Kick off with a simple cleansing formula, such as Goldfaden MD. Detox Clarifying Facial Wash ($55; at mecca.com.au), and make it a double in the evening. “The first cleanse just removes make-up, dirt and pollution, whereas the second cleanse is purely for your skin. It prepares the surface for the next steps, including the optimal absorption for your
moisturiser,” says Nicole Stubbs, skincare expert and owner of Tribe Natural Beauty in Sydney’s Bronte.
While they have earned a bad reputation for stripping the skin in the past, the new breed has been formulated to work with different skin types, and are more gentle—they also boost hydration and help to balance pH levels. Try Aromatica Sea Daffodil Aqua Toner ($35; at frankiandseoul.com). Just splash some on post-cleanse.
While it might sound obvious, “moisturiser is essential for protecting the natural skin barrier, and keeps it well-nourished by providing it with valuable oils,” says Dr Sturm. Tatcha The Water Cream ($99; at mecca.com.au) can be applied morning and night, and uses Japanese wild rose to not only boost hydration, but refine uneven skin texture.
Even if you spend most of your time inside, it’s still extremely important to use a facial sunblock daily as your first line of defence against skin ageing. Try Skinceuticals Ultimate UV Defense Sunscreen ($69; skinceuticals.com.au) which offers a broad-spectrum SPF that’s specifically suited to facial skin. It won’t leave you with a white pallor or excess grease, and works to protect against both UVA and UVB rays.
Don’t forget: sunscreen should be applied regularly throughout the day if you’re spending extensive time outdoors.