While there’s nothing wrong with having a tried-and-true beauty routine, sometimes it’s fun to shake things up a bit by trying something new — especially when the formula is unique. The products of the moment step outside of the typical foam, cream, and gel box by offering innovative concoctions that are both fun and effective. Here are some of the formulas that should be on your radar. Who knows? You just may find your new go-to miracle worker.
This solid yet oily (in a good way) formula has a reputation of melting the makeup right off your face, leaving behind zero traces of foundation, mascara, or stubborn concealer. Balm cleanser will remove dirt, oil, and makeup without drying the skin. It’s good to keep one on hand if you have naturally dry skin, or if exposure to the elements takes a toll on your complexion. Regardless of your skin type, you can find a formula with moisture-rich effects. The best way to use this product is by massaging a small amount into the skin and wiping off without water — any remaining product will act as a hydrating barrier.
Micellar Water Shampoo
You may already be cleaning your face with micellar water (the Parisian woman’s go-to cleanser), but you may not be privy to micellar water shampoo. The advantage of the face cleanser is that you avoid harsh tap water because it’s a no-rinse product… but you actually have to rinse out the shampoo. However, the technology is still the same — the tiny fatty acid clusters (micelles) absorb dirt and oil in a non-harsh manner.
There’s something to be said for beauty sleep. When you’re in deep REM (rapid eye movement) mode, the sleep hormone melatonin is increased, working like an antioxidant to battle fine lines, age spots, and a lackluster complexion. With that in mind, it makes sense that sleep masks have become a popular product. Many formulas are jam-packed with hydrating and reparative ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, peptides, essential oils, and lactic acid. Aside from waking up with dewy, rejuvenated skin, the best part is that the formulas are actually lighter or equal to your average moisturizer. That means you don’t have to worry about product getting on your pillowcase — no scary green face to worry about either!
From blotting papers for an oily scalp, to anti-frizz sheets for unruly tresses, hair papers are a convenient way to keep your mane in check while you’re on-the-go. Perfect for travel, post-gym, or even a quick touch-up at the office. Most of the brands on the market are good for all hair types — from coiled and curly to stick pin straight — so you need not worry about trying to figure out which one is best for you.