Natural or scientifically advanced? Some of the most effective products on the market are a mix of both.
It’s a never-ending debate. Do you go for products that use the very best ingredients freshly picked from nature, or do you opt for something concocted in a lab using the latest technology? It’s a dilemma many of us ponder, yet these days there’s no need to be forced to pick one or the other; it’s okay to sit on the fence. You see, finding a product that draws the best qualities from both schools of thought could be the best idea for your skin. Products that fuse plant-based botanicals like rose, algae and liquorice-root extract together with high-tech advances, are effectively bridging the gap between nature and science. And recent discoveries in bio-technology mean dynamic plant-based actives fused with synthetic ingredients can rival any product on the market, if not lead them. So if you feel stuck between a rock and a hard place when choosing products, here’s our pick which use the best from both worlds.
1 PCA Total Strength Serum, $154: This serum combines peptides and growth factors plus coconut juice to minimise pores and fine lines.
2 Cellular Swiss Ice Crystal Cream, $442: La Prairie has consistently forged a relationship between nature and science, and this product mixes alpine snowbell, purple saxifrage and Swiss snow algae with cutting-edge genetic, molecular and cell biology methods.
3 Ultraceuticals Ultra Diminishing Complex, $135: This serum uses the latest technology alongside brightening ingredients from plants like the artocarpus and lemon balm extract.
4 Lancôme Absolue L’Extrait Regenerating and Renewing Ultimate Elixir concentrate, $553: Cultivated in a biotechnological process that preserves the unique properties of the rose cells which stimulate the skin.
5 Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate, $98: 99% naturally derived with active botanicals and essential oils like evening primrose and lavender.
6 Sunday Riley Skin Adrenaline Anti-Aging Concentrate, $260: Pomegranate seed oil and rosehip oil are mixed with peptides and ceramides to accelerate healthy skin growth.
7 Dermalogica Multivitamin Power Recovery Masque, $85: Liquorice root, comfrey root and burdock root soothe the skin while man-made peptides work to strengthen skin and prevent ageing.
8 Perricone Blue Plasma, $154: Bio digestion, a process used to only attack dead skin cells, is achieved with the use of salmon roe enzyme.