These days a lot of new beauty launches can thank Instagram for a chunk of their success (Glossier, we’re looking at you), and this new arrival is no different.
Summer Fridays is the brainchild of bloggers Marianna Hewitt, who runs lifestyle and beauty site Life With Me, and Lauren Gores Ireland of You + Lu.
Despite only having one product in the line so far, the brand already has 45 thousand Instagram followers and counting, as well as a whole host of raving US customer reviews – and it’s finally coming to the UK.
The ‘Jet Lag’ mask is designed to get rid of that dehydrated, dull skin look that comes either when you’ve been on a long-haul flight, or are simply run down from day to day life. And seeing as it counts the likes of Kim Kardashian and Jessica Alba as fans, you’re going to want in.
First things first, the ingredients. It has an all-vegan formula that’s packed with the good stuff; antioxidants, vitamins and ceramides to quench and plump up the skin, while chestnut extract gently exfoliates for a smoother, more radiant complexion.
The formula is a medium thickness cream that you can either wash off after 10-15 minutes (recommended if your skin is sensitive) or leave on overnight for an intense effect. We’re talking baby soft skin the morning after. And it all comes encased in a satisfying, toothpaste-like metal tube.
The Marie Claire verdict? It’s coming on every trip with us from now on.
These days you can barely talk about skincare for five minutes without acids coming up in conversation.
Hyaluronic, malic, glycolic, salicylic – it feels like there is an infinite number of different acids for skin and so can feel hard to know which you should use.
But, no more: allow us to give you a brief overview of the big hitters and the products containing them that you should use for your skin type. It’s not as complicated as you probably think (and that’s coming from someone who hated chemistry at school).
Keep scrolling to find out the differences between the most commonly used skincare acids below.
Beta-hydroxy acid (BHA), also known as salicylic acid, is an exfoliant that penetrates deep into the skin’s layers, encouraging the pores to unclog.
It’s able to break down the things that clog your pores, like dead skin cells, dirt and excess oil. As well as this, it’s also a great anti-inflammatory agent, which is why you’ll often find it in spot gels and acne treatments.
Often cited by skincare experts as the hydrating hero, hyaluronic acid is known for its incredible ability to hold over 1,000 times its own weight in water.
A substance that’s naturally present in the body, particularly the eyes and joints, it’s also humectant, so draws moisturse to the skin from the environment.
Hyaluronic acid serums are one of the most popular methods of hydrating the skin, and the plumping effect makes it a great anti-ager. It’s also used in non-permanent lip fillers.
You’ll recognise the name from your favourite fruits, but citric acid is also used in many skincare products for gentle exfoliation – it’s why a lot of at-home face peels smell like oranges. Citric acid is also in the alpha-hydroxy acid group.
Unlike BHA, AHAs are only able to penetrate the top layer of skin, but this makes them an excellent choice for sloughing off dead cells from the surface.
An alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA), glycolic acid is one of the two most popular chemical exfoliants used in peels and toners.
Glycolic acid is much smaller in molecule size than other AHAs, and can therefore penetrate much deeper into the skin.
Sensitive skin types may find it a bit irritating or harsh for this reason, however, so always introduce it into your skincare routine gradually and in a small concentration first.
Also an alpha-hydroxy acid, lactic acid is a naturally-occurring substance found in milk. It’s more moisturising than glycolic, making it less harsh on the skin and a better choice for sensitive complexions.
Read our full guide for more information and the best product recommendations.
Naturally derived from apples, Malic acid is probably the least well known of the commonly used skincare ingredients.
As an AHA, it also encourages skin cell turnover rate, but is found in many anti-ageing beauty products because it can encourage the production of collagen.
Malic acid can also reduce the production of melanin, helping to prevent and improve hyperpigmentation.
Consider your crash course in skincare acids, complete.
You know those times when you think you know someone and then they do something so out of character that it makes you question everything? Well this is like that, sort of. Aesop skincare…it’s a thing.
