Microbiome science provides soothing recovery solution for stressed skin

Have you heard of skin ‘rewilding’? It’s currently a buzzworthy trend in the world of skincare, and borrows the term from conservation efforts to restore ecosystems to a point where nature can recover and flourish.

Similarly, skin rewilding acknowledges we are facing increasing challenges with our complexions. A fast-paced lifestyle, along with environmental and UV damage can result in irritation, sensitivity and breakouts. Our skin’s natural flora, known as its microbiome, can be thrown out of balance and skin’s protective barrier is subsequently compromised.

Rewilding simply means seeking out dedicated products that seek to return that natural balance by introducing the nutrients that sustain beneficial microorganisms, now known to be fundamental to healthy and radiant-looking skin. When the microbiome is balanced, skin is better able to defend and recover.


While people are certainly talking about the skin’s microbiome right now, it’s far more than a passing trend for Lancôme. The iconic skincare brand has led the way in skincare formulation to soothe, strengthen and hydrate skin and has done so since it introduced its original Génifique serum back in 2009 that addressed an array of skin concerns including radiance, texture, resilience, firmness, clarity, tone and fine lines and wrinkles.

Lancôme scientists put years of research into the original formula, but skincare science moves on significantly each year, and in the interim those experts sought to learn more about how our skin reacts and deals with modern, ever-evolving situations. As a result, microbiome science has gained increasing focus. The resultant discoveries informed a reformulated serum, Advanced Génifique Youth Activating Concentrate formulation launched in 2019, and has gone on to become a skincare smash hit of icon status.

It’s powered by seven prebiotic and probiotic fractions that work to enhance skin in two unique ways: to bolster the quality and diversity of the skin microbiome with its prebiotic nutrients; and to nourish the skin with its unique cocktail of probiotic fractions and hyaluronic acid. Remarkably, each dropper full of Advanced Génifique contains 30 million prebiotic and probiotic fractions that work to supercharge the skin’s recovery mode.

Within just seven days of use, studies have shown the skin is resilient, stronger and more youthful-looking, not to mention plump and radiant.

Lancôme’s Advanced Génifique Youth Activating Concentrate (L) and Advanced Génifique Sensitive.


In today’s world, skin issues are on the rise. Along with increasingly managing environmental challenges that impact skin, wearing a mask has become a necessary part of our daily routine, and skin can easily become impaired beneath it. As its barrier is compromised, our skin becomes visibly unstable. Soon, imperfections such as redness, discomfort, excess oil and visible pores can appear.

It’s why Lancôme has extended its microbiome knowledge to a dedicated short-term treatment serum to help address the specific demands of skin experiencing sensitivity, or simply skin that’s not looking or feeling its best.

New Advanced Génifique Sensitive serum is a 30-day recovery treatment designed to soothe, hydrate and rebalance skin that’s out of kilter. That includes treating redness, visible pores, and excessively oily skin.


Designed as a night-time serum to complement the use of Advanced Génifique Youth Activating Concentrate in the morning, Advanced Génifique Sensitive is made up of two concentrates in different compartments, freshly sealed and separated until activation to preserve freshness and potency.

Before use, it’s necessary to blend and activate the two freshly sealed concentrates of the formula by pushing and twisting the black cap clockwise to release the blue concentrate into the base concentrate. Then shake the bottle until the two concentrates are evenly mixed, unscrew the black cap and replace with the dropper to use the product.

Apply to skin after cleansing. Its weightless serum texture sinks in quickly, leaving skin feeling beautifully fresh and hydrated.


Dual concentrates are freshly sealed and separated until activation to preserve their freshness and potency.


Harnessing Lancôme microbiome science, it contains 7 pre-and probiotic fractions selected for their complementary action on the microbiome and its environment. In addition, the base also contains hyaluronic acid known to help skin retain water; it helps smooth and replump the skin with moisture.


