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Just because your mind is still reclining in a deck chair doesn’t mean your beauty routine shouldn’t get back to work. The new year calls for a new outlook, a time to reverse bad habits and start fresh routines. Resolutions aside (because nobody sticks to those anyway), we’re setting ourselves some serious skin goals for the brightest year yet—we’re talking complexions not cliches. The latest crop of skin care sensations will kick your regime into gear.
Leave dullness behind with exfoliating, brightening and anti-ageing treatments that charge up cell turnover and reveal a renewed, radiant complexion. First, wash your skin sins away with GlamGlow’s Tropical Cleanser, a superfruit powered exfoliating cleanser that’s like a healthy smoothie for your face. Fittingly, it leaves you with a juicy complexion. Next, up your vitamin intake with REN’s new Glow Daily Vitamin C Gel Cream. This lightweight, citrus-scented formula uses Vitamin C, magnesium and bioactives (that play nice with your skin’s microbiome) to switch on brightness without stripping the skin. It’s perfect for sensitive skin types.
In other treatment news, Drunk Elephant’s new A-Passioni reimagines retinol, combining vegan retinol (1%) with superfood ingredients to diminish fine lines, wrinkles and sun damage without irritation—you can even wear it by day, paired with SPF, of course. Verso’s Daily Facial Fluid is a daily lightweight moisturiser that charges up cell turnover with retinol 8, while niacinamide and turmeric make for brighter, smoother more hydrated skin, all things we could use this time of year. And for those who like instant gratification or quit resolutions before January 30 (guilty!), Chantecaille’s Bio Lifting Serum Plus, launching at the end of the month, is an advanced serum that fills fine lines and wrinkles and has an immediate tightening effect on your complexion. It also protects against blue light radiation, just in time to go back to work.
Purifying oils, cleansers and spot treatments are the perfect hangover cure for your complexion and help get your skin back on track. GlamGlow’s Starpotion Liquid Charcoal Clarifying Oil contains not one but two types of purifying charcoal along with salicylic acid, vitamin C and anti-inflammatory ingredients to clarify and nourish the skin. The oil transforms from black to clear on application and resolves to keep your complexion clearer than your new year outlook. Verso’s just-launched Micellar Water acts like a magnet for impurities and contains turmeric for its anti-inflammatory properties and antioxidant protection and niacinamide to regulate oil production and shrink pores. For tired eyes, look to the Peptide4 Recovery Eye Cream from Elemis to target dark shadows, puffiness and wrinkles with powerful peptides that restore skin elasticity.
Super hydrating, nourishing and glow-boosting cleansers, creams and oils are ideal for summer skin compromised by the elements. It’s time to put yourself into focus and catch up on the me-time that you planned to have over the holiday season but traded for rosé and rooftops instead. Darphin’s Rose Aromatic Care Hydra-Nourishing Oil is a luxurious and 100% natural overnight treat. It’s infused with a triple rose complex and omegas that leave skin glowing, supple, hydrated and protected from extreme temps, dry heat and air con. Follow with Darphin’s Rose Hydra-Nourishing Oil Cream for extra reinforcement. Grown Alchemist Instant Smoothing Serum is your summer wonder, preventing fine lines and dehydration and bringing the bounce back to your skin. It can also be used to soothe sunburn—which wouldn’t happen because you’re wearing sunscreen everyday, yeah? For lips, Dr. Dennis Gross’ Hyaluronic Marine Collagen Lip Cushion uses hyaluronic acid and collagen to reduce fine lines and leave your pout plump, hydrated and smooth without fillers.
Hi-tech skincare and futuristic devices are set to change your life and your skin—expect to see serious anti-ageing results and clear complexions. In a new MECCA blush shade, the revolutionary NuFace Trinity Facial Trainer device uses microcurrent technology to reduce wrinkles and deliver a lifted and contoured face in just five minutes a day. Over at Dr. Dennis Gross, they’ve been creating some super hi-tech devices that look like they belong in 3019. The Spectralite Faceware Pro uses red and blue LED technology like you would see in-office. The red light boosts collagen, promotes anti-ageing and reduces pigmentation and redness, while the blue targets acne-causing bacteria for less breakouts and a reduction in scarring. You also get to look like a fashionable android while wearing it. Cool, huh?
Words by Romy ErdosJanuary 2019
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