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Karen J. Writes

Karen J. columnist and skin care expert writes beauty around the world

Get Your Beauty Sleep for Platinum Magazine

Before you go to sleep it's important to cleanse, tone & moisturise even if you haven't worn any make-up! If pollutants and dirt are left on the skin pores can block, leading to breakouts and dull skin. Dead skin cells also accumulate during the day, a weekly exfoliation will  lab skin feeling smoothing and or all to absorb your moisturising products. Karen J.


1. Never go to sleep at night with make-up left on. 2. Exfoliate once a week to remove dead skin cells and brighten skin. 3. Cleanse with a hot-cloth facial cleanser. 4. Tone to remove excess dirt. 5. Dip a cotton wool pad in warm green tea, squeeze out the excess and rest on your eyes to soothe. 6. Apply a moisturiser containing hyaluronic acid for overnight hydration 7. Exercise your neck to realise tension. Touch your chin to your chest, slowly turn your chin to the right shoulder then back down to centre. Do the same up the left side. 8. Sleep on a silk pillowcase. The surface is cool, hypoallergenic and lets skin slide easily, meaning you'll avoid skin creases. Get plenty of sleep!

Anti-ageing Skincare for Health & Wellbeing Magazine

I only ever recommend products that I personally use and as I have sensitive skin I can't use retinol or stronger solutions, but here are my favourites as requested by Health & Wellbeing magazine. It's good to have a break from your regular products as skin likes a change, but whatever you choose use it twice a day, nothing will work if it stays on the bathroom shelf! Drink plenty of water to keep your body and skin hydrated and remember to look after your hands they are the true indicators of our age! Karen J.

Mail Online – What Do Royals Hands Say About Their Personalities and Lifestyles

That Prince Charles grips others hands tightly when meeting them  only reinforces that he is kind, caring and interested in others. The Duchess of Cornwall has some age-spots but they are of a light tone she almost certainly looks after her hands with hand cream! Read More: MailOnline  

The Damaging Effects Of Blue Light On Our Skin

Puzzled if your skin looks like it's been exposed to the sun, when you  haven't actually left the house? Beware! It could be a blue light tan from the light emitted from your computer or device.. Read More The damaging effects of blue light on our skin Female First

How To Prevent Ageing Hands for MSN Lifestyle

When it comes to skin care regimes most of us invest time in preventing wrinkles on the face and neck, but what about our hands? As we get older the hands are one of the first places to develop age spots and lines, with the thinner becoming thinner. Read my top tips in MSN Lifestyle magazine for keeping hands in optimum condition - How To Prevent Ageing Hands

How To Get A Radiant Glow Whilst On-The-Go

Whilst going to the gym exercises our hearts and tones our bodies, it also has a glowing effect on our skin, blood circulation is increased which helps arteries to open up, allowing more blood to reach the surface delivering nutrients to speed up collagen production, but too much of a good thing is never good for us, high impact training such as running outside can have the opposite effect - read my tips on how to care for your skin whilst exercising - Female First How To Get A Radiant Glow Whilst On-The-Go  

FEMALE FIRST – Best Foot Forward- For Tip Top Toes – Words Karen J. Gerrard

Whilst it is obvious to use foot cream at night on sore feet, moisturising in the morning will keep the skin supple for the day ahead. Feet love 'em or hate 'em they walk us around the world, and take the full impact of our body day in day out, so our feet should have TLC all year round, but furthest from our eyes many of us only pay attention to our toes when the sun and candles come out. For tip top toes read here - Female First Best Foot Forward  


Beauty is not just about how we look but also how we feel, skin is the largest organ in our body and plays an important part in our barrier and immune systems. Keep your skin soft and supple for comfort and wellbeing.

Vows and Venues – Have Perfectly Smooth Hands On Your Wedding Day

You will always remember your wedding day, the dress, the venue, the flowers but the first touch of your husbands hand will be implanted in your memory forever. Hands have the ability to transmit emotions from love to pain. The human touch triggers the release of oxytocin aka 'the love hormone' in our brain, which is the most recognised form of touch. Read more -  Vows and Venues Have Perfectly Smooth Hands On Your Wedding Day