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When it comes to balancing our super-sensitive skin, it can be a nightmare trying to figure out what each of our faces need to be perfectly soothed.

Our latest recommendation comes as no surprise to those in the beauty industry who have been raving over the product for months; Payot's Crème N°2 Cachemire.

Everything from stress, hormones and UV rays to air pollution and diet can damage our skin, making it hyper-sensitive as a result.

Drawing on the latest discoveries in the skin biology industry, the Payot Crème N°2 Cachemire strengthens and restores balance to your sensitive skin.

The cachemire cream nourishes your system, calms any sensation of discomfort and reduces the irritations and redness of sensitive and dry skin. What could be better?

As a result of the science, skin is reinforced and protected from external aggressions because of the cutaneous flora action, which helps to maintain the natural balance of the skin.

Payot Crème N°2 Cachemire has a gorgeous, healthy formula containing Boswellia extract, Jasmine Flower extract, Prebiotic and Probiotic.

Its creamy texture envelops your skin straight from application. Day after day, your skin is left feeling soothed and luminous, and the sensation of discomfort from redness is alleviated.

Gain total facial calmness and soft, brightened complexion for just €50- We insist that it's worth the money. 

All Payot products are available in pharmacies and selected stores nationwide, as well as online.

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We were recently told by The Skin Nerd that wearing SPF every single day is vitally important, but we had huge misconceptions about light, the sun and skincare. 

First of all, we assumed you had to be on a beach in a country over 30 degrees to even contemplate using SPF, but it turns out our own phones could be damaging our skin with blue light.

Sh*t craic, that is. Taking a selfie is damaging in even more ways now, even ones with our pets.

Avon released research indicating that the blue light emitted on our mobile phones can damage skin hugely for millennials, who check their phones constantly. (Statistics say it's 157 times a day…)

Pollution, smoking, insomnia, crowded urban places and alcohol can harm our skin, but SPF is the priority it seems.

According to Glamour UK, a quarter of 18 to 34 year olds spend seven hours or more per day on their phones, and sixteen percent of women spend almost one-third of their waking day on their phones. 

Only one-in-ten people knew that the light from a mobile phone can actually age you. Our skin plays such a huge part in our lives, it's an organ for Gawd's Sake, and we need to value it.

23 percent of the same young age group refuse to post an image of themselves online with no filter, purely because of their skin.

All blue light screens apparently "reflect UB rays and may indirectly trigger damage" to our skin, with experiments performed by scientists on a mannequin wearing a UV sensor.

Co-author of the study, Mary Logue of the University of New Mexico, said:

"These devices are generally used for communication or entertainment, so it can be easy to overlook their reflective properties unless you happen to catch the glare off a screen."

The study suggests the light may significantly affect skin and stop it from healing – and the consequences on DNA have led experts to believe it could speed up the ageing process.

Researchers at the University of New Mexico warn that people may be putting themselves at risk of getting skin cancer by going outside to use their smartphones, tablets and laptops.

Broad spectrum is that which protects from both UVA and UVB rays, and we need to be wearing it on our face, neck and décollage every single damn day.  

Invest in screen glasses to protect you against high-energy visible light (HEVL) at work.

For SPF skincare products, we highly recommend The Skin Nerd's brand new Skingredients treatment; 'Skin Shield'. 

IMAGE Skincare Prevention+ Daily Hydrating Moisturiser is also a great product,

Enjoy the sun, gals, but don't forget about your skin. Make SPF part of your daily morning routine so you won't feel guilty every time you check your phone or laptop, you won't regret it.

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Why switch to vegan products? How to get the beauty benefits on a budget

Here’s a statistic worth noting: our skin absorbs up to 60% of any product which is applied to it.

If the beauty brands we use are processed, synthetic and jam-packed with toxins, chemicals and preservatives, that’s a lot of possibly harmful material we’re consuming.

Not to mention that many brands are ambiguous at best when discussing their animal testing.

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Vegan beauty products are all made without harm to animals and they also don’t contain any animal ingredients, animal by-products or animal-derived products.

Some common animal ingredients used in skincare beauty include beeswax, lanolin (grease from sheep’s wool – ew), carmine and uric acid from cows.

