Ruth Griffin: Back to (beauty) school
From sun-damaged skin to preparing for the colder weather, it's time for a skincare refresh
As the weather gets chillier and the winter winds pick up, we need to make sure we get ahead of the beauty game and prep our skin now for the coming colder months and also perhaps remedy some of the sun damage incurred over the summer months!
Some of the most common post -summer skin complaints are pigmentation spots and overall dehydration - these are skin issues we should look to nip in the bud now before the coming colder months, with the bitter weather and moisture sucking central heating, further drain our thirsty skin.
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Below are some super simple, mostly inexpensive little tweaks that can be made to our skincare routines now, to get our skin prepped for Autumn.
Six of the best: skin refresh tips
Amp up your moisturising
Now that we're into the colder months, our skin needs more protection and nourishment. For a serious dose of hydration, try La Roche-Posay's new Hyalu B5 Riche, €32. This is an intensely hydrating, rich, nourishing cream that is especially kind to dry and more mature skin. It has buckets of hyaluronic acid (the magic skincare ingredient that has the ability to absorb 1,000 times its weight in water!) and vitamin B5 (an essential skincare nutrient that protects the skin barrier's natural repair processes), as well as nourishing vegetable oils to replenish the skin's moisture barrier. From pharmacies nationwide. (Another great option is Uriage Xemose Lipid Replenishing Anti-Irritation Cream For Face and Body, €19.50, from pharmacies nationwide).
Try an oil cleanser
During the colder months we tend to wear more base and foundation to give our faces a dig-out. If you're looking for a super effective but gentle makeup remover, opt for an oil cleanser. PS... Naturals Balm To Oil Cleanser, €3.50 is part of the new PS... Naturals range from Penneys. Just apply the solid balm to your face, massage in thoroughly and wash off with a face cloth and warm water. From Penneys stores nationwide. (Keep an eye out for their overnight skin mask PS... Naturals Overnight Mask, €2.50, for a shot of coconut hydration while you snooze!)
Sunspots, uneven pigmentation and even hyperpigmentation and melasma can occur during the hotter summer months. I still tan my body but I do use factor 50 on my face. However, I've noticed that I do have some pigmentation on the sides of my face after this summer. If you're looking to get rid of similar effects, try this new option, SkinCeuticals Discoloration Defense Serum, €95. Just pop this on before your moisturiser, and within a few weeks you should see a fading in hyperpigmentation and sunspots. From salons nationwide, skinshop.ie and skinceuticals.co.uk.
Back to (beauty) school
If you fancy learning more about how we can feed our skin from within, you're in luck, as skin guru Jennifer Rock (aka The Skin Nerd) and healthy-eating duo The Happy Pear are teaming up to launch a four-week online course - The Happy Skin - launching September 16. The course focuses on a combo of a wholefood plant-based diet and expert skincare advice. It includes a printable Happy Pear recipe booklet, tailored meal plans and shopping lists, as well as expert skincare advice from Jennifer. Participants have access to a private online community and weekly live Q&As with David, Stephen and Jennifer. The Happy Skin course is €99, booked at happypearcourses.com/happyskin.
Add a hydrating serum step
Serums have a much smaller molecular structure than moisturisers, so they sink further into our skin. And good serums should have intense ingredients that target specific issues such as sagging, deeper lines and pigmentation. If you want an all-in-one serum that will address the most common skincare concerns (dullness, dry, ageing and uneven skin), check out this gem - The Ordinary Buffet, €14. It's jam-packed with a wide range of peptide complexes, hyaluronic and amino acids for a powerful anti-ageing boost to skin. Just apply a teeny amount morning and evening under your normal moisturiser. From pharmacies nationwide, Brown Thomas, Arnotts and theordinary.com.
Protect your pout
Cold and wind, as well as moisture-sucking central heating, can all leave our pout painfully cracked and dry. The solution? Start upping your use of a really good-quality lip balm. Choose a lip product that has no camphor in it and is naturally derived (it's not a myth that we do end up consuming some of our lip products, so it's really important to use non-toxic options). Try this long-standing favourite of mine that has been given a brand new, limited edition makeover. Rêve de Miel Limited Edition Lip Balm, €12. From pharmacies, Boots, department stores and cloud10beauty.com.