The best shampoo for hair that gets really greasy

The best shampoo for hair that gets really greasy


Grease, be gone

best shampoo for greasy hair

Having hair that gets greasy easily can be a nightmare, so finding the best shampoo for greasy hair is nothing short of essential. It’s not just about how often you should wash your hair or not washing your hair before you go to bed, your shampoo really is the first port of call. You need something that will get rid of heavy-duty oil, without stripping your hair of all its natural goodness. It’s no mean feat trying to manage greasy hair, we know, but it can be done.

If you have hair that’s prone to the oily look, you’re no doubt tempted to wash it every single day and do so. But this can really damage your locks and end up stripping them of their natural oils and nutrients, which can end up leaving you with the delightful combination of greasy roots and dry ends. Not what you want, right?

You therefore need something that’s going to cleanse away the grease and keep it away for a few days, like the best clarifying shampoo for a thorough deep cleanse. But don’t panic – we’ve done the hard work for you and scoured the market for the best formulas out there to combat greasy hair.

If the issue persists, don’t panic because there are other options, like scalp treatments – think of them like a facial for your head. Or speak with a trichologist if it’s really bothering you.

Best shampoo for greasy hair and itchy scalp

Sachajuan Normalizing Shampoo, £18, Fabled

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A greasy and oily scalp often goes hand in hand with itchiness (oh, the joys), so not only do your roots look a bit grim from time to time, they also itch like hell too. The key here is to look for a formula with soothing and calming properties, as well as something that’s going to control your scalp’s oil levels.

Not only does Swedish brand Sachajuan’s Normalizing Shampoo contain salicylic acid to regulate the oil in your scalp, but rosemary oil and menthol go hand in hand to comfort any soreness. It’s a winner at managing both of these hair ailments.

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Best shampoo for greasy hair with dandruff

Løre Originals Cleanse and Purify Shampoo, £18, Liberty London

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This new hair brand is kicking up a storm on Instagram, and with good reason. A line of just six products, the Cleanse + Purify shampoo is a deep clean for the scalp that works to exfoliate and cleanse hair that’s prone to greasiness and oil build-up. It also strengthens the hair follicle with fortifying natural antioxidants. It’ll tingle slightly when you use it, so you know it’s working. The formula is vegan-friendly and free from parabens and sulphates.

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Best shampoo for thin greasy hair

Neutrogena T/Gel Thereapeutic Shampoo, £6, Amazon

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Sometimes greasy hair brings with it even more problems – namely, dandruff. There’s nothing worse than having a dry scalp that flakes all over the place, itchy or not. We get it: it makes you self conscious and therefore you want to get rid of it. Enter Neutrogena’s T/Gel Shampoo for Greasy Hair, specifically designed to combat grease. The thick lather will sort out any flakiness and wash excess oil down the plug hole. Plus, it’s got a very attractive bargain price tag to boot.

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Scroll through our round up to discover the need to know shampoos for your hair type. You can thank us later.

It’s time to bid greasiness goodbye.

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The best sheet masks that’ll give you an instant skin boost

The best sheet masks that’ll give you an instant skin boost


So much more than a selfie opportunity

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We welcomed Korean beauty craze with open arms – why wouldn’t we? It’s given us essences, the best BB creams, and the slightly hilarious, and also slightly terrifying in equal measure: the best sheet masks.

But for the uninitiated, no doubt your first question is…

What are the best sheet masks made of?

Made from cloth or paper that’s saturated with skin-loving ingredients, the best sheet masks are created with the ideal formula for your skin’s needs. The mask is applied to the face, then left on the skin for around 10-15 minutes so it can absorb its fill of the good stuff. (There are handy cutouts for your nose, eyes and mouth so you don’t feel as though your suffocating!) The beauty of the material is that the carefully selected ingredients have nowhere to go but into the skin’s layers, as there’s no risk of evaporation.

The other big draw is you’ll find you won’t need to rinse your face afterwards, because it’s essential the best face serum a gal could ask for. Just work the excess product into your skin with the tips of your fingers. The whole routine really couldn’t be easier.

