Edwina Ings-Chambers: These glow-getters won’t disappoint

The following anecdote is not intended to be remotely boastful but recently I lost track of the number of compliments I was receiving about my skin. Even people who are not remotely prone to remark on my complexion started dropping it into conversation and asking what I was doing. The answer – and the only thing that I was doing differently – was that I was trialling Shiseido Future Solution LX Legendary Enmei Ultimate Luminance Serum. 

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This stuff lives up to its name. I radiated dewy glowishness for weeks on end. It was as though someone had switched on a light deep in my epidermis. More than that, my skin felt firmer, looked plumper. I just looked fresher all round. Now all of this is thanks to some Shiseido research and ingredients such as the enmei herb in its name (harvested at the foot of a sacred mountain in Japan – really! – and hand-picked on an auspicious day, it’s known for its powers of renewal). The serum also, and here’s the catch, comes with a hefty price tag: £395 for 30ml. Using it twice a day, it lasted me for about two months. 

Edwina Ings-Chambers shiseidoNow I’m not saying that you have to pay a fortune to find good skincare. But I also can’t deny that this serum worked brilliantly and my face looked much better for it. Besides, sometimes it’s nice to have a bit of full-on luxury. It smells good, too – rose, plum blossom and lotus – because of the brand’s belief in the beneficial power of fragrance. And if I was going to really splurge (or ask someone else to) on a skincare product this would be it. 

Edwina Ings-Chambers shiseidoSince I’m on the luxury track – and if you’re looking to splash out on some gifting – then I’ve also been impressed by Wildsmith Active Repair Platinum Booster (£175 for 30ml, wildsmithskin.com). This great British botanical brand invested in clinical trials for this collagen- and elastin-boosting treatment and found a wrinkle reduction of 11 per cent in 77 per cent of subjects aged between 40 and 66. 

Edwina Ings-Chambers shiseidoI appreciate these are very pricey options, though. And so you don’t think that I’ve lost sight of the purse strings altogether, here are some far more affordable complexion enhancers that I can recommend. Tandem Easy Exfoliator (£16, tandemskincare.co.uk) is great for a once-a-week removing of dead cells so your skin will look brighter and products can penetrate (and work) more easily. It’s a gentle blend of acids (AHAs and BHAs) with some kakadu plum, full of vitamin C, for added radiance.

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Edwina Ings-Chambers shiseidoOn a classic front, The Ordinary Squalane Cleanser leaves skin super clean and as shiny as a pebble (£5.50, cultbeauty.co.uk). And Avon Anew Clinical Anti-Wrinkle Plumping Concentrate (£12, avon-uk.com) – with 1.5 per cent hyaluronic acid – offers great hydration and a plumping booster.

Beauty assistant: Alice Robertson