After having a professional skin treatment (facial) I seem to break out in pimples. Does that mean I may be allergic to the products used?

It is true that you may see more blemishes after a treatment (cleanse, deep cleanse, steam, serum, massage, mask, etc.) but in most cases, this disturbance is caused by underlying irritations or waste products of the body’s skin brought up to the surface to be dispelled.

They will usually disappear in a couple of days. Please don’t be too quick to assume that pimples are a reaction to the products themselves.

Those who have allergic reactions will, of course, check the ingredients of a product before its purchase.

Pimples may be the result of your diet, not drinking enough water, not removing makeup at night, improper cleansing methods, anxiety, etc. Usually an allergic reaction causes weeping skin, blisters, watering of eyes, coughing or a rash. If you do develop a rash the first time you use a new cosmetic, that would be an example of a primary irritation.

Stop using the cosmetic for approximately three or four days (or until the irritation is gone) and then try it again (one product at a time). If it irritates the skin, I would stop using the cosmetic and try something else.

I have noticed that some cosmetic companies have small ampoules available for “heavy duty” treatment. Are they better to use than creams and why are they so expensive? How often should one use them?

Many cosmetic companies have a treatment line with special creams and small bottles of liquid to increase the skin’s ability to repair itself, to moisturize and help fill in the small lines. The directions will tell how often they are to be used – if not, ask your salesperson.

Some are to be used for a four-to-eight-week period to give the skin a “shock treatment” as these products usually penetrate a little deeper than most creams. There are also other serums/ampoules available (usually through qualified estheticians).

These ingredients are sealed in sterile ampoules in different forms according to their use, nourishing, soothing, firming, hydrating, antiseptic treatment, regenerating etc. These products must always be used on a well-prepared skin so that they can penetrate better.

None of these special ingredients will penetrate if the skin is not properly cleansed, toned, and has had a peeling treatment if it is thick with dead keratized cells. They are expensive because of the specialized ingredients.

I have pale blue eyes and blonde eyelashes. Should I wear a light or dark blue eyeshadow?

To enhance your eyes you may try other colors such as soft brown, heather, apricot, smoky green, and a blue grey. Purples and mauves, and teal may also liven them up. Now available are colored mascaras – teal, copper, plum, navy, etc. Sometimes matching the color of your eyes to the eyeshadow seems to ‘blend’ the look whereas different colors give much more contrast and liven up the eye color.