Weeks into the FMCO and our skin’s really feeling the effects of “lockdown skin” – yes, that really is a thing according to Healthline.com. With our daily routines switched to adapt to indoor life once again, our skin’s also readjusting to this new lifestyle. On top of that, this excruciating heat we’re constantly experiencing has really put our skin to the test. As a result, dry patches and dullness have started showing up – yikes!

In dire need of some TLC to help ease those issues, we’ve rounded up some of our new go-to hydrating formulas that are all about strengthening our skin’s moisture barrier, reviving tired skin and getting it back to its healthy state. Check them out below:

1. Caudalie Grape Water Gel Moisturiser, RM165

Caudalie Grape Water Gel Moisturiser
Photography: Caudalie

Give thirsty skin a surge of hydration with Caudalie’s new grape water-infused moisturiser. Formulated to provide intense hydration and protect against free radicals, the gel texture instantly melts into the skin while enveloping it with antioxidants, hydrating sugars and prebiotics from organic grape water. On top of that, organic aloe vera is also added to repair and soothe damaged skin while retaining water for long-lasting hydration. Oh, did we mention it’s also great for sensitive skin? This silicone-free and non-comedogenic cream has been tested on sensitive skin and works great for normal to combination skin too!

Shop the Caudalie Grape Water Gel Moisturiser onkensapothecary.com.myorsephora.my.

2. Dior Capture Totale Super Potent Eye Serum, RM345

Dior Capture Totale Super Potent Eye Serum
Photography: Dior

Dior’s best-selling Capture Totale Serum is now tailored to focus solely on our delicate under eyes. Made with 92% natural-origin ingredients like longoza to energise the skin’s mother cells, rye extract to tone and firm the skin and acetylated hyaluronic acid to keep skin hydrated at all times, the serum comes with a patented 360 Cryo-flex Zamak applicator to massage while instantly brightening and hydrating the skin for up to six hours!

Shop the Dior Capture Totale Super Potent Eye Serumhere.

3. Etude SoonJung Hydro Barrier Cream, RM92

Etude SoonJung Hydro Barrier Cream
Photography: Etude Malaysia
Designed by Fatin Izzatie

Filled with hydrating ingredients (about 92.2% at that!), this intensive cream not only provides a moisturising layer but calms stressed skin simultaneously. Thanks to PanthensosideTM which contains panthenol, the cream is perfect for anyone experiencing skin damage. Plus, with the addition of madecassoside from Centella Asiatica and green tea extract, skin is soothed, repaired, protected and moisturised. Formulated without fragrance, mineral oils and parabens, the cream is gentle on the skin and is vegan and cruelty-free!

Shop the Etude SoonJung Hydro Barrier Cream onLazadaorShopee.

4. Fresh Rose Deep Hydration Face Cream, RM210

Fresh Rose Deep Hydration Face Cream
Photography: Fresh

Doubling up on the hydration, Fresh has improved its #1 best-selling moisturiser with damask rose extract, an ingredient that helps strengthen the skin’s barrier and lock in moisture. Also powered by the cream’s existing hyaluronic acids and time-release technology, the damask rose extract that’s sourced from Rose Valley in Bulgaria helps to attract and retain water while preventing water loss from the skin. With up to 72 hours of hydration, this is one goodie we can’t wait to get our hands on!  

The Fresh Rose Deep Hydration Face Creamhere.

5. Innisfree Green Tea Seed Serum 4.0, RM118

Innisfree Green Tea Seed Serum 4.0
Photography: Innisfree

This new and improved Innisfree favourite is now in its fourth generation with even more hydration to offer! Keeping its existing Beauty Green Tea ingredient intact, the upgraded formula comes with Green Tea Biome (also known as Green Tea Tri-biotics™) that’s packed with prebiotics, probiotics and postbiotics to help strengthen the skin’s moisture barrier and keep its microbiome balanced. Besides that, five hyaluronic acids of different molecular sizes and allantoin are added into the mix to replenish moisture levels and soothe any irritation. To use, apply the pre-serum right after cleansing to lock in moisture and optimise the skin’s condition so it better absorbs the rest of the products in your routine.

