, you are already doing what's important to keep your skin looking great!

What skincare products are best for my skin type?

There are about as many variations in skin type as there are people on this planet. Your skin is affected by a whole range of both internal and external factors. A lot, however, depends on your hormones and your genetics.

That said, most skin can be fit more or less into four categories: oily skin, dry skin, normal skin and combination skin (which has a little bit of both oily and normal). Other people include other more specific categories such as blemish prone, wrinkling or ageing skin, sensitive skin, sun-damaged skin. Depending upon which category you fall into, you can orientate yourself towards certain skincare products.

But remember, every skin type is different, so you may have to experiment to find products that really work for you!

- For dry skin: Aim for products that moisturise. Be careful not to overwash your face and try switching to a more gentle cleanser. - For oily skin: You still need to moisturise, just make sure that you are using a moisturiser specially designed for oily. - For combination skin: It sounds tricky, but you may need to use different products on different areas of your face, depending on the skin in that area. There are also combination skin products, which might make things a little easier. In the end, it is all about what works for you! - For normal skin: You still need to do a routine of cleansing, toning and moisturising (alongside daily sun protection).

Oily skin with imperfections: how should it be treated?

Like any other skin type, oily skin requires a good daily skin care routine in order to reduce the looks of imperfections and blemishes.

Choose the Garnier skin care products suited to your skin type, and adopt your skin care routine on a daily basis: - Cleanse your skin in the morning - Remove your make-up in the evening - Moisturise regularly with a moisturiser for oily skin

As Garnier caters for all the skin types out there, you will find just the right product for your skin that will help reduce the appearance of imperfections and improve the look of your complexion.

If addressed properly, oily skin can be as matte and blemish free as any other skin type. And don’t forget that oily skin is less prone to wrinkles!

Blackheads on the nose: how to fight them?

Blackheads, also called open comedones, are wide opened pores filled with dead skin cells, bacteria and sebum (oil). In contact with the air, the top layer of what is contained in the pores turn black, or yellow…giving their name to blackheads.

Blackheads develop on certain parts of the body such as the face and the top of the back. On the face, they tend to concentrate on what is called the T-zone (forehead, nose and chin).

The way to help fight blackheads is to maintain a clean skin. Adopting a skin care routine on a daily basis will help fight dead skin cells, sebum, etc.

Don’t forget that the best way to help fight blackheads is to keep your skin clean!

Mattifying oily skin: how can it be done?

The very first step to mattify an oily skin is adopting a good daily skincare routine, that needs to be carried out ever morning and every evening.

Cleanse your skin in the morning, before applying your makeup, and in the evening, before going to bed. This will avoid the clogging up of your skin’s pores by excess sebum.

Once your skin is clean, use Garnier Pure Active Matte Control Moisturiser. Follow with Pure Active BB Cream for combination to oily skin. A 5-in-1 skincare product that:

- Mattifies the skin - Helps conceal the look of pores and imperfections - Evens the tone and adds glow to the skin - Moisturises - Protects against UV Rays (SPF 20)

Used regularly, this skincare product will perfect the appearance of your skin making it less oily, reducing the look of pores and blemishes while improving its radiance.

What is toner?

Toner is the skincare product that comes after cleanser and before moisturiser... that much you know. But are you still wondering what it exactly is? Keep reading to find out more.

Toner is designed to help clean away any remaining impurities and cleansing products that might still be present on your skin after you wash your face.

So, invest in a toner ASAP if you haven't already!

Moisturising: how does it help my skin?

Regularly moisturising has proven to be very beneficial for you skin, for several reasons:

- Prevents your skin from feeling dry, leaving it feeling comfortable and flexible - Helps your skin feel comfortable, even when exposed to outside aggressions such as the cold, the wind, etc. - Can help reduce the appearance of visible signs of skin ageing - Soothes the feel of your skin if it feels irritated

Every skin is different and has different needs, so it is important to choose a moisturiser suited to your skin type.

The Pure Active range caters for all skin types, ensuring you are using the right moisturiser.

Cleansing gel: what is it?

A facial cleansing gel is a skincare product that is designed to intensely cleanse your skin, helping get rid of build up of substances that may lead to imperfections and blemishes (impurities).

The gel substance is gentle for your skin and is easy to rinse off, leaving the skin feeling fresh and clean.

Used as part of your daily skincare routine, a cleansing gel will maintain the cleanliness of your skin, helping protect against imperfections.

Exfoliating scrub: what is it and what does it do?

