Beat the SKIN BLUES with these NEW SOLUTIONS, says beauty editor SARAH HALLIWELL …
The focus on skincare right now is a sensitive subject. “Even if sensitivity can’t be seen, it can be felt,” says Véronique Delvigne, scientific director at Lancôme. Sensitivity in skin can be consistent or temporary, she explains, with outbreaks inflamed by anything from oxidation and UV to stress, and it accelerates skin ageing. “Sensitive skin ages quicker than other skin types, and Irish skin is fragile and prone to sensitivity and rosacea,” notes skin expert Corinne Morley. “My advice would be to stop using everything, and then try a calming serum to de-sensitise and de-stress skin.”
The most impressive we’ve found for soothing inflammation and redness is Lancôme’s cult Génifique serum. It has been boosted specially for sensitive skin. A sealed ampoule contains ferulic acid, a powerful antioxidant, to fight oxidation, plus vitamin E and probiotics to soothe inflammation. We’ve found it to have a refining, clarifying effect on skin. Activate the formula and use within three months as a concentrated treatment or daily hit.
RESCUE KIT: Look to gentle formulas such as Clarins’ reinforced plant-based Double Serum, €72, and Trilogy Very Gentle Restoring Oil, €39.95. Vichy Mineral 89 gives skin an instant blast of hydration, €22. Use oil to remove make-up and help skin to defend itself, or Eve Lom’s herbal rinse-off Gel Balm Cleanser, €55.
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