THE BEST SKINCARE PRODUCTS FOR YOUR 20S, 30S AND 40S

When it comes to skincare, it’s all about timing. Making some smart changes at the right time can make a big difference and give you a healthy complexion.

20s

  • Choose gentle and moisturising products. There’s no need to use any preventative skincare products for mature skin yet.
  • If you skin looks tired and puffy, Institut Esthederm’s Radiance Cream (£48.45) is perfect for fighting the first signs of ageing whilst keeping the skin radiant.
  • If your skin is prone to blemishes, choose acne-fighting skincare.
  • You don’t really need heavy foundations yet, so try a BB cream from Bioderma’s Sensibio range (£15.50), which is great for covering any signs of fatigue.
  • For gentle yet effective cleansing, try Institut Esthederm’s Oscmoclean Gentle Deep Pore Cleanser (£26.50), which will not dry out the skin, but leave it feeling refreshed and looking radiant.

30s

  • This is the age when you should consider introducing anti-ageing products into your skincare routine.
  • Choose products enriched with vitamins A, E and C as well as hyaluronic acid and oxygen.
  • You should start using night and eye creams. Try Institut Esthederm’s Lift & Repair Eye Contour Lift Patches (£53 for 10) Patches to banish dark circles.
  • Proper hydration is key to keeping those fine lines at bay. Bioderma’s Hydrabio range adds the perfect amount of moisture to the skin without making it oily. Try Hydrabio H2O Micelle Solution (£10.80 for 250ml) and Hydrabio Masque Moisturising Mask (£15).
  • Hide tiredness and emphasise your natural beauty with high quality makeup.

 

40s

  • Eyes are likely to lose definition in your 40s. The Institut Esthederm Youth EyeContour Cream (£58) will fade any wrinkles, puffiness and dark circles.
  • Don’t forget to look after your neck and décolleté. The skin is thinner and more sensitive in these areas. Treat it the same way you treat your face.
  • Using a deeply hydrating serum will bring radiance to the skin. Choose one with hyaluronic acid that will moisturise the skin without feeling heavy. Try Institut Esthederm’s Intensive Hyaluronic Serum (£49.50).
  • A gentle but deep cleanser is ideal for keeping elasticity in the skin. Bioderma’s Hydrabio Exfoliating Gel (£10.80) smoothes the skin and restores radiance.

INTRODUCING THE BRAND: SKIN689

Skin689 is a Zurich based premium skincare company that is all about effective ingredients and products that really work. As specialists in correction of unwanted visible changes of the skin, skin689 combine proven active ingredients for treating problem areas such as cellulite or contour loss.

The range consists of four innovative products:

Crème Anti-Cellulite (£49, 100ml)

More collagen fiber, less cellulite, is what skin689 Crème Anti-Cellulite is all about thanks to its patent-pending active ingredient CHacoll. Due to CHacoll, the collagen synthesis in the subcutaneous tissue is stimulated, and thus, the skin becomes visibly firmer within a few weeks. The skin surface is smoothed, and its elasticity is remarkably improved.

 

Firm Skin Decolleté and Neck (£36.50, 50ml)

 

The delicate skin of the decolleté is unforgiving and can show wrinkles quickly. skin689 Firm Skin Decolleté and Neck Cream, with DermCom crocus bulb extract, promotes the regeneration of the collagen and elastin network, providing additional firmness and visibly reducing wrinkles. Within the décolleté area the sparsely pronounced hypodermic fatty tissue allows only a thin collagen network layer, reducing its natural rebound effect to remove wrinkles. This is where the Firm Skin Decolleté and Neck Creme comes in: active ingredients enhance the regeneration of the collagen and elastin network for more tone and less wrinkles.
Firm Skin Upper Arms (£34.50, 40ml)

 

Firm Skin Upper Arms is developed specifically for the upper arms and can catalyse energy metabolism and breakdown fatty acids. The active ingredients CoAXEL® and PhytocellTec ™ argan stem cell extract support the reduction of dispensable fatty acids, increasing the collagen concentration and firming the skin. Crocus bulb extract strengthens the collagen network and caffeine drains the tissue.
Bio-Cellulose Face Mask (£5.90, 1 piece)

 

The Bio-Cellulose Hyaluron Face Mask soothes and refreshes the facial skin instantly. Its fine natural fibres are extracted from natural coconut water in a biotechnological process and fermented into a gel-like tissue. As a result, the mask fits like a second skin and effectively covers even the finest wrinkle. The mask is enriched with hyaluronic acid that replenishes the moisture deposits of the skin and fills wrinkles from the inside. An amino acid complex additionally moisturises and nourishes the skin cells. Adenosine is involved in the synthesis of pro-collagen, as it relaxes the muscles responsible for the facial expressions and thus provides an immediate smoothing effect.

