Falling temperatures and drier weather call for a nourishing new lotion, writes Karen Fong
Clockwise from bottom: Eve Lom Moisturiser + SPF 15 (HK$680), Benefit Triple Performing Facial Emulsion (HK$270), La Mer The Moisturizing Soft Cream (HK$1,450/30ml), La Prairie Advanced Marine Biology Revitalizing Emulsion (HK$1,190), Sundari Gotu Kola and Geranium Moisturizer (HK$1,040), H2o+ Face Oasis (HK$400). Styling: Vanessa Torstensson. Photo: Gary Ng, Common Studio
As we head into autumn, heat and humidity will make way for a cooler climate. As pleasant as that sounds, it may not feel so to your skin. The drier months can leave skin flaky, dehydrated and more prone to ageing, which makes this a perfect time to seek out a new moisturiser.
Going hand-in-hand with hydration, SPF ensures the skin stays protected throughout the day. Benefit's b.right Triple Performing Facial Emulsion not only has SPF 15 PA++, its oil-free formula ensures the skin captures water, retains it and improves its water reserves.
Also with SPF 15, Eve Lom's Moisturiser + SPF 15 protects the skin while hydrating it with nourishing shea butter and beeswax to lock in the moisture. It also contains lactic acid to brighten and refine, and antioxidant-rich red, green and white tea extracts.
The sea is a source of inspiration for hydration, literally. La Mer's The Moisturizing Soft Cream is a new lighter-weight formula that penetrates the skin more deeply. It features the brand's signature Miracle Broth packed with powerful sea ingredients, such as kelp, vitamins C, E and B12, and its exclusive Lime Tea Extract.
Algae is also used prominently in La Prairie's Advanced Marine Biology Revitalizing Emulsion, with brown algae for its defence-strengthening abilities, red algae for protection, green microalgae for its brightening effects and salicornia extract for deep hydration.
Celebrating its 20th anniversary, H20+'s new Face Oasis Ultra Hydrator delivers five times the moisture of the original formula and free-radical protection. It features the brand's Hydrating Marine Blend, which contains wakame, sea lettuce and sea fennel combined with vitamins A, B, C and E.
Beyond science, inspiration can also come from ancient cultures and remedies. Sundari blends ancient Ayurvedic wisdom with today's science in its Gotu Kola and Geranium Moisturiser. Gotu kola firms and lifts the skin, while geranium extract balances oil production. Active peptides produce faster results so the skin retains a dewy, soft finish.