Lastly, there’s another oft-forgotten added benefit to the ol’ sheet mask: it’s a little more convenient to cart around when you go on holiday compared to packing an absolute arsenal of lotions and potions for the trip. They’re packaged so thinly that you can tuck one away in your bag, taking up virtually no room at all. Beauty bliss. After a day in the drying sun, you want to up your hydration levels, so keep an eye out for water-loving ingredients like hyaluronic acid, known for being able to hold 1,000 times its own weight in H2O.

For the more adventurous beauty lover, there are slightly wackier sheet mask options, from the ever Instagrammable bubble masks to fruity slice masks.

Everyone – and every face – can benefit from using a sheet mask, but which is right for you? Keep scrolling to find the best sheet masks for your skin type and needs.

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New make-up, skincare and hair products we’re loving this month

New make-up, skincare and hair products we’re loving this month


We’ve tested all the new launches to bring you the best of the best

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The life of a beauty addict is rarely ever dull thanks to dozens of brand new makeup, skin and hair products launching every single week.

New launches always bring with them a lot of hype, and so it can be hard to tell whether that hype is actually warranted; nobody wants to splash the cash on something they’ll end up hating.

Fortunately for you, the Marie Claire online beauty team gets to test the lot of them way before they hit the shops, from the best mascara to the best moisturisers for dry skin.

We’ll be bringing you a break down of the best new releases you should be fighting to get your hands on before they sell out – which, trust us, they will do.

So, what’s good this month?

It wouldn’t be summer without stocking up on the best fake tan, and we’re loving the new launches from bronze intelligence St Tropez. As well as our favourite, the new Purity Bronzing Water Mousse, the brand has also launched a self-tanning face mist that’s perfect for building up your complexion while you sleep.

Meanwhile Chanel is taking centre stage when it comes to beauty innovations, having launched a mascara with the first ever 3D printed wand. The formula itself is also pretty genius, as it doesn’t require you to keep topping up the brush with more product.

And Estée Lauder has brought out its annual Bronze Goddess collection, containing everything you need to look, smell and feel like summer personified. From a Cooling Body Mist to their summer colour palettes, they’ve got you covered when it comes to seasonal beauty.

Keep scrolling for our curated edit of the best new makeup launches and hype-worthy skincare drops (and wave goodbye to your healthy bank balance in the process).

It’s time for a big beauty haul.

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Eyelash growth serums: what do they actually do?

Eyelash growth serums: what do they actually do?


Just another pointless beauty step? No.

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We all wish we had longer, fuller lashes; why do you think we go for treatments like LVL Lashes, spend years looking for the best false eyelashes and make our way through the list of best mascara to try and find a formula that answers all of our prayers?! There is another option, perhaps the route less travelled: eyelash growth serums.

You hear people talk about the wonder of these products – giving up their lash extensions completely – seemingly an impossible task for some – and crediting eyelash growth serums for their luscious lashes that flutter like butterfly wings. But if we’re going to add this little product into our routines we need to know exactly what eyelash growth serums do and how they work? And in order to understand how they work, you need to understand how your eyelashes work. To get to the bottom of this we spoke with Joanna Corcoran from RevitaLash – one of the original eyelash growth serum brands –  to find out more about our teeny tiny eye hairs.

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First things first, you need to know that your lashes have three stages of life – how fancy of them. Anagen – the growth phase, Catagen – the transition phase, and Telogen – the resting phase.

Eyelash growth serums – Anagen phase

‘During the anagen phase, the lashes are actively growing,’ explains Corcoran. ‘It lasts between 30 and 45 days. and only about 40 percent of the upper lashes and 15 percent of the lower lashes are growing at any one time. Each lash will grow to a specific length and then stop.’ (This explains why we don’t have to have regular lash trims.)

Eyelash growth serums – Catagen phase

By this point the lashes reach the catagen phase and the hair follicle shrinks. ‘If an eyelash falls out during this phase, it won’t grow back right away because the follicle needs to complete the catagen phase before it can move on to the next one. This phase lasts between two and three weeks.’