 

Products from skin689 can be found in over 300 beauty salons in Switzerland and are also available in the company’s online shop: www.skin689.ch

INTRODUCING THE BRAND: 31ST STATE

31st State is a new skin, body and haircare range inspired by California and designed especially for young men.

Stephanie Capuano, CEO and Founder of 31st State, was born and raised in California and now lives in London with her two teenage boys. She realised that there is a gap in the market for products that would help combat her teenage son’s hair, skin and body hang ups, and decided to create a product range for teens that would really work, taking inspiration from the Cali lifestyle.

Stephanie comments: 31st State was inspired by the beaches, deserts and forests of California. Where life just seems a little less complicated, a clean and effortless existence. A sense of not trying too hard that seems to come naturally to the guys who live there. We wanted to deliver that simplicity and possibility to guys everywhere.”

“Everyone struggles with bad skin or hair at some point so we created something that not only takes inspiration from nature but also use ingredients that really work. We want to help guys feel and look their best, so they can go out there and do their thing with one less element to worry about.”

The first range of products include:

2-in-1 Hair and Body Wash (£8.99). Created to help you feel clean and fresh all day long. Silver helps to fight spots and bacteria, working as an anti-inflammatory and acting as a natural disinfectant whilst Zinc works to control body odour and soothes the skin.

While we don’t have young men in our team, we thought that this range can also be used by girls/women who have acne-prone skin. The ingredients in this body wash are great for calming back and chest acne and preventing new spots from appearing on your skin. We think it’s a great product to have in your gym bag especially.

 

Roll on Deodorant (£5.99). Formulated with odour-fighting Zinc and antibacterial Silver to combat microbes that can cause body odour.

This deodorant doesn’t leave stains on the clothes and has a very fresh scent, which is not as strong as some other men’s deodorants, so we think that it’s perfectly good to be used by women as well. If you sweat a bit more, this deodorant will not disappoint you.

 

Foaming Face Wash (£12.99). Designed to thoroughly cleanse skin of dirt, oil and bacteria, helping to prevent blemishes and spots. Tea Tree releases into the skin slowly over a 12-hour period, reducing the likelihood of irritation and redness whilst antibacterial Manuka works to target spots by helping to get rid of oil.

This is a wonderful face wash for acne-prone skin, because it’s non-drying, so safe to be used every day. The formula includes Magnesium, Copper and Zinc to prevent breakouts and restore healthier looking skin.

 

Overnight Clearing Pads (£15.99). Designed to combat congested skin, helping to tackle existing spots and prevent future breakouts. Lactic Acid, Manuka and Tea Tree work to reduce the appearance of enlarged pores and remove surface dirt and oil.

We tested this product on both face and body and it performed beautifully on both. The skin felt fresh and oil-free afterwords. For women, we recommend trying these Clearing Pads after you’ve worn makeup all day to deeply cleanse the skin, especially if it’s prone to spots.

 

Spot Control Gel (£12.99). The gel combines antibacterial Manuka with Tea Tree to help calm redness and irritation. It also contains witch hazel, renowned for its use in acne products because of its antiseptic, anti-irritant, antibacterial and potent anti-inflammatory properties.

Our absolute favourite product from the range. It worked like magic even after just one use to calm any breakouts. We recommend dotting this gel on your existing spots or even areas prone to breakouts before going to sleep, and we promise that you will wake up with a better looking skin.

 

Easy Hold Styling Gel (£6.99). Fuelled by Tamanu and Shea to give a natural hold and definition without stickiness, keeping you looking your best. Tamanu Oil is helps the hair shine and gives natural UV protection.

 

 

Style and Shape Putty (£8.99). Created to give texture, definition and subtle hold, with a clean matt finish. To ensure hair is protected naturally from UV rays, Tamanu Oil is combined with hydrating Shea Butter to keep hair looking thick and shiny all day long.

 

 

The products are available now at  31st-state.com

9 GEL MOISTURISERS TO TRY NOW

If you are suffering from clogged pores and/or acne, one of the reasons could be that the face cream that you’re using is the culprit. Lots of skincare products contain oils that might be excellent for dry skin, but if your skin is combination, oily or even normal, you might want to look into gel moisturisers, which are water based and won’t leave your skin feeling greasy.

