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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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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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This week's beauty product which the entire Shemazing crew is LUSTING over is positively mind-blowing. Why? The Skin Nerd, that's why.

We all know and adore Jennifer Rock; CEO and founder of the iconic skincare company, award-winning dermal facialist, skin trainer and best-selling author. 

Their legendary Nerd Network online skin consultations have changed the lives of over 10,000 clients, leading Jennifer and the team to have a deep understanding of what people need from skincare.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Seeing as Jennifer Rock knows literally EVERYTHING in the whole entire world about skin, she's the perfect person to create her very own skincare product range; Skingredients®.

Now, we're always wary about believing the hype of new products on the market, but we've tried and tested the Skin Nerd's collection and it's phenomenal. Undoubtedly, it's set to become a cult brand.

Skingredients® is your skin's balanced diet, a range of goodies made up of the exact key ingredients that your skin needs: Nothing more, nothing less. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The highly-anticipated range has been created for people of all ages and skin types, and is customisable to your individual needs.

Skingredients® targets skin concerns instead of types, seeing as your skin is an ever-changing organ requiring alternating result-driven ingredients all the time.

The capsule collection features seven products: The Core 4 plus three mix-and-match products to tailor your Skingredients® recipe.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The range is totally fragrance-free, according to Jennifer's mantra that smells don't change cells.

The Core 4

These four products are your must-have ingredients which are integral to skin health, basically everyone needs them throughout their life as the basics.

1. PreProbiotic Cleanser, €25 (100ml)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The number one Skingredients® product is the biome-balancing, hydrating first step of the recipe.

PreProbiotic Cleanse is a nourishing cleanser with super-mild exfoliant polyhydroxy acid. PrePro is set to arrive in stock-lists near the end of June, so get yourself on the waiting list STAT.

It's 100 percent worth the wait. Good bacteria isn't just for your gut; the daily cleanser with a prebiotic-probiotic complex and PHA is designed to restore the skin's flora and keep your skin soft, plump and hydrated.

The featherweight lotion has enough muscle to remove eye makeup as well as everything else the day has put your face through. 

2. Skin Veg, €42.00 (30ml)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Skin Veg brings all the anti-inflammatory, antioxidant goodness of vegetables to your face, without you having to eat kale or superfood salad.

If your skin is an organ, the ingredients you put on it is essentially food for your face. It's important to know every ingredient and why it's necessary to be within the product.

Skin Veg is a hyaluronic acid and is part of your skin's 10-a-day, highlighter, no-fuss hydration prep for maximum results.

The pre-serum and penetrant enhancer works to prepare your skin to absorb the active ingredients in your other products, and packs goodness into your skin.

Featuring extracts from tomato, broccoli, cucumber, liquorice root, aloe vera, beta-glucan, beta carotene and a clinically-proven pro collagen peptide to brighten and exfoliate your skin, you don't want to miss this.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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3. Skin Protein, €42.00 (30ml)

This flawless Vitamin A and C Serum brings the nutrients needed for your skin's proteins.

Formulated to protect and maintain heathy skin, this product is an all-rounder that  revamps, revitalises and restores for smoother, tighter, firmer and hydrated skin.

Packed with vitamins, a clinically proven pro-collagen peptide, essential fatty acid rich sunflower seed oil and super potent antioxidants, your skin will be protected from environmental damage.

Skin Protein is ideal for mixing with other serums, and the daily anti-ageing normalising product is suitable for everyone except pregnant people. It's basically results-driven strength-training for your skin.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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4. Skin Shield, €42.00 (100ml)

Every single person on earth needs Broad Spectrum Light Protection, that's a fact. New research has discovered that blue light from screens can damage our skin, as well as rays from the sun.

Your skin may protect your organs, but what actually protects your skin?

The Skin Shield is a broad spectrum physical SPF 50 (PA+++) perfect for protecting your skin against UVA and UVB rays, infrared and HEV light, the light emitted from computers and screens.

Even better: it's water-resistant and oil-free. The moisturising, mineral SPF base gives daily coverage with niacinamide to defend damage. It'll give you a dewy but not shiny finish, and we're sold.

