On average we waste £75 every year on impulse beauty purchases, according to a survey carried out by Crème de la Mer. Knowing which fundamental beauty essentials you need is key to saving the pennies (and helps you avoid a hoard of unloved beauty buys). Here are ELLEs 12 skin care and make-up basics...More
Your day cream doesn’t need to cost the earth - just remember, keeping skin hydrated and protected throughout the day is the most important part. ELLE loves Benefit’s new Triple Performing Facial Emulsion SPF 15, £19.50 – it’s oil free and contains hyaluronic acid to hydrate and vitamin E for an antioxidant boost. If protection is your main concern, you can also try Boots No 7 Brightening Day Cream SPF 30, £19.50 - it contains Mulberry, Ginseng and Vitamin C to protect skin and also even out pigmentation. If you already love your existing face cream but it doesn’t include an SPF, layer one over the top. Crème de la Mer’s SPF 30 UV Protecting Lotion, £52, protects skin and works as a primer for your make-up.
At night your skin repairs itself, so what you put on your face before bedtime is crucial to enhancing that process. Clarins new Vital Light Night cream, £60.26, is a new weightless version of Vital Light Night that is currently the 9th best selling product in the UK. The lighter version suits all skin types and uses plant extracts - Cochlearia officinalis, rich in vitamin C to prevent against oxidisation that can age skin; Spergularia, to fight pigmentation and Waltheriato that stimulates collagen production. We also love Nivea’s Rich Regenerating Night Cream, £4.19, with almond oil and calendula oil to moisturise and calm, while Pro Vitamin B5 aids your skin’s regeneration process; great for night cream first timers.