8 high-performance skincare products you need to know

Whether you’re suffering from severe dehydration, congested skin or need to defend against environmental aggressors, this army of high-tech skincare soldiers have come to the rescue!

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From fancy serums courtesy of the labs behind Crème de la Mer and La Prairie to multi-tasking masques by Dermalogica and Kiehl’s, these next-gen formulas mean business...

The Guardian’s Beauty Editor, Sali Hughes, describes this as “the only eye lift you really need”, and we couldn’t agree more. Ren’s brand-new Instant Brightening Beauty Shot Eye Lift is a gel-serum that includes light reflective pigments to brighten the under eye area, while high levels of hyaluronans and glycine instantly plump the skin and smooth out fine lines – it’s the perfect base for concealer to follow.

Ren Instant Brightening Beauty Shot Eye, £30; Available at Fenwick Bond Street, Bracknell, Brent Cross, Canterbury, Colchester, Kingston, Newcastle, Tunbridge Wells, Windsor, York

If your skin is seriously lacklustre, the scientists over at La Prairie have fine-tuned an advanced concoction of (believe it or not) gold itself to work its magic. Golden reflective agents, collagen-boosting peptides and Golden Lotus work together to instantly calm redness and impart a radiant, soft-focus glow. When used frequently, the high-tech emulsion aims to plump ageing skin and refine uneven texture over time.

La Prairie Cellular Radiance Perfecting Fluide Pure Gold, £355; Available at Fenwick Bond Street, Brent Cross, Colchester, Kingston, Newcastle

Dermalogica’s new-in masque does it all. Packed full of detoxifying ingredients including charcoal, sea silt, bamboo and sulphur, it draws out impurities from the skin, refines pores, calms redness and promotes cell turnover. Apply onto dry, cleansed skin and let it work its magic for 10 – 15 minutes when your skin is in need of a pick-me-up. Plus, visit any Dermalogica counter and receive your very own complementary Face Mapping skin analysis, where the therapist can look and feel your skin to determine exactly what it needs. 

Dermalogica Charcoal Rescue Masque, £38; Available at Fenwick Brent Cross, Kingston, Newcastle 

Good skin stars with a solid cleansing regime. We're currently smitten with Emma Hardie's cult cleansing balm that proves a product containing naturally-derived, botanical ingredients can be just as effective as those boasting a cocktail of chemicals. Massage the rich balm into dry skin and remove with the hot cleansing cloth – extracts of grape seed and sweet almond oil, plus orange, neroli and jasmine essential oils purifies, calms and revitalises the skin.

Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm with Cleansing Cloth, £38; Available at Fenwick Brent Cross, Kingston, Leicester, Tunbridge Wells, York

Victoria Beckham is an avid fan of Caudalie’s best-selling Beauty Elixir - she sprays it on top of her makeup for added glow throughout the day. Thanks to a blend of skin-brightening essentials oils such as grape seed, orange blossom, organic mint and rosemary, the heavenly-scented elixir revitalises dull, dehydrated skin. Plus, it can also be used to set your makeup for a dewy finish!

Caudalie Beauty Elixir, £32 for 100ml; Available at Bond Street, Brent Cross, Canterbury, Kingston, Leicester, Newcastle, Tunbridge Wells, Windsor, York

Crème de la Mer’s latest serum harnesses a highly concentrated Crystal Miracle Broth with rare marine ingredients and state-of-the art technology that accelerates skin’s natural renewal process. Natural collagen and elastin reduces the appearance of fine lines, pores are refined and skin’s barrier is strengthened.  

Crème de la Mer Genaissance The Serum Essence, £400; Available at Fenwick Brent Cross, Canterbury, Kingston

Kiehl’s new Cilantro & Orange masque acts as a shield for your skin, defending it against the damaging effects of pollution and other environmental aggressors. The nifty nutrient-rich formula works to replenish and renew, while antioxidants protect against impurities – it’s the ideal skin-antidote to city living.

Kiehl’s Cilantro & Orange Extract Extract Pollutant Defending Masque, £28; Available at Kingston, Newcastle, Tunbridge Wells

Quench seriously parched skin with this best-selling, deeply nourishing cream from Guerlain. After years of extensive research and clinical trials, their revitalising formula promises to comfort, hydrate and tighten dry, ageing skin. 

Guerlain Orchidée Impériale Rich Cream, £295; Available at Fenwick Brent Cross, Canterbury, Colchester, Kingston, Leicester, Newcastle, Tunbridge Wells, Windsor, York

By Grace Gargini