Advertising feature: Skincare science

skincare science
Jennifer Stefaniuk,-Beauty Writer

We’re going back to beauty school with a lesson in the latest skincare innovations

We’ve researched the most hardworking ingredients, and done our homework on which products they appear in - read on for our report on the formulas guaranteed to deliver impressive results.

Reset & Restore

First things first: there’s no point soaking clogged or flaky skin in expensive serums, as they simply won’t be able to penetrate through the debris. 

Retrieve your skin’s radiance with the Sublimage Purifying Vanilla Seed Face Scrub by CHANEL. This deeply decongesting formula contains vanilla seeds suspended in a refreshing gel. Massaged into the skin, these seeds gently remove dead cells and stubborn impurities, leaving your complexion soft and smooth - so the rest of your routine can work more effectively. If you’d like to know more, take a look at the first episode of ‘Beyond the Jar’ by CHANEL, which explores the journey of key ingredient vanilla planifolia from nature to jar. 

If you’ve caused a skin SOS with too many active ingredients or harsh formulas, reset your complexion to comfortable calm with Sisley’s Velvet Sleeping Mask. Star ingredient saffron flower combines antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties to soothe red, irritated skin, and prevent future damage. The deeply moisturising texture, enriched with shea butter and macadamia oil, envelopes skin in a bubble of hydration, leaving it feeling stronger and more revitalised overnight.The sumptuous formula can also be massaged on and rinsed off after ten minutes as a quick boost.


Consistently one of the most-searched-for skincare terms, rejuvenation is a complexion goal that’s notoriously difficult to achieve. Lancôme’s Advanced Génefique Serum dives deep into the world of science to find a solution, using a new complex of prebiotic and probiotic-derived extracts, inspired by microbiome science. 

Your ‘microbiome’ is a beneficial ecosystem of bacterial cells that live on the surface of your skin. These bacteria have an important function: they help the skin to defend itself and recover against external aggressors, like pollution and UV light.

Lancôme have harnessed the combined intelligence of 50 experts, from physicists and clinicians to dermatologists and computer scientists, to create this cutting-edge formula.The weightless serum - dispensed with a patented self-loading dropper - releases 30 million prebiotic and probiotic-derived extracts at each application. The formula works in tandem with your skin to help strengthen its barrier and visibly reduce signs of ageing. 

From bacteria to the world of plants, and from a new contender to a cult classic - Clarins’ Double Serum is a true anti-ageing superstar, with a bottle sold every eight seconds. The much-loved serum features an impressive total of 21 active plant extracts, including star ingredient turmeric. 

Known for its exceptional anti-ageing potential, turmeric has powerful antioxidant properties. When unstable molecules called ‘free radicals’ (present in the air around us) try to bind to our skin cells and trigger the signs of ageing, antioxidants like turmeric fight them off, keeping our skin looking youthful for longer. As an added bonus, turmeric is also anti-inflammatory, meaning it will help keep skin healthy and glowing.

Lift & Firm

As we age, our skin loses collagen and elastin, vital ingredients that keep it firm and supple. Clinique Smart MD Multi-Dimensional Age Transformer is a moisturiser with a difference - the jar contains two formulas; one called ‘Resculpt’ and one called ‘Revolumize’.

This clever product allows you to choose a moisturiser based on what different areas of your skin need. The lilac-toned ‘Revolumize’ option focuses on plumping your complexion with hydrating hyaluronic acid, and is perfect for the upper half of your face; while ‘Resculpt’ focuses on lifting areas like the jawline, neck and décolletage. Resculpt’s hero ingredient is sweet almond seed extract, which encourages skin to produce more collagen, leaving it looking and feeling firmer over time.

Meanwhile, La Prairie have created La Prairie Skin Caviar Liquid Eye Lift specifically for the delicate eye area. This ultra-luxurious anti-ageing serum contains caviar extract from sustainably farmed caviar, encapsulated in caviar beads. 

One press of the dual-chamber pump - which helps to keep each element fresh, for ultimate potency - combines these beads with a nutrient-rich caviar emulsion. The beads dissolve when they hit the skin, delivering a dose of omega-three fatty acid to the delicate eye area - these ‘fill out’ fine lines and wrinkles, creating a lifted appearance. The formula also contains vitamins, proteins and antioxidants: a gourmet meal for your skin. 

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