January is a time for new beginnings, self-reflection and setting resolutions for the year ahead, so why not look to switch things up in your skincare routine too?
With blockbuster launches from the likes of Dior and Elizabeth Arden and newness from indie brands such as Kuoca and M19 Minus, there’s plenty to be excited about this month. Keep scrolling to discover our pick of the best new skincare to try right now.
The widespread availability of hard-working AHA and BHA products has certainly been a win for consumers. But for those who may have overused said potent actives, this anti-ageing DNA Repair Essence from M19 Minus is a gentler alternative that promises strong results. Developed in Japan and made with a high concentration of two types of sake yeast and hydrating glyceryl glucoside, it encourages skin cell turnover, brightening and repair. It’s intended as a one-minute mask, but the repair essence can also be incorporated into a daily routine, applied like a toner before moisturiser and SPF.
You can always rely on JOYCE Beauty to stock the newest and most exciting names in the industry. Arriving at the Hong Kong retailer this month are the best-selling sheet masks from the vegan and cruelty-free brand Kibon. Made from plant-based active ingredients that work to calm, smooth and firm skin, the 15-minute masks are ideal for pre-party, post-flight, or to instantly brighten dull winter complexions.
There’s been a surge in popularity from dermatologist and aesthetician brands in recent years, but Dior Beauty’s skincare offering is still well worth considering. Its newest anti-ageing product, Capture Totale Hyalushot, contains hyaluronic acids of high and low molecular weight that, when combined, penetrate deep into the skin to reduce the appearance of fine lines. Built to mimic a needle injection, its thin tip ensures precise application to wrinkle-prone areas such as frown lines and crow’s feet.
Shhh, even though Elizabeth Arden’s newest retinol isn’t available in Hong Kong till March, beauty editors are already singing from the rooftops about its visible firming and plumping results. Although its bestselling retinol ampules are still a great option, this latest Retinol + HPR Ceramide Water Cream is much less fiddly – and as it’s mixed with hyaluronic acid, it’s also suitable for sensitive skin. Available now from the global website.
If you’re always on the lookout for the next indie beauty name, let us introduce you to Kuoca, the latest Korean brand to launch at Lane Crawford. We love the chic and simple packaging and the delicious hand creams, moisturisers and body wash made from ingredients that read like perfume notes.