As one of the most premium South Korean beauty brands, Sulwhasoo prides itself on being a patron of culture and art. This year, it pledges a portion of proceeds from the limited edition bottles of its signature First Care Activating Serum to support global cultural heritage. Each limited edition set comes with a plain white porcelain bottle and stickers designed by South Korean artist Saki. In Singapore, Sulwhasoo will pledge $10,000 to the Asian Civilisation Museum for the conservation of Asian heritage.
Indeed, nothing is quite as sublime as a good night mask to double up the benefits of beauty sleep. This creamy new formula by Aesop contains vitamins B, C, E and F to keep the skin hydrated, rejuvenated and protected from free radicals. It also contains frankincense, making the lightly fragranced leave-on mask an absolute luxury to use. If you like, layer a drop or two of face oil under the mask. Soothing and easily absorbed, Aesop’s Sublime Replenishing Night Masque is a must-have, especially if you are a loyal fan of this minimalist beauty label.
Lancome’s most famous skincare product, the Advanced Génifique, is iconic for good reason. It contains a game-changing complex of 7 pre- and probiotics to help regulate the skin’s microbiota balance. All of us have a combination of fungi, bacteria, viruses and mites living on our skin, to keep it healthy. More often than not, we have skin issues – such as breakouts, roseacea, eczema – when the microbiota ratio is out of whack. The Advanced Génifique serum is fragrance-free, and lightweight. It soothes plumps, smoothens and hydrates skin immediately. Aids skin rejuvenation when you need it the most. Consider it your antidote to stressed skin.
The 2020 version – and 5th generation – of the formula promises 72-hour hydration, and an improved skin barrier in 4 hours.
If you are on the look out for a new and unscented multi-tasking serum, consider Kiehl’s Vital Skin-Strengthening Super Serum.
The secret to Korean celebrities’ translucent dewiness: the right skincare routine. Their skin glistens through the seasons, in sub-zero degrees in winter and right through the heat of summer. Layering with the right formulas is key. Sulwhasoo’s First Care Activating Serum was launched in the late 1990s as a pre-serum to use the first step in the skincare routine. The lightweight and potent serum contains traditional korean medicine ingredients including white lily, solomon’s seal and lotus, to soften and prepare skin for subsequent layers of serum and creams. This year, Sulwhasoo launches the 5th generation of the First Care Activating Serum for improved efficacy.
The iconic pearlescent capsules have been updated with extra benefits for the skin. The Elizabeth Arden Advanced Ceramide Capsule Daily Youth Restoring Serum contain ceramides, lipids, retinol and botanicals that keeps skin looking plump, fresh, smoother and softer. The oil always feels dense when you dispense the capsule into your palms. But warm it between the hands, press into skin; and you’ll see how easily absorbed it is. To boost the skin’s renewal process while you sleep, try the Retinol Ceramide Capsules Line Erasing Night Serum. As its name suggests, has an additional shot of retinol to stimulate the skin’s collagen production, and glow. These oil-based serums work best on those with dry or combination skin. And depending on how your face feels after this formula is absorbed, layer on a moisturiser to seal in the skin food.
Skin-brightening formulas are often a hit-or-miss. Simply because it is tricky to create products that would add radiance to the skin effectively. Decorte has revamped its signature Whiteologist serum (S$210) for the third time to offer you an improved formula. Based on a capsule-delivery system, the brightening complex contains the herbal medicine angelica acutiloba extract to promote blood circulation; jujube extract for cell turnover and moisturising properties; as well as the antioxidants of grape seed extract. This lightweight formula layers seamlessly under a heavier moisturiser and foundation.
As usual, here are The Beauty Gazette‘s picks from Sephora’s new and upcoming goodies that are hitting shelves. First up, its the new Anastasia Beverly Hills Amrezy Palette by yet another social media star. ABH has been very successful with its consistent stream of limited edition palettes designed and curated by beauty influencers. We like this palette’s easy-to-wear shades with just the right amount of classic colours that complement the dramatic ones.
Is beauty more than skin deep? For sure. But skin-deep beauty is clearly important too (well, your demand for skincare and makeup fuels the entire beauty industry…) Here are a few things that will make you feel great in your own skin, instantly. Click on the links to some of our favourites. So the next time you need a beauty pick-me-up, you know what to do… 1. A good red lipstick. 2. Yoga or pilates session. 3. Exfoliating skincare. 4. New, body-flattering outfit. 5. Good brows (drawn-well). 6. Smokey eyes (blended properly) using a great shadow palette. 7. An inspiring book. 8. A blush that complements the skin tone. 9. Fresh haircut. 10. Love (from partner, family, friends, yourself.)