We review three skincare products that help with a range of skin problems. Whether you’re prone to acne and redness, or tackling dry, sensitive or dull skin, these botanical beauty products available in Singapore might be just what you’re looking for.
Antipodes Juliet Skin-Brightening Gel Cleanser,$41.70
“I’ve been using the same cleanser for years because of my sensitive and acne-prone skin. I tend to stay away from cleansers that are meant for oily and blemished skin as I find that they usually strip away too much oil and leave my skin feeling too dry.
This cleanser proved to be a refreshing change. The ingredients are mostly botanical and the non-soap formula – although strange at first – was surprisingly effective at keeping my skin hydrated while keeping it from going into oily overdrive. I love the subtle scent of apple and cardamom and how my skin feels after every wash. While I don’t think it has really brightened my skin, it sure makes my skin look and feel good. Plus, it contains a couple of my favourite fruits – kiwifruit and grape. It’s a lot pricier than your usual cleanser, but it’s worth the buy, in my opinion.”
– Anna Tserlingas
Canvas Brightening Clay Mask,$132.20
I have combination skin with heavy pigmentation around my cheekbones and eyes. My skin is also very sensitive, so I don’t use face masks very often.
The packaging for this clay mask is elegant and simple. It also smells great! I found it very easy to use – a thick layer applied to clean, dry skin and left on for 20 minutes before washing off. I’ve used it a couple of times a week, applying it all over with a foundation brush. Although my skin felt hydrated and refreshed after, I didn’t really notice a big difference with my pigmentation. Having said that, I’ll definitely keep using it, as I like the way my skin feels afterwards.
– Kel Flanders
Origins Mega-Mushroom Relief & Resilience Advanced Face Serum, $125
“As my job requires me to be out and about for meetings, my skin is constantly exposed to Singapore’s heat and humidity, which causes it to be very dull and dry.
After using this serum for almost a month, I can tell that it has put the moisture and glow back into my skin. My skin texture has improved, my complexion has brightened and the oiliness has reduced. While the product takes slightly longer to absorb than other serums I’ve tried, it doesn’t leave a sticky residue, which is great. My makeup also glides on more smoothly on top of it. There is, however, a pretty strong herbal scent – it smelled almost bitter at first, but I got used to it after a few days.”
– Alethea Loh, reader
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