5 multi-purpose beauty products that will change your life

5 multi-purpose beauty products that will change your life

One for all

Text: Amelia Chia

The Swiss Army knives of the skincare world

A moisturiser is a moisturiser, right? Traditionally, a moisturiser has the sole purpose of making the external layers of your skin softer and suppler. Skincare regimes have been tried and tested for years and we all come back to the basic cleanser, toner, serum and moisturiser ritual — where each step has its own important part to play. But what if we said that a moisturiser can also fix your burns, or a cleansing balm can double up as a balancing mask? We kid you not. Here's our roundup of the best multi-taskers that affirm that beauty products don't always have to be one-dimensional.

1. Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream, $22
This cult classic from Elizabeth Arden softens cuticles, soothes chapped lips and heals rough elbows and calluses. Created in 1930 by Elizabeth Arden herself, the eight hour cream is made of petroleum, a skin-soothing beta-hydroxy, and vitamin E. It's been a beauty secret of many for years — including that of makeup artist Pat McGrath, who reportedly uses it to make runway models' eyelids and cheeks glisten.

Elizabeth Arden, Eight Hour Cream, Pat McGrath

2. La Mer Crème de la Mer, from $290
La Mer's Crème de la Mer is heaven on earth for most of us, with the precious moisturiser staving off the years on our faces by reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while delivering a dewy finish. The industry secret? Crème de la Mer also works magic to heal burns. Its creator Dr. Max Huber, an aerospace scientist, perfected the product that would give him smoother skin after he suffered a horrific accident that left him with severe chemical burns.

La Mer, Creme de la Mer

3. Porcelain Soothe Deep Hydating Lotion, $69
Porcelain's latest product is also its most hardworking one yet. Packed with hyaluronic acid, vitamins E and B5, cucumber, rose oil and jojoba oil, this weightless toning lotion locks in moisture while providing antioxidant and skin-healing benefits. While most would use it as a pick-me-up spritz or a setting spray, this skincare refresher can also be used as a soothing mask — simply wet four to five cotton pads and spread them over your face for 10 minutes.

Porcelain, Deep Hydrating Lotion, Spritz

4. Diptyque Multi-Use Exfoliating Clay, $100 
As an exfoliating scrub, this clay-based product contains marble powder, softening rice and oat powders and kaolin, which restores minerals, cleanses and purifies. It gently draws impurities from the skin surface, leaving your face squeaky clean and refreshed. To use as a mask, apply a thick, even layer to dry skin. Leave on for five to 10 minutes, massage in circular movements and rinse thoroughly with warm water and gently remove with a wet washcloth.

Diptyque, Multi-Use Exfoliating Clay

5. Neal's Yard Remedies Wild Rose Beauty Balm, $88 
Infused with jojoba seed oil, rosehip seed oil, shea butter and palmarosa essential oil, this antioxidant-rich and moisturising balm smoothens out dry and dehydrated patches of skin. It can also be used as a face cleansing balm or a balancing mask — all you have to do is layer on a generous amount and cover your face with a warm, wet muslin cloth to open your pores. Remove the cloth, leave the balm on for 30 minutes, then wipe off with a cloth. Finish by covering face with a cold, wet muslin cloth to close your pores.

Neal's Yard Remedies, Beauty Balm