HEARTBEAT LASER – Byonik Laser Skin Rejuvenation System
What it is: A game-changing laser treatment that is completely pain free and needs no recovery time but delivers the same results as a traditional laser facial.
How it works: Laser facials are known for being ultra-effective when it comes to resurfacing skin and tackling signs of ageing. However they also have their downsides – namely the not inconsiderable ouch factor and the recovery time needed afterwards. However Byonik is a laser with a difference. It is completely painless and requires no recovery time yet promises the same results. It does this by syncing the laser with your pulse. The therapist applies a gel that contains hydrating hyaluronic acid and antioxidants before moving the laser over the skin. The device releases light energy into the skin in time with your heartbeat, at the precise moment skin cells are able to absorb the maximum amount of active ingredients.
What it does: The treatment repairs skin at a cellular level and locks in hydration. There is no skin damage or irritation – all you will feel during the treatment is a gentle warmth – and afterwards your skin will look radiant. A course of treatments may not show results as quickly as traditional lasers but you won’t need to take any time off to recover. Byonik can be used to tackle skin problems from fine lines and acne scarring to large pores and rosacea.
Cost: From £250 Available exclusively at Riverbanks Wellness Clinic, Harpenden, Bedfordshire. Visit riverbanksclinic. co.uk or call 01582 762 877 for details.
SPACE-AGE MASCARA – Benefit Badgal Bang Volumizing Mascara, £21.50 (benefitcosmetics.com)
What it is: Using cutting-edge ingredients derived from space technology, it promises out-of-this-world lash length and volume.
How it works: Inspired by the science behind space travel, the mascara creates lash lift using aero-particles – one of the lightest materials known to man that is used to build spacesuits and satellites. It also contains nourishing provitamin B5, which conditions and cares for lashes to prevent breakage.
What it does: The aero-particles ensure that, despite the blackerthan-black formula being fairly thick, it doesn’t weigh lashes down. In fact, it sends them sky-rocketing up to your brow bone. One coat does the job for daytime and two creates a show-stopping evening look. The skinny silicone brush means it can be wiggled close to the lash line to cover lashes from root to tip. It’s even water-resistant so lashes stay lifted all day with no need for reapplication.
Cost: £21.50 Available from benefitcosmetics.com
FACIAL IN A FLASH – Foreo UFO
What it is: This pocket-sized device provides salon-quality facial treatments at home in just 90 seconds. It was used to prep models backstage at Victoria Beckham’s show last month at New York Fashion Week.
How it works: Combining several skincare treatments in one, the UFO uses LED light therapy – blue to banish blemishes, wrinkle-busting red and green for a radiance boost. It also features anti-ageing cryotherapy, where cold temperatures are used to lift and firm skin, as well as warming thermotherapy to open pores to make products work more quickly.
What it does: Ideal if you’re short of time or don’t like wearing sheet face masks, the handheld UFO device delivers a skin-boosting facial in just 90 seconds. It couldn’t be easier to use – simply attach one of the small serum-soaked pads provided and press go, then roll it evenly over your face. A red LED light preps the skin to absorb the mask. Next the device pulsates and heats up to open pores and encourage the serum to sink in. Finally a green LED light evens skin tone for an instant radiance boost.
Cost: £249 Available from next month at foreo.com
SELF-COOLING SKINCARE – La Mer Moisturising Cool Gel Cream
What it is: The latest launch from luxury beauty brand La Mer is a lighter take on the original Crème de la Mer moisturiser. It has an innovative self-cooling quality that reduces the skin’s surface temperature.
How it works: The gel-cream formula melts into skin and has an immediate refreshing effect. The gel contains millions of microspheres made from sea kelp that contain a combination of La Mer’s famous miracle broth and hydrating oils. When the super-light cream is massaged into the skin, the microspheres burst to release their contents and trigger the cooling effect.
What it does: The moment the moisturiser is applied, it cools the surface of the skin. Not only does this feel soothing but it immediately calms any sensitivity or redness. The miracle broth is a blend of sea kelp, vitamins and minerals that has been fermented for four months. It was used to treat chemical burns scars but it also has potent anti-ageing and anti-inflammatory properties. This would be perfect to pack if you are travelling somewhere hot or humid as it will give your skin an instant cooling burst of hydration.
Cost: £60 Available from cremedelamer.co.uk