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Shopping for skincare can feel challenging because of the many questions that may arise when selecting products. The mental narrative may look a little something like this: What’s the difference between a purifying and clarifying cleanser? Do I really need to use toner? How many serums should I be using? What products do I require for a “good” routine? 

To answer those questions: clarifying cleansers will brighten and smooth skin while purifying ones will deep cleanse; toner is not essential but feels nice; none if you don’t have major skin concerns; and you can boil down a routine to five simple steps—cleansing, moisturising, applying sunscreen, exfoliating and masking. The last two steps are optional, but highly encouraged, as they can help boost the effectiveness of your current skincare products.

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Cleanse your skin thoroughly at least once a day to remove any excess make-up, sebum and bacteria, and to prepare a clean base for moisturiser and other products. Regular cleansing also prevents the accumulation of dead skin cells, which may cause blemishes.
If you have normal to dry skin types, you can opt for cleansing balms and foams which help the skin to retain moisture, while combination to oily skin types can use gels and serums for a deeper cleanse.


Replenishing moisture after cleansing is essential to prevent dryness, fine lines and even the over-production of sebum. A simple moisturiser is all you need for both morning and evening, and it means you’ll be able to layer it over other products.
If you struggle with oilier skin, choose a gel-cream formula for lighter hydration; if dehydrated skin is a problem, go for a product that incorporates oils. All skin types can use a face oil at night for extra moisture and glowing skin.


This is the most important step, as sunscreen will prevent premature ageing and sun damage. Don’t skip the sun protection on a gloomy day—UV rays can still penetrate clouds. A waterproof or sports sunscreen has the longest staying power, but sheer formulas feel lighter on the skin and layer best under makeup. 


Physical and chemical exfoliants are an excellent way to supplement the cleansing step, as they remove dead skin cells, leading to smoother, fresher skin. If you can’t be bothered with an additional step and product, remove your cleanser with a face cloth for a daily exfoliation.


Applying a face mask once or twice a week will target any skin issues you may be experiencing, whether that’s dehydration, blemishes or just generally a need for an overall boost of radiance.


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