Shop the Innisfree Green Tea Seed Serum 4.0here.

6. Olay Regenerist Collagen Peptide 24 Serum, RM109.90

Olay Regenerist Collagen Peptide 24 Serum
Photography: Olay

Collagen is a great component to keep skin well-hydrated and healthy but we naturally produce less of it as we age. Thankfully, Olay’s newest fragrance-free serum is able to provide skin with the nourishment it needs with the help of collagen peptides. Mimicking the skin’s own collagen, the serum also includes niacinamide to help surface cell regeneration, and glycerin and snow mushroom extract to stimulate collagen production while sealing in moisture to keep the skin plump and bouncy throughout the day.

Shop the Olay Regenerist Collagen Peptide 24 Serumhere.

7. Olehenriksen Cold Plunge Pore Remedy Moisturizer, RM201

Olehenriksen Cold Plunge Pore Remedy Moisturizer

If you’ve got oily to combination skin, give the Cold Plunge Pore Remedy Moisturizer by Olehenriksen a go. Taking inspiration from the Scandinavian sauna cycle’s ‘cold plunge’ step, this oil-free moisturiser instantly refreshes skin while delivering all-day hydration with its lightweight and creamy texture. What’s great about this moisturiser is that it controls shine and even minimises the look of pores thanks to the Green Fusion Complex and Alpine Willowherb. Besides that, it’s got BHA and LHA to clear dead skin cells from clogged pores, smoothen skin texture and improve the look of dark spots, fine lines and wrinkles.  

Shop the Olehenriksen Cold Plunge Pore Remedy Moisturizerhere.

8. Omorovicza Queen Of Hungary Evening Mist, RM299

Omorovicza Queen Of Hungary Evening Mist
Photography: Omorovicza

Let the final touch in your nighttime ritual be as dreamy and delicate as Omorovicza’s latest addition – the Queen Of Hungary Evening Mist! Blending melatonin with magnesium, lavender oils and Omorovicza’s Healing Concentrate™ to repair and revitalise the skin while reducing signs of ageing and stress, you’ll wake up to youthful and refreshed-looking skin when you spritz a few pumps just before you hit the hay. Now that’s what we call getting your ‘beauty sleep’!

Shop the Omorovicza Queen Of Hungary Evening Misthere.

9. Philosophy Nature In A Jar Skin Rehab Balm With Wheatgrass, RM171

Philosophy Skin Rehab Balm With Wheatgrass
Photography: Philosophy

Doing exactly what it says on the tube, this night-time mask is the perfect companion when your skin feels like it needs some rescuing! Made with wheatgrass which provides chlorophyll and antioxidant benefits, as well as barley leaf, broccoli and ginger extracts to detoxify and energise the skin, it’s able to improve the skin’s hydration levels by 156% and invigorate tired and stressed skin. What’s more, it’s also eco-conscious with a packaging that’s made out of 52.4% post-consumer recycled material and 100% recycled fibre folding carton. Love!

Shop the Philosophy Nature In A Jar Skin Rehab Balm With Wheatgrasshere.

10. The Body Shop Drops Of Youth™ Bouncy Jelly Mist, RM99

The Body Shop Drops Of Youth™ Bouncy Jelly Mist
Photography: The Body Shop

Using Community Fair Trade moringa seed oil, an Omega 9-rich ingredient, not only are you getting a healthy dose of moisture but protection from pollutants and blue light as well! Combined with a blend of edelweiss, sea holly and Criste marine to shield and renew the skin, this versatile and super lightweight mist spray helps to keep it looking fresh, dewy and bouncy all day – a total WFH essential, don’t you think?

Shop The Body Shop Drops of Youth™ Bouncy Jelly Misthere.

Featured image: Andrea Piacquadio/Pexels

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