When it comes to skincare, there are two particular schools of thought that seem to be somewhat at odds with each other. That of natural, versus high-tech skincare. One is all about pure plant extracts and avoiding skincare 'nasties' like parabens, mineral oils and fragrances, while the other is about using the latest ingredients and technology to create the most efficacious and fast-working products. We say, there's no reason you can't take the best of both worlds. If science-y and 'smart' skincare and gadgets are for you, here are some ace recommendations from Sephora:
1. For facial toning
NuFace Mini Facial Toning Device, $301
Great for travel, this mini version of the best-selling Trinity improves facial tone and lessens the look of wrinkles and lines.
2. To rejuvenate tired eyes
Foreo IRIS Illuminating Eye Massager, $109
Delicate pulsations help to boost micro-circulation so that the eyes looks brighter and younger.
3. The wrinkle-fighter in a bottle
Algenist Power Advanced Wrinkle Fighting Moisturizer, $139
This powerful anti-ager uses a combination of skin-plumping algae protein and alguronic acid to transform skin in just 10 days.
4. The all-in-one miracle worker
Arcona Advanced "A" Serum, $116
This overnight serum contains retinaldehyde — a highly-stabilised form of vitamin A — so significant improvement is seen on spots, photo damaged skin and enlarged pores.
5. For glowing, hydrated skin
Kate Somerville Mega C-Dual Radiance Serum, $145
This has two chambers with two separate but potent formulas. One formula lightens discolorations while the other locks in moisture and replenishes essential lipids in the skin.