Eyelash growth serums – Telogen phase

The final stage is the resting phase, which can last more than 100 days before the lash falls out and a new one begins to grow. Don’t panic though, they won’t fall out at the same time and leave you with nothing, as Corcoran explains, ‘because each individual lash is in its own phase of the growing cycle, it’s normal for a few lashes to fall out most days. It typically takes between four and eight weeks to fully replace an eyelash.’

eyelash growth serums

 

OK so now you get that – where do eyelash growth serums come in?

How do eyelash growth serums work?

According to Corcoran, ‘the ingredients are combined in specific proportions to create a formula that contributes to the improved attractiveness, appearance, and beauty of your natural eyelashes.’ These ingredients basically work together to condition and strengthen lashes so they are less likely to break or fall out, boost the lashes with vitamins that protect them from external aggressors and condition and add shine.

How often should apply them?

Each serum will have its own directions, but generally it’s once a day – either in the morning or just before bed. After around 12 weeks you should see a marked difference to your lashes.

What happens if you stop using it?

If you run out or just simply keep forgetting to apply your eyelash growth serum, then your lashes will return to normal.

Like the sound of them? Well then here are the five that we recommend…

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Eyelash growth serums: what do they actually do?

Eyelash growth serums: what do they actually do?


Just another pointless beauty step? No.

eye lash serum

We all wish we had longer, fuller lashes; why do you think we go for treatments like LVL Lashes, spend years looking for the best false eyelashes and make our way through the list of best mascara to try and find a formula that answers all of our prayers?! There is another option, perhaps the route less travelled: eyelash growth serums.

You hear people talk about the wonder of these products – giving up their lash extensions completely – seemingly an impossible task for some – and crediting eyelash growth serums for their luscious lashes that flutter like butterfly wings. But if we’re going to add this little product into our routines we need to know exactly what eyelash growth serums do and how they work? And in order to understand how they work, you need to understand how your eyelashes work. To get to the bottom of this we spoke with Joanna Corcoran from RevitaLash – one of the original eyelash growth serum brands –  to find out more about our teeny tiny eye hairs.

eyelash growth serums

 

First things first, you need to know that your lashes have three stages of life – how fancy of them. Anagen – the growth phase, Catagen – the transition phase, and Telogen – the resting phase.

Eyelash growth serums – Anagen phase

‘During the anagen phase, the lashes are actively growing,’ explains Corcoran. ‘It lasts between 30 and 45 days. and only about 40 percent of the upper lashes and 15 percent of the lower lashes are growing at any one time. Each lash will grow to a specific length and then stop.’ (This explains why we don’t have to have regular lash trims.)

Eyelash growth serums – Catagen phase

By this point the lashes reach the catagen phase and the hair follicle shrinks. ‘If an eyelash falls out during this phase, it won’t grow back right away because the follicle needs to complete the catagen phase before it can move on to the next one. This phase lasts between two and three weeks.’

Eyelash growth serums – Telogen phase

The final stage is the resting phase, which can last more than 100 days before the lash falls out and a new one begins to grow. Don’t panic though, they won’t fall out at the same time and leave you with nothing, as Corcoran explains, ‘because each individual lash is in its own phase of the growing cycle, it’s normal for a few lashes to fall out most days. It typically takes between four and eight weeks to fully replace an eyelash.’

eyelash growth serums

 

OK so now you get that – where do eyelash growth serums come in?

How do eyelash growth serums work?

According to Corcoran, ‘the ingredients are combined in specific proportions to create a formula that contributes to the improved attractiveness, appearance, and beauty of your natural eyelashes.’ These ingredients basically work together to condition and strengthen lashes so they are less likely to break or fall out, boost the lashes with vitamins that protect them from external aggressors and condition and add shine.

How often should apply them?

Each serum will have its own directions, but generally it’s once a day – either in the morning or just before bed. After around 12 weeks you should see a marked difference to your lashes.

What happens if you stop using it?

