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Treatment lotions that repair, restore and rehydrate
FRESH BLACK TEA AGE-DELAY TREATMENT LOTION
The claim: Specifically targeted to ageing concerns, this nourishing formula (HK$450) features four natural ingredients and an innovative "repair and restore complex" to soften, brighten and protect the skin.
The review: After cleansing, we opted to put the lotion on our hands in order to dab it onto the face and neck. It's not thick or creamy but more watery and cool, making it feel soothing and refreshing. It also brightens the skin and has an aroma of black tea - which is okay if you like tea. After two or three minutes, we applied our usual moisturiser and found the lotion made our skin feel tighter and more refreshed. We also like that it uses natural ingredients - black tea ferment and extracts of black tea leaf, blackberry leaf and lychee seed - to fight the ageing process. Tracey Furniss
L'OREAL PARIS HYDRA FRESH MASK-IN LOTION
The claim: L'Oreal's first "mask-in" lotion (HK$129) features antioxidant-rich grape polyphenols and French spa water to deliver mask-like hydration in a lotion formula.
The review: The product directions suggest applying the mask-in lotion twice daily in the morning and night, but we only recommend it for use at night. The lotion didn't absorb into the skin easily, leaving our faces sticky and greasy throughout the day. Foundation applied over the lotion didn't stay put and started looking oily and smudged as the day progressed. The lotion wasn't as effective as an actual mask at intensive moisturising. Nevertheless, when used sparingly overnight, we did notice smoother, healthier-looking skin in the morning. We would recommend using this lotion as a post-cleansing serum at night. Jacqueline Tsang
LA MER THE TREATMENT LOTION
The claim: Featuring La Mer's cult "miracle broth" and new "softening waters", this new lotion helps to jumpstart the skin's natural renewal process.
The review: When we first heard that we had to add yet another step to our daily cleansing and moisturising routine, we were a bit sceptical. The Treatment Lotion is meant to be applied after cleansing and toning, and before serums or creams. Thankfully, it absorbed almost immediately (without leaving any residue) and seemed to have a calming effect on the skin - along with La Mer's lovely marine scent. While it's by no means as crucial as a cleanser or cream, at HK$900 it's a slightly more affordable way to bring some La Mer into your life. Tama Lung
HELENA RUBINSTEIN PRODIGY POWERCELL DAILY ACTIVATOR LOTION
The claim: Part of the popular Prodigy Powercell anti-ageing collection, this new treatment lotion (HK$880) activates the skin's own repair process and acts as a booster for treatments to follow.
The review: Despite its light, almost watery formula, this lotion is soothing and hydrating. It absorbs quickly and leaves the skin feeling soft and plump - perhaps thanks to the blend of vegetal stem cell water and hyaluronic acid. While we can't speak to its "boosting" properties, it worked as a nice substitute for harsher toners and meant we could skip our usual moisturiser at times. The light floral scent also helped us to enjoy a spa-like treatment at home. The texture is suitable for morning and evening use. Tama Lung