SKIN CLINIC

Want red-car­pet-wor­thy ra­di­ance? We’ve pumped celebrity fa­cial­ist Abi­gail for her skincare se­crets

Women's Health (UK) - - CONTENTS -

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.

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