Skin SOS: the skincare products you need in your beauty bag

The skin is the body’s largest organ and the first to show signs of ageing, so keeping it hydrated and healthy is a must. There’s a long list of culprits when it comes to dry skin, including sun exposure, drying soaps, skin conditions, long hot baths or showers and, of course, the season.

Thankfully, there’s no shortage of products to help. Introducing these will SOS (save our skin).

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Slap on the sunscreen 

It’s simple: too much sun exposure equals dry skin and accelerates aging. The solution? Slip, slop, slap. If images of thick, white sunscreen spring to mind, don’t worry - doing this day-to-day is easier than you think. Many skincare products now contain sunscreen including foundation, moisturiser and face cream. They’ll say so on the label, so keep your eye out for products with protection.

If you want extra protection from the elements, limit your time in the sun and invest in a good pair of sunglasses and a hat.

Why not try: Line Interception Power Duo, by La Prairie

This moisturiser duo comes in two distinct formulas, one for day which protects against harmful UV rays - and one for night which fights vertical lines. It hydrates, refines skin and protects against UV damage with sunscreen broad spectrum SPF 30+.

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The magic of moisturiser 

A good moisturiser will hydrate the skin, helping it look plump, radiant and healthy. Moisturiser traps existing moisture in the skin, so works best when applied within a few minutes of drying off after a shower, or immediately after washing your face or hands.

Use an ointment or cream rather than a lotion, and - depending on your skin type - opt for a moisturiser that includes an oil like olive oil, jojoba oil or shea butter – which can help eliminate dryness, especially in the cooler months. Remember that the same skincare routine might not work year-round, your skincare needs change as the seasons do. Dry skin can itch, flake, crack and even bleed, so it’s worth speaking to a professional to assess the best plan and products for your skin type.

Why not try: La Prairie’s Platinum Rare Cellular Cream

This rich cream combats the visible signs of ageing, helping to restore and maintain firmness and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. 

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Treat Yourself 

While hydrating moisturisers and serums are your everyday beauty bag essentials, there’s no harm in spoiling yourself with weekly or monthly skin treatments to help keep skin firm, plump and at its best. A relaxation session as part of a spa treatment can help manage skin conditions and reduce signs of stress, which can often show up on your skin. If you don’t have time to get to the spa, try giving yourself a pamper session at home with a hydrating facial mask or overnight treatment.

Why not try: La Prairie’s Skin Caviar Luxe Sleep Mask 

This overnight firming mask helps to nourish and boost skins long-term firmness while its active ingredients nourish and help the skin’s natural purification process. 

Supercharge your skin with a serum

You might’ve heard of serums and weren’t sure whether they were worth it or a waste of time, or perhaps we’re preaching to the converted. But they offer big bang for your beauty buck – and here’s how they work.

Facial hydrating serums are formulated to repair and replenish skin with critical hydration – using ingredients that can hydrate the skin beyond what a moisturiser alone can achieve.

Serums work differently to moisturisers due to their active ingredients which can provide long-lasting benefits to skin hydration.

When choosing a serum, always check the ingredients and use it in conjunction with a moisturiser for best results.

Why not try: Platinum Rare Cellular Serum, by La Prairie

A few drops of this rejuvenating serum helps restore the skin's natural moisture barrier, enhancing hydration and protection.