In search of the perfect moisturizer

Published June 22, 2018, 12:05 AM


By Bambi Torres-Camus

With hundreds moisturizing products in the market and new ones being launched almost every day, it can get confusing as to which one to buy. While the best way to really find out what suits you is to try the different moisturizers, it’s also good to be informed of what’s out there. When it comes to our skin, we each have different wants and needs, but the good news is there is always a perfect product that will cater to them. Here are some of the latest.


Shape Shifter

Asian women’s main beauty concern is to have a refined, smaller face and the perfect V-shaped contour. This observation inspired Clarins to create the Shaping Facial Lift, which was launched in 1998. This revolutionary product became the pioneer of a beauty concept and has continued to innovate over the course of four generations. It became one of the leading facial-contouring serums in Asia and received 120 beauty awards worldwide.

What makes it the expert in contouring are the three plant extracts that slim, depuff, and lift the face. Guarana extract slims the face for more visibly defined cheekbones and a reduced double chin. Zerumbet ginger extract depuffs the face for sharper features and a brighter complexion. Kaki extract lifts for a sharper facial line and tighter skin.

To celebrate the prestigious story of this cult serum, a 20th-anniversary limited-edition Clarins Shaping Facial Lift was designed to honor the Asian women who inspired it. Its beautiful silky red finish is intricately emblazoned with a white plant motif bottle. Available at Rustan’s by July


Lotion Lite

The Body Shop revolutionized body moisturizing 25 years ago from a squirt to a scoop with the introduction of the first Body Butter. This time, they’ve come out with a game-changing formula, set to completely transform the way you moisturize your skin. When you apply the new Body Yogurt, it only takes 15 seconds for your skin to completely absorb it.

This refreshing gel-cream formula sinks into damp skin in seconds, providing 48 hours of lightweight moisture. Giving you the convenience to go from shower to jeans in 15 seconds, the non-sticky finish makes it ideal for balmy summer days. The entire range is also 100% vegan. Available in Strawberry, Mango, Almond Milk, Coconut, Moringa, British Rose, and special-edition Banana. Available at The Body Shop,, @thebodyshopph on Instagram


Skin Starter

From heritage brand Kiehl’s comes power serums that cater to people who lead multi-faceted lives. Loyalists are familiar with the classic favorites and will be happy to see a couple new innovations.

Midnight Recovery Concentrate is made for the work hard/party harder go-getter. It contains botanical essential oils that have repairing and recovery properties to boost skin restoration at night.

Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution is formulated with activated C, white birch, and peony extract to visibly diminish the number and intensity of dark spots and discolorations, while preventing the formation of new spots.

Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate has 12.5% vitamin C that reduces the appearance of lines and wrinkles, improves skin brightness, and boosts skin texture. It is also enhanced with hyaluronic acid, which acts like a sponge by drawing moisture into the skin’s surface layers, leaving you with visibly plumper skin instantly.

Daily Reviving Concentrate comes with a blend of ginger root oil, sunflower seed oil and tamanu oil, which works to reduce skin inflammation, stimulates the production of collagen, reduces the appearance of redness, and moisturizes skin.

Hydro-Plumping Re-Texturizing Serum Concentrate is formulated with 15% plant-based glycerin and shiso leaf extract to intensely hydrate and plump skin to smooth the appearance of fine lines and uneven skin texture.

Nightly Refining Micro-Peel Concentrate is formulated with quinoa husk extract and phytic acid. These exfoliate skin overnight to reveal visibly refreshed skin and accelerate skin cell turnover.

Available at Kiehl’s,, @kiehlsphilippines on Instagram