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Beauty: Top new beauty products

In your essence

Asian women tend to be early adopters when it comes to new skincare and they’ve been into essences for a while. These look like toners, but are in fact a cocktail of anti-agers suspended in a liquid. They offer ultra-light hydration and penetrate deeply and quickly so active ingredients get to work fast. You apply by pressing into the skin with your hands and then sealing with your serum and moisturiser.

I’ve trialled EstÉe Lauder’s Micro Essence Skin Activating Treatment Lotion $120, available here next month. My skin texture improved visibly after using the high-tech blend of nutrients and peptides – it looked plumper, smoother and hydrated.

Essences aren’t new, however. Shiseido Eudermine Revitalizing Essence $134 has been around since 1897 and fans prize its powers to soften and hydrate dry skin. But the new versions offer the latest breakthrough ingredients to boost the renewal process and target everything from tone and sensitivity to lines and radiance.

If essences take off in a big way you can expect the concept to trickle down to the more affordable brands. In the meantime, products available here at the moment are pricey:

Chantecaille Vital Essence $193 is filled with potent antioxidants to brighten and heal skin.

sephora SK-II Facial Treatment Essence $220 is enriched with Pitera (an ingredient found in the sake brewing process in Japan) to enhance the renewal process.This Works No Wrinkles Wonder Essence $89 balances the skin, sweeping away dead cells, and infuses it with hydrating hyaluronic acid.

About Nicky Pellegrino

Nicky Pellegrino has been a journalist for over 20 years, both here and in the UK, and is a former editor of New Zealand Woman's Weekly. These days, as well as working on the magazine's beauty pages, she writes popular novels like Recipe For LIfe, The Italian Wedding and The Villa Girls. For more about Nicky check out her website

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One Response to “Beauty: Top new beauty products”

  1. LovesBeauty Mar 18 2014, 1:40pm

    I am really wanting to try the Estee Lauder Micro Essence Skin Activating Treatment Lotion, it looks divine!
    I am currently using EmerginC Complexion Perfection and it is amazing! It is pretty much squalane, so it really hydrates the skin. The ingredients are: Vegetable Oil, Squalane, Cyclopentasiloxane, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Oil, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A), Retinol, Dimethicone, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Oil, Thioctic Acid (Alpha Lipoic Acid), Hippophae Rhamnoides (Seabuckthorn) Oil

    I purchased it from fresh fragrances and cosmetics for $100 (they had a massive sale), and it is well worth the price! My skin looks radiant and super hydrated.

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