Make no mistake, skincare technology nowadays can be advancing as quickly as computer technology.
From whitening creams, body moisturisers that look deliciously like yogurt tubs, to skincare ingredients derived from cutting-edge research, every day seems to bring us something new and exciting to try out.
These are the 8 skincare solutions that have caught our eye this month because we never knew how much we needed them until they arrived.
1. OGI (Organic Glow Illumination)
A dull skin tone can make even the most flawless and smoothest of skins look patchy, pale, and lifeless. Homegrown brand Zulu Style aims to address this problem with their latest innovation, the OGI cream, which stands for Organic Glow Illumination.
The formula is free from synthetic chemicals and is made exclusively from natural fruit extracts and essential oils. Check out the list of its natural ingredients here!
The natural ingredients provide nourishment for the skin, but the cream goes beyond just skincare. It’s really a multi-purpose product that can also act as an instant illuminiser for the skin, brightening your skin tone as you start your day!
Since its inception, OGI has attracted many loyal fans amongst the Zulu Style clientele. Their love for this nourishing and whitening cream can be seen in the fervour of their testimonials as can be seen below:
“Within a minute I could see changes on my skin,” Archana gushed about OGI.
“It gives you the glow you need,” raved Priya Ramnani about the cream, having been recommended it by her friends.
“This product does not clog my pores, and I have noticed visible shrinkage of pores,” reports Pooja Mishra.
What’s unique about the application of this cream is that it is meant to be wiped off.
After application, massage the cream into the skin thoroughly and let it dry for two to three minutes, according to the instructions on the box. Then, wash off any excess with water, but do not use soap. You’ll be left with a natural-looking and brighter finish to your skin.
OGI by Zulu Style is suitable for all skin types, it is cruelty-free, and the product is made in Korea. It retails for SGD88 (50ml) on the Zulu Style website or at their stores.
2. Eucerin Elasticity + Filler Facial Oil
Facial oils are all the rage nowadays and for good reason. They provide much-needed moisture deep into your skin, which regulates your skin’s sebum production levels, keeping it hydrated but not too oily at the same time.
This facial oil is part of Eucerin’s latest Hyaluron-Filler + Elasticity range, and contains Argan Oil and Vitamin E as added ingredients for added suppleness and nourishment. The range boasts potent ingredients like Arctiin, to speed up the regeneration of collagen in skin cells for plumpness, Silymarin, to encourage microcirculation in the cells for radiance, and Hyaluronic Acid, to hydrate and soften the skin while also plumping up fine lines.
Eucerin Elasticity + Filler Facial Oil retails for SGD99.90 (30ml) at selected Guardian, Unity, and Watsons stores.
Other products in the range include:
- Eucerin Hyaluron-Filler + Elasticity Day Cream: SGD85 (50ml)
- Eucerin Hyaluron-Filler + Elasticity Night Cream: SGD85 (50ml)
3. The Body Shop Body Yogurt
15 seconds – that is all the time it takes for this lovely body moisturiser to absorb straight into your skin!
Packaged in a tub that almost looks like real yogurt, The Body Shop Body Yogurts are a lightweight, pastel-coloured, and frankly delicious-looking moisturiser that smells oh so heavenly. You really have to smell it to believe it. Best of all, it absorbs so quickly, leaving your skin feeling satin smooth, hydrated, and smelling great.
The Body Yogurts contains Biofermented Hyaluronic Acid to deeply moisturise your skin, vegetable-derived Glycerin to lock in the moisture, and community trade Almond Milk and Fruit Extracts, making the product 100% vegan.
The Body Shop Body Yogurt comes in Strawberry, Mango, Almond Milk, Moringa, and British Rose scents, and retails for SGD20 each at all The Body Shop stores.
4. DR.WU Intensive Repairing Serum with Squalene
You know that environmental damage isn’t just about air pollution, but it’s also about the air-conditioning you sleep and work in, the UV rays from the sun, and a whole host of other factors that constantly barrage our skin 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Dr. Ying-Chin Wu, dermatologist at the National Taiwan University Hospital, has been quoted as saying, “Oil is the key to maintaining young skin.”
The newly launched DR.WU AGEversal Intensive Repairing Serum with Squalene includes plant-based squalene of the highest grade, extracted from cold-pressed virgin olive oil. It’s all you need to reverse the daily damage being done to your skin, rejuvenating your skin back to its prime.
Other products in the range includes:
- DR.WU Advanced Anti-Wrinkle Eye Cream with Multi-Peptides: SGD79.90 (15ml)
- DR.WU Extreme Micro-Lifting Cream with AGEversal: SGD99.90 (30ml)
- DR.WU Intensive Firming Essence with AGEversal: SGD64.90 (150ml)
4. L’Occitane Almond Shower Oil
The L’Occitane Almond range has now achieved almost cult status – who knew that almonds were such a great ingredient for skincare?
