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The best skincare products to help students overcome winter

Trinity College Foundation Studies

Mon Jul 18 2016


HAS winter gotten your skin feeling agitated, dry and congested? Worry not, Trinity College Foundation Studies students Cheryl Liu, Rambo Xiao and Roy Qu recommend facial care products that range in prices to fit your skincare and budget needs.


With winter’s cold and dry weather reigning terror on students’ skin, what are the best products that students should use to help improve and maintain healthy skin?

Here are our four brand suggestions of skincare products that might just help you out.

Lucas’ Papaw Ointment

A topical ointment hailed as a family loved product, Lucas’ Papaw Ointment is affordable and easily found in pharmacies. Made from extracts of fermented papaya, the natural oil of Lucas’ Papaw Ointment relieves dry and cracked skin, speedily absorbs and lasts for a long time.

However, it is more suitable for people who have extremely dry facial skin, given that the intense natural papaya oil can be very oily and too hydrating for skin that is not parched.

Lucas’ Papaw Ointment also has many other benefits that includes healing sunburns, insect bites, pimples, scalds, bruises, and even chapped lips.  Cheap, durable and portable, throw this in your purse or have a tub of it at home to soothe any skincare worries!

The ointment is available in different sizes and prices – check your local pharmacy for prices.


Photo: Cheryl Liu

Photo: Cheryl Liu

Sukin is suitable for students who want healthy skin without busting their budgets. If you’re looking for a toner to close those pores and revitalise your skin after cleansing, try the Hydrating Mist Toner. The toner comes with a spray nozzle that spritzes a fine mist which contains rose water.

Versatility is key and as such this toner can also be used when summer comes around to cool down your skin on the go.

Accompanying the toner is the Rose Hip Hydration Day Cream. Softly massage this lush moisturising cream into your skin after toning to give your thirsty skin its dose of hydration. It aims to improve dry skin that feels rough to the touch.

Priding itself as a 100% vegan brand, Sukin has a “no nasties” approach to achieve ethical and sustainable products that won’t harm the earth. They are also cruelty free!

The Hydrating Mist Toner retails at $9.95 (125ml) while the Rose Hip Hydrating Day Cream retails at $23.95 (120ml).


Photo: Cheryl Liu

Photo: Cheryl Liu

If you are looking for tailored and natural organic skincare products, Aesop is definitely the best choice available. This well loved Australian skincare brand utilises plant-based and quality-proven facial care products that cater towards different skin types.

Concerning dry skin, the Camellia Nut Facial Hydrating Cream is highly recommended as the denseness of the cream deeply nourishes and reduces the burden of winter on your skin.

However for those who do not need extreme hydration and possess normal to combination skin, the Mandarin Facial Hydrating Cream would be ideal. A lighter formulation, this cream will hydrate your skin without being overly oily.

While these are recommendations that cater towards a certain skin type, it is worth visiting an Aesop boutique store to get your skin analysed by a professional. The staff in store are always happy to assist and provide customers with the most suitable products tailored for their skin.

Additionally, Aesop is cruelty free,  does not use any harmful chemicals and practices ethical packaging. Using recyclable products where possible, the packaging is both aesthetically pleasing as well as efficient. Most of their products are enclosed in glass that has UV separation properties, protecting the product inside from evaporation and degeneration.

The Camellia Nut Facial Hydrating Cream retails at $49.00 (60ml) and $67.00 (120ml) while the Mandarin Facial Hydrating Cream retails at $49.00 (60ml) and $67.00 (120ml).


Photo: Cheryl Liu

Photo: Cheryl Liu

Are you a newbie to skincare and want a starter set to get yourself going? Try the Jurlique Hydration Starter Set. Although it has a slightly higher price point, students can enjoy four different products that stem from their hydration skincare series. The pack includes a cleanser, toner/mist, moisturising cream and face oil that focuses on repairing dehydrated skin.

The Skin Balancing Face Oil is strongly recommended; only two to three drops need to be applied on your face in the morning or at night which can improve uneven skin tone and smooth out facial skin.

Formulated with more than 95 per cent organic ingredients and a safe range of synthetic ingredients, these products boast superior quality and efficiency in treating skin woes.

The Jurlique Hydration Starter Set retails at $59.00 and contains the Rose Moisture Plus Cleanser (30ml), Rose Water Balancing Mist (30ml), Rose Moisture Plus Moisturising Cream (15ml), and Skin Balancing Face Oil (10ml).

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