Beauty tips: The Dublin duo behind Anu

FRIENDSHIP WEEK: The production of natural cosmetics in Ireland brings people together

The production of natural cosmetics in Ireland brings people together. Consumers are more conscious of the ingredients that go into the products they use and where they are sourced, thus creating a demand for natural, local products.

For skin-friendly products, look for ingredients such as coconut oil, olive oil, sweet almond oil and cocoa butter. Natural cosmetics often add essential oils such as lavender and chamomile for their soothing properties, and lemon and tea tree for their antiseptic properties. Opting for locally sourced ingredients helps the environment.

Dublin-based friends Caitríona Breathnach and Emer Halpenny combined an interest in chemical-free topical products for children with a love of green thinking to create Anu. The company’s Anu Night is a fabulous overnight treatment for tired people with tired skin; it is a balm that combines soothing lavender and rejuvenating carrageen moss and leaves the skin feeling plump and hydrated come morning.

Ruth's Natural Skincare, also based in Dublin, has a range of lemon, lavender, patchouli mint and all-spice Castile soaps and lip balms. These soaps are perfect for frequent use and will not cause irritation or the tightness often associated with regular soaps.,