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Dear Derm: Which Skincare Products Could You Not Live Without?

Which beauty products do learned skincare specialists reach for daily? Products that pack a punch but are also gentle enough to create effortlessly fresh, luminous skin in a flash.

Forget viral skin-care trends, the experts are all about the forever products – as displayed by Dublin's number one skincare guru. 

"It was easy to narrow it down because I've been sticking to a simple routine for over a year now," skincare specialist Ciara Darcy tells Irish Tatler. "When I am consistent and keep key ingredients in my daily routine my skin looks its best. Previously I've been first in line to nab the latest skincare 'must-have' but I'm over that now! I just want to stick to a routine that I know works and shows results."

Saying that, Darcy has managed to narrow it down to five key products she would never go without. Unsurprisingly, they are all packed with skin goodness.

"If I could only use one product for the rest of my life it would be the AlumierMD Ultimate Boost Serum," she says,

"It's packed with Niacinamide, Hyaluronic acid and Matrixyl Synthe6 it instantly hydrates my skin and leaves it with a glow. I use this every morning and evening after I cleanse."

"Next up is AlumierMD Retinol 0.5%. I use this every second night after my Ultimate Boost serum. Retinol has made a huge improvement to the texture of my skin and visible pores. As we age our skin becomes looser and it loses strength so pores become more visible. If you want to up your skincare game, good quality retinol is the way to go."

"Then, Skingredients PreProbiotic Cleanse and Cleanse Off Mitt. My skin feels so soft when I use this and it removes my makeup effortlessly. I choose a gentle cleanser because I use active serums. It's important that I don't overdo it or my skin becomes sensitised," Darcy explains.

"Over the years I've used face washes and cleansers that have left my skin feeling tight and uncomfortable. That's always a bad sign as it indicates that too much oil has been stripped from the skin."

"I have to mention AlumierMD Everactive C&E here, too. It is insane how different my skin looks without this product! If I forget to put it on my skin doesn't look as bright. It has reduced stubborn pigmentation," she explains.

"My skin tone is more even. No two Vitamin C serums are the same, some literally have no effect. I would always do my research and invest in a good one."

"My love for the Seoulista Super Hydration Sheet Mask has been going strong for many years! In my opinion, it is the best on the market," she concludes.

"I use one every two weeks or so if I feel my skin is thirsty and needs a boost. Whenever I microneedle my skin I always apply one afterwards. To soothe and hydrate. If you haven't tried one and you want a little skin treat, this is it!"

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