This little line-up comprises my current skincare armoury; the weapons I've been using to combat the ravages of a recent illness upon my face. Each one is special and hardworking and most deserving of a place in your bathroom cabinet - and here's why.
Origins Make A Difference Plus Rejuvenating Treatment Lotion
Patted on after cleansing and toning, this absorbs immediately and I really feel the benefit - my skin feels more hydrated, as if it's sucking up more goodness from my serum and moisturiser. If your face needs a hydration boost, this could well be the answer: it's €25, and it also smells delish.
The HealGel range - HealGel Face, HealGel Intensive and HealGel Eye - is the creation of a team of UK plastic surgeons, to help heal post-surgery skin. With ingredients including arnica and hyaluronic acid I was expecting good things, and I was certainly enjoying this lightweight gel as a daily eyecream. But when I bashed a box off a shelf and into my eyes recently, I got the opportunity to give it a really thorough trial. Somewhat miraculously, the bruising was gone within days - this is seriously good stuff.
Availability in Ireland isn't great but you can buy online (£32) or look for it in Space NK in the Dundrum Town Centre.
La Roche Posay Hydraphase Intense Masque
This works wonders on irritated or dehydrated skin. I lashed it on on the plane coming back from Italy - and got into a nice chat with the lady next to me as a result. She's also a LRP fan, and why wouldn't she be?
A light gel cream, this feels incredibly soothing and hydrating - you can watch your skin literally drinking it up, as it disappears first from your most dehydrated areas (in my case, my forehead). This is €16.50 from chemists and one I want always to hand.
Merumaya Skin Brightening Exfoliating Peel
Formulated to clear dead skin cells and retexturise the skin, I'm using this once or twice weekly as a mask. It has the signature Merumaya fragrance: luxurious and soothing, which makes the range such a pleasure to use.
The products are fabulous, too. This is gentle, but effective - my slightly sensitive skin gets on with it just fine, with just a little tingling which tells me the product is getting to work. Wash it off after ten minutes to reveal brighter, more radiant skin. Find it in Arnotts for €24.50.
Fancy adding any of this fab four to your bathroom cabinet?