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The Best New Beauty Products Of 2022

We all have our go-to essentials – a favorite serum, a great cleanser – but there’s also a plethora of new standout devices, tools, treatments and makeup heroes that can take your regimen to the next level in the year ahead. Here, NEWBY HANDS shares her pick of the products that really deliver

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Clockwise from top left: FaceGym Electrical Muscle Stimulation Mask; Refy Brow Collection; Tata Harper Redefining Body Balm; Kjaer Weis Im-possible Mascara; Supergoop! Glowscreen SPF30; MZ Skin LED 2.0 LightMAX Supercharged LED Mask; Philip Kingsley Vitamin C Jelly Detoxifying Hair and Scalp Treatment; Victoria Beckham Beauty Posh Lipstick in Sway; Costa Brazil Massage Tool; FaceGym Electrical Muscle Stimulation Mask; Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare DRx SprectraLite BodyWare Pro; Augustinus Bader The Leave-in Hair Treatment; Dr. Barbara Sturm Anti-Hair Fall Scalp Serum; Oribe Très Set Structure Spray; Charlotte Tilbury Super Radiance Resurfacing Facial

Costa Brazil Massage Tool

Part muscle massager, part gua sha, part de-puffing device, this is your new face and body multitasking problem-solver. As with everything that Costa Brazil does, it looks beautiful – more like modern sculpture than a beauty tool – but you can also use it to release tension in the face; reach it round to work between tight shoulders; use it flat so the coolness takes down puffiness; or on its side to sculpt skin. It’s a travel, desk and bedside-table essential.

Kjaer Weis Im-possible Mascara

This is one of those products that women talk about: they try it, love it, and tell others how good it is. With a brush that builds volume on one side, and gives more defined length with the other, the real beauty of this mascara is that it gives lashes a luxuriously soft (not brittle), true-black finish that lasts.

Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare DRx SprectraLite BodyWare Pro

Having used the brand’s LED face mask for several months, I can vouch that it works – the change in the texture of my skin is visible. And now we have the same FDA-cleared technology in a very useful body panel. It’s great for treating skin quality (red light) and breakouts (blue light), but red LED also aids sleep and reduces inflammation.

Victoria Beckham Beauty Posh Lipstick

Not all lipsticks are the same, and this bestselling vegan range comes with the most silky, buttery texture. Plus, the slender bullet is ultra-chic and easy to fit in a purse. And, while most makeup talk is about finding that ‘perfect’ red or nude, the world’s most coveted lipstick shade is, in fact, pink. Which explains why these beautiful rose-pink hues are near-constant sell-outs.

Oribe Très Set Structure Spray

This high-tech update on the classic styling spray transforms from a mist to a non-sticky mousse when sprayed on hair. The list of what it does is long: it protects against heat, it keeps hair soft (not crunchy), it gives volume, makes tong-curls last and – I’m reliably informed – keeps curly hair bouncy and frizz-free.

FaceGym Electrical Muscle Stimulation Mask

This admittedly odd-looking device uses electrical muscle stimulation to give your face the full workout – and it works it hard! Forget gentle face rolling: this is a 10-minute bootcamp for your jawline and cheekbones; use it regularly, build up slowly and you’ll see results.

Dr. Barbara Sturm Anti-Hair Fall Scalp Serum

This serum (and all of Dr. Barbara Sturm’s scalp serums, in fact) does far more than just treat the skin. Not only does it help create a healthy scalp – and take down any itching from the first use – it provides the perfect environment for stronger hair growth and works as a great volume-builder. Leaving roots fresher, not weighed down, it also seems to keep my hair cleaner for longer.

Refy Brow Collection

Often, the most innovative products come out of personal need, so when Jess Hunt wanted an alternative to her eight-step daily brow routine, she developed this three-step range instead. With a slimline pencil, Brow Pomade and (my favorite) the Brow Sculpt gel/wax, it’s so quick to get your brows in shape now. Alternatively, just use the Sculpt product and brows will instantly look groomed, and your face more ‘finished’.

MZ Skin LED 2.0 LightMAX Supercharged LED Mask

As LED masks become a mainstay in our home regimens, this new flexible silicon version from Dr. Maryam Zamani is excellent. With red and a red/blue light combination, it treats breakouts and general skin quality with a clinical-grade treatment, and it’s also the most comfortable, wearable LED face mask I have used.

Supergoop! Glowscreen SPF30

This is one product that so many women I speak to use, love and rave about – probably because it delivers on so many fronts. While giving good, reliable sun protection, it also treats and hydrates skin with vitamin B5 and HA, and leaves a glitter-free glow that looks great on its own or makes an excellent makeup primer.

Philip Kingsley Vitamin C Jelly Detoxifying Hair and Scalp Treatment

For decades, vitamin C has been many a hair salon’s secret weapon. The reason is simple: used on wet hair, it lifts pollution, product buildup and anything else that weighs down locks and dulls color (natural or otherwise). And this hero scalp treatment does exactly the same thing, leaving hair feeling fresh and full of natural body, with color looking cleaner and brighter (just don’t use on newly dyed roots).

Augustinus Bader The Leave-in Hair Treatment

For those who find that many hair products just coat the hair rather than treat it, this is perfect for you. Don’t be fooled by the super-light texture (you really do need very little), either: when worked though the ends of damp or dry hair, it gives that beautiful velvet-smooth finish you normally only achieve after a recent blow-dry.

Tata Harper Redefining Body Balm

A truly indulgent buttery balm that transforms moisturizing the body into an aromatic mini ritual. It’s a joy to use, with its soft, enveloping scent and the incredible glow it leaves on bare skin – and a little goes a long way. Use it regularly to elevate arid skin.

Charlotte Tilbury Super Radiance Resurfacing Facial

More a facial in a tube than just a face peel. Yes, it resurfaces your skin (with AHAs, PHAs and BHAs), but, when removed, it also leaves you looking plumped up, healthy and glowing. Use in the morning, before a night out or anytime you want to look good fast.

Vanity Planet Hot and Cold Smart Face Steamer

This clever device updates steaming by allowing you to adapt your treatment to your skin type – do you need more hydration, or extra-deep pore cleansing? Plus, it uses cold as well as heat to finish your treatment as, like face icing, the cold helps tighten the pores and firm up your complexion, holding on to hydration for a smooth, almost ‘glass-skin’ finish. Vanity Planet is coming soon.

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