Is your beauty routine is starting to take over your day? Then it’s time to downsize. Follow our expert expert guide to help simplify your skincare…
1. A decent moisturiser
Dehydrated skin looks dull and dry, plus it loses its natural bounce, so lines and wrinkles look worse than they actually are. “Look for a good moisturiser that includes a blend of plant actives, omegas and antioxidants,” says facialist and wellbeing expert Abigail James. “These will help keep the surface of your skin hydrated and plump.”
- Try Eucerin Elasticity+ Filler Day Cream, £26/50ml, from Boots
It improves the skin’s elasticity and plumps out deep wrinkles with a combination of antioxidants and hyaluronic acid.
2. Skincare with SPF
Your face is constantly exposed to the elements, so it’s important to protect it all year round, but particularly during the summer. “A high SPF applied all over your face, décolletage and back of the neck is vital,” says Abigail. Stick to a cream with SPF that’s designed specifically for the face as this won’t clog your pores.
- Try Bioderma Photoderm Max Aquafluid SPF 50+, £13/40ml, from Boots
As well as providing high UV protection, this ultra-light cream activates the skin’s natural defences against premature ageing.
3. Eye cream
If you sometimes wonder whether you’re wasting money on certain beauty products, eye cream is one that’s worth the extra spend. “The skin around the eyes is ten times finer than that on the rest of the face,” says Abigail. “It’s the most expressive area, which means it’s also the first area that fine lines show up. An eye cream to plump this area is a must.”
- Try Origins Age-Defense Eye Cream SPF 20, £30/15ml, from Boots
This lightweight eye cream contains anti-oxidant white tea and has a high SPF 20. It’s great for brightening dark under eye circles.
4. Night cream
A good night cream is more important than you might think. Most of us want and need different things from the moisturiser we apply in the morning or before bed. Day creams need to be light, because they need to be protective against the elements. Night creams tend to be heavier, which means they can deliver targeted ingredients that work better away from daylight.
- Try Nip + Fab Viper Venom Extreme Night Fix, £9.97/50ml, from Boots
Reduces wrinkles and retextures skin while you sleep. Contains retinol, which often works best overnight.
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