Mix + Match Products

Target skin concerns only specific to you whenever you need to, with these mix-and-match treats. Add them to your Core 4 routine when your skin needs some TLC.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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A-HA Cleanse, €25.00 (100ml) 

A-HA is named for that Eureka moment when all your skincare hopes and dreams come true to create a dewy, bright and hydrated face.

The exfoliating cleanser and resurfacing micro-mask contains lactic acid and PHA (polyhydroxy acid) for nightly-use.

The cleanse gently exfoliates, cleans and brightens your skin, working to boost your natural moisturising factor for extra-skin hydration too.

Perfect for those with normal, dehydrated or dry skin and pigmentation, or an uneven tone. Lactic acid is renowned for creating a brightened skin tone, sure Cleopatra bathed in it daily and look how fierce she looked.

Sally Cleanse, €25 (100ml)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Blackheads? Bye b*tch.

This cleanser, spot-zapper and micro-mask contains the most salicylic acid legally allowed in an EU product (two percent).

The Sally Cleanse works to dissolve debris within the pore to stop spots at the source while simultaneously reducing oil production. It's essentially Skincare Jesus,

If you're too oily to feel comfortable, suffering from blackheads or have under-the-skin bumps or keratosis pilaris, Sally is your main woman.

For spot-prone skin, use as a pore-clearing deep cleanse once every second night along with the PreProbiotic Cleanse.

Skin Good Fats, €42.00 (30ml)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Skin Good Fats isn't just a great moisturiser; it acts as ceramide barrier balm, feeding your skin's barrier with what it recognises.

The barrier balm provides your skin with a skin-native ceramide, essential fatty acids and a patented anti-irritation ingredient to replenish the good fats your skin already uses.

By doing this, your skin is happy, plump and hydrated. Make it your night cream and moisturiser if your skin is dry, itchy, irritated or annoyed.

The Skin Nerd has their sights set on global exportation of Skingredients® over the next 18 months, and they're ready to takeover the world of skincare. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The entire range is also cruelty-free, fragrance-free and free from animal-derived ingredients. A percentage of the products will be donated to an alternate charity each year.

Two years in the making, the Skingredients® range was aimed to simplify skincare for the masses while remaining affordable. Jennifer explained her goals when she dreamed up the glorious goodies;

“Results-driven skincare can be so expensive and unattainable. I wanted to make it simpler. My belief is that you need to mirror what you’re putting into your body with what you’re putting onto your skin."

It's all about empowerment and confidence. Do yourself a huge favour and try the range. Trust us, you'll never look back.

Skingredients® is available online, in pharmacies, department stores and selected salons nationwide.

Feature image: Instagram/@skingredients

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This week's Beauty Product of the Week is one of the most exciting announcements yet, because renowned skincare brand Science of Skin is finally launching in Ireland.

The brand uses all natural ingredients such as EGCG, a green tea extract which acts as a powerful antioxidant active and is scientifically proven to reduce the appearance of scarring and redness.

Solutions to your scarring and stretch mark worries have never been so easy to find.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The company was created by Science of Skin leader Dr. Ardeshir Bayat, an internationally renowned expert in scar management, and Douglas McGeorge MBE, a leading UK cosmetic surgeon.

Clinically-proven, solution-focused skincare remedies created by Science of Skin are now available in Boots pharmacies nationwide. We can't contain our excitement that three effective remedies for scars and stretch marks will be at our fingertips.

Science of Skin combines ground-breaking ingredients from science and nature into treatments that safely heal, soothe and repair your gorgeous skin. We're officially hooked.

The main ingredient, EGCG, has been scientifically proven to reduce scars by over 40 percent, and as if that wasn't enough; The products are all vegan-certified and alcohol, paraben and fragrance-free.

1. Science of Skin Solution for Scars, €20.99

A huge amount of the population have experienced skin scarring, whether from acne marks or other ailments. It's incredibly hard to find the right product for the job.

 A product that is clinically proven to reduce the appearance for scars, we're over the moon that Boots will now stock this specialist scar cream with a difference. 

Solution for Scars works at a cellular level to actively support your skin and improve the appearance of scars by reducing redness and thickness, as well as soothing the skin.

