KNOW YOUR SKIN TYPE

With a surface area of 10 square feet, skin is the body’s largest organ. Regenerating every three weeks and 5 per cent of skin cells dropping off each day, your skin certainly needs looking after! Knowing what skin type you have helps you invest in the right products to help your skin and help you look your best.

NORMAL SKIN

If your skin rarely gets dry or oily, then you’re lucky enough to have normal skin. Normal skin benefits from an even tone, is smooth and firm and spots and blackheads are only occasional.

Timothy Edwards recommend using a good quality facial wash every day to remove daily build up of oils and dead skin cells. Use a light moisturiser daily to keep normal skin moisturised and supple.

OILY SKIN

If your skin is shiny, prone to spots and blackheads or has enlarged pores, then you have oily skin. Dedicated oily skin care products remove greasy shine on your face and may include anti-bacterial properties to keep spots at bay.

Use a quality facial wash twice a day to keep oily skin clear. An oil-free matting moisturiser will give your skin the conditioning it needs, but without the shine associated with normal moisturisers. Using a clay mask each week will deep clean the pores and absorb excess oil and, over time, reduce the size of pores.

DRY SKIN

Dry skin feels tight, looks dull and is flaky.

A gentle face wash won’t dry the skin and using a good quality moisturiser twice a day will keep the skin hydrated. Use a rich, moisturising shaving cream to help protect dry skin while shaving.

SENSITIVE SKIN

Do products that contact your skin leave your skin red, or blotchy?

Dedicated sensitive skin products are formulated without harsh chemicals and potentially irritating scents. We recommend patch testing any new products before using them fully.

COMBINATION SKIN

If your skin sounds like it fits into more than one of the above skin types you have combination skin. Often people with combination skin have an oily T-Zone – forehead, nose and chin – with dry cheeks. Of course this varies among individuals but equilibrium can be restored!

Avoid products which can leave the skin dry such as soap, and avoid particularly greasy products such as heavy moisturisers. It may be necessary to try different products suited to each area of skin, or use products suited to combination skin.

The Great Gatsby – 1920’s Trend

The Golden Era, the Jazz Age and Roaring Twenties; the many names for the most glamorous decade in fashion is making a return. The recent re-make of the 1925 novel ‘The Great Gatsby’, directed by Baz Lurhman, starring Leonardo Dicaprio and Carey Mulligan, has fuelled the outbreak of 1920’s style to the catwalk.

As scary as it sounds, the trend isn’t as extreme as dressing like ‘Gomez’ from the Addams Family, complete with a rose boutonnière. See this trend as a much more subtle take on the 1920’s – think smart sportswear aesthethic, polo shirts with geometric prints, chinos and v-neck sweaters, complete with slick hair and accessories.

Ralph Lauren, Hackett and Alexander McQueen were the main designers who took inspiration from the 1920’s for their SS13 collections. Models were spotted wearing white double-breasted suits paired with a Panama hat and two-tone brogues. American store ‘Brooks Brothers’ has been so taken by this trend, it has just launched a brand new ‘Great Gatsby’ inspired collection of tailored outfits and suits.

In the 1920’s formalwear was taken very seriously – double-breasted jackets, wide-peaked lapel jackets, pinstripe fabric and pocket squares were all in vogue. As it was the age of extravagance and wealth, surprisingly, cream suits signified this lifestyle.

To inject some 1920’s glamour into your wardrobe, stick to more modern suit cuts, but choose a fine pinstripe in black, navy or grey. Vamp up the type of accessories too; consider a pocket watch with a fine chain, cuff inks and a pocket square.

Tread with caution when it comes to ‘Oxford bags’, AKA wide-legged trousers as these do not suit every body type and can be difficult to pull off. British model David Gandy is probably one of the only celebrities who have been spotted recently wearing Oxford Bags as part of a 3 piece suit.

Overall, the 1920’s style takes confidence and elegance to pull off, but can easily be obtainable for all. A pastel coloured suit with a pocket square and Panama hat is a great combination for Summer events, whilst chinos, polo shirt and a casual blazer with rolled up sleeves worn with tan loafers are a perfect look for nights out – just don’t forget to drop the top on your Aston Martin convertible.