As the temperature starts to drop and summer sun fades, so too may our summer glow, leaving us with a drier, duller complexion.
While this can be combated with the basic golden rules of skin care: drinking lots of water, sun protection and healthy diet and exercise, it’s worth giving your skin a bit of extra help to wind back the clock in the cooler seasons.
As the nights get darker, nothing beats wallowing in a candlelit bath indulging your skin with a nourishing mask. If you are not using them already, add masks, serums and replenishing night creams to your skin routine.
There’s a trend in skincare to use natural fruit extracts in the ingredients, as their properties help boost radiance as well as protect skin from the elements.
Here are four new products that harness the magic healing powers of nature.
• The Edit Cosmetics Miracle Worker C-Serum 30ml, RRP$140, available online at: www.theeditcosmetics.co.nz
Infused with the superfruit Kakadu plum, which boasts the world’s richest source of vitamin C, together with hyaluronic and collagen for cell renewal, this is a miracle worker serum you need in your bathroom cabinet. Use after cleansing and before moisturising. Not only will your skin look and feel plumper, firmer and as fresh as autumn fruits, but you will smell delicious enough to eat, as the serum has an uplifting scent of toasty amber, orange blossom and vanilla.
2. Andalou Naturals Brightening Honey Pumpkin Glycolic Mask, RRP$27.99, available at Chemist Warehouse from April.
Just launched in New Zealand, this ‘California cool’ brand is 98 per cent naturally derived, gluten and cruelty free. The products use stem cells extracted from fruits, which are then blended into formulas that target specific skin care needs. One product in particular is already sought after internationally - the cult Brightening Honey Pumpkin Glycolic Mask. Blended with manuka honey and organic pumpkin, the mask sweeps away dry skin cells leaving an even and luminous tone. It tingles slightly when you put it on, so get ready to feel that glow.
3 The Avo Tree Skin range available at Farmers and online at: www.farmers.co.nz
The range which uses the goodness of avocados to nourish skin includes a Replenishing Night Cream, $39.99, loaded with vitamins from avocado and carrot seed oils to help restore skin while you sleep.
There’s also a Rejuvenating Face Oil, $49.99, which you can massage into skin both morning and night after cleansing. With avocado oil, blackberry, pear it helps reduce fine lines and can also be used on scars.
4. Savar Gentle Hydrating Antioxidant Moisture Mask, RRP$54, available online at: www.savaronline.com
This plant-based mask by Savar is enriched with New Zealand blackcurrant seed oil, one of nature’s superfoods, and organic pomegranate - a natural antioxidant to help regenerate skin. It is gentle enough for sensitive and very dry skin. Leave on for 20 - 25 minutes, then remove with a damp cloth. Or for an extra moisture boost you can leave on overnight, and your skin will be so beautifully smooth people will notice.
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