An exfoliating scrub is a skincare product that combines a facial cleanser, to cleanse your skin with an exfoliator.

The exfoliation comes from the micro-beads, contained in the cleanser, that act mechanically on the skin while you scrub the cleanser on your skin. They help remove dead surface skin cells and excess sebum.

Exfoliating complements the cleaning action you should undertake every day, which is why we recommend exfoliating once or twice a week. By doing this, your skin’s radiance will be boosted.

Skin toner: what does it bring to my skin?

A skin toner is a skincare product that comes in a liquid form, applied on the skin with a cotton pad or wool.

It's getting rid of any residue such as makeup, pollution particles, excess sebum, etc, which may remain after cleansing.

As its name indicates, a toner leaves your skin feeling toned and “tight” for an incredible sensation of cleanness, vitality and freshness.

As every skin is different, and has different needs, Garnier has developed various toners designed for normal/combination skins, dry skin, sensitive skin, etc. So, whatever your skin type, there is a Garnier toner for you.

Exfoliation: how often should it be done?

Exfoliation should be part of your skincare routine, but doesn’t need to be carried out every day, as the action of your facial cleanser used twice a day keeps your skin clean.

Nevertheless, we recommend exfoliating once or twice a week as the micro-beads’ motion significantly complements the cleansing action of your daily cleanser.

Exfoliation should be carried out once or twice a week, on top of your skincare routine.

Can I pick or squeeze my spots?

No! You really shouldn't. Picking or squeezing spots can lead to scarring.

Moreover, picking is a vicious cycle because it may actually cause more spots. Your dirty hands and nails can spread bacteria to your face and when the spot "pops," the pus that comes out spills a mixture of bacteria, debris and oil onto your skin.

So avoid picking at all costs! If you absolutely have to pop a spot, you should do so in a hygienic manner. Wash your hands and face thoroughly and apply pressure to the white head with gauze. After it pops, make sure to dab on an antiseptic cream, throw away the gauze and wash your hands and face again.

Can you wash your face too much?

Yes, it really is possible to wash your face too often. Washing your face regularly can help to keep your skin clean and help protect against imperfections such as spots and blackheads, using a cleanser on your skin too regularly can cause your skin to become dry. This in turn encourages excess sebum production (the oil on your skin) that can then you guessed it, lead to imperfections.

Washing your face once or twice daily is usually often enough. That said, you should also wash your face after a workout or a swim. Make sure you use a cleanser that is gentle on your skin such as Garnier's Pure Active Deep Pore wash and follow it up if necessary with toner and moisturiser.

Do I need to see a dermatologist about my acne?

Yes if you have any questions or worries about it, don't hesitate to make an appointment with your GP or a dermatologist, a doctor specialised in skin care.

You should definitely go see a doctor if you are getting a lot of painful spots. But even if you don't have major skin problems it's good to be able to ask all of your skincare questions to an expert. Better safe than sorry, as they say!

What is an oily skin?

Oily skin is a skin that produces too much sebum, the skin’s natural oil. This results in a thick shinny skin (mainly on the forehead, the nose and the chin – called the T-Zone) that can be prone to imperfections. The skin’s pores also tend to widen, giving an un-even aspect to the skin’s surface.

There are various factors to oily skin:

- Age factor – puberty is the age the most prone to an oily skin - Hormones - sebaceous glands is hormone-dependent meaning that a change in hormones changes the production of sebum - Stress and anxiety Oily skin can be easily addressed thanks to a good skincare with the right products.

Garnier has developed the Pure Active range that, if used to undertake you daily skincare routine, can significantly improve the appearance of your skin

Oily skin: how to prevent it?

Oily skin is caused by various factors, some of which are more difficult than others to control like your hormone levels.

But, it is easy to help prevent your skin from being too oily thanks to a few easy steps, to do morning and evening, and the right choice of skincare products.

A healthy looking skin starts by a healthy lifestyle: avoid smoking, eat healthy food, exercise regularly, drink water, etc. Being healthy from within will show on your skin.

Another step towards preventing your skin from being or becoming oily is a good daily skincare routine. This will help you get rid of any excess sebum secreted by your skin, thus avoiding the build up of sebum and impurities in your skin’s pores.

Garnier’s Pure Active range is just what you need to look after an oily skin. This tool will assess what your skin’s needs are and recommend the best products for you.

Sensitive skin: what are the most suited products?

Sensitive skin reacts to outside factors, such as the cold, pollution, UV rays, etc., by itching, becoming red, developing rashes…

It is, therefore, important to protect your skin against outside aggressions as much as possible and treat it with gentle products, alcohol and fragrance-free.