Some haters suggest that vegan products can’t possibly be as effective, but actually this is merely a myth. Formulas which don’t contain animal ingredients are actually far better for your skin.

Plant-derived ingredients contain more vitamins, minerals and antioxidants which repair and hydrate the skin.

It’s largely unsurprising then that millions of people around the world have switched to vegan beauty.

In the last decade, beauty addicts around the world are raving about new and natural vegan creations. Returning to nature is becoming more and more attractive, except finding the best quality products with all-natural components has a hefty price tag.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Here’s where vegan brand Nacomi Beauty come in: they’ve just opened their flagship store in Malahide, Co. Dublin and have caused a massive stir.

Their gorgeous body mousses, scrubs, shower jelly and body butter are absolutely flying off the shelves. Why have they propelled to the top of the vegan beauty chain?

Here are a few reasons:

-They import raw materials from all over the world and produce their cosmetics in Poland, surrounded by stunning green scenery.

-ALL their products are totally handmade for each individual, so you know anything you buy has the unique customer in mind. SO personal.

-They don’t just sell produce for women, they now have a mens and baby range. Inclusivity, people. It’s the best.

-They are completely against animal testing

-They source the highest quality product from all over the world and use cold pressed oils, butters, extracts and cosmetic clays in their pure form.

-Their products are all made within a month of being ordered, so it’s fresh to death.

-Their price ranges from… wait for it…€6 to €42.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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YAS BETCH, we can finally afford it to be natural.

-The simplicity of their cosmetic compositions is what make them totally different, they use Unrefined Oils and Vitamin E as natural preservatives.

-They don’t use paraben, harmful dyes and preservatives, SLS/SELS, petroleum derivatives,  or mineral oils.

Nacomi stand by their mission to provide the best quality products at affordable prices:
“We believe that everyone deserves the opportunity to use healthy cosmetics.”

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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That’s right, we don’t have to be rich to be able to live our dreamy natural ingredient lives anymore. Long live Nacomi, we say.

Nacomi is available for purchase from their flagship store in Malahide or online from www.nacomibeauty.com.

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Many of us are now turning to buying smaller versions of our favourite beauty and skincare products, but many brands don't offer the right size for travelling.

With much of the population booking a last-minute trips before the summer draws to an end, the issue of transporting your entire beauty regimen abroad can be a challenge.

One brand has risen above the rest for their travel-sized skincare goodies, and we simply have to rave about them; Eau Thermale Avène.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Just because you're holidaying or exploring different parts of the world doesn't mean you need to ditch your favourite products.

With the dangers of the sun abroad, you actually need your skincare routine even more. 

We've curated a list of your travel must-haves, based on their extensive range of mini-treats:

Eau Thermale Avène’s Thermal Spring Water 100ml: €5

With so many benefits, this product has become a cult favourite. Spritz on the plane to refresh the skin or use it to cool down when you’re poolside.

Thermal Spring spray has soothing, healing and anti-irritant properties, so you won't want to part with it once you're hooked. Thanks to its high tolerance, it is suitable for all skin types.

For your base:

Eau Thermale Avène B-Protect SPF 50+ 30ml: €17

This long-lasting tinted sun cream offers high-factor coverage and antioxidant protection, giving the perfect summer glow so you can ditch the make-up during the day.

Its velvety texture with a non-greasy finish provides an immediate feeling of comfort in the sun and its strong rays.

Always wear SPF, even when you're not in the blistering sunshine. Recent studies have shown that blue light from our screens can now affect your skin.

For cleansing:

Eau Thermale Avène Cleanance Gentle Cleansing Gel 100ml: €11

Suitable for face and body, this multi-tasking product gets to work on blemish-prone skin to help purify skin and regulate oil production, leaving skin feeling fresh and clean.

Its formula, rich in thermal avène water and monolaurin, also prevents irritation and gently combats spots, excess sebum and blackheads. 

Eau Thermale Avène Hydrance Intense Serum 30ml: €26

A day in the sun can leave skin dehydrated and feeling rough and tight, but Avène has the answer once again with an intense moisturising treatment.

