Best skincare products in July: Foreo, AHC, and Dr Dennis Gross amongst many others
July has drawn to a close, and with it, yet another eventful month within the beauty sphere. We've divulged the drama, tracked the trends, and discussed exciting makeup launches. This leaves us with just one last item to cross off our agenda: the best skincare releases in July. From highly anticipated launches that lived up to their hype to classics reformulated with a twist, we round them up below.
Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Universal Daily Peel
It seems 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, uh, soaking wet and attempting to maintain our hold on our phones and the Luna 3. Maybe it's just us...?
Tata Harper Hyaluronic Gel Mosturiser
This daily hydrator is engineered to drench skin in intense hydration, fight ageing effects of free radicals, as well as even out blotchy complexions. Hmm, big claims — ones that Tata Harper certainly lives up to. Its airy light texture allows for application before or after makeup, while its winning combination of chia seed water and tremella mushroom replenishe and restore moisture levels without leaving any sticky, tacky residue. Beauty editor Jolene Khor swears by it.
AHC Black Pearl Facial Ampoule Mask
Dull, tired skin gets a jolt of clarity with AHC's latest mask offering. Packed with the ultra-hydrating essence of black pearl extract alongside nourishing charcoal and vitamin E, the Black Pearl Facial Ampoule Mask grants a brighter, discernable glow in a matter of minutes. And while its rich, decadent formulation may take a little longer to truly sink into skin (as compared to lightweight gel types, for instance), we'd say the benefits far outweigh the (momentary) discomfort.
Crystal Tomato Beyond Sun Protection
SPF50? Eh. SPF75+ is the future, honey. This highflyer shields skin not just from UV rays, but from blue light and environmental aggressors too, thus reducing the likelihood of premature ageing. The lightweight, non-greasy texture also ensures that skin can 'breathe' even after hours of wear. On top of all that? It's hypoallergenic, non-comedogenic and non-acnegenic so it won't clog pores or worsen acne. We're kissing the ground in appreciation, but we're still washing it off before bedtime.
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Laneige Water Bank Hydro Cream EX
A product to rival the hydrating, skin-soothing abilities of the cult favourite Laneige Water Sleeping Mask? Sounds improbable, but the brand’s latest offering is up to the task. The Water Bank Hydro Cream EX, a moisturising cream that promises dewy, fresh skin, carries an improved formula comprising green mineral water extracted from kale, garden cress, and beetroot. This is Laneige, so it goes without saying that the cream has a lightweight, barely-there texture, making it ideal for oily/combi skin types. Those with severely dry, dehydrated skin aren't left out either — opt for its nourishing cousin, The Water Bank Moisture Use EX, instead.
Clarins V Shaping Facial Lift
While it’s not going to give you defined cheekbones a la Kim Kardashian, Clarins V Shaping Facial Lift does contour, enhance, and lift to create a sharper, slimmer visage when used regularly. Caffeine and organic guarana (a healing Amazonian plant) are the stars of this winning formula, as they act instantly to remedy puffy, post-hangover skin by stimulating microcirculation and reducing the likelihood of water retention. Pro tip: pop it in the fridge for an extra cooling jolt that helps to soothe skin inflammation and redness as well. BRB, we’re adding it to our list of hangover cures as we speak.
Frank Body Shimmer Coffee Scrub
Hitting Sephora shelves this month, this caffeine-infused skincare line churned out many hits with pretty much zero misses. One that stood out amongst the rest — the Shimmer Body Scrub. Think of it as a multi-purpose exfoliant-moisturiser hybrid that leaves skin feeling silky smooth rather than stripped, thanks to the gold and silver particles that also add an unreal sheen to complexions. Pretty, and purposeful? There's nothing we like better.
M.A.C. Prep + Prime Fix + Scents
The much-adored hydrating, priming, soothing, and setting mist (oof, that's a mouthful) gets an upgrade both scent- and packaging-wise. We're talking peony, white tea, watermelon, and cucumber fragrances, all of which are now available in travel-friendly sizes that make them more convenient than ever to moisturise on-the-go. Or, spritz it on throughout the day to de-slick and maintain your beat face — because lawd knows our skin and makeup wouldn't have survived the crappy temperatures over the last few weeks otherwise.
The Inkey List Retinol Serum
If you're not quite convinced enough to leap towards facial acids, start small with The Inkey List's milder alternative. Retinol Serum's unique formulation contains only 1% retinol and 0.5% granactive retinoid — just strong enough to smoothen and brighten skin, plus lift and banish built-up layers of dead skin cells without causing redness or reactivity. Emollient squalene is also present, ensuring that your skin is hydrated and soothed, its clarity improved. A little goes a long way.
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Fresh Rose Deep Hydration Sleeping Mask
Claiming to be a next-level sleeping mask, this recently reformulated offering from Fresh certainly does make good on its promises. Begin the two-step mask by slathering your face in a cooling gel essence, letting it sink into skin thoroughly (we estimate around five minutes or so) before locking it in place with the water-cream mask. Its potent combination of rosewater, damask rose extract and hyaluronic acid gave us fresher, brighter skin the next morning that smelt faintly of roses. Our only gripe? The meagre partition between both solutions that sometimes leads to the two separate solutions to, uh, cross-pollinate. Maybe our butter fingers are to be blamed.
Shiseido Waso Reset Cleanser Squad Set
Perfect for travel, this cleanser trio (each privides two to three washes) by Shiseido comes packed with skin-nourishing plant extracts, seaweed, as well as agar jelly scrub that cleanse skin of build-up and debris effectively — without leaving a tight, squeaky clean sensation often associated with harsh cleansers. Choose between Wild Green (okra), Good Vibes (plum and citrus) and Romantic Dream (sour berry); they're similar in formula, different in scent. The juice box packaging also adds a certain element of fun to a mundane task, though it can get messy. Uncap and squeeze gently over the sink, please.
Vichy Normaderm Phytosolution
Pimples, blackheads and dilated pores are improved upon with sustained use of Vichy's latest skin saviour. Deemed ideal for those with oily, acne-prone skin, this treatment solution works as both prevention and cure. Eradication of acne and blackheads aside, its formulation also ensures that sebum and lipid (aka oil substances responsible for aforementioned skin conditions) production is significantly reduced; skin barrier function is further strengthened too. A week or two of use controlled our shine, and we didn't always need to blot after lunch. Praise.
Fenty Beauty Pro Kiss'R Lip-Loving Scrubstick
While not technically intended for skin, we're loving this exfoliating lip scrub provided in a handy twist stick. Not only does it make for easy on-the-go application, it comes formulated with gentle apricot seed scrubbers that don't make a mess err'where whenever we swipe it on. On top of making lipstick application that much easier, it smells divine, too.
Senka A.L.L. Clear Sheet Makeup Remover Wipes
Pigment-packed swatches and full-coverage foundations disappear with just a quick swipe of these makeup remover wipes. Don't expect any greasy, sticky residue after either. Our skin still appeared plump and bright (as opposed to irritated) despite our multiple attempts at scrubbing ourselves with it — oh, the crazy things we do to test a product's efficacy. Available in both full- and travel-size, both sealed with airtight lids.