My fabulous five SKIN- SAVING SUPERSTARS!
If I had a euro for every time I was asked to recommend a skincare product ‘that works’, and had a onesize-fits- all answer, I might just have emailed this column from the Cayman Islands! The truth is that while there is excellent skincare out there, unless it has been designed to tackle your specific skin issues, the likelihood is it won’t do much of anything for you at all! Instead, look out for certain star active ingredients that will address your own needs. Here are my top five...
This humectant attracts and binds water into the top layers of the skin to instantly hydrate. A natural element of the skin, hyaluronic acid diminishes with age, so topping up with a serum is a super quick fix. It’s great for dry, dehydrated skin, before moisturiser. Try Episilk Q10 Age Defense Serum, €49.95, healthyandessential.ie.
Stabilising your skin’s levels of vitamin C can help to counteract wrinkle formation by increasing collagen production, and it’s been shown to help reverse sun damage and reduce age spots. So it gives both short-term radiance and over time a more even skin tone. Try The Body Shop Vitamin C Radiance Capsules, €25.95.
are a group of natural acids that exfoliate by ‘ ungluing’ dead skin cells, leaving the skin smoother and fresher, and reducing the appearance of fine lines. Try Payot Masque D’Tox, €68, tel: 01 822 2711.
is another star acid, this time for acne-prone young skin. A relative of salicylic acid, it deep-cleans pores and helps reduce spotty breakouts. Try La Roche- Posay’s Effaclar Duo, €16.75, from pharmacies.
These are great for ageing skin in need of smoothing, firming and better tone. As well as improving smoothness and clarity, retinoids bolster skin thickness and slow the breakdown of collagen. Try REN Bio Retinoid Anti-Ageing Cream, €50, tel: 01 461 0645.
Note: When using beauty products with actives that work by exfoliating or increasing cell turnover, use SPF moisturiser every day.