In particular, it is the Almond Shower Oil that has achieved the most rave reviews so far. It’s said to be great for all skin types, including sensitive skin, and boasts a 2-in-1 formula that cleanses and moisturises at the same time.
Don’t be scared off by the oil-like liquid in the bottle – the formula turns into a milky lotion that feels smooth as butter on your skin once it comes into contact with water. You’ll also be sure to fall in love with the amazing scent.
L’Occitane Almond Shower Oil retails for SGD39 (250ml) at all L’Occitane stores and on their website.
Other products in the range includes:
- L’Occitane Almond Delightful Body Balm: SGD56 (100ml)
- L’Occitane Almond Milk Concentrate: SGD89 (200ml)
- L’Occitane Almond Supple Skin Oil: SGD75 (100ml)
5. Dermalogica UltraCalming Duo
Whether sensitive skin is treatable or not is still up for debate, but what is clear is that you can certainly use products to relieve the irritation caused by it – or at least not aggravate it.
Dermalogica UltraCalming Duo is made expressly for these purposes. It uses natural botanical extracts in combination with innovations from The International Dermal Institute to help you calm down your sensitive skin, whether you have a mild or severe case of it.
The Barrier Defense Booster is a concentrated oil that helps to soothe and nourish while restoring balance to your skin, while the Calm Water Gel is a “weightless” water-gel moisturiser that turns into a refreshing watery consistency on application. It contains Dual Hyaluronic Acid technology to intensely hydrate the skin. As a duo, the products work synergistically with each other to not only soothe your skin, but also to provide protection for your skin against flare-ups.
Dermalogica Barrier Defense Booster retails for SGD142 (30ml) and Dermalogica Calm Water Gel retails for SGD109 (50ml) at all authorised Dermalogica retailers.
6. Hada Labo Hydrating Oil-In-Lotion
You’ve heard of facial or body oils by now, and you’ve almost certainly used a lotion before. But have you heard of an Oil-in-Lotion?
This latest release by Japanese skincare brand Hada Labo combines the quick hydration that you can get from a lotion with the unbeatable moisture-retaining properties of an oil. The new formula helps water and oil to work together to not only hydrate your skin, but to lock in that hydration as well, so your skin stays softer and smoother for longer.
It contains Tocopherol, or Vitamin E, for added moisturising benefits, Niacinamide (or Vitamin B3) to smooth your skin texture and help it naturally hold on to moisture longer, and Squalene to make your skin feel baby-soft.
Hada Labo Hydrating Oil-In-Lotion retails for SGD25.90 (170ml) at Watsons, Guardian, Sasa, selected NTUC FairPrice stores and selected departmental stores.
7. Caudalie Vinoperfect Concentrated Brightening Essence
The Caudalie Vinoperfect range is a pretty recent addition to its skincare family, but it’s already been quickly gaining fans all over the Internet. Caudalie’s latest studies found that an active ingredient Viniferine is particularly effective in protecting and repairing skin that has been darkened and damaged from the sun’s UV rays. It even has protective effects against environmental pollution and damage, helping to bring out your skin’s natural radiance.
The Vinoperfect Concentrated Brightening Essence makes use of a renowned Asian layering technique for its efficacy. It incorporates glycolic acid to exfoliate dead skin cells away, white peony extract to smooth out your complexion, and Caudalie’s signature grape water to moisturise and soothe your skin layers.
Caudalie Vinoperfect Concentrated Brightening Essence retails for SGD46 (150ml) at Sephora.
8. Bioré Cleansing Oil Cotton Facial Sheets
How many of us have been loyal fans of the Bioré Cleansing Oil as a makeup remover since we first began playing around with makeup? If you can relate to that, you’re absolutely not alone. It’s affordable, it smells great, and most importantly, it works super well.
But we’ve probably also landed ourselves in situations when we feel like the bottle is a little clunky to bring around with you on the go, and plus you’ll need access to a sink to wash off your makeup with a cleansing oil.
Here’s what we’ve all been waiting for. The cult classic Bioré Cleansing Oil not comes in super portable Facial Sheets! They are all soaked with the lightweight Smooth Cleansing Oil, which can remove even the most stubborn of eye and lip makeup.
The Bioré Cleansing Oil Cotton Facial Sheets come in two variants: Soothing & Refreshing, and Moist & Hydrating. Get the Soothing & Refreshing version if you’d like to have your skin feeling fresh and dewy after, because it’s infused with Sebum Cleansing Ingredients to really deep-clean your skin. The Moist & Hydrating variant is for those who like to have their skin feeling hydrated and refreshed without a sticky after-feel, being packed with Hydrating Beauty Essence to replenish moisture in your skin.
Bioré Cleansing Oil Cotton Facial Sheets retails for SGD17.90 for the regular tub (44 sheets), SGD15.60 for the refill (44 sheets), and SGD3.95 for a handy pack (10 sheets).
Featured image from The Body Shop.