2012 has been a year of innovation and groundbreaking new beauty arrivals – but only the very best are worthy of a coveted ELLE Beauty Award. Here are skincare products loved by the ELLE editors, the skincare experts, and you…
The light, gel-like texture instantly lifts the skin while the active botanical ingredients leave you looking like you’ve had 12 hours’ sleep.
Clarins Extra-Firming Night Cream, £48
A satisfyingly foamy, rich cleanser that won’t leave your skin feeling stripped.
YSL Forever Youth Liberator Cleansing Foam, £35
This is the caviar of neck creams. It sinks in effortlessly and gets straight to work on the vulnerable décolletage. Skin is plumped and refined.
Guerlain Orchidée Impériale Neck and Décolleté Cream, £226
A rich, hydrating formula that transforms your skin, plumping and firming by the morning.
Lancôme Rénergie Multi-Lift Lifting Firming Anti-Wrinkle Night Cream, £60
A refreshing exfoliant that reaches every last nook and cranny. Use twice a week to banish scaly skin.
Nivea Daily Essentials Gentle Exfoliating Scrub, £4.07
The pads are soaked in salicylic acid to clear excess oil and keep further breakouts at bay.
Origins Spot Remover Acne Treatment Pads, £22
An excellent pick-me-up for tired, dehydrated skin. It’s also perfect post-flight, or for the morning after the night before.
La Roche-Posay Hydraphase Intense Masque, £15
Dab this on to blemishes – it will calm the spots and diminish redness.
Benefit Boo Boo Zap!, £13.50
Tackles the signs of sun damage and helps the skin stay hydrated.
Olay Regenerist 3-Point Treatment Cream fragrance-free, £29.99
A light formula that’s packed with fast-acting anti-ageing ingredients. Sinks in easily and leaves the skin looking noticeably better in just three weeks.
L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Laser Renew Advanced Anti-Ageing Moisturiser, £19.99
Rich and hydrating, this make-up bag must-have also packs serious colour clout.
Revlon ColorBurst Lip Butter, £7.99
This is best used at night to let it work to its maximum potential when the skin is regenerating. A little goes a long way to add spring to your skin.
Estée Lauder Revitalizing Supreme Global Anti-Aging Creme, £56
Gives the most natural, glowing finish – and smells delicious. It’s an ELLE beauty team favourite.
Sisley Self Tanning Hydrating Facial Skin Care, £78
Sinks in easily, without leaving that grey, pasty hue over the skin. Plus, it smells of summer.
Garnier Ambre Solaire Protection Lotion, £6.14
Hydrating and gentle, this keeps sunburn-prone skin protected for hours. Perfect for the beach or the ski slopes, thanks to its portable size.
Clarins Sun Control Stick for Sun-Sensitive Areas, £15.50
A lovely gel-texture day cream, which is super-light and hydrating.
Shiseido Bio-Performance Advanced Super Revitalizing Cream, £75
Great for oily skin, with a blend of AHAs and BHAs (fruit and salicylic acids) to exfoliate, brighten and minimise blemishes. It’s a good base for make-up, too.
Vichy Normaderm Global Anti-Imperfection Hydrating Care, £12
It’s the punchy retinoid blend that’s the secret here, harnessing the powers of the world’s best proven anti-ageing ingredient.
Philosophy Miracle Worker Miraculous Anti-Aging Eye Cream, £42
A very thorough cleanser – quick to use and for removing make-up.
This Works Clean Skin Gentle Cleanser, £19
The perfect facial oil should leave your skin baby soft, not slippery. This product does just that, with a comforting natural fragrance.
Sanctuary Spa Lipid Recovery Facial Oil, £22
A very effective intensive moisturiser – what more could you want for dry, thirsty skin?
L’Occitane Ultra Rich Face Cream, £30
An elegantly formulated antioxidant product that corrects and protects.
SkinCeuticals Phloretin CF gel, £150
'Brightens and exfoliates, and should be well tolerated by most skin types,’ says cosmetic dermatologist and judge Dr Sam Bunting.
Ren Clarifying Toning Lotion, £18
We’ve gone crazy for this. A tinted formula with a cooling action that brightens dark circles and instantly de-puffs. Hard to give up once you’ve tried.
Clinique Even Better Eyes Dark Circle Corrector, £28
Mild botanical ingredients remove even the darkest kohl make-up without irritating. The pump action is genius and mess free.
Sisley Eau Efficace Gentle Make-Up Remover, £69
A light serum that will gradually fade and brighten dark patches of pigmentation. A must for those with early signs of ageing.
Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution, £36
Thanks to its collagen-boosting peptides, this slides on easily and packs a punch in the anti-ageing stakes. The smell is subtle, and it leaves your skin feeling smooth and line-free.
Soap & Glory Make Yourself Youthful Super Serum, £20