2. Science of Skin Solution for Stretch Marks, €43.99

Developed by a team of skin and scarring experts, the formula behind the Solution for Stretch Marks works by combining active natural phytochemicals and highly moisturising natural ingredients with vitamins C and E to offer a soothing treatment.

The product is suitable for weight-gain stretch marks and growth-spurt marks, and is certified vegan as well as paraben, alcohol and fragrance-free. You won't have to worry about any harmful toxins, that's for sure.

The Solution for Stretch Marks targets problem areas such as stomach, hips and thighs, and contains one of nature's most powerful soothing extracts; magnolia bark.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The Science of Skin also have a stretch mark product for mums-to-be, suitable for use throughout pregnancy; Science of Skin Stretch Mark Defence (€26.99)

The full range is now available from Boots stores across Ireland and on the Science of Skin website.

Feature image; Instagram/@scienceofskinuk

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It's that time of the week once again, where we choose our favourite beauty or skincare product that we know you're going to adore.

This week, we are absolutely blown away by the new Clarins treat: Rose Radiance Cream. The formula was specifically designed to replenish skin and boost radiance, and that's exactly what it does.

The feeling of having lost that glow about your skin is what drove the veteran company to create their new beauty-enhancing skincare product in Clarins Laboratories.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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In its expert formula, they have combined the best immediate radiance-boosters with the finest replenishing key ingredients, and the pink colour already has us hooked.

Essentially, Clarins are encouraging us to feel like a vibrant flower in bloom, at any age or with any skin type. 

Rose Radiance Cream delivers a smooth skin texture, luminous complexion and even skin tone with three core ingredients. The vitamin C derivative reduces the look of dark spots to give a fresh face.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The fresh fragrance has notes of delicate, blossoming rose. Glowing skin and the floral scent? It's a win-win.

The gentle biological exfoliation of hibiscus flower acids is how a smooth skin texture is achieved, alongside illuminating pearls.

Hibiscus sabdariffa flower acids delicately cause the removal of dead skin cells, encouraging skin renewal and more supple skin. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Four different pearls were chosen by Clarins to achieve a specific shade, and to reflect white light when put together. These pearls allow the formula to adapt to different skin tones.

Harungana, Hibiscus sabdariffa, Shea, Furcellaria, Nipplewort and White horehound are the herbs picked by Clarins for the incredible formula.

With 86 percent of their customers referring to the product as "like radiance in a jar," we definitely think it's worth a try.

Feature image: Instagram/@clarinsofficial

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Kylie Jenner's recent skincare launch hasn't been without its controversies, mainly revolving around walnut scrubs.

Fans are now DRAGGING her name to the dirt because of how she washes her face in a new Kylie Skin video. People are calling her a scammer thanks to the whopper foundation stains on her towel.

People have serious thoughts about this kerfuffle, to say the least. Kylie can be seen rubbing her new face wash onto herself for about a millisecond before rinsing it off and patting her face dry with a fluffy towel.

The fluffy towel then becomes basically a cesspit of foundation stains, and now everyone's busy calling Ms Jenner out as total 'scammer'.

Comments are claiming that the billionaire make-up mogul doesn't even use the products she's selling, and that she's lazy in her attempt to pretend to use them. 

"Kylie Jenner washing her face for seven seconds reminds me of that girl pretending to rub the makeup wipe on her face," wrote one Twitter user.

Another pointed out that using cleanser for under five seconds does absolutely nada for your skin, and her new product doesn't work effectively as a result.

"Love you Kylie Jenner but if you’re showing people how to wash their face with your products, do it properly," wrote Heidi Schneider. 

Another wrote;

"Kylie Jenner is real dumb for thinking she can fool anyone with her skin care brand?

"Sis is out here washing her face on camera using a filter not even letting the interested people see how it looks when she uses it AND there was foundation on the towel when she was done? No thanks."

An especially angry fan called her a rich b*tch "who goes to expensive dermatologists". 

To be fair, she does have access to the best plastic surgeons and dermatologists in the world, so selling skincare products in the first place makes minimal sense…

People also pointed out that putting a filter on the video meant that the skincare product was shown in an even MORE inaccurate light as a result…Ah Kylie. Make more of an effort, hun.

