Fa­cial spring clean­ing

A new balm, brush and blem­ish-erad­i­ca­tor pro­vide the tools for a fa­cial spring clean

Weekend Herald - Canvas - - CONTENTS -

Should you be Salma Hayek, you prob­a­bly won’t be much in­ter­ested in new cleansers — the ac­tress re­port­edly washes her face only at night, believ­ing if she does it prop­erly there’s no need for rep­e­ti­tion come day­light. But for those of us who be­lieve that reg­u­lar — as in twice a day — cleans­ing leads to brighter, health­ier-look­ing skin, there are a few new op­tions.

The Cuti­sonic Sonic Face Cleans­ing Brush and Make Up Ap­pli­ca­tor ($125) is a dual-tasker de­signed to cleanse the face in one step and then ap­ply foun­da­tion in an­other. About the same size as a small pot of cream, it has two in­ter­change­able heads — rough for cleans­ing, smooth for makeup — and comes with a USB cable so it can be recharged. If you are al­ready a fan of fa­cial brushes like those by Clar­isonic or Clin­ique, you’ll love this — mainly be­cause its por­ta­ble pint size makes it easy to tuck away into an overnight bag or bath­room cab­i­net. Just a small note of cau­tion (one that ex­tends to all types of fa­cial cleans­ing brushes, not just this one): don’t overdo it, es­pe­cially if your skin is ma­ture, acne-prone or sen­si­tive. By their na­ture, sonic brushes ex­fo­li­ate as well as cleanse. As tempt­ing as they are to use, too much of a good thing can cause ir­ri­ta­tion — red­ness, sore­ness and, by over­stim­u­lat­ing serum pro­duc­tion, more blem­ishes.

On the sub­ject of pim­ples, Es­tee Lauder’s Nu­tri­tious Mi­cro-Al­gae Pore Pu­ri­fy­ing Cleans­ing Jelly ($56) is a blend of three dif­fer­ent types of al­gae de­signed to un­clog pores and pu­rify and bal­ance. It eas­ily re­moves makeup, smells gor­geous and its jelly tex­ture — in­spired by Korean beauty trends — is quite un­usual, al­beit rather com­fort­ing.

Also cos­set­ting for the face is Der­ma­log­ica’s Pre­cleanse Balm ($75). A thick, unc­tu­ous gel-cream that at first re­ally does feel like a heavy­weight salve for lips or el­bows, it in­stantly turns into oil when mixed with wa­ter. The balm sits along­side the brand’s al­most cult-like Pre­cleanse Oil, which is rec­om­mended for nor­mal to oily skin, whereas the balm is best for nor­mal to dry. Both carry pre­mium price tags, but they leave the skin feel­ing nour­ished and sup­ple, as well as clean — a great way to start the day. Tracey Strange

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from New Zealand

© PressReader. All rights reserved.