If you run out or just simply keep forgetting to apply your eyelash growth serum, then your lashes will return to normal.

Like the sound of them? Well then here are the five that we recommend…

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FaceGym: Can a facial really give you a more sculpted face?

FaceGym: Can a facial really give you a more sculpted face?


We tested it for ourselves to see if the workout really works

It sounds too good to be true: a non-invasive facial that results in plumper skin and a sculpted jawline and cheekbones. But that’s exactly what FaceGym promises.

Given that Meghan Markle is a reported fan of anti ageing facial exercises and face yoga, it’s no surprise that they’ve surged in popularity recently.

With this in mind, I visited the Selfridges counter to put one of their workouts to the test.

The treatment: FaceGym’s Signature Electricalworkout

After a gentle cleanser to remove any make-up and impurities from the skin, the treatment begins with a gentle shoulder and neck massage to reduce tension.

Your face is then treated to the Signature workout, a vigorous combination of rhythmic pushes and slaps to stimulate the facial muscles before a brief derma rolling of the skin.

The next part is a pretty weird experience, but it’s where the real work is done. Using the FaceGym Pro device, your facial muscles are stimulated with an electrical current, causing them to contract – cue particularly strong spasms around the eye and lip area.

The end result is a firmer face overall, and while I wasn’t sure how dramatic the results would be after just one treatment, the difference after the first half of my face was finished made my jaw drop. As someone with quite deep lines around the mouth, the one on the left side of my face was noticeably softened.

Depending on your skin concern, your therapist will also apply one of the Training Serums, the base of which is like a protein shake for your face; with a base of olive squalane, coffee bean oil,

The most unexpected thing about the experience is how relaxing it actually is; by the end of the treatment I was half-asleep in the chair, despite having my face slapped and electrically pulsated for the best part of an hour.

Although you’ll need a few sessions if you want longer lasting results, but it’s a great pre-party fix if you want your complexion to look its best.

FaceGym is located on King’s Road and within Selfridges, and treatment pricing starts at £50. To book visit facegym.com.

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Peptides: what are these super smart ingredients?

Peptides: what are these super smart ingredients?


They’re not just amazing, they’re essential

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Welcome to our Marie Claire Masters series, a new regular beauty franchise that celebrates and utilizes the expertise of women who are bossing it in their fields. Each month these Masters will educate, demonstrate and impart some of their industry wisdom to you the dedicated Marie Claire reader. From current trends and hot topics to how tos and how not tos, these beauty whizz kids are at our beckon call. So get reading, you never know what you tips you might pick up. KT – Digital Beauty Editor

Hello, I’m Paula Begoun, founder of the skincare line Paula’s Choice, and today I start my role as the Marie Claire Skincare Master. In my columns I will be de-bunking skin myths, letting you in on skincare secrets and telling you exactly which ingredients the skincare industry is currently obsessed with and why.

We start with an ingredient that’s having somewhat of a moment: peptides.

What are peptides?

Peptides are found naturally in skin. They are composed of a vast range of tiny fragments of amino acids. Amino acids are the building blocks of proteins, and proteins are a fundamental building block of skin. On their own, peptides are part of the body’s complex communication system that tells different aspects of skin to do a better job.

What do peptides do?

Peptides are an absolutely fascinating group of ingredients that ongoing research has proven can benefit several age related (mostly from sun damage) skin concerns. Whether you’re struggling with wrinkles, loss of firmness, discolouration, dehydration, dullness, and so on, there are specific peptides that can make a difference for each one. However, it really takes a range of peptides to help fight multiple skin problems, there isn’t one that does everything.

While peptides are a natural component of skin, in their natural form they are very fragile, unstable ingredients. To stabilise and create peptides that can actually be absorbed into skin, remain intact, and therefore be able to positively impact skin, they are lab-engineered. When science figured out how to do this, the possibilities and number of peptides available exploded.

Each “designer” peptide can be created to specifically activate a youthful element of skin, for example a peptide to make more collagen, or deactivate a problem in skin, like stop making so much abnormal melanin.

