Here's how to give yourself a festive glow for the holiday season

Reta Lee
·Editor-in-Chief, Lifestyle
·4-min read
(PHOTO: Getty Images)
(PHOTO: Getty Images)

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It’s the holiday season and you have every right to take a step back from work and give yourself some self-love. Whether you’re going solo this year-end or prepping a small gathering at home or outside, it’s always a good idea to pamper yourself first.

To prep your skin and look radiantly glowy this season, we think these beauty products can help you inside out. Of course, we’re also telling you to hydrate yourself with water while you’re sipping cocktails and try to keep to your beauty sleep whenever you can. No one likes a puffy morning-after look, yeah?

Dr. Jart + Vital Hydra Solution

Dr. Jart+ Vital Hydra Solution. (PHOTO: Lazada)
Dr. Jart+ Vital Hydra Solution. (PHOTO: Lazada)

Designed to deeply hydrate, replenish and protect skin's own moisture. The brand uses Aquaxyl Technology, a patented ingredient derived from plant glucose and xylitol for hydration and works as a functional barrier to trans-epidermal water loss.

The Body Shop Vitamin E sheet mask

The Body Shop Vitamin E Quench Sheet Mask. (PHOTO: The Body Shop)
The Body Shop Vitamin E Quench Sheet Mask. (PHOTO: The Body Shop)

If you suffer from dry skin, you may want to pick up this heavy-duty sheet mask.

We tried: I liked that it fits Asian face better, but the scent can be a little empowering for our liking. Nevertheless, my skin felt smooth after one application. Plus point: the sheet is biodegradable, thus harming our environment less!

Klaypeau Holiday Kit

Klaypeau Holiday set. (PHOTO: Klaypeau)
Klaypeau Holiday set. (PHOTO: Klaypeau)

Designed as a book, Klaypeau’s holiday kit is symbolic of closing 2020, and walking into the new year afresh, renewed, and perhaps developing new self-care habits such as masking. All of the masks included in this kit are also available for sale online on a per sheet basis at https://klaypeau.com/.

We tried: The soothing rose scent in the L’Herboflore Rose Water Refining Hydromask has a calming effect and is jam-packed with many goodness such as cucumber extract, aloe vera leaf juice and of course, various rose oils.

This limited-edition holiday set will be available for sale at S$58.80 (worth S$83.80). The exclusive kit will also include S$25 worth of vouchers, available to be redeemed on klaypeau.com before 31 July 2021.

MT Metatron Activate Mask

MT Metatron Activate Mask. (PHOTO: MT Metatron)
MT Metatron Activate Mask. (PHOTO: MT Metatron)

Japan’s professional skincare brand MT Metatron has enjoyed cult status across Asia, and now in Singapore, we can reap its benefits. Suitable for all skin types, MT Metatron’s products are free of mineral oils, UV absorbers, synthetic colourings and fragrances.

Their Active Mask comes with DMAE (dimethylaminoethanol, dimethylethanolamine, or Deanol) that is said to positively affect your mood. The ingredient is also good for toning facial muscles and reducing the appearance of wrinkles.

We tried: After leaving the sheet on for 10 minutes, I let the lotion seep into my skin. My skin felt plumper, or even bouncier upon touch (it’s not just a feeling!). There’s a nice natural sheen to my skin, and the appearance stayed on for a few hours. We’re impressed!

A box of six retails at S$181.90 at Isetan Scotts.

Commonlabs Ggultamin C Real Jel Mask

Commonlabs Ggultamin C Real Jel Mask. (PHOTO: KSisters)
Commonlabs Ggultamin C Real Jel Mask. (PHOTO: KSisters)

Exclusively distributed by KSisters, this Commonlabs Ggultamin C Real Jel Mask product actually comes with two care-step: Peeling pads to cleanse your face from impurities, followed by the Cupra sheet mask. What makes the mask so soft is thanks to the microfiber from cotton seeds that are used to make the sheet. The masks are also infused with brightening Vitamin C ingredient and extracts like honey, chamomilla and propolis.

We tried: Use the face mask up to 20 minutes. What I like is the non-sticky feeling and my skin feeling nourished and moist after. Before an important appointment, I would highly recommend using this as your skin feels hydrated all day long.

A box of six retails at S$27 at Ksisters.org.

Glowfully H20 Jelly Mask

Glowfully H20 Jelly Mask. (PHOTO: Glowfully)
Glowfully H20 Jelly Mask. (PHOTO: Glowfully)

The H20 Jelly Mask is clear and has a smooth, gelatinous texture – the result of a rich, proprietary blend of aloe vera, acerola cherry, and carrageenan, a natural ingredient extracted from red seaweed. Infused with ingredients that have diverse properties, such as anti-oxidising and boosting collagen production, this ultra-moisturizing mask releases its lush essence upon contact with skin temperature, leaving your skin feeling hydrated and soft.

We tried: I like the jelly texture, and how soft it ‘sits’ on my skin. Would you believe the ingredient is also used in Jello? The products delivers intense hydration and is perfect for my sensitive skin.

A box of five retails at S$42.50 at glowfullyskin.com

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