BEAUTY

Au naturel

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Sugar-coated

For smoother skin, Jen­nifer Lopez pours sea salt into a cut le­mon and grinds it into her el­bows, heels and knees. Eva Lon­go­ria rubs her­self down with a mix­ture of sugar and olive oil. The sugar, a nat­u­ral ex­fo­liant, leaves her skin gleam­ing. Smooth, satiny skin is sexy, and the key al­ways is good ex­fo­li­a­tion. A reg­u­lar buff-up re­moves dead cells from the sur­face, ex­pos­ing skin that’s more even in colour, smoother in tex­ture and brighter in tone. If you are in the mood for luxe, try La­li­cious’ Ex­tra­or­di­nary Whipped Sugar Scrub in Sugar Le­mon Blos­som ($ 69), a gen­tle ex­fo­liant with enough grunt to re­duce rough patches on the el­bows, knees and feet. Why buy? Leaves skin feel­ing and smelling de­li­cious.

Choc-a-block

A world in which cho­co­late is good for you — not only ca­pa­ble of lift­ing you out of the dol­drums but pos­i­tively brim­ming with health and beauty ben­e­fits — is a happy place in­deed. Choc-full of an­tiox­i­dants, proven to re­duce blood pres­sure and choles­terol, ca­pa­ble of de­creas­ing the risks of can­cer and de­pres­sion, the list of cho­co­late’s at­tributes are as long as the queue of peo­ple lin­ing up to get their rec­om­mended 30g a day. But cho­co­late’s ben­e­fits for skin are also le­gendary. High in flavonols, it’s linked to sig­nif­i­cant im­prove­ments in tone, tex­ture and hy­dra­tion. In the US, Her­shey has even opened a cho­co­late day spa ded­i­cated to it, with luxe treat­ments cel­e­brat­ing the ben­e­fits of vir­gin co­coa but­ter. You’ll find co­coa but­ter in many prod­ucts, in­clud­ing Tril­ogy’s Rose­hip Oil Lip Balm ($ 21).

Why buy? Per­fect sum­mer salve to keep in your hand­bag/glove com­part­ment/of­fice drawer.

Glow­ing grapes

Beauty is even skin tone. Re­duc­ing pig­men­ta­tion and dull­ness makes every­one look younger, fresher and more vi­tal, as well as less­en­ing a de­pen­dency on foun­da­tion and con­cealer. A key in­gre­di­ent in An­tipodes Apos­tle Skin Bright­en­ing & Tone Cor­rect­ing Serum ($ 65) is Vi­nanza Per­for­mance Plus, an an­tiox­i­dant blend drawn from sauvignon blanc grapes and ki­wifruit skin that helps tar­get and re­duce pig­men­ta­tion. It also con­tains Vi­nanza Ox­ifend, from pinot noir grape seeds, a proven anti-in­flam­ma­tory. In-vitro lab tests showed the serum ef­fec­tively de­fends hu­man skin cells from free rad­i­cal dam­age and in­hibits ox­ida­tive stress by up to 90 per cent.

Why buy? Nat­u­ral, New Zealand-based, ef­fec­tive and sub­ject to sci­en­tific in­quiry.

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