Today is something for the uber beauty lover, especially those who like to channel their inner alchemist. It is also one of my absolute favourite beauty finds this season.
If you are in the beauty business, then Arcaya Actives is probably better known to you as a professional beauty ‘solutions’ brand – providing leading aestheticians and clinics with highly active, anti-ageing products.
But, for the rest of us mere beauty junkies who simply like to tinker around at home, it may not be a recognisable name, YET. But watch this space. No doubt Arcaya Actives will become one of those cult must-haves, especially when word gets about its just-launched selection of ampoules. Containing cutting-edge skincare ingredients in their pure form and maximum possible concentration, the liquid wonders turn around dull, tired and ageing skin, plus they are also made without parabens or mineral oils.
The Magic Beauty Selection of 10 ampoules contains everything you need to super-charge your skin. For those who like their ‘selection boxes’ at Christmas – this is the one to buy – for it boasts a highlighted selection of all the best Arcaya Actives skin remedies. Inside, you will find two each of the following formulas: Hyaluron+, Platinum, Golden Repair, Crystal and Eye Repair.
While you can buy all of these in separate Ampoule boxes (of ten each), this is the perfect introduction to the ethos – sort of like a ‘taster’ of the hero products
How to use them and what do they do? You basically snap open the top of the glass bottle, and pour the contents into the palm of your hands. Apply to clean, dry skin and pat in. You need to use the entire contents once it is open and it is recommended that you use one a day for a 10-day booster. I’ve been applying after my morning shower, when skin is still dewy, and patting one a day in. Leaving it for a few minutes and then using a moisturiser before make-up – although the moisturisation step is actually not necessary – as these are very potent. (But, it’s just what I like to do!)
And the different formulas? Here’s the science bit… The Hyaluron active gives intense hydration in the deepest layers of the skin – so this is great for cell renewal and to give a plumber, smoother complexion.
The Platinum ampoule, meanwhile, helps to fight gravity by stimulating collagen and elastin production.
Adding a touch of glam to the routine is Golden Repair, which has tiny flecks of gold within it. In fact, it is infused with pure gold and caviar to give an instant tightening and brightening action. This is definitely my favourite!
Those looking to firm and brighten, should look towards the Crystal ampoule. It uses quartz crystal – an anti-ageing ingredient – to lift, firm and smooth away wrinkles.
Finally, the Eye Repair Active is bursting with peptides and antioxidants that plump and rejuvenate the delicate skin around the eyes.
For those looking for a one-step, all-rounder option, and to make a brilliant Xmas gift, then you can’t wrong with the Oxygen selection.
These beauties increases the supply of oxygen to the skin (it actually contains an oxygen ‘active’), promoting cell renewal and providing continuous hydration. Skin appears radiant and smooth with improved elasticity. The effect lasts all day, too, and you need no added moisturiser after applying this. Skin feels velvety and smooth, with visible effects.
These are really like a little bit of magic in a bottle – the complexion feels infused with ‘goodness’ after using the fluid and, well, just looks brighter and more ‘alive’. These are so perfect for the party season!
Each ampoule contains perflouroplyether (PFPE) – (and, no, I didn’t know what this was either!) – but I have been reliably informed that these are oxygen ‘catalysts’ that infuse skin cells with oxygen stimulating cell renewal. Whatever they are – they work!
Plus, there’s a concentrate of Vitamin E, well-known for its anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory and healing benefits. Finally, there is also a complex of 10 ingredients designed to moisturise for up to 24 hours.
Arcaya Actives ethos is based on the fact that not everyone has the luxury of time and the resources to step into a salon for a treatment. Instead, these at-home remedies give that unique post-facial skin glow, without having to go anywhere. What better present to give someone than that?
Each set of 10 ampoules costs £75, available from: arcaya-actives.co.uk