Treats for the skin

These hints and prod­ucts will help to put a bet­ter com­plex­ion on things

The Irish Times Magazine - - BEAUTY -

Skin­care can be dif­fi­cult to shop for. Skin’s needs can change, some­times sud­denly, depend­ing on the time of year, gen­eral health, hor­monal fluc­tu­a­tion and, of course, our old enemy, stress. It is bet­ter for the skin not to fos­ter ac­tual en­e­mies – hat­ing peo­ple or things is fright­fully in­ju­ri­ous to the com­plex­ion. In­deed, I have a friend who re­fuses even to raise her eye­brows in any ex­trav­a­gant man­ner ( no mat­ter how shock­ing any­thing she hears might be), based on a highly sci­en­tific ( by which I mean not at all sci­en­tific) the­ory that it will min­imise the de­vel­op­ment of fore­head lines.

My eye­brows jumped sky­ward when she shared this the­ory with me; I’m happy enough to wait 10 years to see if she was right.

In the mean­time, there is one type of skin­care that ben­e­fits ev­ery­one, re­gard­less of age, gen­der, eth­nic­ity or skin type – hy­dra­tors. You can­not lose with a hy­drat­ing prod­uct. They don’t con­gest, they sink right into the skin, mak­ing it re­laxed and com­fort­able, and they pre­pare skin for make- up bril­liantly. De­hy­dra­tion is most com­monly the cause of skin tight­ness and the sud­den feel­ing that you have de­vel­oped fine lines or deeper- than- usual wrin­kles overnight on look­ing in the mir­ror af­ter wak­ing ( you haven’t).

Hy­drat­ing prod­ucts can be lay­ered into your skin­care rou­tine with your old favourites, and have an in­stant plump­ing, glow­ing ef­fect. Ev­ery­one should own a hyaluronic acid- rich, hy­drat­ing mois­turiser, at the very least.

1. L’Oc­c­i­tane Ul­tra Thirst Quench­ing Gel (¤ 29), part of an en­tirely de­li­cious new hy­drat­ing skin­care range from the brand, is an in­tensely com­fort­ing ev­ery­day treat for the skin. If you have oily skin, use this alone – if your skin is drier, ap­ply a richer cream over the top, or a cou­ple of drops of oil.

For those who take skin­care lay­er­ing very se­ri­ously, an essence is a ben­e­fi­cial ex­tra step to add to a skin­care rou­tine. Essences tend to be like serums, but thin­ner in con­sis­tency and are ap­plied be­fore. 2. Chanel Hy­dra Beauty Mi­cro Liq­uid Essence (¤ 90 from April 20th) is an essence/ serum hy­brid, and packs se­ri­ous hy­dra­tion into the skin. You don’t strictly need to use an essence, how­ever. If you want to keep prod­ucts to a min­i­mum, opt for a serum in­stead.

3. La Roche Posay Hyalu B5 Serum (¤ 38 from Boots) is a de­light­fully gelati­nous serum. It works best ap­plied to damp or freshly misted skin, and boosts the hy­drat­ing ca­pac­ity of your mois­turiser. 4. Glam­glow Water­burst Hy­drated Glow Mois­turiser (¤ 45) is a nice op­tion for over the top, and works like a dream un­der make- up with its light, smooth­ing tex­ture, rem­i­nis­cent of the ex­cel­lent but sig­nif­i­cantly more ex­pen­sive Sun­day Ri­ley Tidal Bright­en­ing En­zyme Wa­ter Cream. If bud­get is not an op­tion, then the only hy­drat­ing mois­turiser to use is the new 5. La Mer The Mois­tur­iz­ing Cool Gel Cream (¤ 140 from Brown Thomas). A mois­turiser of such beauty and ef­fec­tive­ness that it gives me the same feel­ing that most peo­ple would have on first see­ing a sculp­ture by Bernini. I could weep for its sump­tu­ous beauty.

For those who take skin­care lay­er­ing very se­ri­ously, an essence is a ben­e­fi­cial ex­tra step to add a skin­care rou­tine

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