Dermalogica, The Ordinary and Ultraviolette

As a beauty editor my job is to literally test and trial beauty products. From cult favourites and celebrity-endorsed luxury lines to supermarket surprises and new-to-market launches I’ve been lucky enough to douse my hair, skin and nails in almost every tub and tube known to man.

But that doesn’t mean they’ve all been good – or agreed with my skin. So despite all the freebies I could live the rest of my days with, there’s a handful of products I always come back to and would hand my cash over for. Here’s the skincare I’d spend money on:

Face wash

Dermalogica Daily Superfoliant ($88.50, at Dermalogica)
This is the product that my boyfriend always steals and the one I always recommend to friends who need a good cleansing exfoliant. I keep it in the shower and use it as my cleanser in the evenings, it leaves my skin looking and feeling clean. Plus, it doesn’t irritate my reactive skin.

Serum

The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% ($17.80, at The Ordinary)
Packed with Vitamin B3 which allegedly reduces the appearance of congestion and spots, I smear this serum all over my t-zone where blackheads tend to crop up. It’s also said to work wonders on enlarged pores and uneven skin tone so could potentially be behind my clear, bright complexion.

Moisturiser

Sunday Riley C.E.O Antioxidant Protect + Repair Moisturiser ($99, at Mecca)
This moisturiser is super luxe, it’s rich and creamy but doesn’t feel like it clogs or sits on your skin. More than just a moisturiser, this tub sounds expensive but it’s worth the splurge – enriched with vitamin C it works to brighten skin while protecting from pollution and environmental aggressors. My face always feels good when I wear it.

Sunscreen x 2

La Roche Posay Anthelios XL Ultra-Light Fluid Sunscreen SPF 50+ ($29.99, at Priceline)
Hands down this is my favourite sunscreen of all time. It’s suspiciously light and dewy and I always get compliments when I wear it, which is weird because it’s not makeup. It also comes in a tinted version which I have been known to swap my foundation for. If you hate wearing sunscreen because it’s chalky or drying give this a whirl.

Ultraviolette Queen Screen SPF 50+ Luminising Sun Serum ($47, at Ultraviolette)
This sunscreen comes in really close second, it’s a new Australian brand that makes wearing sunscreen bearable. It melts into skin without compromising your base so your makeup sits as it would without it – so there’s no excuses for not wearing it anymore. It’s also good for your skin, with active ingredients and antioxidants like vitamin C from Kakadu Plum – and it’s all made in Australia.

Face oil

Mukti Antioxidant Facial Oil Omega 3-6-9 ($69.95, at Mukti Organics)
I’m obsessed with facial oils, they’re super nourishing and my skin just soaks them up. I have a high rotation and use them morning and night – with gua sha facial tools, and without. This drop is particularly rich and full of superfood oils rich in antioxidants and phytonutrients – plus it’s natural, so that’s always a bonus.

Body Oil

Rodin Luxury Body Oil ($196, at Net-A-Porter)
This one may be more for my birthday wish list, but I can’t go past a decadent, bougie body oil. You can pour it in the bath or straight on your limbs and it doubles as a fragrance. A little drop of this goes a very long way and does more than just superficially hydrate skin.