Beauty Spot: Murad, Los Angeles

Long-haul flights don’t tend to do skin any favours; fortunately, those in search of radiant, healthy skin flock to Hollywood on a regular basis. And while there are a plethora of weird and wonderful jet-lag remedies on hand throughout the city – if you can imagine it, LA has it – Murad’s flagship boutique is hard to beat. We recommend booking in for a facial and letting your therapist decide what treatment will best for your skin type – they’re the experts after all.

Ninety minutes later and the end result was resilient, glowing skin that wasn’t going to let the homeward flight wreak havoc on it. The brave – and those who want to amp up their preventative skincare – can put Murad’s YouthCam to the test in-store. The state-of-the-art skin analysis system that figures out what’s really going on underneath your skin and looks at hydration, fine lines and wrinkles, pigmentation, redness, acne and pore visibility. You’ll get a glimpse of what your skin could look like if you neglect your regimen and you’ll receive a skincare routine recommendation customised for your concerns.

Murad, 8207 West 3rd Street, Between Harper Ave. & La Jolla Ave.

The new beauty step you need in your routine

For much of 2016 it seemed like all we were hearing about in the beauty world was Korean-beauty import, the essence. And while initial the buzz may have quietened – essences have become a staple in our beauty regimen. “Today’s beauty essences go beyond traditional treatment lotions. They deliver powerful serum-like benefits in a watery lotion that is packed with good-for-your-skin nature’s extract with higher doses of active ingredients,” explains Audrey Ang, regional education director of Asia Pacific for Estée Lauder. “Essence is the first step to repairing which helps strengthen skin’s foundation,” she says explaining that skin is more receptive to skincare when it’s well hydrated. “One of the first and most important functions of healthy skin is a strong moisture barrier. An essence will maximise the benefits of your serum and moisturiser.”

Re-Nutriv’s newest addition to the collection, Ultimate Lift Floralixir Dew Regenerating Water ($188) comes at a time when we’re demanding more from skincare products we chose to include in our skincare regimens. To deliver real results Estée Lauder has combined the best of both worlds: scientific innovation and nature’s finest ingredients. “The formula features a potent concentration of our exclusive FloralixirTM Dew that helps deliver powerful visible regeneration, lifting and skin strengthening benefits,” says Ang. Rare flowers from Brazil and the Himalayas that are known for their resilience are enhanced with mineral-enriched ionic water which helps the formula penetrate deeply into the skin’s surface layers. “Instantly skin looks smoother and more radiant. The luxurious formula helps soothe, calm and rebalance delicate skin.Overtime helps strengthen skin’s protective moisture barrier to help resist future signs of ageing.”