I love Aesop, I really do. Like most, my first dalliance with Aesop was a meeting in a restroom at an upscale restaurant – the hand wash and hand cream to be precise. The geranium and herbal infused products, lathered, cleansed, moisturizer and fragranced in a way quite that sadly many other products had tried and failed. And, ever since then I was hooked.
If you come over to my house, you’ll find said hand wash and hand cream in my bathroom, but to be totally honest, they’re only there because you are there – their usual hiding place is a cupboard (rationing and all that). And, I often wax lyrical about their fragrances – did you know they did fragrance? There’s Tacit (my favourite) the crisp and green one with a delicate hit of spice, inspired by a classic cologne; Hwyl the smoky and earthy one, inspired by a Japanese forest; Marrakesh the woody and spicy one, inspired by characteristics of it’s namesake city, and they’re all pretty great. But that’s as far as my knowledge of the brand went and thinking that I had everything I needed plodded happily along.
The Aesop fragrance collection. (From L-R) Tacit, Hwyl and Marrakesh
But on a recent trip to the Shoreditch store (81 Rivington Street) instead of just picking up top ups for my cupboard supply (it’s almost barbecue season so we usually have lots of visitors), I ventured into the second room in the store.
I should probably point out that the store has had a recent makeover: the London-grey-hue du jour that covered the walls is no longer there. Instead the most interesting of colours, (Dulux, Delhi Bazaar 2 – should you care) a mustard, yellow ochre, sludgey, swamp like hue now adorns the walls. It’s a bloody good colour and now I’d quite like it to be on my walls at home. Such is the power of a well put-together brand; it’s a lifestyle that you want in on.
Most customers never make it past the first room as the hand wash and hand cream are placed here for ease, but they really ought to. The second room in the store is dedicated to an extensive skincare range and there is a product to suit pretty much every skin woe. Aesop skincare, it’s definitely a thing.
Their approach to customer care is a big priority for them and they want to hear all your needs. Spend 15 minutes chatting to one of the super helpful (and knowledgeable) skin care specialists to discuss your skins particular needs so that you can really tailor the products to get the perfect skincare regime.
These are the best Aesop skincare products
Parsley Seed Facial cleanser
The smallest amount goes a long way so all you need is a teaspoon. Use twice daily and blend the mixture with a few drops of water to form a milky emulsion, which should then be massaged over your damp dace and rinsed off thoroughly.
I used this once a week for a deep clean feel. The fine Quartz and Lactic acid exfoliates therefore leaving skin soft and polished by getting rid of tired cells, while Rosemary and Lavender oil leave the most delicate scent.
Best for combination skin that needs some tlc. Jam packed with hydrating and purifying botanicals (there’s Juniper berry and Jasmine Petal) the Fabulous Face Oil boosts up hydration levels but with that all-important non-greasy finish.
The eye area is one of the most sensitive parts of skin on your body therefore gentle products are generally best. Vitamin C, Blue Chamomile and Aloe Vera gently hydrate, nourish and protect your skin from the elements. Just a two or three drops does the trick.
I like to give it at least 4 weeks when testing out products before making a call on whether it’s working for me or not – unless during week one I encounter an adverse reaction. Hideous breakout avoided and hitting a full stride which this new regime, I can confirm that my skin is hydrated and healthy.
Next time I head into store, I’ll be there mainly for my Aesop skincare top-ups – oh, and not to forget, a bottle of hand cream and hand wash, because it’s just so good.
OK, so it’s now warm enough for us to forgo tights and opt for shorter hemlines if we so desire, but there’s a big issue that comes with this new freedom. Legs that have seen better days. You see it isn’t just bears and small rodents that go into hibernation over the winter months, so to do regular tans and strict hair-removal regimes. What’s needed is an easy step-by-step of how to get legs summer-ready. Luckily, that’s exactly what we’ve created here for you.
With the help of leg-expert Kate Shapland, creator of Legology – the beauty brand created as a high performance solution to cellulite and heavy legs – we’ve come up with the simple way to ensure that you won’t get caught out on sunny days this summer.
