From infra-red lights to supercharged molecules, these high-tech solutions have one mission: flawless skin. Sarah Brooks-Wilson explains.
Using blue light to target acne-causing bacteria and red light to reduce inflammation, you can now get salon results in the comfort of your own home. This space-age LED mask delivers light to disrupt the acne cycle, with results after just one week. It uses the same technology offered by dermatologists at a lower energy level and couldn’t be simpler to use.
Today you can even fall asleep wearing a peel. This overnight two-step peel is based on derm versions. First, apply a gentle solution of glycolic, lactic and salicylic acids to the skin (the balance of acids won’t leave your skin raw), then follow with a hydrating gel with echinacea extract — it gives the skin’s proteins a visible boost.
If only giving your skin a lift was as easy as doing squats for a perkier derriere. Adding a potent high-speed treatment like this to your routine will help to visibly lift and firm the critical zones — cheeks, jawline and nasolabial folds for skin that is smoother, plumped and more radiant.
Put the bounce back in your skin with this high-performing, oil-free daily moisturiser. It delivers 72 hours of hydration with ceramides, Chinese foxglove and squalene, and gently exfoliates and refines the texture of the skin with Alpha Beta acids.
5. Mask and sleep
This new kid on the block is a light gel-cream that works with the skin’s natural overnight recovery process to optimise repair while you sleep. It’s formulated with motion-activated essential oils (yes, it’s a thing) to soothe senses and promote deep, restful sleep and healthier-looking skin after your eight hours.
A two-week ampoule treatment will effectively tackle any skin problem. These potent serums correct and repair twice a day, immediately delivering a brighter, more radiant complexion. Each ampoule contains antioxidants to stimulate collagen and eradicate deep pigmentation.
You can make a difference to your skin in a matter of minutes with a sheet mask. Masks allow active ingredients to sink into the skin by simply laying it over the face. Watch as this one becomes a tickling, cooling sheet as the oxygen bubbles get to work on your skin. Just like a fancy spa-inspired oxygen facial, it smooths lines and leaves skin luminous in a flash.
The faux-glow game gets easier with modern innovations in clever self-tanning. This launch from the iconic tanning brand James Read takes just two seconds to apply for a medium golden tan that lasts for days. Just spritz all over the face for an instantly hydrating, streak-free tan.
This 31-patent strong serum is backed by 10 years of Harvard research to downplay the look of UV damage. It may have a hefty price tag, but if you haven’t been diligent with your sun care, this is worth the investment. Use twice a day on clean skin underneath your moisturiser.
Makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury (Kate Moss’s go-to girl) is known for mixing her own face cream — and this one makes tired, hungover skin glow for her clients. This pro version has the peptide complex that she calls a “push-up bra in a jar”. Just watch how your skin glows, it really is magic.