Hydrance Intense Serum increases hydration by 45 percent, 4 hours after first application and can be felt for up to 24 hours after stopping applications.

It has been specially formulated with 3 active ingredients which work together to hydrate dull, dry skin. A smooth, radiant complexion is the result.

For your hands:

Eau Thermale Avène Cold Cream Hand Cream 50ml: €9

Perfect for dry or sensitive skin, Avène’s Cold Cream is formulated with nourishing properties of white beeswax to help protect the skin’s barrier against external aggressions, leaving hands soft and supple.

This smooth, non-greasy hand cream offers your hands an immediate feeling of comfort while you're away.

Why not pick up the goodies before you hit the airport? You'll thank us later when they all fit perfectly into your purse and your skin is glowing.

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With air pollution on the rise, it's understandable that beauty lovers are concerned about the environmental impact of pollution on their skin.

Daily stress, a hectic lifestyle and outdoor grit can have a debilitating impact on your skin, and with a climate emergency in our midst, it's time to focus on protecting ourselves from the effects.

French skincare brand Nuxe have released their Crème Prodigieuse Boost line especially for those of us living through busy, urban lifestyles and it's perfect for brightening your face.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The Nuxe Crème Prodigieuse Boost range is designed to brighten and ‘boost’ skin, specifically a complexion that is often used to stress, tiredness or pollution.

It aims to combat these negative effects by using their key ingredient, Jasmine flower, to balance the skin and boost its natural mechanisms.

Each of the range's five products are enriched with an antioxidant complex for fresh, fuller-looking, brighter skin on the most stress-inducing of days.

5-in-1 Multi-Perfection Smoothing Primer, €24.90

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The gorgeous smoothing primer is created to blur out the first signs of ageing, suggesting a 'bare skin' effect by correcting imperfections and adding shine.

Made for all skin types, the newest beauty step has an instant perfecting effect. The non-tinted primer corrects the urban environment and busy lifestyle's markers on your skin.

Devotees of the “no make-up” trend or can be used as a primer as a base for foundation, for a refreshed complexion in minutes.

Energising Priming Concentrate,  €28

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Designed for all skin types, the serum-lotion is the perfect starter to replump the skin and offer a moisturising and radiance boost before applying any other products.

The liquid booster care is formulated using natural origin Hyaluronic Acid, Vitamin C and Jasmine flower to work in harmony for energizing the skin.

Multi-Correction Gel-Cream Multi-Correction Silky Cream, €35

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The moisturiser enhances the skin's radiance and freshness every day, minimising the first signs of ageing. 

Apply after the Energising Priming Concentrate for optimum skin results. You can get the Multi-Correction Gel-Cream in two textures, for oily combination skin or dry combination skin.

Multi-Correction Eye Balm Gel, €27

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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This travel-friendly pump tube of youth-boosting formula is a convenient way to reduce the appearance of dark circles and puffiness with continued use.

The balm helps to conceal signs of insufficient nights sleep, which most of us need on Monday mornings or after a big night out so we can't recommend it enough.

Night Recovery Oil Balm,  €38

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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This overnight miracle worker is a deeply nourishing formula that replenishes the skin with moisture and regenerates the complexion overnight.

Powered by Macadamia Oil, Jasmine Flower and Prickly Pear extract, your skin will look noticeably radiant and plump in the morning. 

The entire collection is available on the NUXE website here, in Arnotts and online at Cloud10 Beauty and LookFantastic. We can't recommend it enough for tired skin.

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If you haven't heard of Eminence Organics, you need to catch up on the revolutionary skincare brand loved by well-known celebrities like Victoria Beckham, Jennifer Lawrence and Meghan Markle.

Duchess of Sussex reveres the Eminence Citrus Exfoliating Wash as her must-have beauty product, so the brand literally has royal approval. 

Luckily for Irish beauty lovers, Portmarnock Hotel & Golf Links have announced the launch of the highly-anticipated Eminence Organics range in The SPA Portmarnock.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Guests of the spa will be offered an incredible organic treatment with biodynamic ingredients from a brand that have taken the beauty world by storm.

