Max Made



A tidal wave of marine ingredients are popping up in skincare everywhere we look and for good reason! Find out what lies under the sea with our top 5 Maxmade approved products.

If tumbling waves and salty oceanic elements make you want to grow a mermaid tail and escape into the blue, then you’ll adore the new power ingredient swimming though some of your favourite beauty brands.

However, you don’t have to brave the beach at 5am (or worse, the weekend) to benefit the goodness that lies under the ocean. Highly active marine ingredients have been popping up everywhere from La Prairie to La Mer, known for their potent anti-ageing properties and richness of protein, amino acids, vitamins and minerals.

Most famously, La Mer founder Dr. Max Huber believed the sea was a miraculous resource after sea kelp helped him completely heal his skin after a horrific burn – stemming one of the most iconic beauty brands of our time.  If Dr Huber could cure his own chemically damaged dermis, imagine what sea nutrients can do for a tired and dull every-day complexion?

Caviar facials have also been booked up in Hollywood of late, with the humble (but oh-so-pricey) fish egg containing many nutrients and antioxidants that heal, regenerate and protect the skin. It’s fatty acids help prevent cellular inflammation of the skin and trigger hormones that promote collagen production, while vitamins A and E protect from environmental hazards and free radicals that cause ageing and disease. Do you need any more convincing?

So without further ado, here are some of my current favourite sea-inspired products to refresh your complexion, boost collagen and restore optimum cell function with a beachy Bondi feel (that will last all year round).




1: Oskia Super 16 Serum

Imagine this – 16 natural ingredients come together to boost the skin’s vital collagen production. The key marine ingredient here is a Marine Plant Stem Cell Complex that reduces pigmentation whilst protecting the skin with anti-oxidants. Rich seaweed extracts hydrate and refresh – and it’s also packed with vitamins A, C, E and F, and anti-inflammatory super-wonder MSM.




2: Ahava Extreme Night Treatment

The Ahava brand has been cultivating ingredients from the Dead Sea for 26 years using the latest in modern technology. The hit-list of ingredients includes the Osmoter – a unique, concentrated extract of mineral-rich Dead Sea water that  draws moisture and nutrients from the depths – and Dunaliella Salina – an algae that helps strengthen and protect skin. It’s also a natural anti-oxidant rich in beta-carotene, helping protect skin against UV radiation.



3: Perricone MD Blue Plasma Cleansing Treatment

Fun fact: when baby salmon are born, they release an enzyme in order to get out of their shell. It dissolves the dead skin shell  that contains them – but allows the living cells to thrive. Applied to human skin, the enzyme acts in the same way. It has a non-rinse formula and exfoliates and conditions the skin, allowing it to instantly glow.



4: La Mer The Eye Concentrate

This deeply conditioning cream formulated with hematite – a magnetically-charged mineral – will help dramatically dissolve the appearance of dark circles, surface discolourations and any unevenness. Used for both night and day, it’s perfect under concealer to stop ashiness in the complexion and  add luminosity on those tired days.



5: La Praire Skin Caviar Concealer and Foundation

Everything you need for flawless coverage in one bottle. One part luxury foundation, one part professional-level concealer, the foundation has an SPF 15 and a luxurious cream emulsion to give the look of a naturally glowing complexion. Also, it keeps the skin hydrated for an exquisite look and a dewy finish. A perfectly matched, professional level concealer in the bottle cap camouflages under-eye darkness and deeper flaws. Both formulas support firming with legendary caviar extracts and help shield skin from ageing factors. Beloved for its skin-perfecting texture and day-long coverage, this luxe duo is a serious make-up must.


As you can see, it’s possible to be a stylish mermaid. Have you used marine ingredients in your routine? If so, what changes can you report on?



