By GRAZIA Singapore

This Skincare Routine Will Transform The Way You Approach Self-Care

Your mind and soul will thank you too
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In partnership with philosophy

When it comes to our skincare routines, 10-step ones have become a thing of the past. Instead, more of us are adopting a skipcare approach. And as its name suggests, this means that routines are now more streamlined, with a focus on efficacious, fuss-free steps that give our skin exactly what it needs. 

This is where philosophy comes in. As one of the first beauty brands to popularise the notion that skin health is also linked to overall well-being, philosophy has always taken a minimalist, less-is-more approach, be it the simplicity of the products or how they never seem to overwhelm the skin.

The cult skincare brand, which first made waves with its at-home face peel, has recently undergone a brand renaissance. 

The new philosophy dose of wisdom™ bouncy skin reactivating serum ($95) combines oxygen, vitamin C and hyaluronic acid to tighten and plump sluggish skin in a pinch. Photo: Courtesy of philosophy

And while its longstanding philosophy (pun very much intended) has always been about these high-performance formulas and active ingredients, the brand’s new focus goes one step further and is driven by Dermatologic Wisdom™. What this means is that the brand prioritises gentle-for-all, long-term results using proprietary delivery systems to amplify potent actives through feel-good textures.

The result? A straight-to-the-point product range that is easy to use and results-driven. Here, our top five picks for a pared-down yet sensorial and effective daily routine.

1. Purity Made Simple One-Step Facial Cleanser, $40

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For starters, always begin with properly cleansed skin. We like the purity made simple one-step facial cleanser. Formulated with glycerin and lipids from meadowfoam seed oil, this cleanser has an emulsion-like texture to melt away dirt, oil, makeup and pollution particles without leaving skin feeling stripped or dry.

Plus, it is dermatologist-tested and has been clinically demonstrated to be suitable for all skin types, including sensitive skin. 

2. Dose Of Wisdom™ Bouncy Skin Reactivating Serum, $95 for 30ml

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Follow with a multi-tasking serum, like the new dose of wisdom™ bouncy skin reactivating serum. Designed to help skin function at its optimal level, this serum features philosophy’s patented vitality booster that’s packed with oxygen to breathe new life into tired and sluggish complexions.

In addition, it is also formulated with molecule-grafted vitamin C and hyaluronic acid to support collagen production and long-lasting hydration for bouncy, plump and revitalised skin. 

3. Ultimate Miracle Worker Fix Eye Power-Treatment Fill & Firm, $105

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Did you know that the skin around your eyes is up to six times thinner than the skin on the rest of your face? This is why the area is more prone to wrinkles from repeated facial expressions over time. Meet the ultimate miracle worker fix eye power-treatment fill & firm, the TLC that your delicate eye area has been waiting for. Thanks to philosophy’s patented technology, this powerful yet gentle eye treatment is able to deliver pure retinol encapsulated in a unique GPS-like delivery system that releases active ingredients where needed.

On top of that, the formula also features a time-released retinol microcapsule to ensure a sustained retinol supply for optimal collagen support. The lightweight under-eye cream also contains soy peptides to boost the skin’s hyaluronic acid levels.

Over time, expect an improvement in the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and hollowness. 

4. Hope In A Jar Smooth-Glow Multi-Tasking Moisturizer, $65

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Seal it all in with a skin-conditioning face cream like the hope in a jar smooth-glow multi-tasking moisturizer. Clinically proven to smooth wrinkles and boost radiance in just two weeks, this iconic moisturiser is formulated with tangerine peel extract and pro-vitamin P to improve skin radiance.

2.1% glycolic acid also helps support cellular turnover gently over time to reveal a smoother, brighter complexion. In addition, it also contains enhanced hyaluronic acid which means it penetrates skin layers faster to lock in moisture while promoting skin’s natural production of more hyaluronic acid.

Another plus? It also comes with eco-friendly packaging that’s made from recycled glass, plastic and paper. 

5. Microdelivery Vitamin C Resurfacing 2-Step Peel, $110

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Healthy cell renewal is essential to youthful-looking skin, but over-exfoliation can sometimes damage the skin’s barrier. Enter the microdelivery vitamin c resurfacing 2-step peel. Suitable for all skin types, this two-step face peel combines physical and chemical exfoliation to minimise the appearance of dullness, fine lines and enlarged pores.

Step 1 is a microcrystal balm-gel that gently polishes dead skin cells while infusing skin with vitamin C and peptides. Step 2 is a blend of lactic and salicylic acids that activates the microcrystal balm-gel, resulting in a warm sensation that helps soften comedones and sweeps away debris.

The result? Professional-level glow right in the comfort of your own home. 

philosophy can be purchased at all Sephora stores island-wide or online.