Though Hong Kong is typically known for its heat and humidity, the short, dry winter season can often wreck havoc on our unprepared skin.
As with pretty much everything in life as in skincare, preparation is key: Dry skin can lead to redness, rough texture or an intense itchiness, exacerbated by the copious amounts of washing and sanitising that we have been committing to lately, in light of the pandemic. It’s all about ways to inject hydration into your skin come wintertime, but often it depends on your individual skin type and condition to determine the best way to moisturise effectively.
Whether it’s intense moisturisation you’re looking for, or a boost of hydrating ingredients to plump up your parched and fragile cells, here are 17 products that can rejuvenate your entire routine for the winter:
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When it comes to cleansers, nothing beats the multi-tasking manner of May Lindstrom’s The Pendulum Potion. Filled to the brim with a mixture of high-fat oils such as camellia and avocado, this flowery green elixir also boasts the anti-inflammatory properties of tamanu oil to ensure your skin is completely cleansed of makeup and pollutants. It can also be used to heal your hair’s split ends, or added to your bath water to give your body a bit of softness too.
HK$628 from Beautysaur Organics
With roots based in bucolic, rural Britain, Wildsmith Skin vouches for potent products that are perfect for city dwellers, with its impressive mix of bioactive plant oils and rich butters that work hard to prevent future cellular damage. Wildsmith Skin’s nourishing cleansing balm is an ideal first step to your routine, using a soothing formula to remove everyday pollutants and makeup without dehydrating your fragile skin.
HK$735 from Lane Crawford
Lauded as a ‘liquid moisturiser’ of sorts, this hydrating mist contains a two-phase formula that utilises regenerative rosehip and avocado oils for maximum moisture, in conjunction with plant stem cells — packed with antioxidants that fight off the drying impact of the constant exposure to pollution.
HK$720.25 from Net-a-Porter
Launched with hefty critical praise, Augustinus Bader’s The Cream has inevitably changed the way we consume skincare with its one-step-fits-most formulation. Growing from the success of his patented THC8 complex made popular by The Cream, Dr. Augustinus Bader’s new The Face Oil packs the same powerful punch of amino acids and vitamins to fight hyperpigmentation whilst thoroughly relieving the skin of dryness — all in a lightweight, non-greasy finish.
HK$1,825 from Net-a-Porter
This well-known cream has been tirelessly renewed by the scientists at La Prairie to ensure greater efficacy and an elevated experience — it best be, to justify its eye-watering price. With its signature ‘exclusive cellular complex’ considered to be ‘the guardian of the epidermis,’ this cream invigorates the skin’s stem cells to perform like that of young skin, adding back a plump bounce to loose skin or fine lines. If money is no object, this is the exalted skin saviour you’d want to rely on.
HK$12,550 from La Prairie
Often considered the epitome of luxury skincare, the Genaissance range from La Mer captures the potent benefits of crystals, marrying it with their brilliant signature ‘miracle broth’ to help the skin return to its youthful radiance. La Mer’s newest night balm comes with a gorgeous moon-shaped metal applicator, delivering an ampoule-strength treatment in an easy-to-use balm form that helps rebuild the skin’s natural collagen and soften age spots as well as firm and hydrate the epidermal layer.
HK$5,000 from La Mer
If you’re constantly bothered by the woes of sensitive skin, you won’t be a stranger to First Aid Beauty’s Ultra Repair Cream. Formulated with nourishing ingredients such as colloidal oatmeal, shea butter and ceramides, this moisturiser is meant to soothe all kinds of skin ailments — whether it’s chronic eczema, hyper sensitivity or just uncomfortably dehydrated skin during the wintertime.
HK$280 from Sephora
We’ve all heard of hyaluronic acid: The buzz word for any hydrating fanatic refers to the mighty, naturally-occurring sugar found within the body that retains water in your epidermis layer. The amount we have of this magical molecule unfortunately decreases as we age, but Institut Esthederm delivers an effective cream infused bountifully with three forms of hyaluronic acid to restore the skin’s foundation at multiple layers, soothing dehydrated skin immediately.
