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When it comes to skincare and having a beauty regime, it can quickly become confusing and even a bit overwhelming. From figuring out your skin type, to finishing your daily routine with the right women’s perfume for the occasion, suddenly your beauty regime sounds more like hard work.

It doesn’t have to be so mind-boggling! One of the first things to remember is that no matter your skin type, or how busy you may be, having any sort of regular routine can help to maintain healthy, glowing skin.

So, if you’re hoping to create a new beauty regime, overhaul your current routine or simply just learn a bit more about skincare, here are some top tips to help you get started.

Understand your skin type

Understanding your skin is so important before you buy any new products, as it can make sure you’re providing your skin with the treatment it needs. Most of us identify our skin type when we’re in our late teens, and often stick to that diagnosis into our 20s and beyond.

It’s worth keeping in mind that your skin will change significantly as you get older, so take some time to identify any new concerns or changing skin conditions. Either do your homework, or consider seeing a professional at a skincare counter to help you.

Keep it simple

It can be easy to get carried away once you start discovering a new routine. However, it’s important to keep it simple; this means you’ve got more chance of keeping it up every day! No one wants to spend half an hour in front of the mirror every morning or night, so stick to minimum products and it will quickly become part of your everyday routine.

One of the best tips for good skin maintenance is using a quality cleanser. Look out for the type of cleanser that will work best for your skin; they often come in various textures like a milk, cream, balm or facial wash.

You should follow your cleanser with a toner. Toners are designed to remove any leftover impurities which your cleanser may not have picked up. There are toners for specific skin types, created with a variety of ingredients, so don’t just choose any old type!

One of the final steps should be to moisturise; even if you have oily skin. Hydrating your skin through a moisturiser can ensure your skin remains healthy. You may want to consider a serum or eye cream to finish with.

It is worth noting that moisturiser is designed to sit on the surface of your skin and protect it from external elements. Serum, on the other hand, sinks right into your skin for extra treatment.

Protecting your skin

You don’t have to be on holiday or in direct sunlight to wear SPF. Our skin is almost always exposed to some sort of UV, even if it’s cloudy outside. By wearing some kind of sunscreen, even if it’s in your makeup, you’re protecting your skin from a multitude of things, such as skin discolouration and appearance of red veins or blotchiness.

Wearing SPF will also slow down wrinkles and stop your skin from prematurely ageing.

Your makeup and fragrance routine

Once you’ve achieved glowing, healthy skin, it’s important to incorporate the rest of your beauty regime. When it comes to applying makeup, consider investing in a primer that is designed for your particular skin condition. Makeup primers are designed to reduce redness, diminish pores or create a matte or dewy finish.

Also, as mentioned earlier, look for foundation that has SPF in it; a layer of foundation alone is simply not enough to protect your skin.

Wearing fragrance is the perfect finish to your beauty regime; but did you know there’s a skill to wearing it properly? Tips from beauty experts have revealed that you should never rub your wrists together after spraying perfume, as this creates friction and heat which can change the scent.

It’s also interesting to note that perfume doesn’t last long on dry skin; even more reason to look after your skin with the right products!

Whatever you do, don’t cover up your perfume with your clothes; target areas like your neck, wrist or inner elbow if you’re wearing short sleeves.

So, now you have a better idea of skincare, makeup and even fragrance, hopefully you can start to put together the perfect beauty regime that works for you.



Those of us who go head-to-head with our oily skin daily will relate to the eternal struggle of wanting to have hydrated skin, but trying not to look like a high-shine mirror throwing out spotlight reflections from our faces. IS THIS TOO MUCH TO ASK, PEOPLE?

It’s fine. I’m fine. The shine show must go on.

Now that it’s Winter, the game is changing. We’ve put together a Beauty Bible of sorts on the Great Oily Skin Battle of 2018. It’s a thing.

Our skin of course is more than just dry, oily, acne-prone etc. We are nuanced beings, and this is no different when it comes to our skin.

The question is, why do some of us suffer more from oily skin in the winter, and others suffer with dryness?

It seems unfair, between having to glue ourselves to our hot water bottles and getting up when it’s still dark, why should our skin be causing us problems on top of that?

Michele Farber of Schweiger Dermatology Group claims that: “Skin can become more oily as a mechanism to compensate for excess dryness. The skin will overcompensate in sebum or oil production to moisturise itself.” 

Rude much? Never fear, we're here to save the shiny day. Here are our top tips for combating oily skin during winter, thank us later…


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1. Prioritise and Moisturise

You might think that moisturising skin which is already oily is a mistake, how ever oily skin compensates for excess dryness, so keeping it hydrated is KEY.

