This is part three in our four-part series on starting yourself on a skincare regimen.
If you’re booking in for regular in-salon facials and already have a regular routine sorted, supplement your current line-up with these specialist buys.
You may not use these boosters every day but they’re a worthy investment—and are the ideal way to give your face some TLC.
Slick on a face mask at least once week. “It’s a great gift for the skin,” says Stubbs. “Whether it’s designed for a deep cleanse or to boost hydration, it will heal and nourish your complexion.” Give yourself a thorough overhaul and draw out impurities with Cosmedix Detox Activated Charcoal Mask ($85; 1800 648 851).
You may typically associate a peel with a professional clinical treatment, but DIY variants can be very effective. Peels are chemical exfoliants, as opposed to a manual exfoliant like a scrub, and are infused with a blend of acids to refine skin. Applied topically on a regular basis, they work to remove dead skin build-up and are guaranteed to give you extra glow, says Stubbs. Try Murad Rapid Resurfacing Peel ($83 for 16 wipes; at sephora.com.au).
Think of a retinol product, such as Philosophy Help Me Retinol Night Treatment ($65; at myer.com.au) as your face’s secret weapon. The ultimate all-rounder, it deals with pigmentation, acne, wrinkles and scarring. “You want to slowly condition your skin to retinol, so gradually introduce it to your skin to allow it to adjust and prevent a reaction,” Stubbs explains. Don’t be scared: when used correctly, it will dial up luminosity and re-texturise your complexion.
You may look like a member of Daft Punk when using them, but at-home facial light therapy devices are hugely popular, thanks to their fast-acting results and cost-per-wear benefits. These tools, such as Dr. Dennis Gross SpectraLite EyeCare Pro LED Device ($233; at mecca.com.au), use the brightening and anti-ageing benefits of light to fight fine lines and wrinkles.