Dare to bare with these new innovations in skincare...
Ever wish that you had such flawless, glowing skin, you’d never have to touch a foundation brush again? That getting a perfectly even, clear and luminous skin would be as easy as just waking up in the morning? Well, with the right skincare, that could be a reality.
The more care we put into making our skin as healthy as possible, the more we’ll reap the rewards, so when you’re trying to get perfect skin, the first port of cal should be skincare not makeup.
First things first – find out your skin type. For example, if one of your main concerns with makeup is combating shine, your skin might be dehydrated and making more oil to make up for it, so tackle that and you’ve already cut out the need for mattifying powders and primers!
Once you’ve identified what your skin needs to look its best, all you need to do is build up a skincare routine around it that supports it. What do you need? A cleanser that deeply cleanses right down into pores, taking away dirt and debris so you can avoid any breakouts. An exfoliator makes all the difference too – whether you choose a peel or a scrub – getting dead skin cells out of the way means your moisturisers and serums sink in much more effectively too.
Look for a day moisturiser that brightens and tightens skin, leaving it looking dewy and luminous and for night, work out a skincare routine that suits you – a serum and cream packed full of antioxidants and nutrients that’ll help to fight signs of ageing while giving your skin the hydration and nourishment it needs to repair itself while you’re getting your beauty sleep.
Oh, and one thing you simply mustn’t forget? SPF – for great skin at all ages, there’s nothing that’ll work better. You’ll be throwing out your foundation in no time…
‘This left my skin feeling very soft and not at all drying.’ Zoe Ball – TV and radio presenter, including BBC Two’s Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two
‘Gentle but gets the job done effectively and with a refreshing fragrance.’ says Ruth Newman – Director of beauty at House of Fraser, lives and breathes beauty products on a daily basis!
‘Takes off make-up without needing a rinse, but isn’t harsh.’ says Jo GB – w&h Beauty Director, author and journalist with over 25 years in the beauty industry, knows what she likes and loves!
‘Smells and feels great. It’s in my pro kit.’ says Anastasia Achilleos – Hands-on celebrity skin facialist who can always spot a hot new beauty must-have
‘Only a small amount is needed under my moisturiser to help eliminate dry areas.’ says Ruth
‘Hydrating tinted morning moisturiser; everyone should wear SPF 30-50 daily.’ says Dr
Stefanie Williams – Award-winning celebrity hairstylist to the stars, he knows all there is to know about hair
‘Smells amazing and is so nourishing – my skin felt incredibly soft and smooth by morning.’ Jo GB
‘An eye cream that works! Quickly absorbs and tightens skin instantly. Removed my bags – that takes some doing!’ says Karen
‘Like a camera’s soft-focus lens: blurs the harshest lines and works all day. It is magic!’ says Karen
‘Add to any daily moisturiser for a natural-looking healthy glow.’ says Ruth
W&h readers decided – it’s a tie!
Rejuvinate your skin and your regime with these…
‘Great to support regular exfoliation and enhance skin radiance at home.’ Dr
‘Love this! My skin felt like it had had a long drink.’ says Zoe
‘Light but intense, leaves skin feeling soft and hydrated.’ says Karen
‘One of my favourite antioxidant products of all time.’ says Dr
‘Skin felt instantly plumped and hydrated.’ says Zoe
‘The technology in this serum is unqiue, and so is the texture – I can’t bear a day without this under my face cream.’ says Jo GB
‘Massaging this in is one of my most fabulous luxury bedtime rituals.’ says Jo GB
‘Good micellar cleanser with enzymes to gently exfoliate.’ says Dr
‘Leaves the complexion feeling much cleaner than a simple cleanse.’ says Ruth
‘Seriously effective: worth its price tag, as you don’t need to apply much.’ says
‘Softens my lines without making my eyes go puffy!’ w&h reader
‘Helps fight the wrinkles from forming.’ w&h reader
Top-to-toe revivers to change the way you feel about your body
‘Just wonderful! Like stepping into a butter milk bath, it eases tight dry skin, leaving it wonderfully soft with an intense but soft rose smell.’ says Karen
‘Every woman should have a bottle of this: life is chaotic, fast and stressful at times, and we all need some inner strength.’ saysAnastasia
‘I loved this! I felt like a kid again.’ says Zoe
‘Great for treating any dryness, from my skin to the ends of my hair!’ says Jo GB
‘Beautiful rose scent, and the texture felt rich and luxurious, yet easily absorbed. My skin feels noticeably smoother.’ says Ruth
‘Light-reflecting product that somehow enhances the skin and gives it a lovely sheen that gives you a glow. CT is a genius.’ says Karen
‘Inspired by the success of the one for the face, this body oil turns into a fabulous streak-free glow that suits all skin types – even dry.’ says Jo GB
‘When filming, I’m on my feet all day. I used this overnight, and my feet were soft and moisturised, plus the smell is divine.’ says Karen
‘Lovely soft skin without any effort.’ w&h reader