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An active form of vitamin B3, niacinamide helps combat dry skin and fight free radicals.
OUR FAVE: Paula’s Choice Resist 10% Niacinamide Booster, $67 (20ml), contains a hefty dose of niacinamide. Its claim to fame is its ability to shrink pores, though it also helps improve dark spots, rough skin and elasticity. Use it straight after cleansing or add two to three drops to your favourite moisturiser.
Billie Goat Soap Hydrating Face Day Cream, $14.95 (50ml), contains a lower concentration of niacinamide, but is boosted with nourishing goat’s milk and jojoba and coconut oils.
Charcoal has been hailed as a detoxifying wonder – it binds to impurities in the skin and drags them out of clogged pores.
OUR FAVE: Dermalogica Daily Superfoliant, $85 (60ml), is a new version of the brand’s bestselling rice bran-based Daily Microfoliant. This one is enhanced with activated binchotan (Japanese white charcoal). You only need half a teaspoon daily or every second day if your skin is sensitive.
Apsu Funaya Onsen Charcoal and Hinoki Body Bar, $21 (200g), is an ideal post-workout cleanser – bamboo charcoal and coconut oil absorb impurities and hinoki oil nourishes and softens.
3 HYALURONIC ACID
Hyaluronic acid can hold up to 1000 times its own weight in water. It’s found naturally in the skin but declines as we age, so consider it an anti-wrinkle essential.
Avène Hydrance Optimale Aqua Cream-in-gel, $56.95 (50ml), is enriched with hyaluronic acid but its formulation sets it apart. It’s ideal for skin that craves the moisture of a rich cream but prefers the lightweight feel of a gel. Genius!
Palmer’s Skin Perfecting Ultra Hydrating Serum, $24.95 (30ml), contains hyaluronic acid, cocoa butter and retinol to help skin retain moisture.