When you’re feeling stressed and overworked, you inevitably take supplements to help you feel better. The same principle applies to your skin, which is one of the first things that show signs of stress and fatigue. Adding restorative products to your skincare can help combat the effects, and leave you with healthy looking skin.
By Grace Mantjiu
1. Boosters. Boosters are highly concentrated formulas that help to deliver the lift your skin needs. There are boosters to add moisture, remove spots, or even deal with wrinkles. You can use a booster alone or mix it with your moisturiser. They are a bit expensive, but a little really goes a long way. Consier this purchase an investment in your skin.
Beauty Tip: Use it after exfoliating your skin, before applying your moisturiser.
Elizabeth Arden SUPERSTART Skin Renewal Booster, R999
2. Multitaskers. Using five or more products daily as part of your skincare routine can be exhausting. So much so, that you may end up skipping it entirely and neglecting your skin in the process. Trim your routine down by using products that have multiple uses. Multitaskers mean you can reap the benefits of a skincare regime in half the time.
Nivea Perfect & Radiant 3-in-1 cleanser, R89.99
3. Face brushing. Body brushing has long been popular for exfoliation and boosting circulation. This year, face brushing is the “in thing”. Far from a passing craze, using a cleansing brushes helps to improve your skin’s texture to give you a smooth and clear visage.
Beauty Tip: Don’t overuse your cleansing – the last thing you want is over-exfoliation and break outs. Use it once or twice a week for best results.
Sorbet Age Effect Velvet Brush Cleanser, R199
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4. High tech masks. Face masks are lifesavers. Whether you use face sheets or creams, these are a must-have. As a relaxing treat, there is a mask for every skin. Look out for masks with charcoal in them for extra benefits, as it helps to pull any dirt and unwanted excess oils out of your pores, leaving your skin as fresh as a baby’s.
L’Oréal Pure Clay Detox Mask, R160
What to look for when buying skincare products
- Retinol works as an antioxidant, which helps increase collagen production, reduce wrinkles and strengthen aging skin.
- Hyaluronic acid is a hero ingredient for many skin types, as it hydrates and plumps dry or aging skin.
- Niacinamide, also known as vitamin B3, is a vital nutrient for your skin. It offers multiple benefits, such as improving uneven skin tone and treating acne.
- Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHA) are natural acids derived from fruits, such as oranges. They act as chemical exfoliants to help get rid of dead skin cells on your skin.