Treatment / Troubleshooters
>BEST SKIN BRIGHTENER
* CLARINS BEAUTY FLASH BALM, €35
The classic complexion brightener celebrated its 30th birthday last year and is still going strong. Pat on a little under make-up for an instant tightening, brightening effect or slather on a layer for 10 minutes as a mask.
* ELIZABETH ARDEN EIGHT HOUR CREAM SKIN PROTECTANT, €26.50
A true cult classic and with good reason: it’s brilliant for chapped lips, cuticles, minor burns and more. Use it as a lip balm, protecting face cream in cold weather and as an overnight face treat.
>BEST FACE MASK
* DERMALOGICA MULTIVITAMIN RECOVERY MASQUE, €40.20
A bit of a lifesaver for stressed skin, this fantastic vitamin-stuffed mask works wonders after a late night, too. It’spacked full of mineralrich botanicals and smells absolutely gorgeous!
* LAURA MERCIER PRIMER, €41
This has the ideal texture to allow foundation to glide on. It minimises pores and lines, giving a perfect canvas for make-up. It’s got vitamins in there, too, to act as antixodants and protect skin.
>BEST BLEMISH TREATMENT
* DERMALOGICA SPECIAL CLEARING BOOSTER, €49.20
This spot-zapper stops blemishes in their tracks. It’s particularly good on those bumpy spots under the surface. Only a tiny bit is needed at a time so the bottle will last for ages.
>BEST MASK FOR CONGESTED SKIN
* SISLEY RADIANT GLOW EXPRESS MASK, €66
A great mask to have on hand when skin is less than fabulous. It’s non-drying but the red clay gets to work onimpurities, leaving skin glowing in just minutes.
>BEST LUXURY LIP BALM
* NUXE REVE DE MIEL LIP BALM, €12.50
A honey-enriched balm that sorts out chapped lips effortlessly. There’s acaia honey and shea butter in there to nourish, while grapefruit essence makes it almost edible.
>BEST BUDGET LIP BALM
* YES TO CARROTS LIP BUTTER, €3.52
Brilliant, natural stick lip balms from the quirky Australian brand. They do the job and are very well priced. They’re available in lots of flavours, too.
>BEST FOR REDNESS
* GUINOT’S CRÈME RED LOGIC €50
This helps to protect delicate skin. It reduces redness and also improves the barrier function of skin, to help prevent the problem in the future. Aloe vera moisturises and protects while calendula soothes and comforts.