In skincare, knowing what type of skin you have is incredibly important. Whether you have dry, oily or combination skin, your skin type greatly affects the products that you should be putting on your face! (Take a test here to find out your skin type!) I personally have very dry skin, but most people suffer from combination skin. This is where your skin is dry across the cheeks but oily across your nose, chin and/or forehead. Combination skin also tends to be more reactive to products.
A common complaint from those with this skin type is that they usually have buy products for both dry and oily skin and then use them in conjunction with each other to spot treat the dry/oily areas of their face. Obviously, this is really inconvenient both in terms of price and ease of application, so when we heard about In Two Minds, the new skincare range from Aesop promising to “address the complex needs of combination skin and restore the skin to a state of calm equilibrium”, we jumped at the chance to try it out for ourselves!
According to Dr Rebecca Watkinson, Aesop’s Innovation and Research Manager, In Two Minds was 3 years in the making. They noticed that in warmer climates such as Singapore, over the past decade there has been an increasing majority of people with combination skin who have been struggling to manage their skin type. They thus created this range to address the multifaceted nature of combination skin as a whole and restore the skin’s natural balance back to equilibrium.
Consisting of a cleanser, toner and moisturiser, the 3-step treatment is a streamlined process designed to work together to gently cleanse skin, normalise sebum production, soothe irritation and provide lightweight hydration without overburdening the skin. I personally couldn’t try these products with my dry skin, but Shilin and Priscilla were super nice and agreed to try them out!
Step 1: Cleansing
A gentle gel-based formula containing salicylic acid, witch hazel and sage leaf, the facial cleanser aims to clear up skin acne and reverse the effects of aging on skin like age spots, wrinkles and fine lines!
Our Verdict: Shilin tried out this and reported that it was very gentle on her skin and didn’t dry her out after washing. She also said that it smells like her detox tea, which hopefully means that it will detox our skins too!
Step 2: Toning
Aesop’s In Two Minds toner is mildly astringent and contains witch hazel, chamomile bud and niacinamide. Witch hazel with chamomile bud work to clear and soothe the skin, while Niacinamide, or vitamin B3, is a great anti-aging ingredient that improves appearance of enlarged pores, uneven skin tone and even helps to repair the skin barrier!
Our Verdict: Shilin tested this and reported that it felt a tad too drying for her skin, so maybe this would more appropriate for those with oilier skin.
Step 3: Hydrate
The final product to use is the Hydrator! Formulated as a lightweight moisturiser with a matte finish, this hydrator contains witch hazel, sandalwood and andiroba seed! Again, witch hazel and sandalwood help to clear skin, with sandalwood also helping to smoothen skin and reduce effects of aging. Andiroba seed is a great ingredient used for treating skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema. It is also known to increase collagen in the skin for a skin-plumping effect over time!
Our Verdict: Priscilla tested this and said that it gets absorbed quickly into the skin, and she definitely experienced a hydrating sensation. She also said that the hydrator was of a mildly musky, citrusy scent.
All in all, Aesop’s In Two Minds seems like a great new range for combination skin that makes it much easier to manage a skin type in just 3 easy steps!
Have a great skin day!