Artwork for Aesop’s “In Two Minds”. Photo: Aesop

With all that’s happening to the environment, it’s little wonder why the climate has gone out of whack. Soaring temperatures one moment, and then you experience rain like no other the next. Doesn’t help that our jobs normally require us to stay in enclosed air-conditioned spaces. And when we step out for some “fresh air”,  a chockfull of pollutants always awaits. Why else do you think your skin is acting up with increased sensitivity, unwelcome breakouts, overactive sebaceous glands and dry, irritated patches?

In a recent interview in Hong Kong with Suzanne Santos, Chief Customer Officer for cult Australian skincare brand Aesop and one of the pioneers behind the 31-year-old brand, she mentioned that “combination skin has become more and more aligned with many people” because “global change is being a part of that.” The chain of events to achieve progress has resulted in excessive wastage, thus leading to pollution that has also caused global warming among other disasters. With all that said, it’s hard not to to concur with Santos’ statement.

Suzanne Santos goes in depth with the Aesop’s “In Two Minds” skincare line. Photo: Aesop

The trip to Hong Kong was to welcome “In Two Minds”, Aesop’s rescue card to address combination skin and also the brand’s latest skincare line in its collection. The brand has never in its history jumped on bandwagons blindly, and only chose to tackle the issue of combination skin after they have observed a steep rise in combination skin types in recent years among customers globally. As to why the range made specifically for combination is called so, Santos shared that “It’s tied up with a confused state and therefore ‘two minds’ sort of reflects that.”

So to nurse the skin back to good health, the Aesop team has concocted the simple 3-step skincare line comprising of a gentle gel cleanser, a soothing astringent toner, and a nourishing lightweight hydrator infused with a good balance of skin-loving botanical extracts and compounds. Much like therapy, the calming scent, sensory experience and active ingredients all work in synergy to get your skin’s act together. So while we struggle to survive the turmoil of every day life, at least you know that there’s something simple within reach to care for your skin with “In Two Minds”. Discover more about the products, the active ingredients, and how to use them below.

Aesop”In Two Minds” Facial Cleanser

“In Two Minds” Facial Cleanser. Photo: Aesop

Key ingredients

  • Witch Hazel: Soothes irritated skin
  • Salicylic Acid: Gently sloughs off dirt and debris from the pores
  • Sage Leaf: Reduces inflammation

How to use: Simply lather with water between the palms and gently apply on wet  skin in an upward motion before washing off thoroughly with warm water.


“In Two Minds” Facial Toner

“In Two Minds” Facial Toner. Photo: Aesop

Key ingredients

  • Witch Hazel: The astringent properties helps to tighten the pores
  • Niacinamide: Nourishes, tones and balances the skin
  • Chamomile bud: Soothes irritation from daily aggressors

How to use: Splash a cotton pad with the toner and gently swipe it across the face. Pat excess toner into the skin with your palms until fully absorbed.

“In Two Minds” Facial Hydrator

“In Two Minds” Facial Hydrator. Photo: Aesop

Key ingredients

  • Witch Hazel: Maintains healthy sebum production for balanced and healthy skin
  • Sandalwood: Reduces blemishes
  • Andiroba, acai and copaiba seed oils: Hydrates, rejuvenates, and nourishes the skin while providing antioxidant properties to protect the skin from the environment

How to use: Warm 1-2 pumps of the hydrator in your palms and gently pat the product into the skin until fully absorbed.

In Two Minds will be available in Aesop outlets worldwide from 3rd April 2018 onwards. Visit the website here for more information. 



written by.
Syed Zulfadhli
Syed Zulfadhli knows a thing or two... thousand about skincare and grooming.

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