BAZAAR Beauty Awards 2020: The Best Targeted Treatments That Home In On Skin Concerns Effectively
BEST ANTI- AGEING TREATMENT: LiftActiv Peptide-C Anti-Aging Ampoules, $52, Vichy
Billed to tackle wrinkle formation as well as other signs of ageing, this 30-day programme is supercharged with anti-ageing bio-peptides; hyaluronic acid; 10 percent pure vitamin C to promote collagen synthesis and skin cell renewal; and the brand’s Mineralizing Water, rich in antioxidants and minerals essential to skin health.
BEST ANTI- BLEMISH TREATMENT: PurClear Anti-Acne Serum, $152, ést.lab
Keep skin clear and balanced with this serum that features two time-release ingredients: Skin- refining salicylic acid to clean out clogged pores without the usual sting or irritation, and the proprietary Water Shuttle Technology to keep skin continually hydrated for up to 12 hours. Helping things along are tea tree leaf oil and alpine willowherb extract, which work on regulating sebum production while reducing the look of enlarged pores.
BEST DARK SPOT TREATMENT: Potent-C Targeted Spot Brightener, $94, Peter Thomas Roth
Pull ahead in the brightening game by upgrading your vitamin C. Eschewing L-ascorbic acid for the more stable tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate, this high-strength spot treatment delivers brightening benefits while keeping to a minimum the tingling, irritation and redness typically associated with potent doses of vitamin C. There’s also Vitamin E and ferulic acid, which help lighten pigmentation and reduce acne scars.
BEST LASH SERUM: Advanced Eyelash Conditioner, $237, RevitaLash
Keep your lashes thick and strong with this conditioner formulated with a proprietary BioPeptin Complex, ginseng and swertia japonica extracts rich in antioxidants, saw palmetto, amino acids and B vitamins, all of which work together to help improve health, flexibility and shine while minimising fallout and breakage.
BEST OVERNIGHT RECOVERY TREATMENT: The Microdelivery Dream Peel, $85, Philosophy
With a blend of acids that gently exfoliate sans dryness or irritation, soothing cica and camomile, and prebiotics and probiotics that help maintain skin’s microbiome, this works on skin while you sleep, so you wake to softer, smoother, healthier- looking skin with nary an effort.
BEST RESTORATIVE ELIXIR: Losec Summa Elixir Essence Secreta, $268, SU:M37°
Revitalise your look with this elixir anchored by star ingredient Ferm Arishta Gold, comprising extracts from three plants (the Neem tree, phyllanthus emblica and Indian frankincense) known for their anti-inflammatory, detoxifying, moisturising, antioxidant, anti-ageing and healing properties. It is also rich in vitamin C, to shore up the skin’s defence against environmental aggressors and aid in collagen synthesis.
BEST SKIN SAVER: Restoration Drops, $59, Mellow Naturals
A do-it-all face oil, this is made with natural ingredients chosen for their restorative capabilities. Dull, dry skin visibly affected by age and external aggressors gets a one-two boost from sugar-cane-derived squalane and moringa seed oil, which replenish moisture, reduce redness, and counter and protect against free- radical damage. It also stimulates collagen production and supports a healthy skin barrier.
Don’t let your eyes betray your age. Formulated with probiotic fractions and a Trio Lash Complex that reportedly fortify both the skin’s barrier and the lashes, this eye serum works with the accompanying pearl applicator to improve microcirculation, reduce the look of fine lines, and de-puff and lift for a more youthful eye area.
BEST BRIGHTENING EYE PRODUCT: White Caviar Eye Extraordinaire, $860, La Prairie
Level up your brightening routine with this rich cream designed to tackle all forms of discoloration— red, yellow, brown, grey and purple—as well as shadow- causing hollowness and textural issues for a truly illuminated under-eye area. Its active ingredient Lumidose inhibits tyrosinase activity to prevent the formation of melanin, while Golden Caviar Extract stimulates collagen production to help restore plumpness and elasticity in the area
BEST EYE MASK Rose Gold Illuminating Eye Mask, $150 for a pack of eight patches, 111SKIN
This is the supermodels’ secret to runway-ready skin. Used by Candice Swanepoel as part of her runway prep, these hydrogel under-eye patches deliver an instant surge of soothing hydration to the skin, and has ingredients to soothe and take away signs of fatigue—perfect as a quick pick-me-up before you start the day.
BEST HYDRATING EYE PRODUCT: Eye Care Multitasking Power Serum, $139, BSKIN
Maintain optimal moisture levels in skin with this serum, which is packed with the hydration powerhouses glycosyl trehalose and betaine. Adenosine, peptides, niacinamide, sea daffodil extract and aloe vera further boost moisture while working to soothe, firm and stimulate collagen production to reduce visible signs of ageing.
BEST SKIN-SMOOTHING EYE PRODUCT: Smoothing Eye Cream, $106, RE:ERTH
A gem when it comes to smoothening skin in the eye area, this is formulated with Eyeseryl, colostrum, Water-Soluble Vitamin A and turmeric extract to help de-puff and reportedly boost collagen production for a smoother eye contour.