Your moisturiser, no matter how fancy it is or how much it cost, cannot get in and do its work if there are dry skin cells sitting on the surface of your skin. If your moisturiser sits on the skin's surface, then your make-up will slide off!
I've just started using the three-in-one device, Dermaflash Luxe €199, Brown Thomas. It removes surface debris and also acts as a dermaplaner, shaving away any 'peach fuzz'. Dermaplaning is the big beauty trend of the year - in salons, a sharp blade is used to gently remove very fine facial hairs (peach fuzz).
The Dermaflash Luxe was designed for the delicate skin on a woman's face and was created by a woman for women. I use it one night a week, apply a mask afterwards and I really notice a huge difference.
Hairstylist sisters Sinead and Brid O'Driscoll are back with a bang in their salon Reflections, near Schull - although I think they say they're from the parish of Goleen, as Breda, their marvellous mum and a hairdresser herself, was from there.
Anyhoo, these two are who I entrust my tresses to when I'm in west Cork; I always leave the salon with lush, shiny locks just like those of comedian and actor Aisling Bea from This Way Up.
With extra precautions now in place at hairdressers, magazines aren't available in salons any longer. So remember to take your favourite magazine, LIFE, with you, for that full salon experience!
Reflections, Lowertown, Schull, Co Cork, tel: (083) 034-3121;
As summer is a time for fun, with the days hot and the nights hotter, it's a great time to go for bright, fresh, floral scents.
Maybe something from Chanel's Les Eaux de Chanel range?
They're all travel-inspired and provide a bit of escapism through scent. Paris-Riviera €112 is inspired by the Cote d'Azur of the 1920s. It has hints of sweet Sicilian orange paired with neroli, with a touch of musk and a lovely aroma of sandalwood, for a delicate scent that feels sun-kissed at any time of the year.
Neckercise! Open your mouth wide, pull your bottom lip over your bottom teeth, and then work your lower jaw up and down as if you were trying to scoop something up with it. This is called 'the shovel' and you'll notice a difference if you do it three times a day.
Have you worked out the 'cost per wear' of your beauty treatments? I always do it for fashion investments, so doesn't it makes sense to look for cost-per-wear value in beauty, too?
For example, hair removal. Check out the Tria Hair Removal Laser 4X €445, Arnotts. It's spendy, but you won't need to make any more investment in creams, razors and waxes - and there will be no more emergency underarm shaving or bikini-line plucking as you run out the door!
Greetings from Schull in west Cork! We finally got back to my hometown and life's a beach.
I'm dying to tell you about a few new holiday hero products I've discovered this summer. I reach for them everyday when I'm packing my bag to go to the beach with Maxi, Mini and my mum, Margaret.
I adore multi-purpose products, so Childs Farm 3 in 1 Swim Strawberry & Organic Mint, right, €8.75, is a must.
One bottle does everything!
It's perfect after a swim in the sea or a pool as it helps remove the chlorine and chemicals from the body and leaves your skin smelling fresh and your hair super-soft. Best of all, it's specifically formulated for children's sensitive skin.
Meanwhile, Clarins Suncare Aftersun Shower Gel, €22, is great for an old lady like me - I'm winking at you now as I type this! This three-in-one cleansing gel for the face, body and hair gently cleans without drying the skin, and effectively removes sunscreen, salt, sand, chlorine odours and pollution.
My children love stickers, so the next newbie I want to tell you about is the very clever Soltan Kids Learn to Reapply UV Detection Stickers €5 for a pack of eight.
These are designed with skin-mimicking technology, so the sticker will ensure that enough suncream has been applied, and will then change colour as the suncream wears off. Genius!
Back to the ould wans: Vichy Anti-Dehydration Spray for the Body SPF 50 & SPF 30, €19.50, is a newbie for me - now that I'm nearly 90! I like the handy spray bottle and how the formula works to resist salt and chlorine while preserving my skin's hydration levels. Not forgetting its main job of protecting against the sun's powerful UVA and UVB rays.
Bye from west Cork, the 33rd county!