Portmarnock Hotel & Golf Links has some breathtaking views for visitors of the spa to take in, as if receiving world-class skincare treatments isn't enough. 

The boutique SPA, led by Head Beauty Therapist Ashleigh O’Connor, embraces the tranquillity and serenity of the hotel’s natural coastline surroundings.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The Hungarian-based brand is well-known for its award-winning combination of natural ingredients, using a mix of fresh fruit pulps, plants and exotic spices to create the Eminence products

Their products contain potent healing and beautifying properties, with the SPA Portmarnock offers five luxurious treatments.

You can choose between the Yam and Pumpkin Facial, the Blueberry Detox firming & stimulating multi-acid peel, the Arctic berry peel & peptide illuminating skin peel, the Mangosteen Gentle Resurfacing Peel, and the Acne Advanced Treatment, which are all carried out by a team of beauty experts.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The holistic approach to farming and production is part of what makes Eminence Organics Skincare so popular. The cruelty-free brand plants a tree for every purchase, and currently have over 7 million trees planted worldwide.

Three years of research and development go into every Eminence product before it hits the shelves, so they mean business when it comes to getting perfect results.

Speaking about the new line of treatments, Head Beauty Therapist Ashleigh O’Connor, said;

"Through the use of organic and wholesome ingredients, Eminence products leave long-lasting, positive effects on the skin."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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"The Acne Advanced Treatment is the newest Eminence treatment we have available in The Spa Portmarnock. The popular facial treats acne naturally without using harsh chemicals, instead using botanical-rich, organic ingredients," Ashleigh adds.

A full range of Eminence Organic Skincare treatments available at Portmarnock Hotel & Golf Links can be found on their website here.

Why not treat yourself to the same skincare routine as the Duchess of Sussex?

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The SA Smoothing range represents 25 percent of CeraVe's business in America, and now the range's two hero products are launching in Ireland next month.

Salicylic acid has been the go-to ingredients for those suffering with skin issues for years. It's a brilliant exfoliator, and gets rid of those pesky dead cells from the skin's surface.

It's just one component of a group of chemicals called Beta Hydroxy Acids (BHAs); oil-soluble acids that break down dirt and debris that block pores and cause blackheads.

Some people find salicyclic acid too drying to use on their skin, which is where CeraVe's new SA Smoothing range comes in.

CeraVe products contain moisturising ingredients such as urea, which improves hydration and exfoliates dead skin, as well as hyaluronic acid, which binds moisture to the skin.

The SA Smoothing range offers all of the benefits of salicylic acid while hydrating the skin and restoring its natural barrier simultaneously.

CeraVe's range treats dry, rough and/or bumpy skin, and chronic conditions like Keratosis Pilatis (KP), which affects 40 percent of adults and teenagers globally.

The SA Smoothing Cleanser, €12.50 (236 ml)

The SA Smoothing Cleanser is a gentle gel cleanser which aims to give your skin the same effective cleansing without tightness. 

This product now offers skin-brightening exfoliation, without damaging the skin's natural barrier. It's safe for everyday use, whether it's for clearing congested skin or for a glowing complexion.

Designed for use on the face, it can also be used on the body and is free of physical exfoliants.

SA Smoothing Cream, €12.50 (177ml tube) / €20 (340g tub)

CeraVe's SA Smoothing Cream is a deeply hydrating body formulation that contains lactic acid (an AHA), as well as salicylic acid (a BHA) and is specifically designed to soften and remove rough and bumpy skin.

It's especially effective on dry, scaly skin and on areas of keratosis pilaris (KP). The combination of AHA and BHA helps to break down the keratin, while the non-sticky, non-greasy formula hydrates and moisturises.

The SA Smoothing Cream is available in a tube or a tub, and both the Smoothing Cream and the Smoothing Cleanser are fragrance-free, hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic.

They can be used for all skin types, be it spot-prone skin or sensitive skin. We've all experienced negative reactions to products with high amounts of chemicals, irritants or fragrances, so CeraVe's new range is ideal for those of us with complex skin.

