Beauty confidential: Our pick of the summer skin-savers
We round up a bumper crop of new products that will get you glowing for summer…
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Philosophy Micro-Delivery Purifying Peel, £32 (qvc.co.uk)
This is a time-saving, one-minute peel that gives skin an instant glow and leaves it feeling fresh and clean.
Using pineapple and papaya to dissolve dead skin cells, it creates a smooth base for make-up.
Caudalie Vinoperfect Day Perfecting Fluid, SPF 15, £38 (SpaceNK)
Going without foundation in the summer months is only an option if your skin is up to it. This fluid contains Viniferine, an effective natural active ingredient that diminishes dark spots and boosts skin radiance. It also has an SPF 15, so is a protective base, too.
Instant Deep Wrinkle Reducer, £38.50 (Harvey Nichols Beyond Beauty)
Designed to be used morning and night, this cosmetic filler promises results immediately after applying to lines and wrinkles.
Its ingredients include Depaline PVB, a natural Biovector, which relaxes laughter lines and deeper wrinkles.
From left: Philosophy Micro-Delivery Purifying Peel, Caudalie Vinoperfect Day Perfecting Fluid and Omorovicza Cleansing Foam
Omorovicza Cleansing Foam, £44 (omorivicza.com)
A good cleanser is vital in the summer, especially if you have been wearing sunscreen, which clogs the pores.
This cleansing foam from the Hungarian spa range Omorovicza removes everything, including waterproof mascara.
You need only a tiny bit, massaged in circular movements into damp skin, to see a visible improvement.
Beauty Parlour Saving Face Day Cream with SPF, £7.99 (Superdrug)
This daily moisturiser with SPF is suitable for all skin types.
It’s a light, non-greasy and fast-absorbing cream that protects against the sun’s harmful rays.
It contains horse chestnut and cucumber to leave skin soft and supple.
Simple Kind To Skin Sun-Kissed Moisture Cream, £4.99 (0121 712 6523, simple.co.uk)
Skincare expert Simple has produced this gradual tanner, which can be used every day to give pale skin a golden glow.
For under £5, it is a great value everyday moisturiser.
It contains pro-vitamin B5 to soften skin and vitamin E to moisturise and improve skin condition. As always with Simple, there is no perfume or colour — so it is ideal for sensitive skins.
Beauty Parlour Saving Face Day Cream with SPF, Simple Kind To Skin Sun-Kissed Moisture Cream and REN Radiance Serum
Ole Henriksen Total Truth Eye Crème SPF 15, £41 (Harvey Nichols and Selfridges)
This eye cream from LA skin skincare guru Ole Henriksen lists omega 3 ‘happiness concentrate’ as one of its ingredients.
This increases the release of dopamine (a neurotransmitter involved in the sensation of happiness).
It also contains Tripeptide, which stimulates collagen synthesis to strengthen the fragile tissue around the eyes.
REN Radiance Serum, £35 (John Lewis)
This serum reboots the cell energy cycle and replenishes the skin to a perfect tone.
It contains hyaluronic acid, vitamin C and liquorice to regulate pigmentation. Perfect for sallow complexions and a boost for jet-lagged skin.
Nivea Visage Q10 Plus Anti Wrinkle Serum, £10.85 (Nationwide)
This serum contains Q10, the coenzyme found naturally in the skin that helps cell regeneration to fight wrinkles.
It also contains hyaluronic acid, which results in plumper looking skin.
Champneys Spa Skin Plus Collagen Intense Repair Serum, £19 (Boots)
Designed to fight the early signs of ageing, this product is enriched with a collagen-boosting peptide complex, which moisturises your skin and reduces fine lines.
Used regularly morning and evening (after cleansing and toning, as recommended by the Champneys’ therapists), it firms and brightens the skin. Champneys claims your complexion will look younger in four weeks.
Dr Brandt Pores No More Hint Of Tint, £39 (Space NK and Selfridges)
FANS of Dr Brandt’s iconic Pores No More will welcome this new take on a classic product, which — as you’d expect from the name — is a tinted version of the original.
It’s especially relevant in the hotter summer months, as it reduces shine and visibly minimises pores.
It glides on to the skin and blends easily with fingers — giving you a natural glow and no need to wear any other make-up base.
Garnier Pure Active Tinted Spot Roll-On, £7.49 (Boots)
Unfortunately, spots and blemishes still appear in the summer and if you’re looking for a light yet effective cover-up, this roll-on is one for you.
A multi-tasking product, it conceals spots, while also helping to dry out blemishes and reduce redness and irritation.
It uses a metal roller-ball device, which is cooling and hygienic.
Estee Lauder Idealist Even Skintone Illuminator, £46 (esteelauder.co.uk)
Achieving a flawless, even complexion is essential for make-up to look its best.
Blemishes, blotches, redness and age spots can make skin look flawed, even with foundation. This is a light serum that evens skin tone and gives a fabulous illuminated glow.
The range also includes Idealist Cooling Eye Illuminator, £40, which reduces the appearance of dark circles and puffiness of the eyes.
REAL WOMEN ROAD-TEST… Olay’s new anti-wrinkle kit
Soon to be a sell-out: Olay professional, designed for 40-plus women, is inspired by anti-ageing regimes endorsed by dermatologists
When Olay Professional went on sale in the U.S., it sold out in 17 minutes.
The range, designed for 40-plus women, is inspired by anti-ageing regimes endorsed by dermatologists.
Olay’s Anti-Wrinkle Kit (£44.99 Boots) includes Age Defying Day Moisturiser SPF 30, Wrinkle Smoothing Cream and Deep Wrinkle Complex, which allegedly reduces wrinkles in 28 days. Too good to be true?
We asked Mail readers to put it to the test — and were pleasantly surprised when half returned scores of 10/10.
Kim Timmons, 43, from Manchester, found the set a little complicated to use but she says: ‘I have fine lines around my mouth.
‘After three weeks, these were less noticeable and my skin seemed less clogged and grey-looking.’
Karina Drummond, 62, from Dundee, was equally pleased: ‘A lot of people asked if I’d been on holiday and said that I didn’t look so tired.
‘It had worked wonders on the lines around my eyes.’
The lowest score, which even so was an admirable 7/10, came from Isobel Compton, 59, from Surrey, who liked having the products in one kit, but noticed little reduction in her wrinkles after three weeks.
Now Mail readers have been given the first opportunity to pre-order their sample of the starter kit before its official release date.
Go to boots.com/olay for details or buy it online from June 22.