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Hydration Boost

Maintaining a complete regime that delivers noticeable results means hydrating formulas that prioritise your skin’s health. Super moisturise your skin with these professionally recommended hydrators that are results driven and prescribed for your skin concerns.

“Maintaining adequate hydration levels is one of the key skin concerns, regardless of age.”

Mandy Gray

Top five to buy

The top-five hydrating products here, available at professional salons, are ideal for lacklustre skin, and are formulated to deliver an intense hit of hydration, well above and beyond what you get from using a regular moisturiser.

Deeply hydrating

Rich and packed with antioxidants, these products deliver a dose of peptides, which are involved in collagen production and have moisture- binding characteristics, making them effective in keeping skin hydrated.

Peptide promise

In addition to boosting collagen production, peptides also help the skin appear more plump and healthy by maintaining the integrity of skin cells that need adequate hydration to function normally.

Hyaluronic acid

In cleansers, lotions and creams, hyaluronic acid is a superstar. A humectant, it pulls hydration from the environment to the outer layers of your skin to plump things up, moisturise and intensely nourish.

Water world

Water is vital for the normal functioning of the skin and its cells; an absence or shortage of water leads to a dry, flaky and scaly appearance, or even xerosis. Water levels need to be carefully regulated, a task mainly dependent on the nature of the skin’s most external layer.

Future focus

The external layer of skin is constantly exposed to major stress and damaging agents like wind and heat. But environmental elements aren’t the only factors that alter water levels; there are other agents involved in water availability such as certain proteins as well as peptides.

Decoding hydration

Dehydrated skin doesn’t “bounce back” easily and is more prone to congestion and problems and acne. It generally soaks up moisturiser yet looks oily in spots and feels dry as a bone in others. It doesn’t discriminate between dry, oily, or combination skin. See a professional skin advice.

 

From left to right: Glo Therapeutics Conditioning Hydration Cream, Elizabeth Arden PRO Hydrating Antioxidant Spray, PRIORI Moisturizing Facial Cream, HydroPeptide Face Lift and HydroPeptide Power Serum. Photography by Sevak Babakhani.

From left to right: Glo Therapeutics Conditioning Hydration Cream, Elizabeth Arden PRO Hydrating Antioxidant Spray, PRIORI Moisturizing Facial Cream, HydroPeptide Face Lift and HydroPeptide Power Serum.
Photography by Sevak Babakhani.

 

PRIORI Moisturizing Facial Cream ($119)
Intensely moisturising, this luxe cream assists in rejuvenation while nourishing, hydrating and lightly exfoliating.

HydroPeptide Face Lift ($125)
This smart hydration cream contains a mega-dose of multi-performance peptides to reinforce skin’s defences while protecting against environmental stressors.

HydroPeptide Power Serum ($199)
Delivering advanced peptides, antioxidants and an extract from the crocus chrysanthus bulb to improve skin health and increase moisture.

GLO Therapeutics Conditioning Hydration Cream ($57)
An antioxidant-rich blend, this cream hydrates, strengthens and fortifies. Vitamin E soothes while Alpha Lipoic acid hydrates.

Elizabeth Arden PRO Hydrating Antioxidant Spray ($59)
This refreshing, lightweight antioxidant spray is designed with naturally moisturising humectants.

See our Salon Guide for details on where to purchase these top-five products for Hydration.

 

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Best Brighteners

Using the latest in cosmeceutical research, these multitasking treatments provide a complete solution to helping brighten and illuminate your skin. With powerful peptides, vital vitamins and active AHAs, you’ll achieve a more luminous complexion.

These top-five products (pictured), from the natural to the cutting edge, are packed with many of the different ingredients that have the ability to lighten and brighten skin.

Advanced formulas such as chlorogenic acid – which smooth skin and make it more luminous – work alongside products formulated to deliver a hit of peptides as well as idebenone, an important feature when it comes to reducing the appearance of uneven skin tones.

Skin experts say that vitamin C, a natural antioxidant used in brightening products, reduces inflammation and gives a radiant effect to the skin.

Bright future

Skin brightening products do much more than just making your complexion lighter, brighter and fresher looking – they can also serve to reduce the appearance of age spots and give your skin a more youthful, dewy and plump appearance. Your skin tone is largely determined by the amount of melanin, or the pigment, in your skin.

Lightly does it

When you are outside in the sun, your skin produces more melanin to protect itself from the sun’s radiation. People who have darker skin tones have more melanin. Also, as you age, concentrated spots of melanin can create age spots. Skin brightening products work by focusing on the production of melanin in skin cells.

What to look for

Vitamin B3, also known as niacinamide, and licorice extract have anti-inflammatory properties. Glycolic acid (a form of an AHA) is a good exfoliant and a natural skin brightening agent.
Products with lactic acid are also recommended for people with sensitive skin.

It pays to be sun smart

Bear in mind that it’s not worth using these products unless you are using and reapplying sunscreen daily.
One day in the sun can reverse all of the skin brightening work. Exfoliating is also key to achieving desired results. All of these products are more effective if you get them to penetrate the skin.

Expert advice

International director of education and business development at US CosmeceuTechs Tracy May Harriott is an expert on gaining skin clarity. “Skin brightening antioxidants will give you more even-looking skin, reduced visible sun damage/brown spots and prevention of pigmentation,” she says.

Seasonal starters

Serums are thinner and good for oil-prone skin or may work with a combination of products because they are not too heavy. Creams are much richer, adding more moisture to the skin and are thus best for normal and dry skin. One particular product might be more comfortable for a certain season.

HydroPeptide Even Out (bottom) and Elizabeth Arden PRO Brightening Peel Pads. Photography by Sevak Babakhani.

 

PRIORI Idebenone Complex Even Tones, DECLÉOR Aroma White C+ Recovery Brightening Night Cream and Elizabeth Arden PRO Skin Brightening Serum. Photography by Sevak Babakhani.

PRIORI Idebenone Complex Even Tones, DECLÉOR Aroma White C+ Recovery Brightening Night Cream and Elizabeth Arden PRO Skin Brightening Serum.
Photography by Sevak Babakhani.

 

Elizabeth Arden PRO Brightening Peel Pads ($79) The lactic acid and brightening complex in these multitasking pads normalise the appearance of uneven skin tones. Resurface your skin at home with these professional strength peel wipes.

HydroPeptide Even Out ($99) This hyperpigmentation corrector is a potent mix of peptides, vitamin C, green tea and other ingredients – together, they work to reduce pigmentation activity. This super serum works to even out skin fast.

PRIORI Idebenone Complex Even Tones ($119)
This formulation with powerful de-pigmenting Idebenone helps even out skin tone and brighten dark spots.

DECLÉOR Aroma White C+ Recovery Brightening Night Cream ($120) Enhanced with shea butter and liquorice extract to soothe; packed with vitamin C to brighten.

Elizabeth Arden PRO Skin Brightening Serum ($160)
Add radiance and even skin tone with this fast-acting serum which blends
antioxidants, AHA retinoids and chlorogenic acid.

See our Salon Guide for details on where to purchase these top-five products for skin brightening.

 

 

 

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