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Be kind to your complexion with our pick of the best beauty products

OILY SKIN Hormonal imbalances can cause the skin to create excess oil and if not cared for properly skin can be prone to shininess and dullness. Try these products to combat oiliness.

The Body Shop Mattifying Day Cream £9 (50ml) Night Cream £7.50 (75ml) Use each cream morning and night after the facial wash to hydrate and moisturise skin. It controls excess sebum and shine by balancing skin leaving it clean, soft and supple. A great, reasonably priced solution that produces results.

The Body Shop Seaweed Facial Wash £6.50 (100ml) This mild oil-free and soap-free foaming gel cleanses open pores and rinses away excess oil. A refreshing wash to be used both morning and night it leaves the skin with a shine-free, matte finish.

Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturising Gel £27 This oil-free moisture ‘drink’ maintains optimal balance for skin whether oily all over or in parts. Apply twice daily to face and neck all over, or just where needed to soften, smooth and improve complexion.

St. Ives Invigorating Facial Scrub £4.29 (150ml) This non-drying vitamin-rich apricot extract naturally exfoliates to deep cleanse and remove dead skin cells. Containing nourishing Swiss botanicals, to use apply to moist face with wet fingertips and massage gently. Rinse well and pat dry for a smooth and soft complexion.

Estee Lauder Idealist Dual Action Refinishing Treatment £35.00 This gentle all-in-one treatment offers immediate, renewing benefits. To use, cleanse skin and apply a thin layer to a damp face, avoiding the eye area then massage gently using circular motions. Leave for five minutes and rinse for fresh, glowing skin.

NORMAL SKIN If you’re lucky enough to have normal skin, you’ll find your complexion smooth, soft, often blemish free and naturally healthy. These products will compliment your skin perfectly.

St. Ives Invigorating Body Scrub £4.99 (500ml) Containing all the same goodness as the facial scrub, this body scrub allows you to get the same skin-perfect smoothness but all over your body. Use regularly to not only maintain a streak-free tan but to get rid of all that dead skin and boost your circulation. Apply to moist skin in circular motions and rinse.


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MATURE OR AGEING SKIN As skin ages it can lose its plumpness, elasticity and wrinkles can form. It’s important to look after it correctly to ensure healthiness and radiance so try these products to reduce and combat the effects of ageing.

Seaweed Organics Seaweed Skinfood £13.50 (30ml) £24 (60ml) This beautifully scented cream can be used both day and night and deeply nourishes, moisturises and protects. It contains organic jojoba, sallflower and evening primrose which all contribute omega 3, 6, 7 and 9, essential fatty acids to moisturise and promote cellular repair, especially suitable for mature skin.

Sothys Continuous Renewal Care Cream £64.50 This night cream detoxifies, repairs and restores health and vitality to the skin. Main ingredient H2CR (cell health restoring complex) boosts the production of heathly new cells. About Face’s Helen Graham says she could not live without this cream: ‘Clients who use this find their skin regains its texture, brightness and vitality.’

Available from 01389 841516 or

Available from About Face, Glasgow or 0141 204 4060

Sothys Eye Contour Serum £40 Use this anti-aging eye product to tackle wrinkles and dark circles in the eye area. Helen advises eye serums should be applied with your ring finger: ‘It’s the finger with the least pressure and is therefore least likely to drag the delicate skin around the eye.’ Available from About Face, Glasgow or 0141 204 4060

SENSITIVE SKIN Sensitive skin can range from minor irritations to more severe skin distresses so it’s important to treat it carefully. These products will soothe your skin and neutralise any inflammations.

Arran Aromatics Aloe Vera Leg Gel £7.50 & Hand Soother £8 Packed full of nourshing moisturising powers, these products are perfect for sensitive skin. Smooth the leg gel onto restless legs and slather generous handfuls of the hand soother on to rejuvenate your senses and leave your skin feeling smooth, silky and smelling beautifully.

Murad Correcting Moisturiser SPF 15 £29.95 (50ml) Use this to protect irritated skin, as it not only minimises redness but shields against sun damage. Vitamin K reduces surface redness while goji berry extract reduces inflamed skin resulting in a radiant complexion. Massage into face and neck morning and night.

Murad Sensitive Skin Soothing Serum £38.95 (30ml) This lightweight serum hydrates skin on contact, improving suppleness and resiliency to help decrease irritation and redness. Hyaluronic acid and glycolipids allow skin to attract vital moisturiser. Massage evenly over face, neck and chest after cleansing and toning.


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Dry skin can lead to itching, as well as flaking so it’s important to keep skin hydrated with the right products. Using appropriate moisturisers like these can revive dryness and leave your complexion smooth and glowing. 1 ESPA Replenishing Face Treatment Oil £50 A rich, nourishing deeply hydrating face oil, which replenishes and revitalises tired and delicate skin. Formulated with essential oils such as neroli, rose otto and bezoin they work together to strengthen and soothe tired, dehydrated and stressed skin. Use once a day for soft, smooth skin. 2 ESPA Cellular Hydration Concentrate £80 This product is for extremely dehydrated skin with exceptional moisturising qualities. With long-lasting effects across all layers of skin, it also stimulates collagen production for softer skin. To apply, gently press three to four drops into the skin of the face and neck morning and

Chanel Hydramax + Active, Active Moisture Mask £34 This new product from Chanel envelops the skin in freshness and relaxes the senses. Ideal for restoring comfort, radiance, softness and suppleness to dry and dehydrated skin. Massage one to three times a week to face and leave to soak in for ten minutes for a fresh and luminous complexion. Stockists 02074933836 1

COMBINATION SKIN If you have combination skin, you’ll find some parts of your face dry while other parts feel oily. Look after your skin with neutralising products designed for your type, like these.


1 Elemis Balancing Lavender Toner £19 This toner contains a natural alternative to alcohol known as ‘Sweet Betty Flower’ and is blended with the balancing extract of lavender. It treats, balances and tones the skin without stripping it, plus it aids the penetration of moisturiser or night cream. Simply apply to face with a cotton wool pad. 2 Elemis Balancing Lime Blossom Cleanser £19 Rich in vitamin E and blended with an egg yolk base, extracts of lime blossom flower help to cleanse and normalise the skin. By balancing excess surface oils, the cleanser removes skin impurities whilst nourishing the skin. Apply morning and night with a light, fingertip massage before applying toner. Available from The Green Room, Dundee 01382 200 998 / 01382 203 633

Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant £35.10 This unique rice-based enzyme powder microfoliates dulling debris and instantly leaves skin noticeably smoother and brighter. Its super-soothing blend of green tea, ginkgo and colloidal oatmeal helps calm skin, leaving it clear and refreshed. Apply to face in circular motions and massage gently for one minute before rinsing. Stockists


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