These powerhouse products have done wonders for my skin – and revolutionised my routine.
I managed to shock a friend into a stunned silence over dinner the other night. Then the questions began. ‘So you’re not wearing any foundation? Or make-up?’ Nope. ‘That’s just your skin?’ Yep. The product on my face – and what I’ve been putting on it every day, twice a day for the past month – was a new cream called Spectacle Performance Crème (£76, spectacleskincare.com). I say cream, but the texture is more like a whipped gel – wonderfully light on the skin.
A new brand, Spectacle is already gaining serious traction with this first launch and that’s because it’s incredibly good. I’m the first to say that there’s no time-travel miracle to be found in a pot of cream. But a great formula made with efficacious ingredients can visibly improve your skin tone – and this does just that. My skin looks healthier, brighter, smoother, clearer and more vibrant because of using this. It also contains an element of translucent primer which adds a natural glow to the complexion. It really is splendid.
This cream is part of a skincare trend going back to products that are formulated with a complex list of ingredients, so we can buy just one bottle rather than mixing a load of different serums ourselves in bathrooms that have come to resemble science labs. The trouble is, self-administering can lead to aggravating skin and causing new problems. Now the talk is of ‘micro-dosing’ – applying small amounts of effective ingredients that are so carefully balanced they avoid bad skin reactions. So Spectacle’s Performance Crème includes retinal (a non-irritative form of retinol) plus copper amino acids – both boost collagen and help reduce fine lines – as well as hydrating hyaluronic acid, brightening vitamin C and more to create a real powerhouse in a pump.
Another skincare product – and brand – I’m obsessed with and have been layering under Spectacle is Biossance Squalane + Vitamin C Dark Spot Serum (£49, cultbeauty.co.uk). Biossance has a strong focus on good environmental practice and its squalane (which hydrates and can boost collagen) is totally plant-based. This lightweight serum is another wonder product for me – and leaves my skin looking more even toned, plumped and happy. @edwinaingschambers
Treat your skin to a mini break
To Lime Wood for the night ‒ a skincare addict’s delight. This luxury New Forest spa hotel is hosting another of its sellout retreats with super-facialist Sarah Chapman and her Skinesis range. There will be facials, a Q&A session, plus Sarah will explain her holistic approach to skincare. The next date is 10-11 March, £945 per person. Numbers are limited so book now at limewoodhotel.co.uk.
Need a more gentle touch?
If you’re encouraging a teen into a great routine or want something not too harsh yourself, the collaboration between The Inkey List and YouTube skincare sensation Hyram Yarbro could be just the ticket. Selfless by Hyram is a concise range of a cleanser, moisturiser and three serums, with proceeds going to the Rainforest Trust and clean water charity Thirst Project. From £18, uk.selflessbyhyram.com.
Beauty assistant: Alice Robertson