by Kevin Minihan

Anti-Aging Skincare NeoStrata

When it comes to anti-aging skincare, it is important to use products that are both preventative and corrective. With so many products to choose from, it can be difficult to discern which ingredients and formulations will offer your skin the most benefits. With natural ingredients and products, you can avoid irritating and harsh chemicals, instead opting for soothing, potent extracts and vitamins.

Utilizing specific ingredients can stimulate the production of collagen and elastin, which is critical to maintaining firm, supple skin, and a youthful glow! NeoStrata is a one stop shop for anti-aging cleansers, serums, and moisturizers.


Following EU recommendations, each product has to display their Ingredients on the packaging, in decreasing order of concentration. The first ingredient is always water. “Angel dusting” is the putting a fancy ingredient in a very small quantity. You will find it at the bottom of the ingredient list. Unlike some products on the market, Neostrata products have high concentrations of powerful active ingredients. Read on for a little more information on the active ingredients you can expect to find within Neostrata Products…

CitraFill™ CitraFill™ is a patented ingredient technology from NeoStrata to help plump and firm skin. Its benefits are two-fold; it can help to stimulate collagen and it can become activated in skin by hydrolyzing to citric acid (an antiaging AHA). Citric acid helps build dermal matrix (filler) components to make lines visibly appear fuller and more youthful.

Matrixyl™ Peptides Matrixyl™ peptides contain palmitoyl oligo and tetra peptides, which are cellular messengers that help stimulate new collagen and act in synergy to restore skin’s youthful appearance, reducing the appearance of lines and wrinkles and increasing elasticity.

NeoGlucosamine™ / Acetyl Glucosamine NeoGlucosamine is NeoStrata’s patented non-acid amino sugar technology that gently exfoliates the skin to promote cellular turnover, diminishes fine lines and wrinkles, and exfoliates hyperpigmented spots and acne for a more even skin tone. Cellular turnover is increased, improving skin clarity and brightness gently, without irritation. NeoGlucosamine is also a building block of Hyaluronic Acid, skin’s natural filler, promoting superior plumping of the skin, smoothing the appearance of lines and wrinkles from the inside and creating a firmer, more lifted look.









Phytotal® A botanical blend derived from burdock and margosa (neem) that helps control oily skin. With continued use, Phytoal reduces oily shine, leaving skin looking fresher, healthier and more evenly toned. A registered trademark of Croda, Inc.

Retinyl Acetate / Pro-Retinol / Pro-Vitamin A  An antioxidant, that has been shown to enhance cell turnover, even the skin tone and diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Ideal for use on acne prone skin.

Salicylic Acid A topical anti-acne treatment that unclogs pores and clears acne blemishes, pimples blackheads and whiteheads.

Tocopheryl Acetate / Pro-Vitamin E An antioxidant and skin conditioner that helps protect against the formation of free radicals and smooths and softens skin.






Turmeric Turmeric is a plant from the ginger family. It is native to South Asia and is known for its medicinal qualities. It is used in the treatment of burns and other skin ailments. Turmeric helps the repair of free radicals and helps decrease the appearance of facial pigmentation by reducing the skin’s melanin production. This ingredient is commonly used in skin brightening products to help those who suffer with uneven pigmentation. It is a powerful antioxidant that protects against environmental toxins.

Vitamin K Helps to build skin strength and resiliency which helps to reduce the appearance of dark under eye circles

Zinc Oxide An inorganic and physical sunscreen that blocks or scatters UVA and UVB rays for broad-spectrum protection.

Glycolic acid is a natural constituent of sugar cane. It is the smallest molecule of the AHA family. Studies have shown that NeoStrata glycolic acid products used in a daily regimen reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and make skin look younger.

Citric acid is an antioxidant alpha and beta hydroxy acid that is used in both foods and skin care products. It’s antioxidant benefits help minimize the damaging effects of the sun and pollution. Studies have shown citric acid to provide significant anti-aging benefits like other AHAs. Citric acid formulations help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Mandelic acid is an oil-controlling alpha hydroxyacid that has antibacterial benefits that may be helpful for acne prone skin. Studies have shown Mandelic acid to provide anti-aging benefits similar to other AHAs. NeoStrata formulations containing Mandelic acid have been shown to reduce facial oil.





Gluconolactone, a next generation AHA, is a non-irritating, antioxidant Polyhydroxy acid (PHA) that is suitable for all skin types, including sensitive skin. This PHA is a naturally occurring agent found in the skin that is composed of water-attracting hydroxyl groups to condition and hydrate the skin. Gluconolactone formulations reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and smooth skin texture.

Lactobionic acid is the latest skin care technology to emerge from the NeoStrata Company. This new Polyhydroxy ‘bionic’ acid is a non-irritating, complex Polyhydroxy acid (PHA). Lactobionic acid is a potent antioxidant with humectant properties that strongly attract and bind water. Its unique film forming property provides softness and a velvety smoothness to the skin. Lactobionic acid formulations reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and plump the skin layers.


by Kevin Minihan

Easy Tricks to get Glowing Summer Makeup

Time to ditch that matte winter makeup. Instead, go for a light reflecting foundation that has an illuminating effect. These will help blur out fine lines and pores, if any. Go for a water-based foundation and stay away from heavy cream or oil-based foundations. Better still, go for creams that give a light to medium coverage and take care of any blemishes and acne marks while making you look flawless.






A good brightener under the eyes is a right choice for making dull eyes look awake and youthful. Try going for lighter illuminating formulations instead of cakey ones.

Ditch the heavy eyeliner and invest in a soft colour eye pencil instead such as browns, blue etc. This will not only brighten the eyes but also give a fresh look to the whole face.

A good sunscreen is a must to stay put the minimal makeup you have used. It will also act as a good base for your makeup.

