Drunk ElephantProtini Polypeptide Cream, £61.00
After battling with her own skin flare ups, founder Tiffany created Drunk Elephant to strip six problematic ingredients from her (and our) skincare routine. What are they? Essential oils, drying alcohols, silicones, chemical screens, fragrance/dyes and SLS. Once removed (or after putting skin on a #drunkbreak, as Tiffany likes to say), skin is given its best chance to soak up and benefit from all the good skincare stuff. No reactions included.
Must-try Product: Drunk Elephant Protini Polypeptide Cream. This is one of those dreamy moisturisers that you’ll find yourself coming back to time and time again when your skin is in need of some TLC.
Sunday RileyCEO 15% Vitamin C Brightening Serum, £70.00
It’s a kind-to-skin brand that calls on botanically-boosted solutions to really get the best out of your skin. Want to steer clear of ingredients like sulphates and artificial fragrances while genuinely getting results? Sunday Riley is the brand to try. Oh, and let’s not forget the brand’s Green Technology - a commitment to deliver high-quality products without damaging our planet. What’s not to love?
Must-try Product: Sunday Riley CEO Rapid Flash Brightening Serum. Get your daily dose of vitamin C with the help of this potent serum. Expect brighter, smoother looking skin in a matter of weeks.
Dr. Barbara SturmCalming Serum, £175.00
Ever heard of the purslane plant? The antioxidant powerhouse is lauded for its ability to calm irritation, stimulate collagen and promote cell repair - that means mega anti-ageing and skin healing properties. Plus, it’s loaded with omega fatty acids, vitamins and skin-boosting minerals. Why is this so interesting? Because you’ll find the ingredient in the majority of Dr Barbara Sturm’s products. That, and a host of other cutting-edge ingredients, all hand chosen by the brand’s founder, who just happens to be an aesthetic doctor.
Must-try Product: Dr. Barbara Sturm Calming Serum. Suffering from irritated skin, courtesy of harsh ingredients, or even too much sun? This serum soother calls on nature’s best skin calmers to counteract and cure signs of discomfort.
Eve LomCleanser, £48.00
It all started in her grandmother’s garden, where founder Eve would be tasked by her grandmother to find natural remedies for everyday problems. It sparked a love of botanical solutions, and her namesake brand was born. Its purpose? To uncover our skin’s radiance, which is exactly what it does. Calling on nature (the skin-healing properties of chamomile, clove, and eucalyptus are just a few of founder Eve’s favourite botanical solutions), her products include some of the best cleansers, masks, moisturisers and skin treatments around.
Must-try Product: Eve Lom Cleanser. Double-cleansing enthusiasts, listen up. This multi-award winning, makeup-melting balm is step one in cleaning away the day’s debris. And if we’re honest, its botanical oils do such a good job, you could even skip step two.
Ultra VioletteSupreme Screen Hydrating Facial Skinscreen SPF 50+, £34.00
Not many dared to take on the suncare category, which left us with the same old, functional (but arguably stale) solutions to UV protection. That was, until Ultra Violette came along and gave our sunscreens a splash of life. The playful, Australian-born products are all about slotting into your regime, harmonising with your makeup and ensuring your products don’t pill, create a white cast or leave skin looking shiny. And yes, they look pretty great in our beauty cabinet too.
Must-try Product: Ultra Violette Supreme Screen Hydrating Facial Skinscreen SPF50+. This skin-boosting sun protection covers all bases, suits all skin tones and promises to leave skin looking its best while protecting it from those harmful UV rays (plus, blue light!).
FreshSoy Face Cleanser, £15.00
Who knew the brand who once produced our favourite bars of soap would soon be smashing it in skincare excellence. Its secret? Everything from black tea to soy, sugar, and even kombucha - these are just a few of the unlikely, but high-performing ingredients Fresh calls on to bolster its top-to-toe products. And our skincare regime just wouldn't be the same without them.
