Korres Wild Rose Colour Correcting Cream SPF30
Jo found herself in Athens recently and spent a very happy couple of hours in the company of Lena Korres, of Korres skincare and cosmetics fame. Back when we first met them in the 1990s, Lena and George Korres had a vision for a cosmetics brand that harnessed naturals, but tapped into cosmetic scientist Lena's expertise to create really user-friendly scents, textures - and offer serious skincare benefits. At that point, they had a homeopathic family pharmacy in Athens - and that was just about it. Today, Korres is sold around the world - huge in America, big here - and the Korreses are right up there in the pantheon of the gods, as far as the Greeks are concerned: national treasures.
In central Athens, you'll find several standalone Korres stores - and after a wonderful lunch overlooking the Akropolis on the roof of The Grande Bretagne Hotel (it's a tough job but someone has to do it...), they headed off to the store on Ermou (that's a street name) so that Jo could try some of the products not yet available outside of Greece. (Their surprising bestseller? A highly effective cough medicine, formulated by George's father.)
Having fallen for this particular product, then - Korres Wild Rose Colour Correcting Cream SPF30 - Jo's particularly pleased that it has now landed in the UK. This CC cream smooths seamlessly into skin, evening out imperfections - comfy to wear, and pleasantly moisturising. (For Jo, who has naturally high colour and broken veins, it's really effectively camouflaging - her new 'weekend' foundation substitute.)
Wild Rose is one of Korres's bestselling ranges, beautifully hydrating, radiance-boosting - and with just the loveliest scent, subtly expressed here. The bonus? An SPF30, although we're not advising applying it from ear-to-ear, so do layer over an SPF daily moisturiser.
Even in the UK, never mind the baking heat of Athens...