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Quiz: answer these 5 questions to take your skincare routine to the next level

Thinking about updating your current skincare routine? Or maybe you just want to try something new? Take the quiz below to see what your new go-to skincare essential could be.

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Question 1: How would you describe your approach to skincare

A) You have a clean, natural approach to your overall routine.

B) You really like to treat yourself and aren’t afraid to invest in a luxe product.

C) You keep your routine low key and don’t over complicate things.

D) Your routine is nearly always filled with new launches.


Question 2: The one step you want to focus more on within your skincare routine is:

A) Applying a daily moisturiser.

B) Applying a treatment mask.

C) Applying a nightly moisturiser.

D) Exfoliating.


Question 3: How would you describe your skin at the moment

A) You suffer from a little redness, discomfort and/or dryness.

B) A little lacklustre and in need of a nourishing treatment.

C) Pretty well behaved; it does show some signs of premature ageing.

D) It’s feeling dull and you’re experiencing some congestion and/or texture too.


Question 4: What ingredient makes you do a double take when reading the label of product?

A) Anything infused with rich botanical oils.

B) Hyaluronic acid.

C) Shea butter.

D) Glycolic acid.


Question 5: What’s the outcome you most want to achieve after you’ve applied your skincare?

A) Happy, calm and balanced skin.

B) Skin that glows.

C) Skin that feels soft and hydrated.

D) The appearance of pores reduced and a smoother-looking complexion.

THE VERDICT


Mostly As: REN Evercalm Global Protection Day Cream

If you’re a fan of brands who aren’t only ingredient-conscious but also care about taking care of our planet, then REN may be of interest. Their mantra is ‘clean to the planet, clean to skin’; their bottles are made with Ocean Plastic and tubes of product are made from post-consumer-recycled plastic and designed for circular recycling. This bestseller from their ‘Evercalm’ range (which offers a suite of products all made for sensitive skin in mind) is formulated specially to treat redness, skin discomfort and extreme dryness. A trio of botanical oils (including blackcurrant, sea buckthorn and camellia oil) assists in nourishing, softening and protecting even the angriest of skin.

Mostly Bs: Cosmetics 27 Mask 27

A little bit luxe, but worthy of the investment, the latest launch from Cosmetics 27 offers a number of benefits for the skin. The brand itself is renowned for marrying technology with pharmaceutical traditions. Their key ingredient is a plant called centella asiatica, which is known for its ability to calm inflammation, stimulate new cell growth and help skin naturally build collagen. This gel mask contains hyaluronic acid, centella asiatica and probiotics, which all work together to hydrate, protect skin’s barrier and help reduce the appearance of fatigue that may be visible. Wear it as a revitalising glow mask for fifteen minutes or apply a generous layer over your nightly skincare products for a nourishing overnight treatment.

Mostly Cs: Mecca Cosmetica Hydrating Moisturiser

This simple, yet super effective moisturiser from Mecca Cosmetica will slip perfectly into any routine. It’s got a rich feel but absorbs quickly into skin, perfect for just about any skin type and you don’t have to be a skincare aficionado to incorporate it into your morning or nightly routine. It’s infused with shea butter, sodium hyaluronate and rice peptide, plus, the inclusion of amino acids helps to even out the appearance of skin tone while reducing the look of fine lines and age spots. The easy pump mechanism in the top of the tub makes it the perfect moisturiser to travel with, too.

Mostly Ds: Summer Fridays AHA Exfoliating Solution

Obsessed with skincare? Like, need-to-buy-a-new-product-the-day-it-launches obsessed? Us too. Summer Fridays, the instafamous skin care line from L.A.-based beauty bloggers Marianna Hewitt and Lauren Gores Ireland, have graced us with what’s sure to be another popular skincare must-have. This time in the form of an exfoliating solution that’s packed with lactic acid (an alpha hydroxy acid or AHA), glycolic acid (AHA) and niacinamide.The powerful AHAs assist with smoothing fine lines, retexturising and brightening skin, while added niacinamide (which is a water-soluble form of vitamin B3) clarifies skin and reduces the appearance of pores. Like any solution that contains AHAs, the aim of the game is to improve cell turnover and refine skin, all while keeping it juicy and hydrated (thanks to aloe vera). It packs a punch, so ease this one into your routine if you have sensitive skin.

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