NINE in ten British women are unhappy with their skin, new research has revealed.
For those looking to overhaul their beauty regime, a starter kit has all the essential products. I put the latest to the test.
SKINCARE: with Tara Ledden
Byoma Hydrating Starter Kit, (£14.99, cultbeauty.co.uk): There are three variations of this kit to choose from: Hydrating, brightening and clarifying, which is a nice touch.
My skin is more congested than ever, so I went with the latter, which contains a gel cleanser, purifying serum and lightweight moisturiser to help reduce my breakouts.
The products are all gentle and didn’t leave my face feeling tight or dry.
The cleanser doesn’t quite remove all my make-up, so I use it as a second cleanse.
The star of the show is the serum. After two weeks my skin was much less red and I didn’t have any new breakouts
I like it so much I’ve bought the full size.
Aurelia London 3 Step Starter Collection (£30, lookfantastic.com): Probiotics are the big thing in beauty right now.
But British brand Aurelia has been championing them for decades, as a balanced microbiome (the bacteria on the surface of our skin) is key to a good complexion.
This kit includes a muslin cloth, as the way you use a product is just as important as what’s in it. All cleansers should be removed with a face cloth to ensure there is no residue left on the skin.
The products are generously sized, and should last about six weeks, so you have time to see the results before they run out.
The cream is slightly too heavy for my combination skin. The serum is lovely and silky but is also on the heavy side.
This would be a great set for slightly more mature skin and dry complexions. The cleanser, however, will suit everyone.
Charlotte Tilbury Glowing Skin Starter Kit (£79, charlottetilbury.com): This contains five products, rather than the three-step routines offered by most starter sets.
While there are more products, they are all smaller than the others I tried and would probably last a couple of weeks at most.
My flatmate and sister are die-hard fans of the Magic Cream, but the Magic Serum is my favorite.
The night cream I can take or leave, but I was pleasantly surprised by the Multi Miracle Glow, which can be used as a cleanser, mask and intense balm for dry areas.
It works great, pre-fake tan, on elbows and knees, and saved my dry heels.
The set is a similar cost to a 50ml pot of the Magic Cream, so a good way to try it and spread the spend over a few products.
More advanced than a generic introduction to skincare.
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