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PEPTIDE 21TM AMINO ACID EXFOLIATING PEEL PADS, $89, PETER THOMAS ROTH
Peel pads are your next skincare must-have if you’ve been into liquid exfoliators as of late. These ones by Peter Thomas Roth not only swipe away dead skin cells and trapped dirt and makeup, they’re infused with a 20% Exfoliating Complex of dullness-busting facial acids to help reduce the look of pores, and uneven skin tone and texture. There’s also chamomile and green tea in the formula, which aids in calming and soothing the skin. Hello, radiant baby skin!
VITAMIN C CERAMIDE CAPSULES RADIANCE RENEWAL SERUM, $81 FOR 30 CAPSULES, ELIZABETH ARDEN
For glowy #iwokeuplikethis skin, Elizabeth Arden’s latest innovation has got you covered with a brightening serum that sees its iconic ceramide capsules now super-charged with vitamin C. Featuring a new dry oil texture, this stuff is so thin and silky that it sinks right into the skin with minimal massaging. Plus the single-dose pods keep the potency of its active ingredients fresh, on top of being super handy to take away for the frequent flyers.
PHYTO-FIRMING NATURE SERUM, $238, DERMALOGICA
If your new year’s resolutions include preventing premature ageing, you might want to consider adding a firming serum to your skincare regime. Bottling extracts of Amazonian camu camu, Moroccan Rockrose and Madagascar green coffee bean for a super-antioxidant cocktail, the new Phyto-Firming Nature Serum helps to reinforce the dermis against damaging free radicals so as to delay the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. Available from 10 January
Anti-Ageing Cream, $69.90, Placentor Végétal
The name ‘Placentor Végétal Anti-Ageing Cream’ doesn’t sound the sexiest, but don’t judge a book by its cover. This unassuming jar of moisturiser is backed by dermatological research and volunteer studies that have been proven to help stimulate cell regeneration. With active ingredients such as plant placenta and marine collagen, the skin is not only moisturised but re-densified, firmed, and toned, which smooths out those pesky wrinkles and fine lines for a suppler complexion. There’s also calendula to further provide calming, softening and healing benefits. Looking more youthful without invasive treatments? Yes, please.
It’s the most underrated step, but a proper cleanse is key to any skincare regime. For the ultimate clean, the Bonabella Teatree Purifying Mask is a top-shelf favourite, as it boasts a four-in-one action that deep cleanses, calms, moisturises, and nourishes. Besides revealing clearer and brighter skin, it also rids your pores of environmental pollutants like fine dust.
Obviously, moisture is key to the glass skin look. The Koreans call it the ‘chok chok’ effect, meaning skin so glowy, it’s practically glistening with moisture. To get that next-level dewiness, look out for lotions or emulsions that act as a ‘booster’ by simultaneously moisturising and preparing your skin to further absorb the active ingredients of your following skincare products. Ksisters recommend the Hydrating Treatment Toner by I Woke Up Like This, as it is specially formulated with humectants that bind moisture to the skin.
If it’s been a while since you had a facial, give your skin some much-needed exfoliation and nourishment with the Ggultamin C Real Gel Mask by Common Labs, which is a two-step system that comes with a peeling pad to wipe away dead skin cells and trapped debris. Apply the follow-up organic sheet mask and let your skin soak in all that Vitamin C goodness to intensely hydrate and brighten the complexion. Then in comes the essences, ampoules and serums to treat your specific skin concerns. A perennial best-seller is the Lavien Vita Toning Ampoule, which has 13 percent ascorbic acid to tackle blemishes and dark spots.
Lock in everything with a final layer of face cream to prevent moisture loss. Give the By Ecom Heartleaf Poreless Cream a whirl, especially if you have pore issues that could use some help, as it contains a high percentage of plant compounds to purify pores, balance sebum production, and soothe the skin. And finally, don’t forget to apply your sunscreen before walking out the door!
BY ANGELYN KWEK