10 new products to work wonders on skin and hair
From tea to turmerone, Katie Wright reveals the ingredients making their mark on the beauty block and where to find them.
Every week there seems to be a new beauty buzzword, a magic product they claim you won't believe you ever lived without.
Obviously, there's a lot of hyperbole around new launches, but it's true that just a single new ingredient can sometimes, actually, make all the difference, particularly if you're looking to target a specific concern.
Recently, the cosmetic labs have been working overtime and there's a host of hot new extracts and inventions just waiting to work wonders on your skin and hair.
From the natural to the high-tech, these are the problem-solving ingredients you need to add to your beauty line-up.
Did you know, not only does the blue light from smartphones stop us from drifting off to sleep at night, it also causes fine lines and pigmentation? Lutein, an antioxidant derived from marigolds and which acts as a shield against blue light, is one of the ingredients found in Murad City Skin Broad Spectrum SPF 50, £45, which also protects against UVA and B, infrared and pollution.
2. Maqui berry
Move over goji, there's a new wonder-berry in town. Maqui berry oil, which is found in Trilogy Very Gentle Restoring Oil, £32.50, Debenhams, is rich in antioxidants and essential fatty acids, helping to target skin irritation-causing free radicals.
Obsessed with finding a truly infallible foundation? BareMinerals BarePro Performance Wear Liquid Foundation, £29 (available in September), contains mineral pigments coated with lecithin, a type of lipid naturally found in the human body, which means the formula binds seamlessly with your skin and won't budge for 24 hours.
Not only does Rahua Enchanted Island Salt Spray, £32, Net-A-Porter, give you effortless surfer-girl waves, hibiscus extract strengthens the hair's core, giving extra oomph and shine.
5. Lamellar technology
Using the same principle as all-day sunscreen, lamellar structure technology keeps active ingredients suspended in layers, so they're gradually released over a 10-hour period, rather than in one dose when you first put the product on. SkinSense by Abi Cleeve Highly Active Day Cream, £34, also contains Linefill, a sesame-derived skin-plumper.
No, sadly, munching on those squashy sweet treats won't give you perfect skin (sorry about that). We're talking about powder from the root of the mallow plant, which selectively absorbs sebum, but not water, making it the star ingredient of Murad MattEffect Blotting Perfector, £32.
7. White ginseng
Inspired by Korean 'lotions' (liquid, rather than cream, moisturisers), Erborian Spray to Mask Revitalizing Face Mask, £34 (available September), is a gel enriched with hydrating white ginseng. Simpler than a sheet mask, you spritz it on and allow it to sink in, blotting any excess off after 10 minutes.
8. Olympus Tea
Hailing from the famous mountain, Olympus Tea is known for its powerful anti-microbial and antioxidant properties, which is why it's the basis for two new cleansers from Korres. Choose from the Olympus Tea 3 in 1 Cleansing Emulsion, £15, or Foaming Cream, £18, Marks and Spencer (available July 28).
The benefits of turmeric are well-known so keep on quaffing those yellow lattes, but if you really want to deliver a high concentration of the super-spice, try Clarins Double Serum, £56 (available from August 27). The new reformulation delivers turmeric extract via turmerone molecules, thereby enhancing five vital skin functions at cellular level, meaning reduced wrinkles and increased hydration.
10. Dragon fruit
Want luscious lips without having to endure the stinging sensation of a chilli-based plumper? Liz Earle Superskin Superlip Balm, £16, contains Peruvian dragon fruit extract, derived from the resin of the dragon's blood tree, which helps soften and plump your pout without any pain.