Gel moisturisers have lots of hydration power, so they can now be used all year round, not just in summer. Here’s a selection of our favourites to add to your skincare routine.

 

Sothys Hydra 3Ha Hydrating Gel-Cream (50ml, £45.00, available at select spas across the UK)  contains a patented natural extract from a wild Boletus mushroom, which activates the genes responsible for the management of the skins water resources helping the skin to regulate and maintain its own moisture content to maximum efficiency. Coupled with high molecular weight Hyaluronic Acid, this gel-cream is perfect for dehydrated normal or combination skin. If you are after a lightweight yet deeply hydrating moisturiser with luxe ingredients, you will love it. Try using with Sothys Hydra 3Ha Intensive Hydrating Serum for maximum effect.

Skin79 Aragospa Aqua Gel Cream  (90ml, £25.90, lookfantastic.com)  features a revitalising, creamy formula that imbues skin with instant freshness and hydration with Aragonite Thermal Water sourced from Jeju Island (known as the Hawaii of Asia). This gel cream from a cult Korean brand Skin79 ensures long lasting water retention, while natural extracts of Vitamin-C rich Neem Tree help support collagen synthesis to smooth the look of fine lines and imperfections. The formula is hypoallergenic, perfect for dry and combination skin types.

 

HEALGEL Face (50ml, £48, Net-A-Porter) targets the visible signs of ageing for a firmer, smoother, replenished complexion. A triple phase hyaluronic acid complex provides an instant firming and plumping effect. The formula of this gel moisturiser is lightweight, has a cooling effect and is lightly fragranced. Created by a world-renowned team of cosmetic and aesthetic surgeons together with a highly acclaimed and multi award-winning dermatological bio-chemist, HEALGEL’s Face will work on any skin type.

 

 

Proto-col Moisturising Facial Gel (50ml, £21.95, proto-col.com) has a feather light texture, which absorbs into the skin effortlessly, supporting your skin against all elements of life.  With over 20 amino acids and vitamins, this moisturising facial gel combines these forces to reduce the appearance of fine lines and promote fresh, smooth skin and releases hydration throughout the day.

 

 

Embryolisse Hydra-Mat Emulsion (40ml, £22, Boots) ensures optimum moisturising and a long lasting matte effect. The skin drinks in its natural moisturising factors, and the product fixes the moisture (a sugar derivative that acts like a micro-sponge) and tones the skin with apricot oil. Embryolisse Hydra-Mat Emulsion absorbs excess sebum and reduces shininess as well as penetrates the skin, leaving it soft, smooth and matte all day long.

 

 

 

Skin Revivals Age-Defying Hydro Creme-Gel (50ml, £14, beautynaturals.com )is an ultra-light, luscious creme gel melts away on your skin and provides intense hydration and lasting comfort. The cocktail of replenishing ingredients includes extracts of pomegranate and aloe vera to help revitalise and soothe redness. Also bursting with sodium hyaluronate which acts as a sponge for dry skin cells, moisturising with up to 1,000 times its weight in water, resulting in a supple and plumped up skin.

 

Exuviance Age Reverse HydraFirm  (50ml, £59.50, facethefuture.co.uk) is a luxurious moisturiser that targets all visible signs of ageing leaving your skin smoother, firmer, brighter and more hydrated. Key Ingredients include Hyaluronic Acid, NeoGlucosamine, Prodew and Peptides. Hyaluronic Acid instantly quenches dryness. Prodew infuses skin with amino acid building blocks restoring deep reservoirs of youthful plumping moisture. NeoGlucosamine and Peptides boost collagen. Apply daily in the evening for a youthful and plumped complexion.

 

Dead Sea Spa Magik Oil-Free Facial Gel (50ml, £17.95, Holland & Barrett) is designed specifically to provide superior sun protection without causing breakouts. Perfect to use on your face, this satin soft gel has an incredibly lightweight, smooth texture that leaves a flawless, matte finish allowing the skin to breathe. Ideal to use under makeup, SunSafe Oil-Free Gel is non-comedogenic, hypoallergenic, water resistant and perfect for all skin types.

Natralus Ultra Skin Repair Pure Hydrating Gel (75ml, £12.95, avernaco.com) is a hydrating and healing gel that can be used to nourish and repair extremely dry skin, wind burn, minor burns and skin rashes. Combining the healing benefits of Paw Paw (Papaya) with cooling Aloe Vera and soothing Vitamin E, this gel from Nastralus, Australian skincare brand, soothes and restores the appearance of dry, damaged skin and is alcohol, fragrance, colour and paraben free.