"How do you live with yourself knowing you're a scam…" wrote another Twitter fan. Yikes, she is losing fans left, right and centre.

It's only a short demonstration video that Kylie threw up on her Instagram, it's not official branded content.

Mayyyyyybe she does use her own Kylie Skin face wash but does it better in real life? Maybe? 

You can choose whether to give her the benefit of the doubt or not…

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The month of May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month. UV exposure is the most preventable risk factor for skin cancer. During Skin Cancer Awareness Month, we are encouraging you to practice safe sun every time you are outdoors.

Skin cancer is the most common cancer in Ireland with over 11,000 new cases diagnosed in 2015. The National Cancer Registry of Ireland (NCRI) expects this number to double by 2040.

What is Skin Cancer?

Skin cancer is a disease of skin cells. Nine out of every ten cases are caused by UV rays from the sun or sunbeds. Overexposure to UV rays, which leads to tanning, redness or burning of the skin, causes damage to skin cells. While much of this damage is repaired some remains and can lead to skin cancer later in life.

Early detection is also vital. If spotted early, up to 90 percent of cases are curable. In the case of melanoma skin cancer, spotting it early can save your life. For this reason, it is important to get to know your skin, check it every month for change and speak to your doctor if you are worried.

Reduce the risk by following the SunSmart Code:

1.     Slip on some clothes

2.     Slop on sunscreen

3.     Slap on a hat

4.     Seek some shade

5.     Slide on sunglasses

It is important to use products that provide protection against both UVA and UVB rays.

The Irish Cancer Society recommends wearing sunscreen from April to September to reduce the risk. It is helpful to work SPF into your daily routine to ensure that you are always protected.

CASMARA LIGHTENING REPAIR CREAM SPF 50 – RRP €55

A high-technology product based on an advanced selection of Active Ingredients restoring the damage caused fundamentally by UVA & UVB which affects the skin's DNA with harmful effects to the skin's health: dehydration, lack of uniformity in colour and tone, loss of radiance, sagging, wrinkles and blemishes, premature ageing.

·       Stimulates the renewal of the cellular information and the biosynthesis of proteins and collagen.

·       Reduces the depth of wrinkles.

·       Improves the elasticity and firmness of the skin.

·       SPF 50 protects the skin from the harmful effects of the sun’s UVA & UVB rays

CASAMRA URBAN PROTECT DAILY DEFENSE (DD) CREAM – RRP €32

The Casmara Research Centre has created the Urban Protect DD Cream. An innovative urban shield for the daily defense of the skin with a touch of colour. Thanks to its powerful anti-pollution and anti-aging active ingredients; and the innovative MULTI-LIGHT TECHNOLOGY S.P.F 30 (UVA-UVB and artificial light), it protects and treats the skin and at the same time evens out the skin tone with a natural finish.

·       Protects with broad-spectrum solar filters SPF 30 (UVA, UVB and blue light)

·       Perfects skin by colour-adapting with a natural finish

·       Treats the skin by stimulating the production of collagen & elastin and fights the signs of fatigue & tiredness

Remember, using sunscreen alone will not give enough protection against UV rays. It is important to use shade, clothes and sunglasses too. This way you get the best possible protection from UV damage.

The type of sunscreen you use is up to you and what you feel comfortable putting on your skin. Creams, lotions, gels and sprays all work but only if used properly.

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I must admit there have been nights when I’ve curled up in my bed with the remainder of the day's makeup still on my face. I’d go to bed feeling slightly guilty and fully aware that I’d be greeted by some delightful spots when I looked in the mirror the next morning.

As someone who suffers from acne, I’m usually really strict with my skincare regime, but I’m sure everyone’s had those nights when all you want to do is jump into bed and abandon your skincare routine.

One night won’t do any harm we mutter to ourselves, but we’re so wrong.

The best thing we can do after wearing makeup all day is to let your skin breathe.

Cleansing the skin is one step we should never avoid, especially if you’re wearing a lot of makeup on a daily basis.

Makeup artists Lauren Murphy and Elizabeth Rita shared their top skincare tips at the launch of Nivea’s MicellAIR Skin Breathe Professional range.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Both Lauren and Elizabeth said double cleansing is the best thing you can do to keep your skin feeling clean and looking healthy.