It is also important to adapt your skincare routine to your sensitive skin, as being too aggressive will result in reactions.

Prefer gentle products such as cleansing gels, as opposed to facial scrubs, or toners. You should also exfoliate your skin once a week or less if you feel your skin gets irritated.

To protect your skin against outside aggressions, and enhance its feel of elasticity, moisturise morning and evening. You can also moisturise during the day if you feel the need to, when your skin feels tight (due to cold weather for example).

How to care for dryness and dry skin when you have spots?

It may seem like a paradox, but dry skin and spots are pretty common. If you have this issue, you can look for products marketed for people with "combination" skin - which basically means people who have both oily areas and dryness.

Contrary to popular belief, even if you have oily or imperfection prone skin, you still need to be moisturising. When your skin is dehydrated, it can produce more oils. This over-production can make your situation worse.

How do I take care of combination skin with imperfections?

Combination skin means that you have both dry skin and oily skin. Sounds tricky, right. Why me? You may be moaning. Well, it's actually not just you. Many people have combination skin!

Taking care of combination skin is a whole lot easier than it sounds. First of all, some brands market specific products for various skin types, so look for one labelled combination skin. You can also buy several products and use them on different parts of your face. Most people who have combination skin have oily skin around their T-zone. So, you might want to invest in an oil-control moisturiser, like Pure Active Matte Control moisturiser, for that specific part of your face. Use regular moisturiser for your cheeks and forehead!

I have spots and pimples on my cheeks, what can I do?

Blackheads, blemishes and other spots and pimples have a real knack for appearing where they can make themselves most visible, such as on your cheek. If you're cheeks have fallen victim to such things, fear not! There are a few things you can do that can help make things better.

Keeping up a good skincare routine is always a great place to start because taking good care of your skin can help protect against the future appearance of imperfections and marks.

Make sure you choose a gentle cleanser and work in light circles when washing your face. When washing your cheeks, be especially gentle to avoid causing further irritation. Follow up with toner and moisturiser to hydrate your skin and remove any traces of impurities. Even when you have imperfections, it's important to use moisturiser to keep your skin hydrated and enable it to renew itself. Doing all of this once or twice a day can help keep your skin clear.

Patience and willpower are key. Don't pick or pop a spot It's better to simply let it go away in its own time, which is annoying, for sure.

If you're worried about having spots on your cheeks or have any concerns at all about your skin, talk to a GP/ dermatologist for some professional advice.

How to help protecting against spots?

A very important part of skincare is keeping up a good cleansing routine. You should start each day by washing your face and then applying toner, moisturiser and sun protection. Every once and awhile, try out a gentle exfoliate. Never sleep with makeup on your face.

Wash your hands often and try to refrain from touching your face, which can spread dirt, oil and bacteria. This can block your pores and potentially cause imperfections.

Change up your pillowcases often and wash hats and headbands.

You also don't need an emergency skincare situation to make an appointment with your GP or a dermatologist. If you have questions, don't hesitate to call and chat about skincare with an expert.

How can toner help my skin?

It may be part of our daily skincare mantra ("cleanse, tone and moisturise") but toner is much less understood than its sister steps cleanse and moisturise.

Well, toner can help leave your skin feeling fresh before you apply your make-up. Here's why you don't want to skip the middle of the skincare sandwich!

- It refreshes your skin: After cleansing, toner removes any last traces of make-up and impurities as well as cooling the feel of your skin.

- It shrinks the look of pores: Toners which contain astringents, can temporarily close your pores and tighten the feel of your skin, something that can be particularly beneficial to people with oily skin. These types of toners should only be used if you have oily skin.

I have oily skin, do I still have to moisturise?

Even if you have oily skin, you should still moisturise. The oil in your skin is called sebum and is produced by something called the sebaceous gland. If you wash your face with a bar soap or a harsh cleanser and don't apply any moisturiser, your skin will only produce more sebum and then you'll simply find yourself trapped in a vicious, oily cycle.

To avoid this trap, a lot of healthcare professionals suggest staying away from moisturisers and lotions which contain ingredients such as shea butter and petroleum. Instead, try an oil-free moisturiser and products that promote shine control, like Pure Active Matte Control Moisturiser.

How to protect against making imperfections worse?

There are a few things you can do to help protect against making the appearance of imperfections and marks worse.

First of all, avoid touching your face. It's perhaps the easiest way to spread dirt and bacteria from your fingers to your face which can cause blemishes to appear.

