It seems like there is a new skincare product coming out on a daily basis that requires research, analysis and overall judgement as to whether it’s worth investing in and committing to our heavily-thought out skincare routine.

But with so many new potions and lotions constantly coming out, it can be hard to keep up with and to really figure out which products you actually need as part of a good skincare regimen.

We are here to tell you the skincare products that are a must-have in your daily skincare routine, and which add ons are nice to have, but not necessarily essential in keeping your skin looking fresh and giving it that healthy glow.

The Must-Haves

Cleanser

Cleaners are essential for removing dirt and any excess oil or make-up off of your skin. It is important to thoroughly and deeply cleanse your skin at least twice a day to avoid the build up of excess dirt and pollution from the day, which could lead to unwanted blemishes.

You need to start your skincare routine with deeply cleaned skin. A good cleaner is gentle yet effective, being either soapy or foamy, as long as it isn’t harsh or strips off any of your skin. Using anything too harsh can cause more damage than good to the care of your skin.

Moisturiser

Whether it be a cream, ointment, or lotion, moisturizers are important as they lock in essential moisture into your skin whilst keeping it protected against other harmful elements.

Moisturisers are best applied straight after a shower or bath, to trap in that important moisture on freshly cleansed skin. It’s best to use a moisturiser best suited for your skin type to reap the maximum benefits for your skin.

SPF

SPF is one of the most important ingredients in skincare products to avoid the risk of premature aging. Screen lotions that contain an SPF of at least 30 are essential for protecting your skin against the harsh rays of the sun.

You can purchase moisturisers and day creams which contain SPF, to incorporate it into your daily skincare routine.

The Nice-To-Haves

Eye cream

Having a specific moisturising cream for the upper and lower thin skin around your eyes is a nice to have skincare product to use.

As the skin around the eyes are so delicate, it can be a good idea to purchase a moisturiser specially formulated to protect this fragile skin for aging prematurely.

Toner

Toner is a skincare product used straight after cleansing to further cleanse your skin and tighten pores. There are a range of water or alcohol-based tones available, and they can target a number of skin conditions, from excessive oil to the dullness of skin.

Be careful of some of the nice smells and fragrances, as these added mists can sometimes be harmful to skin, so proceed with caution.

Serum

Serums are great for boosting the hydration of your skin as they contain active ingredients such as hydrogen acid.

They definitely aren’t essential as part of your daily skin routine, but can be used to boost skin hydration or any other specific skin concerns.

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