Beauty editor Simone Wu’s picks for this month.
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HOT WEATHER MUST-HAVE
Made without parabens, alcohol and colourants, Idenel Cooling Mask, $83.90 (200ml) helps to soothe, deeply hydrate and brighten. Quickly absorbed, it leaves skin feeling cool, smooth and supple. To be applied after toner, it can be used as a wash-off or sleeping mask.
Smooth & Stubble-free Remove unwanted hair at home with the I-Light Pro IPL Hair Removal System, $899. Unlike shaving, the intense pulsed light (IPL) device doesn’t tug on skin, helping to reduce skin irritation and delay premature ageing.
Suitable for those with dark hair and light skin tones, it emits light energy that damages hair follicles, preventing regrowth.
TLC FOR SENSITIVE SKIN
If your skin tends to itch or tur n red after you’ve applied skincare, look for a moisturiser without skin irritants like synthetic fragrances, alcohol and menthol.
1 Eau Thermale Jonzac High Tolerance Light Emulsion, $50 (40ml) soothes and regenerates skin cells with mineral-rich thermal spring water, calms with organic chamomile floral water, and moisturises with organic mallow leaf water.
2 Chanel La Solution 10 De Chanel, $125 (30ml) is oil- and fragrance-free, and contains 10 ingredients that soothe and hydrate, leaving skin soft and calm.
3 Declare Stress Balance Anti- Irritation Serum, $130 (50ml) is made with allergen-free fragrances, goes on ultra-light and is easily absorbed. It also boosts microcirculation for a more even-toned complexion.
4 Etude House True Relief Moist Emulsion, $27.90 (180ml) soothes and strengthens skin against irritants with ceramides as well as extracts of apricot, chestnut and chicory.
“I use an eyeliner to define my hooded lids and help me look more awake. Make Up For Ever’s Aqua XL Eye Pencil ($36, available in 20 shades) is highly pigmented, waterproof and smudge-resistant. It also glides on smoothly without poking my skin.”
“With my combination skin, I need a makeup primer to help me look flawless. The lightweight Diorskin Forever & Ever Wear Extreme Perfection & Hold Makeup Base ($70) makes my skin look more even and helps foundation stay put.”