Face up to it

Skin creams are there for a rea­son

Weekend Herald - Canvas - - CONTENTS - Tracey Strange

Luxe lus­tre

Caviar, pearls, bee venom, ex­otic plant species … the list of in­gre­di­ents pro­moted as anti-age­ing su­per­stars is long and some­times per­plex­ing. But the use of pre­cious ma­te­ri­als in skin care has been around since Cleopatra bathed in milk. When it comes to pearls, it’s easy to see why they, in par­tic­u­lar, are pop­u­lar. Just take a look at the raw ma­te­rial it­self. Smooth, ra­di­ant, lu­mi­nous skin any­one? And there’s quite a lot of ev­i­dence to sug­gest the use of pearl par­ti­cles is more than fairy dust. Pearls are largely made up of cal­cium as well as mag­ne­sium and amino acids – all good for the skin. Tatcha’s The Pearl ($ 79 at Mecca) is an eye-il­lu­mi­nat­ing treat­ment de­signed to light up a dim­ming epi­der­mal wattage, dis­guis­ing dark cir­cles and pro­vid­ing last­ing hy­drat­ing to the un­der-eye area. It con­tains pearl pig­ments and ex­tract as well as niaci­namide and other hy­dra­tors. Why buy? A tinted treat­ment that bright­ens eyes, hy­drates and im­proves the look of wrin­kles and dark cir­cles.

A for ef­fort

When it comes to skin­care, the con­sumer will al­ways de­ter­mine what works and what doesn’t. Peo­ple don’t usu­ally con­tinue to buy pricey face creams un­less they no­tice a dif­fer­ence. But some in­gre­di­ents do con­sis­tently rate well. These in­clude: vi­ta­mins C, D and E; tea ex­tracts: soy isoflavones; growth fac­tors (nat­u­rally oc­cur­ring hor­mones found in plants said to im­prove sun dam­age); cop­per; coen­zyme Q-10; the an­tiox­i­dant al­pha-lipoic acid; hy­droxy acids; and vi­ta­min A or, more specif­i­cally, the vi­ta­min A de­riv­a­tive, retinol. Retinol, es­pe­cially, is con­sid­ered to be highly ef­fec­tive and is a key in­gre­di­ent, in­clud­ing in eye creams. Try Neu­tro­gena’s Rapid Re­pair range which has been ex­panded to in­clude a new Regenerating Cream ($ 49) that con­tains 25 per cent more sta­bilised retinol.

Why buy? Sta­bilised retinol means kinder retinol, and far less chance of the ir­ri­tat­ing side-ef­fects some­times felt by those with sen­si­tive skin.

Min­eral made

Jane Iredale, the epony­mous skin­care and cos­metic brand de­vel­oped more than two decades ago by the for­mer cast­ing di­rec­tor and pro­duc­tion com­pany head, is free of chem­i­cal dyes, preser­va­tives, fillers (such as talc) and per­fumes, which makes it per­fect for those with ex­tremely sen­si­tive skin or who’ve just had cos­metic surgery. Iredale claims her pre­vi­ous con­nec­tion to the en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try al­lowed her to un­der­stand how skin dis­or­ders and sen­si­tiv­i­ties can­not only threaten ca­reers but also de­stroy self-con­fi­dence. Her prod­ucts, there­fore, pro­vide enough cov­er­age to help min­imise the ap­pear­ance of skin con­di­tions such as acne and rosacea. If you aren’t fa­mil­iar with it, start with one of the best-sell­ers: the Jane Iredale Amaz­ing Base Fou­da­tion ($ 62) is well worth check­ing out. Why buy? Comes in a good range of colours, con­tains sun pro­tec­tion and dou­bles as a con­cealer.

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