‘Skin which has been covered for months doesn’t look its best,’ Shapland explains. ‘Legs are usually a bit dry and dull, and even if you’ve religiously exfoliated and moisturised throughout winter, the expanse of bare skin from ankle to knee can demand an extra dollop of confidence to pull off.’ And so the first step is to buff away any dead skin. Not only will this create a clean, smooth surface, it will help boost circulation and get rid of any dullness. Dullness comes because dead skin can’t reflect light, do you want to get rid asap. ‘You need a power buffer – something super-crunchy that will send a rush of nutrient-rich blood to the skin’s surface to give it tone and colour, and plants plenty of suppleness back in there.’ You can beat Sanctuary Spa’s Salt Scrub, but we also love Espa’s Invigorating Salt Scrub, £38. If you don’t think either of these are for you, you could choose the best body scrub for your skin type.
This is one of those things that we, as beauty editors, repeatedly tell people to do because the benefits are phenomenal. But this is also one of those things, that in all honesty not many people can be arsed to do. However, we are going to preach about it again in the hope that this time you will take note and segue it into your routine. In a recent BBC documentary, The Truth About…Looking Good, it was revealed that the best way to treat and get rid of cellulite is dry body brushing. Brushing from the ankles upwards in the direction of the heart in quick, swift motions boosts circulation and helps lymphatic drainage. Trapped fluid emphasizes cellulite and makes legs feel heavy, but by brushing twice a day you decrease fluid retention and toxins are drained away. This Mio Body Brush has additional nodules, which help to massage on a deeper level.
If you want supple and smooth legs, you have to moisturise and you have to do it on the reg. This is not a step you want to skip. Nothing will leave legs in a better condition that super duper hydrated skin. Shapland recommends steering clear of oils, because not only do they sit on top of skin and don’t sink in as well as a moisturiser, but they’re also unflattering. ‘It’s the shine – the only acceptable area for sheen on your legs is a line down the shins because it helps make this area look longer and narrower. All over shine gives you barrel legs in the same way that gloss volumises a lip.’ Kiehl’s Creme de Corps is a cult classic. It’s been around for years and it just does the job so well. It also sinks in quickly, so you don’t have to wait around for long before putting your clothes on.
The thing about hair removal is a person typically falls into one of a few camps – laser, epilating, waxing or shaving. Laser can be pricey, epilating could be compared to a Medieval torture technique and waxing is for those with a high pain threshold. Which leaves shaving. Shaving is simple, pain-free and more importantly, purse-friendly. You really can’t go wrong with a Venus razor. They’ve been reliable since we were teenagers and they just keep getting better – this razor has two moisture bars either side of the three blades meaning that whilst you get a closer shave, your skin is treated to a nourishing boost of shea butter. Sometimes the most simple options are the best.
‘Cellulite is not a life sentence,’ says Martine de Richeville, creator of the body treatment Remodelage, which helps to detox, refine and tone. Don’t be fooled into thinking this is a relaxing-you-might-fall-asleep-during massage. It’s not. It’s a deep-tissue technique that incorporates the specially created 8 shaped motion and it pinches. Like a lot. But don’t be put off, because the therapist needs to get down into the lower levels to reach the older fat deposits. By doing this, it allows for better circulation to the area, which in turn reduces excess fat in the tissue. Not only does it tone the silhouette (which is excellent if you suffer from saddlebags at the top of your thighs), but it rather cleverly helps to filter the metabolic waste and flushes out toxins, so your digestion improves too. Shapland completely agrees that massage is vital to getting killer legs, ‘If it’s good, it won’t be comfortable, but your legs will look less puffy & feel lighter; so book a course of sessions.’
