Whether you’re moving to Singapore or you’ve been living here for a while now, adjusting your beauty routine to the tropical climate is no easy feat. It can take many months to find a lightweight moisturiser that hydrates properly, or a face cleanser that can control your now oily complexion. To save you the lengthy (and costly!) trial-and-error process, we’ve compiled a guide to the top skincare products for the hot and humid weather in Singapore.
W+ Flawless Face Serum ($39)
This super serum from local beauty salon Wellaholic contains Retinyl Palmitate (a form of vitamin A), which increases collagen production and hydration. With use over time, the paraben-free, locally made product helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, excess sebum, enlarged pores and signs of sun damage – exceptionally important in hot and humid Singapore. Apply after cleansing and toning, and make sure to load up on the SPF as vitamin A can cause sun sensitivity. Psst… Wellaholic uses this serum as part of its Elight Facial Collagen Boost treatments (for all Deluxe and Prestige package holders)!
W+ Rejuvenating Night Cream ($39)
Best used after applying the W+ Flawless Face Serum, this skin rejuvenating cream assists in cellular regeneration and prevents collagen loss from UV photo-damage and ageing. The product is packed with hydrating and anti-ageing ingredients like Retinyl Palmitate, hyaluronic acid and allantoin.
Suki Concentrated Clarifying Toner ($53)
Suitable for all skin types, especially those with inflamed, oily or eczema-prone skin, this calming toner helps to detox and soothe. It contains an effective percentage of salicylic acid from white willow, which combats inflammation, as well as vitamin C to reduce blemishes and fight acne-causing bacteria. We love spritzing this on a sunny afternoon as a midday pick-me-up!
Dr YG Shop AHA/BHA Deep Cleanser ($45)
Do you have oily or combination skin? This exfoliating cleansing wash by Dr Yvonne Goh Aesthetics contains salicylic acid and glycolic acid to fight acne, as well as aloe vera and lavender extract to soothe acne-inflamed skin. Use it at the end of the day, after removing your makeup and before applying toner.
Aspect Jungle Brew Serum ($129)
Hot and humid climates often leads to increased oil production, which can result in skin concerns such as acne, congestion and breakouts. Try this non-greasy, purifying serum from Aussie brand Aspect Skin, specially formulated for oily, blemished and congested skin. Use in the morning and at night after cleansing, on its own or under a moisturiser.
Dr Sylvia Skincare Clear Defense ($62)
Whether you’re staying indoors or you’re out and about, a lightweight sunscreen is a must-have in sunny Singapore. Check out this gentle SPF 45 sunscreen, which contains knotweed extract, a botanically-based active that prevents damage from infrared radiation, as well as ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB) rays. This fast-absorbing product is suitable for those with sensitive, mature, oily and normal skin types.
Biconi Glow Facial Serum ($65)
Packed with superfood ingredients including avocado oil, argan oil and macadamia oil, this tried-and-tested, fast-absorbing serum nourishes the skin with powerful antioxidants, vitamins and essential fatty acids. Look forward to a younger looking, clearer and more dewy complexion after just two weeks of daily application in the morning and at night.
Oasis:skin Organic French Wild Lavender Mist ($25)
Wild-harvested lavender grown in the South of France is used in this organic facial mist. Besides its therapeutic fragrance, lavender also possesses excellent healing and regenerative skin properties. Use it on the go to freshen up and calm irritated skin, or as a pillow mist for a relaxing snooze.
Pixi Rose Tonic ($22)
If you’ve enjoyed the cult-favourite, best-selling Glow Tonic by Pixi Beauty, check out this rose water-based variant! Packed with naturally soothing, skin-loving ingredients like elderflower and chamomile, the alcohol-free formula is ultra-gentle on all skin types – even the most sensitive. Use it on a cotton pad in the morning and afternoon after cleansing, then follow up with a serum or moisturiser.
La Roche-Posay Micellar Water Ultra ($32.90)
Enriched with hydrating glycerin, this ultra-gentle formula removes dirt, makeup and invisible pollution particles in one swipe. There are three variants on offer: for oily skin, for sensitive skin and for reactive skin. It’s a popular and affordable makeup cleanser that’s readily available at major pharmacies.
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