The best ways to boost your skin - fast
Discover the top beauty buys to improve your skin condition
Between your moisturiser and your make-up base, skin primers miraculously help to fill pores, soften fine lines or smooth the surface of your skin. My favourites are Armani Fluid Master Primer, £32, Clarins Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch, £21.50, and Estée Lauder Face Primer Plus Colour Correcting Base, £18.
Use foundation sparingly, just to even out skin tone or redness, keeping your concealer for brushing out bigger blemishes. My favourite foundations are Prescriptives All Skins Mineral Make-up, £24, on good skin days. I won’t go with out Clarins Instant Smoothing Foundation, £22, on wrinkly days and Guerlain Parure Aqua, £31, a moisturising formula that covers beautifully with a damp natural sponge, for cover-up days.
It doesn’t matter how religious you are about cleansing, once a week you’ve got to make time for a face mask. Try Bliss Triple Oxygen Instant Energizing Mask, £39, to clean out pores and blackheads in no time.
No matter how taut your skin feels after cleansing, a toner should plump it right back. I have always loved Shiseido’s Benefiance Pro-Fortifying Softener, £32 for 150ml, to clear skin before you apply your moisturiser.
To remove any traces of dirt, try a grainy scrub like Prescriptives Instant Gratification Skin Renewal Peel, £24, which is a bit like a five-minute mask, or L’Occitane Immortelle Brightening Exfoliator, £22, which really brightens and lightens the skin.