Nothing will prep your legs for summer better than exercise. We know, snooze. But Shapland suggests we embrace exercise: ‘Get up and cross the office to speak to someone instead of
emailing them, take the stairs at a run, do a handstand – anything that promotes circulation and maintains flow.’ Whilst a HIIT session or a spin class is a brilliant full body workout, there are now more and more classes that are specifically aimed at toning. From your classic Legs, Bums and Tums class to Barre-style workouts that combine traditional ballet positions with repetitive movements from Pilates, you’ll find something similar in most gyms. Virgin Active just launched a new Barre class that’s said to strengthen, lengthen, tone and tighten. If that isn’t incentive, we don’t know what is. GymBox has a hilarious class called Thunder, which don’t worry, does the opposite to giving you thunder thighs. It’s a class that uses the old 90s Thigh Masters (remember them?!) to work on toning quads and glutes. There’s plenty out there, so there’s really no excuse.
Legology Sun-Lite Sheer Lingerie for Legs, £38 Space NK
‘One of the biggest mistakes women make with their legs through the summer is with self-tan, because inevitably it’s too dark,’ explains Shapland. ‘Too many of us make this mistake at the start of the summer when we’re desperate to improve the look of skin too quickly.’ Even if you have the best fake tan or follow our fake tan tips, it should still be incredibly subtle. Still unsure? ‘You’re aiming for the kind of sun kissed shade skin develops after a long hot weekend, when skin has just ‘turned’, not full on tropical tan.’ For those with pale skin, something like the Legology’s Sheer Lingerie For Legs will work perfectly. Think of it as like the best cc cream – it makes your legs look better, rather than completely changing their colour. If you can’t give up the darker shade, then we recommend leg make-up products like Becca Luminous Body Perfecting Mousse and Vita Liberata tktktktktkt
Organic skincare that’s good for you (and the environment)
The UK’s organic beauty sector, including organic make up, is booming, and considering that your skin is your largest organ, it’s no surprise people are thinking more about what they’re actually putting on it.
Soil Association‘s latest market report reveals the UK organic market is now worth a whopping £2.2 billion, the most its ever been. Organic now accounts for 1.5% of the total UK food and drink market.
Non-toxic ingredients and brands are on the rise, thanks to people’s awareness of the ingredients they’re consuming, and what they can do to your body and to the earth. For example, this cult organic beauty product was out of stock for the longest time and we’re sure a few are going to work their way into our Black Friday beauty deals page.
So if natural beauty is your thing, this is how to differentiate between ‘natural’ and ‘organic’ and everything in-between. Remember, if you’re after strictly organic products, make sure to keep a look out for the Soil Association logo which will tell you the exact percentage of organic ingredients in that specific product
Health and Beauty Business Development Manager Lauren Bartley from the Soil Association Certification tells us exactly what ‘organic’ means:
No toxic chemicals
No synthetic fragrances
No nano particles
No animal testing
And when you buy organic products, you’re supporting organic or natural ingredients, sustainably sourced ingredients, sustainable manufacturing processes (no harsh processes used to create products), biodegradable packaging and protection of wildlife and the environment.
Although ‘natural’ has sadly become an unregulated term in the market, it should technically mean that the product is not made of synthetic ingredients – so basically that none of the ingredients were born in a lab. But, this term isn’t as regulated as organic so it’s important to use brands you can trust actually are natural.
And, genuine natural and organic beauty (namely skincare) doesn’t need to be boring or expensive, so we’ve rounded up the best natural and organic products to add to your beauty bag from the multi-purpose balm that can be a moisturiser and a highlighter to the night mask that’s perfect to put on before a flight.
Proof that you can get salon results in the comfort of your own home
Summer is (almost) here and for a lot of us, that means turning to hair removal methods like waxing for smooth pins and a hairless bikini line.
Waxing may not be the least painful option, but it is quick and yields longer-lasting results than your razor will.
Read on to master the art of at-home waxing, from lower leg to full-on Brazilian.
Using wax strips at home
‘Making sure you have time, tools and the correct preparation are essential,’ says Nair‘s Beauty Expert Nichola Joss.
‘Nair Japanese Cherry Blossom Wax Strips require no external heating so you can simply place the strip on your legs and achieve smooth skin effortlessly.