 

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SOOTHING INGREDIENTS FOR SENSITIVE SKIN

If you have sensitive skin you know how hard it is to find the right skincare. You can’t just get away with picking up cheap, random creams and make up wipes. It’s time to find out what ingredients can actually soothe your skin!

Honey & Oatmeal
(Not only) breakfast essentials

Have you ever wondered why you can leave a honey jar open and it still stays fresh? It’s not only tasty but also naturally anti-bacterial. “Apart from protecting skin from bacteria, honey can also fight free radicals, which are attacking our skin and causing ageing” explains Nutritionist, Cassandra Barns. 

“Oatmeal has both anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties as it is packed with vitamins, lipids and minerals. This powerful ingredient also helps to locks in moisture and normalize skin’s pH” adds Shona Wilkinson, Nutritionist at Superfooduk.com.  

“Honey and oats have been prized through the ages for their skin care benefits.  Honey is healing, softening and anti-bacterial whilst oats are very soothing to itchy and easily irritated skin and provide gentle exfoliation”, says Margaret Weeds at Odylique.co.uk

 Try… Odylique’s Honey & Oat Cleansing Bar (£6.50, www.odylique.co.uk). For the most sensitive skin, this soap bar is hand-made with organic ingredients, including extra virgin olive oil and nourishing butters. Being naturally rich in moisturising glycerine, means it is extremely gentle and non-drying.  

Plantolin
New Kid on the block

“Platolin is a patent-protected active plant extract, scientifically proven to soothe, renew and protect. This key ingredient is derived from the Australian indigenous plant, centipeda cunninghamii, and is internationally patent protected for its novel active compounds that provide a natural synergy of anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant activity. Plantolin extract is used in Australia on wounds to speed up the healing process and stimulate tissues regeneration” says Sonja Dymalovski, Skincare Expert at What Skin Needs.

Dr Roger Henderson, GP with a special interest in Dermatology adds, “Long used by Australian Aborigines as a traditional healer for skin problems and wounds this medicinal plant has no adverse effects from prolonged use. With exclusively natural ingredients I am happy to recommend it to soothe and calm irritated skin.”

Try… Skin Balm, What Skin Needs (www.whatskinneeds.co.uk, £9.99), which is designed to provide effective solutions to skin problems including irritation from warm and cold weather, cracked skin, dry skin, and skin conditions such as psoriasis, eczema and dermatitis. Supported by a blend of natural extracts and essential oils including not only Plantolin but also aloe vera, olive oil, myrrh, lavender oil, tea tree oil and geranium oil.

 Coconut
Celebrities Favourite

“Coconut oil is a great massage oil as well as an intensive moisturizer for all skin types. Easily absorbed into the deeper layers of the skin, it conditions, moisturizes and softens the skin. It also has anti-bacterial, antioxidant and anti-microbial properties, which can help to treat acne and eczema” explains Katie Torode, Janjira skincare expert.

“One of the main components, Lauric acid offers great anti-inflammatory properties and reduces irritation. Used by the polyphenols as a natural sunblock, coconut oil can help stop a dry skin flare up” adds Barns.

 

Try… Janjira Therapy Massage Candle (£32.00, www.janjira.co.uk), which is made of Soybean Oil and Coconut Oil, thus allowing you to pour the soothing oil in to your hands and body to make skin feel nourished and supple.

 Aloe Vera

Green Power 

Aloe vera has a long history in traditional medicine – the first written record of its use is over 3000 years ago! “It contains over 200 natural active constituents that may support our skin in a variety of ways. These include polysaccharides, anthraquinones, vitamins and minerals, amino acids and phenolic compounds such as flavonoids. Aloe vera contains two hormones: Auxin and Gibberellins, which can provide wound healing, new cells growth and anti-inflammatory properties” explains Shona Wilkinson, Nutritionist at Superfooduk.com. Products with Aloe Vera soothe and moisturises skin without giving it a greasy feel, so they are perfect to be used under make up.

 

Try…  What Skin Needs Soothing Skin Gel (www.whatskinneeds.co.uk, £9.99). Enriched with plant extracts and Vitamin E, this light, non-greasy formula nourishes and protects the skin. This high-potency formulation is designed to deliver essential nutrients and to replenish lost moisture. 

THE HERO PROJECT LAUNCHES TODAY ON QVC

THE HERO PROJECT, the new skincare brand is launching two products on QVC beauty TODAY! The brand is dedicated to creating the best skincare products in its category and with its team of highly skilled scientists and researchers, they are constantly looking to up the game of the beauty industry.

