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.

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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.

GOLD

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.

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