Big Choice: Try This Season’s Top Products And Treatments
Choose from the best new beauty products and treatments, from cutting-edge ingredients to future skincare superstars.
cutting edge ingredients
seek: Polyhydroxy Acid Chemical exfoliants break down the bonds that hold dead cells to the skin’s surface. Once these dead cells are removed, a brighter complexion appears underneath.
Historically, alpha and beta hydroxy acids have been the most commonly found ingredients in chemical exfoliants. However, these acids can be too harsh for sensitive skin.
Enter polyhydroxy acid. A gentler alternative.
They resurface the skin in a similar way to alpha and beta hydroxy acids, but their molecules are much larger so they don’t penetrate too deeply.
Therefore, it is less irritating and suitable for sensitive skin.
try Exuviance Evening Restorative Complex, £34 (dermacare direct.co.uk). These acids also help lock in moisture, which strengthens the skin’s barrier function.
Exuviance Evening Restorative Complex, £34 (dermacare direct.co.uk)
seek: Retinaldehyde (retinal) Vitamin A is a powerful anti-aging ingredient, most commonly found in beauty products as retinol.
But this year, retinaldehyde, or retinal for short, a supercharged derivative of vitamin A, is set to take off.
try Medik8 Crystal Retinal 6 (0.06% Retinal), £59, Crystal Retinal 10 (0.10% Retinal), £79 (medik8.com).
Works with the skin’s natural mechanisms to boost collagen production, soften fine lines and wrinkles, and accelerate cell turnover. It’s also clinically proven to work faster than retinol.
try Diego Dalla Palma Antioxidant Concentrated Serum Oil, £29 (marksand spencer.com).
seek: Astaxanthin is a great antioxidant that can strengthen sun protection, increase skin elasticity and reduce inflammation. .
seek: Thermoregulation Rosacea, a skin condition that causes redness, swelling, dilated blood vessels, and facial bruising, is thought to affect 1 in 10 people. Developed by French pharmacy brand SVR, the first temperature-regulating skincare line is now available for rosacea sufferers.
The game-changing formula uses ingredients like endotheliols and licorice root to help soothe the skin’s feeling of overheating, remove redness, and reduce skin temperature.
Diego Dalla Palma Antioxidant Concentrated Serum Oil, £29 (marksand TRY spencer.com)
try Filorga Time-Flash, £35 (feelunique.com)
seek: As a multitasking wonder society we are increasingly running out of time, so any product that helps you get out the front door early in the morning is a win. has been released.
seek: Skin tightening without needles If you suffer from sagging skin and don’t want to use injection methods, there are many new whitening and firming products that contain plumping ingredients such as aminophylls.
try Neostrata Skin Active Tri-Therapy Lifting Serum, £79 (dermacare direct.co.uk)
Filorga Time-Flash, £35 (feelunique.com)
seek: Charcoal is an ingredient of the moment, found in everything from toothpaste to your face. IGK Hair Swipe Up Black Charcoal Dry Shampoo Hair Blotting Tissues, £16 (spacenk.masks).
In skincare, it attracts and absorbs dirt and sebum like a magnet, and is now also used to absorb excess oil from hair.
try Gimme Brow+, £20 (benefit Cosmetics.com)
seek: Fiber Thinning eyebrows can make your face look older. If you don’t want semi-permanent makeup, choose eyebrow enhancement products that contain fiber.
seek: Peptides The benefits of peptides for the skin have been known for decades, and today the same technique is used to plump and volumize hair.
IGK Hair Swipe Up Black Charcoal Dry Shampoo Hair Blotting Tissues, £16 (spacenk.com)
try Kerluxe Aquavol Leave-In Therapy, £49 (kerluxe.com)
at the clinic
try: Traceless Face Microdroplets are big news in anti-aging, they don’t overfill or clump, giving you a completely natural look.
This new technology uses trace amounts of neurotoxins and far less fillers to soften wrinkles, rejuvenate the skin, and restore facial contours.
The results are subtle. No one will ever know what you have done. You can pay from £200 (for more information call 020 7436 4441).
Reality stars of beauty products are obsessed
try: Vein Disappearing Removing unsightly thread veins has never been easier.
ThermaVein uses a unique process known as thermocoagulation. It seals the vein wall with a minute current and causes the filamentous veins to disappear.
And new this year is ThermaVein Rapide, which enables faster treatment of large veins. Prices start at £250, depending on the area treated (see thermavein.com for details).
try: High Tech Tattoo Removal Tattoo removal is the latest treatment to remove semi-permanent makeup blemishes such as bumps on the eyebrows, sunken lips, and small (5cm x 3cm or less) body tattoos.
Gimme Brow , £20 (benefit Cosmetics.com)
The 30 minute procedure uses the Dermo Power device. This is a small pen-shaped device with 88 tiny needles that gently rub the skin to draw the tattoo pigment to the surface.
The number of sessions required to remove all pigment depends on age, age, tattoo depth and skin thickness.
The first treatment costs £250, then £100 per session thereafter. Not suitable for pregnant and lactating women (call 020 7436 4441 for more information).
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