Beauty products you never knew you needed

Published on 11 July 2017

Blink and you’ll miss a handful of new beauty products, which seem to launch every minute. And it’s not just an array of new lipstick and eyeshadow shades, there’s breakthrough formulas and revolutionary products that deserve a prized place in your beauty kits. These are just some products that you probably didn’t even know existed, but need to try immediately.

Nail polish removing pen

Perfectly painted nails are a quick and easy way to look put together. But doing your own nails isn’t always easy – especially when it comes to painting with your non-writing hand. Mistakes happen, but they can quickly compromise a beautiful mani. A nail corrector pen is the ideal solution, helping you to remove smudges and smears in an instant. Ciaté London’s acetone free formula is gentle on skin while it removes nail polish from the outer edges of your nail. All you have to do is wipe its pen-like tip over the cuticles and fingertips to remove traces of a shaky hand.

Exfoliating shampoo
Just like your skin looks dull when it’s hiding under a layer of dead skin cells and dirt, your hair can also look lacklustre when not properly cleaned. An exfoliating shampoo, like Aveda Invati Exfoliating Shampoo, gently scrubs and renews the scalp to remove the build-up of oil and product residue. Use once a fortnight, or as needed, to improve the health of your scalp and the look and feel of your hair.

Pollution removing lotion
Cleansers have long been heralded for removing makeup, dirt and daily grime from the skin, but it seems there’s now another factor causing your skin to look dull: pollution. You may not be able to see it on your skin, but it’s what you can’t see that lets you know it’s there. A lack of radiance can be caused by daily pollutants creating a fine film over your skin. Napoleon Perdis’ Anti-Pollution Refining Skin-Fusion Milk Toning Essence helps refine and tone the skin, while protecting from daily pollution and environmental aggressors that cause your skin to lose its radiant glow. Use it after your cleanser to remove traces of pollution on the skin, and deliver a nourishing veil pre-moisturiser.

Lip scrub
Dry, chapped lips are a common casualty of winter’s cold chill. Beside the pain of cracked lips, they can make applying lipsticks a flaky nightmare and are hard to hide. A lip scrub (Lush have formulas in Bubblegum, Popcorn, Mint Julip and Chocolate scents) will help to gently smooth your lips and leave them feeling soft (thanks to the addition of nourishing jojoba) and ready for a flawless swipe of lipstick.

Elbow treatment
Korea is home to some very bizarre yet breakthrough beauty products, and Tony Moly’s Skin Clinic 3 Step Micro Pell Elbow Patch Kit is no exception. The gel patches, available at SeoulFlower, have been specifically made for your elbows to exfoliate this dryness-prone area and leave it nourished and smooth. While you may not notice the rough patches on your elbows on a daily basis, come spring when you’ve sporting shorter sleeves we’re sure you’ll be thankful you gave these a go.