Beauty buzz

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 06 March, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 06 March, 2011, 12:00am

It's the tail end of winter and after the damage wreaked on skin by cold, dry air, a little moisture won't go amiss. From masks to creams, we test a range of products that all boast super-hydra- ting properties.

Fancl's Overnight Hydrating Pack (HK$310/50ml) has a thick gel texture but feels light and non-greasy. Apply a decent layer after cleansing and moisturising and, as the name suggests, leave it on when you go to sleep. The gel takes a while to soak in, so a few pages of a book might be in order before lights out. The pay off is soft and plump skin. Available at all Fancl counters.

Orlane's Super-Moisturising Light Cream (HK$1,280/50ml) is enhanced with bamboo marrow, lotus flower and European white water lily. At first the cream seems too sheer but, when it soaks in, it feels almost like a night cream.

Orlane claims the cream has regenerating properties and stimulates cell renewal. Available at Sogo, Causeway Bay. Steamcream (HK$138/75 grams) is an all-over moisturiser made with cocoa butter and almond oil, and infused with oatmeal extracts. More of a supplementary product, the cream feels a little heavy on freshly washed skin but it's great when used over another moisturiser. Packaged in small tins embellished with cool graphics, this is a handy product to stash in your handbag. Steamcream is available at Seibu and Beyond Beauty stores.

SK-II Skin Signature cream (HK$640/50 grams, HK$940 /80 grams) contains the company's 'magic' ingredient, Pitera, a by-product of fermenting yeast. The cream is a day and night moisturiser that is the supposed secret behind Cate Blanchett's flawless complexion. Skin feels fantastic straight away - and for hours after application. Available at all SK-II counters.