#1 La Prairie Skin Caviar Essence-In-Lotion, $405 (150 ml)
If you haven’t heard, La Prairie’s Skin Caviar skincare range is packed with nutrients extracted from sturgeon caviar, which are essential for cellular regeneration. Rich in peptides, amino acids, fatty acids, vitamins and minerals, these products improve skin resilience for smoother, firmer skin. And to prep for optimal absorption of all these goodness, La Prairie’s Skin Caviar Essence-In-Lotion is made with distilled Caviar Water that restores skin’s moisture and lipid levels. This means that products applied after are absorbed better for maximum benefits. All you have to do is dispense a coin-sized amount of this slightly viscous gel-like lotion onto your palms and pat into your skin. Instantly, skin is refreshed, revitalised and ready to receive treatment products like serums and moisturisers.
#2 SK-II Facial Treatment Essence, $269 (230 ml)
Unchanged for over three decades, this multi award-winning facial essence provides skin with over 50 micro-nutrients like vitamins, minerals, amino acids and organic acids to restore skin’s natural functions like cellular turnover and regeneration. Just saturate a cotton pad and apply onto skin after cleansing for softer and smoother skin that glows.
#3 Sulwhasoo First Care Activating Serum EX, $115 (60 ml)
As the Korean beauty brand’s best-selling item for almost 20 years, this booster serum harnesses the benefits of prized Korean herbs to balance, energise and hydrate skin so a dull complexion gives way to a healthy, glowing one. Thanks to a painstaking 18-hour extraction method, the JAUM Balancing Complex is obtained and is the key compound that provides your skin with a global anti-ageing action. Dispense two to three pumps of serum onto your palms before smoothing onto skin as the first skincare step to boost its absorption of other products applied after.
#4 L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Micronized Centella Essence Water, $29.90 (130 ml)
A trusted herb that has been used to heal wounds since centuries ago, this essence water contains Centella Asiatica extract, infusing skin with its miraculous skin-repairing benefits. In addition, the formula contains micronised droplets, which ensure that it penetrates deep into skin layers without any stickness or greasiness to regenerate skin from inside out.
#6 HERA Cell Essence, $80 (150 ml)
At one glance, you’ll know that this skin essence means serious business because an entire list of components that are essential for optimal cellular function is clearly labeled on the bottle itself. This clearly signals to consumers that it contains everything your skin needs to be healthy, including amino acids, sugars, peptides, lips, ions, hyaluronic acid and NMF (Natural Moisturizing Factors). To apply, saturate the two-sided cotton pads that the essence comes with and sweep all over skin using the softer side. Once or twice a week, opt for the bumpy side for additional exfoliating benefits for smoother, more radiant skin.
#7 Hada Labo Super Hyaluronic Acid Premium Hydrating Lotion, $24.90 (170 ml)
For those whose skin needs a little extra help in retaining moisture, this is your best bet. Formulated with hyaluronic acid of five different molecular weights, this deeply hydrating lotion replenishes, stores and locks in hydration instantly for softer and smoother skin. Plus, it is pH-balanced to minimise irritation and keeps skin supple all day long.
#8 Biotherm Life Plankton Clear Essence, $78 (125 ml)
Concentrated with Biotherm’s signature Life Plankton, which normalises skin renewal for smoother, younger-looking skin, this lightweight essence preps skin so it becomes more receptive to skincare products applied after. Thanks to a blend of gentle micro-exfoliating agents, it sweeps away dead skin cells, refreshes skin and replenishes moisture for a more refined skin texture.
#9 Su:m37 Secret Essence, $108 (80 ml)
Natural fermentation processes are the pillars of this Korean skincare brand. As its name suggests, natural ingredients found in the brand’s skincare products are left to ferment under highly regulated conditions, specifically at 37 degrees Celsius to retain their optimum efficacy. And everything takes place in the brand’s Natural Fermentation Research Institute, which is situated in Korea’s Gangwon province, where it enjoys pollution-free air and water to ensure the purity of the ingredients undergoing fermentation. The result? Nutrient-rich extracts that energises the complexion at a cellular level for healthier, more beautiful skin.