Get your glow on

Skin­care is a day and night affair

Weekend Herald - Canvas - - CONTENTS - Tracey Strange

Guard duty

When it comes to dewy, healthy-look­ing skin, air­con is a killer. Hours spent in of­fice build­ings robs skin of mois­ture, not only mak­ing the com­plex­ion dull but ex­ac­er­bat­ing con­di­tions like eczema, rosacea and pso­ri­a­sis. If air­con is your beauty bete noire, skin mists can be a saviour. Although not high on the list of es­sen­tial skin­care prod­ucts (they are, af­ter all, wa­tery mois­turis­ers), fa­cial mists are grow­ing in pop­u­lar­ity — and for good rea­son. Sooth­ing, hy­drat­ing and quick, they can be used through­out the day over makeup. The Herb Farm’s Pro­tect­ing Skin De­fend Mist ($35) is packed with nat­u­ral in­gre­di­ents like el­der­berry and black spruce to pro­vide an in­vis­i­ble shield against the dam­ag­ing ef­fects of pol­lu­tants, heat­ing and air con­di­tion­ing.

Why buy? Great to keep in your of­fice drawer to use ev­ery time skin feels parched.

Give us a C

You can ex­pect an aw­ful lot from an in­ex­pen­sive mois­turiser. All emol­lients in­stantly plump up fine lines and give skin a healthy-look­ing glow. Com­mon in­gre­di­ents (read: af­ford­able) such as glyc­erin or shea but­ter can also re­duce in­flam­ma­tion and help skin to heal it­self, re­duc­ing the long-term ef­fects of sun dam­age. What they usu­ally lack, how­ever, are those in­gre­di­ents specif­i­cally proven to stim­u­late col­la­gen growth, boost cell turnover and counter free-rad­i­cals. En­ter Nivea’s new Q10 Firm­ing Body Lo­tion ($11). Now with sta­bilised vi­ta­min C (a proven skin salve), this af­ford­able body-smoother works to sup­port cell re­newal and com­bat ox­ida­tive stress.

Why buy? New, im­proved, value-for-money and gen­er­ally all-round trust­wor­thy.

Night rites

Treat your skin with ac­tive in­gre­di­ents just be­fore you go to bed; you might be up for a pe­riod of in­ac­tiv­ity but your skin shouldn’t be. Cleanse, and ap­ply a pep­tide cream (if you’re only just start­ing to no­tice fine lines), a retinoid for­mula for more ma­ture skins, or a sal­i­cylic acid treat­ment for blem­ish-prone com­plex­ions. But if the bud­get al­lows, why not try a spe­cial­ist re­pair salve such as Der­ma­log­ica’s Sound Sleep Co­coon ($143)? A gel-cream, it works with the body’s nat­u­ral overnight re­pair and re­cov­ery pro­cesses, sooth­ing and shor­ing up the skin so that it’s better able to de­fend it­self come morn­ing.

Why buy? A truly cos­set­ting, use­ful cream that works while you sleep.

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