By Gabby Neal

With so many ointments and masks out there claiming to do a multitude of miracles, it’s impossible to know just how different they really are. From face, foot, hand, neck and eye creams – you’d be forgiven in assuming they’re the same thing. I sure as hell did.

Since speaking to a few friends though and doing some research (thanks to our friends at MECCA) I’ve found that they’re actually all incredibly different and significantly important components needed for any skincare routine. At least one with guaranteed results that is.

Eye Cream

One could be forgiven for thinking that a general cream is suitable for your eyes – but it’s not. The chemical makeup for these creams are specifically designed for the fragile layer surrounding your eyes.

Since they’re moving continuously (squinting and winking and what not) this encourages the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines – so we need something which is going to shrink this. Something which will help reduce signs of puffiness and dark circles as a result of being over-worked and fatigued. Right now, we’re loving the EVE LOM Time Retreat Intensive Night Cream which specifically targets all of the above and literally (we’ve tried and tested it) shows results overnight.

Face Cream

Our face is one the most sensitive parts of the body, let alone the most exposed, so we need to make sure we’re looking after it right. This includes being cautious with what ingredients are in what products and making sure that whatever we’re using, includes some form of SPF and Vitamin B.

Similar to our hands, it’s one of the areas which shows signs of aging first, so maintaining hydration is key in order to keep it looking soft and subtle. At the moment we’re repping’ the Dermalogica Super Sensitive Shield SPF 30; specifically designed for sensitive skin it has a light consistency which really good to use post-peel or intense exfoliation.

(if you want to learn more about your skin specifically, read here where we spoke to advanced dermal and laser therapist, Natasha Hunt from Face Plus Media Spa)


Taking social media by storm, it seems everyone is wearing them from top models and Insta-famous celebrities. But what do they actually do besides being a perfect prop for a photo? Well, essentially, the right mask will hydrate your skin, remove excess oils, reduce redness and decrease the size of your pores. Meaning no more blackheads and way more confidence.

We road tested the Goldfaden MD’s Facial Detox Clarify + Clear Mask and boy oh boy were we pleasantly surprised. Not one for the weak, this mask legit gets down and dirty. You can really feel it, getting in there and tightening up your face.

Hand Cream

A handbag essential, this one is up there in terms of the most important. We need to protect and nurture them now, so as to not have leathery hands later. Not only that, but considering our hands come into contact with over 3,000 types of bacteria a day, it’s imperative we rehydrate and moisturise our hands after stripping them down with anti-bacterial soaps and what not. Thicker than most other moisturisers, we’ve been using the RODIN OLIO LUSSO Crema Luxury Hand & Body Cream at night, letting it soak in while we sleep.

Body Moisturiser 

Not as heavy as a hand moisturiser, most body moisturisers are an in-between consistency of that and those specifically for your face. If you used this on your face, you’d increase the chances of clogged pore and as a result, acne.

It’s best to moisturise at least twice a day; when you wake up and before bed, after a shower. Especially if you’ve exfoliated. You need to rehydrate and firm up that skin so it doesn’t go all scaly and cracked. If you’ve got the cash to splash, La Mer does the most amazing consistency, with it actually also aiding with any discolouration of the surface too. But if that’s a little too exy, we recommend going with Frank – because it smells like coffee and anything coffee related is always a good time.