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The Best Hydrating Facials to Quench Parched Summer Skin

Need a pick-me-up to return skin to its plump, glowy best?

Even if you’ve been admirably committed to a multi-step skincare regimen, summer can still do a number on your complexion.

Long days spent outdoors – whether you’ve been careful with SPF or not – as well as a significant amount of celebration and not enough water intake can play a part in dehydrated, tight-feeling skin.

There are plenty of at-home masks and cooling gel moisturisers that do the job for a quick hit of hydration, but there’s nothing quite like the level of plump, glowing skin achieved in the hands of an expert. They’re like magic for quickly transforming a lacklustre-looking complexion into an enviably radiant and healthy one.

What’s more, given you don’t have to do anything but lie there, you’ll quickly hit peak relaxation as well. 

So where do you go for the best hydrating facial options? Read on:

Sothys Hydra3Ha Hydrating Intensive Treatment at selected Sothys salons

Parisian skincare brand Sothys has been creating effective salon treatments for decades, combining a luxury experience with visible results, which is the recipe for a desirable facial in our books. This treatment, available at a number of clinics and spas around NZ, follows a cleanse and enzyme treatment with application of high-grade Hyaluronic acid in two molecular weights to treat all levels of skin with a hit of lasting hydration. The final step is a smoothing, plumping mask to lock it in.

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Murad Express Hydrating Facial at Caci

Because sometimes you don’t have time to spend hours in a spa in the pursuit of great skin, for a quick complexion reset, Caci’s 30-minute Murad facial is absolutely ideal. Using nourishing Murad products, flaky, dry, or tight skin is gently cleansed and brought back to life quick-smart with the application of salon-strength skincare. Or upgrade to a Sonophoresis skincare infusion which uses a small metal handpiece and sound waves to infuse antioxidants and hydrating skincare ingredients deep into skin. 

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Votary Wellbeing Facial from Spring and East Day Spas

On the other hand, if you’re in the mood to be indulged, being slathered in UK brand Votary’s pure plant-based luxury oils is a great way to pass 60 minutes. The products are chosen to suit your skin and the process is incredibly relaxing, plus, there’s just something about the very specific glow you get from the combination of lightweight, antioxidant-rich oils and gentle circulation-boosting facial massage. Their therapists are known for incredible euphoria-inducing head or hand massages too!

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Osmosis Repair & Glow facial at Haven Skin Spa

Using a unique handheld device called an Osmosis RevitaPen, the brand’s advanced repairing and revitalising serums are encouraged to penetrate deep into the skin. The RevitaPen’s tip is made from stainless surgical steel with tiny conical tips that create micro-channels for exceptional absorption but do not break the skin like microneedling does, so it’s non-invasive and gentle but will rejuvenate skin and increase circulation and hydration.

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The Bespoke Facial at The Facialist

You can’t fit a square peg in a round hole, and similarly, facials using pre-defined products aren’t always going to get the most from your skin, so going bespoke means you’ll get a tailored response that will deliver for you personally. Here, a Facialist therapist cherry-picks the best products from its considered range of skincare brands depending on what’s going on with your skin prior to, and on the day of your visit, including customised actives, intensive masks and massage. This salon truly knows how to deliver an amazing all-round facial experience, so if you’re picking a facial as a gift, it’s a sure bet. 

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Hydrafacial from selected clinics

A treatment picking up hype internationally for its all-rounder approach and celeb cred. A handpiece offers a deep cleanse via a spiral tip with a suction process, de-gunking pores and regenerating skin cells in a manner similar to microdermabrasion but with a more gentle technique, while simultaneously infusing a hydrating serum containing antioxidants, peptides and hyaluronic into skin. You can have it even if you have sensitive skin and it can be customised to treat your specific issues, including acne, lymphatic drainage to take down allergy puffiness, pigmentation and fine lines. 

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How An Advanced New Beauty Towel Can Upgrade Your Skincare Game

What makes a face cloth worth $65 or a towel worth $159? That depends on how often you do the laundry.

According to the founders of new sustainable linen brand Resorè, we just don’t change up our towels and face cloths enough. Given we reuse them so regularly, they can harbour bacteria that have the potential to affect the health and condition of our skin and can lead to blemishes and other irritations. 

The Melbourne-based brand’s co-founders set out to create luxurious towels and face cloths with a high-performing textile that has antibacterial properties, meaning they are softer and kinder to skin and you don’t need to wash them as often.

The incredibly soft and fluffy products, now available here at Mecca, are carefully woven from sustainable bamboo, cotton and lyocell weave and treated with a long-lasting Silverbac antimicrobial treatment that’s said to stop the spread and incubation of 99.9% of bacteria

Supermodel Rosie Huntington-Whiteley is already a fan, having signed on as brand ambassador for Resore’s launch campaign. 

We spoke with Resorè co-founder Nathan Jackson about what makes his linen brand so unique.

What was your initial motivation to create Resore?

We were looking at home textiles as a whole and realised the market was saturated with the same products. It led us to sit down and think about what we could create with meaning and purpose. This led us to the bathroom and focusing on the bath and face towel. The more we considered these, the more we realised they come in contact with your skin almost more than any other beauty item in your cabinet.

The research also showed people are not washing their towels enough, creating breeding grounds for bad bacteria that cause major skin concerns. After discovering this, we set out to create a cleaner towel that can protect your skin. 

What do people often overlook about which face cloth they use?

The three main areas our research found were people not realising they are more often than not reapplying bacteria to their skin which can be very harmful, people using fibres on their face that are coarse and prone to cause inflammation and irritation while not being effective in removing dry skin, oil and sebum, and finally there are still a lot of people who do not wash their face with water and a face towel as much as they need to, to ensure cleaner, healthier skin.  

What was the process of working with your innovative textiles?

We started by identifying the key drivers and problems that are occurring within the bathroom today. We then sourced the most technically advanced silver-based product on the market to combat this, Silverbac. 

We then looked at ways we can make the towel more beneficial for people with sensitive skin and how it can be more effective at removing oil, sebum and dead skin from your body, which led us to Lyocell and Rayon from Bamboo. 

We wanted the towel to get better and softer over time while still being active so grounded it in one of the most premium long staple yards in the world, Aegean Turkish cotton. 

Working with leading fibre houses we were also able to ensure the towel was based around sustainability and safe fibres achieving a OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 certification. 

You even say the face cloths are ‘anti-aging’. How is that possible?

Our towels aim to minimise skin irritations and issues over time by reducing bacteria, removing oil and sebum, and nourishing and rejuvenating through their handle. All these elements if not cared for can leave long term skin effects creating both lines, wrinkles and overall scaring. 

How long do the special properties last?

An area we worked really hard on was sourcing sustainable materials that last. The fibres that are inherent within the towel meaning that they last the lifetime of the product and will not wash out

How did Rosie Huntington-Whitely become involved?

Evah thought Rosie was the perfect fit for our initial campaign and also leading the charge in educating and connecting with our customers. We reached out to Rosie with our concept and were so excited to hear she was interested to hear more, after phone calls and meeting in person we were sure she was. Evah, Rosie and the creative team then worked from there to create the launch campaign.