Try These 5 Essentials To Protect Your Skin This Spring

Don’t let face masks ruin your skin this spring – stay glowing with these five serums and moisturisers

Do you know skin is the human body’s largest organ? The skin on your face is incredibly sensitive.

Even the tiniest changes can cause breakouts, dryness and dullness. Combine that with wearing a surgical mask for long periods of time, and you’ve got a recipe for disaster.

But with the right products, you can keep your skin healthy and fresh. Last week, we brought you the top tips to wearing your mask. This week, we’re bringing you the five best products to help your skin glow. Read on to find your new secret weapons for clear, glowing skin (even with a surgical mask!).

The Exfoliator

A good cleanser can work wonders, but it’s not magic. To reveal your brightest, best skin yet, start exfoliating regularly. A gentle exfoliation removes dead skin cells and deep build-up while boosting circulation and skin tone. With all the grime removed, your other products can penetrate deeper into the dermis, leaving you with radiant skin. Shiseido Waso Soft + Cushy Polisher is great for all skin types. Made from plant-based granules, it’s gentle but effective, and you can feel good knowing you’re not using nasty chemicals.

Read more: Where to Get Natural Skincare in Hong Kong

The Cleanser

A clean face is a healthy face, so don’t forget to cleanse your skin thoroughly both morning and night. Surgical masks trap moisture and germs, but a good cleanser will help prevent breakouts from clogged pores. If you have a cleansing routine already, stick with it! If not, try Armani Prima Oil-in-Gel Foaming Cleanser. This two-in-one power-product lifts makeup and residue like an oil, while gently cleansing skin, saving you one extra step in your routine (and might have you looking as good as Barbara Palvin!).

The Toner

Once upon a time, toners were alcohol-based suspensions that burned and dried out the skin. But they’ve come a long way since then. Now, they’re a crucial ingredient in healthy skin. Soak a pad with your toner and wipe it all over your face and neck. This removes any excess residue and helps balance the skin’s PH levels. Then, mist on a bit more for a bit of extra moisture. Now you’re ready to apply serums and heavier moisturisers. This step takes less than a minute and is a game-changer. For acne-prone skin, you can’t beat Kopari Coconut Rose Toner.

The Serum

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The Ordinary’s Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% has always been one of our most well-loved products (so much so that we recently launched it in a cuddlier, larger 60ml format for die-hard fans of the formula). ⁣🧪 ⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Niacinamide, also known as Vitamin B3, is a high-strength vitamin and mineral formula that helps to support barrier function, while reducing the appearance of visible shine and signs of congestion. This ingredient has also been shown to have a brightening effect on the skin, making it a truly multifunctional ingredient that can be easily incorporated into any routine. We have included Niacinamide at a high 10% concentration within this formula. ⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ Additionally, this formula includes a 1% concentration of Zinc PCA, which works to support the skin's function as a protective barrier. ⁣☂️⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ Niacinamide can be applied in the AM and PM alongside other water-based serums, before oils and creams. We do not recommend applying Niacinamide in the same routine as pure Vitamin C as Niacinamide has the capacity to affect the integrity of Vitamin C, potentially reducing its efficacy. If you’d like to incorporate Niacinamide and Vitamin C into your routine, we would suggest applying them at separate times. ⁣☀️🌙⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ (30ml: CA$5.90/US$5.90/AU$9.90/£5.00/€5.90, 60ml: CA$10.60/US$10.60/AU$17.80/£8.90/€10.60).

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Oh serums, how we love thee! If you haven’t tried a serum yet, they’re life changing. Serum goes on after cleansing and toning, but before moisturising. Serums are made up of tiny molecules that can deliver nutrients deep into the skin, instead of heavier moisturisers which tend to form a barrier on the dermis. There are a ton of serums on the market offering different results. If you’re wearing a mask all day, look for something that has hyaluronic acid, which will boost radiance, fix uneven tone, texture and even fine lines. The Ordinary is a great place to start your hyaluronic acid journey.

Read more: 5 Ways to Look Your Best While Wearing a Mask

The Moisturiser

The pièce de résistance of your skincare game is moisturiser. Ideally, you’d have two: a lighter one with SPF for daytime, and a richer, heavier formula for the evenings. Your skin absorbs nutrients better overnight (and you don’t have to worry about looking a bit shiny!) so you can really lather it on thick and lock in all the goodness you’ve applied in the first few steps. A good moisturiser will leave your skin refreshed, hydrated and glowing – even if you’re stuck in a mask all day. Treat yourself to Charlotte Tilbury’s Magic Cream Moisturiser and experience the effects for yourself.

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