They’re one of the more crucial components that make up any routine—think of them like a specialist treatment product. Thanks to their smaller molecular structure, the active ingredients in serums are able to penetrate deep into the dermal layers much more effectively than a traditional moisturiser. To treat dehydration and the signs of ageing, seek out serums containing hyaluronic acid, which traps and retains moisture—you can find it in Dr. Barbara Sturm Hyaluronic Serum ($423; at mecca.com.au). Make sure you press—don’t rub—it onto your face after toner, then follow with a moisturiser to act as a barrier and add a layer of protection, says Stubbs.
The skin around your eyes is thinner than the rest of your complexion and doesn’t contain as many oil glands—cue dryness, fine lines and puffiness. This area needs a little extra TLC, which is where an eye cream or treatment, such as Bioeffect’s EGF Eye Serum ($115; bioeffectaus.com.au), comes in to hydrate and promote cell regeneration.
At night, skin goes into repair mode, working to restore damage while you’re sleeping. It’s not battling the impurities and pollution it faces during the day. “Your night cream should enhance this rejuvenation process and should target your concerns and aid repair,” Stubbs says. Try a rich formula infused with essential oils, such as Dermalogica Sound Sleep Cocoon ($120; dermalogica.com.au).
“As a general rule, you should exfoliate once to twice a week. For sensitive skin, stick to once a week, or for oily complexions you can do it twice,” says Stubbs. Avoid harsh granules that can strip and stress your skin, and opt for fruit enzymes, such as those found in Ella Baché Tomate Granule Free Micro Exfoliant ($72; ellabache.com.au).