Female Magazine names most innovative beauty products of 2014

Female Magazine names most innovative beauty products of 2014

Female writer Moh Shuying unveils Female's third innovative awards 2014. The beauty products that made it to the list are as follows.

Skincare range

2nd generation Cle de Peau beaute Synactif, $148-$1,800

Photo: Cle de Peau beaute's Facebook

This upgraded version amplifies what it specialises in - improving our face's lymphatic system for healthier skin with less problems - without upping the number of products to use.

The range has five items (cleanser, softener, day moisturiser, night moisturiser and night cream). And if you follow the how-to that accompanies each product, a bar of soap will last three months and the others are dispensed in just the right amount to prevent OD or wastage.

Finishers

Sulwhasoo Luminature Essential Finisher, $112

Photo: Sulwhasoo's Facebook

Used as the last step of your skincare regime, this doesn't just "seal" in moisture by forming a "barrier" but also gives radiance and clarity.

Eye care

Clarins Extra-Firming Eye Complete Rejuvenating Cream, $86

Photo: YouTube screengrab

The French brand is famous for its fat-busting goodies. And this targets the upper eyelid in Asian women: the part that droops and causes the hooded eye when we get older, which makes our eyes even smaller than they already are.

Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Serum Synchronized Complex II, $100

Photo: Estee Lauder's Facebook

There's a lot of science behind it - catabolysis, anti-pollution technology, etc. What makes us pay attention: it makes our eye area look younger and fresher the next morning.

SK-II Stempower Eye Cream, $144

Photo: YouTube screengrab

Like a lot of eye care, this also promises to plump and firm. And it really delivers. In just a week, the hollow shadow under our eyes and fine lines are less obvious.

The 2015 version arrives this month with a magnetic eye wand that reportedly uses micro-electromagnetic field technology to do three things: firm the eyelid, eye corner and undereye; reduce wrinkles after 10 days of use; and increase the absorption of the key ingredient in Stempower, niacinamide, by three times.

Serums

Shiseido Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate, $105

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It normalises skin's behaviour, so that it's strong when it should be and calm when it's time to chill, not an overachiever one minute and an under-performer the next. Anyone with reactive skin will be thankful.

Clinique Smart Custom-repair serum, $106

 

Photo: Clinique's Facebook

It works like an algorithm for skincare - intuitive to your skin's needs as opposed to leaving you second-guessing any problems.

Its formula for treating a variety of problems (fine lines, pigmentation, loss of firmness, dullness and uneven skin tone) is to read skin cell's "distress" signals and release the appropriate help - no more, no less.

What's not used is metabolised so skin is not full of stuff it doesn't need, which can trigger irritation or sensitivity. If that's not clever, we don't know what is.

Clarins Shaping Facial Lift, $106

Photo: YouTube screengrab

In case you missed it earlier, one of the USPs of this cosmetics house is fat-fighting - on the face.

This fourth-generation serum reduces bloat and has anti-glycation action to protect skin's support system for a more lifted look with more defined facial contours. This is not Thermage or Ultherapy but it comes pretty close.

Kiehl's Hydro-plumping Re-texturizing Serum Concentrate, $80

Photo: Kiehl's Facebook

It takes continual hydration to a whole new level: It doesn't just moisturise; it literally works like a hyaluronic filler to minimise lines. No downtime, no painful injections - just instant gratification.

Chanel Le Blanc Whitening Concentrate Double Action TXC, $175

Photo: Chanel

The simpler reason is it is soothing instead of drying (most whitening skincare with vitamin C do the latter). The high-tech reason is it treats skin inflammation not as an afterthought but with equal measures of calming and whitening.

It calms by regulating the presence of inflammation mediators in skin that can lead to the overproduction of melanin. So skin is not only less reactive but melanocytes are also less "productive".

SK-II Cellumination Aura Essence, $199

Photo: YouTube screengrab

The science behind this is to help increase the number of skin cells - the more you have, the more light is reflected off them, and the better you look. The reality: Our complexion appears significantly more luminous every time we use it, which is as often as possible.

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