BEAUTY BUL­LETIN

The Irish Mail on Sunday - TV Week - - BODY & SOUL -

When I hear the word ‘diet’, I imag­ine de­pri­va­tion and mis­ery — but this au­tumn I’ll be try­ing out a ‘beauty diet’. We use beauty prod­ucts to slow age­ing — an­tiox­i­dants in par­tic­u­lar mop up the dam­age caused by free rad­i­cals in the en­vi­ron­ment, which weaken cells. This is rel­e­vant in our diet too: an­tiox­i­dants present in food fight in­ter­nal dam­age to cells and sup­ply nu­tri­ents to build bet­ter skin, hair and nails. Take vitamin C, found in cit­rus fruits, ki­wis and broc­coli: it aids col­la­gen syn­the­sis and is heal­ing. Vitamin E helps skin elas­tic­ity; you’ll get it in abun­dance in avocado, nuts, seeds and eggs. Es­sen­tial fatty acids from oily fish and green, leafy veg lubri­cate the skin, hair and nails from within. And sul­phur, from eggs, shell­fish, nuts and poul­try helps cre­ate ker­atin nec­es­sary for healthy skin, nails and hair. Eat­ing th­ese foods for beauty ben­e­fits is a healthier ap­proach to look­ing, and feel­ing, bet­ter than tra­di­tional re­stric­tive di­et­ing. Now that’s a ‘diet’ I can get on board with! We all love a sur­prise, es­pe­cially if it’s a beauty-filled box of tricks! The UK sub­scrip­tion ser­vice Glossy­box now has Ir­ish beauty Rachel Ka­vanagh at the helm as CEO. The for­mer Fair City ac­tress and founder of Rock­star Tan knows Ir­ish women love value, ac­cess to niche brands and themed beauty sur­prises, and the ser­vice is up and run­ning on this side of the wa­ter. Sub­scribers to the site can choose a three, six or 12-month sub­scrip­tion. For this they re­ceive a fab­u­lous box of five sur­prise treats sourced glob­ally ev­ery month that are al­ways worth more than the monthly fee. De­liv­ered to your door and fab­u­lously wrapped, it’s an amaz­ing treat. Sub­scrip­tion costs €46/€77/€159 (sub­ject to con­ver­sion rates). And wouldn’t it make an amaz­ing gift idea for Christ­mas? Check out glossy­box.co.uk. Nat­u­ral/or­ganic beauty is one area in skin and hair­care that’s steadily on the rise. Some brands we are fa­mil­iar with for their nour­ish­ing, nat­u­ral in­gre­di­ents — Ori­gins, Aveda, Neal’s Yard — but there are so many more, such as A’Kin, Suki and Phy­tolo­gie, all of which are avail­able in Ire­land. Take a trip to beau­ty­bible.com for ad­vice and a glos­sary of in­gre­di­ents and prod­ucts from beauty gu­rus Josephine Fair­ley and Sarah Stacey, health ed­i­tor of the Ir­ish Daily Mail’s You Mag­a­zine. The site is a beauty fan’s trea­sure trove and they also have a great mo­bile app!

Fra­grance can have a pow­er­ful ef­fect on our mood. Up­lift­ing scents, like cit­rus, can make us feel in­vig­o­rated, while calm­ing ones such as laven­der can soothe and re­lax. This NEOM set in­cludes a Hap­pi­ness Dif­fuser (neroli, mi­mosa, le­mon), Com­plete Bliss Travel Can­dle (Moroc­can rose) and a Tran­quil­lity Pil­low Mist (laven­der, sweet basil, jas­mine). Yum.

This gem of a brand from Lon­don’s Covent Gar­den has un­der­gone big changes in the last year or so by ven­tur­ing into di­rect sell­ing. Un­like other sell­ers that come knock­ing, open your door to NYR! This ex­cel­lent fa­cial mist is a star buy; it is soothing, re­fresh­ing, suit­able for sen­si­tive skin and can be used over make-up to perk up your skin.

No doubt you’ll be aware of the skin­care in­gre­di­ent hyaluronic acid — the wa­ter-at­tract­ing sub­stance that is found nat­u­rally in the skin and also added to cos­met­ics to plump, fill and hy­drate. This highly con­cen­trated and botan­i­cally de­rived hyaluronic filler does just that and con­tains ad­di­tional vi­ta­mins E and B for strength. Ap­ply 1-2 drops daily to cleansed skin.

NEOM OR­GAN­ICS HOME SCENT­ING GIFT SET €65; visit neo­mor­gan­ics.com

for stock­ist lo­ca­tor

NEAL’S YARD REME­DIES FRANK­IN­CENSE HY­DRAT­ING FA­CIAL MIST

IM­AGE AGE­LESS PURE HYALURONIC FILLER re­nais­sance-skin­care.com for stock­ists

€64; tel: 01 832 1412 or visit

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