Want red-carpet-worthy radiance? We’ve pumped celebrity facialist Abigail for her skincare secrets
Celebrity facialist Abigail James
A typical day: The school run followed by back-to-back clients for facials at The Beaumont Hotel Skincare philosophy: See your skincare as you would your diet – balanced in key ingredients Skincare non-negotiable: Cleansing morning and night – never go to sleep without taking off your make-up Personal skincare concern: Premature ageing and lines
1. Skin Laundry Gentle Foaming Wash, £20
I like a cleanser to wake my face up in the morning – this one is great for a gentle wash that doesn’t strip your skin. I always use a cloth to remove it and splash my face with cold water after.
2. Medik8 r-retinoate Youth Activating Cream, £135
Retinol can irritate sensitive skin at first, but this plumping formula is powerful without causing reactions. I apply it all over my face and neck day and night, avoiding the eye area.
3. Lancôme Absolue Eye Precious Cells Intense Revitalizing Eye Cream, £100
As I’ve aged, I’ve found I need richer eye products to help with fine lines. This is very hydrating and really plumps out the skin – I tap a pea-sized amount around my eyes then smooth it in.
4. Darphin Aromatic Cleansing Balm With Rosewood, £35
The thickness of this nourishing balm makes it perfect for a circulation-stimulating massage, but it turns into a light lotion when you add water. As well as cleansing, it helps relieve tightness in the skin.
5. Rituals Pure Face Oil, £32.50
I’m obsessed with face oils as they give such intense moisturisation – just two drops is plenty for the whole face. I use this to give myself a face massage after cleansing to help drain toxins, iron out fine lines and stimulate cell renewal.
6. Nivea Q-10plusc Anti-wrinkle + Energy Skin Sleep Cream, £10.99
This combines two antioxidants – Q10 and Vitamin C – to help you wake up glowing the next morning. I smooth it over my face, neck and décolletage after cleansing and leave it to soak in.