Block out winter
Winter is a great time for barrier creams, or high-performance products that create a blockade between your complexion and winter’s elements. A cold front puts extra stress on your skin and can result in increased sensitivity. To prevent irritation and protect the skin from becoming dry and dehydrated, use products with high doses of antioxidants and humectants to not only prevent water loss but also absorb moisture into the upper layers of the skin. Time to try Essence of Humanity’s Nourishing Moisture Cream ($ 40), which gets its efficacy from skin-replenishers such as flaxseed, moisture-rich butters and rooibos extract. Why buy?: All profits from this skincare brand (yep, 100 per cent) go to orphaned and vulnerable children in Kenya.
Anyone who regularly uses styling tools knows heat can cause damage. But with its predictive technology, ghd’s latest smart straightener, the Platinum+ ($ 380), makes accidentally fr ying your strands as outdated as denim jeggings. Clever enough to recognise the thickness of your hair, section size and the speed at which you are styling, it adjusts its power accordingly while managing to maintain a hair- safe temperature. The recipient of 760,000+ hours of testing, it also comes with a three- year warranty. In stores next month.
Why buy?: Your styling efforts will last longer, your hair will shine more brilliantly and frizz will be a thing of the past.
Enjoying the skin of a 22- year- old is something we’ll do, well, for one year of our lives. But is it? The latest breakthrough ingredient to come from the Trilogy skincare lab is L22, a super- substance designed to mimic the perfectly balanced lipid profile of a healthy 22- year- old’s skin. Thanks to the use of jojoba, macadamia and squalene ( from olives) you can expect enhanced elasticity, firmness and vitality. Find L22 in the new Trilogy Age- Proof Overnight Mask ($ 50), which also contains proven antioxidants such as vitamin C and coQ10. Why buy?: It gives new meaning to the term “sleeping beauty”.