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Make-up masterclass: Paddy McGurgan's 6 tips for better skin

Paddy McGurgan is one of NI's best-known beauty experts and each week he tells us all you need to know about the latest make-up techniques and trends

Fresh looks: exfoliating helps skin
Fresh looks: exfoliating helps skin
Balance Me's cleanse and smooth balm (£20, Make-up Pro Store)
The Body Shop's Himalayan charcoal purifying glow mask
Clinique pore refining solutions charcoal mask
L'Oreal Paris pure clay blue algae blemish rescue face mask
Murad skin smoothing polish
No7's beautiful skin cleansing brush

Happy New Year to our amazing Belfast Telegraph readers! As most of us have made resolutions, I have some tips to help you get over the indulgence of Christmas and the festive season.

Ultimate damage control means unclogging pores and getting rid of dead skin cells, excess sebum or other free radicals that can aid and abet breakouts and the first signs of acne.

Here are my top skincare products to kickstart 2019!

Firstly, L'Oreal Paris pure clay blue algae blemish rescue face mask (Boots, on offer at £5.99, normally £7.99). L'Oreal has selected three pure clays and combined them with marine algae extract. The creamy texture helps to unclog blackheads and clear imperfections leaving the skin pure and fresh without drying it out.

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L'Oreal Paris pure clay blue algae blemish rescue face mask

Simply apply a thin layer all over the face twice a week. Leave it to dry for 5-10 minutes, then remove with a wet towel or lukewarm water.

I also recommend Murad skin smoothing polish (Debenhams, £32). This rich polishing scrub removes embedded impurities without stripping skin of natural moisture.

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Murad skin smoothing polish

Massage a small amount over dampened face and neck. Rinse with warm water and pat dry. For best results, use 2 to 3 times weekly.

For a January treat try the Clinique pore refining solutions charcoal mask (£25). This absorbs excess oil and pollutants to keep skin clean and healthy.

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Clinique pore refining solutions charcoal mask

The charcoal draws out all the impurities to clean the pores and keep skin feeling fresh and smooth. This oil-free formula is ideal for dry combination to oily skin types.

To use apply a thin even layer to clean, dry skin and leave on skin for 10 minutes then rinse. For best results use 1-2 times a week or as needed.

For those of you who love a gentle exfoliatant in your cleanser to ensure all make up is removed, try Balance Me's cleanse and smooth balm (£20, Make-up Pro Store). This balm polishes skin and adds radiance. A trio of shea, mango and cocoa butters that are rich in essential fatty acids and vitamins plump and nourish the skin.

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Balance Me's cleanse and smooth balm (£20, Make-up Pro Store)

Oat powder gently exfoliates, whilst the antioxidant powers of arctic cloudberry protect and hydrate.

The cleanser's exfoliant is very gentle, is able to buff dead skin and excess dirt and is the most effective make-up remover for waterproof make-up.

Another recommendation I'd like to suggest is No7's beautiful skin cleansing brush (£25). This clever battery-powered cleansing brush gently exfoliates and deeply cleanses the skin, removing more dirt, oil and make-up than manual cleansing alone.

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No7's beautiful skin cleansing brush

Finally, try The Body Shop's Himalayan charcoal purifying glow mask (£17). This draws out impurities and refines the appearance of pores for healthy-looking skin with a glow that shows.

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The Body Shop's Himalayan charcoal purifying glow mask

Paddy's top tips for better skin

1. Drink water. I really cannot urge the importance that water has on your skin, energy and general well-being.

2. Drink herbal teas. The polyphenol in the likes of green tea, chamomille and peppermint tea has skin rejuvenating properties to increase your skin cell turnover.

3. Always ask for a sample of the skincare product you are interested in purchasing to ensure you're not allergic to it.

4. Always read the ingredients list of your products. While many of the names may be unrecognisable, try to stay away from alcohol based products as these can often be potent especially if you have sensitive skin.

5. Invest in a tinted moisturiser. This will not only hydrate and add moisture to the skin but will add coverage for a daytime sheer look.

6. Choose Vitamin C. When buying your next lunchtime snack, opt for something rich in Vitamin C. This is a super active antioxidant which will help rid the toxins and impurities in the skin.

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