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Skin resurrection: our top picks to warm the winter beauty blues

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Winter seems to appear out of nowhere. It happens every year, but we’re somehow taken off guard by the sudden crispy days and swiftness of nightfall. Predictably, we mourn the loss of extended sunlight and life outdoors.
       But where there is loss, there is always gain. We’re anxious to unleash the jewelled make-up colours lying dormant all summer. Those nude lipsticks of summer now appear pallid and barren compared to ripe reds and wine, while our skin appears depleted or lifeless seemingly overnight.
       The truncated daylight hours mean extended hours spent indoors. Why not use this time to elevate your skin care routine and allow a few extra moments of extra attention to what may have been neglected the preceding months? Drenching skin with essential moisturizer and nutrients can resurrect skin from dormancy to vigorous life. According to Dr Azza Halim, ‘Choosing the best moisturizer for your skin may require some trial and error, but looking for moisturizers with highly effective humectant, emollient, and occlusive ingredients can help guide you.’
       To help guide your selection, our winter beauty picks are chosen for their restorative properties utilizing ingredients that cultivate lasting skin and environmental well-being. No longer mutually exclusive, you can now pamper and prep your skin for winter without compromising on quality or care for the planet.


Stratia Interface
What it is
       A modern daily moisturizer enriched with targeted peptides to hydrate, firm and repair with each use.

What’s in it
       Encapsulated peptides reduce fine lines, increase firmness and bounce, and strengthen the skin’s natural moisture barrier. Peptide targeting technology transports active peptides to the necessary receptors in your skin, maximizing efficacy. Barrier-strengthening peptides regulate essential proteins to keep skin resilient while reducing trans-epidermal water loss. Licorice root and allantoin gently brighten and even skin tone while hyaluronic acid and rosehip seed oil hydrate and nourish.

What it does
       Turns back the clock to a more youthful and supple state.


Fleuri Triple Beauty Triple Repair Resurfacing & Plumping Treatment
What it is
       A gentle three-in-one serum that treats the major causes of ageing, all in a single product from the best selling Japanese brand making its American début.

What’s in it
       Triple Repair is formulated with five human oligo-peptides that treat the causes of ageing and nurture the skin. Features ingredients that are gentle and sustainable. Hyaluronic acid and collagen plump and firm for more resilience and luminescence. Mineral-rich water is used to enhance product penetration for maximum results.

What it does
      Corrects dullness and lifts flaccid skin. Softens wrinkles while skin is strengthened and firmness is restored.


BareLuxe Northern Rescue Elevated Recovery Oil
What it is
       An extra-nourishing face oil designed for dry skin exposed to harsh environments from a Canadian brand that knows what winter skin care is all about.

What’s in it
       Designed to have the highest levels of emollience, works to replenish and protect skin’s moisture barrier. Antioxidant botanicals of cloudberry seed oil, rosehip oil, and edelweiss extract are added to a base of soothing carrier oils of oat and plum. An increased ratio of oleic acid means it takes slightly longer to sink in, but will never clog pores.

What it does
       Gives skin a velvety, comforting texture as it reverses parched and dry to soft and silky.


Junoco Clarifying Cleansing Powder
What it is
       A powder to foam cleanser that deeply detoxifies while it exfoliates and softens.

What’s in it
       Made with antioxidant-rich rice lees extract, features hyaluronic acid for intense hydration and protection, plus papaya enzymes and rice powder to gently exfoliate dead skin cells.

What it does
       Removes all traces of dirt and debris without harsh abrasives or chemicals. Skin is instantly brightened and soft with less visible pores and redness.


Maroc Maroc Onguent d’Argan Body Balm
What it is
      A newly launched brand that is selling out across Europe. Let the woody aroma transport your senses to an opulent Moroccan hamman while your skin drinks up its precious oils.

What’s in it
       Argan oil, monoi butter and nutrient-dense plant extracts envelop the skin in a covetous veil of luscious moisture.

What it does
       Extravagant and addictive, a sumptuous treat for the body and senses. A unique multi-sensory Moroccan ritual for the body and soul.


Oxygenetix Oxygenating Foundation
What it is
       A celebrity and make-up artist favourite for the superior breathable coverage fortified with skin-loving ingredients.

What’s in it
       Exclusive Ceravitæ Complex allows skin to absorb more oxygen, stimulating skin cell production and healing. Soothing alœ protects while it gently exfoliates. Grape seed provides antioxidant protection.

What it does
       Covers imperfections while it allows skin breathing room. Sheer, build-able coverage is sweat and weather proof—no need for reapplication. The airless pump ensures product remains bacteria-free.


Image Skincare MD Eye Restoring Masks
What it is
       An elevating, eye-opening self-care ritual of refreshing eye masks that help to smooth, soften and hydrate the under-eye area with clinical ingredients and plant extracts.

What’s in it
       Luxe hydro-gel pads feature energizing caffeine and soothing alœ vera, along with a triple-hyaluronic acid complex for a boost of hydration and firming. Polymers derived from Korean red seaweed are a natural antioxidant.

