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Thanks to social media skinfluencers (*ahem*, Hyram),
the general population’s skincare knowledge is greater than ever before. The alcohol-soaked
wipes and microbead scrubs of our teenage years have officially been ‘cancelled’,
paving the way for high-powered actives and clean, gentle formulas from the get-go.
If you’re not quite ready to splurge on super luxe skincare but want the best of beauty’s
big-shot ingredients in your routine, we’ve got you covered with our most affordable, feel-good
skincare (that still looks good on the ‘gram).
The hype for hyaluronic and its many forms is real: Estee Lauder’s
Advanced Night Repair Complex was the first ever skincare product to use the
hydrating and plumping ingredient, and APOT.CARE
founder Antoine Le Galloudec lauds it as the one ingredient everyone should have in their
A popular humectant for all skin types, hyaluronic acid has the power to retain over a
thousand times its weight in water within the skin's cells. Add it to your routine with a
serum, such as Mario
Badescu’s Hyaluronic Dew Drop Serum, or, in a moisturiser—our starter picks are Morphe’s new Total
Softie Gel Moisturizer, and the Kylie Skin Face
READ MORE: I used nothing but Kylie Skin for a week and these are
Playmaker of clear, glassy, even-toned skin, vitamin C is a super-antioxidant we sing praise for time and time
again. Plus, it makes a sun, pollution, and free-radical fighting super duo when paired with your favourite sunscreen. A good vitamin C serum can be
on the pricier side, so when we peeped the ingredients list for Kylie Skin’s Vitamin C
Serum, (it’s the second ingredient!) we were sold. If you want to ease into the
ingredient with a smaller dose, try the brand’s Eye Cream, or Mario Badescu’s Hydro
Moisturiser With Vitamin C.
READ MORE: Everything you need to know about incorporating
vitamin c into your skincare routine
Now that we’ve all learnt how to pronounce it, it’s about time you reaped niacinamide’s long list of benefits. Also known as vitamin B3, the
essential nutrient strengthens the skin barrier, counteracts dullness, helps to alleviate
breakouts, and regulates oil production. When paired with hyaluronic? Game. Changing.
Whenever your skin is feeling ‘bleurgh’, slather on the Hydrating Face
Mask from Kylie Skin—alongside niacinamide, it has shea butter, ceramides, and vitamin E, and will bring your skin back to life in
just 15 minutes (or, if you prefer, overnight). If you’re on the go, reach for Morphe’s Li'L
Pick-Me-Up 3-In-1 Face Mist for a quick fix of the ingredient.
READ MORE: What can’t niacinamide do? Meet the ingredient that
takes your skin from blah to brilliant
Lightweight, non-comedogenic and a rich source of fatty acids and antioxidants, squalane—an olive and rice bran-derived emollient—is moisturising,
gentle and hard-working, and found in our most nourishing and softening skincare. Kylie Skin’s Vanilla
Milk Toner is almost more essence than toner, drenching the skin in squalane,
hyaluronic, jojoba, avocado, as well as more famously effective ingredients for less than
$40. Morphe’s Lippie
Lullaby Lip Mask sends squalane’s softening powers direct to your lips.
MORE: Squalane is the skin-softening multitasker you need, stat
An alpha-hydroxy-acid and one of skincare’s greatest glow-getters, glycolic
acid is the ingredient to reach for when your skin takes a trip down lacklustre
lane—like when you apply your foundation and something about it just doesn’t look right.
Potently powerful, glycolic helps to refine pores, target acne, fade discolouration and
resurface your complexion, leaving it clearer, smoother, and infinitely better. If it’s your
first time using the acid, the key is to start in small doses and for short time
periods—making a cleanser your perfect gateway. Our recommendation? Morphe’s Bubbly Fresh
Gel-To-Foam Cleanser, which balances glycolic with calming aloe vera and blue-green
MORE: Glycolic acid: the glow-boosting gamechanger your skin needs
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