The chilly winter weather in Hong Kong, not to mention the high pollution levels, can wreak havoc on our poor little pores which might be crying out for some love. Luckily, we’ve tried and tested all the lotions and potions we could get our hands on to find you the secret to keeping hydrated, radiant, and blemish free all season long.
1. Snow Fox Skin Care Range
Calling all foxy ladies! If you’re on the hunt for organic, vegan, natural skin care products (are there any boxes these don’t tick?) then the Snow Fox Skin Care range is your ticket. These three products work together to give you “flawless skin” in three simple steps – wash, detox, and hydrate/protect. Start off with the peppermint based Soothing Facial Cleansing Mousse ($280) to create a soft, foamy lather to help rinse away grease and dirt first thing in the morning, before applying a dollop or two of the ginseng, jojoba, and macadamia All Day Defense Cream ($420) to stay silky smooth and moisturised all day long. If you have more time on your hands (say 15 to 20 minutes) then the Arctic Breeze Detox Cooling Mask ($240 for box of 5) is definitely worth a try. Its soft, organic cotton surface, infused with organic peppermint oil extract, is super refreshing and great relief for puffy eyes. The best thing about these foxy treasures (apart from their gorgeous, fresh packaging) is that they contain no harmful chemicals or preservatives, which makes them gentle on sensitive skin.
Where to buy: Available online at Snow Fox Skin Care
How much: Refer to prices above
2. Gooseberry Beauty Fig & Yarrow Buttercream
This creamy, yellow, buttery goodness might look more like cake mix than face cream – especially given the list of delicious ingredients packed in – but we promise it works wonders on your skin. Blending together shea butter, chamomile, grapefruit seed extract, jojoba oil, and rosemary leaf extract, the Fig & Yarrow Buttercream is non-greasy and super hydrating, making it the perfect antidote to tired and dry skin. Although it’s slightly thicker than the other creams we tested (due to its buttery texture), it doesn’t feel too heavy on your face. It does, however, take a little longer to sink into your skin, so it’s a good idea to add a few extra minutes to your morning routine to let is absorb before you apply your makeup. Definitely better suited to your face than your stomach, this utterly buttery formula is a winner.
Where to buy: Available online at Gooseberry Beauty
How much: $400 (60ml)
3. Kiehl’s Pure Vitality Skin Renewing Cream
Honey and ginger are well known for their natural healing properties, and we’ve struck gold with this pot of Kiehl’s face cream. The star ingredients of this formula are Korean red ginseng root and New Zealand manuka honey, which work together to penetrate to the deepest layers of your skin to create an intensely hydrating effect. Given how rich the packaging is, this cream is surprisingly lightweight and absorbs quickly without leaving a noticeable residue or sticky finish. The great thing about it, apart from the smooth, radiant glow it gives you all day long, is that a little goes a long way, meaning you only need to dip your finger in once to get enough cream to cover your face – and the generous folks at Kiehl’s make sure that every pot is filled right to the top!
Where to buy: Available at Kiehl’s stores
How much: $520 (50ml)
4. Siam Roots Skin Conditioner
This gorgeous natural oil-based skin conditioner not only smells deliciously fresh and uplifting – thanks to the Thai lemongrass and ginger extracts – it also acts as excellent fodder for your skin. It only takes a few pumps into your palm and massaged over your face to enable the oil to penetrate the top layers of your skin and trap water beneath the surface to leave it feeling soft, smooth, and hydrated. Not only is this a cost-effective skin care solution, as a little goes a long way, but it’s also extremely practical to take on holiday, as the bottle falls within the 100ml travel limit when flying overseas. With 100% natural essential oils packed in, including jojoba seed oil, sweet almond oil, grape seed oil, ginger oil, and lemongrass oil, you can also rest assured that this Siam Roots potion is free of any nasty chemicals and is gentle on your skin.
Where to buy: Available at Urban Greenosophy
How much: $260 (90ml)
5. Coconut Matters WILD Virgin Coconut Oil
You’ll feel like you’re on holiday in an exotic, faraway land when you work a little coconut oil into your morning skincare routine. One of the most versatile natural ingredients to ever grace our bathroom (and kitchen) cupboards, this tropical treasure is not only packed with vitamins, antioxidants, minerals, fatty acids, and proteins, it’s also soothing and full of moisture, making it an absolute winner in our book. It’s easy to go WILD for this little jar of goodness from local eco-brand Coconut Matter, especially as it’s 100% Australian certified organic and smells absolutely divine. Just one dab is all it takes to gently cover your face each morning, leaving it deeply nourished and glowing. It’s also great for soothing sunburn so make sure you stock up for summer!
Where to buy: Available at Coconut Matter
How much: $90 (200ml) / $210 (500ml)