What it does
       Clinically formulated with an antioxidant and tetra-peptide blend, refreshes tired eyes, improves the appearance of fine lines and reduces visible signs of fatigue. The clear, flexible design gently hugs the delicate under-eye area for a no-slip fit that locks in the masks’ benefits, infusing nourishing hydration to restore a well rested look. 


Skinn Firming Long-Wearing Eyeshadow
What it is
       Eyeshadow that provides rich pigment, build-able application and instantly lifted and firmed eyes. Available in four luminous and high-pigment shades.

What’s in it
       Developed with a complex of botanically derived ingredients, such as electric daisy extract and safflower seed oil, this blend helps stimulate collagen synthesis while promoting ageless skin by helping to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

What it does
       Ultra-creamy shadows that are equal parts make-up and skin care, giving you a crease-resistant and long-wear application with skin care benefits and a vibrant eye for hours.


Hemp Hera Sea Goddess Body Polish
What it is
       Scrub winter blues and rough patches away with this hemp-infused body scrub for worship-worthy skin.

What’s in it
       Formulated with nano-amplified broad spectrum hemp extract and certified organic. Wild harvested blue–green algæ gathered from the Oregon Cascade Mountain region and loaded with a full spectrum of minerals, active enzymes, B vitamins, pro vitamin A, beta-carotene, chlorophyll, DHA and EPA fatty acids, lipids, essential amino acids, and nucleic acids. Add in some frankincense, cocoa, mango seed and kokum butter to make skin extra sumptuous and tempting.

What it does
       An at-home spa scrub for the ultimate mermaid glow. Fins not required.


Auro Wellness G Antioxidant Revitalization Serum
What it is
       A groundbreaking high-potency antioxidant serum to transform and strengthen skin.

What’s in it
       Glutathione (GSH) is a powerful antioxidant that can also recycle itself and other antioxidants. This boosts your overall supply and maximizes the benefits of any other skin treatment or ingredient. GSH increases collagen and cell turnover, repairs damage from UV rays, reduces the appearance of scars, lightens hyper-pigmentation, and improves skin function. The addition of vitamins A, C and E from botanical extracts affix moisture, even skin tone and promotes cellular regeneration.

What it does
       A complete anti-ageing protocol in one easy-to-use serum. Transforms, strengthens and detoxifies as it smooths fine lines and improves elasticity and function.


Nuvsio Mineral Enriched Balm Concentrate
What it is
       A botanical balm that contains a proprietary blend of ancient minerals to repair the skin from within, blurring fine lines and supporting cell renewal. Supports the skin’s natural microbiome for a multitude of skin health benefits.

What’s in it
       Mineral Silk Technology creates a natural “second skin” barrier, leaving skin protected, silky smooth, and radiant. The active formula contains a special blend of detoxifying minerals, organic jojoba oil, pomegranate seed and argan oils, as well as a vitamin E complex to protect and strengthen the dermis. Organic oils of orange blossom, bergamot and lemon rebalance and calm skin.

What it does
       Heals and repairs from within, leaving skin renewed with a silky, youthful suppleness. Ideal for all skin types, especially irritated, sensitive and environmentally troubled skin.


Jiiv Neo
What it is
       The first and only beauty tech device that simultaneously uses six proven skin care treatments to provide spa-level facials in the comfort of your home through the use of Active-Fusion Technology.

What’s in it
       Integrates the technologies of sonic cleansing with Active-Fusion technology. The unique combination of radio-frequency, red light therapy, electrical muscle stimulation (EMS), massage therapy, and heat therapy are housed in one user-friendly and effective device.

What it does
       Multiple benefits in one handy device—anti-ageing, skin rejuvenation, clearer skin, and increased skin permeability which helps to fully absorb the benefits of skin care products. Designed for convenience as it’s portable, lightweight, fits comfortably in the palm of your hand, and doesn’t take up too much space on a vanity or in a carry-on bag.


Sade Baron Tai Body Oil
What it is
       A vitamin-rich, ultra-concentrated blend of cold-pressed plant and fruit oils that hydrate and nourish. 

What’s in it
       Made from nutrient-rich super-fats and essential fatty acids packed with jojoba, prickly pear, olive squalane, sea buckthorn, evening primrose and more. Complemented by a curative blend of bio-active compounds and vitamins which restore and contribute lipids and hydration to the skin.

What it does
       Feather-light and easily absorbed, protects against excessive water loss via the formation of an occlusive film which covers the epidermis. This provides a protective layer to avoid skin flaking, dryness and lack of hydration. 


SeSpring So Rich Moisturising Gel Cream
What it is
       A non-toxic, K-beauty-inspired deep hydration cream specially formulated for sensitive and oily skin types.

What’s in it
       Formulated to EU standards of clean skin care, camellia and lotus are the star ingredients with additional help from peony and alœ. Antioxidant-rich fruit and vegetable extracts like açai, pomegranate, plum, broccoli, and goji berry which protect the skin from free radicals, help repair and prevent sun damage, and add hydration.

