When it comes to our skincare we’re bombarded with choices. From creams, oils, serums, cleansers, exfoliators and more, it’s become an overwhelming task choosing what products to incorporate into our daily regime. Luckily we’ve whittled down our top 12 new skin-transforming must-haves and why you need them in your beauty cabinet right now!
You’ll wonder how you ever lived without them…
- THE RESURRECTOR
Besides the gorgeous gold and diamond packaging that would look amazing on any dresser, this luxurious cream is a beauty game-changer. It increases collagen production by up to 200 per cent in just three days! The 24K gold and sea pearls also give an illuminating quality to the eye area, making your dark circles and wrinkles look significantly reduced.
Estee Lauder Re-Nutriv Ultimate Diamond Transformative Energy Eye Creme, $349
- THE MULTI-TASKER
If you’re after a cleansing product that nourishes your skin at the same time, look no further. Infused with essential lipids, including Omega 3, 6, 9 and Vitamin E, the oil transforms into a milky emulsion that washes off completely to leave your skin clean, soft and nourished – not stripped and dry.
Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Replenishing Cleansing Oil 195ml, $79
- THE HYDRATOR
We all know that hyaluronic acid is a skin saviour, but why? Well, simply put, it helps to retain over a 1000 times its weight in water within the cells of skin, making it an excellent hydrator and all round skin plumper. This serum is just one step in Sothys new hydrating programme to soothe, protect and strengthen your skin’s natural lipid barrier for a flawless complexion. Applied to a cleansed face this should be your first step before moisturiser.
Sothys Hydra3Ha Hydrating Serum, $147
- THE SMOOTH OPERATOR
One way to clearer, brighter skin is exfoliating! Depending on your skin’s needs, a gentle, but powerful polish buffs away dead skin and uncloggs pores. Remember not to over do it though, as too much exfoliation can aggravate the skin. Instead, stick to two or three times a week with an antioxidant rich product like this one that simultaneously balances oil production and tightens pores.
Murad® Skin Smoothing Polish, $58
- THE GLOW-GETTER
Don’t just rely on make-up highlighters for that ‘lit from within’ glow, try a radiance boosting product too. This light serum contains a unique blend of copper peptides to stimulate and heal the skin as well as sodium hyaluronate and glycerine to moisturise and hydrate. The end result is soft, radiant skin that glows on its own.
Snowberry New Radiance Face Serum with Cu-PEP, $42
- THE BLOCKER
Dark spots on the skin, also called hyperpigmentation, are especially common among kiwi’s. Instead of opting for laser treatments, try a targeted treatment like this Shiseido Spot Corrector instead to gently work on the appearance of undefined, brown spots that cover the skin. The light formula penetrates deeply and significant results can be seen after just 12 weeks.
Shiseido White Lucent MicroTargeting Spot Corrector 30ml, $189
- THE SUPPORTER
Afraid to go under the knife? Simply try this potassium rich marine cocktail that’s been dubbed ‘a face-lift in a jar.’ The potent formula drenches the skin with vitamins, minerals and nutrients, helping it look and act years younger, relaxed, toned and lifted. For added stimulation, massage it into the skin in small circular motions.
Transformulas Marine Miracle Crème, $79
- THE BRIGHTENER
Save time and effort by cleansing your skin, removing make-up and brightening your complexion at the same time with a creamy exfoliator. This formula is nourishing and invigorating for tired skin, and it even works it’s magic on the appearance of dark spots and sun damage too. Cream formulas are generally a lot less stripping, so great for sensitive skin.
Manuka Doctor ApiNourish Polishing Facial Exfoliator, $39.95
- THE NATURAL RENEWER
Did you know that if you apply a face oil before your anti-aging creams, the oil molecules trick the skin into letting active ingredients – like retinol, glycolic acid, and vitamin C- deeper into the skin? Neither did we. Because oils are lipophilic, or fat loving, they pass though the lipid layer of the skin faster, preventing water loss. Olive and coconut oils, like this Skinfood formula are great moisturisers.
Skinfood Coco+Nut Oil, $22.99
- THE LIGHT TOUCH
If creams are too heavy for you in the summer, try a gel instead. This gel cream contains illuminating micro-pearls, and is a lighter alternative to moisturiser. The formula is enriched with black cumin seed oil – known for its high antioxidant concentration, camellia seed oil – rich in nutritive oleic acids, and rosehip seed oil – rich in omega 3 and 6.
The Body Shop Oils Of Life Intensely Revitalising Gel Cream, $55
- THE SENSITIVE TYPE
For those with extremely dry or sensitive skin try a natural or organic skincare range to prevent aggravation. This serum is a concentrated beauty cocktail to help with hydration and signs of premature ageing thanks to its Vitamin A, C and E, rosehip, evening primrose and apricot kernal. The secret ingredient however is frankincense, which is a superstar in reducing irritation and soothing.
Oasis Hot Toddy Super Hydrating Serum, $39.90
- THE EYE OPENER
The skin around our eyes is thinner and has fewer oil and water glands so it needs more moisture – and your normal day cream just won’t cut it! For those who suffer from puffy, tired looking peepers this roller-ball applicator works well to stimulate blood circulation. The formula is also rich in hyaluronic acid, olive extract and an ionic mineral complex to intensely hydrate.
Neutrogena Hydro Boost Eye Roll-On, $26.99
Which one do you think you’ll be trying next?…
As seen in M2 Woman’s Jan/Feb issue 2016:
WORDS: Elise Wilson
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