When it comes to tailoring your regime to address multiple skincare concerns, we’re championing the beauty hack known as skin-zoning. If you’re not au-fait with this new trend, its fundamental premise focuses around the fact that each part of your face and body have diverse characteristics and differing needs. Which means choosing the right formulations and ingredients to suit each area is crucial. So, whether it’s lips, eyes or feet you’re looking to treat, read on to discover how to achieve your healthiest, most comfortable skin yet…
The Best Lip Balm
Exposed to the elements year-round, our lips always seem to be the first place to suffer. Extreme temperatures, central heating, wind and even winter colds can lead to chapping, flaking and dryness. The good news is, that armed with the right product, you can rehydrate and soothe with a quick slick of balm for kissably, soft lips in an instant. The ingredients to look out for? Vitamin E and beeswax. Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant and conditioner that helps soften flaky lips, while beeswax acts as a barrier to prevent further damage occurring.
For the ultimate in pout protection, Rodin’s Luxury Lip Balm combines beeswax with nourishing shea butter to help seal in moisture. Unlike the rest of the skin, lips don’t have their own oil-producing sebaceous glands, which is why they’re more vulnerable to dehydration than other areas. Luckily, vitamin E’s moisturising and anti-inflammatory properties can help accommodate for this by calming flakiness and smoothing. We love Frank Body Lip Balm, that combines a trio of coconut, grapeseed and coffee seed oils with vitamin E to hydrate and shield against environmental aggressors.
The Best Eye Cream
It might surprise you to discover that the delicate skin around your eyes is up to 40% thinner than on the rest of the face, which is why we’ve long been advocates of a targeted cream that’s specially formulated for the area. On top of that, the needs of the eyes are complex – there’s crow’s feet to consider, puffiness, dark circles and under eye bags too. When it comes to targeting multiple eye-related concerns, caffeine is a beauty game-changer. Its brightening and dark-circle busting properties are put the test in Dr Dennis Gross Hyaluronic Marine Dew It All Eye Cream, a silky fluid that also helps eliminates puffiness. The clever pump dispenser means you can carefully control the amount of product used too. In 111SKIN Space Defence Eye Lift Gel, caffeine minimises under eye discolouration and reduces inflammation to tackle bags, while copper and chlorophyll plump for a fresher, more wide-awake look.
The Best Neck Tightening Cream
If you’re anything like us you may have neglected your neck over the years. While we’ve spent hours following a strict facial skincare regime, we haven’t been quite so careful when looking after our necks, despite the skin being just as susceptible to the same signs of ageing like sagging, crepiness and loss of tone. If you’re feeling guilty that you haven’t lavished the area with the attention it deserves, don’t panic. Look out for peptides, which form the basis of vital skin-strengthening proteins, to help firm and tone. Natura Bissé Tensolift Neck Cream uses them in tandem with plumping lipids to hydrate and lift skin on the neck and throat. Chantecaille also puts them to good use in their Biodynamic Lifting Neck Cream. The rich formula uses tripeptides with calcium and yellow poppy flower extract to tighten and contour.
The Best Handcare Product
Right on the skincare front-line, your hands are subject to a vast amount of wear and tear. Luckily, there are a plethora of hardworking creams that offer essential hydration plus a whole host of other benefits. Slightly thicker than skin on the rest of the body your hands are predisposed to feeling dryer and coarser and they’re also one of the first places that sun-spots and pigmentation can appear. If roughness or cracking is your primary concern, stock-up on Kiehl’s bestselling Ultimate Strength Hand Salve that creates a glove-like barrier to defend against dehydration. Botanical oils sink into the skin while the waxy formula moisturises and conditions to prevent chapping. To ward off pigmentation you’ll want a retinol-based cream like Verso’s Hand Serum. Simply slather on twice a day and supple, more even-toned hands will be yours in no time.
The Best Footcare Product
Rough, cracked heels seem to follow us around like the plague in sandal season, while winter means your feet don’t see the light of day for months on end, except when migrating between opaques, thick socks and boots. Thankfully there’s a bevy of products you can use to get your feet back to their best. Patchology’s PoshPeel Pedi Cure Foot Treatment promises to slough of dead skin with a cocktail of glycolic, salicylic and lactic acids. Leave them on for 60-90 minutes while they work their magic (the perfect excuse to settle down in front of your latest Netflix addiction,) then get ready to see tangible results around seven days later. If you’re craving immediate relief for cracked heels and calloused skin, we love Margaret Dabbs Intensive Treatment Foot Oil. Simply spritz on the lemon myrtle and emu essential oil formula and massage in for an instant dose of softness.