What it does
       All the moisture and anti-ageing properties you need and none of the clogging oils or extracts.


Thrive Causemetics Buildable Blur CC Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 40
What it is
       A newly updated formulation of the brand’s best selling foundation. Available in 20 shades of cool, warm or neutral for a perfect match.

What’s in it
       Blur Effect Technology visibly blurs the look of fine lines and pores. Smart Pigment Technology visibly diminishes the appearance of redness and discolouration while adjusting to skin tone. Broad Spectrum SPF 40 provides protection against harmful UVA and UVB rays, sunburn and photo-ageing for healthier-looking skin. Added vitamin C and plant extracts defend against free radicals.

What it does
       A multi-tasking colour-correcting cream provides skin-perfecting coverage, SPF protection, and long-lasting hydration all in one.


Hereward Farms Lavish Lavender Infused Serum
What it is
       Farm to face lovers rejoice! A 2022 Clean Beauty Award finalist serum that nourishes with rich botanicals plus the healing benefits of lavender.

What’s in it
       Made from 100 per cent natural lavender-infused almond and sunflower oils.

What it does
       Deeply nourishes and calms with vitamin-packed plant extracts, while added lavender mends and repairs minor cuts, burns and bites.


Strip Whipped Coconut Make-up Remover
What it is
       A game-changing, oil-based whipped wonder melts away makeup as it moisturizes, plumps, softens, and evens your complexion with premium ingredients. The light coconut scent and fluffy texture whisks you to a tropical paradise for a flush of warmth.

What’s in it
       The buttery-soft formula includes mango seed butter, vitamin E dense shea butter, coconut oil, ginseng root, and white tea.

What it does
       Effortlessly removes all make-up and dirt morning or night. Leaves skin silky with the glassy dew finish everyone wants.


Agent Nateur holi (crème) filter face crème
What it is
       The long-awaited launch from cult beauty brand Agent Nateur. This ultra-luxurious crème is created to instantly breathe life into any type of skin, even the most sensitive or acne-prone.

What’s in it
       A patented, eco-certified emollient that glides onto skin to deliver a filtered, matt finish, all while ensuring ultimate hydration that never clogs pores. Powered by six revolutionary trademarked active ingredients, including tomato fruit extract, cistus incanus flower extract, beetroot, pitaya and daisy flower extracts plus a proprietary European oil blend.

What it does
       Imparts a fresh and light finish without shine or greasiness. Locks in hydration while it repairs current and future damage.

Initio Paragon

Initio Parfum Privés Paragon

What it is:
       The latest addition to the Hedonist collection. Paragon Extrait de Parfum is a juxtaposition of crystalline clarity and tantalising intimacy. Push and pull. Dark and light. A mantra to the sacred power of nature and spirit. Simultaneously ethereal and grounded.

What’s in it:
       Herbaceous and woody top notes of bergamot, white sage and lavender are espoused with middle notes of intoxicating plum, palo santo and black pepper. The heady base of sandalwood and agarwood places you on a sensual terra-firma.

What it does:
       A mystical blend that occupies powerful secrets and truths. A challenge to your perception of what a winter fragrance should be. Warm and cool notes that never collide, but harmoniously accentuate one another creating an unmistakable attraction.


Province Apothecary Ultra Soft Facial Dry Brush
What it is
      A dry brush specifically for the face to stimulate lymphatic drainage and support skin health.

What’s in it
       Vegan and cruelty-free with a handle made from post-consumer recycled plastic.

What it does
       Lifts and renews your complexion by stimulating and detoxifying. Smooths fine lines, reduces puffiness, de-congests as it tones, firms and sloughs away dead skin.

The Lip Bar
The Lip Bar Non-Stop Liquid Matte
What it is
       A transformative lip colour that glides on silky smooth liquid and dries as a velvety matt finish without caking. All at a ridiculously affordable price!

What’s in it
       Infused with jojoba oil and vitamin E for all day comfort that never feels or looks dry or sticky.

What it does
       One swipe gets you high colour payoff that lasts and lasts. Fierce, bold colours turn up the heat as temperatures drop.


Evanhealy Sanctuary Replenishing Balm
What it is
       A super-hydrating, multi-vitamin organic balm stick that keeps your skin conditioned while you’re on the go.

What’s in it
       Sanctuary complex butters, oils and waxes. That’s it.

What it does
       Revivifies dull, lifeless, dry and sensitive skin whether you’re on a plane, train, automobile, ski slope or desert isle.


Auraïha Naturally Luminous Mist & Set Spray

What it is
       An organic burst of moisture and vitamins for fresh and healthy skin. Keeps make-up in place, too!

What’s in it
       A mighty blend of papaya, witch hazel, hydrating elixir, and betaine.

What it does
       A naturally luminous mist and set spray that puts your skin first while enhancing your glow. Its clean ingredients work together to tone and refresh, hold moisture, and set make-up.

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