The Essential Energy range has two day-and-night moisturisers, a cream and a gel-cream – pick the texture you prefer. It also has a Day Emulsion with SPF30/PA+++ to simplify your daytime routine, so you can skip the sunscreen. $80 each.
According to Shiseido’s researchers, 30 is the turning point when your skin can no longer bounce back well from lifestyle habits like lack of sleep and stress. Your lifestyle doesn’t change, your skincare routine doesn’t change, but your skin, which didn’t feel sensitive before, now reacts to the slightest change in temperature or stress by turning itchy, red or tingly. It may feel drier than it once did or look duller despite your best efforts to moisturise. These conditions are exacerbated with age, which is why the brand has developed the Essential Energy range of moisturisers, to help your skin respond better to skincare. To know if your new skincare product or routine is working, Shiseido says you need to keep these three pointers in mind:
1. Be consistent. Skin needs regular attention, morning and night. If you are adopting a new skincare routine, stick with it for at least four weeks, because that’s the average skin cell renewal cycle.
2. Moisturise, even if you have oily skin. Wrinkles and sagging result from a lack of moisture, even in oily skin. The Essential Energy moisturiser-only range has an exclusive oil technology that helps hold water in skin to maintain the oil-water balance, without causing a feeling of stickiness.
3. Watch for subtle changes. Your expression lines may not diminish overnight, or after a week. But your skin may feel softer, look more eventoned, and feel more supple and hydrated. And you may see fewer breakouts. These are all signs that your skincare is working. – KT
Anti-ageing Products for Sensitive Skin
Everyone wants firmer skin. Japanese sensitive-skincare brand, Curel, has found that while women over 35 with sensitive skin want to treat the sensitivity, they also want anti-ageing skincare. So it has launched Aging Care, a line for over-35s who want gentle formulas that can address dry and sensitised skin, wrinkles and loss of firmness with a two-step routine of toner and a moisturiser. The products have a ceramide-like ingredient that offers the moisture-retaining properties of ceramides naturally found in the skin, a plant extract to soothe mild irritation, and ginger extract to help firm skin. And the Moisture Lotion ($36.80) and Moisture Gel Cream/Cream ($46.80) are so gentle that they can also be used around the eye area. – SW
Ask the Makeup Artist
Larry Yeo explains why your under-eye concealer sometimes doesn’t stay put:
1. Blocked tear ducts
If you have nasal allergies, nose infections or chronic sinusitis, the mucous membranes around the nose may get irritated and block the tear ducts. When that happens, your eyes water, melting your concealer or making it crease.
2. How you prep the under-eye area
Many women use an excessive amount of eye cream. This makes the skin greasy, so concealer can’t stay in place. Just use a pea-sized amount of any eye gel or cream. If you’ve over-moisturised, blot away the excess with tissue paper.
3. The amount you use
If you apply too much concealer, it cakes, dries up, and slides off .
4. Using the wrong formula
When your under-eye concealer is too rich and moisturising, it will smudge in our humid weather. Try these to create a smooth finish without over-hydrating: Revlon Youth FX Fill + Blur Concealer ($39.90), Cle de Peau Beaute Concealer SPF25/PA+++ ($105), and Nars Soft Matte Complete Concealer ($46). – SW