FIRM UP MY SKIN!
SIMONE WU discovers how a treatment lotion can do wonders to give her skin an instant boost.
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.