 

Launching today is Hyasoft, a highly potent hyaluronic acid serum and Glow Drops, a dry touch oil which leaves skin with a healthy (but not greasy) glow making it perfect to use under makeup.

Glow Drops Dry Touch Facial Oil + Vitamin C (30ml)

With a blend of 10 gorgeously scented natural essential oils and vitamin C, this ultra silky, dry touch facial oil helps to nourish and brighten complexions, giving you post-workout glowing skin.

 

QVC Price: £20

RRP: £24

Hyasoft Instant Moisture Boost (30ml)

A non-sticky, fast-absorbing clear gel with vitamin B5 and hyaluronic acid that banishes dull, dry complexions with an instant moisture boost. Leaves your skin looking and feeling smooth, springy and bright.

 

QVC Price: £15

RRP: £19
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HIGHGROVE SIGNATURE: SHAVING RANGE

Created by renowned colourist Daniel Galvin Jr, a pioneer in the development of organic hair and beauty products for nearly two decades, Highgrove Signature is a stunning new collection of luxury, organic skincare and gift products that include a Pre Shave Cream and Post-Shave Oil.

Like the rest of the range, both of these have been created using pure organic essential oils known for promoting a sense of wellbeing and vitality, while their delicate yet sophisticated scent is inspired by the plants from the gardens at Highgrove House, the private home of The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall.

The Pre Shave Cream (£22.50) makes a luxurious addition to any grooming kit. It prepares skin for shaving and helps minimise razor damage, leaving the face feeling smooth, supple and hydrated. A delicately fragranced combination of bergamot, peppermint, lavender and bay makes the cream easy to apply and provides a conditioning treatment before the application of moisturiser.

The Post Shave Oil (£22.50) provides comfort and hydration to skin after shaving. Ingredients such as grape seed, lime and lavender calm aggravated skin, give long-lasting hydration and reduce the risk of damage to the skin. It can also be used to add nourishment back into dry, wiry beard hair.

Both products are available to buy online at www.highgrovegardens.com (or by visiting one of its retail outlets in Tetbury, Gloucestershire; Cribbs Causeway, Bristol or the Highgrove Estate) and www.royalcollectionshop.co.uk.

A donation from the sale of all Highgrove Signature products is made to The Prince of Wales’ Charitable Foundation which supports a wide range of causes.

ELEMIS Launches Holiday 2016 Collection

ELEMIS, the number one luxury skincare and spa brand from the UK that delivers pioneering, clinically trialed therapies and products for face and body, announces the launch of the ELEMIS Holiday Sets now available on ELEMIS.com. From award-winning skincare to luxurious face and body treatments, spoil yourself or someone you love with the gift of ELEMIS this season.

“We’re excited to continue our tradition of offering the gift of beautiful skin, from head-to-toe, for yet another holiday season,” says Noella Gabriel, Co-Founder and Managing Director of ELEMIS. “Our specially curated seasonal collection is guaranteed to deliver dramatic skincare results and a divine sensory experience to every recipient on your list.”

ELEMIS products work to tackle a multitude of skincare concerns to deliver stunning results, leaving you with your best skin yet. The ELEMIS holiday sets will allow you to drift off to somewhere exotic with the Wonders of Frangipani, power up with the Skin Energy Secrets, and turn back the hands of time with the Star of the Sea and Pearls of Wisdom.

  • Wonders of Frangipani ($144.50value of $228)
    • Indulge your skin and your senses with the exotic fragrance, Frangipani, infused throughout this set with the Monoi Shower Cream, Salt Glow, Body Oil, Body Cream and Hand & Nail Cream.
  • Skin Energy Secrets ($136.50value of $210)
    • Switch your skin back on with the BIOTEC Energising Skincare System, compromised of a cleanser, day cream and night cream to reboot skin’s performance for a radiant, revived complexion
  • Stars of the Sea ($189.50, value of $288)
    • Discover the journey to firmer, smoother skin with this power-packed Pro-Collagen duo containing the iconic Pro-Collagen Marine Cream & Oxygenating Night Cream
  • Pearls of Wisdom ($330value of $556)
    • Infused with the power of the sea, this limited edition set features your favorites from the award-winning anti-aging Pro-Collagen collection, including the Cleansing Balm, Super Serum Elixir, Marine Cream, Oxygenating Night Cream, Neck and Décolleté Balm and Hydra-Gel Eye Masks.

For more news and information about ELEMIS, visit www.elemis.com and on social channels at @elemisltd on Instagram and @Elemis on Facebook.