With hundreds of products launched this year, we narrowed it down to our top 15 skincare picks that topped our list in 2016.
#1 Shiseido VITAL-PERFECTION Wrinklelift Cream, $160
They say constantly smiling or frowning will lead to more pronounced expression lines but that shouldn’t hold you back from expressing your emotions. The Shiseido VITAL-PERFECTION Wrinklelift Cream has a high concentration of retinol (derived from vitamin A) to smooth out wrinkles and erase dullness.
#2 IDS Clinic Rejuvenating Complex, $245
Skincare products are only as good as the ingredients that can actually penetrate into the skin. With IDS Clinic’s new ‘enHAnce’ technology, ingredients are able to reach deep into the skin via temporary channels in order to work their magic. The IDS Clinic Rejuvenating Complex boosts collagen and elastin production so that skin can feel and look firmer, smoother, and as its name suggests, rejuvenated.
#3 philosophy Ultimate Miracle Worker Night Multi-rejuvenating Nighttime Serum In Cream, $120
The philosophy Ultimate Miracle Worker Night Multi-rejuvenating Nighttime Serum In Cream combines the nourishing benefits of a night cream with the skin rejuvenating benefits of a serum in just one tub. Mix the encapsulated serum beads to release active ingredients, apply before you go to sleep, and wake up to beautiful, dewy skin.
#4 Kenzoki Belle De Jour Dream Night Mask, $136
Containing ultra-soothing ingredients, the Kenzoki Belle De Jour Dream Night Mask targets inflammation and redness while you sleep. Skin is also repaired from daily aggressors like pollution and UV damage.
#5 Skin Inc Pure Serum Mist, $98
Containing onsen water and hyaluronic acid, this mineral-rich face mist gives skin an instant boost of moisture to soothe dryness. The spray mechanism dispenses a fine mist that is quickly absorbed by the skin.
#6 Astalift Jelly Aquarysta, $148
Packed with nano-sized ceramides, the Astalift Jelly Aquarysta is able to penetrate into the deeper layers of skin to deliver moisture and replenish collagen. Plus point? It’s available in a lightweight gel format that doesn’t leave a sticky feeling.
#7 ORBIS =U Encore Night Creamy Gel, $73
The newest anti-ageing line from ORBIS features three products and the ORBIS =U Encore Night Creamy Gel is a gel-based moisturiser that’s oil-free, making it suitable for use in our humid weather. It works by repairing damaged skin cell DNA and increasing enzyme activity to help skin defend against signs of ageing.
#8 SK-II R.N.A POWER Eye Cream, $149
Did you know that eyes appear smaller as you age due to the loss of elasticity in the skin around your eyes? Although the eyeballs don’t actually get physically smaller, droopy eyelids causes the appearance of smaller eyes and the only way of preventing this is with an eye cream that not only reduces fine lines, but firm up the skin as well – exactly what the SK-II R.N.A POWER Eye Cream does.
#9 Elizabeth Arden Prevage City Smart Broad Spectrum SPF 50 PA++++Hydrating Shield, $99
It is not enough to protect against UV damage these days. Free radicals in pollution, car exhaust fumes and cigarette smoke damages skin cell membranes, weakening collagen and elastin within skin. The Elizabeth Arden Prevage City Smart contains broad spectrum SPF to defend against sun’s rays, DNA Enzyme Complex to strengthen skin’s repair system, and a blend of antioxidants to fight free radical damage.
#10 Sulwhasoo Concentrated Ginseng EX Light, $298
Harnessing the power of ginseng, Sulwhasoo’s latest iteration of their signature cream now comes in a lighter texture that’s perfect for those who often shuns heavier creams. With a reformulated ginseng formula, the Sulwhasoo Concentrated Ginseng EX Light strengthens skin and helps it fight against signs of ageing.
#11 Estetica ést.lab SunShield Aqua SPF 50, $86
Most sunscreens have the bad rep of being thick, heavy and hard to apply – not the Estetica ést.lab SunShield Aqua SPF 50 though. It comes with a lightweight watery formula that absorbs quickly, cutting down the time you need to wait before you’re able to apply makeup. It’s also lightly tinted, so you can even choose to go makeup-free if you like.
La Prairie Skin Caviar Essence-In-Lotion, $400
Containing La Prairie’s signature ingredient caviar, the Skin Caviar Essence-In-Lotion harvests caviar water through a unique steam distillation process to retain the efficacy of caviar, while allowing a lightweight texture that absorbs into skin easily. Used as a pre-serum, the Skin Caviar Essence-In-Lotion preps the skin for the absorption of serums and creams that follow.
#13 Cle de Peau Beaute Radiant Multi Repair Oil, $200
Luxurious but lightweight, the Cle de Peau Beaute Radiant Multi Repair Oil lends parched skin a dewy glow without giving it a greasy feeling. Add a few drops into your moisturiser to amp up its hydration effects or to vary the coverage in your foundation.
#14 Yves Saint Laurent Beauty Top Secrets Lip Perfector, $55
Besides nourishing dry lips, the Yves Saint Laurent Beauty Top Secrets Lip Perfector gently exfoliates away dry skin and enhances it with a light pink hue.
#15 Revitalash Advanced, $237
The most common question that comes with products that claim to aid eyelash growth is, “Does it work?” The short answer is yes, but not in the way you think. A quick swipe of this lash serum on the upper and lower lash line strengthens the lash follicles and it’s important to know that eyelash serums work to prevent lash fallout, as opposed to helping them grow longer.
Everyone has a unique lash growth potential and the serum strengthens the follicles to help them reach its maximum length. Keep to this lash serum ritual daily for at least three consecutive weeks, and you will see a significant increase in length.