HK$550 from Gratus
As a part of the exclusive Nourish clean beauty lineup curated by the sustainable wellness experts at Po House, this hybrid product cuts extra steps out of your routine with its comfortable texture: It’s formulated to be creamier than serum but lighter than cream meaning it’s ideal all year round. Pumped full of hyaluronic acid and fruit and floral oils, this product is hydrating and nourishing even for those with hypersensitive skin, helping to bring back a rosy glow too by boosting the skin’s microcirculation.
HK$1,288 from Nourish
We all love a bit of wine, but it becomes a true game changer when added in to your skincare, such as seen in the potency of the grapevine resveratrol added in to Caudalie’s incredible Premier Cru The Serum. With its ability to firm, plump and nourish the skin, this serum features a patented Vinergy ingredient, which activates skin renewal and regeneration in as little time as a day to provide skin radiance whilst countering further ageing effects.
HK$1,100 from Caudalie
Addressing ageing for those with sensitive skin, this serum harnesses the immense efficacy of powerful organic extracts such as bakuchiol and its namesake Namibian resurrection plant, which has the ability flourish year after year in the Namib desert without a single drop of water. The heavily researched serum works to replenish water levels in the epidermis without triggering any immune response, a phenomena the brand believes is the cause behind flare-ups and accelerated ageing in the skin.
HK$920 from select retailers city-wide
Highly personal and utterly effective, MTM Labo’s custom-blended eye masks make sure your specific skin needs are met with the brand’s detailed consultations and on-the-spot product blending. Depending on the condition of the delicate skin around your eye, MTM will add appropriate plant extracts to help relieve those unwanted skin symptoms. For a trusty weeknight treatment for tired eyes and fine lines, apply three pumps of the hydrating eye essence before and after a pliable collagen eye pad for a boost of potent peptides directly into the usually dehydrated zone underneath your peepers.
HK$1,880 from MTM Labo
If you are prepping for the holidays and need an instant dose of hydration before any special event, look no further than the all-new Crema Nera Cream Face Mask by Armani Beauty. With a new-generation wrapping made of fabric and film that sits flush against the skin, each sheet mask injects what’s typically two weeks’ worth of skincare into your skin in only twenty minutes: rich in Armani Beauty’s patented ‘Reviscentalis’ ingredient, this face mask is a heavyweight that aids in the skin’s self-healing process whilst plumping up any fine lines in a jiffy.
HK$1,640/five masks from Armani Beauty
As with its name, this nourishing mask is meant to deliver a shot of much-needed hydration whilst comforting the skin. Its balm-like texture adds a touch of softness and suppleness in only 10 minutes, using juicy ingredients such as wild mango to protect the skin from drying itself out.
HK$370 from Clarins
Simply put, this sheet mask brings us joy — thanks to its infusion of vital nutrients from aloe vera and chamomile extracts that work hard to immediately soothe our thirsty skin. Its addition of bamboo as a key ingredient that provides redness relief, it’s a great mask to pop on before you head out to a big event — as if you just received a treatment from the brand’s famed facialist founder, Joanna Vargas, herself.
HK$620/five masks from Joyce Beauty
Effortlessly chic and pleasantly fragrant, this beautiful line created by Calvin Klein’s former creative director, Francisco Costa, boasts the best of ingredients with a responsibly-sourced concoction straight from the heart of the Amazonian rainforest. Its trademarked Jungle Complex utilises a highly effective combination of antioxidant-rich kaya and cacay oils and breu resin to boost hydration while firming the overall texture and tone of the skin.
HK$805 from Net-a-Porter
With your skin being the body’s biggest organ, it doesn’t make sense to only put the good stuff on your face. To hydrate from top to toe, we recommend Sisley’s velvet nourishing body cream, a delightful product made primarily from the antioxidant powerhouse of saffron flowers, which work to thoroughly repair the skin while injecting a much-needed dose of luxurious hydration.
HK$980 from Lane Crawford