Skincare advice with Jennifer Rock
I understand this isn’t a hot take by any walk of the imagination but Meghan Markle is the epitome of effortless beauty. In my opinion, Meghan Markle is what we should aspire to skinwise: not over-the-top perfect in some respects yet gleaming, glowing and obviously healthy.
Her skin tone is incredibly even, it looks smooth and hydrated and although she looks her age, it is obvious that her skin has been looked after incredibly well.
Getting your skin to look radiant is not a one product job. Skin that truly glows has been treated with topical vitamin A (retinol, or retinyl palmitate) for months, or even years, protected with antioxidants on a daily basis, plumped up with topical hyaluronic acid and fed from within with a diet full of rainbow-bright foods from all corners of the food pyramid.
Naturally, I would promote the holistic approach described above when it comes to skin. It is, after all, why we get fabulous results for those who have had Nerd Network online skin consultations. However, there are some quick fixes that you can work into your own skincare routine for that regal gleam.
Meghan Markle’s aesthetician, Nichola Joss, credits facial massage as one of the founding components of Meghan’s toned, youthful visage. I adore facial massage and do it in my own routine all the time as it improves lymphatic drainage, tones the muscles underlying the skin and boosts circulation. Think less puffiness and tauter, brighter skin.
After cleansing, warm a facial oil in your palms and gently (emphasis on gently), knead and roll the muscle moving from the centre of the face outward. Make sure to be much gentler around the delicate eye area, and don’t forget to do your neck too.
Meghan has also admitted that her radiant glow is partially due to enzymatic exfoliation. Enzymes, such as those found in papaya and pineapple, work by gently gobbling off the deadest of the dead skin cells without irritating the skin. Enzyme exfoliation is usually so gentle that you can do it everyday.
Meghan herself uses the Tatcha Rice Polish Foaming Enzyme Powder which is hard to come by in Ireland, but the IMAGE Skincare Iluma Intense Brightening Exfoliating Powder (€41.00, available from selected salons nationwide and store.theskinnerd.com) is virtually identical in terms of ingredients.
For some extra exfoliation, the Duchess of Sussex incorporates a glycolic acid serum to speed up skin cell turnover. Glycolic acid is an alpha-hydroxy acid that helps to smooth, decongest and brighten skin but it must be used with caution, especially in potent formulations.
For the most part, I’d advise only using a glycolic acid product twice or three times a week, depending on the strength of the product itself. If you’re prone to under the skin lumps, glycolic acid is not for you as it can bring those lumps upwards rapidly and consistently.
In terms of makeup, Meghan has said that in the past she only wore makeup whilst filming but we can deduce from the general good nick of her skin that she wears SPF daily.
For a bright, dewy, natural, non-ghostly finish, opt for a universal tint broad spectrum SPF, preferably mineral.
There are tonnes out there, but make sure that it does protect you from both UVA and UVB rays and that it has a factor of at least 30 so that your skin is shielded from the UV light that it encounters day in, day out.
For that glycolic glow, pick up the Murad Advanced Active Radiance Serum (€85.00, available from Murad stockists nationwide and to Nerd Networkers).
With glycolic acid, a brightening, anti-pigment peptide, and antioxidant-rich prickly pear and green tea extract, this serum prompts the skin to exfoliate itself whilst protecting it from the ageing free radical damage that comes about from life in general.
This is particularly great for those looking for a brighter complexion overall and who would have uneven, sun-damaged skin.
Once again, like with all exfoliating acids, go low and slow and don’t be overzealous as you can cause damage to your skin.