94 percent of the range's users felt that their skin felt smoother, softer and more hydrated after only three days. The skin barrier function was improved after just one hour, so it's a guaranteed cult beauty product.

CeraVe SA Smoothing range will be available in Irish pharmacies in September 2019.

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I have been struggling with acne since my teenage years. Concealer quickly became my best friend when my hormones decided to wreak havoc with my skin.

My Rimmel Hide the Blemish concealer was shoved into my school bag every morning, nestled between my copy of Macbeth and Irish exam papers.

I was completely oblivious about the importance of cleansing, exfoliating and moisturising my skin. I’d quickly wash my face with soap and water at night, dab Sudocrem all over my spots and hope for the best.

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It wasn’t until I got older that I realised that you need a strong skincare regime to keep those horrid blemishes at bay.

I  eventually discovered the magical world of cleansers, exfoliators, serums, face masks and moisturisers. My acne finally started to subside (with added help from the contraceptive pill.) 

As my spots faded, my confidence started to boost. I finally felt good about myself when I looked in the mirror. My college years were a relatively happy time and my acne barely bothered me, despite my new found love for drinking €2 bottles of Koppaberg in Dicey’s on a Tuesday night.

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Then, at the age of 24, my acne decided to return and it knocked me for six.

I went through at least six different cleansers. I splashed out on the best skin treatments and got the shock of my life when my Mario Badescu Drying Lotion arrived and saw the tiny bottle. I honestly thought they sent me a sample size.

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I was visiting my local Boots every other day with the hope of finding something that would rid me of the pimples that had taken up residence on my face.

I eventually settled on the La Roche-Posay Purifying Cleansing Gel for Oily, Blemish Prone Skin and although I swear by the cleanser, a simple skincare hack is what finally helped shift the dreaded zits.

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The last thing you want to do after a long day at work is drag yourself out of bed and wash your makeup off. My best friend and I have to text one another to make sure we wash our faces in the evening. Having an accountability partner is key.

When I do muster up the energy to wash my face I found that cleansing my skin for at least 60 seconds has been the greatest help. We’re all guilty of rushing our skincare routine so we can go back to binge watching Gossip Girl, but it is one of the biggest skincare errors we make. And it was the main cause of my acne.

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Aesthetician Nayamka Roberts-Smith said the 60 Second Rule is vital. Since I started following this rule I’ve noticed my skin is clearer, less oily and brighter. I’ve been treating my spots with The Ordinary’s Salicylic Acid and my skin is slowly looking less like it did when I was in third year and living on a diet of Freddo bars and onion rings.

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This simple change has been the greatest thing I’ve done for my skin in years and it didn’t cost me a penny.

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Codex Beauty has been making waves across the beauty industry for it's bioscience-led initiative that sets a new standard for organic luxury skincare.

The company was founded in Silicon Valley by Barbara Paldus, a Stanford-University electrical engineer with a Ph.D and entrepreneur skills to burn. Codex Beauty is led by a team of scientists, botanists, dermatologists and cosmetic chemists who believe in utilising science to harness nature in it's purest form.

Recently Bia Beauty, the Irish company founded in Cork by herbal scientist Tracey Ryan, was bought by Codex Beauty and their latest collection has blown any expectations we had out of the water. 

Codex Beauty is a collective of global brands which are built on science, organic and vegan ingredients, plant-based preservatives, pharmaceutical-grade processes, safety and efficacy trials, innovative and sustainable packaging and third party certification.

"We are dedicated to telling you exactly why our products were created and how they will impact your health and skin," Paldus explains.

"Nothing at Codex Beauty is ever 'good enough'. We are always searching for the next discovery or technical breakthrough. We will never stop innovating and improving. That is engrained in our DNA." The name Codex comes from the ancient bound manuscripts that changed how knowledge was shared.

The company truly believe that education and information about skincare is imperative. Clean beauty and transparency is what they're all about, and we couldn't love them more. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Tracey Ryan is the master alchemist behind the Bia Collection, which blends ancient Irish herbal knowledge with modern science. Bia is powered with bio-actives found in native Irish plants.

The local, organic ingredients are developed with sustainable, pharmaceutical-grade manufacturing practices. 

