Like it or not, it is staggering the revolutionary effect Botox has had on the beauty world. Since, at the very least, its approval by the FDA in the US – if not longer – it has transformed infinite furrowed brows. But it has also polarised women’s thoughts on how we tackle ageing. I wish the Today Programme’s piece on it this morning had gone bit deeper. Where was the expert to throw a more balanced view on it safety issues? With prolonged use just how safe is it, really? Rather a preamble for this Friday’s beauty edit so without further delay: the best moisturisers for summer.
Amie Skin Shield Daily Moisturiser SPF15. This arrived on my doorstep a couple of days ago and stopped me in my tracks. Its texture feels as light and lovely as the most luxurious and expensive. It absorbs without leaving skin greasy, has UVA and B protection and the most glorious, floral scent. What’s more, it’s only £5.95. 10/10.
Balance Me Natural Protection Daily Moisturiser SPF18, £26. Ideal for those who prefer fragrance free. Lightweight, softening and soothing thanks to sweet almond oil and organic aloe – and reassuringly natural.
Super Facialist By Una Brennan Tea Flower Mattifying Moisturiser, £12.99. Ideal if your skin is a little too shiny for your liking. Or, you’re getting a few spots in the humid weather (tick). Contains mattifying ingredients plus salicylic acid, which acts as a gentle anti-bacterial. Clean, green, lily-of-the-valley-ish scent.
Estee Lauder Perfectionist [CP+R] Firming Serum, £50. Use under any of the above if you’re after extra firming, anti-wrinkle help. This updated version of the original uses advanced peptides (proteins that trick the skin into doing younger things, like repair itself), marine biotech ingredients (eek, think clean, effective extract rather than slimy, smelly, seaweed soup) and more to help smooth and brighten skin. Its texture makes skin look smoother and better immediately.