Back to Basics with your Skincare

One of the most frequently asked questions is what the basic components in my skin care routine are. I will outline below some of my favourites and their uses.

Brush Cleanser

Brush cleansers are electronically driven brushes that are particularly good for deep cleansing the skin.  They leave your skin really smooth, soft and super clean, like you have just had a salon facial. I use mine once or twice a week with Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel for a deep cleanse.

Sara’s favourites: The original, best and unfortunately the most expensive one is the Clarisonic €199 from Brown Thomas but you can get very similar ones such as Olay Regenersit and No 7 cleansing brush for around €30. I have bought the Aldi version for my daughter and it works well for her .


The ingredients in toners have changed a lot over the past few years. Gone are the harsh astringents that used to strip and dry out the skin in favour of ingredients like humectants that help to attract water and rebalance the pH of the skin. I could have skincare companies screaming at me for this but personally, I skip this step in my cleansing routine.

Sara’s favourites: For normal to sensitive skins, Rose water is a lovely inexpensive toner which can be bought in all pharmacies. For oilier skin types opt for witch hazel which is an astringent for tightening pores.

Micellar Cleansing Water

I am a big fan of micellar cleansing waters as they are simple and quick at removing make-up in one step. These make a good alternative to face wipes as they don’t have negative effects. I also use micellar cleansing water to tidy up my make-up.

Sara’s Favourites: Guinot One Step Cleansing Water €28.25 and Garnier Miceller Cleansing Water €7.69.


Essential in everyone’s skincare routine, cleansers do exactly what they say ‘cleanse the skin’. Even after a night out, I will always do my best to take off the majority of my make-up.

Sara’s Favourites: Declare Gentle Cleansing Milk €19.95.


Serums have more active ingredients than moisturisers to target specific concerns like wrinkles, age spots and discoloration. They are applied after cleansing before moisturising.

Sara’s Favourites: I really liked this serum when I tried it and I was really disappointed when I finished it! It’s really hydrating and it just soaked straight into in my skin – Eleni Anti-Ageing Reconstruction serum. If you have more combination to oily skin I would recommend Payot Elixir Refiner Mattifying Pore Minimizer Serum. I’m well out of my teens and I am experiencing a few breakouts so I’m fighting spots and wrinkles! I’m finding this great as it treats oiliness and anti-ageing.


Face Oils

Face oils contain powerful essential oils and there is one suitable for all skin types. The secret is to find the right ingredients to target your skin’s needs. Adding a few drops into your regular moisturiser at night can help boost hydration levels.

Sara’s Favourites: Triology Organic Rosehip Oil €19.95


Primers are used after moisturisers before foundation to create a smooth, even base for your make-up. They form a film on the skin, improving skin texture so your make-up will glide on.

Sara’s Favourites: Dermalogica Skin Primer €39.99 and Laura Mercier Foundation Primer €41.00 and Benefit Pore professional €34.00 for oily and combination skin which minimises the appearance of pores.


The skin around your eyes is much thinner than the skin on your face so a lot of your regular moisturisers are too rich to use around the area. A cream that is too rich can cause puffiness and milia.

Sara’s Favourites: Dermalogica Age Reversal

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