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  • Beauty Awards

    Face

    Looking for a new daily routine? Let our handpicked edit of skincare favourites inspire you. 

    Edited by Laura & Petro Words by Frankie Graddon

    Not all skincare is created equal, so we’ve dedicated time and effort to find those treasured products that never fail to deliver. These are the items we come back to time and again and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend to a friend. 

    CLEANSER

     

    Step one in our skincare regime is a great cleanser, and as far as foaming formulations go, Dermalogica’s Special Cleansing Gel is our undisputed winner. In Laura’s kit for over 10 years, the gentle gel is free of artificial scent, non-drying and thoroughly removes all make-up. With radiance-boosting probiotics and therapeutic essential oils, Aurelia Probiotic Skincare’s Miracle Cleanser provides the ultimate morning cleanse. And after a long week in the city, Omorovicza’s Moor Cream Cleanser purifies and detoxes, leaving complexions fresh and soft. 

    EXFOLIANT

     

    For radiant, glowing complexions, only the very best exfoliators need apply. Oskia’s Liquid Mask combines exfoliating lactic acid with hydrating hyaluronic acid to offer a rejuvenating and plumping overnight treatment with real results. Master of the gentle scrub, Omorovicza’s Refining Facial Polisher smoothes and encourages cell regeneration, making skin look bright and awake. And for travel bags, May Lindstrom’s The Clean Dirt Brightening Exfoliant Treatment is simply mixed with water to form a purifying and energising wash. 

    TONER

     

    An essential step in our routine, the right toner will boost your skincare benefits. During the summer months, we reach for Caudalie’s iconic Beauty Elixir, which can be stored in the fridge and misted on, to cooling and radiance-boosting effect. For a hydration hit we love Indie Lee’s clean formulation CoQ-10 Toner which is alcohol-free and contains plumping hyaluronic acid. Nothing calms and rebalances skin more effectively than Gallinée’s prebiotic-rich Face Vinegar. 

     

     

    SERUM

     

    Potent formulations mean serums are the best way to penetrate skin with active ingredients and target specific concerns. For a thorough boost, Vintner’s Daughter’s Active Botanical Serum combines 22 botanical actives – including turmeric, rosehip and avocado – to brighten, protect and balance skin. Blending 11 wild-harvested, organic and cold-pressed essential oils, Vanderohe No. 1 Nourishing Face Serum offers the best night-time pamper around. And for a morning glow boost, Dr. Barbara Sturm’s concentrated Hyaluronic Serum uses two forms of hyaluronic molecules to offer intense hydration. Like a glass of water for your face!

    VITAMIN C PRODUCT

     

    A powerful antioxidant with collagen-boosting, skin-brightening properties, Vitamin C is our desert-island skincare ingredient and one we like to pepper throughout our regime. Lixirskin’s cleansing Vitamin C Paste contains a potent 10% L-ascorbic acid (a form of vit C) for a morning radiance-boost, while a sweep of Pixi’s Vitamin-C Tonic gently yet effectively exfoliates and brightens. With 15% L-ascorbic acid SkinCeuticals’ fast-absorbing CE Ferulic Serum delivers visible results. 

    EYE TREATMENT

     

    On days when we don’t look as bright-eyed as we feel, these rescue remedies never let us down. MZ Skin’s Golden Eye Treatment patches are infused with collagen, hyaluronic acid and seaweed, to quickly reduce puffiness after a long flight. To brighten and hydrate the eye area, we rely on a daily application of Goldfaden MD Bright Eyes concentrate, which can be massaged in with Goop’s soothing and cooling Rose Quartz Roller.

    CALMING

     

    During skin flare-ups and bouts of redness it’s essential to have a calming kit at the ready. Dr Sebagh’s Rose de Vie Serum uses rosehip oil to quickly reduce inflammation and soothe sensitive skin. A layer of Erborian CC Red Correct under an everyday base is our secret weapon when disguising a red, irritated complexion. And just three drops of de Mamiel’s Antioxidant Elixir effectively calms skin, while inhaling the essential-oil blend calms the mind. 

    BLEMISH TREATMENT

     

    Nothing ruins a day like a spot, so these effective solutions are a beauty-cabinet saviour. Glossier’s portable Zit Stick uses 2% salicylic acid to take down redness and swelling and can be applied throughout the day over make-up. The genius Mighty Patch from Hero Cosmetics absorbs impurities to get rid of breakouts – simply cover the spot, leave for six hours or overnight, then remove when the patch has turned white. We’ve found SkinCeuticals’ Blemish + Age Defense Serum to be the best product for taking down redness and healing marks left by blemishes. 

    FACE CREAM

     

    With Laura’s combi-to-oily complexion and Petro’s sensitive skin, rare is the face cream that hasn’t been put through its paces. Providing high levels of hydration in an ultra-light formula, Dr. Barbara Sturm’s Face Cream Light is an everyday must for shine-prone skin. For getting sebum levels in check, it doesn’t come better than Omorovicza’s gel-like Balancing Moisturiser, which is fast-absorbing for morning application. Easily irritated skin is left feeling calmed, hydrated and ironed out with RéVive Sensitif Renewal Cream SPF 30.