Nichola adds that the number one thing you should remember while waxing yourself is not to rush it. ‘Take the time, make sure you have all the tools you need and prep the skin.
‘Cleansing and exfoliating can help to ensure the skin is prepared for waxing, giving you better results. If you need to exfoliate the skin do this 24 hours before.
So, what do you need to do to ensure a fuss-free DIY waxing session at home?
‘On the day, cleanse the skin with a fragrance free non oily product and ensure your skin is dry,’ Nichola advises. ‘Take your time and do one strip at a time, ensuring you gently apply to the skin. Remember to remove as instructed.’
Waxing strips need to be pulled from the skin in a single, quick move – peeling them off will be uncomfortable and won’t remove the hair effectively.
‘After you have waxed the desired area, gently apply an oil and lightly massage into skin,’ Nichola adds. ‘Wait 24hrs before applying any self-tan.’
Leg waxing and eyebrow waxing are both pretty self explanatory, but some hair removal procedures using wax have slightly more ambiguous names.
This kind of waxing involves removing ALL the hair; bikini line, vulva, butt crack, the works.
It’s not an easy one to do DIY so, we’re calling it: you’d have to be mad to do your own Hollywood wax at home. The logistics of removing all hair from your nether regions without causing yourself injury just isn’t worth it.
Brazillian waxes are very similar to Hollywood, except usually a small, visible strip of hair is left on the vulva (the external part of your lady garden). Again, unless you’re a pro, we don’t really recommend you try this one at home.
Removing hair from your bikini line, on the other hand, is pretty straightforward.
For a successful DIY bikini wax, pull the skin taut, apply the wax strip, press firmly and use the warmth of your hands to soften the wax if necessary.
After that, it’s a case of just gritting your teeth and pulling away quickly.
All the benefits of a facial in just 15 minutes? We’re listening…
With the warmer weather here to stay (hopefully), we’re ready to shake off that post-winter, chilly spring complexion and get our glow on. Because let’s face it, the greatest addition to any summer wardrobe is plumped, hydrated and healthy-looking skin.
However, we totally know that between busy lifestyles, pollution and general life stress (esp Mondays, insert sad face emoji), it’s often hard to find time to treat our skin to a much-needed moisture boost. That’s why we’re super excited about two breakthrough face mask collections from the Neutrogena® team.
Offering a skin-first approach and with more than 60 years worth of dermatologist-approved expertise, the Neutrogena® Hydrogel Recovery Mask and Instant Facial Mask collections are here to offer dull, dry and weather-weary skin a deserved dose of hydration, delivered in less time than it takes to book those boutique summer festival tickets.
Using innovative technology direct from Korea, these skincare saviours are designed to work alongside your existing Neutrogena® routine for optimum replenishment, both everyday and on-the-go.
So whether you’re looking to up your daily hydration game or are in need of a holiday packing-list essential – whatever your skin type – there’s something from the Neutrogena® mask collection for you.
Here’s how they work…
Neutrogena® Hydrogel Recovery Mask collection
Made up of two parts that wrap snugly around the face, each Hydrogel mask delivers one month’s usage of serum directly to the skin. Available in four different options, this clever sheet texture delivers the equivalent of one 30ml bottle of serum directly to the skin to maximise the absorption of active ingredients in just 15 minutes. That’s right. Gorgeous, supple skin in no time at all.
Packed with wonders such as hyaluronic acid, vitamin B3 or adenosine to hydrate, detoxify or enhance radiance, all masks in the collection are non-drip and suitable for everyone – yes, even you lovely sensitive types.
Our personal favourite? The Neutrogena® Ageless Boost Recovery Mask is ideal for a home spa session. AKA The Smart Smoother, this 15-minute formula provides intense hydration, smoothing away fine lines for youthful-looking skin.
Neutrogena® Instant Facial Mask collection
These lightweight instant masks, boasting powerful active ingredients such as adenosine, hyaluronic acid or vitamin B3, are our new travel hydration heroes. The handy 10ml pods are perfect for packing into a toiletry bag, with each one delivering an instant moisture boost in that magic 15-minute slot. Plus, these masks can be used up to three times a week for maximum glow status, all summer long.
