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Edwina Ings-Chambers highlights the three key skincare trends to know about this autumn.

Glow girls:to solve that constant beauty quest of a glowing complexion there’s no need to call Camelot for a rescue. The latest technology means that using very little of the right thing will make a massive difference in your beauty arsenal - and requires no skill in application. For my money try these two primers: Victoria Beckham for Estee Lauder’s Morning Aura comes in a swanky grooved gold dispenser, is part moisturiser, part primer, and really does give you a comment-worthy glow in an instant. Or try Estee Lauder’s Genuine Glow Priming Moisture Balm which is lighter weight and uses optical technology to blur and bloom. For hair try an end product: SHOW Beauty’s new Sublime Repair Treatment Mask with hydrolysed pea and quinoa protein, as well as vitamin B5 which boosts shine.

The Transformers:the latest home skincare treatments are at new levels of efficacy: with just a couple of pumps and no down time, they can work wonders on skin’s texture and appearance. I’m hugely impressed by Espa’s new Instant Facial which harnesses natural ingredients such as winged kelp and stabilised vitamin C : within days my skin felt plumper and smoother and looked brighter. La Metier de Beaute is back in the UK (available at Space NK) and its latest Peau Vierge is a lightly tinted CC level treatment cream which includes a new delivery system for retinol so that you can use it during the day whilst also treating and improving your complexion and skin texture.

Beauty in a cold climate: hairdressers have long known the value of a burst of cold water at the end of a hair wash. Priya Patel, one of SHOW Dry’s expert stylists, says: "Rinsing hair with cold water seals the hair cuticles, making hair smoother and shinier whilst minimising oil production.” But cold is also key in some of the latest beauty treatments. Facialist to the stars, Georgia Louise, is getting great lifting and glowing success from her Cryo facial at the Bulgari spa. Most recently is the arrival of 111Cryo at Harvey Nichols: a -90 degree cryo chamber in which you stand for 3 minutes to help boost circulation, increase metabolic rate, and generally reinvigorate by increasing oxygen intake. I can confirm I was on a serious high all day after my session.


Edwina Ings-Chambers - former Sunday Times Style Beauty Director

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