We are in the age of less is more. And this philosophy has trickled down to even the most prosaic things like our daily skincare. With many of us stuck at home, the need for makeup on a daily basis may have lessened, but the need to upkeep a skincare and hair care routine has not. Still, a multi-step skincare routine may not appeal to many during this period because it is simply too time consuming, along with the demands of working and running a household from the same space.
All-in-one creams that address multiple issues are one of the easiest ways to maintain your skin’s health without an involved process. If you are looking to simplify your routine to the bare minimum of just cleansing and hydrating, these luxurious moisturisers are ideal, as they pack the benefits of serums and essences into one product.
Estée Lauder’s Re-Nutriv range is designed to deliver dramatic benefits to the skin. The new Ultimate Radiant White Brightening Youth Creme has a dual action — working on dark spots as well as signs of ageing. The key ingredient here is a blanc floralixir dew — a blend of flower extracts that are infused into a vitamin- and mineral-enriched ionic water for ultimate penetration into the skin’s layers. The ingredients work synergistically on dark spots and discolouration while improving the overall luminosity of the complexion. The texture also leaves the skin supple and cushioned without feeling sticky.
If your concern is more on lifting and firming, Shiseido’s new Vital Perfection Uplifting and Firming Cream addresses both these concerns. The technology in this is called ReNeura and helps enhance the skin’s responsiveness to skincare. The cream contains an exclusive complex that works on a loss of elasticity, wrinkles as well dark spots. The beautiful packaging it comes in also has significance. Inspired by traditional Japanese Raku ware pottery, where the “landscape” is created when the glaze is fired at certain temperatures to create a gradient effect, each jar has a brilliant blue-purple and gold gradient and gently curved surfaces that are designed to be visually uplifting.
Dior Prestige’s Le Micro-Caviar De Rose is not a cream in a traditional sense, but rather 17,000 micro-pearls carefully packaged into a jar. Created by adding shea butter to the Rose de Granville — a species of rose that contains 22 micro-nutrients for the skin — these tiny pearls melt upon contact with the skin when they are massaged in with the finger tips. Upon application, the Micro-Caviar De Rose works for a period of eight hours, smoothing and plumping the skin and reversing the effects of skin damage caused by fatigue. This treatment can be used in a variety of ways: as daily skincare, as an emergency treatment mask after sun damage or travel, or as a nightly sleeping mask to repair and restore your skin as you sleep.
Clé de Peau Beauté’s La Crème sees its eighth iteration this year and the new formula contains an even more potent skin-empowering illuminator comprising of theanine and extracts of platinum gold silk, Japanese pearl shell perilla and Anjelica acutiloba. This unique combination is infused in a silky, delicate cream that melts into the skin upon application and helps to keep skin hydrated and radiant while firming and lifting the facial contours. While the cream can be used both day and night, thanks to its non-sticky texture, this new formula has been specially created to help the skin’s natural regeneration cycle at night.
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