If you like the sun-kissed look, invest in a shimmer or matt bronzer. Apply on your forehead and cheekbones to add warmth to your skin.

Opt for light shades of lipstick such as nudes, pinks or corals. Summer is the time to go light on makeup. Any heavy makeup is a big no-no. If you are not a lipstick person, go for sheer lip balms.









Apply mascara lavishly to instantly open up the eyes and brighten the look. Clear mascaras are a big hit during summers.

Removing makeup with a good makeup remover is equally important to get a clean canvas for the next day.





Follow these simple tricks and get glowing makeup, even in the hot summers!




by Kevin Minihan

Minihans Cosmetics


It is the desire of every single person living on this planet to look great. The reason for this is that better looks help in boosting the self-esteem and confidence level of an individual. Here in Minihans we take cosmetic care very seriously and that is why we only stock the leading brands in cosmetics.



mu3Makeup is very important in hiding the imperfections of the skin. There are various factors that have an adverse impact on our skin cell. Some of the most popular factors are UV rays of sun, dust, pollution & climatic condition. Owing to these, our skin cells get injured. In this way, our skin loses all the charm & attraction. We stock many products which protect your skin and help in its rejuvenation.


mu2At times, due to external factors, our skin loses charm. Many of the products we stock in the Neostrata and the Vichy range help in providing complete nourishment to the skin cells.


mu4Our skin does need proper care and attention. Using the right products will certainly rejuvenate your skin, thus offering you youthful looks. Pop into us here on Oliver Plunkett Street at any time and our staff will be delighted to assist you with expert advice on the right product for you.

by Kevin Minihan

The Unique Allure of Guerlain Perfume

Guerlain Perfume

Guerlain perfume is one of the oldest French perfume houses in the world and can easily hold its own in this day and age . Founded in 1828 by Pierre-Francois Pascal Guerlain control of the house was past down through the family until 1994 when it was sold to the luxury good conglomerate Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH) as there was no one in the Guerlain family willing to head the business. In its formative years Guerlain created signature fragrances for royalty as well as the aristocratic class.

Did you know that Guerlain is exclusive to us here in Minihans on Oliver Plunkett Street. Some of the most gorgeous fragrances you can imagine. If you are looking for something extra special with a touch of class and elegance make sure you call in.

Just check out the amazing bottle designs across all ranges.









The Guerlain stamp is an art of bottling that the Dames de table craftswomen pass down from generation to generation.. We love them.

Here are some more examples of the wonderfully imaginative bottles for some the main fragrances and a brief statement describing the essence…


Samsara signifies “eternal rebirth” in Sanskrit and is part of the “wheel of life”, a religious reference of Tibetan Buddhism. It evokes the perpetual voyage from one existence to the next, an invitation to serenity and harmony. Created in 1989 by Jean-Paul Guerlain, Samsara is a homage to the woman of his life, his true revelation of love.







La Petite Robe Noire’s

A perfumed creation by Guerlain: An Eau Fraîche in which sparkling mandarin, rose petals and biting pistachio set hearts a flutter.
My legendary glass bottle – instantly recognisable by its rounded shoulders and stopper in the shape of an upside-down heart – reveals my new style of dress.







Insolence is a spark in the eyes, an intrepid smile. Insolence is a careless grace, an ironic elegance, an amused silence. Created in 2006, Insolence celebrates this surprising, free and daring femininity.









Aqua Allegoria

Aqua Allegoria is a continuously renewed collection that pays homage to the wonders of nature and beautiful raw materials. Delicate and cheerful fragrances that represent sweet and happy moments.










In 1919, Europe was fascinated by Japan and the culture of the Far East. This was the moment when Jacques Guerlain named his new fragrance Mitsouko. Mitsouko means “mystery” in Japanese and symbolises passionate and mysterious femininity.









Guerlain also have a classic range available with lots of different fragrances to choose from.







If you are looking for something unique, something that will set you apart from everyone else in the room then Guerlains range is something you must absolutely try.

by Kevin Minihan

Serving the People of Cork for 60 years

We are celebrating 60 years in business here in Minihans on Oliver Plunkett Street. Minihans Chemist was set up by Liam Minihan in1955. Since that time we have seen many changes taking place both in the field of pharmacy and in Cork City Centre itself. It is now run by Liam’s nephew John Minihan and his wife Trish who took over the business in 1995. Here are some old photos for you to enjoy.



Here is a lovely picture of Liam Minihan, John Minihan’s uncle, back in 1967, sitting next to him is 60’s icon Mary Quant who was introducing her range of cosmetics at the time.







Minihan’s functions as a traditional chemist and dispense medicines on all prescription schemes in Ireland. We also specialise in cosmetics and are renowned for our perfumery, skincare and haircare ranges. As well as the customer service one gets in a local business such as Minihan’s, the shop also stocks well known labels such as Vichy, Nuxe, Ralph Lauren, Dior, Armani and Chanel.

Here is John Minihan holding up a newspaper clipping on a feature that was done on Minihans in the early days.

Here is John Minihan with an old cut out from the Cork Examiner of a feature about Minihans Chemist      We go back a long way






This is an old picture of Oliver Plunkett Street along with one of the early ads from 1955. So much has changed since then and yet so much has remained the same. While we have great relationships with so many of the people of Cork, we still enjoy meeting new customers all the time. We have so many long term customers now that we really see them as friends.






An advertisement for Minihan's Chemists from December 1955, the year the business was established




Another blast from the past. Service with a smile.







Since our very early days we have also stocked skincare products and perfumes from the French brand Guerlain, one of the oldest French perfumes houses in the world.









We look forward to the next 60 years where we’re sure to see a whole lot of new developments in pharmacy, fragrances and of course Cork City.