We’ve all seen the ads for the newest, latest products. Every day, there’s a new miracle cream or perfect serum. The truth is, tried and true must haves of the beauty world have stuck around because they work well. They are not a miracle in a jar, but they are products that are both indulgent and effective. It is worth it to buy top-shelf brands of these items, as they require less product and as such last longer and have maximum efficacy. These five indulgences are a must have for die hard beauty fans.

Cocoa Butter

Cocoa butter has been used for many years to moisturize skin from head to toe. The natural antioxidant properties of the cacao bean derivative are excellent at hydrating skin, healing scars and diminishing the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines and stretch marks. When your skin is healthy and hydrated, it is more likely to look healthy and beautiful. Regularly moisturizing with cocoa butter after a shower does wonders for the face and body.

Sugar Scrub

Exfoliating is certainly nothing new, but you haven’t lived until you’ve tried a really good sugar scrub. Often mixed with jojoba oils and other natural plant extracts, sugar scrubs are pleasantly scented exfoliating treatment, which, when applied to the skin in a circular motion, help slough away dead skin cells. This leaves skin brighter, softens body hair for shaving and prepares it for moisturizing.

Hydrating Shave CreamFive Must Have Beauty Indulgences

For anyone who prefers shaving over waxing, the nightmare of tiny cuts on the knees and ankles is something highly unpleasant to endure. There are some great shave creams on the markets, however, which use natural extracts to hydrate the skin and provide an extremely close shave. Anyone going from shaving with bar soap or shower gel to one of these creams will note a marked difference in the closeness of their shave and how their skin feels. These creams are most effective when preceded with an exfoliant, like the sugar scrub mentioned above.

Face Primer

One cosmetic product that is relatively new but has revolutionized the way people wear full coverage makeup is face primer. Whether silicon or water based, primers help to minimize the appearance of pores and facial imperfections when applied before foundation or powder. They are available in many varieties, including those which correct redness and combat oily skin.

Good Black Mascara

Black mascara is the little black dress of the makeup world. Just throw it on, and it can pep up even a totally fresh-faced look. The key, however, is to find a mascara that is not prone to clumping. The best mascaras have brushes that are slightly curved without an overabundance of bristles. These allow for the smoothest and cleanest application. Please note that mascara, no matter how much you love it, needs to be replaced every six months.

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