Although Hong Kong is generally known for its heat and humidityThe short, dry winter season can often wreak havoc on our unprepared skin.
As with almost everything in life and skin care, preparation is essential: dry skin can lead to redness, rough texture, or intense itching, exacerbated by copious amounts of washing and disinfection that we have been engaged in lately, in light of the pandemic. These are ways to inject hydration into your skin in winter, but it often depends on your skin type and condition to determine the best way to effectively hydrate.
Whether it's the intense hydration you're looking for, or a boost in hydrating ingredients to plump up your parched and fragile cells, here are 17 products that can rejuvenate your entire winter routine:
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May Lindstrom: the pendulum potion
When it comes to cleansers, nothing beats the multi-tasking way of The Pendulum Potion by May Lindstrom. Filled to the brim with a blend of high fat oils such as camellia and avocado, this green flower elixir also possesses the anti-inflammatory properties of tamanu oil to ensure your skin is completely cleansed of makeup. and pollutants. It can also be used to treat split ends in your hair or added to your bath water to give your body a little softness.
628 HK $ at Beautysaur Organics
Wildsmith Skin: Active Repair Nourishing Cleansing Balm
With roots based in bucolic, rural Britain, Wildsmith Skin guarantees potent products that are perfect for city dwellers, with its impressive blend of bioactive vegetable oils and rich butters that work hard to prevent future cell damage. Wildsmith Skin Nourishing Cleansing Balm is an ideal first step in your routine, using a soothing formula to remove daily pollutants and makeup without dehydrating your fragile skin.
735 HK $ from Lane Crawford
Omorovizca: Magical Moisture Mist
Known as a kind of `` liquid moisturizer, '' this hydrating mist contains a two-phase formula that uses regenerative rosehip and avocado oils for maximum hydration, in conjunction with plant stem cells - packed with antioxidants that fight the drying impact of constant exposure. to pollution.
HK $ 720.25 from Net-a-Porter
Augustinus Bader: The face oil
Released with strong critical praise, Augustinus Bader's cream has inevitably changed the way we consume skincare with its one-step formulation. Building on the success of its patented THC8 complex made popular by The Cream, Dr. Augustinus Bader's new facial oil contains the same potent supply of amino acids and vitamins to combat hyperpigmentation while completely relieving the skin from the drought - all in an oily finish.
HK $ 1,825 from Net-a-Porter
La Prairie: Platinum Rare High-Rejuvenation Cream
This well-known cream has been tirelessly renewed by scientists at La Prairie to ensure greater effectiveness and high experience - better, to justify its exorbitant price. With its signature "exclusive cell complex" considered "the guardian of the epidermis", this cream invigorates the skin's stem cells to function like those of young skin, adding a plump bounce to loose or loose skin. to fine lines. If money isn't an item, it's the exalted skin savior you'll want to trust.
HK $ 12,550 from La Prairie
La Mer: Concentrated night balm
Often considered the epitome of luxury skin care, La Mer's Genaissance range captures the powerful benefits of crystals, pairing it with their brilliant `` miracle broth '' to help skin regain its radiance. youth. La Mer's new Night Balm comes with a beautiful, moon-shaped metal applicator, offering ampoule-force treatment in an easy-to-use balm that helps rebuild the skin's natural collagen and soften age spots, as well as firm and hydrate the epidermal layer. .
5,000 HK $ from La Mer
First Aid Beauty: Ultra Repairing Cream
If you are constantly bothered by ailments of sensitive skin, you will be no stranger to the Ultra Restorative Cream from First Aid Beauty. Formulated with nourishing ingredients such as colloidal oatmeal, shea butter and ceramides, this moisturizer is intended to soothe all manner of skin ailments - whether it's chronic eczema, hypersensitivity or simply from uncomfortably dehydrated skin during the winter.
HK $ 280 from Sephora
Institut Esthederm: Intensive Hyaluronic Cream
We've all heard of hyaluronic acid: The buzzword for any hydration fanatic refers to the powerful sugar naturally present in the body that holds water in your epidermis layer. The amount we have of this magic molecule unfortunately decreases with age, but the Esthederm Institute delivers an effective cream infused abundantly with three forms of hyaluronic acid to restore the foundation of the skin in several layers, immediately soothing the skin. dehydrated skin.
Free HK $ 550
Monastery: Flora Botanical Cream Serum
As part of the exclusive range of Nourish Clean beauty products organized by the sustainable well-being experts of Po House, this hybrid product cuts the extra steps in your routine with its comfortable texture: it's formulated to be creamier than serum but lighter than cream, which means it's great all year round. Filled with hyaluronic acid and oils from fruits and flowers, this product is hydrating and nourishing even for hypersensitive skin, helping to bring back a rosy glow by stimulating the microcirculation of the skin.
Nourish HK $ 1,288
Caudalie: Premier Cru The Serum
We all like a little bit of some wine, but it becomes a real game changer when added to your skincare as evidenced by the potency of grapevine resveratrol added to the incredible Premier Cru The Serum. With its ability to firm, plump and nourish the skin, this serum contains a patented ingredient Vinergy, which activates the renewal and regeneration of the skin in as little time as a day to give radiance to the skin while countering the effects of aging.
