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 If you’re anything like me, you like to have a lot of skincare products. There’s some sort of reassurance in knowing that whatever problem springs up, you have the tools in your arsenal to solve it. In a world of uncertainty, it’s a valuable thing.

However, there comes a point in everyone’s hoarder journey when they hit maximum capacity. There is just no room at the inn for more products. And this is where the skincare multitaskers come into their own.

Having more than one function from one item means more space, without compromising on the functions of your skincare army. Truly, they are the definition of the best of both worlds. And here are my top multitasking choices.

The Dermalogica Daily Superfoliant is an unsung hero from my routine. It’s a finely milled grey powder, which, when mixed with water, creates a magical substance. It can be used as a cleanser and a scrub in one, which is multitasking enough. However, I also like it in two (2) other ways. The first is to mix into another cleanser to up the scrubbing ante. And the second is as a super speedy mask. It has an exfoliating acid blend which works in around five minutes to leave skin feeling smooth as glass and clean as a clean thing.

Another exfoliator extraordinaire is the Vichy Normaderm 3-in-1 Scrub and Mask. This can either be applied in a rubbing motion (technical term), or painted on and left to dry then removed with a flannel. It’s great at both of these tasks, and always eaves me skin feeling purified and smooth. Similar, though perhaps better suited for less oily complexions is the Origins Original Skin Retexturising Mask with Rose Clay.

A slightly different mask which does more than one thing is the Antipodes Aura Manuka Honey Mask. I’ll just come out and say it: this is one of my favourite skincare products of all time. What’s so great about it is that it seems to treat all of skin’s ills in one easy (and seriously good smelling) step. It clarifies, helps heal blemishes, hydrates, balances and adds glow. Now that’s multitasking.

Two “tonery” products that I would also put under the multitasking umbrella are the Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Peel and the Glossier Solution. The former is a more explicit multitasker, given that it comes in two parts with two functions (the first to exfoliate and the second the hydrate). Nonetheless, it is still one product, and thus qualifies. Oh, and it’s also amazing.

The Glossier Solution is perhaps more of a stretch to fit in to this category, but I believe it does, and here’s why. It’s sold as a “skin perfector” – primarily for the treatment of acne, but also great for brightening, smoothing, fading hyper-pigmentation and unblocking pores. It can be used all over the face as a toner, or with a q-tip to spot treat. That’s pretty multitasking, right?

A classic on any multitasking product list tends to be a moisturiser with SPF. But I’ve always found them to be general a category full of flops. Either they aren’t moisturising, or they feel greasy, or they don’t sink in, or they pill – whatever happened it was always a nightmare of issues. Elemis Pro Collagen Marine Cream SPF 30 has changed my opinion. It’s lightweight, sinks in quicky, but actually adds moisture to skin while protecting it. You wouldn’t think that so much to ask, but honestly, it is.

My final inclusion is a product I am almost buzzing with excitement about – and for someone who has so many products, this doesn’t happen often. The item in question is the Missha Perfect Cover BB Cream. I discovered it when looking for “dupes” for my other favourite higher-coverage ‘n’ higher-protection bases, and it has amazingly surpassed all of them. It adds the perfect amount of coverage, is nicely dewy without feeling greasy or transferring, and offer SPF 42 PA+++. Oh, and it’s about £11. You can thank me later.

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