http://www.dreamstime.com/royalty-free-stock-image-travel-photographer-digital-camera-image24390766Let us introduce you to our new columnista world-class travel and beauty journalist who writes under the name of Rosie McKechnie.

Rosie, who has worked all over the world, likes to be behind the lens sometimes too and enjoys keeping an air of mystery about her. Read her tips for all of you in your forties. We also have a new columnist Louise Scott, who will be writing for 30-something skin next month too.

 

Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cleanser, £15

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Skin looking tired and needing a bit of oomph? These are my picks of the beauty counters to get you ready to face summer … First, let’s get back to basics. Great-looking skin starts with clean skin and I like to start the day with a refreshing face wash. Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cleanser is specially formulated to clean, and even remove make-up, without leaving the face feeling tight or stripping skin of its natural oils.

The gel, packed with apricot kernel oil, avocado oil and vitamins, foams up and leaves skin positively squeaky clean. Good news is that you only need to use a tiny amount so the 150ml tube lasts for months and months. Perfect, it’s a no brainer. Visit www.kiehls.co.uk

 

 

 

Clinique Turnaround Concentrate Radiance Renewer, £33, and Turnaround Instant Facial, £33

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Exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate … I can’t stress enough how important this is. It is one of the key steps to radiant skin all-year round and my bathroom shelf is never without some form of face scrub.

I have fairly sensitive skin so once a week is enough for me to dig deep to unplug those pores and slough off debris to leave skin that’s positively glowing. I can’t tell you how much your face will thank you for it. Just remember to always us moisturiser with an SPF to protect the skin after exfoliating.

At the moment I’m using Clinique’s Turnaround Instant Facial. Slightly different from other products I’ve used, it’s applied like a mask, left on for five minutes and then the granules are massaged off with water. It delivers all the smoothness of microdermabrasion but very delicately. Skin tone gets a boost, flaky patches clear and spots disappear in no time.

In the same range and new to me is Clinique’s Turnaround Concentrate Radiance Renewer. Used daily, it’s a serum that goes on before moisturiser and gently works away with the skin’s natural renewal cycle.

The silky formula sinks in and evens out skin tone. Slow-release ingredients continue the work of clearing away dead surface skin cells and helps promote natural cell turnover, eliminating dead skin cells on a regular basis. Visit www.clinique.co,uk

 

Estee Lauder Resilience Lift Extreme Ultra Firming Mask, priced £33

Even if you religiously cleanse, tone and moisturise morning and night, skin can still get a little tired looking. Battling pollution, stress and sitting in front of a computer screen at work all take their toll. Factor in skin losing its brightness and bounce as well get older and it’s no wonder it needs some regular TLC.

At least once a week give your face a treat with a mask – go the whole hog and do it while you have a long soak in the bath with a glass of wine in hand. Don’t worry if time is short, Estee Lauder’s Resilience Lift Extreme Ultra Firming Mask works in 15 minutes with impressive results.

A blend of super-energised nutrients include the bark of the tepescohuite tree, which is 20 times more powerful than vitamin C, to help skin increase natural collagen production. So over time you will really notice a difference. Skin that’s dry or sagging gets an immediate boost, leaving it firmer, lifted and beautifully hydrated with a luminous glow. Lines are plumped up and my face was radiant after just one use. Visit www.esteelauder.co.uk

 

Jo Loves… fragrances, from £45.

Now you’re looking lovely, treat yourself to the ultimate pick-me-up – a beautiful new fragrance. I have been a fan of Jo Malone for too many years to mention.

I was absolutely delighted to discover that after leaving the Jo Malone brand in 2006 (she sold it to Estee Lauder in 1999 and remained as creative director), the woman with the best nose in the business is back with the fabulous Jo Loves… range. A hand-picked wardrobe of scents, all with a very distinctive Jo touch, you will be spoiled for choice. Seductively luxurious, the fragrances will take you on a trip around the world.

Jo’s inspiration is as extensive as always, from food and flavours to freshly washed linen and New York in the rain.  Inspired by the whole process of cocktail making, the mango collection offers a fabulous selection of summer scents. A Shot of Oud Over Mango has top notes of mango and black pepper developing to freesia and oud wood. Mango Nectar has mango leaf, bitter orange and pink grapefruit with deeper notes of jasmine and musk.

My own favourite is A Shot of Thai Lime over Mango with mango: kaffir lime and black pepper, deepening to freesia and mint leaves, then white thyme absolute and vetiver. Even on a dreary, rainy day, a sniff of this is guaranteed to lift the soul.

Also in the fragrance collection are florals and exotic spicy and fruity scents. Jo opens her first store in London in September but the full range, including wonderfully scented candles, is also available online, from www.joloves.com.