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Beauty Review: Orbis Aquaforce Range – Tan Lili

Still on the lookout for skincare products that actually work to moisturise your dry skin? The Aquaforce series from Orbis claims to be the answer to your skin issue. Read this review to find out how the products fare.

I’m still beyond thrilled by the fact that Material World now has a physical office. It means I get to interact with humans (I love my cat, but I started questioning my sanity the day I talked to him … and responded in what I think my cat would sound like), become way more productive (damn you, YouTube) and, most importantly, bask in this immense sense of pride I have for my company. However, it’s not all roses and sunshine. For one, being in an air-conditioned room does not bode well for my dehydrated skin.

Lucky for me, the rest of the Material World team have normal or oily skin; in other words, I get to be the one reviewing skincare products catered to those with dry skin! The latest to land on my desk: the 100% oil-free Orbis Aquaforce series, which consists of Mild Wash (cleanser), Lotion-M (toner) and Moisture-M (moisturiser).

The Orbis Aquaforce series: (L-R) Mild Wash, Lotion-M, Moisture-M

The Orbis Aquaforce series: (L-R) Mild Wash, Lotion-M, Moisture-M

How the Aquaforce range works is by ensuring your skin not only receives moisture but also retains it for round-the-clock hydration. Using a three-pronged approach – Moisture Pool System, Pure Aqua Essence, and Aqua Fix Shield – the range claims to turn the corneal layer of your skin into a “moisture reservoir”. The first step, Moisture Pool System, focuses on tightening the spaces between the cells in the corneal layer so as to prevent moisture from escaping. The second step, Pure Aqua Essence, works to fully develop corneal cells so they can properly retain moisture. Finally, Aqua Fix Shield protects and moisturises your skin by acting as a natural humidifier to absorb water in the air, and forming a barrier to protect your skin from external irritants.

The Mild Wash, which contains mineral compounds to remove dirt and dead cells, lathers up well and leaves my skin feeling cleansed – though a little too thoroughly so, as my skin feels a little tight post-cleanse.

Mild Wash lathers up well, but leaves skin feeling slightly tight post-cleanse

Mild Wash lathers up well, but leaves skin feeling slightly tight post-cleanse

Personally, I avoid using facial toners/lotions as most contain ingredients like retinol and benzoyl peroxide, which is very drying for the skin. Lotion-M, however, contains ingredients like amino acid complex, Laminaria A and raffinose that combine to moisturise your skin. Upon application, it is very quickly absorbed by the skin and it works to leave my skin feeling more hydrated – though this could be due to the squeaky-clean finish from Mild Wash earlier – minus the tightening effect. To be frank, I still think this is one skincare step that those with dry skin can afford to skip.

My favourite of the series is Moisture-M. Comprising the same ingredients used in Lotion-M plus Aqua Fix Shield, this gel-like moisturiser melts into my skin and leaves it feeling nourished. But what I like most about Moisture-M is that it leaves behind a healthy-looking sheen – something those with oily skin might not appreciate.

This lightweight moisturiser is quickly absorbed by the skin, and leaves behind a lovely sheen

This lightweight moisturiser is quickly absorbed by the skin, and leaves behind a lovely sheen

Bottom line: Moisture-M is a great buy for dry skins, especially if you prefer a glowing (not shiny) complexion to a matte one. If you’re already using a toner, give Lotion-M a try because of its hydrating properties – just make sure you use a moisturising cleanser before using it.

This post is in no way paid for or advised by Orbis. The writer was given the Aquaforce series for review purposes. You may read our advertising policy here. The Aquaforce series – Mild Wash ($20), Lotion-M ($23) and Moisture-M ($26) – is available at Orbis outlets at Robinsons Orchard and #01-46 Bishan Junction 8.

About The Author: A founder of Material World, Tan Lili has previously worked in magazines The Singapore Women’s Weekly and Cosmopolitan Singapore, as well as herworld.com (now herworldplus.com, the online counterpart of Her World). She is now a freelance writer who works on this website full-time. Lili hopes to travel the world, work with wild animals, and discover more awesome Twilight fan-fiction. Follow her on Twitter @TanLiliTweets

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