Some of you requested a list of premium skincare recommendations that you could invest in before your big day. As always, we are always happy to oblige. Here’s our top seven picks:
1) Face wash - Lancôme Comforting Cleanser (Exclusivelines.lk) Rs.5950
With honey and sweet almond extracts, this cleanser is gentle enough to use on sensitive skin yet effective at removing all traces of makeup. The creamy emollient- rich formula won’t strip the natural oils from your skin.
2) Toner - Vitamin E Hydrating toner (The body shop) Rs. 3200
The Body Shop Vitamin E Toner contain no alcohol. This is a huge plus because alcohol containing toners increase the chances of hyperpigmentation as a result of the alcohol irritating your skin. The vitamin E and wheatgerm oil work together to brighten and nourish your skin whilst ensuring that the last remaining traces of the cleansing step are vanquished from your skin.
3) Day Cream - Clarins Extra Firming Day Cream (Exclusivelines.lk) Rs.18,900
If you work in an air-conditioned office, you will have already noticed how the cold air zaps the moisture from your skin. The Clarins Extra Firming Day Cream not only replenishes the moisture levels of thirsty skin but also has anti-aging properties that visibly firm, lift and fight wrinkles. In addition to age-defying power of Kangaroo Flower extract, the cream contains the Clarins' Anti-Pollution Complex.
4) Sunscreen - Sothys W + Ultra Protective Sunshield SPF 50 Rs.4758
One of the benefits of living in a tropical paradise like Sri Lanka is the ability to enjoy sunshine for most of the year. While we all love our beach days, it is important to pay attention to sun protection. A sunscreen like the Sothys W + Ultra Protective Sunshield SPF 50 is necessary to protects your skin from UVA and UVB rays that cause skin cancers and premature ageing.
5) Makeup Remover - LANCOME BI-FACIL (Exclusivelines.lk) Rs.9,600
This award-winning makeup remover has the ability to remove even the most stubborn waterproof mascara without leaving a greasy residue behind. Simply shake to activate the bi-phase formula that leaves the eye area perfectly clean and refreshed.
6) Night Serum - Vitamin E Overnight Serum In Oil (thebodyshop) Rs.5,000
Serums are the most important step in your beauty regimen, because they are formulated with the highest concentration of active ingredients like antioxidants. This comprehensive little serum from The Body Shop provides you with all the anti-aging properties of wheatgerm oil and sesame oil with the nourishing properties of Vitamin E. Apply 3-4 drops over night before your moisturizer.
7) Night cream - Clarins Extra Firming Night Cream (Exclusivelines.lk) Rs.19,500
This luxurious nighttime moisturizer visibly firms, tones and improves skin elasticity with the wrinkle-fighting power of hydrated silica of Moonstone extract. Formulated with Clarins' Anti-Pollution Complex to help fight the effects of pollution and free radicals, this little pot of magic evens out skin tone while visibly lifting and smoothing out imperfections. Massage a pea-sized amount on to your face as the final step in your night time routine after your serum.
Menik Senanayake is a writer and blogger living in Toronto, Canada. She’s a polyglot who ironically prefers the company of animals over people.You can read her travel stories at lavenderlune.org and follow her on Instagram here