How nice of them to include a handwritten note together with my order!

Allies of Skin is a Singaporean beauty brand that has gone global in recent years. From a small local brand to having their products being stocked in Cult Beauty Online, Net-A-Porter, Sephora and even SpaceNK (!), this brand has truly come a long way. Allies of Skin, to date, only has a capsule collection of just 4 products that are designed to complement all aspects of a demanding life. I had tried samples of their 1A All Day mask before and had an overall positive impression of the brand. Therefore when I saw that they were having a discount sale during Singapore’s National Day celebrations (similar to Independence Day in the US), I bought their Bright Future Overnight Facial to try (it had so many glowing reviews online!).

Below are the ingredients of their Bright Future Overnight Facial:

Ingredients

Aqua (Water), Glycerin, Polysorbate 20, Niacinamide, Lactobacillus Ferment, Lactic Acid (L), Glycolic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate (L), Hydrolyzed Silk, Centella Asiatica (Gotu Kola) Leaf Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Sodium Lactate, Ascophyllum Nodosum Extract, Sodium PCA, Arctostaphylos Uva-Ursi (Bearberry) Leaf Extract, Retinal (Retinaldehyde), Madecassoside, Mel (Honey), Epigallocatechin Gallate, Plantago Lanceolata Leaf Extract, Opuntia Ficus-Indica (Cactus) Stem Extract, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Ergothioneine (L), Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Callus Culture Extract, Rubus Chamaemorus (Cloud Berry) Seed Oil, Epilobium Angustifolium Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Lysophosphatidic Acid, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder, Proline (L), Phenyl t-Butylnitrone (Spin Trap), N-Hydroxysuccinimide, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Lysolecithin, Lecithin, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens (Geranium) Flower Oil, Gluconolactone, Chrysin, Sorbitol, Dimethyl Isosorbide, Glutamylamidoethyl Imidazole, Saccharide Isomerate, Diglucosyl Gallic Acid, Dimethyl Sulfone, Cyclodextrin, Xanthan Gum, Acetyl Tributyl Citrate, Pentylene Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Benzoate, Sodium Glycolate, Calcium Gluconate, Sodium Polygamma-Glutamate, Steareth-20, Tetrasodium EDTA, O-cymen-5-OL, Phenoxyethanol, Sclerotium Gum, Sodium Gluconate,Citric Acid, Trisodium NTA, Sodium Metabisulfite, Sodium Hydroxide, Citronellol, Geraniol, Linalool.

How does the Allies of Skin Bright Future Overnight Facial fare?

The Allies of Skin Bright Future Overnight Facial is a “sleeping peel” that claims to deliver intense hydration as its blend of AHAs, Retinol and Probiotics encourage cellular renewal overnight to reduce imperfections and reveal brighter skin the next morning. It supposedly helps tired skin attain an optimal level of exfoliation in 2-3 nights, as well as giving the effects of a professional facial overnight, with cumulative effects seen after 2-3 nights.

You are supposed to use it in the following manner:

  1. Double cleanse your face in the evenings
  2. Spritz your favourite toner/ mist liberally all over your face
  3. Apply a thick layer (I usually use about 4 pumps) of the product
  4. Mist again after the application of the product
  5. Go to sleep

When I use the above method, I discovered that my face feels slightly dry when I wake up in the mornings. This might be due to the fact that I usually sleep in an air-conditioned room or due to my combination dry skin needing more moisture that what this product can provide. However, it does help to brighten my skin and it also helps to calm down any hormonal acne that I get. This product is especially useful for times when I pick on my pimple and was left with an angrier looking pimple instead. Usually, whenever I use this product, it would literally shrink the red angry pimple overnight to a smaller less-inflamed one the next morning.

However, the magic of this product really happened when I used it in the following method:

  1. Double cleanse in the evenings
  2. Mist liberally all over my face
  3. Apply 3 more layers of hydrating essence
  4. Apply 1 layer of hydrating serum
  5. Apply a thick layer (I usually use about 4 pumps) of the product
  6. Mist again after the application of the product
  7. Go to sleep
  8. Wake up to glorious bright dewy pore-less perfect skin (!!)

I  think that the extra layers of light hydrating products really helps to combat the slightly drying effects of the AHAs and Retinol in this product and yet it is light enough that the ingredients in the product could still “get to work” without impeding it. I’ve been using this product twice a week for around 3 months and really like it because it simply works as described. And that is something that sadly does not happen as often as it should. Look.. I’m a 32 year-old with a 3 year-old toddler who likes to pretend she’s “Jack & Jill” from the nursery rhyme and drags around a basket pretending to “roll down a hill” when she’s supposed to be going to bed. I really don’t get much sleep and, coupled with the fact that I hold a full-time stressful job, it’s a wonder that my skin doesn’t look as tired as I feel inside. Therefore I really appreciate it when products work as they should and are also quick and easy to apply.

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Yes, that’s my daughter’s jam currently!

I know that the price is quite high for a product that is only 50ml in size, however given that you only use it twice a week, it should last you quite a long time. If you have the budget and would like to try a product that works, I would highly recommended it for people with problematic dull stressed skin who wants quick results!

Where can you find it?

I bought this product from their official website. It retails at S$159 (50ml sized).

It is also stocked at Cult Beauty, Space NK, and Sephora SG.

Thank you for reading!

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