Presenting the best essences, toners and mists to balance your pH levels and boost hydration. No matter your skin type or skin concern, these potent liquids will have you sorted.
Facial Treatment Essence, $210, SK-II
This beloved elixir is powered by 90 percent Pitera, which helps to optimise the skin’s natural renewal cycle, and balance pH, moisture and sebum levels. A host of vitamins, amino acids and minerals contribute to a youthful glow and well-hydrated, yet never oily, skin.
First Care Activating Serum Mist, $52, Sulwhasoo
“Bursting with vitality- and radiance-boosting benefits, this oil-water formula works great as the first step of skincare, last step of makeup and, honestly, a pick-me-up any time of the day with its oh-so-delicate spritz and sensorial herbal scent.”—Dana Koh
Hydro-Softening Lotion, $180, Clé de Peau Beauté
Besides moisturising and balancing, this toner-lotion refines skin texture, creating an ideal environment for it to better absorb serums as skin regenerates at night. In the morning, pat it on to freshly cleansed skin with a cotton pad for a burst of radiance.
Cell Essence, $80, Hera
This milky-white essence combats what the brand calls “skin desertification”, defined by dryness, roughness and congestion, with a mix of skin-nourishing amino acids, peptides and lipids. Each bottle comes with a box of dual-sided cotton pads: A wave-patterned side to sweep and smoothen skin, and a mesh-patterned side to remove dirt and dead skin cell build-up.
Lotion P50T, $125, Biologique Recherche
Known for delivering clear, youthful-looking skin, fast; Lotion P50 holds a cult status among celebrities, aestheticians and beauty editors. P50T comes formulated for those with dry, sensitive skin dipping their toes into the world of exfoliation. Lactic acid improves skin regeneration and increases hydration levels, while niacinamide helps fade hyperpigmentation.
Rose Tonic, $22, Pixi Beauty
Hydrating and neutralising rose flower extract, brightening elderflower and ultra-soothing aloe vera and chamomile come together in this floral toner to relieve both sensitive and sensitised skin from dehydration and flare-ups.