It’s pretty easy to fall into a simple skincare routine that consists of your basic cleansing, toning and moisturizing. But with a whole catalog of worthy products out there to explore, there’s definitely room for skincare staples beyond your typical cleanser or moisturizer. From berry-flavored lip saviors to blemish banishing patches, here are the game-changing products that will make you reassess your skincare routine.
Dr Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Extra Strength Peel Pads
If you want a quick fix for your dull, uneven skin, then these multi-tasking babies are at your disposal. They are exfoliating facial peel pads pre-dosed with seven alpha and beta acids to help combat scarring, acne, and signs of ageing. The two-step pads gently dissolve the skin’s top layer to reveal radiant and firmer skin. Fine lines, pesky blemishes and uneven skin tone will become nothing but a distant memory with this magic peel.
SNP Bird’s Nest Aqua Moisturizing Eye Patches
Perfect for when you want to unwind, these cooling patches are an essential step in my nighttime routine. They help gently nourish the eye area to reduce puffiness, dark circles and fine lines. They also contain the hero ingredient Swiftlet Nest to provide multi-functional hydration. Though they’re labelled as eye patches, you can even use them for your smile lines, neck and forehead to deliver maximum hydration and improve skin elasticity.
Skinfood Black Sugar Mask Wash Off
Every once in a while, I love using an exfoliating scrub because of how refreshed my skin feels afterwards. Skinfood uses unrefined brown sugar that comes from Brazil to produce this awesome wash-off mask. It’s organic and enriched with minerals, creating a powerful exfoliating scrub mask that banishes blackheads, smooths out skin and penetrates the deepest pores to clear any dirt and oil. The mask also contains macadamia seed oil, shea butter and lanolin to keep skin hydrated and nourished. However, the show’s star is these magical black sugar crystals, which really do give me the crystal clear skin of my dreams with effects lasting up to 2 weeks.
Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask
We tend to overlook the lip area when it comes to skincare, but not anymore! As the weather gets colder, this leave-on lip mask is a must-have if you want to wake up to supple and soft lips. The balm has a thick, quick-absorbing formula which contains vitamin C and antioxidants from its berry-rich extracts, removing old skin cells to keep lips smooth. It also features Laneige’s Moisture Wrap time-release technology, which uses hyaluronic acid and mineral water to lock in moisture overnight. I apply generous protective layer over my lips before bed and leave the mask to work its magic overnight with its lush berry flavour.
COSRX Acne Pimple Master Patch
And pop goes the pimple! These affordable miracle stickers are tiny hydrocolloid dressings containing antibacterial and anti-inflammatory ingredients, like white willow bark and liquid paraffin to swiftly shrink and even eliminate spots overnight. The patches also act as a protective shield against bacteria while preventing our fiddly fingers from picking at them! Though I wish I knew of their existence way back in high school, my hormonal acne is back with a vengeance since I’ve given birth, so these pimple patches are definitely making themselves at home all over my face.
The Ordinary 100% Cold-Pressed Rosehip Seed Oil
I swear by rosehip seed oil and have concluded that it’s very much the secret to youthful, hydrated skin. On my good skin days, it’s the only thing I tend to apply after cleansing my face. In fact, it was the only product I used while on holiday last year, and my skin absolutely loved me for it! This oil is a vitamin and antioxidant powerhouse, working wonders to regenerate, brighten and firm skin while combating acne and signs of ageing.
Rosense 100% Pure Natural Turkish Rosewater
The perfect pick-me-up for refreshed skin in an instant, rosewater sprays is essentially a thirst quenching glass of water for your face. They’re loaded with powerful antioxidants and have anti inflammatory properties which help soothe skin and restore its pH balance. No wonder brow ladies dab this stuff over our brows post-threading; it’s light, gentle and is indeed a real treat for the senses. It’s also suitable for all skin types, can be used as a toner and feels best when you mist all over a clean, bare face.