With a multitude of skincare ingredients available in the market, it’s easy to get caught up in the latest trends (bakuchiol, anyone?), as well as bio-technological innovations.
There are, however, tried and true ingredients that you can fall back on time and again – bringing us back to nature, brands like La Mer and Estee Lauder are powering the latest strengtening, wrinkle-smoothing, and rejuvenating skincare with kelp, algae, pearl, sea fennel and squalene. These are our top picks.
Pearl powder and marine algae join forces with the brand’s Black Diamond Truffle Extract in this new serum under the brand’s Re-Nutriv collection, which targets all signs of skin ageing and the loss of skin firmness.
The silky, weightless serum helps to fortify skin so that it feels firmer and looks refined and more youthful. From the first use, it improves skin’s radiance, firmness and tone while diminishing dark spots and pores.
As a skincare ingredient, pearl extracts are said to keep skin healthy and hydrated as it contains high levels of calcium, which supports the regulation of skin’s natural moisturising factors and improve cell turnover. Marine algae is rich in antioxidants, which helps protect skin from oxidative damage.
La Mer has a newly reformulated Moisturizing Soft Cream. Its signature Miracle Broth now features a new delivery system that helps your skin absorb the soothing benefits the sea kelp. Here’s how this works: Tiny moisture spheres filled with Miracle Broth are made in various microscopic sizes, so the spheres can penetrate the skin’s layers to deliver the product’s hydration and healing properties.
The latest studies on the benefits of Miracle Broth reveal that the ingredient helps skin activate lipid production to enrich and make skin look and feel younger.
La Mer’s prized ingredient, the “Miracle Broth”, contains mainly a sea kelp called Macrosys Pyrifera. This giant sea kelp has the natural ability to regenerate itself at a rate of almost 50cm per day.
The brand ferments the kelp using a special proprietary method to bring out its miraculous anti-inflammatory properties, and its been known to help skin problems associated with inflammation such as redness, itch and puffiness.
Packed with powerhouse anti-agers like a plant-based retinol alternative, cranberry and sea fennel extract, this serum is said to be Tatcha’s most effective wrinkle-smoothing formula yet. If you are sensitive to retinol, this “kinder-to-skin” formula offers smoothing and moisture-restoring benefits without the irritation.
Unlike retinol products that must be slowly incorporated into your skincare regime to build up tolerance, Tatcha’s The Silk Serum can be used any time – even up to two times daily right from the start. As its name suggests, this serum glides on the skin while helping to smooth wrinkles, boost skin’s radiance and enhance hydration.
The extracts of sea fennel are rich in peptides, minerals and vitamins A, C, and E. Peptides help to rebuild and revitalise skin and make it more resilient, while the minerals and vitamins nourish the skin to restore it’s natural softness and smoothness.
This 28-day programme is an intensive anti-ageing cellular treatment that stimulates tired skin cells to deeply hydrate, tone, firm and bring back your skin’s natural radiance.
The silky textured, skin-nourishing nano-emulsion contains a potent mix of DNA and RNA liposomes for intense hydration, a peptide cocktail to fight wrinkles, hyaluronic acid to plump and smooth skin, and marine elastin to restore the elasticity of youthful skin. Each box contains 14 vials to replace your skincare serum for the 28 days, and should be used in the morning and at night, after cleansing and toning and before your usual moisturiser.
Marine elastin is a protein from marine sources like fish. Through the process of hydrolysis, small peptides, poly peptides and amino acids are taken from the protein chains and these are similar to the building blocks of skin. In skincare, marine elastin can promote the formation of new elastin for the skin and offer anti-wrinkle and skin-strengthening effects.