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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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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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