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Get To Know Up-And-Coming Indie Skincare Label NYDG

Courtesy of our reader, Gladys! We gave her the entire (surprisingly photogenic) skincare range to test and she emerged with more than a few new favourites.

Welcome to KULALA Beauty Club, where YOU our dear readers help us suss out the best in the beautysphere. This week, we have Gladys Neo (@theegladys) and her review of the brand new NYDG skincare range. Gladys is your average university student cum beauty enthusiasts who is constantly buried in assignments, beauty wish lists and online shopping carts.

New York Dermatology Group? Can’t say I’ve heard of it before but I am thankful to have come across it. The first thing I was drawn to was the simplistic aesthetic packaging of the NYDG Pack and I immediately thought to myself, “Yup, this will look nice sitting on top of my dresser.” Thankfully they proved to be more than just pretty decorative pieces. On my hands, I had the cleanser, essence, gel, cream, eye gel and sunscreen.

Just a little bit on my skin history; I mostly struggle with enlarged pores around my nose, redness and sensitive skin. I do get the occasional breakout when it’s the Time Of The Month or when it’s the Time Of The Semester i.e. stressful submissions period. As such when I look for skincare, I tend to go for those that are gentle, hydrating and non-clogging on the pores.

My top picks would have to be Colloidal Oatmeal Cleanser, Luminizing Skin Essence, Ultra-light Hydra-Gel and Chem-Free Active Defense SPF 30.

The cleanser was surprisingly gentle on my sensitive skin. I hate it when cleansers leave that squeaky feeling on your skin, but the Colloidal Oatmeal Cleanser did not. Even without that feeling, it still left my skin feeling soft, smooth and well cleansed. I forgot to bring the cleanser to my dormitory one particular week and I actually realised how my pores were noticeably larger when I reverted to using my previous cleanser.

My favourite of this set would have to be a combination of the Luminizing Skin Essence and the Ultra-light Hydra-Gel. Both are super lightweight, with the former being slightly more viscous than water and the latter being, well, an ultra light weight gel. My skin drank up these two real quick and they left a cooling sensation after application. It is comparable to putting your face in front of the freezer with the door open. This is not to be mistaken with a stinging sensation, though. It is more pleasant and refreshing, leaving your skin feeling moisturised without an oily film.

The Chem-Free Active Defense Sunscreen has also wriggled its way into my skincare/makeup routine and I do not usually wear sunscreen. That says a lot. I shun sunscreen because it leaves a white film and sticky residue after application which makes me feel like I have a thousand layers of things on my face. But, I found the key to applying this sunscreen was to thin it out of on the back of my hand first, and then apply a very thin layer before foundation. I noticed how this step made my foundation actually last longer (perhaps due to its slight tacky consistency). Even without that plus point, the future me would definitely thank current me for adding sun protection into my routine.

Thanks, Gladys! Want to join the KULALA Beauty Club? Head on over here to see how you can be a part of it. For more beauty reviews like this, click over here for our “Best of Beauty” series. All photos here were taken by Gladys.

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