It’s that time of the year where we set resolutions for the new year ahead, and we’re sure some of the most common ones include finally achieving dewy skin, or maybe even just clear skin that is free of blemishes and acne.
However, we tend to forget that the beautiful skin we yearn for is only possible when our skin is healthy: no amount of highlighter or concealer can create the natural glow that comes from skin that is free from pollution and bacteria.
Hence, instead of seeking flawless skin, it’s time to make healthy skin your New Year’s resolution instead!
The Effect Series: the simple way to healthier skin
Healthy skin may sound like a lofty and ambitious goal to achieve, but it can be a lot simpler than you imagine it to be. In contrast to popular #skingoals such as glass skin, healthy skin is less fixated on how it looks like on the outside and focuses instead on being strong enough to keep future skin problems at bay.
Hence, healthy skin does not require elaborate 10-step skincare routines to make sure every blemish is removed – all you really need are a few products with the best active ingredients to target specific problems and make sure your skin is strengthened over time.
Amidst the many products in the market that do little (or sometimes more than what is needed) for the skin, we found this gem of a skincare brand that has uncomplicated formulas that are easy to follow, and a lot more accessible for the average consumer like you and me: The Effect Series.
Unlike some brands that advocate good skin for easier makeup application, this new skincare brand wants to help their consumers achieve “Youth Bared Skin”, which is healthy skin that they will proudly show off even without makeup on. The Effect Series believes that your best skin should be youthful, bare skin – the kind we had before being exposed to environmental aggressors and bad skincare habits.
Prevention is better than cure, hence The Effect Series’s serums are formulated with the highest possible concentrations of active ingredients aimed at preventing skin problems from happening in the first place.
These serums promise to deliver fast and visible results while being lightweight enough to be easily absorbed by all skin types – certainly sounds like something we beauty junkies would love to try out for ourselves!
You can easily incorporate any of these serums – or even all three if you wish – into your skincare routine without having to replace any of your current holy grails. However, you are advised to apply each of them one after another, starting from the lightest texture and making sure that it is fully absorbed before using a thicker one. This ensures that the thicker serum does not block the lighter one from being absorbed effectively.
As the serums were initially developed for self-consumption by the founder and her loved ones, the brand has also made sure that every product is safe and clean for use. That means absolutely no harmful parabens, sulfates, SLS, silicone, phosphates, perfumes, and colours are added to their cruelty-free formulas.
For a brighter, blemish-free complexion: Alpha Arbutin 2%
Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Alpha arbutin, Sodium hyaluronate, Polysorbate 20, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexyglycerin, Disodium EDTA, Sodium metabisulfite
Alpha arbutin is an active ingredient that works hard to smooth out and whiten disturbing discolourations caused by acne, ageing, or sun exposure, leaving your skin visibly brighter. It is considered by dermatologists to be one of the most advanced natural ingredients in skincare and has also been shown to work well on all skin types and skin tones.
This serum uses alpha arbutin at a high 2% concentration versus a standard concentration of 1% – this creates a much stronger effect that is still safe to use on skin.
You are recommended to use this highly-concentrated serum consistently in order to see a drastic improvement in the appearance of liver spots, age spots, uneven skin tone, acne scars or any other brown spots you may have. Over time, you are promised a younger-looking, even-toned complexion that needs no highlighter to shine!
Tip: Avoid using this with vitamin C, and remember to use sun protection during the day.
Alpha Arbutin 2% retails at SGD29.95 on The Effect Series website.
For hydrated, bouncy skin that glows: Hyaluronic Acid 2%
Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Sodium hyaluronate, Panthenol, Polysorbate 20, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Disodium EDTA
Considering that drinking up is sometimes deemed the cure-all, it is little wonder then that hyaluronic acid is the ingredient that every discerning skincare junkie wants in her skincare products.
This naturally-occurring substance in the skin is well-known for its amazing capacity to attract and hold onto 1000x its weight in moisture without giving skin too much water – a very real problem, as excess moisture can break down your skin’s barrier.
Featuring the highest concentration of hyaluronic acid possible in skincare, this supercharged 2% hyaluronic acid serum replenishes lost moisture in the skin to combat signs of dryness, dullness, and sagging – in turn, you get supple skin that really glows.
Its light-weight, luxurious texture absorbs quickly and leaves no residue behind, making it ideal for all skin types.
Hyaluronic Acid 2% retails at SGD29.95 on The Effect Series website.
For fighting acne and signs of ageing: Niacinamide 10%
Ingredients: Water, Niacinamide, Glycerin, Butylene glycol, Zinc PCA, Polysorbate 20, Panthenol, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Allantoin, Xanthan gum, Disodium EDTA
Niacinamide. or Vitamin B3, is a combines both anti-ageing and acne improving benefits to the skin to help it fight back environmental pollutants and damage caused by sun exposure.
With the highest possible concentration of 10% niacinamide, this serum can minimise everything from pore size to stubborn adult acne. It can de-congest, re-balance and clear up any unwanted imperfections with its anti-inflammatory, protecting abilities. Some studies have also suggested that Niacinamide is an effective ingredient for brightening skin tone.
Take note to avoid using this with Vitamin C products, as niacinamide affects the integrity of Vitamin C.
Niacinamide 10% retails at SGD29.95 on The Effect Series website.