The Bia Collection is an essential unisex collection designed to cleanse, hydrate and protect the skin to achieve a healthy and radiant appearance.

1. Bia Exfoliating Wash, €50

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The Exfoliating Wash is a multi-purpose cleanser made to exfoliate, tone and polish skin. 

Suitable for all types of skin, the wash uses natural Jojoba grains and is infused with elderflower water, grapefruit, safflower and milk thistle oils for toning and cleansing benefits.

2. Bia Day Cream, €78

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The Bia Day Cream is made with calendula and serrated wrack herbs, and works as a daily facial moisturiser which restores and hydrates the skin.

The moisturiser combines the revitalizing effects of calendula and the hydrating properties of hyaluronic acid to moisturise, provide intense nourishment and reduce irritation and redness. It's a facial staple, don't miss out on it.
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3. Bia Skin Superfood, €55

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The hydrating and nourishing treatment cream for your face, hands and body is getting rave reviews. It's a gorgeous fragranced skincare product which leaves your skin feeling healthier than ever.

It's made with the unique BiaComplex™ herbal formula, and treats dry, flaky or irritated skin and leaves it silky smooth.

4. Bia Eye Gel Cream, €72

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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This lightweight, cooling and brightening eye gel helps to reduce undereye puffiness and dark circles, and offers instant hydration and soothing. 

The fragrance gives off a hint of immortelle and rose. Suitable for all skin types, with arnica oil, aloe vera, bladder wrack and cucumber as the key ingredients. You'll be immediately cooled and revitalised.

5. Bia Facial Oil, €100

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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This product is quickly becoming a cult classic, and for a good reason. Once again, it works for all skin types and offers a delicately woody and herbaceous scent from rosemary and bog myrtle.

The light, dry oil helps to hydrate, seal in moisture, firm and smooth the skin using ingredients like rosehip, sea buckthorn, prickly pear, rosemary, kiwi seed and baobab oil. 

You can shop the full Bia Collection on Codex Beauty's website here. Try clean skincare products which harnesses the power of indigenous Irish botanicals and cutting-edge technology ASAP, trust us.

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When it comes to anti-ageing products, it can be difficult to narrow down the best ones. We're advised to start an anti-ageing skincare routine in our mid-20s, but where do we start?

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However, there's one serum that undeniably brings results, with loyal consumers and critics alike raving about it.

Lancôme Advanced Génifique has been one of the most critically successful skincare products in the industry ever since it's 2009 launch.

Leading the way in cutting-edge innovation and pioneering science, the product delivers skincare like no other using microbiome science. 

Lancôme Advanced Génifique was born out of over 197 formation trials, and has been tested on an amazing 4,000 women. There's a good reason why it has over 10,000 five-star reviews.

97 percent of women who use it would recommend it to others, and it's received over 170 awards over a decade on since it's launch.

It's hardly surprising that 25 million bottles of the serum have sold worldwide, that's one every six seconds.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Renowned for it's ability to activate the 10 signs of youth, it's efficiency is hard to deny. Younger-looking skin isn't as hard to accomplish as it seems, with products like these raising the bar for the skincare industry.

As the culmination of 15 years’ worth of research into the skin microbiome, a new Lancôme Advanced Génifique serum is born. It's withstood the test of time to become a beauty icon, and this new version promises to be timeless.

The new serum is enriched with seven prebiotic and probiotic fractions, it acts on the microbiome. Skin recovers faster, feels stronger and looks visibly younger.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The serum wasn't created easily. Researchers have been captivated by the skin microbiome, which has formed the basis of 18 scientific publications and is a breakthrough in the skincare industry.

We're made up of 50 percent human cells and 50 percent bacterial cells, with our unique skin microbiome acting like our unique signature. It's a beneficial living ecosystem of microorganisms and a vital part of the skin surface.

Our skin's healthy appearance is essentially influenced by the balance of our microbiome.

A team of 50 experts, from physicists and clinicians to dermatologists and computer scientists, based in different global centres, has been involved in this research.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Our microbiome needs to be balanced to defend and recover, as well as repairing the skin and regulating excessive inflammation.

