21:16 GMT, 21 March 2012

Great skin starts with good cleansing. Emma Hardie, a renowned celebrity facialist, whose fans include Denise Van Outen, Fearne Cotton and Sadie Frost, has a natural approach to skincare and favours using facial massage while cleansing, to plump up skin. Here, she recommends six of the best products to kickstart your routine, whatever your skin concern or budget…
Kickstart your beauty routine, whatever your skin concern or budget

Kickstart your beauty routine, whatever your skin concern or budget


Biore Pore Unclogging Scrub, Combination Skin Balancing Cleanser and Warming Anti-Blackhead Cleanser (4.99 each, Superdrug)

Japanese skincare range Biore has launched a reasonably-priced range for problem skin, with treatments for blackheads, clogged pores and blemishes.The secret to its potency is salicylic acid, which deep cleans clogged pores, yet doesn’t strip away the skin’s natural moisture.

Nichola Joss, a cleansing expert for the range, advises spending longer cleansing problem areas, such as the forehead, nose and chin. ‘Use a blob of cleanser the size of a 2p coin and concentrate on zones likely to suffer from blocked pores,’ she says.


Yes to Cucumbers Facial Towelettes (4.99, victoriahealth.com)

This range is 96 per cent natural and is paraben, petroleum and sodium lauryl sulphate free. The wipes remove even the most stubborn make-up and are perfect for travel. The wipes are infused with aloe vera and green tea to cleanse and gently exfoliate, while easing redness. A facial kit containing Cleansing Wipes, Daily Calming Moisturiser and Soothing Eye Gel (19.99), is also available.

Zelens Radiance Luminous Cleanser

Biore Combination Skin Balancing Cleanser

Zelens Radiance Luminous Cleanser (left) Biore Combination Skin Balancing Cleanser (right)


Shu Uemura Whitefficient Clear Brightening Gentle Cleansing Oil (56.50, shuuemura.co.uk)

This limited-edition cleansing oil is
especially good if you have age spots or sun damage. It cleans
thoroughly and removes impurities and make-up, leaving skin looking less
dull, smoother and brighter. Plus, the bottle is one you’ll want to
show off on the bathroom shelf — it features a pretty pink and red
floral design by Japanese kimono artist Mamechiyo.


1. First remove every scrap of eye make-up, so you can focus totally on the face. Fill a basin with warm water and add a few drops of essential oil. Lavender is the most relaxing, so it’s nice to use at the end of a long day.

2. Soak a facecloth in warm water for one minute before pressing it into your skin, all over your face. This kickstarts the cleansing process, allowing the dirt and clogged pores to be released while stimulating your skin.

3. Take your favourite cleanser and spend time massaging it into your skin, concentrating on the contours of the facial bones and not forgetting your neck.

4. Finish by rinsing it off with warm water. Try to do this at least three times a week.


Estelle & Thild’s Ecorganic Cleansing Milk (19, Urban Retreat at Harrods)

If you like the soothing feel of
cleansing milk, Estelle & Thild’s Rose Otto Advanced Age Prevent
series is a luxurious, super-nutritive collection. It is rich in
vitamins and infused with rose otto oil which has a positive effect on
broken superficial capillaries and jojoba and sunflower seed oil leaving
skin velvety.


Carol Joy London IV Cleansing Cream (75, caroljoylondon.com)

This luxuriously textured cleansing cream has a high concentration of shea butter, which melts into the skin, leaving it feeling very soft. It also contains golden millet oil, clinically proven to enhance the condition of the skin. For the best results, massage the product into dry skin and remove with a facial cloth, which is included in the pack.


Zelens Radiance Luminous Facial Cleanser (40, spacenk.co.uk)

The prestige skincare range by the acclaimed plastic surgeon Dr Marko Lens has had its own facelift, with a fresh, new look for its packaging. The milk cleanser removes impurities and make-up swiftly, leaving skin glowing. It is suitable for all ages and skin types and leaves skin looking smooth and radiant.



Boots no7 bb cream


The first BB (blemish balm) cream from Superdrug is tipped to be one of the biggest launches this year. And, at 8.99, you can get it for less than half the price of premium brands. Offering SPF15, UVA and UVB filters, it will help prevent against ageing wrinkles.

It also offers 24-hour hydration, antioxidant protection, provides decent coverage and enhances skin tone. Available in two shades, light and medium, it will launch stores this May (look out for the introductory price of 6.99).

If you can’t wait that long, Boots No.7 BB creams, 12.95, come in three formulations for very dry, dry and oily skin types. The gentle, SPF 15 balms can be used in the place of moisturiser.

For longer, fuller lashes try Peptalash, 19.99 (Boots). It is the latest product from the creators of the hugely successful Nanoblur brand, and promises more luscious lashes in just two weeks. Just apply the formula twice a day to the base of the upper and lower lashes using the applicator.

The product includes a patent-pending peptide, which naturally boosts the pigmentation process of the skin on the lash line, stimulates the melanin production in the skin, leading to a more intense and dark lash line.

Also look out for DreamWeave, 12, (wrinkleregime.com), a lash extension mascara that lasts up to three days longer. It has all the oomph of fake lashes.


Lip shades

Nail Paint

Refresh your make-up with a new lip colour. Bobbi Brown’s Neons and Nudes Collection has three fabulous shades, Atomic Orange, Uber Beige and Neon Pink, 18 (bobbibrown.co.uk), to brighten dull days.

No 17’s Berry Kiss Lip Stains, 4.59 (Boots) are six shades of soft felt tip pens that can be applied with precision on one end, and a moisturising balm on the other.

Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture Vernis Lvres, 22.50 (nationwide), is a wet look lip colour. The range comes in 20 shades. Clarins Gloss Prodige Intense Colour and Shine Lip Gloss, 15.50 (clarins.co.uk), available in eight shades, gives a subtle sheen.

Using an on-trend shade on your nails is the fastest way to update your look, and this season you choose how bright you go.

Nails Inc Neon Brights (11 each, nailsinc.com) include Holland Park, a purple neon, Notting Hill Gate, a shocking pink, and Portobello, a coral neon. Jessica’s limited-edition Peacock Queen collection has a lovely shade of green with a hint of gold, called Iridescent Eye (9.75, 0845 217 1360).

Revlon’s new deep green-blue nail enamel Fashionista (6.49, Boots) was a hit at London Fashion Week. Jenny Longworth, manicurist to Rihanna and Jessie J, used it at Antonio Berardi’s show.