SI­MONE WU dis­cov­ers how a treat­ment lo­tion can do won­ders to give her skin an in­stant boost.

Simply Her (Singapore) - - Beauty -

I n my early 20s, I could hap­pily skip ap­ply­ing skin­care for a day or two – and still look fresh and ra­di­ant. Now that I’m in my 30s, I can’t be lazy about my beauty rou­tine any­more. Even though I re­li­giously ap­ply skin­care, my face still gets dry and itchy at times.

I found out that it’s be­cause, over the years, my skin’s de­fence sys­tem has de­te­ri­o­rated, leav­ing it prone to de­hy­dra­tion and ir­ri­ta­tion. It’s made worse by daily ex­po­sure to UV rays, air-con­di­tion­ing and my ir­reg­u­lar life­style – not sleep­ing enough and not eat­ing well.

While pow­er­ful serums and mois­turis­ers help, it’s harder for weak­ened or dam­aged skin to ab­sorb the nu­tri­ents ef­fec­tively. The so­lu­tion: up­grade my toner to a treat­ment lo­tion. NOT TONER, NOT QUITE SERUM An emerg­ing cat­e­gory of skin­care fo­cuses on treat­ing and strength­en­ing skin. The prod­ucts go by dif­fer­ent names – treat­ment lo­tion, soft­en­ing lo­tion or essence-in-lo­tion – but they’re all used in place of toner. They sat­u­rate your skin with nu­tri­ents, just like a serum.

Think of it as a warm-up – the lo­tions prep and strengthen skin, so you can get the best out of the prod­ucts that fol­low.

One such new prod­uct is the Es­tee Lauder Mi­cro Essence Skin Ac­ti­vat­ing Treat­ment Lo­tion (150ml), $140. It strength­ens the pro­tec­tive bar­rier of all types of skin, mak­ing it re­sis­tant to ex­ter­nal stres­sors. It also soothes ir­ri­ta­tion and pro­vides deep hy­dra­tion, while en­hanc­ing re­silience with its blend of mi­cronu­tri­ents and re­pair­ing pep­tides.

SU­PER SKIN BOOSTER The treat­ment lo­tion feels like wa­ter and leaves a dewy veil. My com­bi­na­tion-oily skin ab­sorbed it in sec­onds and be­came in­stantly smoother and less red. I ap­plied an anti-age­ing serum and mois­turiser af­ter, and my skin was more hy­drated than usual the next day. Af­ter us­ing it twice a day for a week, my en­larged pores looked less ob­vi­ous and my com­plex­ion, more ra­di­ant.

While I can’t skip skin­care steps any­more, I’m relieved that I don’t need an ad­di­tional step to my rou­tine. It’s time to say good­bye to my old pal, toner, and em­brace the treat­ment lo­tion – my new beauty sta­ple.

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