#1 FRESH CREME ANCIENNE, SOFT CREAM
$229 for 30ml, available at all Sephora stores and the Fresh store at ION Orchard
Fresh’s iconic Creme Ancienne is a thick, nourishing formula that is inspired by the first cold cream. This anti-ageing formula is enriched with meadowfoam seed oil, vitamin E and chamomile wax; handmade in a mediaeval monastery in the Czech Republic. But while the original thick, paste-like texture is comforting for dry skin types and great for use during winter overseas, it can feel a little too much for our weather.
Now, the brand is introducing a new “soft cream” version to its Creme Ancienne line, which boasts a velvety, whipped texture, almost like that of ice cream. The skin-protective beauty benefits remain the same as the original, but it’s a lot more comfortable to wear.
#2 PHILOSOPHY RENEWED HOPE IN A JAR
Starts from $36 for a cleanser, available at all Sephora stores
Speaking of new textures, Philosophy’s cult-favourite Hope in a Jar line – and one of Oprah’s Ultimate Favourite Things – is getting an entire overhaul, with the first noticeable change being a lighter, melting texture to its moisturiser, that instantly absorbs into the skin.
Then comes the reformulation – three types of hyaluronate and alpha hydroxy acids have been added to smooth and replenish the skin with moisture. Finally, the inclusion of the evodia rutaecarpa extract – a traditional Chinese medicine herb, called the wuzhuyu – apparently increases microcirculation for a healthy glow to the skin.
Mists will also be added to the line in the later part of the year.
#3 LANEIGE WATER SLEEPING MASK
$42, available at all Laneige stores and counters
Sleeping masks have become a staple in many Singapore women’s beauty routines. These convenient gel-type masks resemble moisturisers and are left on overnight.
One of the best known products in this category is Laneige’s Water Sleeping Mask, which has gained cult-status (having Korean beauty royalty Song Hye Kyo as an ambassador helps, too) since its release.
In its sixth reformulation, the mask not only forms a protective barrier on the skin to prevent moisture loss, it’s also said to detoxify your pores as you sleep.
The fragrance of the mask has also been improved, boasting a blend of calming orange flower, rose, ylang ylang and sandalwood oil to encourage better sleep. The result is apparently a fresh, well-rested complexion, even if you only managed to get three hours of sleep.
#4 LAURA MERCIER SILK CREME PHOTO EDITION FOUNDATION
Oil-free and moisturising formulas, $78 each, available at Sephora
Dewy and soft matte foundations are all we’re talking about these days, and Laura Mercier’s new offerings to its classic Silk Creme foundation line covers both bases. First, the original natural matte formula is now known as the Oil-Free Photo Edition Foundation – best for normal to oily skins.
Then, there is a whole new version; the oil-free’s rejigged, K-Beauty counterpart – a dewier formula, which boasts extra moisturising ingredients as well as light reflecting pigments for a luminising finish.
The two maintain the long-lasting and full coverage benefits from the original Silk Creme, so a little goes a long way.
#5 BIOTHERM AQUASOURCE DEEP HYDRATION MOISTURISER
$69, available at all Biotherm counters
If you’ve struggled with oily, combination skin, chances are, you’ve tried Biotherm’s Aquasource Deep Hydration Moisturiser. This gel cream has attained cult-favourite status for providing comfortable hydration in hot weather, with a texture that’s lightweight and fast-absorbing.
The new formula now boasts double the amount of the brand’s Life Plankton, an antioxidant-rich ingredient with skin soothing and regenerative properties.
New products have also been added to the line – a sleeping mask and an eye cream, which claims to cool the under eye area by two degrees celsius, improving the look of puffy eyes and dark circles.
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