Best skincare products we loved 2019 and will continue to love in 2020 and beyond: Aesop, Drunk Elephant, Supergoop, and more
The way we see it, 2019 was a year of change. Prominent luxury fashion houses engaged in sustainable efforts; veganism rose to prominence; while Singapore's incendiary PMD ban finally came into effect. What about the beauty sphere, you ask? The biggest shift by far had to do with the skincare. Or, more specifically, its boom. According to market research company, NPD, skincare sales increased five percent to $1.4 billion in the first quarter of 2019 alone.
There's no doubt that we are all getting proactive with our complexion. If you're a part of the statistic, you're sure to love the groundbreaking innovations and formulations that hit the market in 2019. Below, the ones we earned a spot on our shelves — and hearts — even in the new decade.
Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream
Magic cream sure is an apt name for it. Its thick, whipped texture might appear daunting at first sight, but all doubts were immediately eased upon application. Not only did it settle into our visage instantaneously to grant a subtle, luminous sheen, it also smoothed out dry, rough patches on our elbows like, well, magic. Its frangipani fragrance — while sweet — is not cloying nor lingering, thus cementing its place as one of our skincare favourites in the long-run.
Aesop Seeking Silence Facial Hydrator
This mild, soothing moisturiser proves ideal for those with irritated, sensitised skin thanks to a potent combination of ingredients that work to a) calm the skin; b) soothe redness; and c) support barrier function to reduce the likelihood of skin reactivity. Users can expect well-hydrated and smoother skin with sustained use, while the calming scent of lavender serves as the cherry on top.
IDS Skincare Recovery Serum
The IDS Recovery Serum has earned a spot in our hall of fame for its tremendous skin-soothing and strengthening abilities. Hyaluronic acid calms red, irritated skin while undaria pinnatifida extracts work to diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Our own Fashion and Beauty Editor Jolene Khor credits it for saving her itchy, inflamed skin after a facial gone wrong.
Whal Myung Skin Elixir Mask
Whal Myung's cult-favourite Skin Elixir now comes in a mask variation for those seeking a quick fix of dry, dull skin. Crafted using high-quality material from Asahi Kasei, each sheet is designed to hold large amounts of serum — which is evidenced by the soaked sheets you'll see upon busting open a packet. Expect brighter, more radiant skin than before with just 15 minutes of wear. The lightweight texture sinks into the skin instantaneously to ensure no sticky, tacky residue.
Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Universal Daily Peel
At-home chemical peels are shaking off their maligned reps and shaping up to be a vital part of many beauty enthusiast's routines. Brightening and exfoliating purposes aside, reputable peels also promote collagen growth, lighten pigmentation, and improve overall skin tone and texture. These daily peels by Dr. Dennis Gross are of no exception — as documented by our beauty writer in her bi-monthly column, Like A Virgin — and is suitable for all skin types as well as first-time users. We smell success, ladies.
Foreo Luna 3
To say that this facial cleansing device is the first of its kind is no overstatement. Not only does it utilise T-sonic pulsations to exfoliate, cleanse, and unclog pores, it also addresses specific ageing concerns through massage. To use, simply flip it on its reverse side to enjoy lower frequency vibrations that lift, firm, and define facial contours. All functions are best controlled from the Foreo app, so this device isn't only a beauty marvel, but a technological one at that. Our only gripe: the app can be a tad tricky to navigate, especially when our hands are soaking wet and attempting to maintain our hold on our phones and the Luna 3. Maybe it's just us...?
Drunk Elephant Slaai Makeup-Melting Cleansing Balm
Its thick, buttery goodness comprises antioxidant-rich fruit extracts and oils such as marula and Kalahari melon to cleanse and moisturise simultaneously without causing irritation and skin sensitisation. Translation: no hideously painful stinging during mascara removal attempts, not even when it comes to waterproof offerings. Score.
Skin Inc Optimizer Voyage Tri-Light Glasses For Bright Eyes
Yes, skin-saving glasses are a thing, now. This one is actually an LED light treatment equipped with three different modes (red, yellow, and orange) to eradicate dark circles, puffy eye bags, and crows feet; a practical and preventative approach to ageing that Fashion and Beauty Editor Jolene Khor considers herself a fan of. Click here to read her full thoughts on this technological marvel.
Supergoop! Play 100% Mineral Lotion
We learned the hard way (see: sunburns) that not every sunscreen is made equal. Supergoop's mineral savior lives up to expectations with its reef-safe (yay!) formula proving to be just as moisturising as it is defensive of the skin. We can even look past the thin layer of grease it leaves behind — heck, if thats the small price to pay for water-resistance, we'll take it. For an in-depth review of this bad boy, check out what the Buro. Beauty Club has to say about it.