The right moisturiser for you is like getting a bra fitting, it can be a hassle but so worth the results if you’re patient enough. Each and every one of us has unique skin cells, so it can be next to impossible to find the skin regime for us.

There are dozens and dozens of moisturisers on the market, but our personal recommendation is to use one with Vitamin E.


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2. Watch your Tone

Yon-Ka ESSENTIALS have the BEST lotion on the market – it’s an alcohol free invigorating mist for normal to oily skin and contains five essential oils. Their ESSENTIALS range start your beauty regime the right way- with cleansing.

They work to gently purity and optimise the effectiveness of your everyday care regimen, and leaves your skin soft and hydrated.

Use after cleansing and spray onto the face as a mist in the  morning and at night for best results.


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3. Avoid using petroleum jelly
According to make-up artist Katey Denno, petroleum jelly (Vaseline) can create the illusion of granting us moisturised skin, but actually the substance suffocates your pores.

It’s water-repellant and not water-soluble, so it actually just seals the barrier so that moisture cannot leave the skin.

Basically you're actually drying out your pores by keeping out the air and moisture, while it's thick texture makes it tricky to cleanse the skin. It's literally a lose-lose, gals.


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4. Tea Tree Oil

Hot showers in the winter are widely recognised as stripping your skin of it’s essential oils, thereby preventing it from achieving moisture.

By using tea tree oil with warm water, this makes up for the loss of moisture and brings your skin back to its supple self in no time.

5. It’s all about keeping the pores happy

Changes in the weather make our pores hella cranky.

Environmental causes are some of the major factors in skin issues, meaning that our pores have a bit of a ‘mare in the winter especially. Our skin has its own survival techniques which can be the bane of our facial lives, but really it’s just trying to do it’s job.

6. Don’t let it dry out

Farber also claims that “If your skin is dry, it’ll often feel tight and have a white-ish flaking more diffused all over the face. Oily skin will often concentrate around sebaceous areas, like the T-zone, and pores in this areas may be visibly larger.”

Dry skin translates to an overproduction of sebum and oils, most likely because of the extreme temperate changes from freezing cold outdoors to overheated indoors.


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7. Keeping your skin cleansed is a MUST- no matter what type you are.

Yon-Ka ESSENTIAL Masque 103 is a purifying, clarifying mask which may actually save your skin, become the love of your life and have your kids all at once. A bold claim for a bold product.

This detoxifying mask contains three types of clay which purify the skin, tighten pores, brighten the complexion and leave it with an exceptional glow.

Glow up, shine down. It's ideal.


Drink as much water as you are physically capable of every day, and your pores will thank you for it- guaranteed. Everyone needs different amounts, the two litres per day ‘fact’ is most likely a myth but if your body is dehydrated then so is your skin, that math adds up.

9. Use a clean towel whenever you are washing that lovely face of yours!

You don’t want any bacteria present in the towel to be transferred right back onto your face. Pat your skin dry instead of roughly trying to rub the make-up or skin cells off.

Clean towels prevent oily skin and breakouts, so they’re essentially your undercover guardian angel. Wash them at LEAST once a week, folks.

There you have it, nine core tips for surviving the winter with oily skin.

Remember that each person is totally unique, and research and discover what products feel right for you. Treat your skin with the care and calm it deserves, you’ll be radiant and glowing in no time without the unwanted shine.



At one point or another, everyone will suffer from blemishes.

Whether it's in your teens, 20s, 30s or beyond, breaking out can seriously damage your confidence and put a dent in your self-esteem.

However, this skincare range for oily and blemish-prone skin has a huge success rate, and it might just be skincare secret we've all been waiting on.

Image result for la roche posay effaclar range

La Roche-Posay's award-winning Effaclar range is being extended this year, adding two new treatments to its line.

The line promises to provide a correcting and hydrating product in one, and since 2014 has garnered rave reviews.

Here's what's new to the Effaclar collection:

Effaclar Purifying Mask – €15

Promises to: Unclog pores, control shine and cleanse deep impurities.

This mask will offer an immediate clean-feel finish, and won't cause your skin to dry out, like many other masks do.

La Roche-Posay conducted a survey and found that 69 per cent of users saw a reduction in excess sebum immediately after using this, and 85 per cent reported a reduction within four weeks.

Effaclar Duo [+] SPF 30 – €18.50

Promises to: Correct uneven skin tone, hydrate and now protect your skin

New dermatological research from La Roche-Posay claims that UV exposure can actually worsen acne by over-drying and activating sebum glands.

Effaclar Duo [+] SPF 30 will tackle your imperfections, even out your skin tone, as well as protect your skin against UVA rays, UVB rays and pollution.

In the consumer survey which La Roche-Posay carried out, 89 per cent of participants said their skin looked smoother and 83 per cent said their skin cleared after four weeks of use.

