Where have I been half my beauty life? I’ve discovered a major knowledge gap because I had no clue these beautiful skin softeners even existed. How that happened is anyone’s guess (there are probably about 20 of them whizzing about in the same votex as the press releases I can never find). Shiseido softeners are pre-moisturising treatments a little like toners and Shiseido maintain that the non-stripping liquids replenish moisture and help skin to be more receptive to the next skincare step. The one I have is Benefiance NutriPerfect Pro-Fortifying Softener for older skin that needs a bit of a boost. 

Whether they’re necessary or not, they really do add a softening, moisturising element, and if you love the ritual element of a skin care routine, it’s definitely one to add. Everything about it appeals to me right down to the subtle and gently floral scent. 

It’s £53. 

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