Better skin doesn’t always lie in overhauling your entire skincare regime, indulging in expensive creams or starting from scratch. In fact, there’s a lot to be said for a few well-chosen additions; a cure-all balm, spot treatment for pesky breakouts or a skin soother when things get tense.
A small change to your daily beauty routine or a once-a-week treat can be all you need to take your skin to a next-level complexion.
It’s time to stop wishing because the solutions are close to hand…
The Eye Saviour
Instantly cooling and soothing yet packed with Ginseng to boost circulation that helps to banish those pesky dark circles.
REN Vita Mineral Active 7 Eye Gel, £20 at Ren
A rich, nourishing cure-all for when skin flares up, feels irritated or needs extra care and attention. 5% panthenol, anti-bacterial zinc-copper-managa and a formula that’s paraben and perfume free means it’s gentle enough for babies.
La Roche Posay Cicaplast Baume B5 Soothing Repairing Balm, £6.50 at Boots
The On-The-Spot Treatment
Stress, hormones, diet , modern day living and a bit of bad luck can cause breakouts (see our recent piece on the new face map zones). but fear not, you can treat any type of blemish instantly with this targeted gel that delivers 2% salicylic to immediately breakdown congestion and absorb excess oil. You’re welcome.
Bliss No Zit Sherlock Spot Treatment, £16 at Bliss World
The Hide-It-All BB
There’s a lot that goes on inside this clever balm: aloe leaf juice slows the loss of water from skin making it great for dry, dehydrated complexions, while portulaca oleracea extract soothes and calms – all the while giving skin a dewy, perfected finish with oil-free pigments.
Dr Jart+ Water Fuse Beauty Balm Cream SPF25, £18 at Boots
The Travel Companion
Travel needn’t take its toll on skin. This refreshingly creamy mask contains calming Tibetan rose and nourishing papaya to hydrate, revitalise and rebalance weary, jetlagged and over-tired skin.
Rituals Vitality and Energy Mask, £16.50 at Rituals
So many uses you’ll want to have it on you all the time; spritz after cleansing, to set make-up or just to give skin a much gentler, and more pleasant version, of a slap in the face.
Anatomicals We’ll Cool You Again Later Facial Spritz, £6 at ASOS
The Lip Lover
When a balm isn’t quite enough, this mix of skin flattering colours, meadowfoam and jojoba make Origins KissZing the prettiest way to keep lips kissably soft.
Origins KissZing, £16.50 at Origins
The Sleep Serum
Sometimes we need to undo what damage late nights, early mornings and burning the candle at both ends can do. This serum-oil hybrid recharges and reboots skin, thanks to a replenishing wheat germ rich formula, giving skin a ‘do-over’ while you’re sleeping.
The Body Shop Vitamin E Overnight Serum-in-Oil, £15 at The Body Shop
The Handbag Essential
With white tea, cucumber and aloe leaf juice to give a cooling, soothing cleanse, these towelettes are 99.1% natural and dermatologist and ophthalmologist tested – making them ideal for sensitive skin.
Burt’s Bees Sensitive Facial Cleansing Towelettes with Cotton Extract, £5.99 at Burt’s Bees
The ‘Let’s Start Over’
When you want to reboot skin to ‘factory settings’, a once-a-week dose of this creamy clay mask unclogs and decongests to rid the skin of toxins, while feeding it with calcium, potassium and iron for a detoxifying facial.
Super Facialist Salicylic Acid Anti Blemish Clay Mask, £9.99 at Boots