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Caf­feine to en­er­gise

Sleep­less night? Caf­feine is the go-to in­gre­di­ent for fix­ing tired, puffy-look­ing eyes. The Inkey List Caf­feine Eye Cream, £8.99, cult­beauty.co.uk, cuts wa­ter re­ten­tion to re­duce puffi­ness straight away; ap­ply gently around your eyes with­out go­ing too close to the lash lines. Or for some­thing slightly more su­per­charged try the caf­feine for­mula of Clin­ique All About Eyes Rich Eye Cream, £27, to stim­u­late skin and im­prove blood cir­cu­la­tion. It also con­tains mul­berry root and green tea leaf ex­tracts, which boost col­la­gen for added skin ben­e­fits.

Al­pha Hy­droxy Acids to brighten

Re­store your skin to its for­mer glory and ban­ish pig­men­ta­tion with an AHA – the skin-resur­fac­ing, ul­tra-ex­fo­li­at­ing in­gre­di­ent that re­places harsh scrubs and mi­cro beads. Us­ing

The Or­di­nary AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peel­ing So­lu­tion, £6.30, as a mask once a week will shift dead skin cells to re­veal brighter, more lu­mi­nous skin. Al­ter­na­tively, a thin layer of Paula’s Choice Skin Per­fect­ing 8% AHA Lo­tion, £28, works gently to re­new skin cells, mois­turise and pro­mote even, ra­di­ant skin. It’s a lit­tle pricier but great for sen­si­tive skin types.

Hyaluronic acid to hy­drate

Known for its mois­ture-boost­ing abil­ity, hold­ing 1,000 times its own weight in wa­ter, hyaluronic acid is bril­liant for adding hy­dra­tion to ev­ery skin type. Quench thirsty skin with a spritz of Neu­tro­gena Hy­dro Boost Ex­press Hy­drat­ing Spray, £5.49, and you’ll feel in­stantly mois­turised.

Or try AHC Aqualuroni­c Serum, £26, an in­no­va­tive, Korean for­mula con­tain­ing skin bar­rier re­pair­ing ce­ramides to de­liver pro­tec­tion from en­vi­ron­men­tal ag­gres­sors like pol­lu­tion, while also de­liv­er­ing a hy­dra­tion hit.

Retinol to smooth lines

Beauty ex­perts swear by the anti-age­ing in­gre­di­ent vi­ta­min A to help di­min­ish fine lines, ex­fo­li­ate and boost col­la­gen production. It’s pow­er­ful stuff, so first time users should start with a low per­cent­age of around 0.3%. The new and much-hyped

claims to have found the ‘sweet spot’ of retinol strengths; with a low 0.3% retinol it still de­liv­ers skin-plump­ing re­sults that are no­tice­able with­out the ir­ri­ta­tion. For some­thing more bud­get friendly, try with 1% retinol it packs a pow­er­ful punch.

Vi­ta­min C to give a glow

Put some life back into dull, lack­lus­tre skin with this hero in­gre­di­ent. A daily dose of

will leave your com­plex­ion look­ing ra­di­ant as the gen­tle for­mula boosts lu­mi­nos­ity. But if you’re af­ter some­thing that packs a lit­tle more punch,

con­tains a heftier 15% pure vi­ta­min C to cor­rect dark spots and pig­men­ta­tion, trans­form­ing your skin from drab to dewy in no time.

I Saw It First Multi Opalite Crys­tal Face Roller, £20, isaw­it­first.com

Pop this crys­tal face roller into the fridge for a re­fresh­ing fa­cial boost that aids lym­phatic drainage, re­sult­ing in a de-puffed face that’s rein­vig­o­rated and glow­ing.

Rio 60 Sec­ond Neck Toner, £29.99

We of­ten ne­glect our necks, so firm up jowls and jaw­lines by run­ning this gen­tle mus­cle stim­u­la­tor along the area for 60 sec­onds and you’ll see no­tice­able re­sults in a few weeks.

Rev­o­lu­tion Skin­care Cool­ing Eye Roller­ball, £5 Max­imise the ben­e­fits of your eye cream by ap­ply­ing it with this roller­ball. The cool­ing metal tip will wake you up while evenly dis­tribut­ing cream to the del­i­cate skin around the eye.


Tak­ing a hot shower or bath be­fore use will ease black­head re­moval.

Tweez­er­man Skin­care Tool, £10 Re­move black­heads like a pro with this pim­ple-pop­ping tool de­signed to min­imise dam­age to the skin.

No7 Ad­vanced Retinol 1.5% Com­plex Night Con­cen­trate, £34, The Inkey List Retinol Serum, £9.99 – Pixi Vi­ta­min-c Tonic, £10, Vichy Lif­tac­tiv Vi­ta­min C Bright­en­ing Skin Cor­rec­tor, £28,

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