Tuesday, 25 March 2014


Sunday is the perfect day to show our mums just how much we love them. What could say it better than a pampering beauty  treat to make her feel special?Here’s Melissa Melody's pick of the best gifts


How do French women have such amazing skin? It’s probably thanks to the array of great skincare brands tucked away in their pharmacies and clinics. Luckily, more of these hidden gems are gradually becoming available in the UK, and one such brand is Dermaceutic. Their Oil Reducing Mask uses a potent combination of glycolic acid to remove dead cells and purify the skin, helping to mattify and control oily, breakout-prone skin.

So what exactly are these alphabetically confusing creams all about? Put simply, BB Cream - otherwise known as Beauty Balm - is tinted moisturiser with added skincare benefits and CC Cream is the same but with added colour correction, making it perfect for targeting skin concerns such as redness and sallowness.
Other big plus points; they’re much more lightweight than foundation, packed with antioxidants and often contain a high SPF, making them the perfect make-up bag update for the warmer months.

Using concentrated vitamin C to take the BB cream to a new level, Kiehl’s Actively Correcting & Beautifying BB Cream works to conceal imperfections while helping to improve the appearance of uneven skin tone and offering maximum SPF protection. 30ml, £23.50.

Innovative haircare brand Ojon has earned a reputation as an expert on dry, damaged locks. The secret to its success is a balm, used in Central America for 500 years, that is at the heart of all its products. Its latest launch is Rare Blend Deep Conditioner, an intensely hydrating yet lightweight daily treatment containing nourishing butters and restorative oils that help repair and strengthen hair, as well as maximise shine. 150ml, £29

Our neck and hands can quickly develop telltale signs of ageing. One of the best new breakthroughs to treat these areas is Dr Sebagh’s Supreme Neck Lift. The formula contains Glycolift, which acts like a “second skin” to give a lifted, firmed effect, as well as a powerful hyaluronic acid to intensely hydrate. In addition to this, an extract from date palm kernels gives the cream antioxidant and anti-wrinkle properties, leaving skin looking and feeling firmer, smoother and more even. 50ml, £120

Initially created by two sisters simply looking for products that really worked for their complexions, Radical Skincare has become an efficacious brand whose formulas pack in the highest number of active ingredients possible. Radical’s latest breakthrough is the Youth Infusion Serum. The dual formula intensely hydrates while repairing the skin, thanks to a cocktail of actives that stimulate collagen production and dermal rejuvenation – along with Radical’s own antioxidant complex to boost skin-cell defences. 30ml, £110

All products can be seen in Selfridges stores In London and surrounding stores.
 Beauty Editor Melissa Melody 2014

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