Clueless with skincare? Behold a routine fit for any space traveller...
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What would your skincare look like in space? Well, for one, it would help if gravity wasn’t an issue, so sagging and downwards pulling of the tissue isn’t a thing. On the other hand, while we’d be further away from ‘our’ sun, perhaps travelling would get us closer to other stars, which in turn would only increase our UV exposure.
Even worse, what if there are stars that emit other skin ageing rays stronger than UV rays? Would we have to have a whole plethora of star-protecting products? Then of course there’s the matter of oxygen and hydration or moisture. Everything would be synthetic, at least in the ships and probably the space stations – would that dry up our skin?
Well, while there are too many questions to be asked and too little answers to give, for our latest beauty video editorial we explore what a distracted princess’ routine would look like in space, how her omnipresent companion keeps tabs on her skincare and what are the top products that live up to and beyond our expectations and would be our go-to’s if travelling the stars.
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Further on, in our Star Child film, we’ve hidden easter eggs of the best skincare, hair-care and technology available to beauty and mankind today. Did you spot them? Read on to explore our beauty star-spangled universe.
Dr Barbara Sturm
Picture this: it’s the year 3022, cleansers are in powder form and double up as exfoliants. Arguably one of the most futuristic cleansers out there, Dr Barbara Sturm’s Enzyme Cleanser, takes a notion from the Sci-fi films of old (the ones where the food and supplies came in pill form) and applies it to a classic, much-loved beauty product. After all, everyone needs to start their skincare with a clean face, so why not dry it up? In this case, the advancement comes from the product’s new form where the fine powder doubles as an exfoliant. Plus, it gets you more out of your investment due to the waterless technology.
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But if dry cleansing doesn't exactly do it for you, worry not, as traditional liquid cleansers aren’t left behind in the star cruiser. A stand-out from this range is Face Stockholm’s Seaweed Cleanser, formulated with seaweed extract, rosehip seed oil and loquat extract, which delivers collagen boosting vitamins A, C, E and F and helps to wash away any unwanted dirt and pigment. Designed for daily use, the formula has no preservatives, which makes it softer on the skin although susceptible to colour, scent and texture changes, which is to be expected in naturally-derived products.
Clarifying Clay Mask
Another concern whilst speeding through the stars is moisture. Something which is also a struggle for us mere terrestrials who are battling acne, oily skin and unbalanced dermis. Most of the time, products meant to aid against these problems end up too drying and harsh, solving one issue but creating a whole host of others in its wake. But that isn’t the case for moisture-heavy Skinceuticals Clarifying Clay Mask thanks to a combination of kaolin and bentonite clay. Plus, extras of hydroxy acid, aloe and chamomile help to calm the skin, whilst gently exfoliating it.
The Leave in Hair Treatment
This leave-in mask is more than just a mask and the incorporation of TFC8 amongst the whole line makes it a product worth returning to again and again. With a combination of over 40 different ingredients and nutrients your hair’s micro-environment is optimised whilst stimulating cell renewal and hair growth. No matter if it’s an intergalactic situation or a bog standard haircare day on Earth, this mask will breathe life back into those dull tresses.
All good space cadets come armed with some sort of handy little device. And this Foreo UFO looks convincingly like it could have been dropped by a passing ship, dancing across the skies at lightning speed. Combining LED technology, that depending on the colour has different positive results from tightening, brightening and even acne minising, with cryo and thermal therapy, this nifty little machine allows for both immediate results and long-term benefits on one’s skin. Yes, we can’t entirely stop the ageing process, but daily LED exposure and cryo application might ease it a little.
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Pure Gold Radiance Concentrate
While the omnipresent house from the film swore to know everything, they actually got one thing wrong. Star Child wasn’t grabbing a day cream as a night cream, she actually held on to something more pure and valuable, a concentrate. More rich than a cream, a concentrate is the first step in a nutrient-filled routine. Enhancing the appearance of the skin thanks to its booster-like effect, it shocks the skin with nutrients while promoting hydration and evening out the skin tone. Plus, the particles of real gold give off a warm, golden hue only attainable through one of the most precious metals of the planet.
U.F.O. Ultra-Clarifying Face Oil
Another unidentified flying object, this one comes in an oil form and promises to combat acne and blemishes thanks to its dry formulation and active ingredients including salicylic acid, tea tree oil, clack cumin seed oil, licorice root and hexylresorcinol. Sometimes used as the last step routine, an oil’s work is to completely seal in all the benefits from our skincare routine into our dermis, allowing for the utmost absorption of properties and qualities.
Skin Balance Serum
Though the starship might have some balancing issues, but, worry not, our skin will not be sharing those concerns. Unbalanced skin can be caused by anything from lack of hydration, irritation from a damaged lipid barrier or even a chemical imbalance or environment change. Pimples and dehydration being one of the most common indicators of an unbalanced skin, Math Scientific’s Skin Balance serum provides a blanket formula that aids both in blemish control and in hydration surge within the dermis, giving almost a needed reset for our skin to heal, replenish and start again.
Oxygen Recovery 72h Hydra Gel Mask
With a name that sounds as if it was taken directly from the script of a science fiction film, Lumene’s Oxygen Recovery 72h Hydra Gel Mask is the closest we will get to being able to fuse water into our skin. Made with Nordic ingredients such as birch sap, pure Arctic spring water, hyaluronic acid, as well as Nordic bilberry water mixed with oxygen recovery minerals, this ultra-fresh gel mask helps hydrate the skin for a bouncy, plump look. To boot, the cooling gel texture refreshes and brightens – a real winner.
The Trio of Exfoliants and Scrubs
What better way to reveal a new self in space if not by scrubbing the old one away? From Mantle’s The Ex, a power-house formula made from AHA plus PHA acids, skin clearing fruit enzymes and polishing micro-exfoliators to Peter Thomas Roth’s Potent C Power Scrub, with its super-charge of vitamins C and E, ferulic acid and a plethora of beads and spheres to improve the fullness. Not forgetting, of course, the Icelandic heritage of Bioeffect’s Volcanic Exfoliator with particles from the Hekla volcano in a combination with azelaic acid. This trio of scrubs polishes and brightens the skin to reveal our better galactic self.
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So, which part of Star Child’s routine will you be adding to your routine? We’ve got all the bits in our cart, now it’s just a matter of waiting for that intergalactic delivery. Any moment now…
Starring: Hedda Stiernstedt
Video: Kristian Bengtsson
Production: Camp David
Executive Producer: Kristina Wibom
Producer: Cornelia Hallberg
Production Manager: Frida Ekerlin
Colorist: Mimmi Muskos @ VårSnö
Compositing: Martin Burström
1st AC: Margarita Sheremet
Gaffer: Fredrik Persson
Sound Recordist: Rosanna Gunnarson @ Luftskeppet
Beauty Editor: Esteban G Villanueva
Make Up Artist: Ebba Norberg
Production Assistant: Alva Berg
Production Assistant: Elliot Engberg
Special thanks to: Julia Eriksson, Ljud & Bildmedia, Teenage Engineering, By Malene Birger, Filippa K, Stylein, Svenskt Tenn, Fahlén of Sweden, Tiffany & Co, Tom Ford, Face Stockholm, Dr Barbara Sturm, SkinCeuticals, Foreo, La Prarie, Sunday Riley, Math Scientific, Lumene, Bioeffect, Mantle, Peter Thomas Roth and Agustinus Bader