If you’re looking to lift your skincare from B to A, bespoke beauty could be what’s missing from your routine.
Bondi Beauty’s beauty editors answer your beauty questions for this week’s Q&A on bespoke beauty and whether it’s worth all the hype.
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Dear Bondi Beauty,
I’m feeling a little stuck in a rut with my skincare routine lately. I think something is missing. A lot of friends have been telling me about bespoke skincare and the benefits of using products which have been specially formulated just for my skin. But it sounds expensive. How does Bespoke beauty work, is it worth it, and can you recommend any good brands to trial?
Sandra, Five Dock.
Like anything personalised or tailored and Bespoke Beauty used to be attached to a high price tag. It was exclusive, expensive and generally inaccessible.
However, a lot has changed in the last few years thanks to the increasing number of brands now offering bespoke beauty which ranges from personalised fragrances, to haircare, skincare and even foundation.
It’s no longer elitist, making it more affordable, as well as accessable.
Here are four brands who offer bespoke beauty products, starting with the most affordable.
Function of Beauty: RRP Starting from $35 per product.
Certified vegan and cruelty-free, Function of Beauty started by developing a revolutionary concept for pesonalised haircare, which is formulated from an online questionnaire you take to determine the best products for your hair type.
Now they have branched out into skincare, and the range is well priced to suit any demographic, and with high quality ingredients being used in each product to help with various skincare concerns. The range is very new and only launched this year. So far it includes a cleanser, a serum and a moisturiser.
Clinique iD: RRP $65 for one bottle.
Choose from thirty plus combinations of specialised ingredients which work to hydrate, treat and help clear skin, for a more balanced and youthful appearance. The process is done online and only takes 3-steps. You start by choosing a base, which is determined on what type of hydration you are looking for, this is then followed by choosing what type of active concentrate you’d like.
For example, you can choose the Irritation cartridge, which has lactobacillus probiotic ferment to help calm skin and reduce irritation.
Skinstitute: RRP Starting from $35 per product.
Clinically proven to improve skin texture, tone and balance, Skinstitute offer an online skin consultation tool designed to help you diagnose your skin concerns through a questionnaire and determine the right products to use to rectify any issues.
Upon completion of the diagnosis you will then receive a 5-a day report with recommended products, designed to help you achieve your skincare goals faster.
Kiehl’s: RRP Starting from $30 per product.
Using their instant skin reader, Kiehl’s helps you understand your skin concerns better when you upload a photo of yourself online (a zoomed in profile pic is best for this process to work efficiently), and then you answer a few questions and a dermatology-developed skin analysis and skincare routine is created and personalised exclusively for your skin.
The technology used for this analysis scans your face to measure it against 10,000 data points which identify lines and wrinkles, skin dullness, enlarged pores, loss of firmness, uneven tone and eye area concerns.
Beauty Pick of The Week:
The phrase “the eyes really are the window to the soul,” takes on another meaning when you look beyond the actual eye, and include the whole surrounding area.
When you’re tired, you get dark circles under the eye. When you’re dehydrated the appearance of fines and wrinkles become more prominent.
Using an eye cream, gel or serum to help treat the area means you can help reduce these issues. Many eye products sugar-coat the problem and don’t effectively treat help treat the cause. Though sleep and drinking more water might help also. There are some which work to compensate for those sleepless nights and when you are dehydrated.
Review by Rebecca Wilkinson:
I’ve been using this Eye Elixir by House of Immortelle for at least six weeks now and the improvement on skin health around my eye area has been revolutionary.
So much so, when I went in for a scheduled eye skincare treatment a week ago, I was told by the therapist I wouldn’t benefit from it, that the skin around the eye was great, and I should have full face enzyme mask instead.
Eye creams are a necessary evil in my routine every morning and night. I use them out of habit, and don’t really feel the real effects of them. However, that changed after I significantly saw improvement in hydration and a reduction of dark circles under my eye after only a week of using House of Immortelle.
It uses a host of ingredients (the list is way too long to feature), some of which I wouldn’t have even thought would improve the skin around the eye, like carrot seed and frankincense, developed to hydrate the eye, reduce inflammation by soothing the skin, treating inflammation and balancing pigmentation.