Winter beauty special: how to get great skin The fabulous Issidora, a make-up artist to the stars, knows the secret to great, luminous skin, despite the irritations winter weather can bring. Here she shares some top tips on how to look fab the vintage way. Many strive to achieve their ideal of beauty with the help of make-up, surgery, tucks, tweaks and injections, but this approach can fall short of expectations. The sirens of the silver screen epitomised grace, beauty and elegance, and did so without ever having perfectly proportionate features, perfect hair, or button noses. Of course, they had great make up, but more importantly, they knew that their true beauty came from within, from knowing, loving and accepting themselves. And that is, as simple as it may sound, the great secret of beauty. For many, the journey to beauty is long and complicated and it starts with the simplest thing, learning to take care of your skin. Your skin is your biggest organ, and your face is constantly exposed to a number of damaging factors. Apart from wind and rain, there’s a plethora of bacteria, pollution, UV and daily grime to withstand. The rest of your skin is mostly covered up, so the skin on your face really deserves some special care. The state of your skin can easily give away a lot about your diet, or general well being. The good news is that there is a lot you can do about it. My own mother for example is, unfortunately, a smoker of 40 years, yet her skin looks fabulous. Not a wrinkle! Admittedly, genes have something to do with it (and I thank her for them), but that’s not everything. Like generations of mothers and daughters she has taught me many things about taking care of my skin and I shall share these with you. 10 Responses Celina May 7th, 2009 WOW…Issidora has done my makeup and eyebrows a few times, and has told me about the yogurt thing and I was a bit dubious at first, but i though what da heck and tried it…My skin is now like a baby’s bottom! DEAD cheap and SOOO effective! Hannah May 9th, 2009 What is a facial loofah? I don’t think I have ever seen such a thing! What do they look like? Lena May 11th, 2009 Hi Hannah, Body Shop sells them: http://www.thebodyshop.co.uk/_en/_gb/search/search.aspx?Search=loofah&orderdesc=true They look like sponges. Sugar Mamie September 17th, 2009 Hi I hope this isn’t a stupid question…. What’s the temperature of the yogurt supposed to be? Should it be applied straight out of the freezer or at room temperature? Regina September 20th, 2009 If you put yogurt in the freezer you won’t be able to use it, so keep it in the fridge and you can use it any time and as many times as you like. It’s a natural product. Room temperature is ok too, but it is better for the probiotics to be kept in the cold and dark environment…plus it’s sooo refreshing when you put it on cold…and it reduces puffiness too…and you don’t have to avoid the eye area…I put it ALL OVER my face, eyelids and lips! hope this helps. I go to Issi myself, she’s the queen of great skin. back to basics kinda gal. She’s nearly 40 and has NO wrinkles! Sugar Mamie September 21st, 2009 I’m sorry I meant to say the FRIDGE, nobody keeps iogurts in the FREEZER. ahaha, I’m sorry, I mixed up the words! I’ll try to do this, I have terrible skin, I hope this helps me out! Brandi January 4th, 2010 Wow that sounds really amazing. This 20 degrees F weather lately has been wrecking me. I may have to try this! stephany January 5th, 2010 mmmm dose strawberry yogurt work the same as the plain one???? michelle g January 7th, 2010 I use honey and brown sugar as a scrub, does wonders for my skin I should try this too Denyse Lopes February 13th, 2011 Well, it is decent, but think about additional choices we have here? Do you mind writing one more post regarding these as well? Thx!