When it comes to our skin, there’s not a product or formula we’re not willing to try for instant dewy, hydrating perfection. But despite our experiments over the years, we’ll admit there’s only a handful we really like and use most.

And while costly as some may be, we’ve learned less is more. A simple dab here, a little pump there. Now if only we could get our daughters to follow our lead, as they tend to dive right in. Cue the la mer discount hotline (!).

For a ‘lit from within’ glow: Atmosphere Soft Focus Foundation, $50, Vapour Organic Beauty.

The most luxurious, dewy of the bunch: Moisturizing cream, $310, Creme de la Mer.

A cult hydrator, with essential oils derived from flowers and botanicals: Jasmine Neroli Face Oil, $170, Rodin.

The daytime ‘C’ that makes us look sunnier – and feel it too: C E Ferulic, $163, Skinceuticals.

It highlights, it lightens, it’s our kind of magic: Magic Luminizer, $38, rms beauty.

Shimmer so good, we never travel without it. Shimmering Skin Perfector Liquid Highlighter, $40, Becca.