By working with Pr. Hattori, from Waseda University, Sōdai in Japan, Lancôme researchers were able to make a huge discovery: The skin microbiome changes as we age.

Our unique microbiome can be harmed by our lifestyle and environmental conditions such as UV rays, pollution, diet, hormones and medications. This can lead to spots, ageing, dryness and wrinkles.

Lancôme scientists have found that women living in a polluted environment and display premature signs of ageing. They were then able to create the ultimate formula to act on the skin microbiome.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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New Advanced Lancôme Génifique contains three plant or biotech-based prebiotics: Mannose, α-Glucooligosaccharides and β-Fructooligosaccharides.

Allowing beneficial bacteria to grow will unlock your skin's inner potential and strength, providing radiant results. 85 percent of women who tested the product claimed their skin felt rejuvenated.

The patented, self-loading dropper releases 30 million prebiotic and probiotic fractions at each application, with an addictive and weightless texture. It absorbs rapidly, and delivers immediate results.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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With celebrity fans like Penelope Cruz, Kate Winslet, Bae Suzy, Lily Collins and Taylor Hill, you can't go wrong. 

Advanced Génifique has been tested on four continents by 4,000 women, so rest assured that the product is confident in it's success. It even suits all skin types, even sensitive skin.

Lancôme skincare plays a big role in bringing the most advanced, transformational science to women's skincare routines around the world. Don't miss their newest solution to finding youthful skin.

Lancôme Advanced Génifique can be bought in Boots stores nationwide, or on the Lancôme website.

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Antioxidants and skincare have gone hand-in-hand for years, especially during those warm summer months where protecting your skin from the sun is more imperative than ever.

Opportunities for sun damage arise constantly during this laid-back season, and broad-spectrum suncream is an absolute must. What else can you do to achieve the maximum protection for your pores?

Here's where antioxidants come in. They're the ideal way to neutralise the visible effects the sun may have on your skin, like wrinkles or dark spots.

If you haven't found your perfect product yet, we highly recommend IMAGE Skincare's collection of antioxidants.

Free radicals (AKA reactive oxygen species) form in our bodies in numerous different ways, mainly through UV rays. These molecules are missing an electron, so they damage other cells in the process of searching for one.

Antioxidants come in to save the day by "donating" an electron to free radicals, neutralising them and minimising skin damage. Seems pretty great, eh?

Adding antioxidants to your skincare routine can boost your sun protection and after-sun care, and we've chosen our top five best antioxidant products to look out for this summer.

1. Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract

Red wine has helped to popularise the heart-healthy benefits of grapes (Thank the Lord) but grapes can also protect your skin. 

Grape seed extract contains polyphenols, which are among the best-known free radical fighters. True story. The extract also contains resveratrol, a powerful antioxidant which is also the source of wine’s cardio benefits.

Our choice: IMAGE Skincare's VITAL C Hydrating Anti-Aging Serum, €76.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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2. Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract

Often credited as the source behind the flawless complexions of the Japanese, green tea has long been known for its amazing health benefits. It’s also a potent antioxidant, making it a popular ingredient in skincare products.

Our choices; IMAGE Skincare'ORMEDIC Balancing Antioxidant Serum €70.50, VITAL C Hydrating Anti-Aging Serum €76, and VITAL C Hydrating Antioxidant ACE Serum, €67.

These three are all formulated with green tea extract for a burst of antioxidant power.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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3. Centella Asiatica (Gotu Kola) Extract

In the West, the ingredient is better known as pennywort but it's been prized in the East since ancient times for it's undeniable health benefits. It's become a cult favourite in skincare for it's anti-ageing properties.

Gotu Jola is a rich source of phytonutrients called flavonoids that act as antioxidants. The antioxidants neutralize reactive oxygen species which in turn helps your body support and improve the appearance of collagen-deprived skin.

Our choice: IMAGE Skincare's VITAL C Hydrating Antioxidant ACE Serum €67, which teams up with green tea extract and a red rose win complex to form a super group of antioxidants.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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4. Phyllanthus Emblica (Indian Gooseberry) Fruit Extract

Indian Gooseberry is a fruit rich in vitamin C and various minerals, amino acids, tannins, and flavonoids.

