Dr.Ci:Labo Moisturising Skincare Routine

I’ve always found skincare, and skin concerns to be a very personal thing for most people. After all, when we’re not looking our best when we’re bare, it’s hard to feel like we’re putting our best face forward, even once we’ve piled on our makeup.

My personal skin concern has always been my dry complexion. Missing out on a few hours of sleep, or skipping last night’s skincare routine can read on my face by the time I wake up the next morning. I’m talking about pronounced laugh lines, patchy foundation (yikes) and that awful tightness of the skin.

So to treat my parched skin, I turned to moisturisation experts, Dr.Ci:Labo. Keep reading to find out more about our 4-step skincare routine with their range of luxurious, yet lightweight products.

Step 1: Aqua-In-Derm Booster Essence

Using booster essence is something relatively new to me and my skincare routine, but has changed the way I apply skincare completely! Because moisture and hydration is such a big concern of mine, I’ve always been particularly picky about how well treatments absorb into the skin, avoiding greasy and heavy products altogether.  

The Aqua-In-Derm Booster Essence has an extremely lightweight gel-like texture that absorbs almost instantly. I particularly love the fact that it leaves your skin feeling soothed upon application, which is great for those with sensitive skin. The essence then acts to improve your skin’s permeability through ionization, so that all of that product you’re going to apply after can work all the way into the deeper layers of your skin. It also purifies your skin by removing dead skin cells while enhancing the skin’s ability to naturally clear toxins.

The thing I love the most about this product is how it sets your skin up to benefit as much as it can from your skincare, while not adding any weight to the skin. Once the product is absorbed, it feels as if nothing was applied!

Step 2: VC100 Essence Lotion EX

This multi-essence lotion is a well-loved Dr.Ci:Labo product, and for good reason. Rich in Vitamin C that’s been specially formulated to permeate the skin surface for better absorption, the lotion increases collagen generation, tightens pores, reduces dark spots, firms skin and repairs scars.

And while Vitamin C is the star here, it’s not all the lotion has to offers. It also contains 3 types of collagen and hyaluronic acids, antioxidant components such as camellia leaf extract and CoQ10, as well as a patented complex called Lipidure which intensely hydrates and protects the skin.

Upon application, you might feel a slightly soapy, or slippery texture, but rest assured, this lotion is oil-free! After applying it to the skin with a cotton swab, gently work the lightweight lotion in circular motions to encourage absorption before allowing to air-dry. There was no greasy residue left behind but my skin felt significantly softer and more supple after just one use.

Step 3: Aqua Collagen Gel Enrich-Lift EX

The Aqua Collagen Gel has to be the star of this 4-step routine, and it’s easy to see why. This rich yet light gel is packed with over 37 anti-aging ingredients that are diffused into the deepest layers of your skin. A powerhouse ingredient we can’t ignore has to be the Permeable Fermented Collagen. It moisturizes the skin 1.5 times more than regular collagen and restores that youthful bounce to your skin.

On top of that, the Gold Collagen EX works to balance the flow of positive ions to the skin. This improves your cells’ ability to produce collagen naturally over time, making for a treatment that gives instant and long-term skin benefits.

If you’re looking for intense moisture without weight and grease, this is definitely a product to add to your arsenal. The struggle with lightweight treatments is that shortly after absorption, your skin can often feel parched during the day again. With the Aqua Collagen Gel, however, I didn’t feel any tightness in my skin mid-day. And for my fellow makeup lovers, you’ll be glad to know there’s no greasy residue to interfere with your product application either!

Pro-tip: an added bonus to this gel (as if we needed more) is its anti-bloating properties. For a quick pick-me-up this CNY, massage a pea-sized amount of gel into your face to promote circulation, and you’ll be photo-ready in no time!

Step 4: UV Protect Spray 100 SPF 50+

You may choose to do this before or after your makeup, but you definitely can’t skip this step — you guessed it, it’s SPF. Dr.Ci:Labo’s UV Protect Spray 100 helps protect your skin from harmful UV rays, while also moisturizing the skin, and preventing pigmentation! This waterproof formula is also great for our humid climate. So rest assured, you won’t melt any of your SPF product off, even if you start to feel that heat.

Another great thing about this light and translucent spray is that it allows for an SPF top-up anytime, anywhere. It doesn’t leave behind any trace or residue, so you won’t have to worry about any unsightly patches or powder showing up.

After years of layering products and experimenting with treatments, it seems simplicity was the answer after all. Especially with our humid climate, simple and ultra lightweight routines are definitely the way to give your dry skin a fresh start this new year.

To start treating your skin, head over to ION Basement 3 to get your skin assessed by professionals at the Dr.Ci:Labo store before getting your hands on their powerhouse products!





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