New in Beauty: The Latest Skincare To Try in April 2021
Additional reporting by Andrea Saadan.
The latest beauty tech product that has launched this April is the updated version of Foreo's masking device: the Foreo UFO 2. Beauty brands are also focussing on calming stressed-out skin, including Dr. Dennis Gross B3 Adaptive Superfoods range and the new Drunk Elephant Protini Powerpeptide Resurf Serum.
If your skin needs a serious re-boost, there are month-long intensive treatments such as La Prairie Platinum Rare Haute-Rejuvenation Protocol and Estee Lauder Perfectionist Pro Intense Brightening Essence Ampoule. Multi-tasking makeup brand Nudestix has also debuted its skincare line, Nudeskin.
1/15 La Prairie Platinum Rare Haute-Rejuvenation Protocol
The newest addition to the Platinum Rare family, the Haute-Rejuvenation Protocol is a month-long intensive skin treatment to be used four times a year to allow skin to rebalance and rejuvenate. The formula uses a three-faceted approach: firstly, it softens the skin barrier to optimally deliver its active ingredients. Next, the formula prepares skin cells to their full potential of cell renewal. Finally, skin appears rejuvenated due to the creation of new tissue.
The Haute-Rejuvenation Protocol comes in an elegant coffret with three amethyst-toned vials, a glass pipette, and Platinum Catalyst activator base. Each vial contains two chambers to protect the integrity of two separate formulas, which are combined upon your first use when placed in the activator base, resulting in a stunning burst of amethyst hue within the formula. It’s a splurge, retailing at a cool $2,960 for a 30-day treatment.
Available at all La Prairie counters.
2/15 Foreo UFO 2
If you’re a sheet mask lover, the new Foreo UFO 2 will elevate your masking experience. The first generation of the device made its debut in 2018, while this upgrade packs in more features. Upon applying the brand’s UFO-formulated sheet masks, or even your own, the Thermo and Cryo-therapy (in other words, heating and cooling) functions delivers temperatures to skin five times faster now for maximum mask formula absorption.
The fully waterproof device also has the full spectrum of eight LED lights, which can be controlled via the Foreo app for a truly customised experience. Finally, the brand’s trademarked T-Sonic pulsations deliver 10,000 transdermal pulsations per minute for a face massage and increased effectiveness of mask serums.
Available in-store at Sephora, Tangs and Takashimaya and online at Foreo, Lazada, Zalora, Sephora, Tangs.
(Related: From Refa to Foreo: 5 Best Beauty Tech Gadgets Curated by Makeup Artist Larry Yeo)
3/15 Drunk Elephant Protini Powerpeptide Resurf Serum
If you’ve always been a fan of Drunk Elephant’s peptide-packed Protini Cream, you’ll be glad to know that it now has a serum to complete your skincare routine.
The new Protini Powerpeptide Resurf Serum is a mega-strength serum with a unique, powerful blend of 11 advanced peptides and restorative amino acids with 10% exfoliating lactic acid for you to see an improvement to skin’s appearance. Fine lines and sun damage are reduced, dull hollow skin is perked and plumped up. The packaging is clever too, with a twist cap that reveals the pumps, and secures it when it’s not in use. It’s also formulated at an ideal pH of 3.3. Slather both on in the a.m. and p.m for renewed skin.
Available in-store at Sephora and online.
(Related: Drunk Elephant Founder Tiffany Masterson On Her Skincare Philosophy and Self-Care Rituals While in Quarantine)
4/15 Dr. Dennis Gross B3 Adaptive Superfoods range
When one is stressed, your skin shows it. It wreaks havoc on skin by triggering a stress response that can disrupt your microbiome and inhibit collagen production. That is what Dr. Dennis Gross’ new B3 Adaptive Superfoods range aims to solve, with scientifically engineered microcapsules of superfoods, adaptogens and niacinamide (vitamin B3) forming the crux of three products: The Rescue Super Serum, Barrier Repair Face Cream and SOS Eye Cream. With a subtle herbal—almost ginseng-like—scent, the range combats flareups, dullness and sensitive, compromised skin.
Available in-store at Sephora from April 22, and online now.
(Related: How to Prevent Maskne: Dr Dennis Gross’ Guide to Using Acids in Skincare)
5/15 Clé De Peau Beauté Synactif collection
The Japanese brand developed its luxurious Synactif range in 2004 with aims to purify and restore lymphatic vessels, leaving skin regenerated and beautiful in just six steps. The range has been relaunched this year, re-perfecting the range, which begins with the Synactif solid soap followed by the Synactif lotion.
