We all know that we’re meant to cleanse, tone and moisturise, but as the seasons change and your skin gets a bit too used to that great cleanser you discovered when you were 17, it’s always good to shake things up a little.
There are classics that you will always turn to, Liz Earle’s Hot Cloth Cleanser being one of them, but there’s always a new kid on the block vying for the crown. Here are some of my favourite new skin saviours.
This Works, recently won me over with their Pillow Spray, a lavender-infused bedtime spritzer ideal for troubled sleepers. Equally fragrant is their Clean Skin Gentle Cleanser, a creamy cleanser enriched with rosehip oil, vitamin A, frankincense and eucalyptus. The potent formula, suitable for all skin types, soothes and hydrates skin, leaving it soft to the touch.
This Works, Clean Skin Gentle Cleanser, £19, Look Fantastic
The great thing about toner is that you don’t have to spend a fortune on it. Whilst I love the alcohol-free cucumber and chamomile infused tonic from Liz Earle or the skin softening blush pink toning water from Chanel, you can get a great toner that does the job for under a fiver. Case in point Garnier‘s Comforting and Refreshing Toners (£3.15, Boots) or Simple‘s Soothing Toner (£3.29, Boots), two bargain toners, that do all they’re meant to: refine skin and remove the last traces of grime and make-up.
I’ve tried a lot of great moisturisers recently, Neal’s Yard’s Frankincense Cream, being one of them; thick and creamy, this is a great winter cream for slathering your face in something nourishing.
If you’re not really a fan of the hearty moisturiser, Dr Organic’s Snail Gel Face Cream is perfect. The lightweight formula glides on and sinks in in seconds. It may be made with snail gel, which does take some getting used to, but the results are so good that this instantly becomes a non-issue. Skin is left glowing and soft with every application.
Dr Organic, Snail Gel Cream, £19.99, Holland & Barrett
It took me a while to find the right serum for me. I’m happy to admit that I didn’t really get the point of them for a while. However, once you do, you’ll instantly get why they’ve become a morning routine must-have. Kiehl’s re-texturising serum is a treat and perfects the skin’s surface, making it the perfect base for your tinted moisturiser, primer or foundation. If you have a primer that’s fairly refining (like Smasbox’s below) then you can afford to go for something brightening. For this, you can’t really find much better than Orico’s Transcend Marine Serum. The organic serum formulated with marine algae and maca root, is instantly illuminating. One pump is all you’ll need for a complete skin refresh.
Orico, Transcend Marine Serum, £35, Orcio London
I love a good primer and truly believe that if you want your make-up to last past lunch, you have to use one. Laura Mercier‘s is a classic, but Smashbox is fast-becoming the new favourite, particularly because of the wide range of uses they cater for. I’ve been using their Pore Minimising Photo Finish Primer. It’s 100% oil reducing, giving your skin a totally refined finish. The creamy formula somehow manages to hydrate whilst absorbing all excess oil and keeping make-up put for the day.
Smashbox, Pore Minimising Photo Finish Primer, £28, Boots