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30 October 2018
Retinol, hyaluronic, Vitamin C, Moringa, mushrooms – barely a week goes by without a game-changing new skincare ingredient blowing up our Instagram feeds. Confusing isn’t it. Whether you’re a skincare aficionado or don’t know your AHAs from your elbow, the experts at Fabled by Marie Claire are here to make skincare, simple. From products for a clear complexion, to radiance boosting buys or hydration advice, you can find the honest solution below:
YOU’D LIKE: CLEAR SKIN
CHECK THE LABEL FOR: AHAs (glycolic and lactic) or BHAs (salicylic acid)
EXPERT’S LOVE: REN Ready, Steady, Glow Daily AHA Tonic, £25.00
‘Salicylic acid is lipo-philic, meaning it is fat soluble and able to penetrate oily skin to unclog pores,’ says skincare expert and celebrity facialist Teresa Tarmey. ‘AHAs and BHAs brilliantly turbo-charge cell renewal. In your teens, you lose millions of skin cells every 28 days, which naturally gives you dewy, youthful skin. But in your twenties and thirties, your skin starts to downshift and the same process can take up to 42 days.’ And that’s where products packed with AHAs (alpha hydroxy acids, such as glycolic and lactic) and BHA (beta hydroxy acid, primarily salicylic acid) step up to the plate, gently dissolving the bonds that hold dull dead skin cells onto the surface of the skin.
YOU’D LIKE: HYDRATION
CHECK THE LABEL FOR: Hyaluronic Acid
EXPERT’S LOVE: The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5, £6
‘Hyaluronic acid can attract up to 1000 times its weight in water - so you’ll often find it amongst the ingredients list on your favourite moisturiser,’ says Fabled’s Editor Leyla Rudolf. ‘It occurs naturally in our bodies (50% is found in the skin) but, as you age, it starts to diminish, leaving your skin dehydrated, less plump and lined.’ Its unique ability to hold so much water makes it a key ingredient if you’re looking to boost your skin’s moisture - and as a bonus, it will smooth any fine lines and leave skin glowing too.
YOU’D LIKE: RADIANCE
CHECK THE LABEL FOR: Vitamin C
EXPERT’S LOVE: REN Flash Rinse 1 Minute Facial with Water Activated Vitamin C £33
It seems most of us are on a quest for more radiant-looking skin, with Pinterest reporting a 3,380 per cent rise in saves for ‘Vitamin C serum’ in 2018. Cosmetic Dermatologist Dr Sam Bunting explains why: 'Vitamin C is an integral part of our body’s antioxidant mechanism for dealing with damaging free radicals - the chemical particles created in the skin after oxidative stress (think pollution, smoking and sunlight) that cause our skin to age prematurely. It minimises that damage,’ she says. ‘It also helps prevent UV damage and acts as an anti-inflammatory agent, stimulates collagen and reduces any brown spots of pigmentation too. It’s one of the first things I’ll add into a skincare regime after daily sunscreen.’ REN’s Flash Rinse 1 Minute Facial is formulated with potent water-activated Vitamin C to help reduce the signs of fatigue, photo-ageing and skin imperfections. Use every 3 days after cleansing, for glowing skin in an instant.
YOU'D LIKE: CALMER SKIN
CHECK THE LABEL FOR: Vitamin E
EXPERT’S LOVE: Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm & Wash Cloth £47
Made using extracts from the Moringa plant, this hero balm is packed with the antioxidant vitamin E which helps combat dry, flaky skin caused by central heating (thank you winter) as well as pollution. Emma Hardie’s award-winning balm works as a balanced cleanser which – used daily – will help to deep clean pores whilst calming all skin types.
Essential oils of Orange, Neroli and Mandarin work to rejuvenate and revitalise the skin whilst calming the senses whilst Jasmine and Rose help to recondition dull, dry, dehydrated and mature skins.
Simply take a hazelnut amount of Moringa Cleansing Balm into the palm of your hand and apply to direct to the face, neck and eye area and massage thoroughly into the skin. To remove, soak a cleansing cloth in warm water, squeeze out the excess and gently wipe over the whole face and neck, taking extra care around the delicate eye area.
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