Beauty: Sk­in­care

Baf­fled by the sheer num­ber of beauty prod­ucts on of­fer th­ese days? We make it sim­ple with our pick of the best buys at your su­per­mar­ket

Food - - Contents - Words: Danielle La­gos

Our pick of the su­per­mar­ket buys

Fig­ur­ing out a stream­lined sk­in­care regime doesn’t have to be harder than start­ing a Su­doku puz­zle. But we get it: there are a bevy of lo­tions and po­tions at your dis­posal and it can all get a lit­tle too over­whelm­ing. Here, we break down the steps and give you the sim­ple build­ing blocks – and our pick of prod­ucts – to help you layer them up like a pro and cre­ate your own daily rou­tine, morn­ing and night. The best bit is they are all con­ve­niently found in your lo­cal su­per­mar­ket, so you don’t even need to make a spe­cial trip. So, what goes where and when? Read on!

Step 1 Cleanser

It is all in the name: the first step of your morn­ing and evening beauty rou­tine is to cleanse your skin by re­mov­ing dead skin cells, pu­ri­fy­ing pores and get­ting rid of makeup and grime. Not sure what for­mula is for you? Pick a gen­tle foam or mousse cleanser if your skin is nor­mal; gel is great for oily types; and if you are on the drier side, avoid al­co­hol in the in­gre­di­ents list and opt for a cream cleanser. TRY Dove Ra­di­ant Skin Face Cleanser, $6.49; (1) Good­ness Fa­cial Cleanser, $16.99.

Step 2 Toner

While also re­mov­ing the last of the dirt, the sec­ond step in your daily rou­tine tight­ens pores and swipes away ex­cess se­bum (the oil your skin nat­u­rally pro­duces). It also bal­ances ph lev­els, which means it helps con­trol ex­cess oil. TRY (2) Clean and Clear Es­sen­tials Oil-con­trol Toner, $9.49; Nivea Daily Es­sen­tials Re­fresh­ing Toner, $11.59.

Step 3 Serum

Serums are specif­i­cally tar­geted to ad­dress skin con­cerns like hy­dra­tion, age­ing or pig­men­ta­tion and usu­ally up the ante of your other sk­in­care. Serums are more po­tent than the other prod­ucts in your regime, so you only need a few drops to cover your face. While you can use serums day and night, be aware of in­gre­di­ents like vi­ta­min A as it makes your skin sen­si­tive to sun­light. Those ones, nor­mally anti-age­ing spe­cific, are best left for just be­fore bed. TRY (3) Neu­tro­gena Rapid Wrin­kle Re­pair Serum, $39.99; (4) L’oréal Paris Re­vi­talift Filler, $49.99.

Step 4 Mois­turiser

One of the most com­mon ques­tions is if there is a dif­fer­ence be­tween a day and a night cream. Sim­ply, yes there is. Your day­time va­ri­eties tend to be more light­weight to wear un­der makeup and some have sun pro­tec­tion. You should al­ways ap­ply sun­screen be­fore leav­ing the house, so save time by look­ing for a cream with an SPF to get you out of the door faster. Like night-time serums, your evening lo­tions may con­tain in­gre­di­ents that are sun-sen­si­tive, such as retinoids and gly­colic acid. If you only want to in­vest in one, opt for a day cream. TRY (5) Olay Re­gener­ist Re­vi­tal­is­ing Night Cream, $20.43; (6) Aveeno Smart Es­sen­tials Day Cream SPF30, $19.99.

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