Moisturisers, masks, serums, make-up…these are the newest beauty products that should be on your shelves (and on yourselves).
Instytutum Resurfacing Glow Toner
Swiss skincare brand Instytutum has arrived in the UK and that should make you very excited indeed because its highly-concentrated formulas really deliver results. This glow toner exfoliates and brightens in just a few sweeps. The glycolic acid and niacinamide get rid of dead skin cells and helps to clear out those congested pores, whilst the chamomile soothes at the same time so you get zero irritation. If you're not one for lengthy skincare regimes, this is the toner for you.
MALAKO Skin to Soul Hand and Body Wash
Despite the fact that we wash our hands multiple times daily, hand wash isn't something we normally pay a huge amount of attention. Well not anymore. The Skin to Soul Body and Hand Wash from MALĀKO, which is inspired by traditional Thai healing, not only cleans but actually nourishes and evens out your skin thanks to frankincense oil, pomegranate extract and camelina oil - so no more dry hands. You can use it in the shower too, and it smells so nice that you'll want to slather it all over yourself.
Shiro Sake Kasu Lotion
From being battered by the cold weather to dried out by the office heating, our skin often looks like its thirstaaayyy. Enter Shiro's Sake Kasu Lotion. This stuff is made from the byproduct of sake (from the oldest brewery in Hokkaido FYI) so it's got lots of lovely nutrients and amino acids in to moisturise that dryness right up. And it helps protect against further environmental damage too, ideal.
Cosmydor Organic Cold-Processed Soaps
Parisian eco luxury brand Cosmydor has arrived on our shores and we are already big fans. Not only is there a strong focus on natural ingredients, Cosmydor has a strict no-plastic policy - sustainability all the way baby. The organic cold-processed handcrafted soaps are especially great. There's a bar for every skin concern from dullness to dryness (plus special scrub bars) and they all smell DIVINE. That's the power of essential oils for you.
Grow Gorgeous Rescue & Repair
The change of season has sent our hair into despair - cycling with wet hair is never gonna be good for the mop, which is why we're obsessed with the new Grow Gorgeous R&R range. Start with the scalp detox which will make your head feel super fresh and follow up with the shampoo, conditioner and thickening mask. It'll have your mop looking tip top after one use.
Made By Coopers Orange Blossom Cleansing Tonic
We know you're supposed to do a proper skincare regime every night but for the times when we're just too tired, we reach for this cleansing tonic. A few swipes of this will remove any make-up and whatever other toxic grime the city has dumped on your face. The floral waters and aloe are nice and gentle so even the most sensitive face can handle it. And it's organic.
sesderma C-VIT Liposomal Serum
Whether it’s sun exposure or stress, our skin has a lot to deal with and sometimes only an intensive treatment will do. This anti-oxidising serum, packed with vitamin C, gets right in there to add moisture, brightness and firmness to your face. We whack it on twice daily but it’s also a great one to apply if you’ve got some specific lines or scars that need a bit of extra attention.
Tropic Pure Lagoon Blemish Prevention Serum
Whilst we don't get raging teenage-style breakouts anymore (thank god), our face doesn't always play ball and stay spot-free. That's why we're loving Tropic's Pure Lagoon Blemish Prevention Serum. It's anti-inflammatory, so it calms redness, and it also gets to work on spot-forming bacteria so the blemishes don't come back. A couple of drops once a day and you should see the magic happen.
Leighton Denny Rejuvenate Hand Mask
Remembering to apply hand cream every now and then is better than nothing at all, but to really show dry hands some love, you need a hand mask. This one from Leighton Denny (which is a nail brand,so you're in good hands, literally) is packed with vitamin E, shea butter, honey and macadamia seed oil. All you gotta do is whack them on your mitts, sit tight for half an hour and then remove to reveal seriously soft and nourished hands.
Daytox Vitamin C Serum
Vitamin C is the new buzz ingredient in beauty. We tried this serum and our skin has never looked better. We use it every morning and night without moisturiser so it's perfect for the ever changeable weather we're having as it provides protection without being too heavy. A facialist once told us all you needed for healthy skin was Vitamin C and we’re now inclined to agree.
Algenist Alive Prebiotic Mask
Probiotics and prebiotics are good for the gut, hence why everyone's necking the kombucha, but they also work a treat on your face. Obsessive cleansing can strip away the good bacteria on your skin, which can lead to dryness and redness, so we're bringing back the balance with this Algenist mask. Massage it on, wait for the colour to change from green to pink, take five and voila...looking fresh.
IMAGE Vital C Hydrating Repair Creme
Central heating overload always dries our skin out and leaves us feeling scaly and itchy. This miracle cream packed with vitamins A, C and E has totally saved our face. Apply a thick layer overnight and voila, you'll wake up feeling as soft as a baby's bum!
Sand & Sky Flash Perfection Exfoliating Treatment
Just because it's winter doesn't mean you shouldn't be getting your pins out - Christmas party anyone? Make sure yours are looking good enough for Gary from IT with this Sand & Sky Flash Perfection Exfoliation Treatment packed with Australian pink clay. The scrub works magic on skin in need of a buff and polish. Vogue, strike a pose.
sesderma SENSYSES Cleanser
Getting rid of all your makeup, plus the dirt that's accumulated on your face over the day, is probably the most important step in your skincare routine. So you need a product that's gonna get it all, and we mean all, off. Seriously it's time to bin those make-up wipes for good. Not only does the SENSYSES cleanser do the trick, it's gentle enough for even the most sensitive skin.
Lush Vegan Protein Shampoo
You don't need expensive products packed with chemicals to keep you colour looking fresh, not with these new babies from Lush. This vegan protein shampoo is packed with aquafaba - yep that's the chickpea water - to add both softness and strength, horsetail herb and linseed oil for silkiness, and cold-pressed raspberry seed to protect the hair and make the colour pop. Plus it's a bar, so no unnecessary packaging.