5 Most Sought-After Skin Care Ingredients, According to “The Yes List” by Sephora

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This month, Sephora brings  “The Yes List”, a curation of the season’s five most sought after ingredients that back March newness as well as some all-time favourites. In the list, they also recommended some skin care products that contain these ingredients that can be found in Sephora stores.

“With Sephora Malaysia’s The Yes List, we hope to educate and to empower customers to choose their skincare based on science-backed ingredients that promise to deliver results,” Daryl Hee, Sephora SEA Vice President of Merchandising shared.

1. AHA/BHA: The Skin Smoothers

Hydroxy acids exfoliate the skin, unclog pores and remove dead skin cells for a boost in radiance, minimises appearance of lines and improving skin textures. As these ingredients work by exfoliating the skin’s upper layers, sunscreen application is essential to prevent UV damage.

The Alpha Beta Pore Perfecting & Refining Serum (RM280) by Dr. Dennis Gross is a pore-treating serum that tackles existing pores and helps prevents new blackheads from forming. The concentrated combination of seven active Alpha Beta® detaches dead skin cells, exfoliate skin’s surface, and accelerate cell turnover.
The Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask (RM271) from the refreshed Glow Getter kit is a natural glow-giving treatment that instantly restores radiance with BHA. Using BHA and pomegranate enzymes to exfoliate and even skin tone, this masks helps to minimise the appearance of pores and smooths the look of skin.
Alpha-H Liquid Gold (RM161) is a cult-classic “no-rinse” Glycolic peel which resurfaces and evens out skin tone, delivering a fresh, rejuvenated complexion every single time. This water-based elixir has a low pH delivery system that kick-starts the cellular metabolism, removing unhealthy cells, excess sebum and daily grime to leave pores noticeably smaller and more refined.

2. Squalane: The Lightweight Moisturiser

A weightless, non-comedogenic oil that protects skin’s moisture barrier for dewy, hydrated skin. Squalane oil can be used to tame frizz and moisturise dry hair as well.

The soon-to-launch Biossance Marine Algae (RM244) is a rich, anti-aging eye cream that lifts, firms and smoothens the sensitive skin around the eyes. With marine algae, paracress extract, and Squalane, the product delivers deep hydration and a perfect canvas for makeup.
Indie Lee Squalane Face Oil (RM143) is 100% pure olive-derived Squalane, which improves the appearance of texture, tone, skin elasticity and cell turnover. This readily-absorbed formula is non-pore clogging and leaves the complexion soft and nourished without greasiness.

3. Retinol: The Collagen Booster

Also known as Vitamin A, this skin-firming ingredient boosts collagen production to keep skin looking youthful and plump. It firms and brightens skin while boosting cellular turnover and reduces appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. Nevertheless, you are advised to start slow with gentle formulas, and avoid layering AHA/BHA products with retinol to prevent increased skin irritation.

Pixi Overnight Retinol Oil (RM120) is a smoothing night oil that helps to restore skin plumpness and improve the appearance of fine lines and pores. Retinol smoothens & refines, peptides firms and revitalises, while ceramides provides time-release moisture.
Sunday Riley A+ High-Dose Retinoid Serum (RM375) is powered by a 6.5% blend of retinoid and retinoid-like botanical extracts to reduce sigs of lines and wrinkles, improve skin clarity and reduce the appearance of imperfections. This serum is perfect for current retinoid users who are looking to take the next step in their night time skincare routines.
Drunk Elephant A-Passioni Retinol Cream (RM323) combines 1.0% vegan retinol with nourishing, superfood-rich ingredients to dramatically diminish the appearance of fine lines, deep wrinkles and sun damage to reveal vibrant, younger-looking complexion.

4. SPF: The Ultimate Protector

SPF offers protection from the sun’s harmful rays and reduces premature signs of ageing. It also prevents dark spots, keeps skin tone even, and reduces sun damage. Looking at the weather in Malaysia which is hot and humid year round, it’s highly recommended that you wear SPF even on days when you’re mostly indoors as the ultraviolet rays can still pass through glass windows.

Supergoop Bright-Eyed 100% Mineral Eye Cream SPF 40 (RM155) is a fast-absorbing eye cream that instantly brightens, hydrates and protects the delicate eye area from UVA, UVB, blue light and IRA. The creamy formula easily glides on skin and revives tired eyes with an illuminating pink tint.
The soon-to-launch Supergoop Glow Screen SPF40 (RM155) is a makeup-gripping primer that leaves a dewy and glowy finish and provides sun protection and major hydration. The blend of clean chemical sunscreen actives provide broad spectrum SPF40 protection, while sea lavender provides powerful antioxidant protection and supports long-lasting hydration.

5. Probiotic: The Good Bacteria

Live cultures of good bacteria help protect skin against inflammation and breakout-causing bacteria by calming irritation and redness, while protecting skin from environmental stressors. It also helps to improve the appearance of signs of ageing. This ingredient is good for those who face breakouts.

Allies of Skin Molecular Savior Probiotics Mist (RM235) is a nutrient rich, anti-bacterial super-charged ‘treatment’ facial mist, that is infused with a blend of antioxidants and probiotics that stays on the skin.
Gallinee Eye Contour Cream (RM110)(Launching 9 April) contains probiotics, prebiotics and aloe extract that delivers a myriad of eye contour solutions such as anti-inflammation, anti-wrinkles, anti-dark circles and anti-puffiness. With microbiome rebalanced, skin contour is soothed, smoothed and protected.
Dr. Jart Vital Hydra Solution Biome Essence (RM230) is a hydrating toning essence that restores healthy moisture to the skin by balancing skin microbiome level. This product is formulated with Vital Aid which naturally allows healthy, good bacteria to thrive on the skin.