Welcome to The Glow Up, Highsnobiety’s new column that examines the who, what, when, where and why of all things beauty.
Money can’t buy you class, but it can buy you beautiful leather.
We all love our drugstore starlets (the main ones scream at CeraVe and Neutrogena) but sometimes you need to channel your inner fake German heiress and invest in that whimsical cream you’ve seen on Instagram and will likely place on a highly visible shelf look. in your bathroom.
As lovers and admirers of the finer things in life, Team Highsnobiety has many thoughts on what your credit card is worth (and what not, but that’s a story for another day). Here, we share our luxury skincare grails, ranging from hundreds to what you can reasonably spend on a week of oat milk.
Alexandra Pauly, style writer
ZIIP GX, $ 495
It’s a great investment, but listen to me. The ZIIP GX is a handheld smartphone-operated device that sends small electrical bursts across the face to encourage the production of collagen and elastin. I won’t try to explain exactly how ZIIP works (I’m not a scientist), but it is works – clears out the breakouts during the night, reduces bags under the eyes and makes me shine with a few zaps.
Simone Marshall, TikTok manager
SkinCeuticals CE Ferulic, $ 166
Currently, my favorite product is SkinCeuticals ferulic CE – everyone and the mother’s dermatologist recommend it. It is said that it is worth the extra money, so I will report when my skin will be like it was when I was four.
Thom Bettridge, managing editor
Dr. Barbara Sturm’s Winter Essential Kit, $ 130
Now that the rodeo of worldwide travel is back, I’ve been looking for strategies to channel my inner goddess spa on the road without having an entire hand luggage dedicated to creams. And in the meantime I’ve found that the only thing more opulent than luxury skincare items are the mini-size versions of luxury skincare items. Enter this handy Winter Essentials kit, which is like a tiny CD of icon Dr. Sturm’s biggest hits.
Tora Northman, news editor
Dr. Barbara Sturm’s Hyaluronic Serum, $ 110
Dr Barbara Sturm’s Hyaluronic Serum has been a go-to for me ever since I moved to London, and it’s a product I keep buying back despite its high price. It’s gentle on the skin, helps with hydration, and works well with all other skin care and makeup products. Basically: she is the time.
Tetiana Khvorostiana, Associate Visual Editor
VIP O2 Milk Biological Research, $ 71; AR Hope Green Cream, $ 103
While everyone is obsessed with Biologique Recherche’s P50 lotion, I stick to two products: the cleanser and the cream. I don’t need anything but them. Hydration and vegetable consumption matter a lot, but BR has completely changed my skin.
Elaine Lee, Feature Editor
Demar3 Signature Estud Protector, $ 73
Getting into my thirties meant I had to deal with some unwelcome friends: pores. This vial serum is a recent viral sensation from K-beauty and I can tell you from firsthand experience that it’s worth it. Dab a generous amount onto a piece of face cotton and apply to problem areas for 15 minutes (like a tissue mask). Repeat for a couple of weeks and your pores will be … wait, where did they go?
Lauren Black, marketing manager
ILIA Light Liquid Serum Highlighter, $ 42
Since moving to New York, this highlighter has helped me keep my California shiny all year round. Now I get more compliments on my skin than when I lived in the West.