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8 cult skincare products to try this year

 

It’s close to the end of January. So far I’ve been making progress in dropping a couple of bad habits off my beauty regime (not sleeping enough; washing my hair everyday). To that, I feel like I’m needing a little more oomph in the skincare department.

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There are a number of ritzy skincare products that have grabbed my attention for a while. All this time, I haven’t been feeling as assured as I need to be to bank on them. Partly it’s the premium price tags that knocks the heck out of me, but mainly it’s because of the tremendous too-good-to-be-true results each of these products promises to deliver, at least as I see them on the media.

While Googling each of these products reveal very different results on different skin types, I found that there were more positive ones than the not-so’s and the so-so’s out of these mixed reviews. It makes perfect sense to give it a try because I’m not particularly looking for treatments to deal with specific skin issues (mine: dull complexion, uneven tone, blemishes, humongous pores). Also, almost all those reviewers who’ve experienced positive results have been using these gems for at least a good month (read: no quick fixes involved).

With that, I’ve made up my mind to indulge my skin on the following skincare standouts throughout the rest of the year. These are the claims:

 
 

1. SK-II’s LXP Ultimate Revival Cream (USD 350.00

INGREDIENTS: Water, Saccharomycopsis Ferment Filtrate, Glycerin, Phytosteryl/Behenyl/Octyldodecyl Lauroyl Glutamate, Ethylhexyl Isononanoate, Butylene Glycol, Niacinamide, Triethylhexanoin, Neopentyl Glycol Diethylhexanoate, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Sucrose Polycottonseedate, Myristyl Myristate, Pentylene Glycol, Hydrogenated Coco-Glycerides, Sorbitan Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Myristyl Alcohol, PEG-40 Stearate, Panthenol, Tocopherol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Hexapeptide-3, Hexylhexapeptide-8, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Chrysanthellum Indicum Extract, Camella, Sinensis Leaf Extract, Crithmum Maritimum Extract, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Magnesium Aspartate, Zinc Gluconate, Copper Glucomate, Laureth-7, Polysorbate-65, Steareth-20, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride Carbomer, Sodium Stearate, Polyacrylamide, Sodium Chloride, Benzoyl Alcohol, Sodium Hydroxide, Benzyl Alcohol, Disodium EDTA, Methylparaben, Ehtylparaben, Butylparaben, Propylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Phenoxyethanol, Parfum, Citronellol
INGREDIENTS: Water, Saccharomycopsis Ferment Filtrate, Glycerin, Phytosteryl/Behenyl/Octyldodecyl Lauroyl Glutamate, Ethylhexyl Isononanoate, Butylene Glycol, Niacinamide, Triethylhexanoin, Neopentyl Glycol Diethylhexanoate, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Sucrose Polycottonseedate, Myristyl Myristate, Pentylene Glycol, Hydrogenated Coco-Glycerides, Sorbitan Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Myristyl Alcohol, PEG-40 Stearate, Panthenol, Tocopherol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Hexapeptide-3, Hexylhexapeptide-8, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Chrysanthellum Indicum Extract, Camella, Sinensis Leaf Extract, Crithmum Maritimum Extract, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Magnesium Aspartate, Zinc Gluconate, Copper Glucomate, Laureth-7, Polysorbate-65, Steareth-20, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride Carbomer, Sodium Stearate, Polyacrylamide, Sodium Chloride, Benzoyl Alcohol, Sodium Hydroxide, Benzyl Alcohol, Disodium EDTA, Methylparaben, Ehtylparaben, Butylparaben, Propylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Phenoxyethanol, Parfum, Citronellol

 

WHAT IT IS:
A rich, luxurious, age-defying, skin-perfecting cream

WHAT IT DOES:
Ultra-hydrating, uber-moisturizing, brightens complexion, strengthens skin integrity

HOW IT WORKS:
Pitera™, a natural derivative of fermented yeast that contains a slew of vitamins, amino acids, minerals and organic acids, is the star ingredient of the whole SK-II line. The SK-II Luxury x Pitera (LXP) range highlights its exclusive Pitera 8X content, the highest concentration of the good stuff per dose plus the hydrating Rose Absolute and collagen-stimulating Centella Essence. This maximizes the moisturizing and skin-revitalizing effects of Pitera on your skin – improving texture, increasing radiance and firmness, evening out skin tone as well as building wrinkle resilience. Ultimately, the cream was formulated to enhance the vitality of the skin and to fortify its natural moisture barrier over time.

