Using oils in your skincare routine doesn’t cause breakouts. On the contrary, it combats acne, excess sebum and signs of ageing.
Shu Uemura Ultime8 Sublime Beauty Cleansing Oil, $165.
Oil cleansers help to purify the skin while maintaining its pH balance by removing makeup, impurities and excess sebum without stripping away its natural protective oils in the process. Shu Uemura Ultime8 Sublime Beauty Cleansing Oil has extracts of nourishing Asian plants such as ginseng (known for its anti-ageing properties), golden bamboo and camellia. Its gentle, water-like formula cleanses off even waterproof makeup easily without leaving a greasy film.
Dermalogica Phyto Replenish Oil, $142.
Facial oils can be highly effective in plumping the skin and inhibiting moisture loss. Oils are lipophilic – that is, they pass through the skin’s lipid layer faster and are better absorbed compared to creams. Dermalogica Phyto Replenish Oil is so light, it sinks into skin instantly, so you can use it under makeup in the mornings. It has plant-based oils such as camellia to work on restoring the skin’s natural moisture barrier, and sunflower and rosemary extracts to reportedly help prevent free-radical damage.
A matter of size (and weight)
Did you know that there are two types of hyaluronic acid (HA) with different molecular weights? Here’s how each type works.
Eucerin Hyaluron-filler CC Cream, $63.90.
LONG-CHAINED HA VS SHORT-CHAINED HA
Long - chained HA sits on the skin's surface to "fill in" lines so the skin looks smoother. Its effect is instant but cosmetic. Short - chained HA penetrates the skin to moisturise the epidermis, where deep wrinkles form, plumping the skin from within to reduce the severe look of lines. A product with both types: Eucerin Hyaluron- filler CC Cream, which also has light-reflecting pigments to even out skin tone.
KenzokiMoisturisingJelly ToMattify, $73.
LOW MOLECULAR WEIGHTHA VS HIGH MOLECULARWEIGHT HA
Low molecular weight HA has smaller molecules, is "lighter" and penetrates the skin better compared to high molecular weight HA, which works by forming a barrier on the skin’s surface to help retain moisture. Kenzoki Moisturising Jelly To Mattify has low molecular weight HA to help replenish moisture from within, as well as white lotus plant extracts to soothe and help shield the skin from free radicals.
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