Thursday, May 14, 2009

The Times UK: Top 25 skincare products

From Times Online

July 30, 2008

Top 25 skincare products

The Times fashion team picks the best products to cleanse, moisturise, lift and nourish your skin
Prescriptives Super Line Preventor
Protective barrier serum that helps to give the skin an even texture. Suitable for use under make-up or moisturiser. £49 for 50ml (0870 0342566)

Neal's Yard rose water toner
Inexpensive, natural toner that helps to freshen up and tighten the skin. £8 for 100ml (01747 834634)

Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Cream
Helps to reduce the depth of wrinkles and hydrates the skin to give the face a plumped-up, youthful glow. The ultimate in anti-ageing. £75 for 50ml (

Jurlique Biodynamic Beauty Serum
A lightweight serum made from biodynamic ingredients to diminish the appearance of dark spots and discolouration and plump the skin for a youthful, invigorated appearance. £50 for 30ml at Space NK (020-8740 2085)

Eve Lom Kiss Mix
Compact lip treatment which moisturises lips and gives a dewy, subtle sheen. One application lasts a long time. £12.50 for 7ml (

Natura Bissé facial cleansing gel + AHA
A refreshing, wash-off, gel cleanser with alpha hydroxy acids that leaves your face clean without any drying effects. Great too for problem skin. £28 for 200ml at Harrods (020-7730 1234)

Vaishaly night cream
A light yet very nourishing night cream that is easily and hygenically dispensed from a nifty press pump. £55 for 50ml (

Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant
Extremely gentle exfoliant that can be used every day for a brighter-looking appearance. Suitable for all skin types and especially good for those who suffer from acne. £31 for 75g (0800 591818)

Chanel Précision Lait Confort creamy cleansing milk
A light, everyday cleaning milk which is soft on the skin and effectively removes the day's grime.£23.50 for 150ml (020-7493 3836)

Dr Sebagh creme Extreme Maintenance
Ultra-rich cream specifically designed for very dry or sensitive skin. Absorbs easily. £120 for 50ml at Space NK (020-8740 2085)

Estee Lauder DayWear Plus multi-protection antioxidant creme, SPF 15
An easily absorbed daily moisturiser with antioxidants and the bonus of an inbuilt SPF 15. £30 for 50ml (08700 342566)

Ila face mask for revitalising skin
Clay-based mask infused with damascene rose otto and Argan oil that draws out impurities without drying the skin. Gives the face a bright glow. £45 for 200g at Whole Foods (020-7368 4500)

Lancôme Flash Bronzer
Idiot-proof bronzer that quickly develops an even, natural, sun-kissed glow. £20 for 125ml (available nationwide)

The Organic Pharmacy honey and jasmine mask
Organic mask that is deeply hydrating for dry, parched skin. Use as a mask or leave on overnight. £33 for 35ml (020-7351 2232)

No7 Protect and Perfect night cream
The legendary cream from Boots: this restorative, replenishing cream delivers long-lasting hydration and a smooth, fresh appearance. £19.50 for 50ml (

Spiezia organic facial cleanser
A 100 per cent organic product that is approved by the British Soil Association. A deep cleanser that removes heavy make-up, leaving your skin feeling super-soft. £24 for 60ml (

Dr Haushka Rose Day Cream
Deeply nourishing day cream made from biodynamic ingredients. Great for dry skin or for very cold climates. £16 for 30ml or £35 for 100ml (01386 792642)

YSL eye make-up remover
A gentle yet highly effective remover that doesn't sting the eyes. Also contains pro-vitamin B5, which coats and strengthens the lashes. £17 for 100ml (01444 255700)

Guinot Anti Fatigue Yeux eye gel
Relaxes and soothes heavy and swollen eyelids and helps to reduce the appearance of fatigue. £35.50 for 15ml (0800 590094)

Darphin Purifying Balm
Gorgeous-smelling, plant-based balm that helps to prevent breakouts. £38 for 15ml (0870 0342566)

Garnier Ultra Lift eye cream
Visibly reduces the appearance of wrinkles around the eyes. £8.99 (available nationwide)

SK-II skin refining treatment
Lifts away layers of dead skin cells to leave radiant, clear-looking skin. A discernible improvement can be seen after a month's use. No added fragrance. £80 for 50g (

Clarins Beauty Flash Balm
Revitalising, creamy gel that tightens the skin and adds a natural glow. Great as a base before applying make-up. £25 for 50ml (0800 0363558)

Sisley Broad Spectrum Facial Sunscreen, SPF 30
Colourless, high-protection sunscreen which absorbs easily and is non-greasy. Needs to be reapplied every few hours. £75 for 40ml (020-7391 6380)

The best facial care services

Best anti-ageing facial:Natura Bisse Frozen Marine DNA Facial, £175 for 1 hour 5 minutes at One Aldwych, London WC2B 4RH (020-7300 6000)

Best organic treatment: Signature Rose Crystal Lymphatic Facial at The Organic Pharmacy, £100 for 90 minutes or £75 for 60 minutes at selected salons (020-7287 1607)

Best for treating spots and acne: Nlite-V Laser Treatment, £150 at Skin Health Spas in London, Manchester or Birmingham (0800 0371090)

Best non-surgical alternative: Vitamin Cocktail injections, £500 for seven weekly sessions, Pasha Clinic, 37 Maddox Street, London W1S 2PP (020-7409 7354)

Best pro-active skin consultation: Beau Visage skin age-imaging system, from £25 at salons nationwide (01223 265000)

Edited by Carolyn Asome, Hannah Rochell, Alice Olins and Nicola Copping

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