Make-up Masterclass: 5 top tips for great September skin
Paddy McGurgan is one of NI's best-known beauty experts and each week he tells you all you need to know about the latest make-up techniques and trends
Colder weather and darker evenings are fast approaching and, as your wardrobe changes, so too should your skincare. Here are my top tips and all-time favourite products that will help you to adapt your skincare routine to the autumn weather.
First up, it is so important to invest in a suitable and tailored exfoliator that will rid your skin of dead cells and impurities and clear your pores. For this I recommend you try Elemis Rose Exfoliator Smoothing skin polish (£32.50). This product contains microspherical jojoba beads, which are blended with hydrating Rose Absolute, to gently exfoliate the surface of the skin, leaving it silky-smooth and soft to the touch. Cucumber extract, rich in Vitamin C, and a natural antioxidant moisturises as it soothes and refreshes.
Alternatively, if you would prefer a machine-based product that’s amazing for brightening the skin and ensuring a natural cleanse with maximum results, give the Clarisonic a try. I personally use this, and several of my clients do as well. The Clarisonic Sonic Cleansing Brush (£155) uses a sonic frequency of more than 300 movements per second to deeply cleanse the skin far more effectively, yet more gently, than traditional superficial cleansing or simple rotating brushes. The result is noticeably smoother, more radiant skin.
For a gentle toner across the skin, I recently picked up the Boots UK Cucumber Facial Toner (£1.50). I loved how gentle this product was on the skin. It will cleanse your skin by sweeping away the last traces of make-up, as well as those unwanted excess oils and impurities. Your skin will be left feeling thoroughly refreshed, toned and beautifully soft — and this product is so affordable.
If you are conscious of fine lines and wrinkles, I strongly recommend using Mario Badescu Collagen Moisturiser (£22.00, Make up Pro Store) — a small product that packs a massive punch. This lightweight formula offers an all-in-one daily moisturiser and moderate sun protector. The collagen-rich formula protects skin from moisture loss and keeps skin smooth, plump and healthy without the use of heavy oils.
With the school run now back on, mums and dads are often overstretched and experiencing late nights and early mornings, which often leave the skin dull, dehydrated and tired. To help counteract this, I would recommend using Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Oil (£38), a replenishing night-time oil that restores the skin by morning. It locks in and creates additional moisture on the skin to help hydrate and restore its natural glow. The best feature is that it takes so little of the product to achieve this outcome, so you get a maximum result with the minimum amount — a real skincare investment.
If you feel like treating your skin, then try La Prairie Cellular 3-minute peel (£153). It is a light gel that you brush onto a clean face in an even layer and leave on for precisely three minutes — and no longer because it is very potent. It is recommended that you use this product once a week and it should be the only exfoliating product in your routine due to its strength. The peel contains professional strength AHAs, BHA, salicylic acid and fruit acids to exfoliate the skin and bring fresh young cells to the surface.
For anyone who is concerned about darkness under their eyes, puffiness, fine lines, or the signs of ageing and tiredness, then the hero product that I recommend to my clients is Mario Badescu’s Ceramide Eye Gel (£19). I love this formula. It’s best kept in the fridge as it is a cooling gel which is placed in small quantities under the eye area and helps to reduce redness, darkness and puffiness. Ceramide Eye Gel is infused with softening ceramides and nourishing herbal extracts to deliver outstanding results.
With a greaseless, lightweight texture that absorbs quickly and effortlessly into the skin, this is a really good healer to have at hand.
Top tips for great September skin
1. Exfoliate. Constantly rid your skin of dead skin cells and excess oil and dirt, which can aid breakouts.
2. Keep your skin hydrated as cold weather often makes the skin dry and dehydrated, while dropping temperatures can leave it weather-beaten. Use hydrating moisturisers, drink plenty of water and check out hydrating face sheet masks to add hydration.
3. Keep your lips moisturised by using a moisturising lip balm to protect them.
4. Invest in a hand cream to keep your hands and nails moisturised and protected.
5. If possible, treat yourself to a monthly facial - it will add to your facial balance and leave your skin feeling amazing.