6 New Beauty Products You Need to Know About This Month

Looking to up your skincare routine? These are the new beauty products you need to know about this week.

Vitamin C has long been lauded for its pigmentation-fighting, youth-restoring, skin-health-enhancing benefits. Now the delicate eye area can reap the benefits and dismiss dark circles with Murad Vita-C Eyes Dark Circle Corrector ($145). The formulation harnesses the potent power of Murad’s highly stable Vita-C complex. With repeated use, the skin around the eyes is brighter and more healthy-looking, while red and brown algae extract de-puff and soothe the under-eye.

Stress-proof your skin by including Dr Dennis Gross B³Adaptive SuperFoods Stress Rescue Super Serum ($131 from MECCA) in your routine – dullness, dryness and breakouts are a thing of the past.

Can’t decide what colour you’re after? You don’t have to with Karen Murrell Nude Lip Palette ($49.99). It features five of Murrell’s bestselling shades so you can mix and match to your heart’s content.

Sisley Paris gets a new addition to its luxurious collection of haircare products this month. Colour Protecting Shampoo ($110) has been formulated to care and protect coloured hair while prolonging hair’s radiance and shine. The formula harnesses the power of hibiscus flower to lock in colour and protects against fading, leaving tresses bouncy and shiny.

Finding skincare that delivers the real and noticeable results that you’re after can be tricky. However, there are a few star ingredients that should be included in every routine if you want healthy, resilient and radiant skin. Line-fighting retinol is a skincare regimen essential and new Skin Smiths Retinol Booster ($99 from Caci) is perfect for those who are introducing retinol to their routines for the first time. The formula is gentle and easy to use, while delivering real results – smooth, supple, radiant skin.

If you’re in search of a new scent to remind you of warmer days, Elizabeth Arden’s White Tea family gets a zesty addition. White Tea Mandarin Blossom (EDT 100ml, $99) captures the simple pleasures in just one spritz. With sparkling, sweet notes of citrusy mandarin, the much-loved note of white tea, and warm-yet-luminous musk, it is an unforgettable scent

How to care for your tresses without going to the salon

While there’s nothing like a hair trim and a basin treatment to get restore your locks to their former glory there are some simple steps you can take to care for your home without going to the salon. We’ve rounded up our favourite tips for caring for our tresses without professional help below.

Tempted to trim

While it can be tempting to reach for the scissors to remedy split ends, this is one job that is best left for the professionals. Instead of taking a pair of scissors that probably aren’t made for cutting hair to your tresses, up your at-home haircare routine.  Focusing on your hair health can help you to extend the time between hair appointments. Reach for products that keep hair well-hydrated right around the clock will help to combat split ends.

If you’re short on supplies, try a nourishing pre-shampoo coconut oil mask that can help remedy split ends. Prior to washing your hair, apply coconut oil to the ends and mid-lengths of your hair. Leave for 20 minutes before shampooing and conditioning

Put down the styling tools

Even if you don’t colour your hair, repeated daily styling with heated tools can damage even the healthiest of hair. Taking a break from your usual blow-drying, straightening and curling routines is a great way to improve your hair health over the next few weeks.

Rather than taming your hair with heated tools on a daily basis, try using a leave-in conditioning product after washing to help tame tresses. Now is the perfect time to experiment with easy up-dos that don’t require any styling tools.  If it’s wavy, tousled tresses you’re after try braiding your hair before bed, so you can rise and shine with wavy locks.

To colour or not to colour?

If your hair colour is courtesy of a bottle, the best option when you can’t make it to the salon is to forgo colouring over the next few weeks. While in-salon hair colouring formulations and methods have improved dramatically recently and most now nurture hair while colouring, lightening hair, in particular, is still very damaging for hair. If you’ve been thinking about giving up the hair-colouring bottle, now could be the perfect time to do so.

Still not convinced? Check out Dua Lipa’s new music video, Break My Heart, which makes a great case for growing out your roots.

It can be tempting to reach for at-home colouring supplies in the beauty aisle at the supermarket but if you usually head to the salon to get your colour done, now might not be the time to take up DIY colouring. Boxed hair dye and in-salon colouring formulations are not created equally. While most contemporary in-salon colour treatments are now formulated with nourishing ingredients that help to maintain hair health during the colouring process, inexpensive supermarket solutions are designed to just get the hair done quickly.

Wash less & nourish more

Now could be the perfect time to break the habit of washing your hair every day. While how often you really need to wash your hair depends on individual hair type and texture, there are very few people who actually need to wash their hair every day. Overwashing hair can strip hair and the scalp of nurturing natural hair oils which can lead to various problems. Rather than washing your hair each time you hop in the shower, take your cue from your tresses. If they’re feeling dry and dehydrated don’t reach for the shampoo bottle. Feeling oily and greasy? Then it’s probably time to wash.

If you’re trying to extend the life of your last in-salon colouring appointment, cutting back on how often you wash your hair can help too.

Is your skin in need of an at-home pick-me-up? Try these easy-to-make DIY face masks.