The essential products every good skincare routine needs
A step-by-step guide to the building blocks of skincare: cleanser, serum, oil, mask, eye cream, moisturiser, sun protection and lip balm.
To build out a functional and effective skincare regimen is tricky but not impossible. Essentials like a dependable cleanser, moisturiser and SPF are a given, regardless of skin type or life stage. However, as our skin is fickle and highly individual, there’s a need for a team of well-rounded products beyond the basics.
So what does it take to have a 360-degree skincare routine? Read on for our A-beauty guide.
A cleanser is arguably one of the most important steps in any routine. The day’s make-up and grime must be washed away and, depending on your concerns, a cleanser can deliver much-need hydration, exfoliation and nourishment. Our picks? Hunter Lab’s Charcoal Cleansing Stick for a no-fuss, impurity-absorbing clean. Or, Theseeke’s La Rose Cream Cleanser and Mask for a gentle enzymatic cleanse that fights uneven skin tone and sloughs away dead skin.
Full of necessary skin food, serums may seem superfluous but in reality these potent bottles of antioxidants, acids and botanical extracts can turn a standard regimen into something remarkable. If dull, dry skin is a concern, Mukti Vitamin Booster Vital B Elixir could be the answer. If fine lines are the issue, Hunter Lab’s Peptide Anti-Ageing Elixir promotes skin regeneration while delivering nourishment.
Oils can be intimidating but don't have to be. Dip in and out as needed and start with something lightweight like Theseeke’s Balance Elixir. Add a few drops to your moisturiser if you don’t want to go it alone. Use seasonally and/or according to your surroundings—you may need one in winter to combat moisture loss from the air, but also one in summer to shield from overly-drying air conditioners.
Masking can be done every other week and it’s always worth experimenting with multiple products to satisfy your needs. Start with a detoxifying mask like Hunter Lab’s Charcoal Mud Mask to draw out impurities and complement with a hydrating mask to quench thirsty skin.
It’s a mistake to think eye cream is just your moisturiser repackaged. In fact, the skin around our eyes is delicate and needs extra care. Look for ingredients like green tea, caffeine and hyaluronic acid to keep the area hydrated and awake.
Don’t settle for a moisturiser that doesn’t multitask, as this is a vital step. Moisturisers should strengthen and protect the skin’s barrier, while locking in the goodness of serums and delivering on complexion-enhancing ingredients. Hunter Lab’s Daily Face Fuel ticks all those boxes and more.
Sunscreen should be the last step of every skincare routine as SPF sits on top of the skin, rather than being absorbed—this is a non-negotiable. Go for a broad spectrum high protection option, such as Hunter Lab's SPF50+ Facial Sunscreen.
Not all lip balms are created equal, so choose one that delivers on ingredients that heal and protect. With camellia oil and sea buckthorn berry, the Kissy Kissy Lip Balm from Theseeke is a useful go-to.