I was lucky enough to be the first one to try some new additions to this much favoured skincare brand of mine. Improved and much researched reformulations bring Clear Skin Daily Face Wash, a zingy, intoxicating light-foaming facial wash with a blend of eucalyptus, thyme & tea tree. Clear Skin Blemish Control Gel, an on-the-spot treatment gel consisting of wild oregano, eucalyptus, tea tree and salicylic acid to treat spots but yet respect the surrounding skin. Gentle Daily Exfoliant i approached with little interest but was proven so wrong! I always cleanse skin with a muslin which yields a thorough but gentle buffing. So to see if the exfoliant worked, i cleansed without one which left my skin still feeling slightly rough and sticky. 1 tsp of the exfoliant mixed with water activated the freeze-dried enzymes and lightly massaged into skin to reveal shiny, soft and smooth skin! Shocking I must admit but best of all, so gentle and non abrasive!
This isn't a new product but a new formulation that I felt the need to introduce again. Essential Hydration Cream is a beautiful, light moisturiser with ylang ylang and arnica. I have lost count of how many times models and clients have asked to keep this product after I used it on them. The gentle but intoxicating smells I found both relaxed my subjects and gave a beautifully moisturised base for me to work on.
I first came across this brand just before leaving Asia to relocate to Europe and didn't know much about it. An evening with fellow bloggers and Jeff Murad, Vice-President of Murad Skincare to answer many questions of the huge range took care of that problem. There's something for everyone here and it was actually really good to see the involvement of supplements as a nod towards internal health as well.
Noteworthy products were ones from the Anti-Ageing Blemish line to target acne or blemish problems of the late 20s, 30s and 40s, who find that teenage skincare ranges not working for them.
Other lines include Resurgence (hormonally troubled skin), Environmental Shield (sun protection) and Age Reform (ageing skin) are a few of the ranges available to custom treat our problems and address various issues across the board. I was very impressed and look forward to actually having a play on these products by sending my clients to give it a try.
A humble range that first started with the humble bee is now highly popular amongst us makeup artists with our clients' growing concerns of allergens and perfumes. Throughout my 17 year career, I've always at some point carried a Burt's Bees product. Usually a lip balm. So it came as no surprise when I first got to try the full range that I immediately sent some over to my niece who suffers from eczema to which she's had good results from using the products.
I'm quite a fan of their Radiance Body Lotion on shoots as there's mica which gives the skin a luminosity in photos so the model always looks great! The new and improved 24 Hour Body Lotion Collection boasts 4 new additions to target Normal to Dry, Sensitive and Dry skins and an additional fragrance-free one. I was treated to a demo by their creator, the lovely Abina Antwi who took us through how she makes the lotions with nourishing ingredients good enough to eat! So if it's good enough to eat, it's definitely good enough to go on the skin!
LP Skin Therapy
Psychodermatology? What's that you say? It's all new to me too! It does however makes sense what with aromatherapy being around for years that a happier, more relaxed state of mind should and could generate better well being and thus better skin. Fronted by Dr. Linda Papadopoulos, a psychologist and her team of cosmetic scientists, this new and might I add beautifully packaged range addresses skincare needs via one simple philosophy - a healthy mind means healthy skin.
The 8 product range boasts familiar scents of Dr. L's homeland Cyprus, orange blossom, pomegranate and Cyprus lemons. First impressions were intoxicating! I left the presentation feeling all sleepy and happy. I've always been a fan of aromatherapy and it's affects on people's moods.
Stand out products for me were Refining Lip Exfoliator with jojoba pearls to polish and exfoliate the lip area. Uplifting Facial Water, fragranced with orange blossom water to lift the spirits and also to tone and refresh makeup throughout the day. Untired Eye Cream has diamond powder which gives the light cream a gorgeous luminescence that colour corrects the dark areas under the eye!
Fans of non scented products might want to give this a miss but if you're a fan of gorgeous scents and candles, you might want to check this range out. I felt like I was in the middle of a Mediterranean garden with all it's heady scents of blossoms, fruits and gorgeous things we only smell on holidays abroad!
This launches in Harrods and QVC mid 2011.
So there we have it, the newest skincare launches in the week. As customers grow more savvy with their spending power, there really isn't a better time to buy skincare. From the affordable to the ultra luxurious, from the natural to the highly scientific, consumers are really spoilt for choice!