With results like that, it would be crazy to not try this range out!



We were told our oily skin would go away once we were out of the teenage years, then 19 turned to 20, 20 turned into 25 and we still can't eat a packet of crisps without our skin harking back to our teenage years.

We are told it would benefit us in the long run, that oily skin has better elasticity so is less prone to wrinkles. While this may be true, it doesn’t stop us getting annoyed when we have to carry blotting paper in our purses.

While avoiding alcohol or abstaining from dairy may seem a bit unrealistic (umm hello? Cheese?), there are some more doable things that can help improve your skin.

1. Water, water, water

You’ve heard it time and time again, but it can’t be said enough.

Drink as much water as possible. It may seem like a chore, but once you get into a habit of it, it’ll be second nature.

A handy tip to trick yourself into drinking more water is to get a reusable water bottle with a straw. You drink more without noticing and it’ll save you money. It’s a win-win.

2. Find the right moisturiser

You may think your skin is bad enough without putting more greasy stuff on it, but even oily skin gets dry, flaky bits. It’s a vicious circle, we don't moisturise and get dry skin then we moisturise it and we get spots.

Finding the right moisturiser is key to stopping this. Skin is a temperamental thing so it’s really trial and error when it comes to finding the perfect one for you. 

An oil- free, matifying moisturiser is the best way to go. It’ll cost more than your mam’s Nivea, but you’ll only need to use a small amount so it lasts ages. 

3. Don’t overdo it      

With oily skin, it can feel dirty so there's an urge to clean it every possible chance you get. This isn’t a good idea, your skin needs oil, even if you don’t like it.

Removing the oil too often will just make your skin produce even more and the problem will only get worse.

Keep exfoliating and using deep cleansing face washes or masks every second day and use a light cleanser daily.

4. Timing is everything

Timing is just as important as the product you use.

Try not to moisturise just before bed. Your body temperature rises when you sleep and moisturiser mixed with sweat will clog your pores.

Moisturising in the morning makes it more effective. The same goes for using greasy lip balms. They stay in place during the day, but at night they will spread and clog the pores around your lips.

5. Don’t get disheartened

Finally, don’t get disheartened if you improve your skin care routine, but seem to be getting more spots.

It takes time for your skin to rid itself of deep impurities, so they may have to come to the surface before they can be eradicated.

It also takes time to perfect a skin care routine that suits your skin, so be patient and you will find the perfect balance. 



Apart from the lucky select few of us, we all have different problems with our skin.

Whether we're oily on our T-zone, dry in patches or simply just dull or tired, it can be hard to find the right product just for you.

Well, we've come across Image Skincare, and with the arrival of new products, they have just about every skin situation sorted. Have a read of the list below to find out what cream or serum will best suit your skin type:

Dry skin – Vital C hydrating facial oil

This oil is great for absorbing into your skin quickly and efficiently while preventing any water-loss. It also enables the quick healing of dry skin.

The ultra-lightweight product hydrates, nourishes and soothes dry, irritated and dehydrated skin to bring it back to life.

Oily skin – Clear Cell restoring serum

This powerful serum provides anti-microbial properties to your skin. After a few weeks, it will show a significant reduction in pore size and shine (yes!).

Vitamin B6 derivative helps to restore your skin's natural balance by minimising shine, oil and sebum as well as reducing the appearance of inflammation.

Post-treatment – I Rescue post treatment recovery balm

This balm supports the regenerative process of the skin after treatments such as laser resurfacing or chemical peels.

It helps reduce transepidermal water loss, discomfort, redness and irritation so your skin will be back to normal in no time.

Tired eyes – I Beauty flawless rejuvenating eye pads

These coconut water-based pads help nourish and revitalise the eye area. They also help gently, yet effectively remove eye make-up without damaging your peepers.

The plant extras smooth out fine lines and wrinkles, which naturally promotes the skin's youthful appearance. This product guarantees to reduce puffiness and energise tired eyes.




Real life doesn’t always pertain to a perfectly regular skincare routine. As much as I love looking after my skin, real life does get in the way sometimes, and it’s not always possible to stick to what you should be doing.

Equally, I know that finances won’t always allow us to snap up a load of snazzy products in one go. It takes time (and a bit of trial and error) to invest in the right products.

Here are five that are sure to set you off on the right foot and instantly improve how your skin looks and feels.

1. OSKIA Renaissance Cleansing Gel
This is an absolute cult cleanser. The product comes out as a rich, vitamin-laden balm, and quickly emulsifies into a light, oily foam upon contact with water. The best thing about this cleanser is that it has something to offer every skin type; it rebalances oil, soothes any sensitivity and helps massively with hydration, too. Worth every penny.

