From aromatherapy-based body creams to science-backed serums – these luxurious new beauty buys will bring expert skin and hair care to your own bathroom.
Due to the current pandemic, it might not be possible to book an appointment at your favourite salon. All the more reason, then, to enjoy some quality ‘you’ time at home and perfect your skin and hair care routine by investing in something new.
To help you cut through the dizzying range of new products and brands out there, we’ve rounded up some of our favourite tried-and-tested serums, oils and creams, that are new for 2020.
Studio 10’s Youth Lift Glow-plexion, £26 (15ml)
This miracle-in-a-bottle is packed with hydrating hyaluronic acid and vitamin C and E to give your skin an instant, natural glow. It’s great for mature skin as the ingredients help to prevent the appearance of wrinkles and fines lines. Better yet, it can be used in so many ways. Mix it into your face or body moisturiser, use it to contour your cheeks or as a primer. A few pumps of this creamy, lightweight formula goes a long way – and it’s long-lasting too.
The Organic Pharmacy Detoxifying Seaweed Bath Soak, £39.95 (325g)
Stress and anxiety can wreak havoc with our skin’s condition and cause breakouts. If you’re feeling tired and burnt out from recent events, this is the bath soak for you. It’s rich in minerals and infused with spirulina, juniper and eucalyptus which encourage the release of toxins. The fragrance is potent yet pleasant, and really rejuvenating. It’ll certainly give your energy levels a boost. Just add a couple of scoops to your bath and get ready to feel human again.
Science to Skin JunéCell Rejuvenation Lifting Skin Essence, £169.99
The shelves of our favourite high street beauty stores are brimming with Korean skincare products. It’s a beauty trend that’s here to stay, with Korean women having what’s probably the most flawless skin in the world. Science to Skin is one of the latest retailers to bring Korean products to the UK. This online-only boutique store sells one of the most forward-thinking, science-led products out there: JuneCell. Most effective on mature skin, it doesn’t just improve the look of surface wrinkles, it works deep down into the skin’s cells to regenerate them too.
This pioneering product includes a high concentration of a serum originally developed to keep stem cells in pristine condition. The serum was created over 20 years at a world-renowned stem cell research laboratory in South Korea, before making it into the beauty world. If it’s visible results you’re after, JunéCell is the one.
D’ALCHÉMY Essential Body Balm, £58.60 (200 ml)
D’ALCHÉMY’s aromatherapy-based skincare products stand out on any bathroom shelf. Apart from looking fabulous, the real benefit of the recyclable biophotonic (or violet) glass bottles is that they maintain the product’s fragrance for longer. D’ALCHÉMY uses all-natural and vegan ingredients that create beautiful, long-lasting scents. The Essential Body Balm absorbs quickly and leaves your skin feeling luxuriously soft. The blend is made up of acerola, cranberry and guarana extracts, tangerine and grapefruit essential oils, and shea butter. And if you wanted an excuse to collect more of D’ALCHÉMY’s stunning glass-bottled products, we recommend the Neck & Décolletage Wrinkle Refill (£40) too.
Bea Skin Care AHA Rejuvenating Wands, £60 (Pack of 10)
We love Bea’s skincare range. Many beauty products claim to give instant results – but Bea’s products actually do. The range is brimming with natural yet powerful ingredients, like alpha-hydroxy acids (also known as AHA’s or fruit acids), peptides and vitamins, antioxidants, amino acids and anti-inflammatories. The AHA Rejuvenating Wands are the newest addition to Bea. A few waves of the wand over your skin is all it takes to reap the rewards. It’ll transform your skin with a natural acid blend, making it instantly softer and clearer, with reduced pores and less redness.
Alchemy Hair Oils, from £26
A hair mask and a relaxing bath is a guaranteed way to find some serenity during the lockdown. As well as providing a moment of calm, these 100% natural and vegan-friendly hair oils stimulate hair growth. They’re beautifully packaged and free from nasties like parabens, sulphates and silicones. There are three luxurious blends to choose from and beard oils too.
PCA Skin’s Hyaluronic Acid Boosting Serum, £101
Celebrities and cosmetic doctors are big fans of this science-backed brand. They provide peel solutions to some of the UK’s top dermatologist’s, and they also have a whole range of products that you can use at safely home as part of your skin routine. PCA Skin’s new Hyaluronic Acid Boosting Serum boosts the skin’s natural production of hyaluronic acid, resulting in fresh, hydrated and plumped-up skin. It’s suitable for all skin types and works on the surface of your skin as well as deep down into it, encouraging cell renewal.
Pure Sport’s CBD Muscle & Joint Balm, £39.99
This quick-fix muscle balm is brimming with lavender, peppermint and lemongrass oils which help with pain and relaxation. The magic ingredient, though, is Pure Sport’s powerful 0% THC CBD oil. Pure Sport was launched by two good friends – both professional rugby players – who were so impressed by CBD’s ability to soothe with their aches and pains that the duo decided to create their own CBD oil that’s 100% safe for athletes to use.
Murad Retinol Youth Renewal Serum, £75 (30ml)
Murad’s relaunched and revamped retinol serum promises real results and has thousands of five-star reviews to back that up. The retinol collection now includes an eye serum (£70) and a night cream (£70) too. This paraben and the sulphate-free trio can make lines and wrinkles look less harsh in as little as two weeks. The powerful formula is made up of a fast-acting retinoid, time-released retinol, and a retinol booster which the brand’s hallmarked as ‘Tri-Active technology’.
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