Must-try Product: Fresh Soy Face Cleanser. Whether your skin is dry or prone to excess oil and breakouts, this ph-balancing cleanser - infused with smoothing soy proteins - is a must.
FreshSoy Face Cleanser, £15.00
Taking her knowledge of backstage beautifying while working as an in-demand makeup artist on worldwide fashion shows and shoots Charlotte’s brand was born. Its purpose? To create products which work for - and bring out the best in - everyone. And that’s exactly what they do. The skincare side is a newer category for Charlotte, but just after the success of her cult Magic Cream, it just made sense. And our skin agrees.
Must-try Product: Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream Refillable. Smoother, plumper, bouncier skin can be yours with a little help from makeup artist extraordinaire, Charlotte Tilbury and her backstage skin perfecter.
The OrdinaryNiacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%, £5.00
Affordable, ingredient-focussed skincare doesn’t get much better than this. The Ordinary was one of the first to give us the latest and greatest clinical ingredients, without all the unnecessary extras (cost included), and the brand hasn’t stopped delivering since. From hyaluronic acid, to copper peptides, niacinamide, squalane, retinol, vitamin C and more, this is the skincare to turn for when you’re looking for a streamlined, fuss-free solution.
Must-try Product: The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%. Strengthen your skin barrier and calm inflammation without making a dent in your wallet with this budget-friendly buy.
Malin + GoetzLip Moisturizer, £12.00
Modern thinking sits at the heart of this straightforward skincare brand. It balances trusted natural ingredients with advanced technology (and some oh-so-trendy packaging), and is made for all genders, skin tones and skin types. The ‘natural’ part is pretty simple too - one solo ingredient per product, chosen for its skin boosting powers. There’s grapefruit for its antioxidant benefits, peppermint to invigorate, eucalyptus to purify, and others. Each a delight for the senses and sensitive skin types.
Must-try Product: Malin + Goetz Lip Moisturizer. Everyone needs at least one of these balms in their life - a hydrating gel formula, infused with vitamin E to soothe and nourish chapped lips.
Kiehl'sCreamy Eye Treatment with Avocado, £30.00
Talk about experience. This brand has been providing solutions to skin ailments since the 1800s when it first opened as an apothecary. In fact, some of the Kiehl's most-loved products, including Calendula Herbal-Extract Toner, Blue Astringent Lotion, Lip Balm #1, and Ultra Facial Moisturiser have been knocking around since…wait for it…1861. Of course, those products have been tweaked, improved and upgraded to accommodate all the skincare science of today, but an apothecary-esque, skin-curing philosophy sticks at the brand heart - and is just one of the reasons we love it.
Must-try Product: Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment With Avocado. It’s an oldie, but a goodie. This buttery eye cream melts into skin and leaves your eye area feeling revived.
Augustinus BaderThe Cream, £140.00
It comes with a luxury price tag, but for a reason. This stuff is designed to literally reboot skin’s cellular renewal process, and all the anti-aging functions that come with it. How? With TFC8 - a secret complex made of over 40 ingredients, that took over 30 years to perfect. It was discovered by Professor Augustinus Bader - a globally recognised biomedical scientist, physician and one of the foremost experts in the field of stem cell biology and regenerative medicine, no less. Need more convincing that this skincare is the bees knees? Just give it a try.
Must-try Product: Augustinus Bader The Cream. Professor Bader might have launched an entire line powered by his skin-boosting TFC8 complex, but everyone always comes back to the OG.
Paula's ChoiceSkin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant, £12.00
What happened when founder Paula Begoun decided it was time for people to stop being hoodwinked into buying products they didn’t need? This. A brand based on educational skincare that offers hard-hitting ingredients, with clear explanations why. There’s something refreshing about the way Psula's Choice is so confident in their products, they’ll even warn you against them - if those products aren’t right for you. The philosophy is using what you need, nothing more, nothing less. And trust us, your skin can only benefit as a result.
Must-try Product: Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant. If you battle with blackheads and breakouts, this salicylic acid infused lotion will help to loosen blocked pores and rebalance skin.
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