As a beauty writer I am duty bound to find and reserach the best products coming to market in the next few months and being over 40 I am both realistic in my expectations as well as honest in my reviews. Two brands that have always come up trumps in the anti-ageing department for me are salon branlarins. Dermalogica and department store French brand Clarins. For me skincare is a necessity and I enjoy the ritual of using it. Both of the products below are dual wonders and everyone knows that the best things come in two’s. Consistency is important where skincare is concerned and results always depend on dedication.


Phyto-nature firming serum €156

Phyto-nature firming serum €156

Phytonature firming serum €156 takes a whole new approach to healthy ageing. Instead of promising the impossible – eternal youth in a bottle – this dual-phase serum combines highly-active botanicals with biomimetic technology to reawaken and safeguard the nature of younger-looking skin. It delivers instant results as well as firming, lifting and revitalising the look of prematurely-ageing skin over time.Most people in the modern world are ageing at an accelerated rate,meaning that other factors (your exposome) are accelerating skin ageingbeyond what your DNA alone would dictate. The latest research in epigenetics suggests that up to 50% of visible signs of skin ageing come
from your exposome, not just your genes as previously thought. Your exposome includes factors like climate, UV exposure, pollution, sleep,diet and stress. Dermalogica’s new and most advanced serum workseffectively to bridge the gap between extrinsic skin appearance and biological age. Harness the innate power of skinFor the first time ever, Dermalogica is harnessing biomimicry, a scientific approach that mimics nature to solve complex human challenges. It provides both firming and lifting qualities, powered by Sapphire-bound biomimetic peptides to help firm skin and reinforce skin defences againstyour exposome.The peptides are bound to sapphire to shield from oxidation and increase bioavailability as they work to mimic qualities of skin that decline with exposome-driven ageing.

The formulation
Phyto-Nature Firming Serum marries the science of biomimicry with some of nature’s most
powerful plants and antioxidants.
Amazonian Camu Camu, sourced sustainably from Peru, helps prolong radiance. Often
called the “youth berry”, this superfruit contains 60 times more Vitamin C than an orange and
has been wild-harvested by indigenous tribes for more than 700 years to maintain health and
Caffeic Acid from Madagascar Green Coffee Bean, a phyto-active that works with skin’s


After Clarins launched their iconic Double Serum, I thought that I would nevr love a skincare product more. And while the plant gold doesn’t replace it, it is an amazing addition to your skincare arsenal. You may have heard a lot about plant-based lifestyles these days, anything from our diets to our skincare products.


Plant Gold – RRP €55- Launching in Mid September

Effectiveness, sensoriality and well-being… In 2019, the prestigious Clarins Aromaphytocare range (Face Oils, Body Oils and Body Care), combining the fragrant and stimulating power of essential oils with the beneficial properties of plant extracts, now has a new 100% natural origin face care:


Plant Gold - RRP €55

Plant Gold – RRP €55



Nutri-revitalizing oil-emulsion

A 100% natural origin, highly sensorial Clarins innovation

A unique double formula:the first oil-emulsion from Clarinscombining their iconic Blue OrchidTreatment Oil with a 100% naturalorigin melting emulsion which blendtogether on application to createa lightweight, non-oily texture with a natural aromatic fragrance.

With 100% plant extracts

Clarins oils contain plant extracts, essential oils and natural aromatic fragrances and are naturally preserved. They are instantly absorbed to immerse the skin in natural benefits. 



By: Mary-Jane O’Regan