Skin kit: the top 7 products to have in your handbag

Skin kit: the top 7 products to have in your handbag

When you’re on the go all day long and faced with environmental factors such as pollution, UV rays, and stress, your skin will thank you for taking good care of it while you’re out and about - especially if you’re headed for the gym for a sweat-generating workout between your other daily commitments.

It’s vital to check your product labels and choose wisely according to your skin type. If your skin is oily and prone to breakouts, go for oil-free, non-comedogenic options, formulated in consultation with dermatologists. Here are the essential seven kit elements to provide optimum care for oily skin.

 1. Cleanser

A gentle, micro-exfoliating product is preferable. Target excess oil with a gel cleanser or a micellar water tailored to your skin type, preferably one that incorporates salicylic acid to fight breakouts. Another star ingredient in cleansers for spot-prone skin is lipo hydroxy acid (LHA), since it provides precise cell-by-cell removal of debris and dirt that can accumulate in the pores. The Skin Edit recommends La Roche-Posay’s Effaclar cleansers, like the Effaclar purifying foaming gel, which has been engineered for sensitive and acne-prone skin and gently cleanses oily skin. The Effaclar micellar water on the other hand, can be used to remove makeup while keeping sebum levels under control.

 2. Toner

When performing this essential step after cleansing, treat clogged pores with a clarifying solution formulated with salicylic acid, since it gets to work on stubborn blackheads and smoothes skin texture. La Roche-Posay’s toners are specially tailored to sensitive acne-prone skin like the Effaclar micro-exfoliating astringent lotion, which unblocks and reduces pores. Serozinc toner is also a handy buy. The mattifying face mist purifies, tones and soothes while reducing the appearance of shine.

 3. Anti-blemish moisturiser

All types of skin need hydration and oily skins are no exception. Choose a formulation with ingredients that will not block pores (non-comedogenic) as well as with salicylic acid and LHAs to unclog pores and boosts the renewal of skin cells, like the products from La Roche-Posay’s Effaclar range. The Skin Edit particularly likes Effaclar K and Effaclar Duo (+), which both unblock pores and refine skin texture. Effaclar Duo (+) Unifiant is also handy to have in your bag as it moisturises while providing light coverage for small blemishes, ensuring skin tone is more even.

 4. Targeted treatment solution

When you have a breakout, soothe it by applying a tailored treatment solution, such as a blemish cream, as early as possible. Key ingredients to source is AHA. Products containing niacinamide can also be extremely effective at helping to get rid of acne, like La Roche-Posay’s Effaclar Duo (+) or for more acute acne, Effaclar H can be good to have in your bathroom cabinet to replenish dry skin during treatment.

 5. Suncare for your skin type

All skin types require protection from harmful UV rays to maintain their elasticity and prolong a youthful texture. If your skin is oily or combination, choose a high SPF, non-comedogenic sun cream that’s tailored to your skin type. La Roche-Posay’s Anthelios sun cream is actually elaborated for all skin types and is anti-shine.

 6. BB cream make-up

Choose one formulated especially for oily skin to minimise the appearance of blemishes – a non-comedogenic mattifying cream that won’t clog your pores or cause breakouts. The Skin Edit recommends Effaclar Duo (+) Unifiant or Effaclar BB Blur for a light all-day coverage that’s tailored to acne-prone skin.

 7. Concealer/corrector

Last and absolutely not least – a skin tone-refining concealer to cover blemishes. There are many on the market that also contain medicinal ingredients such as salicylic acid.

Armed with your skin kit, you can breeze through the day and night with complete complexion confidence!