Picking the right skincare products can be really overwhelming and expensive! I have gone through many many brands and products before settling for my current skincare essentials. It's important to remember that our skin has its own micro-flora and is ever changing. It's affected by what we eat, what we wear, where we live, how we sleep, how we commute and other factors.
Here I'm going to share my approach to making smart choices and my top five products. Hopefully this provides you with more clarity and confidence in building your own routine. Or if you feel completely lost, or simply want to start from scratch – read my in-depth How To article here.
By Vai Mas, Immaculate Beauty Editor
Finding the right cleanser was my number one priority. By cleansing our skin we are preparing it for all the great skincare products coming its way. My top 3 criteria for a cleanser, which works regardless of your skin type, are: 1. it protects against pollution; 2. it hydrates – includes hyaluronic acid; and 3. it nourishes - charged with probiotics.
We all need that extra boost of hydration throughout the day, that's why I wanted a multitasking face mist or a toner which I could use at home, take on my carry-on or chuck it in my gym bag. Laponie's toner spray is a perfect fit! It balances, hydrates, soothes and conditions skin – no matter what the day throws at me. My top tip: mix it in your palm with a few drops of your facial oil for smoother application and to boost absorption. Alternatively, use it straight after cleansing your face to prep your skin for the moisturiser.
Well that's a mouthful! Hyaluronic Acid is all about introducing hydration and locking in the skin's moisture. Accompanied by rose water this serum is one of the key products I use morning/evening after cleansing and applying toner.
Where do I even start... The smell alone sets you up for a great day! Inhale dawn in a cool green citrus orchard, the orange blossoms dewy from summer rain.
As our skin changes every day it's important to me that my daytime moisturiser can keep up with it. This facial oil promotes daily restoration, brightens and helps to reduce eye puffiness. It also offers protection from environmental baddies, which compliments my cleanser.
Once or twice a week, usually on a Sunday, I make sure to show my skin that extra bit of TLC it deserves. Mediterranean rose-coloured clay de-stresses and purifies, working wonders on inflamed or stressed skin.
This article doesn't include medical advice. Always consult with your dermatologist.
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