The SKIN­CARE EDIT

Good Housekeeping (UK) - - Good Looks -

For day­time su­per hy­dra­tion Of the 16 in­ten­sive mois­turis­ers we tested, the luxe Elemis Pro Col­la­gen Marine Cream Ul­tra Rich, £82, topped our lab tests and reader as­sess­ments. Testers said their skin felt firmer with fewer vis­i­ble fine lines and wrin­kles. 90/100 Be­fore you go to sleep… Your skin repairs it­self at night, and a night cream of­fers a help­ing hand. Retinol is a proven anti-age­ing in­gre­di­ent, but can be ir­ri­tat­ing. Of the seven night creams con­tain­ing it that we tested, Mu­rad Retinol Youth Re­newal Night Cream, £65, was top. Our testers liked its lux­u­ri­ous, quick-ab­sorb­ing tex­ture and af­ter 28 days of use, the ma­jor­ity no­ticed im­proved skin tex­ture and fewer fine lines with­out any signs of ir­ri­ta­tion. 79/100

We tested an­other 24 non-retinol night creams with anti-age­ing claims. The win­ner was Meru­maya Overnight Recharge Night Cream, £37. Testers raved that they no­ticed firmer skin. 85/100

Just a drop

or two A qual­ity fa­cial oil helps pre­vent mois­ture-loss while de­liv­er­ing a dose of an­tiox­i­dants and anti-in­flam­ma­tory ben­e­fits, as well as a plumped-up glow to the skin. We tested 25 with top marks go­ing to An­gela Lang­ford Bloom & Glow Ra­di­ance Restor­ing Fa­cial Oil, £20.50 (And yes, that’s An­gela from Masterchef!) Her oil per­formed highly in our lab tests for day-long hy­dra­tion, while testers said it rapidly made skin feel more sup­ple. Af­ter 14 days’ use, they said skin felt nour­ished with im­prove­ment in fine lines. It’s easy to layer with mois­turiser, too! 91/100 Daily pro­tec­tion If you want a mois­turiser with built-in SPF, our win­ner is Elemis Pro-col­la­gen Marine Day Cream SPF 30, from £82. Our lab tests showed it helped in­crease hy­dra­tion by an av­er­age of 28% af­ter six hours. It’s also rated for those with sen­si­tive skin. 87/100

Get the glow

A wipe-on pad is the easy way to ben­e­fit from glow-in­duc­ing acid ex­fo­lia­tors. Our best buy is Dr Den­nis Gross Al­pha Beta Uni­ver­sal Daily Peel Pads, £81 for 30, (cult­beauty.co. uk). It’s a two-step sys­tem that fin­ishes with a hy­drat­ing pad. 85/100 Take off the day With a solid-to-oil for­mu­la­tion that re­moves dirt, make-up, sun­screen and ex­cess oil with­out strip­ping the skin, Far­macy Green Clean Makeup Melt­away Cleans­ing Balm, £32 (cult­beauty.co.uk) topped the 23 cleans­ing balms we tested. You can use it to re­move eye make-up, too. 92/100

Soak a cot­ton wool pad with Elemis Smart Cleanse Mi­cel­lar Wa­ter, £44, to re­move all make-up eas­ily. Our testers loved the way it left skin clean and mois­turised. It also per­formed well in the lab test, re­mov­ing long-wear make-up eas­ily. 82/100

If you pre­fer a sep­a­rate eye make-up re­mover, try Clar­ins In­stant Eye Make-up Re­mover, £20. Our testers said it re­moved make-up eas­ily – even wa­ter­proof – with­out ir­ri­ta­tion. 82/100

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