Thursday 23 November 2017

Triona McCarthy: Rehab rules

Bad habits can wreak havoc on your skin. It’s time to mend your ways, says Triona McCarthy, who has all the top tips on how to create the new you

Triona McCarthy

Triona's trends: Calling all the naughty gals out there. It’s time to break those bad beauty habits. Now, I want you to promise me you’ll never again . . .

1. Fall into bed with your make-up on. I agree with Irish beauty buff Bronwyn Conroy who says that cleansing the skin is probably one of the most important things you can do to keep skin looking young. Garnier Clean & Soft Wipes, €6.52, contain a non-greasy 2-in-1 emulsion, which is enriched with a rose extract and sweet almond oil.

2. Forget to brush your teeth at night. We all know how bad it is to fall into bed without brushing our teeth; you’re inviting bad breath, gum disease, tooth decay and loss — no, thank you. Check out, which has handy handbag-sized wipes that remove the unattractive dark film red wine leaves on your teeth and around your mouth. If you’re really bad, then at least use a mouthwash such as Colgate Plax, €3.99.

3. Fail to look after your hands. The skin on a woman’s hands can easily betray her age. Get into the habit of applying handcream every night before bed. Clarins Creme Jeunnesse des Mains, €22, is my number one.

Triona's tricks

Here’s a great relaxation trick I picked up from Dr Hauschka’s Irish skincare consultant, Yolanda. Soak a facecloth in hot water, wring it out, and add a few drops of Dr Hauschka Lavender Bath, €17.95. Then place it on your face or on the back of your neck and take some nice, deep breaths. Thinking of your favourite hottie also helps this relaxation process.

In the pink

The new mantra for this spring is to think pink. Yes, pink is the hottest colour on the beauty charts, with every beauty collection featuring pink in some format.

So we’ll have lots of fellas winking at us if we wear pink, ladies. Hmm, I’m not entirely sure that pink really does make the boys wink. I think it might be kinda like the saying “men seldom make passes at girls who wear glasses”. I reckon poetic peeps just made it up ’cause it rhymes well.

Ha! Test out my theory with some pink lippie or blush, or check out Guerlain’s limitededition Ecrin 6 Coleurs in Rue du Rivoli, €72. It contains six shades for the eyes, including a sexy fuchsia colour that really makes blue eyes pop.

The packaging is exquisite and very posh-looking — it needs to be at that price.

Use this daly

I’ve told y’all before how I’m a total Marks & Sparks gal, buying everything from my knickers to naan bread there. Tess Daly’s range for Marks & Spencer has now found its way from the shop shelves to my bathroom shelf. I’ll bet you Tess doesn’t have any bad beauty habits, and that she polishes her halo, and her face, with light-reflecting products such as the Tess Daly Beauty Daly Light, €13.

This “dewy glow luminisor” is the quickest way to brighten a tired complexion giving that lit-from-within look. It’s the ultimate anti-ageing trick, too, according to Tess, who says it is a must-have for its radiance-boosting properties. Describing it as her little bottle of wonder cream, Tess says of Daly Light: “I always apply it over my moisturiser and before make-up to illuminate the face and create a fresh, radiant appearance.”

Apply the lightweight fluid, which includes light-reflecting particles, directly to the face, or why not try mixing it with you foundation to give your skin a real boost?

Cult product

One of my New Year’s dressolutions — new word alert — is to get properly fitted every time I buy a new bra. I went along to Brown Thomas and got myself measured and fitted, and the difference is just unbelievable. I look slimmer, and my clothes fit me better. So, while the girls may be trussed up nicely, what lies beneath also needs some, erm, attention.

Boo Boo Bosom Buddy, €19.50 from, is a fantastic firming treatment. This cream tones, lifts and tightens thanks to natural wonder ingredients — centella and ginkgo biloba — which help to firm and improve elasticity.

Triona's most wanted

I don’t spend much time in the real world these days. I seem to be online or glued to my computer. This can lead to computer face: the dull and sagging complexion, which results from hours of exposure to your screen.

Time to sort it out with Image Skincare, used by supermodel Erin O’Connor, right. Elegant Erin has declared her love for Image Skincare’s Vital C range, which keeps her pale Irish skin glowing. It’s available in treatment and product form at Renew Aesthetic, off Dublin’s Baggot Street.

“It’s formulated for damaged, dry, dehydrated and sensitive skin,” says Sinead, a qualified nurse at the clinic. I particularly like the Vital C Hydrating A C E Serum, €45.50. Renew Aesthetic

Clinic, 4 Convent Close, D2, tel: (01) 661-9261, or see

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