If you are a skincare junkie, you’ll know that some of the best products come from under-the-radar brands that are generally difficult to procure. Packed with ingredients that are innovative and efficacious, these miracle workers quickly rose to cult status without the help of influencers and celebrity endorsements. Albeit pricey, they are worth every penny to get it shipped over to Singapore. However, thanks to Sephora, Mr. Porter and other online retailers, you can now get your hands on these once hard-to-buy brands at the comfort of your own home. Here are the skincare brands you need to get on board right now.
This made-in-the-USA mom-and-pop is the birth child of stay-home mom Tiffany Masterson, who once dabbled in multi-level-marketing selling bar cleansers. After realising that the soap was a fraud, she decided to shut her business down and start her very own skincare brand. She launched Drunk Elephant with just six products, out of which the TLC Sukari Babyfacial—a chemical exfoliant and the C-Firma™ Day Serum—a vitamin C day serum, skyrocketed Drunk Elephant into the spotlight. Their philosophy in skincare is simple: using only ingredients that are beneficial to the skin and boost the effectiveness of their formulations regardless of whether the product is natural or synthetic. Every Drunk Elephant product is free from silicones, essential oils, chemical screens, SLS, drying alcohols, fragrance, and dyes so that the skin can reset back to its healthy and clean state.
You should definitely get your hands on the brand’s TLC Sukari Babyfacial, a potent at-home acid peel that (as its name suggests) promises a smoother and baby-soft visage right after the first use. The acid blend work to gently slough off the dead skin cells from the stratum corneum to reveal fresher and younger looking skin while synergistically speeding up skin cell turnover. After washing the mask off, you can expect facial-grade results, without the abrasiveness from a chemical peel due to the matcha, milk thistle and apple extracts that soothes and conditions the skin.
Dissatisfied at ineffective products on the market, cosmetic chemist and product formulator Sunday Riley launched her eponymous brand in 2009, hoping to provide effective solutions using high-quality actives. Case in point, retinols back in the day were prescription-only creams that came in a medical-looking metal tube. Sunday Riley changed the game for this amazing anti-aging ingredient with her Luna Sleeping Night Oil, which gives the benefits of a traditional retinol sans the dryness, irritation and flaking while supplying the skin with soothing blue tansy, green chamomile and chia seed oil, a rich botanical source of omega 3 and alpha-lipoic acid, keeping the skin hydrated and supple.
The CEO Rapid Flash Brightening Serum is the saviour of dull and uneven skin. Packed with 15% THD ascorbate, the serum is unlike your usual L-ascorbic acid variants which tend to oxidise quickly due to its instability. The high concentration of ultra-stable vitamin C derivative work to provide an antioxidative boost to the skin, zapping pigmentation, boosting collagen production, fighting off harmful free radicals. It absorbs quickly into the skin, giving the complexion a natural healthy glow.
Peter Thomas Roth
If you have followed your girlfriend or any females into Sephora, you might have seen this clinical skincare brand along the display aisles. Peter Thomas Roth’s parents were owners of two Hungarian spa resorts and naturally, skincare became an inherent part of his life. His modus operandi is simple: breakthrough formulas, astonishing results, basing much of his formulations around the healing properties of the muds and minerals of the Hungarian thermal springs. Roth blends old-school remedies with state-of-the-art innovation in his own lab and production facility to produce a comprehensive range of over 100 cutting-edge products, addressing concerns from head-to-toe.
Aside from the brand’s iconic anti-aging range, the new Hungarian Thermal Water Mineral-Rich Moisturiser (a mouthful we know) is a great addition to the sweltering humid weather. The hydrating cream feels light and fresh and is packed with fatty acids, cholesterol, and ceramides, components that make up the skin matrix. The star ingredient is, of course, the mineral-rich water from Carpathian Valley in Hungary which quenches the parched and thirsty skin while feeding the skin with vital nutrients. Peter also elevates the otherwise-basic moisturiser with bioengineered extracts of rosemary, beech tree bud, and peony that improves the firmness, elasticity of the skin, reducing the appearance of fine lines.
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When Frederic Stoeckel found out about the wonders of algae, in particular, alguronic acid on the aging skin from a scientist, he left his cozy job at L’Oréal, packed his bags and headed for San Francisco to start up Algenist. The brand harnesses the adaptive, regenerative nature of algae in the form of the wondrous acid to help to put a halt to signs of aging. The patented compound is said to boost cell turnover rates and synergistically improve the efficacy of other skincare ingredients for visible results all within ten days.
While Algenist’s Genius Anti-aging range has proven to be a crowd favourite, the Liquid Collagen is one to look out for. As we all know, the skin is supported by bunches of collagen fibres. Unhealthy lifestyle habits and exposure to UV rays accelerate the breaking down of collagen and eventually causes the skin to wrinkle and sag. The vegan serum looks to deliver and replenish collagen in its most active state combining beaded microalgae oil, omega 3, 6, and 9, and a natural source of vitamin E, so the skin is much resilient, brighter, and younger-looking.
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While @jloganhorne is a maximalist when it comes to fashion, he tends to keep his skincare regimen on the minimal side with a daily 4-step regimen. We asked Logan to share his daily skincare regimen, and his tips to get his skin glowing in a pinch. #greenyourbeautyroutine • Clarifying Cleanser – Formulated for blemish-prone skin, the Clarifying Cleanser is Logan’s go-to for clean, nourished skin. • Resurfacing Serum – Gives you a perfect, subtle glow & is the ideal precursor to moisturizer. The Resurfacing Serum provides antioxidants and vitamins to fight free radicals and get your skin glowing. • Clarifying Moisturizer – Also formulated for blemish prone skin, this moisturizer helps to reduce blemishes and inflammation to keep your skin clear and moisturized. • Restorative Eye Creme – Helps to reduce signs of aging like fine lines and dark shadows.
The natural movement has been picking up traction over the years, finally permeating into the luxury skincare industry. After her father was diagnosed with skin cancer in 2005, brand founder Tata Harper was urged by their doctor to be more conscious about chemicals that were found in your everyday products. This prompted her to start her own line, recruiting a group of scientists and utilising the natural botanicals grown from her 1,200 acre farm in Vermont to formulate products without any synthetic chemicals.
Tata’s Retinoic Nutrient Face Oil delivers the benefits of retinoic acid, a powerful vitamin A derived from rosehip oil, while replenishes hydration back into the skin. Traditional retinol leaves the skin parched and dry but this multitasking oil helps to keep skin moisturised without the occlusive feeling. The blend of arnica, borage, alfalfa, elderberry, meadowsweet, and calendula also feeds the dermis with a boost of essential vitamins, fatty acids, and nutrients so that the skin is healthy and supple.