A salicylic acid and retinol hybrid
Those savvy with the skincare ingredients will know that mixing two potent powerhouses like retinol and salicylic acid is a no-go… until now. Dermalogica had a dream and they did it. They’ve managed to safely bottle the benefits of both, into a soothing formula that won’t over-sensitise skin. So if you’ve always struggled to strike the right skincare balance between clearing breakouts and targeting the signs of ageing, you’ve now got your all-in-one.
Dermalogica Retinol Clearing Oil, $132 at dermalogica.com.au
The cult product that is Charlotte Tilbury’s Magic Cream was going to be hard to beat, but the impressive matrix of ingredients found in the new serum may just do it. One of its heroes, REPLEXIUM®, is actually a duo of of skin-boosting peptide blends, that work on two collagen pathways (still with us?) to plump the skin. This means the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines is being targeted both at the epidermis and epidermis junction level for a two-pronged attack. Put simply: see you later, signs of ageing.
Charlotte Tilbury Magic Serum Crystal Elixir, $100 at charlottetilbury.com
A new way to exfoliate
Sand & Sky already broke the internet once with their pore-reducing pink clay mask, and now they’ve done it again with a powder of the same colour. Bringing the fantastic benefits of fruit enzymes to the front, the exfoliating powder is packed with vitamin C from Australian glow berries, and gentle AHAs courtesy of quandong and Davidson plum. Just add water, lather, and away you go.
Sand & Sky Australian Emu Apple Enzyme Powder Polish, $72.90 at sandandsky.com
Mushroom as a super skin ingredient
Mushroom skincare is a thing. The funghi is full of vitamin D and antiviral properties, making it excellent for boosting your skin cell’s immunity. Different mushrooms do have different benefits, however, and Origin’s serum bottles four different types. The blend defends against the signs of ageing, while calming redness and soothing sensitive skin.
Origins Mega-Mushroom Relief & Resilience Advanced Face Serum, $91 at mecca.com.au
Hemp oil blends
The use of full spectrum CBD oil is only legalised under certain circumstances in Australia (eg. for medical reasons). But, we are able to take full advantage of hemp oil, which is derived from cold-pressed hemp seeds. The result is a soothing and calming ingredient that helps to reduce redness. This one from Kiehl’s smells as green as it looks, and will help to repair a compromised skin barrier, which is a common cause of sensitivity.
Kiehl’s Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil Herbal Concentrate, $69 at mecca.com.au