09 October 2013

The Skincare Edit: New Favourites from Origins, Heal Gel, La Roche Posay and Merumaya

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

Massive in Asia, where women tend to use more products and incorporate more steps into their skincare regime, treatment lotions are starting to launch into the western market. The idea is that they prep the skin for the products you apply afterwards, and help them to better absorb.

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.

HealGel Eye

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?
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