Cleanse, tone, moisturise. It’s the well-versed skincare adage that points us towards a twice-daily routine based solely around cleansing and hydrating the skin. And whilst there’s absolutely nothing wrong with sticking to conventional wisdom, if you’re in pursuit of perfect skin, you’re missing a trick. Because, when faced with a barrage of pollutants, free radicals and UV rays that accelerate ageing – cleanser and moisturiser alone no longer cuts it. Instead, you’ll require a comprehensive skincare arsenal that goes above and beyond the standard.
Consider the below, not just as complementary additions to your skincare routine, but a selection of fine-tuned and personalised bolt-ons designed to give you your best skin to date. . .
A product that seamlessly bridges the gap between cleanser and treatment. Toner removes residue whilst prepping skin for the absorption of any products applied next.
Typically refreshing and soothing, many toners extend their function to include light chemical exfoliation (most often using AHAs) or added hydration, whilst balancing skin’s pH levels.
Sweep over the face with a well-soaked cotton pad morning and/or night.
Consider serums as the most strategic and personalised part of your skincare routine – and pick one that promises to address your concerns. Lightweight and liquid, their fast-absorbing formulas are designed to deliver active ingredients deep into the skin for long-term behind-the-scenes maintenance.
Most serums operate by encouraging regeneration at a cellular level and stimulating collagen, resulting in brighter, plumper, healthier looking skin. However, the most high-science of them also assist with the fading of scarring, pigmentation, and fine lines.
Press into skin after cleansing or toning. Allow to fully absorb before applying moisturiser. Use day and/or night (most sit well under makeup).
A blend of pure and natural oils offering multiple benefits for the skin, alongside a hefty dose of guaranteed hydration.
Capitalising on the nourishing benefits of natural ingredients, facial oils serve to hydrate and balance the complexion, leaving skin soft and glowing. Most are high in vitamins and fatty acids so will promote skin that both looks and feels healthier.
For maximum benefits spend 20-30 minutes massaging into the skin (working the muscles beneath) using both fingertips and knuckles.
Quick-fix, powerhouse treatments for all manner of skincare concerns, the masking ritual is as indulgent as it is efficacious. Performance depends upon type, but consistent use helps to keep skin clear and balanced.
From clay-based formulations that draw out impurities through to moisture-rich sheet masks that boost radiance, a good mask offers something a little more powerful than your standard routine can provide.
Apply on a bi-weekly basis (unless otherwise stated), and be sure to exfoliate (or at least thoroughly cleanse) beforehand to boost absorption.
A topical treatment with a dual-pronged effect; for efficient blemish control requires both attack and defence.
Existing blemishes are healed and future breakouts prevented thanks to powerful anti-inflammatory and antiseptic formulas.
Designed to be used topically; dab a small amount onto effected areas as soon as you feel a blemish arise.