Dream lotions: the perfect skincare you should buy now | Magnificence
L.he last year may not be a year many of us enjoy looking back on, but it was unexpectedly fertile from a beauty standpoint. During the lockdown, I discovered what I can safely call my favorite cleansing balm of all time. I have now bought three large tubs Green Clean from Farmacy (£ 24), and I doubt I’ll ever be without it. It’s not thick and sticky, but fine and elegant in its formulation that instantly liquefies with the warmth of your fingertips before even the last of your make-up residue is removed (including baked-on mascara that flies away muddy in seconds). A dash of warm water makes it milky; a swipe of a flannel removes it completely without removing any residual moisture. It’s perfect.
Although I’m mostly at home and have more time to spare, I’ve continued to tweak my skin care routine over the past 12 months. Murad’s Vita-C Glycolic Brightening Serum (£ 72) provides the effects of an exfoliating exfoliator and antioxidant serum in one pump pump applied immediately after cleansing. This time-saving innovation is suitable for all skin types and age groups, gives instant fullness, visible shine and lasting moisture and behaves flawlessly under make-up. I’m eagerly awaiting a bargain that I can share with you: Rest assured, I’ll be in touch if one inevitably lands.
I discovered what I can safely call my favorite cleansing balm of all time
It’s probably not fair to include an entire skincare brand in my picks, but Versed really doesn’t seem able to make a dud. At a fair price and as consistent as it is economical, Versed makes great moisturizers, serums, masks and more. Last year the winning streak continued with Weekend Glow Brightening Solution (£ 16.50), a liquid scrub for those who don’t like the 2-in-1 concept of the Murad Serum. This tonic is applied over the face and neck after cleansing to keep it both dandruff-free and radiant and smooth. It is comparable in performance to others at three times the price.
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Last year was also a vintage year for sunscreens, so three superstars spring to mind. La Roche Posay SPF30 Hyalu B5 Aquagel (£ 34.50) is a dehydrated dude’s dream who finds most sunscreens greasy. Garnier Ambre Solaire About Makeup Super UV SPF50 (£ 6.50) is arguably the most useful and affordable product of the decade, solving the age-old problem of having to top up sunscreen without removing makeup. Finally, Medik8s Advanced Day Ultimate Protect SPF50 + (£ 59) is the best dry skin facial sunscreen I can remember – every year.
Next week: The best makeup and hair products of 2021