This Christmas, give the gift that keeps on giving: great skin! Choose from grooming products or even fragrances, ahead, we’ve listed out 10 of our favourite beauty must-haves that will make excellent stocking stuffers.
The right cleanser can work wonders for your skin. And we like the Lab Series MAX LS Daily Renewing cleanser to get the job done. The cleanser efficiently removes all product buildup, dirt and oil on skin to leave it refreshed and radiant without disturbing its pH balance or moisture levels, thanks to the Lab Series’ patented Molecular Age-less Complex.
Used by the likes of Hong Kong actor and singer Aaron Kwok to achieve youthful-looking skin, this serum is concocted with seven prebiotics and probiotics to deliver essential nutrients to the skin and its microbiome. Through consistent long-term use, the LANCÔME Advanced Génifique Youth Activating Concentrate Serum will strengthen the skin’s barrier—making it more resilient—and reveal radiant and smoother skin.
Augustinus Bader’s The Cream is great for men in Singapore as it’s developed with humid conditions in mind. Which means, it’ll hydrate, moisturise and reset your skin with its patented TFC8® technology and promote cell regeneration and repair with its concoction of natural amino acids, antioxidants and vitamins A, B,C and E. Suitable for men with combination to oily skin.
Daily shaving and sun exposure can enlarge pores. Fortunately, advanced cosmeceutical technologies can help reduce the appearance of pores through numerous methods. A fun and relaxing way is to use the DR. JART+ Dermask Porecting Solution Facial Mask formulated with charcoal that bubbles as you massage it on your face. The key to any product working its magic is through consistent long-term use.
If using face masks often seems like a hassle, opt for a toner instead. The Paula’s Choice, Skin Balancing Pore-Reducing Toner is formulated with niacinamide to refine skin texture and reduce the appearance of pores, while hyaluronic acid and ceramides help restore skin’s moisture barrier and provide gentle hydration. Use on clean skin, followed with moisturiser and sunscreen.
This may seem like a luxury tool—which it is—but the benefits of using one is worth it. A face roller helps tone the face, assists in lymphatic drainage to reduce puffiness and helps the products you’re using absorb better into the skin. After all, who doesn’t like some luxury in their self-care routine?
Oftentimes when we think about getting thick, swoon-worthy hair, we forget about scalp care. Just like our complexion, our scalp needs to be taken care of with products that nourish it so as to encourage hair growth. The Sisley Paris Revitalizing Fortifying serum is plant-based, non-greasy and highly concentrated with ingredients that soothe and energise the scalp for optimal manes. For best results, use it day and night after double-cleansing and blow-drying with low-heat.
In an age when using hand sanitiser regularly throughout the day, dry hands have become a concern for many. In tropical Singapore, where it’s hot and humid on most days, a hand cream needs to be lightweight, easily absorbed and nourishing. It may seem like a tall order, but Byredo has just the thing. Formulated with Bergamot, Lily of the Valley, Pear, Musks, Amber and Velvet Plum, this hand cream hydrates and softens hands without leaving a residue. It also smells divine.
Fragrance is incredibly personal and has the ability to lift one’s mood. Which is why we love Penhaligon’s wide range of scents—there’s something for everyone. If you’re shopping for someone who’s sophisticated with a sharp eye, keen wit and an unbothered attitude (read: cool), Terrible Teddy would be perfect for them. Top notes include pink pepper, olibanum, pimento, with leather, cedarwood atlas and vetiver as middle notes, as well as ambroxan, Georgywood and patchouli as base notes.
Remember what we said about fragrance having the power to uplift one’s mood? Well, Le Labo’s Santal 33 does just that. Concocted with cardamom, iris, violet, ambrox, Australian sandalwood, papyrus, cedarwood, it has a woodsy and oudsy scent that’s surprisingly not overpowering. Instead, it’s warm, calming and inviting.