The illustrious La Prairie skincare house (famed for treating Greta Garbo, Marlene Dietrich, Charlie Chaplin and other famous faces at its Montreux, Switzerland clinic) has concocted its most stellar serum yet. La Prairie Platinum Rare Cellular Night Elixir is the ultimate skincare Trojan: just one drop nightly after cleansing will target skin nutrition, respiration, detoxification and immunity. Its complex set of ingredients includes a unique platinum peptide, amino acids and nucleotides, which boost the skin’s natural detoxifying process and improve cellular function, leading to smoother, firmer skin texture and fewer fine lines.
Cholesterol is the ingredient du jour in moisturisers, according to dermatologists. It occurs naturally in our skin and helps to bind skin cells together. Apparently by age 40, cholesterol levels can fall by as much as 40 per cent. Cholesterol works best when combined with fatty acids and ceramides. Try boosting your levels with Elizabeth Arden Advanced Ceramide Capsules Daily Youth Restoring Serum.
Ease up on exfoliation. We need to have renewed respect for our skin’s pH levels and healthy bacteria. Physical exfoliators can strip good bacteria from the skin and disrupt its pH level. This can trigger rosacea and encourage enzymes that attack collagen, which can result in wrinkles and sagging. On the upside, mild chemical acidic peels used weekly can encourage healthy bacteria and keep skin looking radiant. Try Philosophy The Microdelivery Peel.
Boost your heart rate to keep skin looking youthful. For best results you need high-intensity activity (like running or cycling) for at least four hours a week to create more energy in your mitochondrial cells for younger-looking skin. It’s true! You can force back the hands of time on a molecular level! Expect to see improvements after just three months.
Take supplements chock-full of certified organic antioxidants. We love The Beauty Chef Collagen Inner Beauty Boost for its ingredients – blueberry, acai, papaya, goji berry, vitamin C and zinc – which undergo a five-stage fermentation process to create a supercharged bioactive concentrate that helps boost the skin’s collagen production. You’ll see results in healthier skin, hair and nails. For a souped-up skincare cocktail try combining it with The Beauty Chef Glow Advanced Inner Beauty Powder.
MIX IT UP:
Using different face masks, try the patchwork trend – use targeted masks for different concerns: hydration for cheeks; charcoal for open pores; an eye mask (I love Estée Lauder Stress Relief Eye Mask); and glycolic acid products on the T-zone to minimise breakouts. Try Ultraceuticals Ultra Clear Purifying Mask.
APPLY SPF 50+ TO WRINKLES:
Sunscreen doesn’t just prevent aging by protecting skin from UV damage − it may even act to reverse it. Sydney-based skincare guru Jocelyn Petroni advises reapplying your sunscreen every two hours: “The sunscreen that you apply in the
morning will not last all day,” she says. I love Dermalogica Solar Defence Booster SPF 50 to start and Clinique Sun Protection Powder for top-ups that won’t ruin my make-up.
Panasonic is in the process of developing a prototype smart mirror, which detects skin concerns and prints out 3D sheets of colourmatched make-up to help hide skin imperfections. Watch this space.
Photography: Pete Daly
Illustration: Karin Kowi
Words by Stephanie Darling for JONES Magazine