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When you have realistic expectations about skincare, you'll always be pleased with the results you get from products. Some expect a few uses of night cream to remove years of sun, smoking and general skin neglect, but it doesn't work that way.

If you take care of your skin, using a good night cream and serum combo can really boost your skin's health. The amount you spend on a face cream won't make it any better for your skin. Check the ingredients. Something that will work for me might be awful for you, so go with what you know suits you. Here are a few of the products that make a visible difference.

Until recently, I’d never tried No. 7’s face products. I am a serious devotee of their Protect & Perfect hand cream, so I thought I’d give the night cream and serum a go. They are just as impressive as the hand cream. I use a thin layer of the night cream after I cleanse every evening and my skin is like silk when I wake up.

As for the Beauty Serum, when your face is in serious need of a pick-me-up, use this for a few nights and retrieve the glow lost by too many late nights. You don’t need much because the serum is so concentrated, so the price isn’t as scary as it might appear. No. 7 Protect & Perfect Intense Range: Beauty Serum, €26.95; Night Cream, €29.95; Hand Cream, €14.45, Boots stores nationwide.

Coming into the summer months, you’re going to need a beauty regime that travels easily. Enter Avon’s Anew Regimen kits — your entire kit in miniature size, all for just €10. The kits are tailored to suit your skin’s age. They have a different kit for women in their 30s, 40s, 50s and 60s. Go for your skin’s age, not your actual age, for best results. Avon Anew Regimen kit, €10, Avon representative

Another good option for caring for your skin through the night is L’Oréal’s Youth Code range. Its night cream’s best feature is how hydrated it makes your skin feel. I used it one night in a hotel with air conditioning on full blast. I woke up drained of all moisture, but my face still felt hydrated.

The Youth Code serum does what most serums do — it gives a boost to the skin, refreshing it and making skin feel softer, tighter and protected from the elements. L’Oréal Youth Code Night Cream, €24.49, and Serum, €37.49, pharmacies and department stores nationwide.

Looking for something meatier than a night cream? There is a non-invasive way to plump up your skin to give a noticeable difference. Pellevé is a happy medium between serums and Botox. An intense heat is used on the face to shrink your existing collagen, which then causes an increase in your natural collagen production, which plumps and smoothes your skin.

It’s pricey, but if you’re not ready for Botox it might be right for you. Pellevé Wrinkle Reduction System, from €600, About Face Clinic, The Beacon, Sandyford.