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Sensitive Skin

The first line of defence when it comes to protecting sensitive skin is an ultra–rich formula that will provide the nourishment it needs. A daily regime that soothes dryness and redness with nutrients and antioxidants will help rehydrate and rejuvenate.

The top five products here are all handpicked by professionals for their properties to sooth skin while helping to strengthen the skin barrier.
It’s important to look at your regimen as a whole, from cleansing to moisturising and intensive care in a serum, and look for product properties including gentle formulations, soothing peptides, nutrient-rich moisturisers and hydrating serums that accelerate recovery.

These highly efficacious products are targeted toward sensitive skin that help contribute to and keep in the natural hydration your body creates.

Sensitivity uncovered

Your skin is considered to be sensitive if it becomes inflamed and begins to sting if a formula contains fragrance or has irritating ingredients (such as alcohol or harsh exfoliants) or if you have existing rosacea. The environment also plays a role when it comes to sensitive skin, whether you’re prone to it or not.

What to stay away from

Stay away from products that are overly abrasive, such as scrubs that contain aluminium oxide crystals, walnut shells, or pumice; astringents and toners containing irritating ingredients; scrub mitts; overly cold or hot water; steaming or icing the skin; and facial masks containing irritating ingredients.

Salon tested for skin type

Sensitive skin does not react well with all types of ingredients in products. It
is very important to know
the ingredients present in the product you’re buying
to avoid any skin irritation which can occur after using. Many salons do skin tests just to find out the right product that shall suit your skin type.

Product trends

Joe Lewis, president and CEO of US CosmeceuTechs, says: “You see beauty trends coming into the market with ‘essences’, multitasking beauty
masks and patch technologies for advanced penetration. Also, new delivery systems for
retinol to find less irritating product formulations.”

Future focus

“Better technology, better delivery, better results will continue to blur the division between cosmetics and topical drugs,” says scientist
Joe Lewis, president and CEO of US CosmeceuTechs.

Beauty regimen

Neal Kitchen, VP of strategy and development at HydroPeptide, says that – in order to stick to
a beauty regimen and make sure it works over an extended period of time – it needs to be enjoyable and simple.
“Use products that you love and create a regimen you can stick to consistently and daily.”

 

From left to right: HydroPeptide Soothing Balm, Elizabeth Arden PRO Gentle Facial Cleanser, (top) HydroPeptide Soothing Serum – Redness Repair  & Relief, DECLÉOR Harmonie Calm Soothing Milky Cream and PRIORI Advanced AHA Barrier Repair Complex. Photography by Sevak Babakhani.

From left to right: HydroPeptide Soothing Balm, Elizabeth Arden PRO Gentle Facial Cleanser, (top) HydroPeptide Soothing Serum – Redness Repair
& Relief, DECLÉOR Harmonie Calm Soothing Milky Cream and PRIORI Advanced AHA Barrier Repair Complex.
Photography by Sevak Babakhani.

 

HydroPeptide Soothing Balm ($65)
This balm nourishes dry skin with a nutrient and peptide-rich emollient that comforts and soothes. It can also be used as a cleanser.

Elizabeth Arden PRO Gentle Facial Cleanser ($69)
This light-lathering cleanser also gently exfoliates skin to leave it soft, soothed and radiant. Ideal for all skin types.

HydroPeptide Soothing Serum – Redness Repair & Relief ($199)
This serum helps to strengthen skin’s natural defences, restore hydration and promote rapid recovery thanks to soothing peptides.

DECLÉOR Harmonie Calm Soothing Milky Cream ($120)
A soothing moisturiser, this day cream relieves dryness and redness by tackling the source of skin fragility.

PRIORI Advanced AHA Barrier Repair Complex ($79)
Infused with potent antioxidants such as vitamins A, C and E, this repair complex is also formulated with ceramides, cholesterol and essential fatty acids.

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

 

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Skin Perfecting

Cutting-edge research has led to a many faceted response to problem-prone complexions, providing high-tech solutions with ingredients designed to cleanse, renew and repair. The result? Radiant, smooth and clearer skin.

Five must-buy products for perfecting

The top-five products featured on these pages are powerful agents in perfecting troubled skin, thanks to mild, oil-free formulations, highly effective ingredients such as salicylic acid, and multi-tasking peptides to protect, heal and smooth skin for a flawless texture and appearance.

Problem skin

Statistics show that a massive 50 per cent of women are diagnosed with some form of acne during their adult lives. Oily skin, often hormone accelerated, tends to clog easily. This creates comedones (blocked pores in skin) and breakouts. Cleansing and exfoliation are key to addressing this.

Ageing & acne

The issues surrounding acne and problem skin only get more complicated as you get older – anti-blemish products are often harsh and drying. It’s about managing the problem by getting into a sensible routine with products that have proven, scientific soothing and protecting properties, such as those pictured on these pages.

Balancing act

“Look for pH-balanced formulations that remove dirt, oil; and ‘water’ magnet ingredients like glycerin to prevent drying the skin,” says US CosmeceuTechs’ Tracy May Harriott.

Read the label

Antioxidants such as A, C and E for skin health are important in perfecting problem skin, as are potent antioxidants and DNA enzymes that help to reverse UV-induced damage from the sun and aid the skin’s natural repair process.

Cleansing essentials

To help control acne, look for a cleanser that is strong enough to remove dirt and keep skin clean. Avoid harsh face soaps that can strip your skin of its natural oils and promote flare-ups.

Serious serums

They may feel light on your skin, but serums deliver heavy benefits and, because they contain water and beneficial ingredients instead of oil, they are ideal for acne-prone skin.

 

Elizabeth Arden PRO Perfection Facial Serum and GLO Therapeutics Renew Serum. Photography by Sevak Babakhani.

Elizabeth Arden PRO Perfection Facial Serum and GLO Therapeutics Renew Serum.
Photography by Sevak Babakhani.

 

Top to bottom: Elizabeth Arden PRO Clarifying Foaming Cleanser, Elizabeth Arden PRO Skin Perfecting Peel Pads and HydroPeptide Purifying Cleanser. Photography by Sevak Babakhani.

Top to bottom: Elizabeth Arden PRO Clarifying Foaming Cleanser, Elizabeth Arden PRO Skin Perfecting Peel Pads and HydroPeptide Purifying Cleanser.
Photography by Sevak Babakhani.

 

Elizabeth Arden PRO Perfection Facial Serum ($120)
Oil free, this lightweight serum is ideal for mature problem-prone skin. Designed to keep skin looking clear, fresh and radiant.

GLO Therapeutics Renew Serum ($62)
Blended with antibacterial and oil-control agents, this serum stimulates mild exfoliation and cell renewal to smooth skin and improve texture and tone.

Elizabeth Arden PRO Clarifying Foaming Cleanser ($69)
Working to remove excess oil and debris while hydrating, this cleanser leaves skin feeling fresh, smooth and radiant.

Elizabeth Arden PRO Skin Perfecting Peel Pads ($79)
These multitasking exfoliating treatment pads contain an advanced skin perfecting formula that is ideal for mature skin.

HydroPeptide Purifying Cleanser ($69)
This product is ideal for those who suffer from breakouts and irritation, thanks to healing tea-tree oil and a mineral-rich clay called bentonite.

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

 

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