Best new beauty: Elizabeth Arden White Tea

Our obsession with mindfulness doesn’t appear to be going anywhere soon with the meditation-inspired practice now making its way into our beauty regimens. While fragrances often come with the promise of a redolent journey – either through far-flung corners of the world  or to blossoming spring gardens – Elizabeth Arden’s new launch, White Tea, invites spritzers to revel in the moment.

The simple yet stunning scent features radiant notes of Italian mandarin and tranquil sea breeze accord. But it’s the heart of white tea extract and Turkish rose absolute that transport you to a luxurious place of indulgence.

Why we love it: It’s light, refreshing and really is the breath of fresh air that our beauty cabinet has been longing for. One simple spritz is sure to transport you to somewhere tranquil – just what we ordered to beat the winter blues!whiteteaheader


Put to the test: O Cosmedics SkinDNA Test

When it comes to healthy, age-proof skin, experts always say prevention is key. But preventing concerns that may – or may not – arise down the track isn’t always straightforward; after all, no two people age in exactly the same way. Fortunately, taking the guesswork out of creating the perfect skincare routine that will fend off the signs of ageing and enhance skin health might just be a simple O Cosmedics SkinDNA Test swab away.

“Up until now for beauty therapists it’s really been about looking at your skin and guessing what products and treatments we should be recommending depending on how your skin looks,” explains Christa Dickson of Pro Beauty – the company responsible for bringing the test to New Zealand shores.

But with one cheek swab, skincare experts are now able to predict how our skin will age and prescribe products that prevent those changes. The DNA test is completed by an independent, Australian-based medical laboratory, so there’s no skewing of results to favour certain skincare products; it only analyses skin markers.

The O Cosmedics SkinDNA Test examines 16 genetic markers in five categories associated with skin ageing: firmness and elasticity; glycation; sun damage and pigmentation; free radical damage; and sensitivity and inflammation. And although sagging skin may have been haunting me while I try to get my beauty sleep, according to my genetic markers I’m quite capable of protecting my collagen from breaking down. Unbeknownst to me, I need to be looking at irritants that could aggravate my sensitive skin. But it’s not all about what you put on your skin. Aside from the test recommending the right skincare ingredients and treatments, it’s also a good chance to rethink your diet and how you fuel your body.

Glycation – which isn’t my skin’s strongest point according to my DNA – occurs when excess glucose attaches to collagen and elastin fibres; the visible results are thinning skin, pillowing and uneven texture. Dickson recommends that I fuel up on foods rich in vitamins A and C and avoid sugary treats.

How much it costs: Considering how many thousands of dollars one could potentially spend on products and treatments that aren’t right for your skin, the price of $299 for O Cosmedics SkinDNA Test is affordable for a worthwhile investment that will last a lifetime.

Our verdict:

Although ageing is inevitable, slowing down the signs of skin ageing is entirely possible. It’s fascinating to understand how your skin will age and to work with your beauty therapist to come up with a preventative plan of attack, individual to you, as opposed to simply purchasing what’s hot on the market.

Where to get it done: Call 0508 776 232 or email [email protected]