Skincare Essentials – What Products Do We Really Need?

What products do we really need on our skin? What are the essentials?

Here are the skincare products that have been proven over the years with good science to help your skin. You will need these for an effective skincare routine. In today’s column, I will outline the essentials and give you some of my recommendations:





Repair or Anti-Ageing Product (Vitamin A, Vitamin C Serum or Anti-oxidant)

There are a lot of other products on the market, but you need to start with the essentials above.


Skincare Essentials


Never go to bed without cleansing—snoozing with makeup on can clog pores and cause premature ageing and breakouts. Use warm water to loosen dirt and clogged pores, then apply a then apply cleanser to the skin. Gently massage away residue and rinse with lukewarm water. Be sure to remove eye makeup with a proper remover. Tip: Use non-oily eye make-up remover if you are a false eye lash wearer.

Choose a cleanser that is appropriate for your particular skin type. Milky, cream cleansers are best for dry skin, while gel formulas work with oily complexions. Tip for oily skin types: Use an alcohol-free toner after cleansing to remove excess oils.


Apply a moisturizer after your morning cleanse. For daytime choose a light formula that has a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 15. It will help the skin retain moisture and protect against UVA/UVB rays.

In skincare, mature skin is classed as anyone over the age of 25 so anyone in this category will need to use a thicker, richer formula at night time.

I use Dermalogica Solar defence booster SPF 50 every morning and love it as it has just the right amount of moisture that my skin needs right now with the benefit of the SPF.


Sunscreen – Sun Protection Factor (SPF)

You’re heard me say it lots of times before, but sunscreen is the most important product you can use on your skin every day. It should be on the top of your list of your skincare essentials. Sun protection and sun screen is the best way to prevent prematurely aged skin, pigmentation spots, skin cancer and thickened skin.  If you have a moisturiser like I use above, it is ideal as you don’t have to do two separate steps so it saves a little bit of previous time in the morning! For salon brands, I personally opt for Bioderma or Image as my preference for SPF products.


Serums are key if you need to tackle a specific skin care problem. Unlike moisturizers (which have larger molecules), these highly concentrated fluids which penetrate deeper into the skin, delivering nutrients as well as hydration.

You can buy serums according to your specific skin needs, whether it’s for anti-ageing, brightening, acne etc. Serums are applied before moisturiser and you only need to apply a small amount.  Serums do tend to cost a lot more than moisturizers due to the more concentrated ingredients in them. The No 7 Protect & Perfect Intense Advanced Serum €34.50 is a lovely starter product with a good price.

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