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If you have even one eye on the beauty scene, you’ll notice that the way in which skincare products are launched is both fast and furious. Not only is it impossible to keep up with what’s new, but it’s increasingly likely that something a little older will be sadly overlooked.

I’ve been very skincare happy (read: spending too much money) over the past few months, and some discoveries I’ve made have really stood out to me. Here are some products, both old and new, that you may not yet have tried.

Exfoliation tends to be the name of my game, and two new liquid exfoliants have really impressed me. The first is Glossier’s Solution, which, as with basically all Glossier products, launched to some controversy a couple of months ago. Hype aside, though, I must say I’m a fan. What I like this for is not deeper, more cystic areas of “activity,” but to speed up healing of surface clogging. Call me shallow, but the packaging doesn’t go amiss, either.

Something similar, although, dare I say possibly slightly better, is the Tarte Knockout Tingling Treatment. The top three ingredients aside from water are salicylic acid, lactic acid and niacinamide, a trio which excite me more than I’d like to admit. It smells like vinegar and you can really feel it getting to work, but the morning after effects are noticeable, which can’t be said for many skincare products.

Two other exfoliating products I’ve been loving are the old classic Glamglow Youthmud Tinglexfoliate, and the newly reformulated Dermalogica Daily Superfoliant. The former is a sort of amped up clay mask – it tightens pores and speeds up healing but also buffs away dead skin leaving a baby-smooth complexion. The latter is a charcoal powder which can be mixed with water to make a supremely fine face scrub. The charcoal has the gunk-absorbing, purifying powers, whilst niacinamide, red algae, and the extract from a mysterious “tara fruit” help protect skin from pollution.

A different mask I’ve been super into is Auromere’s Rejuvenating Mud Bath And Mask. It’s a bit of a weird one, and has the slightly suspicious tone of “medicinal” claims. What I use it as is a simple clay mask alternative. It’s unlike other drying masks in that it doesn’t so much tighten and draw out impurities than soothe skin and buff away dullness. The effects are more difficult to put my finger on, but I do notice a distinct glow post-use.

A final blemish buster I’ve been enjoying is the Jason Natural First Aid Soothing Gel. This is basically a natural antibacterial skin soother, and I love it for placing over a blemish I’ve either attacked with actives or picked (guilty as charged). It calms everything down, whilst promoting a germ-free environment to speed up healing.

My other skincare passion aside from exfoliation is hydration. My aim is to always look slightly damp, as if I’m so youthful and dewy I just can’t help but shine. I have three new discoveries very much helping me on my way to this. The first is the eye-wateringly expensive, yet very, very great Chantecaille’s Vital Essence. Unlike some “essence” products, this isn’t a liquid, but a cream suspended in a gel. A few pumps spread across the face basically acts as a hydration magnet, making whatever you put on top work harder and moisturise better. If you can’t afford it, don’t buy it, but if you can, I really don’t think you’ll be disappointed.

On the much, much cheaper end of the spectrum is the CeraVe Baby Moisturising Lotion. If you’re a fan of CeraVe’s usual lotion offering, this is basically it but with even gentler, more skin soothing ingredients. It contains boost of protective ceramides, and also leaves out potential irritants like sulphates and parabens. Furthermore: it’s a total bargain.

Two final hydration boosting products: the Petitfee Hydrogel Eye Patches and the Laneige Sheet Masks. The former can be applied under the eyes (no kidding) and visibly smooth lines and add moisture. The latter are basically sheet masks, but just really, really good ones. The fit well, don’t peel off, and contain the perfect amount of serum to give skin a drink without the dreaded “drip neck.”


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