The key to a youthful-looking visage, hydration comes before all other skincare concerns. Turn back the clock this year with these skin-plumping bestsellers. – BY MAG TEO
YVES SAINT LAURENT BEAUTÉ OR ROUGE OIL ($269)
Created with an inverse micellar technology that infuses saffron-filled water droplets into a blend of five natural oils, this anti-aging essence is formulated with the precious saffron pistil of the crocus flower.
Sourced from the High Atlas Mountains in Morocco, this particular species is highly concentrated in skin-regenerating glycans that soothe the skin as they fight free radicals. Lipid-replenishing, this oil was developed specifically to nourish parched skin
CLARINS HYDRAQUENCH CREAM-MELT ($83)
With a silky-fine texture, this ultra-moisturising face cream penetrates easily into the skin to offer immediate relief from tightness and dryness. Containing Katafray bark extract which reinforces the skin’s moisture barrier to defend it from dehydration and pollutants, the nourishing formula also includes Sorbier bud extract to improve radiance and Clarins’s exclusive Hyaluronic Acid Complex which restores the skin’s moisture reserves and provides comfort for irritated skin.
FRESH ROSE FACE MASK ($95)
Infused with 50% pure rosewater and petals from an average of 2 ½ roses per jar, this fragrant hydrating and toning mask restores radiance and keeps skin supple with soothing efficacy.
In a cooling gel formula, it contains cucumber extract and aloe vera to quickly reduce inflammation and calm the skin, as well as antioxidant-rich green tea to brighten and protect. Porphyridium cruentum, a “smart” algae, delivers optimum moisture.
NARSSKIN AQUA GEL LUMINOUS MASK ($60)
Containing the brand’s exclusive Light-Reflecting Complex, this treatment mask comprises mineral-rich Polynesian seawater and a potent French Brittany algae extract that not only activates cellular renewal to improve collagen production, it also stimulates natural exfoliation and removes melanin. Light-active micro-prisms enhance skin luminosity at the same time.
LANEIGE SLEEPING PACK ($45)
Made with pure snow water to give skin vitality and clarity, this deeply-hydrating overnight mask is also enriched with Beta-glucan, naturally-occurring polysaccharides that keep skin healthy. The inclusion of Recoverine―an exfoliating chestnut extract―promotes cell turnover, while Hunza apricot extract provides powerful antioxidant effect. What’s more, the brand’s trademarked Sleepscent blend of aromatic essential oils (orange flower, rose, ylang ylang and sandalwood) offers relaxation and reparation.
KIEHL’S ULTRA FACIAL CREAM ($48)
The hallmark of Kiehl’s, this 24- hour daily moisturiser might have a lightweight texture but is highly effective, thanks to its unique combination of ingredients that draws and retains moisture, while reducing moisture loss. Its key ingredients include Antarcticine, a glacial glycoprotein extract that promotes resistance to dryness whilst shielding against free-radicals; and Imperata Cylindrica, a desert plant with high concentrations of potassium that provide an immediate and lasting hydrating effect.
Kiehl’s Powerful Wrinkle and Pore Reducing Cream was also featured as one of our picks for Moisturisers That Nourish Your Skin.
BIOTHERM AQUASOURCE DEEP HYDRATION REPLENISHING GEL ($69)
Biotherm’s skincare star, this moisturiser in a fresh gel texture is formulated with the brand’s trademarked nutrient-rich thermal plankton cellular water, as well as Mannose, a patented sugar plant-derived hydrator which stores water in the deepest layers of the epidermis. Promising to penetrate and hydrate the skin up to five layers deep, it offers optimal moisture absorption, keeping it intensely.
Let us not forget the area of skin surrounding the eye that is the most delicate part of our face which will require a more focused product to keep the layer of thin skin smooth and bright for the upcoming festive season. Check out these 5 eye creams for brighter under eyes that are worth giving a try!