Louise McSharry: Do you have post-Covid skin? Here’s what to do…

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am someone who went through life with the “good skin privilege”. It was always good. Sure I have a few stains along the way, but that’s about it. It’s not that I’ve always taken good care of it, it’s only recently, it really comes down to genetics. it’s luck As a result, I’m appalled when my skin goes through a bad spot.

It’s been bad lately. Dry and scaly, with red, irritated patches, it didn’t take makeup well and was generally misbehaving. I’m turning 40 this year, and last week I caught myself peering in the mirror and wondering if that was it. Was I just aging out of my skin good years? Then I mentioned it to a friend and she said, “Oh yes, my skin was spoiled after I had Covid.” Turns out it was a new bout of the dreaded virus that had sent my epidermis into a tailspin.

Once I knew what the culprit was, I went into recovery mode. Recovery mode is a skincare phase that I use whenever I feel my skin needs a reset. It could be that I went through a bad period of exhaustion or trauma and not taking care of myself and my skin is suffering as a result. Maybe I wasn’t flat enough with the SPF and my face got burned. Or maybe I’ve had Covid recently and my skin is panicking. Recovery mode means one thing, going to a skincare brand I trust and using them consistently.

Having spent years testing products from countless skincare lines, there are several I trust when it comes to recovery mode. These are brands that I feel like there are no bad products. They work, but don’t irritate and are always reliable. If you are starting a skincare journey or going through a difficult phase, I have no hesitation in recommending them.

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Pestle & Mortar Pure Hyaluronic Serum, €43, via millies.ie

The first of these is pestle and mortar, the brand I currently hire for recovery mode. Founded by Irish native Sonia Deasy, Pestle and Mortar products focus on simple and effective formulas that work on all skin types. They are beautifully packaged and honestly I can’t think of a person who wouldn’t enjoy using them and having them on their dressing table. I am currently obsessed with Pure hyaluron serum (€43, about millies.ie) that my skin is just soaking up. It got rid of some uncomfortable chipping around my lips in one day.

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Skinredients Skin Shield SPF 50+++, €57 for primary pack, €52 for refill via skingredients.com

Staying in Ireland, Jennifer Rock aka The Skin Nerd’s skin ingredients range is another simple and uncomplicated range that is suitable for all skin types. Not perfumed or irritating, they just work. Every product in the range is solid, but right now it’s my favorite Skin protection SPF 50+++ (€57 for primary pack, €52 for refill per skingredients.com) which offers great protection and is peachy in color which I think evens out my skin tone. All Skinredients packaging has recently been redesigned to reduce waste and introduce a refill element which is great to see.

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La Roche Posay Toleriane Dermallergo Calming Cream, €19.50 via meagherspharmacy.ie

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The French know how to do chemist, so it’s no surprise that the skincare brands they stock are excellent. Fortunately, we can also access and La Roche Rosay is a perennial favorite simply because it’s so reliable. There are no weak players in this area, and even the most sensitive face responds well to them. Toleriane Dermallergo Soothing Cream (€19.50 via meagherspharmacy.ie) is a product I turn to regularly when I have a red, sore or scaly patch and it always works wonders.

Honorable Mentions go to Dermalogica and Paula’s choice, which in my eyes also do nothing wrong. If you’re a beginner or going through a rough patch like me, put yourself in the safe hands of a skincare range that’s consistently good and gentle on sensitive skin. You won’t look back!

Lost in translation

If you read about skin care, you might see an ingredient called a humectant. But what does that mean? A humectant is something that attracts water, either from the skin or from the air. They are beneficial because they bring moisture to the skin’s surface, making it look plumper and, you guessed it, more youthful! Hyaluronic acid is a classic example of a humectant, and its moisturizing properties make it such a popular skincare ingredient.

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Clinique’s High Impact Easy Liquid Liner

Clinique’s High Impact Easy Liquid Liner (23€ about arnotts.ie, and formerly known as Pretty Easy Liquid Liner) is the easiest liquid liner I’ve ever used. That’s where I said it. This super thin marker makes it easy to pinpoint exactly where you want your liner to go, and once applied it stays there. Before this came into my life, I often agonized over using liner when I wanted definition along the lash line but not the drama of a full liner. I always started well, with a thin line, but somehow it expanded and always dominated the look. With this guy, the liner does exactly what I want it to. Makes my lashes look a bit fuller and sharpens the overall look of my eye. I absolutely love it.

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Lancôme Lash Idole Eyeliner

I’m a big fan of Lancome‘s Lash Idôle mascara, and when a matching eyeliner landed in my mailbox a few weeks ago, I was excited to try it. Lash Idole Eyeliner (23€ about braunthomas.com) comes in the form of a super-thin (0.1mm to be exact) felt tip pen. The formula itself is a lightweight, waterproof gel that has an intense black color and is easy to apply. It doesn’t transfer and went straight into my makeup bag for regular use. Its thinness also makes it great for applying a subtle line.

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