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Sometimes you need your beauty products to work a bit harder. Not that they aren’t already extremely excellent, but things happen – late nights, weather, the environment – that mean you need a bit extra. Which is why boosters, highly concentrated potions that can be added to serums; moisturisers; masks and even foundations, are brilliant.
You can pretend to be a scientist in your very own bathroom, adding drops of super-charged ingredients into your products to customize them to your needs. There’s a booster for every occasion.
If you live in a city
Living in a city comes with its perks - great transport links, brilliant restaurants, museums – but a huge downfall is the pollution. “Pollution contributes to the development of lines, wrinkles and irregular pigmentation,” says Dr Stephanie Williams, Founder and Medical Director at Eudelo Dermatology & Skin Wellbeing. “Almost all London boroughs repeatedly fail EU air pollution targets.“ Which is why it’s so important to include antioxidants into your skincare – so that skin has the best possible means of defence against free radicals damage. Fresh’s antioxidant Seaberry Skin Nutrition Booster is an ideal way to up your protection – add two drops to your daily moisturiser and top with an SPF.
If you’re too hungover for words
If you wake up with the worst hangover you’ve ever experienced, don’t put yourself through hell. We've all been there. Many a time. Down at least two litres of water as soon as you wake up, then drop three or four of Clarins Detox Booster into your moisturizer. “Drinking alcohol has of course a tendency to dehydrate our skin and body.” Excess alcohol consumption has been shown to increase oxidative stress and microinflammation. This concentrated formula of oils cleverly decongests and purifies skin, which means that you might be dying on the inside, but on the outside you'll look pretty darn good.
If you want skin to glow
Who doesn’t want to glow like the light of a thousand suns? Well, quite. No need to add a highlighting palette into your daily makeup routine, just pop between one and three drops of one of Cover FX’s Custom Enhancers into either your moisturiser, serum, primer or foundation. Watch as your face is transformed from meh to marvellous.
If you’re paler than pale
We’ve all been there. Woken up looking like a ghost, who never went on holiday when they were alive and lived as a hermit inside all day every day. This is not a good look. There’s being safe from the sun and then there’s looking see-through. Depending what type of tan you’re after, go from either a drop to four into your moisturiser for streak-free warmth.
If you want to fight the signs of ageing
Until scientists discover the antidote to getting old, we’ll have to make do with anti-aging skincare. Retinol, also known as Vitamin A, is one of the most effective topical ingredients against skin ageing and sun damage. “Ideally everybody over the age of 30 years should be using a vitamin A derivative in the evening, to support collagen production,” Dr Williams says pointedly.“ However, vitamin A derivatives can be irritating, so should be introduced gradually and used as tolerated.” And what better way to introduce them gradually, than adding a few drops to your night cream. Start adding it them in twice a week for the first couple of weeks, then increase to every other day, then after another couple of weeks try it every evening. Be sure to use an SPF during the day.
If you’re skin is beyond thirsty
Dry, dehydrated skin can dull skin and leave you looking grey. Who fancies that? Hands up. We thought not. To ensure skin is happy, hydrated and dewy you need this Sarah Chapman Skinesis Hydrating Booster in your life. You can add it to skincare products or apply it directly to skin. Use it day or night or even throughout the day. Beautiful skin has quite literally never been easier.
If you’re skin is having a tantrum
Sometimes your skin acts like a petulant child – it screams bloody murder and goes extremely red in anger. When this happens, take back control and add six to ten drops of this soothing booster into your moisturiser. The chamomile and cornflower get to work straight away to reduce inflammation. Works well on breakouts too. No more misbehaving.
If you’re on a summer holiday
Picture this: you’ve been on a sun lounger for hours, you’ve had a couple of G&Ts (it’s an all inclusive, who are we to judge) and you’re feeling a little fried. Take yourself off for a shower and as soon as you jump out, when you’re face is still a little damp, work two drops of MV Organics Instant Revival Booster and your moisturiser into your skin. The Cantella oil inside is said to heal skin by reducing inflammation and increasing circulation. Just what you need before you head out for sundowners.
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