If you feel like you’ve never been more ready for spring, take a minute to think how your poor sun-denied, wind-battered face feels. Needy, that's how. Which is why this seven-step TLC-fest is here to rescue your skin with the best radiance-boosting toners, cleansers, serums and moisturisers on ASOS.
7 RADIANCE BOOSTERS FOR FED-UP SKIN
By Jemma Tibbals, 18 February 2018
Left to its own devices, the skin on my face would be dry, dull and flaky in the colder months, and then dewy to the point of sweaty come the summer ones. Which is why I have committed as wholly to a two-season regime as those who vacuum pack their wardrobes bi-annually. Here are the products bringing my dead-beat winter skin to life...
It didn't take long for me to make peace with the idea of spreading snail slime on my face. In fact, after one luxuriously foamy wash with Bio-Essence’s cleanser, I realised those silky secretions were the secret to a buffer complexion and would have me saying bub-bye to the flaky skin that’s been haunting me since mid-December. All hail the snail.
If your skin gets irritated or red and patchy when it gets cold, this Elemis Soothing Apricot Toner is here for you. Spritzed onto a cotton wool pad, you’re greeted by the most gorgeous of scents. After using it, my skin felt fresh x1000 and ready/raring to soak up whatever was coming next.
The doctor will see you now
Mixing sweet-smelling nature (cress sprouts, turmeric and green tea) alongside scientific goodness, this non-sticky serum felt like it doused my thirsty winter skin in nutrients. As part of a new-school skincare collective (The Ordinary and NIOD are getting similar buzz), Dr Perricone’s brand proved itself worthy of the hype.
Deep, deep down
If your skin is seriously battered by the elements, the enticingly-named Hydration Vaccine by NIOD is an extra-life-giving boost, designed to be used post-serum, pre-moisturiser. Acting similarly to a primer but for your moisturiser rather than makeup, this got my skin to peak smoothness (and a little went a long way).
When we’re talking trifle, jelly trumps cream, any day. And the same can be said of this Hydraluron moisturising jelly, which was much more lightweight and refreshing on my skin than a conventional cream. My face, which has needed extra moisturiser applied 24/7 throughout colder months, felt hydrated all day (apparently it’s the presence of hyaluronic acid that I need to thank for that).
About that base
If winter-fatigued skin is your game, Nars Radiance Primer is the name to remember. Pink and pearlescent when squeezed on your fingertips, I was grateful that this became pure-luminosity when directly applied. Plus, it contains SPF 35, so you'll be ready if the sun does ever come back out.
High not dry
If you like your beauty packaging cute and your cheeks with a spattering of light reflecting shimmer, this highlighter by Korean-based cosmetics brand It’s Skin is your guy. Available in two shades, I went for the pink powder option, which was slightly warmer with a radiance-boosting cherry on top.