Here are a few peptides names to look out for on ingredient lists on the backs of products:

Types of peptides

  • Tripeptide-1 helps with firmness
  • Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Palmitoyl Hexapeptide-12 these smooth wrinkles and enhance hydration by strengthening the skin’s barrier
  • Myristoyl Hexapeptide-16 and Myristoyl Pentapeptide-17 help minimise redness
  • Hexanoyl Dipeptide-3 Norleucine Acetate improves how skin cells function
  • Azelaoyl Bis-Dipeptide-10 diminishes the appearance of forms of pigmentation, like brown spots

Anyone from teenagers to pensioners can benefit from applying products with peptides, just like they can from other healthy skin ingredients, like niacinamide, vitamin C, antioxidants and omega fatty acids etc. For younger people, it will help stave off the appearance of ageing and for those who are a little older, they can improve the skin look and feel.

Although peptides are an exciting advancement in skincare they have limitations. Any great anti-ageing skincare routine should contain a healthy mix of skin-replenishing ingredients, antioxidants, and other a healthy dose of other anti-ageing ingredients and the best ones do.

Here are a few products with peptides that I recommend

1. Estee Lauder Perfectionist Pro Rapid Firm + Lift Treatment Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, from £56.70 Fabled

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Why not add one of these to your basket and let us know how you get on? Remember to give a product around a good eight weeks of testing.

See you next month!

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Psoriasis: How to deal with the frustrating, flaky skin condition

Psoriasis: How to deal with the frustrating, flaky skin condition


Plus where to get the help and support you need to manage your condition

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Counting eczema among its unsightly friends, psoriasis is another uncomfortable skin condition that can leave its sufferers feeling incredibly self-conscious.

It’s estimated that some 125 million people have psoriasis worldwide, according to the International Federation of Psoriasis Associations.

But you may not be 100% sure if you have it, or what exactly it is (we’re guessing that’s why you’re here, anyway).

We asked Dr Justine Kluk, Harley Street dermatologist, to answer the most common questions about the skin ailment below.

What is psoriasis?

‘Psoriasis is an inflammatory condition of the skin that affects approximately 2% of the population,’ Dr Kluk explains. ‘The outer layer of our skin is constantly generating new skin cells and replacing old ones.

‘But in psoriasis, this process is sped up significantly and occurs over days rather than weeks. This increase in cell turnover leads to the typical symptoms that we see.’

What are the symptoms of psoriasis?

‘Psoriasis causes salmon pink patches to appear on the skin. These often have silvery scale on the surface. Sometimes, they cause soreness, discomfort or itching and sometimes they don’t,’ explains Justine.

‘Any part of the skin can be affected, however the elbows, knees, belly button, scalp and ears are some of the most frequently affected sites. Psoriasis can occur on genital skin, between the buttocks and in the armpits, where the patches are typically smooth, red and shiny rather than flaky.

‘If the nails are affected, pits or ridges can appear on the surface, or the nails can become thickened and discoloured. In certain individuals, psoriasis can also affect the joints by causing swelling, pain and stiffness and this is known as psoriatic arthritis.’

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What causes psoriasis?

There are a fair few factors that can contribute to a person developing and having the condition.

‘Your genes play an important role, meaning that if one or more of your parents or siblings has psoriasis you will have an increased chance of developing it compared to someone who doesn’t have any affected family members,’ Dr Kluk tells us.

‘Environmental factors, such as stress, smoking, infection and certain medication, such as beta blockers, can also act as triggers.’

Are there psoriasis treatments?

Unfortunately, like a lot of skin conditions, there is no ‘cure’ per se for psoriasis. The good news is that there are lots of things you can do to keep its prevalence under control

‘The choice of treatment really depends on how severely you are affected and includes creams containing a steroid or vitamin D, tablets and injections that modify the immune system, and phototherapy, which is a form of outpatient light treatment carried out in hospital Dermatology Departments,’ our doctor explains.

