We round up the best beauty secrets that make the most out of your products with these smart skincare tricks that every woman needs to know.
1. Use more than one serum
If you have oily skin but would still like skincare products to have brightening, anti-ageing, and hydrating functions, you can layer different serums for different purposes. I’m currently using three different types of serums in my daily morning routine. Before my toner and after cleansing, I pat in the Clé de Peau Beauté Le Sérum. Next, I apply a treatment essence, before applying Vichy’s Liftactiv Vitamin C Freshshot and finally seal it all in with a layer of SkinCeuticals Hydrating B5 Gel. Does it matter which serum goes first? Yes. Always start with the serum that has the lightest texture, while creams and oils go on last.
2. Refrigerate eye masks and creams
Cooler temperature around the eyes deflates puffy skin by constricting blood vessels in the area. So, storing eye creams and masks in the refrigerator to optimise their efficiency. Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber De-Tox Hydra-gel eye patches contain calming and hydrating ingredients like aloe, chamomile, hyaluronic acid, glycerin and collagen to depuff and energise eye contours. If you’re concerned with a loss of elasticity, try Su:m37 Losec Therapy Eye Cream, which speeds up skin regeneration and supports collagen synthesis for firmer skin. Or try StriVectin Advanced Retinol Eye Cream to combat crow’s feet. It is formulated with peptides, retinol and the brand’s proprietary NIA-114™ for smoother and plumper eye contours.
3. Lip balms can be multi-functional
If you can only own one product, pick a lip balm. After applying lip balm to your lips with your finger, smother the leftover product on your fingertips, cuticles and elbows. Fresh Sugar Coconut Hydrating Lip Balm has a buttery texture that is a blend of botanical oils and vitamin E to keep lips soft and smooth. Or try By Terry Baume de Rose Lip Jar for a lavish way to hydrate, repair and nourish chapped lips. For a time-tested formula, place your trust in Elizabeth Arden The Original Eight Hour Cream to condition and protect skin. Plus, you can even use a touch of lip balm to fix frizzy hair — how versatile!
4. Dry skin does not mean dehydrated skin
You can have oily skin that’s dehydrated but it doesn’t mean it’s dry. Your skin type may be oily but due to certain lifestyle circumstances, it would also be dehydrated. Symptoms are tightness and dull complexions that can be reversed with hydrating serums and moisturisers containing hyaluronic acid and collagen. Dry skin, on the other hand, increases flakiness and rough textures. Dr Dennis Gross Hyaluronic Moisture Cushion Oil-Free Moisturizer contains time-released hyaluronic acid so your skin stays plump over a prolonged period of time. Or if you prefer something more nourishing, try DrGL Moisturiser Collagen Boost that packs three types of hyaluronic acids in varying molecular weights to deliver, lock and seal in moisture. Alternatively, Indie Lee’s olive-derived Squalane Facial Oil is rich in fatty acids to condition and boost skin repair for improved elasticity.
5. Boost product penetration
The potency of face creams not only lies within the skincare products, but also depends greatly on application method. Warm moisturiser between your palms before lightly tapping the product on your face for better absorption and increased blood circulation. Clarins White Plus Brightening Emulsion has non-greasy texture that makes it a wonderful makeup base. If you prefer a dewy finish, try Lixir Skin’s Universal Emulsion which counters fatigue and pollution with its antioxidant-rich formula. Or, try Kora Organics Soothing Moisturizer to calm, moisturise and protect sensitive skin with its blend of certified organic botanical oils and extracts.