Before the year comes to a close, we thought it fitting to do a throwback of sorts to all the skincare products and gadgets we loved this year. From high-tech cleansers to holy grail face masks, it’s been one heck of a year for beauty.
#1 Clarisonic Smart Profile, $330
As a fan of Clarisonic brushes from day one, I was excited to try this incredibly amped up the-future-is-now version. The Smart Profile gadget works with so many different brush heads for your face, body, and even feet (we love a good at-home pedicure device). Four speed settings, a turbo button that gives a little power boost for rougher patches of skin (like elbows), and microchip technology that tells the device which brush head is attached in order to programme it to the right setting and speed. Definitely one of the best skincare investments of 2015.
#2 Kiehl’s Daily Reviving Concentrate, $80
As someone who’s spent years battling oily skin, the thought of putting an oil on my face was completely unappealing to me. Until I tried this product. It’s specifically made for daytime wear to protect your skin from the elements (free radicals and other external aggressors that can age your skin over the course of the day). I love the smell and how it has a non-greasy finish that makes my sunscreen go on really easily.
#3 Vaseline Intensive Care Spray Moisturiser, $13.90
There’s no going back once you’ve tried one of these. I keep one on my desk at work and one by my bed at home. The moisturiser itself is lightweight, which is perfect for daytime use, and does a great job at hydrating your skin. You can spray it up close and rub it into your skin with your hands or spritz it from afar and let it be, though I prefer the up-close method because less of it gets on the floor.
#4 Philosophy Renewed Hope in a Jar, $62
The new formulation of the brand’s incredibly popular Hope in a Jar moisturiser was released this year. What’s new? For starters, it’s packed with a triple-blend of gently exfoliating alpha hydroxy acids, as well as three forms of hyaluronate to hydrate the skin. We love that whether you’ve got dry skin, combination or oily, the range has a version suited to your needs.
#5 Elizabeth Arden Superstart Skin Renewal Booster, $95
This year saw a fair few boosters hit the market. If you’re unfamiliar with them, boosters are like vitamins or supplements that can be added to your skincare routine to give your skin a little something extra. Some can be mixed into creams, serums or foundation while others go directly on the skin. This one from Elizabeth Arden, when used before your skincare serums, helps improve the texture of your skin while boosting its natural defences.
#6 Fresh Black Tea Firming Overnight Mask, $144
We love overnight masks. There’s something very satisfying about being able to slather on a mask without needing to diligently wash it off after 10 minutes. This black tea mask from Fresh is an anti-ageing mask that intensely moisturises your skin while promising to “firm” it while you sleep. The almost herbal smell and cool creamy consistency make for an incredibly soothing combination just before bed.
#7 Allies of Skin 1A All-Day Mask, $99
This face mask from local brand Allies of Skin is a much welcome addition to our list this year. Promising to hydrate, firm and protect the skin against pollution while repairing damaged skin (quite a mouthful), this leave-on mask is the perfect concoction for the fuss-free woman.
#8 Shiseido Ultimune Eye Power Infusing Eye Concentrate, $98
While many eye creams and serums are about correcting dark circles, reducing the appearance of wrinkles and depuffing, this one is all about strengthening the “immunity” of the delicate skin around your eye. I loved the non-sticky lightweight texture and how much it softens and noticeably smooths out the appearance of the undereye area.
#9 La Mer The Renewal Oil, $370
Perhaps the most luxurious face oil on the market, this one has been a hot favourite since it hit the shelves last month. The dual-phase formula contains the brand’s patented Miracle Broth, which is made of soothing sea kelp and premium sesame and eucalyptus oils that are all meant to soothe and reenergise the skin. It’s not as oily as one might think, with an almost watery texture that sinks into the skin.
#10 Origins Original Skin Retexturizing Mask with Rose Clay, $50
Origins can seemingly do no wrong when it comes to face masks. As part of their “quarter life crisis” range, this mask is all about giving your skin texture a boost. It’s the ideal solution for that transitioning stage in your 20s between worrying about breakouts and fretting over fine lines and wrinkles. It feels great, smells great and exfoliates, smoothes and brightens the skin.