A daily assault of pollution, sun, stress, hormones, air-con, central heating or disrupted sleep (or a combination of all seven) leads to a dull, dry, grey-looking skin state that we’re calling ‘life lagged’.

Hands up if you’re feeling a little life lagged? Yeah, us too.

These clever formulas work overtime so that the lag starts to lift, and you can get your glow back…


TAP TO SHOP: A serum like Reome Active Recovery Broth (£60) is full of powerful plant-based ingredients, traditionally used in Chinese medicine, which treat skin a bit like a jigsaw puzzle, balancing it and adapting to its every need, solving many of it’s problems at once.

TAP TO SHOP: The premise for U Beauty has always been to shrink your routine down to a few singular products that do it all. The Super Hydrator (£65) is a lightweight cream that delivers five different types of hyaluronic acid into the skin using special ‘Siren Capsule Technology’, which detects dry patches, transporting water to the areas that need it most, while at the same time neutralising free radicals that can cause wrinkles and hyperpigmentation. 

TAP TO SHOP: Erborian CC Red Correct is a colour-correcting moisturiser is designed to sooth and dial down redness with a calming blend of colloidal oatmeal, aloe and avocado, while the green tint disguises rosacea, sun damage and scars. £20.

TAP TO SHOP: Jones Road founder Bobbi Brown is known for her love of hardworking, multi-tasking products and this does-everything Hippie Stick encapsulates just that. Enriched with a blend of nourishing oils, it can be applied to any areas in need of deep moisture, including the face, legs, hands, elbows, fingers or heels. Use as a highlighter or blend with make-up products to create a glossy, natural-looking sheen. £32

TAP TO SHOP: I’ve been using Beauty Pie’s Happy Face serum since Christmas. If you struggle with redness, sensitivity or uneven skin-tone then this is for you. An absolute game-changer; immediately soothing, smoothing, hydrating and calming skin, 10% Azelaic Acid and Niacinamide address pigmentation. £22 members // £60 non-members.

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