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Double-duty beauty: Skincare that works as hard as you do

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Let’s face it: Today, everyone is struggling to find time for work and play, and there’s even less time to follow an 11-step, multi-product-based skincare regime. Just like a face wash that doubles up as a scrub, or an oil that can do the work of a moisturiser, it’s all about having a few multipurpose skincare products that are happy to do the overtime. We tried, and loved, the ones below.

Avene Micellar Lotion Cleanser And Make-up Remover

Micellar water is what you use when you want to remove your makeup sans washing your face. And thanks to Avene’s base of thermal water, it works both as a cleanser and a moisturiser that restores your pH balance. Ingredients like pentylene glycol work like a humectant, attracting more moisture to your skin while hydrogenated castor oil hampers the growth of bacteria.
Usage: Apply it when you don’t want to use anything that has a heavy texture. Air dry.

Nykaa Naturals Facial Oil - Pure Cold Pressed

Finding a face oil that suits your skin and doesn’t make you break out is one of the high points of a skincare routine. If you wear makeup through the day or have dry skin, it would be a good idea to use a facial oil after your face cream. A mixture of corrective skincare and aromatherapy, this range of Nykaa Naturals Pure Cold Pressed Facial Oils is gold. Take your pick between a plethora of organic ingredients which instantly soothe and brighten skin.
Usage: Just one drop on your beauty blender, and apply on high points on your face

Bobbi Brown Vitamin Enriched Face Base

Those of us with oily skin or enlarged pores know just how important a primer can be. It also helps set your base and sometimes moisturises the skin too. Vitamin Enriched Face Based from Bobbi Brown comes with shea butter that instantly hydrates and cushions the skin. The oil-balancing formula zaps excessive sebum while making your pores look smaller at the same time too. And the smell of geranium is an energy-booster.
Usage: Massage onto your face before you apply any makeup

Kiehl’s Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate

Be it as facials or in serums, Vitamin C is the talk of the town. Kiehl’s Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate takes it a step further with a combination of ingredients. This serum is infused with 10.5 percent L-Ascorbic acid (a type of Vitamin C), which helps build collagen production and brightens skin. There is also hyaluronic acid, which instantly plumps the skin and is often used in facial fillers.
Usage: Use it for 4-6 weeks at night to see a visible difference. Make sure you wear sunscreen the next day.

Dermalogica Clear Start Breakout Clearing Emergency Spot Fix

When we say clear skin, we don’t just think of cystic acne. Odd breakouts, enlarged pores and blackheads can come in the way of glowing skin. Not to forget, puffiness, inflammation and a lack of sunscreen can lead to early signs of ageing. Made with Benzoyl Peroxide kills breakout-causing bacteria deep within pores, this formula is also blessed with seven gentle botanicals that soothe irritated skin and redness.
Usage: Apply on clean, dry face, preferably at night
All images: Courtesy brands; Featured image: Shutterstock.
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