They explained how cleansing once removes the makeup, oil and dirt on your skin, which is essential but many of us are guilty of neglecting the double cleanse.

Lauren stressed the importance of double cleansing because the second time you cleanse actually cleans your skin leaving it feeling smooth and supple.

She also reminded us of the areas we tend to forget about when cleansing. Lauren said cleansing the hairline, jaw, neck and ear area is just as important as any other part.

We found a product that will encourage you to double cleanse every night, even when you come crawling home after drinking one too many G&T's.

The MicellAIR Professional Micellar Water is bound to become your new holy grail product this winter. It has a unique and innovative light-weight formula that effectively removes long-wear face and eye makeup while deeply cleansing the skin, in one easy step.

Pick up a bottle of the MicellAIR Professional Micellar Water for a mere €6.99. You can thank us later.

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The Kardashians are always on top of the latest beauty trends, but this one is next level eccentric. From the 'vampire' facial that Kim made famous to micro-needling; the famous reality star family try some pretty out there beauty routines.

Kourtney shared an image of herself and Kim using an unusual face mark regime which absolutely TRANSFORMED their faces, and fans were alarmed to say the least. Their eyes and lips are completely contorted, and it's not a filter.

The gals were trying out the new Korean facial mask named Hanacure, which is meant to be some type of anti-ageing miracle of some sort.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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"Kim convinced me to use this face mask and I feel stunning," Kourtney wrote to her Instagram followers.

38-year-old Kim and 39-year-old Kourtney manage to defy ageing, with skin products or money, and now they're giving their social media followers a good laugh at least with the latest one. The gel mask creates a zombified effect on the skin, hence the alarming response from fans.

The lifting serum works its magic presumably; their skin was soaking up the supposed renewing and rejuvenating effects.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The Hanacure Multi-Action Treatment Mask "promises to ‘dramatically transform the appearance of your skin" by removing impurities and dead skin cells from your pores.

You peel back the top of the square ‘gelling solution’ pot, pour in the vial of ‘purifying compound’ and shake until mixed, and then spread the mask over your skin with the brush provided.

Ironically, the face contorts and as the mask dries and tightens, it gives you wrinkles. You get older…trying to look younger. Picture Charlize Theron in Snow White and the Huntsman. We're glad Kourtney has a sense of humour about it at least…

Feature image: Harper's Bazaar

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Skin Positivity is a huge social media movement – with beauty influencers and regular gals alike coming together to accept and love the skin they're in.

However, it's not always easy to embrace your skin when you feel like it isnt co-operating with you. 

The Skin Nerd, run by Irish entrepreneur Jennifer Rock, are currently opening up their arms to do the embracing for you, with their new project Project Love Your Skin. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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'We have something exciting cooking and we’re looking for people who we can help to love their skin.'

'If you’ve ever felt down about your skin and lack confidence without makeup on, The Skin Nerd team want to hear from you'

Do you identify with any of the following statements ?

– I can’t look at myself in the mirror

– I won’t go to the school gate without concealer

– My skin really gets me down

– My partner has not seen me without makeup in years

– My skin really affects my self-confidence and self-worth

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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If so, and you want to change the narrative you have between yourself and your skin, you can apply to become part of the project by filling out this form. 

Whatever your skin issues, the Skin Nerd is there to help. 

The only criteria is that you are over 18 and residing in Ireland. 

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We could not be any happier about this news.

Alex Steinherr's BEYOND STUNNING collab with Penneys is not only hitting shelves once again, but two gorgeous products have been added to the line.

Is your skin ravaged by the woeful Irish weather, stuffy offices and grimy daily commute?

Us too, and this collections has legit saved our skin.

It took two years of research and development, is CFI approved, fragrance-free, gentle and results-driven and has been carefully curated by Alex to feature her must-have skincare actives including Hyaluronic Acid, Niacinamide and Squalane. 

Pollution Solution Dual Textured Pads

One look at her FLAWLESS skin is enough to convince us to stock up on the whole range.

If it couldn't get any more perf, the products are priced from €4 to €6 so glowing skin is within even our budget-stretched reach.

