U Beauty The Mantle Skin Conditioning Wash
It seems such a mundane task, but how we clean our face is key to skin being either healthy and balanced or reactive and dehydrated – which is why U Beauty’s new Conditioning Wash is so good. It deep-cleans without over-cleansing, removing makeup and daily dirt but not the vital protective skin barrier, so your face is left feeling clean and comfortable, not tight.
Chantecaille Sheer Glow Rose Face Tint
It’s difficult to know where to start when listing what this glow-giver by Chantecaille can do. A blend of anti-aging skincare and radiant skin finish, it’s perfect after your skincare to give a dull or ashy complexion a rosy glow. Either use it all over, mix with foundation, or blend on as a pretty, natural-looking highlight over cheek and brow bones. Plus, it adds a soft-focus blurring effect and beautiful radiance to skin – all we need now is a version for the body, please.
Westman Atelier Vital Skincare Complexion Drops
This is the product that many of us have wanted, and numerous brands have claimed to deliver but never quite have… until now. Part nourishing skin serum, part foundation, Westman Atelier’s Vital Skincare Complexion Drops do both jobs perfectly, creating a dewy skin finish that looks smooth, glowy, even and totally natural – more like great-looking bare skin than makeup.
Dr. Barbara Sturm Super Anti-Aging Night Cream
Dr. Barbara Sturm certainly delivers the products we want to use, but for me, the standout USP is the excellent textures – and this night cream is no exception. Providing skin with the necessary reparative ingredients (cellular regeneration takes place while we sleep), what really sets this apart is the polyglutamic acid, which works on the surface to repair the skin barrier and minimize overnight water loss (which increases when we sleep). Nourishing but not heavy, it leaves skin incredibly soft, plump and healthy.
Nécessaire The Body Serum
Nécessaire is setting a new standard in body care by giving us the same skin-smoothing hydration that we get from our favorite face serums. With five molecular weights of hyaluronic acid (or molecule sizes) that work at different levels within the skin, plus ceramides and niacinamide, it’s transformational on dry skin when layered under a body lotion. Or, for hot and humid climates, I find it good enough to use alone.
Charlotte Tilbury Beautiful Skin Radiant Concealer
Like the perfect foundation (see Westman Atelier above), a truly great concealer is difficult to find, because color, texture and coverage all matter. With added hyaluronic acid and niacinamide, Charlotte Tilbury’s Beautiful Skin Radiant Concealer stays creamy, not cakey, and with 25 shades, your perfect color match can be invisibly blended on. It has great coverage, too, so a little goes a long way – start with a light touch and build where needed.
Rose Inc Solar Radiance Hydrating Cream Highlighter
Many highlighters look wonderful when first applied, but then fade to just a hint of shimmer. Not this one by Rose Inc In a beautiful range of five shades (trust me, one will not be enough), they are easy to blend on with either fingers or a brush, and they stay put. However, what I really love about this product is the elegant, ‘polished skin’ finish it gives.
Noble Panacea The Exceptional Vitamin C Booster Serum
It seems we’re all looking for the perfect vitamin C formula, as it’s one of the most-searched skincare ingredients on the internet (second only to retinol). The problem is that it’s notoriously unstable, which impacts it effectiveness to brighten skin, even out tone and provide antioxidant protection. But, as each dose of Noble Panacea’s Vitamin C Booster Serum (which is a blend of nine forms of vitamin C) comes individually sealed, every ‘shot’ in the one-month program stays fresh and fully charged.
Angela Caglia Crystal LED Face Mask
My most-asked beauty question of 2022 has been, ‘Should I get an LED mask?’ The answer is ‘yes’, because the science is sound (NASA has used red LED to fast-track skin healing in space) and, having used one regularly, I’ve seen the effects on my skin texture. As one of the first aestheticians to promote LED, Angela Caglia’s mask has 180 red lights and, most importantly, sits close on the skin. Whether the rose-quartz crystals add to its rejuvenating effects, who knows? – but this is a mask I recommend.
Augustinus Bader The Eyebrow and Lash Enhancing Serum
More than just a hair booster, this high-tech serum by Augustinus Bader works on many levels to encourage thicker, fuller, healthier brows and lashes. It not only treats existing hairs (it’s excellent on brittle lashes), but also strengthens the hair follicles for better regrowth. Use it consistently, ideally daily, and you will see a difference.
RéVive Instant De-Puffing Gel Eye Mask x 6
Unlike under-eye masks, RéVive’s eye mask treats the whole eye area, including above the brow, between brows, upper eyelids, under the eyes and out to the temples. Keep some chilled (not frozen) for calming early-morning puffiness, or use one warm (drop the unopened pouch in hot water) to soothe end-of-day stress and release tension.
La Mer The Micro Peel
With a shift away from aggressive peels – self-inflicted damage is something skin experts are increasingly seeing – this skin-smoother by La Mer proves you don’t have to be strong to be powerful. Used at night on clean skin (follow with a face cream), it manages to both polish the skin while also strengthening it. And expect more than just a soft, buffed finish, as this little wonder also gives the complexion a real clarity.