 
 

2. Sulwhasoo’s Concentrated Ginseng Renewing Cream (USD 220.00)

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INGREDIENTS: Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Water, Glycerin, Squalane, Cyclopentasiloxane, Butylene Glycol, Beta-Gulcan, Trehalose, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Sodium Hyaluronate, Glyceryl Stearate, Perilla Ocymoides Seed Extract, Phytosteryl Isostearyl Dimer Dilinoleate, Octyldodecyl Myristate, PEG-40 Stearate, Stearic Acid, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Ophiopogon Japonicus Root Extract, Glycyrrhiza Uralensis (Licorice) Root Extract, Hydrolyzed Ginseng Saponins, Panax Ginseng Berry Extract, Paeonia Albiflora Root Extract, Nelumbo Nucifera Seed Extract, Polygonatum Officinale Rhizome/Root Extract, Lilium Tigrinum Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Rehmannia Glutinosa Root Extract, Chrysanthemum Morifolium Flower Extract, Paeonia Suffruticosa Root Extract, Citrus Unshiu Peel Extract, Adenophora Stricta Root Extract, Lycium Chinense Root Extract, Coix Lacryma-Jobi Ma-Yuen Seed Extract, Angelica Tenuissima Root Extract, Honey, Morus Alba Root Extract, Astragalus Membranaceus Root Extract, Angelica Acutiloba Root Extract, Cnidium Officinale Root Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Leaf Extract, Gardenia Florida Fruit Extract, Nelumbo Nucifera Leaf Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Terminalia Chebula Fruit Extract, Paeonia Lactiflora Root Extract, Acetyl Glucosamine, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Phytosteryl/Behenyl/Octyldodecyl Lauroyl Glutamate,  Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil Unsaponifiables, Jojoba Esters, PEG-100 Stearate, Polyacrylate-13, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, PEG-30 Dipolyhydroxystearate, Glyceryl Linoleate, Pantethine, Retinol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Dimethicone, Propylene Glycol, Cyclodextrin, Tocopherol, Dimethiconol, Polyisobutene, Salicylic Acid, Polyquaternium-51, Tocopheryl Linoleate, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Caffeic Acid, Polycaprolactone, Glyceryl Linolenate, Lauryl PEG/PPG-18/18 Methicone, Glyceryl Arachidonate, Dextrin, polysorbate 20, Methoxy PEG-114/Polyepsilon Caprolactone, Phytosphingosine, Disodium EDTA, Benzophenone-4, Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance

 

WHAT IT IS:
An age-correcting base cream

WHAT IT DOES:
Hydrating, moisturizing, reduces the appearance of lines and wrinkles, restores skin elasticity, increases firmness, speeds collagen production

HOW IT WORKS:
The chock-full of skin-nourishing ingredients in this cream, namely the roots, berries, and the extracts of vitality-enhancing ginseng, promotes the ultimate health of your skin down to its deepest layers to give you the ageless complexion you crave. Because it’s so nutritionally dense, consistent usage of this milky cream also enhances cell regeneration that results in a more youthful glow.

 
 

 3. LA MER’s Crème de la Mer (USD 285.00 for 2 oz.)

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INGREDIENTS: Seaweed (Algae) Extract, Mineral Oil (Paraffinum Liquidum), Petrolatum, Glycerin, Isohexadecane, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Extract, Microcrystalline Wax, Lanolin Alcohol, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Eucalyptus Globulus (Eucalyptus) Leaf Oil, Magnesium Sulfate, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed, Medicago Sativa (Alfalfa) Seed Powder, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seedcake, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Seed Meal, Sodium Gluconate, Potassium Gluconate, Copper Gluconate, Calcium Gluconate, Magnesium Gluconate, Zinc Gluconate, Paraffin, Tocopheryl Succinate, Niacin, Beta-Carotene, Decyl Oleate, Aluminum Distearate, Octyldodecanol, Citric Acid, Cyanocobalamin, Magnesium Stearate, Panthenol, Limonene, Geraniol, Linalool, Hydroxycitronellal, Citronellol, Benzyl Salicylate, Citral, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Alcohol Denat., Fragrance