Last-minute date plans? Always keep a Neutrogena® Radiance Boost Instant Facial Mask in your handbag for a post-work boost. Enriched with vitamin B3, this illuminating mask will leave skin noticeably radiant.
From her perfectly blow-dried hair to her razor sharp jawline, the woman looks great whatever the weather.
Unless you’re prepared to mainline your nearest plastic surgeon and shell out several thousands of pounds, you won’t be looking like her any time soon – but fortunately, you can get a slice of the Markle lifestyle by shopping some of her favourite beauty products.
Read on to find out the make-up and skincare products Meghan rates above all others…
Inspired by Victoria Beckham, no less, Meghan’s go-to lipstick shade was created by beauty mogul, Charlotte Tilbury. The perfect balance of pink and brown nude, it’s reportedly the shade she wore for the royal engagement photocall, and is now surely at least as popular as the iconic Pillow Talk shade.
‘I don’t wear foundation unless I’m filming so this is what I put on every day after moisturiser to give my skin a dewy glow. It’s not sparkly, it’s true to its name… “Illuminating”, she told Beauty Banter. The primer comes in two shades, a slightly pink pearlescent formula and bronze for a summery glow.
In a recently resurfaced interview with Beauty Banter, Meghan tipped NARS’ Orgasm as one of her five can’t-live-without products due to its ‘perfect rosy flush tone that brightens the face.’ The pinky, peachy blush with golden undertones is one of the most universally flattering blush shades on the market, so it’s really no wonder Ms Markle is a fan.
Meghan favours a glowy, healthy formula and has one specific foundation rule. ‘Every time I’d do her make-up, she’d say “Can we just make sure my freckles are peeking through? I don’t want a ton of foundation,” her former MUA Lydia Sellers told Refinery 29.
Although she doesn’t wear loads and loads of the stuff, Armani Luminous Silk was always Sellers’ go-to to perfect Meghan’s skin. Well-loved in the celebrity world, this one counts the likes of Kim Kardashian, Cate Blanchett and Rashida Jones as its fans. A medium thickness liquid formula, it leaves skin with a healthy glow and has buildable coverage.
Six of these iconic pens are sold every minute (or one every ten seconds), so it’s not a huge surprise Meghan Markle is also a fan. ‘It blends, it’s compact and if you’ve worked a 17-hour day and have nothing else on, you will still look relatively alive. Relatively,’ she told Beauty Banter.
‘My favourite mascara is Diorshow Iconic,’ Meghan told Allure back in 2014, noting that she first discovered a lot of her favourite products on the set of Suits. This one is great for super lifted, eye-catching jet black lashes to really make your peepers pop.
‘I use Chanel Cassis Eyeliner on my upper lash line and water line, and the touch of shimmer powder adds a brightness and sparkle,’ Meghan said in her Beauty Banter interview. ‘Even if I have no make-up on, I am likely to apply concealer and a bit of shimmer in the corners of my eye.’ Cassis is a rich purple liner, as Meghan rightly recommends, is great for tightlining and defining the eye.
‘I have searched high and low and tried every kind of lip balm but this is the very best. Soft, kissable, buttery lips. I swear by it,’ she told Beauty Banter. And we have to agree – the smooth balm comes in a range of gorgeous tints and has the added benefit of SPF. Not too sticky, not too matte.
‘I use this religiously,’ the former Suits star told Beauty Banter. ‘It’s honestly my favourite lotion on the market, it’s so affordable, and makes my skin look and feel amazing. I would buy a case of this at a time if I could find it,’ she added.
Meghan’s hair never looks limp or lifeless; it’s always bouncy, and that’s probably down to this guy. ‘When my hair is feeling a little weighted, Suanne, my hair artist on set, has me bend forward and she sprays a little Oribe Dry Texurizing Spray, and then has me “flip back hard” to give my hair a little extra bounce,’ she said in an inteivew with Birchbox.
