In need of a beauty reboot? We’ve found the game-changers in skin care that will become an indispensable part of your regimen.
01. Hands up
If like us you’ve never really understood the real benefit of hand cream (it’s just a repurposed body cream, yawn) don’t glaze over right now – we’ve found a reason to love and understand the benefit of hand cream.
Firstly, we use our hands all the time, therefore, they’re prone to wear and tear – and hands are an evident show of age – more so than anywhere else on your body. & Other Stories have a super hand cream that doesn’t leave your hands waxy but has all the ultra-nourishing value.
The lemony zest in this cream perks up your hands, sinks in very quickly and leaves them shea-soft.
Sicilian Sunrise Hand Cream, Dhs29, & Other Stories
02. Cover girl
When it comes to foundation, the golden rule is, if you find one that meets your match, stick with it – experimenting with foundation is a risky game. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, right? But, if you haven’t yet found your miracle worker, No7’s Triple Action Serum (the golden word here) Foundation packs a real punch.
Uneven tones are smoothened out, lines and wrinkles too, and because it’s got antioxidant and skin-brightening vitamin C with three different kinds of peptides, you’re basically feeding your skin all the right nutrients while feeling amazing wearing it – and it also gives great natural coverage.
Triple Action Serum Foundation, Dhs110, No7
03. Saving face
Of the products we’ve tried and tested over the years, none come as close to our individual skin needs as Swedish brand, Allél – the luxury scientific skincare that starts off with a swab of your cheek which is then sent to a lab in Stockholm and then based on your skin DNA, you will receive a skin care package filled with creams and natural supplements that are personally tailored to your skin.
Best friends, Dr Anne Wetter, a certified dermatologist and Dr Elisabet Hagert, an associate professor of orthopaedics and hand surgery combined their medical and lifestyle knowledge to form a service unlike any before, taking all the guesswork out of your skin type. Seriously, you get products and supplements that target your skin to the nth degree.
The in-clinic beauty service is now exclusively launching with Biolite Aesthetic Clinic in Dubai. The box of the DNA test, skincare products and supplements should last for three months – dependent on usage.
The entire package is priced at Dhs7,850, Allél
04. Holistic healing
Bath time just got a whole lot more relaxing. Rituals’ Bath Foam, which is part of The Ritual of Ayurveda range, is touted as the definitive energy-giving and cleansing product based on the combination of delicate aromas of Indian rose with Himalaya honey and sweet almond oil. It leaves the skin silky soft and the scent stays well into the next morning after an evening bath.
The Ritual of Ayurveda Bath Foam, Dhs84, Rituals
05. Roll up, roll up
When it comes to natural beauty, Aesop pretty much stick to their environmentally and socially responsible word. The new Deodorant Roll-On and Herbal Deodorant Roll-On are both aluminium and alcohol-free and serve as a safe alternative to conventional deodorants that irritate the skin.
These two are made up of essential oils giving off a refreshing fragrance, helping stop odour and underarm bacteria. And also, there’s some wasabi extract in their too. Spicy.
Deodorant Roll-On and Herbal Deodorant Roll-On, Dhs115, Aesop at Bloomingdales, The Dubai Mall
06. Sweet bird of youth
Youth regaining problem solved. Dior’s Capture Youth collection has a total of five targeted serums to meet the specific needs of your skin type – whether oil-drenched or bone-dry.
There’s a science-y element to this range, and each serum comes in an easy-to-use pipette jar with rich ingredients including murunga plum (the glow booster).
We highly recommend the Plump Filler, which promises deep and intense moisturising of the skin and is basically your best friend in hot, dry climates. Follow that up with the Capture Youth Age-Delay Advanced Crème which contains a high concentration of iris florentina, which smoothens the skin to baby softness.
Plump Filler Age-Delay Plumping Serum, Dhs375, and Age-Delay Advanced Crème, Dhs316, Dior Beauty
07. Sublime skin
Luxury beauty comes in the form of Chanel’s anti-ageing Sublimage L’Extrait de Crème. If it’s firmer skin you’re looking for, this is an essential investment. The peach-tinted cream has a base ingredient of vanilla planifolia (the anti-ager) and a sweet floral scent. The luminosity is so real and there’s no shine – you’ll rediscover your radiance with this one.
Sublimage L’Extrait de Crème, Dhs2,457, Chanel
08. Keep fit
When you’re not feeling the gym but you still want to appear like you’ve done five dozen dead lifts, squats and painful Cross-Fit exercises, Clarins’ Body Lift Cellulite Control cream is your fast-track method to a toned bod.
This quick-absorbing, cream gel helps reduce the look of cellulite, visibly lifting and firming your hips and thighs and is powered by eight plant extracts including quince leaf extract, so it’s got all the natural goodness too. Try it for a couple of weeks, be healthy and you’ll see that your skin will be much tighter.
Body Lift, Dhs305, Clarins at ounass.ae
The cult of Korean beauty is still very much on the skin-care agenda with new products coming in by the second. Even the most embroiled beauty experts can’t keep up. Now, Vitabrid C12 is available in the Middle East and it’s touted as the next big thing.
The Vitamin C driven hair and skincare products are all about refreshing everything from scalp to skin. The line is driven by Vitabrid CG, a Vitamin C complex (ascorbic acid, zinc oxide, glyceryl monostearate) that has never been used before in a beauty line. Each element of the product line is travel-sized, great for on-the-go care especially when you’re on a long-haul flight and need a moisture elixir to brighten dull skin.
Our favourite is the Spot Powder – a few drops and in 12 hours you’ll see a clearer and repaired complexion – team it with the Spot Acne solution to clear your skin tone. In short, these are essential tools to add to your arsenal.
Vitabrid C12 at vitabridmena.com
10. Night Cap
The ultimate night-time beauty hero, the Platinum Rare Cellular Night Elixir works your face like a skin fairy – totally discreet, unassuming and leaves some surprises in the morning.
La Prairie’s latest genesis is inspired by Clinique La Prairie founder Dr Paul Niehans and his ground-breaking work in the area of rejuvenation through cellular therapy, the elixir is a unique formula drawn from a heritage of bold scientific innovation. The potion’s ‘one drop at night, newborn skin by morning’ mantra is no word of a lie – we awoke like a new bud after the detoxifying and cell renewing effects took place.
It will set you back in two ways, price-wise – it will be your most indulgent cream yet, and also youth-wise – you can’t put a price on that.
Platinum Rare Cellular Night Elixir, Dhs3,764, La Prairie
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