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
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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