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Ever heard the saying ‘kill two birds with one stone’? Well, although we don’t condone any actual bird-killing, the intention still stands! Accomplishing two things at once is almost always a positive (unless you’re talking about shampoo and conditioner in one…yikes).
That’s where skincare duos come in. Not only are they here to make your life way easier, they’re an excellent way to supercharge your routine for optimum results. After all, they’re curated by the experts to ensure your skin can reap the rewards! Keep reading to find out our favourite skincare duos that are killing it when it comes to affordability and efficacy.
If the name doesn’t already say it all, this duo features two products from go-to brand Dermalogica that complement each other perfectly. Like wine and cheese, highlight and contour or Netflix and a rainy day, these two formulas were meant to be together.
The first product is the Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant, which is a rice-based powder that activates upon contact with water. Although a powder exfoliant may be a little foreign to some, we promise that once you’ve mixed it into a thick, grainy paste, it applies beautifully to the skin. Key ingredients including Salicylic Acid help to smooth, brighten and clear the complexion. Natural skin saviours such as Colloidal Oatmeal calm redness as the exfoliant lifts away those impurities. Say hello to soft, smooth, bright skin after just a few uses!
The other product in this sought-after duo is the Dermalogica SkinPerfect Primer SPF 30. With a smooth, blendable formula and a slight tint perfect for no-makeup days, this primer glides onto the face with ease. The result is a brighter, more even complexion that’s also protected against environmental damage from UV rays and free radicals.
Paired with one another, these products act as skin-smoothing superstars. You’ll experience a brighter, softer and more balanced complexion with these in your daily routine.
Pigmentation is notorious for being difficult to treat, especially with topical creams and lotions. If you’re itching to get rid of dark spots or uneven, patchy areas of abnormal pigmentation, maybe it’s time to switch out whatever you’re using for a complexion-boosting skincare duo that will provide you with cover throughout the day and night. Enter the White Balance Duo by Medik8.
Product one is the Medik8 White Balance Brightening Cream, ideal for use during the day. This cream takes the place of your daily moisturiser with a whole range of added benefits that range from brightening to hydrating and anti-ageing. Key ingredient Oxy-R works to balance out uneven skin tone issues, whereas Vitamin C and Niacinamide tackle breakouts, fine lines, wrinkles and more. UV protection also makes this lightweight formula ideal for daytime use.
To ensure your battle against pigmentation is ultra-effective, Medik8 have combined the daily brightening solution with the White Balance Brightening Night Cream. Featuring a similar ingredient makeup, the night cream can be applied before bed, and will sink into the skin as you sleep. Niacinamide is a particularly powerful ingredient in the night-specific formula, targeting any unevenness in addition to unwanted redness. It’s no wonder this is one of their best-selling skincare duos yet!
Dermalogica seem to be hitting it out of the park with the skincare duos, and it’s no wonder–they boast some of the most revered formulations in Australia. This combination is no exception, as it features two key formulas that work together in perfect harmony. The Overnight Retinol Repair 1% and Buffer Cream duo is ideal for anyone looking to turn back the clock and nip ageing signs in the bud, for good.
The Overnight Retinol Repair Serum is an almost-revolutionary product in the range, and has a whole array of awards behind it. Featuring micro-encapsulated retinol, this product manages to find the sweet spot between effectiveness and stability, as retinol can often be temperamental. If you’ve been living under a rock and have no idea what retinol can do for your skip, peep these benefits. Not only will it tackle wrinkles and fine lines head on, retinol is the only ingredient that’s been found to reverse physical ageing signs. Collagen production is boosted, and cell turnover encouraged, revealing younger, newer skin.
The other key product in this duo is the Dermalogica Buffer Cream, designed exclusively for use with the Retinol Repair Serum. Dermalogica are always at the forefront of innovation, so customisable retinol concentrations are to be expected from the brand–but we can’t help but still be wowed by it! Mix the Buffer Cream with your serum to dilute the concentration of retinol, saving your skin from any nasty reactions. Retinol should be introduced into a routine to avoid irritation, so the Buffer Cream makes this a breeze.
MONU Skincare are relatively new to RY, but we’ve already heard rave reviews, which are definitely reflected by this best-selling skincare duo. Another powerhouse when it comes to smoothing and refining the complexion against physical ageing signs, the AHA Night and Day Treatment System can be used daily for amazing results.
The AHA Night Cream uses alpha-hydroxy acids to resurface the skin safely, chemically buffing away dead skin cells to reveal a fresher, more youthful complexion. This will assist with the prevention of fine lines and wrinkles, as well as removing dry or scaly patches, and helping to clear up any breakouts quickly and with ease.
As AHAs are quite potent, MONUPLUS have paired this effective formula with the daily Recovery Balm. This product features a massive range of benefits, not only repairing the skin but moisturising, nourishing and smoothing it for a gorgeous look and feel. Enriched with UV protection, it’s an ideal, lightweight moisturiser to pop on under your makeup to prevent against free radical damage or harsh environmental factors.
What’s your favourite skincare duo? Are there two products you love in conjunction with one another that the world should know about? Let us know over on Facebook or Twitter!
I'm a journalism grad and avid makeup fan with an unhealthy addiction to buying nude lipsticks, no matter how similar they all may seem. I love chatting to anyone who will listen about my new favourite products, skincare dos and don'ts and practically any other beauty-related topic under the sun. That doesn't mean I'm frivolous with my recommendations, though--you can count on me to give you the nitty gritty on all your wishlist products. In my spare time, you'll find me binge-watching old episodes of Gilmore Girls or at brunch with a large iced coffee in my hand.
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