The collab debuted with five ranges – Sleep Spa, Pore Balance, Maximum Moisture, Plump & Glow and Pollution Solution – each featuring mix and match products for a completely customisable skincare regime. 

The new products include the ‘Sleep Spa Oil to Milk Cleanser’, which promises a gentle yet super hydrating cleanse that reveals restored skin worthy of an exceptional nights sleep.
Also joining the line up are ‘Pollution Solution Dual Textured Pads’ and ‘Pollution Solution City Mask’, which are Alex’s key to balancing and soothing congested, city-stressed skin.

Pollution Solution City Mask

Alex is an expert in skincare for a reason – she knows what she's talking about. 

The Creative and Beauty Director says, ''Everyday I have the privilege of speaking to my readers via my social media platforms and the question I’m asked most is – what’s the best high street skincare brand?''

She continued, ''I struggled to recommend one brand that offered a total skincare solution. Together with Primark, we took a blank sheet of paper and started from scratch, working to develop 20 products that offer my readers and the Primark customer great skincare at great value.”

The Alex Steinherr x Primark collection is stocked in selected Primark stores – nab it while it's hot. 

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Clarins are launching a new brand within their current esteemed skincare label – My Clarins. 

The new brand is geared towards young skin, focusing on the issues teens and millennials face with targeted skincare – however, as well as aiming to create innovative skincare that works, the new brand is also environmentally friendly in every way. 

First up, the 9-item line wont be sold in China, a market which unfortunately still requires animal testing on all beauty products that are sold there, so My Clarins can be considered totally cruelty free. With China being such a huge and lucrative market, it's a big gesture for a brand to eschew Chinese consumers entirely to be able to ensure there is no harm done to the other species we share our planet with. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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It's also 100% vegan – so literally no animals were harmed in the making of this product and those who avoid all animal by-products can use it safely, in the knowledge that their skin wont be absorbing any derivatives from the animal kingdom. 

All nine of the products are presented in packaging made from recycled materials, and all pots, boxes and tubes are 100% recyclable, so once you're finished with them they can be made into something new. 

We went along to the launch of the range this week, hosted in The Alex hotel, to have a proper look and play around with the collection. The recycled packaging looks gorge, in simplified, minimal white bottles and boxes with a botanical theme (very Instagram). 

My Clarins aims to encourage good skin habits. Likening it to our diets, we as a generation like to know exactly what we are eating, with an emphasis on whole foods and healthy ingredients – so why should skincare be any different? 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Your skin runs similarly to you, in that it needs a balanced diet, of sorts.

The line, which includes cleansing milks, moisturisers, a targeted spot treatment and a beauty mist, has 88% natural ingredients, ranging from coconut water to fig and goji berries. 

It runs on an 'In & Out' complex, which encourages the cells to absorb good elements and expel toxins and contestants. The vegetal complex provides the skin with everything ‘good’ (vitamins, minerals and trace elements) and removes the ‘bad’ (pollutants and impurities).

There are no parabens, phthalates or sulfates, so those with sensitive skin should be good to go. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Our top picks from the range? First up we have to mention the Re-Move Micellar Milk. Micellar has lost it's good reputation in recent years, with Micellar oils leaving residue on the skin that leads to break outs, and plain Micellar water being seen to just move dirt and oils around the skin rather than lifting them off.

The Re-Move Micellar cleansing milk absorbs dirt and grime and makeup, allowing them to be totally removed with a hot cloth or cleansing pad. 

The range has two moisturisers, each targeted to a specific skin type, and one night mask – The My Clarins Re-Charge Relaxing Night Mask.

Ideal for when you want to look like you got your 8 hours when you certainly didn't, the mask contains acerola seed, fig and huang qi extracts to detox and hydrate (and it smells gorge). 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Lastly, the Re-Fresh Hydrating Beauty Mist. Beauty mists are all the rage, and a cornerstone of a millennial skincare routine. Rather than opting for just rosewater or just cucumber, this all encompassing beauty mist brings together a medley of natural ingredients to replenish skin. 

The combo of coconut, fig, alpenrose and acerola allow the skin to become completely oxegenated and hydrated. 

The line retails at €17 to €27 and is available in pharmacies and stores nationwide, as well as online. 

Feature image: Instagram | jlyblnd

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