Howâ€™s your skin feeling? Around the middle of the year the effects of winter can start taking a toll, with dryness, dehydration sensitivity and dullness common complaints.
It’s worth considering taking stock of the skincare you’re currently using and if it’s serving you well.
If youâ€™re really struggling and your complexion is , it’s worth visiting a skin expert for a consultation to see what changes might be worth making or how a skin treatment could assist.Â
If your skin just needs a little boost, a luxurious and hydrating facial could be the pick me up that kick starts your glow.Â
Another option is to try something different or new in your routine. Whatâ€™s worth the time and money?Â
We look at some new arrivals and how they help achieve great skin.Â
La Roche-Posay Cicaplast B5 Mask, $14.99
Designed for sensitive skin and those of us experiencing extreme dryness, La Roche-Posayâ€™s new Cicaplast B5 Mask is a soothing, hydrating one-time face mask thatâ€™s also suitable for use calming skin after aesthetic treatments. Perfect now while cold temperatures and wind are challenging our skin, we also pick itâ€™ll be a godsend after a day in the sun come warmer weather.
Boost Lab Serums, $34.95 each
A new serum collection now available in Farmers stores, similar to Deciemâ€™s wildly popular The Ordinary, Boost Lab was created to offer clinically proven results at an affordable price point. The seven serums are formulated and made in New Zealand and are intended to target the most common skin conditions and concerns. Easily added to your routine after cleansing and moisturising, they include Vitamin C Brightening Serum, Vitamin B3 Blemish Rescue Serum, Multi-Peptide Anti-Ageing Serum, 2-D Hyaluronic Hydro Boost Serum, Retinol Night Renewal Serum, AHA Resurfacing Serum and Bio-Active Eye Reset Serum.
AvĂ¨ne A-Oxitive AntioxidantÂ Defence Serum, $64.99
AvĂ¨neâ€™s new A-Oxitive Antioxidant Defence Serum is like your skinâ€™s bodyguard, assisting it in warding off negative effects the environment – think pollution, UV and other stressors – can have on skin. Those challenges can impact the way skin looks, playing a part in uneven texture, fine lines and pigmentation. Vitamins C and E are some of the most effective antioxidants to help fend off these challenges as well as improve the current appearance of your complexion. They’re included here in a uniquely stablised, time-release form thatâ€™s better able to benefit skin, resulting in a brighter, refreshed and more radiant appearance over time.Â
Lâ€™Oreal Paris Revitalift Laser Pure Retinol Night Serum, $49.99
Making retinol easy and accessible is Lâ€™Orealâ€™s new Paris Revitalift Laser Pure Retinol Night Serum. Retinol is widely researched and respected as the most useful and effective of anti-aging skincare ingredients, but it can sometimes leave skin sensitive and dry in prescription-only forms, and department-store versions commonly only hold very low concentrations of the wonder ingredient. This before-bed serum is Lâ€™Orealâ€™s highest concentration of pure retinol ever,Â at 0.2%, and carefully formulated with other beneficial hydrating ingredients to ensure skin tolerates it well. Because Retinol can quickly degrade, Lâ€™Oreal has spent much time and effort also developing a formula that maintains its stability and potency, down to the last drop.
Coola skincare, from $65
Long beloved for its organic sunscreen and tanning formulas, Californian-cool company Coola has jumped into skincare with a six-product collection. The line follows itâ€™s now well-established approach, that prioritises natural, sustainably-sourced organic ingredients with formulas that aim to minimise the damage of common skin aggressors including blue light, pollution and UV rays.Â
The new line offers a full skin regimen with a cleansing gel, daily moisturiser, sea salt exfoliator, antioxidant serum, hydrating mask and face mist. Our picks of the bunch so far are the refreshing Glowing Greens Detoxifying Facial Cleansing Gel and the fine Reawakening Rosewater Mist.
Ole Henriksen Dewtopia 20% Acid Night Treatment, $97
Much beloved for its resurfacing treatment products, this new arrival is a potent 20% acid night serum that smoothes skin texture, firms, improves elasticity and targets the look of dark spots, pores, fine lines and wrinkles. An all rounder that offers a balance of exfoliating and replenishing ingredients, itâ€™s great for those who already use a resurfacing product, but if not, start out slowly, using a couple of times a week to gauge how skin adapts. Be sure to follow up with an SPF the morning after to protect your renewed skin!Â
LancĂ´me Advanced GĂ©nifique Yeux, $126
A spin off from its top-selling serum, LancĂ´meâ€™s new Advanced GĂ©nifique Yeux eye cream calls on the same microbiome science that strengthens skin and delivers a healthy hydrated glow. LancĂ´meâ€™s scientists subsequently learned that the skin of the eye contour has a specific microbiome, or healthy bacteria key to keeping skin in great shape, so they developed this new eye product.Â
Â A lightweight cream that sinks in quickly, it holds a complex ofÂ seven pre- & probiotic fractions as well as hyaluronic acid, a vitamin C derivative (vitamin CG) and a blend of active ingredients to strengthen the fragile area, safeguard skin against pollution and tackle dark circles. So hydrating, the area looks fresh and youthful immediately after use.
Shiseido Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate, $195
Shiseido’s incredibly popular hero serum Ultimune, known for its ability to strengthen skin’s defences against stressors that diminish the appearance of skin, has just had an update. The Ultimune reformulation promotes skin’s circulation to enhance the flow of essential ingredients. It also has botanical extracts of Heart Leaf Plant for resilience and and fermented Roselle flowers to provide probiotic activity. The brand says it has the ability to “recharge radiance in just 3 days” and given its lush, dewy yet rich texture, we wont be surprised! Over time it is designed to improve radiance, smoothness and resilience.
Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask in Gummy Bear, $32
And finally, one that’s a bit of fun! Laneige’s Lip Sleeping Mask’s (a luxe lip balm to you and I, but in a slightly thicker protective texture) are beloved for their nourishing texture that’s a delight to apply before bed. Now there’s a ‘gummy bear’ version that has a sweet, grape scent.