In need of some head-to-toe pampering? Recreate an at-home spa experience with these six products tried and approved by EL staff and readers – including body scrubs, face masks and more.
Fenty Skin Buff Ryder Exfoliating Body Scrub, $275
“Smelling like a teenage girl’s Caribbean dream – coconut, pineapple and suntan lotion – this new product from Rihanna’s Fenty Skin range promises to “buff the rough and bring the smooth (sic).” It’s made with sugar, salt and sand granules to mimic that afternoon on the beach – they are not fine grains, so I wouldn’t put this on sunburnt skin or near your face.
To exfoliate the whole body, you’ll need multiple dollops of the product but it’s worth it. Fruit enzymes and oils from sunflowers, soyabeans, avocados and shea butter leave your skin wonderfully soft and smooth. It works amazingly on dry areas like the knees and elbows. I had to wash my hands afterwards as they felt a bit greasy, but the oils on the rest of my body did not transfer to my clothing. It felt so much like I had just enjoyed a massage on the beach, I could almost hear the waves!”
BYOB Face Masks, $298 (for 15)
Home-grown vegan beauty brand BYOB (Blend Your Own Beauty) has just launched a new range of facemasks. Designed to suit both Asian and Western skin types, the products are styled with Hong Kong’s heat and humidity in mind.
There are four to choose from, each offering a different outcome. My teen has been using the CPM Charcoal Purifying Mask, which is rich in anti-bacterial and anti inflammatory plant extracts; her skin looks super clean afterwards. I’ve been using DSM Deep Sea Mask for deep hydration and nourishment – and there’s no doubt my skin looks well hydrated after using it! The masks are easy to use, glide on beautifully and there’s no sticky feeling. And there’s the added benefit of knowing each mask is packed with natural ingredients and no nasties.
Shop for the masks online or at WULT’s two stores (19/F, 11 Stanley Street, Central, and B245, B2, Times Square, 1 Matheson Street, Causeway Bay).
Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Pink Dream Body Cream, $220
“I’m in love with this body cream! I’m a huge fan of Glow Recipe and love the watermelon scent in this range, so I was pretty sure I’d like this product. The pump dispenser makes it easy to use. As the cream has a thick texture, a little goes a very long way. It glides onto the skin perfectly, making it feel soft, nourished and hydrated. Plus, it soaks in quite quickly. It doesn’t leave a sticky residue like some creams do, which makes it perfect for this climate. I put more on my elbows and heels overnight and it really does soften the skin nicely. It’s a real winner for me.”
Lilaroze Organic Rose Body Scrub, $207
“I normally don’t use body scrubs as I’m more of a wash-and-go kind of girl, but this body exfoliate is the bomb! You can see results with just one use. First of all, it smells divine. The combination of almond oil and rose makes you think you are applying flowers to your skin because the scent is amazing.
Apply the product on your entire body, massaging it thoroughly everywhere for five to ten minutes. Don’t forget your heels and elbows as those tend to be dry (at least for me). I’ve tried the scrub for a month, three times a week, and my skin looks more radiant – almost like I have that “J Lo” glow!
One tub should last you one month, but it all depends on how much and how often you use it.”
Phyto Phytopolleine Botanical Scalp Treatment, from $418
While we remember to scrub and polish our body, we often forget about our scalp. Suitable for all hair types, this scalp treatment helps with itch and congestion, and can be used to boost hair growth. You apply it on dry scalp, one to two times a week. Use the dropper to separate the hair and make sure the scalp is fully covered with the product. Then, lightly massage and leave on for 20 minutes before you shampoo it out.
The product is paraben-free, but it has a strong scent. Made in France, the base consists of essential oils like rosemary, sage and lemon to help balance the scalp and soothe irritation. Regular use improves scalp health, which can help reduce thinning or hair loss. I have used this treatment a few times and there’s still a lot left, so I think it should last a couple of months. My scalp does feel nice and stimulated after each use. It’s a bit early to see any increase in hair growth, but I love the fact that it contains ingredients of natural origins.
MTM Labo Custom Blended Hydrating Mask, $1,070
“This premium Japanese label has been offering custom-blended skincare products for 30 years. One bestseller is the Hydrating Mask, which contains powerful plant extracts and essences like chamomile, cucumber and calendula to soothe, soften and deeply nourish all skin types.
I have combination skin – oily T-zone, dehydrated cheeks – and this rinse off mask has worked well for me so far. It comes in a cute, minimalist box with my name printed on it (I love the attention to detail!), and the glass jar feels luxe. After leaving it on for 10 minutes, all I need to do is wash it off and I’m left with smoother, calmer skin. I’ve found that it has also helped with oil balance, while hydrating my overall complexion. The only downside is the price tag, but if you can splurge, go for it – it really works!”
This article first appeared in the Autumn 2021 issue of Expat Living magazine. Subscribe now so you never miss an issue.