From anti-ageing creams and serums to sunscreens, Indian gooseberry has demonstrated its strength in protecting the skin from damage induced by free radicals.

Studies have shown that oral and topical applications of the antioxidant compounds in Indian gooseberry have shown a reduction in oxidative damage from reactive oxygen species.

Our choice: Phyllanthus emblica fruit extract features in IMAGE Skincare'VITAL C Hydrating Anti-Aging Serum €76, for all skin types.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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5. Crithmum Maritimum (Sea Fennel) Extract

The ocean is undoubtedly home to some of the most amazing ingredients in skin care.

Among some amazing ingredients is sea fennel, which gets its antioxidant power punch from having a high concentration of antioxidant compounds including vitamin C, flavonoids, and carotenoids.

Our choice: IMAGE Skincare's ORMEDIC Balancing Antioxidant Serum €70.50, the perfect everyday serum for all skin types.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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This amazing serum has one goal: bring your skin to a state of optimal balance so that you’ll have that naturally healthy glow.

Dermatologists recommend the daily use of sunscreen and an antioxidant serum or cream (or a sunscreen with antioxidants), so make sure to take your summer skincare routine seriously.

Your skin is one of your body's organs, and it needs constant care and protection.  Visit IMAGE Skincare's website for more information on total skincare heaven.

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How can we find the perfect skincare product which doesn't negatively effect the environment? In our world of climate breakdown, it's imperative that our beauty regimens don't come from unethical sources.

Tracking down the ideal, environmentally-friendly product can take time, but it's worth it when you come across a range like Casmara's Hydra Lift.

The family-run business uses the most advanced technology and the highest quality natural ingredients to deliver great skincare goods while respecting the environment in the process.

The company assures it's customers that every product in the Casmara range is made ethically, and are eco-certified, meaning the ingredients are derived from renewable resources and are made by environmentally friendly processes.

The Hydra Lift range even has a minimum threshold of 95 percent of total ingredients to be natural from organic farming, along with having biodegradable or recyclable packaging.

As well as this, the range is organic, vegan and vegetarian safe. It's basically the dream products for those wanting to maintain a healthy skincare routine while loving the planet.

1. Casmara Hydra Lifting Firming Fresh Serum, €40

Casmara Hydra Lifting Firming Fresh Serum, €40

Made using a new cosmetic concept, the firming anti-age serum has a soft, light texture and will leave you looking absolutely glowing.

The fusion of 100% natural marine active ingredients, certified by Ecocert®, and the latest advances from scientific investigation of the skin has created the perfect product,

Created with seawater to revitalise and tone the skin, as well as seaweed extracts, the rich treatment stimulates cellular activity at an incredible level.

2. Casmara Hydrating Firming Nourishing Cream, €40

Casmara Firming Nourishing Cream, €40

This product is perfect for dry skin, and is also ideal for mature skin in need of some firming.

The rejuvenating active ingredient Juvenessence® is extracted from Alaria Esculenta seaweed, and detains and reverses cellular ageing.

The nourishing cream retains 97 percent more moisure than hyaluronic acid, and activates 14 genes responsible for skin firmness. The deep-firming effect restores the skin's lost volume, and you'll love it forever.

3. Casmara Hydra Lifting Firming Plus Serum, €42

Casmara Hydra Lifting Firming Plus Serum, €42

Created with seawater concentrate and hyadisine™, the innovative properties like invigorating ocean plasma create the ideal serum for older skin.

After 15 days of Hydra Lifting beauty care, your skin should look 85 percent more toned, 70 percent more hydrated and 90 percent firmer. The results speak for themselves, really.

4. Casmara Marine Cleanser, €19

Casmara Marine Cleanser, €19

This moisturising facial cleansing gel is formulated with 100 percent natural active ingredients which are biocompatible with the skin.

The product cleanses the skin thoroughly without damaging it and provides effective moisture which lasts all day. Get fresh, purified skin without imperfections for just €19, it's a win-win.

The Casmara range is available online on Eden Beauty and from select stockists nationwide.

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