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Louise McSharry: Everything you need to know about the latest beauty trend — skincare for your scalp

Our beauty expert is not convinced by a new category of products on the market but hopes they can be of benefit to those with specific scalp problems

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The health of the scalp contributes to the health of your hair

The health of the scalp contributes to the health of your hair

Pestle & Mortar Glow Drops

Pestle & Mortar Glow Drops

Sunday Riley Clean Rinse Clarifying Scalp Serum

Sunday Riley Clean Rinse Clarifying Scalp Serum

Bare By Vogue Face Tanning Serum

Bare By Vogue Face Tanning Serum

Aideen Kate True Essentials Face Palette

Aideen Kate True Essentials Face Palette

The Inkey List’s Salicylic Acid Exfoliating Scalp Treatment

The Inkey List’s Salicylic Acid Exfoliating Scalp Treatment

The Ordinary Natural Moisturising Factors + HA for Scalp

The Ordinary Natural Moisturising Factors + HA for Scalp

Tangle Teezer Scalp Exfoliator & Massager

Tangle Teezer Scalp Exfoliator & Massager

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The health of the scalp contributes to the health of your hair

About a year ago, I noticed that the beauty industry had found a new way to make money out of us. I know that’s a terribly cynical position to take, but sometimes it really does feel like that. It’s as if, overnight, they’ve all gotten together and said, “Hey, what about that corner of flesh between the baby toe and the er… second smallest toe? Have we sold them anything specifically for that yet?” Suddenly, every brand has a Baby Toe Flesh Corner Serum on the go and you feel like you’re doing something wrong if you’re not on board the train.

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Sunday Riley Clean Rinse Clarifying Scalp Serum

Sunday Riley Clean Rinse Clarifying Scalp Serum

Sunday Riley Clean Rinse Clarifying Scalp Serum

This time, the body part the industry decided to focus on was the scalp. Suddenly, crossover between haircare and skincare was rife, with brands like Sunday Riley launching its Clean Rinse Clarifying Scalp Serum (€42 via brownthomas.com) and The Ordinary launching an entire haircare collection, including its Natural Moisturising Factors + HA for Scalp serum (€13.50 via boots.ie). But do we actually need scalp-specific products?

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The Ordinary Natural Moisturising Factors + HA for Scalp

The Ordinary Natural Moisturising Factors + HA for Scalp

The Ordinary Natural Moisturising Factors + HA for Scalp

First, let’s get it out of the way that some people do suffer from scalp problems and they will, of course, benefit from products designed to keep the scalp clean and healthy. Most of us, though, probably haven’t given our scalp all that much thought. The scalp is the layers of skin and tissue which cover the cranium, or bones that surround and protect the brain. The health of the scalp contributes to the health of the hair, which is the basis of which most of these new products are being sold. We all want nice hair, after all!

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Tangle Teezer Scalp Exfoliator & Massager

Tangle Teezer Scalp Exfoliator & Massager

Tangle Teezer Scalp Exfoliator & Massager

The truth is, though, that most people’s scalps will be perfectly healthy as long as they are regularly cleaned. Your usual shampoo and warm water will do a perfectly adequate job most of the time, as long as you’re sure to really get your fingers in there to massage and scrub away any build-up. If you have very thick or curly hair, you may find a scalp-massaging tool will help with this process. I like the Tangle Teezer Scalp Exfoliator & Massager (€10.99 via boots.ie) for this purpose.

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The Inkey List’s Salicylic Acid Exfoliating Scalp Treatment

The Inkey List’s Salicylic Acid Exfoliating Scalp Treatment

The Inkey List’s Salicylic Acid Exfoliating Scalp Treatment

Having said that, if you’re someone who uses a lot of products, or only washes their hair once or twice a week, you may find you benefit from a scalp-specific product to help get through the build-up. Something like the Sunday Riley serum I mentioned earlier, which is infused with AHA/BHA, or The Inkey List’s Salicylic Acid Exfoliating Scalp Treatment (€19.49 via boots.ie) will work effectively thanks to acid’s ability to get rid of build-up and dead skin. Unfortunately, if you have thick hair, you may find you need to use a lot of product to cover your scalp. I find most of these scalp serums really difficult to apply due to the thickness and texture of my hair.

In short, I’m not entirely sold on dedicating a new portion of your bathroom shelf to scalp-specific products. Clean it well, as you usually do, and give it a proper scrub at least once a week and you should be fine. If you have issues like scalp psoriasis, dandruff or dermatitis, though, hopefully the growth in this product area will be of benefit and you’ll find the solution to what ails you.

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Aideen Kate True Essentials Face Palette

Aideen Kate True Essentials Face Palette

Aideen Kate True Essentials Face Palette

I don’t think anyone was shocked when Aideen Kate, one of Ireland’s leading beauty influencers, announced she was launching a makeup brand. These days, it’s the natural next step for people who spend their professional lives demonstrating products, and makes total sense. As a result of this natural progression, the market is now busy with these types of ranges, which tend to be similar in style. True Beauty by Aideen Kate is a solid addition, with products which feel high quality and perform well. The standout product, though, is the True Essentials Face Palette (€39.99 via truebeautybyak.com), which contains a mix of eight cream and powder blushes and bronzers as well as two highlighters. I turn to it again and again.

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Pestle & Mortar Glow Drops

Pestle & Mortar Glow Drops

Pestle & Mortar Glow Drops

If you read this page regularly, you’ll know I’m a huge fan of Irish brand Pestle & Mortar. It delivers on everything — quality, ingredients, packaging and performance. So, it’s no surprise that the brand’s Glow Drops (€38 via pestleandmortar.com) are excellent. These drops come in the formula of an alcohol-free and hyaluronic acid-packed serum, which can be used on its own or combined with your moisturiser to give the face a sun-kissed look. The results can be built and maintained depending on how often you use them and, in my experience, always look natural. They feel lovely on the skin and leave it soft and supple.

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Bare By Vogue Face Tanning Serum

Bare By Vogue Face Tanning Serum

Bare By Vogue Face Tanning Serum

Vogue Williams’ Bare by Vogue tanning range has developed a fiercely loyal following since its launch thanks to products which consistently perform. The latest product to be added to the collection is the Face Tanning Serum (€29 via barebyvogue.com), which combines hyaluronic acid with tanning ingredients to plump the skin as well as giving it a tanned appearance. This serum comes in three shades — light, medium and dark —and is available now. Whatever you do, though, don’t forget to wash your hands after using a product like this. It may feel like skincare, but it will absolutely leave you with the dreaded tan palms!


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