My fab­u­lous five SKIN- SAV­ING SU­PER­STARS!

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

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, healthyan­dessen­

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.

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