Beauty: everyday moisturisers

'Moisturisers are like jeans – if the brand that makes your bum look best happens to be Gap rather than Gucci, you're winning'

Now that everyone acknowledges that moisturiser is a Good Thing, I'm afraid I'm going to say I don't think the moisturiser you use is terribly important. Don't misunderstand me – to moisturise is vital. It gives skin a brighter, softer, smoother texture, makes it more comfortable, provides a better base for makeup and protects it from the elements (though not the sun – you still need a sunblock), but if you find a cream that works for you on this superficial level, then buy it, whatever else it claims or doesn't claim to do. Moisturisers are a bit like jeans – if the brand that makes your bum look best happens to be Gap rather than Gucci, then you're winning (cheaper moisturisers often contain mineral oil, which can cause breakouts. That is my only word of caution, so do check). If your perfect moisturiser is expensive, then you have my sympathies. It's a lottery.

If money were no object, I'd wear Sisley Hydra Global or Carita Lagoon Cream every day. Seeing as it is for most of us, I'm more likely to recommend Darphin Vitalskin(£39), Body Shop Vitamin C Daily Moisturiser (£12), L'Oreal Youth Code Luminize (£11.99) or Clinique Moisture Surge (£34). All are excellent.

Sali loves: gradual tanners

St Tropez Gradual Tan Plus, £15,
Noticeable colour in just a couple of applications, smells nice and hangs around for three to four days. Leaves skin soft and moisturised without the need for an extra body lotion.

Garnier Summer Body, £5.10,
A brilliant product – and so cheap. No biscuity smell, no streaks, just a very natural tan. It can be slapped on, post shower, without much care. Excellent.

Clarins Radiance Plus Golden Glow Booster, £15.80,
An extremely clever idea, this: just pump a little into your favourite day or night cream for a very natural-looking glow without the sun.

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