To get an idea of how hard it is to maintain equilibrium, observe what happens when you throw a ball up into the air. There’s a point at which it stops and hangs suspended, before it starts to fall. That point, that one moment when all forces acting upon the ball are equal – that’s equilibrium.
Now, let’s apply this to skin. The skin, the body’s largest organ, is constantly juggling a whole host of things – temperature, cell turnover, melanin and collagen production (and these are just some examples) – to keep itself in prime condition. That’s a lot of balls to keep in the air at the same time. What makes it even more of a challenge: This fine balance is easily thrown off by UV rays, free radicals, pollution and other environmental aggressors that dehydrate, damage and weaken skin. The result: skin that looks dry, tired and unhealthy.
At American cosmetics company Estee Lauder, the remedy for off-kilter equilibrium lies in pomegranate. High in potent antioxidants, fatty acids and vitamins B6, C and E (the last is another powerful antioxidant), it’s been the star ingredient of the brand’s Nutritious range for over a decade. Last year, the brand turned it into a series of Nutritious lines, each targeting a different skin concern.
The third and latest, Nutritious Vitality8, has been created for Asian women – known to be obsessed with radiant skin (well, I am). Pomegranate still plays the lead role, but for the first time, it’s being supported by a whole host of other ingredients meant to boost the fruit’s antioxidant properties. Among them: soapberry, mangosteen, and additional vitamins C and E. Powered by these, the four products in the line reportedly help skin – at any age – maintain its natural balance and glow by neutralising environmental aggressors, replenishing it with nutrients, and calming and hydrating it.
The day routine for those with dry skin: the Radiant Dual-phase Emulsion ($92) – applied after lotion or essence – then the Radiant Moisture Creme ($92). If your skin is normal, the super-light emulsion alone will do. Both products are light and absorb quickly – so quick, in fact, that my sunscreen doesn’t pill (this often happens because I’m too impatient to wait more than a minute between applications).
For night, there’s the Radiant Overnight Creme/Mask ($106). As the name suggests, it can be used as a moisturiser or more thickly as a leave-on mask if your skin is especially dry and lacklustre. Meanwhile, the Radiant Overnight Detox Concentrate ($116) is like an energy drink for when your skin needs extra help – just apply for 28 consecutive nights pre-moisturiser. Made with clay, the light fluid is meant to detoxify skin by absorbing impurities. As with all the other products in the range, a little goes a long way, so don’t slather.
And now, the best bit: The brand says the range is designed to reset skin’s equilibrium in Just. Eight. Days. How could I not put that to the test? At point of writing, it’s Day 10 and my complexion looks a little brighter. It takes me longer to master Photoshop. No prizes for guessing which I’m sticking to.
This story first appeared in the July issue of Female magazine, out on newsstands now.