by ZOE FOSTER
Q.I’m always so confused in the chemist, there’s so much to choose from. Which budget beauty brands do you recommend for basic face creams?
Oh, Debbie. Sweet Debbie. There’s not a man, woman or echidna out there who hasn’t been in the same bamboozled position, cruising the aisles with an empty shopping basket and full wallet (well, the coin purse at least) and no idea where to start.
Here are some pointers on your essential day and night gear.
L’Oreal Paris, being part of the mammoth L’Oreal family (including Lancôme) has access to some impressive technology, and you’ll find probably the best of that in their new Youth Code range, which features skin probiotics (the hot new thing in skin care) as well as ceramides and peptides, ingredients to definitely keep an eye out for once your skin starts to lose its elasticity and bounce.
For the sensitive-skinned and/or purists, I very much recommend MooGoo (the cheapest), Sanctum or Dr Hauschka (bit pricier but very lovely indeed.)
Stand out prodz: Olay Regenerist Night resurfacing Elixir for strong-ish, glycolic, chemical exfoliation, Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting cream as a Do It All anti-ageing potion, Olay Total Effects anti-ageing serum, Youth Code Luminosity Serum for brightening, MooGoo Anti-Ageing Cream with Resveratrol, Sanctum Hy C Intensive Repair cream.
2. DAY CREAM
As you know Deb, I’m vigilant and extremely (some say “excessively”) vocal about protecting skin from UVA and UVB rays, each and every day. Best thing you can do for your skin. Especially if you use AHAs and such things on your skin at night. And don’t be fooled into thinking your makeup with SPF is enough – it’s not. The small amount of sun protection in makeup will always be compromised due to the need for a pleasant texture and coverage needs. Plus, the tiny amount you use takes that SPF 15 down to about an SPF 2.