20 of the smartest beauty products to try
They’re seriously next-level
By Iantha Yu
Women's Health Contributing Beauty Writer / January 12 2020
You don’t want your products to just work - you want them to pack a serious punch. Introducing 20 makeup, skin, hair and body MVPs that will lift your game.
Aceology Glitter Globe Facial Massager
Pop these in the fridge for 10 minutes to drop their temperature, then hold one in each hand and massage them all over your face (preferably after a face mask or application of serum) to tighten and lift skin.
Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Hydrating Primer
Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Hydrating Primer is no ordinary base; it’s a makeup primer that smooths your skin, softens the texture and keeps hydration locked in for a whopping 48 hours! Sign us up immediately.
Sodashi Deep Conditioning Hair and Scalp Mud
Could this be the most luxurious at-home hair treatment on the market? Sodashi Deep Conditioning Hair and Scalp Mud brings together white clay, rosemary, lemon, cypress and rosewood to detoxify your scalp, soothe your skin and encourage cell turnover for a smoother scalp and increased rate of hair growth. Apply it all over a damp scalp, then use a hot towel for better absorption. Bliss.
Maybelline New York Dream Urban Cover
Besides the added sun protection, Maybelline New York Dream Urban Cover is a top choice when it comes to picking a new foundation this season. Best of all, the formula is also loaded with antioxidants and vitamins to protect skin from oxidative stress and environmental pollutants.
NIOD Fractionated Eye Contour Concentrate
NIOD Fractionated Eye Contour Concentrate is like the Ferrari of eye creams. Darutoside Complex is a star ingredient that can improve elasticity in your upper and lower eyelids for smoother-looking skin. Believe it or not, this product can actually reduce the appearance of folds in the delicate area.
Glam by Manicare Glam Pro Magnetising Eyeliner and Glam Pro Magnetic Lashes in Phoebe Set
Struggle with applying falsies? Us too, which is why this duo is so genius. The eyeliner contains *real* magnetic particles (which dries just like normal liquid eyeliner) that cling to the tiny magnetic strips built into the strip lash. Once they come into contact, they click into place and stay put until you’re ready to take them off. Clever, right?
Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Retinol Oil
So you’ve seen retinol serums and creams on the market, but what about a retinol oil? Not only does Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Retinol Oil feature retinol SA (a more superior version of vitamin A) to address fine lines, but the weightless formula melts into skin and won’t leave your complexion feeling sticky.
Bioré Blue Agave Deep Cleansing Pore Strips
Love tequila? Take your obsession to the next level with Bioré Blue Agave Deep Cleansing Pore Strips which feature the powerful combination of blue agave and baking soda to effectively deep-clean the pores on your nose. Yep, say goodbye to dirt, oil, and even blackheads in a matter of minutes.
Andalou CannaCell Pressed Serum
The combination of hemp stem cells, hemp seed oil and pure plant essential oils in Andalou CannaCell Pressed Serum is your one-way ticket to glowing skin this season. Melt this balm in your palms and apply daily to see impressively good results.
Redken Frizz Dismiss Anti-Static Oil Mist
Flyaways and static, be gone. Spray Redken Frizz Dismiss Anti-Static Oil Mist onto damp or dry hair to keep unruly hairs at bay. Psst… the lightweight formula won’t weigh down even the finest of hair types.
Bali Body Face Tan Water
With ingredients such as jojoba and rosewater oil, you know you’re in good hands with Bali Body Face Tan Water. Mist this invisible solution over your skin every morning to quickly hydrate. Plus, the added DHA can gradually tint your skin, making it seriously glow.
Jergens Natural Glow + Firming Wet Skin Moisturiser
Jergens Natural Glow + Firming Wet Skin Moisturiser is a gradual-tanning formula that’s here to make you rethink your whole post-shower routine. Once you step out of the shower (yep, you’re still dripping wet), massage a dollop into your skin, then use your towel to pat dry any excess water. The result is sun-kissed skin that’s toned and soft to touch.
Kérastase Resistance Extentioniste Thermique
Heat-protection sure has come a long way. Take Kérastase Resistance Extentioniste Thermique for example; it’s equipped with creatine to strengthen hair, while taurine can work on protecting the hair and keeping it healthy, even when it’s under heat-stress with a dryer or straightener.
Freezeframe Blemish Bomb
Freezeframe Blemish Bomb works in two ways: first, apply the spot-clearing gel to nix bacteria and swelling, STAT. Then, pat and blend the included concealer on the other side to camouflage your boo-boo.
Elizabeth Arden Vitamin C Ceramide Capsules Radiance Renewal Serum
Elizabeth Arden Vitamin C Ceramide Capsules Radiance Renewal Serum are biodegradable capsules that release an ultra-stable blend of vitamin C, ceramides and vitamin E that can nourish and brighten your complexion.
Olay Magnemasks Advanced Hydrating Sheet Mask
Don’t be fooled by this humble sheet mask. The formula of Olay Magnemasks Advanced Hydrating Sheet Mask is powered by a supercharged blend of amino peptides, niacinamide and vitamin E to quickly quench the thirst of dry skin.
Benefit Brow Styler
Keep your arches looking tidy this season with the Benefit Brow Styler, which features a wax pencil to tame baby hairs on one side and a loose powder to fill in any gaps on the other. It’s multitasking at its best.
Moroccanoil Oily Scalp Treatment
Just because you’ve got an oily scalp doesn’t mean you can’t use oil to counteract it. Moroccanoil Oily Scalp Treatment is loaded with argan and ginger oils, which hold the key to keeping excessive sebum production in check, as well as reducing inflammation of the hair follicle.
Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs Illuminator in Golden Glow
Sweep Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs Illuminator in Golden Glow, light-reflecting highlighter down the centre of your legs to give the optical illusion of longer limbs. Clever, huh?
PAYOT Intensive Cellulite Correcting Serum
Forget cellulite or skin-tightening treatments that feel heavy on skin. PAYOT Intensive Cellulite Correcting Serum is ultra-fine yet able to effectively address the appearance of lumpy skin, all thanks to ingredients such as grapefruit essential oil and green tea extract.
Get the lowdown on cellulite with this guide, which will tell you everything you need to know about cellulite.
Have you tried any of these products before? Which one is your favourite, and why? Let us know in the comments below.
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This gallery originally appeared in Women's Health January 2020 issue.