Nifty skincare inventions we adored in September

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  • 29.09.2021
  • By Emily Heng

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We get it, you’ve been burned before. The last few years had Millie Bobby Brown pretending to use her new line of skincare products in an IG video, Sunday Riley being exposed for sham reviews, and Kylie Jenner’s infamous foundation-stained towel after using her “ultra-potent” Foaming Face Wash. We hate to say it, but false claims and exaggerations now run rampant in the skincare industry, leaving consumers feeling unsure of who to trust in this dog-eat-dog sphere.That said, we can’t blame you for eyeing this article with a (healthy) amount of scepticism, though we’d like to believe that we’ve a stellar track record in delivering reliable, relatable reviews that have earned your confidence.

In fact, that’s pretty much our thing as you can tell from our regular series, Buro. Beauty Club. Just remember: no matter if you’re a cynic or loyal reader, we’re not here to convince you of anything — but rather, to share our expertise and experiences with the latest and greatest in skincare. Whether you choose to take our word for it is entirely up to you. Now, let’s get down to business, shall we?

Dr. Dennis Gross Advanced Retinol + Ferulic​ Overnight Texture Renewal Peel
The retinol uglies, often enough, serves as a deterrent for anyone looking to integrate the gold-star ingredient into their routine. Lucky for you skincare buffs, however, Dr. Dennis Gross has heard your prayers and developed a solution to combat just that. The brand’s newest Advanced Retinol range is designed to negate aforementioned side effects while also providing potent results. Our favourite of the lot: The Texture Renewal Peels, which are similar in function to its iconic daily chemical variants. The key difference lies in its ability to effectively banish hyperpigmentation without causing skin-sensitisation, where we observed lightened dark spots in a matter of weeks. Redness or irritation? Entirely off the cards. All the awards, if you please.

Aesop Parsley Seed Anti-Oxidant Intense Serum
Serum-moisturiser hybrids are a dime a dozen, but what about one that functions as a moisturiser? Aesop spotlights the concept with the latest addition to their Parsley Seed range; a lightweight formula crafted for those who’d prefer an alternative to cream or oil-based moisturisers. As it is, we’d say it lives up to its promise: A highly-hydrating, non-sticky elixir that sinks into skin instantaneously to banish dryness and flakiness. It should be noted, however, that this was tested on a combination complexion, and might prove a tad less effective for anyone suffering from a parched, severely dehydrated mien. As it is, we noticed a smoother, taut visage within two weeks of use, where it even firmed up some sagginess along our lower jaw region. Nice.

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Foreo Luna 3 Plus
The Swedish powerhouse is taking it a step further by incorporating thermo-tech into their cleansing devices. Yup, that’s thermal touchpoints to distribute warmth throughout your skin, effectively melting away impurities and debris accumulated throughout the day. We found this to be particularly effective for waterproof makeup, where it cut through the greasiness of SPF formulas and left our faces feeling soft and smooth. Beyond that, it is equipped with a microcurrent mode that allows for facial massages and skin-lifting; a function that once belonged exclusively to the Foreo Bear. All in all: We wouldn’t say it’s a stretch to declare it the facial device to rule ‘em all.

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Kenzo Youthful Flow Restful Dream Night Mask
The term ‘night mask’ might bring to mind rich, decadent formulas that feel gloopy to touch — and yet, Kenzo’s iteration harbours none of that. Instead, we were treated to a whipped formula that eased into skin gradually, leaving behind a subtle fragrance reminiscent of spa days and therapeutic massage oils. And while we have yet to observe its firming and lifting abilities, we perceived a distinct sheen to our skin after several nights of use.

Beigic Classic Hand and Nail Cream
Constant sanitiser- and soap-usage has left our skin looking distinctly pruny — an issue that, thankfully, has been largely resolved upon adding the Beigic Hand Cream to the mix. This K-Beauty offering comprises a chiffony, buttery-like texture that doesn’t feel sticky in the slightest, seeping into skin to banish both flakiness and patchiness. What’s more, its energising bergamot scent is a much-needed pick-me-up throughout never-ending work days. Slather it on and sniff away, we say.