You’ll never catch me in a big fat jumper: too suffocating. Instead, I wear lots of thin layers, which is much more effective – and I apply the same ethos to my skincare.
I love layering. I appreciate not everyone has the patience, and really, it doesn’t come naturally to me. But the minute I take my foot off the pedal, I see the difference.
If the multilayered approach is too much of a faff, at least try a great exfoliator. I’m not talking grainy, somebody-please-ban-them scratchy scrubs. I mean skincare containing acids; those texture-refining, dead-skin-removing, brightening and pore-unclogging superstars such as glycolic, lactic, salicylic that you don’t need to wash off. Beauty Pie Plantastic Micropeeling Super Drops (£6.80 for members) is impressive. It’s a gentle daily-use skin refiner with a serum-like texture. And I normally turn my nose up at “natural” brands (an ambiguous term), but I love Herbivore. A note of caution: its Prism Exfoliating Glow Potion (£47) is initially tacky, so wait before applying another layer to avoid piling.
Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid (£26) ensures your skin no longer looks comatose. I pat it on my face, cologne-style (yes, cotton pads would be more efficient). The Inkey List, meanwhile, is a simple, single-ingredient brand that delivers skincare described in layman’s terms. At £6.99, the Glycolic Acid Liquid Toner is a no-brainer. It tingles, so super-sensitive types should use every other day, to build up tolerance.
Dr Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Peel Extra Strength Pads (£81) are ideal for hardier, mature skins. Yes, they’re expensive and the two-step can feel tedious, but the results and easy portability float my boat. For a cheaper option, try Neogen Bio-Peel Gauze Peeling Pads (£22): 30 double-sided (smooth and slightly rougher) single-use pads, pre-soaked in a blend of acids. Your makeup will go on like a dream afterwards. My favourite (there are three options for varying skin concerns) is made with red wine, and simply named Wine. Just don’t be tempted to drink it.
• Funmi Fetto is contributing beauty editor at Vogue
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