SKINCARE NEWESS: Fresh out the mail bag are these new skincare beauties I am trialling. Three really decent brands, all from different parts of the world, each with their own cult status. Will their newest launches live up to the brand’s hype?
January has become a bit of a skin obsessed month…
La Roche Posay is one of my most favourite skincare brands I return to time and time against for their absolute understanding of sensitive and hydration challenged skin. The newest serum launch is designed for those with sensitivity and dehydration; 2 situations my skin finds itself in with the onslaught of fierce cold winds and central heating. If your skin is tight, irritated and red (mine usually gets like this around 3/4pm) then this product may be your hail Mary.
Teeny tiny particulars of blessed hyaluronic acid is infused into a lightweight gel texture to penetrate twice as deep into skin. It does deliver an immediate feeling of relief and a smoothness to the skin. Amino acids increase the staying power of water in the skin to keep cells hydrated as well. My only reservation is why does a product designed for dehydrated sensitive skin have alcohol in it? I hazard a guess that it’s there to make the lotion lighter and more easily absorbed, however I’d have preferred it without. Use all over morning and evening but not on the eye area. Available at Boots now. £19
Another launch from LRP gliding into makeup territory is the Effeclar BB Blur. This was a base solution launched for those suffering from oily skin problems but also works for those suffering with sensitivity at the same time. The mousse-y texture has strong mattefying properties. It also minimises pores a treat. PERLITE is a main ingredient in the formula which has amazing absorbing powers that soaks up sweat and humidity to extend a shine free complexion as does the AIRLICIUM which works in a similar way to absorb oil, but is also said to be breathable. I am seeing this more and more in acne products, although gentle on skin I feel like on the wrong skin it could work against hydration levels. Also I fear cakeiness or cracking may come if you over prep or under prep skin. I think this product should solely reserved for those suffering from oily and acne prone skin as a main skin complaint and not the odd fleeting spot or midday t-zone shine.
Available now exclusively at escentual.com and everywhere else from April 2016
Oh I do love this stuff! Suqqu has been climbing the skincare ranks with me recently and I absolutely adore their newest skin essence. This milky lightweight texture is designed to plump and hydrate skin whilst restoring firmness, plumpness and suppleness – all the GOOD nesses! As a brand, Suqqu looks to natural indigenous plants and herbs to infuse their skincare with benefits. This emulsion contains shell ginger leaf and cork tree bark as they have intense hydrating and strengthening properties, something my skin needs more and more as I age. Yeast and cherry are said to soften the outer layer of skin and the Yuzu tightens and firms it up whilst the macadamia nut oil moisturises. So, think of your skin having a coating of protection whilst nourishing takes place beneath. In the winter wear beneath your moisturiser in place of serum or wear on top of a light serum in the summer months. Apply 3-4 pumps and smooth from lower neck and face upwards in soft strokes.
Advanced sun protector for anyone not wanting to age. Full stop. One of my new years resolutions is to be more religious about wearing a daily SPF. I do tend to get SPF from my makeup base but on days when I am only wearing concealer or everyday in the summer/on holiday I will be reaching for this. I like to look to the ASIAN markets for spf/uva/uvb protection as they has the most appalling pollution and warmer climes over there, which makes me feel like they are, most likely, more advanced when it comes to skin protection/anti ageing, no?
The newest of the 2 is Factor 50 so nothing harmful (UVA/UVB/ANTI OXIDANTS/FREE RADICALS) will penetrate this light but powerful veil of protection. The formula is a light pink with a subtle lustre to enhance the complexion. It sits tight on the skin and is water resistant – perfect for when you are hitting the beach or playing out door sports. A summer essential! TIP Also works amazingly as a primer is you are dry/dehydrated so no need to add this in if you’re wearing it. Also available in SPF30.
Oils are a hot commodity so why not create a spin off product from a cult classic, said the brand masterminds at EA. The cult balm that 50% (yes 50%) of the women in my office use daily, has been launched as an all purpose oil. When I say all purpose I mean head, shoulders, knees and toes (knees and toes). It has as an added ingredient Tsubaki Oil to prolong moisture in the skin.
I have been using this as a post shower moisturiser (it’s especially great for legs) and a massage oil. I think it’s too heavy for Caucasian hair, but I think would work well on black or asian hair. The smell is nicer than the balm, it has a light citrus scent.
It comes in a pretty 100 ml spritzing bottle and is available to buy now.
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