We’ve been taught to think of a good skincare regimen as a long-term investment. But sometimes the daily grind shows up most on your face. The fast fix? Boosters. These liquids – which you add to your moisturizer – contain a high concentration of active ingredients to counteract fatigue and pollution. “Like serums, they target deeper into the dermal layer than [moisturizers],” says Dr. Diane Wong of Toronto’s Glow Medi Spa. “But you only use boosters when you need to kick-start the skin.” For example:
You’re pulling major OT at work: Brighten exhausted skin with a formula containing antioxidant-rich magnesium. Sephora Revitalizing Booster Tired Skin ($25), at sephora.com.
Your face hates the dry fall air: Dr. Nowell Solish, of Cosmetic Dermatology in Toronto, recommends hyaluronic acid, which attracts water to skin. Dr. Dennis Gross Clinical Concentrate Hydration Booster ($82), at sephora.com.
You RSVP’d yes to too many Halloween parties:Clarins Booster Detox ($40 at clarins.ca), contains anti-inflammatory green-coffee extract to mitigate the effects of those cocktails and Caramilks.
You got too much sun at the cottage: Vitamin C or retinol will address brown spots. An- other option is the herb-based MV Organic Skincare Instant Revival Skin Booster ($120), at thedetoxmarket.ca.
If you’re trying to scale back the clutter on your bathroom counter, this multi-use hair and skin oil leads the minimalist charge. Post-shower, spray on the heady mix of avocado, safflower and sweet-almond oils for a moisturizing, non-sticky and silicone-free glow. René Furterer 5 Sens Enhancing Dry Oil ($60), at renefurterer.com.
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