We’re often guilty of saying yes to everything, which means that while life tends to be half-full, it can sometimes leave us feeling half-empty when it comes to skin prep and treatments. If your busy schedule forces you to forgo monthly facials or even, whisper it, your nightly cleanse, it might be time to lean on our potent product picks and expert tips for perking up lacklustre skin in seconds.
For your skin that is! If you’re pushed for time when it comes to getting ready, look for brightening boosters that impart luminosity fast. Packed with exfoliating alpha and beta hydroxy acids, Dr Dennis Gross’ two-step Alpha Beta Ultra Gentle Daily Peel works by sweeping away dead skin cells that stick to the surface of skin, clog pores and make complexions appear dull. Perfect for sensitive skin, this gentle yet effective blend of three exfoliating acids also helps to reduce pore size and even skin tone without leaving skin red and blotchy. Plus, any products you follow with will penetrate skin and work more efficiently. Perfect if you have to be out of the house and into the uber in under ten.
For an effective, fuss-free shield for the skin, transform your existing skincare into a targeted treatment by adding one to two drops of Oskia CityLife Concentrate into your moisturiser. Enriched with a blend of brightening vitamins, this concentrated booster illuminates skin and protects from the harmful effects of free-radicals such as inflammation, cellular damage, loss of elasticity and hyper-pigmentation.
School Run Success
Let’s face it, you are not the priority this morning, let alone your skin. But, there are some skincare shortcuts you can take to cleverly disguise dark circles, puffiness and general tell-tale signs associated with multi-tasking mums. Rapidly rejuvenate sallow looking skin and improve firmness with a few pumps of Ren Instant Firming Beauty Shot. This intense serum contains super hydrator hyaluronic acid, a powerful humectant that can hold 1,000 times its weight in water, which makes it highly moisturising for skin.
Use with Ren Instant Brightening Beauty Shot Eye Lift applied around the eye contour, which works in a similar way to instantly lift, tighten and smooth the delicate skin around the eye. You can reapply over moisturiser to freshen up your face at any time of day, so a handbag must-have for when you need a school gate pick-me-up come 3pm.
On-The-Spot Blemish Busters
If the unspeakable happens, and an unsightly spot rears its ugly head the day before a big event, you need to act fast. Overnight treatments are the most effective as this is when your skin is recovering, and it gives active ingredients an average of eight hours to work their magic. Look for blemish-busting treatments high in salicylic acid, which works to dry out the blemish and dramatically reduce its size.
When it comes to reducing redness, you need calming zinc oxide and sulphur to bring down inflammation and kick-start the healing process. Kaolin clay is great for absorbing excess sebum that can block pores and cause skin-spoiling bacteria to grow. If you don’t have the luxury of overnight, all of these treatments can also be used as ten minute flash fixes too.
Instant Hydration Hit
If you spend a lot of time at the office, in your car, or even on public transport, you may notice that your skin sometimes falls victim to over-drying air conditioning or a fluctuation in temperature. Dehydrated skin appears dull or ashy, your face feels tight and fine lines and wrinkles become more visible. When this happens, reach for a sheet mask and treat skin to a fast-acting injection of moisture. In just five minutes, Patchology’s FlashMasque Hydrate mask, containing hyaluronic acid, targets water loss and helps lock in hydration.
Be sure to squeeze any excess serum out of the mask after removing and pat any remaining serum into your face and neck. The best thing about sheet masks is you don’t have to wait until you’re in the safe surroundings of your bathroom – convenient and portable, they can be applied just about anywhere. The next time you fly long-haul, keep one in your hand luggage and touch-down with a perfectly plumped complexion. Throughout the day or when you’re on-the-move, keep Dr Dennis Gross C + Collagen Perfect Skin Set & Refresh Mist close to hand, and hydrate and moisturise in one quick spritz. Enriched with revitalising vitamin C and powerful antioxidants, it keeps skin plump and fresh even after makeup application. For an extra surge of moisture, give skin a boost with Dr. Barbara Sturm Hyaluronic Serum – an intense serum formulated with long and short chain hyaluronic molecules to help promote deep, intense hydration and combat the damaging effects of lifestyle and environment.