The quick new skincare step that gets you maximum results for minimum effort
Want to know how to get smooth skin? There’s a secret, and it involves adding a brand new step to your skin care routine, but it’s one you’ll be glad you made room – and time – for.
So what’s this secret? Softening lotion. Think toner – but supercharged and extra talented. It’ll tone your skin, sure, but in addition, it contains moisturisers and frequently exfoliating acids to leave it smooth, radiant, and most importantly, luxuriously smooth. Unlike alcohol-packed toner, it won’t strip your skin so after sweeping it over your face your skin is left feeling hydrated and moisturised, instead of tight and dry. When it comes to how to get smooth skin, these bottles are going to add a whole lot of va va voom to your routine.
But where exactly do they fit into your routine? When you’re applying products, it always goes in order of your most liquid products to the richest. Cleanser, then toner, then AHA and BHA exfoliating lotions, then serum and then moisturiser. Simple!
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So which one is for you? It all depends on your skin types, and concerns. For those with blemishes, look for versions containing salicylic acid, which will exfoliate dead skin cells, helping to keep pores clear and preventing spots. Trying to keep your skin looking plump? Look for hyaluronic acid, which helps to bind moisture into the skin keeping it plumped up and firm, which in turn reduces the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. If anti-ageing is your thing, look for antioxidants too, like white tea, which will battle free radicals to help slow down the effects of ageing. Oh and to keep your skin healthy and soft, look for lotions containing fatty acids, too.
With one little bottle, your quest to discover how to get smooth skin is over.
One of the biggest sellers to MAC's discerning Hong Kong clientele, this light, quickly absorbed Softening Lotion contains potent marine extracts that give skin an instant radiance boost, then over time improves skin texture for a long-lasting glow.
A real cult product - glowing word of mouth means Pixi can hardly keep this Glow Tonic in stock, and it's no wonder. This smells lovely and refreshing, gently exfoliates away dead skin cells with fructose then brightens with ginseng - use it for a fortnight and you'll see the difference.
The luxury option from Lauder is a real smoothie - the beautifully textured lotion is great for sensitive skin, adding hydration and plumping up in preparation for make up. The formula contains real elemental gold, which is brilliant at soothing redness (and, incidentally, looking pretty on your dressing table)
Another active-packed product from the great British brand - this was created due to demand from customers for a toner that also improves skin, and it certainly does that. An algae and amino acid complex softens your complexion, antioxidants improve tone and hyaluronic acid plumps lines.
This all-natural option from Trilogy feels almost gel-like in texture and works on your skin's PH balance to keep your complexion feeling comfortable. Dehydrated areas get extra love with plant-derived hyaluronic acid, marshmallow, and antioxidant packed white tea.
The Japanese brand's product name may not have translated that well, but the science certainly does. One pump of Skintuner's light-as-water emulsion onto a cotton pad is enough to make pores temporarily disappear, give skin an immediate perk-up brightness-wise and, over time, eradicate that tight post-cleanse feeling.