 

WHAT IT IS:
An ultra-rich cream

WHAT IT DOES:
Hydrating, moisturizing, softens the appearance of wrinkles, evens tone, reduces visible pores, soothes sensitive skin

HOW IT WORKS:
This cult classic owes its miraculous effects on the skin to physicist Dr. Max Huber’s Miracle Broth™, the prized ingredient of the skincare line. Rich in Huber’s bio-fermented sea kelp (hand-harvested ones), which is practically a powerhouse of antimicrobial properties, LA MER’s celebrated cream heals, renews, and rejuvenates complexions of all types – the driest ones become softer, the sensitive ones are soothed, and the aging lines and creases turn evidently less visible. Other than the soothing and softening effects of the Miracle Broth, devotees (a few names: J Lo, Jessica Alba, Blake Lively, Nicole Kidman) enjoy a host of nourishments out of this cream, namely vitamins C, E, B12, micro-nutrients calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron and lecithin, among the few, as well as natural oils of citrus, eucalyptus, wheat germ, alfalfa, and sunflower, all working together to tender the skin and leaving it visibly more supple.

 
 

4. RoC’s MULTI-CORREXION Skin Renewing Serum (USD 28.99)

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INGREDIENTS: Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Glycerin, Tetrahydroxypropyl Ethylenediamine, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Dimethicone, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Nylon 12, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Retinol, Tocopherol, PEG 12 Dimethicone, Copper Gluconate, Magnesium Aspartate, Zinc Gluconate, Titanium Dioxide, Citric Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Pentylene Glycol, Butylene Glycol, Laureth 23, Bisabolol, Laureth 4, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Ethylparaben, Polyacrylamide, Sodium Hydroxide, Disodium EDTA, BHT, C13 14 Isoparaffin, Polysorbate 20, Hydroxyphenyl Propamidobenzoic Acid, Ascorbic Acid, Laureth 7, Mica, Fragrance

 

WHAT IT IS:
An anti-aging serum

WHAT IT DOES:
Evens tone, diminishes lines and wrinkles, increases firmness, brightens complexion

HOW IT WORKS:
The company has been boasting retinol across all its products for a reason – it’s the #1 dermatologist-recommended anti-aging ingredient. In this serum, the vitamin A derivative restores skin integrity by repairing and smoothening out wrinkles, along with its allies vitamins C and E as well as minerals zinc, copper, and magnesium to help increase cell turnover.

5. DHC’s Deep Cleansing Oil (USD 28.00)

 
 

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INGREDIENTS: Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Sorbeth-30 Tetraoleate, Pentylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Tocopherol, Stearyl Glycyrrhetinate, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil

 

WHAT IT IS:
A skin-nourishing cleanser and makeup remover

WHAT IT DOES:
Reduces grease, dissolves dirt, removes excess oil, makeup (even waterproof mascara), and other pore-clogging impurities

HOW IT WORKS:
Infused with olive oil and vitamin E, this extra-thick all-rounder delivers the anti-inflammatory and omega-3 nutrients naturally to your skin as you cleanse, all the while providing the hydration you need. After rinsing the cleanser off, it’s easier for your fresh, glowing, and supple skin to absorb other youth-promoting products on your dressing table.

