New year, new skin resolutions

Want to set some new year’s resolutions that will last longer than a month and lead to you looking and feeling fabulous? We thought so. Take inspiration from our list of 2018 skin-care mantras—it’s going to be a great year for your complexion.


Do you really need to be prodded to put aside 10-15 minutes of ‘me’ time and apply your favourite mask? It sounds like heaven, right? When it comes to investing in a new mask for the year ahead, we can’t go past these new innovations that are paving the way to brighter skin and targeted treatments that actually work. For spa facial vibes at home, look no further than the Skyn Iceland Arctic Hydrating Rubber Mask—the base and treatment powder in this pack combine to create a rubbery gel that’s supercharged with skin-brightening Vitamin C. What does that mean for your 2018 complexion? An instant dose of hydration as well as potent natural active ingredients and nutrients to replenish and reenergise your skin while you sit back and watch the latest ep of KUWTK. If your eyes need some TLC after seeing 2017 off with a bang, the small but mighty Patchology Flashpatch Eye PM Gels will put fine lines to bed with their powerful dose of nightly anti-aging Retinol and peptides. The best part? They work while you’re catching ZZZs.


Repeat after TMM: “I will apply SPF every single day of the year, even when it’s overcast.” It’s one skin-care resolution that cannot be ignored. Let’s be honest, there’s no point in investing in the best serums and moisturisers if you’re not starting with the basics; sun protection is the best anti-aging product in your bathroom cabinet. When it comes to our tops picks, look no further than Mecca Cosmetica In A Good Light SPF 30+ Tinted Moisturiser. This bestseller provides broad spectrum protection against UVA and UVB rays in the form of a hydrating cream that imparts a natural, dewy glow. With hyaluronic acid and Vitamin E, it nourishes the skin while protecting from the sun’s damage. For your bod? Mecca Cosmetica To Save Body SPF 50 is the ultimate body guard. Forget sunscreen that’s super oily and leaves you looking like a ghost (we’ve all been there), the formula of this SPF fave is lightweight and ideal for active types, too. That’s right, you have no excuse.


Yes, it may take an extra three minutes out of your day but trust us, it’s totally worth it. The concept of double cleansing is pretty simple –start with an oil-based cleanser first to break down and dissolve the day’s makeup, dirt and SPF (because you will be wearing SPF every day, obviously). Follow with a second cleanser that will provide a deeper pre-bed skin clean and remove any bits you didn’t catch in the first cleanse. This methodical ritual has been popular in Japan and Korea for a while and for good reason. For an oil cleanser, a MECCA HQ favourite is the bareMinerals Oil Obsessed Total Cleansing Oil. This lightweight beauty removes all traces of makeup sans effort, leaving the skin feeling baby-soft with its botanical-based ingredients. For a deep clean in this two-step ritual, GlamGlow’s Supercleanse is a cream-to-foam cleanser that clarifies and removes all the pore-clogging nasties you don’t want in your life. Make 2018 the year of the double cleanse and you’ll see softer, brighter and healthier looking skin.


Fact: the skin around the eyes is more fragile, more prone to dryness and quicker to show fatigue. It needs extra love in the form of an eye cream. From combatting dark circles to reducing the appearance of fine lines—and just about everything in between—there’s a cream out there for every eye. For the triple threat (fine lines, dark circles and puffiness) Goldfaden MD Bright Eyes is a staff fave. This supercharged concentrate is enriched with the likes of Jojoba oil, organic red tea and rice extract to moisturise, firm, resurface and brighten. For those peepers that need some help looking awake throughout the day, the Eve Lom Eye Cream contains three patented anti-histamines that help to lift and smooth the eye area.


Drinking more water in the coming year is a great place to start but if you really want to take your hydration to the next level then think about investing in a serious moisturiser or serum to keep that complexion plump and refreshed. When it comes to layering, kick off with a serum first as it penetrates into the deeper layers of the skin. The Dr Dennis Gross Clinical Hydration Booster is a top pick. Packed with hyaluronic acid—an ingredient that holds up to 1000 times its weight in water and the most powerful natural moisturising ingredient known to science, think of it as a big glass of water for your skin. For a rich hit of hydration over the top of your serum, try Origins’ GinZing Moisturiser—this wonder had garnered a whole lot of five-star reviews on, and is infused with botanical-based ingredients that brighten while hydrating the complexion. Think light-diffusing minerals to fade dark spots over time and skin that’s soft and cushy. Oily types don’t be fooled. Hydration is just as important for you—often the more oil you produce the more hydration you require. So (let your skin) drink up.


It’s time to introduce active ingredients into the exfoliating part of your skin-care regime. The difference when it comes to how these ingredients exfoliate the skin is that unlike physical exfoliators that contain small grains that manually remove skin cells, chemical exfoliants remove dead skin cells using chemicals to aid in cell turnover. AHAs and BHAs are the popular chemicals on the block. AHAs are perfect for exfoliating dry skin as they remove the “glue” that holds skin cells together while BHAs reach deeper into the pores and are great for people with acne or blackheads as they have anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. A cult favourite, the DDG Alpha Beta Extra Strength Daily Peel contains pads that are soaked in both AHAs and BHAs, just one swipe will reveal a fresh, radiant complexion and fine lines will appear diminished. The other active game changer is Drunk Elephant T.L.C Framboos Glycolic Night Serum, a resurfacing serum that lifts away dead skin cells to reveal a refined and glowy complexion by morning. For sensitive skin types, try fruit enzymes (like papaya and pineapple), one of our fave products containing fruit enzymes? The Kate Somerville Glow Moisturiser.

Words by Emily Deacon
January 2018


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