Xenia Wong was only 10 years old when she learnt her first lesson in the importance of skincare. And it was all thanks to a trip to a water amusement park when she refused to apply any sunscreen and was badly sunburnt afterwards. Today, she has more than understood the need to wear sunscreen as she went on to launch her own skincare line, Sigi Skin.
The young entrepreneur was inspired to start her own brand after she enrolled in renowned Korean makeup artist Jung Saem Mool's Art Academy and Makeup Forever makeup courses where she discovered that the answer to healthy skin is an effective superfood-infused skincare regimen rather than with makeup.
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Wong wanted her skincare range to be straightforward and easy to use so she focused on enhancing the skin’s natural state with a range of high-quality core products, including cleanser, day and night moisturisers, hydrating mist, physical sunscreen and even sheet masks. This month, Sigi Skin introduced its new deep-cleansing duo, the Garden Party Clay Mask and Bright Skies Gentle Gel Exfoliator. The pudding-like clay mask is packed with antioxidants and helps to deeply purify skin without stripping it of moisture while the latter works to deeply exfoliate the skin without the use of physical abrasives that can damage skin or over-exfoliate.
As of 2021, Sigi Skin does not use any animal ingredients and animal-derived ingredients in its entire line of products. This includes popular skincare ingredients such as honey, beeswax, and collagen. The decision to go 100 per cent vegan was made with skin health and the environment in mind.
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Below, Wong takes us through her daily beauty routine and shares more about her personal skincare beliefs.
How long do you typically spend on your skincare routine?
I typically spend 10 to 15 minutes on my skincare routine. These 15 minutes help me to get in the right headspace and help me to start my day right!
What is your skincare routine like for the day?
My skincare routine during the day is very simple. I cleanse my face with just water and follow up with Dew Potion, a waterless essence mist that doubles up as a toner. I follow up with a Vitamin C serum, followed by Idyllic Fields (a daytime waterless moisturiser), and end my routine with Morning Glow, a physical sunscreen. It takes me around 10 minutes at most.
What is your skincare routine for the night?
My skincare routine for the night differs slightly from my morning routine. I use ingredients and products in the morning that help to protect the skin from free radical damage and pollution. During the night I use ingredients and products that aid in recovery and repair such as Bakuchiol. I start my skincare routine by double cleansing with Kaleanser—it doesn’t matter if I am wearing makeup or not, I double cleanse these days as I have to wear a mask in the office so there is a lot of grime, it is beneficial to double cleanse. I follow up with Dew Potion, followed by a night serum that aids in hydration and rebalancing of skin and finally DreamCapsule, an overnight sleeping mask that helps to repair and boost collagen production while you sleep. Twice a week, I exfoliate my skin with Bright Skies, a gentle peeling gel that is able to remove dead skin cells without any physical abrasives, followed by Garden Party, a clay mask that draws all the impurities out. This ensures that my skin is not clogged, and I finish it up with Tea-Tox sheet mask, a 20 per cent probiotics mask that helps to rebalance my skin with good microbiomes to prevent flare-ups and irritation