 
 

6. Sisley’s Sisleÿa Global Anti-Age Cream (USD 475.00)

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INGREDIENTS: Water, Propylene Glycol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Glyceryl Stearate, Zea Mays (Corn) Germ Oil, Isopropyl Palmitate, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Extract, Hexyldecanol, Potentilla Erecta Root Extract, Oleyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, Cetyl Phosphate, Chlorella Emersonii (Algae) Extract, Triethanolamine, Nasturtium Officinale Extract, Lentinus Edodes Extract, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Equisetum Arvense Extract, Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract, Ruscus Aculeatus Root Extract, Cetearyl Alcohol, Panthenol, Phenoxyethanol, Carbomer, Ceteareth-33, Sodium Methylparaben, Fragrance, Sorbic Acid, Triclosan, Tetrasodium EDTA, Retinyl Palmitate, Methylparaben, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Limonene, Linalool

 

WHAT IT IS:
An anti-aging cream

WHAT IT DOES:
Hydrating, moisturizing, refines texture, promotes healthy cellular metabolism, fights free radicals, restores elasticity, increases firmness, improves skin tone and resilience, reduces appearance of lines and wrinkles

HOW IT WORKS:
If hormonal imbalances are preventing you from putting your best face forward, then this is the cream for you. With its actives made up of a powerful plant-based complex (ursolic acid, phytostimulines, shiitake, ginkgo biloba, various essential oils), vitamins, trace minerals essential for healthy cellular metabolism, skin renewal, and intercellular exchanges, this multi-tasking cream delivers all the great after-effects of proper regeneration – a toned, vibrant, and radiant skin. These youth-preserving key ingredients supports the restructuring process by fighting free radicals while strengthening the skin’s natural defense properties.

 
 

7. SkinCeuticals’ C E Ferulic (USD 153.00

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INGREDIENTS: Water, Ethoxydiglycol, L-Ascorbic Acid, Propylene Glycol, Glycerin, Laureth 23, Alpha Tocopherol, Phenoxyethanol, Triethanolamine, Ferulic Acid, Panthenol, Sodium Hyaluronate

 

WHAT IT IS:
An anti-aging antioxidant treatment

WHAT IT DOES:
Protects skin against environmental damage (UV rays, infrared radiation, etc.), boosts collagen synthesis, neutralizes free radicals, increases firmness

HOW IT WORKS:
A sidekick to your daily sunscreen, this formula contains 0.5% ferulic acid, an antioxidant that shields your skin from photo-damage and has anti-inflammatory properties that combat the visible signs of aging. C E Ferulic also contains 15% pure L-ascorbic acid (vitamin C) that helps to stimulate collagen production as well as 1% alpha tocopherol (vitamin E) for stepping up the skin’s healing process.

 
 

8. Shiseido’s WHITE LUCENT Brightening Protective Emulsion SPF-15 (USD 54.50)

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ACTIVE INGREDIENTS: Octinoxate (4.9%), Octocrylene (5%), INACTIVE INGREDIENTS: Water, Glycerin, Dipropylene Glycol, SD Alcohol 40, Dimethicone, Silica, Diisopropyl Sebacate, Tranexamic Acid, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Candelilla Wax, PPG-14/7 Dimethyl Ether, Erythritol, PPG-17/Dimethyl Ether, 2-0-Ethyl Ascorbic Acid, Xanthan Gum, Glucosyl Hesperidin, Phytostearyl/Octyldodecyl Lauroyl Glutamate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, PPG-19/19 Dimethicone, Behenyl Alcohol, PPG-8-Ceteth-20, Behenth-20, Trisodium EDTA, Acrylates/C10-C30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Carbomer, Stearyl Alcohol, Potassium Hydroxide, Hydroxy Propylcellulose, BHT, Polysilica-2, Sodium Metabisulfite, Tocopheryl, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxide

 

WHAT IT IS:
A brightening daytime moisturizer

WHAT IT DOES:
Hydrates, protects skin from UV rays, reduces discoloration

HOW IT WORKS:
This antioxidant-rich formula fades existing dark spots while the SPF prevents new ones from forming. For such a lightweight formula, it’s hydrating and blends easily with foundation. It also contains m-tranexamic acid to prevent dark spots that can appear from sun exposure.

This antioxidant-rich emulsion is potent with vitamin C that helps to even out pigmentation inconsistencies to reveal the radiant and dewy appearance of a fairer, plumper-looking skin. With the SPF and the texture-refining m-tranexamic acid, this moisturizer also shields the skin against environmental stressors to prevent dark spots from forming as well as to fade the existing ones.

 
 
 

Have you tried any of these products before? If yes, does it live up to the hype?

 


 
 
 
 


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