First Class Beauty

These little beauties and divine scents are worth every penny. Indulge in the crème de la crème of the beauty world and ring in the new year with healthy, radiant skin. You deserve it.

Clockwise (from top): Dior’s Prestige La Micro-Huile de Rose ($455) is almost too pretty to use, but the innovative formula’s impressive skin benefits will soon convince you otherwise. With at least 10,000 rose micro-pearls per bottle, plus more than 20 micronutrients, including omega-3s and vitamin E, you can think of it as a nutritional supplement for your skin. Your beauty sleep is about to get a whole lot more luxurious with the Chanel Le Lift Masque de Nuit Récupérateur ($198). Apply this ultra-firming night mask to your face, neck and décolletage for a potent cocktail of active ingredients that will work magic as you get your much-needed shut-eye. The unrestrained Tom Ford Oud Wood Intense (50ml EDP, $500) pushes olfactory boundaries as we know them. Mesmerising smoky hints of angelica root and cypress intensify the original scent. Complement a sun-kissed complexion by dipping your digits in YSL La Laque Couture Nail Lacquer in Dore Orfevre ($49). When the temperature sizzles, break the rules and be bold with your go-to fragrance. Prada La Femme Prada Intense (100ml EDP, $298) packs a sensual punch with heady notes of ylang-ylang, tuberose and the ever-intoxicating patchouli. This limited art edition of Lancôme Absolue l’Extrait Regenerating Ultimate Elixir ($515) has been adorned with the intricate drawings of the French duo Alex & Marine. Once you’ve found the perfect eye cream, you’ll want to ensure you’re applying it correctly. Fortunately, you can’t go wrong with La Mer Genaissance Eye and Expression Cream ($630) as the lifting, firming formula includes a massage tool that soothes delicate areas.

The Summer Skincare Tips You Need Now

It’s no secret that our skin changes with the seasons, and summer can be particularly harsh. Thankfully, there are some basic tips you can employ to keep your skin glowing and fresh.

Change it up: your skin won’t thrive if you maintain the same skincare routine year-round. Most people have an oilier complexion during the hotter months, meaning a lightweight moisturiser is more effective. Swapping to a lighter sunscreen will also help your skin stay glowing.

Use a hydrating serum: if you work in an air-conditioned building, it’s very easy for your skin to become dehydrated. Global Ultraceuticals education Ambassador Tracey Beeby recommends a hydrating serum for best results. “Replacing essential moisture loss with a hydrating serum is ideal as a booster for your moisturiser,” she says.

Add vitamin C: slow down the effects of fine lines and wrinkles by adding vitamin C to your morning skincare regime. This increases collagen production, strengthening and smoothing the skin. Apply in serum form and don’t forget to wear sunscreen.

Invest in a liquid exfoliant: fight dull, dry skin with a liquid exfoliant that clears the pores, evens skin tone and brightens the complexion.

Don’t over-scrub: scrubs can be great for the skin when used correctly, but damaging when applied too often. “Scrubs should not be used as a daily cleanser,” Beeby warns. “They should only be prescribed once or twice a week depending on the skin condition and what other exfoliating ingredients are used.” Opt for a scrub with spherical beads to avoid scratching the skin’s outer layer.