It is enriched with ferulic acid pure at 98% and vitamin E in order to deliver potent antioxidant protection against free radical damage that can accelerate signs of ageing and soothe the skin. Together, they help revitalise skin’s protective barrier to improve its texture, promote an even complexion and protect against environmental aggressors.

To learn more about new Advanced Génifique Sensitive serum, visit


Six eye shadow palettes that are perfect for spring

There’s no debate, eye makeup is completely dominating makeup trends at the moment.

From beauty trends on show at international fashion weeks to red carpet events and social media influences, all areas point to the trends continuing through our spring and summer and well into next year.

The good news is, you don’t have to be particularly skilled in application as the keyword for everything surrounding beauty this season is: easy.

The everyday approach? Soft washes of colour on the eyes, be they gently shimmering and soft shades of nude, rose pinks or gold or matte tones that add dimension and shape.

Of course more bold and directional statements are also everywhere, particularly bold and creative eyeliner and

Right now we’re embracing the former, soft-wash approach because the products available are just so pretty and allow an easy twist on the application approach you usually take.

Key is to find a good fluffy eyeshadow blending brush to ensure the edges off your application are seamless. We like MAC’s 224 brush.

If you find your eyeshadow disappearing throughout the day or beginning to crease, try using an eyeshadow primer like the one from Anastasia Beverly Hills over lids before you apply your eyeshadow.

e.l.f. Bite-Size Eyeshadow Palette – Acai You, $7

If you find yourself at Kmart (or browsing online), in between picking up a new desk organiser or bathroom knickknack, do yourself a favour and check out e.l.f. Makeup. The collection has crazy-low prices but the products are generally very good. Proof? It’s a celebrity fave and this eye shadow palette (above) in particular was recently worn on the Emmy’s red carpet by actor, writer and director Issa Rae. Her makeup artist Joanna Simkin created a stunning soft violet eye look that was the epitome of this season’s embrace of colour on the eyes, and it’s something we’ll be trying to recreate very soon!


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Charlotte Tilbury Luxury Palette for Eyes in Pillow Talk, $87

Everyone is talking about the arrival (finally!) of British makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury’s glamorous cosmetics and skincare line to our shores thanks to Mecca. There’s much debate over which products are must-haves, but if we’re talking eye looks, this quad must be up there. It’s part of a collection designed around the brand’s famously flattering ad suits-most lipstick shade called Pillow Talk. If you’re never tried wearing pink on the eyes, now would be the time, and this would be the thing to try it with as it gives a very subtle, modern result.

Morphe 9R Bronze Metal Artistry Palette, $20

Another affordable option, Morphe does a great line of eye palettes and this bronze collection is just the thing to set off a summer tan, faux of course! With the options of using matte shades or shimmer ones – or both – it’s a good all rounder option. Lest we forget the option to add a pop of gold – also trending right now.

Natasha Denona Mini Star Eyeshadow Palette, $44

Another brand beloved by makeup fans, Natasha Denona is known for super-pigmented (and ultimately very pricey) eyeshadow palettes. This set is much smaller than it seems in real life but these mini kits are a great way to get a feel for the brand’s expertise. Here the real hero is that green duo-chome colour that appears to have a taupe base when applied. It’s perfect for an evening look.

L’Oreal Paris Nude Emotions Eyes & Cheeks Blushing Palette, $35.99

A new arrival for L’Oreal, This palette offers 16 shades that can be worn one at a time, but the options make it easy to dip into two or three shades for your eye look. Again soft pinks and nude tones reveal where the current trend focus lies.

Tom Ford Eye Colour Quad in Nude Dip, $164

Your luxury option, this makes a stunning gift or to use yourself. The price is up there but the eye shadow pans are larger and the creamy powder texture is divine. These shadows can also be applied with a dry brush for a more blown-out and blended look or with a wet brush for more pigment intensity. The champagne shimmers can quickly be transformed into a more smoky look by applying the deeper shades at the out corners of your eyelids.