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Wednesday, 20th March, 2019 4:27pm

Teen and early twenties' skincare was, for the longest time, no man’s land. During my time working as a beauty consultant, I had many a parent in a quandary about what skincare items their son or daughter could use. You would be forgiven for thinking that all hormonal teens and those in their twenties had oily skin.

That is until the launch of MyClarins, part of the iconic brand Clarins. It is a fuss free capsule wardrobe for skin for those in their late teens and twenties. The beauty of this collection is that the price range is €18-€27. This is because the range doesn’t contain anti-ageing ingredients, as in your twenties it isn’t essential.

There are two cleansers which of course encourages the double cleanse. At this age, keeping the skin clean is the most important step.

My Clarins Re-Boost Refreshing Moisturising Cream is probably going to the bestseller. There are other textures, too, for dry and oily skin. There is a night mask for post-party hydration.

The handiest thing is the mattifying stick. It treats the surface oil without clogging the pores - much better that a greasy compact with a bacteria-laden sponge. I must say that Clarins has managed to plug a massive gap for a previously neglected group.

We all have tried Garnier’s magical Micellar Water by now, but it has just launched a brand new one that is full of milky goodness. The cloudy formula is created through a mixture of oil and purified water. When these ingredients combine, they create a milk emulsion which is enriched with glycerine, renowned for hydrating the skin.

The most important ingredient though is pathnenol, lauded for its anti-inflammatory properties and of course regeneration. I found it effective at removing makeup and it is suitable for eyes. It won’t remove heavy waterproof liner or mascara, though.

Micellar Milky retails at €8.95 and is available in pharmacies and stores across Cork.

The demand for natural skincare has rocketed, with so many brands embracing the ethical sourcing of products, and the concept of giving back has never been more prevalent. People want to know that their products are sustainable and with that in mind, Garnier has spent over a decade making its latest range, Garnier Organic.

Two of my favourites from the range are Garnier Organic Lavandin Glow Facial Oil and the Richa Argan Hydrating Mist. The oil is made from sustainable lavandin which is more sustainable than lavender and contains jojoba, argan and vitamin E.

The Hydrating Mist gives you an instant pick me up and is such a handy product to have at your desk.

The range caters to all ages and skin types and there are 12 products that have just launched. The price point is good too starting at €8.99 and going up to €16.99.

If you fancy a new set of brows, then look no further than Maybelline and its brand-new Tattoo Waterproof Gel.

It comes in nine shades from light blonde to black brown and it is smudge-proof, water-proof and transfer-proof. If I am honest, the formula is fool-proof too. The tiny wand will ensure precise movement over the brow and it leaves a nice natural finish, €16.50 in chemists.

L’Oreal's latest additions for anti-ageing include the age perfect Rosy Eye Cream (€22.95). Designed for the over 55s, it hydrates and helps with dark circles as it is lightly tinted. It helps fortify and strengthen this area as it can often suffer the dreaded sag. There is a Golden Age Day SPF 20 and Night Cream to compliment your regimen.

And finally, an oldie but a goodie!

An innovative Irish product created by the renowned skin therapist The Skin Nerd, the Cleanse Off Mitt (€5.95) is a microfibre makeup remover designed to remove makeup and oil from the skin.

I use it with cleansing foam, and it makes such a massive difference to the environment too. It is safe, gentle, thorough and respectful to the skin. The Cleanse Off Mitt rivals wipes as it contains no harsh chemicals or preservatives that can often irritate and exacerbate many skin conditions.

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