The latest, most INTRIGUING INNOVATIONS to hit the beauty desk recently – if you want to be UP TO THE MINUTE with your BEAUTY ROUTINE, experiment with these this season …
1 Put your face on ice
Following on from CoolSculpting – using ice to chill fat cells – the use of ice in beauty treatments, known as cryotherapy, is gaining traction. Fancy spas in Monte Carlo offer ice chambers for a full body experience while, less scarily, the technique features in facials such as Anne Semonin treatments at Spa Solis, Lough Eske. Give it a whirl at home with Jalue Ice Therapy (£39stg), which features a cone that you fill with a special herbal infusion and then place in the freezer. Using it is like plunging your face into the Irish Sea. It certainly makes your skin glow. www.jalue.com.
2 Masks, but not as you know them
The beauty desk has been bombarded with sheet masks in the past year or so, inspired by Asian skincare routines and popularised via Instagram. But masks are moving on from soggy serum-drenched sheets: the latest craze is dry masks. Charlotte Tilbury’s Instant Magic Facial Dry Sheet Mask is a fabric mask that you hook over your ears to keep it in place. You’ll look like Hannibal Lecter so don’t answer the door, but you can at least get on with other things while the vitamins and peptides infuse into your skin. It’s disconcerting as you can’t feel anything on your skin, but skin is definitely fresher afterwards and it’s ideal for lack of mess – those bubbling masks in particular can be a faff – and immediacy, plus you can use it up to three times. Think of it as a 15-minute facial in a packet. We also love playing with Elizabeth Arden’s Prévage Detox Peel Off Mask (€35), an anti-pollution formula which you leave to set then peel off in one motion, as if you’re John Travolta in that Face/Off movie: it’s weirdly satisfying, like you used to peel that thick white Copydex glue off your hands.
3 New ways to tan
From serums to mists and mousses, self-tans are becoming more sophisticated and fool-proof than ever. The latest, fastest way to warm up your skin at home is with the Express Tanning Sheet by St Tropez, a fabric mask infused with tanning serum that works in five to 15 minutes, depending on the depth of tan you’re after. Just remember to smooth it in around the eyes, to avoid the panda look. €22.49 for pack of two at Debenhams.ie.
4 The black stuff
Charcoal continues to be a big ingredient in beauty, popping up in masks and cleansers. L’Oréal’s Pure Clay Detox Mask (€9.20) utilises its detoxifying properties, while Sanctuary Spa at Boots has a Purifying Charcoal Bubble Sheet Mask (€6.49) that foams madly on the skin, giving it a refreshing detox with absorbent charcoal.
5 Natural boosters
Along with turmeric, Ashwagandha root is the natural supplement of the moment. It’s an adaptogen which, as Sebastian Pole, master herbsmith at Pukka Herbs, explains: “helps the body to adapt, adjust and recalibrate itself depending on our emotional and physical surroundings. So, for example, adaptogens can help calm us in times of stress, give clarity when everything around is in turmoil and give energy when we are tired. This may seem counterintuitive but the concept of our body being able to modulate responses is a well-recognised and important internal mechanism.” Castor oil, high in vitamin E and essential unsaturated fatty acids like Omega-6, is rivalling argan oil as the beauty oil of choice. Pole notes it stimulates blood circulation, “giving hair growth a helping hand and fighting the signs of ageing.”
6 A breath of fresh air
Cologne is the obvious choice for summer scent, when you want something fresh and uplifting, with lots of citrus notes. But most colognes are naturally short-lived, fading almost instantly after that initial joyous blast. The exception is Frédéric Malle’s Cologne Indélébile (at Parfumarija, Westbury Mall, Dublin 2), and two standout new launches that bring longevity to the fast-fading and ethereal spritz: Thierry Mugler Les Exceptions Hot Cologne (€170) and Tom Ford Private Blend Sole di Positano eau de parfum (€188, both at Brown Thomas). These are both eau de parfums, so will stay on your skin much longer, as well as being seriously good-looking on the bathroom shelf.
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