As the city gets colder and drier, here are the five beauty products you need this winter.
While Hong Kong is hot and humid almost year round, there are a couple of winter months from December to March that if unprepared, can potentially wreak havoc on your complexion. While you shouldn’t feel you need to do a complete beauty overhaul, dermatologists do recommend that you pay closer attention to how your skin is reacting in different environments and make simple changes to help your skin adapt. This could be using a gentler face cleanser, incorporating a richer night moisturiser or avoiding potentially irritating ingredients such as vitamin C or retinoids.
If you are choosing to swap out your lotions for a richer cream, Dr Justine Hextall, consultant dermatologist on behalf of The Harley Medical Group, recommends also massaging the cream into your skin for 30 seconds to help maximise its effects.
So if you’re looking to beat that winter dryness and redness, read below to see five beauty products you should try out this season.
FRANK BODY CHERRY BOMB LIP SCRUB & TINT DUO
A delicious duo by clean and cruelty free skincare brand, Frank Body, the Cherry Bomb Lip Scrub & Tint Duo is an essential for getting rid of chapped and dry lips. Use the lip scrub to remove flakey skin on your lips or to prep your lips before applying any lip colour to ensure a smooth and long-lasting look. Then apply the lip tint for a natural, juicy sheen on the lips. The lip tint is hydrating and multi-purpose—Frank Body recommends using a small amount on the cheeks and blending it in for a dewy cheek tint.
ORIGINS DRINK UP™ 10 MINUTE HYDRTAING MASK WITH APRICOT & GLACIER WATER
The 10 Minute Hydrating Mask by Origins does exactly what it promises—it boosts moisture levels in your skin in as little as 10 minutes. The mask is infused with apricot, glacier water and hyaluronic acid to deliver hydration to extra dry skin and it also helps to seal in surface moisture and leave the skin soft and supple.
BRIOGEO DON'T DESPAIR, REPAIR!™ DEEP CONDITIONING HAIR MASK
A weekly hair mask that strengthens damaged hair and helps prevent future damage, Briogeo’s deep conditioning hair mask is clean and 97 percent naturally derived. It is formulated with rosehip oil, vitamin B and algae extract, and is ideal for dry, brittle or over-processed hair. It is also clinically proven to decrease hair breakage after just two uses.
DR BARBARA STURM WINTER KIT
A set of six different Dr Barbara Sturm products, the Winter Kit has everything you need to nourish and protect your complexion during the harsh winter months. Packed inside a faux shearling clutch, there is a night serum that harnesses cotton thistle extract and hyaluronic acid to regenerate the skin, a plant-based lip balm and a gentle cleanser that soothes and repairs the skin. It also includes a face mask that contains the brand’s key active ingredient Purslane, which stimulates the skin’s own defence system to protect against irritants, a highly moisturising face cream and a gentle calming serum.
AUGUSTINUS BADER THE SERUM
A hydrating and fast-absorbing concentrate from Augustinus Bader, this serum targets skin issues like dehydration, stress and loss of elasticity. It relies on unique TFC8 rejuvenating technology, which is made up of natural amino acids, high-grade vitamins and synthesised molecules naturally found in the skin. All of which work together to rapidly rehydrate and reduce fine lines. The signature bottles are also eco-friendly as they can be either refilled or recycled.