‘Most psoriasis sufferers will benefit from frequent and liberal application of a moisturising cream or ointment, and scalp symptoms can improve with the regular use of a coal tar-based shampoo or scalp lotion containing coconut oil,’ she adds.

‘If you are suffering with psoriasis and are finding it difficult to put your feelings into words and get the right support from friends, family or even your doctor, charities like The Psoriasis Association or the website skinsupport.org.uk from the British Association of Dermatologists are a good place to start.’

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So what’s in the new Lush egg foundation?

So what’s in the new Lush egg foundation?


It’s not as scary as it sounds…

The Slap Stick from Lush is completely plastic free

Words by Katherine Benson 

 You can now get your perfect foundation match with the latest environmentally friendly, vegan foundation sticks from Lush.

The new ‘egg’ foundation – The Slap Stick – is the latest beauty trial to come to Lush. But don’t worry, the egg-shape is purely aesthetical as the product is 100% vegan!

The Slap Stick is cruelty-free, packaged in wax instead of harmful plastic and comes with its own recyclable cardboard box that can be re-sealed to protect your product in-between uses.

Following in the steps of Fenty Beauty, Lush is expanding the variety of inclusive beauty products. The Slap Stick will come in forty different shades – including warm, cool and neutral undertones. Each ’egg’ is also packed with a combination of skin loving ingredients – amazingly 45% Indonesian coconut oil, and Moroccan argan oil to provide glowing moisture that blends effortlessly.

The handy solid ‘egg’ form means a little goes a long way. It can be built up for your desired coverage. Or, for a lighter feel it can be applied with sponges or fingers for any blemishes. The ingredients are rich but the result isn’t heavy, making it perfect for every day use.

But the best part is that Lush is giving 10% of its profits from the coconut oil to funding literary classes and a dentist on the island of Nias in Indonesia. The argan oil it uses is also harvested by a women’s co-operative in Morocco. So you can apply your makeup guilt free!

Rowena Bird, Lush Co-founder and product inventor, explained the motivations for this environmentally friendly product, ‘Making foundation, a staple in many people’s daily routine, solid, is a major leap forward to reducing plastic packaging without compromising on quality or effect’.

The sticks are set to launch on June 29, but you’ll need to grab them quick! The range will only be available to purchase online in the space of a one-month bracket at £16.95.

Be right back – off to form an orderly queue.

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This corrector is the only product that will hide my dark circles

This corrector is the only product that will hide my dark circles


‘I’ve relied on the same corrector for over 10 years’

For as long as I can remember, I’ve had dark circles under my eyes.

The whole surrounding area is slightly darker than the rest of my face, and there is a fingerprint’s worth of purplish shadow under each eye. It doesn’t matter whether I’ve had three or 12 hours of sleep, they’re always there.

As my natural skin tone is very fair (my specialist subject is the best foundation for pale skin), my dark circles stand out all the more against such a light backdrop.

Alright, so there are worse problems to have – but it does mean I look tired all the time IRL. That’s why I’ve relied on the same corrector for over 10 years.

I do my make-up on the train to work every day, and am often asked for the name of the magical product I’m using under my eyes; my favourite was the woman who described it as ‘the thing that made you look so awake just now’.

The product in question is Bobbi Brown’s Creamy Corrector, described by the brand as one of her ‘secrets of the universe’ (I’ll say). If I was allowed to wear only one make-up item for the rest of my life, it’d be this.

The shade-matched formula has a hint of pink or peach, depending on your skin’s undertones, to neutralise and correct any darker blue or purple patches.

And with a huge spectrum of more than 20 shades on offer, both very fair and dark skin tones are catered for.

Bobbi Brown Creamy Corrector, £19.50, Fabled

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The brand recommends you follow up with their concealer to cover up the pink pigment, but there is so little in the fairest shade that I usually skip it. Skin tones darker than mine should probably follow this step, though.

I go through a pot of this about every three months, which means my corrector useage works out as 21p a day, so this is truly a worthwhile investment if you have dark circles like mine.

Other correctors are out there, but I’m yet to find one that’s tempted me to stray.

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