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Thursday 16 August 2018

For fab skincare, follow your mam

SOMEONE asked me last night what skincare routine I use — mainly because she thought I look younger than I should.

I had to think hard to remember what I am using as, apart from an obsessive love of Dermalogica, a brand that banished the acne that rudely appeared when I was in my 20s, I am not hugely fussy about what creams I use.

I often use the Lacura range from Aldi and have found it to be just as good as more expensive brands. Lacura’s moisturisers start at less than €4. I don’t believe it’ll keep me looking like Joan Rivers does when I am her age (77), but at least there’s no painful cosmetic surgery involved — and it’s cheap.

Having had problematic skin I always get a lift when a compliment comes my way regarding my complexion. And I love when I find a little gem that doesn’t cost a fortune and I get to tell readers about it.

When I read headlines about a new ‘miracle’ cream that scientists are claiming might well be a ‘facelift in a jar’, my first thought was that it will cost a fortune. In fact, it will retail around €30. French firm L’Oreal’s new product is called LiftActive Derm Source, and will be launched under the company’s Vichy label in April.

Youthful

The promise is that this will be the first anti-ageing cream to pinpoint the collagen-making cells which are vital to youthful skin. The best bit of news is that you can expect results in eight weeks. We will be testing this new product in the office when it is launched.

A lot of what actually does work for you is trial and error, we all have different skin types but the golden rule is to look to your mother for your lead.

My mam looks outrageously young for her years and she has done the cleanse, tone and moisturise routine religiously since she was in her 20s. However, even in her younger days she would have drawn the line at wearing black leather hot pants.

Thank God.

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