Essentials (South Africa) - - BEAUTY -

It’s fine to layer your skin­care, but there are a few rules to play by. Don’t pair up prod­ucts that con­tain the same ac­tive in­gre­di­ent. So, don’t use a retinol-based serum as well as a retinol-based night cream, as dou­bling up on this anti-ager can cause ir­ri­ta­tion. Also, if you start notic­ing any pil­ing (where the lo­tion balls up), it means the for­mu­las aren’t com­pat­i­ble. Con­fused? Reach for mul­ti­taskers in­stead. They re­duce the amount of prod­uct go­ing onto your skin but don’t com­pro­mise any pre­cious steps. We love Nivea Per­fect & Ra­di­ant 3 in 1 Cleanser, R99,99, which cleanses, ex­fo­li­ates and acts as a mask at the same time. Or give Eau Ther­male Avène Mat­ti­fy­ing Fluid, R279,95, a go – it pro­vides a good hit of mois­ture, and preps the skin be­fore make-up ap­pli­ca­tion, mean­ing you don’t need a sep­a­rate primer.

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