• Beauty: The beach-fast rules
    The latest skincare saviors combine a time-honored allure with modern technology. Prepare to indulge in some new-style, old-fashioned pampering, says EVIE LEATHAM

    The beauty world is celebrating a new mood – think pretty and pampering meets game-changing skincare. Descendants of the beauty essentials that once adorned our grandmothers’ dressing tables boast sophisticated science and luxurious textures that make them ultra-modern. And with this revival comes the return of the nightly beauty ritual – a welcomed and much-needed chance to restore calm at the end of the day, it is as crucial now as it ever was.

    Facial oils

    A French staple that fell out of favor in the ’80s when power dressing inspired no-frills skincare, facial oils are back. “Vegetable oils (used as a carrier for essential-oil blends) closely mimic skin’s sebum, so they penetrate deeply and absorb quickly,” explains Geraldine Howard, founder of Aromatherapy Associates. That means fast results that work for all skin types. Even oily skins can benefit, as facial oils don’t strip or dry out skin.

    Aromatherapy Associates Refining Face Oil uses a blend of ylang ylang and lavender to regulate sebum production. For dull skin, try the brightening Ila Face Oil For Glowing Radiance. Use facial oils sparingly after serum and before moisturizer: if skin is slippery ten minutes later, you have used too much. Five drops is a good guide.

    Cleansing balms

    Removing makeup used to be a swipe with a face wipe, but the return of balms has transformed the removal of impurities into a de-stressing ritual.

    Clockwise from top: Ila Face Oil For Glowing Radiance; Chantecaille Pure Rosewater; Erno Laszlo Phormula 3-9 Repair Balm

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    Photograph: Bruce Anderson

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