There are two new skincare steps you’ll want to know about and incorporate into your beauty ritual: pre-serums and essence lotions. The first helps to replenish moisture loss during cleansing, boosts the efficacy of the rest of your skincare and should be used before your toner, while the second – to be applied after your toner – strengthens your skin and soothes irritation. Both lay the foundation for a strong, healthy complexion so the rest of your regime can focus on specialised concerns instead of just repair and renewal. Here are some we love:


skincare routine pre serums sulwhasoo elizabeth arden cle de peau beaute1. Sulwhasoo First Care Activating Serum Ex, $115

Infused with the brand’s signature Jaum Balancing Complex, this uses traditional herbs to restore skin’s balance so it can better absorb the benefits of the rest of your skincare. It contains peony to soothe, sacred lotus to moisturise and brighten, Solomon’s seal to boost skin elasticity, white lily to calm and nourish skin, and rehmannia to stimulate circulation and even skin tone.

2. Elizabeth Arden Superstart Skin Renewal Booster, $95
Specifically targeting skin’s protective barrier, this works to boost skin’s ability to repair and renew itself. A probiotic complex supports skin’s Natural defences while sea fennel plant extract boost cell renewal, smoothes and brightens the complexion. Grasswort extract hydrates and prevents moisture loss.

3. Cle de Peau Beaute Le Serum, $420
This has a cocktail of ingredients, which include the amino acid rich yeast extract and Chai Hu herb extract, to nourish and strengthen the complexion. While this comes out like a lightweight gel, it spreads on like water and works on all problems from blackheads to redness and even breakouts, and leaves your complexion glowing and fresh.

Post-toner essence lotions

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1. Estee Lauder Micro Essence Skin Activating Treatment Lotion, $148

Don’t be fooled by its lightweight, watery texture: this is chock full of skin-nourishing peptides, nutrients and ferments. It is said to strengthen skin barrier, calm irritation and boost cells’ energy level so it can work as its optimal level to resist and repair damage.

2. Cosme Decorte Liposome Treatment Liquid, $157
This is supposed to clarify and hydrate, while also evening out skin texture. After just one application, complexion looks brighter and feels significantly bouncier and smoother.

3. Clinique Even Better Essence Lotion, $55
Think of this as a powered-up softener with the benefits of a serum. Infused with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory ingredients, this supposedly calms irritation and boosts cell renewal so your skin is at it’s best.


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