As the seasons change, so too do your skin and hair-care needs, which means that updating your routine is a must. And thanks to the SkinStore Friends and Family Sale—happening now through October 11th—you can give your regimen an autumn overhaul without breaking the bank.
Offerings from some of the most iconic high-end beauty brands across hair and skin—like Peter Thomas Roth, Elemis, Christophe Robin, and Fekkai—are currently discounted up to 30 percent... so don't sleep on this (very good) excuse to shop. Simply use the code FRIENDS at checkout to snag some of the products we swear by and find out for yourself what all the hype is about.
Since there are a cool 2269 items on offer (yes, seriously), we combed through all of them to scope out our top 10 picks.
French pharmacy finds
Voulez-vous a little Parisian skincare? French pharmacy favorites (minus the Air France round-trip ticket) that rival La Mer are now available at prices that compare to what you'd pay overseas. In other words, a très bon prix… take it from this Paris-based beauty editor.
The Avène Professional Retrinal 0.1 Cream, for example, contains one of the most powerful over-the-counter retinoids money can buy, and counteracts any potential irritation with the inclusion of Avène's famed thermal waters—which means even the most sensitive skin can benefit from its firming prowess.
And the Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré—with its skin-nourishing combination of shea butter, beeswax, soy proteins and aloe vera—is the perfect product to add to your routine as we head into the drier months of the year. This creamy moisturizer can be used on the face and body for peak hydration, and (in case you needed more of a reason to shell out $21 on the stuff) can even be double as a makeup remover.
Iconic Elemis must-haves
Hopping the pond from Paris to London, let’s peek at UK-based beauty brand Elemis. Two of our collective favorites, the Elemis Pro-Collagen Rose Cleansing Balm and the Pro-Collagen Morning Matrix we reviewed last year are now making less of a dent on your wallet.
The rose-based balm starts as a solid before transforming into an oil and then to a milk, and lifts away dirt, oil, and debris while also infusing the skin with soothing hydration. What's more, it's got a blend of elderberry and starflower oils to give your complexion an instant boost of brightness. Pro tip? Use it with a gua sha stone to take your evening facial massage to the next level.
Pros affectionately refer to the Pro-Collagen Morning Matrix as "a cup of coffee for your skin" thanks to the fact that it delivers bouncy, radiant skin almost immediately. It's got a do-it-all blend of softening emollients, hydrating humectants, protective antioxidants, and resurfacing exfoliants, giving it a "one-and-done" quality that deserves a spot in your a.m. routine.
Professional-level hair products
Also on offer at the SkinStore sale are pro-level products from Fekkai. The brand's Brilliant Gloss Glass Hair Serum combines olive oil and prickly pear extract to fight frizz, leaving you with the smooth, shiny hair of your dreams... even in peak humidity.
Facial treatments from Peter Thomas Roth
The Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin Enzyme Mask is a perfect Venn diagram of skincare and PSL season… light a candle, put on Practical Magic, and get ready for glowing skin. The mask combines pumpkin enzymes with exfoliating alpha-hydroxy acids and detoxifying aluminum oxide to polish and resurface your skin.
Throw in the Under Eye Patches for good measure, which contain hyaluronic acid to plump the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and caffeine to help you fake 8 hours of sleep.
Pumpkin spice candles
Speaking of that cozy fall evening with candles, the NEST New York Pumpkin Chai Classic Candle is also on sale, and is now at a price where you won’t feel like you’re literally setting money on fire (even though that’s kind of what candles are…?). It's got a flawless blend of fall fragrances (namely wild pumpkin, spicy masala chai, cardamom, ginger, and cinnamon) that feels elevated in a way that's hard to come by in pumpkin-scented candles.
Even more French hair care
Another incredible find on this sale list: Christophe Robin's luxurious hair-care products, including the Regenerating Masque an ideal treatment for your tresses this time of year. Infused with prickly pear oil, the mask is designed to seal split ends, boost scalp health, and reinvigorate your color—making it the one product you need for nearly all of your hair-care concerns.
Space-tested anti-aging treatments
Our list of the best buys from the Skinstore sale would be incomplete if we didn’t point out the iconic Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Multi-Recovery Complex Serum—which has been tested in space! It provides 8 hours worth of antioxidant protection to fend off environmental aggressors plus 72 hours of hydration, and will strengthen your skin barrier with a single application.
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