This month’s Tried & Tested focuses on calming and nourishing products. So what exactly does that mean? If your skin is suffering from stress in your environment, be it pollution or work, there are products that can help. Some help soothe your skin after a hard day or week, or simply make you feel more relaxed or energised.
It’s also about using products that are gentle, especially if you have sensitive skin or just need to give it a break from the onslaught of daily makeup. Here’s a review of five products that just might help ease your stress and calm your skin.
Herbivore Phoenix Regenerating Facial Oil, RM396
This facial oil is formulated for dry or “mature” skin, or so it says on the box. Unlike other oils I’ve tried, this one is more light and does not feel so greasy. It is meant to rehydrate your skin, but using a few drops of it day and night (as suggested) was a bit of an overkill for me as my T-zone started to get a little oily after a few days. Also, I am sensitive to strong scents but this one is quite pleasant. – Melody Goh
Aesop Gentle Facial Cleansing Milk, RM195
I wouldn’t say that I have sensitive skin, but using Aesop’s Gentle Facial Cleansing Milk certainly made a difference. After each wash, my face felt less tight than it usually does. My skin seems softer too. It is formulated with panthenol (provitamin B5) – which I discovered is a powerful humectant that is able to hold moisture. The cleanser does not lather well though, but I got used to it pretty fast. My only major complaint is that the bottle doesn’t come with a proper dispenser. Pouring out the liquid from an open neck each time almost makes washing my face a chore. – Bervin Cheong
Ren Clean Skincare Evercalm Gentle Cleansing Milk, RM105
I am usually not a fan of cleansing milks but a few things about this cleanser made me grow quite fond of it. The first thing I like is the pump dispenser. Not only is it easy to use, it gives out the right amount and is more hygienic. The smooth creamy texture and light floral fragrant also evoke a soothing effect when massaged over the face. I always prefer natural ingredients so the blackcurrant seed oil, sea buckthorn oil and fennel seed extract score points with me. Personally, if I have liquid foundation on, the cleanser alone is not enough to remove make-up. But it makes a great pick-me-up cleanser in the morning, and a calming and moisturising second cleanser in the evening after a long day out. – Wong Li Za
Cosrx AC Collection Calming Liquid, RM99
As far as acne-combating and soothing ingredients go, this toner packs plenty of punch. Most notable here is CentellAC-Rx Complex, which supposedly optimises the benefits of centella asiatica. Known locally as daun pegaga, this herbaceous plant is celebrated for its powerful skin-healing properties. For someone with sensitive acne-prone skin, I like how the ingredient list is minimal, yet effective. And although it bills itself as a toner, I feel the formulation is potent enough to use as an essence. A tip here is to soak cotton pads with the liquid and use it as a mini mask on troubled areas. It definitely helped me calm down some bumps. – Chester Chin
Omorovicza Queen Of Hungary Mist, RM299
This is a toning facial skin mist inspired by the Queen of Hungary Water, apparently the world’s first recorded perfume made for said queen in the 14th century. I love mists, and use several, especially while travelling and I have to say this is really refreshing. You can use it as a toner after cleansing or as a mist during the day. I used it midday, when I felt lethargic, before meetings and events, and it definitely left me more alert with my skin feeling hydrated. It has a lovely neroli and rose scent too, and it was great for cooling me down physically and mentally. – Dzireena Mahadzir