Secondly, make sure you moisturise regularly. When your skin dries out, it produces more sebum (the oil on your face) which can mix with dirt & dead skin cells in blocked pores. Drinking plenty of water and using sunscreen can also help keep your skin hydrated and healthy-looking whilst protecting against dryness.

Finally, make sure you remove any make-up before going to sleep (right before you wash your face is always a good idea...) and make sure you get enough sleep! This will help keep you and your skin looking and feeling fresh.

Does popping spots cause scars?

Popping does increase the potential for infection and by spreading bacteria, possibly causing more spots in the surrounding area. Gross but true.

Because of this, it's best to leave spots to disappear in their own time as this significantly reduces the likelihood of scarring caused by excessive picking or, to put it another way, a long-term reminder of the zit you wish you'd never popped...

How can I make my skin better?

Depending on the kind of bad skin - spots, blackheads and other imperfections you may have - there are a few things you can do that could help to improve the look of your skin.

A good skincare routine is always a good place to start. This means cleansing, toning and moisturising your face and neck daily. The cleanser helps to remove any dirt and impurities that can potentially cause spots, the toner helps to tighten the feel of your skin and clean away any last traces of dirt and make-up the cleanser may have missed and finally, the moisturiser soothes the feel of and hydrates your skin. You should also exfoliate using a gentle scrub as often as necessary once or twice a week to remove any dead skin and other impurities; just make sure you work in delicate circle motions to avoid scratching or irritating your skin.

A good skincare regime, however, won't work miracles for everyone so if you think you may have acne or feel at all worried by your skin, don't hesitate to talk to your GP or a dermatologist for specialised advice. Everybody's skin is different, after all!

I have oily skin, do I still need to moisturise?

The answer is yes. That's because you need to keep your skin hydrated so it can continue its normal process of renewal. Try establishing a complete care regime involving a cleanser, a toner and a, certainly, a moisturiser to help protect against the appearance of spots and other oily skin imperfection.

Oily skin: how to get rid of it?

Oily skin is not the end of the world and its appearance can be significantly improved thanks to a good daily skincare routine and the right choice of skincare products and make up. This will not regulate the production of sebum, but it will prevent your skin from accumulating excess sebum that clogs up the skin’s pores.

Daily skincare routine:
- Deep cleanse your skin in the morning, before applying your makeup, and in the evening, before going to bed - Apply a facemask once or twice a week to dry up your skin and tighten you pores - Moisturise your skin before applying makeup and going to bed with a moisturiser specially designed for oily skin

If you stick to your skincare routine, and make sure you are using products designed for oily skin, the appearance of your skin will significantly improve.

How to recognise your skin type

There are 4 different skin types: dry, normal, combination and oily. It is important you know what your skin type is, in order to adapt your skincare routine and choose the skincare products suited to your skin.

Dry skin:

Dry skin comes with tight pores, rough and tight feeling, less elasticity – it is very important to moisturise your skin with a moisturiser for dry skin that will deeply hydrate your skin.

Normal skin:

Normal skin is what everyone aspires to: no or very little imperfections, no sensitivity, great complexion. If you are lucky to have such a skin, it is important you maintain it by deep cleansing and moisturising.

Combination skin:

Combination skin is the most common skin type and associates oily skin in the T-Zone (forehead, nose and chin) to normal/dry skin on the rest of the face. This skin type requires skincare products for combination skin.

Oily skin:

Oily skin often comes with large pores, shine and imperfections. It is very important to deep cleanse twice a day in order to reduce the appearance of imperfections.

How to avoid picking your spots?

First of all, you are not alone. We all get that terrible urge to pick and scratch at spots. But you shouldn't. Excessive picking can actually cause scarring and touching your face too much spreads infection. In theory, you might know that, but even so, keeping yourself from picking is hard.

Here are a few ideas to help you kick the habit.

- Willpower. Ultimately, it's a mind over matter kind of thing. It's not easy to get over the picking habit, but just soldier on and don't get discouraged. You might not be able to quit cold turkey, but slowly, you'll get better.

- Scare tactics. Search acne scars on Google Images to find out what you might be in for if you pick!
- Ask a friend. If you pick unconsciously, ask a close friend to tell you off every time your hands get near your face.
- Cut your nails short. This makes it a lot harder to pick at your skin.
Wear gloves if your habit gets really drastic.

I have spots on my T-zone, what can I do?

First of all, just so you know, your T-zone is the T-shaped region that goes across your eyebrows and down your nose. Do you have imperfections in this region, but your cheeks are clear?

