BEAUTIFUL SKIN REQUIRES beautiful ingredients – and what better place to pluck inspiration from than the garden? Proving that harsher isn’t better, a slew of new plant-based products promises to feed your face using nutrient-rich elixirs that the skin eagerly drinks in and incorporates into its own processes of repair and protection. How gorgeous is that?
SOS FOR SUN-SAPPED SKIN
After racing around in Hong Kong’s tropical heat, slake skin’s thirst with Amorepacific’s Moisture Bound Hydration Ampoule, an intensive treatment brimming with five plant powerhouses such as antioxidant green tea polyphenols, aquaporin-rich bamboo leaf, ceramide-laden cactus, and hydrating lotus and wild soybean. Post-ampoule, swab on Estée Lauder’s Nutritious Vitality8 Radiant Moisture Crème, which features a (delicious-sounding) infusion of pomegranate, soapberry and mangosteen to neutralise free radicals while delivering all-day moisture.
A summer splurge – whether it’s overindulging in cupcakes or caipirinhas – can wreak havoc on the skin by creating an acidic environment that stresses cells. To awaken weary skin, spritz on Caudalíe’s cult-classic Beauty Elixir, which is imbued with purifying mint oil, revitalising rosemary oil, soothing orange-blossom water and Caudalíe’s signature grape extracts to rebalance and recondition.
GO FOR THE GLOW
Shuttling between bone-dry air-conditioning and the sun’s dehydrating rays can create a layer of dull, dead skin cells. To encourage a more luminous complexion, apply Kiehl’s Iris Extract Activating Treatment Essence: a quickpenetrating liquid loaded with Iris florentina root extract, which touts a proven ability to reverse damage to surface cells producing a more lightreflective finish.
Hot skin is unhappy skin, so dial down the temperature with Lancôme’s Énergie de Vie The Melt-In Sleeping Mask. Infused with three vital botanical life forces – the seed, the root and the fruit – this overnight mask dissolves into droplets of water when it comes into contact with the skin, instantly decreasing the latter’s temperature by 1.5 degrees Celsius, so you wake up fresh as a daisy. For daytime use, try Fresh’s Rose Face Mask. Celebrating its 15th anniversary with limited-edition packaging by artist Jo Ratcliffe, each jar incorporates two-and-a-half Rosa centifolia roses that are suspended in a cooling cucumber gel to instantly calm inflamed skin.
Not only is the delicate eye contour particularly prone to environmental aggressors, it’s also more sensitive to harsh skincare ingredients. Baby your baby blues – or browns – with Charm in Cell’s Eye Cream Set, which encompasses an Eye Cream and an Eye Spot. This one-two treatment features brightening Toca-Vita C in tandem with persimmon leaf extract to slow melanin production, and horse chestnut extract to boost blood circulation, thereby fading dark circles.