Photographer; Josie Clough at DLM, Written; Alina Berdichevsky, Hair & Makeup: Max May at DLM, Model; Inka Williams at IMG


Leave a Reply

Add To Cart: The Latest and Greatest Foundation Picks

With spring beauty drops hitting all your favourite make up counters, we do a round up of the latest, newest foundations to add to your shopping list.

Read More…


Foundation – The All Time Classic Hits

From products and finishes to the best techniques to ‘apply and set’ – we show you the best all-time foundations to create a natural, all-day and flawless look.

Read More…

We Asked Three Leading Sydney Clinics – “What Is Your Signature Facial?”

Three of our favourite Sydney facialists share their best treatments to blast through pressing skin concerns and leave you glowing brighter than an LED lamp. Lock down your appointments now! 

Read More…

Two Cult Fragrance Brands For When You Don’t Want To Smell Like Anyone Else In The Room

Goldfield & Banks and Commodity fragrances couldn’t have a more different story, yet unite our hearts (and noses) through their caring attitude and olfactory appeal.

Read More…

Monday Morning Hack: Cheat Your Way To Bright Skin With My Secret Recipe


Skin still feeling a bit dry, flat and dull? Well, here’s a little prescription to brightening up your week with these ‘life giving’ products to make your tired face a thing of the past!

Read More…

Hail The Return of Extreme Blush With These 5 Peachy Picks

Want to look youthful? Well rested? Glowing with good health?

It doesn’t matter if you’ve been drinking green juice and bending into yoga, or drinking Jagger bombs and um, just bending… blush is the great equaliser.

Read More…


Is your skin feeling the drying effects of this final winter chill? Then look no further than my guide for a nourished, spring-ready complexion.

Read More…

Giorgio Armani Beauty Luminous Silk – A Love Story


It’s the best selling hero foundation that is in every MUA’s kit: versatile, innovative and loved from the leader to the novice – here is why we’re all going mad for GA Beauty Luminous Silk.


Read More…

Three Boss-Babes Share Their Morning Beauty Routines

Morning routines – we all know we need one to ace the day, so how do other inspiring and successful women do it?

Read More…

It’s a lippy, it’s a shadow… Yes, it’s the BITE BEAUTY Prismatic Pearl Multistick!

Looking for a multi-use product to revive your beauty bag? Look no further than Bite Beauty Prismatic Pearl shimmer sticks to bring features to life with a delicate pearlised finish.

Read More…

The products that make big-volume hair easy to achieve at home


Voluminous strands have stood the test of time – so invest in these go-to products to achieve this sexy look from the comfort of your home.

Read More…

Why Organic Skincare is Trending So Hard Right Now (And What We Think You Should Use)

Organic skin care seems to be everywhere at the moment, but why?

We’ve gone for years with our seemingly good quality commercially made skincare routine, so what’s the hype over organic products like the Phyts organic foundaton that so many people are talking about?

Read More…

Off To Europe? We’ve Got Your Beauty Bag Sorted


Off to Europe this month (or at least wishing you were)? Make good in the Mediterranean sun and bring the good vibes to you with these holiday-ready products.

Read More…

SHADES OF WINTER – Try Out This Delicious Makeup Look To Enhance Your Skin

The colder winter weather gives way to an agile crispness that activates the senses and brings a child-like rouge-blush to the cheeks. It makes sense then, that as our inner temperature adapts to this mysterious season, our makeup follows suit. So what colours should you wear in winter to warm up your skin?

Read More…

The Products That Make 30+ Skin Look Better Than A Teenager’s

Your 30s are amazing. You’re kicking goals, looking hot and still partying with kids in their 20s. However, collagen deterioration is also now a thing, so how do you maintain that glow? What’s the trick to projecting the youthful soul we feel on inside on the outside? For that evergreen youth, read on.

Read More…

We Ask An Expert About The Perfect Thick Brows

So what is the actual best brow shape to master for the second half of 2018? Max and celeb brow queen Amy Jean download the beauty industry’s best-kept brow secrets.


Read More…