Easy as one, two, three

PUBLISHED : Monday, 19 October, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 19 October, 2009, 12:00am

Attention, product junkies with your overstuffed bathroom cabinets. Despite warnings that overloading on products is a skin care no-no, we know how tempting it is to concoct different toner-serum-cream combos for days, nights and special occasions. The fact is, these cosmetic cocktails do more harm than good, and overloaded skin can end up drier, more irritated and more prone to breakouts. If you must mix and match, however, keep it as simple as possible with the help of our three-step guide.

Step 1 Banish dull skin

While most cleansers get rid of dirt and makeup residue, there can still be a build-up of dead cells on the skin's surface. Follow up your cleansing ritual with a product that removes these cells but is still gentle enough for daily use. The Rojukiss Daily Soft Peeling Source (HK$280) contains enzymes that dissolve dead skin cells without the risk of skin irritation or allergic reactions, resulting in clean, glowing skin.

Step 2 Lock in moisture

After a thorough cleansing, ensure that skin stays soft and supple with a hydrating product suited to your skin type. For those with normal to dry skin, the Rich Repair Nourishing Cream by Aromatherapy Associates (HK$750) locks in moisture while stimulating elastin production for improved skin texture.

Step 3 Finishing touches

The final step involves taking care of your problem areas. For dry lips or irritated skin, finish off with a dab of Murad's Soothing Skin and Lip Care (HK$140), a healing salve that brings relief to those problem spots with vitamin E and lanolin. Soothe puffy, tired eyes with Giorgio Armani's Crema Nera Revitalising Eye Cream (HK$1,300). The product contains restructuring silicon to combat crow's feet, while other active ingredients encourage detoxification, lighten dark circles and reduce puffiness.

Once-a-month treat

While these three steps are all you need for healthy skin, an occasional pampering treat isn't entirely out of the question. Indulge in Eve Lom's The Ultimate Cleanse facial (HK$950/60min) once a month for a luxurious cleansing treatment. The facial includes cleansing with the brand's famous cleanser, a soothing wax application that opens up pores for facial extractions, a mask application that first exfoliates then soothes skin, and finally product application to finish it off.