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Beauty corner: Clarins and L'Occitane

GET PROTECTION An SPF product is for life, not just for holidays! Even on cloudy days in Ireland, your skin is at the mercy of UV rays and since more than 80pc of what we perceive as the signs of ageing (wrinkles, age spots etc) are caused by sun exposure it pays to protect your skin all year round.

As Candice Gardner, regional education manager, International Dermal Institute, explains: "UVA is responsible for most of the ageing process of the skin, as it causes damage to the integral proteins that give skin strength, elasticity and plumpness.

"UVA is constant all year, regardless of time of day, and can penetrate cloud cover. As such, to protect skin and reduce signs of ageing sunscreens should be worn every day. We suggest SPF15 with broadspectrum protection to screen all UV." Dermalogica's new Daylight Defense Kit (€30.80) is a great starter pack for daily skincare, and is good for holidays too. It includes a mini Solar Defence Booster SPF30 -- use alone or mix it with moisturiser (keep in mind that reduces it to SPF17) for daily protection.

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>FLOWER POWER L'Occitane fans will be delighted to hear the brand has just launched a new make-up collection inspired by the peony flower. The products contain peony extract and the range features an Illuminating Powder (€31.50), Lipstick (€18.50), Powder Duo for eyes (€18.50) and more.

>FREE ENERGY Clarins new Energizer range has been specially designed for women aged 18-30. Prices are good too, with the cleansing gel €12.75 and moisturisers €25 each. To celebrate the launch there's a ticket-only event at Dublin's Grafton Lounge in the Royal Hibernian Way on May 15. It runs from 1-5pm. The first 20 people to call 01 284 6477 and mention this article will get tickets to the exclusive event.