Stumped by serums? Ex­as­per­ated by essences? And to­tally over­whelmed by oils? Sarah-Jane Cor­field-Smith breaks through the skin­care jar­gon and tells you which your skin needs and why

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Stumped by serums? Ex­as­per­ated by essences? We de­mys­tify the jar­gon.

Once upon a time we were told that all we had to do was cleanse, tone and mois­turise. Do those three things and great skin will be yours. Then, all of a sud­den, ex­tra steps were be­ing in­cor­po­rated into what was once a sim­ple regime. Serums popped up first. Bot­tles filled with mag­i­cal, po­tent in­gre­di­ents we all had to use. Not long af­ter that, fa­cial oils were re­vealed as an­other step to in­clude. But how? And what if you had oily skin – surely slather­ing on an oil was the worst thing you could do? (Spoiler alert: it’s not). And then we get in­un­dated with essences. When are we meant to use those, and what are they, any­way? It’s a mine­field out there, which is why we de­cided to sit down, take a long, hard look at these three cat­e­gories, all of which are her­alded to be com­plex­ion-boost­ing won­ders, and tell you what they do, when to use them and which suit your skin’s needs.

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