1) There are skin creams and there are skin creams. And a notch above that, there are skin creams with specks of gold. La Prairie, the luxe Swiss beauty brand that has previously come up with best-sellers such as the Skin Caviar Cream, now has one that could possibly top that. The Cellular Radiance Concentrate Pure Gold is a serum that contains a liquid suspension of 24 carat gold, which dissolves into the skin. The results? It promises to slow down the breakdown of collagen and elastin, protect against environmental damage, regulate pigmentation and speed up exfoliation. The clear glass dropper releases one golden drop at a time—all you need for your face before moisturizing. The gold and silver bottle, containing 30ml of liquid, costs close to its weight in gold—Rs27,000, at La Galleria, KBN and Shoppers’ Stop, Malad, Mumbai, and Shoppers’ Stop, New Delhi.
2) Chanel has added two new goodies to the Hydramax+ range for those days when your skin needs some TLC. The Moisture Boost Comfort Cream and Hydramax+ Teinte Moisture Boost Emulsion are both packed with samphire, butterfly lavender extract, shea butter and yeast extract. The velvety blue Comfort Cream (Rs3,100 for 50ml) gives juice to dehydrated skin, while the Moisture Boost Emulsion (Rs2,350 for 40ml) is a tinted moisturizer which adds a discreet sheer glow, and fits perfectly into your handbag, so your skin is never too far from a shield. At The Chanel Boutique, The Imperial, New Delhi, and select department stores.
3) Meanwhile, at Elizabeth Arden, they’ve found yet another way to stall the ageing process. The Intervene Pause & Effect Moisture Cream and Pause & Effect Moisture Lotion (both Rs2,690 for 50ml) use a new anti-ageing tool called Biodormin, a botanical extract that slows the effects of sun damage and stress. Other ingredients such as soya complex and red clover extract help support collagen production and minimize imbalances. At all major departmental stores.