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The Shape Shifters

Now is the time to start putting some serious thought into those New Year’s resolutions, and what better place to start than a thorough overhaul of your skincare regimen. To make things easy – an achievable – we’ve spoken to skincare buffs to find out what ingredients we need to be including in our beauty routines.

VITAMIN A

Founder of Environ and award-winning skincare expert, Dr Des Fernandes, has long touted vitamin A as skincare’s ultimate age-restoring ingredient.

“Vitamin A controls everything that is important about skin,” Fernandes explains. “How thick the skin is, how much collagen you retain, even skin colour, texture and tone. But what many people don’t realise is that when we go into daylight we destroy the vitamin A in our skin so we need to replace it on a daily basis.”

Include vitamin A in your routine to boost cell turnover, enhance radiance and bolster collagen and elastin levels in your skin.

DNA ENZYMES

DNA enzymes have been popping up in skincare for a few years, according to leading dermatologist Dr Shobhan Manoharan, director of Westside Dermatology and Brisbane skin. But it’s only now that we’re really starting to see ingredients that get the job done. “It’s very clever new science and we’re getting to the point that it’s effective.”

When free radicals attack our skin they often damage DNA, destroying the structure of the skin and increasing chances of premature ageing. “DNA enzymes chop out the damage and replace it with a more normal structure of DNA; skin cells are then able to form in a healthy way.”

VITAMIN C

“It helps minimise the first signs of loss of skin firmness and photo-aging,” explains Ultraceuticals skin expert Tracey Beeby. A powerful antioxidant vitamin C can help to restore youthfulness to your complexion, protect skin from free radicals, promote wound healing, activate collagen synthesis and inhibit pigment-forming enzymes.

For the best results, Beeby recommends using vitamin C daily. “Over time you may notice an improved reduction in the appearance of brown spots and sun damage and see firmer looking skin.”

ALPHA-HYDROXY ACIDS

“AHAs are water-soluble, and are designed to break down the dead skin layer, unsticking the little protein bonds that hold the very top layer (stratum corneum) of your skin together,” says Tania McKenzie, clinical educator at Advanced Skin Technology.

This unique type of exfoliation increases cell turnover, supports healthy skin by hydrating and evening skin tone, and can improve fine lines, pigmentation and acne. McKenzie emphasises the importance of wearing sunscreen when using AHAs as your skin can become more vulnerable to UV damage.

M.A.C opens first counter on Auckland’s North Shore

Prior to this weekend, North Shore-based M.A.C enthusiasts had to journey across the bridge to get their fix of the cult cosmetics brand. But prayers and a petition have been answered, and the brand’s offerings are now much closer to home with M.A.C opening its very first counter in Westfield Albany.“We have had a steady stream of North Shore residents asking for a M.A.C Cosmetics outlet for some time now.  Some even set up a petition requesting for a M.A.C counter in Albany.  How could we ignore that?  We are so excited to be able to finally cater to their needs,” says Tanya Jackson, Brand General Manager, M·A·C Cosmetics New Zealand.The brand spanking new counter, located within Farmers, is New Zealand’s 13th store and the seventh counter in Auckland

The brand spanking new counter, located within Farmers, brings with it a New Zealand first: an interactive M.A.C playtable kitted out with M.A.C’s line-up of lipsticks and lipglass products. “The playtable enables customers to play with makeup in a less structured way meaning they can have a more fun and playful experience,” says Jackson.

M·A·C’s Menu of Services, where customers can experience full-face make-up applications and lessons from 30-90 minutes, focus feature services concentrating on one area of the face for 10-15 minutes, and M·A·C Parties, are all available at the new counter.

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