Environmental impact and mental health are on everyone’s minds, and it’s interesting to see how this is reflected in this season’s skincare launches. Urban working women will appreciate products that protect against the many forms of pollution - from diesel fumes to blue lights emitting from our smartphones - while simultaneously repairing years of environmental skin damage and clogged pores. The need to reduce stress and improve sleep is also a factor, with one company (see below) supporting the mental health charity Mind with two-for-one offers on their legendary de-stressing night cream…
Peace of Mind: gifts that keep giving
We all adore Temple Spa’s silky night cream Repose (50ml, £40) for its ability to induce sleepiness thanks to its divinely-scented blend of soothing essential oils. Throughout October, you can sleep even better knowing that £6 of every jar of Repose sold goes to the mental health charity Mind. And the best part: Temple Spa will be thanking customers for buying Repose by giving them limited edition jar free with their purchase. If that wasn’t enough, buy Repose, Windows of the Soul and Toning Essence from Temple Spa’s Rest and Restore Mind Collection (£86) and receive another two items free, saving you £61. Temple Spa has also created a special mini gift set – With You in Mind – comprising stress-relieving minis: Drift Away bath oil, Calming Mist for Me & My Space, Repose and Peace Be Still calming skin balm.
Fresh wave of urban renewal
Urban pollution has a dire long-term effect on the structure of our skin, according to French skincare company Thalgo. By the time we city girls reach 50, our fibroblasts are shot and lose their ability to produce collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid, causing sagging, de-hydration and wrinkles. But fear not: Thalgo has scoured the oceans to create a Patented Marine Replenishment Complex containing a powerhouse of natural marine actives to regenerate ageing skin cells. This super-ingredient is part of their Exception Marine range: Intensive Redensifying Serum (30ml, £95), Cream (50ml, £85), Rich Cream (50ml, £85) and Eyelid Lifting Cream (15ml, £55). Thalgo has also developed an Exception Marine Redensifying Treatment, available at certain spas.
You shall go to the ball…
Those clever people at Aromatherapy Associates have created a non-slip Hydrosol Sheet Mask (£42) that is good for the skin and the environment. The sheet mask has been made with biodegradable material sourced from eucalyptus wood, and is infused with anti-oxidant Turmeric Root, which evens skin-tone; hydrating and plumping Hyaluronic Acid; soothing Aloe Vera; and hand-blended pure essential oils – Frankincense, Rose Absolute, Geranium – to soothe both skin and mind. Unfold the mask from the sachet and smooth onto the skin for ten minutes before a big event… or the morning after. Each pack contains four masks.
Natura Bissé’s new collection, Diamond Cocoon, works as a dual action smart defence system that strengthens the cutaneous barrier while combatting the damage that already exists. Thus cocooned, your natural beauty can repair and emerge like a butterfly. We would be suspicious if Natural Bissé hadn't already proven they can deliver great results again and again. There’s a Skin Booster (30ml, £225), an Ultimate Shield Protective Mist (75ml, £125) and Enzyme Cleanser Deep Cleansing Mousse (100ml, £77).
Out damn spots
Vinopure, the new range by Caudalie, targets blemishes using natural ingredients. Whatever skin type or age we are, pollution, stress and hormonal changes can cause spots and shine to appear long after the teenage years. Caudalie’s three-pronged attack includes a Clear Skin Purifying Toner (200ml, £18) which is suitable for sensitive skin, a Blemish Control Infusion Serum (30ml, £29), and a Skin Perfecting Mattifying Fluid (40ml, £25) to reduce spots and restore natural radiance. Seaside Spy is a big fan.
The Spa Spy
18th October 2018
Intuitive masseurs, inspired or outlandish treatments and design, posh products and celeb spotting.
Anyone po-faced (guests and therapists) or stupid, boring design and treatments.
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