The 7 Skin Savers You Need Before Christmas

As you strap in for the joyous season, it is easy to forget about your skin. This Christmas, make healthy and happy skin the best gift for yourself. We have set aside seven skin ingredients—some of which you may have never heard of—to help you achieve this mantra.

Glycolic Acid

Glycolic Acid is a type of Alpha-Hydroxy Acid (AHA) derived from sugarcane. Of all the AHAs, Glycolic Acid has the lowest molecular weight, which allows it to penetrate deeper into the skin. It is a gentle exfoliant to aid in skin cell renewal.

It works by loosening the tight bonds between dead skin cells on the outermost layer of the skin. As you wash your face, these cells come right off to make way for new cells, unveiling a smoother canvas underneath. This preps the skin and allows other products to get absorbed better.

Besides that, Glycolic Acid can stimulate collagen production and improve skin elasticity to defeat fine lines and wrinkles. Prolonged use of this acid-based product can even quicken skin healing and reduce signs of environmental damage.

This acid is built for acne-prone skin. It gets deep into the pores to unclog any built-up sebum to prevent blackheads and breakouts. However, Glycolic Acid can be too irritating for some, so those with sensitive skin or rosacea should stay clear.


This seemingly complicated ingredient actually falls under a less convoluted term; antioxidants. In fact, Astaxanthin is a powerful antioxidant that beats vitamin C and E. It is also 10 to 100 times stronger than carotenoids, which is another antioxidant that can protect the skin from sun damage.

Essentially, Astaxanthin functions as any other antioxidant, but better. It helps with skin moisture levels, smoothness, elasticity and more. Plus, it reduces the damage of ultraviolet (UV) radiation to shield you from premature aging.

Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate

Fancy title aside, this ingredient is derived from liquorice extract, which is known for its skin brightening properties. It lightens dark spots and evens out the skin tone. It also restores suppleness to dry, flaky skin to improve its appearance.

On top of that, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate can also inhibit melanin production to prevent hyperpigmentation. If you have acne-prone skin, or even rosacea and psoriasis, you should consider this miracle worker to soothe redness and irritation.

Sodium Hyaluronate

This is a type of humectant, derived from Hyaluronic Acid (HA). Like HA, it can bind water 1,000 times its weight, but it can penetrate deeper into the skin. This humectant draws in moisture from the environment into the top most layer of the skin to boost its hydration. It also prevents transepidermal water loss to prevent inflammatory conditions.

Furthermore, Sodium Hyaluronate rebalances the skin if it feels overly drying to reduce breakouts. It can also smoothen out wrinkles and keep the skin plump and flake-free. Above all, it is a gentle ingredient, which makes it compatible with all skin types and concerns, including eczema.

Alpha Arbutin

Alpha Arbutin is a molecule extracted from the bearberry plant and prevents the formation of melanin. It is a tyrosinase inhibitor and provides skin brightening benefits. Simply put, Alpha Arbutin blocks the production of tyrosinase, an enzyme that quickens melanin activity. It fades dark spots and even acne scars to improve uneven complexion.

It is also more gentle than any other skin-brightening ingredients. Its active component is released slowly, which makes it less irritating for use, especially for those with sensitive skin. 


This water-soluble vitamin provides the skin with endless benefits. It aids to improve enlarged pores, uneven skin tones, fine lines and wrinkles and a dull complexion. It is suitable for all skin types because of how gentle it is.

It prevents moisture loss by boosting the production of ceramides—fats which bind skin cells together through a protective layer. This is crucial as once ceramides are depleted, the skin will be left vulnerable to sensitivity and patches of dry, flaky skin.

Furthermore, Niacinamide can boost the hydrating abilities of moisturizers to prevent dehydrated skin. It also hinders debris from building up in the pores, as this can cause them to stretch out and become enlarged. Applying Niacinamide topically shrinks the pores to its normal size.


Peptides are strings of amino acids, which make up collagen in the skin. As we age, we naturally lose the amount of collagen in our body. This is where Peptides come in. It will signal the body to boost its collagen production and even encourage Hyaluronic Acid to plump up the skin and restore a healthy barrier.

Introducing the 7 Christmas Medleys

This Christmas, shower your skin with these seven magical ingredients. Introducing the new and improved IRÉN Superfruit Booster Serums! This time, we have equipped them with more goodness, more volume and sprinkled in with more style, to give you more joy.

Previously recognised as the Anti-Wrinkle Serum, Skin Reboot is enriched with 4 per cent more Astaxanthin and Caffeine Solution. This serum forms a defense shield against free radicals, UV rays damage and blue light exposure. It repairs and retexturizes the skin for that youthful glow.


You may know this serum by its previous name, the Anti-Aging Serum. Equipped with 10 per cent more peptides, this elixir stimulates collagen production to to target premature, aging skin. It boosts skin hydration and skin elasticity to retighten the skin.


Previously known as the Clearing Serum, IRÉN’s best selling serum just got better. Equipped with 5 per cent more Glycolic Acid, Glow-Getter gently buffs away your dead skin cells and frees the pores from gunk to reveal a glowing canvas underneath. It contains soothing properties like Oat Kernel and Provitamin B5 to moisturize the skin as well.


Originally named the Whitening Serum, Star Light is bursting with 2 per cent more Alpha Arbutin and 5 per cent more Niacinamide. It reduces the production of melanin to keep your dark spots and acne scars at bay. It corrects uneven skin tone and brightens lacklustre complexion.


Previously referred to as the Soothing Serum, Keep Calm is paired with 2 per cent more Cucumber Fruit Extract and 1 per cent more Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate. This tranquil blend calms dry and sensitive skin, reduces redness and inflammation and moisturizes the skin with vitamin E.


Previously known as the Hydrating Serum, Quench-Up is infused with 4 per cent more Natural Moisturizing Factor, or humectants, and Sodium Hyaluronate. This serum douses dehydrated skin with moisture and strengthens its barrier to promote its radiance.


Originally named the Anti-Acne Serum, Clearer Days is equipped with 8 per cent more Niacinamide to reduce sebum production and eliminate a greasy complexion. The addition of soothing properties like Aloe Vera calms and moisturizes the skin. This works wonders for acne-prone skin to reduce breakouts.

Snag and save with these Christmas box sets!

The joy does not end there. IRÉN has combined three mix-and-match serums and the all-new Start Afresh Daily Enzyme Powder Wash to meet your skin needs.

From now till 31 December, enjoy these benefits when you purchase The More The Merrier Box Sets. Save SGD$31.00 to enjoy these Christmas essentials.

Four magical box sets to choose from: More Youthful More Joy, More Moisture More Joy, More Radiance More Joy, and More Smoothness More Joy.


Featuring the Start Afresh Daily Enzyme Powder Wash, Skin Reboot, Forever Young, and Quench-Up Serums. These target aging skin to stimulate collagen production, retexturize damaged skin and promote skin radiance for that youthful glow.


Featuring the Start Afresh Daily Enzyme Powder Wash, Quench-Up, Forever Young, and Keep Calm Serums. These nourishing treats boost skin hydration and moisturizes the skin with vitamin E.


Featuring the Start Afresh Daily Enzyme Powder Wash, Star Light, Forever Young, and Quench-Up Serums. These brighten dull complexion and revitalizes the skin to achieve that fresh and healthy glow.


Featuring the Start Afresh Daily Enzyme Powder Wash, Clearer Days, Glow-Getter, and Quench-Up Serums. These soothe blemishes and gently buff away dead skin cells to reveal a smoother skin underneath. It also restores moisture to plump up the skin.