You voted in your thousands. Ten expert judges filtered through hundreds of products. And now we can finally reveal the coveted winners of our sixth annual Skincare Awards.
Olay. Or Oil of Ulay, as it was known at the time, was the first skincare product I discovered as a curious nine-year-old. My mum said it would clear up the impetigo on my chin. It didn’t. But I fell in love with it all the same – the matte pink bottle, its scent of a running bath. It set off a chain reaction into a lifelong fascination with skincare.
But finding a true gem is rare. This was the seed that blossomed into the first Stylist Skincare Awards, six years ago. We remain the only magazine to dedicate their beauty awards entirely to skin. Over the next four pages, you’ll see the 20 products that stormed to victory across 21 skincare categories. Once again, we’ve combined your votes (all 60,612 of them) with that of our esteemed panel of judges to find this year’s winners, so you know these formulas work – both in the lab, and at home.
The way we think about skincare is changing, too. We discover how skincare is having a major impact on our make-up regime on page 56. So, let this year’s winners signal the end of moments spent staring blankly at shelves. Rip this out and use it as a shopping list, in the hope of setting off a skincare chain reaction of your own. Let me know what you think of the winners on social media using #stylistskincare2015.
No7 Protect & Perfect Intense Advanced Serum, £23.95
Retaining the title for a second year is this No7 serum. Rich in plumping Matrixyl, there’s a raft of advanced science at play.
Best Body Scrub
L’Occitane Almond Delicious Paste, £29
With a satisfyingly grainy texture, it buffs away dull skin in seconds and smells like a sweet Parisian patisserie. Another deserved repeat winner.
Best sun Protection For Face
Clarins UV Plus Anti-Pollution Day Screen SPF50, £32
This is so light it soaks in like a serum. No congested pores, just a bolstered
defence against the sun.
best Night Treatment
Philosophy Miracle Worker Overnight, £45.50
Our judges were blown away by this cream, which ensures you wake up with
soft, cushiony skin.
Best Body Lotion
Dove Purely Pampering Nourishing Lotion, £4.49
Proof you don’t have to spend the earth on body lotion, this is packed with nourishing shea butter and collagen amino acids to improve skin’s elasticity.
Best Facial Treatment
Elemis Biotec Triple-Tec Anti-Wrinkle Facial, £125 (for 60 minutes)
Using cutting-edge science and a microcurrent device, this facial results in luminous skin.
Origins Modern Friction Instant Brightening Pads, £32
Soaked in enzyme-rich fruit acids, each pad nibbles away at dead skin cells and imparts a gleam akin to polished china.
Best Day Cream
Toleriane Ultra Fluide, £17.50
Incomparably soothing and free from a host of potential irritants, this cream is like a comfort blanket for sensitive skin.
Best Organic Product
Ila Body Oil for Inner Peace, £48
Parched skin drinks up this oil-rich formula and the earthy scent of ylang ylang, sandalwood and jasmine had our judges hooked.
Fake Bake 5 Minute Mousse Self-Tan, £19.99
You rate this self-tan for its development speed (you can get dressed minutes after application) and bronze tint to suit all skintones.
Best Shower Gel
Dove Gentle Exfoliating Body Wash with Nutrium Moisture, £2.59
Exfoliators, moisturisers and an invigorating wake-up scent combine to leave skin fresh all day.
Best Face Mask
Estée Lauder Revitalizing Supreme Global Anti-Aging Mask Boost, £45
Scoring more votes than any other product, this mask pumps life into dull skin in just five minutes.
Best Blemish Treatment
La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo [+], £15.50
A skin-friendly formula packed with hydrating glycerine and zinc to tackle spots without drying the skin.
Best Eye Cream
Kiehl’s Super Multi- Corrective Eye-Opening Serum, £36
Thanks to the moisture magnet hyaluronic acid, this serum refreshes tired eyes instantly and cumulatively over the day.
Best Sun Protection for Body
Eucerin Sun Allergy Protection Sun Creme-Gel SPF 50, £19
Judge Dr Sam Bunting, said it’s “non-sticky, absorbs quickly and delivers great cover.”
Dr Frances Prenna Jones Super Clean, £65
A dermatologist-created cleanser, antibacterial salicylic acid unclogs pores while purifying essential oils ensure your skin never feels tight.
Best Hand Cream
Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Visibly Renew Elasti-Boost Hand Cream, £5.49
This cream is so healing, you only need a tiny bit to erase all signs of cracked skin and ragged cuticles.
Dove Soft Feel Anti-Perspirant, £2.99
Formulated with a shot of Dove’s moisturising cream to make underarms feel nourished with a clean laundry smell that lasts all day.
Clarisonic Aria, £155
Propelling the cleanse to new, techy heights, the Aria leaves no pore untouched in the pursuit of a clearer complexion. Plus, it’s waterproof, so you can use it in the shower.
Best Classic Buy
Clinique Redness Solutions Daily Relief Cream, £40
This light-as-air cream tones down redness and works to reduce future flare ups over time. Genius.