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New Luxury Skin Care That’s Worth The Investment

Verity Douglas
Writer and expert1 year ago
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There’s so much affordable {skin care} out there that you might think you don’t need the luxury stuff but we all need a little indulgence and sometimes, the splurge reaps rewards in the long run. Brimming with targeted actives to fast-track the path to a healthy complexion, we’ve rounded up luxury must-haves that work for their ritual real estate.  

New to the prestigious Vintner’s Daughter family is the {Active Renewal Cleanser} — a light foaming cream that’s packed with energising extracts to revitalise all skin types. Powered by the brand’s proprietary ‘Phyto Radiance Infusion’ which cleverly combines water with oil-soluble solutions to eliminate your make up, daily dirt and SPF, consider this a one-step ‘double cleanse’ that leaves your face feeling refreshed and incredibly comfortable. Lovingly crafted, this luxe formula boasts an array of free radical-fighting antioxidants and pH-balancing minerals to soothe and soften skin while prepping for your next, essential skin care steps — and lest we forget, it looks chic on your #shelfie *amen*.

Laced with resurfacing acids alongside the patented Miracle Broth, La Mer’s {The Resurfacing Treatment} will gently refine while replenishing skin with a cocktail of nourishing nutrients. Boasting exfoliating AHAs, clarifying BHAs and brightening PHAs, this leave-on toning treatment has a swathe of beauty benefits — dispelling dullness, unifying skin tone and battling blackheads from very first use. You’ll notice a glow after one application and, when used twice a day for four weeks, 93% of 112 testers said their skin felt “purified and clean”— it’s time to recover your radiance. 

Developed to supplement barrier function, Omorovicza’s indulgent (and aptly named) {Queen Oil} is fit for beauty royalty. Brimming with vitamins C, E and K to support skin’s defences and soothe irritation, this cherishing blend is the ultimate ‘top coat’ — shielding your face from aggressors while helping to ward against moisture loss. Light and non-greasy, it’s great for allowing your skin care to work unencumbered, while also infusing dry, compromised skin with a medley of plumping, replenishing extracts that dial up the dew so you wake looking wonderfully rested. It’s also ideal in the daytime when skin feels especially vulnerable — just use it in lieu of your day cream or layer on top when you need extra nourishment *curtseys*. 

Synonymous with luxury and efficacy, Augustinus Bader is the leading name in skin care (with very good reason). Having developed the proprietary TCF8 Technology — renowned for its unparalleled reparative, regenerative prowess — Dr. Augustinus Bader has distilled his expertise into {The Face Cream Mask}; in other words, your winter skin care saviour. The ultimate indulgence, this treatment works to ease your stressed complexion through the swathe of common crises — from flare-ups and breakouts to dryness and dehydration — this comforts and calms as it helps to relieve irritation and trigger renewal. With a hypoallergenic spatula to cool and depuff, this floods cells with much-needed moisture and works to promote elasticity, dial up the brightness and boost luminosity.  

Great for globe-trotting Decree devotees — as well as those keen to discover the range — the four-piece {Decree AM Mini Essentials Kit} boasts an all-star routine from Decree by Dr. A J Sturnham, whose mission to streamline your skin care routine with effective, easy-to-follow steps has been beyond revelatory. Uniting travel-compatible sizes of her best-loved formulations — Deep Cleanse, Preparatory Mist, Treat Tincture and Peptide Emollient Veil + — this targets the spectrum of common concerns to correct and protect your complexion. With generous helpings to trigger a skin care obsession, consider yourself duly warned...  

Année de Mamiel is tackling our biggest beauty nemesis — fatigue — with her new {Fatigue Fix}; a targeted treatment that tackles the primary signs of a stress-heavy (sleep-deprived) lifestyle. Working to revitalise and fortify, this counteracts the side-effects of too much cortisol (the stress hormone) — supporting healthy barrier function and promoting luminosity for skin that looks deceptively well-rested. Boasting an abundance of bio-fermented minerals, polygluconic and multi-molecular hyaluronic acids to dial up the dew and replenish cells’ reservoirs, this leaves your face feeling refreshed and replenished (what deadline?).  

Verity Douglas
Writer and expert
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Cult Beauty’s Content Editor and a Cult Beauty OG, Verity loves nothing more than the marriage of language and lip balm. A quintessential Libran, she’s a self-professed magpie for luxury ‘must-haves' and always pursuing the new and the niche — from the boujee-est skin care to cutting-edge tech. Balancing an urge to stop the clock with her desire to embrace the ageing process (and set a positive example for her daughter), Verity's a retinol obsessive and will gladly share her thoughts about the time-defying gadgets, masks and treatments worth the splurge...