For your morning routine, follow up with the Daytime Moisturiser SPF30. Synactif offers two choices: one a lightweight formula and the other a rich cream for intense moisture.
In the evenings, go for the Nighttime Moisturiser to repair skin, followed by the Synactif cream which has a high concentration of Purifying Beautifier as well as an eye cream. The Synactif collection is imbued with the distinctive fragrance from the Synactif Rose, a clear floral scent that balances fruity dewiness, the translucency of violet, and fine tea.
Available at Clé De Peau boutiques.
6/15 Nudeskin by Nudestix
Popular makeup brand Nudestix has launched a skincare line, Nudeskin—it is simple, vegan and gluten-free. Developed in collaboration with celebrity dermatologist, Dr Jason Emer, the made-in-Korea formulations are for all skin types and genders. Having the same ethos as its makeup line, Nudeskin is multi-tasking and uncomplicated—a four-step skincare routine that cleans, exfoliates, tones, and moisturises.
Available online at Sephora and Nudestix.
7/15 Clinique Moisture Surge
Clinique has taken one of its most iconic products and further improved it—the new Moisture Surge now labelled as a 100H Auto-Replenishing Hydrator, providing 100 hours of hydration for the skin upon application and yes, even after face-washing. The blend of ingredients includes hyaluronic acid and aloe bio-ferment for hydration that goes 10 layers deep into the skin for plump and glowing complexion for all skin types.
The iconic peach-pink hue remains while its texture surprisingly feels lightweight (despite the heavyweight hydration). The skin just slurps it up, finishing with a comforting velvety finish. Clinique has also updated its packaging with sustainable materials.
Available at all Clinique boutiques.
8/15 Porcelain RevitalEyes Concentrate
Now, this is pretty smart: this Singaporean brand had recently done a rebrand of their entire product line and this new addition combines both eye-massaging device and eye gel in one product, making it extremely easy and fuss-free to use.
Firstly, squeeze a pea-sized amount of product onto the eye area. Then, activate the massager by holding the metal base, and gliding it on skin. Over 3,000 high-frequency vibrations per minute enhance blood circulation, elasticity repair, and absorption of the product which includes clinically-proven ingredients for reducing the depth of lines, lightening dark circles, lifting eyelids, and reducing puffiness.
Available at Porcelain spas and online.
(Related: Homegrown Beauty Brand Porcelain Relaunches its Award-Winning Skincare Line in 2021)
9/15 Skinceuticals Silymarin CF
Medical aesthetic skincare brand Skinceuticals is famed for their highly effective, high-concentration vitamin C serums, and they’ve just released Silymarin CF, specifically formulated for combination, oily and blemish-prone skin, to effectively reduce excess oil and acne breakouts.
This serum is clinically proven to reduce oil production (which leads to acne breakouts), reinforces skin’s natural protective barrier and visible skin aging. The Silymarin CF formulation contains 15% pure vitamin C, and the hero ingredient is silymarin, an antioxidant derived from milk thistle, at a 0.5% optimised concentration.
We found that our T-zone area was less oily after just three mornings of usage, as well as a more even skin tone and reduced fine lines on the forehead.
Available online at Skinceuticals.
10/15 Estee Lauder Perfectionist Pro Intense Brightening Essence Ampoule
Available as four 10ml ampoule vials in a box, the Perfectionist Pro Intense Brightening Essence Ampoule is a potent formula to be used over four weeks, one vial per week. The normal skin renewal process takes 21-28 days, where new skin cells are produced on the skin’s topmost layer, the epidermis. Using this intensive treatment over four weeks will optimise skin’s renewal process to rapidly boost stressed-out skin—brightening and soothing it thanks to its vitamin C, vitamin E and licorice ingredients.
For a daily serum, Estee Lauder has also launched the Perfectionist Pro Rapid Brightening Treatment Ferment3 + Vitamin C. The formula has an exclusive brightening complex to help 'block' the overproduction of melanin before it can concentrate into visible spots, thus reducing the look of dark spots, acne marks and pores.
Available in stores at Estee Lauder and Sephora, online on Lazada and Sephora, and via its concierge service (+65 9641 3792).
11/15 SK-II Facial Treatment Essence Limited Edition
Won’t this just look adorable on your beauty table? The new Pitera Essence Limited Edition takes inspiration from Japanese with two different styles of girls dressed in traditional kimonos—one in a black bob and the other, a redhead with two buns.
The secret behind SK-II’s Pitera was discovered four decades ago in a sake brewery in Japan, thanks to a the chance observation of miraculously youthful-looking hands in stark contrast to the aged owner’s face. Today, the Facial Treatment Essence is one of SK-II’s best sellers.
