INTO THE MIX
While bee venom and donkey’s milk had shock value, the latest skincare ingredients have a singular objective: seriously great skin. By Remy Rippon.
The latest skincare ingredients have a singular objective: seriously great skin.
THE LUXE LIST CAVIAR
For some time now, skincare brands have been scrambling to include the newest buzz ingredients in their formulations, to varying effect. La Prairie heralded the movement some 30 years ago with caviar extract in its signature Skin Caviar Luxe Cream, which proved so efficacious and pioneering (cultivating a devoted following along the way), the brand saw little reason to reformulate until they truly had something better. Enter Caviar Premier. The Rolls-Royce of skincare ingredients has had a shake-up. The new Skin Caviar formulation still adheres to its MO – toning, lifting, tightening – but it also acts much like a double-shot latte for the skin, supercharging lacklustre skin cells with a much needed energy boost.
Call it the Instagram effect. Since sharing everything from your avocado toast to your face mask became the norm, beauty products have been dipped in iridescent (and selfieworthy) gold. But while the digital age may have propelled the precious metal to new heights, historically it was lauded by Egyptians (Cleopatra was ahead of her time), the ancient Greeks and in Japanese culture as a way to boost the skin’s elastin and overall glow. The 20th-century version has much the same objective: it’s anti-inflammatory, brightening and improves blood circulation (we love Knesko Skin Nanogold Repair Natural Collagen Eye Masks). Now, that’s a Midas touch.
From left: La Prairie Skin Caviar Luxe Cream, $655; Knesko Skin Nanogold Repair Natural Collagen Eye Mask, $88 for six.