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Sep 17, 2021
Emma Megan Khoo

#RIUHTries: SKINNED Dancin' N Gleamin' Duo


More often than not, the skincare products available to us are not based on South East Asian skin and climate. If you struggle with finding the right skincare, SKINNED's Dancin' & Gleamin' Duo that we’re about to share with you are going to be a game changer to your routine. And what better way to prove that than with a tried-and-tested review by the RIUH girls themselves?

Introducing The RIUH Girls

Emma - Combination skin.
Nabila - Sensitive skin.

Introducing SKINNED

Conscious Skincare, Where Health Comes First ✨
Vegan, free of paraben, cruelty & everything toxic.
Photo Credit: SKINNED

SKINNED was founded about two years ago with the aim to empower feminine and masculine natural beauty by offering curated skincare products. The founder, Alissa Emalyn suffered sensitive skin and eczema. She had a complex relationship with her skin earlier in life and had to consult it out with a dermatologist. Upon having the idea of launching SKINNED, the brand was created with the intention of “less is more”.

Introducing the Products

Photo Credit: SKINNED

Say hello to the Dancin’ N Gleamin’ Duo 👋🏼  

Both products are vegan, cruelty-free, paraben-free, and 100% fragrance-free and suitable for the humid South East Asian weather and skin type.

“Lock and Stay” Rice Serum

This serum is recommended if you suffer from oily or dehydrated skin - ideal for every-day wear, the serum gives out a runny, lightweight texture that seamlessly absorbs into your skin, and can be used before putting your heavy creams and makeup on.

⭐ Ceramides help strengthen and support the skin barrier and maintain hydration⁠
🍚 Rice extract + Grape seed soothe and control oil production on skin
🌿 Hyper-concentrated doses of antioxidants helps fight free radicals for a brighter and fresher look

Full ingredient list: Aqua, D-Panthenol, Butylene Glycol, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Oryza Sativa Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Ceramide NP, Ceramide AP, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Triethanolamine.

Gleam Dream Moisturizer

This moisturizer was introduced earlier this year. Made suitable for normal, oily and combination skin types - it is rich in peptides, allantoin and antioxidants that is able to restore your skin, keeping it soft and plumped.

⭐ Combats against free radicals
🐳 Leaves skin well-hydrated and supple
🌿 Fastens skins’ regenerative process, giving you a smooth and soft skin

Full ingredient list: Aqua, Butyleneglycol, Butyrospermum Parkii (shea butter), Sodium hyaluronate, Tocopheryl acetate, Oryza sativa (rice) extract, Hydrolysed pea protein, Allantoin, Aloe barbadensis leaf extract, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Triethanolamine.

*The recommended way on how to use these products:
Steps: Rice Serum comes first, Gleam Dream moisturiser comes after.
How to: Apply tiny dots of serum all over your T-zone and blend lightly towards the outer perimeter of your face. Then, take 1-2 pumps of the moisturiser and massage the skin. Use twice a day for better results.

#RIUHTries Review: First Impressions

1. Packaging:
Photo Credits: (L) Emma and (R) Nabila

Emma: I appreciated that the box listed the ingredients. The font and colour combo on the box is super cute - kind of wish they kept it on the bottles itself.

Nabila: It was packed with a simple card that had basic information about the product, and which enabled us to find more details on their website and social media. The design of the product's packaging was funky and appealing!

2. Serum:

Emma: The texture is goopy-er compared to the moisturizer, but that makes sense given that it’s a serum and more concentrated. But for that reason, I decided to use it at night only. It’s a great complement to the moisturizer, in terms of texture.

Nabila: First impression of the serum was that it looks very thick, but felt lightweight once applied. It absorbs really quickly and this one made my skin dewy and soft.

3. Moisturizer:

Emma: As someone with combination skin and prone to oiliness, I’ve stayed away from cream moisturisers for almost a decade now. I love the texture of this moisturizer and I think it really works well for the Malaysian climate.

Being fragrance free, it does have a slight stench to it, but nothing unbearable. I personally enjoy skincare that smells good but that’s a matter of personal preference. It applies smoothly on the skin and absorbs quickly, with no greasy appearance. I’m a fan!

Nabila: I agree that it's definitely lightweight, and had a certain smell which I wasn't a fan of. But it doesn't linger on the skin so it was bearable.

Moisturizer (L) and Serum (R) textures. Photo credits: SKINNED

#RIUHTries Review: Results After 2 Weeks

1. Moisturizer:

Emma: In comparison with Laneige’s gel moisturizer, and both of Hada Labo’s liquid and gel moisturizer - I’m honestly really impressed with SKINNED’s moisturizer formula - it’s light enough to sit under my sunscreen but dense enough that my skin feels supple, even in air-conditioned rooms. Ultimately, this also means that my skin is producing less oil than it usually does to compensate for the dryness.

I would most definitely repurchase and recommend. The price is competitive to luxury brands that you’d commonly find at Sephora and may not be as budget-friendly as drug-store products, but it’s worth not having to experiment anymore - I’ve definitely found my go-to moisturizer, and it's Malaysian!

Nabila: It did help with the flakiness in my T-zone area. It doesn't leave a sticky residue on the skin and ultimately does the job. I give it a 7/10!

2. Serum:

Emma: After a day of wearing make-up, and then double cleansing, I feel like the serum is the answer to replenishing my skin with nutrients and giving it a healthy boost before I head to bed. In general, I would recommend a serum or oil for that extra oomph to feed your skin before bed. This one did the job. There was no stand-out changes to my skin, but if it doesn't cause any unwanted breakout or uneven texture, then that's a win in my book.

Nabila: I have very sensitive skin, and I can usually notice the reaction towards my skin after a few days after trying out new products. I did get a little breakout in my chin and cheeks area. Although this is sometimes a natural reaction when using a new product, I’m willing to give it more time. Regardless, the price is worth the size of the product (50ml), and will definitely last you awhile!

Photo Credits: Nabila


There’s no hiding that we're hyping this up! We hope these insights were of benefit to you. Give it a try and let us know what you think!

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