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Alessandra Steinherr picks her five favourite new beauty products of the week

The Glossary’s Contributing Beauty Director reveals her must-haves, from a potent Vitamin C serum to the ultimate luxe handwash

As part of my new weekly column I will be choosing five different beauty products to share with you every week, ranging from my favourite new skincare saviours, ultimate make-up must-haves, hair care heroes and body boosters, through to the freshest scents of the season. I get to test every single new beauty product before it hits the stores, so I truly appreciate the life-changing power of a great one. Here are the new releases that I’m most excited about this week.

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Diptyque Exfoliating Hand Wash

Diptyque Exfoliating Hand Wash, £45

Any new release from French perfumier Diptyque – the ultimate when it comes to luxury candles, fragrances and toiletries – is rightly met with much excitement, and this gently exfoliating hand wash is no exception. Made with minuscule ground olive stones to gently cleanse and purify hands, it leaves them softly conditioned and is a lifesaver for stressed out, over-sanitised lockdown skin. Plus, the chic glass bottle – which also happens to be refillable – instantly elevates any bathroom or kitchen sink. 

Alessandra Steinherr picks her 5 favourite new beauty products of the week
Chanel, Les Beiges Sheer Healthy Glow Highlighting Fluid

Chanel Les Beiges Sheer Healthy Glow Highlighting Fluid, £38

Whether worn on its own, layered under make-up or mixed in with foundation, this sheeny liquid adds a veil of dewy freshness to perk up all complexions. Available in two adaptable shades – Sunkissed, which gives a warm tan, and Pearly Glow, a champagne gold – the formula is ultra-light but long lasting, giving the perfect level of natural looking illumination for up to eight hours. My top tip? Use it as a subtle wash over your eyelids to brighten tired eyes.   

Alessandra Steinherr picks her 5 favourite new beauty products of the week
Ole Henriksen Banana Bright Vitamin C Serum

Ole Henriksen Banana Bright Vitamin C Serum, £53

This powerhouse product manages to pack brightening, hydrating and antioxidant benefits into one lightweight serum while targeting all the major signs of ageing, from dullness and fine lines to dark spots and uneven texture. Featuring 15% Vitamin C – the brand’s highest concentration of the vitamin for daily use – in the form of ethyl ascorbic acid, which is more stable than L-ascorbic acid, it also has 5% PHAs (polyhydroxy acids) for gentle exfoliation, plus banana powder-inspired pigments to illuminate and hyaluronic acid to help plump and reinforce the skin’s moisture barrier. 

Alessandra Steinherr picks her 5 favourite new beauty products of the week
Kevyn Aucoin Stripped Nude Skin Tint, £36

Kevyn Aucoin Stripped Nude Skin Tint, £36

If you’ve always wanted to nail that elusive no-make-up finish, then I can definitely recommend this sheer foundation. It won’t mask your natural skin, but it will deliver just enough coverage to create an even texture while blurring imperfections and disguising blemishes. Even better, as the weather heats up the lightweight formula won’t leave you with that clogging mask-like feeling and will actually support your skin with hydrating hyaluronic acid while defending against blue light pollution. 

Alessandra Steinherr picks her 5 favourite new beauty products of the week
Christophe Robin, Color Shield Mask

Christophe Robin Color Shield Mask, £33

The reigning king of French colourists knows a thing or two about maintaining that perfect salon (or at-home) colour. Packed with vitamins, antioxidants and nourishing macadamia nut oil, this buttery treatment is designed for those with hair that’s been sensitised by colouring, bleaching or highlighting and requires some serious TLC. The mask preserves colour intensity while preventing fading, brassiness and dryness. Simply apply it from root to tip, leave on for five minutes, rinse out and you’ll see brighter, silkier, and much healthier looking locks.

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