We've already talked about the products you should forget about for the new year, so now it's time to shift our attention to the stuff that's actually worth trying. These are things that you've either ignored before or simply haven't heard of; nonetheless, they're all meant to give you your best skin and best skincare experience ever. Learn more about these must-trys below!
Ampoules are basically serums on steroids. They contain a higher concentration of a star ingredient to intensify results, and they typically come in small vials and capsules since you don't really need to use much. Since ampoules are so potent, you might only need to use them for a few weeks to get the results you need.
COSRX Propolis Light Ampoule, P1270, Watsons
Dubbed as "nature's retinol," bakuchiol is a plant-derived ingredient originally used in traditional Chinese medicine. Like retinol, it helps improve the overall texture of your skin and prevent acne. However, unlike the popular anti-aging exfoliant, bakuchiol is much gentler on the skin. Though it doesn't work as quickly as retinol, it does the job without causing any of the irritation and peeling. It's perfect for those with sensitive skin, and for pregnant women who want to continue an anti-aging routine during their term.
HERBIVORE BOTANICALS Bakuchiol Retinol Alternative Smoothing Serum, P3335, Sephora.ph
3. Zero waste products
Working towards a more sustainable beauty routine should be on everyone's to-do list in 2020. You can start small, such as opting for reusable cotton pads instead of disposable ones, buying refillable liquid soaps, or even investing in a safety razor to avoid having to purchase plastic ones often.
4. Exfoliating toners
In case you haven't heard, exfoliating with harsh scrubs is out. From here on out, get rid of dead skin with gentler alternatives or even better, products with acid exfoliants. It may sound intimidating, but acids are actually the easiest to use and are incredibly beginner-friendly. The easiest way to incorporate them into your routine is through a toner with BHAs (salicyclic acid) or AHAs (lactic acid, glycolic acid) that are perfect for your skin concerns.
THE INKEY LIST Glycolic Acid Toner, P795, Beauty Bar
5. Personalized skincare
We all want to have more control over the products we use, and many brands have been granting this wish by creating formulas that we can mix and match to suit our needs. For example, Clinique has made combining different textures and active ingredients to create your perfect moisturizer possible with their Clinique iD system, while Skin Need encourages creating custom cocktails by mixing water- or oil-based serums into your moisturizer to address specific skin concerns.
SKIN NEED Aloe Vera Ginseng Extract Hydration Boost + Oil Adjusting Super Herbs, P4000; 100% Hyaluronic acid Bamboo Extract + Nano HA, P6000, Skin Need