Skincare launches come and go, but every once in a while a brand comes along and grabs the attention of editors, influencers, and beauty obsessives all over, rooting itself firmly in shelfies and skincare routines alike. Allies of Skin is no newbie (it first launched in 2016) but has firmly established itself as a favourite – you’ve likely already spotted its sleek tubes and bottles on social media. Aesthetic packaging aside, the results-driven brand places focus on clean formulas and clinically-proven ingredients. We’re talking peptides, probiotics, AHAs, with no synthetic fragrances, no mineral oil, and no drying alcohol.
Comprising nine products (including masks, serums, and a sell-out cleanser), here’s everything you need to know about the products, according to your skin concerns.
For removing SPF and makeup: Molecular Silk Amino Hydrating Cleanser
This dense jelly-textured cleanser makes light work of cutting through heavy foundation and mascara, leaving skin feeling clean and soft. If you like your cleanser to do more than just cleanse, then you’ll love this one – it’s packed with ‘extras’ like hyaluronic acid, vitamin C, and lactic acid.
For fading pigmentation: Mandelic Pigmentation Corrector Night Serum
Most skintypes can benefit from an AHA (alpha hydroxy acid). Mandelic is lesser known that glycolic and lactic, but it’s also more gentle, so is a great introduction to the world of exfoliating acids. Like its stronger counterparts, it works by breaking down the bonds between cells, exfoliating the surface of the skin, and in doing so fading pigmentation like the red marks left behind by spots.
For pollution protection: Peptides & Antioxidants Firming Daily Treatment
This daily moisturiser is packed with the antioxidants your skin needs to maintain its defense against environmental aggressors that cause cell damage and contribute to early signs of aging. In fact, there are nine different antioxidants in the formula, as well as a repair complex to treat already damaged skin.
For soothing stressed skin: Molecular Saviour Probiotics Repair Mist
Stressed skin shows signs of inflammation, and has a compromised moisture barrier which makes it more prone to experiencing breakouts, dehydration, and sensitivities. This double dose of hydration and reparative probiotics helps to restore balance, repair the skin barrier, and replenish lost moisture.
For breakout-prone skin: Promise Keeper Blemish Sleeping Facial
If you’re prone to blemishes sneaking up on you in a matter of hours or the day before a big event, this is just the kind of product that you need in your SOS moment. It contains a blend of enzymes, AHAs, and probiotics which help to exfoliate, clear, and strengthen skin.
For early signs of aging: 1A Retinal & Peptides Overnight Mask
Beauty experts extol the benefits of retinol for preventing early signs of aging, but pair the ingredient with peptides and antioxidants as well and you’ve got a hero product on your hands. If your skin is showing early signs of aging like loose skin, fine lines, and pigmentation, treat it to this overnight mask 2-3 times a week.
For dehydrated skin: Triple Hyaluronic Antioxidant Hydration Serum
Hyaluronic acid helps your skin to absorb and maintain moisture, and improves the absorption of other ingredients, so it works best when it brings friends. This lightweight serums contains heavy-hitting antioxidants like resveratrol, and peptides to promote collagen synthesis.
For dull, tired skin: Bright Future Sleeping Facial
With a cocktails of AHAs and retinol, you’d expect this mask to dry out and irritate skin. Fortunately, it’s packed with hyaluronic acid to draw moisture into your skin and prevent this from happening. Expect the best of both worlds – skin that looks brighter and clearer, and feels smoother and softer.