If keeping abreast with the newest launches and innovations is your thing, bookmark this site right now: my edit of all the best new launches in skincare, make-up and hair are coming your way over the next few days. Let’s hop right in with skincare (a very good place to start on the beauty stuff in general)…
Elemis Biotec Range / The first launch of note is by Elemis. Their Biotec trio are all geared towards reenergising tired skin that has been dulled/sensitised by stress, city life, poor diet, UV exposure or as a result of taking medication. The range can be used as a booster when skin’s playing up or continuously. I won’t bore you to tears with all the information I jotted down during my introductory session at Elemis HQ, but instead give you a little précis…
The Elemis Biotec Skin Energising Cleanser contains a trio of acids (succinic, lactic and ferulic) so as not to disrupt the skin barrier (which is acidic), all suspended in an electrolyte solution to clean without leaving any dryness or sensitivity. This would be an ideal morning or second cleanse, though I’d still suggest using a balm or cleansing oil first during the evening.
Both the Elemis Biotec Skin Energising Day Cream and the Elemis Biotec Skin Energising Night Cream contain zinc and copper to strengthen along with the same trio of acids to balance the skin’s surface. The night cream also contains calcium to nourish and is slightly more lightweight (the old rule of using a ‘thick night cream’ is apparently not awfully good for the skin according to the boffs over at Elemis – instead you want to focus on limiting trans-epidermal water loss and nourishing throughout the night).
Both creams come in the dual chambers (though pump out simultaneously so there’s no skill required to using!) to maximise the potency of the ingredients and are really easy to use – you can add a serum underneath or SPF on top and can use them around your eyes too.
Caudalie Make-Up Removing Cleansing Oil / More new to me than new to the world (this came out at the end of 2015), I thought it worth including because it’s the perfect example of how a trend can spawn some really, really good products. This smooths on with ease, emulsifies quickly when mixed with water and leaves skin clean (though not tight). Oh, and if you want to use it for a proper facial massage as a second cleanse the antioxidants thanks to the grape seeds contained within will do your skin a world of good.
Clinique Anti-Blemish Solutions Blemish + Line Correcting Serum / Here’s another cracker joining the hydrating + anti-acne fray. Given that ageing and acne are both worsened (and sometimes caused) by inflammation, treating the two together is actually not as tricky as it sounds. The ingredients in this are divided into two key categories: low molecular moisturisers (so no clogged pores) like hyaluronic acid and congestion-clearing and calming extracts like salicylic acid and evening primrose. Together, they treat the skin and keep blemishes at bay. N.B. You probably don’t want to use this one anywhere near your eyes!
REN Flash Defence Anti-Pollution Mist / Pollution is the big skin enemy companies are homing in on because air pollution in particular has a huge effect on the skin, increasing the number of DNA-damaging free radicals in the skin and compromising cell health. This mist is lightweight and refreshing and will help to shield the skin from some of the damage while also treating it to a cocktail of antioxidants to mop up free radicals. I keep mine in my handbag at all times.