I have always been blessed with good skin. Throughout my teenage years, acne was minimal, and I rarely had to invest too much in beauty products or treatments. I always got away with doing the bare minimum. However, a few months ago I turned 26, and felt it was time to take control! Let’s be honest, I am not getting any younger, and I am forever reading about the importance of targeting anti-ageing from an early age. I realised I could no longer get away with doing the minimum. My routine at the time consisted of Garnier Micellar Water to remove my make up, followed by some E45 moisturizer. The odd week I would make a homemade exfoliator, but that was really it! Not to mention, the pollution in London is awful and has really affected my skin, causing it to breakout regularly.
There was just one problem – I didn’t know where to start! So I decided to contact one of my close friends, who is obsessed with everything ‘skin’ related. She immediately insisted that I go and get a skin consultation. I needed to find out what type of skin I had, and what worked/didn’t work for me. There was no point in investing in good products if they were not right for my skin type. She recommended I go to Iconic Beauty in Rathgar, Dublin 6 for a consultation (there is also a salon in Foxrock.)
As I live in London, I decided to book in a mini facial while I was home in Dublin for Christmas. For €50 you get a full mini facial and skin consultation, with one of the salon’s beauty therapists (which I personally think this is fantastic value!) Iconic use IMAGE beauty products which, so far, I am loving! Based on your skin type, they recommend which products are best for you, what your daily skin routine should look like, and promise that you will see significant differences within just a few weeks. The staff are not pushy about investing in the products there and then, but instead, leave you with an IMAGE booklet/guide to take home, and allow you some time to think about it.
I ended up purchasing the IMAGE gift set which was on offer at the time. This included all the products I needed for my skin type. A few of my friends have now visited Iconic, and have seen significant differences in their skin. So, if you are looking for a new skin routine and are willing to invest in some high quality products, then Iconic is the place for you!
Alternatively, if you are looking for a more affordable option, then you can try the Liz Earle range. Their products are not overly expensive and are a great happy medium for those looking to move away from drugstore brands. I have used their Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser and found it super light on my skin, whilst also removing all my make up.
P.S. According to the Iconic staff, Garnier Micellar water is one of the worst things you can use on your skin! So if you are using this product on a regular basis, you might want to consider re-evaluating your routine.