Friday 30 September 2016

Ruth Griffin's homegrown beauties

The top Irish products and how to use them to best effect

Published 13/03/2016 | 19:39

Ruth Griffin gives her verdict on the essential products. Photo: Naomi Gaffey.
Ruth Griffin gives her verdict on the essential products. Photo: Naomi Gaffey.
Voya Angelicus Serratus.
Elave rejuvenating and night treatments.
Dodici body wash and lotion set.
Pharmacy Brand Rosewater.
Callanberry angled eye brush No.04S.
Bellamianta organic tan.

From the free-spirited beauty of Edna O’Brien to Amy Huberman’s megawatt smile, I think Irish women have a unique charm and beauty. And in recent years we’ve turned to homegrown, top-quality products to care for our beauty and skincare needs. With that in mind — and our Patron Saint’s day of celebration looming —it’s the perfect time to showcase my favourite indigenous beauty products.

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I’ve included a lot of natural options in my Top 10 list as I love that Irish skincare lines (with mostly female creators) are making world-class

natural, organic, chemical-free products. Many of these brands are combining our native produce — such as nutrient-rich Atlantic seaweed — with skincare technology to create fantastic indigenous skincare ranges.

Speaking of beautiful Irish women, model and mum Sarah McGovern has allowed me to take a little peak in her make-up bag and shares her beauty routine with me. Sarah’s favourite homegrown product line is Green Angel (greenangel.com), which combines organic seaweed and essential oils in its skincare products. Try the Aloe Vera and Avocado face mask, €19.95, which is available from pharmacies and health food shops nationwide.

Wellness Oil

After renovating my house, I was feeling more than a little frazzled. I hadn’t been to my usual yoga class in a long time and was feeling it. When I met one of my best friends for coffee she surprised me by gifting me this beautiful little aromatherapy wellness oil by Yogandha. Created by Irish yoga teacher Sinead Duffy, these calming rollerballs promote emotional wellbeing through aromatherapy oils.

Yogandha ‘Feel Restored’, ‘Feel Balanced’ and ‘Detox’ rollerballs, €41.95 each, from Avoca and Harvey Nichols, yogandha.com

Editor’s pick! Roll with it

Galway’s Dr Joanne Reilly created this gem of a skincare line after failing to find a product on the market that would nurture her own troubled skin. I LOVE this 100pc natural rollerball eye serum. The metal rollerball helps with puffiness and feels calming and cooling on the eye area. I keep it in the fridge to help wake me up on those mornings when I’m not exactly feeling full of the joys!

Kinvara Eye Wow! Eye Serum rollerball, €30, pharmacies and health food stores nationwide, kinvaraskincare.com

Oil Slick

Sold in five-star spas all over the world, this Sligo seaweed-based brand is super indulgent. I use a lot of oils on my skin as I find they inject serious hydration. I use only natural oils (no mineral oils) like this nourishing body oil and massage them in thoroughly.

Tip: I mainly use oils at night,  otherwise my clothes get sticky!

 

Voya Angelicus Serratus, €37, voya.ie

Flower Power

I don’t use toners; for me they are  too drying. Instead, I splash some  water on my face after cleansing or  dab some rosewater on cotton wool and gently wipe over my face, before moisturising. My long-time favourite is Dublin-made Pharmacy Brand Rosewater. It’s affordable, natural and doesn’t strip the skin of natural oils.

Pharmacy Brand Rosewater, €3.70, available at pharmacies nationwide

Purity Promise

I first discovered this skincare brand when I was pregnant and looking for something gentle and free from chemicals. Louth-based Elave products are paraben, alcohol, sulfate, SLS, colour and formaldehyde free, yet deeply nourishing for the skin.

Their glycolic acid arginine products are excellent for mature/dry skin. 

Elave rejuvenating cleansing treatment with 12pc glycolic acid, €26.95;

Elave rejuvenating night treatment with 8pc glycolic acid, €27.95, from pharmacies nationwide and elaveskincare.com 

Song of the Sea

Galway brand Seavite is owned by the gorgeous Mulrooney sisters, both dermatologists, and has a fantastic range of organic seaweed skin and haircare products. This mild shampoo uses organic seaweed extracts to cleanse hair and scalp. It’s perfect for sensitive skin.   

Seavite Purifying and  Volumising shampoo, €17, seavite.ie

By Candle Light

Every night I light a dozen tiny nightlights and one large beeswax scented candle that uses essential oils and a lead-free wick. It’s a lovely way to wind down. My favourite scented candle is Dodici by Wicklow brand Max Benjamin, so I was delighted when they launched a hand and body cream in the same scent. Dodici body wash and lotion set, €30, maxbenjamin.ie

Brush Up

Make-up maestros Paula Callan and Derek Carberry are backstage regulars at fashion shows and shoots. Their signature range of brushes are excellent — and a staple in most Irish models’ and actresses’ make-up bags.

Callanberry angled eye brush No.04S, €18, callanberry.com

Natural Glow

This natural false tan is free from GMOs, perfume, parabens, harsh chemicals and is extremely fast-drying (less than 60 seconds). Made in Tyrone, the brand’s velvet textured mitt is particularly popular as it helps to blend the tan for a clean finish.

Bellamianta organic tan, available from pharmacies, €19.95, bellamianta.com

From the free-spirited beauty of Edna O’Brien to Amy Huberman’s megawatt smile, I think Irish women have a unique charm and beauty. And in recent years we’ve turned to homegrown, top-quality products to care for our beauty and skincare needs. With that in mind — and our Patron Saint’s day of celebration looming —it’s the perfect time to showcase my favourite indigenous beauty products.

I’ve included a lot of natural options in my Top 10 list as I love that Irish skincare lines (with mostly female creators) are making world-class  natural, organic, chemical-free products. Many of these brands are combining our native produce — such as nutrient-rich Atlantic seaweed — with skincare technology to create fantastic indigenous skincare ranges.

Speaking of beautiful Irish women, model and mum Sarah McGovern has allowed me to take a little peak in her make-up bag and shares her beauty routine with me (right). Sarah’s favourite homegrown product line is Green Angel (greenangel.com), which combines organic seaweed and essential oils in its skincare products. Try the Aloe Vera and Avocado face mask, €19.95, which is available from pharmacies and health food shops nationwide.

Did you know?

Seaweed baths have been used in Ireland since the 1700s. They’re a 300-year-old proven beauty process.

Kohl customer

Kohl Cosmetics, developed by the experts at  the Brown Sugar salons, is found in every  model’s kit — their lip-glosses and matte eye  shadows are particularly good. Kohl Liquid Lips gloss in Electric Pink, €20, Brown Sugar,  brownsugar.ie

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