One good way to describe the German skincare brand would be that it’s the Western equivalent of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Founded by Dr Rudolf Hauschka, an Austrian chemist who sold herbs for a living, the 50-yearold brand believes that skin, the body’s biggest organ, needs different care on different days, at different stages of life.
So taken by this ahead-of its time philosophy was Lyne Ong, 48, that she decided to distribute the brand on a leap of faith. “What’s unique is that Dr. Hauschka is like ‘healing cosmetics’,” says Ong. “It uses a method called rhythmical processing, where everything – from the time the seeds are planted to the harvesting to the preparation of the ingredients – is carefully calculated to yield the best properties. It also employs biodynamic farming, where the farm isn’t just a farm but is a self-sustaining ecosystem, using manure from the cattle to fertilise the plants. It even has its own bees to pollinate the plants,” says Ong.
More than 95 per cent of Dr. Hauschka’s products – skincare; body care; a Med range to treat atopic skin conditions; makeup; and oral care – has damascene rose, which is known to hydrate and calm skin. From $42 for a cleansing cream to $209 for a box of 50 ampoules to soothe sensitive, red or irritated skin. At #04-02 Bugis Cube (tel: 6560-1466). – KT
Dr. Hauschka fans include Anne Hathaway and Jennifer Aniston.
Loose Powders That Manage How Much You Use
You may not think twice about how you use loose powder: You probably tap the container over the cover to get the powder out, and use the cover as a holder for the powder. But the annoying thing about this method is that you may get more powder than you need. And naturally, some of it gets onto your dresser (read: product wastage and time wasted cleaning up). So, these beauty companies have rethought loose powder packaging by adding a mesh net that helps manage the amount picked up. – SW
1 Three Ultimate Diaphanous Loose Powder, $75.
2 Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Loose Powder, $36.
3 Cle de Peau Beaute Translucent Loose Powder, $180.
When the Whole Fruit Is Better Than Just the Flesh
Innisfree has found that the pomegranate seed has 3.4 times more antioxidants than the flesh of the fruit, and the skin has 10.4 times more. That’s why its Jeju Pomegranate Revitalizing range – toner, essence, serum, lotion, cream and eye serum – uses the entire fruit for skincare that promises to repair damaged skin. $30-$46 – SW
Colour Correction Made Faster
Each of Laneige’s three Two Tone Correcting Bar sticks not only has two shades to correct two issues at a go, it also covers a wider area while its pointed tip tackles corners around the eye, nose and mouth. If you need to spot-correct, use a brush or your finger to dab the product over the blemish. $38 each – SW
No. 2 Pink Coral has coral to cover bluish-grey dark circles, and pink to add a natural glow.
No. 3 Purple Blue brightens a sallow complexion with blue and purple tones.
No. 4 Mint Lemon tones down yellowbased dark circles and has green to correct redness.
While most firming serums work from the inside, Cle de Peau Beaute goes the extra step by adding a flexible polymer layer and semisolid oil to the skin surface to give you a slightly lifted appearance. That’s what its Firming Serum Supreme ($440) does on the outside, while inside, it moisturises, stimulates skin repair, and boosts collagen production so your skin feels fuller and more supple. – SW
Plumpness and density are qualities associated with younger-looking skin. However, as we age, our skin loses its fat, and that reduces the plumped up look. Estee Lauder Perfectionist Pro Rapid Firm + Lift Treatment Acetyl Hexapeptide-8 is a serum that intensely hydrates with hyaluronic acid so that skin feels more supple. It also aims to improve the production of the skin’s building blocks for a firmer feel. And it enhances the natural process of removing dead skin for a smoother and clearer looking complexion. $134-$187 – SW
Brightening Has Some New Tricks
When you’ve had a relationship with someone for more than 30 years, it’s hard to be excited about each other. That’s what happened to brightening. But these three products have made things a bit more interesting again.
• Sulwhasoo’s Snowise Brightening Exfoliating Mask, part scrub, part mask, is a non-runny, honey-like gel that doesn’t dry or harden. Designed to go onto a clean, damp face, it is best used in the shower after washing your face, but before soaping your body. That’s because the mask needs 5min to moisturise before you do the scrubbing bit. Use two to three times a week. $85
• For Beloved One Flawless Brightening Ethyl Ascorbic Acid Biocellulose Mask has ethyl ascorbic acid, a more stable form of vitamin C that doesn’t break down readily when exposed to oxygen. Use this when you want instant brightness or to reduce redness, once or twice a week; $63 for a box of three.
• Laneige White Dew Vita Capsule Sleeping Mask comes in two parts: a sachet of powdered vitamin C (to keep the contents fresh) and a mini tub of gelcream mask. To activate the vitamin C, mix the two. It’s $28 for a set of eight sachets and tubs. – SW
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