Our Favourite Spring Beauty Must-Haves

The change in seasons is the perfect time to overhaul your beauty routine. To make navigating the beauty world easier this season, we’ve rounded up a handful of our favourite beauty must-haves that we’re using this spring.

With a blend of native New Zealand actives including mamaku, kawakawa and manuka honey combined with 5% vitamin B5, Sans [ceuticals] new Superdose Sleep Infusion Masque, $75, aims to soothe inflammation and boost hydration and repair environmental damage. Designed to apply in a generous layer before bed, it doesn’t need rinsing, so is an easy, intensive treatment for stressed and very dry skin.

Like a holiday in a bottle, Narciso Eau Neroli Ambree, 50ml EDT $143, is a fresh, luminous new perfume that is both alluring and light. As with all Narciso fragrances, a heart of soft musc is updated and decorated with top notes of neroli, orange blossom and frangipani and a base of woody notes with hints of amber.

Guerlain Abeille Royale Advanced Youth Watery Oil, $171, is a unique new arrival to Guerlain’s age-defying Abeille Royale collection that hinges on key ingredients made from bee products, an area devoted significant research by the French beauty giant. It’s an incredibly nourishing yet light serum hybrid with a unique texture that offers the richness of an oil, the lightness of a lotion and the power of a serum. Made from 95% naturally-derived ingredients it contains a number of different types of honey as well as royal jelly, each chosen for their repairing properties in order to deliver smooth radiant and plump skin. 

Dior is extending its divine Rouge Dior lipstick line with a collection of coloured balms with 95% natural origin ingredients. The lightweight hydrating Rouge Dior Natural Balms, $66 each come in satin, matte and metallic finishes and offer a soft veil of low-key colour. Retail inserts are also available to minimise packaging waste. They are available from September 12.

Mecca’s affordable house brand named Mecca Max has moved into skincare with a concise range of simple options that don’t cost the earth but offer useful solutions to skin challenges. Among the cleanser, acne treatments and mask is the Watercooler Calming Hydration Serum, $28, a suits-everyone vitamin-rich serum that will help boost the moisture content of skin and keep it in great condition. It also contains probiotics that help keep skin balanced and protect its natural protective barrier. 

From the just-landed Rare Beauty line, the Stay Vulnerable Melting Blush, $39, is a cream blush that can be blended into cheeks with your fingers and gives a fresh healthy flush that looks flattering and natural whether you’re wearing other makeup or not. 

From L-R: Sans [ceuticals] Superdose Sleep Infusion Masque;  Narciso Eau Neroli Ambree; Guerlain Abeille Royale Advanced Youth Watery Oil; Dior Rouge Dior Natural Balm; Mecca Max Skin Watercooler Calming Hydration Serum; Rare Beauty Stay Vulnerable Melting Blush in Nearly Apricot.

The top beauty and wellness ingredients for 2022

If you find it hard to keep up with new skincare releases, innovations and must-try ingredients to boost your mental and physical wellness, look away now!

But if you’re keen to know how to improve your skin routine and what the next trending wonder superfood might be, by all means read on.

Given we’re all curious to know what’s in our skincare and what those ingredients can actually do for our skin, as well as ingestibles that might be able to boost our appearance – and performance –  it’s not surprising that plant-based ingredients have been gaining in popularity for our insides, and out.

According to recent research from Trendalytics, that’s likely to continue for the next year.

The retail analytics company has released a report of the top 10 ingredients for 2022, based on current search patterns.

 “We’re continuing to see the blurring of the lines between industries: food and wellness, wellness and skin care,” said Sarah Barnes, content marketing manager at Trendalytics told WWD. “Brands in any of those spaces are branching out to create more of a lifestyle approach.”

Barnes says those featuring highly on social media platforms like TikTok will continue to remain influential, like Chlorophyll drops, currently proving incredibly popular on the platform despite mixed reports from health professionals on benefits as a health supplement. 

“The idea of ‘beauty hacks’ is really popular: people are saying sea salt spray is a miracle cure for acne, and chlorophyll is another,” Barnes said. “Last year, we saw the boom in vitamin C, elderberry and other natural ingredients that help boost immunity. Now, people are emerging from lockdown into society, and these are other examples of shifts in consumer demand and priorities.”

Top 10 ingredients for 2022, according to Trendalytics.

  1. Chlorophyll
  2. Postbiotic
  3. Pyrrolidone Carboxylic Acid (PCA)
  4. Bakuchiol
  5. Winter Cherry
  6. Volcanic Ash
  7. Makgeolli (A traditional Korean alcoholic beverage brewed from rice)
  8. Tulip
  9. CBD
  10. Probiotic