Available at SK-II boutiques and online at Sephora.
(Related: Even the Type of Water Used for Your Facial at Singapore's SK-II Boutique Spa Matters)
12/15 Emma Lewisham Illuminating Brighten Your Day Crème
The new addition to New Zealand-based natural skincare brand is a high-performance scientifically-backed day moisturiser to rebuild the skin’s natural collagen production synthesis at a cellular level (which gives skin its bounce and elasticity) and improve skin’s hydration. The Day Crème is best used in the morning before sunscreen for an all-day glow.
The Day Crème will also come in a new circular-designed Emma Lewisham refillable jar, where customers have the option to buy refillable Day Crème pods and send back empty pods for sterilisation and repurposing or recycling at no expense, through the Emma Lewisham Beauty Circle.
Available online at Emma Lewisham.
13/15 Caudalie Vinoclean Range
What does clean beauty mean to you? For us, it is all about using products that are gentle and free from harsh ingredients such as silicones and sulphates. So when Caudalie released its Vinoclean range in Singapore, we jumped at the opportunity to try it. And we weren't disappointed. The cleansing products, each formulated with 97 per cent to 100 per cent of natural-origin ingredients, left the skin feeling nourished and pampered; our tip is to use any of the cleansers after a long day and give your skin a little pick-me-up.
In addition, the packaging is made from 100 per cent recycled plastic with zero waste—making these cleansers clean on the inside out. The full Vinoclean range consists of the Micellar Cleansing Water, Cleansing Almond Milk, Moisturising Toner, Makeup Removing Cleansing Oil, and Instant Foaming Cleanser.
Caudalie will also be launching its new Vinoperfect anti-dark spot line later this month, with all formulas reworked to increase the level of natural ingredients in the products, exceeding 95 per cent. The anti-dark spot serum is being reinvented with a new biomimetic emulsifier that is revolutionising clean beauty, and this new bio-inspired emulsifier mimics the layers of the skin structure. This similarity helps the Viniferine, made from grapevine sap, to be absorbed, optimising its action on dark spots with even greater effectiveness.
Available online at Sephora and in Sephora stores from April 22.
14/15 Handmade Heroes Hyaluronic Lip Dew and The Ultimate Bakuchiol Booster Oil
Homegrown Singaporean skincare brand Handmade Heroes has launched its latest range of products featuring a facial oil and lip mask that contains its superstar ingredient: Bakuchiol extract. It is a natural active ingredient from the Babchi flower that is a gentle but powerful non-irritating retinol alternative, with all the benefits of retinol, and without irritation or light sensitivities. It stimulates collagen production, boosts skin-cell turnover and visibly smooths out fine lines, giving the appearance of youthful, glowing skin. When using the Ultimate Bakuchiol Booster Oil for the first time, mix one drop with your moisturiser to monitor how your skin reacts to it. Always do a patch test, too.
Also new is the Hyaluronic Lip Dews collection, which is all about hydrating our lips with a pop of colour. Each stick is made up of well-loved natural ingredients such as coconut oil, cocoa butter and vitamin E, with the addition of hyaluronic acid for a boost of hydration—such a unique inclusion in a lip product, making it an absolute must-try for anyone who wants kissable lips.
Available on Handmade Heroes.
15/15 Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Pink Dream Body Cream and Avocado Ceramide Recovery Serum
Cult K-beauty-inspired beauty brand Glow Recipe has done it again. In the span of just two months, the brand has dropped not one but two new products here in Singapore.
First, it has officially made its foray into body care with the launch of its very first body cream. The all-new Watermelon Glow Pink Dream Body Cream came about thanks to the brand’s internet sensation and fan-favourite, Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask—if you have yet to try this, make sure to add this to cart when you are shopping for self-care essentials. The body cream smells absolutely divine and has a light texture that is easily slathered all over. It also contains AHA for smoothing purposes but don't worry about having to slap on extra sunscreen the next day. Just the usual amount will do.
As for the Avocado Ceramide Recovery Serum, it is perfect for those struggling with redness and skin irritation that doesn't seem to go away. Ceramide has been the beauty industry's key players in the past few years so it makes sense for Glow Recipe to include the ingredient in one of their new products. This serum will protect and heal the skin thanks to its powerful and nourishing ingredients that include avocado extract and butter, ceramides, allantoin and rice milk. Use it all over the visage or on troubled spots using just one to two pumps. Don't forget the neck area!
Available on Sephora.