This is actually a common issue because there are a lot of sebum-producing oil glands located under your T-zone (remember that it is sebum combined with dirt and bacteria that blocks pores and can cause imperfections.)

There are a number of different ways to deal with this issue. You can look for products developed to people with combination skin (which means you have both dry and oily patches.) You can also invest in several different products and use them on different parts of your face. For example, try a moisturiser like Pure Active Matte Control moisturiser on your oily T-zone and use a regular moisturiser on the rest of your face.

How do I make my skin look fresher?

Your skin often ends up looking dull when there are dead skin cells left hanging around. This happens to pretty much everyone. Happily, there is an easy solution : gentle exfoliation!

Exfoliation is the removal of surface dry skin cells. Basically, you just need to rub an exfoliate like Pure Active Intensive Daily Exfobrusher gently on your skin in circular motion. Don't rub too hard or you risk to irritate your skin. You also don't need to exfoliate all the time. A couple times a week should make your skin look fresher already.

How to target blackheads?

Targeting blackheads can seem tricky but there are a few things you can do to help target problem area and protect against blackheads in the future.

Start by using a cleanser that is designed to specifically target blackheads. Using a product such as Pure Active Intensive Charcoal Scrub on a daily basis will help wash away dirt, oil and dead skin which can cause blackheads. The exfoliating action helps get rid of dead skin cells which might be blocking pores.

You should also try to avoid touching blackheads. This can transfer oil and bacteria to other parts of your face you may touch afterwards. It's a lot better just to let the Charcoal scrub it's job; you'll feel better about your skin before you know it!

How can I protect against spots and blackheads on my hairline?

There are a few things you can do to help protect against their appearance!

First of all, make sure you cleanse, tone and moisturise right up to your hairline. Neglecting this area can result in excess dirt and oil getting into your pores, which can cause blemishes.

Secondly, try and avoid using hair products such as gel, mousse, hairspray and wax near your hairline as they can cause irritation.

Finally, avoid touching the skin near your hairline. This can spread oil and bacteria from your fingers to your face that can contribute to bad skin.

If you're all worried about having bad skin on your hairline, or anywhere else, don't hesitate to contact your GP or a dermatologist for more specialised advice.

How can I help protect against the appearance of spots and blemishes?

Using a facial cleanser or mild soap twice a day can help protect against the appearance of spots and blemishes. It helps to remove dirt that builds up on your face and neck, reducing the risk of bacteria getting into your pores. Just try and stick to cosmetic products that are labelled "non-comedogenic" because they are designed especially to avoid clogging your pores.

If you have greasy hair, try and tie it up as often as possible because this will help prevent the spread of oil from your hair to your face, something which could cause imperfections.

Finally, try to wash your towels and pillowcases on a hot wash as often as possible. Like with your hair, dirty towels and pillowcases can increase the transfer of bacteria.

How do I minimise the look of marks?

When we say marks, we are talking about the discoloration that you might have after a breakout.

First and foremost, don't pick your spots! We know that the urge is almost irresistible. But scratching, picking and popping can all result in scars, especially if your spots get infected.

According to some experts, keeping your skin well-moisturised is another way to minimize the appearance of marks. It's also good to apply sunscreen in both winter and summer.

However, if you have suffered a serious bout of acne or if you've tried cures and nothing has worked, don't hesitate to go and see your GP or a dermatologist.

What to do about dead skin?

Dead surface skin combined with sebum, the oily substance produced by your glands, can cause your pores to block. Once your pores are blocked, this can lead to spots, pimples and blackheads.

So, what can you do to avoid these icky consequences of dead skin? Use a gentle exfoliator. Scrubbing too hard or too often can irritate your skin. On the other hand, gentle exfoliation every few days can make your skin look that much fresher and get rid of dead skin build-up.

I have greasy skin, do I still need to moisturise?

In a word, yes, you do. It may seem counter-intuitive, but oily skin can also be dry at the same time. Often, this is because products for oily skin can dry out your skin-and, if your skin is dryer, it will try to balance its self by producing more oil creating a vitcious cycle.

It's commonly said that those with oily skin should avoid products that are too heavy: that create a layer to physically prevent moisture escaping from your skin. Unfortunately, this means that they can also trap sebum (naturally produced oils) on your skin.

Instead, try products that are "non-comedogenic," which means- they are developed to help prevent pores from clogging. You can also go for a product that includes sunscreen.

If you feel like your moisturiser is making your skin greasy, consider swapping... or contacting your GP or a dermatologist for a more specialised recommendation.

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