Get your glow on
Skincare is a day and night affair
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.
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.