Firstly, Happy New Year to y’all!
So I thought I would start 2015 with a series of ‘Top 5’ pieces that look back at some of my favourite products of 2014. First up, we have ‘My Top 5 Skincare Launches’. Strangely for me, there was little debate when it came to finalising this list, because for once I had very clear favourites in this category.
Believe me, I trial a lot of skincare products, in the never-ending quest for those that truly deliver. In terms of anti-ageing, I do think the top priority for skincare should be sunscreen, closely followed by a topically-applied antioxidant. However, looking down at the list below as I was writing, it couldn’t be clearer that, for skincare at least, I am also drawn to products that achieve radiance and dewiness.
All of the products in this list pick the skin up in one or both of these ways. I believe that both attributes are the sign of good health and youthfulness, and if you have to fake it, fake it! Better still if you find a product that instantly achieves this effect, but also goes some way to allowing your skin to pick itself up and achieve that look naturally too. I think each of my picks below go some way to fulfilling this brief.
So without further ado, let’s get started on the skincare countdown… (drum roll, please!).
Having a background in scientific research, I often have to suspend disbelief when I hear the marketing claims being made as a new skincare product is launched. A cursory glance down the ingredients list is often enough for me to smile and walk away, wallet intact. There are certain brands out there who make the most ridiculous claims (I’ll say no more before I get myself into trouble!), consistently using active ingredients at well under the recommended dose, just so that they feature on the ingredients list (and can then be used to bolster the marketing hype).
I am with Sarah: active ingredients should always be used at their proven optimal level, and formulated with other ingredients that do not affect their ability to get results
Sarah Chapman, celebrity facialist, who combines high-tech wizardry with massage to award-winning effect, is most definitely not in this camp. She is quite clear that, during product development for her Skinesis skincare line, she needs to see research, research, research before choosing ingredients. This is to ascertain both expected results, and, most importantly, the levels at which individual ingredients should be used at in order to deliver those results. Based on the research, she then works out the optimum level at which to use those ingredients.
Indeed, Sarah Chapman is a woman after my own heart, using a winning combination of cutting-edge science and high-potency ingredients in an attempt to come up with innovative and effective skincare solutions. So, on the rare occasion that she launches a new product, I feel a trip to Space NK coming on!