According to Beauty Banter, Meghan says that she ‘religiously’ uses both ‘Masquintense and the Oleo Relax line’. The Masquintense treatment mask comes in two separate versions for both thick and fine hair (we reckon Meg uses the former), for when your locks need a repairing deep moisture boost.
Winter just kept on giving this year, leaving us all in serious need of skin-boosting beauty tips. So if you’re looking to restore dry, dehydrated skin to its glowing glory, check out the new Neutrogena® Hydro Boost range.
Designed to boost hydration levels, this range delivers a complete skincare routine to keep your complexion continuously hydrated throughout the day.
Everything in the Neutrogena® Hydro Boost range contains the ingredient that everyone is talking about right now, hyaluronic acid – said to hold 1,000 times its weight in water.
It’s just what you need to #FeelTheBoost and give your skin the moisture hit it deserves. Here’s the lowdown on our favourite skincare saviours from the Neutrogena® range…
Cleanse and hydrate
Busy ladies, rejoice! Neutrogena® Hydro Boost Gelée Milk Cleanser, £7.99, not only combines the lightness of a gel with the efficacy of a make-up remover milk but it also infuses hyaluronic acid into your skin. And it doesn’t stop there – this is a no-rinse cleanser, which means happy and hydrated skin without the faff.
Refresh on the go
Don’t have time for a full cleanse? Then call on Neutrogena® Hydro Boost Cleansing Facial Wipes, £4.99, to instantly remove make-up and impurities, including waterproof mascara, and quench your skin with a boost of vital hydration. Perfect for late nights, plane journeys and a welcome addition to your gym bag.
We’re all on board with the fact that we need a moisturiser – but what about one with a unique Hyaluronic Gel Matrix that locks in hydration and continuously releases it throughout the day? Check, check and check! Neutrogena® Hydro Boost Water Gel Moisturiser, £12.99 will keep your skin constantly hydrated, soft and supple all day long.
Ready to revive your skincare routine? Shop the full Neutrogena® Hydro Boost range now at Boots, Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Waitrose, Superdrug, Look Fantastic, Ocado and Amazon.
When it comes to skincare, not all acid exfoliators are equal…
Like many other chemical exfoliants, lactic acid is an increasingly popular skincare ingredient in many a beauty lover’s regime.
Like glycolic acid, it’s an alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA), however, it’s far more moisturising to the skin than glycolic, and less likely to cause irritation. It’s therefore an excellent choice for more sensitive complexions.
Naturally present in milk, lactic acid has a larger structure than glycolic acid, and doesn’t affect the thickness of your skin (not that that means you can skip using your best SPF moisturiser in the morning).
Unlike salicylic acid, beta-hydroxy acid that penetrates deep into your pores, AHA sloughs off dead skin cells leaving a more radiant, smooth complexion underneath.
Lactic acid peel
Max-strength chemical peels are performed by a professional, but it’s possible to buy slightly weaker AHA peels you can perform in the comfort of your own home. Kate Somerville’s Exfolikate Treatment, for example, is a mega tingling formula that sloughs all the dead skin cells from your face, leaving you positively glowing.
Don’t fancy the fuss of applying a peel and sitting around waiting for it to do its thing? Peel pads, like those made by Skyn Iceland are an easy way to exfoliate fuss-free both morning and night.
Lactic acid serum and cream
These are leave-on formulas enirched with AHA exfoliating prowess; for example, Sunday Riley’s Good Genes serum can be left on overnight to smooth out the skin, or a thicker layer can be applied as a 10-15 minute wash-off treatment.
Similarly, lactic acid cream gently resurfaces the skin while you moisturise for a smoother finish to your complexion over time. If you have sensitive skin, higher concentrations of lactic acid may still cause your skin to become irritated, so always do a product patch test beforehand.
Keep scrolling for team Marie Claire‘s top five favourite lactic acid skincare products you can shop now. Happy peeling!