Here are the work-from-home beauty products our readers have been swearing by
Wash face & sunscreen
Slightly over two weeks ago you may have stumbled upon our beauty writer, Emily Heng's ambitious undertaking to flip out all the skin, body, and haircare products she's stocked up on and been meaning to try... but never did. Now that we're all stuck at home with all the mess we've accumulated in our bathrooms and beauty cabinets, there really ain't better time to declutter and carve out new WFH skincare and wellness regimens for ourselves.
A couple of you beautiful people from our Buro. Beauty Club family have shared with us (you know it, it's email@example.com) your WFH beauty obsessions. A common takeaway from our conversations was this –– whether we realise it or not, Covid-19 has been (and is still) inflicting some sort of mental and emotional stress on us, much less the paycuts, retrenchments, closure of businesses, and staying and working from home (especially for those of you with children or strained relationships with family members). Yet, one thing was certain –– some me-time and a relaxing beauty ritual helps.
That aside, some of us have ditched our skincare regimens and discovered that it is indeed possible to get sunburnt indoors (yes, you need sunscreen everywhere!), while others found themselves with new empties. Here we go:
Guan Tan (that's me!), 27
"It's funny how the WFH situation upended my entire beauty routine. It's thrown my daily skincare regimen out of the window but I now have a daily body ritual going. I've been hooked on the Legology Exfo-Lite leg scrub (US$46.79 on Net-a-Porter) –– a lightly-oiled, lemon-scented coarse salt scrub which promises to remove any heaviness from your legs. Not so much the heaviness, but it did a superb job exfoliating the skin that I doubled it up for the entire body. If you have dry skin that's in need of a deep cleansing session, this one's for you. The only drawback? The refreshing scent doesn't last beyond an hour.
So, I make it up with a downright beautiful tuberose-scented, wild-crafted coconut oil (US$46.79 on Net-a-Porter) from the African-British natural beauty label, Liha. This is perhaps the most luxurious and aromatic body oil I've ever laid hands on and I rub it into my palms and take a big whiff of it every morning and night. A little goes a long way for this one. It's liquid gold!"
Imen Basrai, 26
"Just before Farmacy, I was using Paula's Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA (Salicylic Acid) Liquid Exfoliator. So far, I'm two weeks into Farmacy's Honeymoon Glow AHA Resurfacing Night Serum ($85) and actually use it 3-4 times a week, it has a level of moisture that's fine for my combination skin. My main skin issue is dark spots and uneven skin tone so I've seen great results thus far though my skin is purging which is normal... Comparatively, I'd recommend this over Sunday Riley's Good Genes ($186) which I repurchased twice so this is a steal price-wise.
My thoughts: A good start for resurfacing serums. What I particularly like is that it is a mix of AHA and BHA so you don't have to mess around with alternating the two, as well as lactic acid and hyaluronic acid (flower acids mentioned) which hydrates. Works well for me, used together with Cosrx AC Collection Ultimate Spot Cream ($40.50), though I am not usually an advocate of Korean skincare products as they never seemed to work for me (that's a personal preference, this actually works for target spots)."
"My skincare routine is very simple 'cause I’m also lazy (haha). I am a huge advocate of Cetaphil as a facial cleanser ($12.40 at Guardian) –– really gentle and so great at removing dust, sweat and dirt from my skin too.
I use a repertoire of oils for my face too –– some of them are water-based oils. Since self isolation, I've been making my own bottles of face and body oils. Maybe when this circuit breaker is over, I can launch my own range of homemade oils. I infuse them with tiny crystals to harness the powers of the crystals too. It's really fun to mix and match and experiment (so much time on my hands lol). Oh, and I also make my own face scrub and clay masks!"
"This is not so much a beauty product per se but I have been using the MegRhythm Steam Eye Mask ($7.50 at Guardian) quite regularly since I started working from home, since it's actually quite relaxing and calming, which is something we could all really use during stressful times like these.Also, have been using the Cosrx Ultimate Nourishing Rice Overnight Spa Mask ($28.90 at Watsons) quite a bit and [am] gonna force myself to use more sheet masks (this is the best time to do so haha!)."
"The Dior Prestige La Micro-Huile de Rose ($450 at DFS) is one of Dior Skincare's bestsellers for a reason. In each bottle, over 10,000 Rose micro-pearls recharge and energize the skin with 20 micro-nutritive richness of Rose de Granville.
I apply it before my serums to give my skin a youthful glow (goodbye dull, tired skin) and to help boost the efficiency of my other skincare products. I love the velvety, luxurious caviar texture of the rose micro-pearls as they melt and glide onto my skin. It provides the comfort of an oil and has the penetrating power of a serum. My skin is quite sensitive and prone to redness and this product really helps to calm it down, especially around my cheek and nose.
Since the start of circuit breaker (more time for self-care rituals), I've been using Dior Prestige Le Micro-Caviar de Rose twice a week as a 5-minute face mask to soothe and repair my skin. I apply a thick layer and let its micro-pearls gently melt beneath my fingertips as I massage them onto my skin.
I was introduced to the Capture Youth Plump Filler Age-Delay Plumping Serum ($152 on Sephora.sg) by a colleague who swears by it. After trying it once, I was an immediate convert. I have combination skin and used to have dry, flaky patches on my cheeks. Formulated with hyaluronic acid derived from fermented oat, this serum helped to hydrate, nourish and plump up my skin. I really noticed the difference in my skin texture, especially when I have foundation on. Thanks to its lightweight consistency, this serum is easily absorbed and not too oily for my T-zone."
"I've been using this amazing thing: La Roche-Posay Toleriane Ultra Mist ($28.70 at Guardian). It's been around [for a while and is] for sensitive skin. I just got it 'cause I ran out of my toner. It's just very hydrating and doesn't evaporate. I will pile on more skincare products afterwards if I feel like it... but usually I'm lazy so I just spray this in the day.
I was previously using Kiehl's Calendula toner ($59). I like both but the La Roche is more moisturising. The Kiehl's smells nice."
Huiyu Chua, 29
"I like the Clarins Multi-Active Day Cream ($118 on Clarins.com.sg) and the Sulwhasoo Ginseng Oil and have been using it very often because it's high in antioxidants.
Clarins Multi-Active Day Cream –– I think the texture is very good. Sometimes, I use it at night after my retinol and squalane. Honestly, I don't have high expectations when it comes to moisturisers because I focus more on the active [ingredients] and serums. But the texture of this product is nice. It plays well with other skincare products and doesn't pill when applied under sunscreens."
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