€37 from Space NK and CultBeauty.co.uk

2. Clarisonic Brush
There isn’t a skincare game-changer out there quite like the Clarisonic. With one use, skin will feel softer and far cleaner than ever before. This is a great investment because as products get used up and thrown out, you’ll still always be able to rely on this handy piece of kit. Oh, and Kourtney Kardashian’s a fan, if you care!

€149 from Brown Thomas and Space NK

3. REN Glycolactic Radiance Mask
Another one of those products that never fails to deliver. A thin layer of this citrus-scented gel mask works wonders at brightening and boosting the complexion – it’s a gentler and far more effective alternative to old-fashioned scrubs, and you’ll never look back.

€35 from Clerys, Debenhams and Space NK

4. Una Brennan Super Facialist Clay Mask
A cheaper treat for skin that’s brilliant for deep-cleaning oily or spot-prone skin. Plus, the price means you’re far more likely to keep up with regular use!

€11.99 from Boots

5. La Roche Posay Hydraphase Intense Masque
Every skin needs a good hydrating mask  and this La Roche Posay version will suit all types. Just a small amount worn overnight will leave you looking well-rested, with plumper, happier, healthier skin.

€17 from all good pharmacies and Boots

Deirdre Foley is a history grad, sceptic, wearer of red lipstick and self-confessed 'beauty maniac'. She is also the co-founder of fabulous Irish beauty blog, Viva Adonis



Ladies with oily skin will know what a nightmare it can be.

You shy away from the camera on nights out just in case your powder has failed you and your make-up just never seems to last like you know it should.

So how can you deal with oily skin? Here are some tips you may find helpful when it comes to dealing with the shine monster.

  • Cleansing is essential

In order to stay blemish-free and to stop a build up of oil from wreaking havoc with your skin, it’s important to cleanse at LEAST twice a day.

Always look for an oil-free foam/gel based cleanser that will keep your skin clear but still be gentle enough to use more than once a day.

  • Don’t skip the toner

It can be easy to think of toner as an optional step in your skincare routine – but once you do use it, you won’t go back. For best results, use a toner that is specialised for oily skin such as La Roche-Posay’s SEROZINC.

This mattifying facial mist has been specially formulated to give your skin a non-shiny appearance as well as tightening pores. SEROZINC has been something of a must-have with Irish beauty gurus but has not been available on our shores – until now. 

From April 1st, the misting toner, specialised for oily and blemish-prone skin will be available in pharmacies nationwide for only €10.

  • Should you moisturise oily skin?

Many people believe that putting moisturiser on oily skin will only make things worse – but not so. Your skin needs hydration and moisture, especially with all of the elements we are subjected to every day; from the cold weather to the office air con it’s important to treat our skin right.

While heavy moisturisers may leave oily skin feeling clogged and heavy, finding a light-weight, water-based and most importantly non-oily moisturiser, your skin can get what it needs without risking outbreaks.



If your skin is dull and tired and in need of some rejuvenation, the answer could be in your kitchen cupboards!

Rather than splashing cash on some fancy mask you'll only use once, give your skin some natural TLC with a DIY face mask.

DIY masks are easy to make – simply choose your base and work away! Avocado, milk, oats, bananas, yoghurt and honey all work perfectly in face masks – here are two recipes to get you started.

Soothing Mask for Dry Skin


  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2/3 small pot natural yoghurt (around 100g)


  1. Mash or blend all ingredients together until they form a smooth paste
  2. Apply to skin and leave for around 10 – 15 minutes
  3. Wash off with a cloth and warm water


Toning Mask for Oily Skin


  • 1/2 a ripe avocado
  • White of 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice


  1. Beat the egg until foamy
  2. Mash avocado until smooth and add to egg white
  3. Add lemon juice and stir to combine
  4. Apply to skin for around 10 minutes
  5. Wash off with a cloth and warm water


If you have oily skin, choosing a moisturiser for your face that won’t clog your pores or leave you extremely shiny can be pretty hard to find.

However, help is at hand! Here are six facial moisturisers perfect for oily skin:

Witch Mattifying Moisturiser
A light moisturiser for oily/combination skin it also has the added plus of an SPF15.

Proactiv Oil-Free Moisture
It will absorb any oil, leaving your face shine-free. Jessica Simpson was the face of the brand, so if she is a fan, then so are we.

Simple Hydrating Light Moisturiser
This won’t clog up your pores and is light enough to wear every day.

Clinque Dramatically Different Moisturising Gel
A little on the pricey side, this is great for giving your oily skin some much needed moisturisation.

This lightweight gel will ensure your skin is shine-free and blemish-free.

Neutrogena Visibly Clear
This will help sop spots forming and is fast absorbing, making it ideal for under make-up.