1100 HK $ from Caudalie
Esse Skincare: Resurrect Serum
Addressing the aging of people with sensitive skin, this serum harnesses the immense effectiveness of powerful organic extracts such as bakuchiol and its eponymous Namibian resurrection plant, which has the ability to flourish year after year in the desert. of Namib without a single drop of water. The highly researched serum works to replenish water levels in the epidermis without triggering an immune response, a phenomenon which the brand claims is the root cause of breakouts and accelerated aging of the skin.
HK $ 920 from select retailers in town
MTM Labo: Custom Mix Eye Mask Kit
Highly personal and extremely effective, MTM Labo's personalized eye masks ensure that your specific skin needs are met through in-depth brand consultations and on-site product blending. Depending on the condition of the delicate skin around your eyes, MTM will add appropriate herbal extracts to help relieve these unwanted skin symptoms. For a confident overnight treatment for tired eyes and fine lines, apply three pumps of hydrating eye essence before and after a collagen pliable pad for a powerful peptide boost directly to the typically dehydrated area under your eyes.
1880 HK $ from MTM Labo
Armani Beauty: Crema Nera Instant Reviving Cream Face Mask
If you're getting ready for the holidays and need an instant dose of hydration before any special event, look no further than Armani Beauty's all new Crema Nera Creamy Facial Mask. With next-gen packaging made of fabric and film that is flush with the skin, each sheet mask injects what is typically two weeks of skin care into your skin in just twenty minutes: rich in the patented ingredient 'Reviscentalis' Armani Beauty, this face mask is a heavy weight that facilitates the self-healing process of the skin while plumping fine lines in a jiffy.
HK $ 1640 / five Armani Beauty masks
Clarins: SOS Comfort Mask
Like its name, this nourishing mask is intended to provide a much needed dose of hydration while comforting the skin. Its balm texture adds a touch of softness and suppleness in just 10 minutes, using juicy ingredients like wild mango to protect the skin from drying out.
370 HK $ from Clarins
Joanna Vargas: Euphoria Face Mask
Simply put, this sheet mask brings us joy - thanks to its infusion of essential nutrients from aloe vera and chamomile extracts that work hard to immediately soothe our thirsty skin. Its addition of bamboo as a key ingredient that relieves redness, it's a great mask to put on before heading to a big event - like you've just received a treatment from the brand's famous facialist founder, Joanna Vargas, she -even.
HK $ 620 / five Joyce Beauty masks
Costa Brazil: Body cream
Effortlessly chic and pleasantly scented, this beautiful line created by former Calvin Klein Creative Director Francisco Costa offers the best of ingredients with a responsibly sourced concoction straight from the heart of the Amazon rainforest. Her branded Jungle Complex uses a highly effective combination of antioxidant-rich kaya and cacay oils and breu resin to boost hydration while firming skin texture and tone.
HK $ 805 from Net-a-Porter
Sisley: Velvet nourishing body cream
Because your skin is the largest organ in the body, it doesn't make sense to put only the right things on your face. For head-to-toe hydration, we recommend Sisley's Velvet Nourishing Body Cream, a delicious product made primarily from the antioxidant powerhouse in saffron blossoms, which works to deeply repair the skin while injecting a dose of luxurious hydration.
HK $ 980 from Lane Crawford
The best time to visit Italy are the months of May, June, and September. Compared to the peak summer months of July and August, these months offer more comfortable temperatures and there are fewer crowds ( except around Easter ). The country experiences four classic seasons per year, although there is a marked difference between the wetter, cooler North and the drier, warmer South. The rainiest months pretty much everywhere are usually October and November.
Fall ( September – November ) : temperatures cool down gradually, although September is usually still very pleasant. Expect crisp fall leaves and some sunnier days, but plan for wet weather too. Fall carries many of the same benefits as spring, but with slightly less predictable weather.
Winter : temperatures in the South remain mild in winter, while Northern Italy is normally wet and cold. Winter in the Italian Alps is fantastic though for skiing and snowboarding, but the ski resorts do get crowded so book early.
Travelers wishing to visit Italy can use a bus, train, plane, or boat to get there. Most tourists arrive by plane though, often landing in Rome’s Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport, the country’s busiest airport. This is the preferred point of entry in Italy when you want to visit Rome, or tour the entire country. Click here for a continuously updated list of airlines that offer direct flights to Rome.
Although Rome is the main getaway for most visitors to Italy, it’s often easier and cheaper to fly directly to/from one of the country’s other airports. It can also save you a lot of time to book a multi-city ticket, hereby arriving in one airport and leaving from another ( for example fly in via Milan in the north and fly out via Naples in the south ). The following airports are of interest for most tourist itineraries :
Milan Malpenza Airport ( north ) is the largest international airport in the Milan metropolitan area in northern Italy ( and also the main getaway to the Italian Lakes ). Click here for a continuously updated list of airlines that offer direct flights to Milan.
Venice Marco Polo airport ( north ) is the international airport of Venice. It offers flights to many European metropolitan areas as well as some partly seasonal long-haul routes to the United States, Canada, South Korea and the Middle East. Click here for a continuously updated list of airlines that offer direct flights to Venice.